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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 2, 2011
6:07 AM

Post #8913498

It is now the time to begin a new thread. Here is a link to the previous one http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1231489/ There are some wonderful pictures, so go back if you have not yet seen them.

I named this Harris's Sparrow, Bonkers, a later than usual migrant in our area. On a cold, windy day, s/he had a run in with a window that did not have any decals on them (You can be sure they do now), but survived the blow. I was concerned for awhile, but after a bit, s/he perked up and few off. I hope it made its way south to a warmer climate.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 2, 2011
6:25 AM

Post #8913518

Good shot, chilly. We have lots of wintering Harris Sparrows in OK, but I seldom get any on the grain I broadcast daily behind the house. Get about everything else, though.

A pic of Mama enjoying a breakfast of big ole fat mealworms.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 2, 2011
6:31 AM

Post #8913521

Visited the Wichita Mountains in SW Oklahoma yesterday. Shot mostly animals and sunset from atop Mt. Scott. Ran across this meadowlark perched on a buffalo turd in a prairie dog town. I'd hoped to spot a burrowing owl, but no such luck.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 2, 2011
6:54 AM

Post #8913542

Great job Chillybean! Thanks for starting the new thread!

Nice ones red!
teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

December 2, 2011
7:39 AM

Post #8913583

Get to go to work tonight, they called this morning. Wish me luck!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 2, 2011
9:42 AM

Post #8913702

Great one to start us off Chilly!

Would love to get tyour neck of the woods someday Red!

Good Luck Teddy!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 2, 2011
10:03 AM

Post #8913725

Chillybean, thank you for the new thread. Cute Harris Sparrow. Good luck teddy. Red, love that pix of 'momma' enjoying her treat. Nothern Flickers are abundant this time of year here.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

December 2, 2011
10:54 AM

Post #8913768

Chillybean, love the Sparrow. Glad Bonkers was okay. Red, love mama chowing down on the meal worms. Nice Flicker Lily.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 2, 2011
1:01 PM

Post #8913893


On the last thread-
mnshutterbug, great shot of the cormorant.

Lily, I'm so glad you got the bbs to the feeder-great job!

Ladi Burd, your bb is a cutie!

Chilly, thank you for the new start. I'm glad your little sparrow made it. We've tried the decals and had no success so don't feel bad.

Red, beautiful bb and meadowlark-lol.

Lily, good one of the flicker too.

We found this Great Egret at the park the other day.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 2, 2011
1:02 PM

Post #8913895

Also found a cute Pied-billed Grebe.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 2, 2011
1:03 PM

Post #8913898

Also found a Black-crowned Night Heron.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 2, 2011
1:04 PM

Post #8913900

Back at home I'm enjoying the hummers fight over a perch.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 2, 2011
1:05 PM

Post #8913903

And last is a Scrub Jay.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 2, 2011
1:13 PM

Post #8913922

Gorgeous shot of the Scrub Jay duc! Love the Night Heron.

Handsome Flicker Lily!

Good Luck teddy!
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

December 2, 2011
8:50 PM

Post #8914439

I have really enjoyed all of your wonderful photos. Haven't taken many here. Tried to send the one I did get of the hungry goldfinches, but am still having trouble with finding picture after downloading. Don't knowhat my problem is. Our weather has been pretty good for Dec. some sun but rather cold. Was 19 degrees here this morning but did get up to 45 for a little while.

Thanks again for taking an sending along all the interesting pictures.,

Donna
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 3, 2011
7:43 AM

Post #8914751

Yikes Donna, that's awfully cold! Sorry about your photo problems.

Here's a shot of a Turkey Vulture getting some sun.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 3, 2011
7:44 AM

Post #8914753

All the Acorn Woodpeckers are sure busy picking up and storing the acorns.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 3, 2011
7:45 AM

Post #8914758

Checking over how much room is left for more acorns.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 3, 2011
7:46 AM

Post #8914760

This female Nuttall's Woodpecker prefers the berries on the poison oak to the red Toyon tree berries.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 3, 2011
7:48 AM

Post #8914762

Here's her brother or mate. I know if I see one of them here, the other is closeby.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 3, 2011
7:52 AM

