Date: 1/4/18 8:20 am From: Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Additional bird feeding strategies for snowy or extreme weather
In stressful snowy conditions like this, I have heard of people feeding Bluebirds and Hermit Thrushes raisins soaked in warm water and berries like blueberries or blackberries. Putting the items on a tray on the ground seems to work.
Some little birds that will not eat whole sunflower seeds *will* eat sunflower hearts (shelled sunflower seeds) that are very lightly chopped in a food processor. Things like Pine Warblers and Chipping Sparrows. The little wire basket feeders are good dispensers for it, especially with a little collar made of a plastic water bottle section.
Chopped pecans are also beloved by a wide range of birds, including warblers and Hermit Thrushes. Chopped unsalted peanuts as well.
And a friend of mine had a Hermit Thrush with a taste for sweet potato spend the winter. I know from hunting lore that Wood Ducks are fond of sweet potato slices...
* People that are feeding Orioles jelly - they also like little chunks of suet or home-made suet put next to the jelly in your feeder setup. Not sure about pure peanut butter, but they certainly like lard+peanut butter+corn meal in a mixture.
And remember to keep those feeding stations clean!
Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 3:41 PM, Brian Pendergraft <carolinabirds...> wrote: > All, > > I love this discussion, because I'm one who thoroughly enjoys feeding our > feathered friends. I provide an assortment of foods, and a heated water > source. > My foods are energy driven with multiple suets (hot and regular), peanuts, > and peanut butter that is stuffed carefully inside a log feeder. I also > provide black > oil sunflower, and sunflower hearts. Backyard birding, along with feeding > has been a passion of mine for years, and it's during these truly winter > days, that > I probably pay even closer attention to the feeders. Please don't forget > those ground birds either, by offering them a seed or two. Especially if > the ground is covered > with that white stuff. > If we do get any snow in the triangle area, I'll be watching the feeders > closely, and maybe get my weather-related Fox Sparrow, or maybe even a > Purple Finch or Pine Siskin. > I participated for a couple of hours for Brian B. during the Falls Lake CC, > but nothing new has come in yet. Of course like Susan says, it's snowing > aloft, but not reaching the ground > yet where she is. It's going to be hard for the snow to reach the ground > with the dew point at -1 here in Raleigh! > > Be safe everyone, and say a brief prayer for me later tonight if it does > snow, cause I'm heading for the Flexible Flyer!!!! > > Brian Pendergraft > hoping for snow in Falls Lake, NC > > On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 3:19 PM, <susan...> wrote: >> >> Jamie and All--- >> >> Indeed wading birds are vulnerable directly from this cold but by having >> their foraging areas frozen over for a significant amount of time. >> Dabbling ducks-- ditto. And shorebirds-- well, they have been >> challenged for several days now. >> >> Any insectivores will have a rough time for the next several days unless >> they were well fattened up by the end of 2017 or now have access to a >> feeding station with suet, mealworms. etc. Yes, hummingbirds will be >> very interested in sugar water-- and fortunately they can exist on only >> nectar for a few days at least-- if they are healthy and have good >> instincts. Even seed and fruit eaters may be in trouble if they do not >> have ready access to food and heavy cover. >> >> Frank Hamilton's example is a good one in terms of how to provide extra >> food for our birds--- as was Ann Maddock's hummer feeder heater set up. >> And, by the way, there is now a commercial sugar water heater available >> (go to our NC Hummingbird FB page for details from Dwayne Martin who has >> been testing it out this week). This was actually developed during the >> last couple years in the Northwest-- for overwintering Anna's >> Hummingbirds. But clearly there is a market in the Southeastern US this >> year as well! >> >> **Also-- by the way-- I have had both coastal as well as inland hummer >> (2 in Raliegh) hosts JUST attracting a hummingbird to their nectar in >> the last couple days! So IF you can keep your feeder thawed, be sure to >> have an eye out: you may get a late season customer!! And let me know >> right way, of course! >> >> Here on the farm, I just made a fresh batch of suet that I will be >> crumbling as well as fitting into my cage-wthin-a-cage feeder. I have >> millet, safflower and sunflower out and just added water to my (simple >> and inexpensive) heated dog dish-- with a big shell in the middle for >> easy, safe access. Guess the snow is falling now but not quite making >> it to the ground in the Sandhills--so far. >> >> Stay warm and safe everyone-- and enjoy the birds! >> >> Susan Campbell >> Southern Pines, NC >> >> > > > > -- > Thanks! > Brian Pendergraft > 919-270-5311