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


January 10, 2023

A small songbird with a black cap, white cheeks, and white throat perches on the edge of a dead branch, with an open beak as if making a noise.

| Black-capped Chickadee by Candace Trost |

For the seventh season in a row, Undertaking FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Limitless are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the possibility to win prizes. This yr, Celestron is becoming a member of the enjoyable and providing one pair of binoculars to every knowledge entry contest winner as effectively. After getting into hen counts (knowledge) into the FeederWatch web site, individuals have the chance to share a narrative, reminiscence, or tip by clicking the “Enter to Win” button on the Rely Abstract web page. We randomly choose two winners per immediate. Our second Information Entry contest immediate this season was:

What’s your favourite hen to see at your feeders? Do you wait all season for a glimpse of it, or does it come daily? Share with us what makes that species so particular to see at your feeders!

Congratulations to our winners, Kristi Bathgate and Therese Walsh!

Kristi shared:

I get pleasure from when Black-capped Chickadees go to my feeders. Their petite measurement and coloring make them lovely. And I’m fascinated by their one-seed-at-a-time feeding technique. They seize a seed, fly to a close-by lilac tree, maintain a seed with their foot, and peck to open. As soon as, a chickadee dropped the seed, flew to the bottom, discovered it, and went again up within the tree to complete opening and consuming it.

Black-capped Chickadees are probably the most frequent feeder birds and the best to draw to feeders, as they get pleasure from a range of meals and are typically fairly curious. They are going to typically cover meals to save lots of for later and cache seeds in a number of completely different spots; Black-capped Chickadees can bear in mind hundreds of hiding locations. Take a look at Cornell’s All About Birds to discover “cool info,” life histories, identification assist, and extra about Black-capped Chickadees and different hen species.

Therese shared:

The hen I most look ahead to seeing within the winter months is the Crimson-bellied Woodpecker. We’re charmed by their duck-and-weave neck actions, their deep-throated name, and the truth that they bow to nobody on the feeder; even the Blue Jays hightail it out of there when the Crimson-bellied Woodpeckers arrive. They adore peanuts within the winter, and oranges within the hotter months.

Crimson-bellied Woodpeckers could come to feeder setups inside their jap U.S. vary that supply peanuts, fruit, safflower, suet, cracked corn, mealworms, and extra. They’ve additionally been identified to feed on berry timber corresponding to hawthorn or mountain-ash. Discover out extra about what Crimson-bellied Woodpeckers and different hen species wish to eat by utilizing Undertaking FeederWatch’s Frequent Feeder Birds Interactive software.

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. E mail with questions. Keep tuned for after we announce our subsequent knowledge entry contest winners on February 14th, 2023.

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