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Old 06-22-2018, 04:51 AM   #1
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Our backyard is active with birds. We provide plenty of food, water,
bird houses, and lots of scrubs for the birds that like to nest in
the scrubs, such as cardinals and doves.

A few days ago the baby wrens left the house.
The first baby looks out and around before he hops out onto
the porch roof.
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Re: Garden Birds


The second baby sticks out his head...a few minutes later they
fly away. Simple as that! Unlike the baby cardinals that hang out all
summer begging their parents to feed them.

See the white blobs on the porch roof? That are the sack like diapers
that the babies poop in. The parents carry out these "diapers" and drop
them immediately after flying out of the house. The 'diaper drop' goes on
all day long.
That's how the nests/houses stay clean.
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Here's the little sibling...

When his Pop was building this nest, he built two nests in two
seperate bird houses, then his lady came and picked out this house.

The Pop already has another family already started in the other house.

Funny fact = when the Pop wants to get the kids to leave, he stops
feeding them! How do we know that you ask?

Well, the Pop is quite melodic, before entering the nest, he'll fly in
and land on the nest and sing a lovely song before entering the nest.
When this stopped for a couple of day, we knew the babies were ready
to leave.

When they were only getting fed by the Mom, they decided that it was time
to fly the coop!
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We love the wrens for their melodic song...it's so beautiful to
hear all day long...

Here is the final baby shot...They are the sweetest little things.
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Here is a shot of the dove nest in our arbour...I may have already posted
this here, not sure...non the less, it's a sweet shot, and I wanted to
show it again, before talking about the doves...

What's interesting about the doves is that the Mom never leaves the nest,
from the time she lays her eggs, until the babies leave, she sits in the nest.

The Pop is busy all day long, flying back and forth feeding both the Mom
and the babies.

This is our honeysuckle arbour, so it's a very dense cover for the nest.

The doves don't fly into the feeders like other birds, they rather
hang out on the bottom of the feeders scurrying up all the seed droppings.

We hang all our feeders over flower beds...if you have them hanging over
grass, the grass around the feeder will be worn out from the doves
walking about the bottom of the feeders, and I mean worn out,
like an old carpet in front of an old couch!

Here's the Mom and one of the babies. There were three of them.
This was last year...they nested again this year in spite of the
head groundskeeper climbing the ladder everyday to check on them.

Fortunately, she's used to him, I imagine she knows that this is the
dude that fills the feeders. :thumbsup"

I'm serious when I say that, ( about them knowing the head guy)
cause the woodpeckers holler like the
dickens ( in the winter ) when the suet feeders and regular feeders
need filling!
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Now the cardinals. They build their nest in shrubs. The nests are built
low, like four foot high off the ground is not unusual. One year they
built a nest in a shrub right next to our deck; we could just stand there
and look directly down into the nest.

Our property is densely surrounded by shrubs. The cardinals love this,
as the babies don't fly for a long time after they leave the nest. They
hop out of the nest and and hop along the shrubbery from one end
of the yard to the other, all day long.
One parent will be close by at all times to supervise.

When they get just a bit older, they'll fly just a little, low and short flights.
That's when they'll fly onto the deck and eat the black oiled sunflower
seeds. We put little pots of seed on the deck and sit quietly about six feet
away and watch them...They don't frequent the feeders until
they are fully mature....They are a joy.

They will carry on fluttering their wings and squawking begging their
parents to feed them, even after filling up on the seeds in the bowls.

It's fun to see the Pop scold them and peck them when they
too old to continue to be spoon fed!

Here's two of the babies enjoying the sunflower seeds in the pots...
They are not afraid of us...
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oh baby, video of baby Cardinal caught in the fishing net... ( video won't post?)

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My doves are too fat for regular feeder so I have a tray on a post for them. Mourning, white wing and little ground doves. We have tougher grass an it doesn't get trampled but if I don't trim around feeders sunflowers pop up.

Right now watching big fat swallowtail caterpillars on fennel host plants. Cardinals ran off with a couple so I put netting over them.

