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Bird feeder

I have set up a seed bell and a suet cake on the fire escape. Just strapped them there with rubber bands. The birds took a while to find the food, but they appreciated it during the last fierce snow of spring, (we hope the last, anyway!) last week.

I thought I might get pigeons or seagulls. That would have been exciting. But what has come are what my grandmother called 'little brown birds.' Meaning purple finches, mostly. Chickadees too, and grackles.

My only other experience with bird feeders was at home, years ago. We got jays there, and cat-birds, and what my gramma called 'cardigan birds.' (My dad said you could tell those by the buttons down the front!)

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charliecochrane
Mar. 23rd, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
I know what chickadees are (we call em tits) but what are grackles?
eglantine_br
Mar. 23rd, 2015 10:20 pm (UTC)
Chickadee is a good word. Of course we in in the USA would blush to use that other word! We had the black-capped type on the Vineyard, bold little guys, you could almost hand feed them. I have not seen many here, but I do hear them.

The grackles are so pretty, black with shining purple and blue in it, and a fancy pattern of speckles. And they travel in huge groups, thousands. Sometimes you will see a tree, and it looks perfectly ordinary, and then as you get closer it is all in motion, and it was full of birds and you didn't even know, and they just lift away and what you thought was tree was mostly birds after all. I love when that happens. It happens a lot with grackles.
mylodon
Mar. 24th, 2015 11:44 am (UTC)
I don't think we have anything like that. They sound lovely.
wellinghall
Mar. 23rd, 2015 08:17 pm (UTC)
I don't think I have ever seen a purple finch, a chickadee, or a grackle.
eglantine_br
Mar. 23rd, 2015 10:24 pm (UTC)
Purple finches are more sort of a dull maroon, verging on brown. Brooklyn is well supplied with them. They are not as shy as some of the other birds, so despite being small they bellied right up to the feeder. I tried to get a mix of suet and seed that would please a variety of birds. Not sure how well I did with that, but the finches here are seed guys. As far as I can tell chickadees eat berries, and nuts and seeds. They have sort of an all purpose beak.

Grackles eat bugs I think, they seem to like the suet ok.
wellinghall
Mar. 24th, 2015 07:20 am (UTC)
Thank you for the information.
ba1126
Mar. 23rd, 2015 10:38 pm (UTC)
Are grackles the ones that look like small crows? I love chickadees. Hubby hangs suet in a holder on our one big tree out front, and they come inching down from the branches, down the trunk to the suet and feed upside down!
eglantine_br
Mar. 23rd, 2015 11:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, grackles look like small shining crows. They are not crow family though, not corvids. But blue jays are, which just goes to show something I suppose.
thistle_chaser
Mar. 24th, 2015 03:18 pm (UTC)
I miss having a birdfeeder. It made an awful mess (the birds liked to toss out every bit of seed other than the things they wanted), but it was great watching them.
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