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Mockingbirds absolutely LOVE peanut butter suet.  You could put some of that
out for them.

Unfortunately so do starlings.  <G>

John Hansen
St. Joseph

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From: "Susan Eaton" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2003 9:06 AM
Subject: Bird behavior


> Greetings, Mo-birders.  For several months, I have watched a northern
> mockingbird enjoying his breakfast in my neighbor's holly tree.  He's an
> early-riser:  I have heard him out there some mornings at 5 or 5:30 am.
His
> one-note harsh call (sounds like the noise Jim Malone makes to stir up
> birds, by holding his fingers against his lips and making a kiss sound) is
> quite loud.  This morning, he was making a lot of racket and attracted my
> attention.  He was trying frantically to defend his holly tree from some
> robins.  At first, it was just 3 or 4 robins, and he managed to chase them
> away.  But a whole flock came in (maybe 20 robins), and while the
> mockingbird was chasing some, others swooped in for quick berry snack.  A
> few times, everyone stopped for a rest break, then the chase resumed.  It
> was fun to watch.
>
> Also, I have heard several male cardinals singing their hearts out from
the
> tops of trees.  Surely, that's a sign that spring is approaching.  As far
as
> my feeders go, I think the starlings have taken over my whole yard.  Can
> they actually keep other birds from using the feeders?
>
> Susan Eaton
> Kirkwood, ST. Louis CO., MO
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