SparkPeople Birds and Blooms Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1231 For all of you who love Birds and Blooms and all things country!Health and well being in the great outdoors.Join me as I begin the Journey to more healthy living and eating! SparkPeople Birds and Blooms Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1231 Bird Game A- Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x53819089 A - Auk Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:15:28 EST Live bird cams. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x52925671 Cornell live bird cams: <BR> <BR> Herons... the dad heron came back; and finally, the female came back and they mated. She should be laying eggs any day now. When the babies hatch, they look like little Woodstocks! lol <BR> camera 1 view... <BR> <link>www.livestream.com/cornellherons </link> <BR> <BR> camera 2 view... <BR> <link>www.livestream.com/cornellherons2 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Cornell Red-Tailed Hawk nest cam: <BR> Big Red and Ezra are taking turns on the eggs. <B... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:01:31 EST Scotts Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x49916084 <em>88</em> <em>432</em> Scotts Fined! Scotts pleaded guilty in February 2012 to illegally applying insecticides to its wild bird food products that are toxic to birds, falsifying pesticide registration documents, distributing pesticides with misleading & unapproved labels, and distributing unregistered pesticides. Scotts Miracle Gro will pay $12.5 Million in Criminal Fine & Civil Penalties for violations of Federal Pesticide Laws! This is the largest criminal penalty under FIFRA to date... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:49:46 EST Snowy Owls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x46295311 <link>news.yahoo.com/snowy-owls-soar-south<BR>-arctic-rare-mass-migration-175336821.<BR>html </link> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 22:15:40 EST Suet question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x46063875 Does anyone provide suet for your ground feeding wild birds? <BR> <BR> It just dawned on me this morning as I refilled the feeders and suet cage, that I only provide suet for the perching and climbing wild birds. I don't have any one the ground for the ground feeders/scratchers. <BR> <BR> If you do, how do you do set it out for them without a dog, squirrel, or raccoon getting into it? <BR> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 13:35:31 EST Snowy Owls? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x46063813 Has everyone seen all the news about the Snowy Owls moving south from the Arctic this fall and summer? Has anyone spotted one yet? Several have been seen in Indiana, but I've not seen one yet since we live in the woods and the snowy owl needs the plains for hunting. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 13:32:26 EST What flower or plant are you dreaming of having? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x45118004 I am dreaming of having a Annabelle Hydrangea bush. Or 2 or 3. LOL Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:36:40 EST Birds we have in the winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x45117670 In the creek <BR> <BR> Mallard Duck, up to 20 <BR> Great Blue Heron, 3-4 <BR> Wood Duck, up to 4 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> At our feeders <BR> <BR> Cardinal, (4-20 pairs depending on the weather) <BR> Catbird, 1 pair <BR> Chickadee, 2-3 pairs??? <BR> House Finch, 2 pairs <BR> Goldfinch, small flock <BR> Dark-eyed Junco, small flock, winter visitor from Canada <BR> Mourning Dove, large flock, yum! yum! <BR> Nuthatch, 2-3??? <BR> American Tree Spa... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:18:21 EST Birds we have in the summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x45117619 Summer Birds <BR> <BR> Bluebird <BR> Indigo Bunting <BR> Cardinal <BR> Catbird <BR> Chickadee <BR> Crow <BR> Mourning Dove (our dog loves to run through their roosting area and scare them up) <BR> Wood Duck <BR> Mallard Duck (they raise ducklings in our creek!) <BR> House Finch <BR> Northern Flicker <BR> Goldfinch <BR> Cooper's Hawk <BR> Red-tailed Hawk <BR> Sharp-shinned Hawk <BR> Great Blue Heron <BR> Ruby-throated Humming... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:14:18 EST Hi ya'll http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x44967566 Hi, I'm Heidi. I live in SE Indiana. <BR> <BR> I've been on SP for nearly 6 mo now but just found this team. <BR> <BR> Bird watching is one of my winter enjoyments to help me deal with SAD. I also have several flowerbeds which I do just for ME. My passion is native plants and flowers, altho I do admit I love the asian lilies----A LOT!! LOL Mon, 7 Nov 2011 16:49:22 EST rabbits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x43664677 I spent some time Saturday trying to chase the rabbits from my garden; I don't know if they count as wildlife or rodents Mon, 22 Aug 2011 06:29:08 EST Taiwan Blue Magpie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x43423885 Wow, is it pretty! <BR> <link>www.avianweb.com/formosanbluemagpies<BR>.html </link> Sun, 7 Aug 2011 23:48:19 EST The Great Sunflower Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x43298434 I was taking pictures of my Sunflowers again today, when my Hubby and I noticed the Bees were still flying all around and landing on the Sunflowers. I thought the Bees looked a little smaller then usual, and as I was researching what types of Bees they might be I came across this website. It's interesting. I'm going to try and participate, so just in case anyone else is interested....Here is the link. <BR> <link>www.squidoo.com/great-sunflower-proj<BR>ect </link> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 23:49:15 EST Drought Tolerant Plants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x43104173 <link>gardening.about.com/od/gardendesign/<BR>a/Xeriscaping_3.htm?nl=1 </link> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:27:51 EST HOLY BIRD FEATHERS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x43064168 THE THOUGHT OF A BIRD GROUP... has blown my mind!! I am new to this Team...and it is with pleasure that I ask you to permit me to join you in this Group. I am a freak for birds....feed all kinds in my yard ~ and love to watch them in the mornings while I drink my coffee on the porch. I am so glad you are here... <BR> <BR> Thank you for permitting me to be a part of this team!! <BR> <BR> Yippee Yellow Finches!! <BR> <BR> Saundra <BR> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 21:58:35 EST One Year Sparkversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x42948440 I just CAN'T SAY ENOUGH thank you's to all my SparkFriends and TEAMS for the wonderful and AWESOME support this last year!!!! I posted a video blog documenting my year with this WONDERFUL website! <BR> <BR> Love and hugs, and looking forward to another year with SP--maintaining my weight loss and reaching new goals!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 13:41:29 EST Interesting ideas. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x42624756 <link>www.diynetwork.com/outdoors/gardens-<BR>we-love-from-rate-my-space/pictures/in<BR>dex.html?nl=HGG_v120_P5_DIYGardens&sni<BR>_mid=9838&sni_rid=9838.402.401871 </link> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 22:36:01 EST How to feed roses with Bananas. