July News from the Birding Group
Aldea is more beautiful because of Don Wilson, Diana Moore, and Sally Roberts!
We want to take this opportunity to thank three Aldea residents who have done so much to enhance the beauty and sustainability of Aldea’s open spaces and parks. These three talented people were all members of the Permaculture Committee, but have moved on to other creative endeavors.
Don was the chair of the committee. He initiated the Juniper Titmouse Nest Box Project and helped build and place the 70+ nest boxes, along with numerous other projects, including the Zuni Bowls. Don is a visionary and all of Aldea can be grateful for his work. Diana and Sally spent countless hours digging hard soil and planting milkweed, trees, and other plants in the “Bird Park” which was actually a project of the Permaculture Committee, not the Birding Group. The Birding Group is so thankful for them.
Please don’t take their work for granted. Get involved.
One thing you can do is to certify your yard with the National Wildlife Federation.
So much to enjoy in Aldea’s natural environment!
If you’re lucky, one of those things is a nesting Hummingbird.
We know that the Black-chinned Hummingbird breeds in Aldea. The female builds the nest and raises the babies all on her own. Nests are built of plant materials, spider silk, and cocoon fibers, and the nest will stretch as the baby birds grow. A hummingbird’s diet is mostly insects for protein. They drink nectar and sugar water to provide fuel for their insect hunting.
Nectar recipe for your feeder: 4-parts water to 1-part white cane sugar. Please do NOT use red food coloring. It is unnecessary and harmful to the birds.
2019 Juniper Titmouse Nest Box Project
Aldea residents monitoring the nest boxes have been very busy, and so have the birds!
Stay tuned for the results of the 3rd season of Aldea’s ambitious Citizen Science endeavor, our Juniper Titmouse Nest Box project with Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch. Aldea’s 18 volunteer monitors have logged more than 100 hours visiting nest boxes and recording their findings this year, and the nesting season isn’t over.
Aldea is a NestWatch Chapter with Cornell Lab of Ornithology—the only one in NM!
A Wild Turkey was spotted in Aldea in April.
Keep your eyes open—we have no idea what will show up!
“The more you look, the more you will see.”
– Roger Tory Peterson, August 28, 1908 – July 28, 1996, naturalist, ornithologist, artist, and educator.
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