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Old 07-05-2015, 03:21 PM
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I'm sitting on the front deck. I angled my gliding chair so I can see the Purple Martins and the feeders in the white spruce tree.


In a three minute span I saw...


- A male Baltimore oriole
- A male Orchard oriole
- Three Hummingbirds
- At least six fledgling Downy woodpeckers
- Three or four fledgling Hairy woodpeckers
- Two adult Hairy woodpeckers
- House and Purple Finches eating the orioles' grape jelly
- More House and Purple finches slurping down the oriole nectar from the large-ported feeder
- Flocks of hysterically cute young chipping sparrows
- Female and fledgling robins
- Young Tree Swallow nestlings peeping out of their box
- Nearly all of the 24+ Purple Martins
- A pair of Red Wing blackbirds


On a table next to my chair is a stack of rocks. I can't hit the side of a barn, but anytime a grackle or young grey squirrel gets on the feeders, I chuck a rock toward them.

Now I have to go pick up all the pecan-size rocks and start all over again. I think I'll get a sling shot and use dried beans for "bullets."
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Old 07-05-2015, 03:27 PM
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Wow! My DH photographs birds and would love to sit on your front deck.
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Old 07-05-2015, 06:54 PM
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We've had wonderful bird viewing also! Indigo bunting and the Yellow-bellied sap sucker were new visitors this year. May use your rock idea...that darned pileated woodpecker devours the suet cakes!
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I have an English sparrow problem and wonder if all you bird watchers can offer ideas! I have one large round feeder, one smaller one and a tray feeder, all filled with black sunflower seeds. We can fill all 3 one day and 2-3 days later flocks of these English sparrows have cleaned them out!! Even my cardinals get shortchanged and I don't see many of the other small birds now, e.g. chickadees, tufted titmouse, rosy finches, junco, golden finch etc. I've seen an idea on some bird watching lists of putting a circle of wire on the top of the feeder, with wires hanging down...supposedly the Eng sparrows don't like to go around them but the other birds will. TIA!
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Old 07-06-2015, 03:20 AM
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I have your list and add 1 gorgeous male Scarlett Tanager.
PS, also have seen two Pileated Woodpecker fledglings. Dad is quite a screamer as he zooms through the trees.

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Old 07-06-2015, 04:01 AM
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WOW, what wonderful viewing you have. I had a brown little guy perch on my window at my previous home and sing to me. I would whistle back to him from my bed. Then I moved and now I get a chorus of crows at sunrise every morning. Not as pleasant sound to wake up to.
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Old 07-06-2015, 04:27 AM
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I get all the yucky birds at my feeder, I want the pretty birds,But God seemed to speak to me and said they are mine to and they need food, so now I'm content with who ever comes, I wish I could get your variety, Enjoy them.
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Old 07-06-2015, 04:41 AM
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Lucky gal! The birds fly thru here on the way up north. But they don't stay long. I'd love to have them thru out the summer instead of a few weeks spring and fall. I'd love to share a cup of coffee and watch. Material girl, try the dried mealworms. It usually brings in the prettier bug eaters instead of the seed eaters.
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:08 AM
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We feed our finches only thistle seeds from a prepackaged bag. I buy it at Wal Mart.
We had to stop feeding the larger birds as the food was attracting raccoons, opossums and a groundhog. I don't like them in my yard. My two little dogs have a separate fenced in yard inside the bigger fence so they don't bother the dogs. They come into the yard before it gets dark. The wild animals leave big poop messes.
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I used to chase off the grackles until I saw them catching snakes in my yard and flying off with them and finding dead snakes that they had killed. Now I leave them alone.
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