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I see they have snow clear up to the windows in Idaho.....

:smiley-score010: for your fixing the problem

:smiley-score001: for my humor [thats being very generous :( ]

:smiley-score001: for any snow
 

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We get the mourning doves but, mostly on the ground under the feeder. The hawks keep the dove population down around here. We only have about 1/4 of the number of birds that we used to 15 years ago. We do have a frequent visiting Pileated Woodpecker and some very yellow flickers. The titmice, nuthatches, and chickadees are seldom seen. It is sad that there is so few. Good Luck, Rick
 

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We've had the Collared Doves for several years now, they stay on the ground. Problem birds here are Starlings, English Sparrows (now called "House Sparrows" & House Finches.

Since the snow came, we've had at least 6-pairs of Cardinals every evening!
 

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"The hawks keep the dove population down around here"

There is one nesting pair of Cooper's Hawks in our little town. It's fascinating watching them zigzag through brush and trees chasing birds. They are so fast. I imagine it's best to provide shelter around your bird feeders.
 

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We've had the Collared Doves for several years now, they stay on the ground. Problem birds here are Starlings, English Sparrows (now called "House Sparrows" & House Finches.

Since the snow came, we've had at least 6-pairs of Cardinals every evening!
Those darned house sparrows kill eastern bluebirds when they can. I've had to trap and kill the ones that move into the blue bird houses. We were getting an increased population of eastern blue birds up until about 6 years ago. There would sometimes be a flock of 10 of them at the bird bath. Now, no more than 5. Good Luck, Rick
 

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We have had an incredible increase in the amount of rabbits and chip monk in our area, but mother nature has kept them in check by way of the red tail hawks which were never prevalent before. Its amazing to see how nature works, the mourning dove population has waned considerable also.
 

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Most of the hawks leave here for the winter so I get more birds at the feeder now than in summer. Last summer a pair of Kestrels nested in an abandoned woodpecker hole in a tree out by the chicken house, so I didn't tempt the summer birds with a feeder. No point in setting up a buffet for hawks by bringing in the songbirds to the feeder. Right now I get chickadees, redpolls, white breasted nuthatches, evening grosbeaks, pine grosbeaks, blue jays, grey jays, downy woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers, black backed three toed woodpeckers, and house sparrows. An unusual sighting last week was a pair of red crossbills. The only ring necked dove in these parts is Windy, who lives in a big cage downstairs. I am the forth person to own him, and as far as I can figure out he is close to eighteen years old. I know, it helps if you're crazy.
 

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When the hawks are around the birds will gather together and will often sit in the same tree as the hawks perch I guess there is truth in the adage keep your friends close but your enemies closer.
 

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I built this to keep the many collared dove off our feeder as so many come in they run the little birds off the feeder. It working good so far as the little ones come and go and haven't seen a dove on the feeder yet.

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Good idea. I can use that. Thanks!

Collared dove its what's for dinner
Taste like chicken :thumbs:

Problem birds here are Starlings, English Sparrows (now called "House Sparrows" & House Finches.
Same here. Between them and gray squirrels :mad2: Thanks England :wave:
 

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IMG_0753.JPGThere are bunch of pigeons that live the end of street but only the same 3 visit every day to clean up what the smaller birds spill from feeders. We have 4 varieties of woodpeckers including a few Pileated woodpeckers that are here like clockwork on my deck. They are huge!
The Pileated's are common here, but I've seen a few at a nearby lake & at our farm, maybe 1/2 dozen times!
 
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