- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)47
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)42
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
Consideration for back yard birds
It won't be long before back yard birding enthusiasts tote out tons of seed and suet in the annual effort to attract flocks of feathered friends.
Birds will have their pick of tasty morsels ranging from energy-packed black oil sunflower to delicate thistle to robust suet.
But birders in the know recognize that entree items are only part of the attractions for birds.
"Fresh water, protective cover, an adequate number of feeders and clean food are important to consistently attract the greatest number and species of birds," says Marybeth Cornwell of Lowe's home stores.
She recommends birdbaths be shallow enough for smaller birds. Place the baths away from shrubs and other hiding spots for predators. You'll need to change water frequently. Water is important year round but takes on added importance in colder months as birds need baths to keep their feathers clean for plenty of insulating loft.
Birds need resting and hiding places when they're dining at your feeders. Feeders are ideally placed at least 10 feet from trees and taller plants.