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 Bird of the month Dark-eyed Junco
Read about the Junco below
October News Notes For Birders:
  •  Northern birds will begin to arrive for the winter with Juncos, White-throated Sparrows, and Harris' Sparrows leading the way. Watch for new birds arriving.
  •  Most all our summer neo-tropical birds are gone till next spring.
  •  Flocks of blackbirds are gathering and starting to move south.
  •  The last of the songbirds from our north  will be passing through.
  •  Ducks and geese, the last migrants to head south, are becoming restless.
  •  The molt is complete, feathers are fresh, and birds will return to the feeders.
  •  Now is the time to consider water for winter. Check your bird bath heater.
  •  Birds are preparing their winter food sources so keep the feeders filled.
  •  Watch your yards for new or unusual birds passing through.
  •  Migration is a time when extremely rare birds may suddenly appear in your area.
  •  Take the time for an early morning bird walk and watch the migration take place.
 Not all wild bird feed is alike
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Is your bird bath heater ready to go?
It won't be long before we get our first taste of temperatures below freezing on the Great Plains. Many folks may be left with a thin layer of ice on their bird baths. The weather is going to warm, but this is just a reminder of what is to come. Now is a great time to test your bird bath heater and make sure you're ready for cold weather.
How and why do birds migrate?
Find out below
A slow September for feeding birds
Will October be the same?
 
With the fall molt complete the male Goldfinch will be dressed in the olive basic plumage similar to the female.
September of 2017 has been one of the slowest months for birds at the bird feeders than I have seen in quite a while. In a way that is good. It provides substantial evidence that birds remain connected to their natural instinct and ability for foraging natural foods. That is why many of us find it hard to tell if the wild bird feed in the feeders is going down at all. Many birds have staked out natural food plots and are taking advantage of the bounty. It should be a good one this year as the flora has benefited from all the rain we have received since spring. Just today my rain gauge is again at 3.5 inches with rain expected for the next 48 hours. But this much rain after most natural foods have matured could suddenly reverse that bountiful harvest for birds. Weather may be having additional impacts on local and migratory birds in your area. Birds are pretty mobile and can shift their distribution with ease. And the extreme weather primarily in the Gulf and Atlantic has had a profound effect on bird habitats again possibly creating a shift in the distribution of some birds.

But it remains that birds are dynamic creatures constantly on the move whether in the confines of a neighborhood or across the vast reaches of several continents. And we know as the winds from the north begin to blow we will witness many birds using the flyways of Nebraska as an escape route to less frigid areas to our south. It will also usher birds in from the north that will arrive soon to spend the winter with us. By then our resident birds will join them to once again take advantage of our generous offering of supplemental food in the backyard bird feeders. Then once the snow and ice begins to cover the natural food plots many birds have located, you will once again be filling your bird feeders on a regular basis. 

My advice during this seeming-less endless drought of birds visiting the feeder? Keep the feeders filled. They have already identified it as a source of food or soon will. I still have a variety of birds checking out the bird feeders on their routes to various natural food sources they have staked out. Although they eat little at the bird feeders, maybe its just their security to keep track of where all their food stores are as we slowly move toward winter. 
Wachiska Audubon's monthly birding field trip
Details below
About Bird Migration
The Central Great Plains Flyway and Missouri River Flyway converge in Nebraska one of the prime birding meccas on the continent
One of the most amazing phenomena, if not the most amazing of all in the wildlife kingdom, is the migration of birds. Bird migration has fascinated humans since the beginning of history. It is not only mentioned in the bible, but was studied by ancient philosophers. While many questions have been answered, many other questions remain. 

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Bird of the month
Dark-eyed Junco
Many backyard bird watchers view this bird as a welcome visitor to their winter bird feeding program. The flocks may become large and they will patrol a territory from several backyards to perhaps several acres. These loose flocks seem to remain close during the winter season, but have a defined pecking order. The older birds and males seem to dominate the females and younger birds, and those earlier arrivals tend to rank higher in the group than later arrivals.

