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Your Birdy High Point So Far This Year?

Posted by chickadeedeedee z 6-7 ish Ohio (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 26, 07 at 18:25

It is hot and humid here at Camp Nappy today and as I look out at the feeders my little Chickadeedeedee XX brain cell starts to wander. Good thing we have a fenced in yard, eh?

So many bird incidents so far this year. The Cardinal. The five Chimney Swifts in the kitchen, the Carolina Wrens, Olive the parrot, Claudia the Robin and sooooo many more moments. Hmmmmm...... What would be the highlight for me with the birdies?

It is almost like asking which of your children is the favorite isn't it? But if I were to choose one......

I do love my little House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon). About fifteen years ago our first nesting of House Wrens was tragic. I still remember it was July 4th and the temperature was a record breaking 104F. In the late afternoon the young wrens started popping out of their nest box. I think it just became too hot for them and they were not quite ready to fledge. One by one the came out and one by one the Grackles grabbed them and flew off with the young wrens.

I looked on in horror. All this happened within the span of a minute. I started yelling at the Grackles and tried to chase them away. I managed to pick up one little wren and placed him back in his nest box. Out he came again and was grabbed by another bold Grackle. I was so upset! Another little wren came out, the eighth and last, and fluttered to the grass.

Oh no! YOU are NOT going to become a late afternoon snack for the Grackles! I brought him inside. He was soooooo tiny! I fed him with the baby cereal mix we use for such birds. He was a most unique individual. I had him in a shallow tray with a heating pad under and over about half of it so he could move in and out depending if he wanted to get warmer or not. He would burrow under the towels and when I'd come in the room and ask where he was out he'd run from beneath the towels and happily greet me.

After getting fed and cuddled and played with I'd place him back in his tray and he'd bury himself in the towels again. He acted more like a mouse or ferret. Certainly I never met a bird of any kind that behaved like he did! I don't know why but he never flew either. There were no fractures or dislocations to his wings. He never showed the slightest interest in even trying to exercise his wings or flutter. Taking him outside he would run as fast as his little legs could carry him as he followed us on the patio or in the flower beds and grass.

As he got older he would sometimes sleep on top of the towels ... belly down ... legs outstretched behind him and both wings fully extended too! What kind of sleeping position is that for a bird?!?!?

At the age of 4 months he had two seizures and he died. I wonder if he had brain damage due to the excessive heat in the nest box. A heat stroke survivor perhaps?

Oh but he was the most precious little bird to have met on a one to one personal basis. He and my little Black-capped Chickadee will forever hold a special place in my heart.

So all this rambling down memory lane brings me to the highlight for me so far. In the nest box in the tri-coloured beech is a family of House Wrens. Papa Wren sings so beautifully and is ever watchful that no one or nothing gets too close. His happy cheery song turns to an annoyed chattering if you get too near his home.

He approaches his home with a beak-full of insects. If Mrs. Wren is inside he gives her the insects and it is up to her to feed the chicks. If she too is out "shopping" for insects, Mr. Wren gives the chicks their fill. (Or at least he tries.) The first nest of chicks have fledged and Mrs. Wren is sitting on a new clutch.

The House Wren will make "dummy nests" in available nest boxes too. He guards the nest he has built but there are no eggs inside. Perhaps a way to decrease competition for his family? The House Wrens are not very shy. Certainly not as pushy as the Hummingbirds who will swoop down on you if they feel you deserve it. LOL!

No picture but may I share his song?

http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/songlist.html

The House Wren is about in the center of the list.

Sorry. I didn't mean to make this an epic novel.
I'd love to hear of your highlight bird,or animal, be it in the garden, on vacation, a chance sighting or a visitor. Something tells me there may be even better news and bird experiences just around the corner! :-)

C3D


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Not a bird, but 'Herb's story...

Mid-March mini-blizzard...About 15F with a howling NW wind blowing icy snow into big drifts all around.

I had to go out to the detached garage at the clinic to restock a case of paper towels and I heard this little "meow?".
I said "Hello Kitty", though I couldn't see it. "Meow? Meow?" I heard. I thought - oh no, kitty stuck in the garage, not good. I search the building, murmuring "here kitty, here kitty". The meows got louder, but no kitty...

The sounds were loudest in one corner, so I searched again, the 'meow's never stopping. Finally I went out and stepped around the corner of the garage and found a little wet furball curled up under a juniper shrub. Oh so cold! But what a loudmouth! Well, couldn't just leave the little bugger out there under the bush!

Into the clinic he came, checked out ok, warmed up, FELV test - negative, vaccinations, ear mite treatment, deworming. Well gee, I don't really need another barn cat, but he IS cute and what a personality! He just stood right up to his full 6" height and said "HELLO! I'M SPECIAL!"

Brought him home a few days later, during lambing, so my little barn had several heat lamps going in the pens with ewes and lambs. I set 'Herb' down and he strutted right over to a pen, squeezed between the boards and cuddled up with 2 tiny lambs under a heat lamp. Mom never cared.

Since then he has considered himself 'head' lamb. He often sleeps on the back of a ewe out under the trees in the pasture. He hovers during lambing, and has to 'greet' each lamb when they are moved to their pen with their mom. He's often seen perched on top of the feed bunk surveying 'his' flock, or lounging IN the feed bunk in the shade. He and the lambs sometimes groom each other.

If there's a bottle lamb he has to be right there to be sure he gets a lick or two of milk. And he bravely defends his herd from infrequent stray cats. He's even run off two or three young cats I've brought home (neutered/spayed and vaccinated) to provide company for him since my two ancient barn cats died. Guess he wants to keep the herd to himself.

He plays tag with the lambs, and other games only he and they understand. And of course provides rodent control.

He's ten now, fat and sassy as ever, and I'll never be able to stop keeping sheep...what would 'Herb' do?


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Awwww! That's a great story, his story. Hooray for Herb keeper of the flock. Does that make him a Shepherb? :-)


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When I sit out by the pond at night in the swing I have a young mourning dove that always joins me. It lands about two feet from my feet then walks around the pond up the waterfall and lays on the top of the falls in the running water. I can't believe how tame it is. It sat in the water last night for almost two hours. It has been in the 90's here so probably it's way of cooling down. Meanwhile a flock of mourning doves sit on the wire over the pond watching it. Smart little bird.

Tried to get a pic of it last night, but batteries in my camera died. Am going to try again tonight if it doesn't rain. Will post a pic if I am able to get a good shot.

Jenny


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 27, 07 at 12:53

Oh, I LOVE Herb!! He's one of my favorite kitties. *whispering so Pook won't hear me say that* I still have the pic of him with a couple of the lambs, and one of them is licking/nuzzling his neck! He is so handsome! I'd love to cuddle the cripes out of him!!! LOL

Chicka, please don't apologize for the length of your stories! Each part you write is important to the whole story, and I devour each line! What was the name of your little wren? He sounds like he was so very special...I LOVE the description you gave of how he'd sleep!! OMG, I bet that was the cutest thing! And him running around in the yard....*sigh* So sweet.

As you may have read on the Photos thread, my birdy highlight so far this year is actually seeing the barn owl I've been hearing for so long. Kinda scary, very exciting, and somewhat spiritual. It allowed me to see it, and I really appreciate that! :)

Brenda


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Each part you write is important to the whole story, and I devour each line!

Brenda? Dear? I'm sure there is some medication or therapy that can help you! There is hope! LOL!

You are too kind. Thank you!!! :-)

He was so very sweet! I almost had a seizure the first time I saw him spread-eagled on the towels. OMG! He must have died, I thought. I picked him up sobbing and he awoke happy as could be and wanted a snuggle!

The little wren's name? Rosario! Why? The wren was running on the patio and went into the flower bed under some daylilies. A friend was on the patio and asked about a mutual friend who's last name was Rosario.

"Have you seen Rosario?" was the exact question.

"Oh. He's under the flowers right there."

Mike, having been in the sun too long perhaps(?), thought the friend was referring to the little bird and so the wren was christened, Rosario. But the House Wren quickly learned that was his name.

LOL! We are so abnormal!!!

Gonna go read you owl encounter now.

3DChick


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Ah, they're all great stories! I enjoyed them all!

I guess my highlight would have to be Papa Smurf, my partially-albino blue jay whose feathers are missing the typical barb structure so he is rather "fluffy". I got rather attached to him and looked for him each day. He disappeared this spring, along with half-a-dozen other bluejays when the territorial fights began. I do hope he returns again this fall, I miss that bird.

