Betsy Hartley


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How do I move a shrub with a nest?

Q: Arborvitae line my back fence and I want to remove them and replace them with fruit trees. However, a pair of scrub jays is nesting in the arborvitae. I am not in an imminent hurry, but how can I eventually remove the arbor vitae with minimal disruption to the jays?

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How can I keep crows and jays from being hogs?

Q: Do you have a seed type recommendation or other techniques and strategies for discouraging crows and jays from monopolizing my feeders. These corvids scratch all the seed out onto the ground and chase away the songbirds I'm trying to serve.

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How do I handle sparrow bullies?

Q: We have been trying to attract swallows back to our neighborhood, and after 15 years we have a nesting pair in our yard. We have noticed sparrows trying to evict our family of swallows. The babies have not yet fledged, and we are concerned. What can we do?

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I have red-headed rascals ruining my trees, how can I stop this pest?

Q: I sent in a picture awhile ago, and you said it was a woodpecker, sapsucker variety. Now it seems there are flying insects, flies and small bees or wasps at the tree all the time, also have seen the woodpecker several times. Seems like they are ruining or killing the tree, what can we do to save it, or stop them from making it look like this? Organically if possible.

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We are losing the battle of the bird feeder, how can we call a truce?

Q: I have a very active wild bird feeding area about 15' and about 30 yards from our house next to the Deschutes River in pines with an open meadow across the river. Hawks have discovered the birds and are attacking them. Any suggestions?

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Owls and domestic animals

Q: Do some owls in the Pacific Northwest take domestic animals. And, if so, which ones? Do they take cats, dogs or chickens? How can you tell if you have an owl in your neighborhood? Is there anyway to get them out of your area?

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