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Well I’m back from an incredible week in the Gaspé where we had wonderful weather and saw an amazing number of birds, some of which I even managed to snap a few shots of! On Backyard Feeding this week I want to show you what happened to a bunch of Black-eyed Susans I rescued at a garden center liquidation sale at the end of last summer.  The end of summer can also be a great time to plant things, and there are some great sales out there!

Dr. Bird has a few things to say about the disgusting practice of killing Hummingbirds and turning them into love charms. This is something that started in Mexico and has made its way into the US. Hummingbirds have always been associated with love, and I’m sure there is a way to respect that without killing them and turning them into charms.

The Long-tailed Grackle has been added to the list of ‘very smart’ birds by completing the Aesop’s Fable test. The weather has been great this summer, but the heatwave in Europe is causing a lot of birds to starve. With the uncontrolled use of pesticides and insects burrowing deeper to avoid the heat, bug-eating birds are left with nothing to eat. Finally a small island in the St. Lawrence river, about 4 hours from where I am, has been designated a bird sanctuary. With over 200 species of bird and certain plants that are endemic to the area, Isle-aux-Grues (Island of the Cranes) is a treasure trove for bird watchers. I’m hoping to make it up there over the next couple of weeks.

Enjoy the show everyone!