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Before you embark on a renovation, you need to do some research to learn what types of renovations and additions will actually add value to your home, if that’s important to you. At the end I would like to add a very personal note, if you are still with me. Adhesives, like 3Ms Command Strips, are available in Velcro and hooks and are becoming increasingly more popular. I like how it has aged. You can also plant natural shelters like bushes or buy roosting pockets available at Wild Birds Unlimited to offer essential protection in the winter. You can purchase professional cleaners like Scoot at Wild Birds Unlimited, or use a mild one part vinegar to nine parts water solution to disinfect all of your feeders. Before it dries, use a level to ensure that it’s straight. So, if you want to install them into steps or stepping stones, use them for patio lighting, mount them into wood blocks, or even use them as standalone ground level lighting for flower or garden borders, there’s nothing to stop you! Or you can use a one part vinegar to nine parts water solution to clean all of your feeders.
3. Feeder/Hardware Maintenance – Check you feeders to see if there are any repairs that need to be done. Most visiting warblers are bug eaters so you might see them at feeders that have suet or nuts. 2. Fill Feeders – Throw out seed that is over 3 months old! Potholes can not only damage your tires, but they can also bend your wheels, throw your car out of alignment, and break suspension components. I often empty it out to get rid of any mosquito larvae but the birds always return. Birdbaths also need to be scrubbed with a brush and water should be replaced every three to days to discourage mosquito reproduction. Food is the most essential element, providing birds with the energy, stamina and nutrition they need. 5. Prepare Bird Baths – Birds also need a source for water in the winter. Clean feathers help birds stay warm, and a bird bath is often the only way for some birds to drink and keep their feathers in top condition when it’s cold.
If you read my earlier post about the Tufa Torch, this Bird Bath will look quite familiar! Warblers and other birds that aren’t normal feeder birds will also be attracted to a clean water source. If you’re not sure when the birds will make it to your area, BirdCast is a new website that has real-time predictions of when birds migrate, where they migrate, and how far they will be flying. To stay warm, birds will expend energy very quickly, some losing up to 10% of their body weight on extremely cold nights, and this fat must be replaced every day. It is dried out and will do your birds no good. If you are feeding a good birdseed blend now, you will attract lots of birds that will remain in the same general area for the rest of their adult lives. The busier the feeders, the safer your yard will appear to passing birds, which will result in more birds stopping to investigate. To help reduce the possibility of disease transmission in birds, clean feeders and feeding areas at least once a month.
Or you can disassemble feeders and immerse them completely in a 1:9 vinegar: water solution for three minutes. Hummingbird feeders should be cleaned every three to five days, or every other day in warm weather. There is no set date for migration, but birds are sensitive to weather conditions. As the sun goes down, some birds head for a perch in leafy bushes, evergreens, vines or dense brush piles for the night. When you think about migration you may not realize that a majority of small song birds begin their journey at dusk and fly throughout the night. Mid-Michigan gets a lot of traffic as birds make their long journey South for the winter. 4. ProvideRoosting Spots – Nest boxes turn into roosting boxes in the winter for bluebirds, chickadees, nuthatches, sparrows, and other birds that might stay all winter in mid-Michigan. You can also put up roosting and nesting boxes to give birds a warm, dry place to stay overnight.