Catching "Crumbs That Fall to the Floor" Followup #3 (To 8-22's Post)

In part # 2 of my follow-up to my HT post "Pole Systems and Bird Feeders (The SAGA Continues)" which I "published" on September 16th, 2013), a portion of that entry's conclusion included the following:

"In part three of this series, I plan to tell you how I modified my shine feeder . . . and in part four I will also discuss what I hope to do with my seed hoop (the device I mentioned in my 8-22-13 HT entry)."

However, before I delve into this topic, as has been my standard, please let me give you a quick update on my cardinal couple, Cam and Mac, as well as their son Vincenzo, since they are my main motivator in perfecting my feeding systems.

The first six images accompanying today's entry feature some of the highlights of Cam and Vincenzo's interactions from my last posting (9-8-13) through 9-15-13 and as you can see their antics are quite amazing, worthy of any feeding system, although seeing them feed each other is the best of all.

But once again (as I often do when it comes to "talking" about my visiting birds), I have digressed, for the purpose of this post is to discuss the modifications I have made to my shine feeder in an effort to deter seed spillage, and so, without further ado, please let me tell you about the spillage deterrent I have added to my WBU-SS feeder (shine feeder).
As you may recall, in my very first entry on HT (6-27-13), I discussed the shine feeder (also known as WBU-SS feeder) and if you'd like to refer to that post, it may be found @ http://www.hometalk.com/1721634/rain-or-shine-bird-feeders-to-perch-or-not-may-be-the-question

The CB feeder, as you may know, was procured by yours truly to accommodate Cam, her beau Mac and the smaller songbirds which visit my urban garden. However, as you may also know, Cam and Mac never perched on the feeder, and they only availed themselves of seeds from it when it was placed on a ledge which surrounds my garden as evidenced in image six of this entry featuring Cam at the feeder.
And, as you may also know from my prior posts, mourning doves began rocking the CB feeder (as seen in image seven) in an attempt to spill seeds. Their endeavors were successful and seeds landed on my kiwi vines'* foliage which they then ate causing destruction to my vines' hard earned leaves.

[* I have a number of posts about this amazing vine on Blogger as well on tumblr and you may refer to them by clicking on the following links respectively:
Blogger @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/search/label/Actinida%20kolomikta%20and%20Actimida%20%28Kiwi%20Vines%29
tumblr @http://thelastleafgardener.tumblr.com/search/kiwi+vines ]

Moreover, as I've stated on HT in the past, the seeds that got "knocked" to the ground attracted mice and pigeons, a fact which was discussed @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2013/08/a-few-antics-of-long-island-seagulls.html

The "solution" of modifying my WBU-SS feeder (I'll provide pictures and info on this product within this entry) came from Susan Grimstead* who evaluated my situation and came up with the suggestion. She is also the one who came up with the idea of my adding a Seed Saucer to my CB Feeder as I discussed in most recent entry here on HT @ http://www.hometalk.com/2213646/catching-crumbs-that-fall-to-the-floor-followup-2-to-8-22-s-post

But, before I feature her solution, I wanted to include the seventh image accompanying this entry to refresh your memory, dear reader, as to what my WBU-SS (shine) feeder looks like. It can be found within the second circle from the left.

And images eight through twelve feature an array of birds enjoying the shine feeder, BUT as I have mentioned in prior posts here on HT, ultimately, mourning doves, and then pigeons came along and learned to tip the feeder resulting in visits by a number of pigeons and mice @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2013/07/a-mourning-doves-feeder-escapade.html

