I can feel it, it’s in the air, and I have become obsessed with birding. My house is all windows in my main great room, and the way it is situated, it feels like I live in a birdhouse. So I’ve been working on bird things, but this year I’m getting serious. I’m doing planters along my deck (wraps around more than 1/2 of the house) that will be full of birdie flowers, shepherd’s hooks off the deck with bird feeders, plenty of bird feeders in the front and back yard.
Here I can get a lot of birds as either permanent residents or migratory or they breed in this area, but mostly I’m wanting Baltimore Orioles, Purple Martins (this could be next year’s project) and I want to get my hummingbird group solidified, and I want some woodpeckers. I already have lots of Cardinals.
For those of you that are serious yard birders, any tips and advice for me? I know to clean the hummingbird feeders every other day or oftener. I’ll be putting out the jelly and nectar and oranges for the orioles about mid-April (that’s a little earlier than they show up, and it will make some other birds happy while we wait). Hummingbird concoction will go out about the same time. Suet is out now, I even found some disgusting wormy suet for the second phase of keeping the orioles around, they need meal worms in their diet I think around mating time with the grape jelly.
Bird advice? I have some huge trees on my property, oak, maple, and I’m thinking of doing the bark dough thing to get some woodpeckers to settle in the area.