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  1. a question....I have purchased thistle seed before and the goldfinch seemingly liked it as much as the Nyger ( spelling it right finally). But am giving up both thistle seed and Nyger anyway - at least for this year. Oh yes the question...is there a benefit to Nyger over thistle seed
  2. I agree...lately it seems that the American goldfinch eat as much BOSS as niger so why pay all that extra - besides not eating enough of it so that it probably gets stale
  3. Baltimore County Maryland - several feeders...mostly BOSS, suet and suet dough: and one humming bird feeder, occasionally niger..till i run out Regularly - house finch, cardinals, downy, hairy and red bellied woodpeckers, american goldfinch, mourning dove, white-breasted nuthatch, chipping sparrow, carolina wren, carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, blue jay, ruby throated hummingbird, junco, white-throated sparrow bluebirds nesting usually do not feed unless i put out mealworm we have hawks in the area but they only occassionaly visit..usually to get a dove -red tailed, red shouldered, coopers and broad-winged occassionaly usually migrating rose breasted grosbeak, purple finch and starlings (YUCK and luckily only one or two).
  4. thank you all. must be a local thing. Looked up BOSS at the nearest Tractor Supply and it was almost $18 before tax....think I should move
  5. has anyone else having problems finding BOSS,. I used to get it in 40 lb bags but until yesterday...could only get 10 lbs bags and they were $$. Yesterday finally saw 20 lb bags and got two. One 20 lb bag was only about $2 more that a 10 lb bag and two them were just about the same price difference from a 40 lb bag. May be just in this area but have been to stored in about a 25 mile radius from where I am in Baltimore County MD. Did not go to any specialty stores...they are $$$$ thank you
  6. thanks but think I will pass on Maggie - probably grow broke buying reward biscuits...smiling
  7. need to know if Maggie comes with guarantee. So far two foxes and at least 4 hawks have had little luck. Does Maggie climb trees just kidding...if you were to leaser her out...then what would happen to your squirrel population. And I have to admit it - the squirrels can be entertaining at times
  8. ahhhhhhh I see you to not have the problems with squirrels that I...Mine seem to be training for the Olympic Long Jump or something...if I have anything within 6 feet of any of my feedes...the squirrels jump the gap
  9. agreed ...looked up in https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Avocet/id
  10. I have opened one suet ...woodpeckers treat and it was fine....have not opened a new suet dough - no melt suet. I had some problems about a year ago - the suet was too crumbly but not in the past 10 or so months. And i use the suet in a log...holes drilled in a log so it must not be crumbly ...so far ...so good. one thing - the store I use did not have any of the usual type of suet that i use - peanut treat so that is why I used woodpecker treat...mostly woodpeckers on the long anyway and nuthatches. The suet dough goes in a feeder that all birds can use but still mostly woodpeckers or nuthatches if the quality changes I will make a note of it here. I did notice when the crumbliness was first noted I posted it here and someone with the same problem contacted C&S and were satisfied with the response
  11. went to get some suet from walmart the other day and could not find my usual....C&S sued dough and suet. Looked like they had a new brand. But upon closer inspection it was C&S in new packaging. and the suet dough is not longer marked dough..just has a NO MELT label on it. They have not changed the names though...thank goodness
  12. I have had less birds this year than any other...for months. One possible reason is a neighborhood cat - been seen in our back yard often and it may be scaring birds away though the feeders are well placed to avoid predators.
  13. one other nice thing about the Cornell site are the maps they have the first being the normal range map but one that i use more is the sightings map - gives you a much better idea of if the bird had been in your area. and i too agree with osprey...have seen them ( individually an in pairs) just about everywhere i have traveled...at least in the US. They are somewhat distinctive once ID'd. The almost white head with brown eye line (paraphrased from Cornell) and the strong hooked beak.
  14. are the red headed ducks in this bunch buffleheads as well?
  15. saw this bird....think it all the same bird or type...in Irving Nature Center Baltimore Co MD on October 24 - any help appreciated 1 Irving 2 by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr 2 Irving3 by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr 3 Irving 1 by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr
  16. one question...i have had a bird identified as a juvenile northern harrier a the Henderson Nevada Bird Viewing Preserve. the only white patch it had...based on my photos was on the top of the tail
  17. hmm my guide makes the rough legged hawk look different so I looked it up in Allaboutbirds - Cornell and there have been no sightings in the past few years anywhere near Las Vegas. As I mentioned this was from my hotel room in Vegas. But who knows..thanks
  18. These are from Las Vegas earlier this week. It was rather hot outside so I took these from hotel window - part of the reason for poor quality. It was so hot - I saw a roadrunner - nice one..but only running he did was from shade to shade 1 what kind of hawk..these two are the same bird Vegas Hawk by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr Vegas Hawk by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr 2 could this be a Cackling Goose or just plain Canada Goose or something else? They seemed more brown than the ones we see here in Baltimore County Vegas Goose by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr thank you...
  19. I have seen an anhinga with its wings spread...my icon..but was told it was drying its wings after being in the water
  20. thank you all - the lack of the males is what really had/has me mystified. One more for the books....earlier this year there were no male hummingbirds - now they are back. So perhaps the male house finch will show up soon too
  21. When I first sas these....6-8 of them I thought they were house finch but in the last few weeks...it they are house finch there have been no males. They eat BOSS all day long several lbs a day. I just wanted to get another opinion of these. I do not believe these are the same bird 1 IMG_9998 by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr 2 IMG_9995 by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr
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