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 Gyda Marie Haynes on October 11, 2010 at 3:10am
Hello, Nick...I haven't been on here for several days...was feeling a bit under the weather. I did look up your Kaka...what exotic and interesting birds. They do look like quite large parrots...we certainly don't have any native birds like that over here. I read there's a particular wasp that competes with the Kaka for food. Do you live near the Karori Sanctuary?
Comment by Gyda Marie Haynes on October 11, 2010 at 3:07am
Wow! Margaret...that's a huge limb that came off your Elm! I hope you've located a good professional who can trim your tree properly so it will have a chance to live at least another hundered years!
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on October 8, 2010 at 11:25am
You can only get a peek at the bird bath... but it didn't damage it.
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on October 8, 2010 at 11:24am
I sure hope that this works.

Comment by Gyda Marie Haynes on October 8, 2010 at 10:37am
We have Yellow Swallowtail butterflies here in the summer, and I'm still seeing some smaller white ones...I think they're called a Cabbage Butterfly or something like that. I'm going to try and plant some more butterfly-friendly flowers next summer. They don't seem to want to light long enough to get any pictures, just like with yours. Yes, I'm happy about the tree must be just huge!
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on October 8, 2010 at 9:52am
I am so happy to be able to save the tree. It must be nearly 100 years old in my guesstimation.
We have two other butterflies to add to the migration. Of course the first were the Monarch. This one is orange with lots of black and white, and medium sized. The other is tiny and bright sulfur yellow. I am going to see if I can find them online. They just don't seem to light anywhere so that I can get the picture.
Comment by Gyda Marie Haynes on October 8, 2010 at 9:25am
I hope you'll be able to photograph your little woodpecker...I think they are very handsome birds. I'm so happy about your elm tree too! I hate to see trees have to be taken down.
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on October 6, 2010 at 1:56pm
I think I have a boy then! Turns out the tree had been hit by lightning awhile ago and healed badly. It will need some professional trimming but will stand!
Comment by Gyda Marie Haynes on October 6, 2010 at 9:23am
Yes, do that...I have the National Audubon Society Field Guide for North American Birds-Western Region. I also have Birds of Washington, and I think you can get one special for any state. Is your tiny woodpecker about 5-6 inches long? If so, that's a male Downy Woodpecker...the female will not have the bit of bright red. I've never heard of the three-toed...guess I'll look it up.
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on October 6, 2010 at 8:52am
I am going to put a bird book on my wish list.
There are pictures on my page that shows the branch and bird bath. Also shows my poor drought stricken yard. We may be getting a rain this afternoon so perhaps the lawn won't blow away before the snows come. I will be replacing some of it next year with grow beds.
We get a tiny woodpecker that is mostly black and white with a bit of red on him, also we get the occasional three toed wood pecker. (I only know that because someone pointed one out as endangered) They really like the Spruce trees.

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