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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 9, 2011
4:44 PM

Post #8923180

Some remarkable photos on the previous thread. Congratulations to all those who got lifers. If anyone wants to go and check them out, here's the link. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1232219/

I have no recent shots of anything other than Ospreys, so have randomly plunged into the archives. To Start, a Pink and Grey Galah, common around here and very sociable. this one is a male, identifiable by its dark eye.



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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 9, 2011
4:46 PM

Post #8923182


A Purple Swamphen

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 9, 2011
4:48 PM

Post #8923184

I meant it when I said I was digging into the archives. This is a shot I took about 35 years ago of a Purple Swamphen.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 9, 2011
5:02 PM

Post #8923201

Great shots, Margaret! That 35-year old shot still holds up.

A pretty little first-winter Harris's Sparrow. ID'd with the help of Resin. I've never seen one with so much color.

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Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2011
5:08 PM

Post #8923207

Recent rarity here - Desert Wheatear, from central Asia.

It had obviously never seen humans before, it flew up and started feeding on the beach less than a metre away from the crowd of birders - too close for most cameras to focus! This was taken with my little point'n'shoot.

Resin

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 9, 2011
5:27 PM

Post #8923222

Handsome little bird. Glad you got to enjoy it up so close.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2011
5:37 PM

Post #8923230

Thank you Margaret for the new thread. Love, love that Galah. Nice Wheatear Resin. Red, your Harris' Sparrow is one good looking one. I've a lifer with Resin's help. A Sharp-Shinned Hawk.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2011
6:15 PM

Post #8923257

Sorry the quality doesn't even compare to Margaret's 35 year's pic. But it's my latest lifer. I liked your swamphen too, Margaret.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 9, 2011
6:24 PM

Post #8923274


Hey, Kim, congratulations on the lifer. Beautifully spread tail.

Lovely Sparrow, red.

That's a beautiful bird, Resin. What are its chances of survival?
Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

December 9, 2011
7:37 PM

Post #8923351

Altamira Oriole, a Mexican species found only in the very southern tip of Texas, in the USA. Photographed, at Salineo, Texas, on the north bank of the Rio Grand River.

I am currently vacationing on the Texas Gulf Coast / Lower Rio Grand Valley, and adding a lot of species to my life list. I have posted a few more pictures on my facebook page. If anyone would like to see more, the following link will take you to them.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.332396013442185.101309.100000153670275&type=3&saved#!/media/set/?set=a.332396013442185.101309.100000153670275&type=1

I do not have regular internet access.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2011
4:34 AM

Post #8923564

Superb looking bird, Gary.

I went to the local lake this afternoon. There's still a fair amount of water in it due to our wetter than usual spring and a good amount of rain a week ago.

Pink-eared Ducklings.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2011
4:35 AM

Post #8923566

Temporarily on their own whilst Mum chased off a Grey Teal.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2011
4:35 AM

Post #8923568

Flapping its little wings.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2011
4:36 AM

Post #8923569

Not a clear shot, but I love the way the ducklings are lined up.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2011
4:37 AM

Post #8923570

Grey Teal (not the one which was being chased).

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2011
4:42 AM

Post #8923575

Little Corellas clowning around in flight.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2011
4:42 AM

Post #8923576

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2011
4:47 AM

Post #8923580

Eurasian Coot feeding its advanced chicks.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2011
4:48 AM

Post #8923582

Mmmmmm, yummy weed.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2011
4:50 AM

Post #8923585

I don't know why, but bird tongues always make me laugh.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

December 10, 2011
4:52 AM

Post #8923586

Me too! Good morning Margaret! (I even a collection of pictures of birds with their tongues showing)

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2011
4:54 AM

Post #8923587

Ha, I'm glad I'm not alone. Good evening Dave. What a beautiful image.

