Posted by Fred SC on January 5, 2018, 10:11 am
I guess this is OT but my little Pine Warbler was at my feeder eating suet again yesterday!
Tennessee's birds of nature
Posted by Rob North Tennessee on January 5, 2018, 10:53 am, in reply to "Warbler. "
Glad to hear that little fellow has food. I wasnt aware of it Fred but they are year-round residents in South Carolina and a few surrounding states. Love seeing the American Finch in summer. Favorites: The Northern Parula Painted Bunting Others
Posted by Fred SC on January 5, 2018, 1:39 pm, in reply to "Warbler. "
WE have a lo of bluebirds here now. In summer months we get some painted buntings. The males of red yellow and blue with secondary colors of green orangish and violet in some lights. are 'outragesously' beautiful with their beautiful colors. There are many down in Low Country. On Horse Island where I used to live they were abundant.T was there I saw my first and last whipporwill. IT was sitting on the ground at about dusk below my porch. They are an odd looking bird. I used to love the Eastern Meadow Lark and Catbird when I was a boy, but have not seen or heard one of either species in years. I listened to a program on public radio this morning that discussed the birds and how many are in decline due to lack of insect populations due to pesticides and loss of habitat. Sad commentary on the time in which we live.
Posted by David VA on January 5, 2018, 7:41 pm, in reply to "Warbler. "
I like to look at birds, but I don't try to feed them unless we have crazy amounts of snow. You need to keep up with the feeding throughout the winter because they will start to depend on it. I don't see how the poor things make it through this extreme cold.
Posted by Fred SC on January 6, 2018, 9:01 am, in reply to "Re: Warbler. "
YEs, I feed them year around. This time of year , at least during this prolonged arctic blast, they do not come up to feed until temps warm some probably around 10 AM. and are gone before dusk back to their little thicket or heavy shrubbery homes I guess. So many species are in peril due to loss of habitat and pesticides making lack of insects to eat and wild weed seed.
Posted by David VA on January 6, 2018, 12:47 pm, in reply to "Re: Warbler. "
People don't realize that wildlife depend on those "old weeds" for their food. We like camellias, roses, etc., but they offer little to wildlife in the dead of winter. People have to spray everything. I've never felt that was a good way to go. Eventually that stuff can come back and bite you in the _ss. Have you noticed those legal advertisements on television that mention about the effects of Roundup on people's health?
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