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Well I have decided since I dont get the Birds and Blooms I will go look it up online and see what new info may be there to share with the Team...... emoticon

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I havent been getting it this winter so I didnt see that I need to start taking it again its been awhile!!I love their photos just beautiful!!

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I really enjoyed the "Lovebirds" article they did for Valentine's day.

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Going to look up the suet R. in one of my issues and post it for all this week! emoticon

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Happy New Year to my Team!! My wish for you all in 2014 is that you find your Happy Place where ever that may be! I found mine in 2013 and so this year I expect a lot of Happy times! emoticon

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I, too love the pictures and advice in Birds and Blooms. The magazine is terrific.

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That sounds like fun.

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One of my goals in life is to take a picture good enough for that magazine! :)

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I really enjoy all the fantastic pictures.

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It sure has awesome pictures doesnt it!!I love the advice they have to offer too !! I need all I can get lol!

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I just sent in a request to subscribe to B&B; they had sent me a free issue to read over and I loved it

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Yes the pictures are just awesome and I love looking at them over and over again!!

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I read the 100th edition of Birds and Blooms yesterday. The 100 ideas were great as well as the pictures in it. They always do such a fantastic job.

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YES its a great Magazine and the photos are so awesome as well!!

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The Hummingbird edition is great!!! I love to read the magazine and look at the pictures. It gives me ideas I can actually use.

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I still have not recieved my book from there so dont know whats up with that??I will be posting some Birds and Blooms info on some things tomorrow I just got thier Humming bird eddition of that Magazine!

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The proven winners site is an excellent site to go to for all of the info on the newest things. They also give helpful information.

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www.provenwinners.com/ they are giving away a free garden ideas book!Go check it out they also have a newsletter they send via email.Hope you like the site it looks like a good one from what I saw!Think Spring only 8 days to go! emoticon

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I like the idea about using the embrodiery hoops with screen stretched in then to use as bird feeders

the seed will stay dry instead of sit in rain water

we are due to have rain here again tomorrow

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emoticon Here I am months later finally getting the latest from the Birds and Blooms Latest Mag on here.I am sorry I have been such a slouch this year!!Will try to do better in 2011!
HANG SEVERAL SUET FEEDERS DURING THE WINTER .MAKE THEM MORE STABLE AND USER FRIENDLY BY NESTLING THEM AGAINST A TREE TRUNK OR BRANCH.DO NOT BE AFRAID TO PLACE THEM RIGHT OUTSIDE A WINDOW YOUR WOODPECKERS WONT MIND. SEED BLOCKS AND CYLINDERS OFFER A LONG LASTING STEADY SOURCE OF FOOD EVEN IF YOU DONT HAVE TIME TO FILL YOUR FEEDERS OR A SNOWSTORM MAKES IT TOO HARD TO GET OUTSIDE.BE SURE YOUR SEED BLOCK IS HEAVY ON HIGH-FAT SUNFLOWER AND NUTS THAT BIRDS LOVE .AVOID SEED BALLS WITH MOSTELY MILLET AND MILO. (taken from Birds and Blooms magazine Dec.-Jan 2011) enjoy your birds!

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emoticon emoticon Just got the latest Birds and Blooms Mag so will post something from that here later on today!XO

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Tip for today----
Assemble a quick tray feeder by using a piece of nylon window screen in a large embroidery hoop.Trim off the excess screen and attach 4 pieces of heavy string to the hoop.Hang it upside down so the hoop forms a lip around the edge,which will keep the seeds from falling to the ground.(Gladys Smith ,Idaho. emoticon

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that is a good idea :)

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emoticon emoticon Like to provide seed on our concrete patio for the ground birds but didnt want the seed to blow around so hubby took a old leaky garden hose and formed a small circle with it now when we spread birdseed within the circle it stays put.(Rogene Carltle, Nebras.

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you got that right I heard some where up north in NM they got 33" of snow YIKES the skiers must be over joyed

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emoticon its a good thing that November was so great and warm cause December is totally making up for the bad stuff just nasty out there BRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww you are the best emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Hope I won't kill them emoticon
I planted a white cone flower and some salvia's today .It was so nice .My ice plants are out of control and doing well. If I get a chance I am going to transplant some of them tomorrow emoticon it is such a great time to plant because it is not so killer hot :)

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emoticon yes I got MOST of my flowers from family and friends!!I love it when they share!I owe you for the neat stone you sent!! emoticon

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I planted some Iris rhizomes I can see growth staring on them I am so happy :) I think they are so pretty. They are all shades of violet I got them at the farmers market and the lady next door brought me a few :)
One day my garden is going to be so pretty .
Thanks Ginger flowers from friends are the best gifts ever xo

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emoticon Silver will try to get out and dig some this weekend Maybe Sun? Its supposed to be warm the next 4 days sure hope they know something I dont!!

