Miserable (Summer birds ). Photo by ChrisAnthemum
Ad Blocker Enabled

Miserable

Uploaded by: ChrisAnthemum

Friday June 29, 2012

Westfield, NC (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Not only were these baby cardinals gasping from the heat, but I was horrified to discover ants attacking them. They were helpless to throw them off, so I did what I could, sprayed insecticide on the stems of the bush and sprinkled a little Sevin dust on the birds themselves, which is harmless to warm-blooded animals and is the main ingredient in flea powder. Later, I checked again and they seemed more comfortable; I didn't see any more ants. Hope I did the right thing.

Image Width: 2105

Image Length: 1442

x-Resolution: 72.00

y-Resolution: 72.00

Resolution Unit: Inch

Orientation: top - left

YCbCr Sub-Sampling:

Manufacturer: Canon

Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS

Software: PaintShop Pro 14.00

InterColorProfile: 3144 bytes undefined data

Compression: JPEG compression

Exif Version: Exif Version 2.21

FlashPixVersion: FlashPix Version 1.0

Color Space: sRGB

Components Configuration: Y Cb Cr -

PixelXDimension: 3888

PixelYDimension: 2592

User Comment:

SubsecTime: 21

SubSecTimeOriginal: 21

SubSecTimeDigitized: 21

Exposure Time: 1/80 sec.

FNumber: f/5.6

Exposure Program: Not defined

ISO Speed Ratings: 250

Shutter speed: 6.38 EV (APEX: 9, 1/82 sec.)

Aperture: 5.00 EV (f/5.7)

Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV

Metering Mode: Pattern

Flash: Flash did not fire.

Focal Length: 55.0 mm

Focal Plane x-Resolution: 4438.36

Focal Plane y-Resolution: 4445.97

Focal Plane Resolution Unit: Inch

Custom Rendered: Normal process

Exposure Mode: Auto exposure

White Balance: Auto white balance

Scene Capture Type: Standard

Viewer Comments

Post Your Comments

You must be signed in to leave comments.

Log In or Join

Members can leave comments, upload and share photos in our Wunder Photos section and participate on the WunderBlogs.

Display: 50, 100, 200 Sort: Newest First - Order Posted
9. ChrisAnthemum
4:52 PM GMT on June 30, 2012
Thank you, Mrs. Whooper! I am not against all ants; they have their place just as other wild creatures do; I just want them to leave these little birds alone, and my treatments on Friday seem to have accomplished that with a minimum of fuss. Thanks for taking an interest!
Action: Quote | Ignore User
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Comments:
8. whooper
4:16 PM GMT on June 30, 2012
Chris, I'm not suggesting that you try this, but I have 'removed' many ant beds this way!! Mix
2oz of orange oil to a gallon of water. Look about three (3) feet from the main entrance of the bed to find the escape exits and pour some of the mixture there. Then just drench the main part of the bed. It is best to wait until the temp. is up when the ants are all in from foraging and trying to stay cool. I usually check the beds the next day and give it another douse for good measure. Mrs."Whoop"
Action: Quote | Ignore User
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Comments:
7. ChrisAnthemum
2:04 PM GMT on June 30, 2012
Thanks, Nita! They appeared to be doing all right later that night (see additional photo in this series) and this morning (Saturday). Apparently my treatments were the right thing to do, or at least did no harm. The ants seem to be leaving them alone for the time being.
Action: Quote | Ignore User
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Comments:
5. Nita
11:46 AM GMT on June 30, 2012
Thank you for taking care of those precious babies Kathy! You just made my day!
Action: Quote | Ignore User
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Comments:
4. ChrisAnthemum
3:01 AM GMT on June 30, 2012
Thank you, Donna; I too hope they will be all right. I had never seen ants attacking living birds before.
Action: Quote | Ignore User
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Comments:
3. catilac
2:53 AM GMT on June 30, 2012
Bless you Chris, those poor babies would have died if not for your help! I hope they will be o.k...
When I had my Bluebird boxes in FL I had to keep Amdro around the bottom of the posts.
Action: Quote | Ignore User
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Comments:
2. ChrisAnthemum
2:48 AM GMT on June 30, 2012
Gale, I HAD to do something; they were being bitten and were jerking around something horrible. I figured between that and the stress of the heat, they would be dead before long, so that if my treatments killed them, at least I tried to give them a chance. I took another picture of them by flash after sundown, where they look much more comfortable; I will post that soon. Thanks for taking an interest!
Action: Quote | Ignore User
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Comments:
1. novembergale
2:23 AM GMT on June 30, 2012
Keep an eye on them and let us know how it goes for them. I wish there were more compassionate people in the world like you!
Action: Quote | Ignore User
Member Since: December 31, 1969 Comments:

Viewing: 9 - 1

Page: 1

Top of Page

About ChrisAnthemum

Wife, mother, grandmother, gardener, naturalist, writer, artist, crafter, homeschooler, owner and occasional breeder of registered Shetland Sheepdogs, and a child of the King. Rank amateur at most of these. Live in Westfield, NC, near the western mountains.Some of my photos are now available for sale from Fine Art America. Please check the website: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/kathryn-meyer.h tml only join the html -- for some reason this site won't let me do it. Clicking on my website below leads to FAA's main page, but you can access my gallery there by putting my name Kathryn Meyer in the search box.

More Information