Post #8914765

Here's a Bewick's Wren.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 3, 2011
8:12 AM

Post #8914770

[quote="ducbucln"]All the Acorn Woodpeckers are sure busy picking up and storing the acorns.[/quote]

Duc, this picture made my mouth opened just as wide as the bird with the acorn in its beak! LOL Shots like these make me yearn to visit the same region where you live. The Nuttall wps look to be the size of a downy or a Yellow-bellied sapsucker maybe? Love all those shots with or without the berries.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2011
9:09 AM

Post #8914836

Amazing photos, all of you! I am enjoying learning so much about all these birds we may never get to see. I like Meadowlarks, but what is that one thinking, Reddirretiree?! LOL .
Teddy, how did your first night go on the job?

Not a great picture, but I thought this mean-looking Goldfinch looked cute.

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Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2011
12:58 PM

Post #8915001

Great pictures everyone ! I don't have a new one to post, but there were 20 mourning doves on my patio this afternoon ! I couldn't get them all in one camera shot !
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 3, 2011
1:35 PM

Post #8915056

Nice pics, duc. I need some of those berries in my yard. I may have to go down to Hobby Lobby, buy some fake ones and wire them in my dormant bushes. :-)

Cold rainy day here, no light or I'd go out and look for something to shoot. Found a couple of pics I'd never processed. This shot of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was taken in late summer when they are molting, so I'm not sure of its sex. Normally the males have longer tails. I'm sittin' here in this gloomy weather and he's in Costa Rica or someplace.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 3, 2011
1:37 PM

Post #8915059

And this guy's probably hangin' out on the Yucatan. Maybe we'll meet in High Island come April. Indigo Bunting.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 3, 2011
3:11 PM

Post #8915199

LOL red!! Man...would love to see a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher some time.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 3, 2011
3:29 PM

Post #8915216

Good start, Chillybean.

Duc the Hummingbirds fighting is fantastic.

Red, the Scissor-tail is beautiful. Well captured.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 3, 2011
6:36 PM

Post #8915413

Mourning Dove at the feeder.

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

December 4, 2011
7:08 AM

Post #8915785

my first night on the job was ok, I don't have to lift those heavy windshields anymore and don't have to stand up on the platform and inspect them either. I take the side windows and at some stations you put primer on them at other stations you put clips in a machine and then lay the glass in there and then a robot takes the glass, goes through a machine where it heats it up and then brings it out to another machine that holds it whike you reprime another part and put the bevels in and it attaches the bevels to the windows. Then you take the extra clips off and put it on the rack. It is not hard but it is hard getting used to standing all the time, you are NOT allowed to sit down, and it was the first time I had worn my steel toed shoes for a year and a half, boy was my feet sore. Thanks for asking.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 4, 2011
7:51 AM

Post #8915824

Chilly, your cute goldfinch looks pretty cold-I'd be grouchy too!

Countrymom, that's a lot of doves. At least you got to enjoy them.

Red, I'd gladly trade some berries for that scissor-tail and bunting! Beautiful birds and photos.

Lily, sweet little dove.

From a few days ago, a Great Blue Heron.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 4, 2011
7:52 AM

Post #8915826

Here's one of my female Northern Flickers.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 4, 2011
7:52 AM

Post #8915827

A Killdeer.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 4, 2011
7:54 AM

Post #8915829

Our American White Pelicans are gaining in numbers on the lake but nothing like the hundreds we had a couple years ago.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 4, 2011
7:54 AM

Post #8915830

Here's a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 4, 2011
7:58 AM

Post #8915834

Nice capture of the Yellow-rumped Warbler inflight, Duc. Love other shots too. Boys, to see hundreds of Pelicans at a time must be mesmerizing!
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 4, 2011
9:26 AM

Post #8915921

More good birds, duc. I have a pic somewhere of a YR falling off a branch. Just happened as I shot. I hate it when these guys show up, fortunately not every day. This is only a small part of them. There were about 200 on the ground when I took this. They empty all the feeders except the caged one.

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rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2011
9:35 AM

Post #8915926

Yes a really good shot of the Yellow Rumped Warbler. I occasionally see one here in the yard , jn the fall.

It is 40 degrees now at 9:30 am, but with a 10 mph north wind, feels a lot colder. The birds are enjoying the electric heated water basin.

