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Squirrel Proofing Tips, Whether You Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em

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Squirrel Proofing Tips, Whether You Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em Squirrels. Most folks either love ’em or hate ’em. They are clever, relentless and can become an nuisance when trying to feed the birds. In fact, many people may become disenchanted when feeding birds because squirrels can be so destructive. They have voracious appetites and will eat their way through all of your birdseed within hours. But, we have a few squirrel proofing tips that will dissuade squirrels from feasting at your bird feeders. You may even learn to love their antics! Just the Facts, Ma’am! We feel that knowledge is power. One of your best defensive tools is learning what you can do about these furry critters. Tail or Sail? Eastern Grey Squirrels are famous for their leaping skills. They can jump over large open spaces and land safely with grace and agility. The explanation for this balance is


Tips to Help Birds Survive the Winter

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Tips to Help Birds Survive the Winter Winters in the Chesapeake region are unpredictable for certain. Heavy wind and rain, sleet and snow, coupled with fluctuating temperatures create challenging outdoor living conditions, especially for non-migratory birds. While birds are very well equipped to survive on their own, studies have shown that birds with access to bird feeders and birdhouses survive at a higher rate. Additionally, ornithologists have suggested that amateur bird-watching and feeding is a beneficial hobby for humans as well. Here are some tips to help birds survive the winter. Ensure Seed is Accessible and Dry If the food in the feeder becomes soggy and wet, it will sprout or even become moldy. This could make birds sick. Choose hopper and tube feeders to protect seed from wet weather. Make sure you sweep snow off of platform feeders. You can even clear a space on the ground and scatter


Expert Tips, How to Attract Birds this Winter

Expert Tip 1 – Add water and make a splash! Adding a bird bath will significantly increase the amount of birds in your yard. Throughout the year birds get a significant amount of water from their food, such as insects and berries. When supplies dwindle, birds will seek out additional sources. Migrating birds seek out these much needed watery rest stops. Additionally, keeping a bird bath or fountain throughout the winter will actually help birds stay warmer. Birds use the water to clean their feathers which promotes natural oils and helps birds stay more insulated. Expert Tip 2 – Provide plenty of the RIGHT seed.  Black-oil sunflower seed is a major stable for birds in the winter months. Striped sunflower seed is still fine but the Black-oil seed has a thinner shell and a much larger kernel, making it a win-win for the birds and your budget. Mixed seed is


Cardinals Bring On the Color

Cardinal is named for its color which matches the robes of Catholic Cardinals.  Cardinals do not migrate, but simply keep pushing farther North and West as suburbs and bird feeders proliferate. The Cardinal ranges throughout most of the Eastern and Central states, the entire South, and much of the arid Southwest.  Cardinals prefer dense, shrubby habitat-If you provide that in your backyard, you keep the Cardinals happy! They nest in shrubs and viney tangles at least twice every summer. Cardinals prefer Black Oil Sunflower and Safflower, or a mixture of both.  The Cardinal’s large bill also allows them to crack open the larger stripped sunflower seeds. The Cardinals territorial behavior can prove annoying, as a male will constantly batter himself against a window to “scare away” his potential male competitor. The Cardinal is really not a hard bird to please.  Provide his favorite seeds and the Cardinal will often be


Tips to Attracting Bluebirds To Your Backyard!

“Somewhere over the rainbow, Bluebirds fly.”  That famous lyric from the “Wizard of Oz” helped immortalize the beautiful Bluebird.  Since early colonial times, people have loved Bluebirds because of their beauty, their feeding in open areas around houses and farms, and their endearing habit of readily nesting in man-made boxes. In the U.S. there are three different types of Bluebirds.  The Eastern Bluebird that occurs East of the Rockes is by far the most numerous. Across the Western one-third of the U.S.A. you will also find Mountain Bluebirds and Western Bluebirds.  One important thing to remember when providing housing for Bluebirds, is that you need to provide larger floor space and entrance holes in diameter for Western and Mountain Bluebirds.  A 4″ by 4″ floor is adequate for Eastern Bluebirds, but a 5″ by 5″ floor is recommended for Mountain and Western Bluebirds.  The entrance hole should be 1 1/2″



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