I am sorry that I did not read the post on the redpolls before I hit send!
Looks like what I needed.
I get hairy and downy woodpeckers and nuthatches at my suet feeders.
Chickadees use it from time to time and a couple blue jays as well. I live
in a rather wooded area do not have starlings and I get few enough birds
that I welcome the blue jays. The feeders are just those rectangular wire
boxes that are made for the suet cakes.
Thanks for the reply.
On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 10:06 PM, Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On the suet-- wow, totally different from my fairly brief experience using
> beef suet. I'll have to try it again. I didn't put up two feeders, but
> just put the beef suet into my regular (upside down) suet feeder, and it
> was used much, much less frequently than the packaged stuff with seeds or
> corn or whatever in it.
> I wonder whether there's a difference among species. My upside-down ones
> are patronized almost exclusively by hairy, downy and red-bellied
> woodpeckers, with the very occasional nuthatch. Other birds like suet,
> too, of course, but I was having such a problem with starlings and bluejays
> running through the suet so quickly, I gave up on using anything but the
> upside-down ones rather than feed these gluttons all winter.
> What kind of feeder do you have, and who's eating the suet?
> As for Redpolls, you might want to check out the discussion at the ABA
> link posted in a message this afternoon, http://blog.aba.org/2013/01/**
> There seems to be a fairly general consensus now that there may not be
> such a thing as a Hoary Redpoll. Still worth keeping track, I would think,
> with a careful description of the characteristics of any possible Redpoll,
> because they may eventually find DNA evidence of a separate species or
> subspecies, even if they haven't yet.
> On 1/23/2013 9:40 PM, Martha McClintock wrote:
>> 1. Just for fun, I put up two identical suet feeders, about a yard apart.
>> One has beef suet and the other a processed suet cake. I am about to
>> refill the beef suet for the third time and the suet cake still looks
>> largely untouched. While the suet cakes are a good idea when the weather
>> gets warmer, do others find that birds prefer the "real" thing?
>> 2. My feeders are getting a LOT of action, including four mourning doves
>> usually get two or three.) One of the birds climbs into the large
>> and feeds alone, pecking at the others who wait outside if they try to
>> sneak closer. Yesterday, two birds were on one side and one on the other
>> and they took turns trying to approach. When the dove in the feeder
>> at one, a bird on the other side took the opportunity to grab a seed. When
>> the bird in the feeder changed directions to attack that bird, the one on
>> the other jumped forward. After a few minutes of this, the bird in the
>> feeder did a serious attack and the other three retreated to the ground to
>> pick up the "scraps." A good show.
>> 3. I am envious at those of you who get 200 redpolls at their feeders. I
>> have occasional groups of thirty or so but more often, I have one to five
>> birds. The colors vary SO much. I do not believe that I have had a Hoary
>> but sometimes they are so light. Sibley states in his Guide to Bird Life
>> Behavior that their "plumage grades along a continuous spectrum in areas
>> where both forms breed." What do you find? Are the color differences
>> really obvious? I have put a few awful pictures of flickr...they are
>> skittish and I am forced to take the shots through windows. I am sorry to
>> bother but would love your thoughts if you have a second.
>> The redpoll set:
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