Thank you to Hiatt Manufacturing for letting us publish this article by Don and Lillian Stokes on how to find dragonflies.
- Attracting and feeding Western Birds is fun and rewarding. There are many kinds of western birds since the West covers a vast area with many different kinds of habitats.
- Finches are small birds that eat small seeds of flowers, grasses and trees. They can be attracted to your yard with Stokes Select® Finch Tube and Finch Screen feeders filled with their favorite foods of thistle (Nyjer) and Nyjer Plus (a mixture of Nyjer and fine sunflower chips). Finches also like black oil sunflower offered in tube feeders. Common Western finches include; American Goldfinches, Lesser Goldfinches, Pine Siskins, and House Finches.
- The West is a Hummingbird Bonanza with 15 species of hummingbirds occurring. The seven major western hummingbird species are; Anna’s, Costa’s, Black-chinned, Rufous, Allen’s, Calliope, and Broad-tailed. Hummingbirds are easily attracted to hummingbird feeders filled with sugar water nectar. Use Stokes Select® Hummingbird feeders which feature easy-to-clean designs and Stokes Select® Hummingbird Nectars. Hummingbird feeders should be cleaned and filled with fresh nectar every 2-3 days in hot weather.
- Orioles are brilliant black-and-orange birds that come to nectar feeders. Bullock’s, Hooded, and Scott’s Orioles are widely seen western species. Attract them with Stokes Select® Oriole Feeder and Stokes Select® Oriole Nectar.
- There are many common western feeder birds that prefer to feed on the ground such as; Mourning Doves, Dark-eyed Juncos, Spotted Towhees, California Towhees, White-crowned, and Golden-crowned Sparrows. Attract them with the Stokes Select® Platform Feeder filled with seed mixes that contain sunflower and millet.
- Black-capped, Mountain, and Chestnut-backed Chickadees are tree-dwelling, acrobatic species that occur in the West and can be easily attracted to feeders. Choose Stokes Select® tube, screen, and hopper feeders filled with black oil sunflower.
- Woodpeckers, including Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers and Northern Flickers, live in the West and come to suet feeders and tube, hopper and screen feeders filled with sunflower. White-breasted and Red-breasted Nuthatches, who can hitch down tree trunks headfirst, also like these feeders and foods.
- Western Scrub, Blue and Steller’s Jays come to western feeders and like sunflower, sunflower mixes and peanuts.
- Include bird baths on your property and plant native shrubs, trees, and flowers and you will attract even more species in the West.