Newburyport Birders’ Update – May – 2019

SEASONAL SIGHTINGS

Observe the Eastern Meadowlark, a boldly patterned, grassland specialist. It has an alert posture, long legs and a bill made for probing into the ground for its prey, insects.

Appreciate the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Hummers drink nectar, eat small insects for protein and will pluck spiders from their webs. It’s fun to see them sip at sap wells that woodpeckers have drilled. These sprites happily frequent nectar feeders.

Identify the Hermit Thrush with its rust-colored tail. It can be found in a wide array of habitats. Its flute-like whistle has a unique pitch and trails off as a descending medley.

FOCUSED ON DETAILS

We try to design programs that provide unmatched, personal service.
Newburyport Birders serves you pleasantly, professionally and promptly.
Our extra effort ensures that your birding adventures will be of enjoyable, high quality.

GIFT CERTIFICATES

Our Gift Certificates are always available for a private tour, our educational programs, birding basics & field study. What a great gift for the budding naturalist or birdwatcher in your family! Contact Sue at newburyportbirders@comcast.net

PRIVATE BIRDING TOURS

There’s a natural draw to appreciating birds. We’ll customize your tour, complete with one of our highly-skilled guides! Get outside with Newburyport Birders; you’ll observe, appreciate and identify birds. Birding is good for you!
Birding can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve concentration. Take a deep breath of fresh air, listen to the sounds of the birds and appreciate their colors. There are millions of active birdwatchers in the United States who collectively spend more money watching birds than all Americans spend on movie tickets.

CONSERVATION TIP

For every ton of paper we recycle, we save:

  • 17 trees that are 20 years old,
  • 4200 kilowatts of energy – that’s 6 months of power for an average home,
  • 7000 gallons of water,
  • 84 pounds of air pollutants from entering the atmosphere.

 

Reduce your plastic footprint – reduce, reuse & recycle:

  • Please be mindful of your single serve plastic bag usage,
  • Reuse your plastic utensils,
  • Reuse plastic straws after washing them,
  • Recycle your plastic, single-serve beverage bottles,
  • Recycle plastic plates and plastic cups,
  • Recycle plastic food containers

WAYS YOU CAN HELP SONGBIRDs

  1. Add a birdbath,
  2. Clean out nesting boxes,
  3. Create a brush pile
  4. Plant native plants and trees,
  5. Rake leaves under the shrubs to create mulch for natural feeding,
  6. Remove invasive plants,
  7. Wash the birdfeeders with a 10% solution of bleach,
  8. Keep your cat indoors for its and the birds’ safety,
  9. Create an edge habitat of native plantings along your property line,
  10. Avoid wasteful irrigation,
  11. Don’t apply harmful pesticides,
  12. Try organic fertilizers

Kenn Kaufman’s New Book

A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration is written by well-known author and bird enthusiast, Kenn Kaufman. It introduces readers to a well-known birding locality in northwestern Ohio and to the magic and wonder of bird migration.

Kaufman elegantly presents his topics and, in the end, leaves his readers with both an enjoyable and a thoughtful read. Each chapter is written in a deliberate and thoughtful manner, introducing readers to birds, a place, and the phenomenon of bird migration. Whether it be information about waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors or warblers, or research techniques such as bird-banding, radar studies and the contributions of waterfowl hunters, Kenn guides you carefully to an understanding and appreciation of them.

Central to his narrative are key birding locations and prominent ornithological figures, many in the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area or at Black Swamp Bird Observatory, and the growing community of birders that increasingly visits northwestern Ohio during spring migration every year.

HUMMINGBIRD PRIMER

April has brought us showers, wind and more showers… May’s flowers will keep the hummingbird content. You may want to incorporate the following plants on your property:

  • Agastache is an aromatic perrennial, and hummingbirds love it.
  • Penstemon is a tube-shaped, two lipped plant also known as Beard Tongue.
  • Lonicera is honeysuckle, and planting native honeysuckle attracts the hummingbirds.

 

Please keep your nectar feeders clean & mold-free by washing the feeder and replenishing the nectar every few days.