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Gardening For Wildlife, Issue #006
March 05, 2007

A sunny but cold Monday here in Michigan.

Sunshine is a good thing, especially this time of year.

Yet another snow storm late last week, I think it is all pay back for the mild December and much of January.

Oh well, things could be worse.

I start back to work part time this week. I'm glad to be getting back, yet also a bit apprehensive. I'll be glad when my first neck test is over.

Thank You! each and everyone of you for your prayers and support. You helped me through a difficult time.

Friends and family are priceless,

Even cyber friends are priceless.

Weather can play a big part in the number of birds we get.

Early last week when we had mild temperatures, there were fewer birds.

There is still a good blanket of snow on the ground, but birds are able to hunt more effectively in the wild than when it is nasty out.

When the weather is about to take a turn for the worse, the birds are in a feeding frenzy, So many birds feed as long as I keep the feeders clean during a snow storm.

And not to mention how they attack the feeders and feed after a storm.

Birds are wild and eat wild, but they sure know where to go for a good meal.

Kinda like adult kids going home for a good "mom"cooked meal.


We have a guest writer today.

An interesting story from Mickie on Cooper's (applies to Sharpies too) hawks.

I'm in upstate NY, the Adirondacks.

For a lot of years, the Cooper's Hawk was considered threatened.

Then it started making a comeback.

Slowly at first, then faster and faster until it was taken off the threatened list.

They couldn't figure out why it was making such a huge comeback, nor why so many of them were no longer migrating south for the winter.

They finally figured it out - it was US!! The bird feeders!!!

There's been a huge boom in the interest in feeding birds in the last couple of decades.

With so many more people putting out feeders, a wider variety of feeders offering a wider variety of seeds.

A wider variety of birds were hanging around and many more were surviving our harsh winters.

Many of the Cooper's Hawk's stopped migrating because there were lots of birds staying here, congregating at the same spots.

Yep, I have Coop feeding at my feeders year-round and they don't eat seeds!!

No I don't like to see it, can't watch. But it's the natural cycle of things and to see those hawks, so magnificent, up close is breathtaking.

Mine have been around so many years now that one will land in a tree, no more than 7 or 8' up and sit there to watch me.

They raise a family every year, mostly on pigeons, sometimes doves :(

Other times whatever they can get.

Mickie in New York state.

Thank you for the Story Mickie, It is interesting and factual.

Why migrate if there is no need to?

Favorite birds was a bust this time around (Maybe later).

How about guest articles from time to time?

If you have an educational or entertaining story to share, send it to me.

I think we all need to hear different and fresh material.

Just don't take my job from me :-)

Give it some thought, I'll be asking again.

Say, I believe the glitches on hummingbirds have been taken care of.

Go to hummingbirds

Well, time to fly.

Remember to wear your smiles!

You might even wear your best smiles.

Why not, spring is around the corner.

As always,

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

You're friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

Gardening For Wildlife.

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