[Tweeters] Townsend's Warbler at feeders?

Dottie Belknap dottie at hevanet.com
Tue Dec 14 11:50:10 PST 2021

Every year a pair of Townsend Warblers arrives to spend their day eating my homemade suet along with 18-20 other species that visit daily at my SW Portland home. Should anyone be interested in making homemade suet, feel free to write to me and I will send a copy of the recipe to you.

Dottie Belknap

SW Portland

From: Tweeters [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of canyoneagle at mycci.net
Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 10:46 AM
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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Townsend's Warbler at feeders?

I don’t know if this is relevant to your location, but when I lived in Eugene, OR, I had Townsend’s Warbler stay with me every winter. One winter I had a Hermit Warbler coming to the feeders too. Lori Markoff







From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of birdmarymoor at gmail.com
Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 9:22 AM
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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).

= Michael Hobbs
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= BirdMarymoor at gmail.com

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