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Posted: 19-Apr-2004, 12:57 PM
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I thought I would start this thread to see what creatures visit others gardens. And maybe we could exchange info on luring them to our garden with houses and food.

So, lets get to it. tongue.gif


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Posted: 19-Apr-2004, 01:04 PM
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Well, I have a number of mourning doves (squab) that visit everyday. Goldfinches, Cardinals, chickadee's, and robins are also everyday visitors. I have had a big bluejay come round a few times.
Then of course the squirls. Then play and chase one another all through the yard and trees. And steal the birds food.

We've had a big red tail hawk perch up in the locust tree, more than once too.....

I need to put my bat houses up. We have several that fly around ridding us of pest. The least i can do is give them somewhere to live.
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Posted: 19-Apr-2004, 03:29 PM
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Jason
LMAO..
I was going to write a peice on actracting wild life to the garden..
What can I say..........GMTA...

I get it all.. for being as close to downtown as I am..
its my own wee bio sphere...

Today the Killah Robin was attacking everything that came in the yard..
when shes off the nest.. she is vicious..

I threw some raisin bagels out.. Robins love rasins smile.gif
whodathunkit ..

The goldfinches are back.. with the grinnies..
3 pairs of Cardnails so far..
I have'nt seen a tail feather of my Ruby Throated Grose Beak..
he usally stops by on his way .. where ever he goes..

No baby unpolstered rats yet..
no voles yet.. its early..
The wrens in the hanging basket vacated..
They were prolly chased away by psyco Robin.

I love em all ..

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Posted: 19-Apr-2004, 11:53 PM
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Well, I live in a rather rual neighborhood. Our house backs up to a flood-plain meadow with a creek running though it. In our backyard we see white-tailed deer (sometimes with fawns), raccoons, possums, plenty of squirells, some snakes (although our cats do a good job of keeping them at bay), and the occasional silver fox. We also have a large variety of birds, ranging from the magnificant Golden Eagle pair that nest in the meadow every year, to little tufted titmouses. During the day, the sound of downy woodpeckers echos though the forest; and on warm summer nights, the call of the wip-poor-will will lull you to sleep. The creek attracts many kinds of waterfowl, such as blue herons and Canada geese.
I have even seen beautiful wood ducks swimming there.
I feel very blessed to be able to call such a wonderous place home for the past 10 years!

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That sounds real nice. We have a bird feeder that mounts to our dining room window frame. The doors that open toward the hose are mirrored so the birds can't see in, but we can see them. It's fun to watch them. We get chickadees, robins, blue jays, sparrows, cardinals and some other various birds I can't identify.

We used to have a family of rabbits living in the yard under a bush, but my dogs found them and, well... No more bunnys!


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Posted: 22-Apr-2004, 08:32 AM
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Yesterday morning there was a downey woodpecker make home in the locust tree in the back yard! That's nice to see.

We live a 1600 acre woodland park/ nature perserve so we occationaly get wandering deer. Thankfully they stay in the park most of the tiime. ( Just for their own safety!)

Saw the big red tail hawk this morning perched on top of the street light pole.
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Posted: 22-Apr-2004, 08:34 AM
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QUOTE (Crowned1 @ Apr 20 2004, 12:53 AM)
Well, I live in a rather rual neighborhood. Our house backs up to a flood-plain meadow with a creek running though it. In our backyard we see white-tailed deer (sometimes with fawns), raccoons, possums, plenty of squirells, some snakes (although our cats do a good job of keeping them at bay), and the occasional silver fox. We also have a large variety of birds, ranging from the magnificant Golden Eagle pair that nest in the meadow every year, to little tufted titmouses. During the day, the sound of downy woodpeckers echos though the forest; and on warm summer nights, the call of the wip-poor-will will lull you to sleep. The creek attracts many kinds of waterfowl, such as blue herons and Canada geese.
I have even seen beautiful wood ducks swimming there.
I feel very blessed to be able to call such a wonderous place home for the past 10 years!

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That just sounds beautiful! can you see my envy????

LOL!

I just love wood ducks! They have such a distinctive look.
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Luring wildlife... well, most of the birds I know like black-oil sunflower seeds, and almost every finch has a passion for thistle seeds. The red-capped and piliated woodpeckers seem to enjoy suet cakes, no matter the time of year. It's not so good for them in the summer, though. Chipmunks naturally follow the addition of any sort of bird feeder, especially if there's a decently-sized bush nearby so they can hide until they build their burrows.

*Grimaces.* Azalea buds attract deer like candy, and the deer seem to favor my best young willows to strip of bark. But if deer are present, that will encourage the smaller animals, like rabbits. To prevent the rabbits from eating all of the vegetable garden, I leave a corner (okay-- a half) of my yard with dandelions, and plant daylilies to provide rabbits cover from the foxes that tend to follow them.

*Sighs.* I wish someone hadn't dammed the creek further up stream. I used to see all sorts of ducks, too.


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We have lots of visitors to our yard, too. Many different kinds of birds come in, some I recognise but can't name. There are cardinals, robins, mourning doves, wrens, chickadees, tufted titmice, sparrows, blue jays, catbirds, woodpeckers, crows, sea gulls that perch on the roof, red-winged blackbirds occasionally, and I've seen red-tailed hawks circling above the park down the street from us. There are always squirrels (!), even though our dog does her best to chase them away. We've seen skunks under the tool shed ( sad.gif ), had nighttime visits from racoons and possums, been visited by a fox following a pheasant, and we're always fighting off the mice and rats that come from the woods across the street ( sad.gif sad.gif ). I had an encounter with a snake the first summer we were here, but haven't seen it since. One summer we had voles on the back hill, but they also seem to be gone. Oh yeah! I nearly forgot our resident groundhog! He burrows under the tool shed, too, and through the back hill (we've found his exits). I don't think he appreciated the skunks, either! I've been surprised that we haven't had any rabbits, but none so far. There are several different owls, though, and bats that visit almost every night in the summer.

The only critters that our dog seems to dislike are the squirrels and the mourning doves. Go figure. rolleyes.gif laugh.gif

The only thing that worries me are the coyotes reported about half a mile down the road, but our yard is mostly fenced and our dog is about their size. We just keep an eye open for signs of them.

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Posted: 26-Apr-2004, 02:31 PM
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I was on the deck this morning, and saw a purple finch! I had to look it up in my bird book, because I hadn't seen one before. So, that was a nice little perk for an early morning. king.gif
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Posted: 26-Apr-2004, 05:28 PM
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Those are Euro House Wrens Jason..
are'nt they cute??
and a fairly new addition to our sky and backyard sceen..

They can eat from a Gold finch feeder.. upside down ..
and love niger seed.. they have a lovley song ..
so its worth the price of that to keep them around..


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Posted: 26-Apr-2004, 05:34 PM
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We are over-run with little brown bunnies. There would be more, but the Dump made it her job early last summer to empty their nests in the yard and kill the occupants. My owner was totally grossed out!


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Posted: 26-Apr-2004, 08:56 PM
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Are'nt they sweet tho maisky?

I bet they drive the Dump to distraction tho !

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Posted: 28-Apr-2004, 11:33 AM
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A small flock of Canadian geese flew over the house this morning!!! They were only about 25-35 feet above the house! That was a nice site to wake up too. And not get hit by anything they might 'release' whilst looking up at them... unsure.gif LOL!
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That would not be a good.. good morning greeting..

Sis , my late Border Collie did round ups at the airport..
Now they are using dogs on Golf Courses for the samething..
Cause large flocks of geese.. leaving thier calling card..
can make a mess of your golf spikes...

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