There are more Northern Flickers here this year, a pretty bird but very destructful for house siding.

Donna

beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 4, 2011
4:32 PM

Post #8916319

2 Hawks came looking for food in our back woods today. Here they are in a squirrel nest.

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beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 4, 2011
4:33 PM

Post #8916321

One resting on a branch.

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beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 4, 2011
4:36 PM

Post #8916324

Another shot, not quite in focus. Camera at full zoom. Olympus SP560UZ.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 4, 2011
5:17 PM

Post #8916364

Nice Hawks beclue727. Spotted this female Northern Flicker enjoying acorns in the yard.

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

December 4, 2011
5:44 PM

Post #8916401

Love that Acorn Woodpecker. He knows to save for a rainy day! Here is a sweet Cardinal in a Crepe Myrtle.

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

December 4, 2011
5:45 PM

Post #8916411

At the feeder. Background is not sky. It is a tarp covering a neighbors roof.

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

December 4, 2011
5:46 PM

Post #8916415

Male Painted Bunting hiding in the shrubbery.

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 4, 2011
10:59 PM

Post #8916767

Great shots everyone!! Nice start to the new thread with your Harris Sparrow Chillybean!
Great capture of your Hummer's and Acorn Woodpecker's Duc!
Reddirt, nice clean shot of the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher!
Nice shot of your Northern Flicker Lily!
Beclu727, lucky you to have not one but two Red-shouldered Hawk's visit!
Nice shots GP especially the Painted Bunting!
Lots of awesome shots on the last thread also everyone!
Well I'll have to wait until later in the week for some sunshine to hit the field again but I have a few to share from the other day.
The male Hooded Merganser will be who i,m looking for later in the week..have spotted a few hanging around in a nearby creek..hoping their still there then.
Only managed to get a quick shot of this one..but would love to be able to get some more time with them.


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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 4, 2011
11:01 PM

Post #8916768

A drake Mallard...

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 4, 2011
11:02 PM

Post #8916769

a female Red-breasted Merganser works to take flight...

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 4, 2011
11:03 PM

Post #8916770

...

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 4, 2011
11:05 PM

Post #8916772

lastly Sheldon's Marsh had a nice group of Bluebird's hanging out near the entrance of the wildlife area. Have a good week all!

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Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 5, 2011
7:02 AM

Post #8917041

Wonderful shots everyone!
Rainy forecast here for the next couple days...Here are some pics from last week...
Canada Goose

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Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 5, 2011
7:05 AM

Post #8917045

Female Hooded Merganser

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Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 5, 2011
7:14 AM

Post #8917054

Great Black-backed Gull with a Ring-billed Gull
I couldn't believe the size difference!

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 5, 2011
7:53 AM

Post #8917102

Red, I'd be happy to see all those red-winged blackbirds. I see some Rustys and a house sparrow too. I keep looking for the rare rusty to return here, but it just stayed five days. If you get a chance, would you get a couple pictures of the male Rustys for me? I keep thinking one of my male Brewer's looks more Rusty but can't get a photo of it.

Beclu, nice shots of the hawks. Hope they won't stay long and scare off your little birds.

Lily, your flicker looks quite happy.

GP, cute cardinal. Do these birds eat the berries on your crepe myrtle? My birds seem to ignore them. Love that bunting!

Burd, loved all your photos. The Mergansers and that bb are gorgeous!

Ladi, great shots of your merganser and goose too.

I found a Hooded Merganser too, but not a good as all of yours.




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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 5, 2011
7:54 AM

Post #8917103

Here's a Black Phoebe.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 5, 2011
7:55 AM

Post #8917105

Got this Bewick's Wren through the window.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 5, 2011
7:57 AM

Post #8917109

Here's another Acorn Woodpecker with his own acorn. Our park people took away their snag (dead tree) and these birds still come to what's left of it.

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 5, 2011
9:11 AM

Post #8917183

Thanks for the new thread Chilly and a nice start with your Harris Sparrow. I love seeing that bird in their bleeding plummage...such a different looking sparrow.

Too many nice shots to comment but I have enjoyed all the pics shared here.

Not much picture taking around here..cold..dark...etc..!!

