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A Funny Thing Happened this morning

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cajun angel, May 14, 2007.

  1. I was sitting on the floor in the den matching socks when I heard a small thump! I looked over toward the patio door and there was this crazy male cardinal literally hovering in space and I guess I'll describe it as "screeching?" at me! When I got up and walked over to see what was the matter, he promptly landed on my patio chair and continued "screeching!" Well, guess why I was getting the "screeching out?" THE FEEDERS WERE EMPTY! Guess I better pay closer attention to my feeders! Crazy spoiled little bird! That's okay, I'll just got out and shoot him! :wink: :biggrin:
  2. Glacier


    Jan 17, 2006
    Boaz, Alabama
    That is GREAT news for you Dianne! If the birds are doing that you will have some wonderful opportunities to photograph them. Keep your fingers crossed.
  3. Oh I always have birds in the backyard, but here lately we've been having a lot of afternoon storms. In fact, it's raining right now and Josh and I just finished filling up the last feeder - but I'm out of squirrel food! :Shocked: Guess I'll have to make a run to Walmart in the morning!
  4. Schnauzermom


    Apr 13, 2007
    ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now THAT's cheeky!
  5. I wish I had snapped a pic of the crazy little fellow! BUT because of the lousy shooting I did through the door back in the winter, I just didn't want a lousy photo and didn't want to scare him away. Well, the feeders are full now! And just for fun, here's what's in them.....

    The big feeder - patio mix (no waste- just kernels of seeds and nuts)
    little feeder - safflower seeds
    chapel feeder - safflower seeds
    peanut feeder - raw peanuts
    suet feeder - woodpecker nuts and fruit

    My squirrel feeder, however is empty, so a trip to Walmart is in order in the morning!

    **The big feeder is something that another cafe member told me about but a different model - it's adjustable for weight - now I have limited problems with the doves, grackles, and starlings
  6. Schnauzermom


    Apr 13, 2007
    I've been trying to decide if it's mean to put a feeder out...with the schnauzers.... :( 
  7. Well, if they're inside dogs, no. IF they stay outside, then it's debatable. I'd say put the feeders in a place where the dogs don't go to. My problem is my neighbor's dog gets out of their yard, comes into mine and terrorizes anything that's back there - IT MAKES ME MAD TOO! :mad:  I think their dog killed of 3 of 4 baby rabbits too! 2 of my feeders are hung on a pole, 1 on the patio and 2 in the tree. THe squirrel feeder is nailed to the fence. Feeding critters is really a lot of fun and educational too! Since I don't have the time to drive 1 1/2 hours every day to a Wildlife Refuge, the critters that come to my yard give me great practice!
  8. Schnauzermom


    Apr 13, 2007
    They're definitely inside. But I did have a foster get a bird once.....not a pleasant thing at anytime, much less 5am.
  9. Well, since they're inside dogs, I say get a feeder or 2 and put them where you can sit comfortably and photograph the birds as they come to the feeder. The ideal thing would be have the feeders near a tree so you can get them on natural perches. I'm stuck with my fence or some parts of the tree. I have 3 cats and something funny, they'll often sit and watch the birds. SOme of the birds and rabbits know the cats can't get out and will come right up to the patio door. SOmetimes the cats forget and end up bopping their noggins on the door! The kids really enjoy watching the birds and rabbits. Not too long ago we watched a mother rabbit nurse her babies right on our patio! Now that was a cute alert! I think Jimmy got some photos but haven't checked his camera yet.
  10. Schnauzermom


    Apr 13, 2007
    I have the ideal spot....but it's inside the fenced backyard. Which is why I'm on the fence, literally and metaphorically speaking. LOL!

    We have ONE clothesline pole in our yard. It's been set in concrete, so removal would be quite the endeavor. Walnut trees are close....and they nest in my neighbor's HUGE pine tree. They just don't get down often enough for me to photograph very well...
  11. Well, if you provide food and water, they'll come! Most birds like black oil sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, or the patio mix to name a few. Of course if you can manage a shallow dish with water, that will be nice too! You can take a saucer that usually comes with clay pots and turn it into a bird bath. It's shallow and they'll drink from it and even take a bath in it! As for feeders, I have droll yankee brand. They're all squirrel proof, and have a life time warrenty. If you don't use the clothesline, you can hang a feeder from that too. It may not be as pretty, but hey, they'll come and you can at least practice! I shoot birds on the feeder, the fence, on the ground, in the tree, anywhere I can get em!
  12. My birds will show up to the feeders (which are situated on an iron post on the deck railing) while multiple Rottweilers (with high prey drive) are sleeping in the sun on the deck! :eek:  :biggrin:

    I had a ***** years ago who actually caught a bird in mid-air (her mother apparently did the same thing at the breeder's house!). But ever since, our current dogs seem to not mind the birds.

