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Uninvited Guests At The Birdfeeder

Once you get your bird feeding station up and running, you may run into problems with uninvited guests. These visitors fall into two categories -- those interested in the seeds (squirrels and chipmunks, rats and mice, starlings and house sparrows), and those interested in a bird for dinner (cats and hawks).

If you have trees, you will get to know squirrels. You may marvel at their antics, until they take over your bird feeders. Then you'll either love them or hate them. Those who love squirrels tolerate their visits, and may even encourage them with special squirrel toys and feeders.

When a squirrel is at the feeder, you're not likely to see birds. Squirrels will scare off the birds while they eat the seed, and sooner or later, they'll eat the feeder too. The simplest solution is the squirrel-proof feeder or pole, and storing your seed in a metal garbage can.

Chipmunks, rats and mice can also become a problem where there's seed spillage under the feeder. Don't use mixed bird seed, and if you don't have a squirrel problem, add a feeder tray.

Crow, house sparrow and starling problems can be eliminated by seed and feeder selection.

Cats are another story altogether. Feral cats and your neighbor's tabby are a serious threat to nestlings, fledglings and roosting birds. Too often, the presence of just one cat on the prowl near your feeder can take the enjoyment out of your backyard bird watching experience.

When a cat sits drooling under your feeder, you're not likely to see any birds. You're bound to feel much worse when you find a pile of feathers on the ground.

If your neighbor is reasonable, suggest a bell collar. If that doesn't work, consider getting yourself a pet -- a dog. Birds don't seem to be bothered by most dogs, but cats and squirrels are.

If there are no cats in your neighborhood and you find a pile of feathers near your feeder, look for a hungry hawk perching on a tree nearby.

Don't get upset. Consider yourself fortunate to see one, right in your backyard. Cooper's and sharp-shinned hawks eat birds and play an important role in the natural community.

Don't put out poisons, or try to trap them, since all birds of prey -- eagles, owls and hawks -- are protected by Federal law.

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Caring For Your New Finch By Bree Davis

Finches are visually pleasing birds that will make a great addition to your family. They are relatively easy to care for, however there are few things that every pet owner should keep in mind before bringing a new finch home. If you think you are ready to take the plunge then follow my tips below.

1. Before purchasing your finch, you will want to stock up on all of the proper equipment and necessities. You will obviously need a bird cage for your new finch. The size of course depends on your budget, but keep in mind that the bigger the cage, the happier your finch will be.

Make sure that it is a metal cage and that the metal bars are around one-forth inch thick. In addition to a cage, you will also need to purchase cuttlebone for your finch.

Make sure to remove the hard shell and hang it with strong string or twine from the ceiling of the cage. Also make sure to stock up on several perches and few toys to keep your finch happy and occupied when you aren't around.

2. Next you will need to stock up on some food for your finch. You can easily purchase pellets made specifically for finches, just make sure that it is high quality bird food.

Finches require a diet combination of white millet, hulled oats and canary grass, so keep this in mind when deciding on a specific brand. Also make sure that your finch has clean, fresh water daily.

3. Once you've purchased your finch and brought him or her home, make sure to keep a good eye out for any health conditions. Pests such as mites are known to cause irritation and negative health conditions in finches. Make sure that you are aware and always checking with caution.

4. Don't forget to clean your finch's cage at least once a week. You need to invest in a non-toxic cleaner to use with warm water. Scrub the cage thoroughly and your finch will be happy and healthy.

5. Play with your finch everyday and don't forget to give him or her plenty of affection and love. They need you to stay content.

As long as you care for your finch properly, by investing in a quality [http://www.birdcages.net]bird cage and food, your finch will thrive in it's new environment.

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Have a Laff!

How Smart Is Your Right Foot?

This is so funny that it will boggle your mind. And you will keep trying it at least 50 more times to see if you can outsmart your foot. But you can't!!!

1. While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the Floor and make clockwise circles with it.

2. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand.
Your foot will change direction to counter-clockwise like your hand!!!

I told you so... And there is nothing you can do about it.

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EDITORS NOTES:

PARADOX OF OUR AGE

We have bigger houses, but smaller families
More convenience but less time.
We have more degrees but less sense,
More knowledge but less judgment,
More experts but more problems,
More medicines but less healthiness.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back
But we have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.
We built more computers to hold more information
To produce more copies than ever, But we have less communication

We have become long on quantity
But short on quality.
These are times of fast food
But slow digestion,
Tall man but short on character,
Steep profits but shallow relationships.

It’s a time when there is much in the window
But nothing in the room.

- H.H. Dalai Lama

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Jeanie Ferguson
Editor,
“Lady Gouldian Finch Tips”


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