Papa Smurf

I would have to say the bluebirds are next. I can see why people get so enamored with them, they are such gentle birds and so pretty. Mom only visits occassionally now so I suspect she is raising another brood but Dad and the four beautiful babies are regulars and can gobble down 3 dozen mealworms in seconds flat. Dad always comes first and then disappears with a beakful of worms, then returns with the babies where he sits on top of the perch and keeps a watchful eye. I am anxious to see if they bring the new babies too although I'm not sure I can supply enough mealworms for all!

Dad and one of the babies ...


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 28, 07 at 11:30

Awww, I miss Papa, too! He's the most handsome jay I've ever seen. Very Dr. Zhivago. :D

Rosario, what a perfect name! LOL @ the miscommunication. Hilarious to think what the friend thought about "Rosario" being under the flowers! LOL!!

Hair of the dog is my medication, Chicka....more stories! :D

Brenda


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Awwww Jean. Papa Smurf was a one of a kind fellow. :-( No ~smurfettes~ seen?

Brenda? You need hair of the Daisy? Hope you enjoy my next story. Soon come! ;-)

C with 3Ds


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Well....the male and female Indigo Buntings that came closer and closer to the house till I saw them in a bush AT the pond! So close and no camera. THEN, I saw a Cedar Waxwing and I had never ever seen one before. I about fell off my swing! Again no camera! Debbie


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 29, 07 at 11:40

This was my first year seeing Cedar Waxwings, too, Debbie! They were SO much smaller than they appeared in pics I'd seen, but every bit as beautiful. I didn't have time for the camera, either. They're fast little suckers! LOL

Yeah, hair of the Daisy! LOL

Brenda


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Ohhhh! I love the Cedar Waxwings! We usually get them as passing visitors near the end of the summer. I don't think we have the Indigos here, or at least I have not seen them. Lucky you! :-)

C3D


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Don't forget to put out the grape jelly for the waxwings, remember this from last year? (see link...weird, couldn't in-bed the photo in this message, had to attach a link?!)

My latest birdy highpoint is the new baby pheasants! Just starting to see the itty bitty guys here and there on the country roads!

Here is a link that might be useful: Cedar Waxwings


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Sheepco, I love that picture! I still can't get them to eat the jelly though. And this is going to be a bad year for the cedar berries here, last year the trees were loaded, this year there are very few of the them. I'm guessing that means less of them will stick around this winter.

One of my goals this year was to get a decent picture of the male indigo bunting - such a beautiful bird! I've had several good chances but the camera struggles to focus on that bird (it focuses by finding contrast and the indigo's markings have such little contrast). This is the best I've gotten this year ...

Indigo bunting


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sat, Jun 30, 07 at 18:08

Ohhh, MY! I was just telling DH that I struggle to find plants with blooms that color, let alone birds! That is the most beautiful blue I've ever seen.

Sarah, I love that pic, too! I remember when you posted it, and now I know exactly what I'll need to make them come to the jelly - an ashtray. LOL I can't remember when I saw them...I think early this spring. But my memory doth sucketh! I'm keeping plenty of grape jelly at the ready, though!

Brenda


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Dearest Chickadee, Did i read on another post that you lost your little wren family to a hawk? If so i am soooo sorry. My mother had wrens on her back porch for almost 15 yrs. and one year a toxic neighbor sprayed poison and the whole family died after eating green worms. It broke her heart because she was so attached to them. So sorry if it happened to your little wrens. Birdie Hugs, Bonnie


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Awww Bonnie. I'm so sorry you have a Toxic Neighbour! :-(

The male Wren was eaten by a Cooper's Hawk and the female was missing before that. The eggs in their nest died. I thought another wren family would move in but none has. Very upsetting because we should still have wrens but they are all gone! The House Wrens and Carolina Wrens disappeared within the same week. Hope they did not become a mid day snack for someone or worse ... fall victim to the Toxic one.

Thanks for the hug. :-)

C3D


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We have a lot of hawks right now also and i am worried. Everyday i run out in the yard and flap and holler at a hawk who has taken to a tree near my bluebird box. I believe he is a red shouldered hawk and very beautiful but he can take his lovely self away from my bluebird babies. You know i had three amigos and one is gone now and i want the two amigos and mama and papa to make it. Uno and Dos are the only babies left but very good looking babies they are :-) I am terribly sad about your wren families :-( and will pray for you to get many more little wrens to your yard. The toxic neighbor was at my moms house and she is with me now so we left Mrs. Toxic over there. But at my house now we have Mr. Toxic with mouse traps and bird seed and fertilizers and poisons. So i think it is bad where ever nice people go. I hope he steps on his own mouse trap :-)---------bonnie


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Aw Chickie, sorry about your wrens. They are such funny birds, a real joy to have nesting so close. Unfortunately hawks are just one of the challenges that songbirds have to deal with, sometimes I think it's a miracle that they endur so much and still survive.

Last year I had two juvenile coopers hawks (one is still hanging around), this year I have a juvenile red-tailed hawk. The red-tailed have never bothered the feeder birds before but this one seems to be getting a little too close for comfort - the bluejays have fits whenever it gets close.

So that brings me to my question - my bluebirds have been awol for several weeks now. They were coming regularly for their mealworms and suddenly they have stopped coming. Could the red-tailed have frightened them off? The coopers has been around all year but the juv red-tailed has just recently been seen more regularly. But since the red-tails cover a large area, why would the bluebirds suddenly stop coming to my yard? Would they vacate the whole area? It would seem that they would have to deal with hawks no matter where they went since hawks and bluebirds both like open fields. I just don't get it but I miss seeing those bluebirds.


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I dunno what frightened off your BBs. My wrens, finches, sparrows and starlings all disappeared within a few days! Today they have returned except for the wrens. We have had the Cooper's and Red-tailed as well as the Screech Owl around forever. I don't know why they were AWOL for a while but I am soooo glad they are back! There's a tiny Kinglet too. :-)

I know the hawks need to make a living and feed themselves and their chickies but all I ask is they not eat ~MY~ birdies. Is that too much to ask?!?!?!?

C3D


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Jeanner did your blues have babies that fledged? They will leave for a few weeks after fledging and then come back and sometimes the babies come with them. That's what mine did. Chickadee thats how i feel dont eat my birdies i know them! Go eat the strange birdies i haven't named yet. LOL The standoffish ones that dont come around :-)----------bonnie


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Bonnie, they were bringing 4 beautiful babies with them - they were fully fledgled. I think Mom was cooking another batch as she did not come as frequently as dad and the babies. They came several times a day for their snack of mealworms for a month and then *POOF* they disappeared. I never did figure out where they were nesting but it wasn't in my yard. Maybe the other brood hatched and they moved on? This was my first year to have bluebirds and I was so excited to welcome them to my yard.

Heres a link to some pictures that I took of them, maybe you can estimate how old the babies were ....

(Click on any link that starts with bluebird)

Here is a link that might be useful: Bluebirds


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Oh what lovely babies! Ms. Jean you certainly do take lovely photos! Yes from the looks of the babies they are older, their tails are fully developed and mama probably did have some more buns in the oven so to speak. Sometimes they move away for a while when they have a lot of children, IMO to move the kids away from "their" place. LoL So i would set up a few bluebird boxes on poles and see if you can entice them to your yard. You already have bluebird candy, and those babies will probably be looking for their accommodations next year for their families. I live in Tenn. and they have three broods a year here, they come in early march. I dont know about Ohio though. Im just soooo excited for you, they were just beautiful! Trust me they wont forget about your mealworms, they will be back. Mine live with hawks all the time and i am always running out and shooing the hawks from my yard and the three years i have lived here we have always had blue birds. Hawks and all. It sounds so promising that you will have blues next year, but be warned they are addictive! Once they learn you and know that you wont hurt them they will be soooo friendly. Don't be sad, they just had some business to take care of they will be back :-) Im wanting to get an inbox camera to watch mine because i had a baby disappear from the brood we have now and i want to know what happens in there. Predator or natural causes. Im nosey like that! :-) Great pictures! They just gave me tingles.--------bonnie


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Bonnie, I really do hope they come back, I'll be keeping an eye out for them. Thanks for the advice!


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Do Cedar Waxwings eat insects? On the wing? I swear I saw one doing just that in my backyard last week.

Otherwise there must be a waxwing wannabee around.

:) Mary


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 3, 07 at 12:36

They're in the fly-catcher family, Mary, so you probably saw one! Aren't they pretty? :)

That's the only way I even caught sight of my flock, when they were flying out from the walnut tree to grab stuff in mid-flight. Otherwise, they were so quiet, and they blended in so well, I might have missed seeing them!

