We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Just the usual old winter friends lately: SC Junco, WT Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Blue Jay, RB Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Cardinal, Chickadee, some dang House Sparrows, Tufted Titmouse, Mourning Dove.
I need my Sharpie back to eat those overfed House Sparrows.
(It's interesting to see how just some of the Juncoes - ground-feeders - figure out how to use a hanging feeder, but most do not. Have yet to see a WT Sparrow on the hanger. I throw handfuls of seed on the ground each morning for the ground-feeders, figuring it will all be gone by late afternoon so as not to encourage rats.)
Also, a flock of Robins stopped by yesterday to finish off the Holly berries. Not a single berry left, now. I had a few early blackbirds last week - Grackles - but they are probably back in Georgia by now. I do usually see some Blackbird species around by Feb 15, trying to push the envelope.
The lack of Pelicans at my feeders would appear to disprove global warming catastrophe models. I'd write it up for a peer-reviewed journal, if the gummint or the EU would give me a generous grant: Effects of Global Warming on Pelican Occurrance at New England Bird-Feeders. $1.3 million would cover my research just fine, or at least help me get it underway. I will guarantee a research product which will help "the cause," and the $ will help me hire a handy research assistant/pelican-counter like one of Theo's so we don't lose all of our critical data:
And my wife does the scatter seed thing for the flying rats.... errrrr.... doves that fly by. I counted 3 dozen of the suckers on the patio the other morning. They make a tasty snack for the red tailed hawk that cruises by once in awhile. I figured it was the neighbor's cat leaving bird parts on my front lawn until the feathers started flying OVER the roof of the house.... from the hawk's last meal consumed on my roof (or blown out of the tree in my front yard).
So I tolerate the spring weeds from the bird seed just to have the wildlife calling on my patio. A couple of rounds of weed-n-feed keep down the thistle and dandelions plus gives an early spring feed to the peach trees.
Re those house sparrows.We used to have problems with them to. The solution is in your feed. Because of the design of their beaks they can not feed on the black sunflower oil seeds that are by the way the best extreme cold weather seeds going. Lots & lots of food value for the native birds.
Interesting set up. you've got to be careful about spreading seed consistently on the ground bc if the rats don't find it, the mice will figure it out. I've been thinking a lot about switching completely to hummingbird feeders to avoid rodents and squirrels alike. The new Perky Pet models seem to be getting lots of good chatter on different blogs I've been reading so I may go with a few of the those. Good luck with the pelicans!