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What birds have visited your feeder recently?

Asked by tedibear (19187points) May 7th, 2011

So far we have had cardinal, blue jay, tufted titmouse, rose breasted grosbeak, goldfinch and chickadee. I’ve not yet seen any bluebirds, woodpeckers or hummingbirds.

Who has visited you so far?

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marinelife's avatar

I don’t have a feeder, but I have a partially dead partially alive red-leafed cherry outside my window. Yesterday, I had a downy woodpecker and a dove.

jaytkay's avatar

I think we have an unusually high number of robins this year. Robins in the trees, robins in the air, robins on the ground.

Lots of cardinals, too. A few yellow finches.

But whatever else, there are lots and lots of robins.

tedibear's avatar

Oh yes, I’ve seen some robins around, too. They don’t seem to come to our feeder, but they hang out in the yard. And I’ve heard the mourning doves.

Bellatrix's avatar

Well the possums destroyed my birdy feeder, but we get lorikeets every day and they chatter on and on and on and bicker Link

And we get cockatoos. They get in my african tulip tree which has big spear like seed pods and is very close to the hills hoist and throw them down on us. Bit dangerous. Link

We get galahs too. Link

Then we have lots of honeyeaters. Link

and Link

We get Kookaburras Link

And Frogmouths Link

We also get Pluvers or Lapwings. Very good parents but annoying. Link

We get a lot of magies too (Magies are Magpies). I love it when the mums bring their babies around for training sessions in the garden. Link

And I think that will do you. Lots of birds though. It is one reason I love where we live.

downtide's avatar

I don’t have a feeder because it would just get robbed by squirrels or rats. Besides that, I live in a city and the only birds around here are magpies and pigeons, and I don’t want to encourage either of those two into my garden.

tedibear's avatar

I’m so glad people from other areas of the world have joined in! @Bellatrix, ultra-lurve for all of your links!

Bellatrix's avatar

:-) Very welcome!

jellyfish3232's avatar

I live in New England, and we’ve had a good variety this year. I’ve seen a red-bellied woodpecker, and the goldfinches have just started arriving. Some nice cardinals, too. We still have the wreath on our door from winter and there are some birds nesting on top of it.. Haven’t had a chance to see the parent up first, just the babies, but I think that they’re mourning doves. There might be mourning doves in some of our hanging plant baskets too.

jellyfish3232's avatar

Squirrels, too. Honestly, I’m not sure if there is such thing as a true squirrel-proof feeder. At least our squirrels are somewhat interesting because one of them is albino. It appears to be albino, anyway: The fur is white, but the eyes aren’t pink. Does that make it a partial albino?

syz's avatar

I currently have nests/eggs/hatchlings/fledglings of chickadee, some sort of warbler, blue birds, cat birds, mocking birds, Carolina wrens, and house finches (there’s likely to be others, but I haven’t stumbled across their nests).

The additional species that are regulars on the feeders include cardinals, gold finches, downy woodpeckers, mourning doves, brown thrashers, rufous sided tohwee, red bellied woodpecker, blue jay, tufted titmouse, brown headed nuthatch, juncos and white breasted nuthatch.

Occasional visitors include waxwings, northern flicker, starlings and a very lost rose breasted grosbeak.

My ruby throated hummingbirds have not arrived from South America yet.

I’m sad to say that there are a number of finches, warblers, and sparrows that I am not skilled enough to identify.

As a result of all of the bird activity, I also have an occasional red shouldered hawk and sharp shinned hawk who also “feed” at my feeder.

(I’m hoping to release a colony of rehabilitated flying squirrels in my yard soon, who will utilize the feeders after dark.)

tedibear's avatar

@jellyfish3232 – We have this the pole of our birdfeeder. While we feed the squirrels with one of these , they can’t get into the birdfeeder at all.

syz's avatar

I have a squirrel baffle on my pole feeders, too, but have since found that this feeder is completely squirrel proof.

tedibear's avatar

@syz – that’s a hanging type, right? I’m amazed that the squirrels can’t get to it – very cool!

syz's avatar

@tedibear It’s weight sensitive – it shuts off access as soon at the squirrel puts a foot on it. The only caveat is that you have to hang it in an area that’s clear, so they can’t grab the whole feeder and pull it over to them.

I also have a squirrel flipper, but it’s freakin’ expensive, and not even that entertaining – the squirrels only try it once. The other feeder is much simpler, cheaper and effective.

Bellatrix's avatar

@syz You have some truly beautiful birds coming to your garden. What a joy. I love the flying squirrels too. Thank you for sharing.

syz's avatar

I love my guests; they give me great joy. Sometimes when I sit outside at dawn or dusk, or just after a storm, the birdsong is practically deafening. I have only a ¼ acre lot, but I have a small naturalized area behind my lot. The combination of the heavy tree cover and the plantings in my yard seem to make them happy.

Berserker's avatar

We have a few birdfeeders in the backyard. I’m not entirely sure who keeps filling them up, but…while I’ve seen different types of birds every now and then, we mostly get these gigantic ravens. They chase anything else away and eat all the food. Pricks. Plus my part of town is stray cat city. They invade my backyard constantly, so besides those ravens, I don’t see that many different birds. Lots of sparrows high up in the trees though. There’s a birdfeeder up there, but I think it’s been empty forever. We also get squirrels who mess with the birdfeeders every now and then. Sometimes I like going out there myself, to see if there’s anything good to eat in there.
But yeah, mostly ravens. They do look awesome, I love ravens, but they sure are fuckin bullies lol.

Coloma's avatar

The Black headed Grosbeaks and Western Tanagers are up from Mexico & Central America right now. I can usually get the Tanagers attention with orange slices in the trees.

I am not feeding much right now, do have my hummingbird feeders going and otherwise am also enjoying the constant trill in the woods and some sort of little swallows that have tagged my yard as their feeding grounds. Yeah….go for the Mosquitos!

I feed enough ‘big birds’ between the geese and the wild turkeys that think the feed is for them too.

Juncos, Towhees, Jays and finches eat the goose corn and chicken feed too, right out of the pan.

Everything on my hill is hatched on lay crumbles and chicken scratch. lol

Oh…the oak catarpillers are going wild also, plenty of little green worms for the Pheobes and bluebirds and wrens. It is bird abundance over here.

gondwanalon's avatar

Birds are so beautiful and fun to watch! This week in Tacoma Washington I’ve seen the following bird species at my 3 feeders:
Male and female House Finches
Rufous-sides Towhees
Oregon Junco’s
White-breasted Nuthatches
Black-capped Chickadees
Chestnut-backed Chickadees
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird (they stay all winter by my feeder)
Rufous Hummingbirds (Made their first appearance this week)
And a few “LBJ’s” (little brown jobs)

Once a couple of days ago confused “Common Bushtit” went flying past my feeder. He looked at the feeder and then just kept going.

Several other bird species were seen our yard.

tedibear's avatar

I forgot to mention that we seem to have a red-tailed hawk pair living in the lightly wooded area behind our house. Occasionally one of them will sit on our fence and “talk.” It’s pretty loud but I love seeing them so close.

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