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Information Entry Contest: What’s Your Favourite Feeder Fowl?

April 12, 2022

A small thrush with bright blue above and a rusty orange throat and chest perches on top of a nest box, while another small thrush with similar, but subdued coloration peeks its head out of the nest box hole below.

| Japanese Bluebird by Teresa Murr |

For the sixth season in a row, Challenge FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Limitless are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the possibility to win prizes. After getting into chook counts (knowledge) into the FeederWatch web site, individuals have the chance to share a narrative, reminiscence, or tip by clicking the “Enter to Win” button on the Depend Abstract web page. This yr, we randomly chosen two winners per immediate. Our fifth and closing Information Entry contest immediate was:

What’s your favourite chook to see at your feeders? Do you wait all season for a glimpse of it, or does it come each day? Share with us what makes that species so particular to see at your feeders!

Congratulations to our winners, Susan E. Schellhas and Jill Thompson!

Susan shared:

Whereas watching my chook feeder, I typically take photos of the birds with my zoom lens to correctly determine them. This yr was particular as a result of I discovered a brand new species had come to my feeder.  At first I believed it was a European Starling, however after reviewing my pictures and utilizing the Challenge FeederWatch web site, I recognized it as a Brown-headed Cowbird.  I discovered extra about this new species and was pleased so as to add it to my record of birds for Challenge FeederWatch.

The Challenge FeederWatch web site has many instruments that can assist you determine the birds that come to your feeder. Our Figuring out Birds web page provides useful recommendations on what to pay attention to, resembling discipline marks, behavioral observations, dimension, and placement. You’ll additionally discover a number of FeederWatch posters obtainable for obtain, which function fast, useful references.

Jill shared:

There are such a lot of [birds] that set my coronary heart a-flutter! I’d need to say that this yr, my favourite birds have been my first ever Japanese Bluebird couple! I’ve tried to draw them for the 11 years we’ve lived right here, to no avail. Then, earlier this week, I noticed a flash of blue amongst all of the brown, black, white and gray! I instantly despatched my husband out to purchase mealworms and Mrs. Bluebird began feasting. Apparently, she cherished the meal sufficient to come back again with Mr. Bluebird. They’ve come each day this week and I’m over-the-moon each time I see them. The gorgeous blue, orange and white colours carry pleasure, and I really like seeing such a loyal couple. I hope they resolve to maneuver in to the bluebird home that has housed chickadees and wrens for the previous a number of years! They’d higher resolve quickly, as I noticed a chickadee checking the birdhouse out at the moment!

Fascinated by establishing your personal Japanese Bluebird field? Go to Cornell’s NestWatch web site to obtain a development plan. Right here, you will discover out extra in regards to the Japanese Bluebird’s nesting habitat, nesting vary, and a few useful suggestions for development and maintenance. If you wish to proceed doing citizen science within the summertime, think about monitoring your nest field for NestWatch!

Due to everybody who participated and shared their tales – we want we might share all your submissions! Learn the tales from previous winners on our weblog. E mail feederwatch@cornell.edu with questions.

Fascinated by turning into a FeederWatcher? Be part of the enjoyable now!



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