Stacey Cole's Nature Talks: Audubon Backyard Winter Bird Survey next weekend
According to Becky Suomala, survey coordinator, the society needs help from as many bird watchers state-wide as possible. She suggests stocking up bird feeders and digging out your binoculars in preparation for identifying and counting birds. Becky wrote: "Anyone can participate in the Backyard Winter Bird Survey by counting the birds in their own backyard and reporting online or sending the results on a special reporting form to N.H. Audubon. To receive a copy of the reporting form and complete instructions on how to participate, send a self-addressed, stamped long envelope to N.H. Audubon Winter Bird Survey, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, N.H. 03301. Find more information at www.nhaudubon.org under the birding page.
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After reading our column on the subject of furnishing water for birds during the winter a gentleman from Hampstead commented: "I wanted to share some information with you pertaining to heated bird baths. I purchased a 20-inch diameter heated bird bath with metal stand, model API 970, made by Allied Precision Industries in October 2012. I paid $59.99 on sale. This is the second winter I have had it and can report that not once has the water frozen, regardless of ambient temperature or wind chill. In spite of the sub-zero temperatures and frigid wind chill factors early this winter, the birds have reveled and socialized in and on the rim of the bird bath all daylong.
"Crack-proof even in sub-zero conditions, the bowl measures 20 inches in diameter by 2 inches deep. A 30-inch high metal stand with a 15-inch power cord comes with it. Also it can be mounted on a wooden deck railing. A built-in thermostat and 150 watts of power prevent the bird bath from becoming a skating pond, even in the coldest days. Completely hidden from surface view, the heating element automatically keeps water temperature between 40 and 50 degrees F. and will shut off power if the bowl is empty.
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