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Re: Bird Houses, what birds do you want in your garden?

It's interesting to me how the bird population changes through the years I have been in one current garden.

House finches used to be so common. They seemed to disappear in recent years ... only to reappear, this year! I looked at the range map in Cornell's All About Birds (link) and discovered that I'm at the northern edge of their range.

That isn't the only bird species with a varying population. Some years, there are more American Goldfinches than you can shake a stick at ;). I think it helps that there are so few English Sparrows laying claim to every yard in that neighborhood.

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The "Sibley Guide to Birds" is a great book.
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Re: Bird Houses, what birds do you want in your garden?

I'm growing a few birdhouse gourd vines in my GH. Already been watching videos on how to turn the gourds into bird houses. Chickadees and Red Breasted Nuthatches are what I want to attract more of.

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We are seeing a lot more birds in the yard and garden than we have in the past. There are birds in several of the 40 bird houses. The mocking bird sings non stop from sun rise to dark every day. Red bird, blue bird, indigo bunting, wrens, are in the garden all day. Wrens have moved into one of the blue bird houses. Tit mouse, red bird, chickadee, are at the bird feeder early morning and evening. Squirrels are nesting in the largest bird houses. Doves pick up fallen seeds from the feeder. The elusive Red Head wood pecker hammers in the trees. Robins are eating in the grass. The past 4 days Blue Jays have been very loud squawking and flying from tree to tree all day I think babies are out of the nest. Sparrows stay busy coming and going from several bird houses.

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You have a larger variety of birds than we have here. Most of the birds here are aliens and threaten native habitat so they are considered more pests. Mynahs do eat lawn worms and insects. Sharma are beautiful and was a deliberate import many years ago and they eat insects but also fruit. The cattle egret was imported by the plantation to manage field pests and rodents. The plantations are mostly gone now but the birds will occasionally swoop down after I weed whack the grass and weeds. There are a variety of society finches and released pets and they are mostly seed eaters. The mejiro is a small but aggressive bird that will attack cats and other birds are afraid of it. They like to hollow out ripe papaya. Bulbuls are universal pests to everybody. They eat fruit and seeds and reproduce prolifically. They will leave nothing but caps on a Hawaiian pepper. I don't mind the doves, they do eat the seeds from my pots so I have to cover the trays, but they don't go after fruit. I have a few volunteer plants in my yard like bitter melon, and papaya that are planted by the birds. We also have cardinals, there aren't as many of them, but like the doves, they go after seeds and fruit.
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3 new bird houses facing EAST. When we lived n town bird house facing east had birds others did not. I found a picture of bird house apartment complex. LOL
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Ha! I wouldn’t have been too surprised if you had said the bird apartment tree/complex was YOUR creation and is occupying your front yard. :lol:
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applestar wrote:Ha! I wouldn’t have been too surprised if you had said the bird apartment tree/complex was YOUR creation and is occupying your front yard. :lol:
I wanted to do something like that bird apartment complex to my tree but did not have enough free wood to build 100 bird houses and did not want to spend a week or 2 building them. I put several bird houses around my tree like steps so cats can get to the top easy. First 3 pictures gray color cat is on top sleeping. I did not notice any birds living in these houses this summer but end of summer 3 houses have nests inside. I assume anytime we were setting on the patio birds stayed away until we were gone that is why they were never seen. It is not often I set still more than 15 minutes I am on the go all the time. Even if my back is hurting I only need to set for 2 minutes until pain is gone then I can go another 10 minutes before I set for another 2 minutes.
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Year after year birds get more friendly. Does anyone know if the same birds return to bird feeders year after year?

I notice a month ago birds seem more friendly. Birds come to the feeder 20 ft away from me they are very quick to come get food and be gone is less than 1 second.

Last week birds were coming to the feeder 20 ft away and staying longer 2 to 5 seconds. Then started coming to the feeder that is 10 ft away long enough to get 1 seed then be gone.

This morning I am setting in a different location 6 ft from 1 feeder & 10 ft from another feeder & 12 ft from the other feeder, birds are coming for food and don't seem to care I am setting closer. There are 4 birds at 1 feeder, 2 at the feeder near me, and 3 at the other feeder, several birds of feeder roof waiting their turn. Even the chick-a-de and Red birds and Blue jays are coming. I was so funny this morning several birds came to the feeder 6 ft away look right at me and sing. Blue jay did a whistle song at the bird feeder looking right at me, I was hearing that same song up in the trees yesterday and wonder which bird is doing that. Mocking bird sings several songs last summer this bird would never stop singing. Red head wood pecker came to bird feeder too I did not know they eat sun flower seeds. Chick-a-de comes stays long enough to eat 8 or 9 seeds. Titmouse is even coming to feeder 6 ft away but only staying long enough to get 1 seed then fly up into the trees with it.

