Red Deer River Naturalists

The Red Deer river Naturalists are a group dedicated to learning about and preserving natural history. They have regular programs with speakers and many field trips.


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Friday, December 4, 2015

Feeding Bluejays

       In my yard bird feeders I have used black oil sunflower seeds. I've had a regular clientele of chickadees and nuthatches. Yes, I would get the odd blue jay, junco or downy.

      A few weeks ago I decided to try some so called blue jay mix. This consists of peanuts corn and large sunflower seeds. Now by the time I get the seed container put back in the shed a blue jay will be at the feeder. It doesn't matter whether I've seen blue jays recently, they just seem to appear like magic. How do they know I've put out their favorite food?

      My neighbor recently put up a feeder and filled it with mixed bird seed. House sparrows took over and in about five days the feeder was empty...most of it spilled on the ground. Juncos loved this. They've been under the feeder daily to find their food. 

      So this fall has been active around the feeders with more species.

     How about you? Have your feeders been active?

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