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Re: tent cat/ birds

I am an bird amateur at best, but have a lot of ornithologist friends.....I  
put out feeders and also have different plants that have berries, etc. that 
are  frequented by birds, some more than others, some less.  When we first  
starting planting for wildlife it was very frustrating, however,  we were told 
that not all birds are seed, berry and bug eaters.....and even  within each there 
are variances.  For instance, not all seed eating birds  eat the same type of 
seed.  So one has to have a variety that is suitable  to certain birds.  Our 
mulberry tree is visited by birds that do not visit  other berry producing 
shrubs.  Just because a person puts out a certain  seed or has a certain bush 
that a bird likes doesn't necessarily mean that is  enough to attract that 
particular species.  I have found though that once  "word gets out" eventually 
either by coincidence that one bird stops by, or by  the tree getting larger, or 
planting more of the same, etc. that the birds  remember and come back more and 
more every year.  
It's a learning experience for us, and so much yet to learn.  Every  year we 
find that there is a new species of bird in our yard, but it has been a  slow 
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 5/9/2005 10:06:10 AM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

That's the thing.  The birds in this neighborhood know that if  I don't  put 
birdseed out, 5 of my other neighbors will.  They  have no shortage of  food. 
don't think they would know how to  forage for food if they had  to.  I have 
some shrubs that  produce berries that I have read that birds  eat.  These 
berries  are pretty much untouched in my yard even after a long  winter, and 
I  don't 
use pesticides.  I only keep wasp spray on hand in case   I'm under attack.  
can only surmise that these birds don't look  for  natural sources of food 
because they don't have  to.

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