calling all wild bird feeders!!

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  1. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    I was wondering if anyone would be interested in showing pictures and lists of the wild birds they get at their feeders.

    Or if anyone besides myself feeds wild birds.


    My list today is basically the same as most days.
    Junco
    White breasted nut hatch
    Red breasted nut hatch
    blue jay
    red bellied woodpecker
    hairy woodpecker
    downey woodpecker

    and today I got a gold finch
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    No red breasted nut hatches, but all the others on your list plus MANY goldfinches in their winter drab. Additional birds: Cardinals, mourning doves, House finch, Eastern Towhee, chipping sparrows, song sparrows, flickers, and crows. In the wooded part of my property a Pileated woodpecker is a daily visitor feeding on grubs in the Hurricane Sandy damaged pines. All too frequently I have Sharpshin and Cooper's hawks 'feeding' at my feeders. I've been feeding birds here for the 49 + years that this has been our home. An occasional wild turkey will come to feed and prior to the proliferation of bird eating hawks I always had many ring neck pheasants.
     
  3. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    Where are you at?

    You have some great visitor, I get a pileated once or twice a week.

    I seldom get cardinals.. I have even been short on gold finches this winter, Summer I get tons of them, last winter lots, this winter not so many.

    I get chipping sparrow during the summer.

    I hope to never get any hawks or eagles.

    There has not been a wild ringneck here since I was a kid 55 years ago.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    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.
     
  5. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    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,
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I understand wives - we've been married nearly 51 years. It's taken a while, but I believe that I am domesticated.
     
  7. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    I am glad to hear that after 52 years you understand wives, I have only been married 42 years (in May) and do not understand her yet. It is good to know in the next 9 years I will gain the wisdom to understand wives.


    I am writing today because I had a small flock ( about 9 birds) of Gold Finches here today! Even in their drab feathers they look great.
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I think that perhaps 'understand' was not the correct word. Perhaps it's just acceptance. Yesterday there was a juvenile redtail perched in a tree above one of my feeding stations. No squirrels for sure, but the smaller birds were not fazed by his presence at all.
     
  9. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    If the red tail would promise to leave my birds alone he could come here and get my nuisance squirrel..

    It just jumped onto the feeder and scared my birds away.
     
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    This morning I was loading dogs to go to the club when I heard the 'hollow' sound of hammering in the distance. My brain finally kicked in and said, "That's not hammering." About 30' away working on a dead branch on one of the white pines that line my drive was the Pileated woodpecker. I watched it for a bit until it decided that it had better places to go. Neat experience. By far the closest that I have ever been to this bird.
     

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