Date: 5/3/17 1:46 pm From: Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Subject: [NEBirds] Re: New Member-What I've Seen
Brenda (I'm assuming that is your name) it always helps if you sign your posts with your name and where you live (you did the latter) so people can address you.
It is not too early to put out both Hummingbird and/or Oriole feeders. Both species are showing up here in the metro area. Baltimore Orioles are fairly common here in eastern Nebraska every year. There are Oriole feeders you can buy and the best food to put in it is grape jelly. However, sometimes it can take awhile before the birds find it - depends on the neighborhood and habitat - new housing development with no trees or very small one versus one that has lots of large trees.
A book for birds? If you are looking for something to help you identify birds a Sibley Field Guide book is very useful. You can purchase the large version of Sibley which covers all birds in North America or he has split them into 2 smaller version - eastern birds of North America or western birds of North America. If you are not planning on birding much west of Kearney, Colorado, Wy, west coast etc., the eastern version is sufficient. Most birds we see in eastern Nebraska are in the eastern version.
If you have any other questions I would be glad to try and answer them for you.
Welcome to NEBirds and the birding community in Nebraska.