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Knowledge Entry Contest: What’s Your Favourite Feeder Hen?




April 12, 2022


| Eastern Bluebird by Teresa Murr |

For the sixth season in a row, Project FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the chance to win prizes. 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. This year, we randomly selected two winners per prompt. Our fifth and final Data Entry contest prompt was:

What’s your favorite bird to see at your feeders? Do you wait all season for a glimpse of it, or does it come every day? Share with us what makes that species so special to see at your feeders!

Congratulations to our winners, Susan E. Schellhas and Jill Thompson!

Susan shared:

While watching my bird feeder, I often take pictures of the birds with my zoom lens to properly identify them. This year was special because I found a new species had come to my feeder.  At first I thought it was a European Starling, but after reviewing my photos and using the Project FeederWatch website, I identified it as a Brown-headed Cowbird.  I learned more about this new species and was happy to add it to my list of birds for Project FeederWatch.

The Project FeederWatch website has many tools to help you identify the birds that come to your feeder. Our Identifying Birds page gives helpful tips on what to take note of, such as field marks, behavioral observations, size, and location. You’ll also find several FeederWatch posters available for download, which serve as quick, helpful references.

Jill shared:

There are so many [birds] that set my heart a-flutter! I’d have to say that this year, my favorite birds have been my first ever Eastern Bluebird couple! I have tried to attract them for the 11 years we’ve lived here, to no avail. Then, earlier this week, I saw a flash of blue among all the brown, black, white and grey! I immediately sent my husband out to buy mealworms and Mrs. Bluebird started feasting. Apparently, she loved the meal enough to come back with Mr. Bluebird. They have come every day this week and I’m over-the-moon every time I see them. The beautiful blue, orange and white colors bring joy, and I love seeing such a devoted couple. I hope they decide to move in to the bluebird house that has housed chickadees and wrens for the past several years! They’d better decide soon, as I saw a chickadee checking the birdhouse out today!

Interested in constructing your own Eastern Bluebird box? Visit Cornell’s NestWatch website to download a construction plan. Here, you can find out more about the Eastern Bluebird’s nesting habitat, nesting range, and some helpful tips for construction and upkeep. If you want to continue doing citizen science in the summertime, consider monitoring your nest box for NestWatch!

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.

Interested in becoming a FeederWatcher? Join the fun now!









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