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x42154770 <BR> <BR> <link>www.ehow.com/how_4597259_feed-roses-<BR>banana-peels.html </link> Tue, 31 May 2011 20:47:44 EST Northern Wisconsin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x42090037 Hi, my name is Susan and I'm from Northern Wisconsin and an avid bird LOVER and watcher! Here is a blog I recently did of our little friends: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4229699 </link> <BR> <BR> Is anyone else struggling with $27 prices for a 50# bag of sunflower seed! Wish we could still get it for $10! ha! Sat, 28 May 2011 11:43:47 EST Pretty Ground Cover http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x41442745 <link>landscaping.about.com/od/groundcover<BR>vines1/p/bugle_weed.htm </link> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 22:55:17 EST One of My Favorite Plants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x40776229 Ok, so I have lots of favorites lol. I have 3 of these plants. Two are the usual Lantana's that you see, and I have one plant that is a different variety. I really liked that plant. The foliage is different, and is a beautiful plant. Unfortunately it bit the dust this year due to the snow. So as soon as we are over the frost, I will buy me a new one. So sad. I have a pic of the plant in the team photos. <BR> <BR> <link>www.flowersgrowing.com/lantana/ </link> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 20:37:06 EST Beautyberry Bush http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x40606574 Not sure if I have seen one here, but it is pretty. <BR> <link>gardenofpossibilities.com/2009/07/29<BR>/purple-beautyberry-the-cinderella-shrub/ </link> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 21:27:09 EST Pretty color http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x40177940 <link>landscaping.about.com/od/perennialfl<BR>owers/p/Garden-Phlox.htm </link> Sat, 26 Feb 2011 01:26:03 EST One of My Favorite Plants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x39816060 <link>landscaping.about.com/od/poisonousla<BR>ndscapeplants/p/lily-of-the-valley.htm<BR>?nl=1 </link> Wed, 9 Feb 2011 22:26:42 EST Dandelion wine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x39737379 I don't know how to make that but It is something I would like to try. Do you know how it is made Sun, 6 Feb 2011 20:09:50 EST Orange Jasmine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x39648273 Oh, I have to get me one of these! <BR> <BR> <link>treesandshrubs.about.com/od/commonsh<BR>rubs/p/orangejasmine.htm?nl=1 </link> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 22:05:17 EST Flea Beatles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x39479409 I found this hint interesting. <BR> <BR> <BR> From Marie Iannotti, your Guide to Gardening <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Gardening Tip of the Week <BR> Flea Beetles: To eliminate flea beetles, use white sticky traps early in the season, even before plants are in. Prop a sheet of white Styrofoam or cardboard covered with Tanglefoot, sticky side down, over the soil. The flea beetles will jump toward it and become trapped. Its amazing to see it work. I've caught literally thousands. <BR> Submitted ... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 01:50:19 EST I Like Orange http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x39475096 Pretty plant! <BR> <BR> <link>landscaping.about.com/od/shrubsbushe<BR>s/p/gibraltar-azaleas.htm?nl=1 </link> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 21:27:37 EST Java Sparrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x39171224 I have a friend I went to High School with, and she had a photo, that she took, of this bird on her Facebook page. Beautiful bird, but it is actually a Finch. <BR> <BR> <link>www.efinch.com/species/java.htm </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.google.com/images?client=firefox<BR>-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&chan<BR>nel=s&hl=en&q=java+sparrow&um=1&ie=UTF<BR>-8&source=univ&ei=RyQxTba8FoqesQPm7oCT<BR>Bg&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title<BR>&resnum=1&ved=0CC4QsAQwAA&biw=1259&bih=464 </link... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 23:42:38 EST Wildlife in the Neighborhood http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x38631004 I've been so busy I'm just posting this now, but Monday we saw: <BR> 1) A large group of big wild turkeys eating on the ground around our neighbor's bird feeder <BR> 2) A majestic whitetail buck with big antlers, standing as if posing for us to admire, alongside another neighbor's driveway right by the road <BR> 3) A gorgeous hawk sitting on a telephone wire facing the road, his breast rosy and all fluffed up because it was in the high teens or low 20's F. <BR> 4) I almost forgot that last We... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 21:39:19 EST This Is Awesome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x38614613 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvrcdQWzH-8 </link> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 19:31:50 EST Now This Is Interesting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x38613121 <link>gardening.about.com/od/forcingandpre<BR>chilling/qt/PaperWhites_Alc.htm </link> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 17:42:15 EST Not Sure If Anyone Saw this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x38408271 Sorry if it is a repeat, but better to be safe then sorry. <BR> <link>www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/index.html </link> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 18:25:47 EST Trip down South http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x37409573 Hi Friends, I just got back from the Southern US where I enjoyed sitting on the patio with family watching the birds at their feeders. I saw goldfinches, mourning doves, towhees, and several hawks up in trees or on power lines. We took a nature walk, too and I heard birds I couldn't identify by song. I saw blackbirds, and saw a few robins. I heard, but never saw, titmice, cardinals, and chickadees. It was so nice and warm and the trees and shrubs were still very lush. I saw bunches of tiny la... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 14:27:22 EST Steve - new to Sparkpeople.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x37404241 My name is Steve Boling. I am a 43 year old ICU nurse who is tired of not "fitting" in. I want to be able to ride roller coasters and do other activities like the rest of the world. I'm not a person who feels sick. I'm just too large for the world around me. I hope to find information and motivation. Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:18:44 EST Bringing in houseplants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x36706225 It is wet and windy temps in the 40's at night. Houseplants don't like it below 50 degrees. I just brought all my houseplants in and clustered my potted annuals by my kitchen door so I can see their cheerful blooms and cover them quickly if I want to prolong their bloom. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 11:23:34 EST Check this out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x36149515 i live in massachusetts, and mass audubon has partnered up with "birds & beans"... birdsandbeans.com ...it's a coffee company that is worth looking into for their protection & conservation efforts for many species of birds. their mission and efforts are on their website. please check it out! <BR> <BR> <link>birdsandbeans.com </link> Thu, 19 Aug 2010 11:46:47 EST Suggestions please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x36126715 hi all -- i would like to plan a garden that will attract hummingbirds next summer. besides a feeder to attract them, what flowers are the best choices? i was told gladioli for one. i'm hoping to plant some fall bulbs next month...i'm in eastern massachusetts. thanks for any help you can give me! Wed, 18 Aug 2010 09:14:36 EST Adding more beautiful plants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x35557062 I have had this plant in pots for a few years now. This year I went out and bought a few more. I just love them. So, just in case you have never heard of the plant, here is some info! <BR> <link>garden.