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RE: trains in the garden/birds

I wonder if a greater variety of seed would bring greater variety of 
birds...I use a mix with some thistle added for the finches.  The doves and 
other ground feeders usually pick up most of the fallen seed so I have few 
"bird seed volunteers" to weed out.

Also received the Smithsonian bird book as a gift...great for bird 
watching...in the winter, I try to id as many as possible and usually have 
at least 12-15 species at the feeders during the day.  Occasionally 
(because it is expensive), I fill one small feeder with a fruit and nut 
mix.  The birds love it and I see more variety when I use it.

Bonnie zone 6+ ETN

At 03:34 PM 12/28/02 -0500, you wrote:
>Donna, cut out a piece of OLD carpet and put it under your feeder.  Nothing
>will sprout.  Another option is the magazine trick under the feeder.  Again,
>nothing grows on those slick pages.  I'd cover either with some landscape
>fabric just to make it look better or perhaps some rock.
>As for what the birds carry away in their stomachs and plant, I can't help
>you with that one!
>Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
>Of cathy carpenter
>Sent: Saturday, December 28, 2002 3:24 PM
>To: gardenchat@hort.net
>Subject: Re: [CHAT] trains in the garden/birds
>You can always cook the seed in the oven, killing the embryo. Then it
>won't sprout, but that's a lot of work.
>On the subject of bird feeders, did anyone read the article on that
>subject on the front page of the Wall Street Journal? The thrust being
>that some believe they are doing birds more harm than good.
>On Saturday, December 28, 2002, at 10:57 AM, Donna wrote:
> > Not that I ever seen in my yard.... might be some around here tho. Every
> > year more and more birds come to the feeders. Drive myself nuts trying
> > to figure out what they all are. Got some that just don't seem to fit
> > into the Peterson guide descriptions :( --I go thru way too much bird
> > seed in the winter here... and of course being in the northern
> > climate.... there are less types of birds now. Guessing they are
> > visiting Pam in the warmer areas.
> >
> > And since we are on the subject of birds..... how do you all deal with
> > the mess under the bird feeders.... as in I got everything sprouting
> > there! Forever weeding something out. TDonna
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