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Don't miss this months Bird Chatter below
Birding Field Trip to Marsh Wren Saline Wetland
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Marsh Wren Wetland is a part of the unique Saline Wetlands recently renovated by the Lower Platte South Natural Resource District. Marsh Wren wetland opened to the public in July, but restoration work continues on this rare and
once pristine saline wetland  located on the
north edge of Lincoln.  The NRD is using a salt water irrigation system, pumping saline ground water into the complex along with other modifications to the property which includes a viewing platform.
This field trip to view shorebirds, ducks, and other water birds is Sunday, October 15. Meet at Cracker Barrel Restaurant parking lot on North 27th Street at 2:30 p.m. Check Wachiska's website for details or call John at 402-475-7275 or the Wachiska office at 402-486-4846.
 
Learn more about Eastern Nebraska's saline wetlands in Lancaster and Saunders counties. Visit
 Brome Bird Care
Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders
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Peanut Feeders - A picture is worth a thousand words
Yellow-shafted Flicker
Downy feeding young
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
photos by Dave of Wild Bird Habitat

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Is it a native sparrow or house sparrow?
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Best Woodpecker Suet Plugs

Attractor High Energy Suet Plugs available at 
the Wild Bird Habitat Stores

  • Roasted Peanut Attractor Plugs
    P-Nutbutter Logs
    Suet Log w/WP
  • Pure Attractor Plugs
  • Sunflower Attractor Plugs
  • No-Melt Peanut Butter Attractor Plugs
By the pack or by the case, woodpeckers love 'em



 Changing Season Tips for Birders Below
The House Sparrow
I wished they'd have never called it a sparrow

When the word sparrow is mentioned, all to often one thinks of the common house sparrow, an aggressive cavity nesting bird introduced into North America from England in the mid 1850s, becoming the most populace bird in North America by the turn of the century. Besides reeking havoc on our native cavity nesting birds, it is also seen as a nuisance bird that can over-take our feeders driving off many of the smaller birds and consuming large quantities of precious bird seed. However, t he house sparrow, also referred to as the English sparrow, is not a true sparrow at all. It is a Weaver Finch, having no relationship to the sparrow family. So how can you tell if that little brownish bird feeding in your yard is a true sparrow? Simple! Just watch their feeding habits. The house sparrow, or Weaver Finch, use their bill to sweep for food. That is why many times they shovel seed out of the bird feeder. True sparrows feed much like a chicken, scratching the ground with their feet to turn up seeds and other foods. So if you see a small brown bird scratching the ground with their feet, take a closer look, as they are our true native sparrows and well worth identifying.
 
All wild bird feed isn't the same
and the birds can tell
What you need to know below
Dave
Dave's October Bird Chatter
The huge flocks of blackbirds, including the notorious Common Grackle, will be growing in numbers and eventually they will leave as well. The folks in the southern Gulf States where these birds are headed are already dreading their arrival. Some of these flocks can number in the millions and the noise and upheaval can be hard for us to comprehend. These large flocks of blackbirds on the wing are truly a sign of autumn along with the changing colors of the leaves. But mind you, they don't all leave at the same time. And blackbirds from the north will continue to filter through our area for the next week or two. 

I can remember as a young child playing in our rather large backyard digging in the dirt, flipping through the leaves that were piled in a large mound ready to be burned. Cherishing the thought of the smell that filled the air from the smoke of burning leaves on an autumn afternoon. The skies were cloudy and one could feel the early sharpness of the northern wind. Then as if out of nowhere the skies would become filled with a long stringing flock of blackbirds endlessly coming off the northern horizon and disappearing toward the south as my view of them became block by trees. The noise they produced all clambering at once on a single pitch in tone. Almost deafening. Then they were gone. This thought and to see endless flocks of blackbirds winging their way across the grey sky today will for me always be a sign of things to come as the seasons change..  

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Lets Talk Wild Bird Feed
You're at the grocery store picking up a few items for dinner. You check the ingredients on the label before you make a decision on a package of food. Next you pick up some pet food and again read the label because you are just as concerned what you are feeding you four legged companion. You remember you are low on wild bird feed, so you grab a bag an toss it in your cart. Have you ever thought about reading the label on that bag of wild bird feed? That is just as important as the foods you purchase for you and your pet. 

