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Here is my newest lil (Orange-crowned) Warbler ... looks like she's here for a while. She still has her insect suet all to her wee self. I did see a flock of what looked like Waxwings this evening, but my camera was inside the house... Will get a pic of one of those soon, looks like they might be sharing the suet with the Warbler.
Debnes, that second shot is a beauty!!! I haven't had anything but wrens and downy WP on my suet this year. It is a store bought one, so I need to break out my receipe and make some fresh.
Well my weekend is over, but I bought some extra crunchy peanut butter today, mainly for the birds! lol!! I also found a cedar bird feeded at WM for about $8 with seeds too. It was dark by the time I got home and cooked supper, so pictures tomorrow. Hopefully with someone besides sparrows and doves. They have been monopolizing my feeders lately. All you up north have such warm weather this year it hasn't forced the birds down here, plus the early freezes killed a lot of the plants and insects that draws them.
Sorry, I forgot to put a picture in the first post!
I've managed to get caught up with you guys, in viewing all of your feeders & birds! Such a variety!
Have enjoyed the 'catch up' immensely so! ..
Ahhh, Debnes ..
( .. you, you, you .. ol 'show off' you! .. ) .. heehee
Your lil yeller rumped she/feller is absolutely beautiful! That 2nd one, is a super t-rific shot, ya got there!!
Q's, please: Should the peanut butter for the hanging log feeders, be the 'crunchy' variety -?-
And, should anything else be mixed in -?- (ex: some coarse cornmeal, maybe)?
Much appreciation in advance ..
debnes_dfw-tx I love your orange crowned warbler pictures! That second one is great. They are really pretty birds. I have a new digital camera(Xmas) that I'm learning to take pictures of birds, wildlife, etc. and love these threads. I had a large flock of cedarwax wings around our house about three weeks ago feeding on shrub berries in our yard. Sure wish I had my new camera at that time.
I have a big variety of birds and enjoy putting out all kinds of food for them. Many migrating birds are probably not going south as far because of our mild weather we've experienced here. I know other areas have had the opposite problems though.
My dog kept barking and scaring them away, but at one point there were 5 of these little titmouse fellas in this tree waiting for a spot today at the feeder (hanging just out of the pic). So, I was left with only one to photograph.
Really nice pics yall.. and that last one pixie was so good we don't mind seeing it twice..LOL!
My little Warbler was making a lot of racket this evening when she ate the last 2 mealworms in the tray I set out, she then proceded to peck wildly at the plastic tray, as if to say, "I want more of these, right here! tap tap!" I will put some fresh ones in before sun-up tomorrow. She seems to know me now, and watches me intead of flying away like some of the other birds.
Great shots Pixie and Lily too, very cute & funny!
This is my resident Wren who shares the worms with the Warbler... This is 5 shot movie-like sequence zoomed in from 30' away...not the clearest pictures, however.. you can see her and that very alive mealworm she is playing with pretty well...They like to play with the worm, drop it on the ground, and then look for it all over again, LOL! Now that's a disciplined hunter! She has to keep those skills polished up, even with the hand-outs.
Wow, I've never seen my C. Wrens do that but theres usually a crowd around. He does push everything else but worms out of the dish. Today it was raisins and peanuts in the past, that made the squirrels happy.
I haven't seen one of these posted yet. It's called a "Mandarin Sky Cafe" bird feeder because it's shaped kind of like a Chinese hat. It holds six quarts of seed, and it stays dry in storms. I guess if it were suspended differently it would be more "squirrel proof", but they don't bother it too much. The bottom is threaded so you could mount it on top of a pole.
It snowed like crazy yesterday when I took this picture, but only for half an hour. Then it was as clears as can be. That's an old clothes line pole that came with the house, I haven't removed it yet. Maybe I'll just paint it.
Hi claypa, Very nice pic, the birds are really hanging on! I've seen this style feeder before, thanks for posting one that hadn't been shown. That weather was really something yesterday, I'm sure you had it a little worse than we did.
New feeder I got at Lowe's the other day. Got a 'big brick' of 'suet' to go with it, Trail mix, so something like that. Chickadees were the first to find it soon after putting it out. It has a perch on two sides.
It is just a cheap feeder from Walmart that I leave out all winter for the birds. DH nailed it to the deck rail and then put a board in front of it so our feathered friends would have plenty of standing space. I usually buy songbird food or a bird food that has real cheeries in it and the birds love it. (so do the squirrels)
In the spring I put out orange slices for the Baltimore Orioles, but other than that I always use the same food.
I actually sit in the house to take the photos...behind a bunch of house plants so they can't see me and then I try to zoom past the leaves of the plants to get a shot of the birds outside. As you can tell w/ the Cardinal photo...I didn't get past the leaves very well!
Edited to say: These were taken yesterday morning...it was 11 degrees but with the wind chill it made it -6 degrees...now you know why I take these in the house!!!
