[CT Birds] What Bluebirds are eating in our yard

Jerry Connolly birdshop at sbcglobal.net
Sun Feb 22 12:17:16 EST 2015


Bluebirds have been eating sunflower hearts from our tube and hopper feeders for several years, now.
They cannot crack the shell of black oil or gray sunflower.

We have also been making a high energy Bluebird Dough that they go crazy for. 
The challenge is to try to supply this in a caged feeder that Starlings will not be able to get into, as they also gobble it up.

The healthiest dough recipe has been perfected by former CT resident, rehabber and naturalist Julie Zickefoose.
Here is a link to Julie's popular blog post with the recipe and the trial, error and tribulations that led her to a better recipe.
http://juliezickefoose.blogspot.com/2010/03/zick-dough-improved.html

At The Audubon Shop we have bagged up a few of the essential ingredients for our customers (including harder to find lard and non-medicated chick starter), that will make a +-6 lb batch.

Janet Connolly

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> Message: 1
> Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:59:56 -0800
> From: NEaton <nancyeaton at sbcglobal.net>
> To: CT Birds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>, Roy Harvey
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Bluebirds
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> 2/21/15  Enfield, Barnes Boat Launch: 3 or possibly 4 E. Bluebirds at the shoreline were an unexpected bonus this afternoon. 
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> Nancy Eaton
> Enfield, CT
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> Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:24:06 -0500
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> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Quinebaug Fish Hatchery / Sterling yard
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>> From Robert Dixon with Doug Warner
> 2/21/15 - Central Village, Quinebaug Fish Hatchery - 32 species. Highlights - GREEN-WINGED TEAL (2), RING-NECKED DUCK (32), GADWALL, BALD EAGLE (3), WILSON'S SNIPE, PEREGRINE FALCON, HERMIT THRUSH, CEDAR WAXWING (3), PILEATED WOODPECKER and Great-blue Heron (19).
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>> From Robert Dixon
> 2/21/15 - Sterling yard -  (43 degree temp. change today. minus 13 this morning to an afternoon high of 30 degrees). 27 species. Highlights -  PINE SISKIN (9), PILEATED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (1f), flyover COMMON MERGANSER (drake) along with Red-winged Blackbird (150), Brown-headed Cowbird (100) and Common Grackle (75).
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> Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:32:16 -0500
> From: Scott Kruitbosch <kbosch at gmail.com>
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Snowy Owl photos Stratford
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> I took these close fly-by Snowy Owl shots in Stratford yesterday:
> http://rtpi.org/snowy-owl-in-flight/
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> I had only distant glances at our Snowys this year until that lucky
> encounter. From what I have heard and seen over the past several weeks it
> seems we have two individuals hanging out in the Pleasure Beach/Long Beach,
> Great Meadows, mouth of the Housatonic River area - this one and what looks
> to be an adult male. They are quite elusive and move around often with so
> many places to hide in this cold and snowy landscape.
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> Scott
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> Scott Kruitbosch
> Stratford, CT
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> Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:36:30 -0500
> From: Arthur Shippee <ashippee at snet.net>
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Hamden:  Pine Siskin & RUBL, North Lake Dr., Feb
> 	21, 2015
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> From Arthur Shippee & Mary Porterfield:
> 02/21/15 - Hamden, North Lake Dr. -- 1 Pine Siskin, 2 Rusty Blackbirds
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> From glancing out the window now & again.  Last year, we had considerably more Rusties around (but last year was odd, too).
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> It's Mary's birthday today!
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> Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:41:55 -0500
> From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik at sbcglobal.net>
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> From Frank Mantlik
> 2/21. Stratford, home feeders - 8 PINE SISKINS, 25 American Goldfinches, Northern Flicker.
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> Twin bluebirds at our feeder.
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/cbdlx1eqzmlzkbz/Bluebirds2-21-15_%201.jpg?dl=0
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> Dave and Mary
> glastonbury
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> 2/22/15-Bridgeport-Captains Cove(east end)-3 Redheads,1 drake and 2 hens so far
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> Tina Green
> Westport 
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> From: "Barbara Garrett" <barbaragarrett at comcast.net>
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> Subject: [CT Birds] Bluebirds
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> For those of you who are getting Bluebirds at your feeder, what type of seed are you using?
> 
> Thanks,
> Barbara Garrett
> Shelton
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> Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:48:03 -0500
> From: Robley Evans <rjeva at conncoll.edu>
> To: Barbara Garrett <barbaragarrett at comcast.net>
> Cc: CT Birds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Bluebirds
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> Bluebirds come here less for seed than for suet dropped off by downies and
> flickers.  I am delighted to hear of bluebird flocks elsewhere in CT.  We
> must be doing something right.  Robley Evans North Stonington
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> On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 9:25 AM, Barbara Garrett via CTBirds <
> ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
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>> For those of you who are getting Bluebirds at your feeder, what type of
>> seed are you using?
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> Barbara Garrett
>> Shelton
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> Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:04:34 -0500
> From: Carol Bauby <gypsy.carol at charter.net>
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> We've had the same experience here in Harwinton with the bluebirds and 
> suet.  They sit on top if the shepherd's hook and wait for pieces to 
> fall. Occasionally they will actually land on the suet feeder but then 
> get chased off by the woodpeckers.
> 
> Carol Bauby, Harwinton.
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> On 2/22/2015 9:48 AM, Robley Evans via CTBirds wrote:
>> Bluebirds come here less for seed than for suet dropped off by downies and
>> flickers.  I am delighted to hear of bluebird flocks elsewhere in CT.  We
>> must be doing something right.  Robley Evans North Stonington
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>> On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 9:25 AM, Barbara Garrett via CTBirds <
>> ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
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>>> For those of you who are getting Bluebirds at your feeder, what type of
>>> seed are you using?
>>> 
>>> Thanks,
>>> Barbara Garrett
>>> Shelton
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> To: Robley Evans <rjeva at conncoll.edu>,	Barbara Garrett
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> we have at least 6 bluebirds who are after the suet only. We live in wooded area.
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> From:"Robley Evans via CTBirds" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> Date:Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 9:48 AM
> Subject:Re: [CT Birds] Bluebirds
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> Bluebirds come here less for seed than for suet dropped off by downies and
> flickers.? I am delighted to hear of bluebird flocks elsewhere in CT.? We
> must be doing something right.? Robley Evans North Stonington
> 
> On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 9:25 AM, Barbara Garrett via CTBirds <
> ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
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>> For those of you who are getting Bluebirds at your feeder, what type of
>> seed are you using?
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> Barbara Garrett
>> Shelton
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