Brenda


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Well, that's what it was then! I only ever saw them once before, that was certainly a birdie high point. It was the first Christmas that none of the kids *pout* was here on Christmas morning, and DH and I were feeling kind of lonely - and then a flock of cedar waxwings lighted in the crabapple tree in front of the family room window. They ate pretty much all the little crabapples. That was one of our best Christmas gifts that year.

Meanwhile, today was my best birdie moment of this year! I was outside, in the shade of the green ash, peacefully pulling weeds out of the border, and I heard fluttering - a cowbird came for a drink in the bird bath about twelve feet away. Then it had a bath. He was so cute. He kept looking at me, but I pretended to be busy with the weeds, and he stayed for a long time, splashin' and flutterin'.

Then my Mr. Cardinal, a cousin of Chica's, stopped by and chipped at me. Unfortunately he didn't want to be seen bathing. Heehee.

:) Mary


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Funny you should mention the waxwing catching insects on the wing as I saw a bluejay doing the same thing - it really surprised me and I was impressed by how well he did it! There is a flycatcher (the great crested flycatcher) that has a yellow breast and a brown head although no distinctive black mask. Looks like this ...

I had a prairie warbler this morning! Got me all juiced up for migrant season - it's a little early yet but just a few more weeks.


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 4, 07 at 21:27

What a beautiful bird, Jean!! That's my favorite color yellow, too! Congrats on your warbler sighting! I'm ready for some new visitors this year. Keeping my fingers crossed. :)

That sounds like a wonderful Christmas present, Mary! I think I'll ask for cedar waxwings this year. ;) I LOVE your birdie stories!

I haven't seen any goldfinches for a while, and this morning, someone was singing his head off in the tree. Welcome back, Mr. Goldie! He was SO proud to be here. LOL It was like he was saying, "Hey, look at ME! I'm still handsome!" :D

Brenda


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Hey everybody. I had three exciting visitors this spring and i hope i see them again in the fall migration.
I saw a beautiful Indigo Bunting (first time in my life) then
I saw Red Breasted Grosbeaks male and female (first time in my life) then i also saw Baltimore or Northern Orioles for the first time in my life!! Now everybody may be very used to these birds but i had never seen them before and it was all during the same couple of weeks during migration. I was sooooo excited! I literally sat there for many hours till i was stiff just to watch them and hear there sounds for the first time ever. I love birds they make the world a better place to be :-)~~~~~Bonnie


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forgot someone!!!!

I also forgot to mention that i saw Tree Swallows for the first time ever and they were beautiful! I cant believe i forgot them! They really had my male Bluebird really fired up though. He was chasing them everywhere to keep them from the nest boxes i had put up. They swallows inspired the blues to make a nest the very next day! I think the swallows had already nested and they were checking out boxes for next year. So i hope i can host a family of Tree Swallows next year too :-) That would be wonderful.~~~Bonnie


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Okay i forgot another lovely!!

I also saw white crowned sparrows here this spring and they are so lovely, i could not leave them out! Sorry i keep butting in and talking to myself! Sorry little white crowns!
Bonnie


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Ooooooooo! I've not seen an Indigo Bunting. Lucky you Bonnie! I *love* how the White Crowned Sparrows sing. Soooo lovely. :-) I had some Orioles visiting the last week or so. We saw OUR Mr. Cardinal today too. He was at the feeders and looked very happy even though it was raining.


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Thank you so much Chickadee, I was so excited because he (indigo bunting)was the most beautiful blue like a peacock but he was itty bitty :-) He stayed about three days and loaded up on food and i hope he made it and remembers where to come back to in fall migration. I hope they all had a prosperous year and bring their young ones in tow. A feast for the eyes, all the birds and their babies. I wish i could have heard the white crowned sparrows sing but i believe they were migrating too, so they were munching out with beaks full :-) Im so glad you got to see Mr, Cardinal! Did he look well? I hope he has a wonderful life and many little reds over the years :-)
Well this spring when the grosbeaks came through i also had some orioles because i had read they liked oranges. And they DO! But then they got tired of them after a while and went somewhere else :-( Maybe they came and visited you :-) Next year im going to try grape jelly too. They were the most vibrant orange i ever saw, just like the oranges but brighter. Lovely, Lovely, Lovely. It was absolutely a wonderful bird year for me! I have been in birdie bliss ever since and just wish i had made some kind of pictures. I was just to caught up in them to get the camera. Im always so disappointed with my pics, they are nothing like jeans. Hers and the others are gorgeous and close up. Mine are more like "Is that a bird?". LOL...Pretty bad huh.


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Bonnie, you have had a good year - all great birds to see!

I saw a yellow-breasted chat about a week ago down by the creek - a first for me!

Today I had a great birdie morning - I had a party in my crabapple tree! All of my regular's were there, the titmice, chickadees, finches, cardinals, indigo buntings, bluejays, wrens and catbirds. I was working from home this morning and really enjoying watching the birds as I worked.
And then I noticed I had some special guests - a pair of juvenile baltimore orioles! I had not even bothered to set up my camera this morning since I had to work and it was a dark day with occassional rain. But when the orioles showed up I rushed for the camera and mangaged to get this picture.

Just as they flew off, my next surprise was a white-eyed vireo, a new yard bird for me! A quick little bugger and tough to follow with the camera but I got a couple of shots, here and here.

He was followed by my next guest, a warbler, but he exited too quick to identify and the only picture I got was a butt shot.

I was just about to return to my work when a rose-breasted grosbeak shows up. I believe it is a juvenile, but could be a male in his non-breeding plumage. They aren't due here for at least another month! He was very cooperative and posed for me here and here .

And then came the coopers hawk and that was the end of the party. And I returned to my work - ugh.

In case you are wondering about the little lumps on the crabapple leaves in the pictures, they are sunflower hearts. I hose down the tree every morning and sprinkle sunflower hearts on the leaves. The birds LOVE it, it's picked clean in an hour! I was surprised that the orioles would eat seeds but apparently they wanted some of the goodies that everyone else was having!


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 6, 07 at 9:37

GREAT birds, Bonnie! White-crowned sparrows are some of my favorites! I call them punk rockers, because of their markings. :D

*waving @ Mr. Cardinal!!!!*

Jean, those are awesome pics, and I sure envy your rain! That last one of the grosbeak...he looks damp. LOL I just want to snuggle him. :)

I bought a golden currant plant the other day, so I'm hoping to attract more darlings to my yard in the seasons to come. Really wish I had more room, so I could plant some bigger, bird-luring trees and shrubs.

We went from 100F on Saturday to 83F yesterday, and it sure feels like fall is in the air today! Oh, I just can't WAIT! Not that I don't love my resident sparrows and finches and jays (oh, MY!), but...fall is my favorite time of year (besides winter and spring, of course)! LOL

Happy birding, ladies!

Brenda


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BLUEBIRDS yesterday!

Those are here like the orioles are for you, Bonnie. I ever saw a few once one year many years ago. And yesterday there were six or so! The blue is unbelievable.
DH and I were getting ready to go out for dinner - himself just back from businesstrip #123,456,678 - and I was in the bathroom, you know, mom always said, before you go out, go first, and, I looked out the window and WOW! There was a line-up at the bird bath! Three young flickers were pushing each other out of the way, and almost all of the water splashed out. After they left a robin tried his best to bathe in the little bit of leftover water. And the whole time the red-capped sparrows, the goldfinches, and the bluebirds were diving through the air. Didn't get them with the camera though, they wouldn't sit still. I hope they come back! I'll have the camera ready on the tripod.

Here is Ms. Robin.

Jeanner, DH wants the lens you have. He's really jealous of your pictures!

:) Mary


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I am so excited for everybody having such fun bird experiences!! They are soooo great.
Jean i absolutely love the White Eyed Vireo pics! He has the coolest eyes! I was so busy looking at his eyes and just thought the lumps on the crab apple was raindrops. So then i went back and looked and it is sunflower chips. What a great idea you had. The leaves on your crab apple tree look purple red, What kind is it? Very pretty and your birdies are very pretty too!! Just love ALL the bird action in your tree! WOW! You have Indigo Buntings all year? WOW Okay i cant stop saying wow. LOL...