I won't monopolise the thread and will finish for now with a Purple Swamphen. This bird was such a good subject.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 10, 2011
5:45 AM

Post #8923626

[quote="MargaretK"]
That's a beautiful bird, Resin. What are its chances of survival?
[/quote]

Fairly good; it's been there a week now. There's plenty of sandflies in the heaps of seaweed washed up on the beach, so it is feeding well. But no doubt it'll move on before long.

Resin
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

December 10, 2011
6:23 AM

Post #8923677

Wow, this thread rocks with wonderful pictures. I am enjoying all of them.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 10, 2011
7:54 AM

Post #8923758

Thanks for the new start Margaret. Love the photos, even that oldie but goodie! Love the adorable ducklings. Love the tongue!

Red, your little sparrow is so pretty.

Resin, congrats on the rarity. You sure got a great photo of the bird. I hope it survives.

Lily, congrats on your new hawk. Mine is still here and I'm amazed the other birds don't seem worried about it anymore.

Red, love the oriole. That link was down but I'll try again later.

Dave, your bb is so pretty.

I've been having fun just watching the tiny Bushtits in my yard.




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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 10, 2011
7:55 AM

Post #8923760

The cold temps sure make them little furballs.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 10, 2011
7:56 AM

Post #8923761

Here's a pair of Mourning Doves.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 10, 2011
7:57 AM

Post #8923762

I almost got the tongue clear in this one-too bad the Bewick's Wren had to move slightly.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 10, 2011
7:58 AM

Post #8923764

Here's another Bewick's Wren.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

December 10, 2011
8:20 AM

Post #8923783

One of my favorite "tongue" shots. She comes for meal worms every morning.

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rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

December 10, 2011
9:50 AM

Post #8923882

ducbucin, glad you were able to send pictures of the Bushtits, I've never seen them.

It is very cold and foggy outside this morning. I was going to go to Wal Mart earlier but decided I had better wait and hope the sun breaks thru and disperses the fog. I am afraid the hwy. would be a little slippery from freezing fog. I fed the birds but that is about all I did outside. Still have to be pretty careful when walking, not using walker or cane.

Donna

I will try to send a picture of a few (probably30 or more of English sparrows sitting on top of wood fence.
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 10, 2011
12:48 PM

Post #8924088

Lots of unusual and interesting birds with the downunder shots! A first for our pond, a Greater Scaup.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 10, 2011
12:50 PM

Post #8924092

A Great Blue Heron on the pond. I was driving by and missed a great action shot. He had just swallowed a large fish. Had some difficulty getting it down.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 10, 2011
2:57 PM

Post #8924235

Nice shots everyone, Sharp Shinned Hawk revisit. My yard birds have vacated the open area in the backyard due to his recurrent visit (?). They have moved to the front yard feeder.

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Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 10, 2011
3:21 PM

Post #8924249

[quote="Lily_love"]Nice shots everyone, Sharp Shinned Hawk revisit. My yard birds have vacated the open area in the backyard due to his recurrent visit (?). They have moved to the front yard feeder. [/quote]

That one's a Red-shouldered Hawk!

Resin

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 10, 2011
6:05 PM

Post #8924405

We had a Cooper's Hawk yesterday. With the cold weather I am seeing it pretty regular around the neighborhood.

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dougNKC
Gladstone, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 10, 2011
6:34 PM

Post #8924431

I had my most amazing trip ever to Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge today. This was our first of many birds that begged us to take there photo. I believe it to be a red tailed hawk. Please let me know if you think different.

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dougNKC
Gladstone, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 10, 2011
6:35 PM

Post #8924434

The same bird says "that's enough photo's, time for me to leave".

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dougNKC
Gladstone, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 10, 2011
6:42 PM

Post #8924438

With a lot of the marsh being frozen there wasn't near as many ducks as normal at Squaw Creek today, but the 3 or 4 times we drove by this place we always seen this same little group hanging out together. I know most are mallards, but any ideas what the little black ones are?

