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Old 02-07-2020, 10:49 AM
 
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One of the more inexpensive simple pleasures of retirement is feeding the birds in the winter. I have several bird feeders on my back deck, which looks out over a wooded ravine with a brook. The birds are pretty active at my feeders these days, especially when we have storms. Mid morning and mid afternoon seem to be their favorite times to visit.

If you feed the birds, what species do you see?

Here is my "typical" list:

-chickadee
-tufted titmouse
-nuthatch
-goldfinch
-purple finch
-downy woodpecker
-hairy woodpecker
-junco
-chipping sparrow
-starling

I am surprised that I have had no blue jays this year. I hear a cardinal calling in the valley, but have not seen any. I also hear crows, but they don't come to the feeder.

We have mallards, Canada geese, and great blue herons down in the brook.

Years ago we got house finches, evening grosbeaks, rose breasted grosbeaks, and pine siskins, but I have seen none of those recently.

What are your bird feeder observations?


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We tried feeding the birds. We had cardinals, woodpeckers, juncos.
Then the deer found our feeders. One night we counted seven deer in our short strip of woods. Then they started knocking things down So we stopped. It makes me really sad because I love it when the spring birds come through. And for those that worry about my stopping to feed them, there are three neighbors that feed birds too.
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I have to bring my feeders in before the spring birds come through, because of the bears.....but in the winter I can go crazy!
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Thank you for reminding me I want to get a hummingbird feeder.
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I love feeding the birds, but stopped because my feeders were attracting mice. Hate Mice!


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A friend and her husband have a number of feeders in their back yard. I live in Central Idaho, within the Rocky Mountain Range, west of the Continental Divide.

One day I was over visiting, chatting over a cup of tea and casually watching the feeders. At first I thought I was mistaken, but no, it stayed and stayed. An EASTERN BLUE JAY!!! Being from Western NY, I was mesmerized- hadn’t seen one for decades! My friends said they see a cycle of about every two years of seeing them, and they were especially prolific this year. I was flabbergasted!! This sighting absolutely made my day!
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The other thing with mice is that they are covered with tics. In my neck of the woods we worry about Lyme disease so I donít want feeders close to my house. Sad situation because I would love to have them right outside the window.
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We have these birds frequent our feeders during the winter:

*Sparrows ( lots of them, but we admire their toughness!)
*Chickadees
*Nuthatches
*Downy woodpeckers
*Hairy woodpeckers
*Finches
*juncos
*a pair of cardinals (it is so pretty to see the bright red male in a shrub on a white snowy day)
*Blue jays (we put out a tray of peanuts and they swoop in nonstop until they have them all)

One time I spotted a Pilated woodpecker which was so cool!

There is a hawk that visits the yard once in awhile and when that happens all the other birds disappear in unison

We have a birdbath on our deck that we put warm fresh water in every day-sometimes twice a day if it freezes. They love it and some days we even have a line up of birds waiting to take a splash.

We enjoy feeding the birds and it is entertaining for our cats.

As for mice, we do keep the area beneath the feeders clean to avoid that.
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I have four hummingbird feeders, one for each part of the house. I love watching them, although the ones that I get are mostly Rufous, and they have the reputation for being the feistiest hummers of the species. There always seems to be one for each feeder defending the feeder from other hummingbirds.

There are battles between the "owner" and the others. I tried putting two feeders near each other so the "owner" couldn't be at two feeders at the same time, but it did not make a difference. During breeding season a male "owner" will often allow a female to feed, and will also tolerate fledglings, but boy oh boy, the rest of the time they are ruthless, and will dive bomb some hapless newcomer.
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I haven't fed the birds since my kids
Old 02-08-2020, 05:30 PM
 
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were young. We'd go to a lake and had so much fun feeding ducks. Up here, we can't keep feeders out b/c of bears. Also, we have huge eagles here. They just sit on the treetops and fly around. 1 reason to never let a cat or small dog outside here.
Once I retire, I'd love to find another lake w/ ducks, but IDK if there is 1 here w/ ducks. It brings back good memories though!


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Old 02-09-2020, 06:11 AM
 
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We have two feeders in the backyard, right next to a hedge. We get beautiful painted buntings, blue jays, cardinals, mourning doves, and black birds.

The bunnies and squirrels also come. Sometimes it looks like a Disney movie!

We are in South Florida. Love my bird feeders!
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:09 AM
 
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We put a lovely bird feeder near our kitchen window when we first moved into our house. I imagined that we would sip our coffee, eat breakfast, and watch the birds enjoy their treats. I checked out a bird guide book and thought we would have fun naming the birds that would come for a visit. What we found were hungry squirrels planning ways to get to those treats! In two days they pounced off the window screens and lunged at the bird feeder. They destroyed the bird feeder and my window screen.

Lesson learned! Now I just scatter stale bread, crackers, and peanuts on the lawn for the birds to enjoy. I can watch mockingbirds, blue jays, and crows. And yes, those squirrels share in the treats too!
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Central NJ: We see a variety of small birds and occasionally a blue jay and woodpecker. Best of all are the cardinal pairs that live in our bushes and feed by our window every day.
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Your story reminds me of the childrenís book, Those Darn Squirrels !
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I am sure I could have written a couple of books about squirrels too. I bet we can start another thread just on squirrels.
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Good morning to all-
Thanks to their raiding of our bird feeders, we have several tree-rats some of which may weight 50 pounds or so...
Now, there is a fishing lure company that uses squirrel tails for the construction of their lures, so perhaps I can collect some of the tails of the squirrels we've been feeding all these years and get some good from them.

And LaFish- i really do like your picture of the redfish on your posts- that's my favorite fish for sure.

goo day to all-
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Old 02-17-2020, 02:40 PM
 
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love to feed birds.

I have two sets of cardinals, lots of chickadees and some big,fat bluejays with BIG attitudes!

Its fun watching them!
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