Date: 2/15/18 3:45 pm
From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l...>
Subject: Re: [GeneseeBirds-L] Back yard birds
I was going to call it “cooties” but deer slobber is more precise and sounds more appealing. J

I am skeptical that deer slobber is the reason for the lack of birds and would need to hear about similar observations at other feeding stations before becoming a believer. Most birds do not have a good sense of smell.

Good birding!

Willie D’Anna

Wilson, NY

From: <geneseebirds-l-bounces...> [mailto:<geneseebirds-l-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Bird observations from western New York
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2018 3:01 PM
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Subject: Re: [GeneseeBirds-L] Back yard birds

​This is an interesting concern. It may address the many complaints I have received about lack of birds at feeders.

Deer slobber? It turns out that Bambi does not hesitate to eat bird nests with young as food so this may indeed represent a problem.


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Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2018 2:58 PM
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Subject: Re: [GeneseeBirds-L] Back yard birds

Please share any information you may be sent. We, too, have deer at our feeders this year.



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On Feb 15, 2018, at 2:29 PM, Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l...> wrote:

Hi everyone, I'm a long time reader here, but rarely post. Apparently I have an issue with my back yard bird feeding, and I'm hoping someone here can help. I've been feeding for many many years. I have 4 feeders, some with seed mixtures and some with sunflower/safflower. I also have 2 suet feeders, and then I have a couple of feeders in the front.

On December 10th, all of the bird stopped coming to the feeders. I though there was a hawk, but nope. We have a large deer population and they were the only ones eating the seed. I started to bring the feeders in each night, but the birds will not come back to them when I put them out.

About 4 weeks ago I bought a big new tube feeder and put the sunflower/safflower mix in it. The first day, it was covered with every kind of bird imaginable...cardinals, lots of house finches, chickadees, titmouse, dark eyed juno, blue Jay's, house sparrows, etc. All day! That night I left that feeder outside, thinking that the deer wouldn't be able to get at the seed, but I was wrong. Seed was down about 4" by morning, and now the birds will not come back to it.

I see and hear the birds everywhere in the yard, but not one of them will come to any of the feeders, except the woodpeckers, who still eat the suet.

My question is, does deer slobber repel birds from a feeder? This is the strangest thing I've ever seen, and it's lonely. At this point I'd be happy to see a house sparrow or a starling!

I'm sorry for the length if this post. Thanks for any info.


By the lake in Webster

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