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Information Entry Contest: What’s Your Feeder Setup like?

March 15, 2023

A medium-sized woodpecker with a bright red nape and black and white back perches on a green platform feeder while stretching to grab a peanut with its bill.

|Pink-bellied Woodpecker by Bob Vuxinic |

For the seventh season in a row, Venture FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Limitless are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the possibility to win prizes. This yr, Celestron is becoming a member of the enjoyable and providing one pair of binoculars to every information entry contest winner as properly. After getting into chicken counts (information) into the FeederWatch web site, contributors have the chance to share a narrative, reminiscence, or tip by clicking the “Enter to Win” button on the Depend Abstract web page. We randomly choose two winners per immediate. Our fourth Information Entry contest immediate this season was:

What’s your feeder setup like? What sorts of meals or feeders work finest to attract a crowd at your chicken feeding station? When you don’t use a feeder, are birds attracted by another options in your yard?

Congratulations to our winners, Ann-Marie Kocher and Marianne Farallo!

Ann-Marie shared:

I exploit a big tree stump as the bottom of my feeder setup. I’ve one [Wild Birds Unlimited] EcoClean Seed Tube Feeder stuffed with a seed selection, one EcoClean Finch Feeder stuffed with Nyjer seed, and one suet cage. I additionally unfold sunflower and safflower seeds on the stump each morning. This arrange attracts all kinds of birds to my feeding station. Giant elderberry shrubs present cowl, and the creek behind the stump is a well-visited supply of contemporary water.

Putting in water options can present birds a spot to wash or drink. Usually, a birdbath or water sprayer can present an ample water supply. Nevertheless, the extra pure the water function, the extra shortly birds will uncover it. Take into account including a pump to create motion in your water function. You may even create a effervescent rock water function or small waterfall, in case your yard permits. Birds desire shallow, ground-level water options, particularly with locations to perch, resembling stones or branches organized within the water to face on. Place a birdbath or water function close to shrubs, bushes, or a brush pile to offer birds with added safety from predators. Learn extra about how one can enhance your yard habitat for birds within the Landscaping Ideas part of our new Gardening for Birds web page.

Marianne shared:

I at the moment have 4 tube feeders and two suet feeders in my yard. There are bushes and bushes the place birds can wait their flip for the feeders. I often supply a finch combine, which incorporates Niger seed, and a wild chicken combine that features black oil sunflower seeds and fruit. The suet attracts quite a lot of woodpeckers all year long. I just lately tried utilizing a peanut feeder, however it didn’t take lengthy for the squirrels to seek out them. I’m having fun with taking part in Venture FeederWatch. It has helped me notice what number of species of birds have been having fun with my yard, too.

Questioning what sort of meals or feeder varieties the birds in your neighborhood will like finest? Take a look at our Frequent Feeder Birds Interactive Instrument. This device options our listing of virtually 100 frequent feeder birds throughout the U.S. and Canada, however you’ll be able to type by area. Discover your area to see what you would possibly have the ability to appeal to to your feeders this winter!

Due to everybody who participated and shared their tales – we want we might share all your submissions! Search for the prompts after you submit your subsequent depend and keep tuned for once we announce the following information entry contest winners on April eleventh, 2023. E-mail feederwatch@cornell.edu with questions, and browse the tales from previous winners on our weblog.

Fascinated about changing into a FeederWatcher? Be a part of the enjoyable now!

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