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Bird feeder attracting Birds I have never seen

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Old Friday 18th January 2019, 15:56   #1
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Bird feeder attracting Birds I have never seen

Hello all, new member here. This past Xmas my wife got me a Bird Feeder and a Bird Bath. I have always been entertained by birds. Parrots are my main interest when it comes to birds but lately... I have been very occupied with some new birdies appearing in our backyard.

I saw this male and female pair of Cardinals show up and that was an awesome site. Then I started seeing a Painted Bunting (it took me a lot of searching around to figure out that one) which was very colorful and a pleasure to watch.

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Old Friday 18th January 2019, 19:05   #2
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Very nice! I have 2 of the Squirrels Buster Mini's and one Plus model, and the Peanut Plus feeder. I really love them. Shelled peanuts would be really good to add to your backyard buffet. Suet is great also. Peanut Delight and Peanut Treat from C&S is really good. Anything with nuts in it does well. Bird baths are really great to draw them in.

What types of seed are you feeding?
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Old Friday 18th January 2019, 19:23   #3
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Thx for the recommendations. First time ever doing anything with Bird feeding. So I have lots to learn. Currently I am using the National Audubon Society Wild Bird Food found at one of my local Lowes.

Funny you mentioned the Bird Bath drawing them in.

The Bird Bath was the first thing that the birds were interested in. Bunch of Blue Jays and Mocking Birds at first then opened up to other types enjoying the party. Once they saw the Bird Feeder it became an every morning feast.

There is this one Mocking Bird that is a serious bully when it sees other Bird species around the bath and feeder.
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Old Saturday 19th January 2019, 13:38   #4
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A painted bunting?? Wow...that's my holy grail!

I think goldfinches winter in south Florida. You might want to think about getting a thistle feeder for them.
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Old Monday 21st January 2019, 18:26   #5
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You should really look into some peanuts and suet. Mockingbirds love raisin suet, and orange suet, and fruit suet. Wally World carries a lot of different flavors, and most carry the C&S brand in them. You can always throw out some raisins in a tray feeder on the ground. I get those $1 baking pans from the dollar store, and drill tiny holes in the bottom so the seeds dont fall thru, but water does. I put that cheapo $5 a bag "wild bird seed" in the pan ground feeders. Blue Jays love peanuts. I have a bunch that come to feed all day on the peanut feeder, along with the Woodpeckers.
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Thanks everybody for your tips and warm welcome.
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