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Title: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on May 04, 2020, 12:28:25 AM
Anyone else here into this? I've been feeding wild birds for a couple of years now and gotten a few DDFers hooked. I've also spoken to people recently who've wanted to get started now that they're stuck in quarantine.

The main thing I've found is to attract the biggest variety of birds you need to put out a variety of foods. That generic mixed bag of bird seed has its place, but most birds prefer certain types of food and have a preferred way of eating. The more you cater to their whims, the more birds you'd get.

At the moment my feeding station consists of 5 different feeders plus a bird bath, and I've observed 24 different species to date:

3 kinds of finches (american goldfinch, house, and purple)
4 kinds of sparrows (chipping, house, tree, and white-throated)
3 kinds of woodpeckers (downy, hairy, and red-bellied)
American robin
Black-capped chickadee
Blue jay
Carolina wren
Common grackle
Dark-eyed junco
European starling
Gray catbird
Mourning dove
Northern red cardinal
Northern mockingbird
Pine warbler
Tufted titmouse
White-breasted nuthatch


Here's my current setup:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49852663838_9c970f5819_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/5PiWQ9)
(For the record, this is a composite photo of around 8 pictures from last Friday.)

1: Hopper feeder at top right, filled with seed mix. For sparrows, titmice, cardinals, and a little bit of everything else.
2: Perching tube feeder in the lower middle (with the yellow), filled with thistle seed. For goldfinches, house finches, chickadees.
3: Tray feeder just to the left of the tube, filled with safflower and whatever random thing I want to experiment with. For juncos, cardinal, wrens, bluejays, catbirds, doves, and more.
4: Suet cage (straight on top of the tray), filled with suet cakes. For woodpeckers, nuthatches, grackles, and starlings.
5: Oriole feeder all the way to the left, with orange halves and grape jelly. For orioles and warblers.

This entire thing is in a corner of my deck and positioned right outside my main kitchen window. A bit off the the side is the bird bath, which is clamped onto the railing:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49766205716_464927d71a_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/5u240Y)

I cannot recommend this enough. You don't have to go all-out - start with a basic hopper feeder and mixed seeds and you won't believe how many birds come. And yes, even in the city.

It is ridiculously entertaining to just sit and watch them. I've seen a cardinal couple bring their fledgling twins and show them how to crack open seeds, I've seen fights, courtship and everything in between. You'd hear a hawk calling and instantly all birds run for their lives, but they don't know that it's actually a bluejay doing a perfect imitation. A second later the bluejay soars out of the trees and has the place all to himself. You'd notice that the larger the woodpecker, the more scared he is of his shadow. I've even recognized individual birds who come back to my feeders season after season.

Most of all though, you'd just enjoy having that little slice of nature all to your own.

Any questions? Ask away!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 04, 2020, 12:28:56 AM
Some random pictures, taken at my feeders or the nearby trees - and all taken through my kitchen window.

Male American goldfinch - my personal favorite:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49852175018_a470010868_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/61941X)

The above picture is their summer plumage - in the winter they're more drab. There are ten of them in the picture below, two shy of the all-time record (which happened on a Shabbos, of course):

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49766536042_84348ffafd_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/U72uM4)

Red-bellied woodpecker - the largest woodpecker we have here and the most skittish. You as much breathe heavily in the house and he takes off:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49766536902_6cc32256d7_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/Ga51Pp)

Downy woodpecker - the smallest one we have, and has no problem with you walking right up to him:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49766207456_640029e091_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/1gz997)

Black-capped chickadee:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49765672608_644169149d_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/rQF32F)

A northern cardinal teaching his son how to crush seeds:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49766538222_060f8dbbf9_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/198B02)

Common grackle - dark and drab in the shade, but has a beautiful iridescence in the sun:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49765671953_cb00d2ae0a_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/pGj34W)

Tufted titmouse:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49765672543_da80ab0f4b_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/Kvm01m)

Gray catbird - this guy shows up every summer for about a week, hangs around on the same spot on top of the feeder, and then moves on:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49766205426_36c12ca422_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/23wiuT)

The bluejay brigade:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49765673078_5ec4b43b5f_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/zKo7n4)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: yesitsme on May 04, 2020, 12:37:28 AM
did you try a windshield?

I just stuffed the hole in my steps with spray foam, How can I give those poor birds your address?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 04, 2020, 12:40:02 AM
How about "Birds Of Paradise"?? kidding..  But no feeder for Hummingbirds?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Dan on May 04, 2020, 12:41:23 AM
It is ridiculously entertaining to just sit and watch them.
@CheskyGold, this man needs his B&H job back.
ASAP ;D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 04, 2020, 12:42:18 AM
But no feeder for Hummingbirds?

Not very many in my area, and keeping the feeders clean is a massive pain. I have a feeder but don't use it anymore, just not worth the effort for me.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 04, 2020, 12:42:42 AM
@CheskyGold, this man needs his B&H job back.
ASAP ;D

LMAO
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 04, 2020, 12:42:50 AM
Btw big shout-out for @ExGingi for initiating this thread! :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 04, 2020, 12:44:04 AM
Btw big shout-out for @ExGingi for initiating this thread! :)

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Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 04, 2020, 12:44:53 AM
?
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=116131.msg2242130#msg2242130

Wasn't this the final push?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 04, 2020, 12:45:53 AM
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=116131.msg2242130#msg2242130

Wasn't this the final push?

Ah, lol. I actually had this half written up for a while now though so no.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 04, 2020, 12:54:18 AM
Cool stuff! If I had somewhere other than the fire escape of a Brooklyn apartment, I'd definitely get into this.

As a kid, there was a little while that my father put food out in our yard and attracted dozens of birds. It was awesome. But then we were told that it makes the birds become too dependent on humans and we should stop. Is that a concern?

Surely your deck must be covered in, well, deposits. How is it dealing with that?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 04, 2020, 01:00:55 AM
Cool stuff! If I had somewhere other than the fire escape of a Brooklyn apartment, I'd definitely get into this.

I have a friend in Boro Park who I got into this. He put up a feeder a week ago and he's already had woodpeckers, house finches, goldfinches, cardinals, and tons of others.

You'd be surprised.

As a kid, there was a little while that my father put food out in our yard and attracted dozens of birds. It was awesome. But then we were told that it makes the birds become too dependent on humans and we should stop. Is that a concern?

True for most animals, but not for birds. There have been countless studies that have shown that if a feeder disappears, a bird has no issue getting food by himself right away. There's a reason you'd find bird feeders in places like national parks and so on, where they are otherwise extremely strict about not getting the wildlife dependent on humans.

Surely your deck must be covered in, well, deposits. How is it dealing with that?

There is surprisingly little. Sometimes I'd hose down underneath the feeders once a week or so, but typically it's just not an issue.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: ExGingi on May 04, 2020, 01:01:06 AM
Surely your deck must be covered in, well, deposits. How is it dealing with that?

I've heard that in certain circles, the male spouse refers to the female spouse as מײַן דאָס (might be an urban legend). Seeing this in English is a first!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 04, 2020, 01:04:51 AM
I've heard that in certain circles, the male spouse refers to the female spouse as מײַן דאָס (might be an urban legend). Seeing this in English is a first!
If it was me who put up the feeders, מיין דאס would not be the one cleaning anything.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 04, 2020, 01:07:45 AM



True for most animals, but not for birds. There have been countless studies that have shown that if a feeder disappears, a bird has no issue getting food by himself right away. There's a reason you'd find bird feeders in places like national parks and so on, where they are otherwise extremely strict about not getting the wildlife dependent on humans.



That's really interesting. From a quick Google search, it seems some species may even be helped by feeders.

I'm trying to remember if they have feeders in South African game reserves. I can't seem to recall such a thing.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: myi on May 04, 2020, 01:10:31 AM
Wow, as usual beautiful pics! Always enjoy seeing pics from you!

  And well done I must say with the bird feeder! Excellent Job!
   Very creative! A+ with your art and crafts!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: ExGingi on May 04, 2020, 01:11:40 AM
If it was me who put up the feeders, מיין דאס would not be the one cleaning anything.

Who said cleaning? You wrote dealing! That is usually measured in decibels (and a stop watch)!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: yitzgar on May 04, 2020, 07:42:25 AM
Sounds like a nice idea, but there's no way my pictures will even come close to these, so instead I'll just follow this thread....
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 04, 2020, 08:27:19 AM
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=116131.msg2242130#msg2242130

Wasn't this the final push?
What came first the bird or the bath?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Mordyk on May 04, 2020, 08:36:45 AM
Does a bird feeder come with a daily subscription to car wash? 

That's all i remember from my childhood with my neighbor feeding the birds.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 04, 2020, 08:39:51 AM
Great thread.
Never had an issue with bird droppings.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: User6669 on May 04, 2020, 08:41:03 AM
Have you ever taken a timelapse video?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Savingsbeast on May 04, 2020, 08:48:18 AM
Wow, these are beautiful birds. And, your pictures of them are just amazing.

How much would you say it costs to feed them?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Chapshnell on May 04, 2020, 09:48:05 AM
I put up some feeders in my backyard, but the squirrels are a huge problem, I see these birds too, so beautiful & relaxing to watch with my binoculars
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 04, 2020, 09:51:41 AM
I put up some feeders in my backyard, but the squirrels are a huge problem, I see these birds too, so beautiful & relaxing to watch with my binoculars
Squirrels can jump 10+ feet so keep that in mind when placing feeders.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Dawie on May 04, 2020, 11:06:37 AM
As a kid, there was a little while that my father put food out in our yard and attracted dozens of birds. It was awesome. But then we were told that it makes the birds become too dependent on humans and we should stop. Is that a concern?

and attracted a flock of Hadedas' and never had to worry about waking up for minyan again......
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 04, 2020, 11:09:26 AM
and attracted a flock of Hadedas' and never had to worry about waking up for minyan again......
Wake you up vs eating parktown prawns? Hmm, tough choice
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 04, 2020, 11:27:25 AM
Sounds like a nice idea, but there's no way my pictures will even come close to these, so instead I'll just follow this thread....

It's not about the photography, that's just a side benefit.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 04, 2020, 11:28:54 AM
Wow, these are beautiful birds. And, your pictures of them are just amazing.

How much would you say it costs to feed them?

Thanks!

Not counting the cost of the feeders themselves, I estimate I spend $10-20 on food per month.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 04, 2020, 11:34:17 AM
I put up some feeders in my backyard, but the squirrels are a huge problem, I see these birds too, so beautiful & relaxing to watch with my binoculars

Squirrels can jump 10+ feet so keep that in mind when placing feeders.

Indeed. There are steps you can take to mitigate it (@lfas25 for example has it pretty much down pat), but like @CountValentine says it depends a lot on the feeder placement. Personally I don;t have too many options, so squirrels are a problem sometimes. We mitigate it by using mainly foods that squirrels don;t like too much, and my daughter likes to sit and read by the window and scare them away when they show up.

For most feeders, the main options are keeping them at least 10 feet away from branches, gates, roofs, etc. and installing a baffle on the pole, or using only squirrel-proof feeders (some work better than others).
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Chapshnell on May 04, 2020, 11:37:53 AM
Thanks!

Not counting the cost of the feeders themselves, I estimate I spend $10-20 on food per month.

Costco has a tremendous bag for like $15 but I get sunflower seeds from work for free, when we manufacturer sunflower seeds (I am in the nuts business) its so small & it flies all over the place so it generates lots of garbage on the floor. Perfect for birds.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 04, 2020, 11:41:17 AM
Costco has a tremendous bag for like $15 but I get sunflower seeds from work for free, when we manufacturer sunflower seeds (I am in the nuts business) its so small & it flies all over the place so it generates lots of garbage on the floor. Perfect for birds.

Whatever falls on the ground by me is quickly eaten by ground-feeding birds. I have a consistent flock of 30-40 mourning doves and grackles who show up whenever some other bird made a mess.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: skyguy918 on May 04, 2020, 11:45:29 AM
I put up some feeders in my backyard, but the squirrels are a huge problem, I see these birds too, so beautiful & relaxing to watch with my binoculars
+1. My son's science class project was to make a bird feeder from a carton and all the kids said the squirrels ate everything.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 04, 2020, 11:55:08 AM
Thar are funny to watch sometimes though.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49766536662_f3962007d8_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/f0r59J)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 04, 2020, 12:33:54 PM
Anyone else here into this? I've been feeding wild birds for a couple of years now and gotten a few DDFers hooked. I've also spoken to people recently who've wanted to get started now that they're stuck in quarantine.

The main thing I've found is to attract the biggest variety of birds you need to put out a variety of foods. That generic mixed bag of bird seed has its place, but most birds prefer certain types of food and have a preferred way of eating. The more you cater to their whims, the more birds you'd get.

At the moment my feeding station consists of 5 different feeders plus a bird bath, and I've observed 24 different species to date:

3 kinds of finches (american goldfinch, house, and purple)
4 kinds of sparrows (chipping, house, tree, and white-throated)
3 kinds of woodpeckers (downy, hairy, and red-bellied)
American robin
Black-capped chickadee
Blue jay
Carolina wren
Common grackle
Dark-eyed junco
European starling
Gray catbird
Mourning dove
Northern red cardinal
Northern mockingbird
Pine warbler
Tufted titmouse
White-breasted nuthatch



Unlike your pictures, I have you beat with species count..

I have so far identified 33 different species in my backyard, there has been a few which I couldn't identify as well.

I will try to get some pictures uploaded eventually but for now this is my list of confirmed species:

1. American Goldfinch
2. American Robin
3. Baltimore Oriole
4. Black Vulture
5. Blue Grosbeak
6. Blue Jay
7. Boat-tailed Grackle
8. Brown-headed Cowbird
9. Carolina Chickadee
10. Carolina Wren
11. Chipping Sparrow
12. Common Grackle
13. Dark Eyed Junco
14. Downy Woodpecker
15. Gray Catbird
16. Hairy Woodpecker
17. House Finch
18. House Sparrow
19. Indigo Bunting
20. Mourning Dove
21. Northern Cardinal
22. Northern Flicker
23. Purple Finch
24. Red-bellied Woodpecker
25. Red-winged Blackbird
26. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
27. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
28. Song Sparrow
29. Tufted Titmous
30. Turkey Vulture
31. White-Breasted Nuthatch
32. White-throated Sparrow
33. Yellow Rumped Warbler


Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 04, 2020, 12:49:33 PM
I think we need a bird DO.  :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 04, 2020, 01:03:20 PM

3. Baltimore Oriole
6. Blue Jay
21. Northern Cardinal

Wake me up when you see a Pinstriped Yankee, an Elongated Judge, or a Strutting Sanchez chest bumping the Gardner.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Chapshnell on May 04, 2020, 01:05:57 PM
Whatever falls on the ground by me is quickly eaten by ground-feeding birds. I have a consistent flock of 30-40 mourning doves and grackles who show up whenever some other bird made a mess.

I see you didnt understand what I meant.. We produce nuts & seeds in our factory so when we run sunflower kernels they are so small that they fly all over the floor which = garbage not for human consumption. Perfect for birds though! So I dont need to buy seeds.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 04, 2020, 01:12:19 PM
I see you didnt understand what I meant.. We produce nuts & seeds in our factory so when we run sunflower kernels they are so small that they fly all over the floor which = garbage not for human consumption. Perfect for birds though! So I dont need to buy seeds.
Some birds won't eat it.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Chapshnell on May 04, 2020, 01:17:23 PM
Some birds won't eat it.

beggars cant be choosers.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Jellybelly on May 04, 2020, 01:49:55 PM
Iím looking for ideas how to get rid of birds! Not necessarily looking to kill them by putting out poison or traps, just something that repels them. Is there a food or smell that they donít like? From the little I know it looks like itís mainly Sparrows.
I know this doesnít belong in a bird lovers thread, But theyíre ruining my backyard, itís just gross, every time we go outside, we have to clean off all the chairs and toys!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 04, 2020, 02:17:35 PM
Iím looking for ideas how to get rid of birds! Not necessarily looking to kill them by putting out poison or traps, just something that repels them. Is there a food or smell that they donít like? From the little I know it looks like itís mainly Sparrows.
I know this doesnít belong in a bird lovers thread, But theyíre ruining my backyard, itís just gross, every time we go outside, we have to clean off all the chairs and toys!

Are there tree branches above the area that you are having issues with?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Jellybelly on May 04, 2020, 02:20:32 PM
Yes. And they find little nooks and crannies to make nest, every once in a while I knock down the nests, but within days theyíre back building it again
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: username on May 04, 2020, 02:35:15 PM
We had two feeders and attracted nice birds. But after having to remove 3 dead birds, we stopped putting out the food. Apparently stray cats or others were killing the birds here. Have you had that problem?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Toasted on May 04, 2020, 02:54:14 PM
Fascinating thread. @Something Fishy, care to share some Amazon links for good starter material?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 04, 2020, 03:06:46 PM
Unlike your pictures, I have you beat with species count..

Yeah yeah, rub it in ;D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 04, 2020, 03:08:54 PM
We had two feeders and attracted nice birds. But after having to remove 3 dead birds, we stopped putting out the food. Apparently stray cats or others were killing the birds here. Have you had that problem?

No thankfully. I've had bunnies killed (still don't know by what), but never a bird.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 04, 2020, 03:30:36 PM
Fascinating thread. @Something Fishy, care to share some Amazon links for good starter material?

Thanks.

Oddly enough, I find Amazon to be way more expensive than local stores for these types of things. As far as a basic setup, the main thing you need to decide is where you want it, and how it'll be mounted. A pole stuck into the ground is the most common - I use this one (https://www.amazon.com/Premium-Feeding-Station-Hanging-Attracting/dp/B01N10A4IF) (many manufacturers sell the same exact thing at different prices, so shop around). If you want something more basic go for one with only one or two hooks.

Since mine is on a deck, I sawed off the bottom stakes and just ziptied the entire thing to the railing, it works great.

For a basic feeder, start with this (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Perky-Pet-2-lb-Copper-Panorama-Bird-Feeder/21296080) and some basic mixed seed. Most of them are good, but you can tell the quality by the sunflower-to-millet ratio. The more sunflower the better quality is is and the more your birds will enjoy it. If most of it is millet (tiny brown balls), skip it - it's mostly filler and will end up costing more at the end of the day. This (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Wagner-s-22-lb-Four-Season-Wild-Bird-Food-Bucket-13101/100536579) is the one I found works best for me.

To get more exciting birds, the easiest way is a suet or finch feeder. For suet, you can't beat a price like this (https://www.amazon.com/EZ-Fill-Suet-Basket/dp/B000795Y64). For the suet itself, I have so far been unable to find a decent place to buy them online, so I get them in Walmart for around $1.25 each. I find that the hot pepper ones are the only ones that the squirrels hate and birds love.

For finches, start with a basic finch sock (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Premium-Thistle-Seed-Sock/971476912)and see if they come - no need to spend on a real one in the beginning. If that's successful, then get a real finch feeder. You can also try the name-brand socks (https://www.amazon.com/Kaytee-Finch-Sock-Feeder-Twin/dp/B0002DGNP6), but I find that my birds highly prefer the generic Walmart seeds. Go figure.

In short: get a basic feeder, a pole to hang it from if you need, and a bag of mixed seed. That's all you need to start, and can cost under $50.

And if you want to add suet and finch feeders, you can try those out for under $10 all-in.


Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: skyguy918 on May 04, 2020, 04:31:19 PM
Are there tree branches above the area that you are having issues with?
Yes. And they find little nooks and crannies to make nest, every once in a while I knock down the nests, but within days theyíre back building it again
So trim the branches above the areas you're concerned with.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: etech0 on May 04, 2020, 04:39:54 PM
Iím looking for ideas how to get rid of birds! Not necessarily looking to kill them by putting out poison or traps, just something that repels them. Is there a food or smell that they donít like? From the little I know it looks like itís mainly Sparrows.
I know this doesnít belong in a bird lovers thread, But theyíre ruining my backyard, itís just gross, every time we go outside, we have to clean off all the chairs and toys!
Give them @Something Fishy 's address for a deluxe buffet
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 04, 2020, 05:16:59 PM
Iím looking for ideas how to get rid of birds! Not necessarily looking to kill them by putting out poison or traps, just something that repels them. Is there a food or smell that they donít like? From the little I know it looks like itís mainly Sparrows.
I know this doesnít belong in a bird lovers thread, But theyíre ruining my backyard, itís just gross, every time we go outside, we have to clean off all the chairs and toys!
Just do shiluach haken and move the eggs and they will be gone.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Willie on May 04, 2020, 09:47:32 PM
Thanks.

Oddly enough, I find Amazon to be way more expensive than local stores for these types of things. As far as a basic setup, the main thing you need to decide is where you want it, and how it'll be mounted. A pole stuck into the ground is the most common - I use this one (https://www.amazon.com/Premium-Feeding-Station-Hanging-Attracting/dp/B01N10A4IF) (many manufacturers sell the same exact thing at different prices, so shop around). If you want something more basic go for one with only one or two hooks.

Since mine is on a deck, I sawed off the bottom stakes and just ziptied the entire thing to the railing, it works great.

For a basic feeder, start with this (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Perky-Pet-2-lb-Copper-Panorama-Bird-Feeder/21296080) and some basic mixed seed. Most of them are good, but you can tell the quality by the sunflower-to-millet ratio. The more sunflower the better quality is is and the more your birds will enjoy it. If most of it is millet (tiny brown balls), skip it - it's mostly filler and will end up costing more at the end of the day. This (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Wagner-s-22-lb-Four-Season-Wild-Bird-Food-Bucket-13101/100536579) is the one I found works best for me.

To get more exciting birds, the easiest way is a suet or finch feeder. For suet, you can't beat a price like this (https://www.amazon.com/EZ-Fill-Suet-Basket/dp/B000795Y64). For the suet itself, I have so far been unable to find a decent place to buy them online, so I get them in Walmart for around $1.25 each. I find that the hot pepper ones are the only ones that the squirrels hate and birds love.

For finches, start with a basic finch sock (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Premium-Thistle-Seed-Sock/971476912)and see if they come - no need to spend on a real one in the beginning. If that's successful, then get a real finch feeder. You can also try the name-brand socks (https://www.amazon.com/Kaytee-Finch-Sock-Feeder-Twin/dp/B0002DGNP6), but I find that my birds highly prefer the generic Walmart seeds. Go figure.

In short: get a basic feeder, a pole to hang it from if you need, and a bag of mixed seed. That's all you need to start, and can cost under $50.

And if you want to add suet and finch feeders, you can try those out for under $10 all-in.

