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.
Around here, there are three bird species which annoy the heck out of me. They especially annoy me in winter, because they eat most of the bird food I put out to attract native winter visitors from Canada.
The House Finch (not to be confused with the Purple Finch), imported from southern California and Mexico
and the European Starling, imported from England - no photo needed I am sure. The only good use for these three species is to feed migrating falcons and Sharpies, and to provide target practice for kids with BB guns and .22s.
Bingo. I have to scrub horse's water buckets daily due to #1 excrement.
#3 constantly in the steer's feedtrough.
My vet told me the starlings are responsible for infecting cattle w. W. Nile ( they are carriers but no synptoms) leading to false positives on TB tests.
There used to be good bird poisons but they've been banned. When we'd find nests in the cinderblock walls they got the same treatment rats nests got. Boiling hot bleach water.
Agreed on 1 & 3. Interestingly, since moving to upstate SC (from the midwest), I have never seen either house sparrows or starlings on my property. I love the diversity of birds we have here: woodpeckers (at least 4 species), thrashers, mockingbirds, tufted titmouse, cardinal, chickadee, wren, junco, warblers, bluebirds and various native sparrows all regularly visible and most visit the feeder.
I detest Starlings and I'm increasingly resentful of the damned House Sparrows but I love the little House Finches. Can't imagine why you don't like them. I am considering buying sparrow traps and starling traps to increase the "good' birds that visit my feeders.
Yes indeed. Agreed on sparrows and starlings and would add the pigeons as well. When I was a kid that they were what we would train our BB guns on, particularly at night in the Winter. Go out in the barn and we could always get a few.
Interesting that the little red finch was able to make the transition to the cold New England climate. Who says that species can't adapt?