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I moved to Turtle Mountain in Vernon, BC, Canada.  We had lots of birds at our former house, but here on the mountain, in a newer subdivision with few bushes and trees, we're not attacking many birds, only magpies.  There are many quails and song birds lower on the mountain, But not here.  Any idea how to send out the news that we've got food, feeders and water waiting for them? 

 

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It usually takes 2-4 weeks for a feeder to get established, I'm not sure how long you've had your feeders up but if it's within that threshold, give it more time. 

If not, you may need to consider what food you are offering. Plain ol' black oil sunflower seeds tends to be the best. Also consider your feeder set up. Usually platform feeders get the most variety of birds, but they require more maintenance. 

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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. 

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Birds also like cover.  They want to feel safe and have a place to escape if there is danger.  If you can plant some shrubs and small trees for them to use as a staging area that would help.

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If you can find some and don't mind looking at them, several used Christmas trees make a fine brush pile for the winter.

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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). 

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