These are some great photos guys! I just love getting my fill of birds we don't see all too often around here ~ Thanks all!
The jumping finch is so cute pixie! I love the stop-motion photography~here's my contribution and an all purpose feeder, have another of the same that serves as a bath~
lol...squirrels...ya have to love 'em. :) I guess this rascal was also giving me a hand and feeding a flock of White Wing Doves below him. They didn't seem to mind a'tall...lol And that darn feeder is suppose to be "squirrel-proof." Since I don't have any trees in my backyard, with a newly built home and all, I pretty much have to rely on shepherd's hooks to make do. They seem to work ok...tho there isn't much perching space. :)
Hi Melanie, I had that feeder and the darn squirrels broke it,lol. This Squirrel Buster Plus feeder is working great but now I notice that the brats are chewing the branch off from the tip inward in hopes that the feeder will fall down. They never stop trying.
lol pelletory...they are determined little rascals! Nice feeder ya have there. I was curious, what sort of bird was that to the left of the feeder in mid-air. Odd markings...sort of barbed...almost like a quail, lol...
This doesn't really count as a feeder pic. The mourning doves are always at the feeder, so many that I never take pics. But tonight I was trying to photograph the evening sky, and when I looked at the pic, I saw the dove in the tree.
beautiful photo, deb. Something about the starkness of winter clad trees...truly lovely... :) Thanks for sharing. lol, magpied...THAT would be a great photo... :) I can't get quail to come to my feeders...but I do have a neat talent of calling male Bob Whites up to my house, lol. My grandfather taught me how...though he could call females up as well. I called a male up to the front yard...even tho behind us is a huge pasture. The front yard is,... well...a street with houses in front and to each side. I sat on my front porch bench and called...got him to the street...and when he saw that I wasn't another male Bob White...he took off in disgust for the pasture...lol I reckon the neighbors must have thought that I was crazy...lol
I will try to get a pic of quail at tree feeder but they're keeping a low profile with Cooper's frequenting so often. (They come and go quickly for the seed I scatter on the ground.)
Melanie, when I had the blue jay, she mimicked one of the male quail's calls... which seemed to trigger a lot more calling on the part of the quail. :-) (I used to get the poorwills to 'answer' me in the desert... lol)
Same fellas at the feeder today: titmouse, chickadee, sparrows. I was hoping to get either a nuthatch or a woodpecker, but no go. I put our peanut butter today though, and a new finch feeder to try to lure a few goldfinch. So I hope to have some great feeder shots again,...meanwhile, here's Mr. C on the birdbath.
Today I saw a pair of Dark-eyed Juncos... I took the pics and let Ben ID them for me. We have 3 books now for him to look through. The pics are through my window, and some of them aren't that great. however this one is well enough to tell.
To give ya an idea of the tempurature dropping now here in North Watauga/Keller TX .. Droplets that are thickening on the tree outside here.
Still the birdies come by for some fuel to make it through the coming freeze tonight..
Had a lot of Mourning Doves this morning too...>
Oh and thanks Marilyn! That tree is actually a Bradford Pear..Not one I would pick, would rather have a Magnolia there.
Funny story, Some Waxwings that flew threw a few days ago landed in that tree. One of them pecked a bud off the Bradford and spit it out, (Hoctooy!). Then they flew off to Shiela's house :-) (South of me).
I'm going to try a little "bird psychology". Haven't had any takers at the new flat feeder we hung near a window a week ago. DH swiched it out with the peanutbutter feeder they are familiar with on the pole system. After they get accustomed to the flat feeder on the pole system, I'll move it back to the window. Has anyone tried this?
Here is my $8 cedar feeder from WM, cam with some seed too. I am not sure it is much of a hit yet. I only had one cardinal at it so far. But I am sure as soon as the regular feeders get close to empty they will find it.
And since you all have now created a new addiction for me, I went ahead and added a seed block out back. Yes, this perch is crooked... Tony made it years ago. We may fix it, but I'm starting to think it has character!
I think the pic magpied was mentioning was the one where you showed the crowd of birds that had found your new feeder. If you look in the bush on the lower right side you can't miss his black and white crown. Listen for him too, they sound so sweet.
Wow, some beautiful feeder! I put most of mine away during the winter months, only have 2 cheapies that I use. I still get a good crowed so the birds don't seem to mind!
Marilynbeth, the bird food is bought at Wal-Mart...I think the brand is "Morning Song"
and at the top of my bag in the left hand cornor it says "Real Cheeries". I filled the feeder yesterday and threw out the bag so I can't be positive, but im pretty sure.
Here's one I found on the internet that I was thinking of buying. You might be interested in it as it has more than just cheeries in this blend. Scroll about half way down the page and you should see it. http://www.shop.com/op/~Morning_Song_Fruit_Berry_Nut_Wild_Bird_Food_-prod-28995044
Not sure what kind of Sparrow this one is, .(White-chined?) Hard to tell... anyone?