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Portulaca </link> Wed, 21 Jul 2010 22:48:58 EST May Wildflowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x34473758 Good morning all! I walked to and from the gym today and saw these along the way: <BR> <BR> 1) Buttercups <BR> 2) Mouse-eared Hawkweed (yellow, dandelion-like) <BR> 3) Mouse-eared Chickweed (little white flowers) <BR> 4) Cinquefoil (yellow, tiny, not sure if Dwarf Canadian or Common) <BR> 5) Oxeye Daisies <BR> 6) Blue-eyed Grass <BR> 7) Blackberry canes a-bloom in white <BR> <BR> We're up at about 1900 feet in the mountains of north eastern PA. Roadside soil and open mowed fields tend to at... Sun, 30 May 2010 12:55:46 EST just gotta laugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x34075876 today i was walking through the meadow when i saw a small flock of american goldfinch. i tried very hard to get a photo of one or two of them, but they're just too darn fast. plus, they blend perfectly with the yellow-green of the trees. after attempting for about 1/2 hour, i gave up. i packed up my camera and headed home. when i got home i sat at my computer and checked my emails. and, lo, right outside my window, sitting at my birdfeeder, were 2 goldfinch...happily sitting and eating...its... Tue, 11 May 2010 21:06:03 EST News from my backyard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x33335621 As a new member of this Team, I thought I'd just summarize who I've seen so far here (north eastern PA): <BR> Crows (walking like men with hands behind their backs towards the dining room window and getting the kitty all energized) <BR> Purple Finch <BR> Downy Woodpecker <BR> Titmouse <BR> White-breasted Nuthatch <BR> Chipping Sparrows <BR> Robins (lots!) <BR> Last week a huge dark-colored bird with pointed beak and white head with black eyeline. It looked a lot like a bald eagle without the ... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 09:49:51 EST Signs of Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x32440250 okay - it may be too soon, but i'm desperate! please post any signs you have in your area that spring is on the way. i live in new england, and the weather has been crappy for way too long. there's one area of my neighborhood that bursts with "snowdrops", those early spring flowers. i keep looking for them and will let you know when they appear. what are all of you looking for or seeing? PLEASE tell me spring is coming!!!!! Thu, 4 Mar 2010 16:25:40 EST Best Plants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x32418136 <link>landscaping.about.com/b/2010/02/21/s<BR>tars-of-my-yard-the-best-of-the-best.h<BR>tm?nl=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Jeanne Wed, 3 Mar 2010 20:48:04 EST Great Backyard Bird Count - February 12-15, 2010!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x31484827 Mark your calendar! <BR> <BR> The 13th annual Great Backyard Bird Count is just a few weeks away. <BR> <BR> It’s your chance to count for fun and count for the future, from Friday, February 12, through Monday, February 15. Whether you participate once or several times, by submitting your list of the birds you see at www.birdcount.org, you will help scientists learn more about how birds are faring in your neighborhood. <BR> <BR> Maryann <em>334</em> <BR> <link>www.birdcount.org </lin... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 09:51:38 EST Flowers and Garden Shows http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x31056644 I hope one is near ya'll <BR> <link>gardening.about.com/od/gardendesign/<BR>a/FlowerShow.htm?nl=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Jeanne Wed, 13 Jan 2010 15:31:46 EST Eastern Bluebird http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x30697470 I had a very interesting thing happen to me today on my walk. I found a red breasted blue bird. Never seen anything like that at all, and with the snow it was setting on, he really stood out. <BR> <BR> I've never seen anything like him before, so I looked him up (and thanks to Google) figured out it was an Eastern Bluebird. I looked up his picture, and sure enough, that's what I saw. Very cool! Sat, 2 Jan 2010 20:15:41 EST For my Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x30491706 Everyday I look forward to chatting with my friends in this group. So here is a little something for the Holidays! <BR> <BR> <link>www.care2.com/send/card/6570 </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Hanukkah too! <BR> <BR> Jeanne <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Dec 2009 22:56:30 EST Fall Planting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x28040272 I know..long time, no type. Now that my daylilies have gone to seed..when's the best time to plant the seeds..in the fall or wait til spring. Same w/ my hostas that have gone to sed..fall or the spring? Can I thin and transplant hostas in the fall or wait til spring? Sat, 29 Aug 2009 16:13:12 EST New Birds Hanging Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x28030814 I can't remember if I mentioned earlier. We have had black birds with the white markings in their wings hanging around our front yard. A Blue Jay also showed up the last two weeks. I wondered where it had been. We have pine trees in our front yard, and usually there is always one hanging around. Makes my day! <BR> Jedanne Sat, 29 Aug 2009 02:07:43 EST Check out these pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x27509711 <link>www.wildbirds.com/IdentifyBirds/Phot<BR>oContestWinners/JulyPhotoEntries/tabid<BR>/1083/Default.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> Jeanne Wed, 5 Aug 2009 21:56:47 EST BIRDS FROM A to Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x27455127 AMERICAN EAGLE <em>148</em> Mon, 3 Aug 2009 19:13:35 EST BIRDS FROM A 2 Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x27455077 AMERICAN EAGLE <em>148</em> Mon, 3 Aug 2009 19:11:21 EST Easter Lilly - Strange but true http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x26428925 hi everyone - about 4 years back, my mother-in-law gave me a potted easter lilly. after the holiday, i stuck it in my garden, thinking, "hey if it grows it grows". well, it did! the next 2 years it bloomed beautiful white blossoms. then, last summer and this year, it has bloomed red! maybe its something in my soil? please say that this has happened to someone else 'cause i think it's an omen that i am going to hell... lol...my mother-in-law has never heard of this! Fri, 19 Jun 2009 08:31:55 EST Top 10 Beneficial Garden Insects http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x26229746 Always something good to know! <BR> <BR> <link>insects.about.com/od/insectpests/tp/<BR>top10beneficialinsects.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Jeanne Wed, 10 Jun 2009 22:53:37 EST blackbirds in bluebird houses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x24924260 I need help and hope someone here has some answers. We have had bluebirds in our bluebird house for the past 4 years, this year we have blackbirds. The bluebirds have moved over to the neighbors. I believe the blackbirds chased them off. We have been taking the blackbird nest out of the box daily but they keep coming back. I am thinking of taking the box completely down for a while. Any ideas here? Wed, 22 Apr 2009 07:39:59 EST Pasque Flower : ...Easter flower http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x24565522 <link>landscaping.about.com/od/perennialfl<BR>owers/p/pasqueflowers.htm?nl=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Jeanne Wed, 8 Apr 2009 23:26:10 EST New Paintings: Trillium, Magnolia, Wild Columbine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x23797898 New Paintings: Trillium, Magnolia, Wild Columbine <BR> ========== <BR> <BR> Hi my Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> Since joining your team in December, I was commissioned to paint a large installation of Georgia Wildflower oil-paintings for a Georgia Hospital... that is why I haven't been able to connect to your team as of yet. (I specialize in flower paintings Backyard Bird paintings and... I love my birds!!! We've created quite a bird sanctuary around my studio so I can observe them for painting... Sat, 14 Mar 2009 19:26:52 EST What's your new name? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x22971198 I found this on another team I'm on. I'm Dorky Chicken Doodle. How did they know?! <BR> <em>100</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Jut for fun, determine what your new name is: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Use the 3rd letter of your first name to determine your New first name: <BR> a = snickle <BR> b = doombah <BR> c = goober <BR> d = cheesey <BR> e = crusty <BR> f = greasy <BR> g = dumbo <BR> h = farcus <BR> i = dorky <BR> j = doofus <BR> k = funky <BR> l = boobie <BR>... Mon, 16 Feb 2009 20:13:10 EST GINGERSTARDUST http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x22686179 I am sorry to hear you have to take a break from SP, and the Birds & Blooms team. I sure hope your treatment goes well, and that your health issues clear up quickly. Sat, 7 Feb 2009 19:27:17 EST Annual Great Backyard Bird Count http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x21705037 FYI, The next "great backyard bird count" is Feb. 13-16, 2009 if anyone is interested. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.birdsource.org/gbbc </link> Sat, 10 Jan 2009 15:29:14 EST BLC9 SIGN UP BEGINS JAN 3RD!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x21260660 If you want a team where you don'thave to read posts or participate, you definitely should not join BLC9. This challenge is for people who can commit to changing their lives over 12 weeks with the help of a team. The purpose of the team is to get outside of yourself and talk to people going through the same struggles as you that you can talk to 24 hours a day who truly understand what you are going through and care about your success. You should WANT to read their posts, because you never kno... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 16:24:56 EST New Year resoluti ns/Goals and plans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x21229801 Its only a few days untill 2009 where did the old year go?Time goes so fast.I never seem to accomplish what I want each year and sometimes I hardly start and its a new one.Tell us all about you plans, goals resolutions for the coming year and then next year we can see what was accomplished!Best of everything to you all in 2009!!Happy new year! <em>247</em> Ginger Sun, 28 Dec 2008 15:23:00 EST I'm a Bird Artist selling Feeders & Houses on Ebay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x20904058 Hi Team! <BR> <BR> I am an oil painter specializing in Bird Paintings. You can see some of my paintings on my SparkPage and my website: www.camille-engel.com. <BR> <BR> I previously owned a retail store called "Camille's Wild Birds & Gifts" -- but realized it was taking too much time away from painting so I closed it. I just began listing the remaining inventory on Ebay if any of you are interested. <BR> • Decorative Pewter Bird Feeders <BR> • An architectural Cape Cod Wooden Birdhouse by H... Fri, 12 Dec 2008 17:50:12 EST In the News: CNN Invstigatve Unit: America'sDiet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x20733297 I'm watching the most informative program on CNN about 2/3 of American's who are either obese or overweight. If you have Tivo, DVR, or even the old recording method of VCR's, I highly suggest watching/recording this program. It comes on again today.... Saturday, the 6th.... at 1:00 Central Time. If you don't receive this station, call someone who does and have them record it for you. Very informative and a real eye opener! Sat, 6 Dec 2008 06:36:16 EST Holiday Scavenger Hunt..HAVE SOME FUN!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x20687443 found this on another tean and thought you all might have some fun with it here as well. <BR> <BR> The rules are simple, I will start things off by naming something relating to christmas/holidays/new year etc, and then the next person will search the internet for a photo of that item, and post the link on this thread. They then will pick the next christmas item for the next person to find. The goal is to find as many holiday items as we can by christmas eve . <BR> <BR> I will kick things of... Thu, 4 Dec 2008 10:23:44 EST Stuck Inside http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x20199481 Well now I'm stuck inside for the next few months and I need some excise ideas. With my work schedule it's too dark for my nightly 2 mile walk. I'll still get outside on the weekends but I was wondering what everyone else used to keep in shape this time of year. Do you work out at home or at a gym? What programs keep you moving? Fri, 14 Nov 2008 08:35:54 EST LEMON MERINGUE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x20066109 <BR> <BR> No cheating. <BR> <BR> If all of the eight desserts listed below were sitting in <BR> front of you, which would you choose (sorry, you can only <BR> <BR> pick one)! Trust me...this is very accurate. Pick your <BR> <BR> dessert, and then look to see what psychiatrists think about <BR> <BR> you. <BR> <BR> REMEMBER - No Cheating. Make your choice before you check <BR> <BR> the meaning.. <BR> <BR> After taking this dessert personality test,Post your favorite <BR> ... Sun, 9 Nov 2008 19:29:05 EST Winter Bird sightings and feeder tips. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x19728955 I will start this thread for anyone who would like to share thier daily bird sightings with the Team and also any tips you have for winter feeding,bird feeder ideas ,or any other bird info in general.Saw 3 flocks of snow geese winging south yesterday! Tue, 28 Oct 2008 12:51:38 EST Water hyacinths http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x19468983 Has anyone out there tried to winter over water hyacinths from a pond? For the past two years i have bought new ones and they are quite costly. I am wondering if there is a way to save them to next year? I am in Pa. and they will freeze if left outside, I brought some in a bucket an din the basement but wondering if this will work? Any ideas? Sun, 19 Oct 2008 15:40:23 EST fruit flys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x19102958 Does anyone know how to get rid of fruit flys or gnats? Mon, 6 Oct 2008 17:02:19 EST LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR BLC8!! TODAY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x18997108 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26028x18<BR>713298 </link> <BR> <BR> BEFORE 10PM EST! <em>185</em> Thu, 2 Oct 2008 11:31:48 EST Mum/Aster care http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x18854968 Hubby just put 8 pots in the ground for me. What's thebest way to take care of them thru fall to spring? <BR> <BR> TY Sat, 27 Sep 2008 16:03:29 EST deadheading http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x18735878 When is the best time to deadhead my blackeyed susans and cone flowers? Tue, 23 Sep 2008 14:02:01 EST urgent help needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x18157841 How can I get a groundhog to leave my purple mums alone! They seem to only like the purple ones! I don't want to kill it but I want my plants to survive! Please Help! <em>46</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2008 16:14:59 EST Milkweed Bugs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x18129860 How do I get rid of them? I have a huge infestation of these bugs that are eating all of the seed pods! I want to collect the pods for future plantings. ANy suggestions will be welcomed and appreciated. <em>198</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2008 17:12:15 EST When??