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Ginger that would be great :)

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emoticon some birds especially blue jays love unsalted peanuts in the shell.Buy in bulk and save money.They flock to my feeders.(Lorraine Faye Zajac)
Instant feeder---Serve dried corncobs to wildlife by driving a large nail halfway into the top of a post.Cut the head off with a bolt cutter and spear the ear of corn onto the spike! emoticon

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Hey would be happy to send you some this coming year and then you could see if they will grow! I will have a LOT when I finally dig them up!

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I would love to have tulips and daffodils again ;)

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Silver I have ordered from Brecks in the past as well!They have awesome bulbs too! emoticon

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I used to order from Breck's .I love spring bulbs going to have to see how they do here .Good info :)

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I have ordered from the Holland bulb place a few years ago they have very good bulbs, nice and big!

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Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.
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continued from yesterday---American Meadows This site has just about any bulb you are looking for at a low price ,usually about 50% off retail.Also check out the combinations of daffodils and wildflowers ,available for just about any part of the country. www.americanmeadows.com

Holland Bulb Farms Planning on planting en masse? They have great deals on bulk orders.Check out the Value Bags and Bulb Bargains tabs,where you can get great deals on the most popular bulbs.Plus, if you sign up for their newsletter,you will receive a free shipping coupon. www.hollandbulbfarms.com Happy planting! emoticon emoticon

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Birds and Blooms article----
Best value:Bulbs Its bulb-planting time!How do you know you are getting the best bulbs for your buck?Its always best to handpick your bulbs, but many of us like the convenience of ordering online.Here are some of the best deals we found on the web!
Dutch Gardens This retailer always has the latest and greatest in bulbs.For 2009 it is even offering a new tulip that produces multiple blooms per stem.Check out the "New for 2009" section to learn more.www.dutchgardens.com (to be continued)

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I have to open mine too LOL :)

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Thanks so much for the post Liz!!I will have some info for you all tomorrow its getting too late tonight but I just got my new birds and blooms yesterday and its got some great info about fall bulbs as well as some sites to go to for them. emoticon

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I am attaching a link to the Birds and Blooms website. It might be down in a further post but I will post it again. I love that magazine. I found a suet recipe that I can't keep up with because the birds love it so much!!
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I guess that would do it. I saw on TV there was a bird diving at people on the street It reall scared some of them.

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i guess i was to close to their nest.they were flying over my head squalking their heads off.and circling around my head and kept coming. they don,t bother me now.i was coming from work and waiting for glen to pick me up.i guess their nest in around the cat tails.

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Please send some of the red winged one too. LOL I really love to listen to them we had them at out last house I miss then and the swallow so much.
Why did they attack you?

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well i,ll send them to you. i have one bird feeder that shuts when squirrels come along but it don,t when the black birds come. after being attack with the red wing black birds on the way home from work, i,ll send you some.these i have at home are all black.they are very messy and piggy.

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they sell feeders that you can set a wight .it will close if a heavy bird or squirrel gets on it.
I have doves they spill the seed LOL but I like them And I love the quial I do not get many b;lack birds . Wish I did they have nice songs.

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i,ll try that the other way is to expendive like you said. if only i can get rid of the blackbirds.they like to hog the seeds and put the other birds out of there.

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I do t have a squirrel problem. I just am sharing . Iused to head a wild bird dept years ago and in days gone by people used ground red pepper sprinkled over the seed or crushed red pepper.Might be cheaper to try that.

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hope it works for you.

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I would try to sprinkle cayanne pepper into the regular feed it would be cheaper and they used to market powder in a pack just for that.

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yes it does work, do you have another place that might carry it. or maybe you can get them to order some. i,ll give you the name of it.chili treat squirrel proof premier wild bird seed ( birds love it but squirrels don,t) it says.it also says stops squirrels raiding your feeders.it,s a 8lb bag and it cost me 8.99 i think. but it works you can,t mix other seeds into it or it won,t work.it does work really good.

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Hey Katie has that bird seed been working for you?? I was wondering I did not now they made a packaged one I wish we had TS place here :(


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i read it in women,s world it,s good for veggies just coming up and it,s good to keep the rabbits out of gardens. well i went to tsc store and got chili bird seed and it suppose to keep squirrels out of it. it,s to hot for them. they are going to be mad at me tomorrow.

