U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Garden
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 09-20-2012, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
3,442 posts, read 6,180,287 times
Reputation: 4039

Advertisements

I'm having so much fun this morning watching the birds come to my feeder. It seems in the past they just haven't come but this time I put up a tubular shaped one with 4 perches plus the area at the bottom of it, and used just the sunflower seeds. Success! I am thinking of getting another feeder and using a mixed seed to see if I may get a bigger variety of birds. These I am seeing today are chicadees and another type that is about the same size but are shades of brown. I am in mid Maine. Any suggestions welcome.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 09-20-2012, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Virginia
18,717 posts, read 29,536,024 times
Reputation: 42966
Thistle socks are very inexpensive (usually about $3-4) and attract the tinier birds who like to pull thistle through the weave. We get lots of very colorful finches with them. The squirrels went after them at first but apparently have decided they're boring and haven't gone near the thistle socks since July.

A bird bath attracts birds, too.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-20-2012, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
2,457 posts, read 6,941,700 times
Reputation: 1893
Over the past 50+ years, first in the country and now in town, we have tried about everything, but for the past several years it has been only thistle and black oil sunflower seed. I don't know any bird that will not feed on one or the other. Also, we have found that "wild bird seed" is a total waste of money. They use a red, hard, seed as a filler and we have found that nothing will feed on it. That red seed may be millet or sorghum, but I don't know for sure.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-20-2012, 10:01 PM
 
232 posts, read 1,586,196 times
Reputation: 240
We use the "wild bird seed" as it's the cheapest at Walmart - $5.50 for a 20 pound bag that lasts a month or so. We get an assortment of birds - doves, bluejays, cardinals, something that looks like a bluejay but is black/grey, some other really tiny songbirds, woodpeckers, and even some crows. I'm not super on bird recognition yet, and it took a couple of weeks for the birds to notice the feeder, but now that they all know it's there, we usually have one bird or another out there at all times.

We also get squirrels, and I've thought about upgrading to a squirrel-proof feeder, but honestly I enjoy watching them eat, too.

My favorite are the doves. They'll eat seed scattered on the ground, and make some of the prettiest sounds.

We get birds trapped on our back porch fairly frequently, since we keep the screen door open (it's either that, or my daughter pops the screen loose in order to get outside... sigh), and I've gotten to be a pro at catching and releasing the poor things. I caught a small owl (screech owl, we think) a couple of months back. That was exciting!



Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-24-2012, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Cary NC
1,056 posts, read 1,633,688 times
Reputation: 2458
I love the way the owl looks. My sister has an owl box and I've always wanted to get one for my back yard. The baby owls are adorable.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-25-2012, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
1,278 posts, read 3,410,102 times
Reputation: 402
Bird feeders are really busy at night. Go out and take a look. The fallen seed is very attractive to a host of 4 leg varmits. Some neighbors learned of this and did away with the feeders. I love birds too but best left alone lest they forget how to forage. When snow comes that is another matter to help them.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Garden
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:06 AM.

© 2005-2022, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top