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RE: fat birdies


Hmm, sounds reasonable to me!!

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Libby Valentine <LVALENTINE@WORKINGCONCEPTS.COM>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Thu, 23 Jan 2003 14:06:52 -0500

>One possible explanation is that "south" is a relative term.  I have read
>and observed with our goldfinch population that we are the northern terminus
>for our summer population, and the southern terminus for our winter
>population, birds who summer further north and migrate south this far for
>the winter.  So, my yard is the northern edge of the (summer) territory for
>one group, the southern (winter) edge for another more northerly group, and
>a passing through cafe for others on their way further north or further
>south as the season dictates. (Hope that makes sense & don't try to say it 3
>times fast!!)
>
>I've read this is true, but since I don't band them, I have no empirical
>proof.
>
>The robins all seem to head further south than this, but I'm sure there are
>northerly/southerly groups of them, too.
>
>I saw 'my' male bluebird yesterday.  I haven't seen him for some time &
>figured he had gone south this year, but he's still here, freezing his poor
>little tail off.  I put some mealworms out for him but I think the
>mockingbird ate most of them.
>
>
>Libby
>Maryland zone 6
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Pamela J. Evans
>To: gardenchat@hort.net
>Sent: 1/23/2003 1:40 PM
>Subject: Re: [CHAT] fat birdies
>
>How odd - I wonder why?  Anyone?
>
>---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
>From: "Peggy Elliott" <pegster57@ntelos.net>
>Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
>Date:  Thu, 23 Jan 2003 08:43:42 -0500
>
>>When I lived in Wisconsin the robins migrated south.  Now I live in
>Central
>>Virginia, and I think some do, but not all.
>>
>>-Peg
>>
>>----- Original Message -----
>>From: "Pamela J. Evans" <gardenqueen@gbronline.com>
>>To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>>Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2003 7:31 AM
>>Subject: Re: [CHAT] fat birdies
>>
>>
>>> Do robins fly South for the winter? We still have them, but y'all
>never
>>> mention them up North. We also get the goldfinches in winter duds.
>But
>>> they go back North in summer. I've seen them up in Claremore - very
>>> pretty in their summer/mating plumage.
>>>
>>>
>>> ---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
>>> From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
>>> Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
>>> Date:  Wed, 22 Jan 2003 22:37:08 EST
>>>
>>> >In a message dated 01/22/2003 6:53:59 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>>> >gardenqueen@gbronline.com writes:
>>> >
>>> >> How do y'all up North keep your biries going in such abominable
>cold??
>>Just
>>> >> curious.....
>>> >>
>>> >>
>>> >
>>> >Always put seed out the night before so they will have something
>first
>>thing
>>> >in the morning if we should happen to sleep late (doesn't often
>happen.)
>>We
>>> >feed only sunflower hearts, which all sorts of birds seem quite
>happy
>>with.
>>> >We also hang wire cages of a suet-peanut mix purchased from
>Duncraft, or
>>my
>>> >own peanutbutter-oatmeal-sunflower seed mix, which is their very
>>favorite.
>>> >We have to bring my home-made mix in when the @#$$%^ starlings
>arrive,
>>> >because they can finish a cake of it in minutes.
>>> >I worry about our birds in this cold - it's 8 degrees here right now
>and
>>so
>>> >windy the wind-chill must be 15 below - but the number of birds
>seems to
>>> >increase rather than decrease.  I counted 7 tufted titmice visible
>at one
>>> >time this morning, in addition to five downy woodpeckers, several
>>chickadees
>>> >and a couple of nuthatches.  We also have cardinals, blue jays,
>Carolina
>>> >wrens, a regular flock of about 15 doves, red-bellied woodpeckers.
>>> >white-throated sparrows, goldfinches and a few either purple or
>house
>>finches
>>> >(I'm not sure which) and one rufous-sided towhee who has been around
>all
>>> >winter and visits the feeder regularly.  This is the first year I
>have
>>seen
>>> >him in the winter - usually just  in the spring.These are the
>regulars.
>>> >Others stray in from time to time - saw a red-tailed hawk sitting in
>a
>>tree
>>> >the other day, but he flew away without doing any damage.  There is
>a
>>large
>>> >flock of crows that are based near here and come by a few times each
>>day -
>>> >and then those plagued starlings.  I keep telling myself that
>they're
>>God's
>>> >creatures too, and need something to eat just as much as the others,
>but
>>> >they're so greedy and noisy.
>>> >Stay warm.  Auralie - Westchester County, NY - Z5
>>> >
>>>
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>>>
>>> --
>>> Pam Evans
>>> Kemp TX/zone 8A
>>>
>>>
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>
>--
>Pam Evans
>Kemp TX/zone 8A
>
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Kemp TX/zone 8A


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