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

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, Challenge FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Limitless are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the prospect to win prizes. After coming into chook 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 Rely Abstract web page. This yr, we randomly chosen two winners per immediate. Our fifth and ultimate Information Entry contest immediate was:

What’s your favourite chook to see at your feeders? Do you wait all season for a glimpse of it, or does it come day by 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 chook feeder, I typically take footage of the birds with my zoom lens to correctly establish 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 photographs and utilizing the Challenge 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 Challenge FeederWatch.

The Challenge FeederWatch web site has many instruments that can assist you establish the birds that come to your feeder. Our Figuring out Birds web page offers useful recommendations on what to be aware of, corresponding to area marks, behavioral observations, dimension, 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 should 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 cherished the meal sufficient to come back again with Mr. Bluebird. They’ve come day by day this week and I’m over-the-moon each time I see them. The gorgeous blue, orange and white colours deliver pleasure, and I like seeing such a loyal couple. I hope they determine to maneuver in to the bluebird home that has housed chickadees and wrens for the previous a number of years! They’d higher determine quickly, as I noticed a chickadee checking the birdhouse out right this moment!

Thinking about developing your personal Japanese Bluebird field? Go to Cornell’s NestWatch web site to obtain a building plan. Right here, you could find out extra in regards to 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!

Because of everybody who participated and shared their tales – we want we might share your entire submissions! Learn the tales from previous winners on our weblog. Electronic mail feederwatch@cornell.edu with questions.

Thinking about changing into a FeederWatcher? Be part of the enjoyable now!

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