It is fun to watch about 10 birds so close up. This is the first year birds have let me be this close to them. When I lived at the other house a Wren use to land 3 ft away on the table that I was setting at look right at me then sing over & over for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. I always felt like that bird was trying to tell me something.

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There are three birds species around here that I HATE. Wrens, Phoboes and Cowbirds. Wrens and Phoboes are total pests and Cowbirds are evil and destroy other birds eggs.

I would love to attract more doves, 'cause they're sweet and adorable birds. Is there such thing as a dove box? Will doves nest in boxes?

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Okay, doves can't be as bad as geese but they're messy!

I enjoyed having pigeons for about 10 years - Rollers. They were fun but messy. A backyard laying flock was bad enuf. I guess that I did okay with the Rollers, DW says that it would be nice to have them in the yard, again.

That being said. I'm putting dove feed in the backyard just as soon as I see doves in the neighborhood again :D. The English sparrows dang near drive me crazy and, at least, the neighbor with 8 or 10 birdhouses for them has moved away. Another neighbor who feeds them has been very conscientious about food supply recently. The neighborhood hawk appreciates that, I wish that he would take them somewhere else to pull them apart than in my backyard tree.

Okay, back to the doves. I have safflower seed especially for birds other than English sparrows and starlings (if I've got that story right about starlings :? ). Also, I know the squirrels don't like it. There are chickadees, song sparrows and house finches that are supposed to like it. I tried the feeder last year and the squirrels stayed out of it.

We are right at the northern boundary of house finch territory. They only show up some years. I've noticed that the English sparrows will keep the house finches on the power lines and even pester them there. Doves don't seem to like to be in confined backyards. I've come up with an idea: put a rope around safflower feeder and hoist it to the peak of the neighbor's garage. His garage wall forms a boundary along the backfence. I recently put siding on it just the way that he wanted it done and put a device to hold the rope to hoist the feeder. I told him that it was my intention and he is the guy with the bird feeder on the other side of that garage :wink: .

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Re: Bird Houses, what birds do you want in your garden?

Actually, probably only the cattle egret. They only come after I mow the grass to catch whatever was exposed. Do do catch some of my lizards. But, at least they leave afterward.

Mynah's do snack on insects, but they are loud, noisy, and messy.

Bulbuls are a rats with wings.

I do like the Sharma, it is a beautiful songbird, but they are not common sightings and they prefer to stay where the trees are so they are rarely in my yard. I do see them at the botanical garden.

Java rice birds, society finches, cardinals, ring necked doves. and mejiro hang around and they like seeds and fruit. I have gotten volunteer tomatoes, papaya, peppers, and cutting celery, and weeds. They also nest in the trees and like to nest in my walls. Not so nice, and hard to get them out, they come back every year. I used to keep a bird feeder in the yard mainly to entertain the cats in my house. Doves and cardinals also will patrol my seed bench so I have to keep seed trays especially of peppers covered or they will eat the seeds out of the pots.

Sparrows used to be commonplace, but now they are rarely seen as well as the other birds have taken over.

The cattle egret was imported by the plantations for pest control in the fields. The other birds were pets that were let go and all of them are alien species.

There are very few native birds living in urban areas. Many of Hawaii's native animals and plants are endangered due to habitat loss, and competition and predation from alien species.
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Calm before the storm, 30 mph wind stopped so I put sunflower seeds in the bird feeders. Before I could get set down in my chair birds were already coming. About 3 minutes later I though Indigo Bunting has arrived but this is a much darker solid blue bird with no marking on, breast, wings or head. Bird is very deep dark blue its head is so dark blue it almost looks black. I am not finding online pictures of any such bird but I found a pic that is very close but still not dark blue enough. Maybe this is indigo bunting? I hope storm goes past we need warmer weather & no rain. 64 feels very cold in 30 mph wind.
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Aww, what a cute little blue bird! Looks like an indigo bunting to me. I've got those little blue sweethearts around here to.

@Gary, how much would you sell me one of your bird houses, I'd love to give one to my mother, she loves Bluebirds. I have no idea what to get her for Mother's Day....

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