🌱 Natalie Jackson - Plant Detective & Gardening Teacher 🌱

Balcony Garden Summer Birds

The summertime has brought some usual birds and a mix of juvenile birds through the area around the #BalconyGarden in Glendale.   

The mourning doves are here year round:

mourning dove glendale, ca

 

A baby Finch comes by to say hello:

juvenile finch glendale ca

 

This flock of parrots flies by periodically:

parrots flying over Glendale, CA

Summer is a season of sharing for the hummingbirds.  They are territorial year round, but they will be more likely to share the feeder when it is really hot.  It is as though the heat makes them too tired to be aggressive enough to chase away the others.

We add ice to the nectar for a cool summer treat:

hummingbirds glendale ca

We have used the red nectar in the past, but have moved on to using clear nectar. 

Nectar should not sit out in the heat (90+ degrees F) for more than one day.

 

Want to make your own nectar at home?

Here's a recipe from @healthyhummingbird

Bring four cups of water to a boil,

take off heat, add 1 cup white regular sugar, stir well, let cool.

No organic or raw sugar it has too much iron.

No red dye.

Keep the feeder very clean and change it every few days.

 

hummingbirds on feeder summer glendale, ca

 

This Mockingbird and its family are among our loudest neighbors:

mockingbird glendale, ca

 

The Scrub Jays came out at the end of the summer looking for water:

scrub jay glendale ca end of summer

 

This one came down to the Balcony Garden railing (by the budding Dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree) and then took a drink from the water dish:scrub jay balcony garden glendale ca

 

This California Towhee is a year round resident.  This one found a delicious treat:

california towhee glendale ca

 

These little yellow birds were a new arrival.  I believe they are the offspring of the local orioles, but I'm not 100% sure:

yellow bird glendale ca

 

yellow bird glendale ca

 

Lastly, this is a baby Starling!  It is so cute:

juvenile starling glendale ca 2019

 

All puffed up:

juvenile starling glendale ca 2019

 

Checking me out:

starling glendale ca

 

This is an adult Starling spotted a few days earlier:

 

It has been a hot summer, and all of these lovely birds have enjoyed our water dish or iced nectar feeder.  

If you decide to have a feeder or a water dish, make sure you clean it frequently.

Nectar should not sit out in the heat (90+ degrees F) for more than one day.

 

Want to make your own nectar at home?

Here's a recipe from @healthyhummingbird: 

Bring four cups of water to a boil,

take off heat, add 1 cup white regular sugar, stir well, let cool.

No organic or raw sugar it has too much iron.

No red dye.

Keep the feeder very clean and change it every few days.

 

Thank you for reading!

 

- Natalie

 

 

From @HealthyHummingbird:


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