Yard Birds

I spent more time working on an article about birds this week than I did actually birding, so I had to get my birding fix by looking out the window. Cloudy skies and dirty windows aren’t the best conditions for viewing, but it is better than nothing.

Anna’s Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird

The Western Scrub-Jays have been hitting the feeder hard, filling their crops with seeds and flying off to hide them somewhere.

House Finch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

American Goldfinch

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3 Responses to Yard Birds

  1. Doug Miller says:

    I have been seeing dead and dying goldfinches and a couple of nuthatches all fall and winter. Anybody else? I am fairly new to bird feeding. Am I doing something wrong? Also, who can I get in touch with when I have bird questions?

    • John Rakestraw says:

      If you see more than one sick bird, take your feeders down for a few days and give them a good cleaning. Birds can become sick from a dirty feeder and/or from contact with other birds. Taking the feeders down for a while will allow the birds to disperse, thus avoiding close contact. If your feeder is very dirty, or is moldy at all, scrub it with a ten percent bleach solution and allow it to dry thoroughly. Also don’t allow debris to accumulate under your feeder, as wet seed and shells can encourage harmful mold to grow.

  2. Jerry Gaiser says:

    We had problems with sick Pine Siskins a couple of years ago that we think were related to dirty feeders. We had some flat tray feeders that were accumulating at lot of bird feces and and after we pulled them all down, the situation seemed to get better.

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