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I need advice from backyard bird enthusiasts

 
 
Reply Thu 14 Jul, 2011 08:22 pm
Mr. B and Mo built me two birdhouses and a bird feeder and bought me a hummingbird feeder for Mother's Day this year. I've had them in the yard for a bit and I have a few questions I'm hoping someone can help me with.

The birds have taken to the bird feeder but today I noticed that I have a lot of odd things growing at the base of the post it's mounted on. There is no question that it is coming from the seeds in the feeder. I don't want these plants.

I know I can dig out what is there now but how can I prevent this from happening again and again? The plants are coming up quite close to some "real" things I have planted in the yard.

Is there a way to attract birds to your bird houses? We haven't had anyone move in.

Does sugar water really go bad? I haven't had a lot of hummingbirds so today I took the feeder down to clean and refill it. While looking up the recipe I noticed that they say the food can spoil. It seems strange that sugar water would spoil so I'm just wondering how necessary it is to replace the food every day or two when it hasn't been used. Should I just add a half cup or so of nectar and clean the feeder every couple of days until we establish some regulars?

And since we're on the subject of such things -- I had high hopes that bats would move into the bat house this spring but we didn't get any bats. Is there any way to attract bats to a bat house?

Thanks!
 
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 14 Jul, 2011 10:14 pm
@boomerang,
I know a little about hummers. The food is a 4 parts water to 1 part sugar (by volume) mixture that can be filled in the feeders and is usually ok for about 4 days, then it begins to ferment (yes you can get your hummers hammered) SO watch it!!

As far as bats, you could leave do incantations. or build a barn, we have a bunch that live in our barn and I never can see where they are during the day.
boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 15 Jul, 2011 05:46 am
@farmerman,
Oh! It doesn't spoil.... it ferments! Now that makes sense! I'll be much more rigorous in changing out the food. Should I not leave food out if I'm going to be away from home for several days?
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 15 Jul, 2011 05:55 am
@farmerman,
farmerman wrote:

I know a little about hummers. The food is a 4 parts water to 1 part sugar (by volume) mixture that can be filled in the feeders and is usually ok for about 4 days, then it begins to ferment (yes you can get your hummers hammered) SO watch it!!

You paint the feeder in the colors of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and you can attract hipster hummingbirds! Very Happy

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As far as bats, you could leave do incantations. or build a barn, we have a bunch that live in our barn and I never can see where they are during the day.

Do you know if their is a certain and noteworthy population of bats in NYC? Especially Queens?

I'll be plaguing this thread with oncoming questions myself as I'm thinking of putting up a bird feeder myself via the 2nd floor kitchen windows.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jul, 2011 06:35 pm
Can I have a strong assumption that if I build it they will come?

How soon should one person reasonably expect for birds to notice a new bird feeder? I'm not worried about theft by squirrels but I'd like to keep the pigeons from being far too gluttonous. Is there any specific bird feeders that keep out pigeons from the feast?
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boomerang
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jul, 2011 07:35 pm
I was so hoping that there would be some bird lovers here but I think that their simply aren't any, tsar.

If I come across any info on your question while I'm trying to find answers to mine I'll let you know.

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