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PostSubject: Bird Friendly Backyards   Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:21 pm



Do any of you have any bird nests in your backyards? How about bird feaders?

We have about 4 bird nests by each post at the top of our porch. We also built a small bird house for a white dove that seemed to like our porch for some reason but she flew away one time and has not come since Blue

Because of the nests the birds built we bought bird food so they could have some and also put a small bowl of water by the corner of the fence and a little food nearby as well. The tree and plants are growing in that corner and in the spring, that corner seems to become a social spot for birds. One time there were about 9 small brown birds lined up and taking turns eating, drinking. Laughing It is really cute watching them.
I mean, what more do they want? They have water, food, plants nearby, a great spot for sitting and viewing the area. :sillySmiley:


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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:42 pm

That's so cool, Carol. Those birds turn your backyard into a hot spot to hang out. LOL

One of my friends actually got into an argument with her neighbor who had a bird feeder hanging from the tree, my friend happened to have her clothline nearby, and yup, her clothes had the droppings of bird crap.
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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Fri Feb 01, 2008 11:12 pm

No we don't have any nests on our Yard or Bird Feeders but we have this Tree they are Small Red Cherrys and once it's spring they eat em they are soft then but the they have Diareaha and guess what happens to our Cars?


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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:36 pm

I love birds. I put lots of food out and get all kinds of em. There used to be a flock of about 50 wild turkeys that would come into the yard. That got a bit messy. Right now my favorites are the pair of pileated woodpeckers that come and eat suet every day. They're just plain big!

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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:16 pm

That's a really cool picture you posted, Rob. Is it yours.....taken from your backyard?



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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:21 pm

No, I got it from Google images. Different yard, different suet, same bird. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:36 pm

Oh, ok. And I thought what a great shot you took. ROTFL



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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Sat Feb 02, 2008 6:46 pm

Rob wrote:
No, I got it from Google images. Different yard, different suet, same bird. Cool

WOW, that bird gets around huh?!?!?! :Hahaha:



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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:09 pm

RHONDA ROTFL :Hahaha:


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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:35 pm

Lily wrote:
Oh, ok. And I thought what a great shot you took. ROTFL

He's big but he's fast. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:02 pm

Oh Rob!! Frying pan



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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:57 am

Newhere Hey everybody! I love birds, too! We have hummingbirds that usually migrate further south in the fall. We've had two stick around this winter, which is nice! We also have goldfinches that appear in Jan and stay 2 or 3 months. By the time they start getting their beautiful yellow color, they head back home :sad5: .
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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:55 am

I wouldn't mind having a bird friendly yard, but living in a mobile home community, the neighbors might not be so happy about it.
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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Mon Feb 04, 2008 2:19 am

Even if you live in a mobile home, there are some things you can do to have a "bird friendly" yard. You could have a hummingbird feeder/regular bird feeder and some potted plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. I've got some whiskey barrel planters and each one holds quite a few plants.
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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:35 am

Here, birdy, birdy, birdy!

Does that answer your question?

Other than my cats, yes my backyard is very bird friendly. I have a row of lilac trees, a willow tree, mulberry trees, apple trees, and ash trees. I live in the country... During the winter I feed the birds and a get a whole slew of birds. I've seen five sets of cardinals (male and female) at the feeder.

I also have a small-ish flower garden. During the fall, I dug up a section of the yard to make into a flower garden. I'm planning to plant flowers that will attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds so that I can take photos of them.

I got a hummingbird last year. I had the feeder hung near the kitchen window (there are lilac trees right in front of the house), and as my family and I ate supper we could watch the hummingbirds zooming around.

I'm really looking forward this year to taking more photos of hummingbirds. I got some nice ones last year, but this year with my new larger flower garden, I'll put a feeder there, that way the background won't be the road. :b


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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:10 pm

I really envy you living in the country. We live in S Texas (in town) and we don't have much of a variety of birds. Mostly sparrows and doves in the summer. The doves hog all the food! I'm planning to get a feeder that closes when doves or squirrels try to feed from it. Every blue moon I'll get a cardinal. Oh, I have Titmice, too. They're lots of fun! We have Green Jays out in the country that occasionally come to town. They're related to Jays...large green/black/yellow/blue birds that I really enjoy! And hummingbirds! I love them.

