||[Jun. 3rd, 2007|12:50 am]
Backyard Bird Feeding
Hello, I've just finished setting up my first bird station on my apartment balcony! I've been scouring the web to find tips on bringing in the birds, and I figured I should join a community on LJ!
1) Your age or age range: 22
2) Where you live (as general or specific as you wish): Eugene, OR
3) City, suburban, rural, or ??? It's weird, I suppose I technically live in the suburbs, but as I grew up in the country, it seems very urban to me. But also right across the street is a protected wetlands area. It's like a weird intersection of industrial, downtown, suburbs and rural.
4) Your general landscape (i.e. wooded, prairie, etc.): my apartment is on the second floor, and my balcony faces a small tract of lawn that is bordered by redwood trees and an electric station.
5) How many birdfeeders do you maintain in cold weather months? I haven't had birdfeeders in cold weather months yet. :)
6) Do you use a birdbath? Put up birdhouses? I have a "birdbath", but it's just a pie plate on a planter stand with rocks in the bottom. I'm trying to figure out how to rig a dripper system (I have no hose outlet on my balcony) to attract birds to it.
7) How long have you been feeding the birds? 1 month ago, I put up a suet feeder. I just bought a seed feeder and humming bird feeder this week.
8) Do you feed year-round? I plan to.
9) Do you keep a list of the birds you attract? No, but I am an artist, and I plan on doing plenty of bird studies. :)
10) What are your favorite website(s) and/or book(s) on the subject of birdfeeding? My favorite book so far is Audobon's "Bird's of America" because of the beautiful pictures. My father had the book, and I can remember spending long hours looking through it as a child. (We also had several large limited edition Roger Tory Peterson prints. I have a feeling these influenced my interest in wild birds.)
I've never really pursued birding before, so I can barely identify any birds other than the ubiquitous starlings and mallards. But I'm looking foward to expanding my repertoire!
Some questions: Once the birds find my seed and suet feeders, I would like to put out live mealworms. Will this bring in jays, even though I'm on the second floor? I would also like to put out fruit. What sort of birds will this attract? (If I thought my landlord wouldn't freak out over it, I'd put out meat and see if I could get some raptors to come in)
Also: I haven't had any hummingbirds show up yet- but I think I've seen some bats at night swooping by the feeder! I'm not complaining, I love bats! Do you think they're attracted to bugs that are attracted to the sugarwater, or the sugar water itself?