Btw.. Just reading about the White -crowned Sparrow recently.. Said that it is a songbird by which they patterned and studied all other bird songs. It was a friendly little bird with a good song, and easy to take into captivity for the studies...
In the 4:12pm post, yes, the bird to the right of the feeder with black & white striped crown. The juveniles have the same stripes but with alternating light & dark brown (instead of black & white). In 4:23pm post, as pelletory found, the wc sparrow is next to cardinal; in 4:26pm post, the wc sparrow is left of feeder.
Seems like there are so many species of sparrows to learn about and identify. I like your picture and the sparrow has a nice light brown streek behind its head. I have been practicing with my new camera and am learning more about taking pictures of birds all the time. I want to get some on these threads soon.
I saw a nice flock of cedarwax wings just before dark land in one of our trees but they were to far away to take a picture of this time. I had'nt seen any for several weeks here. I really beefed up my feeders today with some sliced oranges, apples, blackberries(frozen), sunflower(oil) seeds, peanut butter and oatmeal squeezed into pinecones, and some old bread slices. Now I have to just be patient...
I currently have Red Bellied and Downy Woodpeckers, Mockingbirds, Chickadees, Tufted Titmouse, Nuthatches, Cardinals, Goldfinch, Housefinch, Purplefinch, Sparrows, Bluejays, and Juncos visiting my feeders. It's lots of fun feeding and watching them.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Wow! You got lots of Purple Finches and a I see a White Crowned Sparrow!!! We don't see the Purple Finches in the yard (bummer, lol) and I might see one White Crowned Sparrow once in the Winter months (for a brief moment) if I'm lucky. Beautiful birds!
I see another White Crowned Sparrow on your tilted feeder. Wonderful!
And, you got all those beautiful Quails! We don't get those here (lol, bummer). Thank you for sharing!
You'll just have to share more pics with us! lol
Edited to add...BTW, that is a huge block of suet! What's in it?
Thanks! I just saw that bag you described at a store here (before I read your answer), I didn't get it (stupid, stupid, stupid me! lol), but plan to the next time. How much of it do you put on the feeder each day for the birds?
Edited to add to say that I didn't get that bag because I was waiting for you to say which one you use. It looks likes a great choice also! (I keep wishing I bought it away, lol). Turns out that it was the 'right' bag! lol
Thanks Magpied and everyone for the info and help on ID's! That seed block I got at Ace Hardware... I think it was called the wild bird mix or something... has sunflower seeds and lots of other seeds. At least it's lasting more than a couple of days. Now that the birds have found the feeder, they are *piggies*! I filled it up almost to the top on Friday, and it was completely empty in 24 hours! And it holds a lot! So, I guess I'm going to have to start "rationing", because they just keep eating until it's gone! As Tony said, though, we've had a LOT of visitors. Very fun to watch and learn. They are quite beautiful!
I'd like to pick one of those up myself...but I need some sort of platform in which to place it. See what ya'll have done? Now I'm wanting to go to Wally-Mart and buy more feeders...lol. And with no large enough trees in the backyard..more shepherd's hooks while I'm at it...lol
What do ya'll do to take care of the "spent shells" that our feathered critters leave behind on the grass? It looks as tho the ground is beginning to rise a bit under my feeders...even tho the bermuda grass grows over them. I would move my hooks, but the clay/rock soil here is so hard to penetrate that I can't seem to create new holes for the hooks. What is a bird watcher to do? lol.. :)
Mumur that's a good pic of your Purple Finch! ...
And the Fruit and Nut Morningsong is a great price Pixie! You can get it next time ya go Marilyn:-). Your not stupid, lol. There's a reason for everything, hehe.
Melanie, That pigeon is most definitely sick. I know the look!
Brenda, isn't that a 'quail block'? The idea is that quail will peck at it while on the ground. But--not a good idea if the block becomes wet. Also not a good idea if birds stand on it, as their droppings will be on the seed. :o
Ya know, I've seen that look as well, mag...what with all of the many birds that I've seen in the wild... Poor guy... : / I remember our parakeet of 12 years just sort of looked puffed up and fluffy before he died...
Pouring down rain, here, again, all day, again. lol I decided to go out and check on the birdseed situation and I was stunned at the variety of birds. I saw nuthatches, wrens, mournings, collareds, must have been 50 cedar waxwings, at least that many cardinals and robins, several blue jays, several different kinds of sparrows, goldfinches, house finches, and a brown creeper. I ran in grab my camara...batteries dead...no extras, either. Rats!
Magpied, there was a different block that was called a "quail block". Didn't get that one. As you are far more experienced with birds than me, you could be right about the 'birds standing on it' issue, but wouldn't they stand on it on the ground as well as on the perch? I can't figure where the height of placement makes a difference. Let me know your thoughts.
