HOUSE FINCHES AND A WOODPECKER

In the past month, the number of birds we are supporting has tripled. It might be even more than that. There are an incredible number of birds and I have had to make decisions about how much food I can put out for them. I put out as much as I can, but I can’t put out more.

Downy Woodpecker

Now that the weather is warming up, they can also start fending for themselves. There are plenty of things to eat in the woods. Insects, seeds, flowers, weeds and of course, literally tons of acorns. I know they prefer the food I provide, but they are wild and they need to remember how to feed themselves.

A House Finch. I think the brown speckled one is one of their females. I also think she may be the mother of the smaller male

Much as I love my birds and they love me — in a birdy way — I won’t be here forever and I don’t want them to forget how to forage on their own. I wish I could promise them eternal feeding, but the other feeder on the street passed recently and I seem to have collected all his birds.



Categories: Birds, Blackstone Valley, House Finch, Photography, Woodpeckers

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8 replies

  1. Funny how word seems to get around in the bird population when there’s good food in the offing. Superb shots, as always, especially the house finch that appears to be looking stright down the lens – I’ve no idea how you managed that. Nice to see your little woodpecker too. Do you think it’s a youngster?

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  2. you do have an extraordinary number of beautiful birds (to feed!). They are such a delight. We actually have too many cats in our quarters (not mine) and one of my dear neighbours is even FEEDING the crows which, in turn, scare all the songbirds, so that I’m sometimes quite mad at her (the dear soul with CATS) for not reflecting on what is acceptable in nature and what not. Now her one cat is full of flees because she built a ‘hedge’ for the hedgehogs and of course her little cat had to nose around in the sticks and whatnot – and now is a nuisance at home….. we mustn’t mess up nature too much and it’s good of you to realise that you won’t be there forever to feed anything and anybody….

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    • That’s the reason they beg people to not let pet cats roam. They kill millions of birds every year. Pet cats kill more birds than the weather and that’s saying something. But you just can’t explain to people that letting their cats be FREE isn’t necessarily good for anything but the cat. It’s frustrating because they think they are being “nice” and they are actually causing a lot of mayhem and murder. I’ve tried to explain this to other people and had the same problem. They refuse to listen.

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  3. So beautiful, Marilyn. I never realized woodpeckers would eat from feeders. They all do tend to get spoiled for the special food in the feeders though.

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    • Yes. I never thought you could spoil wild birds, but I apparently have done exactly that. They are ALL spoiled and the squirrels are the worst. In another month, I’m going to take down the feeders until late August. They need to learn to be wild birds again.

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      • I think they can be spoiled as easily as cats and dogs. My grandson had two wild turkeys — well, they were originally for Thanksgiving dinner, but he spoiled them to the point that they followed him around. He could ride on them as well. All he had to do was go to the door and call “turkey” and they came running. They wanted to be petted and would follow us all, gently pecking us if we stopped giving them attention. He was about two years old at the time.

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        • Our local wild turkeys aren’t very wild even WITHOUT anyone trying to tame them. If they get enough to eat — and most of the farmers feed them — they strut around and block the roads. Around mating time, they can get a bit aggressive, but most of the time, they just like standing in the middle of the road and blocking traffic. We always threaten them, but we also always wait for them to move on their own. They are too bony for dinner, so they are more or less neighbors.

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          • Ours aren’t that tame yet. Some have flown into the windshields of people passing their habitat and caused injury and a lot of damage but mostly they stay in the wooded areas. Just took a 2 year old kid to tame those turkeys — probably by feeding them several times a day to try to fatten then up, I’ve never eaten a wild one but would imagine they are pretty tough birds! All the flying they do would toughen the muscles and create inedible food supply.

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