East Hampton N.Y.
by Paul Greenfield
(East Hampton, N.Y.)
We use a squirrel proof feeder that is a metal tube with 4 perches. It hangs from a tree limb at about 5 feet. It is spring loaded so that a squirrel will cause the device to close and prevent feeding.It works really well but you must
make sure to wire it to a branch so the raccoons can't knock it to the ground.
We get lots of birds with almost any kind of seed, although they do love the black sunflower seeds. Chickadees are in the majority along with tit-mouse; nut hatches; cardinals; orioles; Robins; blue birds; creeper; woodpeckers (red-bellied, and Downey) and, the evil Crow. When Mr. Crow shows up with his friends everyone else disappears. As soon as the crows are shooed, the little guys are right back.
I am interested to read that chickadees can be convinced to eat out of your hand because when I come out of the house near the feeder everyone scoots except the chickadees who seem to trust me. In fact when the feeder is empty they wait close by (Really close)and watch me fill it up.
I only started feeding birds this past spring. It has brought real pleasure to us. We added a bird bath during the hot summer as well.
I feel closer to nature for the experience.Comment
Welcome Paul to the wonderful world of backyard birding. And thank you for sharing your birding success. Watching birds is the best stress reliever that I know of. The world somehow seems a little calmer when birds sing to us.
Birds seem to be the happiest creatures on earth, yet they have none of what we call the comforts of life.
They have no houses to live in, no beds to sleep on, no breakfast and dinner provided for them.
It is pleasant to see how mother birds build their nests, and how they take care of their nestlings. It is charming to see the young ones when they begin to fly, and to know how they are taught to find their food, and to keep out of danger, and to sing, and everything young birds need to know.
Then when they are grown up, it is interesting to find out where they go in winter, and why they do not stay with us all the year round.
One who watches and studies their ways will be surprised to find how much like people they act.