My thoughts are that [most] who sell bird feeders and bird food don't know too much about birds. This is why robins and bluebirds are depicted on bags of bird seed... lol Seriously. I'm guessing that quail blocks were initially used in places where people didn't want to disturb things--or travel to--too often. I dunno. Not a very bright idea to begin with. I wouldn't use 'em, but I also realize that it's difficult to keep droppings away from bird feeding areas.
The rules at DG prevent me from linking directly to my website (where I chip away -- LOL -- at adding bird info) but I recommend the info on the page entitled "Preventing Disease at Your Feeder". If you go to my info page, in the "what magpied wants you to know" section (because that's where I was told I could put it!), click the 'preventing disease' link. (Anyone else can post a link to it but I cannot.)
I want to THANK Shelia_FW for the great idea and drawing for the extension for my wooden bird feeder. It WORKED!!! I also ordered a metal baffle for the 4" X 4" post to keep the squirrels out of the bird feeders. (I am putting up a feeder designed just for squirrels so they don't feel left out! (A Christmas gift from 2 years ago.) I picked up a suet basket and tube feeder because I got free shipping if I ordered more. It would have been about the same price either way, so I figured it was better to get more items than pay for shipping charges!
And then when I was at Wal-Mart buying bird seed, I found one of those flat feeders with a screen bottom. I really like that idea, so picked one of those up for less than $10. I think I am ready to open the Bird Cafe. I hope so...cause now I am broke! LOL
Here's what my first Bird Cafe looks like. Kind of bizarre, but hopefully the birds won't mind.
Any ideas how to get them to come to my feeders. Do I just add seed and wait? Or is there something I can do to entice them?
Another question ... I have that "rubber" mulch underneath the feeder. If the birds eat any dropped seeds off the ground, they won't attempt to eat the mulch will they? I hope not. It won't taste good and would probably make them sick. I bought the no waste seeds and some shelled sunflower seeds to add to the feeders tomorrow. I took them all down until I fill them.
Edited to add:
I just looked at this photo again and the set-up looks like a light post with a bird feeder attached to the extended arm instead of the house address! LOL! Luckily, it's in my backyard, so the neighbors won't see it and think I'm beyond help. :-D
Too funny Becky!! If you sit and wait you might get a few birds with very confussed looks on their faces..haha! Of course ya put seed in! You won't have to wait very long, maybe a few days and they will find you. If you don't want any plants (such as millet), popping up around your feeder you can get a Patio Mix with already shelled seeds, or get seed that you won't mind growing around the feeder (Sunflower & Thistle). There is one called No-Waste Bird Food, that is fairly reasonable, and doesnt plant anything. They carry it at Kroger here. Mealies and fruit (Cherries, Cranberries, Nuts and Papaya) are what I use my hanging tray for, because the mealies cant crawl out. You will get creative with it, I know you..(:>!!
Beautiful set-up Becky!! The mulch square will help a lot with the mess. Sheila gives great instructions too!
oO You could plant some Sunflowers there under the feeders, the birds would love those as they ripen, along with some Purple thistle. Just a last minute thought..oO
This one Native is attempting to make friends with whoever makes that gooey peanut butter suet stuff, lol!...Check out those sharp little icicles!!
Deb - I'd grow medium to tall plants around the bottom, but those rascal squirrels would use the plants to climb up to the feeders! LOL! So I think it's going to have to be either a barren spot or low flowering plants underneath it. I did buy the shelled bird seed mix to try to avoid any unexpected plants popping up!
Oh my... I just remembered about the bird feeder I got for Christmas. I forgot all about that one. It's got a weighted perch to keep squirrels and larger birds out of the seed. I think that I am going to have to add that feeder and the tube feeder to the Shepherd's Hook that I decorated for the hummers. LOL! Maybe the birds will appreciate my red cups and ribbons! Ha,ha,ha ...
I love all the birds you are getting in your yard, Deb! I hope I get some, too!
Well you and DH did a really fine job there!! It looks really sharp!
Yeah, later on you may want some lower growing flowers there. By Sunflowers I didn't mean the giant ones, lol. There are many that grow only 18" or less, and the Squirrels would trip on the flimseier stems... Humm another idea would be miniature roses, that protects the birds very wll here by my window. Squirrels wouldnt like the thorns at all, and if a Hawk came by they would have a safer place to hide!!
Now where are you going to sit to take your pictures?
I like the rose idea, Deb! I may just have to seriously think about that! Though I don't have a green thumb with roses. But ... ya never know until you try a different location. ;-)
Murmur - Thanks! I hope you are right. :-)
I am definitely going to use the Shepherd's hook, too. Just haven't figured out where to place that one where the squirrels can't jump to it. If I hang the tube feeder and the weight sensitive feeder on the pole, do you think it would discourage the squirrels from bothering it?