Some of the aforementioned rhetoric may be familiar to those of you who follow my posts, and while I don't want to be redundant, I also don't want to assume folks remember every detail of my posts, and therefore included it to give you a context for my need to modify my shine feeder.
Getting back to the modification of the shine feeder, here is what Ms. Grimstead had to say:
"For the bronze tube feeder (she is referring to the one I call a shine or WBU-SS feeder), we carry a pigeon guard cage with 2" mesh that has a solid tray in the bottom to catch spillage . . . A guard is the best option for this feeder because the U-shaped perches are designed to allow larger birds (cardinals) land on it."
I followed her suggestion and the shine feeder can be seen within its "protective shell" in the form of a cage-like structure in image thirteen-sixteen. In image seventeen, you can see a mourning dove atop a suet (paddle-shaped) feeder as he/she studies the shine feeder in its encasing.
However, the leering eyes of the mourning dove did not deter my house finches from enjoying "their" feeder as evidenced in images eighteen and nineteen. In turn, the mourning doves did not allow the house finches aloofness squelch their curiosity, and from the vantage point of perching atop the Seed Saucer (hanging below the CB/rain feeder, they leered into the shine feeder, for as you can see (in images thirteen through sixteen), the feeders are in close proximity. The drama continues!
For more specifics on the modification of my shine feeder, please refer to my post on Blogger @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2013/09/honoring-remembering-service-of-others.html
And so, dear reader, there you have it, as promised (on 8-22-13), the details re how I modified my shine feeder and thus the conclusion of follow-up of part three of my "Catching crumbs that fall to the floor" entry.
In part four of this series, I will also discuss what I hope to do with my seed hoop (the device I mentioned in my 8-22-13 HT entry). STAY TUNED . . .
* INFO on Susan Grimstead @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2013/09/honoring-remembering-service-of-others.html
This appeared on COL's FB Page with "Cam's Dilema! Tough Love: To Feed OR NOT To Feed, Vincenzo, that is the Question!" INFO @ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=549813721734672&set=o.142914269087072&type=1&theater&notif_t=photo_c
This image of Cam and Vincenzo is on TLLG's FB Page. More Info @ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=549487828433928&set=pb.247917655257615.-2207520000.1379543185.&type=3&theater
This appeared on COL's FB Page with a nice story @ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=549491081766936&set=o.142914269087072&type=1&theater&notif_t=like
This image of Cam and Vincenzo is also on TLLG's FB Page. More Info @ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=549263408456370&set=pb.247917655257615.-2207520000.1379543501.&type=3&theater
Vincenzo checks out a mourning dove and a pigeon! See TLLG's FB Page for details @ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=549263408456370&set=pb.247917655257615.-2207520000.1379543501.&type=3&theater
Cam and Vincenzo inspire a tribute to the victims of the shootings at the Naval Yard in Washington. INFO @ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=549263408456370&set=pb.247917655257615.-2207520000.1379543501.&type=3&theater
Aerial View of my garden on TLLG's FB Page @ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=534443716605006&set=pb.247917655257615.-2207520000.1379565932.&type=3&theater AND in a blog post @ http://bit.ly/16aTEEy
Female House Finch Enjoys Feeder. Image featured with a great story @ http://on.fb.me/1dr7Loh
Male House Finch Enjoys Feeder. Image featured with a great story @ http://on.fb.me/1dr7Loh
House Sparrow Enjoying Feeder. Image feature on Cornell Ornithology Lab's FB Page in August 2013!
Blue Jay enjoys feeder. Image featured in an entry on TLLF's Blogger Pages @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2013/06/rain-or-shine-dining-for-my-wild-bird.html
Male and Female Finch Enjoying a moment at the Feeder! INFO @ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=541704549212256&set=pb.247917655257615.-2207520000.1379567214.&type=3&theater
Gottcha! Caught in the Act! Mourning Dove Places Toes Under Feeder to Tilt and Spill it! View Two. Result is Seeds on Garden Floor Bringing Pigeons and Mice @ http://bit.ly/15Eq3ks
Gottcha! Caught in the Act! Mourning Dove Places Toes Under Feeder to Tilt and Spill it! View Two. Result is Seeds on Garden Floor Bringing Pigeons and Mice @ http://bit.ly/15Eq3ks
Caught in the Act AGAIN! Pigeon Learns Mourning Doves Spill Tricks! INFO @ http://bit.ly/16aTEEy
Some of my feeders hanging on a pole system in my garden. This image was featured @ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=547051605344217&set=o.183838758359721&type=1
This image was featured within TLLG's Blogger posts on an entry @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2013/09/honoring-remembering-service-of-others.html
This image was also featured within TLLG's Blogger posts on an entry @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2013/09/honoring-remembering-service-of-others.html
This image was also featured within TLLG's Blogger posts on an entry @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2013/09/honoring-remembering-service-of-others.html
Male and female House Finch enjoying new set-up. This image was also featured within TLLG's Blogger posts on an entry @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2013/09/honoring-remembering-service-of-others.html
Male House Finch enjoying new set-up. This image was also featured within TLLG's Blogger posts on an entry @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2013/09/honoring-remembering-service-of-others.html
This image was also Mourning Doves alighting on Seed Saucer as featured within TLLG's Blogger posts on an entry @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2013/09/honoring-remembering-service-of-others.html

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  • April April on Nov 12, 2013
    That's absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing your pictures of the feeders and God's amazing little feathered creations! :)
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    • April April on Nov 28, 2013
      @TheLastLeafGardener - Oh that's okay, as I was just trying to give encouragement, and it's normal to miss our feathered friends sometimes. :) I'm sure Cam really appreciates how much you care and can sense it. That's wonderful that Emily has payed you a visit again. Looks like she's stocking up on food to keep herself warm and ready to migrate. Wow, that's interesting and true on most days. But what I mean by more active do enjoying windy days, is searching for food and foraging -- at least outside my bedroom window, which has a lot of shrubs and such. They also seem to know the days before a front comes through, in much of the same way. You're very welcome! I really enjoy them and I must say Emily is looking adorable and very hungry in that picture! :)
  • MulberryStreet MulberryStreet on Nov 23, 2013
    More great shots of your birds!
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