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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 10, 2011
11:16 AM

Post #8418484

Following our well used previous thread , please note.
PLEASE DO NOT CHIT CHAT HERE- BIRDS/ BIRDWATCHING ONLY
Please respect the wishes of a few with specific interests, so that they may continue to enjoy the forum. My little buddy the titmouse will be watching you!

Here's where you can chat!
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1163583/


Besides if you have something else to talk about, starting a new thread for that will get more interest.

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 10, 2011
11:57 AM

Post #8418554

Sally--

I need clarification on the "rules" here...

SO! Any bird-related chit-chat is OK?
Questions on feeding, locations, sightings and such--OK?
Problems with feeders and other critters eating up seed---OK?

I hate "rules"...:o/ I was born to break them--selectively...

Loved the link lady supplied for learning bird songs.
I bookmarked it...


I have a question--YES! Bird related...

Those of you who said you put out fruit for birds...oranges, apples, whatever--
How do you 'serve" them?
Do you have special feeders? Do you just nail it to a tree? How?
Does the location matter? Near a house--not so near? Near a tree?
Could, say, an orange cut in half be put in some kind of netting
(like Onions come in) and just hung from something?
Does just throwing the fruit on the ground work? I can see it attracting other critters, though.

I often cut up apples (past their prime) and never see the birds go for them--
BUT! They are always gone by morning...What? Who??? Don't have any kind of
wildlife around here...some squirrels--Chipmunks--but they are still snoozing...

Thanks--Gita

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 10, 2011
8:19 PM

Post #8419413

Gita, those are all great subjects on the bird thread. We just want to avoid getting off on tangents --yes we all mostly are very familiar but when someone wants to read birds and there come lengthy posts about (...fill in the blank...what did I have for breakfast---the price of gas...my kneecaps itch today...) can be annoying, and may turn off people who are here for the TOPIC.

I have never had luck getting birds come to fresh fruit. Anyone?

I rescued this young robin from between some fencing, last spring. I had to grab him to save him, so we took pictures too.

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WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

March 10, 2011
8:50 PM

Post #8419455

That is a great question and I also need the answer. I have tried jelly and 1/2 oranges and the only thing they attracted was ants.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2011
7:11 AM

Post #8419999

Sally--

Do you think the Momma pushed the baby robin out?

I have heard that birds sometimes do that...too many eggs hatched...

Tell us what you did with that baby last year...Raise it? Put it back in the nest?

Judy---You are some statistician! A nice way to end the last Thread...

G.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2011
7:14 AM

Post #8420002

I feel we should not lose the link ladygardener provided on learning to recognize bird songs...

SO! Lady--if you don't mind, I c/p'ed it here for everyone. I really liked it--but never
spent a lot of time checking it out...

**************************************************************************
I heard and then saw my first robin this morning, happen to be looking out the front window at the time.
I get Orioles every year, since I coaxed them to the back yard with oranges, I always hear them before I see them as they are very shy and stay high up in the trees. I had at least 2 pairs last year. Have to buy a new nectar feeder this year as the old one is leaking. They also love grape jelly. Learn their call, here is a site that will help you.
http://www.birdjam.com/birdsong.php?id=2
I had a pair of Bluebirds check out my bird houses but they moved on, not enough open space and the sparrows take over the houses. Do get wrens to nest if they can fight off the sparrows for squatting rights.


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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 11, 2011
7:38 AM

Post #8420038

Sweet little robin, no, its hard to tell there but I feel it was big enough to be rambling around the underbrush and got stuck between layers of lightweight fencing by the garden. In fact he could fly a bit and got himself on this railing after the photo shoot.
I noticed the rough patch on the roof of his mouth in the first picture. Neat.

Nice bird call link, its pleasant just to be able to hear birds when they aren't outside singing.

I just added a link in the opening post here for anyone who wants to go Chat on a new Chat thread.

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coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 11, 2011
9:08 AM

Post #8420211

Speaking of robins, and getting the worm, as I delivered my papers yesterday there were a number of robins out in paved parking areas getting the migrating worms in between heavy rain showers here.

The worms not consumed by hungry robins were flushed into storm water to become part of the ecological system of the Chesapeake Bay ...

Sally, your "fledged but still dependent" robin rescue reminds me of the year a pair of robins built a nest in the big oak tree less than 20 feet from my door.

Most birds do not nest near my yard because of indoor/outdoor cats or so I figure. These robins were also way off schedule for nest building as this was the end of August with not nearly enough time to raise the brood to enough maturity to migrate or survive the winter if they survived my cats!

My cats early on in their predator life were dive bombed and two were pecked by mockingbirds and shifted their predation to mice and moles and a squirrel or two.
These cats actually ducked and crouched when any bird flew over, not just a hawk!I felt, however, that a baby robin fledgling sitting on the ground loudly begging its parents for food would prove too much a temptation, so I made plans to confine my cats indoors for a week or so when fledging time was near, hoping to get it right.
Silly,silly robins I thought.

One morning as I was leaving for work and wondering if I should let the cats out that day I got a surprising answer. As I opened the back door, I was immediately buzzed by not one but both parent robins, and they meant business.! I went to the front door but they were there, too. Shades of the movie "Birds"! I finally had to climb out a window and leave thru a neighbors yard to get to work! I wondered if I would be able to get back in at the end of the day and truly did not look forward to fending off determined birds even if they were smaller than me for a day, let alone a week!

