Saturday, January 10, 2009

More snow, and getting colder. The Goldfinches have been very active, at the store, and at home. But, at home they are not all Goldfinches, but Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls. No wonder we have been going through Nyjer like water. Today I went out to fill our Squirrel Buster Plus with Black Oil Sunflower seeds and the whole top of the tree it was hanging in was buzzing with Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls, Goldfinches, and a few House Finches. It was amazing, I don't think I have ever seen that many at one time in our 19+ years of feeding birds. The only bird missing at our feeders this year are the Red-breasted Nuthatches. Our little Downy Woodpecker was back for a meal at the store today. He spent quite a bit of time poking around at the tree bark before he decided to fly over to the Suet Log. It was getting dark, so he didn't spend a long time at the feeder, but it is always exciting to see different birds showing up. All the birds are enjoying the heated bird bath we have at both the store and at home. We are due from some very frigid weather in the week ahead, and many of our customers are quite concerned for their birds. We just tell them to make sure they have feeders full and open water, and their birds will be fine!


At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Debbie: We had clouds of finches on our feeders until the thaw between Christmas and New Year. Now no birds? I cleaned the feeders and put fresh food in them Dec 27. Usually the feeders need replenishing every two days; finally yesterday I dumped the food and refilled the feeders, still no takers, Not even the mourning doves and sparrows as I write this we have one chickadee darting on and off the feeder. Do you; does anyone have any suggestions as to why we lost our freeloading friends.


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