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    Issue No. 12.14
December 1, 2014     


"Nature News" from Wild Birds Unlimited at Moana Nursery

High Desert Bird of the Month




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With winter here it is important to provide high energy feed for your backyard birds.



Click here to read how you can help them during the coming months.


December High Desert Bird-of-the-Month:


BOM: Mountain Chickadee

Scientific name: Poecile gambeli

  Mountain Chickadee edited  

How to identify: Tiny, large-headed but small-billed, with a long, narrow tail and full, rounded wings, strikingly black-and-white on the head, gray elsewhere. The white stripe over the eye identifies Mountain Chickadees from all other chickadees. Active and acrobatic, clinging to small limbs and twigs or hanging upside down from pine cones. In winter, Mountain Chickadees flock with kinglets and nuthatches, with birds following each other one by one from tree to tree.


Habitat: Dry, mountainous forests of the West. The similar Black-capped Chickadee often occurs along streams and in broad-leaved trees, while Mountain Chickadees stick to the evergreens on higher slopes.


Where to find one: Chickadees are common across most of the evergreen forests of Western mountains, particularly pine, mixed conifer, spruce-fir, and pinyon-juniper forests.


How to attract one to your yard: Mountain Chickadees eat protein-rich insects and spiders during warm months, supplementing them with seeds and nuts as available. At feeders, black oil sunflower seeds, shelled peanuts, suet and peanut butter are chickadees' favorite foods, offered in tray, tube or hopper feeders.


Interesting fact: Energetic models suggest that a half-ounce chickadee needs to eat about 10 calories per day to survive. That's equivalent to about one-twentieth of an ounce of peanut butter.


Click here to read all of the Bird-of-the-Month article


Carmel's Backyard Birding Blog


With the weather turning colder and daylight decreasing, we find our family stuck indoors a bit more these days.  Looking for things to do inside and that still allow our kids to enjoy the outdoors is a bit of a challenge.  Since baking (and eating) seem to be the natural thing to do when it is cold out, we found some great recipes for creating backyard bird treats.  In this way we can continue to feed the birds when they need it the most, and enjoy some indoor crafts at the same time.  By the way, kids LOVE these projects and it's a terrific way for them to learn about the wildlife in their backyard.  Happy baking!




Muffins for the Birds -


Winter Food Cakes -


Peanut Buttery Bird Meal -


Tree Trunk Bacon Grease Treat -


December Nature Happenings


* Project FeederWatch continues,
* Christmas Bird Count is this month,
* December is our second snowiest month, though dreams of a White Christmas are a 1 in 20 shot.

* Watch for Bald Eagles along the rivers.
* Keep water open for birds with a bird bath and heater.
* Rather than search for worms in the frozen soil, large winter flocks of robins will visit fruit trees for food.
* Cedar Waxwings will visit yards in search of fruit, often staying for hours before moving on.
* Juncos will hunt for fallen seed, often before dawn.
* The smaller the bird, the earlier its hunt for food in the winter darkness.
* In preparation of the earliest nesting period of any bird (late-January through February), Great Horned Owls can be heard hooting at night in courtship.
* Now through late March is a difficult time for birds; providing food and an open source of water is important.
* Winter is a great time to look for birds' nests. Admire the craftsmanship, but leave the nest in place.
* Great Horned Owls are pairing up this month - listen for their "who" calls.
* This is a great time to teach chickadees and titmice to feed from your hand
* Decorate a tree for the birds. Pick a tree in the yard and decorate it with edible ornaments for your feathered friends.
* Meadow Voles and Deer Mice disappear into tunnels under a blanket of snow.
* Geminid Meteor Shower is source of water is important. 


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