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x17871885 hi everyone - i hung up two birdhouses a couple of months ago. there are 2 bird feeders in between the 2 houses, with all types of food. but, i really don't know when birds even think about taking over a new house: is it winter to keep warm, or spring for a new family? i just can't wait til something shows an interest! Thu, 21 Aug 2008 23:02:12 EST hi - new here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x17825187 hi - i am new to the team but have been on SP for 3+ months. i love birds and nature -- i am blessed to live between 2 areas of conservation land...lots of wildlife: deer, coyote, great blue herons, muskrats, kingfishers, woodchucks, hawks, owls...i just put up 2 birdhouses and i'm hoping to attract some nesters. i have a feeder near by the 2 houses -- i was wondering if there is anything else i can do to encourage someone to take up residence...thanks for your advice! Wed, 20 Aug 2008 10:48:45 EST Bon Voyage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x17488317 Hey everyone, <BR> I will be offline for nine days. We're off on our first family trip. Please pray for our safety, our driving, and our sanity. First we're off to Hershey Park, PA, on 8/10 dropping off SD to her mom's on 8/12, and then DH and I are driving to Nashville, TN until the 17th. <BR> <BR> Please pray that God place me in places where there is a reality of a nutrtional variety so I don't go overboard on my small successes since starting SP! <BR> <BR> I have a tendancy as well to ... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 10:07:29 EST I KARATE CHOPPED MY NEIGHBOR... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x17410186 What did you do today? <BR> <BR> Pick the month you were born: <BR> <BR> January-------I kicked <BR> February------I loved <BR> March--------I karate chopped <BR> April----------I licked <BR> May----------I jumped on <BR> June----------I smelled <BR> July-----------I did the Macarena With <BR> August--------I had lunch with <BR> September----I danced with <BR> October-------I sang to <BR> November-----I yelled at <BR> December-----I ran over <BR> <BR> Pick the day (number) you were born on... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 22:16:41 EST Mums http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x17130951 Hi ladies, <BR> Have any of you have any mums in your gardens? I have one set of my own and another set we got from a friend and that one is pretty large. Do I go ahead and cut it back some for the fall? I'm wondering cause it's branches are already falling on the ground from the being so long. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <em>67</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2008 11:20:34 EST I reached my goal ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x16893443 YAH! In January I was 150lbs. Today I weigh 115!!Just thought I would give myself a pat on the back! I LOVE SPARKS! Mon, 21 Jul 2008 08:39:15 EST wasps on the hummingbird feeders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x16766076 Does anyone have any ideas on how to keep wasps and bees from getting on my feeders? I think they are scaring off my hummers! Thanks! Wed, 16 Jul 2008 18:21:12 EST suet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x16353585 Does anyone have an easy recipe for suet? Wed, 2 Jul 2008 14:54:12 EST Feeling silly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x16311391 <link>upchucky.com/flash-thongs.html </link> <em>211</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2008 10:14:57 EST July Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x16280019 July Challenge <em>283</em> <BR> We have been kicking around an idea trying to get everyone more involved with the group.We were sort of wondering what you would like. A physical challenge like weeding the garden <em>87</em> or a relaxing one like going for a nature hike</em> <em>295</em> <em>256</em> once a week to relax and view birds <em>88</em> . <BR> Would you rather do something nice for yourselves <em>298</em> , lets us know other wise we will come up with something Ginger is a ki... Mon, 30 Jun 2008 11:09:47 EST Did You Know? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x16016482 DID YOU KNOW... <BR> <BR> Never Judge..... <BR> <BR> 'Some people!' snorted a man standing behind me in the long line at the <BR> grocery store. <BR> <BR> 'You would think the manager would pay attention and open another line, <BR> said a woman. I looked to the front of the line to see what the hold up <BR> was and saw a well dressed, young woman, trying to get the machine to <BR> accept her credit card. No matter how many times she swiped it, the <BR> machine kept rejecting it. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 15:48:49 EST For the ladies in the B&B club http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x15989444 GIRLS IN MY CIRCLE <BR> <BR> When I was little, I used to believe in the concept of one best friend. <BR> And then I started to become a woman. <BR> And then I found out that if you allow your heart to open up, you <BR> Will be shown the best in many friends. <BR> Another will sit beside you in the bleachers as you delight in your <BR> Children and their activities. <BR> Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be. <BR> One friend will say, 'Let's cry together,' anothe... Fri, 20 Jun 2008 14:24:53 EST Robin family http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x15959396 I have a robin family! It is so cute, I never knew Robins were such good Mothers. She has three babies that are as big as her and they follow her around on the ground in my yard and she still feeds them! Its like a family of Ducks! Has anyone ever seen this before? I thought that once a bird could fly that was it! I just love watching the birds, you learn something new everyday! Thu, 19 Jun 2008 15:37:51 EST Hostas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x15951732 Last year I put in a shade garden, as well as made it a no maintence garden. It was also my first year for putting in hostas. I thought this year when they came back up, they'd be a little bigger, but they're not and they have been riddled with slugs eating their leaves and leaving their slime behind. <BR> <BR> Any ideas on how to get rid of the slugs? Thu, 19 Jun 2008 11:17:50 EST JOKE OF THE DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x15823005 SORRY..I just had to do it! <BR> <BR> <BR> A PLANE IS ON ITS WAY TO TORONTO , WHEN A BLONDE <BR> IN ECONOMY CLASS GETS UP AND MOVES <BR> TO THE FIRST CLASS SECTION AND SITS DOWN. <BR> <BR> THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT WATCHES HER DO THIS, <BR> AND ASKS TO SEE HER TICKET. <BR> SHE THEN TELLS THE BLONDE THAT SHE PAID <BR> FOR ECONOMY CLASS, AND THAT <BR> SHE WILL HAVE TO SIT IN THE BACK. <BR> <BR> THE BLONDE REPLIES, <BR> 'I'M BLONDE, I'M BEAUTIFUL, <BR> I'M GOING TO TORONTO , <BR> AND I'M STAYING... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 09:46:09 EST Hummingbird food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5451x1231x15617310 Does anybody have the recipe for hummingbird food? I forgot how to make it right. Sun, 8 Jun 2008 07:41:37 EST Summer Time Dives http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x15187254 Summer's just around the corner. Last night I was watching the Food Network, one of my favorite channels! The one program about Drive-In's prompted me to ask if you have a Drive-In where you live and what its speciality may be! I saw this one located in Charlotte, NC called Penguin's and their speciality is fried pickles. