Birds in the Garden

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Comment by Beth Knight on June 14, 2014 at 6:59pm

Patricia...if you figure out a way to keep the feeding area clean, please share it with us....I have my 'feeding station" in an area that is completely bare underneath cause nothing will grow where all the seeds fall.  Every now and then I will clean up all the seed shells cause I mostly just put out black sunflower seeds and as you now they do make a mess.  I put cracked corn on the ground and the cardinals and dove and jays, etc. all seem to love it.  I have a couple of ducks that come by and of course squirrels have to have their fair share.

Comment by Judith Kennedy Arthur Zn 7, AL on June 14, 2014 at 6:14pm

Nice pictures, Patricia.  We only have tufted titmice here.

Comment by Patricia Mickelson/Z10/CA on June 14, 2014 at 5:48pm

Comment by Patricia Mickelson/Z10/CA on June 14, 2014 at 5:44pm

I finally got some decent pictures of the two Oak Titmouse birds that are frequenting my backyard.   Because there are two I am wondering if they have a nest nearby.  Anyway, I wanted to post a picture although I can't seem to get him/her with the crest fully up. 

Comment by Elizabeth Fowler on June 13, 2014 at 9:26pm

Mark the Owls are wonderful, I love them.

Comment by Nancy Raszewski on June 13, 2014 at 4:34pm

I love trees too and wouldn't want to live without them! we've planted about 540 of them in the first several years of living here. (Way too much work!)

Comment by Nancy Raszewski on June 13, 2014 at 4:28pm

Also, I have two feeders that I can move back & forth on a rope, (which I use to foil the squirrels.) One is over my garden so I use the spillage as mulch, and it blends in with the garden mulch. I use black oil sunflower seeds as they give the least amount of waste, supposedly. 

Comment by Nancy Raszewski on June 13, 2014 at 4:22pm

Patricia, it is hard to get the titmouse here also, as he won't stay still for a moment! ;)

Comment by Patricia Mickelson/Z10/CA on June 13, 2014 at 3:20pm
The Oak Titmouse seems to think my backyard is how new playground and I am thrilled. I keep trying to get a good picture to share but that little guy is very fast!!!! Hopefully soon.

In the meantime, what do you do to keep the area clean under and around your bird stations? I was putting weed blocker down and then after a week I could just roll it up. With the drought here in California I recently have been leaving the ground bare and just using a whisk broom to clean up all the empty seeds. I also bought a hoop to hang underneath the niger thistle feeder and that helps. If any of you have any suggestions to share to keep that area clean I would sure welcome them.
Comment by Beth Knight on June 13, 2014 at 11:57am

Mark, you must have a great camera with a great zoom!! really nice photos.  Had a hawk come down on a bird yesterday as I sat having my coffee on the deck.  I couldn't believe how he got between me and the arbor in a very small space and didn't hit anything.  He had the bird, which I couldn't identiy on the ground and then took off with it.  Had to make a vertical exit too with the bird in his talons.  Too quick to even think about my camera but I'll surely remember the experience!!


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