DNR: Bird migration to peak this month

Drought conditions have hurt birds' food sources

State wildlife officials said bird migration should peak over the next three weeks.

Bird experts with the Department of Natural Resources are telling bird watchers to be on the lookout for hummingbirds, warblers, vireos and thrushes. Nighthawks and chimney swifts also will be on the move during evening hours.

DNR officials said the migration likely will be more stressful for birds this year because drought conditions have hurt their food sources. The dry weather has reduced moisture dependent insect populations and prevented plants from flowering and dropping seeds.

The agency said homeowners can help by providing birds with a water source and vegetation that provides fruit and shelter.