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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 03:48 PM
I've always loved feeding birds. I've got Carolina Chickadee's and Titmice feeding daily at my feeders. Would like to know what/where your visitors are this winter.

 

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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 04:05 PM
I kept a couple of bird feeders hanging outside of the window of my den a few years ago. I put them there because I liked watching the birds that came to eat. Funny things started happening. I kept noticing the feeders missing. I was cleaning my gutters (walking on the roof) and found two of the missing feeders. So I put another one out (same spot). I was sitting in the den looking out the window when I noticed the feeder moving around. Closer inspection revealed a tiny, yet dexterous arm reaching down and pulling on the fishing line that the feeder was hung with. Turns out that squirrels had found the feeders and had learned to reach out over the eaves and pull them onto the roof where they could eat from them.

 

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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 04:41 PM
Bird feeders aren't a good idea at my house, seeing as I have five cats.

 

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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 04:42 PM
I've had the same problem! Seems that once rats 'get their wings' they steal, steal,steal. I've had them hanging upside down from my feeders looking like bats with tails, all the while eating seed.

 

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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 05:01 PM
I have two feeders designed to keep larger birds and squirrels out.
And a suet hanger on a post.

A few Blue Jays have figured out how to defeat the spring loaded one.
And get at the sunflower, dried fruit mix.
I see 2 0r Three occasionally. Also 3 large crows work the ground for
spillings.

Black Capped Chickadees are daily visiters a flock of about 5

And about the same for Tufted Titmice.

House sparrows about a dozen daily , it's a problem in the summer when the Blue Birds are
nesting. House Sparrows killed the mother Blue Bird this summer.
But Daddy raised three fledglings on his own.

Other sparrows: A family of 5 Song Sparrows Mom, Pop and three young'uns raised in an Evergreen shrub
next to the car port. . I see an occasional Tree Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow and White Crowned Sparrow.

Dark eyed Junco's have been daily visitors. 5 or so, 3 or 4 mourning Doves. daily.
At least 3 pairs of Cardinals maybe more. A few House Finches and Purple Finches also.
Some of the cardinals are suffering a skin disease that makes the crown bald. At first
I thought it was a new species.

Lately I've been seeing a Carolina Wren working the suet. As have a pair of Downy Woodpeckers
and a pair of Red Bellied Woodpeckers.

Never Saw the wren in the summer, must be from further north.

Had a Pileated Woodpecker working a stump this summer but he's gone south
for the winter.

I've been a member of the Audubon Society and feed birds year round since
the early seventies.

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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 05:34 PM
Great stuff John! We don't get Black-capped Chickadees down this way; too far south. I love the Carolinas, but they drive me nuts, being areobatic feeders. Just about the time I get one of my binocs on them; they are gone! Found one inside my feeder the other day. Went out and freed him quickly. Took a photo. How do I post to the forum? Only post to the gallery.

Northern Cardnails with the mage? Are you sure some Tanger's haven't started to visit?
We don't get Tanger's down here, but the Cardinal is my most seen visitor.

Quick tale....I was at the table drinking coffee and reading the paper one morning when my wife noticed a Northern Cardinal acting funny on the deck. It was on the rail and would walk three steps one way; cock its head' walk three the other, and repeat. All the while looking at me. I watched this pattern for awhile and then figured it out...I went to the window and saw that the feeder was empty. I re-filled it and all was well in the world. It was as if Chris Rock was walking up and down the rail--"Hey you! Yeah you with that glazed donut stickin outta your mouth. Some of us regulars are hungry too!!"

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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 05:41 PM
Cardinals here in NYC are quite a sight. They look so pretty perched on the tree out front with a snowy background. It's only beeen two or three years we have seen them on a regular basis. This summer I was surprised to see my first hummingbird here. Apparently had a thing for the black and blue salvia. I thought I was seeing things at first. Fun creatures to watch.

 

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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 05:52 PM
Drobyn, you New Yorkers get to see some of the higher fellows also...pearched up high in the skyscrappers.

Northern cardinals are beautiful in the winter. We have a family of them here that seem to know us; thus the Chris Rock bird. Thanks for sharing.

 

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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 06:15 PM
Moles, frickin' Moles!!!

 

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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 06:17 PM
I think I saw a bird in mine but I'm not sure...or maybe it was a mouse with wings.
 