Not all wild bird feed is the same. Some contain filler products birds will not eat. Some single seed wild bird feed is discounted because of low quality. And the nutritional data on the label has a lot to do with the number and variety of birds you'll attract to your bird feeder. But you made your decision to purchase that bag of wild bird feed on cost. 

Grocery stores and mass retailers usually purchase low quality wild bird feed from economy packagers after which it is warehoused for extended periods of time prior to distribution. While being stored for long periods the oils in the seeds that contain the fats and proteins wild birds need begins to dry out. And when you fill your bird feeder with this economy wild bird feed as much as 40% may end up uneaten and wasted on the ground which made the economy bag of wild bird feed very expensive. 

Quality wild bird feeds will attract more birds to your bird feeders as well as a larger variety of birds. It may cost a little more but in the long run since 100% of it will be eaten its equivalent to the cost of that economy bag the birds will not eat or waste on the ground.

So how can you tell quality from economy? I hope the following article will help you make a better decision about the wild bird feed you purchase for your feathered friends.

The Wild Bird Habitat Stores offer one of the highest quality lines of wild bird feeds on the market. We offer over 20 mixes and single seed wild bird feeds, with deliveries made directly to our stores from Des Moines Feed twice weekly and rotated to maintain freshness. Our wild bird feeds are guaranteed to attract more birds. Our customers know and so do the birds.
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Changing Seasons
Asp Bigfoot

As seasons change from late summer to early fall birds are already preparing for the upcoming winter. They are establishing food sources during September both natural food plots and identifying supplemental food sources such as well stocked bird feeders. Here are a few tips for backyard bird enthusiast to prepare for this seasonal change. 
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Did you know Wild Bird Habitat Store's wild bird feeds, poultry feeds, and pigeon feeds are NON-GMO, pesticide free, and premium grade
Environmentally Friendly Bird Feeders
Birds Choice Recycled Feeders
Although the durability and natural look of cedar bird feeders continue to be preferred, the new line of feeders made from 100% post consumer recycled plastic is gaining in popularity. Many of these bird feeders have a lifetime warranty against fading, pealing, cracking, and chipping. They clean up like brand new, even after years of use. And speak of easy cleaning, many of the cedar and recycled plastic feeders we stock have removable perforated steel bottoms. This also allows moisture to pass through and the seed to remain dry.
 

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 Nebraska - A top birding region in North America
Learn below where to go birding in Nebraska
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 WHERE TO GO BIRDING IN NEBRASKA
A top North American Birding Area
Nebraska Birding Trails

Listing more than 400 bird watching sites across the state of Nebraska. From the Missouri River Valley to the panhandle's rugged Pine Ridge, you'll find world class bird watching, scenic vistas, and a remarkable Nebraska Heritage around every corner.  nebraskabirdingtrails.com
 
 
Nebraska Metro Birding
Bird watching in seven counties in Eastern Nebraska. Find birding sites right out your backdoor in Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Lancaster, Sarpy, Saunders, and Washington counties. nebraskametrobirding.com
 
Central Nebraska, one of the major migratory routes on the continent. From Sandhill Cranes to Prairie Chickens, shore birds to prairie dog towns, it's an incredible journey you don't want to miss. nebraskaflyway.com 
Chicken Dance Trail

Chicken Dance Birding Trail, 27 counties in Southwestern Nebraska 
Birding in South Central & South Western Nebraska.  chickendancetrail.com.

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Wildlife Rescue needs your help
Lear below how you can help 
 Deter squirrels and blackbirds with Nutra Safflower & regular safflower
Everything you need to know - scroll down
Wildlife Rescue
During spring and early summer dozens of migrating and nesting birds become injured or orphaned. Volunteers are needed to help these birds recover and return to the wild.  

