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We put up several bird feeders including 2 that hold suet.  The woodpeckers practically live on the suet and my husband got this neat picture yesterday
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Feeding birds

posted at 1/17/2012 12:15 PM EST
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We put up several bird feeders including 2 that hold suet.  The woodpeckers practically live on the suet and my husband got this neat picture yesterday

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posted at 1/17/2012 1:08 PM EST
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great picture i get speckled wood peckers on my feeder. my feeders empty out fast  the birds shake them  but love looking at the birds out my window

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posted at 1/17/2012 4:13 PM EST
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GRANA  here; 
We live in aCONDO & rules& bylaws forbid birdfeeders, sincethey might attract vermin( mice/rats, etc.)
We sweep up spilled/ dropped ed seed daily& though  we take such precautions, others do not; so unfortunately  weallmay not put up  bird feeders.
When we owned our own private home, we had berry  bushes &  grapevines& w/o adding seed, we attracted many species of birds: Bluejays;cardinals; , black capped chickadees, goldfinches; even  seagulls( we we were e an hour from the ocean .
When we ived n Boise,Idaho, we had a huge pine tree & the cones attracted quite a few birds w/o our putting out seeds,We did, of ourse, put out seeds& suet. We even installed  a lower window so that could  spend hours daily  viewing the natural habits of birds & other creatures.
Our CONDO has a pond & it is occupied year 'round  by  Canadian geese, Malard ducks, even a white domesticated duck from time to time. Several of our neighbors put out food for the  wildlife( no rules seem to apply.)
The  cats  & I enjoy watching the birds  as they pair up & raise their offspring each spring.I know when we will have our first winter storms because a few days ahead; the geese gather en masse & take off for a warmer climate. There arealways a few thatstay behind& we feedthem allthroughthewinter months
We have taken many pictures but it's dinnertime & hubby is impatient to begin eatring....perhaps I'll post them later this week?

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posted at 1/17/2012 4:45 PM EST
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In Response to Feeding birds:
We put up several bird feeders including 2 that hold suet.  The woodpeckers practically live on the suet and my husband got this neat picture yesterday
Posted by JUDY O


Great picture!  Thanks for posting

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posted at 1/17/2012 5:29 PM EST
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Loved your picture.   We used to have a bird feeder, but the jays kept going through the seeds to pick out what they liked and threw the rest on the ground which attracted rats.  We also had a feeder that would close automatically, if some creature heavier than a bird landed on the bar. (i.e.) squirrels.  It also made a mess, so we have limited our bird feeders to humming birds.  Even then larger birds try to land on the perches and get them swinging so that the nectar swishes out.  However, now most of the humming birds have migrated , so we will have to wait till spring,

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posted at 1/17/2012 5:47 PM EST
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Judy that is a great picture,birds are just so beautiful to watch.Thanks for sharing

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posted at 1/17/2012 6:21 PM EST
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Oooooo, that's one of those appliated (sp) woodpeckers......they can get huge!!!  Great pic!

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posted at 1/18/2012 12:38 AM EST
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Wow!!! Awesome picture! I haven't seen a woodpecker in years. Thank
you for sharing.

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posted at 1/18/2012 1:01 AM EST
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Love the bird photo. We have a small man-made lake in our community and have geese and ducks year-round, and an occasional egret. We grow crape myrtle trees in our back yard, and the hummingbirds love the blossoms. The only birds I don't care for are the dozens of crows that buzz our neighborhood nearly every evening at 5:00. lol

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posted at 1/18/2012 7:00 AM EST
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Unfortunately, in our community we are not allowed to feed birds. The seed brings pests such as rats, etc. The animals here are protected by law so many things are left to nature. I used to love watching birds eat from my feeder when I lived up North.

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posted at 1/18/2012 7:13 AM EST
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Great picture - the birds need some help during the winter months.

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posted at 1/18/2012 7:50 AM EST
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Love the woodpecker picture.  It could have been taken in our back yard, as we also feed the birds.  The woodpeckers really love those suet blocks.  We love watching all the birds that come to visit.  Thanks for posting the picture.

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posted at 1/18/2012 8:02 AM EST
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I take the left over bread and feed the birds.

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posted at 1/18/2012 8:37 AM EST
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We live out in the country so there's  no rules about what we can and cannot do.  We have several kinds of woodpeckers--downy, hairy, red bellied, red headed, pileated and northern flicka.  We also have blue jays, gold finches, purple and house finches, cardinals, dark eyed juncos and occasionally doves.
My hubby brings in all the feeders every night==all 15 of them-- to keep the 'coons away.  They will destroy everything.  We don't have vermin problems but occasionally see a skunk or 'possum foraging around for leftovers.  I don't mind them, but don't like the 'coons.

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posted at 1/18/2012 9:44 AM EST
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I have to move my feeder.  The squirrels get into it and  eat everything.  I also have a neighbor that feeds chipmunks and squirrels so I have the ratty things setting up house under my deck.  They drive the dogs crazy and the last thing I need or want are chipmunks or squirrels in the house.  The old house I had them all around and it cost me $500.00 after they chewed the wires in my car. (By the way wires are now coated or insulated with a soy based coating.  The critters love that! and it is not covered under a warranty.)
So come spring I will move the feeder to the center of the yard, away from the fence and the deck and I will then again feed my fine feathered friends. And since I saw a hummingbird last year I have already purchased a feeder and that will go up as well.

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posted at 1/18/2012 9:45 AM EST
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I fed the brids also but we don't get many kinds but I love to watch them

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posted at 1/18/2012 10:56 AM EST
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thank god i don't have someone to tell me no bird feeders we never have had rats  mice live out there but then there is the snakes  that eat the mice. and us use mice traps  we have fox and deer .humming birds come back every year  and i have about 5 feeders for them. one year i got to hold a hummingbird as the sprinklers knocked one down and i found it . i  got to hold it till it dryed off . and off it flew

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posted at 1/18/2012 1:52 PM EST
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That is an incredible picture! 

I  have a feeder in my backyard, but I keep forgetting to fill it.  (The seed is gone so quickly when I do).  I also hang suets in our tree
from time to time and throw out leftover bread.

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posted at 1/18/2012 5:09 PM EST
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Nice picture!  Thanks for sharing.

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posted at 1/18/2012 5:49 PM EST
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hee hee  When I lived out in the woods I fed every sort of birds -- including wild turkeys.
And I fed the other critters.
Judy - I loved the 'coons





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