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Knowledge Entry Contest: What Have You Witnessed At Your Feeder?






December 13, 2022


| Brown Creeper by Stacey Headey |

For the seventh season in a row, Project FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the chance to win prizes. This year, Celestron is joining the fun and offering one pair of binoculars to each data entry contest winner as well. After entering bird counts (data) into the FeederWatch website, participants have the opportunity to share a story, memory, or tip by clicking the “Enter to Win” button on the Count Summary page. We randomly select two winners per prompt. Our first Data Entry contest prompt this season was:

Regularly watching your feeder area gives you a greater chance at witnessing an incredible event! Tell us about a memorable moment that occurred near or at your feeders.

Congratulations to our winners, Lisa Meacham and Debi Blankenship!

Lisa shared:

I was thrilled to see a Brown Creeper on the most recent Project FeederWatch count period. It’s only the third time I have ever seen one in my yard and the first time since 2012. It hitched its way up my oak trees in its characteristic fashion, and it returned several times throughout the day. What a treat!

While they mostly eat insects, Brown Creepers may visit feeder setups offering suet, peanut hearts, hulled sunflower seeds, and more. You may see them zigzagging upwards on large, old tree trunks, foraging for food. Wondering what foods will attract what birds to your yard? Check out Project FeederWatch’s Common Feeder Birds Interactive to explore species’ food preferences, feeder type preferences, and more.

Debi shared:

Last year we had so many woodpeckers feeding their babies outside our window, and I was so excited to see three Pileated Woodpeckers back again! The parents have fed their babies regularly the past three years, and the babies return now, along with the parents. Now I’m waiting for the Red-headed Woodpeckers to return too!

If you have dead or dying trees on your property, consider leaving them or leaving tall stumps if it is safe to do so. Dead snags often host a plethora of insect life, and may attract Pileated Woodpeckers (as well as other cavity-nesting birds) as a spot to forage for insects or excavate and build their nests in the softening wood. You can also attract birds to nest by installing a nest box. Visit Cornell’s NestWatch website to download free nest box construction plans.

Thanks to everyone who participated and shared their stories – we wish we could share all of your submissions! Read the stories from past winners on our blog. Email feederwatch@cornell.edu with questions. Stay tuned for when we announce our next data entry contest winners on January 10th, 2023.

Interested in becoming a FeederWatcher? Join the fun now!

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