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Re: birds and other critters

David, I suspect that is not really the case.  Did you ever look at one of 
the nature guides, like the Audubon Society "Deserts."  The number of pages 
for insects is impressive.  Also, the Western Bird guides are at least as fat 
as the Eastern ones.  This might hold true for the southeast, but consider 
that in our area we depend on cold winters to kill off all kinds of unwanted 
insects - that's been a problem of the past few mild ones.  This winter when 
the temperatures have not been above freezing for weeks and the ground has 
been snow-covered since right after Thanksgiving, we have swarms of birds 
that are surely not living on insects. Of course our feeders help, but there 
is, for instance, an enormous flock of crows - must be more than 50 - that 
gather in the woods near us but never come to the feeder (thank goodness.)  
As for the multitude of species, I just compared the Stokes Field Guides - 
the Eastern region runs to 469 pages, while the Western region has 518.  Just 
my observations - I am certainly no expert on the subject.  Auralie

In a message dated 02/16/2003 11:00:08 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
dfranzma@pacbell.net writes:

> Auralie, one of the conjectures of this person was that because of the year 
> round
> rain it attracts and breeds more insects and on up the food chain.  He was 
> mainly
> refering to birds I think and the multitude of different species.  I was 
> just
> curious if that was the case.

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