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I HAD ONE TIT FROOZEN AND THE OTHER WENT LIMP

  1. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    During the big freeze two of the blue tits that feed at my bird table died, the first one was froozen stiff and dead when I found him, while the second was limp and still alive but died sometime later.....

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      cosetteposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      haha cute title.

      can you insulate the birdhouse and maybe shield it also on the outside with something to block the cold winds? it might help a little.

      -cosette who also loves birdwatching

    2. lovelypaper profile image70
      lovelypaperposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      LOL....I have to admit, the title of this threw me off until I understood what you were talking about. Very clever, by the way.

  2. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    Does anyone else here feed the birds

    1. Granny's House profile image73
      Granny's Houseposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I feed the birds too. Love to watch them all year long. I don't feed them once spring is here. They can find all they need in the warmer months

    2. bonny2010 profile image60
      bonny2010posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Even the crows get fed at my place - its well knownaround home that I won't begrudge anyone or anything a feed.  Guess thats why I get all the unwanted little ones.

  3. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    I am really interested in peoples thoughts on birds during cold spells anyone out there with any information....

    1. bonny2010 profile image60
      bonny2010posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Don't know much about extreme cold spells, but during the monsoons we go around looking under shrubs and trees for the little birds that have become waterlogged and suffering from the cold - these we take home put them in a box with a hot water bottle until they warm up - these are then transfered to a large aviary until the rain eases - I do worry that some of them might be mums and dads and while they are recoveringtheir little ones are suffering - but I can't do anything about that - soI tell myself.

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      Twitterwriterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      My only suggestion is that if you feed birds in the winter - keep in mind that they become dependent on you. 

      I tend to throw seed out just every once in a while - because my crazy schedule doesn't allow me the time to actually enjoy the birds feeding ... and therefore I tend to forget them.   This fall the birds quickly learned not to depend on me ... and rarely stop by. 

      The gist of what I am getting at - don't give up on the birds just because it is too cold and miserable to tend to the feeders.  If you fed them consistantly up until the cold weather - please find a way to feed them during the cold weather.

  4. habee profile image89
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    We feed the birds, too, but we've never had any to freeze. Then again, we're in the Deep South. We call out titmouses "tits."
    My tits are always very lively and lots of fun to watch!

    1. Ron Montgomery profile image61
      Ron Montgomeryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      It seems you posted this on another forum thread.

      1. habee profile image89
        habeeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Hahahahaha!!!!

  5. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    habee great to hear new words (titmouses), I have loads of photos that I have taken of the birds around here, I will up load some on my Hub.....have you any pics of your birds to share....

  6. wychic profile image79
    wychicposted 7 years ago

    Lol...we all know where my gutter mind went when I saw this title, and I just had to find out what it was doing in pets and animals tongue.

    K, back to the question...I do feed birds, but it's mostly larger migratory birds such as cedarwings and grackles. We have some smaller songbirds and such here, but I currently live in a townhouse and the neighbors might not appreciate me feeding them here since some people don't like birdsong (strange people, I know). As soon as I get a permanent place I've already planned out feeders for all of the common birds in this area, as well as a garden geared to attract hummingbirds. Alas, this time of year we really don't have any birds, but they should be starting to come back in a couple of months.

    1. Misha profile image74
      Mishaposted 7 years ago in reply to this
      1. wychic profile image79
        wychicposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        LOL...I'm beginning to see what it takes to be a successful writer on this site wink. Thanks for the giggle!

        Maven101...sounds like the grackles here smile. We got into the habit of saving the really crusty ends off of homemade bread and crumbling it up for the birds, and they got to where they'd congregate all over the common area out back just waiting for us to show up with their food. They're gorgeous birds and so much fun to watch, there were so many that would grab as many pieces of bread as they could stuff in their beaks, hop across the lawn and drop it in a "secret" pile and go back for more...only to have a robin or something else that was hanging back trying to stay away from the bigger birds steal it as soon as the grackle went back for more. It doesn't pay to be greedy tongue.

