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Where are these mysterious tomato plants coming from?

Question by Scarface Cat: Where are these mysterious tomato plants coming from?
monthly i pull out weeds from the garden and i always see tomato plants everywhere and im thinking this is stupid cos i dont have a veggie patch , none of my neighbours do, we dont put food scraps any where near the garden, so were are they coming from my thoughts were maybe birds were eating some tomato scraps and they happened to perch on the fence and some seeds intact fell from the tomatos or is it just a weed i dont want to eat the tomatos cos i dont know if they are the edible supermarket variety.

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Answer by adc
It’s probably not tomato. Yes birds could be responsible for some, but not over and over and over again especially if there aren’t any being grown anywhere nearby. Try getting a plant book out of your library then maybe you’ll be able to identify them.

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How to keep the neighbors dog away from my garden?

Question by Mrs V: How to keep the neighbors dog away from my garden?
My neighbos dog likes to urinate on his side ofthe fence near my garden. I rent, and I am very fortunate to have wonderful landlords who let me have a small section of the backyard for my garden. Unfortunately, the fence is shared with a dog, who thinks that it is his area to pee. Is there something that I could put there that would deter him from using that as his pee spot? He never deficates there, just marks his territory. My landlords also have a dog, but she is not an issue.

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Answer by Scott V
put some cayan peppers on the ground around your garden…if he is peeing, he’s sniffing…once he gets a nose full of that, he won’t be coming back.

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how do you keep bees away from humming bird feeders?

Question by George: how do you keep bees away from humming bird feeders?
the bees are scaring away the humming birds.

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Answer by Charles D. M.
There is only one I know of and it is special flowers that are too deep for a bee to reach to nectar but a hummer’s long beak will reach it just fine. You can also buy some bee proof replacement flowers for some models of feeders.

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Q&A: Growing sunflowers from bird mix?

Question by DinkinFlicka: Growing sunflowers from bird mix?
I put out bird feeders filled with a sunflower seed mix but the squirrels spilled the seeds all over the ground now the seeds have sprouted and are 3-5 inches tall. Will sunflowers bloom from this bird mix? If so how long will they take to flower (has already been 6-8 weeks)?

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Answer by Carl
Yes, but don’t expect a huge plant but it could be. Should flower soon.

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how do i keep bird feed away from squirrels?

Question by Alicen1ndrland: how do i keep bird feed away from squirrels?
this fall we bought two bird feeders to put out in the winter. the problem is, we have a lot of squirrels in our area and we don’t want them to get at it before the birds do. does anyone know where we should put it/what we should do to keep the squirrels away from it? thanks

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Answer by Groovy
Squirrels get hungry too .

I have seen people hang them up between two trees which makes it harder for the squirrels to reach. Other than that, not much you can do.

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Q&A: How far from each other should bird houses and bird feeders be?

Question by Fibonacci01123: How far from each other should bird houses and bird feeders be?
please be as specific as you can

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Answer by Dark Angel
Well in my yard and my neighbors yards we have it every couple of trees like 6 feet.I really love to see all the magnificent birds that come by for a snack or drink.I always try to find a tree with covering too but in the fall that’s impossible.Now there are plenty birds and many covered trees..Hopefully the bees will stay on the other side of the house..lol

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How to Prevent Birds From Roosting on Your Building

How to Prevent Birds From Roosting on Your Building

Wild birds are more often than not a welcome sight, particularly in the countryside, but when birds such as seagulls, pigeons, crows and sparrows to name but a few, start congregating in very large numbers on rooftops, fences, outbuildings and other structures, then far from being welcome visitors, they actually turn into quite a nuisance.

The problem with birds

- The accumulation of faeces produced by lots of birds is not a pretty sight, particularly when it is splattered across roads, gardens, buildings, cars, windows and even laundered clothes that are hanging out to dry

- Bird droppings are unhygienic and can pose a health risk to humans and other animals. They can also cause paths and other walkways to become slippery so increase the risk of falling, particularly for the elderly and the disabled.

- Fruits, flowers and vegetables growing in gardens or fields nearby are likely to be ruined

- The constant and noisy calling of large numbers of birds together can be irritating and stressful for the entire neighbourhood

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- If you live near the coast then the swooping of seagulls can be disconcerting or even frightening, especially for small children

Fortunately, there is an effective solution available in the form of bird spikes.

What are bird spikes?

Bird spikes are long thin rods with blunted tips that can be attached to rooftops, fences, lighting, cameras and other structures that will effectively deter birds from landing there.

It is important to note that these spikes do not harm the birds at all; they just limit the amount of space available making it uncomfortable for them to land or perch so that they are forced into finding somewhere else to go.

There are a number of advantages to using bird spikes such as:

- They are a humane and highly effective way of preventing large numbers of birds from perching anywhere that you don’t want them to – They are suitable for deterring even larger and heavier birds – They are easy to install – They last a long time so are an extremely cost effective solution – They are inconspicuous from a distance so will not spoil the scenery

If you want to position bird spikes in a spot that is very high, then it is recommended that you call in a professional to fit them for you to avoid the risk of falling.

Legal Considerations

It is illegal to kill wild birds that are not causing a severe health risk to the human population. Many species of birds are protected by law which can make it difficult to control them. If you choose a technique that scares birds away then it mustn’t be used close to the nests of certain protected species, such as those listed in schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

You are legally entitled to deter wild birds from accessing a specific area but whatever method you choose must not be designed to harm, trap or kill a bird and neither must it disturb their nests or prevent them from accessing their nests. Bird spikes are therefore a very effective measure to successfully deter unwanted birds from landing in a particular space.

To prevent birds from roosting on your building use some bird spikes. They are available from PPC Supplies.

