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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:45 am 
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I have not seen a Goldfinch in 3 weeks. This morning a male Goldfinch was in my backyard but not on the Nyjer feeder, instead he was on the hummingbird feeder. He spent 15 minutes picking around then flew up in a tree. I tried to point him in the right direction for Nyjer but he just looked at me like I was the nut.

I'm hearing nestlings chirping in the birdhouses. Already have friends with baby Bluebirds in theirs.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 1:53 pm 
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I have about 6 bluebird boxes out and three of them have babies. I also cut a log in two, hollowed it out and glued it back together with a 1 1/4 inch hole. Within 3 days a chickadee started nesting. I'm not quite as happy about the house finches taking over the previous years barn swallow nest but they will find another spot.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 7:40 am 
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Tony, are you in a regular urban neighborhood or do you have land? I have tons of bird vaireties in my backyard but can't even convince a wren to nest in the wren house.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 8:20 am 
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I'm on a 10 acre organic farm in McKinney. We have wrens but they stay mostly near the creek behind our house.
Wrens seem occupy both ends of the spectrum. Secretive and elusive, and a bird that will nest in the kitchen if a door is left open long enough. It is one of my favorite birds.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 8:10 am 
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Mine too. They seem to have a very interesting personality. My niece had one nest in her mailbox, as well a friend of mine. I was so jealous. I also noticed that the woodpecker activity really dropped of once the weather warmed up. Is that pretty normal? We used to have 3 or 4 different kinds constantly running up and down the Silver Maples but I rarely see them now.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:00 am 
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It could be because the females are incubating eggs so you are only seeing half as many. Once the leaves are full it will also be harder to notice them.
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