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Old 11-30-2011, 09:32 AM   #1
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Bird feeder question

I was thinking about taking a small bird feeder on the "Great Adventure". In all my years of camping, I have never seen a bird feeder in a CG.I certainly would not want to offend other camper or break any rules.
Do you have any advice?, Darrin
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:11 AM   #2
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Get a humming bird feeder. They don't come in great masses and poop on every thing. Really the only birds that tend to cause problems like that are pigeons. you see them show up for dinner, roll up the chuck wagon.
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During our summer journeys we tend to stay in campgrounds with longer stay residents - mostly living in rvs while working construction or other job. A lot of these folks put out bird feeders and hummingbird feeders. They do make a mess where birds poop and drop seeds but normally not a big deal. The only problem we see are that they attract squirrels, sometimes raccoons and, we were told, bears (never seen that). Some birds, especially Cardinals, like to sit on cars and other vehicles and peck the rubber window seals.
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Old 11-30-2011, 12:30 PM   #4
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DW usually brings some wild bird feed and puts it on the ground where she can watch the birds when we are sitting outside.
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:03 PM   #5
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We sometimes put a few sunflower seeds on the picnic table or the ground
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:48 PM   #6
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There can be unintended surprises:

We are destination travelers so we sit for quite a while with friends---we used to put bird feeders out and enjoy the birds (the trees were over grass and not a clean up problem)----but we wound up getting a Springer Spaniel puppy. In succeeding years the sight of so many birds to our now grown bird dog drove him crazy--so we stopped---as did our friends.

One couple in our group has a short hair pointer-----he pointed at the model airplanes being flown outside the park area. Drove him nuts when for about an hour every day a model plane would buzz back and forth right outside the fence.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:24 PM   #7
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I have bird feeders all over our property as do the neighbours either side of us. They do have a small drawback in that once the birds start feeding at a feeder for any length of time they tend to congregate around it and lose knowledge of their natural sources of food. So if you want to put up feeders you should be prepared to do so for the whole of the winter.

I would say that our cluster of feeders have upwards of a hundred birds per feeder. BTW what I wrote isn't gospel in any way just what I was told by a friend who is a naturalist.

My wife and I enjoy watching the birds' antics so we don't mind the $30 or so a month we spend on food.
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I hope my D/W doesn't see this thread, she'll want a bird feeder to go along with all the other junk she takes.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:14 PM   #9
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I have one of the hummingbird feeders that have the suction cups that attach to an outside window. Fun to watch. Use 1/4 cp sugar to 1 cp of water to make their sugar water, make sure the sugar dissolves. No need to add coloring to the water. They usually find the feeder within a day.
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I have on hanging from my driver's side rear view mirror.

I call it the 'Feline Entertainment System" Seems not to be working well where I'm at now but where I usually am they flock to it,, Several others have them too.

(The main slide out on my rig is on the driver's side, with it out the cat lies atop the couch, looks out the window, and watches the birds feed, hence the FES name)
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My sisterin law used to feed the birds.One day she realized birds were eating the seed on the ground and local cats were eating the birds.
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I have one of the hummingbird feeders that have the suction cups that attach to an outside window. Fun to watch. Use 1/4 cp sugar to 1 cp of water to make their sugar water, make sure the sugar dissolves. No need to add coloring to the water. They usually find the feeder within a day.
I do the same although I hang mine from the awning or in a near by tree. Great fun to watch & photograph.
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I have one of the hummingbird feeders that have the suction cups that attach to an outside window. Fun to watch. Use 1/4 cp sugar to 1 cp of water to make their sugar water, make sure the sugar dissolves. No need to add coloring to the water. They usually find the feeder within a day.
Ditto Rick and Ann,
we have two
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Where we winter in Tucson, only hummingbird feeders are allowed. Seems that the spillage from a bird feeder may draw rodents and javelinas. Just another park rule that seems to work.
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