Brenda that is what i have been doing all week. Looking up berry producing shrubs and bushes. I found service berries and dwarf juneberries and virburnums and currants and cherry bushes and all kinds of stuff i want, BUT i have to convince hubby to part with some dough. He really likes to save it in case of hard times or disasters and i cant see him thinking berries for birds would be good. But if i convince him we can EAT it in hard times i may get a leg in on it! LOL... I am kind of a spend thrift so he has to watch me sometimes because i get excited over stuff to much and want it all. I love shopping what can i say :-)

Mary you are so right about the blue birds they are beautiful and a shocking blue in sunlight. A lot like the Indigo Bunting but the buntings are a bit more darker blue. The bluebirds are a more bright blue. I am so glad you got to see the bathing party, that sounds like a lot of fun and like Jeans tree party! I know we have Flickers her because i can hear them but i never see them :-( I do get to see the Red Bellied Woodpeckers and Downy Woodpeckers and once i saw a Red Headed Woodpecker but he was REALLY shy and took off as soon as he saw me. At least Mr. Robin stayed and you got a good picture of him and i think he was very happy to have some water. He looks to be really enjoying it! You may have to get them some more birdbaths if they are going to fight over it. LOL...Its all fun and games they say till somebody pokes an eye out!! Just playing with ya :-) So glad you got to see the Blues Mary, they can really make your day. I was so worried while ours were nesting i think i was more protective than mama blue was! They are friendly birds too once they get to know you.

Well i just hope everybody stops by on migration because i just want to see them all again. Bonnie


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Brenda, unfortunately that rain was just a quick shower which made it very muggy .... we are way behind in rain this summer and spring, at least 8", more in other areas. And temps in the upper 90's. It is so dry, I've lost a couple of trees already and the buckeyes are really struggling. My grass was crunchy and then greened up again when we finally got a little rain but it is back to being crunchy. That little shower was just a teaser!

I've got a couple of currant bushes but have never had any blooms or fruit. I'm guessing they aren't getting enough sun so I'm going to move them next spring.

AHh, Mary such a cutie in your birdbath (which I love, did you make it????) Congrats on the bluebirds, I loved watching the family arrive each morning and evening. Unfortunately mine are still awol. On the lens, I have to say it was money well spent, at the time it seemed frivolous but now I would do it again in a minute - I have really enjoyed the bird photography.

Bonnie, I have no idea what kind of crabapple it is. I planted it years ago but it is still fairly small. I only wish it got more apples on it, but there are just a handful every year. I have been planting bushes and trees for the birds over the last several years. Most of them are still a bit small to produce much fruit but hopefully next year!


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Hi Brenda! It does take them a few years to establish a good root system and then watch out! HaHa We are like you on the rain too and the crunchy grass. Ewwww it feels so bad to walk on. Gardening for the birds has become my latest project and i hope to get some good stuff going soon. I have been checking out the wildlife forum and have met some people who have experience in berry producing shrubs and trees and im looking around to see what good deals i can find. But with it being so crunchy around here and it was 101* in the shade yesterday i dont think buying stuff now would be good idea for me. Then the new stuff would just be brown and crunchy LOL....Bonnie


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Jeanne, DH is *thinking* about the lens. After the shock of the price wore of, he is surprisingly still thinking about it. The other thought is that we get a 1.4 extender to put in front of the 100-300 zoom. We'll see! He is always so impressed by your bird (and chipmunk) pictures, and now he gets disappointed when ours aren't as close or as detailed as yours.
If he wants to upgrade our lenses, that's OK by me, heehee!

The bird bath came from the garden center. It's concrete made to look like stone. It was about $75, if I remember well, but of course I got it on sale! The other birdbath is concrete made to look like a pile of rocks, and it sits on a tree stump... not a real natural place for a pile of rocks... That one has a slow leak so it needs a little attention. I have to refill it twice daily - or else my birdies can't have their baths! I'm keeping an eye out for a good sale, because I have just the place in mind for bird bath #3, heehee... If I was more adventurous, I'd cast one. Well, no - I'm plenty adventurous, I'm just very tired and sticky from gardening in the humid weather. I was planting a few spireas today, and the 'large storm' that came through last night made the soil damp all of one inch deep. But it's soooooooo humid. Sigh.

But! fall will be here soon enough! Aaaaaaargh! so, girls, no whining!

I have a few red currant bushes, and there are so many berries on them every year. They were planted, oh, I think, twelve years ago or so. Or fifteen. So they're well established. When we put the addition on the house seven years ago, the current bushes were buried with a pile of subsoil, and we thought that was the end of them, but in spring sprigs came out of the ground again, and the bushes are now as big as ever. I have to support the branches to keep the fruit off the ground. When they're ripe, I pick about half and leave the other half for the birds.
From late winter on we have for our little wild friends: bird feeders, hawthorns (they leave the berries until last), crocuses (the yellow ones are for the birds), a bush honeysuckle, black mulberries, the currants, a grape vine, semi-wild apple trees, two viburnums (just planted the second one), dogwoods, a crabapple, and a few junipers. This for the birds in general. Then sun flowers, cone flowers and coreopsis for the goldfinches, plus butterfly bushes and rose of sharons for the hummers and the butterflies and the bees and the moths etc etc. Hazelnuts and oaks for the squirrels. And slugs for the garter snakes! Heehee.

I wish there was an animal that loves crabgrass. I got lots of that too!

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Oh Mary it sounds so nice. No wonder you had so many birdie visitors :-)
I have planted this past year two hawthorns, two crab apples, five arborvitaes ,three dwarf pine trees, three birch trees and three red bud trees but they are all little babies and i am watering them a lot so they dont turn brown and crunchy. LOL...I also want to get some service berries, viburnums, currants, choke berries, elderberries, thorn less blackberries and some cherry bushes and a cherry tree and maybe an apple tree. That way the birds and i can share all the yummy fruit :-) I plan to buy them small so as not to break the bank and my back when planting them. So half may die because they are to little but maybe half will live, i hope so. We have three mature dogwoods already and one mature red bud but i want a lot more shade. So i am hoping some of the babies will make it before im a hundred years old. LOL...I want a cooling jungle with lots of animal friends. Thank goodness for my wonderful hubby who helps me plant it all!!
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Mary, I tried the extender and to be honest I think it is a waste of money. First of all, the zoom lenses won't autofocus with the extender and I found it next to impossible to get it manually focused on a moving target. I have read that you can tape off the three pins that prevent the autofocus from working but it will void your warranty. And even though I am out of warranty I figured they did that for a reason and I'm not ready to take any chances. The extender will also degrade the clarity, assuming you do get it focused. And it requires brighter light so forget shooting anything in shadows. There are some things you can do that might improve the pictures with the lens you have, most importantly never use an ISO greater than 400 and besure that the aperature is at least f7.1 or greater. All of the zooms (including mine) have a "soft" focus at f6.3 or lower. That means you will have slower shutter speeds which makes it harder to freeze action but almost all birds will pause for a moment, you just have to be ready for that moment. You may have to take it out of auto-mode to set your ISO and aperature but if you use the AV mode and set the aperature to 7.1, it will set the shutter speed for you. If you want more help, email me. I also should add that many of my pictures are shot from 15 - 30 feet away, much further than that it gets tough to get a good clear shot.

SO birds eat crocus??? I didn't know that! I've been planting for the birds too but honestly think the native flora is the real attraction in my yard. The natives that I have that the birds seem to like are coneflowers, thistle, sunflowers, mulberry, wild cherry, dogwood, virginia creeper, poison ivy, walnut, oak, wild grapes, wild blackberry, smooth sumac and red cedars. The red cedars seem to be the biggest attractor, mainly for the berries and the bugs they seem to attract (even the hummingbirds like them!) but alot of birds also nest in them. The buckeyes and slippery elms seem to attract the warblers during spring but I've never sure what they are eating but thats where I invariably see them (I assume those trees attract certains bugs they like) Unfortunately I also have alot of jap honeysuckle and russian olive which the birds also like. I have planted 4 crabapple trees, a dozen viburnums (a mixture of varieties is suggested for the best berry production), several dogwoods trees and numerous dogwood bushes, paw-paw, river birch, hawthorn, 2 chokecherries, currants and two persimmon trees (not sure if the birds will like them but I've always wanted to have a persimmon tree!). I typically plant small plants too, besides being more reasonably priced, they transplant better. I heard that Meijers is going to start carrying more native plants, I find it frustrating that the natives are hard to find (and often more expensive )and so many of the cultivars just don't seem to have the same attraction to the birds. So check your Meijers next spring!


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This weekend I noticed that the hummers were fighting more than usual over the feeder. Due to the drought there are so few sources of nectar for them, everything is wilting, even my natives. So I felt sorry for them and put up another feeder. The most I saw before putting up the second feeder was four, this evening I counted 7 at just one feeder! I rushed to the other end of the house and there were 4 at the second feeder. Then went through 3 cups of nectar just today. Now I'm thinking I need a third feeder. Luckily there are plenty of bugs for them, they spend alot of time at the cedar trees plucking out the gnats.

