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Re: OT - bird drama

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  • Subject: Re: OT - bird drama
  • From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 15:58:45 -0500
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I don't guess we have starlings here, never seen one anyway.  Good girl
Jesse.  Hawks are beautiful and majestic birds.  As long as they stay out of
my back yard I love 'em to pieces.  One of my neighbors asked me if I wanted
him to shoot the hawk and I threw a fit.  I told him don't you dare,
besides, the blue jays are taking care of the problem quite nicely thank
you.  He started laughing because he was kidding.  I told him that was NOT
funny.  Butthead.

On 9/30/08, Aplfgcnys@aol.com <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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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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