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Recent Entries to this Blog The feeder is busy,busy,busy!
Posted: 13 Jan 2012
No squirrel problems this year!
Posted: 11 Dec 2011
Started using the big feeder.
Posted: 20 Nov 2011
A new visitor to the bird feeding area !
Posted: 18 Nov 2011
The fall feeding season is here!
Posted: 05 Nov 2011

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A visit to my birdfeeder to seen what is going on with the birds of central Ohio.


The feeder is busy,busy,busy!

Category: Bird Brain Blog | Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:01 pm

We have our first measurable snow, about 3/4 of an inch. I filled the feeder with cracked corn and sunflower seed mix and the birds are all over it. With the temperature at 18 deg. F the male Cardinals are the brightest I have seen them this year.

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No squirrel problems this year!

Category: Bird Brain Blog | Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:11 pm

Last year if you remember, I had tons of problems with squirrels getting in my feeders. This year I have only seen one squirrel near my feeders and he didn't even try to get in them. And no chipmunks at all! The reason? Our neighbors cat has been coming back to our place 3 or 4 times a day. I put out a little bit of cat food for him and in return, he keeps the squirrels and chipmunks away! We have formed a partnership!

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Started using the big feeder.

Category: Bird Brain Blog | Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:53 pm

Was getting too many birds for the small feeder to support, so started using the big one. Lot's of Chickadees and a lot of Goldfinches in their winter feathers. So the big feeder has black oil sunflower seeds mixed with cracked corn and we put peanuts in the small feeder now. As the birds eat the sunfloer seeds, they throw the corn out on the ground. Then the Doves and the sparrows and Juncos Come along and eat it. Once in a while they will get a seed too. I have a plastic dish, a big one, under the feeder and they will get in it and eat. Sometime last night something came up and ate all of the corn out of the dish. I don't think it was a racoon as they usually move it all over the place and upset it. I suspect a deer had visited.

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A new visitor to the bird feeding area !

Category: Bird Brain Blog | Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:11 pm

We seem to have a small hawk hanging around the front yard where the feeders are. I haven't seen him yet, but have heard him several times. Usually our hawks are Redtail Hawks, but from time to time we do get a Sparrow Hawk come by. They are about the size of a Robin. The Redtails are a lot bigger with wing spans of 5 to 6 ft. As far as I know, we haven't lost any birds to the small hawk yet. Last fall we had a Redtail snatch a squirrel right out of a tree. But they can have all of the squireels they want! :)

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The fall feeding season is here!

Category: Bird Brain Blog | Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:28 pm

I have been feeding the birds with oeanuts on the porch rail all summer. They are funny as they swoop in and grab them up. The Blue Jays don't even land, they just snag them on the fly. We did have a pair of Cardinals and their daughter that ate there regularily. But they are noisey. It amazes me that they can squack with a peanut in their beak. The Titmice are the funny ones. When confronted with a peanut that is too bug for their mouth, they poke a hole in the shell and then grab it up and off the go. I have a small feeder hanging on a crook that I am putting sunflower seeds, cracked corn and peanuts in. Once we get a snow I will start using the big feeder and fighting with the squirrels!

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They are back !

Category: Bird Brain Blog | Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:47 pm

My wife asked me the other day if I thought the Baltimore Oriols woul be back this year. This evening I was out back getting the charcoal ready to start to cook supper and I heard their familiar warble. I looked around to see where they were at and found them in the Mulberry tree. The berrys are just beginning to turn. I saw one pair but there may be others too. You can't mistake the bright orange and black for any other bird.

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Summer slow down.

Category: Bird Brain Blog | Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:02 pm

With the advent of hot weather, 94 today, the birds aren't hitting the feeder as much. The woodpeckers are still hitting the peanuts in the morning, but as soon as the nuts are gone, so are the birds.

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Wildlife!

Category: Bird Brain Blog | Posted: Mon May 30, 2011 1:17 pm

Last night, just at dark, I saw a racoon up on the tree draped over the bird feeder. Then I saw a small face peaking around the side of the tree. Momma had brought her baby. I tried to get pics, but it was just too dark and they didn't turn out. I tried flash but they were too far away. They left and came back about 30 minutes later, except there was 3 babies.

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They always amaze me!

Category: Bird Brain Blog | Posted: Fri May 27, 2011 8:46 pm

I have a small basket from an old dishwasher that I have hanging from a shepherds crook that I put peanuts in. Usually the Titmice take them. Then the Downey Woodpeckers were coming and getting them. Soon the Red Bellied Woodpeckers and the Redheaded Woodpeckers learned how to get them. I have one enterprising Cardinal that had figured out how to get into the basket and collect the prize. This afternoon I saw motion out of the corner of my eye and saw that the basket was swinging wildly and figured a bird had landed or taken off from it. So I looked closer and there was a Chipmunk in the basket swinging happily with a peanut in his mouth! He must have seen me move and decided to leave his perch. He jumped from the basket to the pole and when he hit the pole, there was nothing for him to grab ahold of, so he slid down the pole in a spiral. I laughed so loud that he heard me and took off running when he got to the bottom. I was inside the house watching all of this action.

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Taking over!

Category: Bird Brain Blog | Posted: Sat May 21, 2011 12:16 am

The Redheaded Woopeckers have taken over the yard. They are nesting in the same tree where the pair nested last year. Today one of them caught a squirrel going after one of his peanuts and the bird went after the squirrel. The squirrel backed down in a hurry and took off. Didn't even try to fight! But they really are a noble looking bird. With those colors, you can't miss them flying through the yard.



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