Junco and Finch Fight!

Finches and Dark Eyed Juncos are both pretty aggressive birds.. It’s not uncommon for a Junco to get in the middle of this bird feeder and fight off every bird that tries to land, but today the tables were turned and the House Finch was winning.


About this feeder:   I switched to this Gardman Hanging Feeder Tray after using traditional wood and tube feeders last year.   I like the idea of a metal feeder because it doesn’t get moldy or deteriorate from all the rain we get.  I also like the platform feeder because it’s easy to see all of the birds in it…. I found with hopper style feeders, the birds would just throw out tons of seed.  I feel I have more control of the quantity of seed available this way.  I just put a cup of seed in it every morning.  I will have to admit that some days I refill it twice when the birds are especially hungry, or when a bird like a Scrub Jay decides to come by and store a lot of the seed in their throat for later use!

The Gardman Hanging Feeder Tray can accommodate 5-6 birds BUT most of the time there’s only 1-3 on it because birds fight so much.   Pine Siskins seem to be much better at sharing the feeder than the other birds, so it might depend on what species you have.


About this photo:  I have a lot of practice taking bird pictures… I’ve taken thousands.  Practice is the key.  But here’s why this photo “worked”:

  • It was very sunny!  This helps a lot!  I have taken many grainy/blurry photos during cloudy and rainy days.  Sometimes such photos help me to identify birds, but they are far from being a photo I would show off.
  • I used Shutter Priority mode on my Canon EOS Rebel T3i and I set it to 1/500th of a second.  I almost always use Shutter Priority when taking bird photos.  If you have such a mode on your camera, you can practice and try to figure out what speed works best for your situation.  I use a 270mm lens and use a minimum of 1/400th of a second.   In general, the longer the lens, the higher the speed you will need.
  • I used “Continuous Shooting” mode so that as long as I held down the shutter button, my camera took shots.  Then I just select the good ones!