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Capt Kirk's BlogA visit to my birdfeeder to seen what is going on with the birds of central Ohio.
Category: Bird Brain Blog | Posted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:09 pm
I was out checking the bird feeders this morning and refilling them, when I noticed a huge amount of deer tracks in the snow. They had been eating the ground cover down by the driveway, when they must have decided to take a break and play with the wind trirly that I have hanging in a tree in the front yard. They pulled that apart and even pulled the metal hangar hook down out of the tree. That's the first time that has ever happened. It had to have been the deer, as the snow was all churned up with hundreds of deer tracks. You never know what you will see when you check your bird feeders! :)
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Category: Bird Brain Blog | Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:32 pm
I have my birdfeeder suspended from a piece of chltheline that runs from one tree to another. This was done to keep squirrels out of it. The feeder sat about 4 ft. off the ground. This worked well until about 2 weeks ago. A new squirrel found out that he can jump from a flatfooted stance, high enough to reach the perch and then pull himself up on the feeder. So yesterday I went out and raised the feeder another foot and a half. This morning he was out there doing back flips trying to reach it. I have been standing by with the camera trying to get video of him jumping but he won't do it while I am standing in the window! But I will keep trying!
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Hasn't been much going on.
Category: Bird Brain Blog | Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:01 pm
About the only things going on at the feeder is that one of the young squirrels has figured out that he can jump flat footed from the ground and reach the feeder. The bottom of the feeder is 4 ft. off the ground. And I was amazed the first time I saw him do it. The other new thing is that the mate of the Dove that got killed by the Hawk is coming to the feeder. He/She is the only one that comes by themself. The others all come in pairs. I imagine that it will be until next breeding season before they find another mate. I did put a shallow bowl under the feeder and I put some cracked corn in it every morning. So the ground feeding birds get a good supply of food. The Titmouse is getting about 20 peanuts a day. I put them in the basket in the morning and within 2 hrs. they have hauled them all off!
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Category: Bird Brain Blog | Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:02 pm
We had a light snow last night, about 1/2 inch worth. All kinds of tracks under the feeder. A cat had been up sometime overnight. Also a bunch of rabbit tracks. Then all kinds of bird tracks from earlier this morning. No deer tracks, with no more snow than what we have, they must be finding enough to eat!
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Back to normal!
Category: Bird Brain Blog | Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:32 pm
Well it has turned cold again and the birds are back to there old feeding habits for the most part. The numbers of Finches, Juncos and Sparrows are still low compared to what they were when we had snow on the ground. I now have 3 squirrels that come up and clean up the area under the feeder. "Chunk of course, and a new one that I call "Chumly" and the 3rd one has a streak of light hair on his back that I call "Old Man". He's always ticked off about something.
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