Knowledge Entry Contest: What’s Your Favourite Feeder Chook?


April 12, 2022

A small thrush with bright blue above and a rusty orange throat and chest perches on top of a nest box, while another small thrush with similar, but subdued coloration peeks its head out of the nest box hole below.

| Jap Bluebird by Teresa Murr |

For the sixth season in a row, Venture FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Limitless are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the possibility to win prizes. After coming into chook counts (knowledge) 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. This yr, we randomly chosen two winners per immediate. Our fifth and remaining Knowledge Entry contest immediate was:

What’s your favourite chook to see at your feeders? Do you wait all season for a glimpse of it, or does it come every single day? Share with us what makes that species so particular to see at your feeders!

Congratulations to our winners, Susan E. Schellhas and Jill Thompson!

Susan shared:

Whereas watching my chook feeder, I typically take footage of the birds with my zoom lens to correctly establish them. This yr was particular as a result of I discovered a brand new species had come to my feeder.  At first I believed it was a European Starling, however after reviewing my pictures and utilizing the Venture FeederWatch web site, I recognized it as a Brown-headed Cowbird.  I discovered extra about this new species and was glad so as to add it to my checklist of birds for Venture FeederWatch.

The Venture FeederWatch web site has many instruments that can assist you establish the birds that come to your feeder. Our Figuring out Birds web page provides useful tips about what to pay attention to, reminiscent of area marks, behavioral observations, dimension, and placement. You’ll additionally discover a number of FeederWatch posters out there for obtain, which function fast, useful references.

Jill shared:

There are such a lot of [birds] that set my coronary heart a-flutter! I’d must say that this yr, my favourite birds have been my first ever Jap Bluebird couple! I’ve tried to draw them for the 11 years we’ve lived right here, to no avail. Then, earlier this week, I noticed a flash of blue amongst all of the brown, black, white and gray! I instantly despatched my husband out to purchase mealworms and Mrs. Bluebird began feasting. Apparently, she liked the meal sufficient to come back again with Mr. Bluebird. They’ve come every single day this week and I’m over-the-moon each time I see them. The attractive blue, orange and white colours convey pleasure, and I really like seeing such a faithful couple. I hope they determine to maneuver in to the bluebird home that has housed chickadees and wrens for the previous a number of years! They’d higher determine quickly, as I noticed a chickadee checking the birdhouse out in the present day!

Keen on setting up your individual Jap Bluebird field? Go to Cornell’s NestWatch web site to obtain a building plan. Right here, yow will discover out extra in regards to the Jap Bluebird’s nesting habitat, nesting vary, and a few useful ideas for building and maintenance. If you wish to proceed doing citizen science within the summertime, think about monitoring your nest field for NestWatch!

Due to everybody who participated and shared their tales – we want we may share your whole submissions! Learn the tales from previous winners on our weblog. Electronic mail with questions.

Keen on turning into a FeederWatcher? Be part of the enjoyable now!

<< Return to weblog residence


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *