Most of these new birds spend their summer isolated in Canada’s boreal forest so they don’t seem to have any fear of humans. They stay close as I fill my feeders and seem fascinated by the never-ending food at feeders.
Every morning may bring in a new bird. I first heard the ehh, ehh, ehh of the Red-breasted Nuthatch in October. The happy laughing call of this bird that is only about the size of my thumb brings me joy every morning. Adult Red-breasted Nuthatches have gray backs with rust-colored breasts. They have black caps, white stripes above the eyes and what looks like a black mask over the eyes. In winter, you can see them walking upside down on the trunks of trees as they look for bugs, as well as seeds of fir, pine, and spruce trees. They are also common visitors at peanut, sunflower, mealworms, and suet feeders.
At a first glance, siskins appear to be very small streaked sparrows with faint yellow patches on their wings and tails, not always visible. But Pine Siskins are very social birds and have a cheerful "zzziip" song.
Feeders are a great way to attract all these fabulous birds to your yard. We have many styles of feeders that are ideal for these birds & the foods they love! Come by the Wild Birds Unlimited store in East Lansing, Michigan and we will help you decide what you need!
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