How do you keep squirrels from eating all the food.
Dont they just climb up the pole?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 04, 2020, 10:47:41 PM
How do you keep squirrels from eating all the food.
Dont they just climb up the pole?
Indeed. There are steps you can take to mitigate it (@lfas25 for example has it pretty much down pat), but like @CountValentine says it depends a lot on the feeder placement. Personally I don;t have too many options, so squirrels are a problem sometimes. We mitigate it by using mainly foods that squirrels don;t like too much, and my daughter likes to sit and read by the window and scare them away when they show up.

For most feeders, the main options are keeping them at least 10 feet away from branches, gates, roofs, etc. and installing a baffle on the pole, or using only squirrel-proof feeders (some work better than others).
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Dan on May 04, 2020, 10:58:25 PM
DDF has officially gone to the birds.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 04, 2020, 11:00:59 PM
DDF has officially gone to the birds.
No-one knew what COVID-19 will bring along
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Dan on May 04, 2020, 11:03:10 PM
No-one knew what COVID-19 will bring along
@yuneeq knew  ;D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 04, 2020, 11:07:54 PM
@yuneeq knew  ;D
I'm sure he didn't foresee the birds..
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: etech0 on May 04, 2020, 11:09:48 PM
I'm sure he didn't foresee the birds..
what about hornets?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 04, 2020, 11:14:00 PM
what about hornets?
Has SF turned to farming bee hives too?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: yuneeq on May 05, 2020, 07:02:41 AM
I'm sure he didn't foresee the birds..

what about hornets?

My parents never taught me about the birds and the bees
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 05, 2020, 07:36:25 AM
I'm sure he didn't foresee the birds..
Alfred Hitchcock did.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: saw50st8 on May 05, 2020, 07:58:55 AM
I haven't seen as much variety in my yard - we have doves, cardinals, starlings, blue jays, robins, crows and sparrows. I'm sure that there are more I haven't seen.

Any advice on taking pictures of birds against the sky? I find in order to get decent pictures of the birds, I have to completely overexpose the sky.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 05, 2020, 12:07:21 PM
What's a good guide to use to identify bird species?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 05, 2020, 12:11:40 PM
What's a good guide to use to identify bird species?
Depends where you live, you won't find parrots or peacocks in the NY/Nj area. Basically most specie of birds found here is in the OP, compare to that.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 05, 2020, 12:13:09 PM
We go from Fish to Birds. Cholent coming soon, fleshig variety.
Heavily discussed already in the morning. ain't providing a link
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 05, 2020, 12:15:31 PM
Interestingly a few species of birds here in Brooklyn can only be seen in backyards, they'll never leave to the street. Mourning Dove, Red Cardinals among others.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 05, 2020, 12:41:35 PM
I haven't seen as much variety in my yard - we have doves, cardinals, starlings, blue jays, robins, crows and sparrows. I'm sure that there are more I haven't seen.

Try putting out suet or a finch sock and watch what happens.

Any advice on taking pictures of birds against the sky? I find in order to get decent pictures of the birds, I have to completely overexpose the sky.

Either overexpose (a sunny day needs less that a cloudy one, oddly enough) or don't shoot straight up - that's the beauty of a feeder, the birds come to you and can be easily photographed. Pictures taken at eye level is also far more interesting than one straight up, where all you see is the bird's bottom.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 05, 2020, 12:44:58 PM
What's a good guide to use to identify bird species?

https://www.amazon.com/Jon-L-Dunn/dp/1426218354/
https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/

I use both in conjunction. The book is best to actually learn about the birds, and, most importantly, their field marks (and of course for Shabbos). The app is great for a quick ID or to confirm a hunch, and obviously is easier to carry when traveling etc.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 05, 2020, 12:45:59 PM
Depends where you live, you won't find parrots or peacocks in the NY/Nj area.

#fakenews

Basically most specie of birds found here is in the OP, compare to that.

#fakenews
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 05, 2020, 12:47:20 PM
Interestingly a few species of birds here in Brooklyn can only be seen in backyards, they'll never leave to the street. Mourning Dove, Red Cardinals among others.

Never heard of this concept, but I've never actually done this in the city so who knows. Although I have seen cardinals on the streets in Brooklyn.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 05, 2020, 01:26:51 PM


After seeing @Something Fishy 's post, I "quickly" dug through the pictures that I had handy and came up with the following compilation of most of the birds that I identified in my backyard (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=116147.msg2242923#msg2242923).
Obviously #IamNotFishy so my pictures aren't nearly as good as what he posted, but hopefully some of you enjoy them either way.

American Goldfinch
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49855183708_4212d482d2_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXwRbU)
   
American Robin
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49855189563_23673ff7a1_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXwSVR)

Baltimore Oriole (and house finches on the move)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49855192223_bc6701bce0_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXwTHH)

Baltimore Oriole with a mouthful of grape Jelly
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49855201018_a967da06f4_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXwWkm)

Black vulture
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49859228883_3522a69607_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXTzFi)

Blue Grosbeak (male)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49856540647_b594ea82c1_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXDNyp)

Blue Jay
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49855703353_624b57c3e5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXzvEi)

a very wet Blue Jay
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49856546542_6dda29ff60_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXDQj3)

Brown-headed cowbird (male)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49856557737_e51e9994b0_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXDTD4)

Brown-headed cowbird (female)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49856560827_29074b026c_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXDUyk)

Carolina Chickadee
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49856564457_74dc5a6667_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXDVCV)

Carolina wren (female Northern Cardinal in the background)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49856267001_a5fa3dd04e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXCpdn)

Chipping Sparrow
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49855730533_988045a5fa_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXzDJV)

Common Grackle
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49855738838_63a08a86b6_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXzGd7)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49855743228_b50c7546fb_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXzHvN)

Downy Woodpecker (female)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49856811792_8e3eaaecb9_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXFcaj)

Downy Woodpecker (male)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49856588222_5392e5f831_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXE3GE)

Gray catbird
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49856513216_9b81315f23_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXDEps)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49856517411_c826ab3ae5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXDFDM)

House Finch (female)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49856821177_db33f34db4_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXFeX8)

House Finch (male) & White-breasted Nuthatch
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49859654747_e9c1bebd74_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXVLgM)

Mourning dove
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49856523626_0957a40e22_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXDHuW)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49855985873_4e2cf2ac73_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXAXDk)

Northern Cardinal (male)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49855988243_a3939f13f3_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXAYmc)

Northern Cardinal (female)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49855990218_cfd40ec6bd_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXAYWf)

Northern Flicker
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49856533391_3c9b3dbcfa_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXDLpi)

Red-winged Blackbird
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49858783108_0a5736afc6_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXRiaw)

Red-bellied Woodpecker
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49855996978_8c5f16c697_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXB1WN)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Female)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49856003493_8c53ee9316_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXB3T8)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49859315791_57b973e32a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXU2vH)

Tufted Titmouse
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49859321286_81f6484e23_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXU49s)

Turkey Vulture
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49859637307_1d50836c8e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXVF66)

White-breasted Nuthatch
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49859328456_f199e2cea2_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXU6h5)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49858801068_976dfa7b3a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXRovb)

White-throated Sparrow
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49859657747_1c95967449_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXVMav)

Yellow-rumped Warbler
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49858813993_fca56895e5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXRsm2)

Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tov hashem on May 05, 2020, 01:59:24 PM
just wow!! you're a man of action i love to see your stuff.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 05, 2020, 02:47:44 PM
#fakenews
A quick Google search shows that monk parrots can be found in the city indeed. Would be nice if I can have them hang around in my backyard.

https://untappedcities.com/2015/12/03/daily-what-the-monk-parrots-of-green-wood-cemetery-in-brooklyn/
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: skyguy918 on May 05, 2020, 04:42:20 PM
A quick Google search shows that monk parrots can be found in the city indeed. Would be nice if I can have them hang around in my backyard.

https://untappedcities.com/2015/12/03/daily-what-the-monk-parrots-of-green-wood-cemetery-in-brooklyn/
Also a well known colony (or whatever the term is) at Brooklyn College.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: whYME on May 05, 2020, 07:25:45 PM
I have a friend in Boro Park who I got into this. He put up a feeder a week ago and he's already had woodpeckers, house finches, goldfinches, cardinals, and tons of others.
Lol, When he started posting pictures of birds I figured he must be upstate...
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: whYME on May 05, 2020, 07:35:51 PM
So this thread almost motivated me to get a bird feeder, the problem is you lost me at "backyard" :(
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 05, 2020, 09:27:14 PM
https://www.amazon.com/Jon-L-Dunn/dp/1426218354/
https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/

I use both in conjunction. The book is best to actually learn about the birds, and, most importantly, their field marks (and of course for Shabbos). The app is great for a quick ID or to confirm a hunch, and obviously is easier to carry when traveling etc.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.labs.merlinbirdid.app

The Merlin app is amazing.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 05, 2020, 09:32:58 PM
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.labs.merlinbirdid.app

The Merlin app is amazing.

LOL, that's literally in the post you quoted ;D.

Another resource for me, especially for birds I just glimpsed or got a blurry picture of, is https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatsthisbird/. Post any bird there and you'd get an ID in seconds, literally.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 05, 2020, 09:37:07 PM
LOL, that's literally in the post you quoted ;D.

Another resource for me, especially for birds I just glimpsed or got a blurry picture of, is https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatsthisbird/. Post any bird there and you'd get an ID in seconds, literally.
Agreed, that is a great Facebook page.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 05, 2020, 09:37:38 PM
LOL, that's literally in the post you quoted ;D.

Another resource for me, especially for birds I just glimpsed or got a blurry picture of, is https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatsthisbird/. Post any bird there and you'd get an ID in seconds, literally.
I was agreeing and added the link to the app
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 05, 2020, 09:39:45 PM
I was agreeing and added the link to the app

Ah, lol. Thanks.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 05, 2020, 10:39:47 PM

After seeing @Something Fishy 's post, I "quickly" dug through the pictures that I had handy and came up with the following compilation of most of the birds that I identified in my backyard (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=116147.msg2242923#msg2242923).
Obviously #IamNotFishy so my pictures aren't nearly as good as what he posted, but hopefully some of you enjoy them either way.

Can you post a picture of your whole setup?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 05, 2020, 10:47:04 PM
Can you post a picture of your whole setup?
I'll try to remember to take a picture tomorrow.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 05, 2020, 11:18:12 PM
I'll try to remember to take a picture tomorrow.
Thanks! Ordered a bunch of gear today. Any advice for a beginner?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 06, 2020, 11:03:22 AM
Can you post a picture of your whole setup?

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49863129466_8281bc790d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iYezbJ)

This (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000F5UOEC/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) is what I have. The stand is not cheap but works great at keeping the squirrels away.

As @Something Fishy said go to your local Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's and see what they have for feeders and food as they will probably be cheaper then amazon.

IIRC I bought the blue feeder in Walmart or Lowe's.

The Finch (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002M332N0/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) feeder (yellow) was much cheaper on Amazon when I purchased it, but there are many options available such as this (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ARMH4A/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1), or you could opt to get a "sock" which would be similar to this (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C88BVQO/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1)

The red hummingbird feeder I bought at Lowe's when they had a clearance. Amazon does have options such as this (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W4GWFVA/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) & this (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GJ7LFMP/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1).

This (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HVWVEIC/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) is the orange feeder which has a cup for grape jelly and posts for a slices Orange, @Something Fishy managed to loose the cup, and ordered replacements I am sure he would gladly show how he rigged it now so it shouldn't disappear again (I haven't have this issue)

The brown (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000SP2JLU/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) feeder I also purchased from Amazon, I like this one as if its a heavy bird or squirrel it will close so they can't get to the food.

In case you missed the app conversation this is a great app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.labs.merlinbirdid.app) to help you identify the birds you are seeing. Also as @Something Fishy mentioned this book (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1426218354/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) is great, and being that I live in NJ I like this book (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1885061897/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) as well.

Regarding seeds for the feeder you could get seed in the above mentioned stores, try some and see how it goes, you could always get something more expensive like this (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QAWAI0/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) if you want to "treat" the birds or test and see if it attracts other birds.

Keep in mind it could take a week or 2 until your yard get added to the "waze" of birds and you start noticing visitors.

Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 06, 2020, 11:45:21 AM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49863129466_8281bc790d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iYezbJ)

This (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000F5UOEC/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) is what I have. The stand is not cheap but works great at keeping the squirrels away.

As @Something Fishy said go to your local Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's and see what they have for feeders and food as they will probably be cheaper then amazon.

IIRC I bought the blue feeder in Walmart or Lowe's.

The Finch (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002M332N0/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) feeder (yellow) was much cheaper on Amazon when I purchased it, but there are many options available such as this (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ARMH4A/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1), or you could opt to get a "sock" which would be similar to this (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C88BVQO/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1)

The red hummingbird feeder I bought at Lowe's when they had a clearance. Amazon does have options such as this (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W4GWFVA/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) & this (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GJ7LFMP/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1).

This (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HVWVEIC/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) is the orange feeder which has a cup for grape jelly and posts for a slices Orange, @Something Fishy managed to loose the cup, and ordered replacements I am sure he would gladly show how he rigged it now so it shouldn't disappear again (I haven't have this issue)

The brown (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000SP2JLU/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) feeder I also purchased from Amazon, I like this one as if its a heavy bird or squirrel it will close so they can't get to the food.

In case you missed the app conversation this is a great app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.labs.merlinbirdid.app) to help you identify the birds you are seeing. Also as @Something Fishy mentioned this book (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1426218354/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) is great, and being that I live in NJ I like this book (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1885061897/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) as well.

Regarding seeds for the feeder you could get seed in the above mentioned stores, try some and see how it goes, you could always get something more expensive like this (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QAWAI0/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) if you want to "treat" the birds or test and see if it attracts other birds.

Keep in mind it could take a week or 2 until your yard get added to the "waze" of birds and you start noticing visitors.
This is excellent, thanks.

You didn't mention your suet feeder. I found one here for under $3.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000795Y64/ref=cm_sw_r_apa_i_pQTSEbT93BEQ4

I also ordered the AmazonBasics hopper feeder for around $15. It's in and out of stock.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HPM7M42/ref=cm_sw_r_apa_i_KRTSEb2H36YH4

Ordered some seed and some cake and hope to get something set up soon. I'll wait to decide how much I want to spend on the station.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 06, 2020, 12:01:44 PM
This is excellent, thanks.

You didn't mention your suet feeder. I found one here for under $3.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000795Y64/ref=cm_sw_r_apa_i_pQTSEbT93BEQ4

I also ordered the AmazonBasics hopper feeder for around $15. It's in and out of stock.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HPM7M42/ref=cm_sw_r_apa_i_KRTSEb2H36YH4

Ordered some seed and some cake and hope to get something set up soon. I'll wait to decide how much I want to spend on the station.

Oops I forgot about that one...

I used to get the suet from The Christmas Tree Shops before they got shut down due to the current pandemic.
Now I pick up at any store that sells them, Walmart, Lowe's, home depot. I looked on Amazon but I haven't seen any reason to pay more then a $1.00 - $1.25 when I could just pick it up in store for that price.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 06, 2020, 12:29:00 PM
This (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HVWVEIC/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) is the orange feeder which has a cup for grape jelly and posts for a slices Orange, @Something Fishy managed to loose the cup, and ordered replacements I am sure he would gladly show how he rigged it now so it shouldn't disappear again (I haven't have this issue)

Your station is basically squirrel-proof, unlike mine. My squirrels kept on absconding with the jelly cup until I locked it down. I also had the manufacturer send me a couple spare cups, they say it's a known issue.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 06, 2020, 12:30:22 PM
Ordered some seed and some cake and hope to get something set up soon. I'll wait to decide how much I want to spend on the station.

Good luck and make sure to post pics!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 06, 2020, 12:43:44 PM
My friend lives in the country and has a nice setup. A side benefit is he hunts squirrel from his basement window.  :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 06, 2020, 12:45:07 PM
My friend lives in the country and has a nice setup. A side benefit is he hunts squirrel from his basement window.  :)

Oh what I won't give for a shotgun :P
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 06, 2020, 12:46:14 PM
Keep in mind it could take a week or 2 until your yard get added to the "waze Twitter" of birds and you start noticing visitors.

FTFY

I'll see myself out now, thanks.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: yitzgar on May 06, 2020, 01:01:50 PM
FTFY

I'll see myself out now, thanks.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 06, 2020, 01:02:56 PM
Oh what I won't give for a shotgun :P
You don't want to destroy the feeders. A nice .22 works great and is more challenging.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 06, 2020, 01:05:21 PM
My friend lives in the country and has a nice setup. A side benefit is he hunts squirrel from his basement window.  :)

Dinner is served...

Oh what I won't give for a shotgun :P

Shouldn't be too hard to get one where you live... though you probably can't use it in your hood.

FTFY

I'll see myself out now, thanks.

 ::)  :P
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 06, 2020, 01:08:21 PM
Dinner is served...
He does eat them.  :-X
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 06, 2020, 01:17:35 PM
Oh what I won't give for a shotgun :P

FTFY

I'll see myself out now, thanks.

Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 06, 2020, 01:38:38 PM

Please no.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 06, 2020, 04:44:52 PM
The Merlin app is not allowing me to download any bird pack, just says none available (in my area of any area). Anyone else have this issue?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 06, 2020, 05:02:12 PM
The Merlin app is not allowing me to download any bird pack, just says none available (in my area of any area). Anyone else have this issue?

Is your location (and wifi) on?
Did you try to select "all" and search for your area?
I just tried downloading a random pack and it worked.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 06, 2020, 05:02:58 PM
Is your location (and wifi) on?
Did you try to select "all" and search for your area?
I just tried downloading a random pack and it worked.
Yes. Maybe it's a gentech problem.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 06, 2020, 05:19:55 PM
Yes. Maybe it's a gentech problem.

Yeah, most likely.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: yesitsme on May 06, 2020, 08:13:10 PM
My friend lives in the country
where is that?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 06, 2020, 08:56:05 PM
where is that?
The deep woods would be more accurate, upper Wisconsin.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: yitzgar on May 06, 2020, 08:57:59 PM
The deep woods would be more accurate, upper Wisconsin.
So...the Big Woods
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 06, 2020, 08:58:08 PM
The deep woods would be more accurate, upper Wisconsin.
Little house in the big woods?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: yitzgar on May 06, 2020, 08:58:40 PM
Little house in the big woods?
Beat you to it
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 06, 2020, 09:06:24 PM
So...the Big Woods
Little house in the big woods?
How about "boondocks"? That should cover it all.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 06, 2020, 09:17:37 PM
How about "boondocks"? That should cover it all.
The Boondocks Saints is a great movie...

Is your boondocks near Boonville Missouri?


Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: saw50st8 on May 06, 2020, 09:52:01 PM
Today, while on a conference call, a red tailed hawk landed on the tree outside my window. I've only seen them flying high above before!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 06, 2020, 10:08:25 PM
Is your boondocks near Boonville Missouri?
No  :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 06, 2020, 11:16:16 PM
Gray catbird - this guy shows up every summer for about a week, hangs around on the same spot on top of the feeder, and then moves on:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49766205426_36c12ca422_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/23wiuT)

Happy summer everyone. He showed up today, let's see how long he'll stick around for this year.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 06, 2020, 11:20:30 PM
Here's a whole setup, feeders included, for $30! Great deal or junk?

https://www.amazon.com/North-States-Bird-1862-Birdfeeder/dp/B07YP83LC9/
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 06, 2020, 11:22:32 PM
Here's a whole setup, feeders included, for $30! Great deal or junk?

https://www.amazon.com/North-States-Bird-1862-Birdfeeder/dp/B07YP83LC9/

That's an insane price. Even if it's junk, it'll last one season for sure... And even if one or two feeders break it's still a great deal.

I'd buy that sight unseen.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 06, 2020, 11:24:22 PM
If you're putting that in a yard, Google how to make a DIY squirrel baffle.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 09:12:35 AM
If you're putting that in a yard, Google how to make a DIY squirrel baffle.
Any recommendations for a non-DIY one? I see a bunch on Amazon.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 09:13:36 AM
Suet has beef. Any חשש איסורי הנאה in this?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 07, 2020, 11:38:13 AM
Any recommendations for a non-DIY one? I see a bunch on Amazon.
Looks like there are only two choices: ineffective or ugly
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 07, 2020, 11:38:45 AM
Suet has beef. Any חשש איסורי הנאה in this?
Like what?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 07, 2020, 11:49:54 AM
Any recommendations for a non-DIY one? I see a bunch on Amazon.

I've never really looked into them - they won't work with my setup - so I don't have a specific recommendation other than get something highly reviewed.

Maybe @lfas25 has some insight?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 11:52:44 AM
Like what?
בשר בחלב
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 11:53:32 AM
Looks like there are only two choices: ineffective or ugly
Ok, so which is the ugly one that is effective?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 11:53:56 AM
Any recommendation for thistle on Amazon? I don't see anything particularly cheap.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 11:55:19 AM

Looks like there are only two choices: ineffective or ugly
How about this?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HASBOU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 07, 2020, 11:59:28 AM
How about this?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HASBOU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1
Looks like the one @lfas25 has. But I think it will only work if you the pole has removal parts that allow you to slip this on.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 07, 2020, 12:00:03 PM
I've never really looked into them - they won't work with my setup - so I don't have a specific recommendation other than get something highly reviewed.

Maybe @lfas25 has some insight?
How do you handle them?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 07, 2020, 12:00:18 PM
Any recommendation for thistle on Amazon? I don't see anything particularly cheap.

Amazon is terrible for thistle, no idea why.

I've found that the best way to get them is in-store. Walmart has a generic (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Premium-Thistle-Seed-Wild-Bird-Feed-10-lbs/55502972) that is my favorite (and also the cheapest at ~$1.30/lb)) - but it's available in-store only. I've never seen my local Walmart (Monsey) out of stock, even in winter when they don't have a lot of birdseed.

Another option is this (https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/royal-wing-nyjer-seed-wild-bird-feed-25-lb?cm_vc=-10005) from Tractor Supply Co., but only makes sense for store pickup as shipping is quite high. I haven't tried this particular seed, but I've been very happy with other seed from this brand. It's a touch more expensive than Walmart (~$1.40/lb) but might make sense depending on your location.

Finally, when looking for thistle, also check for Nyjer seed - same thing, different name.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 12:00:48 PM

Looks like the one @lfas25 has. But I think it will only work if you the pole has removal parts that allow you to slip this on.
Thanks. Do you think it will work with this?
https://www.amazon.com/North-States-Bird-1862-Birdfeeder/dp/B07YP83LC9/
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 07, 2020, 12:01:18 PM
Looks like the one @lfas25 has. But I think it will only work if you the pole has removal parts that allow you to slip this on.

Most poles ship in sections that screw into each other.

