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Wrap the crack with tape!
Let not the delicate nape
Of the poor hummingbird
Be broken by a "double shepherd"
Leaving us aghast and agape!

Sorry folks! In a silly mood, I guess...may all the bird-bards strike me!

Cheers, Deepa.





On Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 8:35 PM, Edge Wade <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Whether a problem or not, the solution is simple and cheap.  Wrap the crack with black electrician tape.
>
> Edge Wade
> Columbia, MO
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Josh Renaud" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Friday, October 21, 2016 9:25:39 AM
> Subject: Problematic shepherds hooks
>
> Hi!
>
> I coach a Girl Scouts robotics troop in Ferguson, and our girls are working on a project related to birds and double shepherds hooks.
>
> My mom had several double shepherds hooks in her yard in Texas, on which she hung hummingbird feeders. Earlier this summer she found a hummingbird had died after its head became stuck in the crack/joint where one of the hooks connected to the main pole.
>
> She is part of a Facebook group called “Birds of Texas.” A couple other members of that group mentioned having similar experiences. Later we found a few other places online where people described finding birds caught in these cracks.
>
> So we are certain it is something that happens, but it’s not clear how often. Is this a rare problem? What species are most at risk?
>
> I don’t know if anyone here has ever experienced this, or might be able to speak with any authority on the subject. But if you have, would you get in touch? I’d love to have the girls ask you some questions.
>
> Thanks!
>
> —Josh
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