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Feeding the birds

posted 1/19/2011 1:18:09 PM |
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After moving in here and getting off the road, one of the things I started doing was feeding the birds. And I have had tons of them year round since then. Today I’ve been seeing junkos, cardinals, I think a chickadee or five, and jays. Normally, i'll see one and maybe two jays out there. They come down, get a bit of food, fly up into the tree, eat, then back down to the feed. Today, the word must have gotten out, and there were 4 jays at one time out there. An unusual occurrence, for me to see anyway.

And the birds mentioned are just the ones I know, there are others I’m not real sure of what they are, and don't really care. Some are plain looking, but cute anyway, then the showoffs like the male cardinals are easy to spot and identify. But they all help in the long run to keep a few more insects at bay, and just make life a little more pleasant. Unless you like to sleep in and one of the males insists on sitting right outside your window with an amplifier singing his heart out. That is usually a spring time or summer situation, and damn I’ve wanted a shotgun more than once.

Besides the birds, I’ve had squirrels in the feeder, and a nocturnal visitor or two that really clean it out. I know what they are, and one night, I’m gonna have fresh venison in the house. Yup, deer also seem to enjoy the bird food, and not just the black oil sunflower seeds. They clean out the ground stations I have and the raised feeder too. How do I know this, I’ve seen a couple out there in the past, and their prints are all around where I put out the bird food. Then too, I noticed some deer droppings in the driveway when I went to check mail the last couple of days.

The only problem with getting a whole deer at once, I don't have a freezer to put it in, and I can't eat all that much of one in one sitting. It poses a bit of a problem, do I eat the deer or let them keep eating the bird food? Guess i'll have to get a small freezer and eat the deer.

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Jan 19 @ 1:44PM  
When I had the money to, I had 2 bird feeders, one in the backyard and one in the front yard. I had the usual sparrows and cowbirds, then there were finches, chickadees, cardinals and bluejays. And of course, the squirrels. My sister used to feed birds, and she always got so bent out of shape over the squirrels getting into the bird seed. I always told her...if you're putting food out...they're going to help themselves. Enjoy their's quite entertaining actually.

Oh...the venison idea.......don't let the authorities see ya!! Don't know about where you're at..but here in Michigan, the DNR are not too nice about poaching.

Jan 19 @ 3:17PM  
No deer but I get plenty of everything else without bird feeders.

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