Thanks. Do you think it will work with this?
https://www.amazon.com/North-States-Bird-1862-Birdfeeder/dp/B07YP83LC9/

Sure will.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 07, 2020, 12:01:21 PM
Any recommendations for a non-DIY one? I see a bunch on Amazon.

I've never really looked into them - they won't work with my setup - so I don't have a specific recommendation other than get something highly reviewed.

Maybe @lfas25 has some insight?

This (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0010QD5QO/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pldnSite=1) is what I had on my original bird stand, worked pretty well, once in a rare while a squirrel managed to get around it, but for the most part it did the job.

Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 12:01:24 PM
How do you handle them?
Have you seen this man? The squirrels are smarter than that!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 07, 2020, 12:02:28 PM
I used to do the "you must be a DDFer" nod to people I saw someone pull a specific credit card out of a huge stack at a specific store that had 5x points. Now it will be to a guy with binoculars, a birding book, and a wife in the background pulling hair out of her sheitel screaming "I'm going to kill that Fishy Whatever"
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 07, 2020, 12:02:29 PM
Have you seen this man? The squirrels are smarter than that!
Lol
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 07, 2020, 12:02:35 PM
בשר בחלב

Where do you see any dairy?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 12:03:01 PM
Amazon is terrible for thistle, no idea why.
Finally, when looking for thistle, also check for Nyjer seed - same thing, different name.
Amazon has this:
https://smile.amazon.com/Kaytee-100033677-Nyjer-Thistle-Seed/dp/B0002AQQTW/ref=sr_1_3?crid=34FA6IWIBH6BZ&dchild=1&keywords=thistle+seed+for+birds&qid=1588857430&s=lawn-garden&sprefix=thistle%2Clawngarden%2C170&sr=1-3 (https://smile.amazon.com/Kaytee-100033677-Nyjer-Thistle-Seed/dp/B0002AQQTW/ref=sr_1_3?crid=34FA6IWIBH6BZ&dchild=1&keywords=thistle+seed+for+birds&qid=1588857430&s=lawn-garden&sprefix=thistle%2Clawngarden%2C170&sr=1-3)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 12:03:20 PM
Where do you see any dairy?
I don't. Just asking.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 07, 2020, 12:03:41 PM
I used to do the "you must be a DDFer" nod to people I saw someone pull a specific credit card out of a huge stack at a specific store that had 5x points. Now it will be to a guy with binoculars, a birding book, and a wife in the background pulling hair out of her sheitel screaming "I'm going to kill that Fishy Whatever"

ALOL
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 07, 2020, 12:03:44 PM
I used to do the "you must be a DDFer" nod to people I saw someone pull a specific credit card out of a huge stack at a specific store that had 5x points. Now it will be to a guy with binoculars, a birding book, and a wife in the background pulling hair out of her sheitel screaming "I'm going to kill that Fishy Whatever"
My wife is more tolerant of a $100 hobby. As long I don't start with photography equipment...
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 07, 2020, 12:04:32 PM
Amazon has this:
https://smile.amazon.com/Kaytee-100033677-Nyjer-Thistle-Seed/dp/B0002AQQTW/ref=sr_1_3?crid=34FA6IWIBH6BZ&dchild=1&keywords=thistle+seed+for+birds&qid=1588857430&s=lawn-garden&sprefix=thistle%2Clawngarden%2C170&sr=1-3 (https://smile.amazon.com/Kaytee-100033677-Nyjer-Thistle-Seed/dp/B0002AQQTW/ref=sr_1_3?crid=34FA6IWIBH6BZ&dchild=1&keywords=thistle+seed+for+birds&qid=1588857430&s=lawn-garden&sprefix=thistle%2Clawngarden%2C170&sr=1-3)

Sure, but that's 3x the price of Walmart.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 07, 2020, 12:05:04 PM
I don't. Just asking.

There isn't any.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 07, 2020, 12:05:48 PM
How about this?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HASBOU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

I actually like this over the other one that I posted.

Looks like the one @lfas25 has. But I think it will only work if you the pole has removal parts that allow you to slip this on.

It isn't as the one I have came with the stand, but its very similar.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 07, 2020, 12:06:22 PM
How do you handle them?

Personally I don't have too many options, so squirrels are a problem sometimes. We mitigate it by using mainly foods that squirrels don't like too much, and my daughter likes to sit and read by the window and scare them away when they show up.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 12:06:27 PM
I've found that the best way to get them is in-store. Walmart has a generic (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Premium-Thistle-Seed-Wild-Bird-Feed-10-lbs/55502972) that is my favorite (and also the cheapest at ~$1.30/lb)) - but it's available in-store only. I've never seen my local Walmart (Monsey) out of stock, even in winter when they don't have a lot of birdseed.
Very interesting. Nothing in my Walmart.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 12:08:35 PM
I actually like this over the other one that I posted.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 07, 2020, 12:08:42 PM
Very interesting. Nothing in my Walmart.

That's a shame... did you try asking them if they typically carry it?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 12:10:06 PM
Thanks @Something Fishy ! :)
Wondering if a שינוי השם is in order... ;)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 12:11:20 PM
That's a shame... did you try asking them if they typically carry it?
They were not exactly displaying a סבר פנים יפות.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 07, 2020, 12:12:59 PM
Thanks @Something Fishy ! :)
Wondering if a שינוי השם is in order... ;)

?עפעס פויגעלדיג
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 07, 2020, 12:13:06 PM
I found this picture from last year... thats what happens when you have a good baffle.
"FEED MEEEEE"
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49866565428_64aeaab614_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iYxbzs)

This terrible picture of the baffle working from my old setup.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49866565383_c3437779bc_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iYxbyF)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 12:13:49 PM
?עפעס פויגעלדיג
Yep!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 12:14:24 PM
I found this picture from last year... thats what happens when you have a good baffle.
"FEED MEEEEE"
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49866565428_64aeaab614_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iYxbzs)

This terrible picture of the baffle working from my old setup.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49866565383_c3437779bc_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iYxbyF)
He DOES look baffled.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 12:41:32 PM
Most poles ship in sections that screw into each other.

Sure will.
Great. Thanks!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 12:44:47 PM
Anyone try this?
https://seedsandmore.net/do-mothballs-repel-squirrels/ (https://seedsandmore.net/do-mothballs-repel-squirrels/)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 07, 2020, 12:50:07 PM
Anyone try this?
https://seedsandmore.net/do-mothballs-repel-squirrels/ (https://seedsandmore.net/do-mothballs-repel-squirrels/)

Never tried that, but in doubt I'll tolerate the smell.

I have used cayenne pepper, but with mixed results.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 12:54:57 PM
Never tried that, but in doubt I'll tolerate the smell.
Because your feeders are right near your house. It may be an option for the middle of a yard.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 07, 2020, 12:55:42 PM
Because your feeders are right near your house. It may be an option for the middle of a yard.

Yup, should be worth a try.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 12:59:23 PM
איסורי הנאה from what? Basar V Chalav?
See above... :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 07, 2020, 02:37:30 PM
How about spraying the pole with pam?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 07, 2020, 02:38:54 PM
How about spraying the pole with pam?
That works, but it's officially not healthy for squirrels and it needs to be sprayed every couple of days.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 07, 2020, 02:47:15 PM
How about feeding the squirrels intentionally, there is no hobby for that yet??
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 07, 2020, 02:48:33 PM
it's officially not healthy for squirrels

I don't really care about this :P

It needs to be sprayed every couple of days.

But this is why I don't do it.

Also, it doesn't prevent them from jumping.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 02:52:00 PM
I don't really care about this :P
Officially?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 07, 2020, 02:54:09 PM
Officially?
As long as it's not fish oil, otherwise it's personal
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 02:58:22 PM
As long as it's not fish oil, otherwise it's personal
As he would say:
Ofishially? I'll "duck" and cover.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Dan on May 07, 2020, 03:32:43 PM
My wife is more tolerant of a $100 hobby. As long I don't start with photography equipment...
(https://i.gyazo.com/2b9edd2ba62c5adda8be5a60522f1ba7.png)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 07, 2020, 04:27:00 PM
How about feeding the squirrels intentionally, there is no hobby for that yet??
I've seen this suggested as a solution. Setting up a squirrel feeding station with dried corn.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 07, 2020, 08:15:18 PM
I've seen this suggested as a solution. Setting up a squirrel feeding station with dried corn.
Which will attract deer, but then again you can set up some specialized deer food :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 07, 2020, 08:22:28 PM
Which will attract deer, but then again you can set up some specialized deer food :)
Which will attract hunters.

Chad gadya, chad gadya.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 08:24:26 PM
I'm assuming the best location (for a bird feeder, not a hunter feeder) is dead center of a yard, the furthest from any trees, correct?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Mikes@Micro on May 07, 2020, 08:34:36 PM
Which will attract hunters.

Chad gadya, chad gadya.
Set up a shochet?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 08:35:41 PM
Set up a shochet?
Did you forget who comes next? :o
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 07, 2020, 08:38:28 PM
I'm assuming the best location (for a bird feeder, not a hunter feeder) is dead center of a yard, the furthest from any trees, correct?
10 feet away from everything should do the trick. Don't forget about fences, structures and just not trees.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 08:41:45 PM
10 feet away from everything should do the trick. Don't forget about fences, structures and just not trees.
Thanks.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 07, 2020, 09:32:26 PM
I'm assuming the best location (for a bird feeder, not a hunter feeder) is dead center of a yard, the furthest from any trees, correct?

As far as squirrels go, yes - and add to that @CountValentine's points.

Just remember that if it's too far for you to enjoy properly, it might not be worth the tradeoff.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 09:33:43 PM
As far as squirrels go, yes - and add to that @CountValentine's points.

Just remember that if it's too far for you to enjoy properly, it might not be worth the tradeoff.
:)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 07, 2020, 09:38:12 PM
10 feet away from everything should do the trick. Don't forget about fences, structures and just not trees.
As far as squirrels go, yes - and add to that @CountValentine's points.

Just remember that if it's too far for you to enjoy properly, it might not be worth the tradeoff.
However, from what I'm reading it seems you may have a better chance at attracting birds if you have a tree as a staging point nearby. So I guess it's a trade off.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 09:39:02 PM
However, from what I'm reading it seems you may have a better chance at attracting birds if you have a tree as a staging point nearby. So I guess it's a trade off.
Don't birds fly?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 07, 2020, 09:39:17 PM
However, from what I'm reading it seems you may have a better chance at attracting birds if you have a tree as a staging point nearby. So I guess it's a trade off.

Indeed. Basically at least 10' from a tree, fence, etc.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 09:40:21 PM
Indeed. Basically at least 10' from a tree, fence, etc.
Are you agreeing or disagreeing with him?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 07, 2020, 09:41:15 PM
Just remember that if it's too far for you to enjoy properly, it might not be worth the tradeoff.
Grab a lawn chair and a 6 pack.  ;)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 09:42:12 PM
Grab a lawn chair and a 6 pack.  ;)
That will take care of the squirrels too.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 07, 2020, 09:44:55 PM
Indeed. Basically at least 10' from a tree, fence, etc.
10' away to keep squirrels from jumping onto the feeders
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 07, 2020, 09:47:50 PM
Are you agreeing or disagreeing with him?

You want to be close to a tree, but not any closer than 10 feet.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 07, 2020, 09:49:37 PM
You want to be close to a tree, but not any closer than 10 feet.
:)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 07, 2020, 09:49:47 PM
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 08, 2020, 10:06:54 AM
I've found that the best way to get them is in-store. Walmart has a generic (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Premium-Thistle-Seed-Wild-Bird-Feed-10-lbs/55502972) that is my favorite (and also the cheapest at ~$1.30/lb)) - but it's available in-store only. I've never seen my local Walmart (Monsey) out of stock, even in winter when they don't have a lot of birdseed.
Finally, when looking for thistle, also check for Nyjer seed - same thing, different name.
Very interesting. Nothing in my Walmart.
They probably had it, but it's called Nyjer, so I didn't realize that it's the same thing.
I found this in my local Lowe's: https://www.lowes.com/pd/National-Audubon-Society-13-oz-Finch-Sock-with-Nyjer-Bird-Seed/1000429825 (https://www.lowes.com/pd/National-Audubon-Society-13-oz-Finch-Sock-with-Nyjer-Bird-Seed/1000429825)
Did you ever try this idea? Just hanging this kind of thing, without a feeder.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 08, 2020, 10:13:17 AM
They probably had it, but it's called Nyjer, so I didn't realize that it's the same thing.
I found this in my local Lowe's: https://www.lowes.com/pd/National-Audubon-Society-13-oz-Finch-Sock-with-Nyjer-Bird-Seed/1000429825 (https://www.lowes.com/pd/National-Audubon-Society-13-oz-Finch-Sock-with-Nyjer-Bird-Seed/1000429825)
Did you ever try this idea? Just hanging this kind of thing, without a feeder.
This is the option if you don't want to hang a metal reusable feeder.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: pointer on May 08, 2020, 12:26:33 PM
Has anyone tried window feeders, Like this https://www.amazon.com/Suction-Birdfeeders-Cardinal-Bluebird-Birdhouse/dp/B00YSU3WG2
Are they any good?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 08, 2020, 12:29:10 PM
They probably had it, but it's called Nyjer, so I didn't realize that it's the same thing.
I found this in my local Lowe's: https://www.lowes.com/pd/National-Audubon-Society-13-oz-Finch-Sock-with-Nyjer-Bird-Seed/1000429825 (https://www.lowes.com/pd/National-Audubon-Society-13-oz-Finch-Sock-with-Nyjer-Bird-Seed/1000429825)
Did you ever try this idea? Just hanging this kind of thing, without a feeder.

For finches, start with a basic finch sock (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Premium-Thistle-Seed-Sock/971476912)and see if they come - no need to spend on a real one in the beginning. If that's successful, then get a real finch feeder. You can also try the name-brand socks (https://www.amazon.com/Kaytee-Finch-Sock-Feeder-Twin/dp/B0002DGNP6), but I find that my birds highly prefer the generic Walmart seeds. Go figure.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 08, 2020, 12:30:41 PM
Has anyone tried window feeders, Like this https://www.amazon.com/Suction-Birdfeeders-Cardinal-Bluebird-Birdhouse/dp/B00YSU3WG2 (https://www.amazon.com/Suction-Birdfeeders-Cardinal-Bluebird-Birdhouse/dp/B00YSU3WG2)
Are they any good?

Go try putting THAT 10 feet away from a structure.

As an aside, I can't imagine a cat sitting and watching so peacefully like this.


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61EQv9n0xjL._AC_SL1133_.jpg)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: pointer on May 08, 2020, 12:32:41 PM
Go try putting THAT 10 feet away from a structure.

As an aside, I can't imagine a cat sitting and watching so peacefully like this.



The usual window is higher than 10 feet from the ground.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 08, 2020, 12:37:47 PM
The usual window is higher than 10 feet from the ground.

Okay?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: pointer on May 08, 2020, 12:45:41 PM
Okay?
So how will the squirrels get to it?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 08, 2020, 12:46:43 PM
So how will the squirrels get to it?
You never saw a squirrel climb up a tree or wall higher than 10 feet?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: pointer on May 08, 2020, 12:48:04 PM
You never saw a squirrel climb up a tree or wall higher than 10 feet?
But not the side of a house with siding.

My biggest concern is, do they attract lots of birds or not?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 08, 2020, 05:10:54 PM
But not the side of a house with siding.

My biggest concern is, do they attract lots of birds or not?

They should, but limited to ground feeders. Doves, cardinals, grackles, starlings, bluejays, and possibly chickadees and house finches.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 08, 2020, 05:11:59 PM
Cheeky bastard stole half the grape jelly >:(:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49871070168_ea292c3095_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 08, 2020, 05:13:24 PM
Cheeky bastard stole half the grape jelly >:(:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49871070168_ea292c3095_b.jpg)
At least he didn't steal the cup again
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 08, 2020, 05:14:36 PM
At least he didn't steal the cup again

Yup. So far my DIY lock is working.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 08, 2020, 05:22:52 PM
Cheeky bastard stole half the grape jelly >:(:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49871070168_ea292c3095_b.jpg)
...but look how cute he/she is.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 08, 2020, 05:23:32 PM
...but look how cute he/she is.
Like a good appetizer?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 08, 2020, 05:24:34 PM
...but look how cute he/she is.

Oh, they sure are cute. But not as cute as the birds...
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: yitzgar on May 08, 2020, 05:25:28 PM
If my pictures looked like that, I wouldn't mind having squirrels...
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 08, 2020, 05:26:07 PM
If my pictures looked like that, I wouldn't mind having squirrels...
That's what you say now... Once your pictures start looking this way, you will hate them.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: pointer on May 08, 2020, 05:26:58 PM
They should, but limited to ground feeders. Doves, cardinals, grackles, starlings, bluejays, and possibly chickadees and house finches.
Thanks.
I think its a good opportunity for the kids to get really up and close.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 08, 2020, 05:29:09 PM
Thanks.
I think its a good opportunity for the kids to get really up and close.

And the cat :D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 08, 2020, 05:33:37 PM
BTW @pointer if you want to use standard feeders but specifically at your window, you have lots of options (https://www.amazon.com/s?k=window+bird+feeder+hook).
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: pointer on May 08, 2020, 06:11:21 PM
And the cat :D
Don't tell, kids will be kicked out of schools!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: whYME on May 08, 2020, 07:19:10 PM
...but look how cute he/she is.
What's the difference between a rat and a squirrel?




Marketing.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 10, 2020, 08:33:17 AM
What's the difference between a rat and a squirrel?




Marketing.
Diseases
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 10, 2020, 08:49:17 AM
There's a bird seed that has very sharp food in it, that supposedly birds like, but squirrels do not. Anyone try this?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 10, 2020, 11:39:04 AM
What are the pieces of fruit and the jelly for?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 10, 2020, 12:01:50 PM
There's a bird seed that has very sharp food in it, that supposedly birds like, but squirrels do not. Anyone try this?

Link?

I sometimes coat my seed in cayenne pepper, with mixed results.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 10, 2020, 12:02:28 PM
What are the pieces of fruit and the jelly for?

Orioles. No luck so far, but it often takes a while for new species to discover dedicated feeders.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: maxie m on May 10, 2020, 12:02:48 PM
Depends where you live, you won't find parrots or peacocks in the NY/Nj area. Basically most specie of birds found here is in the OP, compare to that.
have Quakers/monks all over the ocean Pkwy area in Brooklyn ,see them pretty much every day(actually had one as a pet for a couple of years)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 10, 2020, 12:07:09 PM
Link?

I sometimes coat my seed in cayenne pepper, with mixed results.
The birds don't mind that?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 10, 2020, 12:07:41 PM
Orioles. No luck so far, but it often takes a while for new species to discover dedicated feeders.
Ah so just for that one species.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 10, 2020, 12:10:21 PM
Link?
I saw it in Walmart. I didn't see it online.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 10, 2020, 12:11:46 PM
The birds don't mind that?

Correct, they can't taste the heat.

https://www.researchgate.net/post/How_did_birds_adapt_to_eat_hot_peppers2


Ah so just for that one species.

Yup. A beautiful and interesting species, so it's worth the effort to pursue them.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 10, 2020, 12:13:30 PM
I saw it in Walmart. I didn't see it online.

Worth a shot, but first find out if squirrels will actually be an issue for you.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 10, 2020, 12:15:04 PM
Orioles. No luck so far, but it often takes a while for new species to discover dedicated feeders.
This game is very much hit or miss, but with the Orioles it's almost entirely miss.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 10, 2020, 12:18:08 PM
Ah so just for that one species.
It's out there for the Orioles, though it seems like the Gray Catbird likes it as well, they've been pounding the jelly that I put out.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 10, 2020, 12:22:53 PM
This game is very much hit or miss, but with the Orioles it's almost entirely miss.
I had them for a few weeks, until I think 5 gray catbirds scared them away.
A friend that lives 3/4 of a mile away had them today.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 10, 2020, 12:33:52 PM
A friend that lives 3/4 of a mile away had them today.
I simply go nuts for this statement! ;D  Is that on a bird twitter group? :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 10, 2020, 12:36:41 PM
I simply go nuts for this statement! ;D  Is that on a bird twitter group? :)
We are talking about jelly not nuts. The nuts go jelly and the jelly goes nuts.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 10, 2020, 12:39:01 PM
We are talking about jelly not nuts. The nuts go jelly and the jelly goes nuts.
Am I the one confused? The birds go nuts for the jelly, and elijelly goes nuts for the jelly feeders
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 10, 2020, 12:46:51 PM
Goldfinch earlier:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49879503467_3d771b8707_d.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/aX8b9y)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 10, 2020, 12:49:44 PM
Goldfinch earlier:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49879503467_3d771b8707_d.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/aX8b9y)
Absolutely beautiful. Motion activated camera?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 10, 2020, 12:51:43 PM
Absolutely beautiful. Motion activated camera?
SF activated camera.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 10, 2020, 12:59:02 PM
SF activated camera.
Was hoping not
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 10, 2020, 01:03:04 PM
I had them for a few weeks, until I think 5 gray catbirds scared them away.
A friend that lives 3/4 of a mile away had them today.

Sorry, I was just making a (bad) baseball joke. As you were...
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 10, 2020, 02:54:41 PM
Amazon has this:https://smile.amazon.com/Kaytee-100033677-Nyjer-Thistle-Seed/dp/B0002AQQTW/ref=sr_1_3?crid=34FA6IWIBH6BZ&dchild=1&keywords=thistle+seed+for+birds&qid=1588857430&s=lawn-garden&sprefix=thistle%2Clawngarden%2C170&sr=1-3 (https://smile.amazon.com/Kaytee-100033677-Nyjer-Thistle-Seed/dp/B0002AQQTW/ref=sr_1_3?crid=34FA6IWIBH6BZ&dchild=1&keywords=thistle+seed+for+birds&qid=1588857430&s=lawn-garden&sprefix=thistle%2Clawngarden%2C170&sr=1-3)
Sure, but that's 3x the price of Walmart.
Afterwards, I found it in Walmart for less. So I tried to return the Amazon one. It was not returnable, so I chatted. They refunded it - without having to return it. So back goes the Walmart one, because in the end, Amazon IS cheaper. ;D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Ergel on May 10, 2020, 04:13:00 PM

That.Was.Awesome.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 10, 2020, 04:45:35 PM
That.Was.Awesome.
You should see it live. These little suckers jumping tree to tree aggravating my dogs. One fell one time and almost was caught. He would have been dead meat.  :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: justaregularguy on May 10, 2020, 04:47:40 PM
We were given a bird show this past shabbos in our tree next to our dining room- mother n father cardinal feeding 2 babies right in front of the window. Then some really small blue bird with a white dot on the wings pecking around. A few others we havenít seen before and then the most remarkable one: a small bird completely striped blue and white from beak to bottom! It was so cool! We had to delay our settlers game for this  ;)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 10, 2020, 04:49:26 PM
I was going to say pics but that is not allowed?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 10, 2020, 04:52:56 PM
We were given a bird show this past shabbos in our tree next to our dining room- mother n father cardinal feeding 2 babies right in front of the window. Then some really small blue bird with a white dot on the wings pecking around. A few others we havenít seen before and then the most remarkable one: a small bird completely striped blue and white from beak to bottom! It was so cool! We had to delay our settlers game for this  ;)

That's awesome lol. Where are you located?

