Fledglings in September!

I'm thrilled to report sightings of Eastern Bluebird, Northern Flicker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal, and Tufted Titmice fledglings visiting feeders the past two weeks!  On Labor Day, we put some live mealworms into a glass cup feeder and watched as the bluebird parents diligently began the process of stuffing their beaks and feeding the young mouths, averaging four to five worms per visit.  They really do enjoy these live treats!  Mom Flicker was active on the suet cake, Blueberry Suet Cake, taking some chunks up to a tree branch for her juvenile.  The Red-bellied Woodpecker fledglings played, circling the tree trunks with a sucking, chirping noise that seemed like good fun.  As we transition into Fall, we shall miss the parent activity, while looking forward to migration season in full swing.  We are hoping to be a resting spot for at least a few migrants, and we sure do hope your backyard will bring you lots of enjoyment during the crisp, cooler days and the vibrant colors of Autumn.  
Lastly, keep your hummingbird feeders filled with fresh nectar, as the hummers fuel up for migration.  We usually see our last hummingbird around mid-October, but I encourage you to keep your nectar feeders hanging until all activity ceases.   A late migrant or juvenile on his or her first flight may thank you.  As always, Happy Birding!