  7. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    wychic at least your honest I would say many had the same thoughts but could not bring themsleves to admit it, thanks for sharing about the birds in your area, it have been difficult for birds in Ireland this past few weeks due to heavy frost and snow....but we done our best...

    1. Ron Montgomery profile image61
      Ron Montgomeryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I too shall be honest.  I saw the title and thought my day was off to a great start; then read the bird info and decided it really is Monday afterall. sad

  8. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    Ron I love honesty, well said, yes its Monday and thank God the weather has begun to thaw....

    1. Ron Montgomery profile image61
      Ron Montgomeryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Not for me.  We will start getting snow this morning that is predicted to pile up to 5 feet by Friday. mad

      1. Misha profile image74
        Mishaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        And this is surely a proof of a man made global warming lol

        1. Ron Montgomery profile image61
          Ron Montgomeryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          That's right!  Melting ice caps provide more moisture to be sucked up into the atmosphere where the frigid air -fueled by the extra co2-turns the moisture into snow causing me to shovel it, have a heart attack, and be transported by a high-emmission ambulence to the hospital.

          It's a vicious cycle.

  9. maven101 profile image78
    maven101posted 7 years ago

    Here in northern Arizona most of our song birds have left for warmer climes...The Raven sticks around all year and gives us great pleasure watching their aerobatics...I put out kibbled dog food and table scraps every morning and am rewarded with an air show...spectacular birds and highly intelligent...Larry

  10. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    Misha thanks for that I checked it out, I liked the description given for her birds

  11. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    maven 101 great to hear people are taking care of our feathered friends all over the world...

  12. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    For some reason I have only really coped on to why some people came to view this topic....and I am sore laughing...what was bringing you to a page where the potential viewing was some creature with one tit froozen and the other one limp....dont worry if it had been your topic I would have dropped in also...it must be global warming.....

  13. habee profile image89
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    When we lived on our mini-farm a few years ago, we were very into birds! We had lots of cardinals, blue jays, bluebirds, cowbirds, grackles, Carolina wrens, purple finches, sparrows, and woodpeckers.

    A good friend has a titmouse that will eat from her hand!

  14. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    Yes it would appear that my thread went on social issues and some of the more opened minded members thought they were going to view a different topic.....ha ha ha smile

  15. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    I have seen wild geese starting to arrive back in Ireland already this is very early..particularly as the weather is still cold...

    1. wychic profile image79
      wychicposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Maybe they're confused? Here the weather is still too cold for most birds, but unseasonably warm the last couple of weeks. My husband and I walked to a nearby restaurant for an early dinner last night and I actually heard a bird in a bush we passed...I couldn't see what it was, but was unmistakeably a bird! I wouldn't be surprised if it escaped from the pet store though...we're not far below Canada and I don't see anything being able to make it this far this early in the year. By the end of next month or so we'll be seeing some of the ducks and herons coming back, they only wait until the swiftest-flowing part of the canals and rivers is thawed.

  16. SandyMcCollum profile image80
    SandyMcCollumposted 7 years ago

    We feed several kinds of birds here in Oregon. Sparrow that wintered over seem to be the most common kind at the feeders. I feed the crows every morning too, and they are waiting for me when I come out at the same time every day.

    Our sparrows nest in bushes all around the house, so we're surrounded by their happy songs. I'm always  chasing the neighbor's cats away from the bushes.

    My crows are very intelligent and funny to watch. Like Ravens, they like to play on the wind, too. Then, when I walk my dog they follow me around the blocks hoping to get more bread, lol.

    When the crows are done with the bread, the starlings, squirrels and sparrows take the rest.

    Glad to see others feed the little (or big) wild ones, too.

  17. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    This morning I have placed peanuts in the bird feeders and wild bird seed on the bird table, I have seen - sparrows, blue tits, great tits, Black birds, Robins and Finch, all seem to be doing well......by the way it is 8.30am here in Ireland right now....does that mean that my American cousins are still in bed.....