Cautiously I approached my house. No birds! Those silly, silly robins had fledged their brood of four in less than one day and moved on! Silly, silly, me.



docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2011
9:37 AM

Post #8420267

Our occasional visiter the Sharp Shinned Hawk stopped by for lunch. It can and does enter the heavy shrub cover and helps itself. This time I think the hawk made off with an English Sparrow which is acceptable. The hawk sat off to the side for quite some time eyeballing the offerings. Again it was poor photography weather.
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2011
9:43 AM

Post #8420272

We just wittnessed the hawk capturing a chippy. We do not see that often because the chip and dales are pretty quick. They out manuver the hawk if they know they are slated for lunch.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2011
10:51 AM

Post #8420377

Judy--

We moved into our new house (same one I am still in) here in fall of 1969

The next Spring, a Robin built it's nest on top of the light by our front door.
This light is barely above head level...

For 6 weeks, we used only the side entrance...till they were all gone.

On a slightly alarming note--about 5 years ago, a bird had built a nest on top of their
front door light. and the heat from the light caught the nest (empty..) on fire...
OH, the excitement---calling 911, having 2-3 fire and EMT trucks and all that.

Learning a lesson--they replaced it with a light that sits flush with the soffet. (sp?) .

Gita
DaylilyDiva219
Falls Church, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2011
11:29 AM

Post #8420440

Sally, our neighbors next door have had very good luck with birds and fruit.

While it's not "fresh fruit" they've put out raisins on their deck railing for a couple of years now during the warm months, and have very regular catbird customers. They'll lurk in the shrubs nearby while you're putting them out, and swoop in even before you're off the deck.

This year, they've begun putting out a half-orange on a sort of hanging thing (I'm assuming they got it at a bird store just for that purpose), with the cut side up, and have a mockingbird coming on a regular basis to enjoy the treat. Something else is enjoying it too, because the cut orange occasionally will just disappear. :-/

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 11, 2011
11:34 AM

Post #8420447

Good bird stories. Their behavior can be so interesting but we have to sometimes wait and observe, other times they're 'in your face"! sometimes we got great nest views when what was high and well concealed from the ground, was in a good position for window watching.
Hawks must surely be active in my yard but the waiting and watching was hard to do with a young brood of our own. Still, there was that one day when one suddenly and completely noiselessly swept across my path. Whooh. You almost wonder if you imagined it.
Also battled light fixture nests too. I never thought about the fire hazard! Let them finish a brood, then removed it and taped up a "lovely' duct taped cardboard thing, sloped to keep them off.( On second thought, that may not have been the smartest thing either...!)
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

March 11, 2011
12:25 PM

Post #8420498

I haven't had much luck with oranges either. I rarely see Orioles any more but I have tried putting out orange halves and didn't get much in the way of takers other than the ants.
DaylilyDiva219
Falls Church, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2011
1:07 PM

Post #8420554

Holly, we know there are orioles "around" here, but I've never seen one. We put out oranges years ago to try to attract them, and got nothing except shriveled oranges. ;-( Our friends may be battling ants once it gets warmer, but oddly we don't see mockingbirds much after the catbirds arrive in late April/early May. Maybe they compete for the same foods/nesting areas?

Bec_No_Va

Bec_No_Va
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 11, 2011
1:46 PM

Post #8420636

We had a flock of these guys visit in January (ab 12+++)- holy cow are they HUGE! It was cool to have them visit, but I was every so pleased when they left!

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2011
2:06 PM

Post #8420690

For those interested in feeding orioles oranges and jelly here is a feeder made from a coat hanger.
http://www.ehow.com/how_5051286_build-feeder-hanger-attract-orioles.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_4903986_make-oriole-orange-birdfeeder.html

I have a tall shepherds 2 hook that I hang the orange nectar feeder and a pop bottle bottom hanging not far down from the hook with dental floss, the oriole preaches on the hook and leans down to get the jelly. I also have a metal ring with a spike in the middle to poke an orange half on it, found at Wild Birds Unlimited. Oranges can get expensive so once you draw them in switch to the nectar and grape jelly.

Please don't think that just putting out oranges will draw them in, they need to be in your area so listen and look, then feed if you spot them.

Yesterday I saw 6 robins in the empty yard across the street, it started snowing last night and is still snowing, we have something like 6 inches now and it is very wet and heavy, the spruce branches are hanging very low. No robins today, they headed back to the woods.

Bec, nice pic of the Turkey Vulture

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2011
6:34 PM

Post #8421241

I started putting fruit out for the butterflies, then thought about for the birds too. I have a yarn pot hanger that I put a plate in and the fruit on the plate hanging from the end of a branch towards the middle of the yard. I put out orange quarters, grapes, apples ... just any kind of fruit. I've had birds and butterflies, also hummers, at 'the plate'.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2011
7:24 PM

Post #8425269

Funny story--cont'd...re the battle between the Starlings couple and the "prime hole"
in my old Cherry Tree...

Been seeing all this stuffing (feels like cottony fiberglass???) all over the grass around the
tree. Saw a squirrel there this morning--and the starlings having a fit...
Got my flashlight out this evening and looked inside----nothing there but the stuffing...
SO! The winner is not yet announced---but I bet it will be the birds--as they are
pulling the stuffing out of the hole in the trunk as fast as the squirrel is stuffing it in there...

Amazing--how the birds can THINK to destroy something to re-gain their roost from
last year...
Equally amazing is that the squirrel even tried again--after being ousted by the birds last year..
I know the birds won last Spring--as I KNOW they had babies in that hole!

Will be watching who wins this spring! I know it will be the Starlings...

