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#174268 - 03/06/08 04:14 AM Re: I may be a camera [Re: BranShea]  
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How do posts disappear? I had 7, now I have 5! At this rate, I'll be a "stranger" forever! :0{

#174273 - 03/06/08 08:08 AM Re: I may be a camera [Re: twosleepy]  
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You can have my title for free, it's me who'll be the stranger forever. Anyway it's not the count that counts, it's the conversation. I miss part of a conversation with you about blackbirds and buntings. So now I'll go feed the blackbird couple
that settled in my backyard and became very tame. Breadcrumbs for a song.

#174280 - 03/06/08 10:49 AM Re: I may be a camera [Re: twosleepy]  
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Originally Posted By: twosleepy
How do posts disappear? I had 7, now I have 5! At this rate, I'll be a "stranger" forever! :0{


there was (apparently) a problem with the forum database, and wordsmith (that's Anu) had to revert to a backup which was a couple of days old, so some posts were lost.


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#174281 - 03/06/08 10:56 AM Re: I may be a camera [Re: BranShea]  
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Our backyard feeder is plagued by squirrels. It wouldn't be so bad but they're such hogs. They'll knock the top off the feeder and eat it out from the top. I started putting chili pepper flakes in the mix on the theory that it would bug the squirrels but not the birds but they seem to be Mexican squirrels. I started swearing and hurly imprecations at them in Spanish, calling them mojados and things far worse to only slight effect. Yesterday, while I was off at work, the lovely AnnaS watched while a blue jay came down to feed off the scatterings on the ground and the squirrels split. Must be the jay works for la Migra.

#174283 - 03/06/08 11:50 AM Re: I may be a camera [Re: Faldage]  
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#174286 - 03/06/08 03:57 PM Re: I may be a camera [Re: BranShea]  
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Decoying the squirrels away from a bird feeder with a post-mounted corn cob feeder is effective as well, reducing the need to hurl imprecations.

I have a hummingbird feeder in my back yard, and my poor old hound dog could never decide if they were permitted to feed or not. Any sort of game bird and he knew his role, but feisty little things that zipped and zoomed befuddled him. He'd watch them come feed, sneak up, and jump up to see what they were doing, with the end result of hummingbirds yelling swear words at him.


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#174288 - 03/06/08 04:36 PM Re: I may be a camera [Re: Maven]  
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Hummingbirds are fed on sugared water, Maven?
When I was in Ca. last september I got up making a sudden turn while picking some tomatoes and stared a hummingbird right in the miniature face. It was too close to free itself out of its stationary position. I guess for seven seconds the both of us were frozen. Then I moved and it took off.

#174295 - 03/06/08 10:22 PM Re: I may be a camera [Re: BranShea]  
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Yes, sugar water dyed red to attract attention. They also feed happily on a variety of flowers, including snapdragons, daisies, mums, and pansies. My husband and I have both had those face-to-beak encounters, and they can be quite the surprise! I watched as one inspected my husband, almost going so far as to poke into one ear. Refilling the feeder is sometimes a nervy proposition, particularly if there are multiple wooing males in the area.

I have some nice shots of them feeding, I'll link to them later if anyone is interested.

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#174309 - 03/07/08 12:00 AM Re: I may be a camera [Re: Maven]  
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I would love to see your shots of hummingbirds.

#174318 - 03/07/08 07:51 AM Re: I may be a camera [Re: Faldage]  
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You'd think being so small would make them shy but they're fiesty little things.

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