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Everything posted by ruthcatrin

  1. Thanks! I don't believe I've ever seen one before!
  2. Screensnaps from my camera watching my bird fountain. Taken this morning (time and date stamps are correct). Upstate NY, in my backyard, but we have a fair bit of both forest and farm fields around us. I have video too if I can figure out how to attach it.
  3. oops sorry, its in a bluebird house in my yard. There's some sticks on the bottom, but otherwise its grass and feathers as seen in the picture.
  4. Picture taken today in Upstate NY. Eggs match the picture of House Wren eggs I think. But the nest isn't the mad mess of sticks that I usually see from House Wrens.
  5. Its the tree size that might be the problem. I gotta get out there with a tape measure.
  6. Thanks guys, I was pretty sure, but wanted a double check
  7. I'm so jealous! My husband I have been discussing putting up a box, we hear them ALOT by us. But I'm not sure I have an appropriate tree in a spot where I could watch it easily. I plan to spend this summer paying extra attention to trees and locations and what not with an eye towards putting up a box in the fall.
  8. I've never had much luck with dried mealworms, the birds just don't seem to care. Live ones get lots of attention though. In the over all scheme of things I can think of alot worse things to feed then dried worms, even if they aren't the most nutritious thing ever.
  9. I've had a bird fountain based on a heated bird bath for a couple years now, and last year I put a camera on it to watch the birds. I shut down the fountain for the winter, but since the bird bath is heated I kept it full of water, and was delighted to spot Bluebirds at it several times over the winter. A couple weeks ago I placed a small glass jar in it with mealworms in it, on the theory that the heated water ought to be enough to keep the worms alive, and it was, and the bluebirds have found the mealworms. They aren't nest building in my boxes yet, but they often don't here for a few weeks yet, but they're definitely hanging around. I can't wait!
  10. Upstate NY state, today pictures have been lightened to help show markings clearer
  11. This fellow decided to hunt my front yard today. Not sure I'm good enough to tell which this is, especially with the immature coloring! Upstate NY
  12. Upstate NY, pictures taken yesterday. I have video if these aren't enough
  13. Upstate NY, pictures taken today. I have a camera that watches my birdbath-fountain, and I spotted this fellow today. I have a video too if these aren't enough.
  14. The fact that it appears to be regional makes me think its more a transportation issue. But its hard to tell for sure without actually talking to the vendors. I know my store has had at least SOME birdseed in for most of the last month, but what bird seed has varied, and its selling out just as fast as we get it in. I know for fact that several manufacturers (of non-birding products) have completely empty warehouses and their manufacturing lines are running full blast, everything is coming straight off the line and go onto a truck and right into the stores, and they STILL can't get the shelves full (and no, they aren't cleaning products either, I'm talking pesticides and hardscape and tools!). They've even reduced their product line down to the base items, converting the other lines over to produce those few items, and they STILL can't get the shelves full of those items. Based on current sales, current manufacturing trends, and current supply chain issues, those manufacturers are hoping to be caught up by the end of the year, but every one I've talked to has said that its a hope, and not a guarantee. The one who manufactures hardscape products is probably correct, if only because sales OUGHT to finally die back once the northern part of the country gets snow. The rest of them? Don't hold your breath.
  15. Upstate NY, pictures taken today. The only thing I usually see here for Grosbeaks is Rose-breasted. But they're also usually gone by now. So when I spotted this bird my first thought was a late migrating female. But I'm not sure the markings are right? So maybe late migrating young male?
  16. This fellow threw me for a loop today. Is this a young Cardinal? Upstate NY, taken today.
  17. I work for Home Depot. At least here we've had trouble getting any birdseed at all into the stores. I'm not sure if its a transportation issue or manufacturing issue, but the national and international supply chain is pretty screwed right now, so it could be either.
  18. Thanks guys! I don't think I've ever actually seen them before!
  19. Got home from work and my husband informs me that there's a bunch of weird looking Gold Finches in the pear trees.....yah, they're not GoldFinches. I can spot Warblers, but not which variety. Upstate NY, pictures taken today.
  20. 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.
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