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  •  Thanks for this diary, tgypsy. (15+ / 0-)

    Birds of Michigan are a lot like Minnesota birds.

    Like your Dad, I feed backyard birds, but I really increased my variety by getting rid of the seed mixes and setting out better choices - golden safflower, sunflower chips, suet - in their dedicated feeders. It's really not any more expensive, either, because the seed gets eaten instead of dumped on the ground.

    Re: your snake - it looks like a juvenile Eastern Milk Snake.

    Out with the gloomage - in with the plumage!

    by mikidee on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 07:20:37 AM PDT

    •  Agreed (12+ / 0-)

      When my Mom was alive, she put out hummingbird feeders and a larger variety of seeds including a thistle feeder for Goldfinches. My Dad is happy to keep it simple. At home in California, I put out a variety of foods though the only birds that ever eat the suet are the winter Crowned Sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Never a woodpecker... Ah, well.

      I think you are right about the snake! The photos in your link look very much like the one in my photo. In the photos on my app, this species looks more banded than spotted - perhaps they become more banded as they age?

      “Parties do not lead revolutions. They follow them. And then only when forced to.” Joe Bageant

      by tgypsy on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 07:49:40 AM PDT

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      •  Don't give up on the woodpeckers at the suet, (6+ / 0-)

        tgypsy. I have lived here for five years with suet feeders out for at least three of those five, and only in the last week have we seen a hairy woodpecker coming to the suet. I was marveling that it took him so long to find it, but now that he knows where it is, he comes often and then goes to nearby branches to clean off his beak and over to the birdbath to get a drink afterward. He's a lot of fun to watch, so I'm glad he finally showed up. A Northern Flicker has come by, but only once in a while. But the woodpecker is now a regular.

        Taken with an i-phone and fuzzy, but just for proof:-).

        W. H. Auden: "We must love one another or die."

        by martyc35 on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 01:24:06 PM PDT

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