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Ponderings of a Backyard Critter Feeder

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Apr 5, 2020 - 6:38:46 AM
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rinemb

USA

12212 posts since 5/24/2005

I am spending more time nowadays watching the critters feed after I broadcast their morning rations. I get to pondering...brad

1. Why has my backyard fur and feather critters population increased? Have neighbors stopped feeding?

2. How come I have never seen a baby squirrel? Even when I was a Daniel Boone I never saw one?

3. Why do male and female bluejays share the same plumage? Which one is which?

Apr 5, 2020 - 6:51:46 AM
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14752 posts since 12/2/2005

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2. How come I have never seen a baby squirrel? Even when I was a Daniel Boone I never saw one?
 


Has it ever occurred to you that maybe the ones you're seeing ARE the babies? Trust me, you don't want to see the adults. cheeky

Apr 5, 2020 - 7:26:50 AM

1737 posts since 2/10/2013

I once saw a baby squirrel. I was getting ready to feed the birds, and a very small baby squirrel jumped on my shoe. I called the vet for advice. She told me to put the squirrel back where I found it. Standard procedure for wildlife. I am guessing that young squirrels normally stay close to the nest.

My only "regular" visitors are the doves, cardinals, and squirrels. All the others don't have a regular schedule.

The sex of lots of birds and animals is a mystery to me. A bird watcher could probably tell the difference.

Apr 5, 2020 - 6:44:56 PM
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bubbalouie

Canada

13730 posts since 9/27/2007

You have to be really observant to tell the difference between male & female Bluejays.

Apr 5, 2020 - 7:07:27 PM
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RonR

USA

1630 posts since 11/29/2012

I have a large bluejay that I see at my feeder a few times a week. A couple pairs of cardinals are daily visitors.Turtle doves are plentiful.There are some new birds around too,they are smaller and darker then a sparrow and quick. The crows keep their distance and squawk from the tree tops.

Edited by - RonR on 04/05/2020 19:08:52

Apr 5, 2020 - 8:00:10 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

13730 posts since 9/27/2007

I've heard some old fellows refer to them as  blue  jerks because they bully smaller birds & throw the seeds from feeders all over the place! 

Apr 5, 2020 - 8:20:02 PM

3371 posts since 7/8/2010

The hill that I live on is referred to as "Audubon Ridge". And since most of our neighbors have stopped feeding the birds, we have become a real bird sanctuary. Cardinals, doves, hummingbirds and the rest of them in the area. The squirrels and chipmonks also enjoy the birdseed. Skunks used to harvest grubs in fenced back yard but I think the scent of my two dogs has them held at bey.

Apr 6, 2020 - 6:43:03 AM

1737 posts since 2/10/2013

Surprisingly, the most aggressive birds eating in my back yard are the doves - the bird of peace. Just about all the other birds ignore each other. Same thing with the squirrels. Some species of birds won't use feeders, so I "ground feed" . So I periodically have rake the area and get rid of the uneaten bird food. There is one type of ingredient in the bird food I purchase that birds just will not eat. I have lived in different parts of the country, and this has happened everywhere I have lived.

Apr 6, 2020 - 10:52:55 AM
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rinemb

USA

12212 posts since 5/24/2005

My city birds don't mess with the milo/sorghum . Nearly bb size brnish grain. It's good cheap filler for packaged bird feed.
I ground Fred as well, but not bothered to clean it up . I am hoping to build new yard anyway in fall.
I buy at a feed and seed general store. They have several dozen bins full of all kinds of seed for fur and feathers. Along with mixes. Each bin is labeled with what critters like it. It's fun to take the bags and make up my own batch. Each time I suppose it is a bit different.
Brad

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