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dougNKC
Gladstone, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 10, 2011
6:45 PM

Post #8924442

And here's the A#1 reason I've been going to Squaw Creek for so many years. How about 10 bald eagles in one picture :)

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dougNKC
Gladstone, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 10, 2011
6:49 PM

Post #8924455

You can't be prejudice when making the loop around Squaw Creek, so if the Blue Heron insists on posing for us then pictures it shall be.

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dougNKC
Gladstone, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 10, 2011
6:51 PM

Post #8924458

Fly away my friend!

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dougNKC
Gladstone, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 10, 2011
6:58 PM

Post #8924467

A good distance away but capturing this beauty on the limb next to it's nest couldn't be passed up.

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dougNKC
Gladstone, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 10, 2011
7:03 PM

Post #8924476

And the great bald eagle up close!

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dougNKC
Gladstone, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 10, 2011
7:10 PM

Post #8924479

Just when I think the day can't get any better I am greeted by my first every Golden Eagle and it's a photogenic one at that...woohoo! In the bird surveys over the past month at Squaw Creek I had kept seeing 2 golden eagles each of the last 6 weeks or so, but never did I dream I would get to see one of those two.

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dougNKC
Gladstone, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 10, 2011
7:25 PM

Post #8924494

What could possibly top the day off? How about driving 1/4 of a mile down the road and finding that 2nd Golden Eagle and it being a photogenic one as well...What a great day it was. Hope everyone enjoys.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2011
10:12 PM

Post #8924611

Good tongue shot there, Dave.

Duc, I love your little Bushtit (typed with great caution)

Well done to get the hawk in flight, Kim.

Red the Scaups must be amazing to see.

I don't blame your little birds from vacating the area with that hawk around, nanny.

Doug, it must be a wonderful place to visit. Your excitement comes through in your writing.

Another couple of photos from yesterday. First, an Australian White Ibis and a Silver Gull. Although the Ibis is at the back it was only about 2' from where the Gull was on the log. The Ibis always look like big birds, but I was amazed at how small it looked against the gull, even taking into account that the gull was in front. Silver Gulls are not big birds.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2011
10:13 PM

Post #8924612

Australian White Ibis

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2011
10:14 PM

Post #8924613

Half-grown Black Swan Cygnet.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 10, 2011
10:14 PM

Post #8924614

Last one for now, of a Purple Swamphen.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 11, 2011
1:40 AM

Post #8924662

Doug, That looks like a great place to visit for birds!

Love the pics everyone!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 11, 2011
3:44 AM

Post #8924683

[quote="dougNKC"]Just when I think the day can't get any better I am greeted by my first every Golden Eagle and it's a photogenic one at that...woohoo! In the bird surveys over the past month at Squaw Creek I had kept seeing 2 golden eagles each of the last 6 weeks or so, but never did I dream I would get to see one of those two.[/quote]

Nice set of pics, but sorry to disappoint, they're both juvenile Bald Eagles, not Goldens.

Resin
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

December 11, 2011
5:49 AM

Post #8924737

Gosh, what beautiful photos everyone. Dave, love the woodpecker shot. Margaret, that Black Swan Cygnet shot is fantastic.
dougNKC
Gladstone, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 11, 2011
7:48 AM

Post #8924852

Does anyone have a guess what this bird is?

We couldn't get a closer shot, but most certainly did not see any other birds like while navigating around Squaw Creek yesterday. And naturally this particular one didn't want to cooperate and pose for us, so that's the best shot we were able to get.

It's hard to tell in the photo, but it was about the size of a small duck, but can't say I've ever seen a duck 50 feet up in a tree.

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dougNKC
Gladstone, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 11, 2011
7:52 AM

Post #8924859

From 12-4-11 at Squaw Creek NWR. Here's some trumpeter swans.

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dougNKC
Gladstone, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 11, 2011
7:57 AM

Post #8924867

Guess the number of snow geese and you win! Not sure what you win though.

