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The Zen Birdfeeder
Nancy Castillo is the co-owner of Wild Birds Unlimited - Saratoga Springs NY.
Interests: - photography and digiscoping - podcasts - traveling - ukulele (beginner) - the chicago cubs - food with coconut in it - panfishing - learning new things
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If you are finding things a bit unsettling and stressful lately, just turn to the birds. Watching and enjoying the birds at your birdfeeders in your own yard can take your mind off all the craziness in our world. Birds... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at The Zen Birdfeeder
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We're slowly coming out of another debilitating ice storm. Even from inside, we've heard the sharp cracks and messy tumbles of nearby trees or large limbs. Our beloved plum tree has for the second time in just weeks been brought... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at The Zen Birdfeeder
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As I sit in front of my pellet stove enjoying a cup of Bird-friendly® coffee on a cold January morning, a wonderful world awoke outside my windows: The sound of the snowplow woke me this morning. When I looked out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at The Zen Birdfeeder
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It's called a "Ruby-crowned Kinglet", so where's that ruby crown? This perpetual motion machine of a bird is hard to capture a good view of, let alone capture an image of. And even when you can, seldom does any sign... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at The Zen Birdfeeder
Marvin, I know it sounds odd, if all you have ever seen is a whitish throat, never dark or red, you may never have caught an adult male at your feeder. Sounds hard to believe, but that is my thinking!
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Brynn, I'm pretty sure it's mold or fungus growing on the debris. Rake it up, throw it away in the trash. To keep it from coming, keep the debris under the feeder from accumulating by raking frequently.
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We had eight Pine Siskins pass through the yard yesterday. Here's one of them (on the left) sharing a birdfeeder with a Purple Finch. This is about the earliest we've had Siskins in the yard and we hope they find... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at The Zen Birdfeeder
Cindy, the red dye is (1) not needed and (2) not metabolized, but passed through the hummingbird. No harm has been proven but most hummingbird experts say why risk it if it is not needed. First Nature sells red nectar because unknowing people buy it. They don't want to lose the $$$. Our store doesn't sell it and we actively encourage people to just make their own clear nectar with sugar and water. Birds before bucks.
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S.Huffman, rake it all up and bag it for the garbage. Do this regularly - it makes your birdfeeding station safer for the birds!
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Thank you Lucy!!!!
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Pat, thank you for being a good feeder steward for your hummingbirds!!!
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Anita, birds definitely prefer LIVE mealworms. They are alive and juicy, providing moisture as well. Dried mealworms are dead and dry. It's easy to understand their preference, isn't it?
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Patty, they just found other sources while you were gone. Fill your feeders only halfway until they realize the restaurant is open again!
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Bill, just put it in the trash or in a hot compost pile. Clean the can thoroughly, dry it in the sun. Buy Niger seed in smaller quantities. Store in that sealed can in cool conditions. Good luck to you!
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Esther, sounds like all the symptoms of a sick goldfinch. Please follow the instructions in the post to help protect other birds.
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Glen, you're right - some people define a weed as a plant that is where you don't want it.
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Deb, the window hummingbird feeder pictured in this post is now available in a mini, 4 ounce size. Available at Wild Birds Unlimited or online http://shop.wbu.com/products/productdetail/part_number=W10211/567.0?os=354
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lmmy - check this out! http://wildbirdsunlimited.typepad.com/the_zen_birdfeeder/2013/04/faq-if-squirrels-dont-like-niger-seed-why-do-they-chew-my-finch-sock.html
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Alecz, I don't believe there is, especially from the field.
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Hi Lori, Bears are attracted to anything that smells like food. Even if they don't like the taste of it (I don't know if they do or not), they smell it and will pursue it!
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Laura, it is illegal for you to care for this bird. Search google for your local wildlife rehabilitator to bring back to health. The wing might be broken and nothing you can do can take care of that! And consider keeping your cat indoors.
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Nancy, I cannot think of a reason not to.
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Thanks for sharing Bonnie!
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Vivian, bats have been known to drink up nectar at night. The red dye is probably not good for them either though. :( Thanks for making the switch back! Millicent - thanks for switching to CLEAR NECTAR!! Theresa - NO. Read the post.
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Amy, great that you have 2 pileateds! Thanks for sharing.
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