[Mnbird] Duck-apolusa in Bloomington!
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Sun Apr 22 23:16:15 CDT 2018
The ice-free west end of Lake Normandale in Bloomington must have been duck heaven, this afternoon, because I saw almost 20 species in perfect light, this afternoon. I'm talking about "easy to distinguish between greater and lesser Scaup" good light! The stars of the show were a pair of Common Loons in full mating behavior!
The final tally:
On Apr 22, 2018 8:10 PM, Brian and Cindy via Mnbird <mnbird at lists.mnbird.net> wrote:
> I put up my summer feeder today--after a year of 'beta test' I can
> suggest to anyone who is looking for an oddball feeder that this will
> actually work.
> After we put in a patio a couple of years back I lost my spot to have a
> feeder post in the back yard where we could view the birds best (the
> bathroom window, but that is another story...) One day, on an
> inspiration, I purchased a feeder pole and ground spike at our local pet
> supply store, and a platform feeder with a pole adapter. We had a heavy
> metal patio umbrella stand that we were no longer using, and I set up
> the feeder pole on the patio in the umbrella stand. The ground spike
> gives you the extra width to use the umbrella base screw to secure the
> post best.
> Since we exceed the USPSI (urban squirrel per square inch) I also
> attached a baffle cone to the post, and one extension hook for a hanging
> feeder. As long as the second feeder remains above the baffle, it is
> also somewhat squirrel proof. Think short finch sock vs long finch
> sock. One industrious squirrel figured out that it could climb my
> umbrella clothesline and leap, but since the feeder was more or less
> portable I simply moved it and got it out of reach. Since I'm a
> shortie, I need to stand on a small step to fill the feeder, but that is
> That feeder post withstood all of the weather we threw at it last
> summer, and remained standing. It is a great idea for anyone looking to
> put a feeder on a deck or paved area that they weren't sure they could
> use for bird feeding in the past.
> I hope that this suggestion can help someone else--regards, Cindy in
> North Mankato
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