Fw: From buntings to juncos to sparrows
vickibiltz at email.msn.com
Thu Mar 21 10:16:05 PST 2002
> Tweets, I cannot let the house sparrow issue rest without sharing the
> we have faced. We moved to the Bonney Lake area 13 years ago. The first
> time I had a feeder out, I had lots of native birds, and only 1 house
> sparrow and 2 starlings that winter. No big deal. Now I have too many
> Starlings to count, and a large flock of house sparrows as well. The house
> sparrows took over my Flying Squirrel nest last week, and have done
> but cause trouble for my other native nesters, even tho they themselves
> cannot fit into the houses I have erected on my 1/3 acre, tree filled lot.
> I haven't had any chickadees nest in the last three years, and my house
> has been gone for even longer.
> So I just keep one nest box for the sparrows, and shake the eggs, and do
> all I can to keep them from re-producing. As far as Starlings go, I had a
> pair of Hairy Woodpeckers, and sure enough, the starlings overpowered
> tree cavity,(at the neighbors, who refuse to board up the holes) and the
> hairies only visit my suet on occasion in winter time.
> So I say throw the little buggers out, and let the swallows nest
> in the barn!!!! Vicki Biltz Bonney Lake Wa vickibiltz at msn.com
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