That blue and white bird sounds like a bluejay, but they're relatively large.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 10, 2020, 04:53:36 PM
I was going to say pics but that is not allowed?

Correct, so obviously the coolest birds only come by on Shabbos ;D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 10, 2020, 04:56:36 PM
Correct, so obviously the coolest birds only come by on Shabbos ;D
What about the slave, oops mean Shabbos goy.  :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: mme on May 10, 2020, 04:57:42 PM
What about the slave, oops mean Shabbos goy.  :)
he was in the  the spa(mikva) making sure it was warm :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 10, 2020, 05:05:40 PM
he was in the  the spa(mikva) making sure it was warm :)
Hire a multi-tasking one next time.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 10, 2020, 05:11:54 PM
Hire a multi-tasking one next time.

"Hey CV, heard you got a new gig?"
"Yeah, I take pictures of chicks for Jewish guys."
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 10, 2020, 05:20:20 PM
What about the slave, oops mean Shabbos goy.  :)

There are plenty of nice pictures of birds online too.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: yitzgar on May 10, 2020, 05:22:44 PM
"Hey CV, heard you got a new gig?"
"Yeah, I take pictures of chicks for Jewish guys."
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: justaregularguy on May 10, 2020, 10:28:11 PM
I was going to say pics but that is not allowed?
right unfortunately no pics
That's awesome lol. Where are you located?

That blue and white bird sounds like a bluejay, but they're relatively large.
yeah ive had blue jays in my yard in the past and theyre larger than cardinals so that was ruled out quickly. it looked like this bird (https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/bawwar/cur/introduction) but for some reason i remember it being blue-unless my eye was fooling me..

im in the 5towns
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: yesitsme on May 11, 2020, 12:46:21 AM
https://www.thelakewoodscoop.com/news/2020/05/video-chaveirim-members-free-bird-trapped-in-tree-at-lakewoods-lake-carasaljo.html
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 13, 2020, 12:07:09 AM
Thanks. Do you think it will work with this?
https://www.amazon.com/North-States-Bird-1862-Birdfeeder/dp/B07YP83LC9/
Did you order this? Did it ship?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 13, 2020, 06:22:56 AM
Did you order this? Did it ship?
Yes, arriving today.(Was supposed to arrive Sunday, got delayed, $10 credit... :) )
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: yitzgar on May 13, 2020, 01:28:34 PM
That's an insane price. Even if it's junk, it'll last one season for sure... And even if one or two feeders break it's still a great deal.

I'd buy that sight unseen.
Got this. Seems pretty solid
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 13, 2020, 01:42:32 PM
Yes, arriving today.(Was supposed to arrive Sunday, got delayed, $10 credit... :) )
Got this. Seems pretty solid
What is wrong with my Amazon? Everything is taking forever. Mine hasn't shipped yet, it says delivery by Friday but I'm skeptical.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 13, 2020, 03:47:11 PM
There's a bird seed that has very sharp food in it, that supposedly birds like, but squirrels do not. Anyone try this?
Link?
I saw it in Walmart. I didn't see it online.
Here it is:
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 13, 2020, 03:48:09 PM
What is wrong with my Amazon? Everything is taking forever. Mine hasn't shipped yet, it says delivery by Friday but I'm skeptical.
Make some money off of it. ;)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 13, 2020, 03:50:10 PM
Here it is:
https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Delight-Sizzle-Heat-Bird/dp/B01E17THKQ
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 13, 2020, 03:51:45 PM
https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Delight-Sizzle-Heat-Bird/dp/B01E17THKQ (https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Delight-Sizzle-Heat-Bird/dp/B01E17THKQ)
You got it!
$9.88 in Walmart. :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: myi on May 13, 2020, 05:04:12 PM
Can I assume this is a Robbin hood?  Which would allow me to do the mitzvah of  שילוח הקן‎?

  @Something Fishy , assuming you know the birds by the eggs as well?

I'm not sure which is cooler? The nest or the eggs?

 God's creation's!

(https://i.ibb.co/CsdM3M5/IMG-20200513-WA0003.jpg) (https://ibb.co/qFGW3WM)

https://photos.app.goo.gl/1wTQ9Aw8dFRXb7teA.jpg
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 13, 2020, 05:21:52 PM
Can I assume this is a Robbin hood?  Which would allow me to do the mitzvah of  שילוח הקן‎?

  @Something Fishy , assuming you know the birds by the eggs as well?

I'm not sure which is cooler? The nest or the eggs?

 God's creation's!

(https://photos.app.goo.gl/1wTQ9Aw8dFRXb7teA.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/CsdM3M5/IMG-20200513-WA0003.jpg) (https://ibb.co/qFGW3WM)
It is an American robin, which has סימנים but no מסורה. So שילוח הקן may be done, but it may not be eaten.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: pointer on May 13, 2020, 05:27:31 PM
Can I assume this is a Robbin hood?  Which would allow me to do the mitzvah of  שילוח הקן‎?

 
Robbin Hood is definitely not kosher. and is not american.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: pointer on May 13, 2020, 05:35:52 PM
Can I assume this is a Robbin hood?  Which would allow me to do the mitzvah of  שילוח הקן‎?

 
If the nest is not in a public place you might not be able to do it only if you are Mafkir it, ask your LOR.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: myi on May 13, 2020, 05:40:03 PM
Robbin Hood is definitely not kosher. and is not american.
https://dinonline.org/2010/05/16/shiluach-haken/

 
If the nest is not in a public place you might not be able to do it only if you are Mafkir it, ask your LOR.

Didn't know that halacha, interesting.
 The last time I did it was in camp Agudah years ago. Wonder if that was an ok place ?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: pointer on May 13, 2020, 05:46:30 PM
Robbin Hood is definitely not kosher. and is not american.
https://dinonline.org/2010/05/16/shiluach-haken/
r/woosh  ;)
Robin Hood is a fictional character, what you got is an American Robin.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: myi on May 13, 2020, 06:01:31 PM
Robbin Hood is definitely not kosher. and is not american.
American Robbin I thought was kosher?

 So it seems a Robbin is the only Bird with blue Eggs?

European is the standard, Israel is full of then and people eat them. 100% Kosher.

 While American there's no mesorah so we don't eat it.

14 days they incubate the eggs, and they lay between 3 and 6 eggs. Interesting..
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: myi on May 13, 2020, 06:29:05 PM
Any chance the bird will come back after I pick up the eggs to do the mitzvah? Will a glove help from leaving a human scent?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 13, 2020, 06:35:56 PM
Any chance the bird will come back after I pick up the eggs to do the mitzvah? Will a glove help from leaving a human scent?
Robins usually do. Sparrows ussually don't even if you use gloves.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: myi on May 13, 2020, 06:36:49 PM
Robins usually do. Sparrows ussually don't even if you use gloves.
I guess I try and see what happens.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Dawie on May 13, 2020, 07:23:56 PM
American Robin comes back
We  did it four times on four eggs on nest in front of the house
(yes, mafkir'd it first)
now we have babies!
Got the Shiluach Hakan Halachos from R Naftali Weinberger (for ex. https://www.amazon.com/Shiluach-Hakan-Practical-Naftali-Weinberger/dp/1583302999)
he also emailed a Kitzur
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 14, 2020, 01:01:36 AM
American Robin comes back
We  did it four times on four eggs on nest in front of the house
(yes, mafkir'd it first)
now we have babies!
Got the Shiluach Hakan Halachos from R Naftali Weinberger (for ex. https://www.amazon.com/Shiluach-Hakan-Practical-Naftali-Weinberger/dp/1583302999)
he also emailed a Kitzur
Let's see them!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 14, 2020, 09:06:49 AM
Yes, arriving today.(Was supposed to arrive Sunday, got delayed, $10 credit... :) )
Arrived. Assembled. Installed. Looks beautiful. Now how do we inform the guests? They're in the area, but not approaching the feeder.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 14, 2020, 09:37:18 AM
Arrived. Assembled. Installed. Looks beautiful. Now how do we inform the guests? They're in the area, but not approaching the feeder.
Pics please
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Dawie on May 14, 2020, 10:31:40 AM
Let's see them!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 14, 2020, 10:50:41 AM
Arrived. Assembled. Installed. Looks beautiful. Now how do we inform the guests? They're in the area, but not approaching the feeder.

Fill it up and wait, simple as that. It may take a few days or a week, but they'll find it.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 14, 2020, 10:55:13 AM
Fill it up and wait, simple as that. It may take a few days or a week, but they'll find it.
Ok. The good news is no squirrels either. ::)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 14, 2020, 11:07:45 AM

Amazing
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 14, 2020, 11:08:54 AM
Still waiting for my setup. So far have only this one, filled with black oil sunflower seeds. Waiting.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 14, 2020, 11:19:30 AM
What goes in the mesh feeder with the bigger openings?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: whacked1 on May 14, 2020, 11:31:29 AM
I think this belongs in this thread

https://vm.tiktok.com/3nsbp3/ (https://vm.tiktok.com/3nsbp3/)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: pointer on May 14, 2020, 11:34:03 AM
I think this belongs in this thread

https://vm.tiktok.com/3nsbp3/ (https://vm.tiktok.com/3nsbp3/)
Yup, he was definitely whacked.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 14, 2020, 02:46:41 PM
I think this belongs in this thread

https://vm.tiktok.com/3nsbp3/ (https://vm.tiktok.com/3nsbp3/)

https://www.amazon.com/Droll-Yankees-DROFLIPPER-887961451702-Squirrel/dp/B00004ZB4U
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: whacked1 on May 14, 2020, 02:50:41 PM
https://www.amazon.com/Droll-Yankees-DROFLIPPER-887961451702-Squirrel/dp/B00004ZB4U
Epic. Now I'm tempted to make a setup just for squirrels. It'll be a roller-coaster tycoon in real life!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: myi on May 14, 2020, 05:06:38 PM
Epic. Now I'm tempted to make a setup just for squirrels. It'll be a roller-coaster tycoon in real life!
Lol.
I think this belongs in this thread

https://vm.tiktok.com/3nsbp3/ (https://vm.tiktok.com/3nsbp3/)
But wow that's amazing! Loved it.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 14, 2020, 05:40:14 PM
A black and white bird showed up, looks like a b&w warbler.  :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: myi on May 14, 2020, 05:52:06 PM
A black and white bird showed up, looks like a b&w warbler.  :)
Now we need the pics, to encourage other members like myself to set one up.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 14, 2020, 06:12:24 PM
Now we need the pics, to encourage other members like myself to set one up.
The lens that comes with this camera would not be good for shooting birds. You will need a hefty upgrade
:)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: moish on May 14, 2020, 06:27:13 PM
I think this belongs in this thread

https://vm.tiktok.com/3nsbp3/ (https://vm.tiktok.com/3nsbp3/)
I felt bad for the squirrel. Cruel.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 14, 2020, 06:42:23 PM
I felt bad for the squirrel. Cruel.
איהו דאפסיד אנפשיה
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: moish on May 14, 2020, 06:48:45 PM
https://youtu.be/T_O9mROnczw?t=30
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 14, 2020, 07:16:34 PM
I felt bad for the squirrel. Cruel.
Apparently squirrels hijacked this chat as well... #justSaying
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 15, 2020, 12:48:28 PM
Mikva l'kovod Shabbos

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49879192811_cbf1624e54_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/g323FH)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49879503732_7e6384af29_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/J943hw)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 15, 2020, 01:33:32 PM
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=114650.msg2253334#msg2253334
;)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 15, 2020, 03:58:42 PM

We were given a bird show this past shabbos in our tree next to our dining room- mother n father cardinal feeding 2 babies right in front of the window. Then some really small blue bird with a white dot on the wings pecking around. A few others we havenít seen before and then the most remarkable one: a small bird completely striped blue and white from beak to bottom! It was so cool! We had to delay our settlers game for this  ;)
Correct, so obviously the coolest birds only come by on Shabbos ;D
It's not a coincidence:
יונה מצאה בו מנוח
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 15, 2020, 05:26:25 PM
Here's a whole setup, feeders included, for $30! Great deal or junk?

https://www.amazon.com/North-States-Bird-1862-Birdfeeder/dp/B07YP83LC9/
That's an insane price. Even if it's junk, it'll last one season for sure... And even if one or two feeders break it's still a great deal.

I'd buy that sight unseen.
It's back in stock for now
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: whYME on May 15, 2020, 05:48:05 PM
It's back in stock for now
I just ordered one (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji85.png)

Get ready for pictures of flying rats (aka pigeons) and sparrows, I don't believe there are actually other birds in Brooklyn :P
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 15, 2020, 06:01:46 PM
I just ordered one (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji85.png)

Get ready for pictures of flying rats (aka pigeons) and sparrows, I don't believe there are actually other birds in Brooklyn :P

I have a friend in Boro Park who I got into this. He put up a feeder a week ago and he's already had woodpeckers, house finches, goldfinches, cardinals, and tons of others.

You'd be surprised.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 17, 2020, 11:11:24 AM
Invalid Tweet ID
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 17, 2020, 01:36:02 PM
Still waiting for my setup. So far have only this one, filled with black oil sunflower seeds. Waiting.
My first guests have arrived this morning! A cardinal and a couple of black-capped chickadees.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 17, 2020, 05:25:07 PM
My first guests have arrived this morning! A cardinal and a couple of black-capped chickadees.
Of course the cardinal waited till Sunday. Though the black capped guys should have been there shabbos.
ETA, strange you only had one, the cardinals usually come Sunday en masse
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 17, 2020, 05:43:14 PM
Of course the cardinal waited till Sunday. Though the black capped guys should have been there shabbos.
Very good!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 17, 2020, 10:00:44 PM
If I want to attract both orioles and hummingbirds, I figure I can buy an oriole feeder for nectar which should attract both (my understanding is orioles can't feed from hummingbird feeders but vice versa shouldn't be a problem). Sound reasoning?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 17, 2020, 10:16:29 PM
If I want to attract both orioles and hummingbirds, I figure I can buy an oriole feeder for nectar which should attract both (my understanding is orioles can't feed from hummingbird feeders but vice versa shouldn't be a problem). Sound reasoning?

Correct.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 18, 2020, 12:08:11 PM
To my great excitement, I confirmed another 2 species yesterday in my backyard which I have never seen before.
I didn't really see them, as I saw little birds jumping from branch to branch half blocked by leaves about 30-50+ feet above me, I managed to get some pictures (not the greatest) and to my great surprise they were 2 new species (I am now up to 35 species spotted in my backyard).

Blackpoll Warbler
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49909716992_9398543a22.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3mm2W)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49909415426_74001ff5ff_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3jNow)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49909717022_5474dd5ac1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3mm3s)

Female Blackpoll Warbler
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49909716962_0847bcd343_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3mm2q)

Red-eyed Vire
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49908899568_4f976f9f24_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3ha3q)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49909415411_a5ca4002b4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3jNog)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 18, 2020, 12:49:21 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49909863742_3916c2e739_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 18, 2020, 12:51:27 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49909059458_2fbc88f669_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 18, 2020, 12:54:30 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49909868667_56e3358045_b.jpg)
Mourning Dove
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 18, 2020, 01:04:27 PM
Nice! Just starting out?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 18, 2020, 01:08:48 PM
Nice! Just starting out?

Are the pictures that bad? lol
I've been photographing wildlife and birds for quite a number of years, fell in love with photographing birds to a whole new level in Costa Rica a few years back.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 18, 2020, 01:16:10 PM
Are the pictures that bad? lol
I've been photographing wildlife and birds for quite a number of years, fell in love with photographing birds to a whole new level in Costa Rica a few years back.

LOL, no. I was asking re. bird feeders.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 18, 2020, 02:47:46 PM
LOL, no. I was asking re. bird feeders.

I would say so.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 18, 2020, 02:51:29 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49910159557_c70078a341_b.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49909850231_7909302845_b.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49910146597_bf414e7eed_b.jpg)

 Red-bellied Woodpecker
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 18, 2020, 03:22:02 PM
Sounds like a nice idea, but there's no way my pictures will even come close to these, so instead I'll just follow this thread....

Not many DDFers can compete with @Something Fishy when it comes to photos....so feel free to join us regular folk.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: justaregularguy on May 18, 2020, 03:39:55 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49909863742_3916c2e739_b.jpg)
wow you can make even an ordinary sparrow look nice! :D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 18, 2020, 03:48:53 PM
I have a male and a female cardinal that keep showing up as a couple.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 18, 2020, 03:58:34 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49909857341_3204726d24_b.jpg)

Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: etech0 on May 18, 2020, 04:03:45 PM
I have a male and a female cardinal that keep showing up as a couple.
No where else to go for date night :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 18, 2020, 04:07:36 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49909857341_3204726d24_b.jpg)

#5 Gray Catbird

That bird on the left looks like a Tufted Titmouse, not a Gray Catbird.
Unless you are referring to a different bird which I did not notice in your picture.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Chapshnell on May 18, 2020, 04:17:26 PM
That bird on the left looks like a Tufted Titmouse, not a Gray Catbird.
Unless you are referring to a different bird which I did not notice in your picture.

its a gray catbird
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 18, 2020, 04:26:59 PM
its a gray catbird

Which does it look more like.. doesn't resemble the Gray Catbird..

These are Gray catbirds
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49856513216_9b81315f23_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXDEps)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49856517411_c826ab3ae5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXDFDM)

This is Tufted Titmouse
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49859321286_81f6484e23_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iXU49s)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: whYME on May 18, 2020, 04:32:10 PM
https://www.google.com/search?q=tufted+titmouse&tbm=isch

https://www.google.com/search?q=gray+catbird&tbm=isch

I'm with @lfas25 on this one
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: justaregularguy on May 18, 2020, 04:58:44 PM
I have a male and a female cardinal that keep showing up as a couple.
look out for babies...https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=116147.msg2248580#msg2248580
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 18, 2020, 06:30:47 PM
That bird on the left looks like a Tufted Titmouse, not a Gray Catbird.

This
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 18, 2020, 06:54:53 PM
The grackles have completely dominated the suet feeder (other than a brief appearance by the red-bellied woodpecker). A pair of chickadees and the cardinal lovebirds alternate at the feeder I hung in my tree away from the station. This is fun.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 18, 2020, 06:59:19 PM
The grackles have completely dominated the suet feeder (other than a brief appearance by the red-bellied woodpecker). A pair of chickadees and the cardinal lovebirds alternate at the feeder I hung in my tree away from the station. This is fun.

My grackles tend to come in flocks, but leave fairly quickly. They dominate the place for a few minutes but some birds are starting to stand up for themselves so that's fun to watch.

Side note, it's pretty cool how the same birds return year after year - we have a grackle that we recognize by now.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 18, 2020, 07:00:51 PM


we have a grackle that we recognize by now.

You have too much free time
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 18, 2020, 07:02:07 PM

You have too much free time

ALOL - there's one guy with a partially leucistic wing, he's recognizable a mile away.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 18, 2020, 08:06:17 PM
Here are the species we have actually been able to identify in our backyard this year. (37 to date)

1.   American Crow
2.   American Goldfinch
3.   American Robin
4.   American Tree Sparrow
5.   Baltimore Oriole
6.   Blue Grosbeak
7.   Blue Jay
8.   Brown Headed Cowbird
9.   Carolina Chickadee or Black Capped. Honestly, i cant tell them apart.
10.   Carolina Wren
11.   Chipping Sparrow
12.   Common Grackle
13.   Dark Eyed Junco
14.   Downy Woodpecker
15.   Eastern Bluebird
16.   Eastern Towhee
17.   European Starling
18.   Gray Catbird
19.   House Finch
20.   House Sparrow
21.   Mallard Pair
22.   Mourning Dove
23.   Northern Cardinal
24.   Northern Flicker
25.   Pine Warbler
26.   Red Bellied Woodpecker
27.   Red Tailed Hawk
28.   Red Winged Blackbird
29.   Rose Breasted Grosbeak
30.   Ruby Throated Hummingbird
31.   Song Sparrow
32.   Tufted Titmouse
33.   Turkey Vulture
34.   White Breasted Nuthatch
35.   White Crowned Sparrow
36.   White Throated Sparrow
37.   Yellow Rumped Warbler

I love the excitement when we spot a new species. Some of which I have never seen in my entire life. Its a lot of fun!

We have been bird feeding / watching for some time, but during this quarantine you can definitely say we've become addicted.

Right now we have 2 suet hangers, 2 hoppers, a self built table feeder, and 3 hummingbird feeders (LPT: They sell them at Dollar Tree and they are actually pretty good). Finch socks are in the mail.

Ill try to post some bird pics when i can...

I would recommend this book (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316818119/) as a good cheap beginner book.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 18, 2020, 08:43:06 PM
Here are the species we have actually been able to identify in our backyard this year. (37 to date)

Wow, that's an awesome list. Sounds like the Lakewood area? That would also mean that your northern flicker would be yellow-shafted, not red (always found it strange that those are one species even though they look quite different).

And pretty cool that you got mallards, they don;t usually come to backyards. Have a lake or something nearby?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 18, 2020, 08:50:48 PM
We have been bird feeding / watching for some time, but during this quarantine you can definitely say we've become addicted.

(https://i.chzbgr.com/full/9467204864/h9B7697BC/daniel-cormier-and-jon-anik-ufc-248-reaction-people-in-quarantine-watching-their-bird-feeders-like)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 18, 2020, 08:54:37 PM
Wow, that's an awesome list. Sounds like the Lakewood area? That would also mean that your northern flicker would be yellow-shafted, not red (always found it strange that those are one species even though they look quite different).

And pretty cool that you got mallards, they don;t usually come to backyards. Have a lake or something nearby?

TR good guess! Pool cover with water on top attracts them and possibly some of the others. (The Mallards come back every day its like their own personal spa.. and recently the male has been coming close and pecking around underneath the feeders)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 18, 2020, 08:55:27 PM
(https://i.chzbgr.com/full/9467204864/h9B7697BC/daniel-cormier-and-jon-anik-ufc-248-reaction-people-in-quarantine-watching-their-bird-feeders-like)

ALOL Thats us!  ;D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 18, 2020, 08:58:58 PM
That would also mean that your northern flicker would be yellow-shafted, not red (always found it strange that those are one species even though they look quite different).

