Visitors from the North

 

Migrating Birds-Spring Is Here

April 19 2014

Merganser

Merganser

Another year and the annual Spring Migration is on its way in Hamilton.

 

I have been out on my ebike this year and have noticed an increase in Mergansers and Grebs.

Greb horned

Greb horned

 

Ways To Help Spring’s Migrating Birds

duck party

duck party

 

Despite persistent late-occurring snowstorms, average temperatures are starting to climb, soon to be followed by the most deadly period of the year for birds: springtime. Although spring means new life and hope to many people, billions of birds face the tribulations of a perilous migration followed shortly by breeding and the production of scores of newbornbirds that will spend several highly vulnerable weeks as they grow and fledge.

duck party

duck party

 

According to Dr. George Fenwick, president of American Bird Conservancy, “Spring is a deadly time for birds for three big reasons. Scientists estimate that 300 million to one billion birds die each year from collisions with buildings, many during arduous migrations in unfamiliar environments. Up to 50 million die from encounters with communication towers and up to six million may die each day from attacks by cats left outdoors. These deaths occur year-round, but many occur during spring and fall migration.”

Ducks

Ducks

 

Some studies suggest that perhaps as many as half of all migrating birds do not make it back home,” he said, “succumbing to various threats on either end of the journey.”

First image of Robin

First image of Robin

 

One in five Americans engage in bird watching, so after months of waiting for migrants to return, many people turn to emails, phone lines, and social media to ask ABC a dozen variations on the same question: “How can I help the birds?” Here is our answer to that question, just in time for spring.

Male female

Male female

1. Keep your cat indoors

2. Prevent birds from hitting your windows

3. Eliminate pesticides from your yard

Merganser

Merganser

4. Buy organic food and drink Smithsonian-certified Bird Friendly Coffee

5. Create backyard habitat using native plants

Merganser

Merganser

6. Reduce your carbon footprint

Mates

Mates

Doug Worrall Photographer

 

Enjoy the images-thank you for doing your part to keep our wildlife happy

 

 

Doug Worrall

 

 

 

 

 

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6 responses to “Visitors from the North

  1. Glad they are arriving. There’s a pair like your last picture still lolling around by the island. We’ll see if they’ve decided to just stay.
    You have much more variety than I’ve seen here. Simply gorgeous creatures.

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