Wild Birds Unlimited Newsletter
~ For those passionate about birding and nature ~
June 2018                                                                                          Volume 6.18

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Nature News
Bird of the Month
 
 
AMERICAN KESTRAL
Falco sparverius
 
 
The American Kestrel is North America's smallest falcon. In many older field guides you might see it referred to as "sparrow hawk", indicating the propensity to seek out small songbirds as prey.
 
The Kestrel is one of the most colorful birds of prey, with a slate blue head, black mustache and warm, reddish brown back. The male amps up this feast of color with slate blue wings, also. The Kestrel is roughly the size and shape of a Mourning Dove, but with a larger head, longer tail and distinctive falcon-shaped wings.
 
Kestrels most often hunt from the ground, although they can also catch food in flight. Their diet is heavy on invertebrates and insects such as dragonflies, grasshoppers, beetles; but they also are fierce hunters with prey including song birds nearly their size, lizards, small snakes, mice and voles.
 
Because of their small size, they can end up being prey for larger raptors like Red-tail Hawks, Barn Owls, Cooper's Hawk or even American Crows.
 
The Kestrel prefers open areas for its habitat, including deserts, grasslands, alpine meadows, and more urbanized parks. Kestrels are cavity nesters, but cannot excavate their own. They depend on old woodpecker holes, crevices in rocks, natural tree hollows, or nooks in human-built structures. They will use nest boxes with the correct dimensions and hole size. Kestrel populations have seriously declined over the last several years. Part of this is due to pesticides that destroy the insects on which they depend, exposure to pesticides that affects eggs, and loss of suitable nesting sites.
 
Anyone who lives in the proper habitat might have success in putting up a nest box to attract them. In your travels in Northern Nevada, keep an eye on fences, small trees etc. for this wonderful little bird as he sits and waits for his dinner to fly or run past him.
 
Learn how to make a Kestrel nest box and create a safe home for a pair of Kestrels to raise a family at your home. Go to: http://raptorinstitute.org/american-kestrel-nest-box/
 
 


Some fun ideas to do with Dad this Father's Day

Build a backyard birdhouse together
Adopt-a-Bird from the National Aviary
Purchase a birdbath for the yard
Make some homemade suet cakes for the birds
Buy Dad a pair of binoculars for backyard birding
Enjoy going on a local birding hike with Dad

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Father-of-the-Year Award

The Father-of-the-Year Award goes to the Downy Woodpecker. Though they share daytime nest duties with their mate, only the fathers incubate and brood at night and they roost in the nest until their offspring fledge.

 
How Cool Is That?  Check out this woodpecker video...

High Perch Hummingbird Feeders

 Feeders include a High View perch that invites hummingbirds to rest comfortably as they drink from any of four feeding ports while also offering an unobstructed view of the birds. Bright red cover attracts hummingbirds from a distance and is easily removed so the bowl can be cleaned quickly and thoroughly. Constructed of unbreakable polycarbonate. 
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Upcoming Events

Lahontan Audubon Society
 
Friday, June 1  7:00am
 Field Trip - Silver Saddle Ranch

Sunday, June 3  9:00am
 Fun Day! With Lahontan Audubon

Friday, June 8 7:00am
 Field Trip - Ranch San Rafael

Saturday, June 9  7:30am
 Field Trip: Lake Tahoe - Page Meadows Bird Outing with TINS
 
Tuesday, June 12  6:00pm
 LAS Board meeting

Friday, June 15  All day
 Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, Joint work trip with Sierra Club

Saturday, June 16  All day
 Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, Joint work trip with Sierra Club

Sunday, June 17  All day
 Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, Joint work trip with Sierra Club

Tuesday, June 19  4:00pm
 Birds and Books Reading Group

Friday, June 22  7:00am
 Field trip: Lower Tahoe Meadows

Friday, June 29  All day
 Nevada Audubon Chapters Birding Trip to Ruby Mountains & Marshes

Saturday, June 30
All day Nevada Audubon Chapters Birding Trip to Ruby Mountains & Marshes
  
  
Tahoe Institute of Natural Science

Thu Jun 07 @ 7:30AM - 09:00AM
Village Green Bird Walks


Sat Jun 09 @ 7:30AM - 11:00AM
Page Meadows Bird Outing with LAS

Fri Jun 15 @12:00AM
Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua
 Go to Tinsweb website for full list of outings 

Nature Happenings

* June is Perennial Garden Month & National Rivers Month
* Luna moths can be seen at night.
* Garter snakes are seen in yards.
* Viceroy, Fritillary and Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly mating seasons.
* Keep nectar feeders fresh and change sugar solutions every three days as the temperature rises.
* Many summer birds are not frequent feeder visitors but will seek out fresh water to beat the summer heat.
* In new open space, watch for various flycatchers to search for flying insects and water to wash them down.
* Some cavity-dwelling species may attempt to start a second brood, so check your nest boxes to clean out sterile eggs, spiders, wasps or other debris and consider adding fresh cedar shavings.
* As the month progresses, feeders can become busy with visiting parents and fledglings. Look for titmice, woodpecker and chickadee young being fed.
* House Wrens are nesting.
* Canada Geese begin molting.
* Crickets begin their nightly serenade.
* Raccoon young are born.
* Keep your feeders and bird baths clean and your seed fresh.
* Titmice and chickadees will start a second nesting.


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