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September Feeding Tip

As the days of early fall shorten and nighttime temperatures drop, the specie mix and activity levels at many backyard bird feeders change as well. It is an important time of year to keep a steady supply of seed available to your avian visitors. Some of the feeder visits you are observing may not be about today's nutritional requirements. Many of the seedeaters of the northeast are known food hoarders. Woodpeckers, nuthatches, titmice, chickadees, and jays will gather seeds and hide them for later, winter consumption. The storage site is referred to as a cache. Seeds "saved for a wintery day" may be hidden under leaves, wedged into the cracks of tree bark, or tucked in the junctions of tree boughs and branches. Studies have shown that these species have an amazing ability to remember where the caches are located. Aspen Song Woodpecker and Chickadee mixes make ideal offerings for the food hoarders. Both mixes are rich in black oil and black stripe sunflowers, peanuts, and tree nuts. These seeds all keep well and provide important nutrition in later times of high energy requirements. They are also favorite seeds of these species. Aspen Song Chickadee food works well in a ball-type feeder, such as a Cling-A-Wing Feeder, that has no perches. The acrobatic members of the arboreal family of birds will have no problem clinging to such a feeder as they gather seeds for wintertime. An ideal feeder for Aspen Song Woodpecker food is Aspects' Peanut Silo with its stainless steel wire mesh. Woodpeckers readily cling to the tube and easily extract nuts and sunflowers from the feeder. Remember to keep the feeders filled at this important time of year and you will be assisting some very resourceful species in anticipating the coming winter months.

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Aspen Song® Safflower Seed

Have You Seen Aspen Song® Safflower Seed?

Safflower is a hard-shelled seed that attracts Northern Cardinals, Mourning Doves, Black-capped Chickadees, Carolina Chickadees, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Some birdwatchers switch to safflower during periods when grackles and starlings are present. The seed is difficult for them to open and so discourages feeder visits. And it is one bird seed that it not liked by squirrels (although hungry enough and they seem to eat anything)! Start feeding the birds anytime and keep feeding year round. Natural food supplies are at their lowest in the spring. Spring brings exciting migrants. Summer feeding provides nutrition during breeding and nesting season. Enjoy seeing parents bring their young to your feeders. Fall and winter feeding is especially helpful during periods of cold and snow. Keep Them Healthy and Coming Back By: Providing a fresh supply of water. Placing feeders close to sheltering trees and shrubs. Cleaning your feeders and birdbaths regularly with a mild bleach solution. Raking up and removing seed hulls from under feeders Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein (minimum) 15.6% Crude Fat (minimum) 24.6% Crude Fiber (maximum) 33.5% Allergen Statement: This product is processed, packaged and/or stored in facilities that also may process, package and/or store peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, eggs, milk products and soy. Not for Human Consumption.

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Latest Blog Entry: "An Autumn To Remember"

Autumn 2012 will go down in the annals of birding lore as one to remember.  True to Ron Pittaway’s Winter Finch Forecast, Canadian birds are being seen at feeders in record numbers.  Reports across the northeastern US abound of western hummingbird species showing up in backyards.  And Hurricane Sandy pushed many shore migrants and pelagic birds into the interior northeast, giving landlubbers too prone to seasickness, a chance to observe ocean travelers. While I currently have about eight different feeding stations in my yard, it has been standing room only for those wanting to dine.  As the weather has chilled, dark-eyed juncos have returned to the yard in force.  There are times when as many as two dozen are picking through the grass for spilled seed.  The semi-annual chance to see species that spend summers north and winters south of my yard has kept the platform feeder busy.  White-throated sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, and fox sparrows have joined the song sparrows.  Of course, the year around residents elbow their way to the table as well:  northern cardinals, blue jays, black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, white-breasted nuthatches, mourning doves, and downy woodpeckers. Overlain on all this activity, are two of the Canadian irruptives.  About a dozen pine siskins spotted all the action and lingered in my yard for a week enjoying the Aspen Song Finch Mix.  At least three red-breasted nuthatches have also joined the melee.  At one instant, I watched a white-breasted nuthatch on one side of an Aspects Big Tube, while a red-breasted nuthatch was perched on the opposite side.  Where’s that camera?!  Any time now, the American tree sparrows should arrive.  There are regular reports of red crossbills and white-winged crossbills visiting yards throughout the region.  Expectations are that we may yet see common redpolls this winter. But it was reports of the arrival of evening grosbeaks that prompted me to put the binoculars down and head outside.  These beautiful creatures are about the size of a “pudgy” cardinal, and colored in bright yellow, black, and white.  It has been many years since I last had them in the yard.  I promptly placed a new, clear platform-style feeder in the yard: a Droll Yankees “Dorothy’s Cardinal Feeder.”  I located it out in an open area of the lawn away from trees, and filled it with Aspen Song Cardinal Mix.  By using a highly visible feeder in a wide open spot, I am hoping that this acts as a giant billboard welcoming evening grosbeaks to the property!

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