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Birdfeeders!
November 23, 2009
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BuckeyeGirl
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I really, REALLY love my birdfeeders.  They help me get through the pile of dirty dishes by giving me entertainment just outside the window. 

Today I’ve seen lots of Sparrows, a Carolina Wren, several Northern Cardinals, quite a few Nuthatches, lots of Black Capped Chickadees, at least one… maybe two? Downy Woodpeckers, one Red Bellied Woodpecker, some Bluejays of course, SO opportunistic! 

How about you guys?

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November 23, 2009
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I live in an upstairs apt,so I usually get to watch the birds and the squirrels playing in the treetops out of the L.R. and D.R. windows. It's getting prettly frosty here in IN now,so mostly see birds flying south for the winter now. 

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November 23, 2009
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Oh, yes…bird feeders are one of the joys of winter time for me.  We have gold finches, cardinals, nuthatches, chickadees, sparrows, woodpeckers (three kinds) and sometimes rarer visitors, too.  The woodpeckers love their suet, the cardinals love black-oil sunflower seed and the goldfinces love thistle seed.  This year, we also have some red squirrels that we will have to feed to keep them away from the bird seed, but the more, the merrier! 

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November 24, 2009
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I LOVE my birdfeeders also.  I posted a the instructions for a homemade log suet feeder on my blog a while ago.  You can click on my username and then click on my birds label if your interested.  It's one of my favorites for chickadees, woodpeckers, nuthatches, bluebirds and titmice.

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November 24, 2009
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KentuckyFarmGirl — actually clicking on your name now brings up your profile.  There's a little “globe” in the toolbar…….that's your blog!!

I love my birdfeeders, too!  I built a birch log suet feeder last winter, too.  They love it!  Also, John has built me many feeders, they're all over the property!  I've seen some cardinals, blue jays, woodpecker, mourning doves (not usual this time of year though), sparrows, and little chickadees out this morning.  Oh, and also the squirrels love the feeders, too.  I don't mind, they are part of my little wilderness here!

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November 24, 2009
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Thank you all for reminding me that I need to fill up my feeders!  I heard the cardinals and chickadees out there yesterday morning, but there was no foodfor them and I felt bad!  Then of course I got busy and forgot to fill them up.  We have a few of our feeders arranged where we can see them from the couch in the living room, and I just love to turn on some nice music and watch the birds while I knit.

November 24, 2009
5:28 pm
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I love my birdfeeders too!

It is so nice to sit on the porch with a cup of coffee, a book and the binoculars.  I'll sit, read and watch the birds that come to eat.  The doves come in droves and the sand doves are the size of a tiny parrot.  They are my favorites right now.

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November 24, 2009
9:47 pm
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I usually feed the birds peanut butter sandwiches in the colder months. In my flat hanging feeder, I have given them grapes, chopped apple pieces, crackers etc.. It is kinda funny now…the birds are getting even with the  squirrels by raiding their corn and peanuts.Pawprint

November 25, 2009
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I sure do love having the birdfeeders out. Snuggle  I wish I had a game-cam or one of those bird-cams or feeder-cams, not sure what they're called, but they're pretty darn 'spensive!  As soon as I can take some time, maybe later this weekend after the holiday kerfluffel calms down, I'm going to get my old 35mm camera out since I have a fairly decent zoom lense and try to find a 'perch' where I have a good view of the visitors. 

or… I wonder how things would come out through the kitchen window?  hmmm, *note to self* wash kitchen window later!  It's worth a few snaps to find out I suppose!

Just a little while ago I was laughing while I watched one of my hens chasing sparrows away from the ground below the feeders.  She's the only one doing it, all the others are eat, eat, eating, and she's so busy chasing sparrows that she's gonna be hungry!  Laugh Chicken 

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November 25, 2009
2:39 pm
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I just stepped outside to go get the mail.

As I was walking back up to the house, I noticed all the birds eating at my feeder in the front yard.  As I kept walking and looking at the birds…..a hawk flew down and snatched a bird OFF of the feeder!

Lord have mercy….I have made a hawk buffet!

Deb

November 25, 2009
5:01 pm
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**cue the Lion King “Circle of Life” music**

I can always tell when a hawk is nearby because any birds on the feeders either dive into the nearby shrub for cover, or ones clinging to the peanut feeder or suet feeder are hugging tight to it and sitting absolutely FROZEN in place.  They seem to be waiting for some kind of 'all clear' signal from another bird!

It's pretty exciting to see, in a grim sort of way, but I'm always kinda glad if the hawk comes up empty handed, (taloned?).

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November 25, 2009
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Have you ever seen a circle of feathers on the ground?  Hawk strike…they hit them that hard.  We have a bluejay that makes a hawk's cry when she wants the feeder to herself.

