Holiday Birding Traditions, as Told by Our Members

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Northern Cardinal in the snow

In November, we requested a lot of our most loyal supporters (who’d opted to sign up within our Donor Insight Panel survey) to talk about their holiday-time bird traditions around. Many families have bird or birding-related traditions this season. Actually, you may be conscious that the Christmas Bird Count began in 1900 instead of a convention of this era to visit hunting on Xmas Day. A massive quantity of the 156 people who shared their traditions around were proud to say taking part in the Christmas Bird Count using their families.

Audubon people also send bird-themed Christmas cards, maintain their feeders stocked, as well as provide extra treats for that wild birds on their own feeders. Our people creates an enormous decorated bowl of sunflower seeds for Northern Cardinals. Many supporters take pleasure in watching the Dark-eyed Juncos and White-colored-topped Sparrows return for that winter. They decorate their Christmas trees with bird ornaments.

Northern Cardinal. Photo: Kathrin Swoboda/Audubon Photography Awards

Listed here are six in our favorite tales:

&quotGrowing in the Midwest close to the Mississippi River and also the Great Ponds, we take some time in this season to see the arrival from the Juncos, the silence from the Red-winged Blackbirds, recognizing hawks formerly hidden one of the leaves and venturing towards the Mississippi to see the range from the Bald Eagles, from time to time recognizing great flocks of moving wild birds because they appear to lyrically move as you.&quot

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&quotI search for cardinals on Xmas Day because my mother stated the look of them means best of luck for next season. Also, we frequently feed wild birds with suet cakes, niger seed and black-striped sunflower seeds, provide heated water.&quot

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&quotAbout five years ago my nephew&rsquos family and that i spoken concerning the cooler winters in New York (versus within Florida). Since that time I&rsquove sent them wreaths and bird seed ornaments for that outdoors deck each Christmas. The wild birds like it they love watching the wild birds and amazing photos are created…&quot

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&quotI provide a bird ornament to my boy each Christmas, and also the three people always perform the Christmas Bird Count. We usually prepare special holiday treats for that wild birds, like cranberry-and-seed mixes and homemade suet.&quot

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&quotI prefer to go watching birds on Year&#39s Day, since i obtain a natural begin to the entire year. &nbspI also have began recording my &#39first bird of the season&#39 tomorrow, a concept I acquired from Bill Thompson III, the editor of Bird Watcher&#39s Digest.&quot

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&quotWe make certain to give and water the wild birds throughout the winter several weeks so we have numerous bird ornaments on the Christmas tree. I&#39ve also made bird emergency kits, which are only a shoe box, a set of garden mitts, some straw along with a microwavable beanbag. When wild birds bang right into a window, they are able to sit within the box until they recover so that they don&#39t freeze while recovering. I&#39ve distributed a couple of emergency kits to family people.&quot

If you are looking at taking part in our Donor Insight Panel Survey, please email Great Egret Society Manager Lindsay McNamara at greategretsociety@audubon.org to learn more.

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