    Try it, see how it goes! :smile:
  13. Dianne, I wonder if what happened is what is happening here at home. I've had this one male redbird that sees it's reflection in my trucks window, which sits outside, and attacks it... all... day... long! Since it is nesting season, I figure this birds hormones are going through the roof anyway. It will attack it's reflection to the point of exhaustion, rest for a minute or two and come right back. It has done this from sun up until sundown for about 2 or 3 weeks. That's not so bad but the mess it makes while sitting on the window sill is another matter.
  14. now that's something I haven't heard of! I'm not sure, but this bird does have a mate. And he quit screeching at me once I got the feeder filled. I haven't been able to tell if I have more than 1 pair of cardinals coming to the feeders. If you keep having the same problem with your crazy bird, I'd call someone who may be able to offer some kind of help? Or film it if you have a video camera and then show it to a bird expert? Guess we both have some odd things going on with our feathered friends!
  15. It sounds like those birds think that you are a very good cook.

    A squirrel feeder!!! Boy, that would not go over well, at my house. The squirrels here are very aggressive. They will go after any bird feeder, and destroy it, to get inside. I bought a metal, "squirrel proof" feeder; and, by the second day, they had figured how to get into it. When the bird feeders are empty, they hang from my deck railings, and chew on those. There are even nibble marks on the patio furniture (or Paddy O'Furniture, as the old joke goes).

    Your story reminds me of a house we rented, in the North Carolina mountains, a couple of years ago. On the first morning, I awoke to the sound af a strange rapping moise. I went downstairs to find a male cardinal repeatedly flying into a livingroom window. After working on that window, for about 5 minutes, he moved onto the next window. Eventually, he did a complete circumnavigation of the house, spending time flying into each window. When he finished with the first floor windows, he moved up to the second floor, and started working on the bedroom windows.

    The next day, I told the house's owner about the bird; and he responded, "Oh my! He's back! He has been doing this for 2 years."
  16. LOL, I can't help but laugh over this issue with the birds thumping windows and such! And your squirrels are aggressive? :eek:  WOW! My feeders for birds are all droll yankees and are guaranteed! Our wild bird center has proven squirrel proof feeders but they can get really expensive! So far, my critters have all been happy with their feeders and what I put in them. My only feeder that seems to attract too many visitors of the "wrong kind" is the peanut feeder. Maybe I'll get brave and post some shots of the feeders that I have. If you're serious about feeding birds and trying to keep squirrels at bay, then I'd suggest finding a good bird center in your area, or contact droll yankee. If you like, I'll try to find some info for ya!
  17. LisaR

    LisaR Guest

    How funny ...... I guess I've never watched birds enough! As for filling up the feeders, the least they can do is "pose" for your camera Dianne!! Looking forward to some nice shots! :smile:
  18. HEHE, Lisa! I've been posting birdies a long time now and since eng45ine taught me how not to blow my highlights, I've been tryin to shoot more! BUT, we're having storms almost every day, so shootin time is limited! I'll try harder! :redface: :biggrin:
  19. I have trouble with blown highlights also, so maybe you could pass that advice on to me? :biggrin:
  20. Why certainly!!!!!!!!! eng45ine (Frank) has coached me and due to him, Ottrot's human, Frits, and others, I've learned a ton! I'm grateful that I belong to the best forum in town and have made so many wonderful friends! I hope I haven't forgotten anything on this!!!! :redface: :biggrin:

    Depending on your camera and lens that you use!

    When I shoot birdies and such - I have my D50 w/300mm afs f4 and sometimes one of my TC's attached.

    1. ISO - I set mine around 200
    2. WB - depends on lighting condition - cloudy, direct sun, etc..
    3. Shooting mode - I use aperture priority
    4. shutter speed - depends on what I"m shooting
    5. F stop - depending on WB ( the bigger the # less light gets in the smaller # more light gets in) and the "sweet spot" for your particular lens.
    6. Take a pic, then check your highlights and histogram. If you get "blinkies" mine usually blink black, then adjust your EV settings up or down depending on what you got. If you have blinkies, most of the time, you'll want to go down or negative. If your histogram is too dark, then you want to go up or positive. Keep taking shots until you get it just right and then start blasting away!
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