December 22, 2017
For the second season in a row, Cornell Lab and our sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with BirdSpotter prizes. After entering bird counts (aka data) into the FeederWatch website, participants have the opportunity to share a story, memory, or tip. Our second Data Entry contest prompt asked:
Sunflower feeder + suet + heated bath = birds galore. What is your formula for success? Do you have special seed or feeders, or do you rely on habitat and water to draw a crowd? Share your secrets!
Congratulations to our randomly selected winner, Miyeko Kimitch of Eagan, Minnesota! This is Miyeko’s third FeederWatch season. While her apartment balcony does not offer her a lot of space to work with, she makes the most of it!
The vast part of my secret is that I’m on the third floor of an apartment building (run by owners who thankfully are tolerant of feeders) that’s smack dab in the middle of a wooded area. I have a big white oak that’s just out of squirrel-jump range from my feeders, and chickadees often dart in to grab seeds, then dart back to the oak to eat them. Rinse, repeat.
We received nearly 400 submissions to the second round of the Data Entry contest. Many people suggested adding water and a diversity of foods and feeder options. Also, providing shelter and natural food resources such as fruiting plants were key to drawing in a crowd. Want more suggestions? Check out the FeederWatch Bird Feeding page, which walks you through different types of feeders and foods, and makes recommendations about feeder placement. Our sister project, Habitat Network, provides tips for making your yard more bird-friendly.
Thanks to everyone who participated and shared their secrets! Interested in becoming a FeederWatcher? Join the fun and you could win great prizes!