Birds here today Cardinals, House Finch, Purple Finch, Sparrows, Mourning Doves, a few young starlings and Pigeons. One pigeon isn't bad, but when an entire flock of them arrive at my feeder, I go outside and shoo them away until they get the hint. Usually takes a few days. We get seagulls on the street if the school kids drop bread or pizza crusts on the sidewalk, but they have never come in the backyard, Thankfully
This year, I have a robin sitting on a nest in the Japanese maple right out front... Nest is fairly low too...I can see Mom's head as she sits... This nest is in practically the same spot as last years mourning doves nest... So I'm on baby bird watch now...
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Here are my peas in their bird free screened room.
I just found this thread, and Yep, you have to cover everything or the birds pluck it, and drop it. They don't bother to eat it, or use it to make a nest.. Just destroy the plant and fly back up to the tree branch.........It's shocking!
That's why birdnetting is my friend till everything is 3 feet tall.
Here's what I usually see out back at the feeders - RW Blackbird, Cardinals Dove, Finch, Yellow Finch, RH Woodpecker and Starling. Robins, Crows, hawks and buzzards are out toward the back of the property.
A couple of days ago, I could hear "agitated bird noise" coming from the deck area. As I watched, I could see a bird fluttering around out there...then it is walking on the ledge of the window....next she is clinging to the edge of the window, pecking on the glass. It was a female Oriole. I had my scrub mop out there, hanging over a chair to dry. I'm guessing she was harvesting some nesting material. For years, we have provided pieces of yarn, hung from bushes, low tree branches, even on the lawn...for their nest building. So, I rummaged through the grandkid's crafting box and found a ball of yarn...pink this year...and cut some lengths of yarn for her. I put it on the deck railing and draped it from the planters. She took it...I saw her on the railing with a piece of the yarn in her beak.
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This morning I was sitting on the patio enjoying the bird songs. Kept hearing this funny robin like call. It sounded like it was coming from the garage, so I go in to look around, and lo there is this half grown Robin in a 5 gallon bucket. Just how it got there I don't know, but I took it out and placed it on the patio. Pretty soon here comes mother robin and coaxes it off toward some evergreen trees.
Post by Latitude33 on May 30, 2017 22:48:39 GMT -5
Scrub Jays! Imagine a beautiful blue mockingbird and you have the California Scrub Jay. I have a nesting pair in my front tree much to the chagrin of Miss Bella. I think my darling Clarabelle has met her match!
Had a Starling try to steal 3 taco shells from our picnic table on Saturday. 3 was apparently 2 too many for him, but he did manage to fly off with one intact. We had already finished lunch and I was going to break them up for the friendly little chipmunk, but the Starling didn't waste any time telling the rest of his family that there were good eats at campsite 105, so Chippy got some dried fruit instead.
Lots of Canada Geese every morning at the beach as well as Loons in the evening. I miss living in the country.