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Black-headed Grosbeak & Lazuli Bunting
Almost all birds fly in stages, stopping several times along the way to rest and refuel. What they want most is fresh food to get their energy back up. You might see something like a Rose-breasted Grosbeak that departed from, for instance,
Setting up a waystation for migrating birds is amazingly simple and very productive. Several people have had
You probably have some parts of a waystation already. It can have any number of appearances, but a proper waystation is simply a grouping of at least three feeders (each offering a different kind of seed), safe cover and water (yes, even in cool weather) for birds taking a break. You could even add orange-halves for orioles. Plants that stay green well into winter should be in abundance. All should be within an area about 10 ft. by 10 ft. Migrating birds look for all these things, together.
The period of fall migration extends from early September to mid-December. Many migration routes pass through north
For most birds, the actual migration flights occur in the cool of the night, since birds navigate by the stars, so we may not see them in flight. Also at night, there are few predators and the winds are more predictable. Their migration is governed entirely by the changing length of daylight, the sun's angles along their flight paths and the position of the stars.