Jeff Guy Jeff Guy on the summit of Mount Ouray in Saguache, Colorado. Photo by Claudia Guy. Jeff Guy has been FeederWatching since 2005. He lives in a rural mining town called Maysville, perched at 8,393′ in the central mountains of Colorado. Yearly precipitation averages 16.0″/year with 93″ of average snowfall. He sees many of the high elevation species that many FeederWatchers can only dream of seeing, such as Clark’s Nutcrackers, Pinyon Jays, Cassin’s Finches, and in amazing numbers, rosy-finches. In addition to birds, the woods around his home harbor bears, as the family discovered soon after moving in. While Jeff and his wife were away, a family member staying in the house was awakened in the night by a strange sound. Jeff wrote, “Soon he was greeted by a bear snout smudging the kitchen door’s glass…. Seems the bear took a liking to the hummingbird feeders. The bear would stand on his hind legs and lick syrup from the feeders…. I quickly learned to bring in the feeders at night. A fed bear is a dead bear.” Jeff began birding on his family’s ranch Jeff’s grandmother gave Jeff’s older brother the Golden Guide’s Birds of North America when Jeff was in junior high school. Soon both were hooked on birding. Jeff grew up on a 3,000-acre ranch in Colorado. Part of the ranch was a Ponderosa Pine forest. Jeff wrote, “Within its shady reaches, I discovered a tapestry of bird mysteries. For example, it took me a long time to discover that the gentle call of the mourning dove was not an owl! I remember identifying my first bird in that forest, a Mountain Chickadee.” FeederWatching During the FeederWatch season, Jeff keeps an eye on his feeders through French doors in his living room. He wrote, “Just a peek might bring a surprise…. Jays, sparrows, finches, hummingbirds, grosbeaks, Pine Siskins, pigeons, and chickadees are frequent diners at my mountain cafe.” Brown-capped Rosy-Finches on Jeff's platform feeder. Sometimes he observes more than 500 rosy-finches. Photo by Jeff Guy. Jeff has a hopper feeder filled with white millet and sunflower seeds, tube feeders brimming with sunflower seeds, a nyjer-seed feeder, and a platform feeder loaded with whole corn, sunflowers seeds, and white millet. In the winter, the most common bird at Jeff’s feeders is the junco, which can number more than 100, especially during winter storms. Cassin’s Finch numbers can also be as high but not every year. Lots of rosy-finches! By far the biggest flocks of birds at Jeff’s feeders are the rosy-finches. Primarily high elevation birds, few people are lucky enough to host these beautiful little birds at their feeders. There are three rosy-finch species: Brown-capped, Gray-crowned, and Black. Like many other finches, they tend to gather in large flocks, especially in winter. Jeff has estimated seeing as many as 500 rosy-finches at his feeders. The majority of the rosy-finches at Jeff’s feeders are Brown-capped Rosy-Finches with a few Gray-crowned and Black rosy-finches mixed in. Tips for FeederWatchers Jeff says that the most beneficial thing to provide for birds is a safe yard. He has a moveable chain link dog pen that he uses to keep cats away from the feeders. The birds love to perch on the fence. The pen has the added benefit of protecting the feeders from deer.