I was concerned when our Goldfinches disappeared for longer than usual but they have returned in numbers and I got some shots a few days ago.

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 5, 2011
9:13 AM

Post #8917186

Here is one on the last of the sunflowers. I must plant lots more next year and save them after they have dried.

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 5, 2011
9:14 AM

Post #8917188

Here is one on the Autumn Clematis.

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 5, 2011
9:16 AM

Post #8917190

This American Kestrel lands in our backyard dead tree every day. Wish I could get closer but I'd have to climb on the roof and that ain't gonna happen!!

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 5, 2011
9:18 AM

Post #8917193

The Red-shouldered Hawk is still around.

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 5, 2011
9:19 AM

Post #8917194

Last one...Downy Woodpecker.

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rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

December 5, 2011
11:30 AM

Post #8917332

Great photos everyone.

Dellrose, loved all your different birds.

I saw a Great Horned Owl just at daylight sitting on the one Utility pole in my yard. He was very large. I have to keep a close eye on my puppy when i let her out. The owl is probably pretty hungry and Lady Wren only weighs maybe 4 lbs. There are so very many English Sparrows here that the rest of the birds have a hard time getting anything to eat..

It is only about 30 degrees outside. A little weak sunshine, but at least the wind isn't blowing. Hope most of you have good weather.

Donna

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 5, 2011
1:46 PM

Post #8917551

Beautiful pictures everyone. I really enjoy those that are seen in different climates from my own. I love winter, but I also am really enjoying the color you all have in other areas.

Dellrose, before learning the Harris's name, I called them Bearded Mohawks. We had only seen them in breeding plumage in the spring as they were heading back north.

This is my very first picture of a Bald Eagle. It was taken two miles from home. There's hope it may become a yard bird yet. :D

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 5, 2011
2:21 PM

Post #8917593

Whew! Too many good pics to comment on them all. Had 8 shovelers on one of the ponds yesterday, but they were gone when I went back with my camera. A pic of Mama from this morning.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 5, 2011
2:42 PM

Post #8917612

Donna...Jealous you had a GHO in your yard...but do keep an eye on your little puppy! I have heard them here where I live but have yet to see a GHO yet!

Rose awesome shots...keep hoping for a nice day and I can go get a photo of the Kestrel I see all the time heading to Greencastle!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 5, 2011
9:18 PM

Post #8918122

Chillbean I've never seen the Harris Sparrow here, It's a great bird to start off the new thread. I'm kinda late to the thread, would like to thank everyone who have shared.

I have a sweet innocent looking Blue Jay to share. ;)

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 5, 2011
9:28 PM

Post #8918139

I kinda have lens envy, when it comes to take shot like these. I've seen at least 3 bald Eagles and either a golden Eagle or a juvie, hovering above a wooded area, along with Ravens and Crows, Pictures are not clear enough to tell, between Golden or Juvie. There must have been a dead carcass below.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 5, 2011
9:32 PM

Post #8918149

Love the chatty Chickadees.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 6, 2011
2:30 AM

Post #8918297

[quote="burn_2007"] Pictures are not clear enough to tell, between Golden or Juvie. [/quote]

Post 'em anyway, who knows!

Resin

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 6, 2011
8:21 AM

Post #8918548

Great Blue Herons' rookery in our neighborhood. It was nice to find one here this time of year. Soon there will be nesting season, I can't wait.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 6, 2011
12:35 PM

Post #8918855

So many wonderful pics from everyone!
Thank you!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 6, 2011
2:42 PM

Post #8919034

Mallards pair.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 6, 2011
3:27 PM

Post #8919098


Nice shots, everyone. That Great Black-backed Gull is gigantic, Ladi Burd.

We see flocks of White-tailed Balck Cockatoos around here. Unfortunately, it brings no joy, as I know I'm watching a bird that is being pushed closer and closer to extinction because of habitat destruction. The last couple of weeks I've seen small flocks of black cockies, but they were making a different sound. I thought they may have been juvenile White-tailed. I took a couple of really quick shots as they flew over the osprey nest the day before yesterday. It wasn't until I download the shots that I saw that what I've been seeing are actually Red-tailed Black Cockatoos.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 7, 2011
12:12 PM

Post #8920212

Rose, your goldfinches are beautiful. I love planting the sunflower seeds, but the only ones that come up seem to be some from my birdseed feeder. Oh well, whatever works! Great shots of all your birds.

