Wednesday, November 01, 2006

First feeder bird!

I put up a feeder a little over a week ago and I finally got a visitor on Sunday. I woke up to the sound of a Tufted Titmouse calling outside our window, which is where the feeder is located. I whispered to Beth, "I hear a Titmouse. It could be at the feeder." I checked and there was no one there. A few hours later, I peered out the sliding glass door towards the feeder and saw a little Tufted Titmouse zoom down to an Oak branch right above the feeder. I hoped and prayed he would take some seed. "Come on! You can do it!" He looked around inquisitively as Titmice tend to do. Finally, he mustered enough courage to fly down to a perch on the feeder, pick out some sunflower hearts, and blast back up into the tree. He repeated this act once more and was gone.

With the time change, I haven't been able to really observe the feeder too much other than a few minutes before work. I did notice that the feeder looks like it has some moisture inside. Birdchick had warned me that the hearts attract a lot of moisture. I need to get some Feeder Fresh this weekend and clean out that feeder ASAP!

I know there are White-throats and Juncos in the area. I hear them every day. Hopefully, they'll come to the seed I've left on the ground. I'm just glad that my first feeder bird was a Titmouse and not a darn House Sparrow.


Susan Gets Native said...

I have read your comments on other's blog, but I never came here to read your posts!
Glad your first feeder bird was a titmouse. A house sparrow may have turned you off immediately!
I will just have to add you to my blog roll if you don't mind?

Patrick Belardo said...

Hi Susan,

Thanks for stopping by. It'd be awesome to be on your blog roll!

MojoMan said...

It's fun to see someone with a life list of 488 getting excited about a titmouse. I have a sister with an apartment on the 19th floor of a Manhatten building. She gets birds at her feeder. In time, I'm sure you'll have plenty. I use plain old sunflower seeds and the house sparrows don't seem to like them all that much, but the titmice, nuthatches and chickadees love 'em.

LauraHinNJ said...

Titmice had disappeared from my place until a week ago when I finally got another peanut feeder - like magic they're back after 2 or 3 years. How do they do that? lol!

Patrick Belardo said...

It's all about perspective! And if your sister gets birds up there, then I definitely should.

I'm glad your birds have returned! It's amazing how they do that. What are they so busy doing the rest of the time? :) I think I need to invest in a peanut feeder too.

Anonymous said...

I will have to try this Feeder Fresh product. I always worry about the feeders spreading disease. Nice blog.