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Jesteburg, Germany (Zone 8a)
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Wintermoor
Jan 3, 2018 5:24 PM CST
Hello everyone, it's great to have found this site, and I'm looking forward to taking part in it.
So let me just say "Happy Gardening."

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Jan 3, 2018 5:41 PM CST
Hi Wintermoor, Welcome!

You will love it here! Smiling
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Name: Amanda
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pepper23
Jan 3, 2018 7:19 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome!
Jesteburg, Germany (Zone 8a)
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Wintermoor
Jan 4, 2018 3:01 AM CST
plantladylin said:Hi Wintermoor, Welcome!

You will love it here! Smiling


Thank you, Lin, that's very kind, I'm looking forward to it.
Jesteburg, Germany (Zone 8a)
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Wintermoor
Jan 4, 2018 3:04 AM CST
pepper23 said: Welcome! Welcome!


Thank you very much, pepper23, very nice of you.
Name: Carole
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carolem
Jan 4, 2018 7:54 PM CST
welcome from me too Wintermoor; yes this site is the best place to keep coming back to. So much to explore and enjoy. Look forward to seeing you here. Welcome!
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tx_flower_child
Jan 4, 2018 8:44 PM CST
Welcome, Wintermoor. Glad you found us. Hang around.

I have 2 questions that I hope you'll answer. I know I could google one of them but I know how easy it would be for you to just tell me. So, what is that sweet little bird in your hand? And how'd you get it to stay there?

I'm going to toss you a couple of acorns in anticipation of your answers. And because acorns can come in handy from time to time as you will probably see.
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vic
Jan 5, 2018 4:47 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome!

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kqcrna
Jan 5, 2018 7:40 AM CST

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Welcome!

Karen
Jesteburg, Germany (Zone 8a)
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Wintermoor
Jan 6, 2018 7:03 AM CST
tx_flower_child said:Welcome, Wintermoor. Glad you found us. Hang around.

I have 2 questions that I hope you'll answer. I know I could google one of them but I know how easy it would be for you to just tell me. So, what is that sweet little bird in your hand? And how'd you get it to stay there?

I'm going to toss you a couple of acorns in anticipation of your answers. And because acorns can come in handy from time to time as you will probably see.


Thank you for the welcome tx.
The bird in my hand is a Coal Tit. and I have lots of them in the garden.
I wish I could tell you that I was a bird whisperer and had a gift for attracting them, but alas I don't. The bird flew into a window and was stunned on the ground so I had to beetle out as quick as possible before our dog got round there.
The birds fly into the windows quite often and so when neither I, nor she-who-must-be-obeyed, is at home, the dog has an extra snack.
Here's a photo of another one, a Bullfinch Hen which achieved the same feat a couple of weeks ago.
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When they are stunned we keep them warm until they can fly and they just fly off without so much as a by-your-leave.
Here is another one of the Coal tit.

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Thank you very much for the acorns, I'm still trying to work out how to 'earn' them, but I'll pick it up soon enough. Thumbs up


Name: greene
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greene
Jan 6, 2018 7:17 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome to NGA!

When I lived in Connecticut I was the local bird rescuer/rehabilitator. Thumbs up

Since you are experiencing bird strikes might you consider adding something to prevent this from happening? There are stickers, decals, various types of screening, etc. and something I learned about only recently called Acopian Bird Savers. The bird savers could be made as a DIY project using paracord. I tip my hat to you.
https://www.birdsavers.com/bui...
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Jesteburg, Germany (Zone 8a)
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Wintermoor
Jan 6, 2018 7:26 AM CST
carolem said:welcome from me too Wintermoor; yes this site is the best place to keep coming back to. So much to explore and enjoy. Look forward to seeing you here. Welcome!


Thank You! carolem Smiling
Jesteburg, Germany (Zone 8a)
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Wintermoor
Jan 6, 2018 7:33 AM CST
vic said: Welcome! Welcome!



Thank You! vic Smiling
Jesteburg, Germany (Zone 8a)
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Wintermoor
Jan 6, 2018 7:35 AM CST
kqcrna said: Welcome!

Karen


Thank You! Karen Smiling

Jesteburg, Germany (Zone 8a)
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Wintermoor
Jan 6, 2018 7:53 AM CST
greene said: Welcome! Welcome to NGA!

When I lived in Connecticut I was the local bird rescuer/rehabilitator. Thumbs up

Since you are experiencing bird strikes might you consider adding something to prevent this from happening? There are stickers, decals, various types of screening, etc. and something I learned about only recently called Acopian Bird Savers. The bird savers could be made as a DIY project using paracord. I tip my hat to you.


Thank You! greene Smiling

We've tried all of those.
Black, red and white hawks, cat decals, cds, blinking lights and even a pendulum with streamers which my son thought would be a good idea. The birds sat on it watching the others fly into the windows.
We've invited people from different authorities and even the bat-man, but none has an answer which works 100%.
It's not a daily occurrence, but at this time of year when the birds conglomerate around the feeders it adds up over the winter. One of us is at home most of the time so 80-90% of the birds are saved.
We've found there is no difference whether we have hawk decals on the windows or not, the numbers don't fall or rise.
Thank you for your knowledge on this though, I appreciate your care about these things, so few people do nowadays.

Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jan 6, 2018 9:11 AM CST

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There are things like this which you can stick on windows to make them "frosted" looking.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JFILZ2Y/

Karen
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 6, 2018 11:12 AM CST
Wintermoor said:

...at this time of year when the birds conglomerate around the feeders it adds up over the winter. ...80-90% of the birds are saved.


Thank you for the kind words. Thank You!

Now about those bird feeders and a loss of up to 20% of the birds. Have you considered either moving the feeders away from the windows or possible, stop filling the feeders altogether at this time of year when most fatalities occur?
Just a thought. Shrug!

Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Jesteburg, Germany (Zone 8a)
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Wintermoor
Jan 6, 2018 4:11 PM CST
greene said:

Thank you for the kind words. Thank You!

Now about those bird feeders and a loss of up to 20% of the birds. Have you considered either moving the feeders away from the windows or possible, stop filling the feeders altogether at this time of year when most fatalities occur?
Just a thought. Shrug!



Yip! Thought about that, greene, and the feeding areas are spread all around the garden (I have just over an acre).
It's not 10-20% of all birds which perish, only those who crash into my windows, and as I said, it's not an everyday occurrence.
I like to look after my birds because in spring I have the most wonderful Morning Chorus I've heard anywhere. Smiling
Jesteburg, Germany (Zone 8a)
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Wintermoor
Jan 6, 2018 4:18 PM CST
kqcrna said:There are things like this which you can stick on windows to make them "frosted" looking.

Karen


Thank you, Karen, but if I put those on our windows, I'd be the only thingl flying head-first into it. Smiling

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HamiltonSquare
Jan 6, 2018 6:13 PM CST
Happy Gardening back at you. I too was so happy I found this sight and I visit it every night and day. Smiling
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