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Re: fat birdies

Ron - that's amazing.  I feel for those birdies in our winters, yours even more!  Appreciate the info!

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "rverow@infi.net" <rverow@infi.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Thu, 23 Jan 2003 16:54:35 -0500

>Hello Pam, I live on the edge  of a large pine & cedar area & see Robins 
>here all winter in Central Maine (temp today was a minus 5 this AM & now 
>at 4:45PM  is 8 above) some days we see flocks of 50 to 75 birds. I 
>think they stay in the large  conifers because of the available food 
>there & despite what many think they really are quite shy. While many do 
>seem to fly south, many more stay which is probably why the have a very 
>high mortality rate in the winter -  approaches 80% (I think)
>Also Marge, thanks for sticking up for the starlings who really eat tons 
>of bad bugs/grubs/insects here in Maine.
>zone 4/5
>Pamela J. Evans wrote:
>>Do robins fly South for the winter? We still have them, but y'all never
>>mention them up North. We also get the goldfinches in winter duds. But
>>they go back North in summer. I've seen them up in Claremore - very
>>pretty in their summer/mating plumage.
>>---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
>>From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
>>Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
>>Date:  Wed, 22 Jan 2003 22:37:08 EST
>>>In a message dated 01/22/2003 6:53:59 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
>>>gardenqueen@gbronline.com writes:
>>>>How do y'all up North keep your biries going in such abominable cold??  Just 
>>>Always put seed out the night before so they will have something first thing 
>>>in the morning if we should happen to sleep late (doesn't often happen.)  We 
>>>feed only sunflower hearts, which all sorts of birds seem quite happy with.  
>>>We also hang wire cages of a suet-peanut mix purchased from Duncraft, or my 
>>>own peanutbutter-oatmeal-sunflower seed mix, which is their very favorite.  
>>>We have to bring my home-made mix in when the @#$$%^ starlings arrive, 
>>>because they can finish a cake of it in minutes.  
>>>I worry about our birds in this cold - it's 8 degrees here right now and so 
>>>windy the wind-chill must be 15 below - but the number of birds seems to 
>>>increase rather than decrease.  I counted 7 tufted titmice visible at one 
>>>time this morning, in addition to five downy woodpeckers, several chickadees 
>>>and a couple of nuthatches.  We also have cardinals, blue jays, Carolina 
>>>wrens, a regular flock of about 15 doves, red-bellied woodpeckers. 
>>>white-throated sparrows, goldfinches and a few either purple or house finches 
>>>(I'm not sure which) and one rufous-sided towhee who has been around all 
>>>winter and visits the feeder regularly.  This is the first year I have seen 
>>>him in the winter - usually just  in the spring.These are the regulars.  
>>>Others stray in from time to time - saw a red-tailed hawk sitting in a tree 
>>>the other day, but he flew away without doing any damage.  There is a large 
>>>flock of crows that are based near here and come by a few times each day - 
>>>and then those plagued starlings.  I keep telling myself that they're God's 
>>>creatures too, and need something to eat just as much as the others, but 
>>>they're so greedy and noisy.
>>>Stay warm.  Auralie - Westchester County, NY - Z5
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>>Pam Evans
>>Kemp TX/zone 8A
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