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I hhave never heard of garlic being used but you never know...No one here judges anyone else on spelling LOL I get going fast and hit wrong keys and do all sorts of other fun things. Here we just love each other :) see my h is silly Dh spilled on it MEN

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it would help if i could spell.( wonder )

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hi silver, woner if garlic powder will work too. thanks for the ideas.i,ll give it a try.

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I always have those cheap stockings around for my filters Pumps are expensive LOL I also put charcol in them to purify the water.

try sprinkling red pepper cayenne on your bird seeds birds do not have heat sensors so the will still eat he food and it acts as a natural wormer for them Squirrels on the other hand are not gonna like it much
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emoticon Hey Katie and everyone else as well ! tryed the nylon over my water filter and it works just great my pump is pumping it out real well! What a great idea that was!Much easyer to clean as you can throw the nylon out (I used the stocking kind that were worn badly )and put a new one on when the thing gets clogged with grim.I didnt even have to take the pump out of the water to get it on!

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i read that in the magazine interesting. i just wish i could keep them and the squirrels out of my feeders. the squirrels don,t bother with the squirrel proof one but the others they do. guess i,ll have to get another squirrel proof one.

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This is from the Birds and Blooms newsletter I get as part of my membership! emoticon Small Space Water Garden
Mini ponds are great for patios or decks.
By Bruce Wiebe, Lakeville, Minnesota


You can't help but get excited about container water gardens after chatting with Kelly Billings, nursery manager at Maryland Aquatics in Jarrettsville, Maryland.

"Container gardens with aquatic plants create more mystery than plants potted in soil," she says enthusiastically.

"They make you want to go outside and have a look. Plus, they're extremely low maintenance. Top them off with water before you go on vacation, and they're still bright and beautiful when you come home. And if you add a spouting ornament or water movement of any kind, the kids will love it even more than you do," Kelly adds.

Container water gardens are inexpensive and easy to build, too. So here's how to get into the swim of things with a container water garden.

What You Need
For a basic garden, you need at least an 18- to 20-inch plastic container that's 7 to 8 inches deep, a small submersible pump, a spouting ornament, plants, clear vinyl tubing, clean kitty litter, pea gravel or small pebbles and a nylon stocking. Most items are readily available at larger garden centers or on-line.

How to Do It
The floor is two tiered to allow for different types of plants; the lilies planted on the deep side have stems that float upward and extend horizontally, while the "marginal" plants-those that grow upright and favor shallower water-stand on the higher side. The partition that separates the two sides can be made from stone, bricks or other heavy material.

Pea gravel both beautifies your water garden and acts as a lid over the unpotted soil so it can't circulate and darken the water. Rinse the pea gravel before adding it to the container.
For extra protection, place the pump in a nylon stocking before putting it in the cup, then stuff the extra nylon over the pump. This filtering is crucial; otherwise, pebbles and kitty litter will be drawn into the pump and clog it. A well-filtered pump will run for months; a clogged pump must be dug up, which fouls the water.

Small submersible pumps have adjustable pressure, so before burying the pump, place it in a bucket of water, plug it in and adjust the pressure of the jet of water coming out of the spouter.

Fill a couple of buckets with tap water, then let them sit for a day or two to allow chlorine to evaporate and water temperature to moderate. Pour the water in gradually-it should be as clear as a mountain stream.

Aquatic plants thrive on direct sunlight, so a bright sunny spot is ideal. If possible, position the container near an electrical outlet for the pump. Wind can wreak havoc with tall plants by pushing the containers off their pedestals. Finding a wind-free space helps solve this problem and ensures the fountain arc from the spouting ornament looks and sounds the way you want it to.
Care and Maintenance
Taking care of water gardens is a breeze. Top them off as water evaporates and scoop off the occasional dead leaf or bit of algae.

Plants maintain water clarity by absorbing decaying matter through their roots as food. But if the water starts looking gunky, remove the plants, rinse the container and refill.

You can overwinter hardy water lilies by wrapping them in a damp towel and storing them in a cool basement or garage corner. Other plants are relatively inexpensive and grow rapidly, so in cold climates, buy them anew each year and treat as annuals.

For a small container, plant a dwarf lily so the pads don't completely cover the surface as they grow. For larger water gardens, you can add a floating plant like water hyacinth, duckweed or water lettuce.

