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Sally, I "borrowed" your bird house pic as I don't have a picture of a bluebird. Maybe some one here does?
I'm also enjoying the company of a crow that perches on a dead branch in my favorite sit under and rest a spell tree. They sure are smart birds. I read somewhere that crows are able to identify individual human beings (friend or foe) and pass on that recognition to their offspring! I think I'm on the friend list ever since I put out some chunks of jalapeno cornbread followed by some blue berries and strawberries!!!
I see bluebirds at Kinder Park , coleup. Before going in the gate., turn left towards the athletic fields, and look for them near the bluebird house near the lake.
First ever bluebird for me was Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary- what a pretty bird they are.
Crows are smart.
I visited my sister in Richmond over the holiday weekend. She has birdfeeders and houses all over her yard and has 2 Bluebirds nesting in the houses. They are beautiful and I enjoyed watching them as well as the Cardinals and others.
I was sitting on the dock at the pond last weekend and an osprey circled and tried to land in one of the trees. I guess he didn't judge it exactly right, so he flew back up, circled, and came in for a second landing attempt. Still didn't work out, but the third attempt worked like a charm. The limb he landed in was about 30' from where I was sitting, so I had a pretty good view of his activities. He spent about an hour cleaning his feathers and getting situated, and then tucked his head under his wing and was in for the night. Pretty interesting to watch. He was still there when I got up in the morning, and then by 7:00 am he was gone. I've only seen an osprey one other time at the pond, but that was years ago, and he had just swooped in and snagged one of the rainbow trout! They are HUGE birds.
OK! Must think of something bird-related to mention...
The other morning--about 5:30AM--as I was driving to work on a rather busy
road--there was this Buzzard chowing down on some remains that was hit by a car.
As my car approached--another car to my right went past me.
The Buzzard was right on the dividing line of the lanes on this road...
As the other car passed--at 50+ mph---it just jumped about a foot to the left--
towards me about to pass it.
He never flinches as I did! Just kept pickin at the remains of the road kill.
I did happen to see that he was a large bird--his wings semi-spread as he was
working on this dead thing...
I thought--How brave of this Buzzard to almost pay NO attention to
cars driving by it at over 50mph...
The road kill here is either squirrels--Coons--or Possums...
Yes they amaze me next to roads, so do the crows. Seems like they just know that cars wil stay on one side of the line, but who told them that?
I heard a barred owl this eve ning, a rare thing in this neighborhood.
gold finch have found some sun flowers ready to eat, now when I approach the veg garden if I remember to go slow I can watch them
This forum has been so quiet... hellooooo... Or should I say cuckoooooooo :-)
Anyway, autumn is here and some birds are leaving us for the south. I wish the hummers were all gone for their own sake, but a few are still hanging around. Never thought they could make it through last weekend's cold nights.
I have no bird pics to post, but I do have two photos related to birds. This little chipmunk eats thistle seeds! I never knew chipmunks could climb thin metal poles. Anyway, he is a cute little guy.
Will post the 2nd pic in the next post (wish DG would allow multiple pics per post).
LOL Donner we were just watching the squirrels at my Parents home on Monday they sure kept us entertained. Especially watching my Mom try to chase them away just to return only a minute later.
How about a few North Carolina birds.
What birds are they, Holly? They look like some sort of water birds. Lovely pics! Thanks for sharing.
The feeder we have is a pretty one, looking like a modern sculpture. The looks are totally ruined by our attempt at stopping squirrels from getting to the food. The yellow disc in the picture was a sign we bought from the Home Depot and the green thing was a plastic cutting mat. We tried a variety of other contraptions before this one. Although squirrels were frustrated by the new obstacle each time (hilarious to watch), eventually they always figured out how to overcome it.
