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  • Summer
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    A few days ago I watched a group of about 10 crows playing around in the woods behind my house. Their kept going between my leaf litter and the trees. I have learned over the years to watch where they frequent in my yard, it can tell me where a hen was laying "hidden" eggs, and unfortunatly where a rabbit nest had been. They also love to forage around in my compost pile.
    in reply to: Life in a Flock #1019076
  • Summer
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    1. I would tell them that there are many other, more proficient, baby bird killers and that in all honesty it is simply nature 3. I live on the edge of the ravens range, if I travel about 2 hours north they are common, however we do get them down this way on occasion and there are a few known populations of them in the area. 4. When I first got chickens I was told that if you invite the crows to hang around you'll have less hawk predation on your free range chickens, I have seen this to be true. The crows often times chase the hawks out of the area.
    in reply to: What is a Crow? #1010780
  • Summer
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    While I knew they moved their wings in a different way that other birds I did not realize the structural differences. I found the fact that the muscles used to fly make up 1/4 of their body weight. My little guy likes to sleep at the feeder, only once did he seem to go into torpor there, he ended up hanging upside down.
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    I live in Mid-Michigan and we get the Ruby Throated Hummingbird here. I love the way they zip by you and impatiently wait for the feeder to be filled. I have a male that loves to hang out and sleep on the fence around the dog yard. I would love a trip to an area of South America where I could see several species.
  • Summer
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    @Stacey There are several birds that will eat the Goldenrod seeds (Goldfinch, Chickadees, some sparrows, et. al.). Goldenrod also attracts several insect species which makes them beneficial to insectivores.

  • Summer
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    I'm blessed to live on 6 acres in rural Michigan. There's a large blueberry marsh behind my house, and wild blackcaps and blackberries growing on the property. There are several native forbs that grow naturally in the woodland strip that surrounds our property. I have established one native flower bed in front of my house, one flower bed full of nursery plants and one that is mixed on the side of the house. However, our house was built in the 80's on an old farm field, and then was vacant for 2 years before we bought it. My plan is to harvest seeds from my established native flowers, propagate them, and get some in the cool season grassland that surrounds my house. We are also finally getting to replacing last of the windows along the back and getting the siding up, after which I get to design the backyard. I'm thinking of going with a mix of patio and deck and then want to add a water feature and more natives around it. While I'm fairly knowledgeable in both native plants and birds, I'm hoping to gain some insight on how to incorporate them better in my landscaping. I'm also working on removing the invasive Honeysuckle, Multiflora rose, Autumn Olive, and Buckthorn. I pull as much of the garlic mustard I can each year with the hope of at least slowing its spread and reducing its allelopathic effects.
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