Sunflower seed owl shirt now available. The classic “Adirondack Owl Feeder” is surprisingly easy to operate. Simply add sunflower seeds to attract chickadees. The chickadees spill seeds on the ground, which attracts mice. Then wait a bit longer for your resident barred owl to arrive. (this one caught a mouse moments after the photo was taken). I often hear barred owls at night, but we have more sparrows than chickadees. You would like “Big Food Chain” by Mike Cross. Unfortunately doesn’t seem to be on YouTube. In the spring/ summer snakes will find their way to and from the feeder…wildlife rescue since 1978 and no kill snake relocation.
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Cool—well, not for the mouse. For years we’ve baked a weekly chicken during the winter. We pick off meat for our use, then chain the carcass down to a platform feeder. Yes, chain! We used to tie it down, but then various creatures interested in the carcass would gnaw through the rope. On chicken carcasses we’ve had barred owls come to feed, and also long-tailed weasels, ermines, and once, a northern shrike that lingered for seven weeks. Chickadees, nuthatches, gray jays, and blue jays like the carcasses, too. Of course, we stop putting out carcasses once the bears are out, or might be out. Sometime in March we stop. It seem strange that we’ve never seen an owl hunting mice by the feeder. Odd. Curt, maybe your mice taste better than ours.
This little female Downy Woodpecker couldn’t seem to get enough to eat. Here she is pictured on a feeder shaped like an owl that contained sunflower seeds. All the birds were probably very hungry after our recent cold spell. “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.” God will supply all our needs as long as He is number one in our life. Wow! Haven’t seen that type at our feeders, but we saw the red bellied woodpeckers, (and LOTS of cardinals and house finches) on those really cold days. I’m amazed with your photography!!!