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Feeding Birds

By plantladylin
January 22, 2012

When I toast a bagel for me, I eat the top half and donate the bottom to my backyard feathered friends. I toast that half too, smother it in plain or crunchy peanut butter, sprinkle bird seed over the top and gently pat it into the peanut butter with my finger, then hang the bagel on a tree branch. The birds love it! I sometimes add raisins to the seed and peanut butter mixture too.

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Aguane
Jan 21, 2012 7:00 PM CST
and a caffe Americano, please :)

I bet the birdies LOVE that tweet (I mean treat).
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 21, 2012 8:07 PM CST
YAY Lin, you posted it! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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LindaTX8
Jan 21, 2012 8:46 PM CST
A BIRD bagel! Wow!
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gwhizz
Jan 22, 2012 4:46 AM CST
You are a champion,..,.from a fellow bird lover Thumbs up
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plantladylin
Jan 22, 2012 7:02 AM CST
Sometimes, if the birds don't find the bagel by late afternoon/early evening, a Raccoon will snatch it, so bagels never go to waste. Well, to be truthful they do go to waist (mine) ... but they are never wasted. Smiling
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ge1836
Jan 22, 2012 7:10 AM CST
I have no dicipline and would have eaten the bagle myself if afternoon came and it was still there L O L.
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plantladylin
Jan 22, 2012 7:14 AM CST
ge1836 said:I have no dicipline and would have eaten the bagle myself if afternoon came and it was still there L O L.

Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Well Jo Ann, do you like crunchy? ... it's covered in bird seed. Smiling
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Ridesredmule
Jan 22, 2012 7:37 AM CST
More Fiber....great idea...
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plantladylin
Jan 22, 2012 7:43 AM CST
Ridesredmule said:More Fiber....great idea...
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fiwit
Jan 22, 2012 9:01 AM CST
You guys are too funny. Hilarious!

I have some bagels in the fridge that have been there for six months or more... maybe I'll set them out for the birds/squirrels. Is toasting them a requirement? (oooohhhhh....I have a giant suet cage I could put one in)
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 22, 2012 10:05 AM CST
I had a suet cage once. It disappeared. One dark night some raccoon came along & since he couldn't get it open because I had wired it shut; he decided to steal the whole danged thing & abscond with it! Grumbling

Next time I will know to wire the cage TO whatever I'm attaching it to.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Mary
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fiwit
Jan 22, 2012 10:15 AM CST
flaflwrgrl said:I had a suet cage once. It disappeared. One dark night some raccoon came along & since he couldn't get it open because I had wired it shut; he decided to steal the whole danged thing & abscond with it! Grumbling

Next time I will know to wire the cage TO whatever I'm attaching it to.


Wow... I've never had a problem with my suet cages (have several)
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KyWoods
Jan 22, 2012 11:36 AM CST
We have a couple of suet cages somewhere in these woods...lol
Love the hanging bagel idea, thanks! Do the birds eat the bagel after the topping is gone? Or maybe the racoons do that.
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LindaTX8
Jan 22, 2012 11:38 AM CST
I've had this happen. Sometimes they get it down on the ground and then they can more easily open it, even it's got a piece of garden tie thingy to keep it closed...then they leave it lying there after removing the contents. But on occasion, the whole thing is spirited away. Now I use one really strong wire to wire it closed and another to attach it to something. I'm wondering...do they have any bigger feeders for suet that are raccoon-proof? When you live out in the country, there's more wildlife...and raccoons are much stronger and more clever than you'd think!
flaflwrgrl said:I had a suet cage once. It disappeared. One dark night some raccoon came along & since he couldn't get it open because I had wired it shut; he decided to steal the whole danged thing & abscond with it! Grumbling

Next time I will know to wire the cage TO whatever I'm attaching it to.


I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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plantladylin
Jan 22, 2012 12:07 PM CST
LOL, I don't live in a rural area or the country but there are wooded lots and large wooded area's around and we have lots of raccoons! I watch them through the window almost every night as they raid the bird feeders. A wire suet cage would be great for a bagel. I've had Raccoons abscond with a couple of suet cages in the past too. Never thought about wiring it to the tree limb ... great idea!

