Birds Eating on Many Levels

I find it interesting that birds often have preferences for the level where they eat. As well as being interesting, understanding their preferences can also be really helpful in setting up feeding stations for the birds you want to feed.

For example:

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Baffling The Squirrel Buster Plus Feeder

Squirrel Buster Plus with Baffle
American Goldfinch and Female House Sparrow on Squirrel Buster Plus Feeder with Baffle Added

I bought my first of two Squirrel Buster Plus feeders (Brome Bird Feeders on Amazon) last summer. It is a pricey feeder even if you can get it on sale, which I did. But I reasoned that if I could keep the squirrels out of the sunflower hearts, I’d easily make back my investment in savings on birdseed purchases.

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Birdseed & Binoculars: Yet Another Blog About Birds . . .

Blue Jay Eating a Peanut
Blue Jay Eating a Peanut

I’ve casually watched birds just about forever. But last winter I got the bird watching bug which quickly became an obsession that has expanded to some light birding as well. Good for me right? But why blog about it?

I think the best things to write about are the things that you are passionate about. And over the past year, I’ve had a lot of successes in setting up my yard for birds as well as my fair share of missteps. I’ve learned a lot and am still learning. I tweak things all the time and try to figure things out when something isn’t working. Every day brings new ideas and new discoveries and just when you think you’ve figured it out, a new bird arrives in the yard that changes everything.

This blog is meant to be a true log of what is going on in my yard. It’s about choosing bird feeders and figuring out where to put them. It’s about different types of bird seed and other foods that backyard birds in my area (Central Maryland) like. It’s about improvising birdbaths and trying to outwit clever squirrels and providing cover so the birds have a fighting chance against neighborhood cats and raptors with a taste for song birds.

I don’t claim to be an expert, but I’ve put a LOT of hours into this. My hope is that sharing my mistakes will help save you time (and sometimes money) in your own backyard. My solutions to problems may work for you. You may like the feeders I’ve chosen and I’ll provide links to where you can find them if you want one yourself. There are other feeders, food and products that you may be glad to read about so you can avoid them.

I’ll also share what I’ve learned about being around backyard birds, how to watch them without spooking them too much, choosing binoculars and even a little about bird photography (this last especially from someone who is still learning!)

I’ll also go on a few field trips, mostly in my area, that you may enjoy, particularly if you live in the area or will be visiting. And I’ll touch on birding apps and field guides and online bird resources. As we move into spring, I’ll also be doing some landscaping for birds. There is so much to talk about!

But mostly this blog is about birds. If you spend enough time watching birds, you learn things about their habits and patterns. You start to see when they are active daily or seasonally, how they prefer to eat and how they interact within their own species and with others. You begin to pick up on who is dominant at the bird feeders, which are the first to spook and which will be the first back. You watch how they react to predators and how they react to you. There is always something new to learn which is a big part of why so many of us love watching birds in the first place.

While this blog is partly a record for myself, I hope you’ll join me in my journey and will add your thoughts and questions and ideas in the comments so we can all learn together. Welcome!

Nancie

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