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Re: fat birdies

I think the birds are doing better than I am. This weather is
abominable. And colder tonight. I looked at Sugar sleeping contendedly
in front of the gas heater when I left this morning and wished we could
trade places....

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Richard T. Apking" <richa@midlands.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Wed, 22 Jan 2003 18:50:29 -0800

>Pam--How are you making it?  Here after the nice weather about 10 days ago,
>it is now zero, the high today was 6, expected to warm up to the low 20's
>this weekend.  I have quite a bunch of birds here, the finches (house, gold,
>and purple) generally munch down on the niger seed.  The sparrows,
>cardinals, jays, nuthatches, and, believe it or not, the woodpeckers and
>some black with gold speckled really ugly bird eat sunflower hearts.
>Started using them so there wasn't so much debris around the feeder.  There
>are a couple of white pine trees near the feeders, so some cover is
>provided, also a heated bird bath, which really gets a workout.  Rich,
>freezing in Z-5
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Pamela J. Evans" <gardenqueen@gbronline.com>
>To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 3:51 PM
>Subject: [CHAT] fat birdies
>> On a different note (ha) I just thought I'd share a bird feeding
>> observation. I've always fed the regular wild bird seed mixed half and
>> half w/ black oil sunflower seeds, and the birdies have thrived on this
>> for years. This year, I added a thistle/niger seed feeder for the
>> finches (most of the purple coneflower heads are picked clean by now)
>> and have started using that no-waste bird seed (from Gardens Alive). Not
>> cheap, but holy cow are the birdies LOVING it. One of my robins is so
>> fat, he can barely hop. He's too cute. And all my cardinals are fatter
>> than ever. Sometimes I mix the high dollar food w/ the regular bird seed
>> too (when I'm waiting for a delivery) but it's OK w/ the birdies. Quite
>> cold here and getting colder by the minute. Sugar is at my feet and only
>> stayed out about 90 seconds when I let her out on her tether today. My
>> mourning doves are just waddling. That makes me happy because I know
>> they will weather the cold snap (20 degrees below normal for the next
>> three days). And I have shelters for the doves and ground hugging birds
>> built back under he tree line, short limbs laid out in a box pattern
>> full of fluffy leaves. Very sheltered and secure.
>> How do y'all up North keep your biries going in such abominable cold??
>Just curious.....
>> Pam
>> --
>> Pam Evans
>> Kemp TX/zone 8A
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A


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