Deb - I don't remember who said it on this forum but... someone mentioned adding a duck blind to their yard to hide in so the birds can be photographed without scaring them off! LOL! When I read that ... I thought that was a great idea! LOL! Can you just see my dh's face when I tell him my next project is to build a duck blind in our backyard! Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha ... HE would commit me to the state mental hospital! ROFL!
Murmur - Lucky you that your dh would not find such a request out of the ordinary! My dh would NOT think it was one bit funny. Years later they would find my body buried in the backyard ... probably underneath the bird feeder! LOL!
The feeder looks great Becky! Good job.
Nice pictures too Debnes. We did have a little ice today, but the streets really weren't as bad as they let on, just the overpasses. I was still glad to have the day off today. I got to see the Waxwings that Debnes sent my way!! LOL! But alas back to work tomorrow.
On the duck blind idea, you just made me remember I have a lattice piece at the end of the shop I could hide behind, also I could take the screen off and go inside the shop and open the window a crack. Hmmm...
You guys are too funny with the duck blind idea LOL!!
Becky, great feeder setup! I've heard that the sounds of moving water will increase your feathered visitors by a large amount so you may want to give a fountain or the like a try... I'm sure your cafe will attract all sorts of pretties regardless!
Wanna see pics too! :)
You guys crack me up this morning!!
Oh yeah a duck/deer blind... great idea!! Whatever it takes! Some wee birdies will just not come out if they see ya. Yes I can imagine your DHs faces... I've seen 'the look' many many times, (one eyebrow raised..."say what??").
Lattice and vines sound good too Sheila.
I'm glad y'all are getting kick out of my not-so-amused dh!
I have another question. I filled the flat feeder, the suet feeder, and of course the one that goes on top of the post and put them all on the post hanger. I have a tube feeder and a weighted perch feeder. I can add another arm to the 4X4 post to hang more feeders.
But ... is it better to have the feeders ALL together or scattered around the yard?
Right now I have the other two feeders that are for smaller birds hanging off a 4 arm Shepherd's hook on the other side of my screened porch.
Shelia - Wow that's a LOT of birds sitting in your trees!
Deb - Loved the little quack, quack duck!
If someone here makes a duck blind ... ya HAVE to post a picture!!! Please!!! :-)
No honestly I'm serious about the bird Blind, there are some birds that are really shy (like the Red Bellied Woodpecker) and this would help tremendously. I could decorate it with some sort of camaflogue (sp?).
This pic at the top was taken while I was sitting just 8 feet from the feeder but the Downy are quite brave little birds.
Becky, I'm right now seeing that the RBW and the Downy do not come to the main area where most of the feeders (4) are now hanging. I do have the one squirrel proof feeder and 2 plain suets away from the others and they use those. Maybe it will just take them more time. All the other birds do use the main feeders.
Almost all my feeders are in the same general area, however, I've never had an RBW come (I've read in my bird books that they are in this part of the countryj). The Downy's and the Hairy's come all the time, as do the Flickers. The Steller's Jays, Finches, Chickadees, Thrush, and Sparrows all more or less share feeders.
These ducks stay away from all blinds and hang out at the beach.
Very nice Murmur! What I have done is kind of mix it up after watching what goes where. Wren and Warbler like the place under the shrub in the very back corner. The main bird population like it up here close by the rose bush. Then the suet feeder is kinda hanging up and away. As you see what comes you can change it around. Keep the main feeders right there though, looks like a greats spot for them, and for you and any messes
the birds make.
You're right Pelle, Some birds I would not see at all without this window as a blind, plus it is warm in here at the foot of my bed.
This little Kinglet is one I would probably never see without a blind of some sort>
Thanks everyone for the suggestions on placing my feeders. I guess I will be trying different locations until I find what works best. Doesn't look like I had any visitors today at any of the feeders. Hopefully soon.
Deb - I just love that photo of the little Kinglet! How cute! Are you taking your photos through your bedroom window? If you are, the photos are chyrstal clear. Also am enjoying the jays and other birds you've been able to photograph. That wren is a cute photo, too! You get a really nice selection of birds from the ones in your pictures. I wonder if I will get very many birds since it isn't cold here?
Pixie - Your photos are great, too! Loved the photo of the morning dove! How funny!!!! lol
Christie - I love the rocks that you have in your bird bath. Is it all one piece or did you add the rocks to it?
In my backyard, right near all my new bird feeders, I have a very small waterfall pond, 1 small pond with a fountain floating in it, and then I have another small still pond that the birds keep drinking from. Go figure that they would like the one that does NOT have moving water. I also bought a large plastic dish (that sits under a pot to collect draining water) and put water in that as well and put it in the mulched where the 4X4 post is.
beckygardener; I chose that bath, discovered it was too deep and put the river rocks in. Then I discovered the little birds wouldn't use it, so I replaced it with a shallow plate and pebbles. (see picture) Now everybody uses it!