AHHH! The entertainment available in Nature!!!!!!

Gita
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2011
4:40 AM

Post #8427887

lol How fun to watch

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 19, 2011
7:00 AM

Post #8436071

Act 3---

They are taking turns now---one dives in and brings up something--then the other
does the same...Not sure what it is they are bringing up now--but it must stick to
their beaks--as there is a lot of beak-cleaning going on each time.

Here is one of them at their "front door"...

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 19, 2011
7:01 AM

Post #8436073

The other one is higher up--watching for trouble...

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 19, 2011
7:02 AM

Post #8436077

Here is the "fluff" that is being removed...
It feels coarse--like maybe stuffing to an outdoor pillow--or some insulation.
I don't know where it came from???

The ground is littered with it...

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 19, 2011
7:06 AM

Post #8436081

The Robins are feasting on all the bugs and worms brought to the surface
with all the rains we have had...

Yesterday was the first time I saw Robins. All of a sudden--they are just there!

The dry stalks are the dead stalks from last year of my Kopper King Hibiscus.
Need to cut them back--or leave them up to act as a framework and support to
the new growth to come. I'll just tie a string around the stems--voila! A cage!

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

March 19, 2011
9:12 AM

Post #8436298

This is the plate in pot hanger that I use for seed cakes in the winter and fruit in the summer.

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 27, 2011
6:29 PM

Post #8454452

I have a wonderful new lens now! The 100mm-400mm! Love it!

These were all taken from my computer desk this afternoon, looking out on my balcony!

I'll start with the one that has eluded me all winter... little butter butt!

A Yellow-rumped Warbler

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 27, 2011
6:30 PM

Post #8454457

Another view of this cutie!

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 27, 2011
6:31 PM

Post #8454461

A Red-bellied Woodpecker, male... hanging off the gutter.

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 27, 2011
6:32 PM

Post #8454468

A Black-capped Chickadee

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 27, 2011
6:33 PM

Post #8454474

A female Downy Woodpecker... she thinks she's hiding behind that limb from the Starlings!

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docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 27, 2011
6:52 PM

Post #8454542

Wow...great images.
DaylilyDiva219
Falls Church, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 27, 2011
7:14 PM

Post #8454616

Beautiful shots, as always, Karen. Great to see you posting again! Barb
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 28, 2011
4:56 AM

Post #8455113

great lens in the hands of someone with a great eye! Wonderful to get the camera to see what we do. Thanks
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 28, 2011
6:08 AM

Post #8455274

Thank you for posting, Karen. I learned a new bird today Yellow-rumped Warbler. He is a sweet heart. That new lens is wonderful, you may just educate was all and help us identify more birds.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 28, 2011
6:19 AM

Post #8455307

Geez Karen, you've gone from amazing to AMAZING! Thanks for sharing. The Downy even seems to look scared, with your description in mind! She really could be.
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 28, 2011
4:31 PM

Post #8456825

Humming bird migration map http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html
OMG look how far this little boogers have traveled! Get ready everyone.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

March 28, 2011
5:30 PM

Post #8456962

LOL Ladyg, I never see them this early but I put out my feeder the first week of April. Trying to catch them early. Thanks for the map.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

March 29, 2011
4:48 AM

Post #8457753

oh wow, spotted one in our area on 3/21 according to the map. Better get my feeders out for those scouts
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 29, 2011
7:53 AM

Post #8458135

To darn cold here to put out hummer feeders. They would freeze up in a single night.
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 29, 2011
8:01 AM

Post #8458157

Doc, you are right, not till the end of April for me to welcome hummers..
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 31, 2011
4:20 PM

Post #8463464

Had a real treat today out on my paper route. Saw more Cedar Waxwings today (20+) than my lifetime total! They were very excitedly feeding on a ten foot line of holly berry bushes

And another treat last night to watch PBS Nature program "Birds of the Gods". I was transfixed

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/birds-of-the-gods/full-episode/6322/

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 31, 2011
5:14 PM

Post #8463599

I am lost for an explanation----

You ALL know, by now, about my "Bird Condo: in all the holes in my Cherry tree?

Well! I do not know what has happened???? I have NOT seen either bird --male or female--
now in over a week????? It seems totally abandoned...

I can see the "Condo" from my kitchen window---and there is NOTHING!!!!
No birds (Starlings) any more. NO nest building! NOTHING!!!!

Where did they go? I have not seen any squirrels there either----
The hole in the tree just seems abandoned! The only thing I can imagine is that one,
or the other, may have gotten killed off...either hit by a car--or snatched up by a Hawk--
or something else...and the other just moved on...Do they do that????

To me--this is a serious mystery!!!! Gita
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2011
4:05 AM

Post #8464342

Gita...It is not a mystery. You have just identified all the possible facts you can think of. There is no question that can be answered unless you see more and then there would be only more known facts. Animals do not file flight plans.

I have not seen a Cedar Waxwing in eons. Need to plant some berries. Mountain Ash and Pyracantha were always a good attractors when we he them. We have lots of apples but they do not seem attracted to them. They never did stay here. In Corning NY some years ago they were a dime a dozen...likewise in Ithaca. Both of these locations are a days flight North of my backyard. I do not know if this is still true.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 1, 2011
6:42 AM

Post #8464588

Cedar waxwing sitting yesterday has me asking some questions. I've been seeing some small flocks of robins either 'returns' or stayed here foragers so as I was driving up the hill and noticed multi bird activity, I thought robins, Since most activity was up in the bushes and not on the ground(don't those robins love worms!) and I had my window open (for delivery) I heard calls that made me think cardinals...but so many? The most cardinals I've seen at one time is 5 and those were in quick succession, three males, two females. Most of the birds I saw yesterday flew off when I stopped to take a look, circled overhead and then returned, flying off in small goups of four or five off and on as I watched. Still thought cardinals as they all looked "brownish" against the dark grey sky but definitely crested. Finally got a good view of one with the red on the wing tips and the facial markings. Then a few others.

