Wild Birds Unlimited Newsletter
For those passionate about birding and nature
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High Desert Bird of the Month
Common Name: American Robin
Scientific name: Turdus migratorius
How to identify:
American Robins are fairly large songbirds with a round body, long legs, and tail. Male robins have a dark gray to almost black back and tail with a brick colored breast. The female is paler all over. Juvenile robins have a spotted breast.
Habitat: American Robins are common across the continent in gardens, parks, yards, golf courses, fields, pastures, tundra, as well as deciduous woodlands, pine forests, shrub lands, and forests regenerating after fires or logging.
Where to find one: Though they're familiar town and city birds, American Robins are at home in wilder areas, too, including mountain forests and the Alaskan wilderness.
How to attract one to your yard: Robins can be attracted to a feeding station by offering mealworms, fruit and a birdbath. It's especially fun to offer mealworms during nesting season when the robins can stop and pick up a mouthful of tasty worms to take back to their babies. They will fill their mouth until you think nothing else could possibly fit inside.
Robins don't find earthworms by hearing or smelling them. Robins find earthworms by cocking their head to one side, independently using each eye to look for visible signs of worms.
For more information on American Robins, visit one of the three Moana Nursery store locations: 1100 W. Moana Ln. & 11301 S. Virginia St., Reno and 7644 Pyramid Hwy., Sparks.
Carmel Ruiz-Hilton is Manager of Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shops at Moana Nursery in Reno/Sparks
Go to the WBU site for more Bird of the Month newsletters & articles.
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April is a Sweet Month to Feed the Birds!
Spring migration is underway, and a countless number of birds are heading north to their nesting territories.
Fortunately, two of the hobby's favorite birds, hummingbirds and orioles, can be immediately attracted to feeders with nectar (and fruit and jelly for orioles), making it a sweet month to feed the birds.
Only 5% of all avian families include nectar as an important part of their diet, making hummingbirds and orioles part of a very exclusive dining club.
It only takes between 30 to 50 minutes for nectar to be digested, so hummingbirds must eat a lot and often. In fact, hummingbirds eat about every ten minutes and can drink up to twice their body weight in nectar every day.
However, no bird's diet is made up entirely of nectar. Nectar-eaters must also include other foods, usually insects, to obtain essential amino acids and other nutrients.
When orioles are not feeding on nectar or fruit, they forage for spiders, caterpillars and other insects. Hummingbirds spend more than 25% of their time foraging for arthropods, such as spiders.
You can attract hummingbirds and orioles to your feeders using slightly varying methods. Hummingbirds enjoy a nectar solution of four parts water to one part sugar. Orioles prefer a mix of six parts water to one part sugar, plus solid foods, like fresh orange slices, grape jelly and mealworms.
Lahanton Audubon Society Member Artists' Exhibit & Sale
April 18th 10 AM to 6 PM
Moana Nursery, 1100 W. Moana Lane
- Meet & Greet with artists and light refreshments 2 PM to 4 PM
- Exhibit will include photographs, paintings, jewelry, glass mosaics, mixed media art, and more.
- Nevada Humane Society will be here with animals to adopt from 11-2PM
Audubon Society Bird ID Series
April 20th - May 18th
You can get details from Lahontan Audubon Society website or flyer.
* Project FeederWatch ends this month, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw
* Turkey Vultures return late.
* Bald Eagles begin their nesting behaviors.
* Ravens, crows and Canada Geese begin nesting.
* Ground Squirrels being to emerge from hibernation.
* Listen for singing Northern Leopard Frogs, Boreal Chorus Frogs and Columbia Spotted Frogs.
* Osprey and Screech Owls are sitting on their eggs.
* Bluebirds are nesting by end of month. Be sure to have their houses ready.
* Phoebe's return this month.
* Song Sparrows begin calling.
* South winds bring major waves of migrating birds like thrushes and warblers.
* Flickers establish their territories late in the month.
* Canada Geese are nesting and their first young hatch.
* Offer nesting material such as wool yarn, string cut in short lengths, sheep's wool and horse/dog hair.
* Get nectar feeders out and filled by April 15 for early hummingbird migrants.
* The famed "Swallows of Capistrano" (Cliff Swallows come to Colorado, too!) arrive to start building colonies of mud nests under bridges, in rock cliff faces or below the overhangs and front porch foyers of your homes.
* Lyrids meteor shower, late-April.
* Earth Day, April 22.
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