Date: 12/28/17 2:03 pm From: Chip Clouse <chip.clouse...> Subject: [cobirds] Red Rocks Trading Post Feeders 12/23 + RR etiquette
COBirders, Sorry for the late post. I led a small group from the Front Range Birding Co up to see what was visiting the feeders last Saturday. I visited Friday morning to make sure there was seed and revisited early Sat as well. FYI: the back porch is under construction and was roped off with no access. We saw 5 different forms of Dark-eyed Junco (no white-winged), Black-capped Chickadees (no Mountain), Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jays, Black-billed Magpies, House Finches, 1 - Flicker, 1 - Spotted Towhee, 1 - Townsend's Solitaire, and American Kestrels. All but the last two were coming in to the no-mess Patio Blend I put out. That brings me to the etiquette part. Upon arrival I found some seed already in the tray feeder. This looked like a good-quality mix but had shells and would certainly sprout. I was told by employees of the Trading Post/CO Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum that we are welcome to put out seed but only no-mess mixes that won't sprout or build up shells. I was also told that a lot of birders have been "shushing" other visitors that have as much of a right to be there as we do. I would make that a teachable moment and try to share the birds with the people visiting. There is nothing like a scope view to open someone's eyes - literally! So Mary Cay sent out an email a week or two ago looking for volunteers to help put out no mess seed. I encourage others to volunteer but please, if you bring up seed outside of this group, please bring just sunflower chips, hulled millet or a no-mess blend.