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




April 12, 2022



A small thrush with bright blue above and a rusty orange throat and chest perches on top of a nest box, while another small thrush with similar, but subdued coloration peeks its head out of the nest box hole below.

| Jap Bluebird by Teresa Murr |

For the sixth season in a row, Challenge FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the possibility to win prizes. After coming into chicken counts (knowledge) into the FeederWatch web site, contributors have the chance to share a narrative, reminiscence, or tip by clicking the “Enter to Win” button on the Depend Abstract web page. This 12 months, we randomly chosen two winners per immediate. Our fifth and ultimate Information Entry contest immediate was:

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

Congratulations to our winners, Susan E. Schellhas and Jill Thompson!

Susan shared:

Whereas watching my chicken feeder, I typically take footage of the birds with my zoom lens to correctly establish them. This 12 months was particular as a result of I discovered a brand new species had come to my feeder.  At first I assumed it was a European Starling, however after reviewing my pictures and utilizing the Challenge FeederWatch web site, I recognized it as a Brown-headed Cowbird.  I discovered extra about this new species and was completely satisfied so as to add it to my record of birds for Challenge FeederWatch.

The Challenge FeederWatch web site has many instruments that can assist you establish the birds that come to your feeder. Our Identifying Birds page provides useful recommendations on what to pay attention to, comparable to area marks, behavioral observations, measurement, and placement. You’ll additionally discover a number of FeederWatch posters obtainable for obtain, which function fast, useful references.

Jill shared:

There are such a lot of [birds] that set my coronary heart a-flutter! I’d should say that this 12 months, my favourite birds have been my first ever Jap Bluebird couple! I’ve tried to draw them for the 11 years we’ve lived right here, to no avail. Then, earlier this week, I noticed a flash of blue amongst all of the brown, black, white and gray! I instantly despatched my husband out to purchase mealworms and Mrs. Bluebird began feasting. Apparently, she cherished the meal sufficient to return again with Mr. Bluebird. They’ve come daily this week and I’m over-the-moon each time I see them. The attractive blue, orange and white colours carry pleasure, and I like seeing such a loyal couple. I hope they determine to maneuver in to the bluebird home that has housed chickadees and wrens for the previous a number of years! They’d higher determine quickly, as I noticed a chickadee checking the birdhouse out right now!

Curious about establishing your individual Jap Bluebird field? Go to Cornell’s NestWatch web site to download a construction plan. Right here, yow will discover out extra concerning the Jap Bluebird’s nesting habitat, nesting vary, and a few useful ideas for development and maintenance. If you wish to proceed doing citizen science within the summertime, take into account monitoring your nest field for NestWatch!

Because of everybody who participated and shared their tales – we want we may share your whole submissions! Learn the tales from previous winners on our blog. Electronic mail feederwatch@cornell.edu with questions.

Curious about turning into a FeederWatcher? Join the fun now!

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