Came home and listened to waxwing calls and still feel there were some cardinal call that I also heard yesterday. I'm so unfamiliar with waxwings and have never seen them here in Maryland. I know they love berries, are nomads and move in flocks...my question is could I also have seen or heard cardinals along with those holly berry feeding waxwings? Would cardinals 'defend' their territory from crowds of waxwings? Do cardinals eat holly berries?

Wonder if I'll see the waxwings again today? I'll be a much more keen observe this time if I do. There were a lot of berries left on those bushes about 4pm yesterday...Humm So, like you Gita, I'll be doing my Bird Waiting thing again today

Any one watch the Nature program I linked to above on Birds of Paradise? Really worth it.

Wild Rose, any waxwing pics to share?

Oh, and one more thing, do any of you put out "nesting materials" for your backyard birds?
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2011
7:36 AM

Post #8464686

My suburban location has ample nesting materials from many sources. One exception...Purple Martins appreciate a little help being put in the nesting box. Cardinals are mostly seed eaters. Never saw a cardinal or cardinals defending anything but their position on a seed feeder. Until the arrival of spring and the mating season they may be in the area in pairs but they don't really buddy up until nearer the matting season. Most female birds mate with more than one male. Some female birds leave the sitting nest and go out to meet other males while the mate keeps an eye on the homestead. Nice arrangement. This helps prevent in breeding and breeding to the same genetic faults.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 1, 2011
8:13 AM

Post #8464764

I love cedar waxwings, Hardly ever see them here. A couple of times we had big flocks that came in and helped them selves to the juniper berries and left just as quickly.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 1, 2011
9:33 AM

Post #8464903

I have only seen live waxwings once- on bird walk near here. THere was a flock in some tree, I can't remember what kind of tree darn it.

If the birds like dog fur they can have plenty. As some guy at the dog park said "'I used the shedding tool on my German Shepard, out in the yard, and my neighbor asked me if I had killed a deer, there was so much brown fur laying around it looked like a deer pelt"
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2011
9:48 AM

Post #8464928

We have Waxwings that pass through every year, I usually see them in the ash tree in the front of the property. I was thinking that when the ash's leaf buds open there are tiny insects that are drawn there and that is what the waxwings are after. just my thought.
We would brush our Alaskan Malamute in the back yard, she would blow coat every spring, the yard was covered in soft white undercoat. We told the neighbor that the dog exploded
Gita, maybe momma squirrel had her babies.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 1, 2011
8:00 PM

Post #8466108

Lady--

BUT! Momma Squirrel never owned this hole--the Starlings did.

The white bits of some kind of insulation are all still laying all over the ground under the tree...
I tell you! Those Starlings were bi=oth working hard on this "Condo" property.
Now--NOTHING!!!! Not one in sight!
Maybe they gave up as there was too much unsuitable "filler" in this hole.
They sure were working hard, in shifts, to remove whatever it was they had to remove...

Maybe they just gave up and found a better hole????

Will keep you all informed, IF they come back...

Gita

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 1, 2011
8:05 PM

Post #8466115

Maybe they got West Nile Virus.
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 2, 2011
8:20 AM

Post #8466770

It will be interesting to see if anything has taken possession of the hole. I have a locus tree in the back yard, the hole in the tree has housed birds an family of squirrels and the last 2 years a honey bee nest. There were years where nothing lived there. Maybe bats.
You starlings may have just given up, but I bet they will return another year.

I spotted a Kingfisher, sitting on some utilities lines on our drive to get my drivers license picture done this morning. There is no mistaking that profile.

Honeybee hole.

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 2, 2011
1:42 PM

Post #8467183

lady!

I don't see anything in the above photo--just a tree trunk with somethi9ng darker in the front...
Are they babies? What is that mass of dark?

Re my Starlings--The only thing I can imagine is that they gave up on ridding the insides
of that hole of all that "fluff"...It is still laying all over the lawn at the base of the tree...
See above photos...

Haven't seen any squirrels around there either...As last year--the starlings banished them!
It is sheer ABANDONMENT of an unfinished "project..."

This brings me to a complicated question...

I saw those 2 Starlings mating...for 5 minutes or more...I thought he was killing her!
IF that initiates the "nesting behavior" (or--which comes first???) and the birds have both
been actively cleaning/constructing the nest (in that hole)--and then abandon it---
can the Female delay, at will, the development of her eggs?????

Obviously--if she/they have chosen to build a nest at some different site--the egg-laying
would have to be delayed...How does this work?
We will see...we will see...and, I will keep you posted...

