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05-31-2013 09:53 PM
MarkofSeaLife
Re: New Crew

[QUOTE=Ferretchaser;1034009] I should have taken food with me up there, but didn't, so ended up with a chirping starling on my shoulder while doing the rigging work. /QUOTE]


Great thread!
05-31-2013 08:12 PM
PaulinVictoria
Re: New Crew

Heh, cutest thread on sailnet I think
05-31-2013 05:04 PM
Ferretchaser
Re: New Crew

Err yes they are not exactly quiet birds. You should hear the rukus they kick of at 5 in the morning here when it takes a bit longer to get the food out to them.
05-31-2013 03:56 PM
emcentar
Re: New Crew

Our Starling-in-residence (Henry) is clearly having trouble evicting the next generation from the nest. The children are easily as big as he is now - I'm having trouble telling them apart - and they make quite a racket in our air conditioner.
05-31-2013 03:32 PM
Ferretchaser
Re: New Crew

They are free to come and go as they please. The sooner they learn to fend for themselves the more time i get for the boat. The first weeks I had to stop whatever i was doing every 45 minutes to feed the guys. No I don't mind if they miss a meal because I am working on something, but a lot of the time they spot me and come to get me to feed them.
05-31-2013 03:27 PM
Captainmeme
Re: New Crew

And the daddy bird KICKS little baby bird out of the nest.

We had at least 4 birds' nest around our home this spring. Two up under the back deck, at least one in the gutter and one on a downspout under the eve. I really don't mind the little critters, and most of them poop away from the house.
05-31-2013 02:28 PM
Ferretchaser
Re: New Crew

We have 5 cats between us on the two boats and there just is not enough room to keep that lot all seperate all the time. I do understand what you mean but needs must and all that.
Anyway, I am happy to report that one of the 3 birds left has found new buddies at the far end of the property and now does not come back here to be fed. He has gotten the hang of catchiong his own food now and has two wild birds in tow with him the other side of the pond in the marina. Two to go.

ATB

Michael
05-31-2013 01:11 PM
mbetter
Re: New Crew

Quote:
Originally Posted by emcentar View Post
Thanks for sharing these. A few years ago, a starling moved into our broken 4th-story apartment air conditioner. I didn't have the heart to evict him and he is now raising a large family in there. It's worth the occasional hot day in that room to have little friends hanging out there.

(But don't teach birds not to fear cats! Adorable pictures but if these guys are going back out in the wild, cats are prey.)
Starlings eat cats?
05-31-2013 10:56 AM
emcentar
Re: New Crew

Thanks for sharing these. A few years ago, a starling moved into our broken 4th-story apartment air conditioner. I didn't have the heart to evict him and he is now raising a large family in there. It's worth the occasional hot day in that room to have little friends hanging out there.

(But don't teach birds not to fear cats! Adorable pictures but if these guys are going back out in the wild, cats are prey.)
05-29-2013 07:06 PM
travlineasy
Re: New Crew

That's really neat, Michael. I suspect the other birds will soon be regular visitors after a while. It's amazing at how they've adopted you as their parents and yet, have also adapted to the wild environment as well.

Thanks for sharing this,

Gary
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