Instructions
Drill a small hole in the rim of the container to mount the spouting ornament. If you need to bend the support spike to level or position the spouter, grip it with two pairs of pliers so you don't crack the ornament.
Spread the soil of the lily or other deep-water plants in one half of the container, then add kitty litter to create a level floor.
Add a partition to divide the container into halves. Plant the shallow-growing marginal plants and spread more kitty litter over the soil. On the low side, nestle a plastic cup for the pump in the kitty litter, keeping it covered with plastic to prevent gravel from falling in.
Spread pea gravel over the kitty litter. Keep the floor on the lily side lower to allow the lily stems room to extend upward when you add water.
Connect the pump to the spouter with vinyl tubing. Use a transition piece of 1/2-inch tubing if necessary to connect the 3/8-inch tube to the pump. Press the pump into the cup so that the suction cups anchor it to the bottom.
Cover the pump with a nylon stocking filter to keep gravel from clogging the pump, and then cover the pump with pea gravel.



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emoticon This is not information from Birds and Blooms but very good to know so thought to post it:
To keep bigger birds out of bluebirds nesting boxes make the hole smaller. A 1 1/2 in hole and the bigger birds like starlings and grackles wont bother it there is also a plan for building a real good one for anyone who might like a copy I could always try to mail you a picture of it.Let me know? emoticon

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Here is something you may need soon from Birds and Blooms Magazine---What is the recipe for hummingbird and oriole nectar?

Four parts water to one part sugar. Boil, cool, serve and get out of the way. We do not recommend using food coloring to make the water red. A feeder with red parts does enough to attract hummingbirds.

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All Members if you have any flower gardening /bird problems or questions please post here and we will see what we can do to help you! emoticon

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:) So nice to have you back :)

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Thanks Silver!

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I have always grown some of these plants because the birds enjoy them. I also like the way they ressed themselves for the next season. AND if you live ina place where you get snow they make back drops for cool bird in the snow pics
Good info Ginger :)

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Grow Your Own Birdseed
Use these 10 plants to bring more feathered friends into your backyard.
By Stacy Tornio, Managing Editor

Hazel Erickson
Plants have a lot more to offer than just beautiful flowers. Why not get the most out of your garden by growing plants with multiple benefits? Here, you'll find 10 great blooms that offer seeds for birds.

Autumn Joy sedum (Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Zones 3 to 9)

Just when your other plants start to fade, Autumn Joy sedum will take the spotlight with its star-shaped blooms. Grow in full sun to light shade until the first frost.

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia, Zones 3 to 9)

This is another garden classic birds adore. The traditional black-eyed Susan has dark centers and bright-yellow flowers, but now there are even more varieties to choose from. Grow in full sun to light shade for blooms in summer through autumn.

Blazing star (Liatris species, Zones 3 to 9)

Many gardeners know this plant as gayfeather. Don't be surprised when you see an American goldfinch gripping the purple spikes of this flower head. It grows up to 5 feet in full to partial sun and blooms in summer.

Coreopsis (Coreopsis, hardiness varies by variety)

It's not hard to find an annual or perennial coreopsis (also called tickseed) that will flourish in your yard. Plant in full sun and resist the urge to overwater, as it's a drought-tolerant superstar that blooms in late spring through late summer.

Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus, annual)

With its gorgeous daisy-shaped blooms, this low-maintenance beauty seems too good to be true. Grow single or double blooms in full sun, and you'll have flowers (and seeds to offer feathered friends) from summer through late fall.

Goldenrod (Solidago species, Zones 3 to 9)

All it takes is a few goldenrod plants to light up your garden in late summer and fall. Plant in full sun for best results. Deadhead the flowers to promote continued blooming, which in turn offers an ongoing food source for birds.

Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia, annual)

The vibrant, orange flower heads of Mexican sunflower will make a bold statement in any garden. Often mistaken for a zinnia, this sun- and heat-loving plant definitely holds its own when it comes to attracting birds.

Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3 to 9)

Birds will feast on the cones of this backyard favorite. New varieties offer a wide range of colors, including purple, pink, white, yellow and orange. Plant in full sun for great results midsummer to early fall.

Purple majesty millet (Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty', annual)

It's relatively new to the plant world, but birds have caught on fast! The plant itself is 4 to 5 feet tall, while the flower stalk offers another foot of delectable goodies for birds. Grow in sun or shade to get amazing foliage from spring to fall.

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus, annual)

You can't expect to grow your own seed without this classic bird magnet. There are plenty of varieties to choose from, including cultivars that range from 2 to 15 feet tall and colors from yellow to red. Grow in full sun for summer and fall.

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Good info Thanks Ginger :)

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How do I keep deer and rabbits out of my garden?