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a Drive-In, name a favorite restaurant that makes those old time favorites! Sat, 24 May 2008 10:04:24 EST Getting To Know Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x15160957 Everyone's always getting these emails and I figured this is a good way to get to know everybody. Just copy and paste and put in your answers. <BR> <BR> 1. What is your occupation? Medical Records <BR> <BR> 2. What color is your underwear? All colors <BR> <BR> 3. What are you listening to right now? HGTV <BR> <BR> 4. What was the last thing you ate? Special K Cereal <BR> <BR> 5. Do you wish on stars? nope <BR> <BR> 6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Green <BR> <BR> 7. ... Fri, 23 May 2008 10:08:37 EST Newbie from WV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x14613456 Hi all, <BR> I wonder if there's a limit to how many teams one can have? LOL I've found so many that appeal to me. <BR> <BR> I absolutely love birds. I've been watching in my backyard for years until I met my husband and now we live on 20 acres worth of land in the form of a stream, some forest, some farmland, and a little yard. We are members of the National Wildlife Federation and our local Potomac Audubon Society. <BR> <BR> Recently, since I've started SP, our local Audubon society ha... Sat, 3 May 2008 18:29:39 EST Strut your stuff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x14319777 Hello Ladies and any Gentlemen in the group! I thought this might be fun to do: If you have a pounds LOST Icon.... use it as your avitar during the last week of this month! I think it is so cool to scroll down everyone's posts and see all the pounds lost! So Strut your stuff and let's see all those Pounds Lost Icons icons! <BR> <BR> Newbies.... if you don't have one yet.... make it a challenge to yourself to get one by months end and we can do it again in May! <BR> <BR> Spread this aro... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 06:39:45 EST New to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x14284157 Hello everyone I am Margaret from Wales in the UK. <BR> I have been with Spark for just over a week and found this team yesterday. <BR> I am a 52 year old Grandmother and I love birds, animals and everything to do with nature. <BR> I am looking forward to joining in with your discussions. <BR> Have a great day and God Bless. <BR> Margaret. <BR> <em>145</em> <em>213</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2008 02:46:55 EST NORTHERN FLICKER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x14147001 I JUST SAW MY FIRST NORTHERN FLICKER TODAY! I AM AMAZED AT ALL THE DIFFERENT BIRDS! Fri, 18 Apr 2008 13:13:11 EST Osprey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x14059939 I took some pic's of the Osprey that are nesting in one of our tree's. They come back every early spring and we just love to watch them. When they first come, one will set in the nest while the mate does all the gathering of new nesting materials. I like to think that it is the male doing all the work while the female sets and nags. The one that sets just talks all the time as the other is gone. He will come back with spanish moss and branches. Maybe she doesn't like his choose in decor...lol... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 18:37:57 EST Don't Quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x14012823 A hope for all Sparkers this week!!!!! <BR> <BR> When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down, <BR> And you feel like the biggest failure in town. <BR> <BR> When you want to give up just because you gave in, <BR> and forget all about being healthy and thin. <BR> <BR> So What! You went over your points a bit, <BR> It's your next move that counts...So don't you quit! <BR> <BR> It's a moment of truth, it's an attitude change. <BR> It's learning the skills to get back in your range.... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 11:03:46 EST Birds and Blooms seed exchange http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x13794473 <em>9</em> Hello fellow Team members!There has been some interest in exchanging seeds we may have that someone else might like.Here is your chance to get some new types of seed from other parts of the country.I have some poppy seed I will share they are red and can get over a foot tall with big double flowers.Just email me if you are interested and we will get the ball rolling.I am sending some out tomorrow to Lauri.I recieved her self addressed stampted envelope this morning!They are on the... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 18:29:37 EST hummingbirds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x13791950 CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHEN I SHOULD PUT MY HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS UP? I LIVE IN CENTRAL OHIO. I DONT WANT TO PUT THEM OUT TOO SOON. Mon, 7 Apr 2008 16:52:58 EST Wildlife http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x13638680 Just found this also: <BR> <BR> http://www.gardening-for-wildlife.com <BR> You can view the map & post your <BR> SPRING 2008 Migration of Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds <BR> at <BR> http//www.hummingbirds.net/map.html/ <BR> Wed, 2 Apr 2008 15:05:32 EST Found web page on Seed Swap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x13632454 If anyone is interested with seeds I found this on a page in the magazine web site of Birds and Blooms. <BR> <BR> Seed swap <BR> i tried to give you the web pg info page but when I checked it something was printed wrong. <BR> <BR> Its about time to start our planting...... <BR> <BR> Barbara in NC Wed, 2 Apr 2008 12:03:03 EST Hi, joined you team this morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x13528309 My name is Connie, been a member of SP since Jan. I was looking at a new friends sparkpage and saw she belonged to this team. I've been getting the Birds and Bloom magazine for yrs, love it!! Love birds, gardening, flowers, plants, just plain working in the yard. I will let my house go a little bit, just so I can spend more time outside. <BR> So, thank you for forming this team and I excited to be a part of it!! <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 30 Mar 2008 10:16:44 EST Diet Tips For Fellow Bird Lovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x13457912 1. Pile veggies on Pizza instead of sausage or pepperoni to save 200 to 300 calories per slice. <BR> 2. Fill most of your grocery cart with items from the perimeter of the store- fresh produce, lowfat dairy, lean meats and seafood. <BR> 3. Check the calories and fat grams of "healthy" fast foods like muffins: A honey bran muffin can have as many as 550 calories! <BR> 4. Swap high fat, high calorie condiments like mayo, butter, and sour cream for lighter ones like mustard, salsa and hummus. <B... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 14:52:28 EST New From North Carolina http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x13451561 I just found this team. My father introduced me to bird watching when I was a child. Although I don't get to go on many birding trips anymore I do enjoy birding from my windows. I work from home and my desk looks out of a bay window into my front yard. I already have several flowers blooming. At this moment I have a bluebird perched on a cherry tree, finches, sparrows, and a flicker hopping all over the yard, plus one yellow swallowtail. I will burn many calories gardening now that sprin... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 11:19:20 EST GREAT info you all should know! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x13243847 www.dwlz.com <BR> <BR> Everyone Hello! A friend on another team told me about this website and I'm sharing it with every team I'm on. This is absolutely FABulous! It's called Dottie's Weight Loss Zone at www.dwlz.com <BR> <BR> It has a HUGE list of restaurants nationwide with entire menu's and ALL THE CALORIE COUNTS!!!!!!! No more guessing when I sit down with a menu! I can look stuff up before I go and know exactly what I'm going to eat and how much! It's soooooo cool! <BR> <BR> I p... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 12:07:38 EST first day of spring plans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x13235503 we are planting and starting veggies inside and setting out our fountains in the flower beds before the flower shoots come up Wed, 19 Mar 2008 06:52:45 EST My emails have stopped! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x13110635 Hello All. I have not received any emails from SP for 2 days now... no post notifications or anything. I have talked to ppl on my end and the tech on the tech boards with no help at all. Guess I am on my own and I MISS MY EMAILS! I miss posting and reading posts! I can go in manually and read & post but I go to so many threads, it's difficult to know where I have conversations going so if you don't hear from me, this is the reason why. This is very frustrating and I feel like I've lost ... Fri, 14 Mar 2008 09:20:11 EST Newbie here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x13060385 Hi Ya'll! <BR> <BR> Greetings from The Sunshine State! Wed, 12 Mar 2008 14:40:37 EST Any B & B Members in NC? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x13055593 Love watching the mallard ducks from my den (computer) window. They are starting their nesting now. Should I buy any mallard ducks to raise? <BR> <BR> Wondering if anyone is living/from NC? Wed, 12 Mar 2008 11:55:56 EST Iowa Cedar Waxwings and Hummies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x12652964 Hi there, I love this team idea. I have a deck at home where I can watch the birds in the Spring and warm weather seasons. I keep my deck full of begonias during the summer. Lots of engaging activity. <BR> <em>125</em> Robbozzie Wed, 27 Feb 2008 14:24:58 EST New from Missouri http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x12561483 I am so glad that I found this group! I love watching the birds come to my backyard. <BR> <BR> Here's my thing: We just had a house built and the front and back yards right now are nothing but mud. Some might think that is bad. Nope! I see it as a blank slate! I can do anything I want in my yard to attract birds and butterflies. So, any quick suggestions for things to do first? I know that some parts will take time and patience, but there must be some inexpensive things that I can d... Sun, 24 Feb 2008 12:50:28 EST Keep movin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x12517437 I was just wondering what everyone does for exercise. I do the Walk at home series, walk slim every day. I try to only take Sunday's off depending on how my weigh in goes. I also do strength exercises 3 times a week. Then if I'm REALLY motivated I do some extra cardio, I have the CORE RYTHEMS DVDs and I'll try those if I need to laugh. They are just for fun, I can never keep up, but at least I'm movin' <BR> <BR> <em>68</em> Fri, 22 Feb 2008 15:43:45 EST Hi Ya'll - a Newbie here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x12484104 Hi! I just started today and am looking forward to having such a large support group! I spend a good part of every day watching the birds at my feeders so I decided this would be the best team for me to join. I live in north central Arkansas. <BR> <em>249</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2008 14:54:41 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x12425967 Hi Everyone! I am a total nature lover, lover of all birds and flowers and God's beautiful creation. We have alot of snow here (ontario Canada) and we make sure we always have our 4 feeders filled for the birds. I can hardly wait for Spring and I am sure they can't either. <em>213</em> Tue, 19 Feb 2008 20:36:54 EST Glad to find other birders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x12316829 I'm glad to find this team. I love bird watching and I can tell spring is getting closer just by watching the birds at the feeders. Fri, 15 Feb 2008 20:29:20 EST New and happy to have found you!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x12306723 I had a member of this team join a team of mine. And when I saw the Iowa State bird I HAD to join, plus the fact that I'm a total bird nut, I'll feed them before me! I'm so excited to have found you all! <em>244</em> Oh and watch out..I'm pretty nutty and like to have fun and be motivated!! Thats my job..motivation! Hope to meet you all really soon! Fri, 15 Feb 2008 13:05:28 EST New and happy to have found you!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x12306718 I had a member of this team join a team of mine. And when I saw the Iowa State bird I HAD to join, plus the fact that I'm a total bird nut, I'll feed them before me! I'm so excited to have found you all! <em>244</em> Oh and watch out..I'm pretty nutty and like to have fun and be motivated!! Thats my job..motivation! Hope to meet you all really soon! Fri, 15 Feb 2008 13:05:16 EST poll for the day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x12063600 how many of you actually subscribe to Birds and Blooms? <BR> <em>146</em> <em>126</em> <em>184</em> <em>87</em> <em>214</em> Thu, 7 Feb 2008 12:33:03 EST Newbie in MI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x11960918 Hi All! <BR> <BR> I'm new to this team, been on SP since end of Nov. LOVE birds, in fact own my own specialty store. LOVE gardening, and finally got husband convinced that gardening in relaxing! So, all kinds of projects we want to do in the yard together. Recent empty nesters, so ajusting to it being just the 2 of us again. <BR> <BR> Look forward to reading the posts. <BR> Mon, 4 Feb 2008 11:08:40 EST 11th annual great backyard bird count.... (fyi) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x11846243 <BR> Just an fyi for anyone who feels like counting birds. lol I've only done it once so far (just learned of it a year or two ago) but it's kind of interesting to see the results as they come in on the map on their website. It helps them to see what is going on in the bird population. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 11th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count <BR> <BR> February 15 – 18, 2008 <BR> <BR> "Count for Fun, Count for the Future!" <BR> <BR> birdcount.org <BR> Thu, 31 Jan 2008 11:53:23 EST hello georgia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x11493793 hey all. <BR> i am from southeast ga. <BR> i love birdwatching.the woodies are my favorite Sun, 20 Jan 2008 16:21:15 EST When pigs fly...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x11263839 ....they crash into trees! Check out my photos on my spark page, I got this really neat bird feeder as a gift. It is not very functional, but it always makes me smile. And when anyone gets negative and says "yea that will happen when pigs fly" I just chuckle to myself because they do in my backyard. <BR> Does anyone else have unusual feeders? Sun, 13 Jan 2008 16:48:46 EST new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x11242500 Hi everyone, I'm a big fan of watching birds and other wildlife, and I love gardening. Mostly flowers, but may try my hand at a small veggie garden this year. My focus this last year was planting flowers that will attract hummingbirds, I get a couple each year at my feeder but would like to give them a reason to spend more time in my garden. <BR> I look forward to meeting and chatting with everyone on the team. Sat, 12 Jan 2008 20:33:32 EST new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x10955103 Just wanted to introduce myself, I'm married, have 5 children between the two of us, expecting my 9th grandson in Feb! Live in MI, where I might add is really cold right now. Very new to the computer, so