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#1 nancykind

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 08:55 PM

i have robins nesting in the arborvitae right next to the door to the back yard and thanks to the late spring, by the time i got out there for any length of time they were well established.   so i just moved very slowly in and out the first few days, didn't look them in the eye, gave them some space and just worked in the yard quietly, minding my own business.   although i did tell them right up front that they were just going to have to learn to love me back.  :) 

 

now they follow me around as i mow, wait patiently as i dig, and and then in both cases, move right in for the worms and bugs 'n things.   i can sit in the doorway and they come and go now, no problem, and they'll even come within a few feet of me when i'm working.   pretty neat!  :)    



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Posted 18 May 2014 - 09:14 PM

They will keep your yard free of worms and grubs!

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 10:12 PM

i know!   i don't want to put any anti grub stuff or anything in the back yard though i do have to in the front where it's very susceptible to them (and i don't hang out in the front nearly as much).    it seems we have a game going on in the neighborhood that whoever puts the grub stuff down last, loses.   this year, my next door neighbor's front yard is clearly losing.  for whatever reason, the back yard doesn't have the same issue.  :dunno:



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Posted 18 May 2014 - 10:21 PM

just be glad it wasnt blue jays :shocked:

 

my pal karen had a nest in the corner of her carport nearest their door

the dad jay would dive bomb your head and make the most awful menacing cries as he tried to stab you in the eye at 50 mph :eek:

:lmao:

we kept a broom on the porch to beat him away :lol:

didnt menace them when they werent trying to kill us but...

after one season i think he got the hint :lol:



#5 TEO

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 10:25 PM

Neat-O



#6 Lostsailr

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 10:54 PM

mom has a nest w/ 4 babies in her covered garage walkway.  We were just at garden center where one hanging basket had a sign, "Not for Sale. The birds are borrowing it" and there sat a mama on a nest. 

There is a grub treatment that is some kind of

Beneficial Nematodes

 

I belive...not a chemical treatment and shouldn't hurt birds, though they take longer to work...true at least for milky spore

 



#7 sarah b.

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 11:54 PM

cool. every time I see them, I think of Jeff.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 01:39 PM

After this spring I officially hate Robins. 

Had one (maybe two) attacking my windows for a week and a half because he thought his own reflection was another Robin invading his turf.

Had to tie a balloon near the window and that only worked some of the time because he found his reflection in the window around the corner as well.



#9 JBetty

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 01:43 PM

:lol:

 

 

We have a crazy robin that does that every spring at my office.

He has yet to make an appearance this year.



#10 nancykind

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 11:27 AM

we have babies!   i'm guessing 2 or 3.   wonder how long before they'll try to fly :)



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Posted 26 May 2014 - 03:19 PM

i have been watching cardinal flying lessons in both my backyard and out my office window :smile:



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Posted 26 May 2014 - 07:54 PM

they weren't too happy with the trimming of the lilacs next door to their bush but it's over with, now.  :thup:   mom and dad both busy busy busy!  it's a wonder there's any worms within a 3 backyard radius left alive!



#13 Erinisme

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 07:54 PM

apparently the sterlings believe the spider plants I'm rooting (inside) are up for grabs and they are fighting at my window over them lol

 

sorry this thread inspired me to share my bird story



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Posted 26 May 2014 - 07:59 PM

all birds welcome!  except pigeons, mourning doves, crows and grackles.    :thup:



#15 JBetty

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 12:27 PM

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#16 nancykind

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 07:16 PM

she can stay :lol:



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 11:49 AM

Yeah,those mourning doves..........they always depress me with their mourning  !! :flowers:       

 

Saw a Cardinal this morning ...



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 01:07 PM

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#19 JBetty

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 02:06 PM

MINSTREL (singing):

 

Bravely bold Sir Robin, rode forth from Camelot.
He was not afraid to die, o Brave Sir Robin.
He was not at all afraid to be killed in nasty ways.
Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin!

He was not in the least bit scared to be mashed
into a pulp,
Or to have his eyes gouged out, and his elbows broken.

To have his kneecaps split, and his body burned away,
And his limbs all hacked and mangled, brave Sir Robin!

His head smashed in and his heart cut out,
And his liver removed and his bowels unplugged,
And his nostrils ripped and his bottom burned off,
And his penis--

 

ROBIN:

That's -- that's, uh, that's enough music for now, lads.