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Birdwatching Dot Com Newsletter Late Summer Birding
September, 2008

Dear Fellow Birdwatcher,

There are more birds in North America right now than any other time of year, thanks to the summer's nesting successes. And now migration is getting underway, and we're starting to see birds who only pass through our region in spring and fall. It's good to go out birding. Everything is possible!

in this issue
  • What do birds know?
  • Bath Attractions
  • Ask Diane about hummingbirds
  • The binocular Michael reaches for

  • Bath Attractions

    Sometimes fresh, clean water is the scarcest necessity for a bird to obtain. You can make a robin's day better by the simple act of offering a drink and a bath.

    Your little circle of clean, cool water is a kindness to the birds. Here are some ideas on how to use water to bring birds into your yard.

    Ask Diane about hummingbirds

    Dear Diane: Is it OK to keep on feeding hummingbirds as summer is ending? Could my feeders keep them from migrating when they're supposed to? - August H., Sandusky, Ohio

    Actually, late summer can be the best time of year to feed hummingbirds. All the young of the year are around, and migrants are hungry. Your feeder won't keep hummingbirds from migrating. They have an interesting way of knowing when it's the right time to go south.

    The binocular Michael reaches for

    Michael and Diane's review of the top birding binoculars appears in this month's issue of Bird Watcher's Digest (September, 2008)

    Confronted with dozens of the world's best binoculars, Michael's hand tended to go to the same binocular over and over. He had to admit it was his favorite.

    © Michael and Diane Porter

    What do birds know?

    When I go outside and round the corner of my house to pick a zinnia, a certain red-winged blackbird rises from the edge of my neighbor's pond and flies straight toward me.

    I'm intrigued by what birds know and understand. It seems obvious that the blackbird reads my intentions, communicates his desire, and hopes I'll do something for him.

    It's hard to even imagine that nobody is at home in that tightly-wound little black bird.

    What do birds know?
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