Donna, lucky you seeing that owl.

Chilly, congrats on your eagle.

Burn, love that jay photo.

Lily, glad you found the rookery-come on spring!!

Margaret, great shot of the cockatoo.

Here's a few Double-crested Cormorants enjoying the sun.


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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 7, 2011
12:12 PM

Post #8920216

The Bonaparte's Gulls have returned to our lake.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 7, 2011
12:13 PM

Post #8920218

There's always a California Gull flying by.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 7, 2011
12:14 PM

Post #8920223

Here's some Common Mergansers.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 7, 2011
12:15 PM

Post #8920224

And this Cedar Waxwing landed on the deck railing.

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Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2011
12:24 PM

Post #8920243

I enjoy all the wonderful pics so much!
I got another 'lifer' today...Common Goldeneye
at the Huron Pier.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2011
1:03 PM

Post #8920294

Congrats Ladi.

I've been lurking for a while, so glad to see everyone's pix. I'm a bit jealous because I mostly only have one bazillion and one house sparrows at the feeders.

However, here are a few pix from the past month.

This sapsucker was here for two days in November. The odd thing was… he ate from the seed platform. I'd never seen that before.

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2011
1:05 PM

Post #8920299

Also from November, male and female purple finch (and others).

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2011
1:06 PM

Post #8920300

Cuties. I had quite a few of these American Goldfinch in the middle of november. A few now, not as much though.

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2011
1:07 PM

Post #8920303

THIS is why I don't put out much suet anymore. Starlings and House Sparrows hog it all.

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2011
1:08 PM

Post #8920307

and lastly, speaking of suet… A male flicker stopped in the other day for some of the tasty stuff. He was on it for a good 5 minutes or so. This is him eyeing it before landing on the feeder.



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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2011
3:49 PM

Post #8920526

Great pictures everyone. Mrs. Ed, love the doo on that Purple Finch. Looks like a hair piece.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 7, 2011
4:23 PM

Post #8920590

I keep hoping to spot a Purple Finch but just keep seeing these very bright House Finch!

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 7, 2011
4:24 PM

Post #8920593

Lots of male HF around...

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 7, 2011
4:26 PM

Post #8920594

Joined by a Tufted Titmouse...

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2011
7:16 PM

Post #8920793

Tons of those House Finch here too, Nanny, eating all of the time. Nice shots.
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 7, 2011
10:04 PM

Post #8921010

Great shots everyone!! Really hoping the rain stays away for a while, managed to get out for a bit with Ladi_Burd, temps were around 32f with westerly winds.
I had a nice photo session with a female Red-breasted Merganser once again, and a few Horned Grebe's came close.

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 7, 2011
10:07 PM

Post #8921012

There had to be a couple thousand Red-breasted Merganser's fishing for gizzard shad within 200 yards of us...she popped up in front of us and did not seemed too spooked at our presence.

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 7, 2011
10:09 PM

Post #8921013

We counted about a dozen Horned Grebe's also...

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 7, 2011
10:10 PM

Post #8921014

some came really close...

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 7, 2011
10:17 PM

Post #8921017

and some seemed very curious...last

Ladi_Burd got another lifer with the Common Goldeneye ( i get just as excited as she does when she gets a new bird..lol) but with its sighting i,m hoping they are on their way along with the Common Merganser's...sunshine is on its way.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 8, 2011
1:31 AM

Post #8921068

Nice shots Burd! I thought I had a Horned Grebe a few weeks ago but was talked out of it. Congrats to Ladi_Burd too!
Nanny, I feel your pain. I had my first Purple Finch the other day when it was too dark to get a good picture. Haven't seen it since. Nice shots of the HF!
Mrs. Ed, love the purple finch and the sapsucker. I have suet out and nothing is eating it!
Duc, love the double cormorants! and the hummers and the acorn woodpecker. Great shots all of them.
Red, the sun is back but so are freezing temps. Nice rainy day memories.
Rose, stunning shots!
Beclu, love those hawks. Wow!
Chily, nice start. Lily, love your flicker. Margaret, love it!
All great pics! So glad that I didn't miss this thread entirely!

