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  1. I have a question for you all that is related to the "Where Are My Birds" topic. I've continued to wonder why my numbers and varieties are down since late summer so I have had time to think about what some of the reasons might be for the decline. I noticed a pair of Cooper's Hawks getting ready for spring (you know what they do this time of year) but they do not stay on my property so I am not thinking that this is the main issue. The other idea I've had recently is that both of my hopper style feeders have not been cleaned since last Spring and there is some mold and old seed and suet residue on the feeders. Is there a chance that my birds are not coming around as much because of housekeeping issues? Are they thinking my feeders are too dirty for them to eat? Just curious since maybe there is something to this? Thanks!
  2. Hey Jims... My bluejays rarely eat my food either. I've put peanuts out with my cracked corn on the ground and they haven't eaten them. I'm not sure what my bluejays eat but they are eating something other than what I have. I have sunflower seeds, suet, cracked corn, peanuts and thistle seed. My big eaters are cardinals, chickadees, titmice and finches, sparrows. Oh, and my woodpeckers and nuthatches eat often. I just wanted to let you know that you are not the only one that rarely sees the bluejays eat their food. When I put out whole kernel field corn on the ground they seemed to eat it. But I had a problem with squirrels and chipmunks taking over my property. The cracked corn doesn't attract as many chipmunks. They multiply so fast that I had to use a live trap and relocate 48 of them in 2016. You could try whole kernel field corn on a platform that is squirrel and chipmunk resistant? My bluejays really liked it when I put it out.
  3. I wanted to give a complete list of what I have around my feeders and back yard now in central Alabama now that some of the varieties have finally come back and my winter species are coming in. I may or may not get Pine Siskins... They usually are the last to arrive each Winter. Sometimes I do get a Pine Warbler. Maybe you can compare for your region and see the differences? Downy Woodpecker Cardinal Titmouse Chickadee Red-bellied Woodpecker Dark-eyed Junco Mourning Dove White-throated Sparrow Chipping Sparrow Some other kind of Sparrow Carolina Wren Blue Jay House Finch Purple Finch American Goldfinch Yellow-Rumped Warbler Robin Crow Red-winged Blackbird (migration) Ruby-Crowned Kinglet White-breasted Nuthatch Brown-headed Nuthatch Flicker Bluebird Cooper's Hawk Red-Shouldered Hawk? (Some type of medium sized hawk other than a Cooper's)
  4. Finally.... My varieties have started improving! A couple purple finches came to the feeders this morning along with a yellow-rumpled hitting the suet.
  5. Lone stranger...what type of camera did you use on that shot? Excellent detail. I still haven't purchased one.
  6. Saw my first American Goldfinch of the winter season a few minutes ago!
  7. Expecting 1-3" of snow tomorrow night. That usually brings the birds to the feeders.
  8. My birds are still not back to what they used to be but I have seen a few more varieties in the last week. A Ruby-crowned Kinglet paid me a visit over the weekend and a flock of red-wing blackbirds raided my cracked corn on the ground. I was glad to give them a snack. I'm not sure where they are going but it was a flock with about 50 individuals in it. Still waiting on goldfinches and sometimes I get Pine Siskins later in the Winter. If you think about it, Winter has just started so we still have time to see a lot more varieties in the deep South before Spring.
  9. Yeah... I love the gold finches. I haven't seen one this year for some reason? My parents live closer to Tennessee and they haven't seen one yet either? I'm not sure what is going on? I guess they are all staying further North so far?
  10. My numbers are still way down compared to last year. Either the birds have found some other good feeders that they prefer or I seem to have more hawks in the woods behind my house. I'm going to be patient because I know that numbers run in cycles and I have experienced this before. I did see my first bluebird in a while yesterday while I was doing chores in the yard so that is a good sign. I'm going to move my bluebird box off the oak tree and put it on a slender post since last year all my baby bluebirds were killed by some type of predator or other bird. I read that bluebird boxes do not need to be mounted to trees in an article due to predators so I'm gonna give it a try this year. I'm still hopeful for more varieties. I have yet to see an American Goldfinch so far so I'm not sure what has happened to them? Last year, I had about a dozen. Hopefully the cooler month of January will bring more activity!
  11. That is awesome! I get the Downy Woodpecker, Flicker (Alabama State Bird), Hairy Woodpecker (only occasionally), Brown-headed Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch and maybe a Red-breasted Nuthatch (not for sure because they look like a Brown-headed Nuthatch. I have only seen one Pileated since I moved back to Alabama so I'm not sure if I will be able to attract one or not. I will try the peanut butter recipe. Thanks for sharing.
  12. That is a very handsome bird! Looks like it really likes the tail prop suet feeder!
  13. Yeah .. I have a bird bath. I usually keep it fairly full but leaves are falling into it every day right now. I have a few birds but my numbers are way down. A couple of my cardinals have started showing back up and a few others. My blue birds left. My juncos left? I don't know where they went. I'm guessing they will come back when we get further into winter and I keep my feeders full of sunflower sees with my suit cakes and cracked corn on the ground. I even have a nyjer feeder out in case the Goldfinches show up.
  14. I am also jealous. I had one come through my yard last year but he didn't stay around to feed. I'm still low on my bird count this Fall and heading into Winter. For some reason my birds haven't come back since the drought started in September. I'm hoping more birds will start showing up as it gets colder and we continue to get more rain. I have not noticed any new hawks so I don't think it is a result of a new predator in town.
  15. I'm not for sure but I would use 1-10 bleach / water with a garden sprayer. Let it stand for few minutes and spray off with water hose. That's my go to outdoor disinfectant. Once you dilute it with a rinse, it's pretty weak stuff.