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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 06:23 PM
i don't have a birdfeeder..does Sang's lawn count ?

 

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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 06:26 PM
I've always wanted to put a feder up, but all your stories have convinced me not to. To bad because we have some cardinals around here all winter that would be cool to observe.

 

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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 06:32 PM
damn, i have a hard enough time feeding myself, now i have to feed birds too? LOL

i've seen lots of pretty Cardinals out my window this year....not the Catholic kind either

 

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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 06:33 PM
ottie funny you say that.....a client of mine has a shirt with a squirell holding a gun to a birds head.....it says "Take me to your feeder"

 

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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 06:34 PM
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Then we had bears come into the yard and destroy the feeders. So then we had to take them in at night.


wow, did you let Goldilocks in too?

 

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Then we had bears come into the yard and destroy the feeders. So then we had to take them in at night.


wow, did you let Goldilocks in too?


LMAO........................da bears

 

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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 06:39 PM
He thought it was a squirrell feeder...


 
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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 06:49 PM
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Doesn't say anything about paintball!

 

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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 06:50 PM
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what about "bushy-tailed tree rats"?

 

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  posted on 12/13/2005 at 08:54 PM
I recently started using freestanding shepard-poles to hang the feeder on. No more problems with the "bushy-tailed tree rats".


 

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  posted on 12/14/2005 at 01:59 AM
Cool Thread

In fact i just got some B1RD Feed Yesterday
and filled up the feeders....

when i woke up this mornin'
there was a bunch of FREE Birds out there having quite a Party...
they were singing some Happy songs...

i have not filled the feeders
since last winter...

they will eat the dogs food when the dogs ain't looking.

I Love to watch our Fine Feathered Frynds..

.i have a couple of B!RD Feeders/ Bird houses & a Bird Bath that were left to me from
my beloved MoMa after she passed away in July of 2000...

In fact today Dec 14 would
have been her 68th B1rthday...so i will have my eye on the Sky for sure.

We have sparrows,Cardinals,Doves,wrens,BlueJays & some little ones that i have never
seen B4

I'm a Bird watcher

 

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  posted on 12/14/2005 at 07:06 AM
Mostly cardinals and squrriels.
Coons love to climb it and feed. They will not run. I sit out and watch them from about 10 feet. Deer love them as well but they eat from the what's on the ground.
Early next year the titmouse and chickadees will come in. Then the finches and others.

 

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  posted on 12/14/2005 at 07:27 AM
plenty of cardinals which do look lovely against the pine trees. Delightful acrobatic chickadees. Morning Doves and blue Jays, yellow finches. Kestrels will hunt from the backboard of the basketball hoop and are successful at taking them off the feeder. I have bear proof feeders (made of cast iron) and have seen the bear guzzle the feeder full but at least its not broken in the process. Deer come down and lick seed out oblivious to the buck hanging in the tree... Turkeys peck the ground like chickens.

Used to have a 'problem' with squirrels. The old man sits with his 22 out the window and picks them off. Now we get to watch just the birds.

 

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  posted on 12/14/2005 at 09:31 AM
We get the same birds at our feeders as John, almost to a T. Huge park nearby and big Carolinian forest so there's no shortage of wildlife.Also get very acrobatic squirels and chipmunks and at night the racoons and skunks clean up the leavings on the ground.

Biggest and most unwelcome guest is the Sharpshin Hawk( maybe a Cooper's, my amateur eyes can't tell) who likes to feed on the freeloaders.Every once in awhile there's a telltale pile of feathers & I couldn't figure out what the slice marks on the top rail of the privavcy fence were, until I happened to see the hawk sharpening his talons one winter day.Magnificent birds, he scares the sh*t outta my dog swooping across the yard.

 

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  posted on 12/14/2005 at 11:45 AM
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Northern Cardinals with the mage? Are you sure some Tanger's haven't started to visit?
We don't get Tanger's down here, but the Cardinal is my most seen visitor.]


I had that thought also. But with the mange the heads are black
Tanagers heads are red. it's definitely Cardinals having a bad hair day.

Seems like your cardinals have you trained well!

It is Tough to keep glasses on the titmice and chickadees.

I'm always amazed at how Polite the Tufted Titmics are. Take one seed and fly away
to a branch to eat it and then come back for another.

While the cardinals sit and horde and chase smaller birds off the feeder until they have had their fill.

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