I don't have anything great to share, but here's a mockingbird in front of some green stuff that will be brown tomorrow.

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Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 8, 2011
4:50 AM

Post #8921115

Wow, didn't think that last post actually made it b/c the computer froze up. I'm so glad that I don't have to write that again. Here's an Orange-crowned Warbler.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 8, 2011
4:51 AM

Post #8921116

Last one, a House Finch with a bent feather. You'd think he'd pull it out or something but it's been like that for a while.

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

December 8, 2011
7:10 AM

Post #8921237

All the pictures are great, but since I have gotten to go back to work, the only time I have to take pictures is the weekend. As for my job, the only part that I am having any trouble at all is standing. We are not allowed to sit down until breaks and it makes it a little strenuous standing all that time when you are not used to it, hopefully my feet will get toughened up so it won't bother me so much. The job itself is not hard at all, I don't lift anything heavy like I did before and the people I work with are friendly and that helps a lot especially when you are the newest temp on the job. But I like it, don't hold your breath, might be getting another vehicle to replace the truck, but my hubby has to go and check it out to see if it is okay. It is a mininvan, but as long as it runs and gets us where we need to go, who cares what it looks like as long as it is not falling apart. Merry Christmas everyone!

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 8, 2011
7:33 AM

Post #8921261

Teddy, I am glad your job is going well. I think most jobs I had required a lot of time on my feet and I got used to it in time. Oh, but I remember those first couple days... I didn't think I could stand any more. And a Marry Christmas to you, too.
Mrs_Ed, That is too bad about the Starlings and House Sparrows, but what a joy to see the Flicker. We've been thrilled to have a female come every day for a month now. She enjoys all the peanuts and homemade "suet" we provide. A little too much, I'd say. :)
Here is her royal fatness, Peanut. Haha. Ok... it was a really cold day, too.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 8, 2011
7:37 AM

Post #8921268

Ladi, congratulations on the lifer goldeneye.

Mrs Ed, great shot of your sapsucker. Nice shot of the pair of p. finches too.

Nanny, cute finches.

Burd, wonderful shots of the merganser and grebe.

Elphaba, I know what you mean when the computer freezes up-whew! Cute photos of your birds. That out of place feather must not bother the bird much.

Teddy, glad you're liking your new job.

Chilly, your flicker is a cutie.

Here one of 17 Great Egrets we counted at the park a couple days ago.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 8, 2011
7:37 AM

Post #8921269

This Scrub Jay was working hard to get an acorn.

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dougNKC
Gladstone, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 8, 2011
7:38 AM

Post #8921270

Here is a Sandhill Crane and the kids from May of 2009 when I was vacationing at my brothers near St. Cloud, Florida.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 8, 2011
7:38 AM

Post #8921272

Almost got it but then a Lewis's Woodpecker chased it off.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 8, 2011
7:40 AM

Post #8921276

Here's a Lewis's Woodpecker.

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dougNKC
Gladstone, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 8, 2011
7:40 AM

Post #8921277

yum, yum, yum says Woody Woodpecker! Taken in Florida in May 2009.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 8, 2011
7:41 AM

Post #8921280

I got another "lifer" too-a Red-breasted Sapsucker. Just one or two are ever found in our county each year.

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dougNKC
Gladstone, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 8, 2011
7:43 AM

Post #8921285

Just a few of the thousands of snow geese that make there way along the Missouri River every year. This is December of 2010 at Lewis & Clark Village about 30 miles northwest of Kansas City. This spot will likely be skipped over by the birds this year, due to the massive flooding destroying the area this past summer.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 8, 2011
9:41 AM

Post #8921406

Lots of good pics. Congrats on the sapsucker, duc. I've had a YB sapsucker in the yard a few times this year. Last year he about destroyed a young Live Oak. Computer crashed yesterday and I lost a few pics, but not too many. A trip to Best Buy and I'm back in business. Still, a pain to set up a new computer.

