Originally Posted by sourland
I'm located in West central New Jersey relatively close to the Delaware River. I have 11 + acres that for the most part I have allowed to grow wild - great habitat for birds, deer, etc. A short distance from my home there is a beagle field trial club that I belong to. Due to conservation practices we were able to get into a preservation program. The wild bird species down there is amazing (controlled brushland). We even get woodcock there during their migrations. I also have a couple feeders down there that I fill daily. I'm not really a 'birder', but have always been fascinated by anything with feathers.
Cool.. Sounds like great place.
I am like you, in that I like feeding and watching the wildlife/birds but am not a bird watcher. As I sit here and type this I am watching a half a dozen chickadees and a pair of Juncos. I get a peaceful feeling watching them.
I live on 13 acres of what is left of the farm I and my Dad grew up on. Most as been sold for housing development. I live across the road from the houses and a quarter mile from the closest one. ( the only way would sell it was for the developer to have open space/woods on the land closest to us. My 13 acres is surrounded by 100s of acres of federal wildlife refuge which was stolen by the government in 1970, ( they paid a whole 49 dollars an acre under threat of imminent domain). The land use to be our pasture and tamarack swamp. It affords me privacy and wildlife even if it is not mine anymore.
I have not seen a woodcock here in decades, but I seldom go where they would roam.
I have a large feeder array outside my dining room window, which drives my wife nuts. I hang 7 feeders, 3 suet cakes and seed platform from it. A wife needs something to complain about,