Karen Perry from Wild Birds Unlimited

A little of this and that happenings in May:
* Hopefully, everyone has their oriole and hummingbird feeders out, because they are back. Please make sure to keep food fresh and feeders clean and free of mold and mildew.
* Peak of warbler migration early to mid-month.
* Rose-breasted grosbeaks, nighthawks, wood thrushes, vireos and chimney swifts return.
* Peak of bird courtship. Listen for the morning chorus. I love hearing this chorus early in the morning, some don’t, but it truly is a beautiful sound.
* Nesting materials are being collected. You can put some nesting material out in a clean suet feeder or on a tray. SAFE items include pet hair, cotton fibers and yarn that is cut no longer than six inches in length so birds don’t become tangled. Please DO NOT use dryer lint as this is dangerous when it becomes wet.
* Chickadees and titmice become scarce at feeders as they nest and raise their young. Both these birds enjoy mealworms, so if you want to have fun while sitting outside, put a few in a dish and watch them come.
* Mosquitoes can begin to be a problem late in the month. Make sure you don’t have standing water in pots, buckets, etc., as mosquitoes will lay their eggs in standing water.
* If you have house wrens in your yard, it’s nice to have more than one house. The male wren will fill all boxes with twigs and get the female to choose one. After that, sometimes he entices another female to a different house.
* BIRD 911: If you find a baby bird on the ground, do not move it unless it is in immediate danger. Remember, mom and pop are probably pretty close watching as their little one acclimates to nature.

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Happy birding and don’t forget to clean the bird bath,
Karen Perry,
Wild Birds Unlimited, Onalaska, 608-781-5088, or  www.wbu.com/onalaska