Yup, it is for sure the yellow-shafted. I only ever managed to get iphone zoomed in pics. Like you said, and boy is it ever so true, the bigger the woodpecker the more skiddish they are!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 18, 2020, 11:46:39 PM
The other day i went outside to daven and on the roof of a neighbor's house with solar panels there was a mourning dove fighting off a crow with its wings.

מה יונה אינה ניצולת אלא בכנפיה
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 18, 2020, 11:57:35 PM
Some pics... njoy! (If only i had a camera and lens upgrade)

American Robin - This guy visits the suet every day ever since he figured out how to hover like a hummingbird

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49911217286_71fd87bcb3_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3u325)

Red Winged Blackbird (Male)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49911362696_7db8062ca6_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3uMf9)

Red Winged Blackbird (Female)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49911688397_a3f1fd7e06_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3ws4F)

White Breasted Nuthatch

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49910844518_a77a36eacc_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3s8d3)

Common Grackle

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49910844633_62fbdcc99d_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3s8f2)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49911363471_e8e788958d_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3uMtv)

Gray Catbird

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49911363366_34eb433041_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3uMrG)

Tug of war! (Gray Catbird vs Downy Woodpecker (Female)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49911362286_5bc39aad6c_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3uM85)

Downy Woodpecker (Male) - This shot reminds me of a teenager lol

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49910845258_f4b3e0f485_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3s8qN)

Carolina or Black Capped Chickadee?

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49911362851_50edcba6c4_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3uMhP)

White Throated Sparrow - Love his eyelashes!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49911659822_6ae20a9a7a_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3wiz1)

Yellow Rumped Warbler

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49911363611_72c4955878_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3uMvV)

Mallard (Male)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49911361671_1d3d27a800_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3uLWt)

House Finch (Male)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49911362606_d4ab299207_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3uMdA)

Blue Jay (Duh!) - Rainy day vibes

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49911363011_9d403771dc_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3uMkz)

Northern Cardinal (Male)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49910846683_c07a9ac255_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3s8Rn)

Carolina Wren

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49910845393_e2af8355e7_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3s8t8)

Baltimore Oriole (Male)

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Rose Breasted Grosbeak (Male)

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Blue Grosbeak (Male)

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Ruby Throated Hummingbird (Female) - Chillin, Resting and Feeding!

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Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 18, 2020, 11:59:09 PM
Can anyone identify either bird?

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This guy was mostly a dark grey with some darker black areas. (His head reminds me of a chicken lol)

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Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: whYME on May 19, 2020, 12:05:19 AM
Can anyone identify either bird?

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Golden eagle!
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Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 19, 2020, 12:05:41 AM


Can anyone identify either bird?

This guy was mostly a dark grey with some darker black areas. (His head reminds me of a chicken lol)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49911658862_a5e723d03e_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3wihs)

I believe this is an immature Common Grackle
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 19, 2020, 12:07:27 AM

I believe this is an immature Common Grackle
My guess as well
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 19, 2020, 12:08:11 AM
Ruby Throated Hummingbird (Male) (He is only in the frame for the first 10 seconds in the first clip)

Clamped my phone to the pole and waited patiently..  :)

You can hear his chirping in this video clip.

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You can hear the humm of his wings in this video clip.

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His wings are moving so fast they look slow!

I later added some wire for the Hummingbirds to land on while they drink. They now stay for much longer and we can actually get to see them before they zoom off!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: EliJelly on May 19, 2020, 12:08:22 AM
Can anyone identify either bird?

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49911659502_f864efe3ef_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3witu)

This guy was mostly a dark grey with some darker black areas. (His head reminds me of a chicken lol)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49911658862_a5e723d03e_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3wihs)
דער אויבערשטער איז אן אדלער, דער אינטערשטער איז א קליינער פויגל

Bingo!!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 19, 2020, 12:08:24 AM


Some pics... njoy! (If only i had a camera and lens upgrade)



Baltimore Oriole (Female)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49910845588_8a9186b546_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3s8wu)




This is a male
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 19, 2020, 12:12:40 AM

This is a male

Thanks! Not sure why i thought it was a Female. There were other much brighter colored Orioles, I kind of just assumed this was a Female.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 19, 2020, 12:16:20 AM
Thanks! Not sure why i thought it was a Female. There were other much brighter colored Orioles, I kind of just assumed this was a Female.
Download the Merlin app, it has tons of great info and you could upload your pics to help you identify what you got.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 19, 2020, 12:32:49 AM
Great shots!

That robin awesome, never seen that before.

As far as the chickadee, they're mainly differentiated by location. Lakewood has Carolina, Monsey has black-capped, and Brooklyn/SI etc. have either + hybrids.

Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 19, 2020, 12:34:49 AM
Can anyone identify either bird?

I'm going to go with osprey for the top, and agree with immature grackle for the bottom.

Golden eagle!
(https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji12.png)

Nah, he doesn't have a 1DX ;D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 19, 2020, 12:45:48 AM
Great shots!

That robin awesome, never seen that before.

As far as the chickadee, they're mainly differentiated by location. Lakewood has Carolina, Monsey has black-capped, and Brooklyn/SI etc. have either + hybrids.

Thanks!

Ok, because i was going nuts trying to see the difference... Harder than a Where's Waldo book!


I'm going to go with osprey for the top

That could be it! I have other shots where you can really see the wings go up like that.

ETA: The Merlin app agrees

Can i add the Osprey to my count, even though it was like a mile above my house?  :)

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Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 19, 2020, 12:49:33 AM
Can i add the Osprey to my count, even though it was like a mile above my house?  :)

I promise not to ban you from DDF if you do.

Personally I keep two lists - one for birds in my yard (meaning they actually landed there) and one for birds at the feeder. I've had hawks, vultures, and turkeys in my yard but they're obviously not on my feeder list.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 19, 2020, 12:58:56 AM
I'm also having trouble finding the difference between a house finch and a purple finch.

Even with the Merlin app! I always feel like most of my pics can be either or...
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 19, 2020, 01:06:17 AM
I'm also having trouble finding the difference between a house finch and a purple finch.

Even with the Merlin app! I always feel like most of my pics can be either or...

Check the belly (not the breast) and the wing - only a purple will have red there. Purple will also have a lot more red on the entire head, not just the crown and the face.

There are some other differentiators, but these are easiest and would typically be enough for a positive ID.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 19, 2020, 02:15:52 AM


Can i add the Osprey to my count, even though it was like a mile above my house?  :)

I promise not to ban you from DDF if you do.

Here we go again. Did it land at your feeder or was it at some heliport somewhere?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 19, 2020, 03:33:21 AM
Can i add the Osprey to my count, even though it was like a mile above my house?  :)
Please do. Then I can start competing here: https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=19259.0 (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=19259.0) ;D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 19, 2020, 07:44:39 AM
I promise not to ban you from DDF if you do.

Personally I keep two lists - one for birds in my yard (meaning they actually landed there) and one for birds at the feeder. I've had hawks, vultures, and turkeys in my yard but they're obviously not on my feeder list.
They may be trying to feed on those feeding at the feeder
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 19, 2020, 07:50:10 AM
They may be trying to feed on those feeding at the feeder
Yes, my kids keep suggesting we put out a "bird-feeder" for those birds that feed on birds.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 19, 2020, 08:26:58 AM
I'm barely an amateur in terms of IDing the birds, but here's what we think we've observed in the first few days:

Robin
Bluebird
Woodpecker
Black and white warbler
A dove of some sort
A black bird (maybe a blackbird)

Oh, and a couple of squirrels. They seem to like the hot pepper stuff. Go figure! But they haven't even tried to climb the feeder. They are eating the feed on the ground. It's interesting; the birds also seem to enjoy the feed on the ground more than in the feeder. If anyone wants to try this for very minimal cost, just buy some feed, and sprinkle it on the ground; no feeder necessary!

Thanks @Something Fishy for the idea. It is really beautiful to see, and fun and educational for the whole family מנער ועד זקן, טף ונשים!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 19, 2020, 08:34:56 AM
It's worth mentioning that unless the feeder is right outside your window, you should use a binoculars. The difference in the detail is incredible. I got this one:
https://www.amazon.com/Bushnell-Powerview-Compact-Folding-Binocular/dp/B00004SABB/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=B00004SABB&qid=1589891543&sr=8-1
a while ago for $14, and it gets the job done (all due respect to @Something Fishy who probably recommends a $2500 model  ;) [size=78%]).[/size]
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 19, 2020, 09:50:46 AM
OT, 5 out of 6 of these guys made their chrysalises, one still working on it.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 19, 2020, 11:37:03 AM
My kid just spotted an American Goldfinch but i didn't have anything he liked..  :(

Hope he returns again when we have Nyjer for him.

I keep wondering if the one and done birds would have visited again if i had the food out that they enjoy when they came.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 19, 2020, 11:46:23 AM
We got a couple of swamp sparrows this morning. Brownish/reddish heads
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: justaregularguy on May 19, 2020, 02:32:13 PM
those cardinal babies i wrote about (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=116147.msg2248580#msg2248580) got much bigger, theyre not afraid to go on the ground now to get food, with daddy not too far away though.. ;)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 19, 2020, 03:04:34 PM
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 19, 2020, 04:29:11 PM
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#6 House Finch
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 20, 2020, 03:44:42 PM
We got a couple of swamp sparrows this morning. Brownish/reddish heads
Changed my mind, I think they're house finches. Also got our first gold finches today at the finch feeder.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 20, 2020, 03:45:10 PM
Changed my mind, I think they're house finches. Also got our first gold finches today at the finch feeder.

Post pics!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 20, 2020, 03:54:02 PM
Post pics!
My galaxy s7 with a missing lens cover is just not doing the job.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 20, 2020, 04:21:23 PM
Finally got a few pics today with my point and shoot.


First we needed to get this guy away (picture through a window screen)
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Once he was gone we had a Red Crossbill (seems to be rare one for a first pic)
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And a gray catbird(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/x4jiFcmrX3-JN2RhXVALATaUr0ZlqcmtV4HPt-QoZSYYOTBWwdiWrXroOYgWA2rf9_t86e-Ov8sND7DZA0OSi5HxEIFa2ibY42x2UZXd5HatGupdPa6Y7CMH7BIm4jtDZ-BrEQZqIw=w2400)
Not picture yet of a female cardinal and a red bellied woodpecker.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: yitzgar on May 20, 2020, 04:32:16 PM
I think this was asked before. Does anyone know if suet has basar vechalav issue? At least one I've seen had an allergy alert saying it contained milk
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 20, 2020, 04:32:28 PM
Once he was gone we had a Red Crossbill (seems to be rare one for a first pic

That's a house finch...
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 20, 2020, 04:33:47 PM


Once he was gone we had a Red Crossbill (seems to be rare one for a first pic)
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This is a House Finch
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 20, 2020, 05:03:59 PM
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#7 Blue jay
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 20, 2020, 05:07:01 PM
That's a house finch...
This is a House Finch
Okay I will defer but this is where Merlin led me mainly due to the less defined stripes on the wings
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 20, 2020, 05:13:00 PM
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#8 White-breasted Nuthatch
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 20, 2020, 05:13:56 PM
Okay I will defer but this is where Merlin led me mainly due to the less defined stripes on the wings.

A crossbill has an ultra-distinctive, well, crossbill.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 20, 2020, 05:20:28 PM
A crossbill has an ultra-distinctive, well, crossbill.
None of my pictures have it closed and none of merlin's have it open.

I guess that could have also come from my input.

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Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: justmeha on May 20, 2020, 05:22:36 PM
Here's a whole setup, feeders included, for $30! Great deal or junk?

https://www.amazon.com/North-States-Bird-1862-Birdfeeder/dp/B07YP83LC9/
alive again
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 20, 2020, 05:34:15 PM
None of my pictures have it closed and none of merlin's have it open.

I guess that could have also come from my input.

Merlin is a good starting point, but not totally reliable. I've gotten some insane suggestions in the past. In this case, it could be that the food on the beak fooled it.

In any case, I highly suggests learning the field marks of the birds in your area, that's still the best way to get a positve ID - and why I suggested

https://www.amazon.com/Jon-L-Dunn/dp/1426218354/
https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/

I use both in conjunction. The book is best to actually learn about the birds, and, most importantly, their field marks (and of course for Shabbos). The app is great for a quick ID or to confirm a hunch, and obviously is easier to carry when traveling etc.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 20, 2020, 05:44:07 PM
alive again

Seems to be OOS
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 20, 2020, 05:48:09 PM
Merlin is a good starting point, but not totally reliable. I've gotten some insane suggestions in the past. In this case, it could be that the food on the beak fooled it.

In any case, I highly suggests learning the field marks of the birds in your area, that's still the best way to get a positve ID - and why I suggested


Got it. That book is going to wait for a book promo.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: justmeha on May 20, 2020, 05:48:25 PM
Seems to be OOS
it said 4 in stock when i saw it
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 20, 2020, 07:16:24 PM
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Tufted Titmouse
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 20, 2020, 07:17:49 PM
That bird on the left looks like a Tufted Titmouse, not a Gray Catbird.
Unless you are referring to a different bird which I did not notice in your picture.

Posted more photos for context.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 20, 2020, 07:34:56 PM
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House sparrows in action
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: avrohomgelb on May 20, 2020, 07:46:05 PM
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House sparrows in action
Which Camera and Lens do you use?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 20, 2020, 08:50:05 PM
I think it will be best for me to post it like this and you can argue with Merlin.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 20, 2020, 08:54:31 PM
I think it will be best for me to post it like this and you can argue with Merlin.

Lol, Merlin is right this time.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 20, 2020, 09:03:07 PM
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Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 20, 2020, 09:07:06 PM
I'm starting to think that this whole birding thing is just a ruse by @Something Fishy to get us all into photography. 
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 20, 2020, 09:08:44 PM
I'm starting to think that this whole birding thing is just a ruse by @Something Fishy to get us all into photography.

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Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 20, 2020, 09:40:34 PM
I'm starting to think that this whole birding thing is just a ruse by @Something Fishy to get us all into photography.

Yes! I'm starting to thinking you can't do one without the other.

Even though
It's not about the photography, that's just a side benefit.

Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 20, 2020, 09:44:57 PM
Yes! I'm starting to thinking you can't do one on DDF without the other.
ftfy
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: yitzgar on May 20, 2020, 10:02:04 PM
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It's missing half the caption
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 20, 2020, 10:03:21 PM
It's missing half the caption

It's on purpose. I don't think @Iz is a goy.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 21, 2020, 07:31:02 AM
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It's missing half the caption
It's on purpose. I don't think @Iz is a goy.
I have no idea what this is about. I tried ignoring it, but now my  שלא עשני גוי is being mentioned.  :o
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 21, 2020, 11:19:44 AM
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#9 Gray Catbird
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 21, 2020, 11:57:16 AM
We saw two new species today! (New total: 39) (Link to rest of the list (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=116147.msg2255605#msg2255605))

They both showed up within minutes of each other early this morning.

The Bay-breasted Warbler was around for a few hours snacking in the trees around my feeders.

(Sorry for the poor quality)

#38 - Bay-breasted Warbler

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#39 - Blackpoll Warbler

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Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 21, 2020, 01:23:21 PM
Today's batch. There were a few which were hanging around but never made it to the feeder and flew away too quick.
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Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 21, 2020, 07:56:11 PM


American Robin - This guy visits the suet every day ever since he figured out how to hover like a hummingbird

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49911217286_71fd87bcb3_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3u325)
I have a cardinal that is getting pretty good at this
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 22, 2020, 12:16:39 PM
There is a male and female cardinal that keep coming by but are very scared and flying away before we can get a picture. An American Bluebird (It think) keep flying around the area but hasn't come in yet from what I can see. Another robin-sized bird with brown and yellow but couldn't see it close enough.

In general, the European Starlings, which are from a nest on my neighbor's roof, are being big bullies and actively chasing other birds away. The only ones which fight back are the woodpeckers who always win with a peck.

A racist's dream "They were all feeding nicely until the big black guys came and grabbed everything for themsselves"
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lubaby on May 22, 2020, 12:31:33 PM
A racist's dream "They were all feeding nicely until the big black guys came and grabbed everything for themsselves"
Happy Friday!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 22, 2020, 04:10:15 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49923494808_8fbfc977fe_b.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49924318997_7d64153a88_b.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49923466258_2e32cbd4fb_b.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49923472868_75de9f34db_b.jpg)

#10 Wood Thrush
IUCN status NT
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: smb2270 on May 22, 2020, 04:43:01 PM
Can anyone suggest a bird feeder?  I am looking for one for a glass window (near tree) in brooklyn?  I see the ones that have suction cup.  Any good?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 22, 2020, 04:46:47 PM
Can anyone suggest a bird feeder?  I am looking for one for a glass window (near tree) in brooklyn?  I see the ones that have suction cup.  Any good?

Has anyone tried window feeders, Like this https://www.amazon.com/Suction-Birdfeeders-Cardinal-Bluebird-Birdhouse/dp/B00YSU3WG2
Are they any good?

They should, but limited to ground feeders. Doves, cardinals, grackles, starlings, bluejays, and possibly chickadees and house finches.

BTW @pointer if you want to use standard feeders but specifically at your window, you have lots of options (https://www.amazon.com/s?k=window+bird+feeder+hook).
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 22, 2020, 07:29:27 PM
Identified 3 new species today alone:

1. White-breasted Nuthatch
2. Red-winged Blackbird
3. Tufted Titmouse

Bringing my total to 11. Not including the species that visit but do not eat like the robins and crows.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: smb2270 on May 23, 2020, 09:59:08 PM

Thanks!  Can you suggest some feed?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 23, 2020, 10:00:27 PM
Thanks!  Can you suggest some feed?
Depends what you want to attract (at least according to the packages). Look around in your local Walmart...
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 23, 2020, 10:00:31 PM
Apparently the catbird that used to come every summer for a week got himself a lady friend. They took up residence in the back of my yard and seem to be here for the long run.

Also started having some chipmunks poking around beneath the feeders. They're cute and not a nuisance so far, so let's see how that goes.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Iz on May 23, 2020, 10:01:23 PM
Also started having some chipmunks poking around beneath the feeders. They're cute and not a nuisance so far, so let's see how that goes.
Yep, ditto for my squirrels.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: good sam on May 24, 2020, 02:08:23 AM
Early Shabbos morning, a squirrel got to the feeder I hung from a tree branch, knocked it off and spilled the entire contents onto my deck. What a show we had! Right outside of our sliding door, squirrels, cardinals, chickadees, a nuthatch, a blujay (who until now hadn't partaken at our feeders) all feasting together in harmony.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: yesitsme on May 24, 2020, 06:06:27 AM
Early Shabbos morning,

I hung from a tree branch
??
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lubaby on May 24, 2020, 08:48:53 AM
Early Shabbos morning, a squirrel got to the feeder I hung from a tree branch, knocked it off and spilled the entire contents onto my deck. What a show we had! Right outside of our sliding door, squirrels, cardinals, chickadees, a nuthatch, a blujay (who until now hadn't partaken at our feeders) all feasting together in harmony.
Sounds like a grand Shabbos Mevarchim Kiddush!

Shulís opened this week and had Kiddushim. For these that prefer outdoor Minyanim, no reason to not participate ;)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: srap on May 24, 2020, 10:09:58 AM
Yep, ditto for my squirrels.
Ever seen this (https://abc7.com/squirrel-slinky-bird-feeder-kentucky/1667973/) before?  Ingenious!

Also this. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSGer1mi1Aw)


Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 24, 2020, 10:48:44 AM
What a great idea.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: srap on May 24, 2020, 11:04:28 AM
What a great idea.
Yup.  On the other hand, I'd probably incorporate this (https://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/2012/01/the-most-effective-squirrel-baffle-ever-and-it-came-free-with-your-birdseed.html) by having the final squirrel landing lower on the pole with a slinky below it so they can't climb to the landing and a second slinky above the landing (below the birdfeeder) so they can't reach the birds.  Free entertainment as long as we are home anyway!  A must see video.   ;D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 24, 2020, 11:09:21 AM
Yup.  On the other hand, I'd probably incorporate this (https://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/2012/01/the-most-effective-squirrel-baffle-ever-and-it-came-free-with-your-birdseed.html) by having the final squirrel landing lower on the pole with a slinky below it so they can't climb to the landing and a second slinky above the landing (below the birdfeeder) so they can't reach the birds.  Free entertainment as long as we are home anyway!  A must see video.   ;D
How does he get down?  :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: srap on May 24, 2020, 11:09:59 AM
How does he get down?  :)
Low enough he can just jump (or get a free ride down the slinky!  :D )
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 24, 2020, 11:43:13 AM
Ever seen this (https://abc7.com/squirrel-slinky-bird-feeder-kentucky/1667973/) before?  Ingenious!



My sister said she tried this and it didn't workout.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: grodnoking on May 24, 2020, 12:08:07 PM
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 24, 2020, 12:43:32 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49931015882_ed45dd32c4_b.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49931003017_93a680ae50_b.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49930188198_838eae7d59_b.jpg)

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#11 Black-capped chickadee
State bird of Massachusetts and Maine.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 24, 2020, 01:03:20 PM
#11 Black-capped chickadee
State bird of Massachusetts and Maine.

What's your location?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 24, 2020, 02:16:09 PM
I think we need a squirrel thread.  :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: srap on May 24, 2020, 07:11:38 PM

So cool.  So cool.  So cool!  :D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 24, 2020, 07:57:47 PM

That is what happens when a mad genius engineer is bored at home.
He's entertaining as always.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: avrohomgelb on May 24, 2020, 10:06:55 PM

I just came here to post this video. Its amazing
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 25, 2020, 11:25:28 AM
Some random shots from yesterday...

The Norther Flicker (Female) came to visit again! (Yellow Shafted... Can you tell?)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49934560226_83e2ac514d_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j5xF4y)

Red Bellied Woodpecker

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49934865767_87a287c6b3_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j5zeTv)

Molting American Goldfinch (Male)... Almost did'nt recognize him!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49934046548_059f5fdcd2_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j5v3n3)

American Goldfinch (Female) - She came with the molting male

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49934866007_e8118691c8_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j5zeXD)

American Goldfinch (Male) - He showed up by himself

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49934866542_30d892eedc_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j5zf7S)

A really strong Carolina Chickadee

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49934866157_5104129e37_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j5zf1e)

House Sparrow (Female) (First time confirming a spotting...)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49934047008_54ae1074f6_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j5v3uY)

Tufted Titmouse - Looks like he needs to go... lol

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49934866697_8fa798b376_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j5zfax)

Romantic Backyard Couple Award! (Male and Female Northern Cardinals)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49934560031_a155042349_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j5xF1c)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 25, 2020, 11:30:53 AM
Ever seen this (https://abc7.com/squirrel-slinky-bird-feeder-kentucky/1667973/) before?  Ingenious!

