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  1. The penny idea makes me twitchy. To much copper can be lethal, and there's no easy way to measure the levels in the water. Now, yes, the fact that we're having to add more water so frequently means that its unlikely to build up to that level, but without a good and easy way to tell what the levels are I'm wary of doing that. Vinegar was one of the things that I saw too, though I have doubts that a capful or the like would be ENOUGH. I used to have fish tanks, and a capful of vinegar in a decent sized tank of water doesn't really make a significant difference in any of the levels that are measurable. Algae isn't especially delicate. After reading way to many pages of info on the concept I went back to my fish tank roots and bought a pond algae preventer from a large brand that is known for good quality products. We'll see how that goes.
  2. I'm assuming its the extra bird poo honestly. The setup itself hasn't changed at all. I don't really want to reduce the size, we're having to fill it every 2-3 days (we're cleaning the bucket every filling) now as it is, theres so many birds using it!
  3. Ok, so I have a little birdbath setup, where a fountain pump pumps water out of a 5gallon bucket into a small fountain into a bird bath, where it dribbles back into the bucket. I've had this now for a couple years, and this year, probly due to how dry its been, its VERY popular with the birds, which is VERY cool (I'm getting a wifi camera for it so I can watch the birds). But this year I'm also having HUGE issues with algae buildup. Not just in the bird bath basin, but also in the bucket and in the tubing that runs the water up to the fountain. Upping the frequency of cleanings isn't helping near enough, and I can't quite manage a daily cleaning. There are a variety of products on the market that are supposed to help prevent algae buildup in small water features, and most of them state they're safe for birds and wildlife. Has anyone tried any of them?
  4. If those extra eggs are still there today do I remove them or leave them for the parents to deal with?
  5. Question for you all. I've been busy as helll, and haven't been able to keep a close eye on the Bluebirds this year. I noticed back on 6/6 that there were 5 eggs in the nest: And on 6/8 that one of the eggs had hatched: I checked it again today expecting to have all the eggs hatched, or maybe one left, and found that only two had hatched: Should I be concerned? This seems like a fairly large gap between hatching times. For reference, I'm in Upstate Ny, and we have had a fairly chilly spring.
  6. Upstate NY, pictures taken within the week.
  7. For what its worth, this baby was gone the next day when I went to check on it. No clue if the parents managed to herd it into the brush, or if something got it. The chances are high that something got it.
  8. Every picture I can find of nestling cedar waxwings shows those yellow tips. I can't find any photos of nestling Red Eyed Vireos with yellow tips.
  9. I wasn't aware that Red Eyed Vireos had yellow tail tips?
  10. Thats ok, I keep hoping to see a male, I've seen females a few times now, but never an adult male, so I was suddenly wondering if I was wrong in how I'd been IDing them!
  11. Keeping in mind that I've never (as far as I know anyway) seen a male Harrier, the pictures I can find of them show them to be fairly grey/light in color, while the females/juvi's are darker/browner
  12. Upstate NY, pictures taken today Bird 1: Bird 2, this one was working on some roadkill, and didn't want to go far, so I got better shots, I'm leaning towards juvi and/or female Northern Harrier
  13. Found this fellow at the base of one of the smaller maple trees in our yard. Unfortunately I wasn't able to spot the nest (to put him back in it), so we're going to have to hope that the wildlife will leave him alone long enough for him to get mobile. I can keep my dogs away from him, but I can't do anything about the neighbors cats (don't get me started) or the foxes or coyotes who think my yard is their highway.
  14. The old forum had a section for IDing other critters, I understand why it wasn't re-created, but is there anyone who can point me towards a good resource for tadpole identification for frogs in NY state? I tried google, but the results weren't for this area of the country. I have tadpoles in my rain barrels and I'm trying to figure out what they are.
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