I added a pluot and 5-way pear tree too, so the little ones can sit on the branches to preen and hide. If they like the fruit, they are welcome to eat it too. After all, we are all children of the earth, and my mother instinct tells me to feed anybody smaller than me!
bsavage, it is unbelievable here, nights in the 20ies, days in the 40ies.
Lost ALL my Brugmansias, mush all the way to the ground, citrus has damage, but not too visible now, orchard fruit is lovin' it!!!
LOL! Sheila - I have a custom-made feeder setup. No birds. LOL
Sorry, I just couldn't resist. I kind of feel the same way about hummingbirds. I've done everything I can to entice them to my yard. No takers! So ... maybe there is something about my yard that birds don't like!?
Do you suppose I don't have birds at my feeders because of this bird sitting in the vacant lot right next to my yard. I see him ALL the time. I believe it is a hawk? Sorry the photo is not sharper. I don't have a very good zoom on my camera!
Deb - Those birds are beautiful. I can not believe the photos you are getting through the window! Lucky you to have a nice-sized "clean" picture window. I have screens in my windows (because of mesquitos) and my photos would never look anywhere near as good as yours do! Awesome!
Oh Becky! My nice big picture window is 1 foot wide, lol. It's all in the line of vision though. It took me years to find just the right spot to take fairly decent pictures without disturbing them, or myself being in the elements, (heat & cold outside).
That's a great Hawk! I am not sure what kind, but i love it! Wonder if someone else in your area feeds birds(?) hum
.. If you put feeders, they will come... even more if they have a good place to hide (thorney bush in my case), and dodge the Hawk. I wouldnt worry about him though, he can only eat one at a time. There is safety in numbers, and the feeder birds will come for good seed, etc.
Deb - You have a regular smorgashborg (sp?) in your yard! Do you charge them to eat at your house? LOL No wonder you have so many birdies. Looks like gourmet bird food to me. If I was a bird, I'd be at your house!
So... I take it that mealies are worms? (Oops we were posting at the same time.) So what kind of store would sell mealies? A fishing bait store?
My neighbor three lots down from me feeds the birds, too. She is the one who gets the colorful Buntings in her yard.
I think your id request was overlooked. Try this link for the California Thrasher. If that isn't it then look at brown creeper, flycatchers, or just page through the photos. It looks like in your picture it has a crooked sharp bill; hopefully you can get an id. http://www.birdphotography.com/
I have been looking too Christi,
It's hard to ID up in the tree like that..Can't see the whole wing or the tail. If you think it comes to your yard often..You could set some meal worms out in a place where you can get a close up. I can tell by the beak they like mealies, and flies. I've looked through one of my books, and now I will look at the other 2..I'm stumped so far.
I bet Resin would know, right off the bat!
You can post a new thread in this Bird Watching fourm and you will probably have your answer in less than 24 hours...These guys are good!
No, not Crissal. Crissal's beak is longer and more decurved. She took the pic *here* in Arizona a few days ago. In the Phoenix area. Where I live. :-) Crissal's thrasher is very rare and not in this locale.
I love bird watching. Can anyone tell me what camera or lens they use to get great shots of birds and wildlife? I live near a wetlands and even have pileated woodpecker families close by. My camera is just not doing the job.
Teresa in KY
Thanks Pelle! Thank you Resin!
This morning everything is covered with snow.. a little seed, and the few (frozen now) mealies from yesterday. Little OC Warbler lit on that same branch again.. So I rushed out and replinished, but the snow is still falling at 25*f. I will probably go out again and stir them up a bit..LOL!
Robin came for a quick survey of everything and a drink..
Bluegrassmom, I think you would hear quite a variety of cameras and lenses! I have a Sony SLR and use a 300 mm lens (it's actually 70-300 and of course it depends on how close I am). Be sure to share your pics when you get a new camera - your wetlands with the Pileated families would be wonderful to see!!!
Here is an example of a DG thread someone started about choosing a Digital Camera. If you add Photography to your forums in preferences you will see a lot of talk and proof of what cameras do, how much they cost, etc... This is a very helpful place!!
Magpied, double YEAH for me; I love Robins, because they eat the caterpillars off my Brugmansias, and I had a dear canary get lost last summer, and if the finches and warblers survive, I think he might have too!
Thank you all birdpeople, this is the funnest thread for me. I love birds, but being from another continent, I know nothing overhere...
Christie - Oh my! You sit in the cold and wait! WOW! Now that is a die-hard photographer! How far away are you from the feeders? I'm just curious since I just put feeders up in my yard and want to try to get some photos, too. Dark clothes. That makes sense. The butterflies in my yard don't pay much attention to me when I wear green. LOL
I agree with you, Christie! This is a great thread!!!!
Oh dear, I'll have to show my "European feathers", I only know meters... So, I am about 3 to 6 meters away, and the front porch is a bit higher than the ground.