I also love taking pictures of hummers and butterflies. I never get tired of it :camera: !
What kind of hummers do you have? Mostly ruby-throated here. Every now and then we'll have black-chinned and buff-bellied. I've heard the Western portion of the US has many varieties.
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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:12 pm

I have a colibri (humming-bird) nest right in my balcony. He/she comes every summer to put some eggs there. Every time the bird appears, he will enter right in the middle of my living room, humming and dancing graciously. We must go and wave to him, a thing that seems to please him. Then, he /she put his eggs there and we'll see the little colibri heads popping out their nest. After it, he/she teach them how to fly and they goes away until the next summer . Their little nest always remains here, waiting for little new birds , every summertime. I really love these little humming-birds! Bliss

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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:41 pm

Our neighbors have a bird house and also a purch on their back porch for their parrot, lol. They also have a little pond with a deck around it. It's really cool.


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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:08 pm

Sabrina wrote:
The doves hog all the food!

Yes they do! When we had a dove for a while... it sure ate a lot of the food and what a mess it made....

One time my dad was watering the grass and the dove went and rested on top of his hat and stayed there while my dad kept on watering! It was too funny. We loved hearing it coo though... so sweet. Love


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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:29 am

I would love to have a bird friendly backyard but we have two dogs that have the run of the yard and pretty much keep the birds away. Also, I have bought two "squirrel proof" feeders and the squirrels STILL manage to get into the food. That drives me crazy!! So I just kind of gave up. If anyone has some tips or an actual feeder that they know of that truly does keep the squirrels away, I'd love to hear about it! Thumbsup


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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:24 am

I have a Great Dane that makes it difficult to have flowers. He marks everything, which of course, kills the plants. mad The birds like to eat his food when he's finished. It's fun to watch them. Sometimes Samson (our dog) will just lay there and watch them eat and other times he will chase them off. I guess it depends which mood he's in! I like squirrels, but they can be annoying! They eat the food as fast as the doves do.
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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:12 am

Sabrina: What kind of hummers do you have?
I read that only the ruby throated hummers live in my area, but I never once saw a hummer with a red throat. I know that the females don't have a red throat, but it seems odd then that only the females would eat at the feeder.
Sabrina, is that a black swallowtail in your avatar?

I don't get any squirrels in my yard. I don't have any trees that would attract them.... I'm not sure on this, you'd have to ask, but I think that if you buy birdseed that smells like cherry that it's supposed to help keep squirrels from eating the birdseed. It would make some sense. Birds can't smell, so why sell birdseed that smells like cherry?


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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:27 am

I have two big dogs in my backyard so when the dove was camping out in our backyard... it was a little annoying trying to check on the dove several times during the day to make sure he wouldn't get eaten by one of them.... since they HAVE killed a bird before Blue

The dove would mainly be on the little house we made for it at the top of the porch but sometimes it would go down and stand in the hammock and other places that were very reachable to the dogs specially the husky one.... I think there were about 3 close calls.... OhMy


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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:24 am

Prairie Dweller...

I have mostly ruby throated. Occasionally I'll see buff bellied and blackchinned. I found out that buff bellied (which are large greenish hummers) don't migrate. We've had one here all winter. It's weird that you haven't seen a male ruby throat! Then again, I think there's far more females than males. Have you seen any with black throats? They look black until the sun reflects on their throat. Blackchinned have purple throats in the sunlight. I just love hummers! Do you have a lot when they are migrating? We can get within inches of them when they are passing through in large numbers. I guess by then, they are desperate for food and don't care how close you get!


Hey, I'd like to see some pictures of your flower garden this spring!!
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PostSubject: Re: Bird Friendly Backyards   Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:27 am

Carol...

I've seen pictures of birds doing things like that in my "Birds and Blooms" magazine. It's strange, but neat!
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