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Re:birds 2011/04/27 20:20:22 (permalink)
I don't Tweet.
 
The Starling eggs in the cable box behind my garage have hatched.  I just love the sound of when they are eating.  They sound like they are starved.
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Re:birds 2011/04/27 20:48:11 (permalink)
The robins in the nest built behind the light fixture over my garage door have fledged. No more cheeping, although it was always fun to see their heads sticking up, mouths open hollering to be fed. But not they've fled the coop. OK, they've fled the nest.
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Re:birds 2011/04/27 21:17:55 (permalink)
I have red tail hawks, bald eagles, canada geese, killdeer, quail, chukar, snipes, barn swallows, owls, mag pies and a whole host of others that I have no idea of what they are.
There are several owl nests near my house this year, and the eagles have been quite active with the abundance of food from all the cows that have been calfing.
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Re:birds 2011/04/27 21:45:35 (permalink)
I hung up one of those mesh sock things full of thistle seed a month ago, and for a couple of weeks had mobs of goldfinch jockeying for space on it, with dozens more pecking at the ground where a lot of it was shaken loose. They then disappeared as quickly as they came, just a straggler showing up now and then. Interesting, but I'm kind of glad they moved on - they hung out in a tree over my truck, and something in that thistle makes their droppings like epoxy!
 
It also pleases me to see a small number of bluebirds show up in my yard frequently, even if they do compel me to sing "Zip-a-dee Doo Dah."
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Re:birds 2011/04/29 07:25:05 (permalink)
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Surprised Sundancer 7 hasn't chimed in. He's a big Bird watcher.

I have not chimed in because today is the first day I have had power since Monday due to a microburst that happened.  It snapped power poles like match sticks and thousands of trees have feel blocking our way out of our neighborhood.  Night before last we had four rounds of extreme weather depositied five inches of hail on my deck.  Incredible damage to trees.  I hae had two guys working on my landscape and yard and trees and they will be here a few more days.
 
I see Osprey every day and I have had bald eagles in the tree in front of my deck several times this past week.  I have birded in all 50 states, most of Central America, most of Sout America, all of Canada and most of Europe.  Birding has been a hobby of mine for 45 years.  I have about a dozen binocs located in my boat, cars, deck and elsewhere.  I have ducks and geese that nest on my property.  Momma duck just displayed her young 9 babies at my feeder in the last few days in spite of the damage.  We discourage geese due to the huge amount of them that can trash your yard.  The terminology loose as a goose is not a misnomer.
 
We are somewhat back to normal although Mamaw Smith has been without power for a week and still does not have power.
 
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Re:birds 2011/04/29 23:10:14 (permalink)
We love us some birds here on the hill.  We have bluebirds with five babies almost ready to come out of the nest.  There are usually three hatchings in that same birdhouse every year.
 
Goldfinches!  They arrived in early March and have gone through 60 lbs of thistle - the most expensive birds to feed for us. They'll be gone soon - I'll miss the vivid yellow and blue colors around their feeder.
 
We spotted the first hummingbirds April 8th but don't seem to have as many as we usually do - maybe later we'll have more.
And of course we've got the mockingbirds, woodpeckers, doves, sparrows, chickadees, starlings, bluejays, etc...
 
This year we finally got Purple Martins - we've tried for 4 years to lure them trying everything we could - they would come investigate and then leave.  We were just about to give up again when last week about 12 of them took up residence and stayed.  I've found that much that you read on the Internet about birds really doesn't apply to you or  your particular area - for us it's been a hit or miss thing.
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Re:birds 2011/04/29 23:38:18 (permalink)
"My" robins fledged recently, and now the nest built in the light fixture over my garage door is empty. I can't say that I miss the crazed chirping of four or five young demanding to be fed.
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Re:birds 2011/04/30 00:02:25 (permalink)
Michael Hoffman

"My" robins fledged recently, and now the nest built in the light fixture over my garage door is empty. I can't say that I miss the crazed chirping of four or five young demanding to be fed.


MH,
I'll be more than happy to send as many "young demanding food" grandkids as you can handle ( in groups of 4 or 5 at a time) Talk about "Crazed Chirping" get all 23 in one room and you will be reminded of "Feed the Birds in MARY POPPINS" or maybe Hitchcocks, THE BIRDS !!
197 to go MH,  Pace yourself !! 
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Re:birds 2011/05/06 01:16:39 (permalink)
Hummingbird I saw today,
 

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Re:birds 2011/05/06 01:20:11 (permalink)
Phoebe standing still for a moment.
 

 
 
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Re:birds 2011/05/06 01:23:14 (permalink)
Is that a ruby throated hummingbird?
 
 
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Re:birds 2011/05/06 08:45:02 (permalink)
There was a white-crowned sparrow feeding on the ground under 1 of my feeders yesterday.  I usually see a couple of them in the spring and fall as they stop to refuel during their migration and even though I'm on the northern edge of their winter range I don't recall ever having any as winter residents.
 
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Re:birds 2011/05/06 09:22:20 (permalink)
Later in the Summer we will have a large group of Hummingbirds visiting, but this early we have four or five stopping by a couple of times a day.  Here is a photo of the Prime-Time Hummer group at one of our two feeders. I think I count ten or eleven in this photo.
 

 
I think this is a young Eastern Blue Jay. We see a few each year that do not have a 'Crest'. Most have that crest on top...I figure they are the adults !

