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 Post subject: Feeding suet
PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 5:15 pm 
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If you have not tried feeding suet to your backyard birds it is something to consider. I get a wider variety of species coming to the suet feeders than I do to sunflower. I live in McKinney and had these birds feeding on suet over the holidays.

White-breasted Nuthatch
Northern Mockingbird
Carolina Wren
European Starling
American Goldfinch
Brown Thrasher
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

I use both commercial suet cakes and a home-made blend that I just smear on tree limbs or trunks.

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I have been seeing what looks like a lesser goldfinch but I'm not sure. I saw a bunch of them around the feeders, including the suet. They are not brilliant gold but are more dull and a slightly greenish tint. Tiny, thin beaks and they flit around like a wren, sometimes hanging onto the brick on the side of the house.

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 Post subject: Finches
PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 3:18 pm 
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The birds are probably American Goldfinches.

The American Goldfinch looses its bright yellow and black colors in the winter, and fit your description of looking something like a Lesser Goldfinch.

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Oh, I thought the colors got brighter in the winter. Thanks!

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Here's one for you...and I have pictures!

This is a new bird for me to see. Small, round bird, patchy brown on back blends in w/ tree bark. White underbelly. Glides effortlessly up and down the tree getting bugs with needle-thin beak. Holds itself flat against the tree as it moves around. What is it?

http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=v3w ... &y=-xj5r18

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 Post subject: Which bird?
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The bird is a Brown Creeper. It has a very high, very thin call. It is winter resident in Texas.

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Are they pretty common then in the winter?

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 Post subject: Brown Creepers
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My experience is that they are fairly common some years, less common in others. Obviously they are easy to miss, so they are probably under-reported.

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