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


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, Mission FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Limitless are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the prospect to win prizes. After coming into chicken counts (information) into the FeederWatch web site, contributors 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 remaining Information Entry contest immediate was:

What’s your favourite chicken to see at your feeders? Do you wait all season for a glimpse of it, or does it come day-after-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 chicken feeder, I usually take footage 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 assumed it was a European Starling, however after reviewing my pictures and utilizing the Mission FeederWatch web site, I recognized it as a Brown-headed Cowbird.  I discovered extra about this new species and was completely satisfied so as to add it to my listing of birds for Mission FeederWatch.

The Mission FeederWatch web site has many instruments that will help you determine the birds that come to your feeder. Our Figuring out Birds web page offers useful tips about what to be aware of, equivalent to subject marks, behavioral observations, measurement, 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 liked the meal sufficient to come back again with Mr. Bluebird. They’ve come day-after-day this week and I’m over-the-moon each time I see them. The attractive blue, orange and white colours deliver pleasure, and I really like seeing such a faithful 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 as we speak!

Involved in establishing your individual Japanese Bluebird field? Go to Cornell’s NestWatch web site to obtain a building plan. Right here, yow will discover out extra concerning the Japanese Bluebird’s nesting habitat, nesting vary, and a few useful suggestions for building and maintenance. If you wish to proceed doing citizen science within the summertime, take into account monitoring your nest field for NestWatch!

Due to everybody who participated and shared their tales – we want we may share your whole submissions! Learn the tales from previous winners on our weblog. E mail with questions.

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