Springtime Is Bird Time

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Bird Time
Black capped chickadee (Photos by Christy Hinko)

Spring is a once-a-year opportunity to see colorful, interesting birds up close. Some birds are migrating north after spending much of fall and winter in warmer climates. Others never left the area, choosing to tolerate the same weather that Long Island residents did this winter.

“Birds that you would not normally see in your yard may pass through and visit your feeders and bird baths for replenishment as they head north,” explained Andy Burke, owner of Syosset Wild Birds Unlimited. “The birds that were here during winter are also becoming more active.”

A robin bathes in a birdbath

Spring is a critical season to feed wild birds. They have either endured cold temperatures and limited food supplies, or they have expended large amounts of energy during their migratory flights. And though spring can be warm and sunny, the majority of birds’ natural food sources have not had time to grow. Many birds rely on bird seed and suet to help them survive cold spring nights or sudden spring storms.

“When birds set up residence in your yard, you will be fortunate to observe a wide variety of behaviors, including courting, mating, nesting and raising young,” said Burke.
You will notice the increased number of birds and their level of activity as spring turns into summer. Providing food and water sources allos you to see wild birds exhibiting their brightest colors of the year.

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