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05-16-2016 02:23 PM - edited 05-16-2016 02:24 PM
Hi Michele. Thanks for sharing about your love for bird watching! Unfortunately I am not able to have a bird feeder at my place but I love to watch the birds that flock to the feeder at my dad's house in Maine. The feeder is located on a beautiful, medium size pine tree in the front yard that's visible from the kitchen window. There's something magical about waking up and staring out into the gray and often cold Maine mornings and seeing the bright cardinal that visits frequently. More commonly you'll see species sparrows, robins and the Maine state bird the chickadee. At first, I mistook the cardinal for a red robin. Growing up, I also enjoyed watching the bird the visited my grandmother's feeder. Her feeder was higher up on the house and viewable from the living room. I agree with you, seeing a hummingbird in flight as it pauses to eat is spectacular.
With bird feeders, there's always the concern of squirrels coming to munch of the food. I'd like to know if anyone has tips for ways to prevent those bushy tailed friends from dining on the bird's food. Below are two images I found online, one is a cardinal and one is a red robin. I'm wondering who here can tell the difference!
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05-17-2016 09:33 AM - edited 05-17-2016 10:48 AM
The chickadee is one of my favorite birds not only because it represents my home state but because of the delightful chirps that it makes! It was named after the sound of it's call, "chick-a-dee-dee-dee". It's a sound that accompanies many of my fond memories of Maine. Here's a photo of one, it does look similar to a robin in shape and size but as you can see it has no red on it.
As for other robins, I did a quick search and found that there are many different types. There are two robin species of thrushes (family Turdidae) distinguished by an orange or dull reddish breast: the American robin and the European robin. The term robin is also frequently placed in combination with other names like bush-robin or scrub-robin and is applied to a dozen other chat-thrushes as well as to a few other related species.
I like your attitude towards other hungry wild-life: first come first serve. I think squirrels and chipmunks are adorable and definitely worthy of a free snack. There's a little chipmunk who comes and says hello on my dad's back patio. Sometimes you'll randomly see its cute little face in the sliding glass door window looking in at you! However a bigger animal, like a raccoon or opossum, may be a bit intimidating--to both me and the smaller animals (even though they are worthy of free snacks too)!
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