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August 15, 2012


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Margaret, yeah, we've been hearing alot about decreased nectar supplies and insects available for migrating hummingbirds. I don't think our area is impacted as much as the midwest is, thank heavens. And the message about fresh nectar and clean feeders....an ongoing battle!!!


Love those in-flight captures! Hey - not that I can tolerate much news these days, but did you catch the CBS feature on hummers? It stated that the drought has been particularly tough on their food sources, making it even more important to provide fresh nectar (from CLEAN feeders) this migration season. And, since the drive to extract the last drop of fossil fuel from the ground, prior to finding alternatives, continues unabated, this does not bode well for the future. Planting hummer-friendly flowers is worth looking into.

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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


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