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This must be the Year of the Mockingbird! As you may have read in my previous posts, Mockingbirds have taken over the tree by the driveway and any suet feeders that have been hanging there. Having decided that the tree is part of their territory, the Mockingbirds have been chasing any other types of birds away from that tree. Here are the previous posts:
Adventures in Bird Feeding, Part 1: Keeping Peace with the Mockingbirds
Update on the Mockingbirds - Are they still interfering?
|April 10, 2014 - Two feeders|
A few weeks ago, with the Mockingbirds preventing the other birds from eating, I moved one of the feeders to a mimosa tree, about 50 to 60 feet away from the Mockingbird Tree. For a while, it seemed to work. Tufted Titmice, Cardinals, Chickadees, House Finches, and Downy Woodpeckers were all showing up at that feeder.
|The mimosa tree|
So far I hadn't been seeing the numbers of birds in my backyard that were there last winter. Was it because of the Mockingbirds chasing the other birds from both feeders? Or, perhaps the roaming cats around here had found some meals. Or, maybe some birds had become snatched up by the many hawks I've seen flying overhead.
Perhaps the quality of the suet cakes had been to blame. Last year at this time, I had made "suet" cakes from scratch, and a great number of birds had been attracted to them. So, I decided to make some cakes again to see if they would attract a greater number of birds.
|Cardinal and Titmouse|
Within a couple of minutes of hanging the homemade peanut butter cake on the morning of December 9th, a female Cardinal and a Tufted Titmouse showed up and shared the feeder that contained the new homemade cake. All seemed well!
This morning I stepped out on the porch and saw the Mockingbird fly from one tree to the other. He even posed for me on the Mockingbird Tree, glaring at me, as if giving me a warning not to encroach on his territory.
|Mockingbird warning me!|
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Wild birds are not dumb! They are sentient beings who often communicate specific things to humans. You can read about how I determined this to be a fact based on my intimate experiences with Barn Swallows as described in my book, Bonding with the Barn Swallows.