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May 09, 2008


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Dad & Ginger - thanks for your comment!! Still bringing the feeders in nightly. You're right - mom would've so worried!!

Ginger and Ron

Hi Nancy -- This is so interesting. Glad we persevered getting onto the blog!!! We don't have bears but saw a deer slithering through the shrubbery at 6AM this morning!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Con - I'm still doing the "in-every-night" routine. I'm not sure how to tell when I can try to leave them out again.
Bevson - I was lucky considering how little damage to the feeders there actually was. I hope it moves on because I don't want to give up summer feeding!


Over the years I have lost feeders to bears. It is frustrating. The bears here on the mountain actually destroy the feeders-crunching through plastic and metal perches. I do not feed birds in the summer, instead I offer lots of water, nesting material and bird houses.

Con Daily

Bears and bird feeders are a problem in my area, too. I bring in the most accessable feeders at night and leave out a couple that are high and hard to reach. I've only seen three bears in 8 years here at my home, but others in my area report bears regularly throughout the summer. Thanks for posting this reminder - Don't feed the bears!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Lana - hopefully with no food, he'll go away. Miss hearing from you during your tour guide duty!
Peter - thanks much.
Sue - see what happens while the cat's away???

Sue Fuss

Wow! I get sick for a few days and loose track of the blog and look what happens! Glad all are safe so far.


As usual your blog is very informative. Those are amazing images of the demage that bears can do thanks for posting them.


A bear, wow! I'm going to shut up about the raccoons now! *LOL*
Sorry I've been AWOL, btw. Still playing tour guide for my Canadian visitor.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Aunt B - thanks for visiting. This is my first experience with bears but I've always known that feeding bears is bad for the bears. Welcome!
Margaret - I do remember you and your husband. It probably is the same bear. Hopefully all our neighbors have good sense to bring in feeders, garbage cans, dog food bowls, etc., so that this guy moves on. Thanks for your comment and we'll see you in the store soon.

Margaret Rogers

Hi Nancy,

I saw the photos of the bear attack on your bird feeders, and it brought back memories of the sight that awaited me in my own yard this past Tuesday morning!
I hadn't seen your blog at the time, but had concluded that it was a bear because one of the feeders (the plexiglass finch feeder) had been dragged off into the woods. Can't see a deer doing that! Apparently, the bear was able to shake every (and I do mean every) seed from the screen feeders, but had to drag this one off to figure it out. I'm concluding it was the same miscreant because I live just up the road from you. (I don't know if you remember us; my husband and I come into the store from time to time).

Anyway, we now have our feeders and seeds stored safely in garbage cans inside
at night. Listen for the wheezy beer-beer-beeee of the Black-throated Blue and the zee-zee-zee-zee-zee-zoo-zee of the Black-Throated Green -- they are around!
(Love your blog too).

Take care...and please do NOT feed the bears!

Aunt B

Well, I finally found someone I can relate to with the black bears. I have been working with them for 10+ years now and you certainly learn all the tricks and suffer so many losses.
I bring in my feeders at night all of the time as to not create a pattern with their visits. I love the bears dearly but know that a fed bear is a dead bear.
I will be following your blog and adding your link to mine.
Great shots!

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