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Birdbath But No Birds

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I've had a birdbath close to my deck for a number of years and the birds have always used it. It accidently got broken this spring, and I purchased a blue one that looks ceramic. Not one bird came near it, so I took it back to the store, and they asked me if I wanted to try the green one, so I did. Still no birds...I moved them around to different locations in the back yard, but nothing helped.I thought it must be the shiney look they had, so I bought a dull granite one, and am having the same luck. I even bought a water wiggler to see if that would work.. It didn't. I have been more than patient, leaving them in each location for more than a week. I've had the water wiggler for 2 weeks now. My next door neighbor has birds in her birdbath. Any ideas of what could be wrong?

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It might be that by moving it

It might be that by moving it around you are not giving the birds time to get used to it. I put out a second bird bath this May and checked it every day -- from the evidence it was several weeks until that bird bath was visited regularly. The bath I placed on the ground near it was an instant hit, so go figure. I would find a place and just leave it there for a few weeks. Can you duplicate the surroundings of your neighbor's bird bath?

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I have 2 in my bird garden,

I have 2 in my bird garden, one has always been more popular the other one. I do know when I placed a rock in it they shied away from it until I moved the rock. It's the same with their feed. If i put something new out they shy away until one gets brave enough to fly down and check it out. Funny little birds!

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I have two birdbaths too!

One is an old mini satellite dish mounted laying down flat on a post, it fills with rain water, and the other is my pond, the birds love it! I've got two more of the mini dishes that were left on the house when I moved in that I can duplicate the first mentioned birdbath!

My sunflowers are doing wonderful this year, but the goldfinches are eating them before they are even ready! I guess I need to put some sunflower seeds in the feeders!

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I just saw my first nuthatch!

It was down on the bank of the pond!

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I keep forgetting,

When I looked it up in my bird book, it was a Cedar-waxwing, not a Nuthatch, I'm still trying to get all my birds straight!

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Aren't They A Funny Little Bird?

By itself? So cool. They're shy, but I saw a hungry one at my feeder tired of being driven off by the gaggle of sparrows, so it raised its long beak practically straight up and arched up its wings so all the feathers were flared ... the sparrows took the "hint".

They make a quiet low-throated grumble like they're talking to themselves.

Calendar says "Hummingbirds fly south" for the northeast ... see ya next year.

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Say!

I didn't know you were going to fly south with the birds,,,see you next year! ;)

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Wish ...

... I could! Just before the big first blizzard!!!!!

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I used to wish that!

Now I look forward to getting cooled off after the heat of the summer! :)

It's been raining, so the birds have been having a hay day sinning and the like!

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If ...

... I got some of that special salve you use for muscles, I might change my mind.

What was it's name again?

{{{I found that post, it was Emu Oil }}}

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I saw a funny thing today.

I saw a funny thing today. One I've seen with Cardinals but never with Hummers. I was watering a raised bed this afternoon with my nozzle on spray mode. Suddenly a female hummer flew down hovering in the spray, even sitting on the rim of the bed at times. She then flew to a neighboring tree and preceded to preen. I've seen Cardinal do this same thing many times while watering the yard, but never with a hummer. Nice treat!

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Nice Of You ...

... to accomodate!! Hummers can be very forthright. Up at my folks place in PA, whenever someone new was sitting on the porch where the feeders were, they'd fly nearly in their face to check them out.

I'd been trying to get the goldfinches to my porch, but I think I've got the feeders for different birds too close together. And I saw a goldfinch harass a big cardinal ... and win! Just flying after it and swooping ... that cardinal said "color me gone".

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Last fall we had a goldfinch

Last fall we had a goldfinch convention in our bird garden. Upwards of of at least 50 at time, often with 5-6 perched on the thistle and the sunflower hearts feeders. They were gone right after March, early April. We were lucky enough to see the males start to turn bright yellow though.

Yesterday I cleaned the bird baths and decided to go ahead and put out a hummer feeder(haven't hung one out this year), even though they seem to prefer the lantana.
Thought I'd see how many I could draw in. My son is running a falcon study up in Asheville and a female hummingbird accidently got caught up in the net. He was able to hold her til she gained enough strength to fly off. He was amazed at how little and beautiful she was up close.

Judy Austin
birdbath

I had many birds in my birdbath all summer - sometimes 4 or 5 at a time. August arrived and no more birds. Any idea why?

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