Any thoughts on this??? Gita
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 2, 2011
3:57 PM

Post #8467396

Gita, I've read several places that starlings will fight to the death over nesting sites,,, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/robinson-cowbirds.html

Dear Scott,
I have been a birder for aprox. 30 years or so. I have only seen this once and it was shocking and cool at the same time. Starlings battling to the death on a sidewalk on a busy street, completely oblivious to the fact that they were rolling around at two women's feet, traffic, noise. They were really going at it. I read up on it. It seems to be a territorial thing/nesting. Can you give your take? Theresa, Toronto, Ontario

Robinson: Dear Theresa,
Good to hear from a fellow birder. I have several times seen birds fight to the death, although in all cases it was something else (an alligator or a car) that actually killed one of the birds fighting. Most likely, this was a fight over nest sites, which are limited in birds such as starlings that nest in cavities (tree holes drilled by woodpeckers, eaves in buildings), but cannot make their own. When they find a good, safe cavity, it is so valuable that it is actually worth fighting over and taking incredible risks. Males will also fight to the death over especially desirable mates. Usually, fights over something like food would not be so extreme because the consequences of losing a few food items are not so great that it is worth taking such extreme risks.
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 2, 2011
4:05 PM

Post #8467408

Gita, the picture is the honey bees that took over the hole in my locust tree. The dark spot at the bottom of the picture is all the bees clustered in the hole, I had to use the highest zoom on the camera I could get. The hole is very far up the tree. This was taken 2 years ago.
Here is more info on starlings... http://www.birdhouses101.com/European-Starling.asp

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coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 3, 2011
5:31 PM

Post #8469754

World Migratory Bird Day May 14 and 15

http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/2011/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=34

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

April 3, 2011
5:56 PM

Post #8469810

I saw a red winged black bird today.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 3, 2011
6:03 PM

Post #8469825

Removed this thread as it was off-topic. Thanks, Judy.

Will re-post in the Chat Thread...

This message was edited Apr 4, 2011 2:08 PM
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 4, 2011
6:49 AM

Post #8470793

Gita, you're excused this time LOL I hate it when sleep excapes me. I have returned to reading again and find it does wonders for me, I guess it clears my brain of anything that is bothering me that day.
Crit, I really look forward to seeing my red wing blackbird. he is one of my regulars that say spring is really here.
DaylilyDiva219
Falls Church, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 4, 2011
7:27 AM

Post #8470856

While walking around Williamsburg (VA) yesterday, DH & I were sort of surprised to see a Slate-colored Junco hopping around in the grass. I think of them as winter birds (aren't they sometimes called "snowbirds"?) and was not expecting to see one of them in April in southeastern Virginia! Hoping it doesn't mean anything, and this guy was just a straggler... ;-)
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 4, 2011
9:19 AM

Post #8471118

Here is a link to a Migratory Bird game I found while looking for migration maps and expected eta for our travelors. Any one have it as I can't find...

Here's the game

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/migratorybirds/education/kids_stuff/woth_game/default.cfm
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 4, 2011
9:35 AM

Post #8471149

Okay, found one

http://www.enature.com/birding/region_migration.asp?bregionID=5
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 4, 2011
12:24 PM

Post #8471475

I will be putting out my Hummer feeder any day now.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 4, 2011
1:53 PM

Post #8471667



Gita, thanks! We want everyone to have some threads to enjoy.

I watched a junco on the railing today. I didn't know he was one of the ones entertaining me with busy twittering yesterday but he was twittering away nicely. They visit my thistle feeder a lot. Maybe he was complimenting me on my ''cuisine.''
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

April 5, 2011
4:34 AM

Post #8472966

I saw a bird dip down into the top of my topsy turvy tomato planter yesterday. I'm afraid she is building a nest in there. Won't be planting anything in there for a while!

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 6, 2011
2:33 PM

Post #8476445

HEYYYY!!!

Saw a starling again near the "hole"...
Then both of them--up in the branches of the tree...Where have they been???

Is it possible that mama was roosting in her nest sitting on her eggs and never
came out for 2 weeks??? If so--Where was papa all this time????
Messing around with all the other "hussies"????

Will keep an eye out for them...

Here is a pic taken yesterday.

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 8, 2011
11:52 AM

Post #8480750

Lot's of activity at the river these days!

A Great Blue Heron with a nice catch skewered on the beak...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 8, 2011
11:53 AM

Post #8480753

A lovely female Osprey finshing her meal.

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 8, 2011
11:53 AM

Post #8480754

A Boat-tailed Grackle with gorgeous colors!

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 8, 2011
12:52 PM

Post #8480864

Nice pictures. I will be putting up the hummer feeder this weekend.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 8, 2011
12:56 PM

Post #8480871

Karen, fantastic. Superb! You even make a Grackle shine!
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 8, 2011
3:05 PM

Post #8481079

Karen, Are the osprey,heron and grackle year round for you there? Could you do a shot or two of "the river" ? Deep,shallow,wide, swift, rocky, sandy? And what sort of vegetation/ trees and how close to shoreline. Thanks, I've much to learn about water and shore birds even though I live by the Bay.
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 8, 2011
5:58 PM

Post #8481503

That new lens and you are getting along very well. Nice work.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 8, 2011
6:19 PM

Post #8481566

Coleup... thanks for your interest. The herons are pretty much year-round residents, though you won't see as many in the winter months. Osprey are very strict migratory birds. They head out of our area in mid to late August, and return in March. They are devoted mates and parents. It is so fun to watch them build their nest every year, then raise the chicks. I can't find the nests here along the river, but I am watching about five nests in the nearby NWR. The grackles must head out for winter, cause I don't see them during winter months.

The river is so busy right now due to the annual Atlantic Shad spawning run. In early March, the Atlantic Shad and one of the Herring species swim many miles up the Rappahannock River to spawn. The area of the river near Fredericksburg is shallow and rocky, and it makes it very easy for the birds to spot the fish. It can get so busy in the evenings, you don't know where to point your camera! I love it! There are also a couple of pair of eagles here too. In another couple of weeks it will be all over. The birds will all stay, but the fishing will be less frenzied.