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Founded in 1979, Wildlife Rescue Team, Inc is a non-profit, independent, all volunteer organization dedicated to raising and rehabilitating Nebraska's injured and orphaned wildlife for eventual release back into their natural habitats. Wildlife Rescue Team, Inc relies solely on private private donations and contributions, membership fees, and donations of products for the benefit of ongoing rehabilitation efforts. 

YOU CAN HELP
There is always a need for cash donations as well as wildlife rehabilitators, phone volunteers, people willing to build cages, locations for animal releases, people to pick up injured or orphaned animals to transport to drop off locations, local businesses to provide discounts for supplies, and veterinarian assistance. 

Please consider joining the mission of the Wildlife Rescue Team to help orphaned and injured wildlife in Nebraska. You can make a donation or join online at wildliferescueteamincne.org. You may contact a team member at info@wildliferescueteamincne.org
Project BEAK
Bird Education Awareness for Kids 
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MERLIN BIRD PHOTO ID

Photo ID now in mobile apps

A new advanced version of the Photo ID tool is now available for download in the latest version of Merlin Bird ID for Android and iPhone. Select an image from your smartphone image gallery or snap a shot from the back of your cameras viewfinder, and Merlin will walk you through the 2 quick steps before showing you a list of possible species.



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Nutra Safflower for Goldfinch
Nyjer thistle seed has traditionally been the preferred seed of the American Goldfinch. The cost of Nyjer seed can vary greatly as it is a product imported to North America from India and Ethiopia and they set the price, and the price is rising once again. Nyjer is an oil seed which is why it is enjoyed so much by finches. In countries where it is grown this seed is crushed and used for cooking oil, much as in North America we crush black oil sunflower and safflower seed for cooking oil.

At Wild Bird Habitat Store we have received many reports and have had personal experience that Goldfinch readily feed on Nutra Safflower seed. In fact they may prefer it over Nyjer thistle seed. This could be a great alternative to supplementing Nyjer thistle seed for attracting Goldfinch. One benefit of Nutra Safflower is that this is a product grown by American farmers.

Nutra Safflower is available in 20 and 50 pound bags at the Wild Bird Habitat Store locations or by bulk quantity.

Internet customers can order Nutra Safflower seed on line. Although Wild Bird Habitat Stores Internet store offers free shipping on orders over $100, there is no free shipping on wild bird feeds. That allows us to keep our Internet wild bird feed prices low.   Order Nutra Safflower on line.

 

Caged Peanut Feeders - Feed woodpeckers not squirrels & starlings
Yellow-shafted Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
photos by Dave of Wild Bird Habitat

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Nebraska Birding Trails
Nebraska Birding Trails Website 
Has a New Look
The Nebraska Birding Trails was developed in 2003 listing more than 400 birding sites across Nebraska. Chaired by Dave Titterington of Nebraska's Wild Bird Habitat Stores with members of the Nebraska Bird Partnership's Birding Trails Work-group which was comprised of members from government agencies, the University of Nebraska, Nebraska Travel and Tourism, Nebraska Ornithologists Union, and conservation groups and individual birders, it was an immediate success. Recently the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission with the help of Nebraska Educational Television revised the Nebraska Birding Trails website to give it a new look and make navigation locating birding sites easier. We hope you check it out at: 

NEBRASKA BIRDING TRAILS 

Two other websites developed by the Educational Work-group of the Nebraska Bird Partnership have also been revised. 

PROJECT BEAK
Project Beak
Project BEAK is an interactive, web-based curriculum that contains scientifically accurate information about avian conservation, avian form, function and other adaptations that help birds survive, Nebraska's unique avian biodiversity, Nebraska's threatened and endangered birds, plus video clips, interactive games, quizzes and diagrams, additional resources and links, and classroom lesson plans. 

This website is devoted to helping Nebraskans and visitors identify and learn about the over 400 species of birds which can be found in our state.  Are you trying to identify a bird you saw?  Use "search by characteristics", where you can search by size, color, range, and habitat. Or, you can search or browse the full Nebraska bird list by common name, scientific name, or bird group.

 Where to go  Birding in Nebraska
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