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how can i encourage the wild birds in my yard to eat from the suet feeder i got for christmas?

Question by Flowerchild: how can i encourage the wild birds in my yard to eat from the suet feeder i got for christmas?
i have lots of birds. other seed feeders, nectar feeders and a water source. the birds however, have not even nibbled the suet hanging in the tree by the other feeders. any ideas?
my other feeders need to be filled every 3 days or so. my kitty is indoors and my dogs don’t bother the birds. i actually have doves in my yard that eat seed on the ground so i don’t think predators are the problem.
to byron 1015 : i don’t know what you classify as songbirds but there are many birds that enjoy suet. brown thrasher, northern mockingbird, house wren, chickadee, blue jay, and purple finch to name a few.

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Answer by Florida Man
Put food in the feeders. If you already have, make sure they are out of reach of local predators…IE your cat

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Why won’t my wild birds eat from a different feeder?

Question by Yahoo user: Why won’t my wild birds eat from a different feeder?
My wild birds love their basic wooden feeder my son and I crafted from Lowe’s. The only problem is the squirrels have broken it and eat from it daily. When I attempt to buy a new feeder the birds shy away from it, won’t eat from it and do not trust it. I have bought three different feeders in the last month and none of them are accepted by the birds so I keep putting the broken wooden one back up. How can I get a squirrel-proof feeder and lure the birds to actually eat from it?

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Answer by Master Mo
Just like when you are in a new enoviorment the birds feel scared and hesitate to go to this new place.
You can probably put up a squirrel proof bird feeder. Anything by Droll Yankees, Brome Bird Care or Wild Bill’s is good. It costs a little extra but really works comes with life-time warranty and eventually birds will get used to it. For more info visit http://www.getridofthings.com/get-rid-of-squirrels.htm

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The Best Bird Watching Destinations from the Riviera Maya

The Best Bird Watching Destinations from the Riviera Maya

Compared to USA and Hawaii, Mexico has more bird species and it has double the amount of bird species found in Canada. One of the best Bird Watching spots in Mexico is the Yucatan Peninsula. You can find 548 various species which includes 11 endemic varieties; during winter one finds even more species because migratory birds go to the warm region. The Yucatan provides great Bird Watching year round because of its subtropical location. Famous birding sites close to the Riviera Maya are:

• Sian Kaan Reserve
• Cozumel Island
• Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve
• Botanical Garden Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin
• Coba Ruins
• Punta Laguna

You can visit all these bird watching sites in one day tours from the Riviera Maya. The Riviera Maya is a very good birder destination because it enables the visitor to appreciate its tourist infrastructure and comfy hotels while going out on day trips to specific birding sites. One can also opt to stay in non-urban areas with less comfort yet a lot more birds!
Here is a brief introduction to these six Bird Watching Destinations that can be visited from the Mayan Riviera:

Sian Ka’an
Sian Ka’an Biosphere is surely well worth a visit by birdwatchers as 345 species of birds can be found in the site. Because of the excellent diversity of aquatic habitats, marine and wading birds are well available. The species found here represent 33% of all species determined for the whole country of Mexico and 67% of those documented for the Yucatan Peninsula. Two-thirds of its species reproduce within the reserve.

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Cozumel Island
Only 5 to 10% of this lovely island has been improved which leaves lots of habitats for exotic bird species. Cozumel -which indicates island of swallows – has subtropical forests, mangroves and dune vegetation. 214 Species of birds have been listed of which 71% are residents and 29% are migratory birds. On the list of most typical species we find: herons and egrets, Magnificent Frigate bird, Black and Turkey Vultures, Osprey, American and Brown Pelican, parrots, fishing eagle, sea swallows and tanagers. Special attention endemic species are the Cozumel Thrasher, the Cozumel Vireo, the Cozumel Wren, the Cozumel Great Curassow, that is extremely endangered and the Cozumel Emerald – a species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family.

Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve
One of the most considered bird site for bird watching is Rio Lagartos having a total of 72 migratory and 141 resident species. The reserve protects an area covering around 120,000 acres of protected land, made up of mangrove forest, coastal dune vegetation, low deciduous forest, savannas and hummocks. The reserve is well-known for its significant groups of Greater Flamingoes as the area is an essential nesting site for this species. Birding tours are often done by boat although trials are also available.

Botanical Garden Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin
The 150-acre Yaax Che Jardín Botánico del Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marín is the biggest botanical garden in Mexico. It can be found in Puerto Morelos. A nature walk goes straight through the mangroves for some excellent birding. There are more than 220 species of birds identified here and there is a tree house in the garden which serves as a lookout for even better bird watching experience.

Coba Ruins
The ruins in Coba is well worth a visit in itself; this is the only Mayan ruins dating back to the Classical period in Quintana Roo. The site has temples, pyramids and structures that are built wide apart with a park having immense dimensions, huge forest which is excellent for bird watching. The site was constructed next to a lagoon and therefore yields habitats for both terrestrial and aquatic bird life.

Punta Laguna
Punta Laguna is a little Mayan village whereby roosters and pigs have the right of way and the smoke from women preparing tortillas over an open fire filters through the thatched roofs of their houses. Together with some 4 other villages, Punta Laguna is part of a 5,000 hectare, government-protected nature reserve known as Ma’ax Yetel Kooh. Along with the distinctive subspecies of spider monkey that inhabits the region, the protected area is also home to howler monkeys, pumas, coatis and a huge diversity of birds.

To be accompanied by a local guide who has been trained to identify birds with their English names is the best way to enjoy your birding and natural history experience. This allows you to check out destinations you never would have discovered on your own.

 

Adolph Hendrick is a travel blogger. He writes about his marvelous Cozumel Island tours.  He agrees that Sian Ka’an in Mexico will let you experience the magical feeling with nature.

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