A Promising Start

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FarmerHarv
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Joined: Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:18 pm
Location: Saskatchewan
Martin Colony History: 2018 - First house up in late June, lots of visitors.

Re: A Promising Start

Postby FarmerHarv » Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:35 am

Thanks for the tips Archer! I picked up a couple of heated waterers and a good supply of mixed feed for the winter, but never thought of beef fat. Looking forward to getting a few new winter visitors and hopefully getting some good pictures.

We had almost three weeks without the annoying chirp of a single HOSP, but another swarm of at least 50 moved into the cotoneaster hedge a couple of days ago. :-( The DRSTs are doing good work and have bagged about half of them, and with luck they'll all be cleared up again soon. At least until the next batch moves in from town.

Since the HOSP were gone, I was amazed at how many finches and other sparrows we had that are able to hang out at the feeders and baths unmolested. House finches, Goldfinch, white crowned, lark and white throated sparrows are there in the dozens now...it's amazing what's been hidden under the house sparrow blanket here.

And to think all of this came about because a single purple martin landed on the shop one day. :)

Archer
Posts: 631
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:09 pm
Location: Manitoba/Altona
Martin Colony History: six pair in 2014, have grown to 52 pairs in 2017.

Re: A Promising Start

Postby Archer » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:48 pm

Good to hear that you are enjoying new birds. I have just started with the feeding for the winter and have been surprised at the number of visitors allready. Purple finches have been coming in numbers and I have not had them at my feeder last year, White breasted Nuthatches as well as red sided nuthatches are also common right now. Sparrow control has lots of benefits. Keep up with your reports, I am enjoying them.
2011- first year trying, a few visitors.
2012-One ASY pair, raised two young, lots of subby visitors. So thankfull.
2013-daily subby visits.
2014-Six SY pairs
2015-18 pair, 83 fledglings
2016-36 pair, 147 fledglings
2017-52 pairs, 192 fledglings.
2018-60 pair, 246 fledglings.

FarmerHarv
Posts: 24
Joined: Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:18 pm
Location: Saskatchewan
Martin Colony History: 2018 - First house up in late June, lots of visitors.

Re: A Promising Start

Postby FarmerHarv » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:08 pm

Good thing Costco carries bird feed in really big bags, because these little guys can Eat. Had a pretty good sized flock of house finches here for quite a while, but we were gone for week and when we came back they had all disappeared, along with the mourning doves and most of the nice sparrows. There's been a pretty steady supply of HOSP still coming out, and the DRST have been doing their job at keeping them contained, and the yard was eerily quite for a week or so.

And then about a hundred dark eyed juncos showed up, along with another batch of different types of sparrows. They really cleaned up around the feeders, and I gave them an extra bit of food on the deck when the (evil) snow appeared. While watching them I kept seeing one little fellow with no tail feathers (we named him Notar, for NO TAil Rotor) that would just sit and eat. Turns out he also has one lame foot, and though he seems to fly pretty good he can't hop very well.

So it looks like the rest of his flock has taken off for warmer weather now, and he's the only one we've seen at the feed for a few days. I assume he probably can't make the flight south with no tail, and was wondering if there was anything we could do for him to help him through the winter? He'll have plenty of food and water, and we wonder if we should try to do more or just let nature run it's course?

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