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- Subject: Feeding Sparrows
- From: Mary G Douglass <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 05 Nov 1999 18:22:53 -0500 (EST)
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At 05:05 PM 11/3/99 -0500, Josh wrote:
>The winter birds - Junco, White-throats, Yellow-rumps, Kinglets, and a
>Brown Creeper, as well as a less wintry Eastern Phoebe - finally reached
>my yard last week, so I picked up some millet for the sparrows yesterday.
>How do y'all offer that? Just scatter it on the ground? Or on a board? At
>WPBO, we had little discarded cable spools that offered a big enough
>platform for the ground birds to feel comfortable, while keeping the seed
>off the ground so it didn't decompose too fast or disappear into the
>grass. The only spools I saw in Durham Hardware yesterday still had cable
>on them though.
I like to have one tube feeder filled with millet for the Chippies, which
are pretty abundant here in the winter. When I started doing this, I was
surprised to see that Cardinals eat a good bit of it, too. Indigo and
Painted Buntings will come to this feeder in the spring, if I'm lucky.
However, nothing else that eats millet seems to like eating from a feeder,
so I also sprinkle some on the ground.
The low cable spools are great -- my aunt has used them successfully, but I
haven't been lucky enough to get one.
Mary G. Douglass