Doc... me and the new lens are getting along famously! ;o)
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 8, 2011
6:22 PM

Post #8481577

Take a look at this photo below... open it up and view big to get a good look. This is the area of the river we sit and watch. It is probably about 80 yards across here. It is shallow enough that you could walk all the way across and never be more than thigh deep... some places only ankle deep. This photo was take with a wide angle lens at near dusk.

How many herons do you see??? (I'll let you guess a bit, then I'll tell you!)

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WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

April 8, 2011
6:31 PM

Post #8481589

19. Grackles here are making nests and destroying other nests in the greenbelt and park area.. Last year we had fewer Grackles. They used to chase our cat. I mock them with an attempt at their screaming warning sound. Sharon.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

April 8, 2011
9:57 PM

Post #8481971

20 ... well, one I only see his feet. lol
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 9, 2011
4:46 AM

Post #8482172

I was thinking about 20.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 9, 2011
5:31 AM

Post #8482231

I thought I did well at 12--- tee hee. Very cool.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 9, 2011
7:29 AM

Post #8482487

Good mornin' everyone!

There are 15!

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 9, 2011
8:16 AM

Post #8482582

I'm only three off whats my prize tee hee
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 9, 2011
8:25 AM

Post #8482606

Wanna fish???

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 9, 2011
5:39 PM

Post #8483660

Cool shot. I must have counted some of those bushes in the background. LOL

donnerville

donnerville
Damascus, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2011
5:25 AM

Post #8512958

We fed hummingbirds for the first time last year (http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1129055/), and learned that hummers would be back to our area in early April. Not sure why they come back so early because there are hardly any flowers for them. Anyway, we put a feeder out last week just to see if they were in the area already. This little guy visited us yesterday!!! We will put more feeders out this weekend. Exciting!!!

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donnerville
Damascus, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2011
5:28 AM

Post #8512965

We have loads of birds in our garden, but this is the first time we ever saw a blue bird in our garden.

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 22, 2011
7:23 AM

Post #8513183

Donner, that's an Indigo Bunting, nice picture! http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Indigo_Bunting/id

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 22, 2011
8:22 AM

Post #8513291

wonderful, both!
i make my nectar with 1/4 sugar in 1 cup water. i have a new feeder and better get it filled!
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2011
11:22 AM

Post #8513498

Donner... great news about your hummers! Mine returned last week, but I haven't been able to get a pic yet! That Indigo Bunting is a wonderful find... good for you!
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2011
11:23 AM

Post #8513500

My Green Herons have returned! Yay!!!

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2011
11:24 AM

Post #8513501

New babies are being born!

Mallard Duck ducklings and mama...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2011
11:25 AM

Post #8513502

And Canada Goose goslings. Only one in this batch... mama watches closely!

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2011
4:55 PM

Post #8513948

I saw my first hummer a little bit ago. I know they have been around because the nectar is going down in the feeders. I only put 2 up, for any that came first. I usually put mine out April 25th. That is what my Mom always told me. She also said to take them down Sept. 25th, but have learned that might not be the thing to do incase of any late straglers that need some nourishment.

I was going to put a tomato plant in my upside down planter. I just left it hanging outside over the winter. But that isn't going to happen anytime soon. I think there is a bird nest in it. I keep seeing 2 birds go in with stuff in their beak. Don't know if they are building or feeding.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 23, 2011
6:40 AM

Post #8515000

Crit, if they are feeding you can probably hear babies chirping at times.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2011
10:54 AM

Post #8515477

Yes, I did last year when they were in my planter box. Tried to 'sneak a little peak' and momma was in there. She came out to the mouth of it in a hurry. lol
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 24, 2011
8:38 PM

Post #8518680

A new beauty for me... the Eastern Kingbird.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 24, 2011
9:05 PM

Post #8518707

Incredible shot!
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 25, 2011
12:32 PM

Post #8519499

Oh well what can I say it is my own fault. I knew I should have taken these old greens decorations down. Yep right there next to the front door. I took the one on the other side down a week ago but this one I left in place until this morning.

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 25, 2011
12:35 PM

Post #8519503

This morning I saw a bird fly out and wondered if he was starting a nest in one of my window boxes. No not in one of my window boxes Yep that old greens decoration has a birds nest in it and an egg, too.

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 25, 2011
3:04 PM

Post #8519833

How sweet!!!
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 25, 2011
3:40 PM

Post #8519923

No, No NOT Sweet, I will have dead branches on my house for weeks till she finishes laying her eggs, hatching them and getting them raised. LOL Well I will have a first hand view of it all. I will check tomorrow and see if I have another egg.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 25, 2011
5:15 PM

Post #8520175

It doesn't seem to take them more than a few days to pick a spot, make a nest, and get an egg in there!

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 25, 2011
6:40 PM

Post #8520419

Holly---

Could you move the whole container somewhere else?
Not too far away--but not by your door...

Wonder how the birds would react??????

G.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 25, 2011
6:43 PM

Post #8520431

Yes,some of them are very quick! Which reminds me that this is the time of year when at least five of the newspaper tubes I deliver to daily get used as nesting sites. Never know until I'm about to put the paper in if there is a nest or not...so, just one day! I've been stared down by alot of mama birds. A paper tube has some things to recommend it as a nest site as it is dry, takes little engineering, deep enough so some predators wouldn't have access, can't be blown down...etc.

