A New Visitor

by Ben Crusan
(Butler, PA)

Well recently here in Pennsylvania; Butler to be exact, we feed an abundance of birds. In the winter now, we usually only get a lot of snowbirds (dark-eyed juncos) and sparrows, but more chickadees, titmice, and nuthatches have found their way to our feeders. Also like last year, a male downy woodpecker found our suet again, and this year a female downy woodpecker has also discovered the suet. But what came as a shock this year, actually this past weekend was a group of robins and starlings appeared and among them appeared a male Red-Bellied Woodpecker. It was the first one I have seen in Butler ever. There's also one that has been living at my grandfather's farm (in Blairsville, PA). But sadly we cannot put out suet for him because due to farm work, we would not be able to keep it stocked, and the large amount of starlings would keep draining it. However, that woodpecker has three full corn cribs to eat corn out of so I think he'll be just fine.

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Feb 12, 2014
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by: Barbara

We have been feeding birds and squirrels in our backyard for three or four years. I wish I had kept a journal of our adventure. We live in central Ohio and this winter we are seeing a greater variety of birds. We started putting out suet last year and it seems to be drawing some like the red-bellied woodpecker. I got a few pics of him a couple of days ago and he is beautiful! The same day, a white breasted nuthatch stopped by. I was thrilled to see it. It was vibrant in color so I am assuming it was a male. The starlings are eating the suet, here, also, but, I think they won't stay around. At least last year they didn't. With all the snow and extra cold weather we've been blessed with, maybe they will stay around. I hope not. We find suet at Rural King for .59 a block so hopefully, if they stay, we can continue putting it out.

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