They love the walnuts in my used this time of year...take them to the lightpost and drop them in front of passing cars to crack them open! So cool, and so amazingly intelligent. Anything I can do to begin interacting with them? (my kids like getting them to respond to our crow calls)
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**blinks twice, squints** you don't look like a novice... lol :)
Thanks for the great info, I really appreciate it. This'll be so fun to work on with my scientifically-minded daughters through the fall and winter! We'll take pics and do a journal!
How's the research coming?
Slow Deb, really slow lol :)
Back when we were first discussing this I did try some foil and walnuts. I think one crow came up one time. But, they are everywhere now. Blue Jays too. We'll try again! But we do have an outdoor cat... and they know it.
I'm about to let my kids give the 'keets a ceremonial send-off. They'll think they're doing a beautiful thing, and I'll just let that be that lol...
When you say Keets are you talking about parakeets?
Are they native to your area?
I not then you are introducing a foreign and possibly invasive species. This is where we got starlings not a good, or legal, idea.
*Do not release parakeets in the Pennsylvania woodlands* ... got it.
*Do not befriend badger* ... got it. You're a regular Snow White...
In our small city lot we have tons of chipmunk and squirrels, blue jays and a regular family of cardinals I feed from the feeder (well, until the squirrels chew it down..)
Jays are unbelievably intelligent and can be befriended easier than most other birds. Its fun to set up obstacle courses for squirrels they are master puzzle solvers.
Nice to meet you on some common ground JT. I heard popcorn's good too. Like the idea of something shiny, same spot, and using voice - watched a show on how they recognize faces, maybe special hat/feathers? This'll be fun - I can hear them now! Thx!
You are very welcome Lee. You may even have them eating out of your hand. :)
That'd be wild, but I don't go into this naively...I already have two parakeets that want next to nothing to do with me. They were given to my kids as gifts...they've taught me I'm not really a bird person :( or rather that birds belong outside!
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Keep it simple... makes sense :) You know, I posted this a while ago and it's again that time of year when they're around for the walnuts. Nice timing calling our attention back to this thread - winter will be here soon...now's my chance!