Anyone else feeding the hummers?


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 15, 07 at 12:20

Oh, Jean, those little darlings have been fighting like crazy over my one feeder! (Turning my head now, there are 2 on there....and 2 more fighting! LOL) This one male likes to poke others while they're drinking. So rude! (Ooo, 3 on there now!)

So, yeah, I have to fill it up often, but I don't mind with the warm weather and potential for bacteria growth.

As I add to my Salvia collection and keep planting things that are hummer-friendly, I notice a lot more action in my yard. My garden is finally "ripening", so more plants are blooming longer.

I don't think we're in a drought year here in N. Cali, but this is the best hummer year so far!

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I have ruby throated hummers here and they really hit each other in mid air and you can hear the smack. I have out three feeders. One in the front yard ,one in the back yard and one on the back porch for the lovely closeup "smackdowns" that make you think that they are going to land in your hair :-) And then they make the wild squeaky laughing sound as they chase each other around the porch. Very entertaining for sure! Bonnie


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Oh I love that squeaky sound! Brenda, what kind of hummers do you get? I am always so jealous of the Californians on the some of the birding sites and all of the great hummers they get. I really need to take some time and get pictures of the hummers soon, the males will be leaving soon :^(

Okay, I'm trying to figure out what's with the grosbeaks this year. I had another grosbeak today, a different one from last week. It is way too early for migrants here so now I am wondering if I had some nesting closeby, which would be rare but not impossible (they usually nest further north than me). I had a really late migrant this summer on June 25th but pictures revealed (and C3D confirmed) that he had a badly damaged beak. I never saw the bird again, I assumed he was late migrating due to the beak injury.

Here is the bird I saw in June with the damaged beak (a male in breeding plumage)..


Here is the bird I saw last week(either a juvenile or a male in non-breeding plumage) ...

Here is the bird I saw today (another juvie or male in non-breeding plumage). I don't think it is the same bird as last week and seeing the scars (?) on the beak I am wondering if it is the same bird that I saw in June and that he survived and found a mate. I have not seen any females yet but they aren't daily visitors so maybe I've just missed her.


So what do you think, do you think the June bird and this weeks bird are the same?


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 16, 07 at 11:05

Since I'm FAR from being an expert, it's so hard for me to tell, Jean. This week's bird looks like he has a smaller beak than the June bird's, but...I just don't know! It just blows my mind how they can change colors so drastically! Beautiful birds.

I know I've seen Anna's and black-chinned hummers, but I'm not positive on any other sightings. It's nice when they can take the time to perch in the sun, but lately, they don't perch very long! LOL I love those squeaks, too! They're just so naughty. :D

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Oooooooo! Mr. Grosbeak. I dunno for sure, Jean. Like Brandy stated, the beak size does look different between the two birds. Mike doesn't think it is the same bird. Me? I vote a definite maybe.

That second photograph of the juv. / non breeding bird looks like there is a defect in the upper part of the beak about half way to a third of the way from the tip. Hmmmm. That *may* be the beak injury a few months down the road as it grows out and the beak heals. That would be awesome if it was Mr. Grosbeak doing well after his injury. Didn't even need dental acrylic. LOL! :-)

We have the squeaky Ruby throated Hummers. We counted 12 this afternoon. Then were interrupted by the arrival of this guy.

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I sure hope he did recover and was able to breed, that would be awesome. The local experts say that I have a nesting pair close by as it is too early for the migrants especially since there were two different birds seen within a week and no other migrants have been reported in the area. And since it appears it was a recent injury in the June bird, he would have been gone for at least a month prior to the injury if he was migrating. Apparently the breeding bird survey recorded 10 pairs of breeding grosbeak pairs, up from previous years. The grosbeaks breeded here more frequently in the 30's but showed a decline in the 60's and just in the last 10 years are showing a slow return to the area. So maybe they will return next year too!

My hummers are increasing daily. One of my feeders has sprung a leak and my husband is trying to fix it as I type, I told him it only has to hold for a month and most of them will be gone.

I'm voting immature coopers hawk. The sharp-shinned and coopers are tough to distinquish. My vote is based on the thicker legs, the rounded tail and the streaking. Also, the sharp-shinned has a higher chest while the coopers is more barrel-chested. But I'm no expert!

Here is a coopers on the left and a sharp-shinned on the right.


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Thanks for the ID Jean. I'm horrible at raptor IDs ... all their colour and maturity phases! At least they who who's who. LOL! He looks very superior doesn't he?

Your Grosbeak? Does their beak change colour too with the change of breeding status or maturity? Mr. Grosbeak had a lighter area centrally on his beak. The other one you have that may be him with a healing beak has a totally dark one.


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Great pictures of the coopers hawk C3D, you caught him ready to pounce! Like you, I prefer the songbirds but there is something about the intensity of the birds of prey that really holds my attention.

I believe the grosbeaks' beaks turn dark as part of the molting process to their non-breeding plumage. All of the pictures from the spring show light colored beaks and the pictures of the fall show dark beaks (for both sexes). I've not found any written works to confirm that though. I believe that third picture is a juvie and they may develop the dark bills after their first year.

I attempted to get some pictures today of the hummers, and really wanted one of a male with his bright red throat but wouldn't you know I seem to only have females and juveniles. Which means they will be following the males in migration soon. But I had lots of females and younguns to watch!

Here is what my feeders look like right now ... EMPTY!

Standing room only
Standing room only 2

This little guy is trying so hard to be a man!
A young male with 3 red throat feathers

This hummer picked this branch as his guard point and left only to get a snack and chase the others away.

Standing guard

Exciting news! The warblers are on the move, I had a black-n-white on Friday and a tennessee and northern parula on Saturday. No warblers today but I am 90% positive that I had a red-breasted nuthatch. Spent all day watching for him to return to confirm it but never say it again. It is at least a month early for both the parula and the nuthatch, makes me think the normal migration schedule is not going to be normal this year. So keep an eye out for those quick little buggers!


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Chickadee, I just love your beautiful and majestic hawk. DONT LET HIM GET MR.CARDINAL!!!! LOL... Not that you could do anything about it but a wild whooping dance and flap your arms like crazy. BUT that may draw attention from the white coats. They always start sneaking around when i do the wild whooping dance, so just be on the look out just in case. Beautiful picture though with the mimosa leaves in back of him. Im glad he didn't fly down and get you, he looks sooooo close! You really need to pat yourself on the back for that photo, really stunning.

Jean! I have never had that many hummers on my feeder! I am soooo envious of you. I would just pass out if i looked out and saw that many on one feeder. I was really happy about the three or four fighting it out here but WOW you really have hummers! I loved,loved,loved your little man with three red feathers. How darling is that! I just love ALL your photos they are so wonderful and beautiful. Even the bug ones and im really scared of bugs :-0 I really need to get a decent camera so i can share too because i always feel so happy when i get to see pics. Thanks for sharing your darlings with us :-) Bonnie


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Oh Jean! Those are *lovely* photographs! We have had the Warblers and a few guests (other than Swifts) passing through as well. Those darn Warblers are soooo tiny! I know they're out there high in the weeping willows but not close enough to photograph. Oh well.

Could ~my~ hawk be an innature Goshawk? Those feet seem very heavy... But then I don't see the white eyebrow that the Goshawk has unless that is only on the mature ones.

Hi Bonnie. We saw Mr. Cardinal Saturday *after* the hawk left and again several times filling up and having a chat at the feeders on Sunday.

That was my first and probably only decent hawk picture. LOL! He flew in and perched and the sparrows went wild with their alarm calls. I went to see why they were so upset. The hawk looked down at me, figured I was not digestable and kept his focus on the cedar where the sparrows were hiding. I asked the hawk to please wait until I came back outside with the camera. OMG! He did! :-)


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 20, 07 at 14:09

How come that doesn't surprise me, Chicka? LOL I'm telling you, animals love you!! That hawk is incredible! Your pic is so close and clear, I agree with Bonnie! I couldn't get close to the one who landed in the walnut tree near the pond (was that last year? I can't remember!), so it was very hard to tell what kind it was. Plus the light was from behind him, which made it even worse.

Awwww, what awesome hummers, Jean!! I love it when you start reporting on bird migrations/sightings, because that means it's time for me to keep my eyes peeled for new winged darlings in my yard, too. If I only had some good all-around bird cammo so I could sneak up and take some pics! LOL

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Chicka, she doesn't have the white eye stripe of the goshawk. I was thinking, she SITS like a harrier, and the female is brown enough... And they also have the brown cheeks.
Did you get an idea of the size of the bird? Compared to, say, a crow? According to my book, a goshawk is a little larger, a harrier about the same, a Cooper's a bit smaller, and a sharp-shinned quite a bit smaller.
You can tell a harrier also when it flies, it holds its wings up at an angle a bit, like a turkey vulture.

