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Vicky Carder

Winter Cold

Posted Monday, January 6, 2014, at 6:44 AM
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  • I second that.... I have missed you and am glad you are back !

    I put out black oil sunflower seeds only, is this good for all? Or should I be putting out the mixed wild bird seed? Not sure how to do the water tho... I did notice yesterday a wren in the down spout splash tray taking a bath in the rain flow. When we warm up some I will put water in the basin part of the bird bath.

    I am worried about all the domesticated pets people will no doubtedly leave out in this very bitter cold.

    -- Posted by haybar on Mon, Jan 6, 2014, at 12:36 PM
  • Our cats seemed to do well last night, but they were not interested in eating at 6:16 this morning. Probably more interested in staying warm.

    We have a small stream between two goldfish ponds that stays open even in this cold weather. The birds are all over it in the winter. Problem is, the cats know that too so we are constantly chasing them away.

    Yes, we have Juncos. Do they also eat insect larvae? I have one or two that come to our cactus, which are under our roof overhangs and they keep looking up like they are looking for insect cocoons.

    I too hope you can pop in here once in a while. Your posts are always interesting and informative. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 6, 2014, at 2:05 PM
  • I could use a feeder technician to hang my feeders from the eve down too the window I look out constantly...I would even cut this television off just to be entertained by my feathered friends...I have a very handsome woodpecker I could get a better look at along with a few finches in the spring...at present my tree rats have become a feeder menace so I have not bought any gourmet seed food just to feed the squirrels, they get enough from these huge oak trees, not to mention raiding completely my only pear tree, this past fall they were kind enough to leave me 2 out of a couple hundred of the pears...... Any suggestions for a bird food source that squirrels don't like?...I would gladly make a good cheesecake for a bird feeder hanging specialist...they would need a ladder,I could get a couple of those screw in type c shaped hooks, and some thin chain but I am not shaped for climbing a ladder or have the strength to getter done! lol

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Jan 6, 2014, at 8:06 PM
  • chefgrape, think about how you are going to refill the feeder. Can you reach it, or would you need to have some type of raising/lowering device?

    Vicky, maybe you or someone else here could comment on the "attractiveness" of a bird feeder (to birds) if it is right next to the house, compared to a few feet away.

    I am wondering if a little distance would attract more types of birds or if it does not matter?

    chefgrape, we will get you a feeder hung, one way or another. Anyone who is interested in feeding birds should not be deprived.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 8, 2014, at 6:58 AM
  • Thanks Steve...It would actually be about 24 or less inches from the house and about six foot off the ground for what I'm thinking, however I have seen a shelf type feeder that hangs off the bottom edge of the window..I'm thinking that might be easier...maybe even both so I can have different feeds like suet,hummer liquid, and heartier..not really sure if that would be over kill or if some birds don't mix well close to each other...I'll have to investigate a little more...some things I think may work...can be a delusion in practicality....but somehow I would really like to watch the birds outside this one window...if nothing else it will drive the cat mad watching them too...

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Jan 8, 2014, at 7:45 AM
  • Oh, the cat will absolutely love it! Not sure the birds will at first when they see a psyched up feline that close to them, but it will be good for their circulation. :-)

    I always wondered about the "mixing" of seed feeders with hummers. I have an open space on our T shaped feeding post for an extra feeder and I often need an extra hummer location.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jan 9, 2014, at 12:12 PM
  • Okay -

    Black oil sunflower is the only seed I can really recommend. All birds love it. The seed "mixes" contain the seed that attracts birds like sparrows and starlings.

    There are many products marketed for birdbaths that that will prevent freezing. However, an investment in a heated dog waterbowl is much cheaper and works as well - just place a stone in the bottom to avoid a slippery surface.

    chefgrape - I wish I were well enough to help you physically. Are shepherd's crooks not tall enough to work for you?

    Are you able to get to Nashville at all? There is an excellent store - "Wild Birds Unlimited" - they carry all sorts of feeder solutions and products.

    Steve - feel free to hang both types of feeders together - no problems with the birds...


    -- Posted by wildwoman on Tue, Jan 14, 2014, at 12:52 PM
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