UI Wildlife Medical Clinic Feeding Birds


[♪] Heather: AND WELCOME BACK TO “ciLIVING” LIVE FROM THE CITY CENTER ON THIS WEDNESDAY. MAYBE YOU STARTED NOTICING THOSE FEATHERY FRIENDS CHIRPING BRIGHT AND EARLY EACH MORNING OUTSIDE OF YOUR WINDOW. WELL, THEY’RE BACK! AND ALSO BACK WITH US NOW IS U OF I WILDLIFE MEDICAL DIRECTOR DR. REACH. LOTS OF FEATHERED FRIENDS HAVE MIGRATED BACK HOME TO CENTRAL ILLINOIS. Guest: YEAH, DEFINITELY! WE TALKED ABOUT MIGRATION ON OUR LAST EPISODE BEFORE. SO WE DEFINITELY ARE SEEING MORE AND MORE OF THESE SPECIES COMING BACK. WE JUST GOT A HUMMING BIRD IN TODAY! Heather: OH! Guest: WHICH IS REALLY FUN. WE WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT SOME SPECIFIC SPECIES THAT WILL BE COMING TO OUR FEEDERS, BUT MAYBE SPECIAL FEEDERS THAT WE’LL BE PUTTING OUT. Heather: WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE? SO BIRDS LIKE CITRUS. Guest: YEAH! WHEN WE THINK ABOUT BIRD FEEDERS, WE THINK ABOUT SEEDS, SUET BLOCKS, THINGS LIKE THAT. I DID A SEGMENT LAST YEAR ON FUN BIRD FEEDERS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. SO WE HAVE SOME SPECIES, HOWEVER, THAT WOULD COME TO FEEDERS IF WE FED THEM THE CORRECT THINGS. I HAVE A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES HERE. I HAVE REALLY GOOD PICTURES FROM THE ILLINOIS RAPTOR CENTER, WHO PUT OUT SOME OF THESE FEEDERS IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS, AND THEY’VE HAD SPECIFIC BIRDS COME TO IT. WE HAVE CITRUS AND OTHER FUN THINGS HERE. THESE ARE ALL DIY. AND SO THIS IS A CITRUS FEEDER RIGHT HERE. THESE ARE REALLY FUN FOR BIRDS LIKE ORIOLES OR SUMMER TANINGERS AND SCARLET TANINGERS. THEY’RE REALLY INTO FRUIT. THEY MAY NOT COME TO A FEEDER LIKE THE TYPICAL ONES WE HAVE IN OUR BACKYARD. THESE ARE SUPER EASY TO MAKE. I JUST HAVE SOME SKEWERS HERE, ROPE AND HALF AN ORANGE. I MADE A COUPLE OF VARIETIES. WE HAVE THIS ONE HERE. AND THEN, THE NICE THING IS, WE CAN KIND OF — I DON’T WANT TO SAY KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE… [LAUGHTER] BUT KIND OF APPLY THESE TO DIFFERENT SPECIES. SO I HAVE OTHER CITRUS HERE THAT WE’VE COVERED IN SOME PEANUT BUTTER AND SEED. SO NOT ONLY CAN WE GET FRUIT EATERS COMING BY, BUT ALSO THE SEED EATERS. Heather: THAT’S NOT HALLOWED OUT. THAT IS SPRINKLED ON THE TOP. Guest: THIS IS SPRINKLED ON THE TOP, WHICH IS FUN. IF YOU WANT TO EAT THE ORANGES THAT YOU HAVE YOUR HOUSE AND YOU HAVE SOME LEFT OVER AND YOU WANT A FUN WAY TO COMPOST, YOU CAN HALLOW OUT AN ORANGE AND FILL IT WITH SEEDS. Heather: VERY CLEVER. YOU HAVE A SWEET POTATO ALSO. THEY LIKE SWEET POTATOES? Guest: YES, THESE ARE NICE FOR WOOD PECKERS, THINGS LIKE THAT. I HAVE HALLOWED OUT AREAS FOR