It is the time of new beginnings BC Nature Study and Outdoor Education
It is the time of new beginnings. There are a number of baby birds coming to the feeders now. Baby Gray Jays, Juncos, Hairy Woodpeckers, and Pine Siskins are common in the yard. If think the American Robins are starting another brood. I hear the male Robins calling in the early morning and evenings just at dusk. I also had the opportunity to count 19 or 20 Sandhill Cranes in Horn’s field last week. I have not seen that many stay in our area and raise their young. I hear their calls in the early morning hours as well.
Check how many varieties of these helpful birds you can see around town, the marsh and all the surrounding areas. These are one of nature’s pest control specialists. The average Barn Swallow eats about 60 insects per hour or 850 per day. Swallows mostly hunt and capture their food on the wing, taking each individual insect one at a time.
We have six different Swallows in our area.
Keep a lookout for nest build of mud, on cliff banks and in nest boxes.
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