Also this. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSGer1mi1Aw)

This looks like a good solution as well...



Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 25, 2020, 11:31:38 AM
Tufted Titmouse - Looks like he needs to go... lol
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49934866697_8fa798b376_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j5zfax)

ALOL
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 25, 2020, 11:40:23 AM
This looks like a good solution as well...




Until you get like 2 minutes n.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 25, 2020, 11:44:06 AM
Until you get like 2 minutes n.

LMAO I only watched the beginning! I guess not a perfect solution lol
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: srap on May 25, 2020, 01:42:39 PM
This looks like a good solution as well...


That is one persistent critter!  Great video.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: srap on May 25, 2020, 01:44:09 PM
LMAO I only watched the beginning! I guess not a perfect solution lol
Incorrect, I think. Excellent solution with the modified version in the last few seconds of the video.  The modified version should be the lchatchila for this contraption.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: yesitsme on May 25, 2020, 08:11:13 PM
(https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=116147.0;attach=35988;image)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 25, 2020, 08:26:19 PM
(https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=116147.0;attach=35988;image)
Are these your pictures?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 25, 2020, 08:57:36 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49936397356_d89ccbc17b_b.jpg)

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#12 Wild Turkey
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: lfas25 on May 25, 2020, 09:00:14 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49936397356_d89ccbc17b_b.jpg)

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#12 Wild Turkey
He came on the wrong holiday..
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: yesitsme on May 25, 2020, 09:03:36 PM
Are these your pictures?
my neighbors house
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 25, 2020, 10:01:18 PM
He came on the wrong holiday..
They are permanent residents.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 25, 2020, 10:19:11 PM
They are permanent residents.

For how many years? They should really see about getting a green card.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Chapshnell on May 25, 2020, 11:43:21 PM
https://mashable.com/video/squirrel-obstacle-course-video/
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 26, 2020, 12:14:17 PM
Also started having some chipmunks poking around beneath the feeders. They're cute and not a nuisance so far, so let's see how that goes.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49938858612_7d183863e5_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/6E6u5c)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49938042468_e56e7802c3_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/TEzk72)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 26, 2020, 12:17:38 PM
Apparently the catbird that used to come every summer for a week got himself a lady friend. They took up residence in the back of my yard and seem to be here for the long run.

Also started having some chipmunks poking around beneath the feeders. They're cute and not a nuisance so far, so let's see how that goes.
The thing to be careful of is that they have a tendency of making their way into Monsey basements.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 26, 2020, 12:19:28 PM
The thing to be careful of is that they have a tendency of making their way into Monsey basements.

We've always had them in the yard, they just discovered the feeders now.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: aygart on May 26, 2020, 12:25:26 PM
We've always had them in the yard, they just discovered the feeders now.
Okay. I grew up with a constant struggle keeping them out of the basement.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 26, 2020, 12:49:09 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49938858612_7d183863e5_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/6E6u5c)
So cute!  :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: yesitsme on May 26, 2020, 01:04:05 PM
So cute!  :)
he is my brother
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 26, 2020, 01:05:26 PM
So cute!  :)

I know!! Those cheeks ;D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: CountValentine on May 26, 2020, 01:05:37 PM
he is my brother
Does he want to move in with Chaim?  :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 26, 2020, 01:08:37 PM
Quick story time:

A couple of days ago, my kids found 4 chipmunks stuck, and drowning in the rain and water inside of a bucket in the backyard.

My guess is that it was a mother and 3 babies that had taken shelter before the storm started, and didn't realize the rain would fill it up.

When we dumped the bucket out, the one i think is the mother ran right underneath the shed, but the other three were just shivering uncontrollably and awkwardly squirming around. They looked like they would die from hypothermia.

I couldn't stand by while they suffered, and it was getting dark and cold out, so i put the three of them on top of each other (for added warmth) in a paper towel lined cardboard box. I stuck a couple of those hand/glove heat warmer pads to the inside walls, and crumbled some paper towel to put onto them for heat retention. I made a hole small enough for them to leave the box, but not big enough for a predator to snack on them, and then left for the night.

When i returned the next morning, i expected to see three dead chipmunks. To my surprise the box was empty.

I like to think we saved their lives, but i guess we will never really know.

The end. (Lol)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 26, 2020, 01:11:37 PM

Cute shot! Would love to see more nice bird shots as well!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on May 26, 2020, 01:17:27 PM
Cute shot! Would love to see more nice bird shots as well!

Will do!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on May 26, 2020, 01:18:37 PM
Thread title updated. Seemed apropos.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: lfas25 on May 26, 2020, 02:02:12 PM
Thread title updated. Seemed apropos.
Should be "bird feeders & backyard pests"
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on May 26, 2020, 02:04:31 PM
Should be "bird feeders & backyard pests"

I just checked, didn't see you in my backyard.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: CountValentine on May 26, 2020, 02:05:46 PM
Should be "bird feeders & backyard visitors pests"
:)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: lfas25 on May 26, 2020, 02:16:48 PM
I just checked, didn't see you in my backyard.
You need a bigger zoom
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Savingsbeast on May 26, 2020, 10:34:45 PM
I just came here to post this video. Its amazing
Me too. I just came to post this video.
Silly me, what was I thinking? It's DDF here so of course its already posted.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on May 26, 2020, 11:03:28 PM
Common grackle:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49852711366_d1fbaa8519_c.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/9523c7)

Tufted titmouse:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49852711001_f5100f12a6_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/Lw3J73)

Male house finch:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49853010297_17b8aaef03_c.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/7wTTjv)

White-breasted nuthatch:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49852711491_eed888dd47_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/w4KM5w)

:ɥɔʇɐɥʇnu pǝʇsɐǝɹq-ǝʇıɥʍ

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49852175218_e43740a5ba_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/Fka3R1)

Red-bellied woodpecker showing off his red belly, which is normally difficult to see:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49852174968_a8872974ec_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/9Tt3cL)

And finally, the same woodpecker, but this picture was taken by my daughter:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49852174873_055cfb2c9d_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/iw6oNX)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on May 27, 2020, 10:19:44 AM
This started out as all fun and games but this is no laughing matter. The backyard birds are eating us out of house and home. The feeders are emptying every other day. We cannot keep up with their appetite. Some days we have to choose between filling the feeders and our children's cereal bowls. Do they think bird seed grows on trees? How do I keep up with them?
Sincerely,
Overworked Underappreciated Fowl Supporter
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on May 27, 2020, 10:22:39 AM
The European Starlings are really busy bullying all of the other birds away other that every now and then when a Gray Catbird fights back. Any way to avoid this?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 27, 2020, 10:24:14 AM
This started out as all fun and games but this is no laughing matter. The backyard birds are eating us out of house and home. The feeders are emptying every other day. We cannot keep up with their appetite. Some days we have to choose between filling the feeders and our children's cereal bowls. Do they think bird seed grows on trees? How do I keep up with them?
Sincerely,
Overworked Underappreciated Fowl Supporter

Have you tried feeding your kids to the birds?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on May 27, 2020, 10:32:26 AM
Have you tried feeding your kids to the birds?
Are you suggesting killing two birds with one stone? That's inhumane. Consider instead "feeding two birds with one scone"
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on May 27, 2020, 10:33:19 AM
Have you tried feeding your kids to the birds?
One thing I need to try is feeding the likes to the birds. With the amazing opportunities to place unlimited amounts of like bait in the virus board my kids are gaining too much weight.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 27, 2020, 10:35:19 AM
One thing I need to try is feeding the likes to the birds. With the amazing opportunities to place unlimited amounts of like bait in the virus board my kids are gaining too much weight.
Tempting, but not going to press....
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 27, 2020, 10:44:12 AM
One thing I need to try is feeding the likes to the birds. With the amazing opportunities to place unlimited amounts of like bait in the virus board my kids are gaining too much weight.

What do you do when your like bait attracts unwanted squirrels?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on May 27, 2020, 11:05:33 AM
What do you do when your like bait attracts unwanted squirrels?
I just let you chase them away with your sarcasm.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on May 27, 2020, 06:37:58 PM
I'm also having trouble finding the difference between a house finch and a purple finch.

Even with the Merlin app! I always feel like most of my pics can be either or...

Check the belly (not the breast) and the wing - only a purple will have red there. Purple will also have a lot more red on the entire head, not just the crown and the face.

There are some other differentiators, but these are easiest and would typically be enough for a positive ID.

Here is a great article explaining the difference between the two

https://www.thespruce.com/house-finch-or-purple-finch-387318

The chart at the bottom is great!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on May 27, 2020, 06:57:07 PM

Looks like your daughter has got the photog gene...

It's pretty interesting to watch birds in the rain... And always makes for interesting pics!

I always think to myself "they are so devoted", and then i remember they are just hungry!  ;D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on May 27, 2020, 07:25:22 PM
This started out as all fun and games but this is no laughing matter. The backyard birds are eating us out of house and home. The feeders are emptying every other day. We cannot keep up with their appetite. Some days we have to choose between filling the feeders and our children's cereal bowls. Do they think bird seed grows on trees? How do I keep up with them?
Sincerely,
Overworked Underappreciated Fowl Supporter
Btw I'm not even joking. Is it normal to have to refill feeders every 2-3 days? This is going to be more expensive than I anticipated.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on May 27, 2020, 08:07:04 PM
Btw I'm not even joking. Is it normal to have to refill feeders every 2-3 days? This is going to be more expensive than I anticipated.

That's normal.

- Buy bigger bags of seed (cheaper)
- Buy a bigger feeder (refill less often)
- Determine which birds are eating more than their viewing value, and get food only only others like. For example, get rid of mixed seed and use only safflower.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Mikes@Micro on May 27, 2020, 10:06:24 PM
This started out as all fun and games but this is no laughing matter. The backyard birds are eating us out of house and home. The feeders are emptying every other day. We cannot keep up with their appetite. Some days we have to choose between filling the feeders and our children's cereal bowls. Do they think bird seed grows on trees? How do I keep up with them?
Sincerely,
Overworked Underappreciated Fowl Supporter

Is this the fastest growing thread on DDF? 0-100 real quick?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on May 27, 2020, 10:36:52 PM
That's normal.

- Buy bigger bags of seed (cheaper)
- Buy a bigger feeder (refill less often)
- Determine which birds are eating more than their viewing value, and get food only only others like. For example, get rid of mixed seed and use only safflower.
Who eats and who doesn't eat safflower?

I'm finding that the house finches and white breasted nuthatch are spending the most time at the feeder and indulging plenty with each visit. The cardinals and chickadees eat their share as well but they're so gorgeous I could watch them all day. The tufted titmice are not greedy. The blujay would eat more if he could navigate the feeders better. The catbird has moved on to greener pastures.

The grackles hog the suet, barely leave time for the woodpeckers to feed there. But they eat modestly from the other feeders when the suet is out.

And today we had a treat! A wild turkey came around to eat some fallen leftovers.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: whYME on May 28, 2020, 01:13:18 AM
Is this the fastest growing thread on DDF? 0-100 real quick?
Not even close.
There are threads that have had this many posts in a day or two.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: YitzyS on May 28, 2020, 01:17:07 AM
Not even close.
There are threads that have had this many posts in a day or two.
Is this the fastest growing enjoyable thread on DDF? 0-100 real quick?
FTFY
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on May 28, 2020, 01:57:53 PM
Getting more daring - and cheekier!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49945887386_acb844e631_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/86sZ68)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49946174997_d43cd58c03_c.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/rK5237)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: CountValentine on May 28, 2020, 02:11:49 PM
I think that is Alvin. Has Theodore or Simon (no Google) come around?  :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: EliJelly on May 28, 2020, 03:02:23 PM
I think that is Alvin. Has Theodore or Simon (no Google) come around?  :)
Oh thought you're limited to chaim
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Yehuda57 on May 28, 2020, 06:58:24 PM
I think that is Alvin. Has Theodore or Simon (no Google) come around?  :)
You mean Avi?



*Anyone know what I'm referring to?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: pointer on May 30, 2020, 10:58:34 PM
Getting more daring - and cheekier!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49945887386_acb844e631_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/86sZ68)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49946174997_d43cd58c03_c.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/rK5237)
This is sharp! the details....wow!
What did you shoot with, and what post production did you do?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on May 30, 2020, 11:42:50 PM
From erev Yom tov. The Cardinals are proving difficult to catch.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on May 30, 2020, 11:44:23 PM
From erev Yom tov. The Cardinals are proving difficult to catch.

Very nice >:( >:(. I've been dying for bluebirds for years, and you get then within weeks.

Chutzpah.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on May 30, 2020, 11:45:45 PM
Very nice >:( >:(. I've been dying for bluebirds for years, and you get then within weeks.

Chutzpah.
I was seeing them around even before we put up the feeder.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on May 30, 2020, 11:46:42 PM
I was seeing them around even before we put up the feeder.

Yeah, yeah, rub it in ;D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on May 31, 2020, 09:59:13 AM
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Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: saw50st8 on June 02, 2020, 08:15:43 PM
We've had a lot of success at our birdfeeders and have added mockinbirds, woodpeckers, wrens, catbirds and chickadees (in addition to our usual sparrows, cardinals, robins, starlings and blue jays). But the absolute best thing I've seen so far was a cardinal get pooped on by another bird and then decide to just keep eating.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49964712948_899b67823a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j8ddq5)DSC_3573 (https://flic.kr/p/2j8ddq5) by saw50st8 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/54765514@N07/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49964714438_66555e1451_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j8ddRL)DSC_3577 (https://flic.kr/p/2j8ddRL) by saw50st8 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/54765514@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on June 02, 2020, 08:42:38 PM
ALOL that's hilarious.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: lfas25 on June 02, 2020, 08:48:11 PM


But the absolute best thing I've seen so far was a cardinal get pooped on by another bird and then decide to just keep eating.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49964712948_899b67823a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j8ddq5)DSC_3573 (https://flic.kr/p/2j8ddq5) by saw50st8 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/54765514@N07/), on Flickr

There I thought you painted it, to keep track of how many visit you.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: CountValentine on June 02, 2020, 08:56:02 PM
Glad to see more posts here. Keep the pics coming!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on June 02, 2020, 09:00:35 PM
Glad to see more posts here. Keep the pics coming!

Nu, let's see some of yours :D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: CountValentine on June 02, 2020, 09:04:13 PM
Nu, let's see some of yours :D
No feeders this year.  :-[
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: pointer on June 02, 2020, 09:10:43 PM
No feeders this year.  :-[
Not enough like I guess, Can't feed the family.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: saw50st8 on June 02, 2020, 09:59:08 PM
Glad to see more posts here. Keep the pics coming!

Anything specific that you want to see? I have way too many to upload to flickr. Unless someone has an easier way for me to do it from my phone.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on June 02, 2020, 10:02:27 PM
Anything specific that you want to see? I have way too many to upload to flickr. Unless someone has an easier way for me to do it from my phone.

I just figured out a way how to post photos from Google Photos. I'm not endorsing the site mentioned below. It's just what I found helpful...

1) Create a link to your photo
2) paste the link onto https://ctrlq.org/google/photos/ as instructed
3) copy and paste the "Direct Link (URL)" that is generated from the website into your post
4) type
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[img]http://before the link and[/img] after the link
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: saw50st8 on June 02, 2020, 10:18:10 PM


I can't get it to work.  It doesn't embed the picture. 
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on June 02, 2020, 11:46:09 PM
I can't get it to work.  It doesn't embed the picture.
I will fix the instruction tomorrow.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on June 02, 2020, 11:49:13 PM
I can't get it to work.  It doesn't embed the picture.
You are posting on the website or through tapa?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: saw50st8 on June 03, 2020, 07:38:30 AM
You are posting on the website or through tapa?

Website.

I added the img before and after.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Chapshnell on June 03, 2020, 10:29:09 AM
Looking for a squirrel proof feeder.. like those sticks that go in the ground where I can place it away from trees... any suggestions.. max $150
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: lfas25 on June 03, 2020, 10:43:14 AM
Looking for a squirrel proof feeder.. like those sticks that go in the ground where I can place it away from trees... any suggestions.. max $150
This is slightly above your max, but it works really well. I have this for over a year and haven't the squirrels haven't had any success in getting to the feeders

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B000F5UOEC/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_apa_i_Ls4KEb4ESB18N
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on June 03, 2020, 10:59:13 AM
I will fix the instruction tomorrow.

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Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
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Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: tageed-lee on June 03, 2020, 12:41:34 PM
What is with the different beak sizes?

Carolina Chickadee
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49911362851_50edcba6c4_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j3uMhP)

Notice how these two have much longer beaks then the first one

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49967493246_dec6666d78_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j8ssUf)

This bird has less white on his neck and "featherless" spot on the side of his head. (Assuming hes molting or young but not sure)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49966984193_a40ee484f6_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j8pRzt)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on June 03, 2020, 01:03:22 PM
Very interesting. When they moult, their beaks appear larger, but the one in your first picture still seems to have an abnormally sized beak. I'll ask the guys on What's This Bird for some insight. It might be some sort of deformity.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on June 03, 2020, 01:15:31 PM
Corona babies!

European Starling Fledgling

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49967518096_8e5a871aba_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j8sAhG)

Common Grackle Fledgling

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49967008658_240421d466_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j8pYRh)

American Robin Fledgling - This guy was wandering around the yard so my kids thought he needed help. We did some research and hes fine on his own, so they put him back. We kept watch to make sure his parents were still feeding him.

(I feel bad for him out there on the floor in this rain storm right now!)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49967788402_41a89eed4f_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j8tYD9)

Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on June 03, 2020, 01:40:53 PM
Very interesting. When they moult, their beaks appear larger, but the one in your first picture still seems to have an abnormally sized beak. I'll ask the guys on What's This Bird for some insight. It might be some sort of deformity.

Update: they had nothing to add. Seems it's just a chickadee with a small beak Į\_(ツ)_/Į
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on June 04, 2020, 08:18:24 PM


American Robin Fledgling - This guy was wandering around the yard so my kids thought he needed help. We did some research and hes fine on his own, so they put him back. We kept watch to make sure his parents were still feeding him.

(I feel bad for him out there on the floor in this rain storm right now!)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49967788402_41a89eed4f_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j8tYD9)
We had one of these in a bush right outside our window yesterday. Kids were entertained for hours watching mama come back every few minutes with another worm.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on June 04, 2020, 08:19:14 PM
Here's a whole setup, feeders included, for $30! Great deal or junk?

https://www.amazon.com/North-States-Bird-1862-Birdfeeder/dp/B07YP83LC9/
Alive again
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on June 04, 2020, 10:32:28 PM
Is there any way to keep the starlings away?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on June 04, 2020, 10:44:16 PM
Is there any way to keep the starlings away?
By me it's the grackles. The starlings come once in a while.

We identified a new species today: the mourning dove. My wife is cracking up that I'm so excited to see a pigeon!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on June 04, 2020, 11:01:54 PM
Groundhog babies

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49971796673_bbd204fd49_b.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49972312721_5ae77e572f_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Kobe bryent on June 04, 2020, 11:05:44 PM
We identified a new species today: the mourning dove. My wife is cracking up that I'm so excited to see a pigeon!
The most common dove in the US. As well as the most hunted gamebird.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on June 05, 2020, 10:16:24 AM
We spotted a new species this morning! That is #40 confirmed!

Great Crested Flycatcher - Pretty sure it thought that the Tiki light wick was some sort of moth or insect and tried to eat it.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49973143368_7db03d3144_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j8Xqu9)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49973143448_0f68cdf0cd_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j8Xqvw)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on June 05, 2020, 04:44:38 PM
What is this bird? I'm thinking female house finch but something is throwing me off...

Just saw it on me feeder and only managed some weak pics once it flew away...  :(

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49974789526_e4f94fa917_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j96RQb)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49974289003_ffd8f059c4_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2j94i3t)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on June 05, 2020, 04:46:33 PM
What is this bird?

Just saw it on me feeder and only managed some weak pics once it flew away...  :(

Looks like a female house finch.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on June 05, 2020, 04:48:38 PM
Looks like a female house finch.

Ok, thanks! I had just edited my original post with that thought.. not sure what was throwing me off about it though.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Dawie on June 07, 2020, 01:30:26 PM
Groundhog babies

We have a few of those...
So then this happened on Shabbos...
My DD is minding her own business watching some groundhog babies running around when a Red Shouldered Hawk swooped down and killed it.
So it's sitting there holding the groundhog while 3 grackles? and a Blue Jay take turns dive- bombing it (not sure what the point was, the GH was quite dead)
They harassed it so much it flew away, but came back 30 minutes later to pick it up and have his shabbos lunch. (Still being harassed by the entourage)
He then moved to the Telephone wire so the entire neighborhood can watch
Was quite a show,
Chaim was busy sending faxes about the riot so we dont have photo evidence......
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: saw50st8 on June 07, 2020, 08:02:59 PM
We are currently having sparrow wars:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Gdar8cLVIeSK9i2Do7fMRfk2oxqsuzTYGukhcrfERAncWP8D9QFAMdWepA5hGwIQIOJQpjeUZrH7QAabiKWWWgB3E96MUKHkO59WtlBATzmPNbJ46vqB3xxIuT5e6IJqFzo3QZw_uqE=w2400)

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The squirrels and birds are coexisting:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/f_ApOxA7LUPpcXaUvqcZ1i85f4ifJjScJRbv3Oc9IFbDA9hGoi2WOab8iUiEZQU0z-lO3olMJEynQa9LX6cXJLM430rj9RJwtgG6RzhFSGoT12reb1SUo-caQLIQw-GSOyvRQaxQN9c=w2400)


A puffed up starling:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Qgra5fD7TnH111g7l0iHh4tKQIl1bdi8AwU10rtLsSqp2Xgktbx3HTMU7BkJWDpQ_Z05xLEJ2uyi4QxMHUmlsgTec2g93iWV9Co_VuE8ooj9i1Sv722nPJQT1ASGjieffWsG1eWtGEE=w2400)

Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: saw50st8 on June 07, 2020, 08:03:47 PM
  • Hit share in Google Photos for the one you are looking to post
  • Hit create link
  • Copy the link it gives you. I am using this one https://photos.app.goo.gl/QUqE1Ws3xbrDcKbZA
  • Go to https://www.labnol.org/embed/google/photos/
  • Hit generate
  • It will give 2 options "Direct Link" and "HTML Embed"
  • Copy the link under Direct Link. For the picture above it is https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/3bWJ_9jaowvuP6p50PWCs3LqhxL6La_OYdnDN0AfrkvOUlG8yhH4-f8vMCBu_3HO1M2cAozdiQAFyeCWWXUO8P15O0QXSHyklhdhTvt2vDZg2JclhIWQRJkqJB0EUJ468NXW9bzVQQ=w2400
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  • Choice 2 hit the picture icon in the post editor and paste the image link into it

Thank you.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on June 07, 2020, 08:53:11 PM
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Have you had any luck at the mesh feeder? I tried nyjer seed in three types of feeder with no success.

