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There have been reports of bears and coyotes in some of the more rural neighboring towns, but none here.
A week or two ago, a black bear somehow found it's way into frat row at the UW here in Seattle! They think it had found it's way there from north Seattle (still pretty suburban for a bear). Very sadly, a combination of tasering and sedating was too much for it and it didn't survive being captured. :-(

Back to birds: We've had a little wren nesting in the newspaper box on our porch for two years in a row now. We got to see the little wrenlings fledge last year, but they were sneaky this year (at least we hope they were). Not using the side door for a few weeks is a small price to pay. Fortunately, our neighbors who refused to bell their cats ("they're just being cats") had moved away.

We have a feeder and bath in our front garden (mossy and shady), but the crows seem to have taken them over. Our other neighbor feeds them every morning - we can hear him calling "here crow, here crow" as he tosses everything from peanuts to fish heads into the street. ;-)

Not that crows aren't interesting critters (they're pretty danged intelligent!), but.. do they chase off other interesting birds? Is there any particular kind of feed we can use to attract other birds without encouraging the crows? We've got amazingly agile (and amusing) squirrels, but finally have a squirrel-proof feeder so we don't have to worry about them anymore..
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