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, Undertaking 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 nicely. After coming into fowl 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 forms of meals or feeders work finest to attract a crowd at your fowl feeding station? In the event you don’t use a feeder, are birds attracted by some other 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 enough water supply. Nonetheless, 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 would 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, akin to stones or branches organized within the water to face on. Place a birdbath or water function close to shrubs, timber, or a brush pile to supply birds with added safety from predators. Learn extra about how one can enhance your yard habitat for birds within the Landscaping Suggestions part of our new Gardening for Birds web page.

Marianne shared:

I presently have 4 tube feeders and two suet feeders in my yard. There are bushes and timber the place birds can wait their flip for the feeders. I normally provide a finch combine, which incorporates Niger seed, and a wild fowl combine that features black oil sunflower seeds and fruit. The suet attracts a wide range of woodpeckers all year long. I not too long ago tried utilizing a peanut feeder, however it didn’t take lengthy for the squirrels to search out them. I’m having fun with collaborating in Undertaking FeederWatch. It has helped me understand 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? Try our Widespread Feeder Birds Interactive Software. This instrument options our listing of just about 100 widespread feeder birds throughout the U.S. and Canada, however you may kind by area. Discover your area to see what you would possibly be capable of entice to your feeders this winter!

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

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