I love bird puzzles!

I see a bird of prey, just like yours, every year, twice, but never QUITE long enough and close enough to see which of the four it is...

:) Mary


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C3D:

I had a hawk at my pond last year and he flew before I could get his pic. Just love yours.

Oh Jeanner you just made my day with your hummer pictures. There isn't anything I wouldn't do for these little sprites. I have three feeders that they have been fighting over. I had two in the back and one on the side of the house. I ended up putting one in the front and the most I have seen is two at a time. I have hummer wars going on in my backyard. This is only my second year in the house and the second year for hummers. I don't know if they are migrating already, but I have never seen so many flying around my backyard at one time. They actually collide in mid air and fall to the ground fighting over the feeders.

I was kneeling on my couch three weeks ago opening my curtains before I left for work (to watch my hummers.) I was still knee walking backward off the couch when I banged my heel on the corner of the coffee table. I thought I aggravated my heel spur so I continued walking on it for two weeks before I went to the podiatrist for a cortisone shot. He x-rayed my foot only to discover I fractured my heel. I have been off my feet for two weeks now. Out of sheer boredom I managed to hobble out to the swing by the pond to be greeted by two Anna's hummers that kept trying to stick their beaks in my ears. They were young'uns and must have thought my ears were feeders. lol Heaven forbid I try to clean and refill the feeders. I almost had one follow me into the house. It was hoovering outside the door till I brought the feeder back out. I could barely get it hung up before it was on it. Really got a scolding too. I hate it when they leave for the winter. They are my little acrobats.

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LOL Brenda! ...I'm telling you, animals love you!!... It is all an illusion. For example, about 8 years ago was our Year of the Robin. We hand raised about 7 chicks and rescued / rehabbed 3 adults that had run into vehicles. At one time I had two chicks from the same nest, hand raised them and all that good stuff and they were released. A couple of days later I went to the neighbour's house and was chatting with them while they had their garage sale.

Ooooo. A Robin in the tree at the end of the drive!

I could see it was a young robin and walked up to her and talked nice to the bird like "How are you doing Sweetheart?"

The Robin recognized me as the person who had hand raised her and she flew down and sat on my shoulder as I scratched her head. Another Robin, her sibling, was near and saw that I was around and soon I had two robins perched on me as I spoke softly to them.

The neighbour was amazed! She screamed for her husband, "BOB! Come here! Look at this! C3D talks to the birds and they come out of the trees! OMG! ..."

LOL! I *never* told her I had hand raised them and just released them both! LOL! ~~~> I'm such a sneak! :-)

Hi Mary. I love birdy puzzles too and with me that usually involves the hawks! The bird was ~easily~ larger than a crow. Maybe a Cooper's on steroids? When the hawk flew off it was soooo quick I could not tell if the wings were held at an angle or not. The bird just took off and went low between the trees, over the fence and was g-o-n-e!

Ohhhh Jenny! OUCH!!! I had a stress fracture in my heel. It aint any fun! Hope you feel better very soon!!! LOL @ you demanding hummers. They are pushy aren't they? I'm used to getting scolded by the black capped chickadees and nuthatch but when something even tinier can boss me around I just need to laugh! :-)

Did you visit the garden center in N. Ridgeville and get some pond plants? Pandy's in Elyria by Midway Mall has lots of pond and bog plants at 70% off now. Mike bought a bunch of stuff but the dogs, uhhhh, pruned most of them, shall we say?


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Definitely could be a goshawk (not that I've ever seen one, they stay north of here).

This is what BNA (Cornell/Audobon website) says ...

"Juvenile Goshawk differs from juvenile Coopers Hawk in having more conspicuous pale superciliary line, more heavily streaked belly-, underwing-, and undertail-coverts, slightly wedge-shaped tail, and tawny bar across upperwing. Subtle pattern of fine white lines outline dark bands on upperside of juvenile Goshawks tail, which, when spread, shows staggered dark bars in zigzag pattern rather than even banding of juvenile Coopers Hawk. ....

Clearly larger than Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus); in flight, head protrudes more on Goshawk, and tail broader and more rounded at tip. Male Goshawk may appear similar in size to female Coopers Hawk (Accipiter cooperi), although note differing wing and tail proportions (relatively broad wings and relatively short tail) "

According to Sibleys, the goshawk is 21" and 2.1 lbs, the Coopers hawk is 16.5 inches and weighs 1 lb, the crow is 17.5 inches and 1 lb. Any idea how thick the branch is that he is sitting on?

There is a forum for the Ohio Ornitilogical society, you could post your pictures there, I'm sure someone there can give you a definitive answer - it would be fun to know what it is! And even up your way I believe a goshawk sighting is pretty rare, I'm sure they would like to hear about it! Link is below .... if you prefer I can post for you.

I've never had this many hummers - I really do think they have started migrating and having a hard time finding food. So watch out Bonnie, next stop is your house!

Jenny, OMG, you have Annas???? Have you reported that to your local Audobon or the OOS??? It is SO rare to have them in Ohio! Of course, if you do report them you will have people asking to come see them. There was a family in Central Ohio that reported a Harris sparrow last winter, they had over 400 people come visit. It was an Amish family and they welcomed everyone, even had a guest book to sign. People were coming from all over Ohio to see it and bringing them thank-you gifts and cards for their hospitality. I am sorry to hear about your ankle, hope it heals soon, I've heard that is very painful. Maybe you can get those Anns visitors to do a little weeding for you while they are there!

Ahhh C3D, I can just imagine you talking to the robins and giving them a kiss on the head. But LOL at the neighbors .... I don't think I would tell either!

Here is a link that might be useful: OOS forum


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Fantastic information Jean. Thanks so much! Would you please be so kind as to ask the other forum who is this hawk? I *really* don't want to start up with posting at another forum but if they'd want additional information .... Thanks!


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Chickadeedeedee you sweet thang! Charming the robins out of the tree like that for your neighbors :-)I bet they still talk about it to this day!HeeHee.... Their very own Snow White talking the animals out of the trees. I know thats why you keep getting so many swifts. They are repeat offenders wanting another kiss from Snow White :-)

Jean, i think you are right about them starting migration or either they had a huge bumper crop of babies this year because they are fighting like crazy already at my house! If we get a whole lot more i may need a helmet to sit on the porch. LOL...I had two today get into it and they circled each other and squeaked and flared their little tails just like they were dueling. Bobbing up and down like a carousel the whole time. While they were so busy with each other a couple of smaller ones sneaked in for a little drink. Such tiny tiny little beings with such BIG personality. Just love them so much ,even if they do poke my eye out ;) Bonnie


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 22, 07 at 12:34

Chicka, that was a GREAT story!!! LOL!!! I'd love to play that trick on the neighbors, but....I don't want any birdies to have to be rescued because of it. :D

Jenny, I REALLY enjoyed your stories about the hummers and your ears, etc.! When they're going crazy out at my feeder, I sometimes like to live dangerously by standing right in front of it. What a rush to feel the wind as they fly inches from my head! But then I get scared and run inside. LOL

I sure hope your heel heals (hehe) before you know it, and you're back to walking normally soon! :)

Brenda


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My hummer troop seems to have left as suddenly as they came. Only 5 today and one is a male! I don't know what brought them and what made them leave but I sure enjoyed being host for those little beauties.

C3D - so far just one response to my id question but the responder is a well versed birder so there may be no contenders. He says cooper's hawk. You can read his response here ....

Here is a link that might be useful: Bird id request


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Thank you SO much, Jean! That's great! WoooHooo! I made a correct ID of a Hawk once! I've never seen a Goshawk but then again, maybe I did but didn't know it. I'm more familiar with the Cooper's and Red-tailed guys.

I hope the Hummers don't get pummeled by any more tropical storm or hurricane remnants. They had a tough go of it in the spring.

Thanks again! :-)


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See Chickadee, he said great pics too! You did good. I didn't even know half of what he said but i sure do believe him because he really sounded like he knew his stuff.
Way to go Brenda!!!! :-)
Bonnie


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Thanks again Jean! I guess there's no need for the rest of the forum to debate the identification of the young Cooper's. :-)

Hi Bonnie. Thanks. I bet he does know his stuff. Those Raptors are tough ones to ID. Glad we have Jean here!

Here's yesterdays high point:

Turkey Vultures! Started out by sighting nine perched on the barn while I was going to work. I *had to* turn around to get a photo. By the time I got back some were leaving. Then one by one they were taking flight.

