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2018-03-12 08:13:37 AM  
If your wild bird feeder is in your home, you're doing it wrong.
 
2018-03-12 08:18:04 AM  
Meanwhile, a form of bird pox is becoming more common, causing warty-like lumps on the bodies of great tits

Not so great anymore, I'm afraid... :(
 
2018-03-12 08:40:36 AM  
I'm fairly certain that subby didn't read the article
 
2018-03-12 08:44:05 AM  
The danger is real.  I've died at least 6 time in the last 25 years that I've been feeding birds.
 
2018-03-12 08:55:18 AM  

Lucky LaRue: The danger is real.  I've died at least 6 time in the last 25 years that I've been feeding birds.


You're either a really good Hindu, or a really bad one.
 
2018-03-12 08:55:33 AM  
It's Monday.  These death could strike anywhere, anytime "scare" stories are are a ray of hope when the entire work week lies before us.  Now on a Friday afternoon, when a case of beer is flirting me......
 
2018-03-12 08:57:15 AM  

This text is now purple: Lucky LaRue: The danger is real.  I've died at least 6 time in the last 25 years that I've been feeding birds.

You're either a really good Hindu, or a really bad one.


Joke's on you, the Wheel is more a cement mixer.
 
2018-03-12 08:58:05 AM  
That old woman in Mary Poppins is a farking liar. Tuppence a bag? It cost us £2 for a couple of pounds of sunflower hearts last week - and now I discover I'm going to die. Farking ungrateful birds.
 
2018-03-12 09:13:08 AM  
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2018-03-12 09:14:07 AM  

xanadian: Meanwhile, a form of bird pox is becoming more common, causing warty-like lumps on the bodies of great tits

Not so great anymore, I'm afraid... :(


Poor Helen Mirren.
 
2018-03-12 09:16:52 AM  
Saw a documentary, The Birds and the terror is real!
 
2018-03-12 09:19:58 AM  
Tippi Hedren tried to warn you people, but did you listen? No-oooo, you never listen.
 
2018-03-12 09:26:47 AM  
The review of 25 years' worth of data identified emerging threats to garden birds. Finches, doves and pigeons are vulnerable to a parasite infection.

I see no real loss.
 
2018-03-12 09:26:52 AM  

luckyeddie: That old woman in Mary Poppins is a farking liar. Tuppence a bag? It cost us £2 for a couple of pounds of sunflower hearts last week - and now I discover I'm going to die. Farking ungrateful birds.


We always get a tub of fat balls and we've got a couple of feeders hung from a bard table (I made myself). Unfortunately even though we live in a village, we only seem to get visited by sparrows and starlings. The occasional robin or great tit might show up, but the starlings usually scare them off

Because starlings are arseholes
 
2018-03-12 09:28:01 AM  
Of course I meant BIRD table. I'm not in the habit of constructing tables just so Shakespeare can have a lie down
 
2018-03-12 09:30:09 AM  
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You forgot to fill the bird feeder subby, now we're after you.
 
2018-03-12 09:31:08 AM  
This is why, whenever I consider buying a bird feeder, I buy a gun instead. I have dodged a bullet on so many occasions.
 
2018-03-12 09:39:54 AM  
This is why I have a shark feeder in my yard. They're much less likely to carry bird diseases.
 
2018-03-12 09:40:21 AM  
Rotate your feeding sites to reduce the spread of disease.  Like that is going to happen.
 
2018-03-12 09:45:45 AM  
The problem is that bird feeders attract bears.

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2018-03-12 09:51:01 AM  

wood0366: This text is now purple: Lucky LaRue: The danger is real.  I've died at least 6 time in the last 25 years that I've been feeding birds.

You're either a really good Hindu, or a really bad one.

Joke's on you, the Wheel is more a cement mixer.


Well, that would explain how he got to be so buff:

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2018-03-12 09:55:34 AM  
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OOF
2018-03-12 10:20:51 AM  
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2018-03-12 10:24:21 AM  
Look, life is inherently dangerous. We are squishy, we are vulnerable, and our hold on life is tenuous at best most of the time, since we're basically one bad decision or one chance encounter away from your ticket off this rock.

As much as I understand the news for publishing panic-worthy, fear-mongering articles like this one, give it a farking rest. The only thing you're accomplishing is perpetuating neurosis that lead to even more poor decisions, such as the whole anti-vaxxing thing, and every other crusade waged against the Next Big Threat™ that people don't really understand or have any real nuanced appreciation for but that they are passionately out there screaming for action on anyway. It really has turned both the news articles and the people who go on these crusades into a big joke.

So, tl;dr: it's time to stop posting now.
 
