Welcome to October, birders! As we head into the final quarter of 2019, it’s an exciting time of year both inside the store and out there in the great outdoors. As the leaves continue to turn colours, it won’t be long until our deciduous trees are completely bare from their beautiful fall colours as they prepare for the winter months.
The same can be said for our backyard birds as many are still either preparing to take off or are simply passing through our area in search of food and slightly warmer climates. While migration certainly does take centre stage this time of year, we also have a BIG announcement to make!
Without further ado, let’s get into this highly anticipated product as well as take a quick look at what’s happening out there in the birding world in the first week of October.
The NEW Squirrel Buster Suet Feeder
In the event that you missed our unboxing event back in June, we are proud to announce that this innovative feeder is now officially for sale and it couldn’t come at a more opportune time. Sharing the same design elements of the rest of the Squirrel Buster line of products, the Suet model is designed right here in Canada and works to keep squirrels and other critters out of your seed using a weighted mechanism.
Just as the name suggests, this feeder was designed and engineered specifically for suet. As many of you will already know, our birds are not the only ones that take a liking to suet during the winter, spring and summer months – many other mammals are attracted to its sweet and sultry scent.
Acting just the same as other squirrel buster products, this feeder is too spring-loaded but allows for two suet cakes simultaneously while providing unbeatable protection against feeder raiders such as squirrels. Additionally, these feeders include a customized suet shield that acts both as protection against unwanted visitors and Mother Nature, adding more hours to the lifecycle of your suet!
Back out into the field, we also wanted to touch a little bit on what all the chatter is about out there these days. While most of our beloved hummingbirds are long gone, we are still getting reports of the odd transient hummer still hanging around. Additionally, our loons are still hanging tight in some areas as are our puddle ducks who are beginning to group up in preparation of their pending flights.
Outside of that, we always like to point folks to the Bird Cast platform built by our friends at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This interactive map allows you to view sightings in real time and track just where certain species are in their southbound journeys.