Bird feeding is the primary birding activity this month. So, this month’s newsletter has a distinct bird vibe.
Winter is a rough season for birds. The birds that don’t leave the area are the rugged and hearty souls that eat seeds and glean insect eggs and hibernating insects from trees and woody plants.
Providing food (seeds and suet) and water for our bird relatives is a good way to help them through the winter.
I buy a 40 lb. bag of black-oil sunflower seeds for about $25.00 from Schuylkill Environmental Center. Members get extra discounts.
This giant bag will last for several months. I also provide suet for woodpeckers, Titmice, Nuthatches and Chickadees. The House Sparrows will also eat it. I keep my Nyjer seed feeders filled for the finches. Suet, Black-oil sunflower and Nyjer seeds. That’s about it. I keep it simple to keep the costs down.
December 2010 Nature Calendar
December 5 – New moon
December 13 – First Quarter Moon
December 21 – Full Moon
December 22 – Winter Solstice, Winter begins
December 28 – Last Quarter Moon
December 2010 Citizen Science to Participate in…
Count the birds that visit your feeders in this easy citizen science project that generates data on the abundance of North American birds.
The Great Christmas Bird Count
From to , count birds in a group or in your backyard.
What to Observe (and sketch and photograph) Right Now
Watch the birds that come to your feeders
Past Naturalist News
Naturalist News September 2010