Thursday, May 8, 2008

Bird Tidbits

Purple Martins and Tree Swallows rely on a diet of insects, so late-spring cold snaps can quickly deplete their food supply.

Although Killdeer are shorebirds, they often live quite a distance from water.

Song Sparrows breeding in the North and South appear to have distinctly different "accents" in their songs.

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak usually arrives at nesting grounds about 10 days earlier than its mate.

Chipping Sparrows nest in small evergreens near gardens. We've had them nesting in the arborvitae at the corner of our house.

Leave a dead tree in your yard for cavity-nesting birds such as woodpeckers, titmice and chickadees. We also have a Great-crested Flycatcher that comes back each year looking for a cavity to nest in.

Cardinals will eat grapes and use strips of grape bark to build their nests.

Northern Cardinals often spend all four seasons in the same backyard.

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