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RE: OT - bird drama


At work we have a nice xeriscaped area behind the building. Some of the
secretaries were putting out bird food and a couple water containers
along the area right near the first floor windows. Before too long they
had attracted two kinds of ground squirrels, rabbits, all sorts of
birds, and once a bobcat that wasn't interested in the bird food. :-)
Sadly it also attracted rats and mice, which decided that living inside
the building was better than outside, so the groundspeople made them
quit. But it was sure fun to watch while it lasted.

Cyndi


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Kitty
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 10:24 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - bird drama

>> chipmunks and squirrels.  So adorable.
Not so adorable when they steal your bulbs or create holes to their
tunnels
in your flower beds.

Kitty
neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jesse Bell" <justjess01@gmail.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 9:29 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - bird drama


> 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
>> creatures!
>> Auralie
>>
>> In a message dated 9/30/2008 10:22:23 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
>> cathycrc@comcast.net writes:
>>
>> No starlings here (usually), but I have squirrels and chipmunks that
>> are making real pests of themselves.
>> Cathy
>> 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,
>> > judylee@lewiston.com 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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