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Old 02-02-2013, 07:58 AM   #11
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I've been winter-supplementing wild animals with bits of food for years; it hasn't harmed them. Deer, birds, (wild turkeys lately), raccoons, squirrels...

I do watch them all closely for signs of rabies.....not a sign of any in 16 years...fingers crossed.

I figure that if I'm going to live close to wild animals, with nature all around, I would like the animals to be healthy, so I do my part to help nurture that, with healthy food. I buy deer feed (molasses-laced oats, alfalfa, etc and black sunflower seeds from a local grain supplier). It's a rather expensive hobby, but I figure we are also helping feed the Dodd brothers and their families, who own the business. They told us that most of their business now is due to bird-feeders rather than farmers, who are a dying breed around here.



In the late fall, I've seen birds feasting on wild cherries which have grown a bit "mulled" and the birds actually seem tipsy from the fermented berries, squawking loudly, flying wildly and erratically.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:14 AM   #12
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Was a little frustrating this morning to watch the gray squirrels burying most all the roasted in the shell peanuts that I put out. At least they left the bird seed for the birds.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:28 AM   #13
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I was surprised to see a covey of quail eating under my bird feeders last winter.

Glad, too--quail are not as common as they used to be, due to changing farming practices. Guess my overgrown fence rows are good for something!
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justplainbill: you can stop being frustrated if you watch closely and notice that the jays are very good at re-finding what the squirrels have buried. It's a perpetual game of hide-and-seek.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:29 AM   #15
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I was surprised to see a covey of quail eating under my bird feeders last winter.

Glad, too--quail are not as common as they used to be, due to changing farming practices. Guess my overgrown fence rows are good for something!
Up until 25 -30 years ago we had quite a few bob whites in my area. That was when the winter human population was about 1,200. The human population has grown to over 4,000 and the quail are gone.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:27 AM   #16
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justplainbill: you can stop being frustrated if you watch closely and notice that the jays are very good at re-finding what the squirrels have buried. It's a perpetual game of hide-and-seek.
This morning the blue jays are pretty much beating the squirrels to the peanuts.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:39 AM   #17
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I heard a mockingbird song this morning. For some reason, I don't hear them often around here.

Maybe it's the kooky weather. Winter seems to be a split between warm and cold.

Summers are HOT, but every so often there will be an unexpected cool, almost fall-like day to throw you off, right in the middle of a heat wave.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:51 AM   #18
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I heard a mockingbird song this morning. For some reason, I don't hear them often around here.

Maybe it's the kooky weather. Winter seems to be a split between warm and cold.

Summers are HOT, but every so often there will be an unexpected cool, almost fall-like day to throw you off, right in the middle of a heat wave.
Didn't know it ever got COLD in NO.
It's 28 by me and forecasted to go down to 18F tonight.
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Didn't know it ever got COLD in NO.
It's 28 by me and forecast to go down to 18F tonight.

Well, I admit, my cold isn't like your cold. I've lived in Connecticut, so I remember your kind of cold.

Now, cold to me is having to wear sweatpants instead of shorts, and socks with my flip-flops.
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