I start my Project FeederWatch counting today under less-than-ideal circumstances: bird activity at my feeders has been slo-ow!
There's still an abundance of natural food sources out there that birds are feasting on - seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, bugs and insects. The temperatures have not been consistently cold enough to kill off insects and we don't have any snow cover to hide fallen seeds and nuts off the trees and shrubs. There's still berries on bittersweet and barberries, though the mountain ash berries were cleared off earlier in the fall.
I see birds around, but they're more likely foraging in the trees or on the ground than on my feeders. They've been active at the birdbaths too.
Nevertheless, I do have a list of birds I'm confident I'll be able to include in my two-day FeederWatch count. They are my "old faithful birds" - birds that are just about guaranteed to make a quick stop at a feeder sometime during the day, no matter how SLOW feeder activity has been.
Black-capped Chickadees enjoying WBU Stackables
Here's my six Old Faithful birds who never let me down:
- Black-capped Chickadee
- Blue Jay
- Mourning Dove
- Hairy Woodpecker
- Downy Woodpecker
- Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco eating Bark Butter® on
our new Double Decker Feeder
I love my old faithful birds; I really do count on them to be there, day-in and day-out, to add color and life to my yard. They may not be here in large numbers, but at least one WILL show up.
I bet you have "old faithfuls" too. Let us know who the old faithful birds are in YOUR yard!