    1. wychic profile image79
      wychicposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      This says five hours ago, so yeah...it was approximately 1:30 here in Wyoming and I was doing my very best to remain completely unconscious tongue.

      I know this last summer we had an overabundance of grasshoppers -- some say they have one more year in their cycle so they'll be even worse this year -- that really seemed to lend to a diverse bird population. I've been a bird enthusiast (and a Wyomingite) my entire life, and this last summer there were a few species I had to look up because I'd never seen them before.

  18. Happyontheinside profile image75
    Happyontheinsideposted 7 years ago

    aha ahahah ahahahaha ahahahahahaha...as you may have guessed this is not the thread I thought it was going to be LOL.

    I saw a frozen cow dead in a field once. It was horrible.

    1. manlypoetryman profile image71
      manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Poor cow...is a frozen cow...full of ice cream?

      1. prettydarkhorse profile image64
        prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        ice cream manly, hehe, where is that, frozen cow with ice cream, hehe

        1. manlypoetryman profile image71
          manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Howdy PDH...how is ya'?

          1. prettydarkhorse profile image64
            prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            good manly, guess your ok today?? youre talking bout frozen cow hehe, hows that, and tits could be frozen too??

            1. manlypoetryman profile image71
              manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Yep...PDH...Slowly pullin' up from a long chest cold...I ve heard that witche's ____ can be frozen...that is the only other time I ever heard of frozen tits!

  19. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    Happyontheinside, your not the only one that thought this would be a different topic, still I would have thought the same, thank God I did not tell them about the morning my cock was liveless.....yes my male chicken (cock) had been attacked by a Fox and lay there lifeless.......

  20. earnestshub profile image87
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    Bird lovers may be pleased to know that all the birds around me are fat as mud, happy and in an easy climate, no ice or snow, and natural food everywhere!
    I am in the middle of a large city (4 million people) yet there are an abundance of trees bearing fruit, worms everywhere, these guys are livin high! lol

  21. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    earnestshub, thanks for that, its hard to imagine so much wild life in the city, I think the cities are always a little warmer evern in times of extreme weather...........

    1. earnestshub profile image87
      earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      It only gets cold enough to snow here once every 10 years or so, and usually just for one day. Melbourne has more trees in the streets than many cities, plus huge wetlands integrated in and running though dozens of suburbs on all sides of the city. In the city we have all sorts of parrots, cockatoos, parakeets, thrush, finch, swallow, Indian minors, kookaburra, magpie, Kiwi magpie, tom tit, owl, blackbird are all I can think of at the moment, we also have fruit bats in the city. They fly at night. smile

  22. NewYorker profile image81
    NewYorkerposted 7 years ago

    I have never fed a bird in my whole life. But then again, I am terrified of birds. And well.. I live in New York. You can walk outside and get free Thai food off the street.

    1. earnestshub profile image87
      earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      It is probably a good idea to be afraid of birds, at least a bit, they can be vicious. We have an Eclectus parrot, Eric. He could quite easily sever a finger, this bird is one half beak and the other half beak muscle! smile

  23. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    Very Good NY Thai food, funny that.....

  24. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    There are four hawks living in the field at the back of my house...I have seen them kill pigeons in mid air...scary birds

  25. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    wychic, great, I also bought a book about birds in Ireland, I had not seen some of them before, I have posted pics of them on my Blog, I now know that the ones with the red masks are called Finches....so while I was hubbing you were sleeping....

  26. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    Where have all the tit lovers gone? smile

    1. manlypoetryman profile image71
      manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Oh we are still here...and laughing away...i know i am a tit lover...for sure. Whether it's feeding the lil' birdies...or holding 'em...i'm all for tits!

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        A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I like tits!

        1. manlypoetryman profile image71
          manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          you know...a texan...i always enjoy just watching tits...there is something about them!

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            A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            They bounce up and down and then fly away, at least they do when I'm around.

            1. manlypoetryman profile image71
              manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              you should always make sure that they are released from any trappings!

