Issue No. 07.14
July 1, 2014
"Nature News" from Wild Birds Unlimited at Moana Nursery Happy July 4th to you & yours!Attention Rewards Program Members ...
Rewards Certificates will be mailed next week! Please contact us if you think you earned one and don't receive it. Remember that the amount of your reward is based on your retail and landscape purchases from January 1 to June 30, 2014, with a minimum purchase of $100 to earn a Rewards Certificate.
To view the 2014 brochure and read about eligibility, please click here.
Summer Seed Sale - 20 lb. bags
Though the temperature is rising, our seed prices are falling. Shop now and save on the best WBU Seed Blends and suet. Our seed blends:
- are chosen by your local expert.
- formulated to care for your birds.
- contain no cereal fillers - just seeds your birds love.
Dove & Quail $16.99 (reg. $18.99)
Deluxe Blend $19.99 (reg. 21.99)
No Mess Blend $32.49 (reg. $35.99)
Finch Blend $31.49 (reg. 34.99)
10% discount on a 10 or more Suet Cakes -
Sale ends July 15, 2014. Limited to stock on hand.
Identifying New Birds & Bird Behaviors
Right now new birds and strange new behaviors are being seen in backyards. No, they are not new bird species; they are young hungry birds.
Many bird parents show their fledglings where to find food and how to eat from feeders. But how do you know if it is an adult or this year's offspring? Here are some clues to look and listen for at your feeders.
Having a Shadow
Watch for one or more birds closely following or outright chasing a parent. This often occurs in the first two weeks after leaving the nest.
When hungry, many fledglings harass their parents with an incessant "feed me." These can be single or double noted calls that sound like squeaks or chip notes. Chickadees and goldfinches are notorious for incessant feeding chatter.
A fledgling may beg with its mouth open toward the parent. A juvenile may also move its head side to side and flutter its wings to get its parents' attention.
A Motley Crew
Fledglings are still growing out their feathers so they can appear very mottled or slightly fuzzy. There are often spots or streaks on the head, back, breast and/or flanks until the feathers are fully grown.
No "End" in Sight
Tail feathers are usually the last to fully grow. Young birds' tail feathers can appear very short or it can look like a bird has no tail.
Keep your feeders full and watch for new birds and new behaviors this season.
New Feeders have arrived.
- Heavy Duty Birch Log Seed Feeders
- Sunflower and Cattail Feeder Stakes
- Antique Glass Humming Bird Feeders
- Combination Nyjer and Mixed Seed Feeders
July's High Desert Bird-of-the-Month:
Black-chinned Hummingbird is named for the dark chin and throat of the male. When the light hits just right, the male shows a band of iridescent purple below the chin. Black-chinned is usually the only hummingbird to nest in our area, with the exception of Calliope hummingbird in nearby mountains.
As with many hummingbird species, the female Black-chinned is dull metallic green on the back and flanks and grayish-white below. It is really difficult to pin down a female identification to a particular species, as most female hummingbirds look very similar. During courtship the male performs a "pendulum" display, flying back and forth in a wide "U" pattern, and makes whirring sounds on each dive. It is quite impressive to witness.
Carmel's Bird Blog
The crazy Nevada weather has really been a factor lately in how we manage our multiple seed feeders in the backyard. Between heat and wind, we find ourselves filling both the food and the birdbaths quite frequently. It is almost as though the birds are now aware of the nightly feeding and watering routine and look forward to the late afternoon snacks put out for them. I must say it is a lot of fun to watch the fledgling finches battling over space at the feeders and creating quite a commotion. However, the WBU No Mess seed blend has been great and for all the activity, there has been nothing left over after the feeding frenzy is done!
July Nature Happenings
- Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower July 30th
- NABA National Butterfly count.
- Rufous Hummingbirds visit mid-month on their southbound leg of the longest migration distance of any bird for its size.
- Calliope Hummingbirds, our smallest bird in North America, also visit on their southern migration.
- American and Lesser Goldfinches are our last birds to nest, waiting for mature thistle plants to provide nesting material and food for their young.
- Robins have finished nesting but will readily visit yards in search of worms and berries. Plant berry-producing shrubs or offer cherries, cranberries, raisins, grapes or blueberries to help robins feed their young.
- Look for Monarch caterpillars on milkweed foliage.
- Queen Anne's Lace blooming.
- Keep finch feeders full of fresh Nyjer® (commonly referred to as thistle) seed.
- Look for hummingbirds feeding on trumpet vine, columbine and penstemon.
- Mallards and Wood Ducks molt into their "eclipse" plumage and are unable to fly for several weeks.
- First brood of immature hummingbirds begin to show up at nectar feeders later in the month.
Upcoming Meetings & Events:
Lahanton Audubon Society
Monthly Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday, August through May, 6:30 p.m. (social) 7:00 p.m. - meeting begins. Monthly meetings are held at the Moana Nursery Landscape and Design Center, 1100 West Moana Lane, in Reno. Moana Nursery is on the southwest corner of Lakeside Drive and West Moana Lane; the Landscape and Design Center is a separate building, located on the west side of the parking lot (not in the nursery shop itself). We look forward to seeing you there!
The nearby Plumas Audubon Society also has field trips scheduled that area birders may find of interest. For more details please visit
- Saturday, August 2, 2014 - Birds, Views, and Falls - Galena Falls, Mount Rose Trailhead, Reno, NV
- Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - Truckee River Sunset Stroll and McCarran Bridge Chiroptera Cruise (Bats)
- Saturday, August 9, 2014 - Spooner Lake State Park
For information on the Lahontan Audubon Society, click here.
Saturday July 5, 2014 - 5:30 - 6:30 PM: Raptor Adventures Learn about birds of prey in this one-hour program by expert falconers Jim and Kathleen Tigan. Enjoy this awesome experience as raptors fly right over your head at 60 MPH, demonstrating natural behaviors! This program is held at Animal Ark's new amphitheater which is located in a beautiful natural setting.Saturday July 5, 2014 - 7:00 - 8:00 PM: Lure of the Cheetah Come see the world's fastest land mammal in action as our cheetahs run at top speeds - completely off-leash - around the Animal Ark run field! Must be at least 10 years of age to attend. Reservations required.