[Tweeters] Birdseed

Bob Sundstrom ixoreus at scattercreek.com
Fri Mar 3 09:20:34 PST 2017

We scatter our mixed seed on the ground in the same areas of gravel pathways each morning and afternoon, about 2 quarts. Assorted sparrows, quail, Steller's and Scrub Jays, Mourning Doves and chipmunks all enjoy the seed on the ground, which we buy at a feed store. Also maintain hanging feeders of sunflower seeds and a suet feeder. We're outside Tenino along Scatter Creek.

Bob Sundstrom

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> On Mar 2, 2017, at 6:22 PM, Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds at outlook.com> wrote:


> Wally, and Tweeters


> I typically provide 160 lbs of mixed bird seed (from Costco -- mfg by local company: Global Harvest Foods) for the ground feeders; 30 lbs of black oilseed; 4 suet blocks; 2-3 lbs of shelled peanuts; some peanut butter; and 1/2 lb of suet balls per week at our home in rural Roy (that last may be redundant!). I have 14 oilseed feeders, 10 suet feeders, 5 shelled peanut feeders, 1 suet-ball feeder and one peanut-butter feeder set up on about 4 acres. And 9 large ground-feeding areas. The ground seed, which includes millet, is scarfed up by the 125+ juncos, 20-25 Song Sparrows, 1 White-throated Sparrow (here since 10/2/2016), 2 White-crowned Sparrows, 7 Fox Sparrows, 12-15 Golden-crowned Sparrows, 15-25 Spotted Towhees, 15-25 Red-winged Blackbirds, 20-25 House Finches, 7 California Quail, 1 Ring-necked Pheasant, 8-12 Steller's Jays, 2 California Scrub-Jays, 10-80 Mourning Doves, 2 Eurasian Collared-Doves, and 10-20 House Sparrows at we have daily at the house. Even the two species of chickadees snag the peanuts (which are included in the Costco seed) that are on the ground. I was initially hesitant, in 2005, about providing ground feed that included millet, but the feeding habits of the species here belied the tales I heard about white millet being a seed that was only filler. Definitely not a fact, at least for the birds that winter here.



> May all your birds be identified,


> Denis DeSilvis


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> From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu <tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu> on behalf of Wally Davis <wallydavis3 at gmail.com>

> Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 4:10:22 PM

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> Subject: [Tweeters] Birdseed


> I run through about 10 lbs of sunflower seeds a week and a cake of suet a day. The sunflowers caused me to build a feeder that holds 5 gallons of seed and I hang out 6 blocks of suet at a time. Mostly chickadees, towhees, Steller’s jays, and 5 species of woodpeckers. This year I thought I’d try birdseed and bought a feeder that hold about a pint. The birds are largely uninterested and it takes almost 2 months to empty the pint of birdseed. I live in a rural area with cedar woodlands and open areas consisting of brush as well as my yard. I was wondering if anyone else has observed that birdseed isn’t eaten?


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