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Post  roddie Sat May 07, 2022 8:29 pm

Hi. Some of you know of Robert's (rsv1cox) and my bird-feeding efforts. I relocated my feeder a few days ago.. and it's been a lesson in patience. The feeder consists of a 1.25" dia. EMT pole with two bracket/hangers at the top and a conical baffle below.. to prevent squirrels from climbing up.

The photo below shows the new location..

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The squirrels could now jump onto the baffle from the railing.. Shocked Mad  I needed to raise the pole higher. It was doable.. and I did it.

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That's pretty high.. huh? well........ not high enough. The little $#!t$ were taking me back to school.. What?  I decided to raise the pole and the baffle. The baffle is held and rotates atop a spring which passes through a hole drilled-through the pole to accept it.

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I drilled another hole through "higher" (6-8") and reinstalled the spring and cone.

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I now use a broomstick with a J-hook turned-up on the end, to service the feed-station. It works very well. I used to climb a rickety wooden step-ladder. No need to take that risk any more.

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Lynne and I LoVe to see the birds that come to feed.


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Post  rsv1cox Sun May 08, 2022 6:23 am

Looks like a Swiss chalet roddie serving smorgasbord, a little something for everybody. Mom used to set out suet for the Chickadees, but I never tried it. Robins are back here in abundance, Bluebirds too. Saw a Red Cardinal last week, brilliant in his deepest breeding season red.

Now if it would just stop raining. Still going on out there.
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Post  getback Sun May 08, 2022 7:32 am

The little boogers can bee persistent for sure , I am just waiting for my Kiefer Pears to get a bit bigger and the squirrels will be carrying them off birds too for that matter . Cinco de Mayo Son shot one with the pellet gun just knocked him out the tree and he got up shook it off and hauled , didnt see any for awhile now they are coming back few at a time Censored Bang!
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Post  NEW222 Sun May 08, 2022 9:33 pm

Gotta say that them squirrels are sure a crafty little rodent and can be good problem solvers....
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Post  rdw777 Mon May 09, 2022 9:34 am

My wife and I are amateurish birders and feed them in the backyard as well and also have a bath for them…I like to photograph them and those we find out in the county…, We live in a rural tiny town so we get a lot of species that come to the yard.,, Fortunately we don’t have tree squirrels where we live ..,

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Post  andrew Mon May 09, 2022 10:20 am

Nice contrast of a redwing and yellowheaded blackbird sitting together. We have redwings here, but I don't believe I've ever seen a yellowhead in this part of the country.
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Post  roddie Thu May 26, 2022 8:07 pm

rsv1cox wrote:Looks like a Swiss chalet roddie serving smorgasbord, a little something for everybody.  Mom used to set out suet for the Chickadees, but I never tried it.  Robins are back here in abundance, Bluebirds too.  Saw a Red Cardinal last week, brilliant in his deepest breeding season red.  

Now if it would just stop raining.  Still going on out there.    

Yes Robert, I enjoy trying different seeds/feed to see what species of birds I can attract. I'm on my 3rd 50# bag of black oil sunflower seed since the beginning of this past Winter. I mix the seed and a few cups of dried mealworms into a steel canister for storage. That seems to attract a nice variety. I also hang a tube-feeder that dispenses thistle/nyjer seed, which the Goldfinches love. Then there's currently X3 suet cages which get the "no-melt" type suet cakes. The cakes last 3-5 days on average. The two Cedar trough-style feeders have gone through some modifications in an effort to control their dispensing. They can be emptied in one day otherwise.. Shocked I'll post more on that soon.
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Post  roddie Thu Oct 20, 2022 10:32 pm

Ooo.. I've neglected this thread too....

This is the feed-station's current configuration.

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X2 trough-feeders which I fill with a mixture of black-oil sunflower-seed, with a healthy portion of nut & berry feed.. and dried meal-worms.

A central tube is filled with Nyjer/Thistle-seed and there are X3 suet-cages that are regularly filled with a "no-melt" seed-suet that my birdie friends seem to love.
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Post  rsv1cox Wed Oct 26, 2022 5:35 pm

I had one of those feeders roddie, a bear destroyed it along with several others.

Remarkably this one has lasted.  

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Unusual because I took your lead and bought one of those seed filled suet feeders and stuck it in there.  I see the birds pecking at it frequently.  The bear can smell those easily.  Matter of time I think.

These are the two types that I'm seeing presently in abundance.  Occasionally a Gold Finch, Red Cardinal, and Towhee.

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Carnage by bear, not all by any means:

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Post  roddie Tue May 14, 2024 5:59 pm

Been a while... We had our deck refinished which required relocating Feed-Station Zebra to a free-standing arrangement.. about 8 feet away from the deck. The "Slinky" is still working to repel squirrels. They don't like the way it feels when they try to climb the pole. There hasn't been a squirrel at the feeders since I installed it.


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Post  roddie Sat May 25, 2024 10:42 pm

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We get a LOT of birds at Feed Station Zebra...

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Post  NEW222 Sun May 26, 2024 6:55 pm

They don't like the Slinky, but if it is like the videos I have seen online, would be rather funny though to watch......
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Post  roddie Sun May 26, 2024 7:20 pm

NEW222 wrote:They don't like the Slinky, but if it is like the videos I have seen online, would be rather funny though to watch......

I haven't watched any Slinky vids.. and I haven't witnessed many squirrels trying to get at our feeder. I installed the Slinky several years ago and have only actually seen two perpetrators trying to defeat it... unsuccessfully. One was just recently.. and likely a youngster who hadn't tried before. They don't get very far before giving up.

If there's less than 6ft. of clearance spherically.. they'll be able to to reach a feeder.

