Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Fall Tasks For The Birds and Migration

Before they begin to migrate, birds undergo metabolic changes that produce large amounts of fat reserves. They need to store up to have enough energy to make the journey. Many migrating birds travel at an altitude of 3000 to 6000 feet and scientists are still not certain how birds find their way while migrating.

In Fall, don't cut down the stalks of plants like Black-eyed Susans, Coreopsis, Cosmos, Sunflowers, Coneflowers and any plant that has obvious seed heads. These are natural bird feeders and the diversity of seeds is important to their dietary needs.

When you clean your bird houses this Fall, leave some sticks in wren houses for next year.

More information on migration.

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