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Feeding Birds at the Bird

posted by Tim Avery at
on Saturday, February 12, 2011 

This winter has been dismal at the bird. It's already mid February and I am without a Rosy-Finch for the year. Typically Alta and Snowbird produce decent numbers of easy to view Black and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, but this winter it seems to be pretty miss and miss. I am not sure of others luck but each trip I have made up the canyon has been to see empty feeders. Well today I decided I wasn't going to drive up to an empty group of random feeders again this winter--I was going to make my own luck.

I picked up two cheap feeders from Home Depot, grabbed a couple pounds of mixed see from my garage, and Sam and I headed up Little Cottonwood Canyon to scout a few locations. After driving around a bit I decided on a tree right off the main road with an area that has enough room to safely pull off and out of traffics way, and hung the two feeders at eye-level:

Ah, two feeders, filled to the brim with seed and easy to find. So here is what I am asking. If you go up to view the feeders please bring a little bit of food with you to help keep the feeders full. As long as they are still there, birds will come in and be easy to view. You can walk right up to the feeders and twist the tops off to fill in a minute or two as they are only about 25 feet from the road.

As for the where, they are exactly 6.15 miles up the canyon from the park and ride right at the mouth. Once you have gone just about 6 miles you will pass the 1st entrance to Snowbird, and from there it's .2 miles to the feeders on the right (south) side of the road just before the 2nd entrance to the Bird.

Please let us know what you are seeing if you go up there, hopefully these will stay up for a while. I am also working on getting a couple more up at another location and will post more about that if it happens.

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Anonymous Bill Fenimore said...


I would be happy to donate some seed and a feeder or two for future stations that you may decide to put up.

Bill Fenimore

February 13, 2011 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger Jeff Bilsky said...

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February 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Jeff Bilsky said...

This was a great idea. Glad you put them up. It would be cool to have a whole series of feeders throughout the various canyons. It could be like geo-caching, but with bird feeders.

February 13, 2011 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

Kendall and I did see ~50 GC Rosy-Finches at the Hame feeders morning of Jan 29th, so it shouldn't be long before they show up! We'll try to make it up there again (so may places to bird, so little time...)

February 14, 2011 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Tim Avery said...

@Bill Fenimore: Bill that would be awesome! I am trying to get one more location on an actual property solidified, I will get in touch with you this week about it and see what we can do.

@Jeff Bilsky: I was actually thinking about maybe a community feeder project. Feeders at random locations where birders go to help attract some of the specialty, and even the occasionally rare bird. Willard Bay used to have a feeder up all winter (still might) that was like a sure thing for White-throated and Harri's Sparrow.

@Jon: thanks for the note. I have been up 4 times this winter and am yet to see any. The other 3 feeders I normally check are either empty or gone. Hopefully, this new location, along with one more I am trying to get up will create new places to look!

February 14, 2011 at 10:37 AM  

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