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Old 10-02-2009, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Manitou Springs
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I get so many Grackles that it looks like Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" is being reshot in my front yard, lol. And they wipe out the feeders so quickly!

Love the photo of the cat looking out the window.
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Old 10-02-2009, 02:53 PM
 
Location: CO
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Love the photo of the cat looking out the window.
Yes, that kitty is truly in the catbird seat.
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Old 10-02-2009, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Manitou Springs
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My cat is so old that he just looks with disinterest at most birds - though the "invasion" of the Grackles peaked his interest a bit! I swear my yard and trees where black with them. They were having some sort of convention.
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Default Strange looking bird

Helping himself to some birdseed today - north east Briargate area - that's Austin Bluffs in the background.
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Old 12-07-2009, 11:45 AM
 
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I live inside El-Paso county proper- Mountain Shadows area- basically Centennial and Vindicator- right under "the scar"- you know what I"m talking about if you're local and live on the west side.

I use store-brand bird seed- I look for high-fat content for the winter months- I've also experimented with home-made Suet, but I've not used that in quite some time. I've been feeding for 6 years at my house. I use hummer feeders with home-made nectar in the summer- 4:1 ratio of water/sugar and no food coloring as my feeders are well established at this point.

Here's what I typically see: House Finches, Golden Finches, Sparrows, Scrubjays, blue jays, flickers, Juncos, Spotted towhees, red-tail hawks, peregrine falcons, I've seen ONE bald eagle, great-horned owls, grackles, magpies, rufous hummers, ruby-throated hummers, broad tailed hummers, annas hummers, alans hummers and broad-billed hummers- the hummers usually start to migrate in late august, early september. I did get some action on my feeders in mid-september, but I usually take them down the first week of september- got to it late this year. I've seen one bluebird, which is kinda rare, Chickadee's and even woodpeckers every now and then. At the moment, i have a steady flow of juncos, the usual finches and sparrows, scrubjays, bluejays and flickers. The spotted towhee was a recent sighting- first time I've seen one at my feeder in 6 years. I used to put out un-salted peanuts for the scrub jays and blue jays but the magpies somehow instantly know when I put them out and they're gone within 5 minutes, so I've stopped for now. The seed I use has lots of black-oil sunflower seeds, which is what the jays like, but they do prefer peanuts.

Happy birding!!


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I know I am a total nerd for doing this, but I LOVE birds and birding and birdfeeding and anything birds. I am trying to revive this post to get more information.

All of you bird lovers out there who put out feeders, etc.:

Can you tell me...

1. If you live IN the city or on the outskirts/mountain areas

2. What type of food you put out

3. What kind of birds typically come to your feeders and yards

4. And if you want, any rare birds and what types have visited you

Thanks for your input!
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:59 PM
 
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I saw a belted kingfisher this weekend on a wire over Fountain Creek at Nevada Ave.
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Columbus, GA
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I'm so glad to find this post. I love birdwatching. I've lived in an apt for the last two and half years where I couldn't put out a bird feeder. When we get to Colorado I will have a yard again! Anyway.. Someone mentioned seeing a bald eagle. How common are they in that area?
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:19 PM
 
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Not very, they don't roost here, but I've seen one or two.
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Old 01-13-2010, 12:52 PM
 
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Not to be a wet blanket (since I love birds and especially hummers) but isn't it against Colorado law to feed wild animals including birds? I think I read this somewhere else on a site that was discussing bear problems.
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Columbus, GA
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I just looked this up. And I found this on the Colorado Dept. of Wildlife Page. It's definitely not illegal. It's only illegal to feed big game.


The Division of Wildlife supports and encourages using backyard bird feeders to supplement natural food for song birds. Be sure that the food you provide song birds is fresh and clean. Also make sure you clean the feeder periodically. Common bird foods include sunflower seed and millet. Some birds also are attracted by fresh fruit. In addition to your feeder, be sure to offer a source of water for your backyard birds, year-round if possible. Remember, if you start a bird feeding program, some bird experts suggest you continue all winter and through spring. That way those birds that become dependent on the feeder will still have a source of food.
A word of caution, however. If you live in bear country, be aware that certain bird foods, particularly hummingbird nectar, are very attractive to bruins. Put your bird foods and hummingbird feeders away if you don’t want to inadvertently create potentially dangerous conflicts with our state’s largest predator close to your home. For more information, contact your nearest Division of Wildlife office.
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