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An Intro to Purple Martins and Housing

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An Intro to Purple Martins and Housing

Purple martins are some of the most elegant and desirable backyard guests with their glossy blue-purple plumage, graceful and acrobatic flight and voracious appetites for insects. Martins are a very desirable guest for many reasons.  #1 is their cheerful melodies and graceful and entertaining acrobatics.  #2 is certainly their appetite for eating bugs and other flying insects.  #3 is their amazing ability to return to their exact nesting spot year after year upon their 4,000 mile migration to Brazil each winter. Adding a purple martin house to your property is the ideal way to invite these birds to take up...

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A Christmas Tree to Feed Birds

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The festive season is all about decoration – lights on the house, garlands on the mantle, a centerpiece on the table – not to mention wrapped packages, mistletoe, card displays, decorated cookies and of course, the elaborately bedecked tree. But while you're stringing lights, ornaments and tinsel on your tree indoors, why not decorate a tree outdoors for birds to enjoy? It's easy to extend the holiday spirit to your feathered friends with a tree decorated especially with treats and goodies to make their season merry. Picking the Right Tree  You might visit many different tree lots and consider dozens...

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Top Holiday Gifts for Birders

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It might seem easy to choose a gift for a birder – after all, birds are everywhere, right? And so are feeders, seed, birding books, feathered trinkets and more. But so many options can actually make it harder to choose that perfect gift. Fortunately, we can help, and we've got everything you need for every bird lover on your holiday gift list.   Choosing the Best Winter Gifts  When shopping for gifts for winter holidays – a Thanksgiving thank you, a Christmas gift, a Hanukkah present or just something special to ring in the new year – it is best...

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Cleaning Bird Feeders

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How To Clean Your Bird Feeder:   Moldy or decomposed seeds and hulls that accumulate on feeder trays can easily make birds become ill. Contaminants such as bird droppings on your feeder can also spread infectious bird diseases. Clean your feeders about once every couple of weeks, and even more often during seasons of heavy use. The best way is to wash your feeder thoroughly in hot, soapy water and soak or rinse it in a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water. Be sure to dry the feeder completely before filling it as to not affect the new...

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Bird Feeding Chart

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Species Food Preference Also Likes Quail, Pheasants Cracked Corn Millet, Berries Pigeons, Doves Millet Sunflower, Milo, Bread, Nuts, Cracked Corn, Thistle Roadrunners Meat Scraps Suet Hummingbirds Plant Nectar, Small Insects Sugar Water, Commercial Instant Nectar Woodpeckers Suet , Meat Scraps, Insects Fruit, Nuts, Sunflower Seed , Sugar Water Jays Whole Peanuts,Peanut Kernels Sunflower Seed, Suet , Bread Products, Cracked Corn Crows, Magpies Meat Scraps, Suet Peanuts, Bread Products Titmice, Chickadees Peanut Kernels, Sunflower Sunflower Seed, Suet, Bread Products Creepers, Nuthatches Suet, Sunflower, Nuts, Cracked Corn, Bread Wrens Suet , Peanut Butter, Bread Products, Apples Mockingbirds, Thrashers Halved Apples, Fruit Bread...

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