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Getting the feeders ready for fall... [Sep. 16th, 2007|05:10 pm]
Backyard Bird Feeding

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Today I went to the garden center and bought a 25-lb. bag of sunflower seed, now that we are getting into fall. I maintain one feeder over the summer, but they don't empty it too quickly and I don't want to keep a lot of seed on hand in the hot weather. So I started with the 25 lb. today, and will need a 50 lb. bag about a month from now--then regularly over the winter.

I also picked up some of the larger-sized seed/suet cakes. I found a bigger cage feeder at a garage sale this summer and am giving it a try. Still have a small cage up, though, because I like to make cakes that fit in that one.

I have the tube feeder filled with sunflower, as well as the wire mesh sunflower feeder that worked well last winter. The squirrels still eat from it, but it takes them longer than a hopper or tube. I do have one hopper feeder and a hanging tray feeder yet to put up. I'll wait a little while on those and decide where/if I want to use them. I might use the tray one for the squirrels again, as that seems to keep them away from the other feeders a bit.

The chickadees were all over, scolding me for not getting the feeders up fast enough to suit them! I love when they go into 'cold weather' mode and become friendlier than they are over the summer. They live here all year, but you don't see a lot of them while they're nesting, even at the feeders.

The downy woodpeckers are showing up regularly each morning at the suet again. I do see them once in a while in the summer, but now they'll be daily visitors.

Other than that, it's been the usual cardinals, finches, and sparrows.

The last couple of nights were chilly, in the 30s, but we're supposed to get back up in the 80s this week. It'll be up and down like that now for the next month or so.
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[User Picture]From: kookaburra1701
2007-09-17 04:39 am (UTC)
My lone little chickadee appears to have flown the coop. But at the feeders I maintain at my parent's place, wild turkeys have started showing up! I'm putting out cracked corn for them now (we're hoping they'll be nice and fat by Thanksgiving), and I want to get some suet up our at their property for the woodpeckers and jays.

I wish we had cardinals out west. The first time I saw one in person was in Arlington Cemetery- I couldn't believe my eyes, it was so bright it looked fake.
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