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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 8:40 pm    Post subject: The Latest Additions Reply with quote

This is Toots One of my cockatiels. Not sure yet of the sex -was told it hatched out in January this year.

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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful bird, Emmy...

I opened the photo in another tab - it did not show in the forum page.

Still have the videos of the birds you sent and look at them.

Wish you could put reins on the starlings that have been eating up the suet under the bird feeder. They figured out how to hang upside down and eat it all up in a few days.

I put some cardboard temporarily on the three sides that face the landing zone and those guys managed to peck at them and move or knock them off to get to the suet.

Next I'll try a plastic container with high walls, screwed into the bottom.

Lots of Goldfinches, Cardinals, House Finches, one Bluejay, Grackles, White-capped finches, and a big Red-breasted Woodpecker; thought it was a squirrel on the telephone pole but after we drove closer saw the wings and red on the top of the head - 8-1/2 inches tall or so. You know how they move around the pole or tree, looking back and forth. I can hear it pecking in the woods.

A friend in Colorado, above 7000 feet near Denver, told me the woodpeckers are a real problem, making holes in the house and then squirrels move in.

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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy, The photo is beautiful. Dave, Emmy posted the link to the photo and that is why it opened in a new page. Squirrels are like mice they can squeeze their bodies through real small places. I think the size of their heads determines the size of the holes that they can get through. Off to catch a big spider I just noticed.

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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I showed the photo to my mother as she was going to her room last night - said "What a beautiful bird!" She said the same about the others I showed her before (the finches, which are more colorful than the wild ones here, though the Goldfinches are very bright).

I have a small medicine cup and stiff paper to catch bugs that wander into the house - they're just lost and want to go outside. There is a little jumping spider in between one of the kitchen window panes that I have been trying to catch and put outside - told him there is no food in the house and he will do better outside, like catching mosquitoes for me.

There is a chipmunk running around the bird feeder and maybe he will survive since there are not cats here now. I did see Phil next door standing and staring, whipping his tail around, so he might have spotted it. He's still afraid to come over here (hoping to have him on the porch for petting this summer). Thought I might put up some fencing around his burrow entrance to give him some protection from any cats.

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