Every year around this time, my backyard and my neighborhood is filled with dozens – and eventually hundreds -- of red-breasted robins. I have no idea how they know how to come here, but I do know that I like having them around. They and the bald eagles and the red-tailed hawks and the sand hill cranes that I can see when I roam around my hometown.
If you’d like to understand how to create an environment that birds will find fascinating, you may want to know about the Third Annual Alachua Audubon Backyard Birding Tour on Feb. 8. The event hosted in conjunction with Wild Birds Unlimited will take you to a half-dozen backyard habitats that are designed to attract migrating birds including orioles, goldfinches, hummingbirds, scissor-tailed flycatchers, Carolina chickadees, and Swainson’s hawks.
For only $10, experts are going to teach you their secrets on attracting birds:
• Learn how to keep squirrels and other pests under control and off your feeders
• Learn how to choose and present foods that attract birds and keep them healthy
• Learn what vegetation to plant and where to plant it in your own yard to attract more birds
• Learn how to provide water so birds can quench their thirst and bathe in safety while safeguarding your yard against squirrels and pests.
Not a bad deal for just ten bucks!
Plus Wild Birds Unlimited is offering a spotting scope and other prizes to ticket purchasers.
You can find all the details at www.alachuaaudubon.org.