A substantial sized feeder is good… because you simply don’t have to fill them as often. In general, hopper feeders tend to be on the larger size, while tube bird feeders usually hold less seed. This is okay if you don’t have much bird traffic, but right now it seems everyone is fattening up for fall and the yearly migration to southern climates.
This tube bird feeder is way cool, just the way it looks is pretty darn groovy in itself. I like it because it holds four pounds of seed, and is hand crafted i the USA. Super quality means it will be around for many seasons, and it’s made in two styles; for black oil sunflower or thistle seed. When the perches are all full… it’s really a pretty impressive site to behold.
Finches, Chickadees, Titmice, Nuthatches, and other small songbirds can be seen at a tube bird feeder. This past summer, we were lucky enough to see a few Indigo Buntings at the tube bird feeder in our yard.
As always, a fresh water source, such as a bird bath will always entice more birds than any feeder itself, especially with the severe drought in the Southeast. You can help migratory birds by keeping feeders full and fresh, offering suet and fruit, and a fresh water source in your yard. Something as simple as a large plant saucer filled with water can serve as a birdbath and oasis for many feathered friends!
TENS OF THOUSANDS TO GOOGLE: SHUT DOWN DOGFIGHTING APP
Breakthrough campaign on Change.org calls on Google to immediately remove KG Dogfighting from the Android Market; reports of the game’s removal inaccurate
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – More than 41,000 people have joined a viral campaign on Change.org calling on Google to remove KG Dogfighting, a dogfighting game created by Kage Games, LLC, from the Android Market.
Robert Pregulman, author of the Seattle DogSpot blog, launched the online campaign after reading reports claiming that Google had responded to the public outcry against the dog fighting game by temporarily pulling the app.
“Contrary to media reports, Google never removed any version of KG Dogfighting from the Android Market,” said Pregulman. “The patience of dog lovers waiting for Google to take this cruel game off the market is running out fast.”
KG Dogfighting has been condemned by law enforcement officials and animal advocates alike.
“KG Dogfighting is in effect a cyber training manual for the illegal enterprise of dogfighting,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “We must exhibit a zero-tolerance policy for this barbaric practice, which we are working so hard to uproot from our communities.”
In a Senate hearing in May, Google’s Alan Davidson stated “Apps that are unlawful or directly related to unlawful activity, we do take those down.”
Activists have called on Mr. Davidson to review KG Dogfighting, but he has not responded to further inquiry.
“Although Google still has not taken a position on the dog fighting app, activists around the world haven’t given up,” said Change.org Director of Organizing, Stephanie Feldstein. “It’s remarkable to see their dedication to keeping animal cruelty from being trivialized or seen as just a game. More than a dozen pet bloggers have supported Robert’s campaign on Change.org and continue working to get the truth out about this app and Google’s lack of response to the public outcry.”
Live signature totals from the campaign:
A swell project for kids aged 9 to 99, bird house kits have come a long way from the clunky, boring models of the past. Anything but boring, newer designs work the mind with their puzzle-like assembly. Many requiring no nails or glue, they make fantastic projects for school and youth groups, and real nesting sites for wild birds. Being fanatical backyard birders ourselves, with a commitment to conservation and the environment, you bet we’ll be happy to discount any bulk orders for bird house kits!
Several schools have already benefited from this offer, as well as the birds and the environment. For instance: Village Community School in New York purchased over 80 bird house kits for a park make-over last year. Aside from a generous discount, we donated nesting materials, a bluebird book, suet cakes with fun holders, and ideas for easy and inexpensive birdbaths. Together these items helped create a very bird-friendly habitat.
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I really appreciate bats–at least the bats we have here out west. (I know a few vampire bats have been found crossing from the Mexican border. They make me a tad nervous, but mostly because I don’t know much about them, I suppose.)
A number of years ago, when we could still rehab bats here in Colorado, I did a week-long “boot camp” on bat rehabilitation and rearing at Bat World Sanctuary in TX. (Bats have been officially declared a rabies-vector species in CO. This means, in our state, that no one is allowed to rehab them now unless everyone on the premises has had the pre-exposure series of rabies vaccinations. Our rehab center can’t mandate that, since we have so many volunteers. So we no longer rehab bats, I’m sorry to say. The ones I’ve helped with were fascinating, gentle, intelligent-seeming creatures. Individual in-home rehabbers are the only hope left for for injured, ill, and orphaned bats in this state.)
What I recall, from a deep, dusty memory of the Bat World training, is that most bat houses that are used serve as nursery colonies–groups of mothers and their pups. It’s certainly possible that bats in the east act differently. And a one-week training years ago hardly makes me a bat expert. The most common bat species we have here is the little brown myotis. Aside from nursing colonies, these bats tend to roost during the day singly, in rock crevices, under loose bark, and wood piles. Single bats will occasionally roost in or around buildings, but it’s not their most common choice here.
So a bat house–unless you’re within 1/4-mile or so of water, where nursing colonies tend to be–doesn’t get any bats. We certainly tried on our property, before I knew this. Repeatedly. Even though we see these marvelous insectivores in decent numbers at night. But, as I said, perhaps they behave differently in areas other than arid pinyon/juniper habitat out west and will use houses as daytime roosts elsewhere.
An interesting overview article about White-nose Syndrome (WNS) appeared recently in Microbe. Don’t be fooled by the title of the journal–it’s a very readable article. Toward the end of the article, the authors mention that WNS has existed in bats in Europe for quite a while. Yet those populations have not experienced elevated mortality rates. That sounds like a promising line of research for some wildlife researchers. We surely need some hope for these valuable mammals.”
With the fall migration under way for many birds, Goldfinches are one of the few species who will actually stay put… especially if you have finch feeders in your yard. Although their vibrant yellow plumage will soon begin to fade and wither with their second molt of the season, these sweet songbirds are full-time residents in most of North America.
Aside from being one of the few who experience two molts in the same season, they are also one of the latest breeders, raising nestlings in late summer through early fall. Because of this, you’ll find finch feeders busy with activity this time of year. Babies are fed thistle (or nyjer seed) almost exclusively.
Because of hot, humid weather, seed tends to spoil rapidly, so it’s best to change and clean feeders frequently. If finch feeders are not being emptied quick enough by the birds, don’t fill them all the way. This three-tube finch feeder’s innovative design distributes seed more evenly, so it’s less likely to spoil.
Just because that yellow plumage disappears, your finches won’t! Continue to fill your finch feeders throughout the year, and offer a fresh water source for these and other birds. Creating a wildlife friendly habitat will keep finches around the whole year.