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55º | 8% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 7:29 a.m. | Sunset 7:56 p.m.

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A cardinal perched on a seed feeder.
When you have guests, you feed them. It’s only polite. | Joe Myers via Wikimedia Commons
Our local skies house everything from warblers to titmice. Now, how can you invite them to your garden?

Feed them, of course. Early spring is a crucial time for birdfeeders, as natural food sources may be depleted. Let’s fly through some need-to-knows to keep you popular with local birds.

🪶 Feeder types

There are three basic types of feeders: seed, suet, and nectar.
  • Seed feeders are the most versatile. Black-oil sunflower seeds appeal to the greatest number of birds, according to the Audubon Guide to Bird Feeding. They’ve also got homemade recipes that everyone will be chirping about.
  • Suet (or beef fat) is a high-energy treat for bug eaters, and you can make a DIY feeder from an onion bag. Be warned: Warmer weather turns suet cakes rancid, which keeps birds away.
  • Nectar feeders give hummingbirds and orioles a sweet treat. Opt for a low-capacity feeder to make sure you’re cleaning it regularly.
Browse Wild Birds Unlimited to get a feel for the different types. Then, mix and match to make your home the flock of the town.

🪶 The perfect setup

You want to give songbirds an easy meal — not squirrels, cats, or birds of prey — so set up the perfect perch.

The magic numbers for a feeder pole are 30 feet from any windows and 10 feet from cover, particularly native plant cover. In fact, you can even spruce up your garden with bird-friendly plants.

🪶 Maintenance

Monitoring your feeders is key to keeping the local ecosystem healthy. Clean seed feeders every two weeks, and keep an eye out after rain.

Keep tabs with the Central Kentucky Audubon Society. Call the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources and take down your feeders if something seems amiss.
Wednesday, March 27
  • Yappy Hour: Peeps and Pups | Wednesday, March 27 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Jacobson Park, 4001 Athens-Boonesboro Rd., Lexington | Free | Go for a romp in the park with your fur friends, while enjoying food trucks, live music, vendors + don’t forget to take a pic of your pup with the Yappy Bunny.
Thursday, March 28
  • Wildcats vs. Crimson Tide | Thursday, March 28 | 6:30 p.m. | John Cropp Softball Stadium, 556 Wildcat Ct., Lexington | $10-$99 | See the Kentucky women’s softball team as they host conference rival Alabama.
Friday, March 29
  • Celebrating Women Who Tell Their Story | Friday, March 29 | 7-9 p.m. | The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center, 300 E. 3rd St., Lexington | Free | Commemorate Women’s History Month by hearing the stories of Black women and their experiences in education, leadership, mental health, and wellness.
Saturday, March 30
  • Fall Out Boy with Jimmy Eat World | Saturday, March 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Rupp Arena, 430 W. Vine St., Lexington | $40.50-$248.50 | Dance, dance and let your inner emo rocker out for the night for this multi-platinum selling band’s “So Much For (2Our) Dust” tour.
Sunday, March 31
  • Weekly Sound Bath with Amy Hudson | Sunday, March 31 | 5:30-7 p.m. | The Sound Healing Center of Lexington, 333 E. Short St., Ste. 320, Lexington | $25 | Let your tension and stress melt away to sweet serene sounds of crystal singing bowls.
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News Notes
  • UK women’s basketball has a new head coach. Kenny Brooks, who coached Virginia Tech for eight years and led them to a Final Four appearance last season, will take over the team. He succeeds Kyra Elzy, who was fired after four seasons as head coach. (UK Athletics)
  • If you’ve ever wanted to bring the flavors of Bear & the Butcher home, now’s your chance. The Chevy Chase spot has announced Bear’s Mercantile. Starting tomorrow, you can purchase housemade sauces, seasonings, and dressings, including its smoked wings dry rub, creamy lime vinaigrette, and bloody mary mix.
  • Paint the town whatever color you’d like, because Art on the Town is back. The city is inviting artists to apply to have their work displayed on one of several mobile art carts around downtown Lexington. An artist orientation will take place Tuesday, April 2, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Just like that, Fayette County Public School graduation dates have been announced. High school commencements will take place Thursday, May 30 + Friday, May 31 at Rupp Arena. See the full schedule and be sure to remain traffic aware during this time.
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  • The Kentucky Theatre will host a screening of documentary “Maestra” as part of its Art on Screen series. The film follows the stories of female conductors from all over the world, including the Lexington Philharmonic’s Mélisse Brunet. A Q+A with Brunet will follow the screening on May 9.
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The Buy
New denim on Nordstrom Rack. We’re seeing great finds in women’s jeans from Joe’s, Good American, and Lucky Brand, all perfect for a spring refresh.
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