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Connie Smith (grandmapearl)

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  • Want to Make Your Wild Birds Happy?  Feed Them Nuts!
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    Want to Make Your Wild Birds Happy? Feed Them Nuts!

    4 years ago

    If you want to make your wild birds happy, nuts are sure to put a smile on their beaks! For fall and winter treats they can’t be beat. Discover their favorites, and the best way to serve them.

  • How to Make a Hummingbird Feeder Wreath
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    How to Make a Hummingbird Feeder Wreath

    2 years ago

    If hummingbirds don’t seem to visit your yard, or you want to add a beautiful decorative statement to your windows while attracting even more hummers, this easy-to-make hummingbird feeder wreath will surely help the little guys find their way to you. I made mine in less than a half hour with an...

  • The Truth About Turkey Vultures
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    The Truth About Turkey Vultures

    5 years ago

    A pretty face isn't everything! Turkey Vultures are not at all the creatures of evil as Hollywood has often implied. Did you know they can live for 30 years or more, despite what they eat? Did you know they do not spread disease, contrary to popular beliefs? Discover the real truth about Turkey...

  • Create Safe Bird Habitats With Climbing Roses
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    Create Safe Bird Habitats With Climbing Roses

    5 years ago

    I may be old fashioned, but to me there is nothing that compares to a rose. The fragrance and beauty of older heirlooms, wild roses and new varieties just cannot be beat. Choose climbing roses, and you automatically create an outstanding habitat for birds that will have long-reaching benefits...

  • The Juncos I Have Come to Know
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    The Juncos I Have Come to Know

    5 years ago

    It might be easy to overlook Dark-Eyed Juncos because of their gray and brown colorations. But it is impossible to overlook their helpful and voracious weed seed and insect-eating appetite. Come discover more about the number one feeder bird in the US!

  • Finches Come in All the Colors of the Rainbow
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    Finches Come in All the Colors of the Rainbow

    11 months ago

    Members of the finch family represent all the colors of the rainbow, and more. These seed- and fruit-loving birds literally come in each of the five colors, plus white and black!

  • Attract Birds You Have Never Seen Before With Fruit
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    Attract Birds You Have Never Seen Before With Fruit

    5 years ago

    Fruits of all kinds are welcomed by our bird friends. The old standbys, like apples and oranges can be supplemented to attract a larger variety of birds to your yard. Tropical fruits including mangoes and papayas may bring you visits from birds you have never seen before!

  • How Do Birds Get Their Colors?
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    How Do Birds Get Their Colors?

    2 years ago

    Have you ever wondered why some birds have iridescent patches; or why Northern Cardinals are red; or what makes Blue Jays blue? How dull would life be without the colors that punctuate our lives? Everywhere you look Mother Nature has given us a huge paint box full of colors; and she reserves her...

  • The Sounds of Hummingbirds
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    The Sounds of Hummingbirds

    10 months ago

    While in flight, at the nectar feeder, fending off intruders, or enjoying a rain shower on a hot summer day, Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds constantly communicate and vocalize. Read about these ‘songs’ and you will begin to hear your hummers with different ears.

  • 8 Easy Ways to Landscape Under Bird Feeders
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    8 Easy Ways to Landscape Under Bird Feeders

    2 years ago

    Do you have an unsightly bare spot under your bird feeders? Most of us do, but there are options for making that area as pretty as the rest of your yard. Discover my 8 easy solutions for transforming the space under birdfeeders.

  • 5 Tips to a Bird Safe Yard
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    5 Tips to a Bird Safe Yard

    5 years ago

    Is your yard safe for your feathered friends? Check out solutions for eliminating 5 common dangers you may have overlooked. Make your yard a healthy habitat for backyard birds.

  • How and Why to Attract Owls to Your Backyard
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    How and Why to Attract Owls to Your Backyard

    5 years ago

    Beautiful, elegant and intelligent, owls are also very efficient at reducing rodent populations. That makes them a gardener’s best friend. Learn how to attract these amazing birds to your backyard.

  • Briar Patches Are For the Birds!
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    Briar Patches Are For the Birds!

    5 years ago

    That’s right--they love ‘em! Plant even a small briar patch and you’re almost guaranteed to see birds that have never visited your yard before. There’s a large variety of berry plants from which to choose, including thornless. Plant enough bushes for you and your backyard birds to enjoy.

  • Mouse and Rat Poison:  What They're Not Telling Us
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    Mouse and Rat Poison: What They're Not Telling Us

    2 years ago

    Second generation rodent killing chemicals are indiscriminately poisoning our children, pets and wildlife. In fact, rodenticides are killing off the natural rodent controls at an alarming rate, leaving us to face the real possibility of a rodent infestation that‘s beyond help.

