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We live on a wooded ridge, and have numerous feeders & trays of seeds out for the birds. The seeds we offer include Black Oil Sunflower, Safflower, Nyjer/Niger (also incorrectly called Thistle seed), and this year we’ve added corn AND the seed cakes in the previous post. We originally added the Safflower because there were some reports that squirrels didn’t like them – These small white seeds are high in protein and fat but apparently have a bitter taste that blackbirds, starlings, grackles and squirrels generally don’t like.

This year we added the corn in shallow pans on the ground under pole feeders to see if it would deter the squirrels from going after the suet/seed cakes. In the beginning, the squirrels checked out the corn…but then went right back to the suet/seed cakes.

Now we seem to be ahead of the squirrel problem. We’ve placed all hanging suet/seed cakes on the same pole and put a baffle under the cakes. The squirrel cannot reach them. And just today, I saw one feasting on corn under the pole.  Score: People 1  –  Squirrels 0   :-)

Last year we added heaters to two of our many birdbaths. All of the birds & squirrels appreciate the open water when the temps slide below freezing. We found the heaters at a farm supply store. Ours look almost like this one. The unit simply lays on the bottom of the bird bath & keeps water available. It never gets too hot, as the thermostat simply keeps the water from freezing. You can see when it’s on, as you’ll see steam rising from the birdbath. We’re very glad we got them. They cost around $30.00.

The list of our January Yard birds is as follows:

  • Northern Cardinal
  • Carolina Wren
  • Blue Jay
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • American Robin
  • Northern Flicker
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Finch
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Harris’s Sparrow
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Mourning Dove
  • Pine Siskin
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Brown Creeper
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • American Crow

I’ll be adding to this list as they appear or as we recall what we left off. ;-)

FYI: Yes, I know this post was supposed to be about homemade doggie biscuits, but I wanted to get the birds in there. Next up, Homemade Doggie Treats!

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