- what is this Texbirds of the Texas Orn. Society? as the offspring of
an ornithologist, I want to know the fieldmarks EHamel used to i.d.
the bird... and it would have been hauling butt to get past the
city--an adult eagle probably would not fly over town, knowing humans
as something to avoid... redtails come to tall buildings to hunt
pigeons, as do falcons... but eagles are rodent eaters - prairie dogs
and rabbits. In the winter they will hit larger animals if real
But, plant stuff... native seed mixes for birds... I doubt that anyone
produces such a thing,but you can do it yourself. Go mow a patch of
bird attracting species, like bristle grass, use the bagger on the
mower, then dump all the chaff over a wire screen and winnow it. It is
a lot of work. If we use native plants in our landscape, we don't have
to feed...because we have their favorite plants in the landscape.
If you feed birds you end up having a zillion house sparrows, house
finches, doves, blackbirds, and your landscape gets covered with bird
droppings, and your pets end up getting histoplasmosis from the
I only feed during cold fronts-- and my year-round resident cardinals,
pyrrholoxias, canyon towhees love the extra help, and don't mind
sharing it with the spotted towhees, whitecrowned sparrows, and other
winter residents. I don't have the hundreds of the above mentioned
birds... just a pair of finches, a pair each of two species of doves,
only a half dozen house sparrows, and no blackbirds.I still have the
Sharpshinned hawk come by to investigate his prey base. (and the
roadrunner family, too,since they love to eat the wee dickey birds as
I don't feed the hummers either, since I have "beaucoup"
salvia,tecoma, Poliomintha, stachys, phlomis, anisicanthus,aquilegia,
lonicera, hesperaloe and more such tubular flowers...
- Ok. I totally agree. However, some of us semi-city
and city folk cannot attract, feed with plants
outside. So we have to compensate. And those of us
w/ large enough yards, but that haven't started the
plantings can use it. I also agree only to do it in
cold months because it teaches them to become
dependent on the feeder and not nature. Sure you get
the extras and many undesirables-- but to me it is
like weeds, one man's stupid sparrow is another's
delight. And I would never plant a feeder where my
dogs play and sleep. That would be a front yard
thing. Or a feeder out of the actual yard.
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