The titmice, now that's another thing. They are SO fast, impossible to get a crisp picture!
I'm really bad about picking up my camera, but I have a landscape & feeder that seems different from the ones posted so far.
This is looking out my front deck toward the river at dawn a few days ago ... I only have a suet feeder, on the left shepherd's crook, and the Victorian-style seed feeder on the right. I get every kind of woodpecker in my birding book, including the nuthatch (not really a woodpecker, though, right?). Except haven't seen a pileated yet. We can't build fences & nobody here has heard of an understory, so they just mow everything, but I DO have huge, gorgeous trees: oaks, maples, tulip poplars, spruces & pines.
And here's a closeup of the seed feeder. It was pricey, somewhere between $120 & $150, but I loved its looks. Not knowing anything about birds, I got lucky: Not only does it provide a protective cage for the small 'uns, it is nearly squirrel proof. This spring, an enterprising baby would get in there & chow down, but he quickly got so fat that he couldn't fit through the cage. One morning he could, one morning he couldn't! So he gnawed on the metal for awhile but got nowhere.
I don't mind the squirrels like most people do but my dog probably keeps them in line.
Occasionally, this seed feeder gets water in & I have to clean out the seeds, and I've repainted parts to stop rust, but in retrospect it was a great investment.
We really get the birds here. That A-frame you see is actually a squatter's shack on the island; there's more river on the other side. To the left, you can see where the island peters out --- in the summer there's a gigantic sandbar there where everybody pulls their boat up & the kids & dogs frolic in the shallows. We all have pontoon boats.
It's a VERY shallow river, so quite warm in summer. Last winter it froze over but this winter we've just had rain after rain after rain so the water is several feet higher than normal.
In the summer a blue heron nested to the left of that A-frame. I could set my clock by his rising! Especially as fall set in, he looked colder & more frazzled every morning as he teetered on the dock, like a ruffled old grandpa. We have some sort of vultures, lots of hawks & owls, and occasionally an eagle. I'm seeing something big over there in the trees this month but can't catch them with my binoculars. It doesn't seem like we'd have eagles over there right now so I'm thinking osprey.
But my favorite might be the half-dozen swans that panhandle up & down the river as the seasons come & go. They eat out of my hand.
Yes, that view of the birdfeeders is the same as from my computer. It's kind of a bleak beauty right about now, but in the summer it's quite lush. I'm also stockpiling rhododendrons, small evergreens & other woodland plants to soften the riverbank.
There ya go summerkid!!
Lovely feeder there too.. My sister could use one like that .. do you mind if I show her this picture?
My property is too small for that one I think..My primary focus is actually Butterflies, but with the cold they are South or dormant now.. Plants are all down, except the evergreens..But come Spring you will find me out there taking macro shots this year. I will get the birds from this window as I have been.
Loved the metaphorical story there with the Squirrel, LOL! Reminded me of the Monkey paw story.
Christi, Sheila, Very nice Downy shots there!
I Gotta share this pic of the baby Ruby Crowned Kinglet I got today almost dusk..Practically Hummer sized..To give you a ruler, the bar he is sticking his wee head through is about 1 x 3/4".. I'm still sorting the pics I managed to get..too too tiny of a bird! I hope I get a lot of these, and there is a good chance I will until it gets too hot. Then they will move N by NW to breed..The Hummies should be back by then. Awweee!!
Summer, that is the most beautiful feeder I've ever seen - well worth what you paid for it! Are you sure you want to move to the PNW when you have such beautiful scenery there? It's quite incredible. I hope you'll share more pics of the general area.
Great photos, everyone - and Deb, that is the most itty bitty Kinglet ever!!!!
Is that where Greenbank is? In October I took my b'friend on a whirlwhind tour, hoping to convince him to move with me (born & bred in Illinois). We started out in Seattle, then through Leavenworth during the peak fall color and on to Wenatchee, where my dad lives, down to Goldendale to visit Grandma, and on to White Salmon, which is the area I liked the best. On to Portland to visit friends & family there, through the Oregon wine country, and finishing up in Cannon Beach.
Cannon Beach almost did the trick. Jack has lived all over the world & says he's never seen a more beautiful beach.
I went out to move the suet feeder over to the peanut log feeder the other day and caught movement just beneath me arms. It was the RC Kinglet! He was right about my waist on the bottom of the peanut feeder. He looked up at me and took off. I was grinning at him so he probably saw my teeth and thought he was lunch. LOL! Here is a good one the DH took later when it returned.
Alrighty~ I meant to post a pic of the female *trying* to fit her head through the small rectangular opening in the suet feeder...Even though she is only about a half inch longer her head was a bit too big to fit through the smaller openings...
Sheila I need to send you some of this 'Insect Treasure' suet, it's the only way to get them to stay still for a second. LOL! I would love to see that you are getting a lot of them over there.
