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Re: OT - bird drama

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
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.
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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