Monday, November 10, 2008

New Bird Feeder

As the days get colder and shorter I decided that I needed to put a feeder outside my nookery window again this winter. I needed a new feeder becasue the one I used last year let the seed get wet and it was a mess every time we had rain or snow. This one seems like a good one. It keeps the seed dry except in the tray and I don't have to fill it too often as it holds quite a bit of seed.
My first customer was not a surprise. The Tufted Titmouse is always one of the first birds to check out a new feeder. They are such curious little things. They often pave the way for other birds so it seems since after the Titmouse has been to the feeder other birds soon follow. Too bad they are so quick or I am so slow because this is a bit out of focus. I will keep trying for a good shot. Other takers of the new feeder was a House Finch (female) you know they wouldn't take long to stop by. Also a Carolina Chickadee, with its back to us.

Here is a better shot of the Carolina Chickadee. It has safflower seed in its mouth. They look so much like the Coal Tits that are in England. There is a young man (14 yr old) named Joe that is starting a nature blog. He would like it if you popped in to see what is in his garden. I posted this chickadee for him to compare the Coal Tits in his garden with the Carolina Chickadees in our garden . If you go here you too can compare them.

24 comments:

  1. Lisa - those are great bird shots. I just love the titmouse - it's such a pretty bird. You're a great photographer - I just can't get the birds at all.

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  2. You have reminded me it's time for me to fill the birdseed feeders. When our summer population migrated about a month ago, I stopped refilling. But the winter crowd is beginning to move in, and I'm sure they could use some encouragement to stay.

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  3. Lisa,

    You must have have read my mind...I need a new feeder and this one looks like it could fit the need. Now where might I find it? How sweet to link to a young birder!

    Gail

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  4. Thank you Diana. I am not a great photographer just lucky every once in a while.

    WS, get you feeders filled. It is getting cold.

    Gail, I do believe in encouraging young people to get involved with wildlife. It is the best way to save our planet.

    You can find this particular feeder at Wal Mart.

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  5. Hi there Lisa :-)

    Great to see your garden birds again. Looks like a winning feeder to me :-D

    Wonderful to see you promoting Joe's blog too - I'm sure he'll be well pleased :-D

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  6. I know I should be filling feeders... it just still seems "too early!" ha? (I'm still raking, I think! Depends on how cold it stays.) Thank you for the great photos. It's getting me "in the mood!"

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  7. I was just over looking at Joe's blog and the resemblance between those two birds is amazing!

    Please keep taking photos of your wonderful birds as I miss them here in AZ. I hope you get snowbirds too (juncos) I just love those little guys and never see them anymore.

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  8. Lisa...Thank you! I will check it out!

    Gail

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  9. Nice feeder, Lisa. Is that safflower or sunflower chips you've got in there? (Can you tell I work at a birdseed store? I just gotta know!)

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  10. I hope one of these days I'll see a tufted titmouse here.

    I adore the chickadees and enjoy hearing them.

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  11. I'm glad you treated you and the birds to a new feeder. One of mine last year let in the snow and rain-ugh! Hard to get out and a waste of good seed. I know those birds are going to enjoy it and so will you watching them.

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  12. Hello Lisa, we feed our bird about 1 litre seeds every day and it is fun to see your birds they are all different but they seem to have the same appetite. We have mostly Siskin, Great tit and Blue tit.
    Have a great day / Tyra
    THE GREENHOUSE IN TYRA'S GARDEN

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  13. A great window feeder Lisa. :c) I hope it brings you hours and hours of joy this winter. :c)

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  14. looks like a good feeder Lisa. Very nice bird shots. Thanks for the reminder about Joe's blog. I found it through Shirl's, and haven't visited him in a while.

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  15. It's time for us to start thinking about putting up more feeders. Something to keep us a little entertained thru the cold grey winter.-Randy

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  16. I love both the titmouse and the chickadee and we get lots of those at our feeders. This reminds me that I need to buy more niger feed for the goldfinches. Do you get those?

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  17. I love reading about birds and seeing photos of other feeders. I'm hoping this winter I will get some tufted titmice too.
    Marnie

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  18. Dear Lisa,
    Having the feeder so close will be nice this winter. I have a few feeders near the windows and I love the activity. Tufted Titmouse is so very cute and the Chick-a-dees are darling.
    Rainy and cold here I am tucked inside getting some felting done.
    Sherry

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  19. Great shots!
    Here too, birds are looking for the feeders. They still have plants to eat from, but on colder days, it is clear that they look for the feeders.
    I've purchased the seeds, i'm waiting for the cold to really come to put them outside.

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  20. Gosh Lisa the chickadee is like our coal tit.......how interesting.....
    The titmouse is such a pretty bird......
    Love the new feeder....that is exactly what I could do with.....the rain has caused havoc with my feeders....I have been cleaning them all today......

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  21. I think you've made quite a few birds very happy, Lisa. That Titmouse is adorable, wish we had them here too.

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  22. Lisa, now I'm really feeling lonesome after pulling my feeders. I think I'm ready to feed again...and hope for the best. Before Thanksgiving. I really miss the bird activity every day. Maybe I should hire a large crew of hawks to take care of the hosp. :o)

    My word verif: decult

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  23. Thank you for all the comments.

    David, I have safflower and Sunflower chips in this feeder.

    Mary, you know you won't be lonesome for long when the HOuse sparrows find your feeders up. Squirrels will be happy too.

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  24. Your great snapshots just remind me to take out my bird feeders too. You're right, winter is knocking on the door. Luckily up to now our birds here could still find what they needes, despite the short snow we had.
    Barbara

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