Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: Backyard critters 2016

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Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
If it sparkles - I'm there!
Garden Art Region: North Carolina Bookworm Plays in the sandbox Deer Dragonflies
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MISSINGROSIE
Jan 26, 2016 8:56 AM CST
I sure hope you will post photos. I have a candle/chandelier sitting on the septic tank cover doing nothing.

And another waiting to go to the landfill.

I also sure hope I see an update if you do


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Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
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5601Lisa
Jan 26, 2016 11:09 AM CST
Saw a downy woodpecker! Also saw a wren-size bird that has a red head, red breast. Anyone know what it is?
Name: Pat (Backward Glance)
Lucketts, VA
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ecnalg
Jan 26, 2016 11:12 AM CST
Possibly a purple finch, Lisa.
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
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5601Lisa
Jan 26, 2016 11:29 AM CST
After thumbing through my bird book, I think that's right. Thanks, Pat.
Lititz, PA (Zone 6b)
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Sequoiadendron4
Jan 26, 2016 11:49 AM CST
The juncos have been going nuts in our yard. There is a group of 6-8 or so that are always about either feeding on the suet, hanging out in the Larch, or fluttering about the pyracantha. Very fun to watch. The poor downies probably wonder why all these birds are at 'their' feeder..Lol
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
If it sparkles - I'm there!
Garden Art Region: North Carolina Bookworm Plays in the sandbox Deer Dragonflies
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MISSINGROSIE
Jan 26, 2016 3:13 PM CST
I have yet to see a cardinal this year.
Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
If it sparkles - I'm there!
Garden Art Region: North Carolina Bookworm Plays in the sandbox Deer Dragonflies
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MISSINGROSIE
Jan 26, 2016 4:13 PM CST
I can't believe it.....walking thru the living room...saw a flash and there was a male cardinal on the porch roof. I just said that I had not seen one this winter. Saw male and female and a nest in that tree!
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Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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sallyg
Jan 26, 2016 6:30 PM CST
quick...say "I have yet to see a fifty dollar bill this year"
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Jan 26, 2016 6:52 PM CST

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Hilarious!
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
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Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
If it sparkles - I'm there!
Garden Art Region: North Carolina Bookworm Plays in the sandbox Deer Dragonflies
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MISSINGROSIE
Jan 26, 2016 10:39 PM CST
sallyg said:quick...say "I have yet to see a fifty dollar bill this year"


nodding Rolling on the floor laughing
Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Mid-Atlantic Composter Region: Maryland Birds
Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: United States of America
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sallyg
Jan 27, 2016 6:12 AM CST
hey, MRosie,
about the light fixtures. I also had one with some curvy parts like one that you showed. I'm not sure what to do with it. My success was taking a used hanging outdoor light fixture, from above the front door, take out the glass, and put a small dish in it. I'll get a picture when I fill it next. It's bad when it rains, the seed gets wet, but otherwise birds seem to like it.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
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aspenhill
Jan 27, 2016 11:18 AM CST
My neighbor friend Cheryl repurposes those chandeliers for outdoor garden use by putting solar lights, the ones on little stakes, in the sockets. I have one she gave me hanging from an arched hook from one of the oak trees in the front yard. It works really well for adding a little night light in the garden.
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
If it sparkles - I'm there!
Garden Art Region: North Carolina Bookworm Plays in the sandbox Deer Dragonflies
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MISSINGROSIE
Jan 27, 2016 11:38 AM CST
Would appreciate photos.

I thought about filling the glass bulb covers with feed but those things are not fixed ...just set in each holder ...the squirrels- racoons would have a field day, and there would be broken glass overnight. It might be fun to fasten corn cobs in each one and watch the squirrels swing like little trapeze artists. I walk the fine line between yard " art" and way too tacky. I would love to find a good sensible feeder / critter use for these two.
Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
Name: Robin Bunch
Odenton, Maryland (Zone 7a)
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robinbunch5
Jan 28, 2016 1:39 PM CST
I had a good time feeding the birds during the storm. The drifts on my deck were high enough that I just had to open the window and throw out seed. Had made some suet mix before the storm so threw chunks of that out too. The cats enjoyed sitting by the window watching. Once I could get out into the yard I put a tray with seed on top of the snow and smeared suet in the tree knots. Yesterday I put the rest of the suet out, was gone by the time I got home from work.
Lititz, PA (Zone 6b)
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Ferns Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania
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Sequoiadendron4
Jan 28, 2016 8:36 PM CST
Please excuse the poor photos but they were taken from about 60' away through a double paned window. Now which kind of finch is this? There were about 3 pairs of male and females there going to town on the very old pyracantha berries. Some northern juncos were on the ground getting the finch's spitbacks too. Fun to watch though; I had to bust out the binoculars.
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: United States of America
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sallyg
Jan 28, 2016 9:10 PM CST
sounds nice, RObin.

Jeff- house finch

I bought some 'patio' seed mix today- shelled millet, shelled sunflower, and peanut chips. That oughta be like 'Birdie chex mix' to these guys. when I checked my one feeder, there was a LOT of uneaten safflower on the ground. Man, I hope some messy ones weren't just rooting in the feeder looking for something else.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Lititz, PA (Zone 6b)
Winter Sowing Hellebores Bulbs Xeriscape Lilies Daylilies
Ferns Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania
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Sequoiadendron4
Jan 28, 2016 9:53 PM CST
Cool, thanks Sally. Maybe the birds will smoke cigars, sip cognac, and play cards while snacking on your birdie chex mix... Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Virginia Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Deer Ponds
Foliage Fan Ferns Hellebores Irises Peonies Amaryllis
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aspenhill
Jan 29, 2016 11:06 AM CST
I don't think I've ever seen a house finch. It looks like the male coloring matches those berries - pretty Smiling
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Mid-Atlantic Composter Region: Maryland Birds
Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: United States of America
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sallyg
Jan 29, 2016 5:08 PM CST
Aspen, you may have premium birds due to your wooded site, but I expect you have seen a house finch, just didn't know it.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
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5601Lisa
Jan 29, 2016 5:17 PM CST
SSG, our group may like reading Adrian Higgins's column in Thursday's Post. Would you please provide link? I'm a computer clod.

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