I've always heard that Raccoons are scavengers and will abscond with odd things and this is a funny and true story from just last weekend: My friends daughter and son in in law were out of town so she and her husband were keeping their little grand dog for a few days.. My friend had picked me up for lunch and after lunch we were out and about shopping etc. and had stopped at the grocery store for a couple of things on the way home. While grocery shopping she got a phone call from extended family friends who needed a place to stay overnight on their way back north ... a young couple with twin 3 year olds and a 1 year old. Their little grand dog doesn't do well around children so he needed to come to my house for the night. Well, my friend brought me home, along with the dog and his supplies and my shopping bags, groceries etc. I didn't have my garage door opener with me so I had to walk around to the front door to get in. I had the dog on the leash and told her I'd go in and open the garage so we could bring everything in through the garage. I wanted to also find the cat and secure her so the dog didn't go after her. He has two cats of his own which he's fine with but he doesn't seem to like other kitties. Anyway ... I had dog on leash, purse on shoulder, a bag in my hand and came around to open the door, dropped purse and keys ... fumbled and found keys, opened door, secured cat, let dog off leash and opened the garage to bring in groceries and the dogs supplies. My friend helped me get everything in and put away then she went home to wait for their company to arrive.

Next morning I got up @ 6:00 a.m., made coffee as usual, took dog out on leash for a short walk, grabbed newspaper from driveway and came back inside. I fed the cat, fed the dog and then poured a cup of coffee and got the newspaper but when I went looking for my reading glasses (which had been in my purse at lunch the day before) I couldn't find them. I emptied my purse, searched the kitchen and then called my friend who looked around her house and her car to no avail. I figured I'd just have to go to Wal-Mart or someplace and buy another pair of reading glasses (since I'd lost the spare pair a couple of weeks before.) Smiling

Anyhow ... a couple of hours later @ 10:00 a.m. I took the little dog out for a walk on his leash and when we came back up the driveway he wanted to walk around the house to the back by the water ... so off we went. My yard slopes down to the water and I let his leash out so he could go right to the edge ... there were a few piles of Raccoon poop along the water's edge and he was very interested in sniffing the berries etc. in each little pile. I was looking along the bank of the water, and down aways on my neighbor's property I saw something that sure looked like the cloth case for my reading glasses so I guided the dog in that direction and sure enough, there was the empty case that my glasses belonged in, soaking wet laying on the ground by a cypress tree. I looked everywhere along the grass (and even up into the cypress tree LOL) but didn't find my glasses. I called my friend and told her that I found the case and I was sure they must have fallen out of my purse when I was fumbling for my keys at the door the night before. A couple of hours later I had the dog out on the back deck while I was moving some plants around and as I hung a plant in the tree at the back of the deck I happened to glance over the railing ... and there were my glasses laying on the ground glistening in the sunlight. Well, there's not much ground behind my deck before the @ 14" drop into the water but I went out the gate and carefully walked around the back of the deck (holding onto the wood deck the whole way) and picked up my glasses. I guess the raccoon figured he could see fine without them!
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Aguane
Jan 22, 2012 12:51 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Fabulous story! Little dog is a curious fellow and it sure pays off.... those smellers do a good job.

Mine: I lived alone in an old 3 story house.... sort of split level so the top story was really only 2 1/2 stories above the ground. My bedroom was above the driveway in the back of the house and the metal trash cans were below my window (no screen). During the night I heard the trash cans rattling. I looked out the window before putting my glasses on and thought I saw a small child lifting off the lid of the can. "How can this be? My gate is locked". I put on my glasses and saw the raccoon standing on hind legs trying to lift the lid like a person would. Through my tennis shoe at it... shoe was gone in the morning.
“Don't give up too quickly"... unknown, I heard it somewhere.
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Name: Charleen
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Ridesredmule
Jan 22, 2012 1:18 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Liked the stories..
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plantladylin
Jan 22, 2012 2:09 PM CST
Aguane said: Through my tennis shoe at it... shoe was gone in the morning.

Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I can just picture the Raccoon hauling off that tennis shoe! Raccoons are curious and sneaky little critters!

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flaflwrgrl
Jan 22, 2012 2:13 PM CST
Raccoons are wily little characters. They surely are.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jan 22, 2012 2:18 PM CST
Shoes, gloves, anything. Funny...they take one of a pair, never both! Rolling on the floor laughing If you leave catfood bowls outside, they might disappear.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad

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