Date: 5/26/19 6:44 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Dog fur is for the birds
As I don't feed after the 15th of May [until suet goes out in NOV],
this will allow me to get some "feeder" activity at least until
breeding season ends.

I'll be knocking down the door at the local dog groomers on Tuesday :)

Jim S

On 5/26/19, James Tyler Bell <jtylerbell...> wrote:
> A coworker, who has since retired, had a husky. I asked them if they would
> keep the fur when the big shed occurred and we kept it in a bag until late
> winter/early spring. We have a big suet cylinder which we never put suet in
> because it was so huge. But, for dog fur, it was ideal. We love watching
> chickadees and titmice, mostly, but the occasional White-breasted Nuthatch,
> fly in and grab fur for their nests. Next year, this will be an easy way to
> confirm breeding during the Breeding Bird Atlas!
>
> Tyler Bell
> <jtylerbell...>
> California, Maryland
>
> On Sunday, May 26, 2019, 9:26:18 PM EDT, JAMES SPEICHER
> <jugornought...> wrote:
>
> This appeared on the WV listserver and blew me away...never occurred to
> me...
>
> Date: 5/26/19 6:28 am
> From: Bruni Haydl...Charles Town, WV
>
> Subject: Who knew?
> The dog fur in my 4x4 cube suet holder was popular earlier with
> Titmice and Chickadees and of late with female Baltimore Orioles. I
> was surprised yesterday to see a female Goldfinch with a beak full of
> fur. The male was nearby watching her do all the work. ;-) This is
> the first time I have ever seen a Goldfinch taking fur.
>
> Bruni remarked in a later personal email:
> The dog fur is compliments of my friend's dog. He only gets a haircut
> once a year so there is enough long fur to supply the whole state. A
> neighbor, who has a Golden Retriever that always sheds in the spring,
> also gave me some of his fur. For some reason the fur doesn't get
> really soggy, even after a rain. Doesn't the goldfinch look like John
> Bolton?
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County MD
> M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter
>
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