First, let's look at the deer. Keep in mind that if deer are hungry enough, they'll eat almost anything. For best results, try a coordinated approach. Select plants that are rated as deer resistant and use a variety of deterrents like repellents or fences. For plants that deer will (hopefully) avoid, try yarrow, sedum, black-eyed Susan, purple coneflower, butterfly weed, Russian sage, Joe Pye weed, globe thistle, coral bells, lungwort and gas plants.

You can also try home-made or commercial repellents. Use them before the deer start eating and keep applying throughout the season. Human hair or slivers of deodorant soap scattered near the plantings may dissuade some deer. Or set up a 4- to 5-foot fence to protect some parts of your garden. The height around small areas seems to keep the deer out. Many of the black or green deer fences available at garden centers look like netting and provide protection without obstructing the view.

For rabbits, fencing it the best option. It may not be pretty, but it's the most effective way to keep plants in and rabbits out. The fence must be tight to the ground, have mesh small enough (like hardware cloth) to keep out baby rabbits and be at least 4 feet high.

Applying repellents before the animals start feeding in spring and again throughout the season also can provide some relief. For your safety, use repellents that are approved for use on fruits and vegetables. Some gardeners also report success using noise-makers, whirligigs and other moving or noisy devises to keep rabbits at bad. Ultimately, persistence and a variety of deterrents are the keys to convincing rabbits to dine elsewhere.
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Why Feed Birds?
In honor of National Bird Feeding Month, a frequent birdwatcher explains why he feeds feathered friends.
By David Shaw, Fairbanks, Alaska

Sally Demaray
To the uninitiated, birding and bird feeding might seem like an absurd waste of time, money and energy.

From a practical standpoint, my passion for birds does seem a bit silly. I go to extraordinary lengths to watch, feed, photograph and be in the presence of birds. So with National Bird Feeding Month in February, I'm starting to ask myself one question—why?

I had a college professor who provided me with some insight into this passion. I remember talking to him as he admired a flock of 10,000 western sandpipers swirl in the air. As he stared upward at the mass of birds, he said, "Every western sandpiper in the world could go extinct tomorrow, and we would feel no economic impact of that loss. But what would be lost is beauty."

Conservationists are constantly trying to put the importance of wildlife, wilderness and nature into economic terms. As though the dollar value of a flock of shorebirds or the birds at my feeders is all that matters.

This, I now realize, is utter nonsense. What makes birds valuable, what makes them worthy of our protection, is their inherent beauty. It is their beauty that enriches our lives, not their economic value. And this enrichment is priceless.

In this age, the noise of televisions, computers, radios, the Internet and automobiles constantly surrounds us. Buried in this cacophony of multimedia, we are far removed from the natural world. Yet, part of me yearns for that connection.

Our genetic history is tied to natural wildness, and in its absence, there is a loss. Birds are my solution to this.

I can admire migrant songbirds moving through city parks, and finches, robins and blackbirds in suburban backyards.

Birds are everywhere. Yet no matter how familiar they may be, they are subjected to wind, rain, snow, cold, predators and the trials of migration. Hold no doubt, birds are wild animals, and through them we can regain a thread of connection to their wildness.

Therein lies the answer to why I participate in this seemingly pointless activity. It is part of a struggle to maintain a connection to the wild.I invite these small, feathered, wild things into my yard and into my life with feeders of seed. I wander into the birds' real—forests, beaches, mountains and wetlands—to experience their beauty on their terms.

These explorations restore balance to my life, and finding that balance is more reason than I need to justify my passion for birds.
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Thanks for the info Ginger.

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Visit a Wildlife Refuge
By Rose Davis, Editorial Intern

Royal terns, Ron Marchand
In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt established the first 3-acre national wildlife refuge at Pelican Island in Florida. Roosevelt had always been an advocate for wildlife conservation, and as President, he continued to be a champion of the cause.The federal government has acknowledged the need for these wildlife protection areas in the years since. There are currently 548 refuges and 37 wetland management districts across the United States, adding up to 97 million acres of land.

Here, we highlight eight wildlife refuges in the United States.

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Rodanthe, North Carolina

This refuge is part of the Outer Banks, a chain of barrier islands along the North Carolina coast, about 13 miles long. Habitats include sand dunes, ocean beach, brackish water ponds, salt flats and salt marsh.

Pea Island is home to more than 365 bird species, including the threatened piping plover, and many other wildlife species, such as sea turtles. You can see ducks, geese, swans, wading birds, shorebirds and raptors year-round at the refuge.

