[CT Birds] raccoons and hummingbirds

diane wright dwright823 at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 10 16:01:53 EDT 2013


I suspect the same thing.  I thought I had a leak.  About two weeks ago I took down my suet feeders and nut feeder because some critter was taking it off the hook - and I have a squirrel baffle - so I suspected a raccoon.  It was time to take down the suet anyway and I purchased a spray for the baffle.  If I remember to spray it works!

Diane
 

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   1. Re: Raccoons and Hummingbird Feeders Anyone? (Paul Koker)
   2. Re: Raccoons and Hummingbird Feeders Anyone?
      (Tina and Peter Green)
   3. Re: W Hartford Cedar Waxwings (Boletebill)
   4. Re: Cedar Waxwings (Boletebill)
   5. Re: Raccoons and Hummingbird Feeders Anyone? (Amy Hopkins)
   6. Old Lane, Cheshire (Phil Asprelli)
   7. Raccoons (mjpm3 at aol.com)
   8. Common Moorhen (Milan Bull)


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Message: 1
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:01:42 -0400
From: "Paul Koker" <pkoker2011 at charter.net>
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Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Raccoons and Hummingbird Feeders Anyone?
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Depending on the style of feeder, I have also seen chipmunks draining hummer
feeders.

Paul
New Milford

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Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Raccoons and Hummingbird Feeders Anyone?

Joe - Yes, you need the baffle as it is almost certainly a raccoon.


In a message dated 6/10/2013 11:36:30 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
Joseph.Bear at rbs.com writes:

Apologies if this has already been discussed here, but has anyone  
experienced raccoons draining their hummingbird feeders at night?  I
initially 
thought the feeder had a bad seal and was leaking, until I tried  another
one 
and it was "leaking" too, and only at night.  Haven't  actually seen the 
culprit, but we have raccoons around the house (as I'm  quickly reminded of
when 
I leave the garage door open- e.g. bird seed) so  guessing it must be them.

I took my baffle off for the summer as didn't  think I needed it for a 
hanging Mandevilla plant and hummingbird feeder, but  guess I do.

Joe Bear
Wilton

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Message: 2
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:06:32 +0000
From: Tina and Peter Green <petermgreen at hotmail.com>
To: joe bear <joseph.bear at rbs.com>, ct birds
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Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Raccoons and Hummingbird Feeders Anyone?
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Could also be Flying Squirrels especially if your feeders look otherwise undisturbed.


Tina Green

Westport 
                          

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Message: 3
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:26:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: Boletebill <boletebill at yahoo.com>
To: "Bissell, T. \(Tracey\)" <Tracey.Bissell at us.ing.com>,
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Subject: Re: [CT Birds] W Hartford Cedar Waxwings
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My experience with Cedar Waxwings, wanderers that they are, is that in June if you are in an area with ripening Shadbush berries you are very likely to see them; they seem to me to have geographic large scale Shadberry trap-lines that the tend in June, the same way Hummingbirds have small-scale nectar trap-lines.
I have no scientific data to back this perception up, it's a speculation on my part but isn't that what wanderers do? Have a circuit they travel following available food stocks?
?
Bill Yule

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Subject: [CT Birds] W Hartford Cedar Waxwings
  

My Cedar Waxwings arrived with the sun and ripened Shadblow berries.? The max I saw at one time was 2, but there were birds in and out of the tree all day.

I observed a very sweet interaction between 2 waxwings.? One picked a berry and passed it to the second and then the second passed it back.? This back and forth happened about 5 times.

However, they are very camera shy, while I can stand on my deck talking on the phone and they hang around as soon as I bring out my camera they scatter,

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Message: 4
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:30:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: Boletebill <boletebill at yahoo.com>
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Yesterday collecting cicadas in a field of 1,000s the only birds I noticed was a Cuckoo and a Catbird.
?
Bill Yule

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To: Arthur Shippee <ashippee at snet.net> 
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Sent: Sunday, June 9, 2013 8:53 PM
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Cedar Waxwings
  

Yeah, I'm hypothesizing that the waxwings, by their nomadic nature and often late migration strategy are the best suited to take advantage of this sporadic bounty.?  They seem to be quite abundant in the brood areas.? The only abnormal sighting I've had was a Scarlet Tanager singing from this residential area on the first day I investigated it.

The brood extends from there east to the end of Surrey Lane, north to the west end of Hubbard Park and over to the area of Exit 4 of 691.?  From there I suspect it connects with the sightings in Southington, along the west slope of West Peak.?  It goes south and west to the electrical transfer Station on E. Johnson Ave in Southington (or is that Chishire).?  It sounded like the motherlode was in Hubbard Park, just NW of the trailhead off West Main (west of the Welcome to Meriden sign).? With i had more time to explore and find the epicenter!? 

Max pointed out that we could hear them from our yard, about a mile east of the brood, but I couldn't find the source of that in a brief drive around the area.

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On Jun 9, 2013, at 8:36 PM, "Arthur Shippee" <ashippee at snet.net> wrote:

> Yesterday, there was a bunch of them in the trees on Jeffrey Ln in Meriden, all around the trees with the cicadas.? I imagined they were eating them -- as we saw a crow grab a few.? 
> 
> Jeffrey is near Gwen, it's that brood that Patrick has been noting.
> 
> On Jun 9, 2013, at 8:21 PM, pwolter6 at earthlink.net wrote:
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>> Following on from my experience yesterday in Branford where multiple groups of Cedar Waxwings appeared at every stop, a big contrast to their relative absence from the state for the first four to five months of the year. Reading the other listserves the same abundance was noted this weekend from both the New York Botanical Gardens and Plum Island in Massachusetts. Did others have the same experience in Connecticut thid weekend?
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>> Paul Wolter
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Message: 5
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:42:10 -0400 (EDT)
From: Amy Hopkins <hopkinsus at cs.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Raccoons and Hummingbird Feeders Anyone?
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I haven't had raccoons drain them, but I have squirrels that drink from them frequently and knock them to the ground.  This just started last year.  It might be one squirrel with a sweet tooth.  Very annoying!

Amy Hopkins
Guilford


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Message: 6
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:45:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: Phil Asprelli <aspr82 at sbcglobal.net>
To: ctbirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Old Lane, Cheshire
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At 10:00am. Cicada ensemble in symphony.
?
Phil Asprelli

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Message: 7
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:11:23 -0400
From: mjpm3 at aol.com
To: "Ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Raccoons
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Definitely a problem this time of year with young. They'll try to eat anything!
Mike  M

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Message: 8
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:25:47 -0400
From: Milan Bull <mbull at ctaudubon.org>
To: "ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Common Moorhen
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Date:  Mon. June 10, 2013 14:15 - 14:20
From:  Milan Bull
Subject:  Common Moorhen

An adult Common Moorhen skulking through the Spartina at the edge of the creek opposite the Sikorsky Airport entrance at the McKinney Refuge in Stratford this afternoon.

Milan Bull
Stratford

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