Category Archives: Birds

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Hummingbirds: Love Them, Just Don’t Love Them to Death

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle Hummingbirds are an easy bird to attract to a backyard garden, a cinch to keep well fed, and a joy to watch. But if you don’t take care, they’re also an easy bird to love to death. If you do not work diligently to keep your hummingbird feeders clean and free from mold and fungus, the tiny hum-buzzers you so enjoy could develop a serious and deadly fungus infection. This infection causes the tongue to swell, making it impossible…

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Love is in the Air: Spring Migration Has Birds on the Move

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle If you have spend any time at all this spring wandering along creek banks, sitting lakeside, or perched in a chair on your own front porch, you may have already noticed that the birdsong seems sweeter, the rustling in the bushes more furtive, and the population of feathered creatures seems to have suddenly increased. It’s spring, it happens every year. Love is in the air and the birds are on the move.

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Bird Feeder Diseases and Challenges

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle  In early spring wild bird feeders have an interesting — and sometimes heartbreaking — challenge. As feeders become overrun with new birds migrating through our area and our ever active population of local year-round birds continue to dine, bird feeding stations are overrun with challenges. One of the issues that I have found most challenging is the recent influx of owls, hawks and other meat-eating birds to my backyard. There are no less than five different species of hawks…

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Big Year on a Budget: North American Birdwatching Tour Hits Lewis County

By Kimberly Mason A Big Year is an informal competition among birders to see who can see or hear the largest number of species of birds within a single calendar year and within a specific geographical area. “The Big Year,” from which the competition is based, is a non-fiction bestseller by Mark Obmascik. The concept is simple: three crackerjack birders seek to set the record for most birds seen in North America in one calendar year, traveling all over the continent in search of exotic…

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