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  • PCIPCI
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    I feed sun flower seeds & suet have all he normal winter visitors. I have a Brown Creeper that comes every few weeks that I would call my trophy. How does everyone deal with red tails? I have seen my resident red tail take 3 birds from my feeder this winter. 😈

    Avatarmoonfish
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    I just put some food out. Afraid a hawk willl find the commotion. I don’t think I have anything rare visiting. I had to look one up. It was a redpoll finch.

    Avatarorngruffee
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    I think I need to back off a bit.I have about 5 feeders at home and 3 at the cabin.It figures out to about 60 lbs a month of seed.They sure are fun to watch and argue over though!

    Avatargn83tm
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    I enjoy feeding the birds and having them around. I have 2 feeders and a bird bath with a heater. When we have some snow cover I go through lots of feed (up to a 5 gallon bucket per day) due to the deer and turkeys coming in for an easy meal. I generally buy one of the cheap mixes from TSC or Menards and mix it 50/50 with black oil sunflower. Gets to be kind of pricey but I’ll do it as long as I can.

    Avatarjtjhardwater
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    I have 2 suet feeders a generic mix feeder and I also put out some peanuts and corn . I have few cardinals a couple wood ( censor )’s 😉 , and a handful of others that I’m just not savvy enough to identify .

    IaCraigIaCraig
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    Quote by: jalariso

    The bird I most enjoy seeing at the feeder is the Red Headed Woodpecker. I hardly ever see one anymore and they seemed so common several decades ago. They appear so formally dressed-up for dinner. 🙂

    I never see those in POLK county anymore, but they are common at our cabin in Puttnam county Mo. (lake thunderhead)

    IaCraigIaCraig
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    Quote by: PCI

    I feed sun flower seeds & suet have all he normal winter visitors. I have a Brown Creeper that comes every few weeks that I would call my trophy. How does everyone deal with red tails? I have seen my resident red tail take 3 birds from my feeder this winter. 😈

    I’ve never had problems with red tail hawks, but I’ve had sparrow and what I think are cooper hawks. I am sure the hawks get a bird once in a while, but I’ve never seen them catch one. I have lots of bushes & pines that the song birds dive deep into to escape the hawks.

    Avatarmr.icefishing
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    Used to feed a lot of birds when we lived in the country between Madrid and Boone. One morning I looked at the feeder and there was an indigo bunting and a scarlet tanager on it at the same time! By other trophy birds were a red headed wood pecker, titmouse, and rose breasted grosbeaks. I miss country living!

    Avatarturkey toes
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    Love feeding the birds. At one time the wife thought it was more expensive to feed the birds than the kids. I have sunflower, wild bird mix, suet, corn blocks(woodpecker).
    Right now I have a Red Belly, Downy, and Hairy. No Red Headed, there is one closer to the timber. I also love the Nuthatches and titmouse. Almost forgot the Black capped Chickadee(lots)
    This is my fish tank therapy. :mrgreen:
    Jim

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    Quote by: mr.icefishing

    Used to feed a lot of birds when we lived in the country between Madrid and Boone. One morning I looked at the feeder and there was an indigo bunting and a scarlet tanager on it at the same time! By other trophy birds were a red headed wood pecker, titmouse, and rose breasted grosbeaks. I miss country living!

    This spring I saw a bird that was crazy blue from a distance and a couple that were crazy red up closer. I think that might be what they were. Not trying to steal your thunder, never seen them before in my life. One time I set up fishing in the spring and two crazy birds show up. Had to look them up again. A yellow belly fly catcher and I think there was a blue one too. It was a couple of years ago. Then I got dive bombed by a dobsonfly and that memory is more vivid.

    Avatarjennuhw
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    We have a couple of normal bird feeders, three different types of oriole feeders, and a couple of suet feeders. We get downy and red-bellied woodpeckers, cardinals, blue-jays, robins, nuthatches, and sparrows galore. The ones that are our favorites are juncos, finches (yellow and occasionally house), catbirds, and orioles. In the spring, we may see a couple of indigo buntings! They have to be our favorites since they are so gorgeous! We have also had a red-breasted grosbeak on occasion. This last summer I saw our first blue bird.

    IaCraigIaCraig
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    Sitting here watching the Iowa/Minn game, and noticed several cedar waxwings in the crabapple by my feeders. Cool to see in a bright sunny day when the colors really pop.

    Anyone else notice fewer cardinals this year? I’ve been feeding less cracked corn, so maybe that is part of it.

    AvatarTeam 1HD
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    I have 30 “migratory doves” sitting by my feeder everyday and roosting by it right now!

    JefroJefro
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    My favorite birds at the feeder are the goldfinches. That yellow just makes my day when I see one.

    Avatargreg3888
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    I put my feeder out this fall,[ I had one out years ago but between all the critters I had to fill the feeder twice a day]. And again I had to fill the bird feeder every day, I solved the problem I drove a pole in the ground until it was around 3 feet high, then I took a 10 foot piece of 2 inch pvc pipe put it over the pipe, made a hanger and hung the feeder on it. Now with the feeder 10 feet in the air all I feed are birds ,fill it twice a week.

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