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Birdwatching Dot Com Newsletter Early Spring Birding
March 2009

Greetings from Birdwatching Dot Com

Robins are patrolling the lawn at Birdwatching Dot Com, and bluebirds are peeking into the birdhouses. Spring is upon us here in Iowa. If you're far south of us, you're already in the thick of it. Send us a warbler!

in this issue
  • A Flood of Hummingbirds
  • The Sparrows' Trick
  • Ask Diane
  • Huge Rebates on High-end Binoculars

  • The Sparrows' Trick

    What's the matter with that house sparrow? Her head's leaning over sideways. The bird takes a couple of steps but keeps her head tilted in that awkward position. It looks as if she's drunk.

    Later, half a dozen house sparrows are under the eaves all standing with their heads sidewise. Good grief! Is the condition catching?


    Ask Diane
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    Are birds colour sensitive?
    —Jai Raj, Dehra Dun, India

    Indeed they are. Birds have excellent color vision. Their bright colors are designed to impress rivals and court potential mates.

    A red-winged blackbird flashing his colorful wing patches is telling other males that he is in command of his territory. A male goldfinch's bright yellow makes him irresistible to females and helps him win a mate.


    Huge Rebates on High-end Binoculars

    It seems to be catching. This month three manufacturers brought out eye-popping rebates on their top-end binoculars.

    First came Leica, with a $250 rebate on their 10x42 and 8x42 Ultravid HDs. Zeiss followed the next day with $100 rebate for their Victory FLs. Then Vortex showed up with $100 to $150 rebates for their wonderful, already-economical Razor binoculars.


    A Flood of Hummingbirds

    They're coming baaaack!

    Attract hummingbirds to your yard. In fact, why not make your yard an essential stop-over spot? Or maybe even entice a hummingbird to nest in your backyard.

    Here are some tips how to attract hummingbirds and make your place irresistible to them.

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