I have a goldfinch that comes around every couple of days, sits at the top of the feeding station for a few seconds and takes off without eating.

Here's the one I'm using now. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000HHHEAA/ref=cm_sw_r_apa_i_HXy3EbGBQHDAJ
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: saw50st8 on June 07, 2020, 09:18:20 PM
Have you had any luck at the mesh feeder? I tried nyjer seed in three types of feeder with no success.

I have a goldfinch that comes around every couple of days, sits at the top of the feeding station for a few seconds and takes off without eating.

Here's the one I'm using now. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000HHHEAA/ref=cm_sw_r_apa_i_HXy3EbGBQHDAJ

Nothing is eating the thistle unfortunately!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on June 09, 2020, 02:35:37 PM
We have this one spot in the yard which apparently attracts birds to suntan in.

Gotta love a Blue Jay's colors... Truly incredible!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49988888386_0a176f25c1_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jam7VY)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on June 09, 2020, 02:40:51 PM
Nothing is eating the thistle unfortunately!

We have a finch sock (full of thistle) out for a couple of weeks now.

We had goldfinches eating for a about a week, and aside for a couple flybys, they haven't been back since.  :(

Luckily though, we have a male house finch which loves to eat from it when he stops by.

Maybe they want Walmart brand instead like @Something Fishy 's
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on June 09, 2020, 02:51:31 PM

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49988938771_dc187de0f6_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jamnUF)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: CountValentine on June 09, 2020, 04:50:55 PM
We have this one spot in the yard which apparently attracts birds to suntan in.

Gotta love a Blue Jay's colors... Truly incredible!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49988888386_0a176f25c1_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jam7VY)
That's a nice one!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Toasted on June 09, 2020, 05:53:48 PM
Those are my birds sir!
(https://i.imgur.com/GrmIp3U_d.webp?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Dawie on June 09, 2020, 05:58:09 PM
We have a few of those...
So then this happened on Shabbos...
My DD is minding her own business watching some groundhog babies running around when a Red Shouldered Hawk swooped down and killed it.
So it's sitting there holding the groundhog while 3 grackles? and a Blue Jay take turns dive- bombing it (not sure what the point was, the GH was quite dead)
They harassed it so much it flew away, but came back 30 minutes later to pick it up and have his shabbos lunch. (Still being harassed by the entourage)
He then moved to the Telephone wire so the entire neighborhood can watch
Was quite a show,
Chaim was busy sending faxes about the riot so we dont have photo evidence......

Yuk,
@SomethingHawky left me the Kishka.....
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: CountValentine on June 09, 2020, 06:10:35 PM
Those are my birds sir!
Then take care of them. Their feathers need brushing.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Toasted on June 09, 2020, 08:37:48 PM
Then take care of them. Their feathers need brushing.
They're well taken care of. Picture is grainy because it's my phone taking a picture of the screen on my Canon.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on June 10, 2020, 08:44:06 AM
One thing about the bird feeder is that it is making my backyard a bit like this
(https://image.slidesharecdn.com/02-existentialism-150528024301-lva1-app6891/95/02-existentialism-26-638.jpg?cb=1432781057)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on June 10, 2020, 06:29:57 PM
This looks like a nice place
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/aCUNlttHq5R2guEvkpH1CpkGw5oLowI0UyVVH-PJph2SKuzuN4zgHRbkQJJhSQnpdsSpHWH5qM_9E54siYXD2QBzsj6jbfPXqZdsGSorAFY2riE8ejpxTWOV8wlpDVzv-u2YirJpCQ=w2400)

Let's fix it up a bit
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/4tfaHFZSHac5CyTvAJqdYyqBDlX8PRYmSoxh-Qmw1AtQAQ1KexcWebtrIsJVQjfECp5PfLPJ4JfVU3y0OjSvPzBXt7ZXpcyMp0DQ9V-dRRJn1VF_xaTtX8XCtNSM10KWf0v--z_0WQ=w2400)

Almost done
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/615whHBwgHHDN-SUJb0bEJjzHsCmobXoYFJQzrzCQ_TTnoScmKrlnOXVxzXl6xzLoeyU2KqMYmCsSbXJKVxMDolUWTQIi3ClCF-HPOqA_czQichuYPOnzdKKjwbe7KX5of_-iUA1HA=w2400)

All ready!(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/eVgunP5zFvcpsUPHZMeAkwcg4GXB4V5P4V4c_twT_D71JM8FiTB8sy4ZF-0hwK4F80eO_Y3IUHKirIyCUw4MeDiuBP_bETkTTyf1RswS7WJtuLm3BPVe8ZQ4py_U1_C6z805Pu9PXQ=w2400)
Hi!
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/cdX9qTFTYN-XkztHsJty-6hoGdJdZb-XwkoAF85QCc6F_fGFPuSw6tnmiAWOZgN3ZCFyLTSA_SDscpWLiHkeZ3dhADCLAybQVfGwIaJyWMIt7k11F5wUVR8j4KWgCG9pjT1HO_TBCQ=w2400)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on June 10, 2020, 06:32:26 PM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/u6BBTud--zbNZd68z-gjtOYptKkjOM9_6EKVwpJd4raXC_qxmP53ZogZhh7PR5aF2ZkQaGoKgcYCH8W1EWwH7AGpW88cPhpVDWcpzKVyTOhGRG12MWY9Ga5T6Uw5o4npALXEztKB0w=w2400)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/9zY6IHWYqm9Gp322z3aoUoN75QOLS481inZPPp-5S1nVUOuvCH7bEA8WDW01WhRJA7qhydp8aNSKhT7FfVCyAGeNJAtyks9HGlGs5TrOIwVo5ppjZbgsVN3wkwy30Uy01x3YyVVjSQ=w2400)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: yitzgar on June 10, 2020, 06:33:58 PM
Awesome!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on June 10, 2020, 06:46:29 PM
Finally got the cardinals! איש ואשתו


(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/iGom4VNu_iP-EMokBrVS4RobdNhyLvZZDRFyRAkJWfx5vCIYzYlbv36qBJITWPA72JgNzM1Mx3nSDxXMEWZenc681KZrYLp6uGsPjW8tG3P1sg5c4zAajM7IdbQKlJaUJirQKc4Dvw=w2400)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/0cm5cHqh8Bk1Vgq8rJ7VzvYoPmr05UoO1SuXNu8KkHm8nVNUfkHDqnOkoc6x-uXmaitGMuGokwDg_XQ5ERyhw5PCEofsrxBugAkXyFfiBQNOWvLBIR-SDlFuqmeV_qkDsqhVsjwlVg=w2400)

Couldn't get a good one of what looks to be.....
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/EvElbdsDljmNtw9GyYa1NUb4TBlg7hJx7KQcYWVI-7HgO3DXQsv7C8VwEe8OkpKJhzHpLWZnG2Ung90PenE46V_THjuNMRFLAEHOpz3nmm6A3DEfJ1_8ctNQE6ZJ5fUyiDnPanRj9Q=w2400)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on June 10, 2020, 06:55:44 PM
The adult and juvenile starlings are constantly fighting and making a ruckus
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/C8wgZeo4onaMUMdMRIusBnfMsIecLjSj64-NlIaOzra9Bt27-4wipYIquTB_Sa4VUejgpXTfHE4ePCT-uXNEz6Ht7-V_ECLOCBruiptwViygVbsDAFgluM4tCWQhq_epuftZ8WUvMw=w2400)


(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/lqpcv8Bx-YW8cnOY1-nvhf4CMjkhAzeFLHEkE3QaTKnJfNMkmiUcwSYfequeYaFozJzm6-m_7jDgfVAQuTabqPz4EmkkF9mqKKPtsc9oB8MnAbMXF386uTkX7YJkStzFcyJjE7AIGA=w2400)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on June 10, 2020, 06:58:52 PM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/co9UPzhP6Sg4ykm-xom8hlvvUeR2uSZCajNf_0Z60jxeW5vfB9PKHoNNk-vcUBEyuWua7npMoxq2TUBsnamnkwbLO9S7RCIj3V9ZgYauxCWKfkLvewC7CjIzsZ3coVh8CJ6XVrN19w=w2400)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/vvR_R06_E3PfW5HMwP58k-266-Xklqq1VBV9RSwfTfVHshZZ3qRB-bXmYdeOqae7oDWVYt3iVAlSXC29vf26WdH3ct2fiKhWmQQoVWcjjOOqyyMdBwDmt1qPhy797AnA8hPEQYTolQ=w2400)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: moish on June 11, 2020, 08:09:15 AM
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2020/jun/10/spiky-hairy-shiny-la-abuzz-with-new-insect-discoveries-in-pictures-aoe
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: srap on June 11, 2020, 09:19:02 AM
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2020/jun/10/spiky-hairy-shiny-la-abuzz-with-new-insect-discoveries-in-pictures-aoe (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2020/jun/10/spiky-hairy-shiny-la-abuzz-with-new-insect-discoveries-in-pictures-aoe)
Whoa!!! Now we need to start a new thread with our tools being microscopes.  Those are stunning pictures.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: lfas25 on June 11, 2020, 11:59:26 AM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/u6BBTud--zbNZd68z-gjtOYptKkjOM9_6EKVwpJd4raXC_qxmP53ZogZhh7PR5aF2ZkQaGoKgcYCH8W1EWwH7AGpW88cPhpVDWcpzKVyTOhGRG12MWY9Ga5T6Uw5o4npALXEztKB0w=w2400)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/9zY6IHWYqm9Gp322z3aoUoN75QOLS481inZPPp-5S1nVUOuvCH7bEA8WDW01WhRJA7qhydp8aNSKhT7FfVCyAGeNJAtyks9HGlGs5TrOIwVo5ppjZbgsVN3wkwy30Uy01x3YyVVjSQ=w2400)
Very cool!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on June 11, 2020, 01:54:49 PM

Cool! That's a beautiful bird to have around the yard while they bring up the family! Lucky you!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on June 11, 2020, 01:55:52 PM
We had goldfinches eating for a about a week, and aside for a couple flybys, they haven't been back since.  :(

The Goldfinches stopped by for lunch today!  :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: username on June 11, 2020, 03:05:45 PM
We had the Chickens last night for dinner.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: lubaby on June 11, 2020, 05:22:40 PM
We had the Chickens last night for dinner.
Al Ha'esh? They invited themselves over to my place tonight ;D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: israbear89 on June 14, 2020, 04:05:18 PM
For those Brooklyn folk, we started this bird feeding thing during corona and this is our list of backyard birds:

Sparrow (x 1 billion)
Junco
Mourning Dove
American Robin
European Starling
Mockingbird
Cardinal (Male and Female)
Black and White Warbler
Gray Catbird
Blue Jay
 
Granted its not Monsey or Lakewood but youd be surprised at the diversity. The cardinals and blue jays are the highlight.

I've also seen the green parrots while walking on ocean parkway...
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Zevi16 on June 15, 2020, 12:14:26 PM
Since Iíve been busy with this stuff, I feel like Iíve adopted a family of 20.
Iím going to reapply for WIC and food stamps.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: whacked1 on June 15, 2020, 12:17:32 PM
Since Iíve been busy with this stuff, I feel like Iíve adopted a family of 20.
Iím going to reapply for WIC and food stamps.
WIC?? I feel like you've taken your relationship with your new family too far!  ;D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Dawie on June 18, 2020, 11:11:02 AM
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: CountValentine on June 18, 2020, 11:29:12 AM
How far can a bear jump?  :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: username on June 18, 2020, 11:31:52 AM
My cheap squirrel guard, keeps the deer away. I see them trying, with no success.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: israbear89 on June 22, 2020, 11:55:04 AM
Btw Ace Hardware has some good deals on bird seed:

https://www.acehardware.com/departments/outdoor-living/bird-and-wildlife-supplies/bird-food/81995
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: israbear89 on June 22, 2020, 12:05:17 PM
Also back in stock:

https://www.amazon.com/North-States-Bird-1862-Birdfeeder/dp/B07YP83LC9/ref=sr_1_50?dchild=1&keywords=bird+feeder&qid=1592841631&sr=8-50
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on June 25, 2020, 04:34:36 PM
Spotted two new species this week bringing our total species to 42!

#41) House Wren (Northern) - Confirmed the species from its song (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/House_Wren/sounds) which is why we spotted it in the first place. It was here with 3 fledglings begging for food while jumping from tree to tree.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50045108822_51569e7f9a_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jfjgiQ)

#42) Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Notice the caterpillar nest in the first image which I'm assuming is what attracted it here.

Check out the white circles on the bottom of his tail! Really cool!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50044866346_f8a5910720_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jfi2ed)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50044302118_ee5ec73c44_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jff8v9)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50045123032_80bc28140e_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jfjkwQ)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on June 25, 2020, 04:37:00 PM
Spotted two new species this week bringing our total species to 42!

#41) House Wren (Northern) - Confirmed the species from its song (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/House_Wren/sounds) which is why we spotted it in the first place.

#42) Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Notice the caterpillar nest in the first image which I'm assuming is what attracted it here.

Check out the white circles on the bottom of his tail! Really cool!

Uch. I hate you.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on June 25, 2020, 04:40:29 PM
Also saw the Pine Warbler again. It too has a really nice song (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pine_Warbler/sounds) and was how we spotted it!

Not the greatest shots but ill share them anyway...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50044854056_07f442e36b_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jfhXzj)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50044289633_d76adfc150_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jff4MT)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on June 25, 2020, 05:13:31 PM
We have seen many cute fledgling birds around these past few of weeks.

These Blue Jays are definitely one of the nominees for the cutest award! They remind me of baby penguins!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50044425623_c4dacbd79a_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jffLdx)

Twins!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50044991116_7a4eb0e6cc_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jfiEjq)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50044991026_9c9984dda8_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jfiEhS)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50044425723_731ddf2212_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jffLfg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50045247792_37151f1fb7_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jfjYBS)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50044982556_b5c4c481fa_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jfiBLQ)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: justaregularguy on June 25, 2020, 05:30:57 PM
Spotted two new species this week bringing our total species to 42!

#41) House Wren (Northern) - Confirmed the species from its song (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/House_Wren/sounds) which is why we spotted it in the first place. It was here with 3 fledglings begging for food while jumping from tree to tree.


#42) Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Notice the caterpillar nest in the first image which I'm assuming is what attracted it here.

Check out the white circles on the bottom of his tail! Really cool!

where do you live? madagascar??
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: moish on June 28, 2020, 11:10:56 AM
For you hardcore enthusiasts:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/birdsy/birdsy-ai-records-and-ids-birds-and-wildlife-for-you?ref=discovery_category_ending_soon
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: yesitsme on June 28, 2020, 06:29:55 PM
here we go
https://www.birdsy.com/demo/birds/squirrel
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: israbear89 on June 29, 2020, 10:51:31 AM
 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1613749414/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_9-F-EbPWPEJZN
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: srap on June 29, 2020, 11:17:23 AM
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1613749414/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_9-F-EbPWPEJZN (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1613749414/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_9-F-EbPWPEJZN)
A delightful read.  I was LOL, envisioning this man trying to outwit his resourceful, unwanted guest.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: E R K on June 29, 2020, 11:33:45 AM
Iíve had my bird feeder up since Sunday after Shavuos. Bought all the recommended foods - seeds, spicy and peanut suet, thistle, peanuts. So far Iíve only seen a house sparrow. They love the seeds, liked the peanut suet better then the spicy but they are eating it, and my peanuts and thistle are untouched. Besides moving, any suggestions
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: YitzyS on June 29, 2020, 11:35:26 AM
Iíve had my bird feeder up since Sunday after Shavuos. Bought all the recommended foods - seeds, spicy and peanut suet, thistle, peanuts. So far Iíve only seen a house sparrow. They love the seeds, liked the peanut suet better then the spicy but they are eating it, and my peanuts and thistle are untouched. Besides moving, any suggestions
location?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: E R K on June 29, 2020, 11:36:24 AM
Queens
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on June 30, 2020, 03:32:06 PM
New species today: Northern Flicker!

Question for the pros. There are two woodpeckers that come to my feeder that I have identified as a downy woodpecker but they differ in size. One is about the size of a red bellied woodpecker and the other maybe half the size. Can they be the same species?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: lfas25 on June 30, 2020, 03:42:55 PM
New species today: Northern Flicker!

Question for the pros. There are two woodpeckers that come to my feeder that I have identified as a downy woodpecker but they differ in size. One is about the size of a red bellied woodpecker and the other maybe half the size. Can they be the same species?

The larger one is most likely the Hairy Woodpecker
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on June 30, 2020, 03:49:31 PM
The larger one is most likely the Hairy Woodpecker
Cool. So that makes 22.

Still waiting for the elusive hummingbird and oriole.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: yitzgar on July 01, 2020, 09:49:48 AM
My cheap squirrel guard, keeps the deer away. I see them trying, with no success.
What's type of squirrel guard? Does it work for squirrels?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: username on July 01, 2020, 12:06:02 PM
What's type of squirrel guard? Does it work for squirrels?
So far its working. I have it installed under the feeder, mounted on the pole.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Perky-Pet-16-in-Transparent-Squirrel-Guard-340/100155143?MERCH=REC-_-searchViewed-_-100155143;203074700;207200440;206178673;-_-100155143-_-N
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Dawie on July 05, 2020, 08:36:32 PM
LOL
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on July 05, 2020, 08:43:31 PM
Whoever has had success with goldfinches  lately, please post what food you use (brand, etc), and what feeder. Thanks
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on July 05, 2020, 10:00:13 PM
Whoever has had success with goldfinches  lately, please post what food you use (brand, etc), and what feeder. Thanks

I use this (https://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Straight-Sided-Feeder-YSSF00346/dp/B002M332N0) and this (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Premium-Thistle-Seed-Wild-Bird-Feed-10-lbs/55502972). My finches didn't seem to go for the other brands of seed.

I do find that I have less goldfinches in the summer than the other three seasons for some reason.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on July 05, 2020, 10:04:52 PM
I use this (https://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Straight-Sided-Feeder-YSSF00346/dp/B002M332N0) and this (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Premium-Thistle-Seed-Wild-Bird-Feed-10-lbs/55502972). My finches didn't seem to go for the other brands of seed.

I do find that I have less goldfinches in the summer than the other three seasons for some reason.
Thanks.

I have this feeder
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000HHHEAA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_2zOaFbVJATSHZ

And this food
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002AQQTW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_XAOaFb5G5SHA0

I'll try changing the food first.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on July 05, 2020, 10:23:44 PM
Thanks.

I have this feeder
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000HHHEAA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_2zOaFbVJATSHZ

And this food
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002AQQTW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_XAOaFb5G5SHA0

I'll try changing the food first.

FWIW my birds hated the Kaytee (not to mention that it's 3x the price of the Walmart seeds).
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: yitzgar on July 05, 2020, 11:52:02 PM
I use this (https://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Straight-Sided-Feeder-YSSF00346/dp/B002M332N0) and this (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Premium-Thistle-Seed-Wild-Bird-Feed-10-lbs/55502972). My finches didn't seem to go for the other brands of seed.

I do find that I have less goldfinches in the summer than the other three seasons for some reason.
I used that thistle and it hasn't gotten touched in almost a week....
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on July 06, 2020, 10:41:23 AM
I've been using this (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002DGNP6/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER), and they seem to like it, however the past couple of weeks they are also very interested in the Black Oiled Sunflower Seeds we have in the hopper.

Also, the House Finches by us love the bag and eat from it all day long.

ETA: House Finch (Male) on Bag

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50083658827_1dd82edf12_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jiHQT6)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: israbear89 on July 06, 2020, 05:31:54 PM
I've had those socks hanging for around 2 weeks. Nothing doing. Maybe there are no wild finches in brooklyn...  Į\_(ツ)_/Į
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on July 06, 2020, 05:33:55 PM
I've had those socks hanging for around 2 weeks. Nothing doing. Maybe there are no wild finches in brooklyn...  Į\_(ツ)_/Į

They gotta find it. Give them some time.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on July 06, 2020, 06:08:52 PM
I've been using this (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002DGNP6/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER), and they seem to like it, however the past couple of weeks they are also very interested in the Black Oiled Sunflower Seeds we have in the hopper.

Also, the House Finches by us love the bag and eat from it all day long.

ETA: House Finch (Male) on Bag

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50083658827_1dd82edf12_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jiHQT6)
We have no shortage of house finches. Sometimes 10 at a time.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on July 06, 2020, 06:39:11 PM
We have no shortage of house finches. Sometimes 10 at a time.

Do your House Finches also eat dinner together at the table as a family?

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50084851961_c3f71c779e_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jiPXyn)

Mom - Junior - Dad
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: boro boy on July 06, 2020, 07:28:16 PM
beautiful!
were are you guys located?
any point doing this in brooklyn?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on July 06, 2020, 07:30:00 PM
beautiful!
were are you guys located?
any point doing this in brooklyn?

I have a friend in Boro Park who I got into this. He put up a feeder a week ago and he's already had woodpeckers, house finches, goldfinches, cardinals, and tons of others.

You'd be surprised.

Lots of others in this thread are having great success in Brooklyn.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: boro boy on July 07, 2020, 12:51:21 AM
Lots of others in this thread are having great success in Brooklyn.
WOW sounds exiting will try out
where can i buy feeding stuff?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Kobe bryent on July 07, 2020, 07:14:17 AM
I've had those socks hanging for around 2 weeks. Nothing doing. Maybe there are no wild finches in brooklyn...  Į\_(ツ)_/Į
Keep in mind it could take a week or 2 until your yard get added to the "Twitter" of birds and you start noticing visitors.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: CRACKERJACK on July 07, 2020, 07:55:58 AM
where can i buy feeding stuff?

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=116147.45
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: boro boy on July 07, 2020, 01:47:33 PM
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=116147.45
Thanks
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on July 08, 2020, 03:12:57 PM
No, that's not a Downy Woodpecker looking in the mirror.  ;)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50091396456_f1fa44efbe_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jjpv1u)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50090812093_894bb4b90b_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jjmvig)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: yitzgar on July 08, 2020, 06:01:20 PM
No, that's not a Downy Woodpecker looking in the mirror.  ;)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50091396456_f1fa44efbe_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jjpv1u)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50090812093_894bb4b90b_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jjmvig)
Wow
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Toasted on July 15, 2020, 11:55:24 PM
Twas the Cardinals and the bluejays today.


