Migration allows for birdwatching activities

By Julia Griffin

The number of total birders in the United States continues to rise every year, and approximately 12.34 million people actively participate in this popular pastime. Spring migration started in February, and many different birds find their way into residents’ backyards as the weather warms up.

Author and wildlife biologist David Moreland talked about some of the birds he sees in his backyard and how to attract birds.

Moreland, an East Feliciana Parish resident, said some of the birds that have started to arrive in his backyard are bright red summer tanagers, vibrant orchard orioles and brown-headed cowbirds. These birds are also discoverable around Lincoln Parish.

“The common resident birds like cardinals, blue jays, chickadees and titmice never left,” he said. “Some purple martens arrived the first week of March, and we have three nesting pairs.”

Birds like cardinals and chickadees are around throughout the year.

“Different species of birds are attracted to different landscapes primarily based on their feeding needs. Some birds eat seeds and fruits, and some eat insects,” Moreland said. “Backyard bird feeders are a great way to attract the seed-eating birds.”

Moreland said some seed-eating birds are indigo buntings, blue grosbeaks and rose-breasted grosbeaks.

Louisiana is also home to many different public lands available for bird watching like, wildlife management areas, federal refuges, national forest land and state parks.

James Lake Birding Trail in Dubach is one place in Louisiana to see a wide variety of birds. Bird lovers can view these magnificent creatures from three locations — the viewing platform, the bridge or the walking trail. 

“Many parks have nature trails and areas designed for viewing birds like the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area’s South Farm,” Moreland said, which has a special day for looking at the wood stork.

A free Backyard Birding workshop will be offered May 3 at the Lincoln Parish Library. Moreland will share more information on how to attract bluebirds, purple martins and hummingbirds, migration patterns, feeders and more. 

To register to attend, participants should call or text (318) 237-8350 and provide his or her contact information and the name of the workshop he or she would like to attend. 

For more information visit the Local Bird Organizations Associated with the Audubon Society or the Bayou State Blue Bird Association.

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