George Orwell - 1984
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November 26, 2009
1:21 pm
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Filled my feeders this morning but now I am out of food.  Shhh, don't tell the birds!

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December 3, 2009
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Here's a very simple birdfeeder the kids would love to help with!  I've done them before, but I'd forgotten….I'm going to do this with the older grandkids next time they are here!  They are really nice….you can put them anywhere you might not be able to put a regular birdhouse.

http://www.handipoints.com/mommypoints/just-for-fun/peanut-butter-pine-cone-bird-feeders/

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December 9, 2009
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And another great idea for sharing the Holiday love with your birds!!!!  You could pack the seed mix into a bundt pan to make 1 big one wreath!

http://www.birdsandblooms.com/Backyard-Projects/Garden-Crafts/Holiday-Gifts-from-Your-Backyard

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December 9, 2009
4:49 pm
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Thanks for those tips Cindy,  the birds will need extra feed now that the weather has changed.  We have a flock of pigeons that found our feeders, they visit in the morning and evenings, so it takes more feed to keep up with the little birdies that depend on us.

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January 3, 2010
3:11 pm
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WOW!  I’m so glad I got out to get birdseed before this last snowfall.  The birds at my feeders are going CRAZY!  I’ve had huge numbers of birds yesterday and today, they all seem convinced that they will die any minute if they don’t stuff themselves now that we have all this fresh snow.

I even had two of my favorites today, Carolina Wrens!  I just think they’re so jaunty and I love their warm chestnut brown colors.  Possibly I have two Red Bellied Woodpeckers too, but since I haven’t seen them both there at the same time I can’t be positive, it just seems like two different ones. 

There’s been at least 3 different Downy Woodpeckers hanging around waiting their turns, at least two Hairy Woodpeckers, and I’ve had up to 7 male Northern Cardinals, and 4 female Cardinals all there at the same time too, countless sparrows of course, several European Starlings, some Tufted Titmice, innumerable Black Capped Chickadees, lots of Nuthatches, 7 or 8 Dark Eyed Juncos (hard to keep track they’re so busy-busy!) I’ve been watching for my Pileated Woodpeckers, I got a new suet feeder this year so they can cling to it easier, but they haven’t been around yet to try it out.  I hope they get the news soon that they’re welcome! 

Every morning I put a several handfuls of whole peanuts in the tray feeder for the Blue Jays, they zoom in and out for those as if it’s an airlift mission, so entertaining!

I counted 18 Mourning Doves just a little while ago too, it’s fairly sheltered below the feeders and I have a mini-brush pile down there with lots of room for them to roost so they fluff up there to stay warm.  By having the brush there it makes for lots of room for birds to hide, but too difficult for predators to get to them by surprise.  I put a bucket of water nearby too so they have water which is important for them even in winter.

My birdfeeders are better than television most of the time!

Located in N.E. Ohio

January 3, 2010
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Wow.  Thats an aviary,not a bird feeder!!

I have one of those telescope thingies on a stand.used to starwatch on the roof. but its far more interesting to watch birds on the water.Seagulls,Crows,Oyster Catchers,Terns,Shags,the odd Ducks and some seabirds I cannot identify.Then of course there is the bikini clad version in the summerLaugh

Oh. I dont have to feed them either

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January 3, 2010
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Are you sure a storm isn't on it's way, BG?  That's usually my indicator when the feeders are full of activity.  They give a nice show just before you have to batten down for the storm!

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January 3, 2010
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Laugh  No Cindy, the storm is ongoing, we have lake effect too you know!  LOL  I can so relate to your 'lake effect' comments! 

We are having steady though light snowfall now but we earlier got at least 10 inches of snow in the past 36 hours… (just a bit in the last 8 or so hours so the snow seems to be easing)… but I bought 50 lbs of an inexpensive mix at our local feed mill, to which I added about 20 lbs of black oil sunflower seed and about 10 lbs of safflower kernals, and about 10 lbs of raw peanut kernals too.  …I guess this all wound up increasing the cost of the mixture, but my 'aviary' of birds as Toph says sure loves it.  I also have three different suet feeders that I fill with suet that I buy on sale whenever I see it and store in the freezer.  I will be getting some beef tallow from a local meat locker store soon, and try to make some home made suet also which may or may not wind up saving me money!  Smile  But at least it will be healthy for the birds too.

I sure love watching them all and I'm getting good at identifying them… or so I think.  I have a poster that I got to help me with the easy ones, and I use the Cornell All About Birds site to find the tough ones… here's the link if anyone is interested!  http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search  I usually have a clue about what they might be and go on from there! Snuggle

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