Hummingbirds...hummingbirds...hummingbirds! Numbers your feeders will peak the first week of this month and begin to dwindle as birds make their way to the Yucatan for the winter.
Please continue to keep hummingbird feeders clean and free of black mold. Nectar should always be MADE and never bought. 4 parts water 1 part white cane sugar whether you're making a cup or a gallon. NO artificial sweetners, NO honey, NO raw sugar and NO RED DYE is necessary and if fact it has the potential to harm. NO nectar extender either. Just keep nectar fresh...change it about every 1-2 days but as temps rise and humidity builds it much be changed more often. Bottom line...if you won't drink it...don't feed it to your hummingbirds and if it's cloudy it's already BAD. Feeding hummingbirds should be a pleasure...if it becomes too much put less feeders out or just plant native flowers.
And speaking of...it's always best to plant native flowers...once established they're far less work because they below here. Check labels and don't buy chemically treated plants. Hummingbirds, amphibians and the like eat small insects. There presence makes a healthier environment for all creatures.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you encounter a sick bird please report it to the link below. If you encounter an injured bird please contact your nearest rehabber. Please continue weekly maintenaince on your seed feeders. Anytime birds artificially gather together to feed there is always the chance of transmission of disease so cleanliness is essential. If you encounter sick or dead birds here's the link to TWRA at: Sick Birds
That same site should also have the most up-to-date information on bird flu and help guide you to doing what's best for our feathered friends.
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Welcome The Newest Additions To The Eastern Golden Eagle Research Project
Two new Golden Eagles have been trapped in Tennessee. One on Bear Hollow WMA named Bear Hollow and another trapped on Prentice Cooper WMA.
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CRITTER OF THE MONTH
The EASTERN FOX SQUIRREL is the largest species of tree squirrel in North America. They weigh an average of 1-2 pounds and have 3 distinct colorations. Both males and females look alike. Fox squirrels are most abundant in open forests with little understory.
Migration is underway. Watch for departing species and arrival of winter visitors.
Keep your eyes to the sky and watch for migrating Purple Martin, Chimney Swifts, Nighthawks and hummingbirds.
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