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  1. 2 hours ago, Birds are cool said:

    Would putting up a 3 to 5 ft fence help? That way the birds see the cats jump over and have time to fly away? Thank you

    I think that would help, as long as predators can't use the fence to hide. Keep in mind that the birds are going to land near the feeders before landing on the feeders, they're not always going to land on the right side of the fence. Making a safe feeder area will only make your feeder area safe, don't forget that the birds you're feeding will be flying and landing in areas that might be outside your safe zone. You can't really protect the birds from feral cats, but you can lessen their risk when they visit feeders in your yard. Eliminating hiding places, and allowing the birds time to escape when a predator approaches is key to keeping them safer.

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  2. Cats and feeders can be a real problem, for obvious reasons. You may want to try suet feeders that don't spill on the ground as much as seed feeders do, thus reducing ground traffic to a minimum. Follow the basic feeder placement suggestionsΒ and make it as hard as possible for predators to take advantage of your feeders. Keep them far enough away from hiding places for cats, this allows the birds to see the cats coming before it's too late. Good Luck.

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  3. I had a bit of a scare when I started going through today's photos on the computer and realized that the first few shots didn't look anywhere near as good as the last few shots I had reviewed on the camera. I thought I had totally botched the entire shoot until the fifth shot looked a little better. I had only made one minor exposure adjustment but that was about halfway through the shoot. Then it dawned on me, the first four shots were through my living room window before I ran outside for the rest of the shoot. Duh!!! One of those situations where it wouldn't matter if the entire shoot was through the window though, it still would have made the best of the day just because of the bird. Luckily I can do better than through the window shots.



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  4. 4 hours ago, Colton V said:

    This Canada Birdwatcher is not who he says he is!!


    Is it someone we should know by another name? Or is it a Foreign Birdwatcher spying on Canadian birds and the identity needs to be kept secret for the protection of the innocent birds? πŸ˜„

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  5. BRDL 322

  6. 9 minutes ago, aveschapinas said:

    If anyone has been unable to get to the forums directly with forums.whatbird.com since Thursday please let me know.

    I had one Not Found type notice on Thursday but I connected again just a few minutes later. That was the most recent interruption I've had. I always use forums.whatbird.com to access the forums, and seldom close the tab on my browser on either my cell phone, or on the computer, so it's not like I am trying to get to the site as much as I am being kicked off the site when I change topics. I'll keep you posted if there's another interruption.

  7. I'm not sure what the problem is, but it obviously varies from person to person. I couldn't connect for 3-4 hours in the morning on Wednesday Dec 7th but Β @Charlie SpencerΒ confirmed through email at the time that he was connected and everything seemed to be working normally for him. Later that morning, in a different location, Charlie told me that he could still connect through his phone's cellular data but couldn't connect with his tablet through the local wifi.

    Besides the obvious crashes when everyone is denied access, it seems like some people have short interruptions on a regular basis, like I do, and just wait it out for a few minutes/hours. Others appear to be unable to connect for days/weeks at a time, while some members continue to use the site as if nothing is wrong. When I tried using a few of those 'Is it Up or Down' type websites, I would get mixed results with some saying that forums.whatbird.com was up and running while other connection testing websites would say it was down. Makes it really hard to determine if the problem is on my end or the Forums when some websites, and members, say the Forums are working normal when I can't access the site.

    Anyways, I think it's worth noting that the site might be accessible to most people, but might still be unaccessible to many others. If a member(s) can't get on the Forums when others can, you might think the problem is simply with the individual member(s) that can't connect, I'm not convinced that's the case.Β 

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