The refuge is known as a birders' paradise. Birders come to Pea Island from all over the world. The island is open year-round and offers weekly bird walks, or visitors can meander around the island on their own.

Leopold Wetland Management District
Portage, Wisconsin

Named after Aldo Leopold, who is known as the father of wildlife management in America, this refuge is dedicated to preserving, restoring and enhancing the wildlife habitat in Wisconsin. The district encompasses more than 12,000 acres in 17 southwestern Wisconsin counties.

Though the wetlands are primarily managed for ducks and geese, a variety of other wildlife live in the habitat, including non-game grassland birds, shorebirds, wading birds, wild turkey and deer.

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
Brigham City, Utah

With 74,000 acres of marsh and upland habitats, you can find more than 200 bird species at this northern Utah refuge. The new James V. Hansen Wildlife Education Center, located on-site, features interactive bird exhibits, an auditorium, teaching lab and displays with information about the Great Salt Lake ecosystem and its inhabitants.

There is a 1/2-mile walking trail through the wetland habitat, where visitors have recorded more than 50,000 bird sightings. The best time to visit this refuge is in the spring, when new migrants are arriving and breeding is taking place.

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
Gulf Shores, Alabama

This refuge covers 6,700 acres on the Fort Morgan peninsula of southern Alabama. It was established in 1980 as a habitat for non-game birds migrating south in fall and north in spring. The refuge is home to more than 400 species of birds and several endangered or threatened species of fish and wildlife. Birders have identified seven species of hummingbirds at the refuge as well. Hiking trails run through the refuge and are open year-round.


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Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge
Chatham, Massachusetts

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is made up of 7,604 acres stretching across the North and South Monomoy and Minimoy Islands, and a portion of Morris Island. This area includes sand dunes, freshwater ponds and saltwater marshes. There are many migratory birds that nest on the island, along with a variety of resident species.

The refuge is home to the largest colony of common terns in Massachusetts and along the Atlantic Coast. As the only Wilderness Area in southern New England, it stretches 8 miles south from the "elbow" of Cape Cod to the Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.

Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge
Moiese, Montana

Ninepipe is located on 2,062 acres in northwest Montana within the boundaries of the Flathead Indian Reservation. It is in the Mission Valley and has grassland and wetland habitats that support a variety of bird species, such as mallards, northern shovelers, osprey, yellow-headed and red-winged blackbirds, and ring-necked pheasants.

Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Umbarger, Texas

Buffalo Lake is a hot spot for wintering birds. The 7,664 acres that make up the refuge include habitats such as shortgrass prairie, marsh, woodland and cropland. Located in the Central Flyway, the refuge receives many migrating visitors in both spring and fall who travel the route annually.

These species include warblers, flycatchers, tanagers, orioles and many others. The best time to visit is during the winter months at dawn or dusk, using the auto tour road.


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Kern National Wildlife Refuge
Delano, California

This wildlife refuge consists of natural desert and developed marshes. Established in 1960, it covers 11,249 acres and has 5,500 annual visitors. Birding is best from October to March because of the high number of migrating birds wintering at the refuge. Kern also provides protection for the endangered blunt-nosed leopard lizard.
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Hummingbirds in Winter
When some flying jewels wander off their migration path, this birder is waiting.
By Rose Davis, Editorial Intern


For Bill Hilton Jr., winter is one of the most exciting times to watch hummingbirds.

Bill is an educator-naturalist at Hilton Pond Center in York, South Carolina and has been banding hummingbirds for more than 20 years.

"Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures that break all the rules," Bill says. "They hover, fly backward and build their nests from spiderwebs and lichens. And they're only the size of your thumb!"

Bill's main focus traditionally has been on ruby-throated hummingbirds, which breed in the eastern United States. But recently, he started noticing an increase of vagrants in his area during winter. Vagrants are hummingbirds that fly out of their normal range, and Bill has seen more than 40 in his area in the last 6 years alone.

"There have been far more sightings of winter vagrant hummingbirds in the eastern United States in the last 20 years. Most of them are rufous, which breed in the northwestern United States," Bill says.



Flying on Their Own Terms

Though all hummingbird species have a different migration pattern, most migrate to South America once the days start getting shorter and the weather begins to change. The Anna's hummingbird is the usual exception to this rule, as you can find it year-round on the California coast.

Most other hummingbirds still migrate to South America, but as Bill and other birders are finding, there has been a steady increase of these fliers showing up in the United States during winter, especially along the warmer coastal areas.