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Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 11, 2011
8:17 AM

Post #8924910

[quote="dougNKC"]Does anyone have a guess what this bird is?

We couldn't get a closer shot, but most certainly did not see any other birds like while navigating around Squaw Creek yesterday. And naturally this particular one didn't want to cooperate and pose for us, so that's the best shot we were able to get.

It's hard to tell in the photo, but it was about the size of a small duck, but can't say I've ever seen a duck 50 feet up in a tree.[/quote]

Feral Pigeon (feral Rock Dove). Maybe escaped from someone's dovecote.

Resin

PS I'll go for 4,000 geese.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 11, 2011
12:38 PM

Post #8925260

Dave, love that tongue on your red-headed wp.

Donna, you should be using that walker in the house if you're by yourself.

Red, great photos.

Lily, nice one of the hawk.

Nanny, too bad your Cooper's is sticking around too.

Doug, lots of nice photos. So many eagles and geese! What a thrill for you.

Margaret, my first thought also was the size of the Ibis to the gull-interesting. Beautiful photos of all your birds.

The California Gulls are everywhere on our lake.






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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 11, 2011
12:39 PM

Post #8925263

My friend the Sharp-shinned Hawk has been here the past few days. I do wish it would move on but I can't stop feeding my birds.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 11, 2011
12:40 PM

Post #8925264

Hey, you have peanut butter on top of your bill! Brewer's Blackbird.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 11, 2011
12:41 PM

Post #8925266

Here's a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 11, 2011
12:50 PM

Post #8925285

Wow. Doug...lots of neat shots, and all those eagles!!

Love Purple Swamphen, Margaret!

I don't really mind the Cooper's hanging around at all since for now it is going after the House Sparrows. It was out there again this morning!

Our male Pileated is coming pretty much every day now with the onset of cold weather.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 11, 2011
3:18 PM

Post #8925438

Nan, it's nice to know your Pileated wp is coming back on a regular basic. Duc, nice RC Kinglet and that Brewer BB is funny. Doug, it's nice having you on board with so many interesting photos to share. Those Snow Geese are awesome! Did Resin win on the guessing number? LOL

Resin, thanks for your correction on the previous hawk, now I'm totally confused on which hawk this could be. Please help out.

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 11, 2011
4:08 PM

Post #8925472

Looks like a Red-shouldered to me.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 11, 2011
4:22 PM

Post #8925483

Yep, another Red-shouldered.

Resin

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 11, 2011
5:53 PM

Post #8925543

Thanks Nan and Resin. Got myself some Canadian Geese the other evening just as the sun about to set.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 11, 2011
7:10 PM

Post #8925596

I think I need to take a trip to Squaw Creek. Like that hawk shot, duc. Always enjoy the Oz birds-- different but many have similar species here.

We had a little bluebird family reunion today. Mama and Daddy were in the back yard with a couple of first-winter males. Wondering how long Daddy will continue to tolerate them.

Mama having breakfast at the New Orleans Diner.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 11, 2011
7:11 PM

Post #8925599

One of the young male bluebirds.

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 11, 2011
10:08 PM

Post #8925759

Looks like everyone had a great weekend with their birds, some really great shots this thread. Margaret thanks for the new thread with some super shots!! All of them are excellent!
Reddirt, nice shot of the Harris's Sparrow and your BB's!
Resin, great job on your Desert Wheatear shot! Love getting those rare one's.
Grasmussen, that Altamira Oriole is beautiful...great shot!
Dave, beautiful shot of your male Eastern Bluebird and the female Red-bellied Woodpecker!!
Duc, great shots as always...but that Sharp-shinned Hawk shot is stunning!!
Lily, nice capture of the Red-shouldered Hawk taking flight!
Nanny, nice shot of your beautiful Pileated!
dougNKC, nice shots of your bird's...awesome capture of the masses of Snow Geese in your area!!

