Searching for the best "squirrel proof" feeder? One county resident recommends the Absolute II, made of steel, with steel pole for mounting, and weight sensitive bars on each side. Although in the expensive range, the resident's bird seed bill has been cut by 65%.
Mesmerizing Migration Map: Which Species Is Which?
Princeton Press has released for free download the Quick Finder Guide charts from their award winning book, The Warbler Guide (the winner of the 2014 National Outdoor Book Award in Nature Guidebooks). These are a great help in identifying and enjoying the many warblers in our area. The link is: http://blog.press.princeton.edu/2013/07/25/downloadable-warbler-guide-quick-finders/
10 apps and websites helping kids learn bird identification, by bird color, bird size, bird songs, bird call.
This migrating visitor from Central and South America is passing through Franklin late April into May on its way to nesting areas northward. Related to Cardinals, this male Rose-breasted Grosbeak can sing a robin-like song at an operatic level. They don't always sing on migration, but one was heard last year singing all day in the trees of a Franklin yard.
Summer Round-up at BBBO
Cedar Waxwings have returned to our area to overwinter. They frolic about in flocks of around 20 eating fruit,often by sharing with each other. Their feathers reflect exquisite beauty.
A study in the January 12, 2001 issue of Science, shows that migrating Arctic shorebirds birds match modern airline pilots in their navigational feats. Pilots know that the shortest distance between two points on the globe is not a straight line but rather an arc, known as a great circle. However, unlike airline pilots who are guided by a compass or a radio or satellite signal, birds rely on the sun and their intrinsic biological clock.