Backyard Birding


If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em!
December 1, 2006, 5:09 am
Filed under: Birds

In my web travels, I came across a squirrel feeder that obviously was inspired by the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” mentality. It’s called a Squirrel Circus.The idea behind it is that since squirrels are natural acrobats, why not enjoy them perform? It has the typical “circus acts.” A trapeze, tight rope, balance beam (well, ok, that’s more a gymnastic thing), nuthouse, and springboard. You bait these “circus acts” with peanuts or corn cobs, and watch the squirrels try to get the food by bouncing, swinging, or balancing.  Very ingeneous.



What’s with the Robins?
February 22, 2006, 6:14 pm
Filed under: Birds

Robins are considered the harbingers of spring. They usually appear in  March or April, with the occasional anomaly in the winter. But flocks in the middle of February?

My husband first noticed groupings of them when we had a foot of snow on the ground a week ago (I live in Massachusetts).

On a morning walk with my two dogs this weekend, I saw about 50 robins feasting on the berries still on the ground beneath a tree. There were 30 in my neighbors yard, and 10 or 11 under the pine tree in our yard.

What’s up with that?



Squirrel-Proof Feeders
January 31, 2006, 5:49 pm
Filed under: Birds

Hi,

Brand new to blogging! I’ve been hearing about blogs for years, and finally decided to try it. Not so hard so far!

Last year I got laid off from my job (voluntarily, I might add) and was home for 4 months. I’ve heard a lot of people say that after a few months at home, they’re going crazy, but not me. I loved it.

We had a single seed bird feeder and a suet feeder in our yard. Being home, I started noticing that more than just sparrows visit them. Although we live in an industrial part of town, we also live next to a river. I saw birds I couldn’t identify. I started taking a picture of each different kind of bird. I also tried my first attempt at a webpage with all my bird photos. Loads slow, I know, but this gives you an idea of all the different birds we had that I never paid attention to.

Has anyone had good or bad experiences with squirrel-proof feeders? I’m creating a new page of various squirrel-proof bird feeders and tips and I plan to add pros/cons/reviews. Has anyone used the Droll Yankee line, either the flipper, whipper, tripper, whatever? Do they work well in the winter? How often do you have to change the batteries on the flipper?

Do you sign off on a blog? Hmm…have to figure all this out. I’ll assume yes for now,

bye.