🎉 Proud to have been part of this great prize! 🚗 Some fantastic places to visit around the region. It was a pleasure to host these lovely ladies! 👭👭 (Original post from @visitdarlingdowns Facebook Page)
Die Futterstelle im Garten scheint sich rumzusprechen, der Vogel-Funk funktioniert. Heute war erstmals ein Trupp von 5 #halsbandsittich da. Jetzt mach ich mich mal schlau, was und wie ich ihnen etwas anbieten kann. #winterfütterung#birdfeeding Ach ja, die hässliche Schaukel im Hintergrund kommt im Frühling endlich wegl:)
We have birds flying into our windows - hard - about eight times a day, at the very least. I hate this...I need to solve this problem, while still continuing to fill their feeders. Most of them fly right off, but I have to get rid of about one per week. 😞
So now we check to make sure the really "stunned" ones are ok. We grab a towel, and wrap them up (because it's cold outside, and THAT makes sense because it's a bird!), and make sure they're going to survive. 🐥
Here's my daughter holding it - in complete amazement - before we put it in a shallow box with the towel. Beautiful. He was ok, and flew away after about 30 minutes.
And here's one for @delmoko: the European Starling. As you may have guessed, this bird is not native to America. About 100 starlings were released in the 1890's into New York City by Shakespeare enthusiasts who wished America would have all the birds ever mentioned in his writings. The birds quickly colonized the continent and now number over 200,000,000. There now may be more starlings in the New World than in the starling's native range in the Old World. What these Shakespeare geeks did not know is that this bird would become among the largest ecological disasters in our country. These birds attack and compete with other birds for nesting spaces, including bluebirds, tree swallows, martins, woodpeckers and even much larger species such as wood ducks and screech-owls. They may kill the helpless nestlings of other birds and take over the nest for their own clutch. At the bird feeder they prove gluttonous and will descend in large flocks (I had 60+ until I figured out a solution, read on), devouring a few day's worth of seed in an hour and leaving shit everywhere as their tip. They also cause about $1,000,000,000 worth of agricultural damage annually. As such, this species is NOT protected by The Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The destruction of eggs, nests, and birds themselves are all permitted.
Swipe left to view the bird in various plumages (in the order of summer, transitional, and winter). The last photo shows my solution to feeding the good birds and not the starlings. Starlings eat almost anything, but HOW it is served makes all the difference. A- tray feeder: Only offer foods that the starlings do not like (such as safflower) and foods in shells, such as sunflower and whole peanuts). Starlings don't crack open shells as effectively as other birds. B- adjustable domed feeder: can lower the height so smaller sparrows, chickadees, titmice, etc can enter, but not starlings. C- nyjer feeder: starlings do not eat nyjer (aka niger or thistle). D- Tube feeder: Offer safflower, which starlings do not like OR sunflower seeds in shells. Do not offer sunflower chips or hearts. E- Suet sandwich feeder: Starlings cannot access the suet within!