Monthly Archives: February 2011

Are bird feeders like stockyard feedlots?

My turkscap are all native, and all originally grown from seeds I brought from an Austin plant, at my study site at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, a place I spent years in the 1970s studying wasps, a topic for another entry. … Louis, and what the feeders will be. P2084012.JPG Backyard gluttons, a flock of winter goldfinches. P1223918.JPG These cardinals have already paired up, and are stocking up at a backyard feeder. IMG_0034.JPG The front yard yaupon has lots of berries, and makes a completely natural bird feeder for skittish mockingbirds. PB152300.JPG Even lantana is more natural than a feeder, and attractive to this lovely butterfly – which one?

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Does my bird feeder feed Cooper’s hawks?

The paper didn’t go into much detail about what it felt like to be out in the north woods summer after summer, beginning a decade before the current crop of undergraduates were born, braving blackflies and mosquitoes, and the talons of hawks, all to do this study. … DOI: 10.1676/04-103.1 URL: http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.1676/04-103.1 P1293939 High up in the leafless pecan tree sat the Cooper’s hawk. P1293960 With my new 70-300 Olympus lens, and a lot of overexposure, we could see it looking down at my feeder. P1293958 What a lovely bird!

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