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Re: OT - woodpeckers/cedar wax wings

  • Subject: Re: OT - woodpeckers/cedar wax wings
  • From: Jesse Bell <justjess01@gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 16:25:00 -0500

Yeh...only shorter legs, and a fatter - flatter tale!  (laughing)  But
seriously, I was sad when I saw him.  My husband hates them.  They just tear
down all our trees at the pond and dig really deep tunnels around them,
which can injure a horse if they fall through.



On 4/28/09, Pam Evans <gardenqueen@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> A beaver the size of a blue heeler??  Holy schmoley!
>
> On 4/28/09, Jesse Bell <justjess01@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > That is very true...raccoons can hurt a dog or cat.  We had 22 stitches
> on
> > our German Shepherd one year because he got tangled up with a wild one
> down
> > by the pond.  And even our "pet" (you can never really call them pets
> > because they are wild animals, no matter what) raccoon went after one of
> > our
> > dogs when she got older so we had to build a raccoon "condo" of sorts for
> > her to play in.  She can climb up into an enclosed area full of hay to
> get
> > out of the elements and sleep.  An old tree is put in there for her to
> > climb
> > around on (and it takes her up to the enclosed area) and she has a
> swimming
> > pool in there to play in (we throw crayfish in there from the bait store
> > and
> > she has a field day).  But she can be mean, even to us, when she goes
> into
> > season.  She growls and will try to climb up on your head and tap dance.
> > When she's like that, I feed through the fence and do not go in.  And
> > never,
> > ever wear flip flips in there, or shiny things.  She likes to taste toes,
> > and she will grab anything shiny and run upstairs with it.  I have a very
> > healthy respect for animals and what they can do.  I never turn my back
> on
> > our bull.  Ever.  Yes, he is sweet.  But he is still a bull.  One of my
> > roosters, can be very mean.  We have "stand-offs" all the time, and I
> whack
> > him with my bucket when he tries to attack me.  But, he's a rooster, and
> > that's what they do.  Even those teeny tiny bantam roosters can be mean
> as
> > h*ll.
> >
> > So - we don't get wild raccoons up by the house because of all our dogs.
> > But we DO get them down by the creek and ponds..and I stay away from
> them.
> > We even had an aggressive beaver down on our pond one year.  He would
> come
> > running and scare the bejeebers out of me.  Before we could find a way to
> > move him far, far away from us, he was hit out on the highway.  He was
> > HUGE.  About the size of a blue heeler dog.
> >
> >
> > On 4/28/09, Aplfgcnys@aol.com <Aplfgcnys@aol.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > I love to watch our Downy Woodpeckers.  There must be more than one
> > > family in the area because I can frequently see five or six at a
> > > time.  They
> > > share the suet cake with a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers and at least one
> > > pair of Red-bellies.  Those as such handsome birds.  What I am enjoying
> > > right now is the large flock of  Goldfinches that have just recovered
> > their
> > > brilliant plumage.
> > > We bring in our feeders every night or they would be gone in the
> morning.
> > > One day last year our suet feeder disappeared right in the middle of
> the
> > > day - and I was in the garden not far away!  There had been reports of
> a
> > > black bear in the area, so I suspected it might have been around, but
> we
> > > finally - days later - discovered the mesh holder on the garage roof,
> so
> > we
> > > then assumed it had been a raccoon.  We had to rig everything to
> prevent
> > > their damage. Yes, they are cute to watch, but they can do a lot of
> > damage,
> > > and can really harm cats and small dogs.
> > > Auralie
> > >
> > > In a message dated 4/28/2009 9:25:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> > > justjess01@gmail.com writes:
> > >
> > > Wanna give it something to do besides bother your feeders?  Put some
> > peanut
> > > butter in an old jar and sit it on the ground.  Then get your camera.
> > > They'll spend HOURS trying to get the last drop of peanut butter out of
> a
> > > jar.  I know.  I have a pet racoon.  And I had two pet racoons when I
> was
> > a
> > > little girl.  They all have a sweet tooth.  If you have marshmallows or
> > > candy corn they will follow you anywhere.
> > >
> > > If the suet cake you are using has any kind of peanut butter or peanuts
> > in
> > > it - the racoons will go nuts. Same with the bird food.  If it is a mix
> > > that
> > > has sunflowers or peanuts, they just can't help themselves.
> > >
> > >
> > > On 4/27/09, andreah <andreah@hargray.com> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Oh no-it wasn't rabid-our raccoons are so used to people they come
> out
> > > all
> > > > the time. It's probably a momma with babies. Lennox chased it up a
> tree
> > > and
> > > > I haven't seen it since then. It ran from him so that tells me it
> > > probably
> > > > is healthy, just a pain in the a--! They are SO destructive. I might
> > have
> > > > to
> > > > get me a paint ball gun too.
> > > > A
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]
> On
> > > > Behalf
> > > > Of Pam Evans
> > > > Sent: Monday, April 27, 2009 4:39 PM
> > > > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > > > Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - woodpeckers/cedar wax wings