I saw our Mr. Cardinal this morning too! WooooHoooo!


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* LOVE * Mr. Cardinal !!!! Go big red :-)

Next year might be the year of the Turkey Vulture for Camp Nappy. See they are already showing up.

THEY KNOW ITS THEIR TIME.....


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 24, 07 at 13:13

LOL!!! @ Bonnie! That's sounds ominous. I bet you keep some big, shoulder-length gloves around, though, right, Chicka? For Turkey Vulture year. :D

Awesome picture!! And congrats on your Cooper ID and sighting, too! I LOVE that barn! Very countrified and handsome. :)

Brenda


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LOL at the "the year of the Turkey Vulture for Camp Nappy" .... I would imagine not as much fun to kiss on the head though!

I thought raptors and fall warblers were tough ids and then this summer I started on damselflies - it's incredible how tough it can be to id them!

Exciting morning, the warblers are definitely on the move. I had a tennessee again this morning with a magnolia warbler and I THINK a new yard bird - a warbling vireo but I'm waiting on confirmation. WHy do I get so excited when I see a new bird?


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Bonnie. Bonnie. Dearest Bonnie.... May I first congratulate you on your posting with the centering and italics? Great job.

Secondly may I say

EEEEEEEEEKKKKKK!!!!!!!!

at your suggestion for a Year of the Turkey Vulture!

LOL @ "THEY KNOW ITS THEIR TIME....." LOL! :-)

I'm sure they are sweethearts as individuals too. Funny enough Mike mentioned early this spring his concern if we got a Vulture or their chick to care for at Camp Nappy. So far the bird with the longest wing span we have had here are the Ring-billed Gulls. Room for a Vulture? I dunno! We'd probably be OK for a while until someone from the Raptor rehab center takes them in to continue the care.

Brenda? You wanna come over to help care for our Vultures? All part of the Nappy experience, dontchaknow?!?!?!? :-) I *love* that barn and see it every day!

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. A kiss on a Vulture head Jean? Well, OK. Maybe after a good dose of Purell on his noggin. :-) Oh Damselflies and Dragonflies are tough! Its a great feeling to make that good ID though ... Just like for a new bird! A Warbling Vireo? I'll need to look that guy up! Our latest "sighting" was the squirrel who chewed through a screen today and then chewed into the container with the nut mix on the breezeway! They aren't shy here are they? LOL!

Project for this weekend ... Fix two screens.

C3D


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I DO TOO! I DO TOO!! New birds are so exciting, you are NOT alone :-)~~~~~~~~Bonnie


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 25, 07 at 20:15

I'm so there, Chicka. I'll also bring Listerine and Neosporin....for always fresh breath (all the better for vulture kisses...) while cleaning the beak and talon wounds on my lips and arms. :D

Congrats on your sightings, Jean! I can't wait until all of the new birds (optimistic thoughts...) come through my yard this year! :D

Former girl scout,
Brenda


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The birds were a little CRANKY today! One hummingbird had it out for a pee-wee, I thought at first she just wanted her perch back but she chased that pee-wee all around the yard and would not give up on chasing him away! But then again the pee-wee chased the tennessee warbler away so I guess it was fair play. Then I watched a blue-gray gnatcatcher and a housefinch fighting - what was that about???? The mourning doves would not let the bluejays come to the feeder at all - and the bluejays were actually afraid of the doves, that one amazed me! I'm wondering if the drought has them stressed too.

I had a fun moment this morning - I had window open and the camera set up and was just sitting back watching the birds when a house finch flew up to the window sill and then proceded to hop onto my camera! I'm not sure who was more surprised, him or me!

I have had a few new visitors to my crabapple party. Most just stop by to see what the fuss is but a few of the warblers have actually partaken of the sunflower chip buffet. The tennesse warbler has returned each morning but I have yet to get a picture (he eats and runs, now rude!) This Northern Parula Warbler seems to be in mid-molt, he was a little scruffy looking!. Two of my favorite warblers, the Prairie Warbler and the Magnolia warbler both showed up this weekend. This Cedar Waxwing showed no interest in the sunflower chips but was definitely eyeing the blueberries I had put on the fence but never actually tried them. This morning I had a family of Eastern Kingbirds but they only stayed for a few minutes.

I wonder who will show up tomorrow?????


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 27, 07 at 10:38

So beautiful, Jean!! I'm really missing the waxwings now! And yellow-tummied birds are so adorable. Kingbirds are another of my favorites, too!

If I was a bird, I'd show up at your house, Jean. :D

Brenda


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LOL! I watched a hummer have it out with a House Finch yesterday! Your photographs are fantastic as usual, Jean.

I was waiting for a photo op of a female Hummer and waited and waited some more. Then there was a shadow over me. I pointed the camera up and here's the first of our Vulture guests?!?!?

Listerine, Purell and bandages.... :-)


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So this is where the bird action is. Lovely photos ladies - vultures, hummers, hawks and a robin taking a bath (one of my faves to watch a bird take a bath).

C3D is that a Sunburst locust tree the hawk is in?

I was spraying my woods last night with the hose and a small band of Chickadees and Tufted Titmice (is that what you say mice?) were flying in and out of the water and then finding perch to bathe in the trees.

I have some young cardinals visiting the feeders but not too much happening otherwise. The rescued blue jay still hangs around. He is fine and looks almost 100%.

No new photos of birds, only a luna moth but I have not downloaded it and this is a bird thread.

CT


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Nope. The Cooper's is in a Mimosa Tree, sometimes known as a Silk Tree. (Albizia julibrissi)

The Hummers *LOVE* them!!! We have 4 of the trees in the back yard.

It is a semi-hardy plant in the Fabaceae family.


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Oh, that is pretty. We have those in Maryland. I'm surprised they grow so far north that is why I thought it might be a Sunburst locust. Nice fragrance and soft wood. They grow very quickly. Thanks. CT


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 28, 07 at 13:28

Ack! Those lovely mimosas are like weeds here! The hummers DO love them, though. :D

Some (common) geranium cuttings I stuck in the ground near the top of my creek are now so huge, I can't see the birds bathing anymore! My lemon verbena is nearly twice my height, and that blocks the creek area, too. Next year, our house may disappear completely, and I'll never get a good bird photo op! LOL People will drive by..."Do you hear screaming coming from that thicket?" :D

But I'm SO not complaining, I promise. :D The hummers are getting even more aggressive now, as it heats up this week. I want to see one take on a scrub jay...maybe just quiet him up for a few minutes. *looking for my ear plugs* LOL

Brenda


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Hey, Papa Smurf got his own page on Cornell's website! Isn't he grand??????

Here is a link that might be useful: Papa Smurf


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, Sep 20, 07 at 9:26

He's famous!! That is so awesome, Jean! I MISS him, too! I'm proud to say I "knew" him when. :D

Congrats, Jean!

Brenda


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Awwwww thats wonderful Ms. Jean. You took the best shots of him. What a beautiful little birdie. He looks so very regal. Bonnie


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I have two high points every year. Heralding of a new season in early spring migrating hummingbirds stay in the yard for a week or two fighting over the locust blossoms. Next is the heralding of the seasons end and turkey vulture migrations (going on now). Normally they're just a vultures....but to see 100 heavy birds fighting over perching spots in the two big pines (they're too heavy to land in the palms and ignore the roof for some reason) in my yard is pretty funny.

I have roadrunners all year I like making sounds at them. They can act very tame and not be when cornered so I don't feed the pair in the yard they stay on their own accord. They do snatch some of my dog food out from under the dogs noses.


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Congrats for you and Papa Smurf!

I wish we ad roadrunners!


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, Sep 27, 07 at 11:11

I think we spotted a roadrunner once while walking down the road toward the fields. The dust it kicked up when it spotted us and took off running was SO like the cartoon one, I couldn't help laughing. LOL I'd love to see one or two up close in the yard, though!

The turkey vultures filling the trees sounds so scary yet exciting! If they're silent, that would be even scarier. LOL

My little high point right now is the returning goldfinches. Nothing exciting, but it was so quiet and lonely feeling around here without them. They're really pigging out on the thistle seed, too! :)

Brenda


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sat, Oct 13, 07 at 10:08

An encounter yesterday about outdid my barn owl high point! LOL

I stepped out onto the porch with Pookie, keeping an eye out for a stray who has been terrorizing my kitty during her moments out in the yard. From the right came fast movement, a HAWK gliding straight across my yard to the oleander shrub in the neighbor's yard on the left! Looking for little bird snackies, I imagine, but what a sight! It was either a sharp-shinned or a Cooper's, but I couldn't tell for sure; they're always so difficult for me to ID, since they're so similar.

