Date: 9/11/17 12:57 pm
From: Melinda Allen <melindaallen...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] wind speed and bird feeders (Gwinnett County)
My hummers have been drinking all day. A true hurricane party 🎉



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> On Sep 11, 2017, at 1:38 PM, Terry Valentine <terryval...> wrote:
>
> In anticipation of the 30-50mph winds forecasted for today, my husband and I
> (okay mainly my husband) brought in all of the loose articles on our back
> deck, the patio underneath and the front step. This included all of our
> bird feeders, as a) We didn't want them getting damaged in the high winds,
> b) We didn't want them banging against/damaging our house, c) we didn't want
> them flying loose and damaging our neighbors' property and d) we figured the
> birds would be hunkering down for the duration anyway.
>
>
>
> Well here in north Gwinnett we've presumably reached the peak wind speed of
> around 30mph for the day, where it will remain for the rest of the
> afternoon. But I've been seeing not only the larger songbirds (e.g., a
> Red-bellied woodpecker) appear on our back porch looking for our sunflower
> and suet feeders, but hummingbirds(!) appear at the bathroom window, looking
> for the nectar feeder that was hanging there. The hummers were appearing
> earlier this morning however, before it became extremely windy; but I'm
> debating whether to put the feeders back out, especially given the birds'
> prospects of finding food in weather like this.
>
>
>
> I couldn't find a rule-of-thumb online about "safe" wind speeds for bird
> feeders, so what do you other Gabo-ers suggest? Maybe those who live down
> along the coast (although they've likely evacuated, but they may still be
> checking emails) have a better sense of how/when to keep feeders out during
> hurricane season. I suppose the "safe" thing would be to just keep my
> feeders in for the day, but I feel bad that our "customers" are coming
> around and aren't finding anything.
>
>
>
> Thoughts?
>
>
>
> Terry Valentine
>
> Hoschton
>
>
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