(https://i.postimg.cc/VknRfZSn/Screenshot-20200715-173220-Gallery.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/pmV8kZJL)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Ls4NxBXP/20200715-123916.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/6QHzg22m/20200715-211852.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/1gqpNzKG)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on July 16, 2020, 10:17:20 AM
Twas the Cardinals and the bluejays today.

Interesting, they haven't really been around our yard since they fledged, but yesterday we also had a lot of Blue Jays by our feeders.

At one point we had at least 8 of them at once, and 6 of them were Juveniles. It was really interesting and fun to see!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on July 16, 2020, 11:45:28 AM
Finally got some Eastern Bluebird shots!  :D

Male

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50119790087_f02a6dc949_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jmV2rR)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50119790327_720c3d9511_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jmV2vZ)

Female

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50119000658_7e60fe36f8_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jmQYM1)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50119566626_26f2783c1d_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jmTT25)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on July 17, 2020, 01:47:57 PM
A goldfinch stopped by a few days ago and actually sampled our Kaytee thistle seed. Apparently he liked it because he came back the next day with his lady friend and has been back every day since at least once a day. Strangely, house finches (female only, I don't know why) and black-capped chickadees have also started eating the thistle seed which has been out for months without a single bird touching it. Maybe they needed the sun and the heat to dry it out?

Patience has proven to be a virtue in this business and so I will keep my nectar up and hope the orioles and hummingbirds find it. It also has remained untouched for months.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: CountValentine on July 17, 2020, 01:52:36 PM
Nice pics and posts. Keep them coming as we all need some relief.  :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Jellybelly on July 17, 2020, 02:29:43 PM
Iím looking for ideas how to get rid of birds! Not necessarily looking to kill them by putting out poison or traps, just something that repels them. Is there a food or smell that they donít like? From the little I know it looks like itís mainly Sparrows.
I know this doesnít belong in a bird lovers thread, But theyíre ruining my backyard, itís just gross, every time we go outside, we have to clean off all the chairs and toys!
Update I finally just called an exterminator and he sprayed repellent and put something in the crevices that looked like caulk and had a little of a minty smell. Havenít seen any birds since.
Before all you bird lovers go crazy, As far as I know, no birds were hurt in the process. They may have in fact relocated to your backyard so you can feed them and take their pictures. Enjoy!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on July 20, 2020, 06:01:11 PM
Just put out dried mealworms for the first time. Let's see who bites.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on July 20, 2020, 06:14:17 PM
Just put out dried mealworms for the first time. Let's see who bites.
I have been thinking about it. Mostly I'm too cheap
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on July 20, 2020, 06:16:11 PM
I have been thinking about it. Mostly I'm too cheap

I got this (https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/stokes-select-dried-mealworms?cm_vc=-10005), not too expensive for an experiment.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on July 20, 2020, 06:19:13 PM
I got this (https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/stokes-select-dried-mealworms?cm_vc=-10005), not too expensive for an experiment.
Let us know what happens.

(We all know you are out for the bluebirds. Good luck)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on July 20, 2020, 06:20:54 PM
Has anyone tried installing a bird house for nest building? I visited an enthusiast yesterday and he had a few of them. Inside the houses were fully built nests and babies!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on July 21, 2020, 12:47:15 AM
Just put out dried mealworms for the first time. Let's see who bites.

We started putting them out around early July and have yet to finish the same size bag. (We put a little at a time)

So far, I am yet to see anything out of the norm attracted to the yard.

Usually it seems the mealworms are eaten early morning, before we get up though, so it could be we are missing something cool. Who knows!

The bluebirds we had this week came for the suet, and only been eating suet even though there are plenty of mealworms out.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on July 21, 2020, 12:54:57 AM
We put them out around early July and have yet to finish the same size bag. (We put a little at a time)

So far, I am yet to see anything out of the norm attracted to the yard.

Usually it seems the mealworms are eaten early morning before we get up though so it could be we are missing something cool. Who knows!

The bluebirds we had this week came for the suet, and only been eating suet even though there are plenty of mealworms out.

You have live or dry?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on July 21, 2020, 12:54:59 AM
Has anyone tried installing a bird house for nest building? I visited an enthusiast yesterday and he had a few of them. Inside the houses were fully built nests and babies!

We tried. One was a small one and i didn't expect anything from it. The Carolina Chickadees checked it out many times, but never took to it.

The other one we had out was a window suction type with a one sided mirror. I expected more from it, but that one also only attracted some Carolina Chickadees to take a peek a few times.

I think ill try again next year.

We spotted the following nests in and around our yard this year: Blue Jays, Multiple Grackle, Multiple Robin, Multiple Cat Bird, Song Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Chipping Sparrow, and Starlings.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on July 21, 2020, 12:55:14 AM
You have live or dry?

Dry
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on July 21, 2020, 10:35:17 AM
I got this (https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/stokes-select-dried-mealworms?cm_vc=-10005), not too expensive for an experiment.
This has been typically $3 and change with S&S

Kaytee Mealworms, 3.5 oz ($6.39) (https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B004X77L2Q/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/8138Q1-9-7L._AC_SX522_.jpg) (https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B004X77L2Q/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on July 21, 2020, 10:42:19 AM
This has been typically $3 and change with S&S

Awesome, good to know.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on July 24, 2020, 02:01:59 PM
New species today: Carolina Wren

I was a bit unsure being that the allaboutbirds map has my area just barely within its migration range but confirmed based on its unmistakable call.

And boy is it LOUD for a small guy!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: YitzyS on July 24, 2020, 02:11:00 PM
New species today: Carolina Wren

I was a bit unsure being that the allaboutbirds map has my area just barely within its migration range but confirmed based on its unmistakable call.

And boy is it LOUD for a small guy!
Pic?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on July 24, 2020, 02:14:51 PM
Pic?
Unfortunately cannot take clear pics with my broken Samsung s7 camera
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on July 29, 2020, 09:52:14 AM
Just put out dried mealworms for the first time. Let's see who bites.
Who has been eating it?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Toasted on August 03, 2020, 03:45:43 PM
Guess who came to visit our bird feeder. NO MORE BIRD FEEDER FOR US!


(https://i.postimg.cc/nhcK3p15/20200803-154001.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/8j9r589B)

(https://i.postimg.cc/nc1YKCqB/20200803-154020.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/WhhkTpW1)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: EliJelly on August 03, 2020, 04:02:23 PM
Guess who came to visit our bird feeder. NO MORE BIRD FEEDER FOR US!

No worries.. This guy is gone, I saw his tail overrun by cars on the road lately :)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on August 11, 2020, 02:48:08 PM
I believe this was either an Eastern Phoebe or Eastern Wood-Pewee spotted today in my yard.

What do you guys think?

Links to compare:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Wood-Pewee/overview

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Phoebe/id

If it is one of those that would make it species #43!

I wasn't able to get any great shots, but these should work for an ID.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50215198646_22708f91c4_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jvm261)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50215448662_02fbfee688_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jvnipC)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50214657868_1d69c5061f_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jvifkf)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50215448832_b209dd183c_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jvnisy)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: myi on August 17, 2020, 01:43:51 AM


 Seems like this guy enjoyed the squirrels company more than the birds.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: srap on August 17, 2020, 02:50:48 AM
...
 Seems like this guy enjoyed the squirrels company more than the birds.

So cool.  So cool.  So cool!  :D
I liked it the first time I saw it here and enjoyed it again now.   ;D   Amazing video.



Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on August 17, 2020, 09:41:03 AM
I believe this was either an Eastern Phoebe or Eastern Wood-Pewee spotted today in my yard.

What do you guys think?

I'm gonna vote for pewee. The pheobes are a lot stockier.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on August 17, 2020, 10:44:47 AM
I'm gonna vote for pewee. The pheobes are a lot stockier.

I went back to see if any other pics i took gave more clues, and I now see from this angle that the underside of the bill is a yellow-orange.

On that note, i agree with your vote of Eastern Wood-Pewee. Thanks for your help!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50237245357_def7101dc0_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jxi1NH)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on August 20, 2020, 02:01:35 PM
Species #44 is the fairly common Northern Mockingbird, but first time visitor to our yard. (That we know of...)

Is it a young one? It's feathers look pretty battered.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50248106328_a5674712a4_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jyfFoQ)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50248948032_ab498c4b50_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jyjZAY)

Looks like it has some battle scars on it's chest in the second pic.

ETA: I found similar looking pics on Google and they labelled it "Juvenille"
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Kobe bryent on August 20, 2020, 02:31:58 PM
I'm gonna vote for pewee. The pheobes are a lot stockier.
No Doubt.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on August 25, 2020, 02:33:03 PM
Finally got my hummingbird, those things are smaller than I thought!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Kobe bryent on August 25, 2020, 04:46:53 PM
Finally got my hummingbird, those things are smaller than I thought!
Ruby-throated?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on August 25, 2020, 05:15:13 PM
Ruby-throated?
I think so. Very subtle colors, probably a female.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Kobe bryent on August 25, 2020, 06:18:13 PM
Finally got my hummingbird, those things are smaller than I thought!

(https://i.postimg.cc/MZhqhtqc/1598392304836-1598392290645-0-IMG-20200825-WA0038.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PNzgDWLh)

They aren't all that small.
Violet Sabrewing. Curi Cancha, Costa Rica.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on August 25, 2020, 07:18:27 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/MZhqhtqc/1598392304836-1598392290645-0-IMG-20200825-WA0038.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PNzgDWLh)

They aren't all that small.
Violet Sabrewing. Curi Cancha, Costa Rica.
The one I saw a few times now can be mistaken for a large insect.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on August 27, 2020, 06:44:39 PM
Violet Sabrewing. Curi Cancha, Costa Rica.

Gorgeous! Wish we had those in our area!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on August 27, 2020, 06:49:11 PM
Today we spotted what looked like a Blue Jay with a black head.

I was about to snap a pic when it flew away, and of course i missed it when it returned again.

From the little i saw, the rest of the body looked like a regular Blue Jay, it just had a black head.

I know its not a Steller's Jay based on their range, so I'm wondering if anyone knows what the deal might be?

I'm hoping it will return and I can get a decent pic.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on August 28, 2020, 12:35:47 PM
Today we spotted what looked like a Blue Jay with a black head.

I was about to snap a pic when it flew away, and of course i missed it when it returned again.

From the little i saw, the rest of the body looked like a regular Blue Jay, it just had a black head.

I know its not a Steller's Jay based on their range, so I'm wondering if anyone knows what the deal might be?

I'm hoping it will return and I can get a decent pic.

Molting
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on August 31, 2020, 05:52:16 PM
Molting

Yup, good call.

It ended up returning again, so I was able to actually got a good look (and pic) and see that.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on August 31, 2020, 06:24:05 PM
Had one of them on Shabbos as well. So freaky.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Yo ssi on August 31, 2020, 07:30:29 PM
Had one of them on Shabbos as well. So freaky.
2020, where nature is freaky, and freaky things are normal:)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 04, 2020, 04:53:00 PM

(https://i.postimg.cc/qB6xt8BQ/IMG-3084.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/DmFXH4Xb)


(https://i.postimg.cc/zXmSTVVN/IMG-3087.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/XX8CbNf1)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 04, 2020, 05:28:19 PM

(https://i.postimg.cc/FRW3fH8M/IMG-3183.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/62Zygt9c)

(https://i.postimg.cc/dQfGwD8d/IMG-3188.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/pyDmBWcX)

(https://i.postimg.cc/VN4bTNfJ/IMG-3192.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/d7k1ZwTF)

#13 Northern Mockingbird
State Bird Of AR, FL, TX, TN, and MS.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 04, 2020, 05:29:22 PM

(https://i.postimg.cc/Cx7Qvjqk/IMG-3125.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/RW3dhJGZ)

(https://i.postimg.cc/vBg2HkSt/IMG-3136.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/TLxJt7xK)

(https://i.postimg.cc/sfW0FFWV/IMG-3140.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/ThRcm4QS)

#14 Cedar Waxwing
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on September 07, 2020, 10:22:38 AM
#14 Cedar Waxwing

Very cool! Would love to spot these guys..

Not sure if they like the berries from trees/bushes around my house or not.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 07, 2020, 10:58:33 AM
Very cool! Would love to spot these guys..

Not sure if they like the berries from trees/bushes around my house or not.
TBH it's not a common sighting for me.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on September 08, 2020, 12:56:30 PM
I'm enjoying the fledging cardinals that are just starting to get their color. It's a messy patchwork of red and grey.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 08, 2020, 04:45:30 PM

(https://i.postimg.cc/8P8T6cRr/IMG-3307.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/BtgWWqwq)

(https://i.postimg.cc/BQJwkGsV/IMG-3309.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/F1nZk8Yy)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qqFhsTGv/IMG-3311.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/WqM1VxKB)

(https://i.postimg.cc/7YpJbq6B/IMG-3312.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/TpJ34Mnm)


Unidentified backyard critter
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on September 08, 2020, 04:51:48 PM
Unidentified backyard critter

Red fox!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on September 08, 2020, 04:52:27 PM
#14 Cedar Waxwing

Dang, I've been hoping for one of those for ages!
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 08, 2020, 07:00:03 PM
Red fox!
Would make sense, as we have plenty around.
Just didn't seem like one when I saw it.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 08, 2020, 07:01:54 PM
Dang, I've been hoping for one of those for ages!
TBH it's not a common sighting for me.
Update: it has become a pretty common sighting, now that I am stalking them.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on September 09, 2020, 02:52:27 PM
Update: it has become a pretty common sighting, now that I am stalking them.

Nice! Any adults? (Take/send pics)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on September 15, 2020, 10:37:13 AM
This has been typically $3 and change with S&S

Kaytee Mealworms, 3.5 oz ($6.39) (https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B004X77L2Q/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/8138Q1-9-7L._AC_SX522_.jpg) (https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B004X77L2Q/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
Now $3.65 with S&S
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on September 15, 2020, 10:46:21 AM
Good deal? Feeder plus 7oz of mealworms for $20.

https://www.amazon.com/Wildlife-Sciences-Mealworms-Feeder-Adjustable/dp/B07ZQNBD9D
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on September 18, 2020, 10:35:16 AM
Spotted species #45 today!

Always fun to get a "rare" from the Merlin Bird ID App.

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Male)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50356068366_3cb58fc1de_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jHN1Kh)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on September 21, 2020, 09:51:53 AM
We spotted a new species yesterday, however we are boggled as to what it was!

We don't have a picture to reference, so this is the description as we remember:

- They were really small, like chickadee sized
- The head was faint yellowish, maybe even olive colored
- Chest was white with thin brown streaks
- The wings had a pronounced white square looking feather in the middle

It was a pair of them, and they weren't afraid when we came close to the window.

I didn't actually see them eating, but they were on the branches next to our suet feeders when we first spotted them.

If anyone has any ideas, or good resources (with pics) that we can use to figure it out that would be helpful. TIA
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 21, 2020, 11:20:47 AM

What color were the feathers? What about the eyes? Anything else we can go on?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on September 21, 2020, 11:27:15 AM
What color were the feathers? What about the eyes? Anything else we can go on?

Thanks!

I think for the most part the top half of the bird was that washed out yellowish/Olive color. I think like 2 different shades.

I dont recall any eye rings but i forgot to specifically look for that at the time.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on September 21, 2020, 11:57:51 AM
We spotted a new species yesterday, however we are boggled as to what it was!

We don't have a picture to reference, so this is the description as we remember:

- They were really small, like chickadee sized
- The head was faint yellowish, maybe even olive colored
- Chest was white with thin brown streaks
- The wings had a pronounced white square looking feather in the middle

It was a pair of them, and they weren't afraid when we came close to the window.

I didn't actually see them eating, but they were on the branches next to our suet feeders when we first spotted them.

If anyone has any ideas, or good resources (with pics) that we can use to figure it out that would be helpful. TIA
Did you put into the merlin app?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on September 21, 2020, 12:05:31 PM
Did you put into the merlin app?

Ya, i tried explaining in the app but nothing I recognized came up.

Should i download more bird packs?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on September 21, 2020, 12:06:33 PM
Ya, i tried explaining in the app but nothing I recognized came up.

Should i download more bird packs?
You can do it on the allaboutbirds website without having to download any bird packs.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: lfas25 on September 21, 2020, 12:07:11 PM
Spotted on Friday...
Baltimore Oriole
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 21, 2020, 12:12:06 PM

I would look at Warblers, Vireos, and Kinglets.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on September 21, 2020, 12:28:58 PM
Spotted on Friday...
Baltimore Oriole

Nice! Did you have any food out for it?

I keep thinking i should put out for them so we catch them on their way south.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: lfas25 on September 21, 2020, 12:31:10 PM
Nice! Did you have any food out for it?

I keep thinking i should put out for them so we catch them on their way south.
I started putting out craisins a couple of days ago.
I keep forgetting to buy more grape jelly.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on September 21, 2020, 12:34:35 PM
I started putting out craisins a couple of days ago.
I keep forgetting to buy more grape jelly.

Nice, you just had them in that jar straight out of the package?

I picked some grape jelly up at Rite Aid on the cheap in case that helps.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on September 21, 2020, 12:34:59 PM
We spotted a new species yesterday, however we are boggled as to what it was!

We don't have a picture to reference, so this is the description as we remember:

- They were really small, like chickadee sized
- The head was faint yellowish, maybe even olive colored
- Chest was white with thin brown streaks
- The wings had a pronounced white square looking feather in the middle

It was a pair of them, and they weren't afraid when we came close to the window.

I didn't actually see them eating, but they were on the branches next to our suet feeders when we first spotted them.

If anyone has any ideas, or good resources (with pics) that we can use to figure it out that would be helpful. TIA

Post here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatsthisbird/?ref=share
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: lfas25 on September 21, 2020, 12:42:13 PM
Nice! Did he eat?
I didn't see him eat, unfortunately it was pretty close to shabbos and didn't have much time to sit and watch
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Birding
Post by: Something Fishy on September 21, 2020, 10:57:41 PM
Here's a whole setup, feeders included, for $30! Great deal or junk?

https://www.amazon.com/North-States-Bird-1862-Birdfeeder/dp/B07YP83LC9/

In stock again. Amazing deal.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on September 21, 2020, 11:31:52 PM
In stock again. Amazing deal.
Mine is holding up just fine, with the exception of the plastic tube feeder which was destroyed by squirrels
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: juliet799 on September 22, 2020, 10:55:25 AM
you could using window bird feeder, such as: Natureís Hangout, Perky-Pet.... It's nice to see the birds flying around the house through the window
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: SSLPhD on September 22, 2020, 12:03:30 PM
We spotted a new species yesterday, however we are boggled as to what it was!

We don't have a picture to reference, so this is the description as we remember:

- They were really small, like chickadee sized
- The head was faint yellowish, maybe even olive colored
- Chest was white with thin brown streaks
- The wings had a pronounced white square looking feather in the middle

It was a pair of them, and they weren't afraid when we came close to the window.

I didn't actually see them eating, but they were on the branches next to our suet feeders when we first spotted them.

If anyone has any ideas, or good resources (with pics) that we can use to figure it out that would be helpful. TIA
It may be less likely since you saw two, but perhaps they were leucistic?  Would you have identified them as chickadees if not for the coloration?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: yitzgar on September 22, 2020, 01:03:37 PM
Mine is holding up just fine, with the exception of the plastic tube feeder which was destroyed by squirrels
Lol, ditto
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on September 22, 2020, 02:06:28 PM
Getting jealous of everyone posting new species >:(, so here's a bee stealing some jelly earlier:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50372547521_20f0a38fd4_h.jpg)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: good sam on September 22, 2020, 02:55:19 PM
I have recently had bees occupying every port of my nectar feeder
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on September 22, 2020, 03:18:21 PM
Getting jealous of everyone posting new species >:(, so here's a bee stealing some jelly earlier:


Is that how Merlin identified it? I guess we shouldn't expect the Department of Ornithology to also be correct with entomology.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on September 22, 2020, 04:20:16 PM
It may be less likely since you saw two, but perhaps they were leucistic?  Would you have identified them as chickadees if not for the coloration?

No, even just in size alone, they were probably even smaller, but for sure thinner than a chickadee.

They were clearly meant to look the way they were which would rule out leucistic.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on September 22, 2020, 04:21:25 PM

How long do you leave the jelly out for?

I always thought it goes bad after a few days, so i only put out a little at a time.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on September 22, 2020, 04:22:18 PM
How long do you leave the jelly out for?

I always thought it goes bad after a few days, so i only put out a little at a time.

The squirrels generally eat it before it goes bad.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on September 23, 2020, 10:18:15 PM
Wagner's 53002 Farmer's Delight Wild Bird Food With Cherry Flavor, 10-Pound Bag for $5.23

Disclaimer : Canít specifically vouch for this blend because i never used it, but should be decent for this price.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LHE5OSQ/
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on September 23, 2020, 10:25:54 PM
Wagner's 53002 Farmer's Delight Wild Bird Food With Cherry Flavor, 10-Pound Bag for $5.23

Disclaimer : Canít specifically vouch for this blend because i never used it, but should be decent for this price.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LHE5OSQ/

Pretty much all filler. I wouldn't recommend it.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: tageed-lee on September 23, 2020, 10:35:15 PM
Pretty much all filler. I wouldn't recommend it.

I always mix black oil sunflower seeds into my mixes. That seems to be everyones favorite, and it can turn cheaper mixes into better ones. FWIU the sunflower ratio is usually the price difference on cheap blends.   
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on September 25, 2020, 02:15:32 PM
So I built a DIY platform feeder this week, so far the birds - and chipmunks - seem to love it.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50383173406_ffd332db05_h.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50383173426_264353bba2_h.jpg)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on September 25, 2020, 02:17:00 PM
Anyone else think that molting birds are just creepy?

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50383352677_270794a903_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: aygart on September 25, 2020, 02:32:36 PM
So I built a DIY platform feeder this week, so far the birds - and chipmunks - seem to love it.

No mealworms?
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Something Fishy on September 25, 2020, 02:42:44 PM
No mealworms?

Didn't put them out today for some reason. Yesterday the chipmunk was eating them, which was weird.
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: juliet799 on September 28, 2020, 08:45:52 AM
I am using Droll Yankees feeder, I put mixed seeds in the feeding tray and it attracts a lot of birds like cardinals, finches...
The cardinals really like this feeder https://berkeleyrusticbirdhouses.com/best-bird-feeders-for-cardinals (https://berkeleyrusticbirdhouses.com/best-bird-feeders-for-cardinals).
Title: Re: Bird Feeders and Backyard Critters
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 30, 2020, 03:51:13 PM
Here is a thread for birds that you have seen and photographed around the world.

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=120032.0