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Re: tent cat/ birds

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] tent cat/ birds
  • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" 4042N15@nationalhearing.com
  • Date: Mon, 9 May 2005 15:06:11 -0600
  • References: <2863732.1115666907117.JavaMail.root@sniper25>

Re >   Our mulberry tree is visited by birds...
You have a mulberry tree?  Your neighbors must love you ;+)
I let a volunteer start up in my yard a long time ago and the neighbors kept
begging me to take it down.  But I remembered the berries from my youth and
they are sooooooooo tasty.  Well, eventually I saw the error of my ways and
cut it down as far as I can reach it (it's between 2 fences), to about 5 ft.
I cut it back every year when it puts on enough growth to be noticeable.
but I do miss those berries.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, May 09, 2005 1:27 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] tent cat/ birds

> I am an bird amateur at best, but have a lot of ornithologist
> put out feeders and also have different plants that have berries, etc.
> are  frequented by birds, some more than others, some less.  When we first
> starting planting for wildlife it was very frustrating, however,  we were
> 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
> seed.  So one has to have a variety that is suitable  to certain birds.
> 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
> 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"
> 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
> find that there is a new species of bird in our yard, but it has been a
> process.
> Noreen
> 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
> birdseed out, 5 of my other neighbors will.  They  have no shortage of
>  I
> don't think they would know how to  forage for food if they had  to.  I
> 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,
> I  don't
> use pesticides.  I only keep wasp spray on hand in case   I'm under
> I
> can only surmise that these birds don't look  for  natural sources of food
> because they don't have  to.
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