Wednesday, February 01, 2012
The bird feeders on our trees used to attract a lot of house finches, gold finches, western tanangers, and chickadees. On one memorable occasion I walked out the front door to find a woodpecker emptying out one of the feeders onto the ground, evidently he disapproved of the food I had provided and was looking for something a little wriggly-er.
I've had periodic problems with yellow winged blackbirds, starlings, and cow birds chasing the more pleasant visitors away and gobbling up excessive amounts of food. I stopped feeding for a while, thoroughly cleaned the feeders and hung them up in the trees again.
It has been a while since I've seen any birds at the feeders but for the last three days there has been this solitary junco. I got a photo of him yesterday. He seems unafraid and doesn't fly away when I open the door. I'm kind of hoping he'll spread the word and bring friends. They are fascinating to watch.
A couple weeks ago a local public radio program, Wild About Utah, ran a story about juncos. You can read or hear it here:
For a quick and easy homemade bird feeder try tying a string to the top of a pinecone, spread peanut butter over the cone and roll it in unsalted sunflower seeds. If you are looking to buy some feeders and are looking for a good selection, Anderson Seed and Garden has a wide variety of feeders and food and the staff are friendly and willing to answer all your questions. I got my tube feeders and bulk birdseed there. They also offer gardening classes, indoor and outdoor decor, and much more!
Standing in line at Anderson's seed counter on the first warm day of the year is a spring tradition here in Logan. I'm already making my seed wishlist for planting in my raised planter boxes.
I've made the mistake, in the past, of trying to get advice and information at the big chain hardware stores around here, and it has never worked out well. I'm sure box chain employees are lovely people, but they can barely show me where the products are let alone explain the pros and cons of different options. You can tell that they aren't gardeners, let alone horticulture specialists.
I have NEVER had that problem at Anderson's, everyone who works there knows what they sell, where it is, what it does, and how much it costs. They take the time to ask you about your needs to make sure you get the right product! I hate to use this worn out adjective but it is just such a neat store you have to experience it for yourself. They are located at 69 W Center St in Logan, and they have street parking out front or lot parking out back (in the center of the block) by their greenhouses.