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Does this bird cause any harm to the garden?

Wow lucky you -- To have pheasants in your yard! Full disclosure - I have never had pheasants in my yard, so I have absolutely no experience with them, but I am so envious of your good fortune that ...
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Bird-friendly weedkiller for patio?

Your best bet is probably to pour boiling water on the weeds. The heat will kill the plants, and the water will of course be harmless to the birds as soon as it cools. Just be careful not to burn ...
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How do I stop woodpeckers from killing my beloved apple tree?

Since woodpeckers don't eat wood, concentrate on killing the insects that the woodpeckers are actually eating (rather than "keeping the woodpeckers away" by some means other than removing their food ...
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What is the value of magnolias for birds?

I'm not an ornithologist, but I think you are over-engineering. If you like magnolia, plant one. Various birds will use it to rest and as observation point to catch insects. Keep the garden most ...
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Does this bird cause any harm to the garden?

These birds live as wild birds in my area. The people around complain only that during hot dry summers they tend to destroy their tomatoes (desperately searching for liquid). They also like to spend ...
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Bird-friendly weedkiller for patio?

They make tools for just this purpose with the slightly-rude sounding name of "Crack Weeder". They are either a very narrow hoe / knife, or a metal-bristled brush. Using one of these is less tedious ...
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How many trees are needed to attract birds as significant pests?

Birds are no different than other animals. They look for food, water and shelter. If all you have is food in the form of fruit then you will get birds dropping in for breakfast or a snack before bed. ...
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How can I keep birds off my berries for cheap?

I diverted the birds from my blueberries by placing them next to my cornus kousa tree which kept them fed. That fruit was much bigger then my berries. Otherwise there's no realistic option other ...
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How do I stop woodpeckers from killing my beloved apple tree?

There is some good advice from the previous posters. However, it sounds to me that you could be dealing with a sapsucker, which is a type of woodpecker. As Ecnerwal pointed out, it can be a bit of ...
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Is it ok to screw nesting boxes to trees?

One screw wont hurt the tree. Just be sure to use a stainless steel screw so it doesn't rust out and break off in the tree.
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House sparrows ruining my plants. How do i kill them?

You can reduce sparrow numbers by changing what you're feeding the birds. House sparrows tend to like small seeds like corn, oats, wheat, and other types of grain seeds. According to this site, ...
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Looking for a way to repel crows from our gardens, without scaring all the other birds

It is very difficult. Crows are one of the most intelligent birds, they recognize you, they understand what you are doing. So they will learn quick about your methods. a lot quicker then other birds. ...
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How can I keep birds off my berries for cheap?

I've never tried it myself, but they say you can paint strawberry sized rocks read and set them near the strawberry plants, the birds come in to try and eat them and find out they're no good. Then ...
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Bird-friendly weedkiller for patio?

I have a propane weed torch that I use to burn the weeds in cement cracks. I got mine from a gardening supply store, but they are on Amazon. I can't use it near the house or the porch screen (...
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Is it harmful for birds to have a house hanging on a walnut tree?

It's likely to be painful if a walnut falls on you, and if you're asleep, you won't be able to avoid them. So, a reasonable suggestion to not sleep under a walnut tree. As for a bird house as long ...
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How to attract white stork (Ciconia ciconia) to a garden?

If you want to build a Stork nest, you have to take a few things into consideration. Do Storks live in your area? Are there enough food and resources in the neighborhood? Is it possible to build a ...
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Is it wise to let lonicera grow over a brush pile?

Do both plants! I simply adore this idea! I'd also cover the pile before planting the vines with a chunk of wire fencing that has holes big enough only for the sparrows and finch that would keep out ...
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Prevent green parrots dominating the bird feeder

One option might be to use a feeder cage. This will prevent larger birds from being able to get at the feeder, so should stop parakeets from being able to feed, but but the side effect that it will ...
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Is Prunus padus really so toxic?

Since you're concerned about the potential toxicity of the prunus padus to birds, I'll address that. The fruit from the tree is not only safe for birds, but is actually a healthy part of their diet. ...
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What kind of hummingbird is this one?

Wow, that little guy is hard to photograph, isn't he? I don't think it is a hummingbird though. It looks like an insect to me. A gigantic one. In the next-to-last of your 7 photos (i.e. #6) you can ...
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Should I avoid hybrid species of native plants for birdscaping?

Amelanchier × grandiflora is an example of a "nativar," that is, a cultivated variety of a native plant. While there's some range of opinions, reputable sources agree that it's best to plant ...
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Is it harmful for birds to have a house hanging on a walnut tree?

Allowing your birds to live hanging from a walnut tree is actually an excellent idea. Walnuts are among the many favorite nuts of backyard birds. Some others include peanuts, acorns, pecans, almonds, ...
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Is Prunus padus really so toxic?

An interesting question which is perhaps better on biology.se than here. But here's my guess. Prunus padus has actually been used in herbal medicine for centuries, and although it does contain ...
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Bird-friendly weedkiller for patio?

If you want a viable low maintenance solution you should consider removing the bricks/tiles and replacing any soil with underneath or in between the bricks/tiles with crushed rock. You can usually buy ...
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Bird-friendly weedkiller for patio?

Depending on how much time you want to sacrifice, you can also plant something in the cracks which will shade the weeds and make garden look nicer, here are some examples: http://www.theguardian.com/...
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How do I stop woodpeckers from killing my beloved apple tree?

Woodpeckers are crazy birds. Often on summer mornings they will wake me up with their hammering on a nearby tin roof. Now why would a woodpecker be hammering on a tin roof, I ask you? Maybe they think ...
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Is it ok to screw nesting boxes to trees?

The biggest risk is to the lumber yard that cuts the tree for lumber; The steel nails and screws are bad for the cutting tools. My lot was formerly fenced with barb wire , trying to get the wire out ...
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Should I avoid hybrid species of native plants for birdscaping?

While this is a natural question to ask, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question: it depends on the particular hybrid. Naturally-occurring Hybrids Some hybrids are naturally occurring ...
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Purple Sprouting Broccoli recovery from bird attack

Skeletonized leaves are more likely to be caused by slugs and snails or other pests rather than birds - birds tend to go for the florets or flowering heads rather than leaves. Cropping from sprouting ...
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