[Tweeters] Townsend's Warbler at feeders?

Louise Rutter louiserutter1000 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 14 11:00:22 PST 2021

We have a male Townsend’s that visits our suet feeder regularly every winter (it’s been 15 years now, so I’m assuming it’s no longer the same bird) but we almost never see a female. I have no idea why the gender discrepancy, but the male first appeared on Nov 28th this year. Our house backs onto mixed deciduous and coniferous woodland.

Louise Rutter


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Subject: [Tweeters] Townsend's Warbler at feeders?

Tweets – for two weeks now, we’ve had what looks to be a first year female TOWNSEND’S WARBLER coming to our seed feeders, usually a couple of times a morning.

I’m using a no-mess blend from the West Seattle True Value store, which is sunflower chips and peanut chips, I believe. She’s also fed at another feeder that has sunflower chips mixed with niger. Sometimes she goes to the suet as well.

Has anyone else had a Townsend’s regularly visiting their feeders? Birds of the World lists only a very old report: “In winter, visits feeding stations where cheese, marshmallows, and peanut butter are offered ( <https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/towwar/cur/references#REF56932> Bent 1953b).”

(She just came back for at least her 2nd visit of the morning).

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