The tubes on my route are all red or white. I've only encountered nests in the red tubes which are the ones for the paper I deliver. Maybe the other paper people dispose of nests in their tubes...Isn't it against the law to remove a birds nest?

Holly, I am sure that there are so many wonderful things and plantings to enjoy in your yard that no one will notice the brown! Have you figured out what kind of bird yet?
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 25, 2011
7:07 PM

Post #8520509

Any Bird Whisperers out there?

Three times little birds have build nests in my hanging baskets...Mom didn't seem to mind my watering the containers but got really upset/agitated when I moved one about seven inches over so I wouldn't knock it when I passed by,,,I swear she made me put it back!

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 25, 2011
8:18 PM

Post #8520656

It may be against the law to remove CERTAIN birds nests but I don't know about all. But I would apply to be paid as Bird Police.

I do beleive she wanted that nest back in place.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 25, 2011
8:39 PM

Post #8520714

No I wouldn't move it. I sure hope it is a safe nest for her. She flew away so fast I didn't see what she was. I said to Ric that I didn't see her back all day and she wasn't sitting on the nest. He told me that many birds don't sit on their nests till they lay all their eggs and it could be a few more days till she starts to sit on it. We are in and out that way all the time but she would know that so she must be a bird that doesn't mind people moving around. Maybe a wren? I will let you know how it goes.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

April 25, 2011
8:56 PM

Post #8520744

I've had them build nests in my hanging planters. This year I have one building one in my Topsy Turvey tomato plant hanger that I left up over the winter. I noticed it is starting to get holes in the sides, so I'm not going to use it anymore. I'll just let her have it.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 26, 2011
4:25 AM

Post #8520964

I have heard/read that if you don't want birds to make nestds in your HB's--
put pine cones on top of it...Gita
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

April 26, 2011
4:32 AM

Post #8520977

That makes sense, gita.

I planted some seed I got from you in my winter sowing containers and they are coming up. I'm so happy!
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 26, 2011
5:05 AM

Post #8521038

English Sparrow and Starling are the only two unprotected birds. All the rest may not be molested in any way. I for one agree with the laws relative to tearing down nests...except when a Robin desides to build on the porch light. LOL

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 26, 2011
5:21 AM

Post #8521068

[quote="docgipe"]English Sparrow and Starling are the only two unprotected birds. All the rest may not be molested in any way. LOL[/quote] Wow did not know that.
but a nest on a porch light does seem a safety risk for both parties

HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 26, 2011
5:43 AM

Post #8521112

Went out this morning and Mother Bird was already gone but now I have 2 eggs.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 26, 2011
6:49 AM

Post #8521252

Best time to remove a problem bird nest is BEFORE it becomes active, at first signs of building according to this link

http://www.southeasternoutdoors.com/wildlife/birds/articles/prevent-problem-bird-nests.html

Sally, here's some stuff on the Migratory Bird Act.

http://www.sialis.org/mbta.htm

And, for any of you ferris wheel owners out there (you know who you are..)here's some news just in
http://video.tbo.com/v/39496598/osprey-nest-shuts-down-ferris-wheel.htm

HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 26, 2011
7:19 AM

Post #8521309

LOL enjoyed that news clip about the osprey.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 26, 2011
9:53 AM

Post #8521622

Ferris wheel owners LOL
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 26, 2011
8:14 PM

Post #8523061

A beautiful Wood Duck family we discovered on our Easter Sunday walk!

Mama and her nine ducklings

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 26, 2011
8:15 PM

Post #8523066

Papa looks on... watching over his new family.

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 26, 2011
8:16 PM

Post #8523070

Papa WD up close.

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coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 27, 2011
4:27 AM

Post #8523474

Karen, really enjoying your photos!! Wood ducks are a favorite for me, such exquisite detail, How old do you think those fluffy chicks are? Are these along the same river with the heron fishing frenzy?

Which came first for you, the walks or the birds? Glad you have found a way to share such richness from your backyard. Your life list must be long and varied. Any more sightings of the kingbird?

Please, please do post some pics of baby herons, great and green Thanks in advance. Do they build their nests closer to the ground than eagles and osprey?

How soon do their babies go for a wade?

On a sad note I came across this yesterday.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1176194/

hope the male eagle is able to keep up with three chicks and stay out of the flight paths of passing planes.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 27, 2011
5:15 PM

Post #8524924

Wild Rose----

Is it just my mind?????
BUT00In the picture of the mama and her ducklings in the water----
the two directly to the right of Mama--and above the rest of them---have human faces!!!
Female on the left--and male on the right...Do you see them?????

As soon as I looked at this photo--I saw that...Yes! It may be my warped mind...
or my visionary skills...Ahem...

Gita
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

April 27, 2011
5:30 PM

Post #8524956

I see what you are seeing gita. But looks more like little monkey faces to me. Maybe we are both warped ^_^
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 28, 2011
5:24 PM

Post #8527088

We now have 4 eggs in the nest. I got a pic of Mama Bird but I'm not sure what she is.

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 28, 2011
7:29 PM

Post #8527413

It looks like a female House Finch to me Holly.

Here is a female on my balcony...


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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 28, 2011
7:30 PM

Post #8527416

And the male... in case you see a flash of pink or red around the yard.

