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  1. tclarkwood

    Western kingbird birdhouse

    From what I read on the internet, they use open nests so they probably would not use a bird house. I saw one article from 2013 that said if you put out seed and suet on a feeder that they might develop a taste for seed or suet. Apparently, they like berries better than seeds so you could plant some wild berry trees? Other than that, it is insects and I'm sure you do not want more insects on your property. I have an Eastern Phoebe that hangs out occasionally at my bird feeders and my bird bath. I would suggest a bird bath to get one of them close to your house for observation. Most birds will use a bird bath. Do some Google research to determine what type of berry is their favorite because I saw several articles that said they eat berries.
  2. tclarkwood

    Fall Migration 2018

    White-throated sparrows showed up today. I find it interesting that I have 2 female purple finches but no males. Tons of goldfinches emptying my thistle feeder.
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    Fall Migration 2018

    As long as it eats HOSP it is good with me! They have taken over urban areas and they disrupt so many desirable cavity nesters. Bring in more Sharpies!
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    Fall Migration 2018

    So just your lens is 1500 bucks! Wow!
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    Fall Migration 2018

    Dred... What camera are using for your photos? They look pretty good!
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    Fall Migration 2018

    It was a female purple finch . Sorry about photo quality
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    Fall Migration 2018

    There is another warbler that is not uncommon in our areas that I learned about recently that is very pretty and maybe something that you could see eating suet. It is the Palm Warbler. They have a similar appearance to the other "yellow" warblers like the pine warbler and the yellow warbler. Look it up and if you do see one, make a post! Also, if anyone has ever been successful at attracting the American Kestrel, let me know. They are fascinating little falcons but they require more open land than I have at my house. Regardless, I was interested in seeing if anyone has them near their property and if anyone has ever built an American Kestrel nest box that has been used by this amazing little raptor. Thanks for the posts!
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    Fall Migration 2018

    I had some new visitors show up at the feeders this weekend. Some juncos showed up. A pair of pine warblers. 1 yellow rumped. The most curious visitor was either a female rose breasted grosbeak or it was a female purple finch. It looked more like a grosbeak but it sure is late in the season to see her flying back to South America. It almost had to be a purple finch. If she shows back up, i’ll Get a better look.
  9. tclarkwood

    Fall Migration 2018

    It is so curious to me how one year differs so much from another. Usually by this time I am flooded with juncos but I still have not seen one on my property yet. I know they are in the areas because I have seen them driving different places. I wish I had better explanations for why there is so much variation. My resident birds just hang in there at the feeders waiting for the new ones to show up. I am curious if maybe since I have so many Carolina Wrens that maybe they keep some of my visiting birds away from the feeders. Does anyone notice that some species tend to keep other species away? I am just reaching for an explanation. I have no idea.
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    Fall Migration 2018

    My season remains unremarkable so far. I am still hopeful for something new to show up. It is very early for Pine Siskins already. They are usually the last to arrive.
  11. tclarkwood

    Fall Migration 2018

    I pressure washed my older feeders and put everything out so I have a lot of seed and suet out now. I would love to put corn out on the ground but that causes an explosion in my chipmunk population so I learned not do it. I'm still looking for the winter species to show up. The juncos that I saw were an hour north of here so I still have not seen one on my property. Like Mel said these cold fronts will push them down into the deep South soon.
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    Fall Migration 2018

    I had purple finches all the time when I lived in PA but I do not think I have seen one since I have moved back to Alabama. They are quite a bit more colorful than my resident House Finches. Perhaps I will see one again sometime. I think they do come to Alabama but in fewer numbers than other states. I should start seeing some white-throated sparrows within the next month. Not many Juncos... just a handful. My bluebirds have shown back up. I do not know where they went from August to October?
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    Fall Migration 2018

    Juncos showed up here in North/Central Alabama this weekend! Winter is coming!
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    Fall Migration 2018

    I intended to say inexpensive on the bird feeder from Tractor Supply.
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    Fall Migration 2018

    The cold air moved in a few days ago and I am starting to see some flocks of birds flying around. My hummingbirds left last week and it is still early to see any winter species migrate in yet. I'll be keeping an eye out for the juncos. I've had them make an appearance in early November before so I'm not sure what this year will be like. By the way, the red pepper suet works well to deter squirrels. I've been using it now for about 4 months and I have not lost any suet to the squirrels. The woodpeckers and nuthatches are very happy with the red pepper suet. Last thing, Tractor Supply sells an expensive squirrel proof feeder (Red barn house)if any of you are interested. It only cost about 25 - 30 bucks compared to the much more expensive brands. It has spring loaded covers that cover the feed ports when the squirrels get on it.
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