The bluebirds were active in the yard this morning. A male young of the year was with them. Mama and Daddy did their daily inspection of the nest box.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 8, 2011
9:43 AM

Post #8921410

The young male perched on Daddy's favorite spot, highest point in my yard. I suspect Daddy will evict him before spring.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 8, 2011
10:18 AM

Post #8921458

In this pic Mama is inside the box and Daddy assumes his normal posture, peering over the edge of the roof to keep an eye on the entrance.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 8, 2011
11:50 AM

Post #8921557

Doug, we overlapped photos, but great job with yours. Sorry to hear about the flooding, maybe they'll still return.

Red, your bbs couldn't be any cuter. Wonderful photos!

Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 8, 2011
12:57 PM

Post #8921660

Great photos ! I never saw baby sand cranes before.
Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 8, 2011
9:00 PM

Post #8922230

Congrats Duc on the Red-breasted Sapsucker.
Wonderful pics everyone!
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

December 9, 2011
5:50 AM

Post #8922389

Great pictures. Red, I love those Bluebird shots. Fantastic.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 9, 2011
6:05 AM

Post #8922403

Great shots everyone!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2011
6:06 AM

Post #8922405

Cormorant just returned to the surface after a dive.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

December 9, 2011
6:10 AM

Post #8922407

starling in flight

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

December 9, 2011
6:12 AM

Post #8922408

female downy in flight

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

December 9, 2011
6:19 AM

Post #8922416

male bluebird and song sparrow argue at meal worm feeder

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

December 9, 2011
6:30 AM

Post #8922425

We had very high winds recently and I was amused as I watched the bluebirds try to hang on against the wind.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

December 9, 2011
6:33 AM

Post #8922430

The female bailed out right away but the male held on, or tried to.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

December 9, 2011
6:35 AM

Post #8922433

But he was fighting a losing battle. But at least I was able to get some good wing shots as he tried

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

December 9, 2011
6:36 AM

Post #8922434

And he did try

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

December 9, 2011
6:37 AM

Post #8922436

At times it seemed he was hanging on by a fingernail

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

December 9, 2011
6:40 AM

Post #8922442

But the wind gusts continued

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

December 9, 2011
6:41 AM

Post #8922445

And he finally gave up and flew away.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2011
7:18 AM

Post #8922477

Gorgeous shots Cousin Dave, that surely has made my day! Thank you. I believe I may have two pairs Ruddy Ducks passing through during their migratory journey.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2011
7:22 AM

Post #8922482

Nice flight shots Dave!
Beautiful bluebird shots Red.
Chily, love the flicker.
Duc, LOVE the Lewis' Woodpecker! Congrats on the sapsucker!
Nice pics everyone!

I got 4 lifers yesterday! Only took decent pics of 3 of them though. This is a really odd year b/c the drought has forced a lot of western bird eastward like this Pyrrhuloxia.

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Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2011
7:22 AM

Post #8922483

Nice ducks Lily!

One more of the Pyrrhuloxia.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2011
7:23 AM

Post #8922485

This was a lifer too an Eastern Towhee.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2011
7:24 AM

Post #8922487

Didn't get a pic of the Fox Sparrows. I couldn't get close enough to them, but did get a couple of the Harris' Sparrows.

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Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2011
7:25 AM

Post #8922491

Last one of my 4th lifer -- Harris' Sparrow.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2011
7:25 AM

Post #8922492

Wow, what's a nice find there Elphy! Congrats on your lifer Pyrrhuloxia.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2011
7:27 AM

Post #8922494

The Harris' Sparrow is way too cute!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 9, 2011
11:08 AM

Post #8922755

Congratulations Elphaba!!

Love the pics everyone!

Great flight shots Dave!


***MargaretK will be starting the new thread later***



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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 9, 2011
12:51 PM

Post #8922903

Great photos Lily, Dave and congrats to Elphaba on all the lifers-wow!

Not a great photo because I was upstairs when I heard these Bushtits enjoying a bath. They sure are happy little birds.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 9, 2011
12:52 PM

Post #8922904

Here's a House Finch enjoying the water-still has crushed berries on the bill.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 9, 2011
1:00 PM

Post #8922912

Love those Bushtits duc!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 9, 2011
2:01 PM

Post #8922984

Yikes! This thread has rocketed overnight. Save any photos you have until I can start a new one.

OK, here's the link to the new thread. Come on over and join in.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1233092/

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