You can put your bird feeder out now. I live in West Arlington near to the Vermont Bird Place in Manchester, VT. It is the only Bird Place in Southern Vermont that I know of. There is a nice feed store in North Bennington that offers a good selection of bird feed and feeders. There may be a similar type of feed store in your area. I can say stay away from grocery stores and the like, could say the same for hardware stores unless you have an Agway in the area. I would go online to fine feeders. I have always found the Vermont Bird place a good place to shop (They have enough of my money) and they will ship feeders almost anyplace.
I feed almost exclusively black oil sunflower seed an thistle seed and use the peanut butter suet in my suit feeders.
I hope that this information is useful for you. Happy Birding
> Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 14:21:09 -0500
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> Subject: [VTBIRD] Feed and feeders
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> Greetings -
> I'm new to the area. I'm in Brattleboro, and live next to woods. I'm
> assuming I should wait until Dec. 1st to start feeding the birds. Does that
> seem right (worried about bears).
> Also, I'll need a new tube feeder for thistle, and a source for thistle
> seed and "regular" seed. Can anyone suggest sources with reasonable choices
> and prices?
> Thanks for your time and attention,
> Ralph Palmer
> Brattleboro, VT
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