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My hummers usually beat up on the larger birds even if they fly over the
area with the feeders. Bigger birds don't stand a chance with these
cantankerous little buggers.
Now if I could only train the hummers to attack the dogs that use my front
area for their private "litter box"..........hmmm. Maybe a "gift" to the
owners of a nice red bandana to put on their dogs' collar........ ;-)

Re: woodpecker using feeder
HATE to suggest this, but maybe remove the perches on the feeder to prevent
larger birds from using it........?? Don't know If I would want to do that
only as a last resort.
BEFORE doing that , go to www.humingbirds.net  and see if Lanny Chambers has
any GOOD ideas to remedy this.

Bring on the hummer wars,
Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.

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Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 4:32 PM
Subject: Downy Woodpecker @ hummingbird feeder


> This afternoon I observed a female Downy Woodpecker foraging from our
hummingbird feeder. She used the attached perches and commenced to forage
from the feeder. Has anyone observed this sort of behavior before? Never did
see the male Ruby-throat try and defend the feeder while the Downy was
present.
>
> Wes Bailey
> Columbia, MO
>
>

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