From the oleander, it flew out to the big tree in my yard, alighting to where I couldn't see it...so I don't know if he got what he was hunting. After a minute or 2, it took off across the street and to the right, and I was left feeling incredibly awed, and bummed that I didn't get more time with the handsome devil. Silent, deadly, gorgeous! :)

Brenda


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Oooooooo! Owls are so awesome! I saw a Screech Owl a few days ago flying across the road and then we saw one in one of our trees later the same night.

Very cool! :-)


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Oops I just realized that a few times i referred to Ms. Jean as Brenda and visa versa. Sorry ladies you probably think im a wacko! I did not read carefully who was posting what, again sorry for the mix up! ;-) You are both really sweet though so it was easy to get confused. Sorry. My newest birdie sighting has been a pair of white breasted nuthatches. They are very fast and sound so funny calling to each other. They are way cute! They pick out sunflower seeds from the feeder and stick them in the bark of the trees and in the shingles on my roof. I may have sunflowers sprouting from my roof come spring. LOL.... I have also been seeing some kind of little fly catcher and it is really fast too and it checked out one of my empty bird houses. I thought that kind of weird? Anybody else seen that?
Ms. Jean any new birdie sightings? Did your Blues ever return? Any more pretty pics? Bonnie


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Tue, Oct 16, 07 at 8:50

Owls are VERY awesome, I agree! I guess if I saw them all the time they wouldn't be so exciting, but....a few more sightings would be nice. :D

Bonnie, it's quite all right. I knew what you meant, and I've done it plenty of times myself. If you're a wacko, then I should be locked up in a looney bin. Well, you're not a wacko...LOL

I was finally able to grow a couple hybrid sunflowers from seed this year, and the little goldfinches are entertaining me by swinging around on the tops of them, going for the seeds. :D Life is good.

We had some nice rains recently, and sunflowers from the feeders are popping up EVERYwhere...as per usual. I think I heard some birds giggling at me as I bent over, trying to pulling them all out of a bed that's far too difficult to reach. I can imagine what a kick they'd get out of me trying to pull them from my roof. LOL

Ooo, had my yearly sighting of a yellow-rumped warbler out by the pond yesterday. Again, I was bent over, planting a western sword fern, stood up too fast, head rush....well, hello there, little sunny bottom! LOL Did I mention life is good? :)

Brenda


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Brenda thanks so much for understanding ;-) I get over excited sometimes when i read stuff and miss some of the very IMPORTANT details! LOL....
I think i saw a little sunny bottom today too. I looked it up in my birdie book and it said the yellow rumped warblers have yellow spots under the wings too but my little fella didn't have that. Just a really yellow little behind when he or she opened its wings. It was just the cutest little thing though. It was chasing a flying insect around my trellis. Looked like a little flying yellow flower :-) Life is good here too.
I have a little pair of Carolina wrens following my little white breasted nuthatches. When ever the nuthatches stash something in the tree bark or roof the wren follows behind and eats it! LOL....Go little wren and get those sunflower seeds out of my roof! The little wrens are like cute fluffy vacuum cleaners. They check under every leaf on my hanging plants and they visit everybody's yard and porch. They are so much fun to watch and listen to.
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It's okay Bonnie, you can confuse me with Brenda any day - that would be quite a compliment!

It must be yellow-rumped warbler time for everyone - I too have had several sightings. I missed out on most the other warblers this fall - bummed about it but there is always next year. The yellow patch under the wing can be pretty obscure in fall, especially with a young bird. They were probably looking for spider webs in your bird box. My titmice hang onto the side of the brick and pluck the bugs out of the spider webs - just another good reason not to wash my windows!

Brenda, can you grow coneflowers out that way? The finches love them and they are such great bloomers. I always leave the dead flowers for them until they are picked over. I have found that if I leave the stalks all winter I get some kind of cut worm the next year so sometime in December I go out and cut down the stalks.

Bonnie, keep an eye out for the red-breasted nuthatches - this is an irruption year for them and I've had one on several occasions. This one comes and grabs seed and then takes off for the woods. I'm hoping he sticks around for the winter, I'm not real hopeful though as they typically go for pine trees and there aren't alot ot pines around here. I'm guessing they might make it down your way this year.

I have had a few new birds this fall, a black-throated-blue warbler, a grey-cheeked thrush and a pine siskin (also an irruption bird this year). Unfortunately the pictures are only good enough for identification purposes, I've had a run of bad luck this fall with pictures. I haven't had much time for bird photography but I did get these shots of a yellow rumped this weekend ....


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, Oct 17, 07 at 10:04

Oooo, I just want to pinch that little bundle of sunshine! He's so handsome! It's so cool that we've all seen them this week, too. I'd love to see a tiny, fluffy vacuum cleaner! LOL

I've tried growing Echinacea a couple times, Jean, but for some odd reason, they don't seem very happy here. I tried them in pots and in the ground, but they're so beautiful, I'm sure I'll be tempted again. I haven't tried the prairie coneflower, though (Ratibida). I see pics of coneflowers grown by folks in the central and eastern U.S., and I can't believe how huge they are! I'm so jealous! :)

Brenda


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Thanks for not being mad Ms. Jean ,i do get overeager sometimes and totally miss stuff. Love your sunny bottom birdie. I think those are great pictures! That's definitely the little bird i have been seeing all week. They are fun to watch because they are so quick. They are really hunting the grass for bugs i guess because they are constantly on the ground flashing their little yellow bottoms :-) Thanks so much for the pictures.

Awww Brenda, you dont have the little fluffy vacuum cleaner wrens? They have so much personality and are so much fun to watch. They are so naughty too :-) i just love love love them! They follow all the other birds around and see what they are interested in and then they start liking it too. That of course makes the other birds mad so then the chase begins and it looks like a game of peek a boo because they are so small and fast the other birds can never catch them! LOL....If one bird likes a nest box then the little Carolina wren likes it. If somebody hides food then the little wren eats it. If somebody is guarding a certain tree then that is the tree the wren wants to be in. If somebody likes guarding a vine then thats the vine the wren wants to be in, and on and on and on. They are so mischievous and fun to watch , i laugh all the time at their antics. They are just so naughty and cute. Wish i could send you some but i only have one pair and i would surely miss them just to much. They even pick the bugs off of our cars and every bug off every hanging plant too. Yep they are just so wonderful. Little reddish fluff balls with big beaks and big voices! LOL....I hope you get some, Brenda they are wonderful.

I saw a male Northern flicker today and i never realized how big they are, and their beaks are huge too! Lol...I never ever want to make one of them mad. So pretty though and very shy. I have always heard them but never saw them. Very exciting for me to finally put a real face (and beak) to that wild call they have. He hung on the very tip of a branch to pluck dogwood berries and the northern mocking bird that guards that tree didn't mess with him either. I dont blame him! LOL...Bonnie


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, Oct 18, 07 at 10:26

Bonnie, you paint a mighty fine picture of the adorable wren! It does sound naughty, but fun naughty. LOL Maybe this will be the year for me to see one!

Ahhh, I LOVE flickers! They're so hard for me to see against the bark of the tree in dappled shade; not at all like the ladderback woodpecker that comes right to the base of our big tree and works her way up. Not shy at all, in color or temperament. :D But you're right, northerns are BIG, and I'm always surprised when I see one. Congrats on your new sighting!

Little sunny bottom surprised the heck out of me yesterday. He went straight to the crotch of the tree where I always put out the peanut butter/nuts/berries mix in the cooler months. I hadn't done it yet, but he gave me a gentle reminder. LOL Nature is so awesome!

Brenda


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I have barn owls that live in the storage trailers here. Last summer my room mate kept complaining about dog poop in the yard...we figured out it was mostly owl pellets...We had three or more at that time. I only saw one this year though.

I was worried about not having a pair of roadrunners anymore a year or two back. A kid was out in the yard with a bb gun getting pigeons. That was fine until he said he got a roadrunner too..his dad was not happy. He'd killed the male. I was worried the female might range off because of it but within a month there was another male.

I've got lots of quail too...

Up until this week I had some small green birds in my garden. The cucumber vines died back enough now they left though.


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Looks like this thread is dead... but no one in my family shares my excitement for birds. This looked like a good place to post. I recently put up one of those No-No feeders filled with black oil sunflower seeds. Today I saw two yellow cheeked warblers! They have been coming around for two days now. We live near the Austin area. Not sure if they will stick around. I have a little pie plate of water propped on the top of the fence. We have several berry bushes. It's exciting to see something other than sparrows.


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