> > > >
> > > > I agree w/ Tricia, that is unusual for them to be foraging during the
> > > day.
> > > > Interesting.  Hope it's not rabid.
> > > >
> > > > On 4/27/09, Patricia Dickson <pdickson@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > Isn't that unusual for raccons to be out during the day?  I got my
> > > son's
> > > > > paintball gun out of the attic.  I may try to show them that we
> play
> > > > > paintball
> > > > > here so they will go elsewhere.
> > > > > For those of you that have never had any raccoons they are very
> > > > > destructive.
> > > > > They never seem to be happy just eating the seeds they tear up the
> > > > > feeders.  I
> > > > > had one alstromeria that had made it through the winter and now I
> > doubt
> > > > it
> > > > > will recover after they have torn it up getting to the feeder that
> > was
> > > > > hanging
> > > > > above the plant.
> > > > >
> > > > > --- On Mon, 4/27/09, andreah <andreah@hargray.com> wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > From: andreah <andreah@hargray.com>
> > > > > Subject: RE: [CHAT] OT - woodpeckers/cedar wax wings
> > > > > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > > > > Date: Monday, April 27, 2009, 5:07 AM
> > > > >
> > > > > OK- so I moved ALL of my birdfeeders yesterday because Mr. Raccoon
> > paid
> > > > us
> > > > > a
> > > > > visit in the middle of the day. I put them on a Sheppard's hook
> close
> > > to
> > > > > the
> > > > > back porch so hopefully I'll remember to bring them in at night.
> > > > > Grrrrr-what
> > > > > a pain.
> > > > >
> > > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]
> > On
> > > > > Behalf
> > > > > Of andreah
> > > > > Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2009 12:00 PM
> > > > > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > > > > Subject: RE: [CHAT] OT - woodpeckers/cedar wax wings
> > > > >
> > > > > Hmmm, I never thought about brining them in at night. DUH. I may
> have
> > > to
> > > > > invest in another one. Thanks!
> > > > > A
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]
> > On
> > > > > Behalf
> > > > > Of Patricia Dickson
> > > > > Sent: Saturday, April 25, 2009 12:10 PM
> > > > > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > > > > Subject: RE: [CHAT] OT - woodpeckers/cedar wax wings
> > > > >
> > > > > Andrea,
> > > > > I think you have got to replace that suet feeder...... those
> > > woodpeckers
> > > > > are
> > > > > too much fun to watch.  I have been taking inside my feeders so
> that
> > > the
> > > > 4
> > > > > raccoons that visit my yard every night don't break anymore.  Some
> > > > trouble
> > > > > but
> > > > > worth the birds.  I had 7 cedar wax wings sitting in the top of my
> > bald
> > > > > cypress last evening.  I had to call my neighbor and get her to
> come
> > > > > identify
> > > > > them for me.  I thought they might be but they looked too
> small.  We
> > > > looked
> > > > > through her binoculars and they were so very pretty.  They just
> > stayed
> > > > long
> > > > > enough for her to come down and identify them and then off they all
> > > flew.
> > > > > South... I think I am just lucky to be on thier migration route.
> > > > > Tricia
> > > > >
> > > > > --- On Sat, 4/25/09, andreah <andreah@hargray.com> wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > From: andreah <andreah@hargray.com>
> > > > > Subject: RE: [CHAT] OT - woodpeckers
> > > > > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > > > > Date: Saturday, April 25, 2009, 7:11 AM
> > > > >
> > > > > I love to watch birds and their antics. I have A downy woodpecker
> > that
> > > > was
> > > > > coming to the suet feeder until a raccoon stole it and broke it-no
> > more
> > > > > suet.
> > > > >
> > > > > Got your pics Pam-the yard looks fantastic and so does the house!!!
> > > > > A
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]
> > On
> > > > > Behalf
> > > > > Of Pam Evans
> > > > > Sent: Friday, April 24, 2009 9:03 PM
> > > > > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > > > > Subject: [CHAT] OT - woodpeckers
> > > > >
> > > > > I have a pair of downy woodpeckers whose antics crack me up
> > > anyway.  But
> > > > > tonight I discovered why, when I fill the peanut basket I find a
> > bunch
> > > of
> > > > > empty shells in the basket.  It's a handleless colander that's
> nailed
> > > > > to the
> > > > > top of the big hackberry stump (about 4 feet high).  I came around
> > the
> > > > > corner of the house and saw a head bobbing up and down in the
> basket.
> > > It
> > > > > was the female just going to town on those peanuts.  After a few
> > > minutes,
> > > > > the male flew down and perched on the rim of the colander.  So she
> > > jumped
> > > > > out and he jumped in and took his "turn".  It was just hilarious
> and
> > > > > solved
> > > > > that minor mystery of the empty shells in the basket.  The rest of
> > the
> > > > > birds
> > > > > (mostly blue jays & cardinals) fly down, grab a peanut and fly of
> > into
> > > > one
> > > > > of the shrubs or trees to eat their treat and come back.  I guess
> the
> > > > > woodpeckers think that's a waste of time.  You had to be here I
> > guess,
> > > > but
> > > > > it was pretty darn funny.
> > > > >
> > > > > --
> > > > > Pam Evans
> > > > > Kemp TX
> > > > > zone 8A
> > >
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> > Jesse R. Bell
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