I have one cardinal, red, so he's mature, but no tail. I also put suet out. Been buying same brand for yrs, No Melt, or it goes black from mildew. Daughter bought me some off brand on sale. My birds wouldn't eat it.
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Starting over, I only buy suet in the summer, the rest of the
year I make my own. Since we're empty nesters, we have a lot
of wasted food, like cereal, crackers, bread, cookies,
etc...along with bird seed, oatmeal, corn meal, flour, and
sunflower seeds-- it all makes great suet filler.

If anyone is interested, I can give homemade suet directions.
They wait in the trees for the fresh suit to be replenished.
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Starting over, you mentiond having a feeder on the fence post for the doves. That
reminded me that I wanted to make up some kind of dove feeder.

Something low to the ground that the doves can manage. I
was thinking that it should have a grill thing clamped over it
so that the squirrels can't steal all the food or destroy the feeder.

We are in the process of cleaning out a bed in the back, and now have
a good spot for a dove feeder. I had a metal bowl at one time, but
can't find it. It has to be metal cause one time I put out a big ceramic
bowl and the squirrels broke it on day one!

I have to give this dove feeder thing some more thought.
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Starting over, you mentiond having a feeder on the fence post for the doves. That
reminded me that I wanted to make up some kind of dove feeder.

Something low to the ground that the doves can manage. I
was thinking that it should have a grill thing clamped over it
so that the squirrels can't steal all the food or destroy the feeder.

We are in the process of cleaning out a bed in the back, and now have
a good spot for a dove feeder. I had a metal bowl at one time, but
can't find it. It has to be metal cause one time I put out a big ceramic
bowl and the squirrels broke it on day one!

I have to give this dove feeder thing some more thought.
Joann, the doves feed in our feeder but they do like the ground to feed more. We have never tried the suet yet, we found some on sale at walmart but after getting home with it, we find it will melt. I put it in the ref until fall and hopefully they will eat it then.

I made the mistake of buying the wrong feed this month. I never could find the price on it but it looked a lot like what we bought the last time at a different place. Come to find out it was kinda cheap and the birds leave some of it in the feeders. The last we bought was about $1 a pound and the birds really like that brand.
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I only use white safflower seeds in my tray. Squirrels won't eat it. Haha used to use black sunflower seeds in it an squirrels were on tray all the time. Switched seeds after researching. First time a squirrel ran up. Looked around. Smelled it again then stood there like 'whats going on'.

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Tray came with spike to go in ground. I bought the white pvc pipe.

For the Shepard hook feeders I had to buy the metal baffles to keep squirrels out. Trust me, they don't go hungry. The birds scatter seeds out an squirrels feast on whats dropped.

I had trouble with flocks of grackels emptying feeders. Again, internet to my rescue. I bought 2 wire hanging baskets, the kind with a coconut liner. Took liner out. Zip tied them together an hungvover my feeder. Songbirds hopped thru wires, but grackels gave up.

If I buy mixed seed with little white seeds ( maybe millet?) it attracts nuisance birds who aren't native.

I'll let you know how 2 new trees do. Chickasaw plum an Flatwood plum. They have berries that wiildlife love. Trees are small now.

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I built a feed holder out of a large diameter flat watering pan, It is about 14 inch diameter and roughly 1.5 inches deep.

It sits in a rack that I built .


The rack is a 4X4 redwood post, with 2X4 redwood pinwheel design attachments at one end, each 2X4 screwed to a side of the post sticking out to form a pinwheel, then a 1X6 redwood skirt screwed to each 2X4 end, and the next sides 1X6 end, sticking up above the 2X4 to form a ridge to hold the pan.

The pan sits on the 4X4, and 2X4s, nestled into the 1X6 skirt, it cannot slip off, and can't be dislodged by the birds, cats and critters, but I can lift it to clean it.

Fill it with seed, and get a variety of birds feeding, Ring-neck doves, and lots of sparrows, and during migration, robins, jays, and others.

Joann said that she was seeking a design for another, this could be used and built by even an amateur fixit man, or lady.



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Ed, to many numbers for me to visualize. Can u post a photo?
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