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  1. Today, a red bellied wood pecker decided to try and eat from my tiny feeder filled with mostly black oil sunflower seeds, while nothing had come anywhere near the 3 cakes of suet ( as well as two dried grapefruit skins and a hollowed out piece of bread filled with home made suet) I have had out for a good 5 days now. This got me wondering what would be your guys' most out-of-place type of bird to eat from your feeders?
  2. Arizona bird with eye ring

    Yup, I'd go townsends solitaire
  3. Hi! I'm looking to attract goldfinches, cardinals, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, and the such. I'm trying to look through Amazon, but it's all so foreign to me. If you could give me some insight, that'd be really nice! I already have just a regular tube feeder (basically this https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS8PpAEFyaxTxuTlMI-tNhechM2k6HZSfmdwc50a3_RhEGu7uoF but without the caging, the picture I was going to link was gigantic so I just used this one), but the only feeders I can find on Amazon are big things in the shape of churches and stuff, and I just don't care about that stuff. I just want a normal feeder that will do it's job and hold up nicely.
  4. What is your favorite bird?

    Wait wait wait I take it back I take it all back my favorite bird is the frickin blue bellied roller he is gorgeous
  5. Well, after a few days, the house sparrows definitely dispelled a ton in the front yard, and so far I can go a good two weeks without having to fill the majority of the feeders. Now we get a good variety of different birds out front-there's one or two house finches that like it there, the house sparrows occasionally will munch, but mostly we get lots of chickadees and titmice, which barely eat much. I love those guys. Today we're getting a two day long snow storm that's attracting all types of birds to my feeders now- cardinals (which I wasn't expecting since a sharpie stopped by yesterday morning and demolished one- the poor girls feathers are still out there), dark eyed juncos (a yard bird for me!), white throated and song sparrows (which we had before, but I still find them cool), and even a carolina wren, another yard bird!! I have a bunch of feeders out front right now since the house sparrows have calmed down+I really don't feel like having to go all the way to the back in this weather. I've been putting feeders that I know will attract birds that are relatively okay with my presence in the front, while trying to attract the more shy birds out back, but since it's so hard to monitor from that distance I set up my bird cam at those feeders. I think I'm getting into a nice schedule and plan. When the weather get's better I'll probably be moving a lot more feeders to the back. Still super happy about that wren!!!
  6. I currently have two feeders out; one really expensive squirrel blocking one (the kind that drops when there's too much weight on the perch) in the backyard and one really cheap-y tube feeder out front; they have the same exact seeds in them, except the one out front is completely Invaded by house sparrows and the occasional song sparrow, while the one out back (that I put by some thistle-y type bushes) brings in goldfinches (predictably), cardinals, house finches and chickadees mainly; I don't think I've ever seen a house sparrow in the back. I really want to stop putting out the feeder in the front if the HOSPs are just going to chow down so quickly on it, and put a bunch more in the back, but I'm worried they will just move back there instead and I'll never see much of anything else
  7. Attracting birds

    When having bad weather, make sure your feeders are stocked up. We're getting a nice long snow storm here and I just got two lifers-American tree sparrow and finally got a hecking carolina wren. Also five yard birds- slate colored junco, pine siskin, carolina wren, the tree sparrow and a black capped chickadee (we normally have carolinas).
  8. Sparrow ID

    Looks savannah to me as well
  9. I can't think of many flocking birds in New Jersey who could be described like that...
  10. Roughly how many do you think there could have been?
  11. Song Sparrow?

    It def looks like a song sparrow too me, but I'd wait a bit for someone else a bit better than me to confirm. There does seem to be something slightly off to me, idk. It's prolly because I'm just not used to seeing a song sparrow sitting like that
  12. Northern Harrier?

    Looks about right to me! Nice shot, that field looks so pretty
  13. NM bird? New 2 Birding

    Yup, looks like the juncos mentioned above
  14. Yesterday I put out my motion activated camera for the first time! Here are some of my favorites-
  15. What is your favorite bird?

    Ack they're all beautiful, it's so hard to choose! I personally love tree swallows, and pretty much everything of that sort. I adore observing the nuthatches, chickadees and nuthatches coming to my feeders too. There's also scrub jays; they're just so gorgeous. Definitely not my favorites, but I really appreciate song sparrows and white throated sparrows. I love that gorgeous, clear streaking on SOSPs and they both look so cool from head-on because of how the stripes all point out from their beaks
  16. Rare, white sparrow sized bird?

    Looks to me to be a leucistic junco!
  17. Interesting...I was looking online to see if it was something common, but couldn't find anything. It was just so funny to see him trying to latch on to the tiny thing. Also that's super cool haha! That's a beautiful picture.
  18. Attracting birds

    I find it's best to at first just try and bring probably the easiest of birds to your yard- mourning doves and house sparrows. It may get annoying at first and they'll blow through a lot of seed for the first couple of days, but when the other birds see all those sparrows at the feeder that seem to be trusting it just fine, they'll start to too. On the third day, I got almost entirely house finches, purple finches, chickadees and tufted titmice, with the exception of a few house sparrows and a dove. Granted, that same day, a young sharpie tried to snatch a meal, but he wasn't successful and hasn't come back since then. The first two days I had to fill my small tube feeder once a day at around twelve, but now I can leave it for a good five-seven days before it really starts to get empty.
  19. What is your 3 Best Lifers?

    I don't have many great lifers, but the most exciting sightings for me would have to be the rose breasted grosbeak, the sandhill cranes I saw years ago, and the young sharpie that decided to jump onto the bush right in front of my window and pay us a nice visit
  20. Three word game

    And so he
  21. A Red Shouldered Hawk, he had just been...chillin on a gravestone at the cemetery lol! I thought he was a statue at first!
  22. Sharp-shinned or Cooper's hawk?

    it shows up black :/ I