I've found many websites talking about salmonella, listing birds that are very susceptible, and those that are somewhat susceptible. Downy woodpeckers are never mentioned at all. Does anyone know for sure?
I found a pine siskin on one of my feeders, showing all the symptoms of salmonella. After taking all feeders down, I did some Googling and came up with
I too have a garden saucer (24" diameter) on the ground; the birds seem to prefer it there as opposed to on a stand. Regarding food, I'd suggest you also offer sunflower seeds; very many birds, including goldfinches (European and American) love it.
If you do put sunflower seeds out, keep in...
I use a 24" finished terra cotta garden saucer for a birdbath, just lay it on the ground and the birds love it...both drinking and bathing. I change the water every couple days, and scrub it with a brush periodically. What's the best way to sanitize it? I've been hesitant to use anything...
We already have a large terra cotta plant saucer on the ground. I think it's 18" across, we keep it full with 1.5" to 2" of water in it. Hopefully that's what they like.
You're ahead of me...I've never even seen a bluebird here!
Is there any real chance of attracting bluebirds to a backyard in the DFW area, Plano in particular? Would love to give it a try, but am wondering if it's worth the effort.
If so, would dried mealworms be a good way to go? Any other suggestions?
I'm going to put a ceramic saucer on the ground as a bird bath; it'll ll have a battery operated wiggler in it. Is there a color that will make it more attractive than others? If no particular color, then what about dark vs light?
I've used C&S suet in the past (Woodpecker Treat) and the birds loved it. But these days it's hard to find it at anything close to a decent price. The local tractor Supply Company has their own "Royal Wing" brand...any thoughts? Besides general opinion, how does their regular suet (not the 'no...