Re: OT - bird drama
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- Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2008 08:29:01 -0500
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Awwww....I love the chipmunks and squirrels. So adorable. When I lived in
K.C. it was the same way. Wild animals everywhere...in the middle of town.
We had deer and a fox family that came by all the time. But wild
turkeys...that is cool. They are odd looking critters..so are guineas.
On 10/1/08, Aplfgcnys@aol.com <Aplfgcnys@aol.com> wrote:
> Lots of those here, too. There are more chipmunks this year than
> I have ever seen before - and others are saying the same thing. I
> can't figure out why their population has exploded so much. I can
> see several any time I look out my window. One chippie has been
> climbing up the garage wall and getting onto the tube feeder that
> hangs under the eaves. He just curls himself around in the dish
> part at the bottom of the tube feeder - it's really cute to see, but
> annoying as anything. Squirrels climb down onto the feeder, too.
> They will stretch with their back feet on the wall and their front feet
> in the feeder. Comic to look at, but again, terribly annoying.
> We really have an amazing amount of wildlife here, especially
> considering that we are right in the middle of urban sprawl.
> Every evening for a while we have had a flock of turkeys parade
> through the drive - eight or nine of them. What ridiculous-looking
> In a message dated 9/30/2008 10:22:23 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> email@example.com writes:
> No starlings here (usually), but I have squirrels and chipmunks that
> are making real pests of themselves.
> On Sep 30, 2008, at 3:39 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:
> > Starlings are a real pain. We don't have a real flock here most of
> > the
> > time, but a few come whenever I hang out my peanut-butter-oatmeal
> > concoction for the woodpeckers. They will finish off a whole cake of
> > it in a couple of hours. They don't seem to like the suet cakes we
> > buy,
> > thank goodness - just my homemade ones.
> > However, every year about this time when the dogwood berries get ripe
> > a huge flock moves through. They strip the dogwoods in an hour or
> > so -
> > must be a hundred of them - and they poop red all over the place.
> > What
> > a mess. They came by last week. Thank goodness when the dogwood
> > berries are gone so are the starlings. But the dogwood berries were
> > so
> > pretty for a few days. Can't win.
> > Woodpeckers we have in great number, since we do feed them. There are
> > a number of downies - I have seen as many as six at once - plus at
> > least
> > one pair of hairies and a family of red bellies - they had several
> > young this
> > season. The tube feeder attracts chickadees, wrens, goldfinches,
> > purple
> > finches, titmice, cardinals, bluejays and a few other incidentals.
> > Any time
> > I look out my kitchen window I can count on seeing several birds
> > swirling
> > around the breezeway. We spend an inordinate amount of money on bird
> > food, but we do enjoy them, so tell ourselves it's not a bad
> > extravagance.
> > Auralie
> > In a message dated 9/30/2008 3:33:04 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> > firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> > We are overrun by starlings. I wish a hawk would take up residence
> > here. One
> > that specializes in starlings & squirrels. We have a few
> > hummingbirds &
> > chickadees, but very few robins or doves since there are so many
> > starlings.
> > We do have a pair or more of woodpeckers that visit off & on all
> > winter,
> > eating walnuts off the ground.
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