Date: 5/22/20 8:40 am
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Grape jelly???
Right. It stands to say that if birds are canaries in the coal mine and if HFCSyrup and too much sugar are really bad for humans, then they can't be great for the birds.

There have been some emails today on the WV listserv discussing the lack of flying insects down south here due to the colder temps we've had. It hasn't been pretty for the birds this spring, either. If there was a year that the BBS (Breeding Bird Survey) REALLY needed to be run, this is one. I'd say that if whatever state you are in has relaxed its stay-at-home orders, and if your BBS route stays in legal, safe areas, perhaps try to run your route(s) to keep a good data stream. I plan on it here, and will turn in my data to my regional coordinators.

Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA

From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> on behalf of maevulus <maevulus...>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 11:24 AM
To: <VTBIRD...> <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Grape jelly???

On 2020-05-22 10:19, Barbara Brosnan wrote:
> A neighbor just asked me if the corn syrup (or anything else) in grape
> jelly
> is not good for the orioles she is feeding. Anyone know if it is still
> okay?
> Barbara Brosnan
> Weybridge
Many store-bought jellies have corn syrup or corn-based sweeteners in
them, and there's been some debate about whether these are healthy for
birds. I can't find any study proving one way or the other, though. This
post has some of the argument:
You can buy BirdBerry Jelly, which the orioles around here absolutely
love. You can also feed them homemade jellies, which have nothing but
fruit, sugar, water and pectin. I've tried quince and currant jellies
with success.
Several articles warn about putting out too much jelly at one time for
several reasons. It's best to offer small batches each morning.
Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
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