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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Waves of birds migrating north: Put up extra Window Alerts

We didn’t have as many Dark-eyed Juncos at the feeder this winter in mid-Michigan. Perhaps the lack of snow meant they could forage for seeds elsewhere or a mild winter meant some birds stayed further north. This morning however, I saw a whole new flock of juncos making a pit stop in my yard on their journey north to their nesting grounds.

Juncos migrate at night at very low altitudes in flocks up to 100 individuals. Other birds like fox and tree sparrows may accompany the juncos. Flock composition can change from day to day during migration. Juncos prefer to forage and roost in groups during the day and may depart together at night but do not stay together during flight.

http://lansingwbu.blogspot.com/2015/03/stop-bird-crashes-into-windows.htmlJuncos, like many other members of the sparrow family, eat a variety of insects and seeds mainly on the ground. What seeds they prefer can differ across the country. Black oil sunflower seeds, millet, safflower, peanuts and peanut butter suet are some of the most popular foods that attract juncos to tray or ground bird feeders. You’ll also see the juncos scratching for grass seeds or insects in leaf litter and pine needles.

Most of these birds are just passing through and are unfamiliar with the territory. It is helpful to feed the birds during spring migration because a busy yard full activity will call in the migrating birds to rest. If other birds are there, they know your yard as a safe stopover.

Along with a full feeder and clean bird bath make sure to put up extra Window Alerts so no bird is wounded fatally by trying to fly through your windows.

Related Articles:
Fun Facts About Juncos http://bit.ly/pgewJn
What birds like Safflower seed? http://bit.ly/puRjIr
Sparrows Native to mid-Michigan http://bit.ly/nURO99
Do the same birds show up at the same feeders year after year? http://bit.ly/GMaOYV

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