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More migratory birds due to arrive

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Greg Peck
May 7, 2014

My wife, Cheryl, gazed out at our bird feeders hanging above our back deck Monday and guessed it would be a couple of weeks before hummingbirds arrive. Maybe, maybe not. She has yet to hang out the feeder with sugar water.

On Tuesday, I helped Cheryl place a heavy circular trellis in her flower garden during my lunch break and noticed that a neighbor off our back corner has installed a large, trickling birdbath. That, I suggested, should attract lots of feathered friends to the neighborhood.

Also Tuesday:

-- Douglas Helmers, who sent me a photo for my blog last week about receptacles for safely disposing of spent fishing line, told me by email that a wren had arrived in his yard two days earlier.

-- We Energies announced it again has installed its web cams on peregrine falcon nests at six power stations around Wisconsin.

-- Professor Robert McCallister at UW-Rock County, whom I interviewed for an Earth Day editorial, sent me an email suggesting his birding friends tell him that winds and the weather front coming through (predominantly from the south) are the type that might bring more birds our way the next couple of day. McCallister also found a “terrific source of radar migration information” at ilmigration.blogspot.com.

Oh, and Anna Marie Lux wrote her column in Tuesday's Gazette about the Inaugural Celebration of Birds in Janesville from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the north end of Riverside Park. Why not check it out?

Roll it all together, and it sounds like spring finally is ready to soar!

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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