I recently accepted a challenge from Audubon Park to participate in a media challenge whereby members of the media, using an Audubon Park feeder and bird seed blend, feed birds for a week and tracke the birds they see.
I already had a feeding station set up, so I knew the birds would quickly discover the new feeder in the area. I planted a new pole set up to hang the feeder on. Well, it took a matter of minutes for the Audubon Park feeder and seeds to get broken in by “my” birds.
At first it was my favorite regulars — Black-caped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, and White-breasted Nuthatch — that visited the feeder. Then a nice surprise visit from a Red-breasted Nuthatch brightened my day.
For the first week, which was the time frame of the challenge, the hopper feeder also attracted Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, American Goldfinches and House Finches. For one week in fall, I saw 10 different species at the feeder.
As the seasons change in New England, I look forward to seeing how many species visit over the course of the year. I’ll keep you posted.
The next post will include some bird feeding tips from Audubon Park and more photos from my backyard experiences with the products.