I've been looking closer at all the pictures I have taken of these Kinglets, and there must be more than 2!! Kinglets lay an amazingly large clutch (up to 12), so it wouldn't surprise me. Murmur, ya might want to watch for them in Spring, they will pass through WA on their way to Canada..
I am not sure which one I had bought before. I usually make my own PB suet and they go for it. They haven't acted that intrerested in the Crunch PB on the log yet.
Great shots , I love to what them flit around too.
I tried PB suet too, and they wouldn't touch it.. Starlings pigged out on it though, lol. I think I'm stayng with the Insect kind for now since I am beginning to see the whole family. I wonder where they have their nest, or where they stay at night in the cold, humm..
Well it finally got cool enough to hang up the suet. Two days and no takers yet. So, only fella I got a good shot of this weekend was one of "the usual suspects"... :)
He was waiting for the sparrows to leave him a spot at the feeder.
Loving all the wonderful photos! Y'all are getting some GREAT shots of so many different birds!
Deb - You have a great set-up location for photographing all your birds! Whooo Hoooo! I am really enjoying your photos!
I'm beginning to think there is something about my yard that birds just don't like! No birdies all weekend at my feeders. I added another arm to the post and am hanging all the feeders on it except the tube feeder. No little hummers, no bigger birds in my yard. I wonder what my neighbor is feeding the birds? She gets them at her feeder. Maybe they are stuffed after eating at hers?
It is like summer here. I think many of the migrating birds have left to go North. It's probably too hot down here for them this winter. Or they don't like what I am feeding them. Or the local hawk is intimidating all the birds. (Though I doubt it.)
Maybe I should just stick with butterflies, caterpillars, and lizards???? lol Those I get plenty of! :-)
Ohh I did it again!! Sometimes I miss things up the thread ... hey but I am looking back and seeing the pics Debin posted of her wee titmouse.. How sweet that one is!! Great shot!
Don't give up yet Becky.. It takes a while to get regulars at your feeders. If other people in your area are already feeding birds, it's only a matter of time. Just hold out for the long haul, they will come see you soon enough. Some of these little guys come around and you might never see them unless you have a window or a blind to see them through. Placing a nice (even pricey), suet cake in front of a window with no screen is an idea that happened to work here. It takes the right birds a fair amount of time to discover a secluded suet cake.
This Dove was real curious about the window.. she went for several swings on the hanging feeder, (like a kid), even though she didn't want anything to eat from it. She liked checking it out.. so did several other birds. Like the above Kinglet, & Mockingbird... also Mourning dove hopped up there to have a look. I was outside working a lot today with the wonderful weather too, so it threw a few of them off.
I got the Cherries at Wild Bird Center.. She finally started carrying them again. I really need to find a place that sells them for less. Until then, and through winter I don't want to be caught without them. Robin hasn't found them yet, but you will see when they do. Just a matter of days. Mocks love the mealies, so I put them on the tray also. I put some for OCWarbler and Mock snags a few of those too, lol.
Ha ha birdscrazy. Great Crow pics... (crownuts) lol. I never see those here! Sure they are here.. I just don't see. Is that Sparrow eating mealies?? The Sparrows here don't touch them, they like the seed better. Is that weird?
Ya , it is eating the mealworms , but that pic was taken in the baby birds season, so actually what was happening the parents were coming for a bunch of worms to feed their babies ( that is what I usally do in summer, supply every body and their mother with the worms over here..lol) and since they are so busy and in such of rush they eat worms then too. In other seasons I come to find out sparrows dont care so much for worms, that is true even here.
I am enjoying all the bird pics! I love watching them, in the Spring we have one that perchs on the utility pole and jumps straight up and floats gently down over and over. Anyone else seeing this behavior? I thought it might be a mating dance of sorts.
I had not thought of feeding cherries, my MIL had cherry trees and birds just flocked to them when they were just ripe.
Sheila, sorry I didn't make myself clear. The bird that does this is a mockingbird. I have a few brown creepers here. I really enjoy watching the little nuthatches go down my trees upside down! It is so comical.
It has been a while for the feeder thread, but I just found a great by at Home Depot this weekend. They have a lot of their feeders marked way down getting ready for new stock I suppose. I got one of the metal squirrel proof feeders that is usually close to $30 for $10!!! Now is the time of year to get the bargains there.
Anyone having trouble with squirrels and their bird feeders, I strongly suggest the Pole System that Wild Birds Unlimited sells, and also to remember while you should not put your feeder out in a open area, when you place the feeder, you must make sure its far enough away from tree branches so squirrels cannot leap from their and bypass the Pole System's baffle. I put Sunflower hearts in my feeder, a additional pole system arm for my thistle sock and place my sunflower/millet/corn mix scattered on the ground for the groundfeeders. A suet basket or twoo, or three in a tree is also highly recommended. Enjoy the birds all!