2018-03-12 10:24:53 AM  
My bird feeder resulted in a death just yesterday.  A Cooper's Hawk swooped down and grabbed itself a Mourning Dove, then sat in my mimosa tree and slowly tore the thing apart.  I was surprised to see it tear off a lower leg and swallow it whole.  Foot, nails and all went right down with a few gulps.
 
2018-03-12 10:28:14 AM  

Stantz: luckyeddie: That old woman in Mary Poppins is a farking liar. Tuppence a bag? It cost us £2 for a couple of pounds of sunflower hearts last week - and now I discover I'm going to die. Farking ungrateful birds.

We always get a tub of fat balls and we've got a couple of feeders hung from a bard table (I made myself). Unfortunately even though we live in a village, we only seem to get visited by sparrows and starlings. The occasional robin or great tit might show up, but the starlings usually scare them off

Because starlings are arseholes


I use a hanging feeder, get a good mix of local birds - sparrows and chickadees, mostly, but also cardinals and titmouses (titmice?), bluejays, doves, etc. Not so much the starlings, though they are very much assholes when they do show up (I don't think they like the hanging feeder).

However, the biggest assholes in the birdfeeding world are not the birds. It's the farking squirrels. I wouldn't have a problem with them partaking, but they are greedy farkers to the point where they'll not only chase away the birds, but try to break the feeder to get more (shaking it would do the job...).
 
2018-03-12 10:47:21 AM  

eKonk: It's the farking squirrels.


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2018-03-12 10:57:25 AM  
Every now and again some bird fanatic dies from a disease spread through their poop.

Fortunately, though, we've invented a new technology called washing your hands.
 
2018-03-12 10:59:53 AM  

eKonk: However, the biggest assholes in the birdfeeding world are not the birds. It's the farking squirrels.


I've been very happy with a Brome Squirrel Buster bird feeder.  Spring loaded, birds can land and eat, but a squirrels weight causes the feeding ports to close.  They run about $52 online, and I'm sure I've saved more than that in birdseed.  You do need to hang it somewhere so the squirrels can't just reach it while holding onto a tree or fence or something.  But if they climb onto the feeder itself, they'll get stumped. My squirrels don't bother with it anymore.

They do still come around.  Birds will drop lots of seed onto the ground, and so the squirrels will get that.  But they can't just hog an entire feeder full of food the way they would otherwise.

The Brome brand has the best reputation, I think, which is why I got it.  But there are other, cheaper feeders that use the same basic spring powered system.  I don't know if those are as good or not, but very happy with this one.
 
2018-03-12 11:03:24 AM  
The only thing dangerous about birdfeeders is the hantavirus that is brought into the house, courtesy of the mice population that inevitably finds the forgotten bag of birdseed.
 
2018-03-12 11:08:24 AM  
If you want to scare people just remind them that when they feed the birds they're also feeding the mice and rats. Birds dump most of the birdseed on the ground.
 
2018-03-12 11:20:33 AM  
I have bird feeders for the sole purpose of attracting great tits to my yard.  Unfortunately, I only seem to draw cardinals, blue birds, blue jays, woodpeckers, and dozens of other varieties.  But I know someday I will get rewarded by at least a pair of great tits.
 
2018-03-12 11:36:55 AM  
I haven't looked in the thread yet, and I'm hesitant because I saw the phrase " warty like lumps on great tits".........
 
2018-03-12 12:38:04 PM  

wheresourfish: My bird feeder resulted in a death just yesterday.  A Cooper's Hawk swooped down and grabbed itself a Mourning Dove, then sat in my mimosa tree and slowly tore the thing apart.  I was surprised to see it tear off a lower leg and swallow it whole.  Foot, nails and all went right down with a few gulps.


I notice the occasional former pigeon in the vicinity of my feeder.

Granted, I also notice the occasional former snake.
 
2018-03-12 12:39:02 PM  

eKonk: However, the biggest assholes in the birdfeeding world are not the birds. It's the farking squirrels. I wouldn't have a problem with them partaking, but they are greedy farkers to the point where they'll not only chase away the birds, but try to break the feeder to get more (shaking it would do the job...).


At my feeder, the pigeons and squirrels seem to get along. The pigeons are happy on the ground below the feeder, eating everything the squirrels drop when they shake it.
 
2018-03-12 12:46:16 PM  
We don't get the great tits around here so much as your garden-variety tits.  They're still pretty great if you ask me.
 
2018-03-12 03:24:11 PM  

eKonk: However, the biggest assholes in the birdfeeding world are not the birds. It's the farking squirrels. I wouldn't have a problem with them partaking, but they are greedy farkers to the point where they'll not only chase away the birds, but try to break the feeder to get more (shaking it would do the job...).


I switched to Hot Pepper Suet a couple of years ago. The squirrels wont go near it. I get to pat myself on the back for supporting my local birds through another long winter.
 
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