"Vagrant birds are intriguing because they, too, are breaking rules-or at least not doing what we humans expect of them with regard to migration," Bill says. "It's entirely possible studying these birds will tell us something about habitat destruction, climate change or range expansion."


Breaking Traditions

Bill believes that several factors may play a part in the increase in hummingbird sightings during winter.

"The two main reasons are that there are more feeders overall, and more people are leaving them up past the traditional Labor Day take-down time," he says.

Some people worry about leaving their feeders up past Labor Day because they think the hummingbirds won't migrate. This isn't the case, however. Hummingbird migration is stimulated by the photoperiod. That means when daylight gets shorter, the birds' instincts tell them to head south.

Bill actually recommends that people leave their feeders up most of the year if they want to attract vagrant hummingbirds. And while it might seem surprising, Bill says the birds are capable of spending winter in the U.S.


Tracking Vagrants

"People have the impression that hummingbirds are tiny, fragile birds, but they aren't fragile at all," Bill says.

"Some species, like the ruby-throated, can't handle the cold winter weather, but others have no problem surviving." While Bill continues his research on both ruby-throated and vagrant hummingbirds, his favorite part of the job is sharing his findings with others.

"There's no sense in learning all this neat stuff unless I get to share it with other people all over the world," Bill says.

That's why he keeps a Web site where he posts his findings and encourages people to do the same. And with the continuing reappearance of these birds each winter, Bill always has something to look forward to and share during these cold months.


Bill's Tips for Attracting Hummingbirds in Winter
If you live in an area with mild winters, try attracting vagrant hummingbirds by leaving your sugar-water feeder up. If you do this, it's important that you keep the sugar water in the feeder fresh and unfrozen.

To keep the sugar water from freezing, you can place a heating lamp above or below the feeder or change the mixture in the feeder throughout the day. Bringing the feeder indoors every night will also help prevent freezing.

The hummingbirds still can get the fats and proteins they need in the winter from the few bugs they find, but sugar-water feeders will enhance their chances of survival.
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How do I keep birds from flying into my windows?


When birds see the reflection of trees and sky in a window, they often confuse this image for reality and fly straight into the glass. To eliminate the reflection, you usually need to do something on the outside of the window. Some options include covering the glass with netting, screens or soaping them. Also try hanging streamers outside the window or placing hawk silhouettes or other stickers on the glass.
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so far i seen blue jays and small birds chickadees and woodpeckers.

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I learned somethings from this list as well.I do not think our robins stay here though I guess its just too cold here for the poor things! emoticon

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thanks ginger for posting about bird myths.

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Thanks for the bird myths. In the winter I frequently see the Bluebirds coming out of the bluebird boxes. I actually heard that sometimes so many bluebirds will get in one box that a poor one on the bottom can suffocate. Although I see Robins here almost year round two weeks ago we had a large flock in the trees for the night. They were noisy. I actually thought they were starlings til I listened and saw them.

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Winter Bird Myths
By George Harrison, Contributing Editor

Bluebird, Randy Quinn
The world of birding is full of myths. Some have been handed down for generations, while others have cropped up more recently.

When it comes to winter birding, it seems there are more myths than usual. Here are a few of the common ones I know. Hopefully, I can help debunk these myths once and for all!


Myth #1:
Birds will freeze to death when temperatures get well below 0°.


Fact:
Birds are well equipped to survive the coldest of temperatures. They store fat during the short days of winter to keep themselves warm during the long nights.

During those freezing nights, they fluff their feathers to trap heat and slow their metabolism to conserve energy. They also look for good places to roost, whether it's a birdhouse, natural tree cavity, grass thicket, evergreen or shrub.


Myth #2:
American robins always fly south for winter.


Fact:
If there is sufficient food on their breeding grounds, American robins, bluebirds, and a host of finches and owls remain in the area where they spent the summer.


Myth #3:
You should take birdhouses down in winter because birds don't use them.


Fact:
On the contrary &mdash a birdhouse makes a great roosting house in winter. Eastern bluebirds will pile into houses to spend cold nights. One photographer once even snapped a picture of 13 male bluebirds in a single house!


Myth #4:
If you leave town during winter, the birds that rely on the food from your feeders will die.


Fact:
Research has proven this one wrong. Scientists have shown that chickadees, for example, will eat only 25% of their daily winter food from feeders. They find the other 75% in the wild.

In addition, with so many people feeding them nowadays, birds in your yard will simply fly to a nearby neighbor to get their food until you return home.


Myth #5:
All hummingbirds migrate south for winter.


Fact:
Though most hummingbird species in North America do migrate south for the winter, the Anna's hummingbird remains on its West Coast breeding grounds.