Well, had a really nice weekend and was able to add 2 more bird's to my life list...the Northern Shrike and this Purple Sandpiper.

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 11, 2011
10:09 PM

Post #8925761

the 2 bird's gets me to 219 on my list...a close up of the Purple Sandpiper..

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 11, 2011
10:12 PM

Post #8925763

a few other image's from this past weekend...a Tundra Swan work's to take flight at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 11, 2011
10:15 PM

Post #8925765

the refuge was loaded with Tundra and Trumpeter Swan's and a few Mute Swan's were also present.

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 11, 2011
10:17 PM

Post #8925767

this scene of the Mute Swan and the ice reminds me of Pipe Creek which will re-open for the year in the first week of January.

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 11, 2011
10:20 PM

Post #8925768

last shot...a Horned Grebe came in close while Ladi_Burd and I photographed the two Purple Sandpiper's at the Huron Pier. Have a great week everyone!

Edited to say: that shortly after my success in the DG's photo contest..one of my Horned Grebe photo's was selected to be placed in a new book being published by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the Black Swamp Bird Observatory located at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. The hard cover book is called The "Ohio Winter Bird Atlas".

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 11, 2011
10:21 PM

Post #8925770

Nice ones, Burd. Congratulations on the Purple Sandpiper. It is very pretty.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 12, 2011
5:54 AM

Post #8925934

Congratulations Burd for having your photo selected for the book!
Very nice images!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 12, 2011
6:16 AM

Post #8925956

Wow, look at that intricate detail on the Horned Grebes! Congrats Burd. I'd love to see all those beautiful swans as well.
dougNKC
Gladstone, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 12, 2011
6:38 AM

Post #8925985

Great photos from all!
Thanks for the kind words on mine.
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 12, 2011
7:28 AM

Post #8926037

A male House Finch on a gray winter day.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 12, 2011
8:21 AM

Post #8926101

Nanny, I'm so glad you're enjoying the pileated-great photo.

Lily, that's a nice photo of the red-shouldered hawk.

Red, love your bbs. Cute house finch shot.

Burd, WOW, congratulations on the book photo and the new lifers! Love your photos!

Here's a white-crowned sparrow.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 12, 2011
8:22 AM

Post #8926104

A mourning dove.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 12, 2011
8:23 AM

Post #8926106

A male nuttall's woodpecker.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 12, 2011
8:24 AM

Post #8926107

And a yellow-rumped warbler (Audubon's) taken through the window.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 12, 2011
8:35 AM

Post #8926133

The male nuttall's wp is good looking, love the white-crowned sprarrow too Duc.

Male and female House Finches in a dreary winter day.

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Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 12, 2011
10:41 AM

Post #8926316

Wonderful pics everyone!
I enjoyed the flight shots in the previous thread 2dCousinDave.
We had an awesome weekend here, lots of sun and "lifers" as Burd mentioned above.
Purple Sandpiper

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Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 12, 2011
10:49 AM

Post #8926330

Bufflehead

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Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 12, 2011
10:57 AM

Post #8926339

Shots aren't the greatest...birds didn't want to get up-close and personal...lol
Northern Shrike

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Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 12, 2011
10:59 AM

Post #8926343

Northern Shrike in flight...

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 12, 2011
11:28 AM

Post #8926378

Nice ones Ladi.
Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 12, 2011
11:55 AM

Post #8926419

Wonderful photos ! Here is a new visitor to our feeders, although this morning, he was down on the ground. Is this a purple finch ?

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Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 12, 2011
11:56 AM

Post #8926420

Here is another picture of our visitor.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 12, 2011
1:02 PM

Post #8926572

[quote="Countrymom"]Wonderful photos ! Here is a new visitor to our feeders, although this morning, he was down on the ground. Is this a purple finch ?[/quote]

House Finch, though a slightly odd-looking one.

