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Monday, September 24, 2018

Prediction of bird movement

Stock your bird feeders! 

Purple Finches

Many birds will have a difficult time finding natural foods this winter.

Ron Pittaway, an Ontario Field Ornithologist, collects data on the seasonal seed, berry, and cone crops across Canada to determine if there will be enough natural foods to sustain the hordes of finches and other perching birds in the northern forests or if the birds will need to migrate further south. Most years there is enough food. However, when there are widespread crop failures, either due to poor climatic conditions or insect outbreaks, the result is an irruption of birds at our mid-Michigan feeders. The 2018-2019 Winter Finch Forecast predicts it is going to be one of those years we're are going to see a lot of birds!

I've already seen and heard an unusually large number of Red-breasted Nuthatches and Purple Finches are also making their way down. In late November to February expect to see siskins, redpolls, and perhaps some Red or White-winged Crossbills, as well as Pine and Evening Grosbeaks. If you have feeders up, keep them full of the Wild Birds Unlimited No-mess blend or any other blend with a high content of sunflower seed as well as a Nyjer thistle feeder. And fruiting trees and bushes along with a source of open water like a heated bird bath will also encourage these out-of-towners to drop in for a visit.

Related Articles:
- Now is the time for the heated birdbath https://goo.gl/qHe2qJ
- Nyjer (thistle) isn't related to Canada Thistle http://bit.ly/Nt8Xxu
- How to Prepare Your Yard for Winter Birdwatching http://bit.ly/uduvLm
- Friendliest birds coming down from Canada https://goo.gl/FrphzH
- Most common winter birds in Michigan http://bit.ly/vSkLTn

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