Posts Tagged ‘birds’

Amur Honeysuckle – Identification

Q: I have two of these big shrubs growing in my yard. The red berries are pretty in October. Can you identify it? A: When I filmed television shows in Cincinnati we constantly battled this shrub: amur honeysuckle, Lonicera mackii.,...

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Chicken – Run Amok

Q: I have a roving flock of chicken that have taken a liking to my yard. I’m not sure where they came from (I do have a good idea though) but these chicken like to search for food in my...

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Chinese Photinia – Identification

Q: This shrub is a volunteer. This year it has put out large poofs of small white blooms. The blooms have a mild sweet fragrance. What is it? A: Since I see that emerging leaves are green and since the...

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Smilax – Identification

Q: What is this vine and how can I eliminate it from my yard? Or should I? Maybe it serves some useful purpose I don’t know about. It has miserable thorns and appears everywhere I want to be. They seem...

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Chuck-will’s Widow – Identification

Q: I recorded a bird’s call in Dacula the other day around 9 p.m. I hear it often – sometimes later in the evening. Do you have any idea what it might be? Do you know any bird experts? A:...

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Mockingbird – Repel from Bird Feeder

Q: We have one birdfeeder in our backyard. For the first time in many years, a mockingbird has found us and is chasing away all our other birds. Any chance you’ve run across a mockingbird deterrent? A: Mockingbirds are well-known...

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Tomato – Eaten by Turtle

Q: I have a problem with some creature(s) taking bites from many of my tomatoes. This morning I spotted a turtle about 6-8 inches long resting next to the tomatoes and 3 ripe fruits had been bitten off again. It...

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Cardinal – Bald Headed

Q: I’m concerned about a female cardinal that has frequented my backyard feeder. She is completely bald from the shoulders up! What do you think is the trouble? A: Maybe feather mites? See “The Case of Bald...

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Birds – Nesting Material

Q: I have an outdoor bench with polyester cushions. Birds attacked the top of the cushion, apparently carrying away bits of the stuffing for nests. How do I protect new cushions from the same kind of attack? A: Try placing...

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Walkingstick Insect – Identification

Q: I assume this is an insect. It’s approximately 6″ top to bottom, with “feelers” taking half of total length. Is that pincher at the bottom used to protect itself? A: Your critter is a walkingstick insect. In fact, you...

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Rose Hips – Identification

Q: I moved into a home with some existing rose bushes. One of them has several marble sized orange-red ball things on it. Can you tell me what they are? A: You’re seeing the rose seedpods, known as “hips”. You...

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Elaeagnus – Fruit

Q: I recently found a shrub with weeping limbs and tasty-looking fruit. I don’t recall ever seeing this before. Isn’t it odd that anything would fruit in late March? A: You’ve found a healthy elaeagnus shrub. A polite common name...

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‘Foster’ Holly – Identification

Q: I want to plant some holly bushes in my yard for birds to feed on the berries, but don’t know the name of the species growing around our courthouse. Large flocks of cedar waxwings descend on it during the...

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Oak Moth Caterpillar – Stripping Trees

Q: We are being overrun with worms in our oaks. They are totally defoliating large trees around my house. A: We’re enduring a big outbreak of common oak moth this year. This small gray/brown moth lays her eggs on oak...

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Pigeon – Control

Q: I have an unusual problem. Pigeons like to roost on my roof during the day. Is there anything I can do to discourage them? A: The pigeons are not there by accident – they are on your roof because...

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Deer – Aiding Decomposition

Q: Sadly, the deer population in my neighborhood is short one member of it’s herd. I don’t know if a Dodge or a dog did the dirty deed, but the carcass is smelling up our neighborhood. We’ve put lime on...

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Birdseed – Go Bad

Q: My wife and I put up a new bird feeder after Christmas but we see very little feeding activity. Can birdseed go bad or can birds even tell that it is old? A: “Heck, they eat worms and dead...

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Sweetgum Defoliator Caterpillars – Birds Eating

Q: I’ve noticed an odd thing happening to the sweetgum trees outside my office. Birds are eating the leaves, to the point where some limbs are picked clean. I’ve even seen a hawk clip and fly off with pieces of...

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