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Nashville Bird Feeders: First Visitors

May 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment · bird identification

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I’m quite an enthusiast when it comes to hanging bird feeders wherever I can, and then observing the various bird species that eventually find the food I’ve put out for them. During the second week of April, I finally picked up several bird feeders from my previous residence and set them up in the yard where I now reside. It has been a long time coming and I am excited to finally have them out, available for the local birds.

Other bird-feeding folks will not be surprised to hear that the very first visitors to my new bird feeders were squirrels!

I put out six bird feeders: one square suet feeder/cage, one suet cylinder, and four mixed seed feeders, one of which is enclosed in a squirrel-proof cage. The very first visitor I noticed was a squirrel sitting atop the squirrel-proof cage, reaching its little hand down to grab some seed from the topmost hole, which it could barely reach. This squirrel soon gave up.

Within the first two days, two species of bird found a couple of my mixed seed feeders: the Carolina Chickadee, with its black-capped head, and the Tufted Titmouse. Since then I have noted one other bird enjoying the mixed seed – a blackbird, or a Grackle.

I have seen only one bird nibbling at the suet feeders, to which I am hoping to attract woodpeckers and the like – unpredictably, a Blue Jay.

Some critter – probably a brave squirrel – tore into my mixed seed bag, which was placed just outside my back door. I have since placed it on top of the grill, presumably out of reach for all but the bravest of squirrels or chipmunks.

One squirrel was brave enough to climb onto the grill right outside my door and feast on the torn bag of mixed seed. I finally had to bring it inside.


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  • Daniel

    Lovely post.. I have made some beautiful bird feeders out of Paracord and the natrual colours blend nicely with surroundings. I have managed to make some real heavy ones due to the fact that it has a high textile strength. Let me know if the woodpeckers arrive 🙂