Frequently Asked Questions about Birds
[ Bald Cardinals ] [ Lost Pigeons ] [ Discourage House Sparrows and Starlings ] [ Purple Martins ]
I have a Mutant Cardinal or
At My Feeder?
No, you simply have a bald
Cardinal. They are normal Cardinals, and spotting a bald one is
not that unusual. Click here for
more details about bald Cardinals.
Click here for information
Oxley Nature Center about what to do
Should I Open My Purple Martin House?
the Tulsa area, you should open the house around March 1st, if it was
used by Martins last year. But if this is a new house that has not been
previously used, then it should be opened between Mar 15-31. This is
because adults return first and normally use to the same nest box, but
first year males arrive a few weeks later and are the one which colonize
new houses. Please visit the
Conservation Association for more information on attracting Purple
When Should I Take Down My
migrate in response to hormonal changes triggered by day length,
so your feeder will not keep them from migrating. Prior to their
journey south in the Fall they nearly double their body weight
and will make good use of the nectar from your feeder. A good
practice is to leave your feeder up for a week or two after
seeing your last hummingbird, to help any stragglers refuel.
Hummingbird.net for more information.
Found a Banded Pigeon.
How Do I Return It?
Click here for some
resources on caring for lost pigeons and how to read their bands.
The Action Line column of the Tulsa
World recently has had several articles about House Sparrows. They
are a problem for our native birds, and there are various thoughts
on how to control them. Click
here for a page of information on House Sparrows and
On Your House?
Woodpeckers are fascinating birds and an integral part of our natural
environment. With their striking coloration they are easy to spot and identify
and therefore one of the better known backyard birds. But how do you remain on
friendly terms when they move from knocking on the tree in your yard to knocking
on your house? It can be a frustrating and difficult problem to deal with. Here
are two links with further information, from the
Laboratory of Ornithology and the
Colorado Extension Service.