I hope I'm posting in the right place. Love being outdoors, and am excited to get to know this group! Fri, 4 Jan 2008 09:43:19 EST Hi! Finches are my thing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x9964338 Hi, <BR> I have 9 finches in large flight in my sewing and craft room; 4 societies, 4 zebras, and a canary! <BR> I live in the city (Baltimore) and we don't get so many different sorts outside, but I love what we do get. Lots of sparrows, mourning doves, an occational cardinal, goldfinch, or blue jay. In the spring we get robins galore, in the winter we get slate-coloured juncos, titmice (or is titmouses), and chickadees. <BR> My name is Hoji. Thu, 8 Nov 2007 13:11:21 EST Hi all, newbie here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x9647294 Hi guys. i'm Brandi. I'm 27, married, no children. I love birdwatching and feeding them, as well as gardening. I also love photography, writing, reading,crafting and tons of other things. I'm a church volunteer, and I need to shed some pounds. I look forward to getting to know everyone. Tue, 23 Oct 2007 00:08:53 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x9623941 I'm from Texas and this is my first team with SparkPeople. I'm not sure what I'm doing. Any help would be appreciated. Sun, 21 Oct 2007 22:02:34 EST New to Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x8880426 Hi, I just wanted to introduce myself, my name is Debbie and I have recently discovered I enjoy bird watching! We have finch feeders, a hummingbird feeder, and feeders for cardinals, doves, and other species I have not identified yet! I will! Looking forward to sharing pics and information. Also, the giving and receiving of support in our weight loss journeys. <em>213</em> Thu, 13 Sep 2007 11:02:05 EST Hummingbird http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x8826430 My backyard has been very busy this week. My cardinals ( he and she ) have returned and my blue jays have been busy flinging seed everywhere. <BR> My big thrill came tonight, when about 7:00 I looked out and saw a beautiful hummingbird hovering in my firebush. He/she stayed for quiet awhile. I watch it drink, then go sit in my laurel oak tree, then drink then sit. It was a good sized hummer.I hope to see it again tomorrow!!!! Also, the butterflies have been unbelievable! It's been a great sum... Mon, 10 Sep 2007 23:30:57 EST Pittsburgh Bird-watcher http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x8550094 I wanted to say hello! I'm 28 and from Pittsburgh, PA. I work downtown and take public transit everywhere I go, but I still get around. I'm trying to learn more about birds and photography, but both of these hobbies will take a lot of time! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I'm glad to meet you all! I'm wondering if there are any more Pennsylvania birders around here? How about Pittsburghers? Mon, 27 Aug 2007 15:24:53 EST Saying Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1231x8519848 Just wanted to say HI! I just joined the team. My name is Amy I work nights and I am a very ametuer photographer. I have some bird pictures mostly on the my space and flickr links posted on my SP page <BR> Sat, 25 Aug 2007 19:49:45 EST a new bloom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x7656581 Every morning I go look at the fish pond and this morning there is a purple flower in bloom and several unopen snowflake buds that will open when the sun comes on them. i like to sit and watch the frogs on the lilly pads or the dragon flies dance...very peaceful habit to shelf the stress Fri, 13 Jul 2007 07:52:03 EST Central Florida Birder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x7277712 Hello all, I love to go birding, though I’m a terrible gardener. But currently I live in an apartment complex and have no room for a garden. (and any potted plants I get, my cats eat.) I feel so lucky to live where there are so many great birding spots and to be in a “cross over” state during the spring/fall migration. <BR> <BR> The latest new addition to my life list is the Florida Scrub Jay! It was grate to finally get to see one of these endangered birds. And it was quite by accident as... Sat, 23 Jun 2007 09:28:45 EST Hello from England http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x6158008 Hi my name is Martha-ann and I'm 58 years old. I live in a small village in East Yorkshire about ten minutes from the coast so I have the best of both worlds. <BR> I love gardening, bird watching,in fact any sort of wildlife and most week-ends are spent doing something associated with this. <BR> I count birds and bees for the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) in a project called Gardenwatch. It's good fun. <BR> My husband is an avid Koi man and we have a large pond which attracts all sorts ... Tue, 24 Apr 2007 08:29:46 EST Any recommendations on bird feeders? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x5370088 Just wondering whether anyone can recommend a good, pretty much squirrel-proof bird feeder? Our current bird feeder was broken by the high winds we've had in the northeast over the past couple weeks. We're looking at one by Mastergardeners that has a spring mechanism a squirrel's weight makes close the feeder part. Do you know anything about this type of feeder or can you recommend anything better or different? Tue, 13 Mar 2007 11:03:09 EST New Nature Lover http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x4390321 Hi Everyone! Thank you for the invitation to join your group. I live in Northern Michigan and love it. It is beautiful everywhere I go, I even think that on my way to work. I am a Maternal/Child nurse in private practice and in Early Head Start, I also have my Expressions of Nature Photography online business which is my new baby as of a year ago. I am married and have four teen sons who are all into Scouts, hunting, camping, fishing and I enjoy lots of family outtings as well as hiking ... Sun, 14 Jan 2007 16:03:07 EST 7 squirrels, 2 crows and 3 woodpeckers.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x4015430 Thats what is in my backyard at this very minute. It's fun sitting here reading and posting on spark people, and I just happened to look out the window. the snow is gone and the animals are on the move. They are sure enjoying this day! Ihope all of you enjoy it also. <em>67</em> Tue, 12 Dec 2006 08:16:22 EST Hello gardeners, I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x3875383 Hi there and thanks to Gingerstardust for the invite. I am pretty much just a garden junkie. I have my own landscape design company and also work in the green industry. That part is just icing on the cake. I enjoy all types of gardening. I have more of a cottagey look in my back yard with a pond. There are a couple parts where you can see mulch so that my hubby is happy too, lol. The front is a bit more structured and formal. Mon, 27 Nov 2006 09:57:08 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x3511585 Hi all, I love the the birds and bloom mags an thought I'd join the team, love nature and birds and hope to get to know everyone. Sat, 14 Oct 2006 08:22:16 EST Hey HI and Thanks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x2935140 So neat to see a new forum open up dealing with the OUTDOORS and nature! Thanks for the invite, and look forward to getting to know and share with all of you. <BR> Kat Thu, 13 Jul 2006 09:36:49 EST new photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1231x2882742 Hi! Kids are in summer school! Yippeee!!!!! I just posted some of my flower photos and my art type photos on my spark page if any one is interested. It is in my photo album. I gained 3 lbs with my kids home. *sigh*. They stress me out:-) Now they are at school again so I am back on the way:-) <BR> Exdancer <BR> ps have a great day:-) Mon, 26 Jun 2006 15:46:00 EST