Archive for January, 2006

Better late than never!

While it wasn’t the first thing I did today, I am fulfilling my promise to keep posting. Today really is the first day back for the New Year and so far so good. The feeders were very busy this morning, with tons of Chickadees and a few others at the feeders. Also have a very loyal Hairy Woodpecker that visits the suet feeder every day.

Today at the store we pretty much just started looking at how we might want to rearrange the store and John re-did our front window to focus on winter roosting products. As we are sure to go back into the freezer at some point, it’s important to remember that we need to provide wild birds with some places to go when it’s brutally cold out. Roosting boxes are built just for that purpose.

If you haven’t seen a roosting box, it looks somewhat like a bluebird house, except that the hole is at the bottom of the box and there are perches built inside for the birds to use. There’s no ventilation slits at the top of the box so any heat the birds generate, helps keep all the birds warmer.

They’re a great addition to any backyard habitat, so if you have any questions or would like to get one… just give us a call or send a note to the shop!

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Beautiful Bird Watching Morning

What a way to start the new year!  A beautiful winter morning, fresh snow, blue skies and lots of birds feeding this morning. This post also represents the first attempt at maintaining one resolution. First task of the day is to post here. Which makes more sense since this is about bird watching and feeding and the morning, at least this time of year, is the only time I can really watch our feeders.

Had to fill up the feeder this morning and had one black-capped chicadee that literally let me walk right up to the feeder as it went about picking a seed, and eating it. I’m not sure if you’ve ever taken the time to actually watch how a chicadee gets the seed meat out, but I do now and can share it with customers. They just smash the outershell and take bit and pieces of the meat at a time. Not what I expected. I thought they ate the whole seed at once.

This is what I mean when I tell customers that watching birds as they feed is as important as feeding them. So over the next few weeks I’m going to focus my posts on watching your feeders as wildbirds visit. This is, in fact, what drives two very important studies that I plan on getting The Bird Place much more ACTIVELY involved in.

Project FeederWatch that the Cornell Lab of Ornithology does each winter, and Project Wildbird, done by the folks at the Wild Bird Feeding Industry.

Keep me posted on any new visitors to your feeders! - Again - Happy New Year!

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