Wild Birds Unlimited Newsletter
~ For those passionate about birding and nature ~
September 2018                                                                                          Volume 9.18

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Nature News
Bird of the Month
 
 
 
Rufous Hummingbird
Selasphorus rufus
     

The Rufous is a fairly small hummingbird with a slender, nearly straight bill, a tail that tapers to a point when folded, and fairly short wings that don't reach the end of the tail when the bird is perched. In good light, male Rufous Hummingbirds glow like coals: bright orange on the back and belly, with a vivid iridescent-red throat. Females are green above with rufous-washed flanks, rufous patches in the green tail, and often a spot of orange in the throat.


 

These hummingbirds typically breed in open or shrubby areas, forest openings, yards, and parks, and sometimes in forests, thickets, swamps, and meadows from sea level to about 6,000 feet. During their migration, look for Rufous Hummingbirds as high as in our mountain meadows up to 10,000 feet elevation.


 

Areas such as Galena Creek and some of our local parks and backyards are good places to find Rufous Hummingbirds while they're around, but these birds spend much of the year on the move. Rufous Hummingbirds may take up temporary residence in your flower-filled garden or by putting out nectar feeders. However, they may also make life difficult for any other hummingbird species that visit your yard. If you live on their migration route, visiting Rufous Hummingbirds are likely to move on after just a week or two.


 

Rufous Hummingbirds feed primarily on nectar from colorful, tubular flowers including columbine, scarlet gilia, penstemon, Indian paintbrush, mints, lilies, fireweeds, larkspurs, currants, and heaths. Rufous Hummingbirds get protein and fat from eating insects, particularly gnats, midges, and flies taken from the air, and aphids taken from plants.

 

This species often comes to hummingbird feeders. Make sugar water mixtures with about one-quarter cup of sugar per cup of water. Food coloring is unnecessary; refined table sugar is the best choice since other sugars such as brown, organic or blends can have iron which can build up over time and become lethal. Change the water before it grows cloudy or discolored and remember that during hot weather, sugar water ferments rapidly to produce toxic alcohol. 

 

The Rufous Hummingbird makes one of the longest migratory journeys of any bird in the world, as measured by body size. At just over 3 inches long, its roughly 3,900-mile movement (one-way) from Alaska to Mexico is equivalent to 78,470,000 body lengths. In comparison, the 13-inch-long Arctic Tern's one-way flight of about 11,185 mi is only 51,430,000 body lengths

 

For more information on Rufous Hummingbirds, 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

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New Glass Feeders!
Just in time to help the backyard birds weather migration and bring a little sparkle to your yard. These feeders are all made from recycled glass & powder-coated metal construction.  Makes for an eco-friendlier and longer-lasting feeder!




Fall Migration Is On!

Where do birds go during the winter? Many birds migrate south in the winter and return to the north during the summer months. Birds that rely on insects, fruit, and nectar go south to the tropics in the winter to get food that isn't available in the winter months. But they return to the north to take advantage of flushes of insects, flowers, and larger breeding territories during the summer. How do the birds travel such large distances and what problems do they encounter? Join a Cornell University Naturalist Outreach student to better understand bird migration.

Upcoming Events

Lahontan Audubon Society
 
Tuesday, September 11  6:00pm
LAS Board meeting
 
Tuesday, September 18  4:00pm
Birds & Books Reading/Discussion Group
 
Tuesday, September 25  6:30pm
Program Meeting: Zachary Ormsby 


Tahoe Institute of Natural Science

Wed Sep 05 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Cove East Bird Outing

 

Fri Sep 07 @ 4:30PM - 09:30PM
Guitar Strings vs. Chicken Wings

 

Sun Sep 16 @ 8:00AM - 11:00AM
Spooner Lake Bird Outing

 

Tue Sep 18 @ 8:30AM - 11:30AM
September TBY Outing

Go to Tinsweb website for full list of outings 

Nature Happenings

* Western Meadowlarks migrate.
* Mule Deer are shedding the velvet from their antlers.
* Asters are the last plants to bloom.
* Fall hawk migration begins.
* Monarch Butterfly migration peaks.
* Bats are busy feeding, building fat for hibernation and migration.
* Blackbird (grackles, cowbirds and redwings) flocks can number in the thousands.
* Shorebird migration ends.
* Fall migration peaks for warblers and others.
* Bucks and bulls polishing their antlers; look for deer and elk rubs.
* Autumn colors begin - Sumac, dogwood and Virginia Creeper.
* Most hummingbirds depart by the end of month.
* Robins begin to join together in large flocks.
* Bears are feeding in preparation for hibernation.
* Switch feeders to high-fat, winter foods.


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