Why bother with bird feeders?
Moses Lake, Washington
April 18, 2017 4:57pm CST
I have a couple of bird feeders. The wind knocks them down so I quit messing with them and went with being lazy. And the birds continue to be here. They sneak grain from the dairy farmer and then come to my place and snatch feed from the turkey gal and the chickens. Birds? Saw my first vulture having a snack as I drove to town the other day. Not a delightful sight but guess vultures have to live, too. And the continuing loud splashes of ducks as they smack the water way below the property, dodging in coming Canada geese and playful screaming killdeer pipers. Love their silly straw thin legs as they dance in the shallows. Close to the house, sparrows tease the pups and mourning doves make odd noises as they fly, competing with the meadowlarks and even louder red winged blackbirds. I'm surprised I am not deaf from all the hoorah going on as I attempt to weed or water.
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• United States
That reminds me of being down south. we drove about 20 hours to visit my sister's aunt. The next morning we hear some animal outside making a loud noise. We were sitting at the kitchen table. We had to get up very early or we could not eat. My mom had us packed back up in the car. We drove right back home. What a waste of time.
• El Paso, Texas
I don't call that lazy, it's letting the birds do what Mother Nature intended ..... stealing seeds from farmers, turkeys and flowers. She would thank you if she could, well, maybe she already has. Those crazy mourning doves, I've tried to make that weird sound of theirs but haven't had any luck, it's an awful sound of ya ask me.
• Moses Lake, Washington
@JudyEv You have magpies? Long tailed black and white birds? On my East side of the mountains we have magpies but same state and west of the mountains, they don't. They have gorgeous Steller blue jays. Same family- the crows- so very noisy and smart mouthed like you say.
• Bunbury, Australia
@sallypup Our magpies aren't the same as yours - or the same as those in the UK. I'd add a photo of yours. Although I said we complain about the magpies they do warble beautifully. And they are good mimics. This clip is a poor example really.