Roses forum→perennial garden and migrating birds

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Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Sep 9, 2019 4:58 PM CST
Hi everyone,
Every fall, I always have the perennials deadheaded. I usually keep up with it. This year, I left the old flowers on...and I have tons and tons of birds flying all over my yard...I have robins and small sparrows. The sparrows go from rose pot to rose pot eating bugs and they are loving the seeds from the perennials. I have never seen this many birds here before. Ever. I will always leave the old flowers on from now on for the migrating birds. Also, my husband hasn't been diligent about picking up the dog poop...and I think the robins are eating that.
It's incredible to see all the birds on my old flower heads...it's like a symphony!!! The yard is exploding with birds!

Anyone else have this happening in your yard?
It's 5C/41F...the birds are ready to migrate.
Name: Jim
Central Pa. (Zone 6a)
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jim1961
Sep 9, 2019 10:01 PM CST
Wow that's great Carol! Hurray!
Name: Pauline
Vancouver Island, Canada (Zone 8b)
PaulineB
Sep 10, 2019 12:12 AM CST
Lucky, I so miss my birds. My husband does not want to put feeders up here, he is afraid of rats and "upsetting" the neighbours. Maybe I should leave our dogs poop around and see how he likes that, nodding It does not seem like a garden without birds and their song. I will try and work on him for next year😉 Pauline
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Sep 10, 2019 12:45 AM CST
Pauline - that's so funny!!! Yup...let's leave the dog poop out so that nature can recycle it. Big Grin Yeah, I don't put feeders up either...which is why I was so surprised to have so many birds!

Thank You! Jim!! Hurray! This little yellow guy needs some legs so he can do some jumping jacks and exercise for me. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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SoCalGardenNut
Sep 10, 2019 9:04 AM CST
I have one tiny black phoebe, baby one hoping near my wall in full view from our living room. I'm not sure what it is eating, must be lizard poop.
I try to grow everything, sometime not successful.
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Sep 10, 2019 10:59 AM CST
GardenNut - probably is eating lizard poop. Whistling I just googled black phoebe...they're gorgeous birds! That's a favorite color for animals for me (especially cats)...I googled the song too...a lovely, sharp pipping. Thank You!
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
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SoCalGardenNut
Sep 10, 2019 2:01 PM CST
Yes I did too. The mother of this one tiny bird has been frequent my worm bins. I can tell by the poop there. This one doesn't know where they are yet.
I try to grow everything, sometime not successful.
Name: Ken Wilkinson
N.E. GA. (Cornelia) (Zone 7b)
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KenNEGA
Sep 10, 2019 2:45 PM CST
I keep bird feeders out all year long. I have a constant flow of birds all the time. We also take care of a feral cat community. I haven't seen a rat, mouse or mole in years. The birds have learned to watch the cats. It's a great balance in my yard. The robins should be coming in some time during the next couple of weeks. They usually spend all their time in the rose beds and my perennial beds. The hummers will stick around until late Oct. A lot of birds stick around all year long.
It's a rose!!! It has nothing to do with life and death.
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
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SoCalGardenNut
Sep 10, 2019 3:01 PM CST
I have lot of hummingbirds here, they are too friendly, keep flying very close to me in the worm bins alley. I have no bird feeders unless you think my fig trees are the same as bird feeders. I have 6 fig trees. Yesterday a little squirrel, baby one, made of with my last black mission fig.
I try to grow everything, sometime not successful.
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Sep 10, 2019 8:42 PM CST
This is all so wonderful to hear!!! Group hug

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