Knowledge Entry Contest: What’s Your Feeder Setup like?

March 15, 2023

A medium-sized woodpecker with a bright red nape and black and white back perches on a green platform feeder while stretching to grab a peanut with its bill.

|Crimson-bellied Woodpecker by Bob Vuxinic |

For the seventh season in a row, Venture FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the possibility 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 chicken 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 Depend Abstract web page. We randomly choose two winners per immediate. Our fourth Knowledge Entry contest immediate this season was:

What’s your feeder setup like? What sorts of meals or feeders work greatest to attract a crowd at your chicken feeding station? In case you don’t use a feeder, are birds attracted by another options in your yard?

Congratulations to our winners, Ann-Marie Kocher and Marianne Farallo!

Ann-Marie shared:

I exploit a big tree stump as the bottom of my feeder setup. I’ve one [Wild Birds Unlimited] EcoClean Seed Tube Feeder stuffed with a seed selection, one EcoClean Finch Feeder stuffed with Nyjer seed, and one suet cage. I additionally unfold sunflower and safflower seeds on the stump each morning. This arrange attracts all kinds of birds to my feeding station. Massive elderberry shrubs present cowl, and the creek behind the stump is a well-visited supply of recent water.

Putting in water options can present birds a spot to wash or drink. Usually, a birdbath or water sprayer can present an satisfactory water supply. Nonetheless, the extra pure the water characteristic, the extra rapidly birds will uncover it. Take into account including a pump to create motion in your water characteristic. You may even create a effervescent rock water characteristic or small waterfall, in case your yard permits. Birds favor shallow, ground-level water options, particularly with locations to perch, corresponding to stones or branches organized within the water to face on. Place a birdbath or water characteristic close to shrubs, timber, or a brush pile to offer birds with added safety from predators. Learn extra about how one can enhance your yard habitat for birds within the Landscaping Suggestions part of our new Gardening for Birds page.

Marianne shared:

I at the moment have 4 tube feeders and two suet feeders in my yard. There are bushes and timber the place birds can wait their flip for the feeders. I often provide a finch combine, which incorporates Niger seed, and a wild chicken combine that features black oil sunflower seeds and fruit. The suet attracts quite a lot of woodpeckers all year long. I lately tried utilizing a peanut feeder, but it surely didn’t take lengthy for the squirrels to search out them. I’m having fun with taking part in Venture FeederWatch. It has helped me notice what number of species of birds have been having fun with my yard, too.

Questioning what sort of meals or feeder sorts the birds in your neighborhood will like greatest? Take a look at our Common Feeder Birds Interactive Tool. This instrument options our listing of just about 100 widespread feeder birds throughout the U.S. and Canada, however you may kind by area. Discover your area to see what you would possibly be capable to appeal to to your feeders this winter!

Due to everybody who participated and shared their tales – we want we may share your entire submissions! Search for the prompts after you submit your subsequent depend and keep tuned for once we announce the following knowledge entry contest winners on April eleventh, 2023. E mail with questions, and skim the tales from previous winners on our blog.

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

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