Posts Tagged ‘birds’

Spider Webs – On Shrubs

Q: I have lots of junipers on a slope in my back yard. There are at least 200 of these funnel shaped webs in the shrubs and scattered about the lawn. I’ve tentatively identified them as Funnel Spiders. Should I...

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Bird Houses – Plans

Q: Do you know where I might get some ideas on how to build bird houses? What birds are most common around this area? A: Building a birdhouse is a great winter time activity. The whole process of attracting birds...

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Bird Feeders – Weed killer Underneath

Q: I have an area in my back yard with four bird feeders. The area under the feeders is rock, mulch and seed hulls with black plastic under it all. Weeds and some of the dropped seeds have sprouted under...

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Bird Ticks

Q: I found a suffering cardinal with a big tick attached just above its eye. Is this a normal occurrence? A: Bird ticks are more common than I once thought. Dr. Nancy Hinkle at the University of Georgia is doing...

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Mistletoe – On Fringe Tree

Q: Can you tell me what this aberrant foliage is? It is growing on a fringe tree which is 10 years old and this is its first appearance. It looks like mistletoe to me but surely I must be wrong....

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Owl – In the House

Q: I had an owl get in my house one night via an open fireplace flue. We aren’t sure how the owl got the glass doors open over our fireplace. Somehow it got out and it flew from the downstairs...

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Pond- Frogs

Q: I have a large fish pond for my fish. I recently built a smaller pond on the other side of the yard. Now it has hundreds of tadpoles. Will I have this many frogs in my yard? How can...

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Rats- Control

Q: I have been seeing rats playing in my backyard. I also see them on my maple tree eating the leaves, hiding in the hawthorn shrubs, and running along the fence. I have not seen them on my birdfeeder yet,...

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Outdoor Cushion- Pest Control

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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Woodpecker – Prevention

Q: A small woodpecker-type bird is pecking large holes in the synthetic stucco facade of our chimney. What can we do to prevent this? A: Woodpecker “drumming” is common at this time of year. They seem to be making noise...

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Woodpecker – Prevention

Q: A small woodpecker-type bird is pecking large holes in the synthetic stucco facade of our chimney. What can we do to prevent this? A: Woodpecker “drumming” is common at this time of year. They seem to be making noise...

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Dryer lint – Birds

Q: When do we start putting out dryer lint for our birds? I have been collecting it for months. Back in Texas I put it on the shrubbery and in one half hour it was gone. A: Dryer lint is...

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Yoshino Cherry – Edible

Q: Is the fruit of ‘Yoshino’ cherry edible? My five-year old tree produced fruit for the first time this year. A: ‘Yoshino’ fruits are edible, but only birds and small animals enjoy consuming them. The pit (seed) is huge in...

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Birds – Feeding in Summer

Q: Should we stop feeding the birds for the summer? Shouldn’t they be looking out for themselves now? A: We feed birds for two reasons: to keep them healthy when natural food sources aren’t present and to bring them closer...

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Hummingbird nectar – Color

Q: I’m making hummingbird nectar. If I remember correctly, where I came from in Virginia it was common knowledge that the nectar should be red to attract the birds. Do you agree with this? A: No, the red nectar color...

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Identifying – Bird at feeder

Q: I need help identifying a bird I have at my feeder. It looks like a cardinal except for the head, which appears to be devoid of feathers! It has normal red body feathers and a head with no crest....

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Beautyberry – Poisonous

Q: Are the berries of the American beautyberry poisonous? Should I plant it in an area restricted from small children? A: I can’t find any mention of them being poisonous. Birds certainly enjoy them each fall. There is a long...

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Viburnum – Identified as Blueberry

Q: I have five, three-year-old blueberries bushes. They have lots of tiny blueberries but have not matured into plump, juicy fruit. When they did this last year I thought they were just immature plants. This year I am concerned. There...

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