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Death by Migration #417876
10/05/11 05:25 PM
10/05/11 05:25 PM
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San Pedro Belize
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Hazards of Migration
I've been asked by several friends to explain the large number of dead birds being found.
Death during migration takes a heavy toll. It is estimated that half of all migrants heading south for the winter will not return to breed in the spring.
Predation and bad weather are two natural causes of mortality during migration.
Birds migrating are in a weak and venerable state, assisting with feeders and bird baths help tremendously and in more ways than the obvious.
Collisions with buildings, windows, and other structures is a human-made danger. Unfortunately, many birds cannot distinguish the difference between real sky and a reflection of the sky in a window.
During migration millions birds fly full tilt into windows and are fatally injured or injured and fail to complete their migration.
Planting trees and installing window awnings to block the sun from hitting the window may eliminate some reflection but Putting a bird feeder on or within a few feet of a window helps to slow birds down and lessen the effect of impact.
Bird baths help in much the same way by having the bird stop and hopefully become aware of windows and other obstacles it might not otherwise recognize.The feeders and water in Bird Baths also act as a refueling station and assist the bird in completing the journey.

Re: Death by Migration [Re: elbert] #417880
10/05/11 05:34 PM
10/05/11 05:34 PM
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I'm doin my part by leaving my windows dirty...no reflections!

Re: Death by Migration [Re: elbert] #418043
10/07/11 08:29 AM
10/07/11 08:29 AM
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We use lenghts of colored yarn hangin off our roof line to act as a "reminders" during our migratory periods. Unfortunately we still suffer some losses from the resident hummers...

Re: Death by Migration [Re: elbert] #418044
10/07/11 08:33 AM
10/07/11 08:33 AM
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San Pedro Belize
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Its amazing how bird baths and feeders attract,my place has several and it makes 'Rocking Chair Birdwatching' very productive!

Re: Death by Migration [Re: elbert] #418052
10/07/11 08:55 AM
10/07/11 08:55 AM
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yes! We treasure our oriole sanctuary and spa

Re: Death by Migration [Re: elbert] #418078
10/07/11 11:18 AM
10/07/11 11:18 AM
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San Pedro Town - Ambergris Cay...
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I had a pair of young Northern Water-thrushs arrive a couple of weeks ago. His daddy lived here for months last year and then one day a lady NWT flew in. I was so happy I was going to have a pair but after about ten minutes she flew off and he followed her. MALES!

Last week a pair of Hooded Warblers came in. What beauties they are! I don't have to move from my hammock chair to be entertained. What a life!


Harriette
Take only pictures leave only bubbles
Re: Death by Migration [Re: ScubaLdy] #418083
10/07/11 12:52 PM
10/07/11 12:52 PM
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Sequim, WA & San Pedro
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Harriett, I wish we had more birds up at our place, Bermuda Landing. All I usually see is Crackels, Doves and the occasional Great Kisakee which are beautiful.


I'm happier than a pig in s__t...a foot on the sand...and a Belikin in my hand!
Re: Death by Migration [Re: Loansum-Al K] #418085
10/07/11 01:06 PM
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Want some more Grackles? You are welcome to mine!

Re: Death by Migration [Re: SP Daily] #418089
10/07/11 01:14 PM
10/07/11 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by SP Daily
Want some more Grackles? You are welcome to mine!

laugh laugh laugh


I'm happier than a pig in s__t...a foot on the sand...and a Belikin in my hand!
Re: Death by Migration [Re: Loansum-Al K] #418099
10/07/11 02:50 PM
10/07/11 02:50 PM
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I bet no one ever put only 4 and 20 grackles in a pie...more like 420...

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