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January 02, 2019


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Cathern Harrison

I was searching the internet for mealworm feeders and came across you posts. Found what I wanted to know, Although we have not seen any bluebirds here I want to offer mealworms to the nesting chickadees and other birds or to get them to nest here. A lack of native plants,which we hope to proven upon as there is little food for the chicks. Would like to offer live mealworms but didn't know how to contain them so thanks to you post about mealworms I know how now - not challenge will be the grey squirrels as they get into everything if given the chance.
Going to read more of your post as we seem to have a lot in common concerning bird.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Hi Karyn,
Thanks so much for your thumbs up!
You asked about a favorite feeder besides the cylinder feeder. Well lately, I’ve been big on open tray feeders when matching a No-Mess Blend PLUS a WBU Bark Butter Quick Bite. It turns the tray feeder into a literal bird buffet - sunflower, peanuts, white millet and suet, all on one feeder! I love it and the birds do too!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Thanks Ellen! Glad you’re still reading!


Hi!!!! I LOVE your posts! Although I have been feeding for ten years, I am always learning more from you! I see you are using the cylinder feeder in the post with the blue jay on it. Do you have any other favourite feeders that you use and would recommend? Thank you again and take care of yourself.
Gratitude changes everything,


Welcome back to the blogosphere!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Pie, thanks for the thumbs up! I'll try to do a better job in 2019 to post more often! Thanks again for the encouragement!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Tristan, besides the response "birds have wings", we know that the availability of natural foods, weather, change in surrounding habitat, and presence of predators all contribute to fluctuations in the traffic at our birdfeeders.
Thanks for reading the blog and commenting!

Pie is so good

Happy to see you are back writing Zen Birdfeeder! Please write more!

Tristan Hand

We've noticed a marked decline in birds around our feeding stations this counting season as compared to last season.

We have had an increase in Blue Jay activity too. This weeks count had 5 show up at one time but everything else is very quiet.

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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.