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Backyard Feeding:

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The Stories:

Winner’s Circle:

I’ve often talked about how important it is to make sure your nectar isn’t cloudy and hasn’t spoiled, but I think this may be the first time I talk about what happens to nectar if too much rainwater gets into it and dilutes it. Simply put – Hummingbirds are really particular about how their nectar tastes and if too much rainwater gets into it, they’ll go somewhere else. So keep an eye out when it rains, and if you see rainwater dripping into your feeder, it’s a good idea to change the nectar afterwards. Another thing I’ve noticed is Chickadees have a tendency to empty the ant moats, which gives insects a chance to get into the nectar, so keep an eye on that and make sure your ant moats are filled.

Dr. Bird talks about how to set up nest boxes so that Eastern Bluebirds and Tree Swallows can co-exist without getting too aggressive and he’s back on Around the World talking about how Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos in Australia are able to learn new tricks from each other – in this case how to open and raid garbage cans…

Fewer photos on Winner’s Circle – but I thought that might be the case. Still, incredible photography and a tough call to pick the winner.

Have a great week everyone!