Myth #6:
Birds always migrate in flocks.


Fact:
Though many birds migrate in flocks-common nighthawks, American robins, swallows and European starlings, for example-other species migrate alone.

The most amazing example of this is a juvenile hummingbird that has never migrated before, yet knows when to fly, where to fly, how far to fly and when to stop. And it does this all alone.


Myth #7:
Migration means north in the spring and south in the winter.


Fact:
Some bird species migrate to higher elevations in the spring and down to lower elevations in the winter. Examples include rosy finches and ptarmigans in the West.


Myth #8:
Birds' feet will stick to metal bird feeders and suet cages.


Fact:
Most suet cages have a laminated covering, so you don't have to worry about birds' feet sticking to it. But in general, their feet can endure cold weather. Birds have a protective scale-like covering on their feet, and special veins and arteries that keep their feet warm.


Myth #9:
Peanut butter will get stuck in birds' throats, and they will choke.


Fact:
Peanut butter is a very nourishing food for birds, especially in winter when the production of fat is important to their survival. The myth that it will stick in their throats simply isn't true.


Myth #10:
American goldfinches are bright yellow year-round.


Fact:
As fall approaches, American goldfinches lose their bright-yellow plumages, replacing them with feathers that are a dull, brownish-green. Many people don't recognize these birds in winter, even though duller-colored birds are still at the feeders. They assume that their "wild canaries" have migrated south for winter.


Myth #11:
Woodpeckers drill on house siding in winter for food or to create nesting cavities.


Fact:
Though there are cases where woodpeckers find food in wood siding (and may even nest inside the boards), nearly all the drilling in late winter is done to make a noise to court mates. This is their way of singing a song to declare territory.


Myth #12:
If you have warm water in a birdbath when the temperature is below freezing, birds will bathe in it and freeze to death from wet feathers.


Fact:
Birds will drink from a heated birdbath, but if the temperature is well below freezing, they will not bathe in it and get their feathers wet.

If you're still worried, offer warm water to drink, but make it too deep or inaccessible for the birds to bathe in.

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Something for you Rose lovers from Birds and Blooms Mag.
I have black spots on my roses. What should I do?


Black spot is a fungal disease common to roses. One solution is to replace your roses with one of the newer varieties resistant to black spot. Or consider using more disease-resistant shrub roses. You can minimize black spot's impact by applying a fungicide weekly at the first sign of the disease. Select a product labeled specifically for use on roses. In fall, rake and destroy the fallen rosebush leaves. Reduce the source of the disease for the next season by picking off infected leaves before applying winter protection
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Katie I like to buy the ready made cakes too.I do make a peanut butter one full of black sunflower seeds but never tryed the cereal in any?

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has anyone put in the suet, cereal that has fruit and nuts in it?

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i like buying suet cakes already done but i add more seeds fruits nuts and more peanut butter in it.i also have a blue jay around so i put a few peanuts in the shall on the deck for him.

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I'd like to offer suet to my feathered friends. What do you suggest?


Real suet is the fat that surrounds the beef kidney, but it isn't easy to find anymore. Most suet block manufacturers mix suet or lard with everything from sunflower seeds to peanuts to fruit when making bird treats. I use blocks of pure suet in my feeders and attract plenty of birds-especially woodpeckers. If pure suet isn't available, fat trimmings, lard and peanut butter are good substitutes. Just remember to include ingredients like these to provide protein and energy, which helps birds survive.
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This week with winter not far off I thought this bird might interest you a lot of us have them--
Downy Woodpecker



Photo: Roland Jordahl

Scientific Name: Picoides pubescens.
Family: Woodpecker.
Length: 6-3/4 inches.
Wingspan: 12 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Red patch on the back of the male's head, short bill with downy feathers at the base.
Nest: Excavates or reuses a cavity in a dead tree or uses a woodpecker nesting box. Lays four to five white eggs.
Song: Short and flat "pik" call.
Habitat: Any open wooded area, including parks and backyards.
Diet: Insects, caterpillars, berries and nuts.
Backyard Favorites: Suet and peanut butter.
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yes katie my high feeder is wood and glass and it only holds about a qt or so of feed.My brother in law made it and it hangs on a tree branch and swings some too.

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i have these on a iron rod like for plants but i have bord feeders on them and i got a suet cake there too. i have my little wooden one and a little plastic and the suet. so they should be happy but i got the rod tied so it don,t sway to much and the blue jays still have problems so i guess they will have to go to the one in the tree.

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