Information Entry Contest: What’s Your Favourite Feeder Chicken? 




January 10, 2023



A small songbird with a black cap, white cheeks, and white throat perches on the edge of a dead branch, with an open beak as if making a noise.

| Black-capped Chickadee by Candace Trost |

For the seventh season in a row, Undertaking FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the prospect to win prizes. This 12 months, Celestron is becoming a member of the enjoyable and providing one pair of binoculars to every knowledge entry contest winner as nicely. After getting into fowl counts (knowledge) into the FeederWatch web site, individuals have the chance to share a narrative, reminiscence, or tip by clicking the “Enter to Win” button on the Rely Abstract web page. We randomly choose two winners per immediate. Our second Information Entry contest immediate this season was:

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

Congratulations to our winners, Kristi Bathgate and Therese Walsh!

Kristi shared:

I get pleasure from when Black-capped Chickadees go to my feeders. Their petite measurement and coloring make them lovable. And I’m fascinated by their one-seed-at-a-time feeding methodology. They seize a seed, fly to a close-by lilac tree, maintain a seed with their foot, and peck to open. As soon as, a chickadee dropped the seed, flew to the bottom, discovered it, and went again up within the tree to complete opening and consuming it.

Black-capped Chickadees are one of the frequent feeder birds and the simplest to draw to feeders, as they get pleasure from a variety of meals and are usually fairly curious. They are going to usually conceal meals to avoid wasting for later and cache seeds in a number of totally different spots; Black-capped Chickadees can bear in mind hundreds of hiding locations. Try Cornell’s All About Birds to discover “cool details,” life histories, identification assist, and extra about Black-capped Chickadees and different fowl species.

Therese shared:

The fowl I most stay up for seeing within the winter months is the Crimson-bellied Woodpecker. We’re charmed by their duck-and-weave neck actions, their deep-throated name, and the truth that they bow to nobody on the feeder; even the Blue Jays hightail it out of there when the Crimson-bellied Woodpeckers arrive. They adore peanuts within the winter, and oranges within the hotter months.

Crimson-bellied Woodpeckers might come to feeder setups inside their japanese U.S. vary that provide peanuts, fruit, safflower, suet, cracked corn, mealworms, and extra. They’ve additionally been recognized to feed on berry bushes reminiscent of hawthorn or mountain-ash. Discover out extra about what Crimson-bellied Woodpeckers and different fowl species wish to eat through the use of Undertaking FeederWatch’s Common Feeder Birds Interactive instrument.

Due to everybody who participated and shared their tales – we want we might share your entire submissions! Learn the tales from previous winners on our blog. E-mail feederwatch@cornell.edu with questions. Keep tuned for after we announce our subsequent knowledge entry contest winners on February 14th, 2023.

Inquisitive about changing into a FeederWatcher? Join the fun now!

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