Here are the last of the summer cardinal babies (the 5th batch)! They are still spotty as the red feathers grow in. I have several feeding stations around the yard, but the cardinals prefer seed on the ground. The fave for the red birds is sunflower seeds. With an abundance of food, the birds nest here on the grounds and have multiple batches of eggs from early spring to August (in S. Texas). For the new readers just beginning to get into birds, I have shared some excerpts from Wikipedia about Bird Feeding. Some professionals are against back yard bird feeding as they think people will invite birds into locations that have cats and use pesticide. If you have cats or use pesticides, you can feed birds in parks. If you join in the back yard birding craze, use your common sense to have a good experience! Enjoy!
baby male cardinal
|Male northern cardinal|
Past post with more info on Cardinals from Wikipedia:
loving the bird shower!
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
James Fisher wrote that the first person recorded as feeding wild birds was the 6th-century monk Saint Serf of Fife who tamed a pigeon by feeding it. In the harsh winter of 1890-91 in Britain national newspapers asked people to put out food for birds. In 1910 in the United Kingdom, Punch magazinedeclared that feeding birds was a "national pastime." Bird feeding has grown into the United States' second most popular hobby behind gardening.To celebrate the bird feeding hobby, February was named National Bird-Feeding Month by congressional decree in 1994.
See also: Bird food
Bird feeding is typically thought of as an activity of bird enthusiasts. People who feed wild birds often attempt to attract birds to suburban and domestic locations. This requires setting up a feeding station and supplying bird food. The food might include seeds, peanuts, bought food mixes, fat, kitchen scraps and suet. Additionally, a bird bath and grit (sand), that birds store in their crops to help grind food as an aid to digestion, can be provided.
Feeding bread to waterfowl at parks, lakes and rivers is also a popular activity.
Certain foods tend to attract certain birds. Finches and Siskin will be attracted by Niger, and Jays love corn. Hummingbirds, sunbirds and other nectivorous birds love nectar. Mixed seed and black oil sunflower seed is favoured by many seed-eating species. Birds such as white-eyes, barbets, and some thrushes will take fresh and cut fruit. Different feeders can be purchased specialized for different species.
Garden birds can be fed using peanuts, seed, coconut (but never desiccated coconut) or fat (but not oils that are liquid at room temperature) using a variety of feeders.
After the station is established, it can take some weeks for birds to discover and start using it. This is particularly true if the feeding station is the first one in an area or (in cold-winter areas) if the station is being established in spring when natural sources of food are plentiful. Therefore, beginners should not completely fill a feeder at first. The food will get old and spoil if it is left uneaten for too long. This is particularly true of unshelled foods, such as thistle seed and suet. Once the birds begin taking food, the feeder should be kept full. Additionally, people feeding birds should be sure that there is a source of water nearby. A bird bath can attract as many birds as a feeding station.
Large sums of money are spent by ardent bird feeders, who indulge their wild birds with a variety of bird foods and bird feeders. Over 55 million Americans over the age of 16 feed wild birds and spend more than $3 billion a year on bird food, and $800 million a year on bird feeders, bird baths, bird houses and other bird feeding accessories. The activity has spawned an industry that sells supplies and equipment for the bird feeding hobby.
In some cities or parts of cities (e.g. Trafalgar Square in London) feeding pigeons is forbidden, either because they compete with vulnerable native species, or because they abound and causepollution and/or noise.
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See you next time!