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#1 sailormom64

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 06:15 AM

I have been away from home since mid summer, and my husband has had the task of maintaining the feeders....He enjoys watching the birds but...not as diligent as I am about maintaining them. He told me today, that he had a confession that he hadn't been feeding the birds like he should, lol, and that this morning, there was "one of those masked birds pecking on the window" lol. He meant the chickadees, and I laughed at him, one because I have worried about my feeder birds thinking they were abandoned while I have been gone, and two because I keep telling him over and over what the "little masked birds" are! But I am impressed that those little chickadees are smart enough to remind him to fill their feeder and peck on the window!
What I have learned so far.... just because you think that bird is just another _____ (house sparrow, chickadee, crow or whatever you are used to seeing) look a little closer... you just might be surprised!

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 01:09 PM

Sailormom that is a cute story. I know bluejays will come around and remind you in no uncertain terms. But, I have not had chickadees remind me yet.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 08:50 AM

I was surprised too...but at my house the Chickadees are the only birds that won't fly away from the area when you are filling the feeder, they stand there patiently and wait! The Goldfinches fly to a nearby observation point and come back fast. I haven't had Bluejays at my feeders, have seen them in the yard though!
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Posted 24 September 2012 - 12:53 PM

I use to feed the Bluejay's separately with peanuts in the shell. I just throw them under a tree. It is fun to watch them hide them after they have had their fill. But, they would come around every morning with their hawk like call demanding more peanuts. Now I just feed them once in while and they don't come around demanding anymore. I think they have like super blood hound noses or something because they always seem to know when I throw some out :)

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 08:20 PM

I made the mistake of hand feeding a Western Scrub-Jay. It was amazingly tame. Then it became pushy. You know...Jays are pretty bossy. I decided to stop, but I continued to eat my lunch at the same table day after day. One day after explaining to the bird that I had to stop feeding it because it was getting a little rude, the little creep flew up and grabbed my french fry as I was putting it in my mouth. Later on a different day, it swooped out of the tree and smacked me on the face with its wings and took my entire sandwich as I was actually biting into it.

Now I have to eat in a different area. I can still see it though, hopping on the picnic tables and tormenting the other diners.

Some birds will do more than remind you that they are hungry.

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 03:25 AM

spookyjimjams that is crazy. The whole sandwich :wacko:

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 09:04 PM

spookyjimjams that is crazy. The whole sandwich :wacko:


What it didn't make off with was still ruined. Bird feet aren't the cleanest things to touch your food. :angry: For a while I kept my food covered and ate with my hands clasped around my food until it was in my mouth. How ridiculous is that?

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 09:35 PM

What it didn't make off with was still ruined. Bird feet aren't the cleanest things to touch your food. :angry: For a while I kept my food covered and ate with my hands clasped around my food until it was in my mouth. How ridiculous is that?

Oh my goodness....just the mental picture of that is making me laugh!

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 05:53 PM

What a cute story sailormom! I love my little chickadees..they are the only ones that will let me get close enough to get a decent picture of them. The cardinals will fly around from tree to tree chirping at me until I fill the feeders, as do the chickadees. Never had one at my window though! Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 03:20 AM

I adore them too, they are the cutest things! While I have been at my sons, I have had a sunflower seed feeder out, and some squirrels enjoyed the offerings, but none of the gazillion chickadees that I see and hear on a daily basis. (Also some little kids from across the way had been enjoying the sunflower seeds as well haha) So I got a taller pole and put it on there this morning, the squirrels did not seem interested in climbing the taller pole (YET) and I had red breasted nuthatches as well as a ton of black capped chickadees taking advantage of it! I also saw a female northern flicker doing her best to hang on that feeder, and get some sunflower seeds, she was swinging and swaying with no place to prop her tail. I am going to put out some suet for the flickers (do they like suet?)
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 12:37 PM

I use to feed the Bluejay's separately with peanuts in the shell. I just throw them under a tree. It is fun to watch them hide them after they have had their fill. But, they would come around every morning with their hawk like call demanding more peanuts. Now I just feed them once in while and they don't come around demanding anymore. I think they have like super blood hound noses or something because they always seem to know when I throw some out :)


I have a special feeder that holds whole nuts to keep the jays away from other feeders... finally they come to my yard with this feeder. before i had this feeder they would never used to come.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 12:41 PM

I adore them too, they are the cutest things! While I have been at my sons, I have had a sunflower seed feeder out, and some squirrels enjoyed the offerings, but none of the gazillion chickadees that I see and hear on a daily basis. (Also some little kids from across the way had been enjoying the sunflower seeds as well haha) So I got a taller pole and put it on there this morning, the squirrels did not seem interested in climbing the taller pole (YET) and I had red breasted nuthatches as well as a ton of black capped chickadees taking advantage of it! I also saw a female northern flicker doing her best to hang on that feeder, and get some sunflower seeds, she was swinging and swaying with no place to prop her tail. I am going to put out some suet for the flickers (do they like suet?)

I definetly know downys like it cuz i got a suet feeder designed for woodpeckers and theres three coming back all the time.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 07:52 AM

I adore them too, they are the cutest things! While I have been at my sons, I have had a sunflower seed feeder out, and some squirrels enjoyed the offerings, but none of the gazillion chickadees that I see and hear on a daily basis. (Also some little kids from across the way had been enjoying the sunflower seeds as well haha) So I got a taller pole and put it on there this morning, the squirrels did not seem interested in climbing the taller pole (YET) and I had red breasted nuthatches as well as a ton of black capped chickadees taking advantage of it! I also saw a female northern flicker doing her best to hang on that feeder, and get some sunflower seeds, she was swinging and swaying with no place to prop her tail. I am going to put out some suet for the flickers (do they like suet?)


I've had a few flickers at my suet, but rarely. Usually when there's snow on the ground, IIRC.

Edit: Yep, I was right. Found this in the archives:

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Trip report: Oregon Jaunt II http://www.whatbird....ii/#entry551308
Trip report: Oregon Jaunt http://www.whatbird....4-oregon-jaunt/
Trip report: Birding in Michigan's Upper Peninsula http://www.whatbird....pper-peninsula/

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:45 AM

Love that pic!
What I have learned so far.... just because you think that bird is just another _____ (house sparrow, chickadee, crow or whatever you are used to seeing) look a little closer... you just might be surprised!

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:56 AM

Aw, thanks! :)
Trip report: Oregon Jaunt II http://www.whatbird....ii/#entry551308
Trip report: Oregon Jaunt http://www.whatbird....4-oregon-jaunt/
Trip report: Birding in Michigan's Upper Peninsula http://www.whatbird....pper-peninsula/




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