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  1. MilwaukeeProf   Problems with the migratory birds are on my mind today and I wonder if the rest of you have noticed these troubling peculiarities, too. Typically, the orioles come home to Wisconsin the end of May and arrive in a large flock. This year they came back a month early and there were only two couples. Now they are gone despite my all you can eat buffet of Crofter's grape jelly and orange halves. I usually raise my shades on Mother's Day weekend to see a flock of about 20 rose breasted grosbeaks at my feeders. This year I had one pair only. They, too, are gone now. The robins and starlings nested early this year, also about a month ahead of normal. What have the rest of you observed? This seems to confirm that we are in the midst of an environmental catastrophe.
    3 days ago Like
  2. VegInNotOut   I have just recently left Madison, WI but did not see the Orioles -- and yet, folks I know up in the WI North country have many that started early May. I did see a few ROGR but that is typically all I saw in the past couple of years. I saw the robins 2 months early (!) and plenty of them -- I don't know how they fared as they were in too early for a worm diet and too late for a fruit diet. In the past few years, the numbers of birds I have seen definitely declined but I don't know what to attribute that too. There are so many people using cides (herbicides, pesticides, etc) and in the last few years, there were sudden freezes in late April in the entire corridor from way down south up through Canada and a lot of birds were lost -- too many environmental catastrophes to choose from!
    2 days ago Like
  3. MilwaukeeProf   Yes, it is sad and concerning. Thanks for sharing that. Friendly FYI: robins adore raisins. The raisins are a fruity fast food and good to sustain adults while also filling up little yellow beaks that need to be fed every half hour. I should invest in Sun Maid! (store brands tend to be all dried out and stuck together, not good for feeding to someone with a tiny mouth)
    38 hr ago Like
  4. MilwaukeeProf   OK, it is now Sunday afternoon, 5-22. Abut half an hour ago, while I was in the middle of something else, I saw a male oriole checking things out. Fingers crossed that he brought the rest of the flock with him.
    31 hr ago Like
  5. VegInNotOut   I gave the robins scores of meal worms -- no babies at that early stage of their return as they were likely focused on sustaining themselves in that cold clime. Glad to hear that you had an Oriole sighting! You might also find this tracking of them helpful:
    30 hr ago Like
  6. MilwaukeeProf   Fascinating! Thanks for sharing that link.
    12 hr ago Like
  7. atmarama   What is the value of any red meat eating to human society?
    March 17 2022 Like
  8. atmarama   People are stocking up on iodine. There are listings of vegetarian foods rich in iodine. However, the thing to note is that red meat is not listed as rich in iodine. It seems that some types of seaweed are the really great sources of iodine. People are worried about their iodine intake due to fear of harmful radiation.
    March 19 2022 Like
  9. MilwaukeeProf   Evidently none of us can see any positive value to eating other animals.
    April 26 2022 Like
  10. atmarama   So far hardly any meat, fish, nor eggs recommended to fight radiation sickness & cancer. Perhaps red meat had people believing that it helped them to be head strong. Try raw walnuts for Omega-3.
    April 28 2022 Like
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