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Birds eating my new seed!!!

Posted by rutgers1 (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 17, 07 at 12:31

I overseeded yesterday. I guess word got out among our bird community, as there are between 5 and 30 on my front lawn at all times.

On one hand, I am tempted to go out and buy something to scare them away. On the other hand, I am just hoping that I put enough seed down to feed not only the lawn but the birds.

Has anyone experienced this?


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RE: Birds eating my new seed!!!

rutgers1, this is the funniest post I have ever seen... I'm laughing so hard right now...

I'll reply in a little bit...


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RE: Birds eating my new seed!!!

Sprinkle a little more mulch to cover the seeds. Roll the seeds into the soil with a light roller. Walk up and down a few times on the seeds to force them into the soil. Keep the seed bed moist. Squirt the birds with your sprinklers. Accept the fact that the birds will get their share. In return, they will leave little presents for you on your lawn.


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RE: Birds eating my new seed!!!

I didn't notice it with birds, but I was looking at a newly seeded spot the other day and I saw a seed wiggle a little. At first I thought I happened upon it at the time it was trying to put roots into the soil. But then it started moving and I noticed a line of seeds all trekking toward an anthill.


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RE: Birds eating my new seed!!!

Isn't there like 1.5 million KBG seeds per lb.? Even if the bird eat tens of thousands there should still be plenty of seeds left?


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RE: Birds eating my new seed!!!

Hold me up, Auteck. My knees are weak from laughing so hard.

This is very common, Rutgers. Next will come the squirrels, so the topdressing can't hide them because the squirrels are going to dig looking for more seeds. Like gbig says, you'll still be fine.


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RE: Birds eating my new seed!!!

Oh, I needed that laugh!

Yes, one bird finds seed and then proceeds to yank out his cell phone and call all the other birds in the area. Soon, every bird within twenty miles is out on the lawn. Flocks from the next state are just hitting cruising altitude and will arrive sometime tomorrow.

Go ahead and try to scare them off. They outnumber you. Ever seen the Alfred Hitchcock classic? Move slowly and do not carry grain-based food items...

Really, you'll be just fine. You dropped millions of seeds, the birds can't possibly consume more than several tens of thousands--or less than 1%. The scratching and pecking also helps settle the seed in contact with soil and cover it, increasing germination of those seeds near the one(s) consumed.

Bird poo contains great fertilizer, so there's another added benefit.


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RE: Birds eating my new seed!!!

I wasn't trying to be funny, but glad you all got a laugh. I guess I am just panicking because I blew a lot of time and money on this overseed....slit seeder, compost, peat moss, milorganite. My neighbors already think I am nuts after a summer of hand-picking weeds every week, and I am sure the top-dressed lawn is also drawing some laughs. If they saw the cheetah I was going to rent to scare the birds away, I think they would know I was nuts for sure.


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RE: A Surfeit of Birds

cheetah

Living or stuffed? :-)

Sit back and enjoy the opportunity to see some birds you've probably rarely seen before. I have robins (going after the millipedes and tiny insects eating the dead grass), a Northern Oriole, several mockingbirds, finches and sparrows galore (mostly the more common sorts) and a bluebird.

I've never seen a bluebird up close before. Pretty!


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RE: Birds eating my new seed!!!

Shoot the birds. Honestly.

A pellet gun, and a few corpses, are quite a deterrent.


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RE: Birds eating my new seed!!!

You're going to need potassium and possibly more phosphorus. Be sure to get that done in the next month or two.


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RE: Birds eating my new seed!!!

It comes in at dusk. The rain is falling. It starts to feed where I have seeded certain areas of the lawn with Kentucky Fescue. The perpetrator is a wren or chickadee. I can`t tell which. Doesn`t matter. It sees me staring at it but pays me no heed. Nyom, nyom, nyom! It eats with impunity. I know if I leave it alone, it will call of its friends to a free grass seed party. I toiled to make my lawn better. It doesn`t care. It only wants to feed. It can`t be bought. It can`t be reasoned with. It will never stop, ever....until it is dead. I want to put the iron sight of cold steel upon it. It will not best me. I will not let it win. I scared one of them off earlier. I think it is back. I know it is only a matter of time until it returns.

Signing off.


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