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Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

One of the liveliest birds at the feeders is the Tufted Titmouse.  So cute to watch and read about. The titmouse’s nearest relative at the feeder is the chickadee.   They have similar nesting and breeding habits and calls, and when they do come to the feeder, both have a tendency to take one seed, fly […]

Sparrows

Sparrows

Sparrows!  Little Brown Birds — A lot of people refer to any kind of sparrow as a little brown bird. First of all, there are only five sparrows that are commonly seen at feeders.  The good ole house sparrow cannot be included as it is really a Weaver Finch. The ones you may see are […]

Food Chain

I hope each of you had a fantastic and blessed Christmas season, and you were able to spend it with family and friends.  It is a fun and sacred time for all.  Stress can be high this time of year. Sit back and enjoy. This past week has been warmer than average with the lake […]

Nuthatches

Nuthatches

With only a skiff of snow this past week, I am still not seeing many birds at my feeders. Sparrows, blue jays, 3-4 goldfinches, downy woodpeckers. The nuthatch is such a fun bird to watch.  One of the first things people notice about them is their ability to move headfirst down tree trunks.  This enables […]

Feeding Behavior

Feeding Behavior

Are you having trouble with birds coming to your feeders?   Birds change their feeding behavior.  Temperatures, weather, time of year, time of day – all influence a bird’s feeding habits. In mild weather, when wild food is plentiful, birds will use your feeder less. I will attribute this last statement as to why I, myself, […]

Cardinals

Cardinals

We have had several gloomy days this past week.  I hate to say it but a little snow would look pretty and attract some of the winter feeder birds.  Cardinals are a bright attraction to the feeders this time of year. The actual word Cardinal originally meant important, and later referred to the high-ranking official […]

Hawks

As I am sitting here writing this, I see I am having a few more American Goldfinches at my feeders.  I have been having mostly House Sparrows.  In the distance, I see several Hawks flying around drifting in the wind, looking for prey in the fields.  They are probably Red-Tailed Hawk, Coopers Hawk, or Harriers. […]

Fill Your Feeders

I am starting to dump about two cups of food in my feeders every day, and keeping my heated waterer full of fresh water.  I see most of my visitors are the ever-present house sparrow, messing in this sunflower seed, and drinking most of my water. I have had several American Goldfinches, and I spotted […]

Which Finch is it?

Which Finch is it? Purple finches and house finches are close relatives,  they have similar songs, breeding behaviors and appearances, and people often are confused as to which they have at their feeders. Distinguishing between the two species can be difficult.  We get both at our feeders, and so we enjoy trying to figure it […]

Waiting to Feed

I have not started feeding my birds yet.  I want to wait as long as I can and give them all a chance to forage for themselves. I keep a birdbath full of fresh water for them, but that is all, right now. I have a tremendous amount of House Sparrows right now visiting the […]

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