Feeder Update #5: New Feeder, New Bird

Blue Jay

Before we get to the birds, a little housekeeping. I’m no longer calling these weekly updates “Feeder Dumps.” Unfortunately, WordPress and my budget are limiting me to 13GB of storage space which is filling up fast. This means I’ll need to pump the brakes on how many images I upload at a time. I still want to make sure I’m posting great bird pictures for you and documenting my feeder activity, but I’ll be making the picture dumps smaller. I’ll also be focusing a bit more on discussing what’s going on at the feeders.

I had planned on visiting the Chaplin Nature Center on Tuesday, but the wind in the area was nuts! On Monday, we had 60MPH gusts and while it was better on Tuesday, it still wasn’t a great day for a nature hike. I’m hopefully going to try hit that up next week and make a post all about it. Hopefully I’ll get to see some birds I don’t normally see around.

Speaking of birds I don’t normally see around, I finally got a Blue Jay to visit my feeder! I just happened to be sitting outside enjoying the sunnier, warmer weather when I heard that familiar cawing of a Blue Jay. I looked up and sure enough, a Blue Jay was sitting in a tree eyeing my bird feeder. He landed at the feeders three times and ate mostly peanuts before grabbing a beak-full to go and leaving. I was so happy to see him. I’ve been wanting to get a Blue Jay visitor for months now!

That said, I took a bunch of pictures of him. There’s actually not a huge amount of variety in the pictures this time. My days off are Tuesday and Wednesday, so the whopping majority of any picture I post comes from those two days. On Tuesday of this week, I had to go out of town, so all pictures are from Wednesday. This week’s pictures are a little more focused.

The other bit of exciting news is that I added a new bird feeder. I’ve retired the lamp shaped feeder and replaced it with a caged squirrel-proof tube feeder. Now, the squirrels have never been an issue for me, but these caged feeders just happen to also keep starlings out. The 1.5″ holes in the cage are big enough for anything around the size of a bluebird, but anything bigger will struggle. I purchased it because I got tired of my high quality seed going straight to grackles and starlings. This way, I can keep the nice stuff out all the time and hopefully keep some of my favorites happy.

The feeder I purchased is this one. It’s my first product from a company called Woodlink. So far, it’s worked great. Mainly, House Finches and American Goldfinches have used it, but hopefully some of the other birds will discover it as well.

Finches are in no short supply in Wichita right now. I visited Backyard Nature Center and had conversations with a few people who noticed an uptick in the number of finches in the area. I think finches are awesome, so this is very exciting for me!

Anyway, please enjoy the pictures and leave me note!

Species represented:

  • American Goldfinch
  • Blue Jay
  • Common Grackle
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • House Finch
  • Northern Cardinal

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