As resourceful as they are; they haven't been able to get at the bird's food with the slinky around the pole. This gives me a huge sense of accomplishment.. Laughing
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Post  rsv1cox Tue May 28, 2024 5:07 pm

I added a Hummingbird feeder today roddie. I always wanted one. We get them around here occasionally but not in abundance, hopefuly this will help. I had an old style game camera on the umbrella pointed in that direction, but the resoluation was poor and it ate double A batterys like crazy so I ditched it. My regular feeder that I have had for years and survived a couple of bear attacts remains. The upside down bucket like your upside down funnel keeps the critters away.

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Post  roddie Tue May 28, 2024 5:53 pm

That's really nice Robert! We've had a steady stream of visitors to ours. I rinse-out and change the nectar every couple of weeks.. and buy the "concentrate" type that has calcium for thicker egg-shells. Any "red" coloring should state that it's natural.. because the artificial red dyes are not healthy for them. "Beet juice" is an alternative for red coloring.. if you boil/mix your own "sugar-water" for them. I've been buying Pennington concentrate which makes up to 64oz. and fills two quart bottles which I keep in the refrigerator.

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I have used "clear" nectar.. but I always look for the calcium ingredient when I sourced it.

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Post  roddie Tue May 28, 2024 8:30 pm

I've been blending my own mix of wild bird foods to attract different varieties. Dried mealworms are GREAT.. but they're very expensive. I source them through Amazon for a LOT cheaper than any local store where I've seen them. Nut & berry varieties are good.. and sometimes I throw in a "finch-blend". We also have a tube-feeder for Nyjer (thistle) seed.. and X3 suet-cake cages on the feed station.
 
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We regularly see woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, titmice, goldfinches, house finches, bluebirds, cardinals, mourning doves, Carolina wrens, grosbeaks, blue jays, grackles, cat birds, cow birds, Northern flickers, red-winged blackbirds, house wrens, Baltimore orioles, European starlings and juncos at the feed station.

I buy X3 2lb. bags of jumbo unsalted peanuts in the shell for $3.29/ea. (6lbs. for $9.87) which I feed to the 4-legged critters. A handful of peanuts.. along with a cup of the mixed-seed in two locations set a good ways apart.

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Then there's the big hawks and owls who occasionally perch on the shed-roof, deck railings or a nearby tree-limb. They're all fascinating and a joy to behold.
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Post  rsv1cox Wed May 29, 2024 3:00 pm

"We regularly see woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, titmice, goldfinches, house finches, bluebirds, cardinals, mourning doves, Carolina wrens, grosbeaks, blue jays, grackles, cat birds, cow birds, Northern flickers, red-winged blackbirds, house wrens, Baltimore orioles, European starlings and juncos at the feed station."

I get all of those too roddie except the Grosbeaks. Haven't seen one this far South. In the early 1950's I found one flopping around the ground in New Hampshire and brought it home. Mom put it in a cage and nursed it back to health. My regular, I would find it and Mom would do the work. Looked like this:

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As I mentioned, I have only seen the one Baltimore Oriole. I hung out oranges but I don't believe they ever attracted one.

That's the same Hummingbird food that Mark got me. Sticky stuff.
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Post  roddie Wed May 29, 2024 8:57 pm

I had to intervene today.. on a situation between a Carolina Wren family.. that had occupied the space on top of the engine and under the hood of the "free" lawn-tractor that I took ownership of a few weeks ago..

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I had put some "anti-buzz" foam under the hood.. in areas where there was obvious metal-to-metal contact. I had the hood open for this.

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Just two days later.. I went out to assess some other work needed under the hood.. and find this;  

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OK.. this changes everything. It took a while to figure out "who's" nest it was... I'd seen chipmunks around the machine Laughing and I was already to "move it" somewhere else.. when the birdie made his or herself apparent.

I told my wife Lynne about this newfound occupation and she said not to disturb the nest.  silent

So........ there's a family in there. I've witnessed food being taken in by I presume the male. Caterpillars, slugs... and such.. Lynne read that the males are the vocal ones.

I hear and watch them. They're an aggressive little bird.. and not too afraid of humans.. (or me.. at least) They'll perch near enough to me; to almost touch.

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When this little bird "chirps"... it's almost deafening.. I'm amazed that such a loud sound can come from such a little creature..

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So... today; there was repeated chirping.. that changed to more of a clicking.. enough to make me look out the kitchen window.. where the tractor is in full view. There was a chipmunk sitting on the front tire of the tractor. The chipmunk jumped-off the tire.. and ran across the yard with the birdie "dive-bombing".. and the fight went into the brush...  Shocked

This happened two more times... where a chipmunk was "taunting".. sitting on the tractor's front tire.. or standing-up like a prairie-dog.. just to make him or herself known...

I shoo'd the little critter away from the tractor.. and put some kibble in the critter-saucer over near the shed. That put an end to the antics.. at least for today.
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Post  rdw777 Fri May 31, 2024 9:59 am

Good on you guys for feeding and caring for the birds…. They’re fun to interact with and learn about….Artsy shot of my Martin house early one morning with the moon behind it…Babies about two weeks old in the photo….They are about ready to fly now….raised about a dozen this year….Feed Station Zebra.. Spring 2024 6d158410
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Post  roddie Fri May 31, 2024 4:10 pm

rdw777 wrote:Good on you guys for feeding and caring for the birds…. They’re fun to interact with and learn about….Artsy shot of my Martin house early one morning with the moon behind it…Babies about two weeks old in the photo….They are about ready to fly now….raised about a dozen this year….

We get SoOo much enjoyment feeding the birds and critters. We're not much on gardening these days.. so we have no worries about vegetation getting disturbed or eaten. They're trying to survive... just like we are.. and we love to watch and learn from them.

Thanks for sharing your experience Robert. Smile
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