For the past few weeks, many Utahns have enjoyed spectacular wildlife watching — colorful, up close, lively. And theyвЂ™ve enjoyed it from the comfort of their home!
Each spring, neotropical songbirds migrate from their winter homes to their summer homes. In the process, they take advantage of bird feeders that residents have placed in back yards across Utah. And this year, some species of birds have been taking advantage of bird feeders in big numbers.
вЂњLast year, we had one (lazuli bunting) at our feeder,вЂќ says William Pollett, a noted naturalist and a popular English professor at Weber State University. вЂњThis year, we had 25.вЂќ
A fun, year-round activity
Bird feeding has often been viewed as an activity you do in the winter. вЂњIn reality, having bird feeding stations in your yard is a great year-round activity,вЂќ says Phil Douglass, regional conservation outreach manager with the Division of Wildlife Resources. вЂњWith proper planning, any yard can have a вЂliving, feathered landscape.вЂ™вЂќ
Douglass provides some tips to help you start your own bird feeding station:
- Put your feeder close to trees and bushes. Putting your feeder close to cover entices birds to your feeder by giving them a place to which they can escape if needed.
- Keep a field guide and binoculars close to your viewing area to help you identify your feathered visitors!
For more information about setting up bird feeders and creating landscapes for birds, contact the Ogden Nature Center, the Stokes Nature Center in Logan, the USU Botanical Gardens in Kaysville or the Wild Bird Center of Layton.