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Morris: Dove's nest puts halt to home project

DEAR JOAN: A dumb, nest-building dove built her new home on the top of our 8-foot ladder, which is leaning against the house. I stopped immediately.How many weeks will I have to wait until the chicks leave the nest. John OttoBay AreaDEAR JOHN: I'm afraid you're stuck for the long haul. Instead, we will just be lucky spectators as she raises the two babies that hatched this week.How long do you think it will be before the nest will be vacated.
San Jose Mercury News
9 Points

Morris: Richmond's Fix Our Ferals closes temporarily

My father lives in Lincoln, but we can bring the cat down to the Bay Area if someone wants her.Randy SwitzerDiscovery BayDEAR RANDY: I hope we can find Missy a good home. I hope they'll be back in business soon.DEAR JOAN: My elderly father is in need of help finding a home for his 7-year-old desert lynx cat named Missy, who has been diagnosed with diabetes.The cat belonged to my mom, who recently passed away, and he cannot take care of it nor can he afford the cost of the diabetes shots.
San Jose Mercury News
12 Points

Morris: Death match between crows and owls

Kathy KisterFremontDEAR KATHY: You have a very kind heart, but don't worry about the hummingbirds. DEAR JOAN: My family has long been entertained by a couple dozen hummingbirds that frequent our yard. They'll be just fine.While hummingbirds like the nectar in feeders, it only supplements their diet. Nick CrumpBay AreaDEAR NICK: When it comes to mutual hatred, owls and crows are the animal kingdom's Hatfields and McCoys. Owls are nocturnal and crows are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day.
San Jose Mercury News
3 Points

Morris: Owlet grabbed by mysterious intruder

DEAR JOAN: We have a murder mystery in the Cupertino foothills that we are hoping you or your panel of experts can help us solve.A friend in the area has a barn owl house with web cameras inside, streaming video of the owl family 24/7. It was with another normal-colored raccoon, and they were comfortable with each other.I got a very good look at it, and that was quite a treat.JerryMartinezDEAR JERRY: That must have made you consider seeing an eye doctor.
San Jose Mercury News
1 Points

Morris: Rattlesnakes and 4-year-olds not a good mix

DEAR JOAN: We are considering having my son's birthday party next month at Las Trampas Regional Park in San Ramon. You just need to do it safely and with supervision until he learns the ins and outs.DEAR JOAN: Can you give drivers some tips on what to do when they encounter turkeys on the road. DebbieBay AreaDEAR DEBBIE: Las Trampas is a beautiful park, but more importantly, it is a wilderness area. It has more than 5,000 acres of undeveloped land, great for hiking, bird watching and critter sighting.
San Jose Mercury News
4 Points

Morris: Oh no, talking crows!

I called, "Hello, hello." I was so surprised when it responded, "Hello, hello."I know it wasn't sending me a greeting, but could it have been mimicking something it heard. DEAR JOAN: Recently I was walking the dog past a school when I heard a high-pitched voice saying, "Hello, hello." I looked around and didn't see anyone, only a crow sitting on an overhead wire.Then I heard it again -- and again for a third time.
San Jose Mercury News
7 Points

Morris: White-tailed kites and their superhero moves

DEAR JOAN: We seem to have good luck -- there are a couple of kites in our neighborhood.I don't know much about them, but they are really beautiful. They like oak trees, but are not exclusive to them.DEAR JOAN: I saw something I've never witnessed before the other day. Lynda NunnWalnut CreekDEAR LYNDA: The white-tailed kite, once known as the black-shouldered kite, is a wonderful bird to watch in action.It is one of the most graceful of raptors.
San Jose Mercury News
21 Points

Will feeding hummingbirds make them dependent?

DEAR JOAN: We have two hummingbird feeders that I clean and refill every week.Until now, there has always been quite a bit of sugar water left when I take them down. LindaBay AreaDEAR LINDA: You are one of the many lucky, depending on how you define luck, hummingbird lovers who are seeing their feeders mobbed by hungry hummers. Baby hummers can't fly and they only leave the nest to visit feeders and flowers when they are fully grown.
San Jose Mercury News
6 Points

Hummingbird nest is swinging and ringing

DEAR JOAN: A hummingbird has built a nest in our backyard wind chimes, off our bedroom deck. But when they hatch, the nest expands to hold the growing babies.The swinging motion may make us feel a bit queasy, but won't bother the mom and babies.DEAR JOAN: I reside in the hills by CSU East Bay. We shall have to wait and see.Claudia BassMartinezDEAR CLAUDIA: We sometimes look at where birds choose to nest and just shake our heads, wondering what possessed them.
San Jose Mercury News
4 Points