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  1. #521
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    Feb 2008
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    New Bern, NC unless it's a home football game then I'm grilling on Devil's Alley
    Quote Originally Posted by rsvman View Post
    My wife and I put up a bluebird-specific birdhouse, hoping to get some bluebirds to nest there. Some other type of bird did take up residence, which was ok, I guess.

    After a while, my wife noticed that we hadn't seen any of those birds in quite some time. She went out and knocked on the side of the birdhouse; she saw something looking at her, but it wasn't a bird. She gingerly opened the birdhouse to reveal it's occupant: a southern flying squirrel!

    Turns out flying squirrels like to eat bird eggs, baby birds, and sometimes even adult birds. So, our little "birdhouse" turned into a house of horror for a little family of birds, all efficiently turned into flying squirrel poop.

    As you probably know, flying squirrels are strictly nocturnal. He was started awake by my wife's intrusion, and leapt out of the birdhouse, but only made it a few feet before he froze (apparently in fear) on the trunk of the tree. He stood there, completely still, for several minutes. There was a long trail of his urine going almost all the way to the ground from where he was hanging to the tree. So it seems that my wife literally scared the p#ss out of him. She came back inside and after about 10 or 15 minutes, he was no longer holding still on the tree trunk. Presumably he had gone back into the house he was squatting in after murdering the entire family that previously occupied it.
    That's trippy. I found a flying squirrel in the "driveway" between ours and our neighbor's house. (Really just a grassy patch.) Poor lil' feller was dead..guessing it smacked into a window. Until I found it, I had no idea they even lived here.

    Similar to your story, I noticed that my bluebird house two days ago was looking a bit ravaged. Literally. The metal plate that went around the circular opening had been ripped off, hanging now by only one nail. Bits of the mossy nest were outside. I opened it up, and found the only occupant, sadly, to be one deceased baby. I don't know what did all of that damage, but I'm leaning towards raccoon.
    Q "Why do you like Duke, you didn't even go there." A "Because my art school didn't have a basketball team."

  2. #522
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by CameronBornAndBred View Post
    That's trippy. I found a flying squirrel in the "driveway" between ours and our neighbor's house. (Really just a grassy patch.) Poor lil' feller was dead..guessing it smacked into a window. Until I found it, I had no idea they even lived here.

    Similar to your story, I noticed that my bluebird house two days ago was looking a bit ravaged. Literally. The metal plate that went around the circular opening had been ripped off, hanging now by only one nail. Bits of the mossy nest were outside. I opened it up, and found the only occupant, sadly, to be one deceased baby. I don't know what did all of that damage, but I'm leaning towards raccoon.
    Snakes love birdhouses, too.

  3. #523
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    Feb 2008
    Location
    New Bern, NC unless it's a home football game then I'm grilling on Devil's Alley
    Quote Originally Posted by aimo View Post
    Snakes love birdhouses, too.
    Yep. I've found skins in old houses before. But a snake won't rip a metal plate attached with four nails off a piece of wood. At least not outside of Hollywood.
    Q "Why do you like Duke, you didn't even go there." A "Because my art school didn't have a basketball team."

  4. #524
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    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outside Philly
    Mystery bird illness has prompted calls to take down feeders in precautions

    https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2021...sylvania-ohio/

  5. #525
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Steamboat Springs, CO
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Mystery bird illness has prompted calls to take down feeders in precautions

    https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2021...sylvania-ohio/
    I'll try to get more info from birding circles, but this article contains no effing facts except that one fledgling American Robin had the disease (marked by puffy eyes and secretions) and died. There are 200-300 nesting species of wild birds in PA.

    There was earlier warning about salmonella (I think) affecting Pine Siskins and House Finches in the West. Taking down bird fevers was judged to be an over-reaction then by field ornithologists.
    Sage Grouse

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  6. #526
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    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outside Philly
    Quote Originally Posted by sagegrouse View Post
    I'll try to get more info from birding circles, but this article contains no effing facts except that one fledgling American Robin had the disease (marked by puffy eyes and secretions) and died. There are 200-300 nesting species of wild birds in PA.

    There was earlier warning about salmonella (I think) affecting Pine Siskins and House Finches in the West. Taking down bird fevers was judged to be an over-reaction then by field ornithologists.
    Here’s the alert from Pennsylvania’s wildlife agency, which contains better info, as well as Audubon. Whatever it is has caught the attention of state wildlife officials.

    Excuse the dead links. Can never seem to hyperlink from mobile.

    https://www.pgc.pa.gov/Pages/AlertDetails.aspx


    https://md.audubon.org/news/mysterious-illness-affects-birds-district-columbia-maryland-pennsylvania-virginia-and-west

  7. #527
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Steamboat Springs, CO
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Here’s the alert from Pennsylvania’s wildlife agency, which contains better info, as well as Audubon. Whatever it is has caught the attention of state wildlife officials.

    Excuse the dead links. Can never seem to hyperlink from mobile.

    https://www.pgc.pa.gov/Pages/AlertDetails.aspx


    https://md.audubon.org/news/mysterio...ginia-and-west
    Thanks: here's the meat of the article from Pa Wildlife:
    Among these Pennsylvania [mortality] reports, they estimate that roughly 25-30% (approximately 500) are likely associated with the current songbird mortality event. To date, the songbird morbidity/mortality event appears to be targeting fledgling common grackles, blue jays, European starlings, and American robins. Affected songbirds are presenting with eye swelling and crusty discharge, along with neurological signs. While an exact cause has not been identified and diagnostics are ongoing, the following pathogens have been ruled out: Salmonella, Chlamydia, avian influenza virus, West Nile virus, Newcastle disease virus, herpesviruses, poxviruses, and Trichomonas parasites. There are no new developments on the diagnostics side, with multiple test results still pending at New Bolton Center and Penn State’s Animal Diagnostic Laboratory.
    It could also be affecting other, more woodland species -- where the dead or sick birds are unlikely to be found. Robins, which nest around houses, and other thrushes do not normally eat bird seed.
    Sage Grouse

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  8. #528
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Chesapeake, VA.
    Hmmmm... getting rid of grackles and starlings??? Doesn't sound that bad to me.

  9. #529
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vermont
    new trees and shrubs that are growing in our Central Park since the great tree debacle of 2017 are bringing in waves of birds as berries, cherries etc being to ripen...nice to see...

  10. #530
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    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outside Philly
    I saw my first Scarlet Tanager today on a path I’ve walked hundreds of times. What a treat!

  11. #531
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Northwest NC
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    I saw my first Scarlet Tanager today on a path I’ve walked hundreds of times. What a treat!
    Beautiful bird. I occasionally see them at home but not often. I want to see a Summer Tanager to add to my life list but am still looking for that one
    "The future ain't what it used to be."

  12. #532
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Durham, NC
    So, only a partly wild bird story:

    Neighbors got chickens. One turned out to be a rooster. An especially obnoxious one. Rooster was crowing very early a few mornings ago, followed by a LOT of squawking hawks. The rooster got quiet for a while, then started crowing again. The neighbors let their chickens run loose for a little while each day. Have not heard Rochester the Rooster (my name for him, not theirs) the last two mornings. So, either the neighbors figured they should be considerate neighbors and relocate Rochester, or a hawk had him a nice little chicken snack.

  13. #533
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vermont
    Our local kestrel duo has produced a wee one for the third year in a row...maybe even more than one, but I now see three of them zipping around together.

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