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November Feeding Tip

Northeast News Flash!  The various birding hotlines and listservs are buzzing with the news that many Pine Siskins are being seen at feeders across the northeastern states.  This member of the finch family resides across northern Canada, Alaska, and in the high elevations of the Rocky Mountains.  Pine Siskins "irrupt" into the United States when their natural food sources are not adequate within their normal range.  It appears that the winter of 08-09 will be one of those years when many backyard birdwatchers will have the opportunity to see this visitor from the north.  Look for a streaky bird with pale yellow on the wing and tail feathers.  If one is perched on your finch tube feeder, notice the very slender bill.  This feature limits their seed diet to the finest textured seeds.  Aspen Song® Finch mix is an ideal choice for this season's featured wanderers.  They readily consume nyjer seed, an important component of the mix.  Small yellow millet, sometimes called German foxtail millet is significantly smaller in size than the white proso millet found in most general purpose mixes.  Aspen Song® Finch mix contains small yellow millet.  Add fine bits and pieces of sunflower kernels, canola seed, and canary seed and you have the perfect mix for small perching finches like the Pine Siskin.  Wintering siskins tend to associate with foraging flocks of our more common American Goldfinches, so scan these groups carefully, sit back, and enjoy the show. 

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Aspen Song® Choice Blend

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Aspen Song® Choice Blend contains many of the favorite seeds and nuts of the songbirds visiting backyard feeders. It includes no filler seeds or cereal grains. This general purpose mix can be the foundation for creating a backyard bird habitat. First offer Aspen Song® Choice Blend. Add other feeding stations for specific bird groups, provide suet for woodpeckers, and provide nectar for hummingbirds. You will have created a haven for many colorful songbirds. Who Will Show Up at the Feeder? Expect to see an array of visitors including cardinals and grosbeaks, chickadees and nuthatches, woodpeckers, sparrows, finches, and doves. Aspen Song Choice Blend is formulated to appeal to wide variety of songbirds. What's the Best Feeder To Use? Offer tube-style feeder, hopper feeder, or platform feeder. Keep Them Healthy and Coming Back By: Providing a fresh supply of water. Placing feeders close to sheltering trees and shrubs. Cleaning your feeders and birdbaths regularly with a mild bleach solution. Raking up and removing seed hulls from under feeders Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein (minimum): 12.3% Crude Fat (minimum): 11.8% Crude Fiber (maximum): 15.5% Allergen Statement: This product is processed, packaged and/or stored in facilities that also may process, package and/or store peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, eggs, milk products and soy. Not for Human Consumption.

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Latest Blog Entry: "An Autumn To Remember"

Autumn 2012 will go down in the annals of birding lore as one to remember.  True to Ron Pittaway’s Winter Finch Forecast, Canadian birds are being seen at feeders in record numbers.  Reports across the northeastern US abound of western hummingbird species showing up in backyards.  And Hurricane Sandy pushed many shore migrants and pelagic birds into the interior northeast, giving landlubbers too prone to seasickness, a chance to observe ocean travelers. While I currently have about eight different feeding stations in my yard, it has been standing room only for those wanting to dine.  As the weather has chilled, dark-eyed juncos have returned to the yard in force.  There are times when as many as two dozen are picking through the grass for spilled seed.  The semi-annual chance to see species that spend summers north and winters south of my yard has kept the platform feeder busy.  White-throated sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, and fox sparrows have joined the song sparrows.  Of course, the year around residents elbow their way to the table as well:  northern cardinals, blue jays, black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, white-breasted nuthatches, mourning doves, and downy woodpeckers. Overlain on all this activity, are two of the Canadian irruptives.  About a dozen pine siskins spotted all the action and lingered in my yard for a week enjoying the Aspen Song Finch Mix.  At least three red-breasted nuthatches have also joined the melee.  At one instant, I watched a white-breasted nuthatch on one side of an Aspects Big Tube, while a red-breasted nuthatch was perched on the opposite side.  Where’s that camera?!  Any time now, the American tree sparrows should arrive.  There are regular reports of red crossbills and white-winged crossbills visiting yards throughout the region.  Expectations are that we may yet see common redpolls this winter. But it was reports of the arrival of evening grosbeaks that prompted me to put the binoculars down and head outside.  These beautiful creatures are about the size of a “pudgy” cardinal, and colored in bright yellow, black, and white.  It has been many years since I last had them in the yard.  I promptly placed a new, clear platform-style feeder in the yard: a Droll Yankees “Dorothy’s Cardinal Feeder.”  I located it out in an open area of the lawn away from trees, and filled it with Aspen Song Cardinal Mix.  By using a highly visible feeder in a wide open spot, I am hoping that this acts as a giant billboard welcoming evening grosbeaks to the property!

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