Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Bee Friends And Other Garden Guests - Chapter 7 - A New Year 2017

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Jan 12, 2017 10:04 AM CST
How about a new thread for the new year! Smiling

We came from here: The thread "Bee Friends And Other Garden Guests - Chapter 6" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

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May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Jan 13, 2017 1:02 AM CST
Well Christine, we are in the depths of a very despairing winter
here was the sun at 10:35am this morning
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ugh
and so we begin the new year
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tunneling out after every deluge
it will be a while 'til I see my beefriends again, sniff~
I might find some previously unseen 2016 guests if I ever get around to going through photos though Smiling

meanwhile, I finally found the bird thread *Blush*
and about all I can offer up now is a cute little tree rat
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we do have marauding deer that visit nightly but I have been unable to obtain suitable photographic evidence Hilarious!
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Jan 13, 2017 5:20 AM CST
Just when you thought it was safe to go running through the daylilies again, a Carpet Python watches on high from the trees.
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Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Jan 13, 2017 6:54 AM CST
Yikes!! I like snakes but don't know if I'd want to see that in my tree Blinking
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2016 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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dirtdorphins
Jan 13, 2017 9:46 AM CST
Double yikes! Blinking from me too
You aren't really on the menu, are you?
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Jan 13, 2017 2:12 PM CST
I would rather live in the cold and snow than have all those scary snakes around.. Blinking Blinking Blinking
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Jan 13, 2017 2:51 PM CST
Oh no I'll take the snakes Margaret Whistling
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Jan 13, 2017 2:54 PM CST
You are braver than I am, Ronnie. I have seen some of the scary snakes they have in Australia on TV, and the strange places they can hide in. Crying
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Jan 13, 2017 3:01 PM CST
Lucky me living where there are scary critters and cold weather! Just not too much of either though, so not complaining.

Just birdies ~
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Jan 13, 2017 4:09 PM CST
The Carpet Pythons are not a problem for humans. Their pets make a nice lunch though.
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jan 13, 2017 4:12 PM CST
I was outside today and saw some bees so I thought I'd take pictures so you guys can remember what they look like. Rolling on the floor laughing Just regular honeybees on the Spanish Needles. The first pic is a little blurry but I like that you can see the pollen saddle bags.

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Then, I was picking some Senna ligustrina to feed my caterpillars when I saw this thing. It looks like a very tiny, not quite spotted in the right way, ladybug. I left my thumb in the photo so you could see the size and also because my camera seems to focus on tiny things better that way. Rolling my eyes.

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Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Jan 13, 2017 4:45 PM CST
Melanie Sticking tongue out

I did see a lady bug in the house today Thumbs up
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
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mellielong
Jan 13, 2017 4:58 PM CST
I have a spider living in my bathroom, but we're cool. Hilarious! Oh man, I just realized with my LASIK I don't have to check the shower for spiders before I get in now! Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Morgan
IL (Zone 5b)
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molanic
Jan 13, 2017 11:41 PM CST
mellielong said:

Then, I was picking some Senna ligustrina to feed my caterpillars when I saw this thing. It looks like a very tiny, not quite spotted in the right way, ladybug. I left my thumb in the photo so you could see the size and also because my camera seems to focus on tiny things better that way. Rolling my eyes.

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Might be one in the Brachiacantha genus? I saw some pictures of Brachiacantha dentipes that looked like that, but there are several in that genus that are similar. Not one of the more common ladybugs for sure. Might be worth putting on BugGuide or iNaturalist. There is a lady beetle expert that frequents both sites.

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tx_flower_child
Jan 14, 2017 12:10 AM CST
@wildflowers - nice picture. Now I know where all the birdies are. Haven't seen any at the feeders in months except for the 1 day it snowed I saw 1 cardinal.

In the meantime, people who live in 2 neighboring neighborhoods from me are seeing coyotes. Someone posted a picture of a coyote just trotting down the sidewalk. Not jaywalking or going into people's yards. Just trotting down the sidewalk like a good citizen.
Name: Britnay
Detroit Mi (Zone 6a)
Oh! What's that?! ....oops...
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1hugaholic
Jan 25, 2017 1:29 PM CST
Since we're on the subject of birds, I've been looking at Bird feeders for my area. I didn't realize there were so many types. It's a new home for us and new location, however there is a creek and some wooded area just half a mile from here, so I'm thinking birds. I'll have a couple of bat houses put up in spring (hopefully) and several types of flowers for bees and butterflies.
Any recommendations on what to look for when buying a bird feeder or house? I didn't know I had so many options. Lol
Any michiganders out there know what works in this area?
Lord please let this seed not be a weed!
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Jan 26, 2017 7:31 AM CST
Hi Britnay, I probably live not far from you. First of all, you will probably need a squirrel baffel because those darn squirrels are quite clever and can destroy a bird feeder. I have a baffel and they still get on my feeder by jumping about 4 feet from a tree. I have 4 feeders up currently. 2 that are a wire mesh type, one holds thistle and the other holds sunflower seed. That way if the squirrel happens to get on it, the squirrel will not be able to chew through it. I have had plastic feeders ruined by squirrels chewing them up. My other feeder I got from my daughter as a gift and it has a mechanism that closes the feeding ports if a squirrel gets on it. My last feeder is a cage type that holds a large cake of food. I always get the woodpecker blend for that one and a lot of birds will feed at it. I just use thistle and sunflower seed mainly. I never use any food with corn in it because it will attract pigeons Hope this helps you.
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Name: Britnay
Detroit Mi (Zone 6a)
Oh! What's that?! ....oops...
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1hugaholic
Jan 26, 2017 7:39 AM CST
Yes it does help! I know where to get one of those! I saw one at kmart (one of those closing) for clearance. I'll see if it's still there. Thank you!!
Lord please let this seed not be a weed!
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
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mellielong
Jan 27, 2017 12:31 PM CST
Native anole (as opposed to the Cuban anole) on the front of my house the other day.

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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Jan 27, 2017 5:13 PM CST
Britnay, I have red squirrels and they have not been as big a pest as the larger birds, here are a couple of feeders that work well.
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