Letters to the Editor

Volume VI Number 31
August 6-12, 1998

For the Birdsbluebird house

Dear New Bay Times~Weekly:

We live in Dunkirk, just off Brickhouse Road. We can see Route 4 from our house. This must be a unique area. Mr. Burton never sees bluebirds. We usually have at least one family of baby bluebirds in our bluebird house a year.

bobwhiteWe also have rabbits in our iris bed. They are cleaning me out this year. No beans, marigolds and many other plants. They ate very little lettuce, though. The groundhogs got that.

Now to the bobwhite [which M.L. Faunce complained was absent from suburban Maryland in her Earth Journal of May 14-20]. They are in our yard every day. They go through the garden, flower beds, yard and feed under the bird feeders and come on our deck. This is all cleared property and not much cover. It isn't the building and clearing that is hurting the bobwhites but traffic. Earlier in the year, we had eight bobwhites in our yard. Within weeks, five of them were killed by traffic on Brickhouse Road. It was heartbreaking.

We love your paper and look forward to it every week.

-Marion Arhar, Dunkirk

P.S. Can anyone tell me if this is a type of dove? Last summer was the only time we ever saw it.


Editor's note: Discussion of visiting birds continues in Bill Burton's column this week.

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