Feeder Update #7: Busy Week!

American Goldfinches at feeder

For the first time ever, there will be no new photos this week. Unfortunately, my life and work schedule has gotten in the way and I just didn’t have time to take and edit new pictures. I figured this might be a good time to talk about a few things I find interesting and tell you some news.

If you did not notice, I have added a new logo for the website. Slowly but surely this website will look more professional and hopefully turn into a destination for birders in the American Midwest and beyond. For right now, this website is just starting out and there aren’t too many resources for people to peruse. For now, other websites have more to offer than mine, but in time, this is going to be a great place for all things birds.

Chickadee and House FInch

What I think I have to offer is that I am learning too. I’m no ornithologist or an expert. I’m just a very passionate backyarder and I want to learn as much as I can. One of the best ways to really learn and understand something is to rewrite it and pass it on to others. My typing out my birds of the week or other educational pieces is as much for you as it is for me. And I think that has its own value because I’m putting it in the terms that I understand and hopefully you will too.

In the comments, please let me know what kind of content you’d like to see. For right now, the format is Monday is miscellaneous posts, Wednesday is Bird of the Week, and Friday is the feeder update. Due to my schedule, I have a hard time committing to more than that. In fact, the Monday post is the most optional and I’m not opposed to the feeder updates turning into miscellaneous posts. I mentioned before I need to slow down on photography a bit due to storage limits, so the feeder updates will probably need to evolve as well.

There’s not too much to say about birds at the feeders this week. I didn’t add any new types of feeders or change the seed diet. All the usual suspects stopped by, with the exception of about six Northern Bobwhites stopping by after sundown. They were hard to see and there was basically no way of getting good pictures of them. They were cute as all get out though! Hopefully they return in the day time and I can show you.

Sinister Grackle

The bluebirds are now almost constant visitors, coming and going, even if I don’t have the mealworms in the tray that they love so much. I absolutely love seeing them. They are probably my second favorite visitors, after the chickadees.

The grackles were a large problem this week. I don’t mind when one or two shows up at a time to grab a bite, but they see to always arrive in groups of over a dozen, scaring off all the smaller birds. Most of the time, I step out onto my porch and just clap real loud. This seems to work, but they’re starting to catch on that it’s just some idiot clapping his hands. To that end, I’ve started going outside and playing hawk sounds. They hate it and it seems to work. Eventually, they’ll figure it out and I’ll have to start doing something else. It’s actually kind of fun trying to outsmart the grackles.

I actually really respect the grackles. They’re obviously very intelligent birds and it’s incredible how well they’ve adapted to living among humans. There are no parking lots in Wichita without grackles hoping to find someone’s dropped French fry. They’re entertaining to watch as they hop around, trying to find anything to snack on. On top of that, grackles are beautiful, surprisingly colorful birds. I just wish they behaved themselves better at my bird feeders.

I saw thirteen total species of birds, with one I’ve not recorded before.

Species spotted:

  • American Goldfinch
  • American Crow
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • European Starling
  • House Finch
  • House Sparrow
  • Mallard
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Bobwhite
  • Northern Cardinal

Let me know how your birding adventures are going! And please let me know what you think of the new logo. All feedback is appreciated.

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