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Making me think I should get/make a birdbath...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 08, 2020 12:03PM
... this one is currently hunkering down (as I write this) on my porch. Just sitting there, I'm guessing the heat is too much for him/her.

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... this is one of a mated pair that have nested in the rafters in my backyard. I find these guys so much less annoying than the finches. They're just super chill. I wonder if he/she lost their mate.




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Re: Making me think I should get/make a birdbath...
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: July 08, 2020 01:16PM
What is that wiring thing in the upper right? Looks like a fire hazard.



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Re: Making me think I should get/make a birdbath...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 08, 2020 01:17PM
.....what if you don't fit in it.....???



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Re: Making me think I should get/make a birdbath...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 08, 2020 01:33PM
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Ombligo
What is that wiring thing in the upper right? Looks like a fire hazard.

Another camera, and anti-bird wire. Not a fire hazard.




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Re: Making me think I should get/make a birdbath...
Posted by: bfd
Date: July 08, 2020 01:35PM
You can start out with just a shallow bowl - like the kind that's used to catch runoff from a container plant or even just an unused serving tray. You can get a little fancier and put this in a macrame sling and hang it on your porch. Lots of easy ideas:

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Re: Making me think I should get/make a birdbath...
Posted by: Don C
Date: July 08, 2020 02:28PM
Water and food will keep them around!

I had doves nesting on the window trim on the front porch the year we moved in (and the previous owners said for some years before) but by the third summer they had stopped. I don't know why, of course. They are ever present around my feeder and birdbaths so they are here, just not nesting in their old place.

Feeders make a mess on the ground, but it is worth it to have the birds around.

Doves are primarily ground feeders. In addition to the mess made by the sparrows and chickadees on the ground under the squirrel proof tube, I have two flat boxes hanging a few fee up, one with regular feed and one with thistle; the doves like both of those (as do cardinals).
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Re: Making me think I should get/make a birdbath...
Posted by: Pam
Date: July 08, 2020 02:57PM
Make your own birdbath out of clay pots [morningchores.com]
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Re: Making me think I should get/make a birdbath...
Posted by: hal
Date: July 08, 2020 03:11PM
anything that holds water can be a birdbath - caged birds will often take a bath in their water bowl.
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Re: Making me think I should get/make a birdbath...
Posted by: modelamac
Date: July 08, 2020 04:18PM
Peter B,

We have free-standing birdbath in our back yard. It gets fresh water daily when the sprinkler system runs at 4:30AM.



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Re: Making me think I should get/make a birdbath...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 08, 2020 06:48PM
You all are making me think maybe the easiest thing is to put something in the center of the hanging baskets -- it'd catch the water and therefore work as a birdbath, but I doubt it'd be large enough (at least, not for the doves) and I do actually already have some feeders that I haven't gotten around to installing.

I like the doves -- they're just very peaceful birds, but am not sure I'd want some of the other jerks in the area ... for example the house sparrows and finches. I posted awhile back here that there was a mockingbird and those guys too are apparently quite aggressive.




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Re: Making me think I should get/make a birdbath...
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: July 08, 2020 11:08PM
Here are some DIY ideas on YouTube:

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Re: Making me think I should get/make a birdbath...
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: July 09, 2020 07:19AM
Cardinal!


Here in the Bay area I haven't noticed any really cool birds, except in the shoreline.

Visiting some friend's in TX, I saw a bright red cardinal in a sub level window box picking at some food.

My 'HEY LOOK!" scared him off and everybody was 'Dude! What's the deal!' thinking I thought I saw a UFO.

He came back is just a few seconds, looked in the window for a second or two, and they started eating.

My buddy's daugher says he's there every day eating for about 5min, then off.

Other than some humming birds and a blue jay, that's that cardinal is the most colorful bird I've ever seen outside of a Nature documantary.

I know there are lots of varieties of birds in CA, birders have told me so.

I just haven't gone looking outside of the shoreline.




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