Monday, June 29, 2009

It's Hot, Hot, Hot!!

Now that the hot summer weather is here in full force, don't forget your feathered friends.  Late spring and summer means babies, babies, babies!

Your backyard birds need you just as much now as they do in the winter months.  Even though food is plentiful now in the form of insects, seeds, and nectar, your backyard birds will still come to the feeders for the seeds, nuts, and suet you've been feeding them during the cold weather--if you continue to provide them.  At this time of year they are feeding babies, and the feeders are a wonderful source of "fast" food for their demanding young ones.

Possibly the most important thing you can do for your feathered friends at this time of year is to provide them with a source of fresh water for drinking and bathing.  Birdbaths, plant saucers, or even a shallow bowl will work.  Please remember to change the water at least every other day to prevent mosquitos from hatching.  Lawn sprinklers are also a delight, both for the birds, and the humans that watch them.

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