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coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 28, 2011
7:33 PM

Post #8527426

Holly what a beautifulpicture...I'm guessing House Finch with out a better view of beak? And because of egg color. Hmm?
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 28, 2011
7:45 PM

Post #8527462

Yes... they can be from cream to pale blue, with some speckling.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 28, 2011
8:10 PM

Post #8527518

If it is house finch here's what you have to look forward to

http://www.thebirdersreport.com/camera-critters/house-finch-chicks-peep-for-camera-critters-34

And a cool link to nest and egg id s

http://www.thebirdersreport.com/egg-and-nest-identification

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 29, 2011
7:30 AM

Post #8528167

House finches are not native to the US
About them, at Sialis (No, not the medicine with a similar name!)

http://www.sialis.org/hofibio.htm

As non native birds, I wonder if the nest is "supposed to be" protected from tampering
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 29, 2011
7:52 AM

Post #8528202

Coleup... I never answered your questions!

I guess the walks came first, but I have always been a nature and animal lover. My Dad is retired from the Forest Service, and I got my love for the outdoors from him, and he taught me all about the trees and plants and wildlife in the woods. I didn't get into photography until my 20s, and I only bought my first DSLR three years ago.

Green Herons I will have access to all summer long to follow the nest and babies. They don't so much like to wade as perch on limbs right above the water line. Currently, the activity among them is males looking through the trees, trying to decide which limb Mama will want the nest on! They will start nesting soon though!

I do not have access to any GBH rookeries. They are a bit difficult to find, and in this area, they nest way up high in oak trees. I am aware of oone rookery on the wildlife refuge, but they have closed off access to it for the season, in the best interst of the herons.

I am following a pair of Osprey, and they are well. The female is currently sitting on eggs... probably another couple weeks to hatching.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 29, 2011
7:53 AM

Post #8528204

I do have some baby CG photos though!
Goslings are so cute!

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 29, 2011
7:54 AM

Post #8528207

And more...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 29, 2011
7:56 AM

Post #8528208

I love this one... with all of them running towards me!
Shallow DOF only allowed for one to be in focus.

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 29, 2011
7:56 AM

Post #8528210

Another Eastern Kingbird...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 29, 2011
7:57 AM

Post #8528212

A Northern Rough-winged Swallow...


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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 29, 2011
7:58 AM

Post #8528214

GBH close-up...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 29, 2011
7:59 AM

Post #8528216

And a GH close-up...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 29, 2011
8:00 AM

Post #8528217

Tree Swallow... what beauties they are!

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 29, 2011
8:00 AM

Post #8528219

And last for now... my female Osprey at her nest.

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 29, 2011
1:14 PM

Post #8528670

Yes, I think you guys are right female house finch. I am so use to seeing the red male I wasn't thinking that the females aren't red. The nest and eggs look right. Last time I looked there were 4 eggs in the nest. Ric said he has been seeing a male hanging around and they are common for us.
VaWildRose, Did I see your name on the Birthday list a couple of days ago? I was sure I saw it but have been so busy I never got back to check or send you Birthday wishes. Your pictures are just beautiful. I so love seeing them. There was an older couple at Lowes today and the gentleman had a camera slung over one shoulder with a long lens on it. I told him he must be a bird watcher. He just brightened up and started to show me pic on his camera. Says he always has it with him, where ever he goes. LOL

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 29, 2011
3:37 PM

Post #8528947

edited to delete my post

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 29, 2011
8:29 PM

Post #8529470

Gita, Answered your questions over on the chat thread.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 29, 2011
9:34 PM

Post #8529519

Holly... thanks for your nice comments!
(Yes... I had a b-day a couple days ago...)
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 30, 2011
4:17 AM

Post #8529730

Gita...Please tell us in one word how your last post relates to the world of birds. Before you post your nice response...read your response and again...Please tell us in one word how your last post relates to the world of birds. No I am not having a bad hair day. ]:o)
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 30, 2011
4:31 AM

Post #8529754

Oh my goodness...We have a visiting pair of Indigo Buntings. This only happens here maybe once in every five years. We have never had them nesting in our neighborhood territory. They were right in there with the finches chompping down on the smaller bird seed.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 30, 2011
5:32 AM

Post #8529849

I saw Indigo Buntings at a park near here- Kinder Farm. I never have before and never would have wihtout the ranger-guide and the other experienced biders. They find all kinds of birds in the trees with skilled observation that I owuld and have completely missed.
I came home for lunch from work one time and saw two Evening Grosbeaks at the feeder. Never since, never before. I sure got lucky.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 30, 2011
8:15 AM

Post #8530146

I checked the nest 5 eggs and I think she may be done as she is always on the nest. Flies off as soon as you head out the door but comes right back as soon as you are gone.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 30, 2011
11:14 AM

Post #8530396

Doc--One word????

Sorry!!!

A few more words...I sometimes lose track what Thread i am on...
Please--all of you "Bird Brains"----Forgive me!!!!! Hanging my head in shame...

Mea Culpa---Gita
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 30, 2011
6:24 PM

Post #8531138

This "Bird Brain" has been conditioning it's feathers for some time for a flight to some other woods. Bye...it has been very nice getting to know most of you all. I just can not stand the impending frequent inconsiderate hogging of the threads by spamming idiots some who think it is an honorable position assumed, cute or funny. Their inconsiderate ignorance shall no longer tease or jam what little brain I may have left.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 30, 2011
7:48 PM

Post #8531328

doc--

Your comments were not very kind...they were downright condescending.
Sorry you feel that way.

I will unwatch this Thread...and try to stay to the ones with less restrictions.
To me--this has gone overboard...

Gita
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

April 30, 2011
8:38 PM

Post #8531408

WOW.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 1, 2011
2:53 PM

Post #8532787

Good time for a new thread! Let's go to a new nest.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1177406/

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