California feeder question.
Posted 31 January 2012 - 06:04 AM
Posted 01 February 2012 - 07:49 AM
having lived in California several different time it would be a hard one to decide. because there is every kind of climate and enviroment and weather conditions that is possible. when i was in San Bernadino and Orange County it was very little change of seasons year aroud. but a 1/2 hour drive away it was high mountains and snow and cold winter and dry summers. but a short distance away i could be on the beach and sunbathe almost any time of year, just about any place i went was different habitat and different birds. if i was you i would name an area or town and ask for input from our members that are in that part of the state northen Ca. is totally different from southern Ca. And the coastal areas are a lot different than the inland irrigated truck garden and citrus and produce farms and then there are the semi desert areas of eastern Ca. And there are lots of mountains and sea level and valleys. San Diego area is the most consistant climate year around with no change from summer to winter except maybe a little more rain in winter.
Posted 01 February 2012 - 02:15 PM
Totally agreed. California is a huge state with just about every conceivable microclime.
I was having a discussion the other day on what birds hit my feeders in the winter, and I made this list:
- Morning Dove (mixed seed)
- White-crowned Sparrow (anything they can grab)Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon and Slate) (anything they can grab)
- White-tailed Kite (mating pair in a tree about 200ft from me)
- American Crow (sitting on my porch yelling)
- Northern Mockingbird (peanut suet)
- Ruby-crowned Kinglet (peanut suet)
- Scrub-Jay (cracked corn and bug suet)
- House Finch (mixed seed and sunflower)
- Yellow-billed Magpie (berry suet, peanut suet, bug suet, sunflower seed)
- Northern Flicker (sitting in the tree)
- Nuttall's Woodpecker (running around the tree)
- Red-tailed Hawk (fly-over)
- Yellow-rumped Warbler (peanut suet)
- Anna's Hummingbird (sugar water)
- Black Phoebe (picking off bugs in mid-air off my fence)
- Orange-crowned Warbler (peanut suet)
- Red-shouldered Hawk (sitting in the tree)
- White-breasted Nuthatch (peanut suet)
- American Robin (pecking at the ground)
- Cedar Waxwing (In the berry bushes)
- Hermit Thrush (just after dusk)
- Sharp-shinned Hawk (That'll clear the dove out!)
That's by no means exhaustive here, but it's what I see with what I feed. And that's in the Central Valley. Go an hour up or down the state and it changes drastically.
Posted 01 February 2012 - 02:17 PM
Posted 01 February 2012 - 02:25 PM
My answer specifically addressed exactly what birds were at each of my feeders.
But San Diego isn't California anyway - it's SOUTHERN California. ;)
Posted 01 February 2012 - 02:31 PM
Posted 01 February 2012 - 02:34 PM
No worries! I figured you might have just skimmed it and not noticed.
As I alluded: You need someone who feeds in the darkest reaches of SoCal to answer your question though. That's Coastal Desert, instead of Valley farming there.
For sure you'll get sick of two of your listed latest-lifers though. Golden-crowned Sparrow and Anna's Hummingbird are like mosquitos. (Except both smaller than the mosquitos you have there. ;-) )
Posted 01 February 2012 - 02:58 PM
Posted 02 February 2012 - 05:52 AM
Posted 02 February 2012 - 06:00 PM
JimBob:Anybody like to say some more about the birds they see at their feeders? I would love to here from others to!
Ok JimBob, where exactly in San Diego. I should be able to give you a specific list for the area. It differs a bit for coastal, inland, mountain, etc. Oh, and by the way, you will soon learn to appreciate the possibility of an 80 f day in Winter.
Posted 02 February 2012 - 06:47 PM
Posted 02 February 2012 - 11:19 PM
i get 2 kinds of birds at my bird feeder. house sparrows and house finches. any other birds i see in my yard are not at the feeder.
my bottlebrush bushes attract more birds than the bird seed. especially hummingbirds. the neighbor's pyracantha bushes also get some good birds.
but i live in the high desert, a lot different than san diego
Posted 03 February 2012 - 05:07 AM
Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:30 AM
Might also be worth noting what you're feeding that brings in what you get. Someone feeding only mixed-seed isn't likely to attract Nuthatches and Woodpeckers or hummingbirds, for example.
Posted 03 February 2012 - 11:18 AM
Posted 03 February 2012 - 02:35 PM
I was hoping those already feeding in the area would comment what they were feeding.
Around here, peanuts would be gone in an instant with the squirrels. Every baffle I come up with they defeat.
The Scrub Jays will demolish cracked corn constantly, and will eat any of the common seed just fine. They'll steal a whole uncracked sunflower seed, fly up to a convenient branch, hold it like a nuthatch, and crack it open.
Posted 03 February 2012 - 04:21 PM
My guess is that you are, like most of us, destined to have House Sparrows and House Finches.
I grew up in So Cal (LA-Orange Co area, a little north of where you are going) & we had Scrub Jays always. If they are like the ones I have here in Utah, you can go broke on peanuts in the shell for them. But, you may also be able to get them to take them from your hand, which is a bonus. Mostly my Scrub Jays don't eat the peanuts, but instead they bury them, sometimes right in front of me, sometimes under a blade of grass or a leaf.
You should also have a few kinds of hummingbirds if you put out nectar feeders.
Posted 03 February 2012 - 04:37 PM
Posted 04 February 2012 - 01:27 AM
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