 
We know little, but use our bird-guide books a lot as new birds come into the area.
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Re:birds 2011/05/06 09:30:58 (permalink)
We had an Indigo Bunting , neon blue, in our yard a few days ago, he was feeding on the ground with the house sparrows. He didn't stay long.
 
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Re:birds 2011/05/06 13:28:11 (permalink)
According to the list of birds reported to have been seen at the Ballona Freshwater Wetlands where I took the hummingbird picture...
 
There have been three types seen there:
 
Anna's hummingbird, Allen's Hummingbird and the rarer Rufous Hummingbird.
 
I looked all three up on the internet.  They look the same to me.
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Re:birds 2011/05/06 13:41:58 (permalink)
Saw this Black Necked Stilt a few weeks ago.  If you could see its legs you'd understand the name.
 

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Re:birds 2011/05/06 13:45:01 (permalink)
I guess it would have to be the Anna's hummingbird.
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Re:birds 2011/05/06 13:55:40 (permalink)
Wish the picture were clearer.  I was quite a distance and used the telephoto lens.  This is the actual photograph:
 

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Re:birds 2011/05/06 14:02:44 (permalink)
I love them, and I miss seeing them -- the hummingbirds, I mean. I wish I could get them to come back, but that would mean going to all the trouble of making it attractive here for them. And that would mean a lot of work cutting back some brush around the property, and then having to clean the feeders and make the blasted sugar water stuff to keep the feeders full.
post edited by Michael Hoffman - 2011/05/06 15:42:33
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Re:birds 2011/05/06 17:02:52 (permalink)
Michael
I will issue an open invitation for you to join me sitting on my front porch like a good "Old Guy" should, and watch a few hours of the Hummers in action at our two feeders. As I said in another post the count is still low 2 or 3 at the feeders regularly, but probably 5-6 in the area now. Later in the summer we will see large families like the one in the photo every day.
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Re:birds 2011/05/06 17:05:11 (permalink)
Thanks for the invitation. But, you know Al, as an old guy I don't know that I could make it all the way out to Indiana from here.  That's a long drive.
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Re:birds 2011/05/06 17:28:36 (permalink)
mar52

According to the list of birds reported to have been seen at the Ballona Freshwater Wetlands where I took the hummingbird picture...

There have been three types seen there:

Anna's hummingbird, Allen's Hummingbird and the rarer Rufous Hummingbird.

I looked all three up on the internet.  They look the same to me.

 
I have seen the Anna's on the coast north of San Fran.  In Knoxville we only have the rufous and the ruby throat.
 
I see Osprey every day as they have several nest very close to my house.  I see bald eagle maybe once a week and they have began nesting nearby.  I have a brown thrasher nesting in my yard for the first time in 22 years.  I have numerous other birds nesting including robins, mockers, red bellies, chickadees, titnouse, mallards, geese and many others.
 
I also have a bumper crop of squirrels this year.  I do not know where they all came from and they are getting bolder and now I literally have to shoo them away from my bird feeder and suet.
 
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Re:birds 2011/05/21 22:35:23 (permalink)
Went back to the marsh today and saw two new birds.  Can anyone identify them?
 

 

 
And then these birds flew over.  Is this the missing man formation?
 

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Re:birds 2011/05/22 02:31:38 (permalink)
I was lucky enough to be at Al and Janet's to witness their many, many birds.Its a nonstop show.Loved the fact that I saw lots of hummingbirds.I am happy to report that while I miss my yard and the gazillions of birds I had, I have new friends at my two bird feeders outside our new apartment. Lots of beautiful finches, and a couple of cardinels along with various others.
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Re:birds 2011/05/22 03:13:01 (permalink)
No, it isn't the missing man formation.
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Re:birds 2011/05/22 20:49:50 (permalink)
MH,
 If you change your mind, or your travel patterns, just let me know we are 4 hours downstream from you.
 
Anne,
  It was fun sitting with you and Bob checking out our visiting bird population. This year the Blue Grossbeaks are staying (so far). In the past they just visited for a week or so the left for their summer homes.  One of the Blue Males really gets into some fights at the feeders with the young male Cardinels. They make quite a scene with the bright colors really 'duking it out' to see who gets the feeder preference.
 
Here they are 'resting between fights'

 
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Re:birds 2011/05/23 09:14:08 (permalink)
Mar: That's a Common Yellowthroat warbler in the first photo and, I guess, the other photo is of the same species.
 
We had a red headed woodpecker at our suet feeder a few days ago - not often seen any more in our area.
 
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Re:birds 2011/05/23 09:56:35 (permalink)
John,
We have several of the small Downy Woodpeckers that have taken a liking to the Sunflower seeds in our feeders. We have just a couple of the Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, like the one here hanging onto the feeder.

  
 
Then only one or two visits a year by the bigger Pileated Woodpeckers.  They are really fun to watch when they do show up !!

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Re:birds 2011/05/23 12:03:49 (permalink)
Al: Glad to know you are alive and well - I guess they have long since removed that lovely drain from your private parts - went thru that about 18 months ago when they shaved a chunk off my gland and removed some stones from my bladder.
 
We've had red bellied passing thru the past few years, and we had a resident (or maybe a pair) of Pileated until the big half-dead maple in a neighbors yard finally fell down  last year - no sign of them since then...
 
I've stopped feeding for the season, so the house sparrows pretty much have the yard to themselves - a pair of catbirds, a pair of wrens, a pair of blue jays and a pair of cardinals  are nesting in the yard and neighborhood. Almost forgot - a half dozen doves show up now and then.
 
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