Garden Birds

A place for those of us who love to garden to attract a wide variety of birds, and to discuss the many benefits of protecting our beautiful winged friends.

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Changing of the Seasons...How do you help your visiting feathered friends making it through the upcoming winter months? 5 Replies

As we are now deep into autumn here in the northern hemisphere, and the weather is getting colder, we are now seeing different birds arriving in our backyards.  Let's share how we assist our…Continue

Started by Gyda Marie Haynes. Last reply by Gyda Marie Haynes Nov 20, 2010.

Gardening for birds

I had this all done and the page crashed, so upsetting.I have a high canopy of six trees and two spruce. A low layer of two (large) juniper bushes and a couple of lilac bushes. Also I have been…Continue

Started by Margaret Beers Oliver Nov 20, 2010.

making wild bird feeders. 1 Reply

One of my favorites to make involves children (of any size or age), pine cones, peanut butter and suet, and bird seed... and something to hang the bird feeder up like a wire loop. I heat the peanut…Continue

Started by Margaret Beers Oliver. Last reply by Gyda Marie Haynes Nov 1, 2010.

Hummingbird Migration

It's late in the summer here, and I've noticed a decrease in the number of hummingbirds I'm getting at my feeders and flowers.  I'd like to hear from you on the arrival or departure of your hummers…Continue

Started by Gyda Marie Haynes Sep 7, 2010.

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Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on October 31, 2010 at 5:19am
Gyda, She is healing well, and finally on top of the pain I think. Thanks for the prayers and well wishes. We have some little chickadees and the occasional migration group. The gold finch are gone as are most of the other little birds except the sparrow kind of critters.
Comment by Gyda Marie Haynes on October 31, 2010 at 3:56am
Hi Margaret...I am so sorry to hear about your daughter being hurt. I hope and pray she will make a speedy and full recovery! We've had some family stuff going on too, so this is the first time I've been on here in about 2 weeks! Trying to get back into the normal swing of things.

The Goldfinches have all left now, but I still get lots of chatter from the funny little Pine Siskins! They are a really chattery bunch when they show up at the feeders.
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on October 27, 2010 at 12:55pm
I have been uncommunicative because my daughter was hurt and heading for surgery. Surgery went well today and she is home and resting in the arms of whatever mickey that they gave her for pain.
Comment by Gyda Marie Haynes on October 13, 2010 at 3:41am
This beautiful fellow is a Cooper's Hawk. He comes into my yard regularly and waits for field mice who feed on dropped bird food. He is so patient, and I've even observed him sitting down on the ground near the rockery where the mice live. His eyesight is so sharp that you can't sneak up on him, and I can only take his picture through windows.

Comment by Gyda Marie Haynes on October 11, 2010 at 11:54am
Welcome to the newest members! So nice to meet all of you and learn about the wonderful feathered friends who visit your gardens and surrounding areas. I love the birds, and I really enjoy learning about the ones I don't normally get the Godwit and the be honest, I'd never heard of either one. Do post pictures when you can...we all love to share in this group, and I'm thrilled to have you all here!
Comment by Gyda Marie Haynes on October 11, 2010 at 11:49am
Kristen...Sorry I didn't comment on this sooner. Been a crazy couple of weeks, and I honestly don't know where the time has gone. Wow! I googled the Godwit and did some reading! What an amazing fly from New Zealand to Alaska without stopping in nothing less than a miracle! Yes, I'd love to see some of your pictures and hope you'll post some soon! Cheers, Gyda
Comment by Gyda Marie Haynes on October 11, 2010 at 6:46am
Margaret, I understand financial means to get things may just have to save up before you get the work done. Yes, the turkeys are quite comical and sometimes a bit destructive. They've beaten down some of my daylilies a bit and broke the top of our stone birdbath. We can't get a replacement top, so we may eventually buy a whole new one. Currently, we use a 14" wide plant saucer as a works and wasn't expensive.
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on October 11, 2010 at 6:23am
Gyda, Your turkey pictures are great. My mom used to have a white one that would check her feeders.
I have found someone and am now searching for the financial means to get this done. LOL Isn't that the way it goes.
Comment by Gyda Marie Haynes on October 11, 2010 at 3:22am
Nick, Have you taken any photos of the Kaka or any other of your native birds? It would be interesting and enjoyable to see pictures of your feathered friends.

These are American Wild Turkeys...these are the "Toms" who come into my yard to scavange birds seed that falls to the ground from my feeders. They are huge birds and weigh close to 30 pounds.
Comment by Gyda Marie Haynes on October 11, 2010 at 3:17am
My Sunflowers are forming beautiful mature seeds's amazing to see the day-to-day changes. I will leave them staked so the birds will have a great treat this winter.


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