Gail Hutchin
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Help needed re timing of putting out bird feeders, please!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gail Hutchin yesterday. 9 Replies

I need help from those of you who take their bird feeders in for the summer.  I realize this year may be different but I'd like to know when you will put your feeders out again and also when you…Continue

Is this a young male Ruby-throated Hummingbird?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gail Hutchin Aug 12. 4 Replies

He seems very fluffy so I'm hoping it's just down and not an indication of problems.  He sat on the feeder for a long time just looking around.…Continue

Any idea if this female Goldfinch is ill?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gail Hutchin Aug 4. 2 Replies

I've had my feeders down for quite a while now but the male and female Goldfinches keep coming to the deck to check.  They've all looked fine until this one today.  Does she appear to have food stuck…Continue

Is this a Vesper Sparrow? Thanks

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joanne Savage Jul 17. 5 Replies

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Gail Hutchin replied to Gail Hutchin's discussion Help needed re timing of putting out bird feeders, please!
"Thank you for the information.  I actually bring in all but Safflower feeders each night due to raccoons.  I discovered this summer that I have pioneer Mountain Ash and Canadian Serviceberry trees and I'm surrounded by empty hay…"
yesterday
Paul & Kitty Martin replied to Gail Hutchin's discussion Help needed re timing of putting out bird feeders, please!
"Because of the deer and raccooons, and possibly bear we put our feeders in at night untill December, then we usually leave them out till the end of May."
yesterday
Gail Hutchin replied to Gail Hutchin's discussion Help needed re timing of putting out bird feeders, please!
"That helps a lot!  Thanks, Kitty and Paul."
yesterday
Paul & Kitty Martin replied to Gail Hutchin's discussion Help needed re timing of putting out bird feeders, please!
"Hi Gail, We tend to put ours out in Oct, usually after thanksgiving.  Hope this helps. Paul & Kitty"
Saturday
Gail Hutchin replied to Gail Hutchin's discussion Help needed re timing of putting out bird feeders, please!
"Thanks, Eric.  Sounds like a very good option.  I bring my feeders in every night or at least empty all but the Safflower seed ones so the raccoons aren't tempted to wake up during thaws and come to visit  :)"
Friday
Eric Johnsen replied to Gail Hutchin's discussion Help needed re timing of putting out bird feeders, please!
"I let the raccoons determine my schedule.  When they come out, the feeders come down.  When the ground freezes and the raccoons go to sleep, my feeders go out."
Friday
Gail Hutchin replied to Gail Hutchin's discussion Help needed re timing of putting out bird feeders, please!
"I just checked and there has been at least one report of disease in Quispamsis.  See the map link here: http://www.cwhc-rcsf.ca/trichomonosis.php"
Thursday
Gail Hutchin replied to Gail Hutchin's discussion Help needed re timing of putting out bird feeders, please!
"I realize that, Joanne.  However, it is recommended by many people that feeders are never out at all during any summer so I'm asking those who do take them down when they put them back out."
Thursday
Joanne Savage replied to Gail Hutchin's discussion Help needed re timing of putting out bird feeders, please!
"Gail, I believe the recommended time period for removing feeders was two weeks. My feeders have remained up throughout the summer. They were cleaned well as I do often in any overly wet times. I watched carefully for any ill birds. I live in…"
Thursday
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Help needed re timing of putting out bird feeders, please!

I need help from those of you who take their bird feeders in for the summer.  I realize this year may be different but I'd like to know when you will put your feeders out again and also when you generally take them back in again in the Spring. Many birds still come looking for feeders that have been in for well over a month so I'm hoping it's sooner rather than later  :)  Thanks.See More
Thursday
Heather Long-Smith liked Gail Hutchin's discussion Is this a young male Ruby-throated Hummingbird?
Tuesday
Gail Hutchin replied to Brian Rignanesi's discussion Bird feeders
"My feeders have been down for a month and I still had a sick male Purple Finch on the deck in Upper Coverdale two days ago looking for food.  I'm trying to hold off until mid-September but am hoping for some 'official advice' too."
Aug 13
Gail Hutchin replied to Gail Hutchin's discussion Is this a young male Ruby-throated Hummingbird?
"Thanks, Joanne.  You got me thinking about Juvenile males... After 10 years of feeding them, I just discovered they look like their mothers - of course!  ( a little slow :) )  I gather these two with very pronounced streaks on their…"
Aug 12
Joanne Savage replied to Gail Hutchin's discussion Is this a young male Ruby-throated Hummingbird?
"He might be what I think of as a 'traveller'. This time of year, the males, which have had nothing to do with nesting or raising of chicks, are moving around and getting ready to migrate out of NB."
Aug 9
Gail Hutchin replied to Gail Hutchin's discussion Is this a young male Ruby-throated Hummingbird?
"Thanks, Joanne.  It was cooler and wet overnight here too but oddly enough, the guy pictured below was here nearly two hours earlier and he looks fine... Just me worrying again  :)"
Aug 9
Joanne Savage replied to Gail Hutchin's discussion Is this a young male Ruby-throated Hummingbird?
"I'd say a mature adult male. The night was cool and here, at least, had showers during the night. I think he was cold and wet...Hummers can slow down considerably when cold."
Aug 9

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