  • How to Make a Bird Nesting Basket in 5 Easy Steps
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    How to Make a Bird Nesting Basket in 5 Easy Steps

    2 years ago

    This is an easy project that will benefit your baby birds by keeping them hidden from predators. In just 5 easy steps you can make this beautiful hanging bird nesting basket. You might even want to make more than one!

  • Best Tips to Attract Northern Cardinals to Your Yard
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    Best Tips to Attract Northern Cardinals to Your Yard

    5 years ago

    If you are longing for the sights and sounds of everyone's favorite redbird, the beautiful Northern Cardinals, follow my easy plan to create a cardinal habitat. Give them what they like and you are sure to catch sight of these gorgeous birds in no time!

  • How to Stop Woodpeckers from Damaging Your House
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    How to Stop Woodpeckers from Damaging Your House

    2 years ago

    If woodpeckers are causing damage to your house, and driving you crazy with their drumming, then help is here! Find out why they do it, and how to stop them.

  • How to Feed Your Backyard Birds Without Going Broke
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    How to Feed Your Backyard Birds Without Going Broke

    5 years ago

    If the price of black oil sunflower seed has discouraged you from feeding your backyard birds, consider using some or all of my 9 ways to stretch your bird seed dollar. Some of them may even surprise you!

  • Brown-Headed Cowbird:  Not Such a Bad Egg After All
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    Brown-Headed Cowbird: Not Such a Bad Egg After All

    6 years ago

    The Brown-Headed Cowbird long ago chose a nomadic life. Laying its eggs in the nests of other birds, it was then free to follow the herds of buffalo and cattle across the Great Plains. Today it has continued its parasitic ways, earning an UNDESERVED reputation as the reason songbird populations...

  • Got Japanese Beetles?  You Need Catbirds!
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    Got Japanese Beetles? You Need Catbirds!

    4 years ago

    Instead of using toxic chemical pesticides and ineffective traps, why not enlist Nature's first line of defense against destructive insects. Japanese beetles are like popcorn to gray catbirds! If you have these or any other destructive insect pests plaguing your flower or vegetable gardens,...

  • Building the Ultimate Brush Pile: 4 Easy Steps to a Super Brush Pile for Birds
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    Building the Ultimate Brush Pile: 4 Easy Steps to a Super Brush Pile for Birds

    6 years ago

    Building a brush pile is easy and fun. You have to pile that stuff someplace, right? Why not make it bird-user-friendly while you're at it! Here are 4 easy steps to a great brush pile that will attract more birds to your yard.

  • Amazing Starlings:  The Good, the Bad, the Bold and the Beautiful
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    Amazing Starlings: The Good, the Bad, the Bold and the Beautiful

    2 years ago

    Starlings have a very bad reputation, and with good reason. They are aggressive birds that have displaced our native songbirds by competing for nesting spots as well as food sources. But they also have their good points. Discover their talents as well as ways to keep them out of your bird...

  • 7 Natural Ways to Entice Orioles to Your Yard
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    7 Natural Ways to Entice Orioles to Your Yard

    3 months ago

    If you have never had the pleasure of hearing or seeing the gorgeous Northern (Baltimore) Oriole, here are seven natural ways you can attract them to your yard and gardens. You won't be sorry—they are voracious insect eaters!

  • 15 Myths About Wild Birds
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    15 Myths About Wild Birds

    6 years ago

    Uncooked rice will make a birds stomach swell up and explode! True or False? Hummingbirds never land, they always hover. Right or Wrong? If you feed peanut butter to birds, it will stick to the roof of their mouths and they will choke. Yes or No? Find the answers to these and more…

  • The Perfect Bird-Friendly Evergreen Plants
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    The Perfect Bird-Friendly Evergreen Plants

    21 months ago

    Add year-round beauty and interest to your landscape while providing natural protection from bad weather and predators as well as nesting site opportunities for your feathered visitors.

  • Fun Questions and Answers About Wild Turkeys
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    Fun Questions and Answers About Wild Turkeys

    4 years ago

    Do you know why Ben Franklin wanted to name the wild turkey as our national symbol instead of the bald eagle? Do you know what a hen turkey looks like, or how many eggs she lays? Find out the answers to these questions and more!

  • Blue Jays—Clever Mimics of the Bird World
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    Blue Jays—Clever Mimics of the Bird World

    22 months ago

    Blue Jays are not only clever mimics, but highly intelligent birds that love day old bread. They have the reputation for being bully birds, and rightly so. But I don't think there's a prettier sight in the middle of winter than blue jays and cardinals in the snow!

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