I got birdseed and some lard/peanut butter/cornmeal paste out in my platform feeder, along with seed in the new feeder, plus some jam for the orioles, and got them all positioned on the brush surrounding my campsite and they have already attracted several green jays and a pair of pyrrhuloxia. Hopefully I can figure out a way to get some nice shots of these colorful birds as soon as the weather decides to cooperate. Yes, it still is cold, wet, and dreary.
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Drove down the road to Salineno where the feeding station by the river used to be several years ago when I was last here. I was told the station, located just 100 feet or so from the Rio Grande River had been discontinued due to safety concerns because of it’s proximity to the border. Imagine my pleasant surprise to find that it has been reopened! In speaking to the couple who were tending the site today, they told me that the site was closed last year, but had been reopened for this season and staffed by a new volunteer group. Last time I was here, a volunteer actually had their 5th wheel set up under the trees onsite, that is not the case anymore, but the site is open from 8 – 4 daily as on right now.
In my brief stay there today, there really wasn’t much bird activity going on and the volunteer there told me it still was a little early in the season and the fact that there were substantial rains late in the fall means that there is still plenty of natural feed in the surrounding fields and shrub land to satisfy the birds hunger for now.