Birds on Radar Migration Map
Map by Paul Hurtado, Assistant Professor - Mathematics & Statistics, University of Nevada
Photography and Article by Norma Beaird
As you can see by the map above, the bird migration process continues. On this particular map, the appearance of blue bursts are the birds migrating to the northern part of the United States and Canada. Some birds will stop for a while in the Southern states to rest and refuel.
At this point in the season, it is necessary to have your feeders stocked with black oil sunflower, shelled sunflower, white millet and unsalted peanuts. It is also critically important to keep a birdbath filled with fresh water. For example, the female Rose-Breasted Grosbeak stopped by our feeders for a chance to rest and eat before continuing her journey north.
Birders in the Northern U.S. and Canada should keep their feeders stocked with extra black oil sunflower and nyger seed for the arrival of the American Goldfinches and Pine Siskins.
Keeping your bird feeders stocked at this time of year is also very important for the birds who are nesting in your area. Many times, they will leave their nests to come to feeders and partake of the generous offerings. They will drink water from the birdbath while a few will take a birdbath and splash the dust and pollen off of their wings.
If the birds become familiar with your feeding stations, they will also bring their young and feed them at your feeders. It is such a joy to know that you have helped feed a mama's little baby bird! So, take a little extra time to keep the bird feeders stocked and the birdbaths full, watch the radar maps and Happy Birding!
The female Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
To check daily for the continuing bird migration routes, click here.
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