Fewer Birds

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    Sad to report that with our pond gone we have fewer birds in our back yard. Still feeding as before but I guess they must have really like having the cool, clear water. Life goes on.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Lou can't you put out some bird baths for them? Bet they would enjoy those :)
     
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    I always get birds in my bird baths .So may work
     
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    Burd Pond Scum

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    I have a bird bath by my pond, real busy place. Get a heater for the winter. They use it all year.
     
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    JBtheExplorer Native Gardener

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    I'd also recommend a bird bath. You could plant Purple Coneflowers, which attract finch species when they produce seed in fall. Oranges attract a few species of birds in spring. Birdhouses could attract certain species like wrens. Native berry bushes can attract songbirds.
     
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    image.jpeg I'm making a nice bird feeder, it will be on a post, squirrel guard, not far from the birdbath, the feeder is a real busy place in the winter. The squirrels have their own feeder, then they tend to leave the bird one alone, maybe I'll start a bird feeder thread, is there one already?
    Here's my summer feeder, you need a late one for winter.
     
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    ZEROPILOT Faster than you are.

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    Our bird bath brings birds.
    Some are very exotic.
    Bird seeds also bring birds.....And rats.
    We had to stop feeding.
     
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    I stopped feeding because all of the activity attracted raptors which wanted to snack on the birds. Now I have two birdbaths.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    We have a lot of hawks, they have lousy luck getting birds. We do have a few falcons that show up now and then.

    The feeders are out in the open, on a 20 foot pole. I watch the hawks give up and go for the frogs around the ponds.
     
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    Would like to see a pic of that if you have one, @Burd.
     
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    The Heater? It's a submersible live stock type, 35$ I think it was. When it's the only water open its a busy place.
    I'll post a pic, I'm putting it out this week.
     
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    JBtheExplorer Native Gardener

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    Once had a Coopers Hawk chase a bird right into my window. Heard a loud bang. Not sure what happened to the small bird. The hawk was seen sitting up in my pine tree.
    We have a lot of hawks around here but I rarely ever see them go after birds at the feeders. I'm not sure why they don't.
     
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    At my old place, I was coming out of the garage, a hawk didn't see me, it flew 5' from me going after a dove, I said HEY, thats all it took, the dove fheard and flew away, the hawk looked at me for a spit second, no lunch. Lol.
     
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    ....Oh, and Muscovy ducks.
    They LOVE birdseed!
    Almost as much as they love pooping all over my patio.
     
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    We have such a problem with the Zeke virus. Earlier, any container with standing water for forbidden. If okay now we will certainly put in a bird bath. Thanks for all of your thoughts. I miss my daily interaction so I must get back to here more often.
     
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    Bird bath water is changed at least every two day, I bleach it too, so a virus wouldn't happen in a bird bath. Lol. Birds don't need to drink rancid water.
     
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