I had to dump out the thistle seed my husband had put in a regular feeder by mistake. I thought maybe the birds might pick at it. Imagine my surprise when I came out to look at it next day and the entire pile was gone! the chipmunks probably filled their little storehouses full! Speaking of chippers, I have a squirrel-proof feeder, the kind with a surrounding cage, which kept them out just fine, but the chipmunks could shinny up the pole and climb into the feeder through the holes in the cage. I had to get a baffle for the pole!
I had to revive this old thread to share with you my excitement!
Coleup, I saw a "shiny cowbird" in my backyard! I actually saw two of them land briefly and fly away. I'm familiar with the common birds by now (blue jay, red throated woodpecker, oriole, cardinal), but I was so surprised at this bird's iridescent sheen and the dark body and dark blue head. I googled and shiny cowbird is the only one that fit.
And I looked it up in DG and came across your posting! This is so exciting, and strange that this South American native is now here in MD.
Cool, thats new by me.
I've been loving the bird songs with the spring mornings. House wren, though a pest bird, has a constant gurgling song these days. He makes several nests and then calls to get a lady friend interested.
The shiny cow bird I wrote about last year and you found the link to in your id search is back again this year! The shinys are much more loners than other cowbirds I've read about. Last year this one was a threesome, then a twosome and then a loner for most of summer. Loved to take baths in a hidden pool of standing water. Enjoyed it so much that instead of draining it I threw in mosquito dunks! This return bird her or him sits on the same branch and scolds me when I come into its territory. It sounds very close to the bird song I listened to last night here
Mid-At bird experts, please help me identify a bird!
Today I saw a small bird feasting on the seeds (flowers?) of donnerville's Golden Jubilee agastache.
It was a small bird, but definitely not a hummingbird.
I couldn't get close enough to get a good look, but it had a dark edge to its wings. That is, the rest of the body was neutral colored, maybe beige or light brown, but the edges of the wings were possibly dark blue or dark brown.
I think the neck might have been more colorful (maybe yellowish?), but this bird just wouldn't let me take a good look!
I went to Costco today--as my one year membership is soon to expire--and p/u some supplies.
I will not be renewing--as I do not need to shop for the large quantities of things they sell.
BUT--It is SO tempting...Everything looks so inviting...
One thing I picked up was a 40lb bag of Audubon Bird seed for $19.99. Great deal!
Reading the contents list--there was NO Milo listed!!! I hate Milo--no birds eat this!
Ingredients were just both kinds of Sunflower seeds--Sunflower seed kernels--Millet---and Safflower seeds.
Will save it for winter when the birdies are starving...Right now--I am NOT really putting out bird seed.
I could--but the ravenous squirrels would trash the feeder. Then any Rabbits in residence (have not seen any lately)
would come and feed on the bird seed--as would Chipmunks and other Rodents...
Mostly I joined Costco so that my daughter would have a card--but she now shops, exclusively, at Aldis
to save money. What a GREAT place to shop!!! PLEASE look into this place if you not have done this yet!
Limited supplies--but you can get everything you need---for a lot cheaper prices.
Again to repeat----Aldis does not take Credit cards--Only Debit cards.
The do not provide free bags for your Groceries--but you can buy them--if you did not bring any.
You have to bag your own purchases in your own bags. NO BIGGIE!!!
You have to insert a quarter to get a cart--but you get it back when you return the cart.
I often see chicadees here and in 'groups'. Don't know where you or Jen got your info to the contrary.
Chicadees are "little" and visit my yard and feeders regularly as part of a mixed group of birds I think mine are Carolina Chickadees. Have you seen them again? They are "Birds Every Marylander Should Know".
Good point Jen. Mine do seem to take turns and as one is flying away, another is flying in! It's like juggling, because the one flyoing in from a nearby branch closest to the feeder is immediately replaced by the next waiter in line. One day I tried to follow where each bird flew to after picking up a snack. One bird made over nine trips to the same 'thicket' and re emerged almost immediately to get in line again.. I have read that they will cache some of their food to eat later. A lot of days last winter a woodpecker or two seemed to be part of the 'mixed flock'. Cute enjoyable little birds!