            2. Misha profile image74
              Mishaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              I observe most American men enjoy tits above all. Likely because most of them were deprived of tit feeding in infancy. lol

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                A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                I like a pretty ass just as much, what do you have to say about that Dr Freud?

                1. Misha profile image74
                  Mishaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  Umm, likely you were brought up in an urban setting, and did not have a chance to ride enough asses during your childhood tongue

  27. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    Texan I am glad to hear that you have a firm grasp of what tits need in this cold weather...

  28. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    indeed manlypoetryman, I once seen a pair of tits caught in the most heinious wire contraption....

    1. manlypoetryman profile image71
      manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Poor tits...they needed to be set free!

  29. Will Apse profile image90
    Will Apseposted 7 years ago

    In the Uk we have blue tits and great tits. The great tits bully the blue tits something rotten.

    1. manlypoetryman profile image71
      manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      not sure about blue tits...all though white and tan ones are my favorite ones....however all tits are great!

  30. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    Willapse, same here in Ireland...tit against tit

  31. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    indeed manly I just put my hand inside the wire and brought the two of them out...I held them for a while and then set them free...

    1. manlypoetryman profile image71
      manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      very well done...I must say!

  32. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    Yes manly we have great tits her ein Ireland as well, sometimes its hard to get your hands on them but if you treat them right they will rest easy in your company..

    1. manlypoetryman profile image71
      manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      that is great to know...it is always good to hear about places that have great tits!

  33. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    Texan I hear what your saying about Ass we call them donkeys here in Ireland, I once got up on one and it threw me off again, I may have went about mounting it the wrong way....

  34. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    Yes indeed Misha very few asses where I was reared.....

  35. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    I have discovered that there are a pair of Starlings living in the attic....just seen them this evening....it is 7.40pm here in Ireland right now.....dark and scary.. smile

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      A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Clarice Starling? Where is Hannibal?

  36. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    Texan, you know where he is, hes over on that first date thread eating face.....

  37. caravalhophoto profile image60
    caravalhophotoposted 7 years ago

    lol  okay...my mind went elsewhere when reading the forum title...sorry to hear about the birds, more happy that it wasn't your actual tits!

  38. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    caravalhophoto, dont worry your not the first, and as I said earlier thank God I did not mention the morning my Cock was lifeless....a fox had got into the pen and killed my male rooster (cock) smile

    1. caravalhophoto profile image60
      caravalhophotoposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Love it!!! lol

  39. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    cosette, I have now built a small bird village, I will post a pic on my Hub......they fight over each of the little houses...I will just go and see if I can up load a pic for you..

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    cosetteposted 7 years ago

    cool! that sounds awesome! hee hee i'm all smiles from that.

  41. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    cosette it took a bit of time but I have just up loaded a picture of my bird village, not the best pic in the world but Im sure you get the idea....

  42. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    It is 8.30am here in Ireland on a damp but mild day, many parts of the country are flooded as the snow melted on high ground, but the cities and roads are working normally, the birds are enjoying the mild weather.....

  43. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    It is now 12.44pm in Ireland....weather mild....birds doing well

  44. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    New Yorker can you advise on my tits

  45. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    thast all the birds gone for the day it is 6.15pm here in Ireland...

  46. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    Hello NY

  47. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    Grannys House, glad to hear you feed the birds, I have plenty here this morning as it snowed last night smile

  48. rebel12 profile image61
    rebel12posted 7 years ago

    hello
    my daughter jan is new to hubpages as i am. jan is passionate about feeding and caring for our feathered friends welfare so she has started a new blog  on her. so would you please blog with jan she would love to blog with you all.  her hubpage blog user name  is janine cope

  49. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    rebel12 is your daughter over 18 years of age......if so I will have no problem sharing my knowledge and photos of birds....please confirm

    1. ASHWINSPGA profile image59
      ASHWINSPGAposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      lollollol

  50. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    8.35 am here in Ireland...very cold...frost....-2/3.....loads of birds out this morning......the Crow I rescued from the road yesterday was fit to fly away this morning...happy days smile

 
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