PEANUT BUTTER AND SEEDS AND MEAL WORMS, THINGS LIKE THAT IN IT. THESE BIRDS WILL COME AND PECK AWAY AT THEM. THE SWEET POTATO IS LIKE A TREE, IF YOU WILL. THEY’LL PECK AWAY AND KEEP GOING DEEP. AS THEY PECK AT PIECES, IT WILL FALL TO THE GROUND, AND YOU CAN FEED SQUIRRELS, OTHER BIRDS, THINGS LIKE THAT. THAT’S A BIG REASON WHY I LIKE ALL THESE THINGS, IS THEY’RE ALL BIODEGRADABLE AND COMPOSTABLE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT FEEDING YOUR CLEANERS, WHICH IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES I HAVE WITH PEOPLE PUTTING FEEDERS IN THEIR YARDS, IS THERE THEY’RE GREAT BREEDING GROUND FOR BACTERIA AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE IF YOU’RE NOT CLEANING APPROPRIATELY. Heather: I DIDN’T THINK OF NEEDING TO CLEAN THE BIRD FEEDER. Guest: NO ONE USUALLY DOES AND THAT’S HOW WE END UP WITH DISEASES LIKE DISEASES IN FINCHES. IT’S HARD TO CONTROL UNTIL YOU CLEAN YOUR FEEDERS ON A REGULAR BASIS. Heather: I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU ABOUT BIRDS. Guest: YEAH. Heather: I RECENTLY FOUND A BIRD WHO’S BUILT A NEST AT MY HOUSE ON A BIRD HOUSE THAT I HAVE. Guest: YEP. Heather: WELL, WE HAD TO MOVE THE NEST. AND NOW THE EGGS ARE STILL IN THERE. IS THAT SOMETHING YOU WOULD BRING TO THE WILDLIFE CLINIC, OR IS THAT SOMETHING YOU SAY, WELL THEY’LL GET IT NEXT TIME? Guest: THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. A LOT OF PEOPLE — WE’RE IN ORPHAN SEASON NOW. SO BASICALLY PEOPLE FINDING BABIES EVERYWHERE, WHETHER IT’S BIRDS OR BUNNIES OR RACCOONS, THINGS LIKE THAT. THERE’S A MYTH IF YOU TEST A NEST, BABIES, ANYTHING IN RELATION TO THOSE GUYS, MOM AND DAD WON’T COME BACK. THAT’S ACTUALLY NOT TRUE. THAT’S ACTUALLY KIND OF AN OLD WIVES TALE TO KEEP CHILDREN FROM PICKING UP BABIES. THE NICE THING, BIRDS CAN SMELL THAT WELL, SO THEY CAN’T TELL YOU WERE THERE AT ALL. AS LONG AS THE NEST IS WITHIN SIGHT WHERE IT WAS BEFORE, AND MOM AND DAD ARE AROUND WHEN YOU’RE DOING THINGS WITH THEM, THEY’LL MOVE WITH THE NEST. Heather: OKAY. I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER NOW. I FELT AWFUL THAT THINGS MOVED. Guest: EVEN IF THE WHOLE NEST FALLS OUT OF A TREE, EVEN IF IF A BABY FALLS FROM THE NEST, THAT’S WHY WE WORK REALLY, REALLY HARD WITH FINDERS TO SAY PUT IT BACK IN THE NEST OR AS HIGH UP IN THE TREE AS POSSIBLE, AND MOM AND DAD WILL COME DOWN. Heather: GREAT TIPS BY DR. REACH FOR YOU BY THE WILDLIFE CLINIC. WE’LL CONNECT YOU WITH EVERYTHING ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. WE APPRECIATE YOU COMING AND SHARING THESE TIPS. HOPEFULLY, WE HAVE MUSIC FOR YOU COMING UP NEXT.

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