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9/17/07 9:43 P

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The seed feeder in the window is doing very well with the black-oil sunflower seeds. It's the suet feeder that's untouched. Makes me wonder why -- a co-worker lives in the next neighborhood over and her suet feeder sees a lot of action.

I've thought about getting a finch feeder to put thistle in. I enjoy goldfinches. I'd just like to figure out this puzzle of the suet feeder before I give it up.

Unfortunately, I don't have a feed store nearby. I walk/take public transit everywhere I go, so I can't carry great loads of bird-seed. There's a hardware store in the next neighborhood over that might be a decent supplier for me, but it's an upscale neighborhood with upscale prices. I just enjoy the birds so much, though. I try to stock up whenever I can manage to get a ride to Wal-Mart or Home Depot.

I'd love to see warblers or thrashers. I live in an apartment, so I can at least attach feeders to hooks which are nailed into wood that fit into my window - not very fancy or pretty, but functional.

I wanted to put up a bird-house but I doubt it would get use, being so close to my building. I'd also love to provide a place for the birds to bathe. Apartment-living is challenging, tho!

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9/17/07 6:50 P

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try thistle or other special seeds from the feed store. Do you have a feed shop in your area that sells farm goods and farm animal foods for horses, goats, sheep, etc.

They usually sell specialty seed too that you can buy to attract certain types of birds

Hanging feeders at different heights, or partial hidden in the bushes will attract more shy birds like warblers or thrashers

are you sure there are seeds left for them to eat? Birds eat the centers of the seeds leaving the husks
blow on the seeds if they fly around they are just husks

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9/17/07 6:15 A

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I have black oil sunflower seed in my window feeder (has one-way glass). The birds raid it... chickadees, cardinals, finches... and I saw my first tufted titmouse last week (haven't seen him since).

I've got a suet feeder that no birds even seem to bother with. It's also hanging from a window. I have a peanut suet cake in there right now. I could really use some advice!

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9/14/07 9:53 P

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welcome new members
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I also love bird watching and have attracted more of a variety by putting different types of seed
And I have learned a lot by joining local bird clubs and talking with the members about how they attract birds. I use to have just one bird bath but then I got the tip that you should have several some hidden because the different breeds are shy and some are not

And different shapes of feeders makes a difference too. emoticon

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9/14/07 9:11 A

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welcome to the group!

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9/13/07 12:23 P

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Thank you for the welcome. I am hoping winter will actually allow us to have more sightings (no leaves in the way!). Our house backs up to park land, and I too like to take long walks on the trails, with camera in hand of course. I recently purchased a pocket bird book, so that will go with me too. Anyway, thanks for the welcome. Debbie

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9/13/07 11:56 A

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Hi there! I'm fairly new to this hobby (obsession?) myself. Right now, I have cardinals, house finches, purple finches, chickadees... and probably mourning doves (beneath the window feeder). I'm curious to see what winter brings to my feeder.

I also like to take walks in the woods, but it's been so hard to sight birds that way. You hear them, but don't see them! Besides trying to learn their calls, I'm going to be asking a birder-friend of mine for some tips.

Welcome to the forum!

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9/13/07 11:02 A

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Hi, I just wanted to introduce myself, my name is Debbie and I have recently discovered I enjoy bird watching! We have finch feeders, a hummingbird feeder, and feeders for cardinals, doves, and other species I have not identified yet! I will! Looking forward to sharing pics and information. Also, the giving and receiving of support in our weight loss journeys. emoticon

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