Archive for the ‘Feeders’ Category

Peek a Boo

The Bluebird pair that visit my feeder frequently stopped by for a mealworm dinner at the end of the day today.  I love the way the male stands guard while the female helps herself to the mealworms first.  Bluebirds are tolerant of humans and the female poked her head out of the feeder and posed […]

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Warning: Winter bird feeder intruder

Spotted a large bird in the tree at the north end of our yard.  Using my binoculars I was able to identify it as an adult Cooper’s Hawk.  It sat in the tree, quite majestically, looking around.  The Cooper’s Hawk frequents the feeders in the winter, not for the seed that they contain, but for […]

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February is National Bird Feeding Month

I recently learned that on February 23, 1994, a congressman from Illinois proclaimed February as National Bird Feeding Month.    The following is what he read: “Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize February, one of the most difficult months in the United States for wild birds, as National Bird-Feeding Month. During this month, individuals […]

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Fresh Feeders

We have been fortunate this year that we haven’t had much snow in western NY.  Even Buffalo has less snow than usual at this time!  Instead we have been getting lots of rain.  Needless to say my birdbath isn’t get much use with all of the rain, but, the birds are seeking shelter in the […]

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Proof of my winter guests

My new iPhone has a great camera which I have been able to use to capture my winter guests!  Two of the six Eastern Bluebirds that have been visiting daily were found resting on my mealworm feeder enjoying some rare sunshine. The picture of the Northern Mockingbird was snapped while he rested on the thistle […]

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Bird Tweet

Time to give those bird feeders a good cleaning before the winter.  I used Dawn dish detergent and a small amount of bleach to clean all of my feeders.  I had to take them apart and using different brushes to remove dirt and grim in difficult to reach places.  The bird bath also was cleaned […]

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Too few Bluebirds and too many House Sparrows

It was a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning and I was sitting on the back porch giving my feeders a thorough cleaning before the winter.   I was focused on getting some mold out of a difficult to reach spot when I heard a sound that I haven’t heard in a long time, the soft, sweet […]

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Taking action

Today I went into action.  I decided to clean out all of my birdhouses and plug the entrances to prevent access.  Then I went out and bought a House Sparrow trap.  This is a gentle trap, it won’t kill, but, it humanely traps the bird in a cage until I can drive 10 miles and […]

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My frequent visitors

Even though I don’t have a nesting pair using my Bluebird houses yet, I still enjoy them when they come to my mealworm feeder.  In an hour, I observe at least one, sometimes two Bluebirds feeding every 15 minutes or so! American Goldfinches are a constant, the nyjer feeders always have multiple birds on them, […]

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Baltimore Oriole Spotted!

Putting up my Baltimore Oriole feeder to attract those birds paid off today!  A beautiful male moved from feeder to feeder to check out what was for dinner.  Unfortunately, I haven’t changed the oranges and sweet jelly in a couple of days, so he didn’t stay too long.  I made a mental note to do […]

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