The Red Crossbill, pictured here with a Purple Finch, can be quite aggressive and will eat an enormous amount of sunflower seeds.
To cater to the waxwings or the robin, some bird lovers collect Dogberries in the summer, freeze them and put them out in the winter to attract these berry-eating birds. These birds will also eat Partridge Berries or Blueberries, as well as apples. Two years ago, numerous members of the birding community dropped off apples to a home in the St. John's area to help support a large flock of Bohemian Waxwings that stayed in the area for several weeks.
Common Grackles are also drawn to suet blocks around the St. John's area. They move around town in large numbers, feed and move on to the next feeder.
Like any bird-busy backyard, there also can be seen a marauding Sharp-shinned Hawk regularly dropping by to hunt for its daily meal. All of these birds provide hours of entertainment and pleasure and could show up in a yard at any time, provided the desired food and water supply is available.
Part III of this series will take a look at some of the prized, rare birds that drop by feeders in Newfoundland.