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Bird Lovers

EwaightEEwaight Posts: 250
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Water Cooler
Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a critter lover. I have 5 dogs but all the neighbors cats think they live here as well. I maintain a 60 gallon aquarium and a 300 gallon outside pond. My main passion is birds. If I could do anything for a living it would be to study and track birds and their migration patterns and mating habits.
I am a total bird nerd. I have 5 bird baths and 5 different feeding stations. I usually see at least 40 different species of birds in my yard and that changes depending upon the season. My favorites are the hummers. We only get the ruby red throat here in TN but I have spotted a few rare ones over the years.
I have the same male and female show up every Spring and nest in the big Pine in the back yard. The real fun starts in my yard the first week of August. This is when the migration starts and I have a lot of visitors stop by on their way home. I have 20 hummingbird feeders that I clean and maintain until the end of October. Friends have already started calling asking if they are here. I have about 10 now but if they all show up like last year I expect to have up to 50 at a time. Ruby Throated Hummers have been referred to as the junk yard dogs of the bird world because they are so aggressive. When they are fighting they do not even care that you are sitting or standing right there. I have had them fly up to within 2” of my face and just hover and stare for awhile. Sitting on the front porch or back patio is like being in the middle of a bee hive.
Any other bird lovers out there? Let me know what you are seeing in your yard today or just share your birdy stories. I love to hear about the different birds in other parts of the world.
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  • My neighbor has a large butterfly garden and quite a few bird feeders, so I get to watch them next door.

    There are a couple areas where peacocks roam.
    The males are beautiful and pre-surgery (when I could still run), I was chased by a few male peacocks. Thank goodness I got inside my car safely. One of them even came to my window and gave me the evil eye. X( Everyone in the car laughed but I must have trespassed on their turf. :O jade
  • I love to watch the hummingbirds in my back yard. Unfortunately since my back surgery (and before)their feeders are dry as my husband does not bother to get them down so I could wash them and fill them up. He said right now there are too many blooming flowers so they don't need it. But i still enjoy seeing them and fighting over the same feeder when there are two others close by. Today I saw one in the side yard flying off a plant, so I know they are still around. I will bug my husband to get the feeders off for me so I can refill them.

    Kin
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  • for reminding me. I need to put some water on to boil to make fresh food today.

    With 20 feeders I am queen of S hooks. Simply hang them over a branch. I also use small S hooks on the tips of the umbrella over the patio table. This seems to be their favorite spot. If you do not have any you can make a hanger out of garden twine.

    Walmart has a brand of feeder this year that I really like. It is made by first nature and looks more like a jelly jar. No curves at all. Much easier to clean then the old ones. The small ones are only $2.99 each.

    Happy hummer watching.
  • Love hummingbirds too. I have a cute feeder in the garage. Gotta put it somewhere. :S jade
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  • I've been meaning to get a hummingbird feeder as well but i keep forgetting. :<

    They are the coolest things and so cute.

    Evelyn :)
    Had PLIF in 2008 and a Laminectomy. One level fusion, L4-L5.
  • That sounds awesome. We've got brown doves and blue jays, cardinals and crows, and goldfinches etc. The worse thing is chasing the pigeons away. We love birds. It's a great hobby. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I am also a huge bird nerd!!! Those hummers are the coolest. It is so funny when they put on their migration weight and buzz past you so slow because they are so fat that they can hardly move! 50 feeders are alot to keep up with considering that they must be cleaned every 2-3 days. I have six feeders (not including the ground feeding that I do) and 4 birdbaths so far. I have 3 feeders for the hummers. I used to have more but with all of my back issues it has really gotten hard to keep up with them. My hobby started in 1989 right after hurricane hugo when so many birds and animals were displaced. I love them all. I also have 2 parrots that I love dearly. most people do not realize how intelligent these creatures really are. We have a pair of ruby throated that nest in our yard every year and this summer we had a very clear view of the parents feeding and caring for the young. They are some fearless little birds for sure. Glad to know that I am not the only bird fanatic here. I am so bad that I worry if we have to leave for a few days or a week about the feeders going empty or the birdbaths going dry!
  • Fried chickens have to be my favorite. =P~ :D
  • if so you might want to place it in the lighten and brighten section.
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