Photography by Curtis and Norma Beaird
Article by Norma Beaird
In our three years of intense observation and research of birds and nature, if there is one thing we have learned, it is this....
Birds will predict changing weather patterns. For example, weather fronts including rain and cold air will facilitate bird movement and birds looking for food. We can see frantic behavior and a feeding frenzy at the bird feeders and know that either rain or some very cold air is on the horizon.
If we look at the weather forecast and see very cold temperatures, we will put out extra unsalted peanuts, white millet, black oil sunflower and suet, because we know that flocks of birds will arrive hungry. It's the same behavior for the regular birds who come to our feeders every day. They can clean off a feeder in thirty minutes during really cold weather or right before a thunderstorm.
For example, today it is very cold in the mid to upper 40's (well, cold for Georgia). On top of this, there was rain in the forecast. We had been seeing flocks of Red-Winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles and American Robins flying through our area and stopping for a snack in the yard. Yesterday, we put out extra seed all over the backyard and the following bird species list is the result, thanks to changing weather patterns. Plus, migration is in full swing and nesting season is just around the corner. Having a good buffet and water available to your avian visitors can result in many bird species coming to your yard.
February 28th - Bird Sightings - Backyard - 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
1. Pine Warblers (20)
2. Eastern Bluebirds (2 male & 1 female)
3. Chipping Sparrows (50)
4. Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker (male)
5. Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
6. Tufted Titmice (3)
7. Carolina Chickadees (2)
8. Mourning Doves (6)
9. Eurasian Collared-Doves (2)
10. Northern Mockingbird
11. Red-Bellied Woodpecker (male)
12. Pine Sisksins (20)
13. Red-Winged Blackbirds (100 +)
14. Turkey Vultures (3)
15. American Crows (3)
16. Brown-Headed Nuthatches (2)
17. Carolina Wren
18. Yellow-Rumped Warblers (5)
19. House Finches (3 male)
20. American Robins (70 +)
21. Northern Cardinals (male & female)
22. Common Grackles (20 +)
23. Blue Jay
24. Downy Woodpecker (male)
25. American Goldfinches (4)
Even though it's cold right now, the weather is changing and it will soon be springtime. Birds are moving. Don't miss out on an opportunity to experience a backyard full of colorful avian visitors!!
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