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Re: tent cat/ birds

When I have put up feeders I just get the nasty starlings!  I already
have American arborvitae, filbert, lilac, hackberry, false
spirea...they seem to be very content for houseing and food? 
Cardinals, doves, sparrows, humming birds, finch and others I am not
total sure of their line.  They really help keep the
insects(mosquitos) down too!   or was that the bats?

On 5/9/05, Pam Evans <gardenqueen@gmail.com> wrote:
> No expert here either, but between the hackberries, various types of
> viburnums and mahonias, privets, VA creeper, wild ivies and one
> beautyberry - there are enough berries here to make them happy.  Plus
> feeders and sunflowers and the millet and wheat I allow to grow in the
> wilder areas to suit most birds.  There's the brush "cave" for the
> ground lovers to hide/roost in and roosting pockets, plus the trees to
> nest in.
> Even left one dead tree in the back corner for the woodpeckers and
> such.  And all the understory shrubs provide plenty of cover, along w/
> the honeysuckles that some bird is actually roosting in this year
> which is cool.  I think diversity is the key.  Have 5 bird baths too.
> And this place isn't big by any stretch of the imagination.
> On 5/9/05, EvaTEsq@aol.com <EvaTEsq@aol.com> wrote:
> > I'm no bird expert, but the birds here (mourning doves, cardinals,
> > chickadees, sparrows) seem more spoiled than anything else.  They are  feeder-hoppers.
> > I never have to worry about them going after my tomatoes,  rasberries, apples
> > or peaches.  They really aren't that ambitious.   They never even try to
> > touch them.  I have never had to buy bird netting  for any of my fruits or
> > veggies.
> >
> > The only birds that I have ever seen picking at any of my plants are the
> > goldfinches that arrive when the sunflowers bloom.  They eat the sunflower
> > seeds.  They don't go near the feeders.  That's pretty much it.
> >
> > I'm not sure what kind of caterpillars they were, but I think they were the
> > eastern tent caterpillars.
> >
> > _http://www.tent-caterpillar.com/_ (http://www.tent-caterpillar.com/)
> >
> > Eva
> > Long  Island, NY
> > Zone 6/7
> >
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> Kemp TX
> zone 8A
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