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Whodunit…

A friend of mine gave me a call to ask me a question about birds. This friend lives about a mile from me. She has only one feeder in her backyard, she loves birds and has been feeding them for years.

She told me the following:

“What’s going on? I found 7 Northern Cardinals laying dead near the feeder!  I’ve been feeding them the same brand of feed for long time and never had any problems before.”

I was kind of taken by surprise because I’ve been feeding my birds for 8 years and I haven’t had any casualties that I can tell about.

First, I reassured her that all my birds were looking healthy and were in fact very active with building larger families.

Second, I asked her a series of questions

  • Have you change in any way the mode of feeding?
  • Do the seeds look the same as always?
  • What about their water? Does it have any rare color?
  • Have you sprayed any insecticides closed to the feeder?

She said that everything looked normal…

I set a plan to follow:

  1. Throw away the leftover seeds and wash thoroughly the feeder.
  2.  Buy a new brand of seeds, different type from the previous and  refill the feeder.
  3. Ask other neighbors if they had seen any dead birds in their backyards.
  4. Observe daily of any changes of color, type or any foreign matter mixed with the seeds.
  5. If anything rare raises a flag, bag it and call the Animal Protection Dept. and explain that someone has tainted the bird feed.

She’s going to do what I suggested and will call me if there is anything new.


My backyard is more frequented by birds and they seem to be always hungry. My stock of seeds is being finished in less days that usual.  I fill the feeders 2 times or sometimes 3 times a day. Depends of how many birds are there trying to feed. If they finish the food in a short time They make me feel bad by perching all around the deck and staring at my windows!… No kidding!


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Happy Days…


It has been  a few days of doing many things at home and about. To start, it was my birthday and five days later it was Tyler’s birthday.

For me it’s just like any regular day but I couldn’t stop Lucy and Tyler to bake me a cake and blow one candle at breakfast time. It was good to have only one candle on the cake otherwise if we had the real number we could’ve incurred into a unstoppable blaze!

For Tyler things were much different, he had a birthday party at school with his classroom friends. He came home with some birthday gifts and happy for he had a lot of fun. He also went out to the movies with some friends. He was happy about that too. I grilled some delicious meat for Lucy and Tyler, he loves to eat hamburgers! Lucy and I love flank steak and I grilled a mean supper delicious piece…I’m drooling on my keyboard now!

Before Tyler’s birthday I painted his room and we rearranged it with new furniture, he loves it ! He’s acting very mature now…he says! After all he’s 7 y.o. now!

Although I had a great deal of fun, doing many great things around the house and inside, I had to wear long sleeve shirts for the reason of some nasty poison oak on my right arm. I’m well now but I felt very uncomfortable while the poisoned skin was affected.

My birds have been very active because the weather has improved to a point of ideal for plants, grass, flowers, trees etc. Everything is green and colorful my shrubs are looking their best, also my trees. All these favorable changes make me happy! The bird families  in my backyard  have increased their numbers and all look full of health!

These are the birds that accompanied us during our birthdays!


 


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Rain, rain…


While the North East of USA was getting heavy snow storms, we were getting rain and more rain last week. While I write this post, it’s sunny but cold outside, at least it’s not raining. My birds are coming at different times, which makes it difficult to get good photos. I can’t spend hours of sitting behind the camera waiting for them to show up. It’s still too cold to be out there exposed to the frigid breeze!

I know, Spring is almost here, then I will be happy to see my backyard busy with birds coming back from migration.


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Carolina Wren

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Song Sparrow

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Field Sparrow

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Northern Cardinal (F)


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Hello birdies!

My birds are visiting the feeders more often and in increased numbers, especially when the sunshine breaks out between the gray clouds. I was missing their songs and the flitting around the backyard. The seed consumption has also increased, this factors indicate to me the weather might change soon! I can’t wait for Spring to be here.

The irregular weather patterns is “killing” us economically, with high energy bills this year. I imagine that you might be having the same  problem, no?


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Weather Break

The weather improved the past few days, giving as short respite from frigid spells. We’ve had mild mornings and some Spring like temperatures. It has been a well needed break for us and especially for our avian friends. I was happy to see more birds showing their faces and flitting around.

Of course,This wonderful weather wouldn’t last too long, now we are getting heavy rain since yesterday! Alas!

I’m still pleased having seen my birds happily enjoying their meals at the feeders. I’m also glad to have some pictures to show you, I hope you like them.


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