Each time I enter a home count in eBird, I include a note that the location is a “Suburban Wooded Back Yard.” The many mature trees in our yard are after all a part of the attraction for the birds that come here. Unfortunately over the past year or two, this description is starting to fray. Our lovely large trees keep falling in unusual numbers and each time this happens, it not only affects the yard’s human owners but also the birds and other creatures that live here. Over this past weekend another very large tree fell. This one in particular is going to have real repercussions for bird life in our back yard.Continue reading Birds & Trees: A Tree Falls in the Yard
When larger nuisance birds dominate bird feeders, adding a cage feeder can let the little ones eat. My newest feeder is a Woodlink Squirrel-Proof Seed Tube Feeder in their Coppertop Tube Feeder Series. I like this feeder very much.Continue reading Woodlink Squirrel-Proof Seed Tube Feeder Review
While all birds have their good and bad qualities (as seen by humans), I have mixed feelings about Common Grackles. I think their feathers can be very beautiful in the sunlight and they are quite clever. But their manners at the bird feeders don’t endear them to me. They tend to arrive in groups. If they like what they find in a feeder, they’ll hang around all day. They dominate the feeders quite aggressively, not letting other birds have a chance.
I only have grackle issues periodically, mostly on chilly spring days. But sometimes a small group of them settled in and decide to stick around. With a crowd of grackles on the feeders, the Carolina Chickadees, White-Breasted Nuthatches and Tufted Titmouses that have been yard regulars for years disappear. Even the finches and sparrows get scarce. What to do?