Resin

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 12, 2011
1:04 PM

Post #8926574

[quote="ducbucln"]And a yellow-rumped warbler (Audubon's) taken through the window.[/quote]

That one's a Myrtle Warbler - white throat, and ear coverts darker than the crown. Both winter in California.

Resin
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 12, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8926615

Great shots red, ducbucin, Ladi, Lily and Countrymom!!
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 12, 2011
1:56 PM

Post #8926640

Resin, thank you for the correction.

Great photos Lily,Ladi and Countrymom.
Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 12, 2011
3:37 PM

Post #8926770

Resin - Odd looking one ? How so ? Educate me, please :)

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 12, 2011
5:08 PM

Post #8926889

Mainly that its red is somewhat pinky-purple toned, rather than the more normal brick red. Which is why it is a bit reminiscent of Purple Finch. But it has typical House Finch streaked flanks and brown mantle.

Resin

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 12, 2011
5:34 PM

Post #8926919

Wow, can't believe that I almost missed this whole thread! Margaret all of those pictures are incredible. I can't believe that you've been taking such gorgeous photos for 35 years!
Duc, always love your shots.
Doug, great eagle shots.
Resin, awesome shot of that totally cool bird! Congrats!
Burd and Ladi Burd, congrats on the lifers.
Great pics everyone, so glad I didn't miss them! Sometimes I forget to mark "watch" on the new thread. Hate it when that happens.

I enjoyed a fun birding day Saturday but didn't realize that I had my camera still set for a cloudy day when the sun came out. I was so disappointed that my Merlin shots didn't turn out better. This is the best look that I've ever had of one.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 12, 2011
5:39 PM

Post #8926922

This was one of the last pics that I took all day and that was when I realized that the settings were wrong. Oh well. It happens.

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Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 12, 2011
5:53 PM

Post #8926933

Thanks, Resin. Stunning hawk !

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

December 12, 2011
8:42 PM

Post #8927182

congratulations Burd. We had a couple tundra swans hanging around a resovair. first time that I had seen them.
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

December 13, 2011
6:34 AM

Post #8927555

Just wonderful bird photos everyone.Yesterday was a nice sunny day here. Temp got up to 30 degrees which is pretty good for this time of year. Still no snow, but that is fine by me except for the protection the snow offers. I took my puppy, Lady Wren for her first walk outside of fenced yard. We went down the lane to the mailbox. Had to walk by the only neighbors house. She has an old Red Setter type dog. It saw us and began to bark, first time my pup had seen another dog except her own family and she was scared to death, tried to climb up my leg, but all in all she enjoyed the walk.

Tried to take a picture of the large Horned Owl at daylight sitting on the only utility pole in my immediate area, but too dark and far away.

I am having a hard time sending pictures but will try again.

Donna

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rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

December 13, 2011
6:38 AM

Post #8927556

Can't get other pictures of my puppy to send one. This is Lady Wren at about 6 weeks, she is now 4 months, Sorry I am having so much trouble with my picture sending. Donna
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 13, 2011
7:20 AM

Post #8927599

elphaba, I don't have a pic of a Merlin, but have seen one a couple of times recently. So far he won't let me get close enough for any kind of shot. No pics yesterday, cloudy gray day, same today.

Pic of one of the first-winter male BB's that are coming in with Mama and Daddy to the mealworm feeder.

Edit: Used a trial version Topaz Adjust on that file to create a blue sky. Don't care for it, appears to make blurring along edges and blur focus. First time to try, but don't like this.

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Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 13, 2011
7:40 AM

Post #8927614

rutholive - What an adorable puppy ! Here is a "bird" picture I thought you might all enjoy. Taken on my patio about a week or so ago.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 13, 2011
7:55 AM

Post #8927629

Great photos! Countrymom, love the bird prints in your photo!

Not many new photos, but here's a Song Sparrow.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 13, 2011
7:55 AM

Post #8927630

A Bewick's Wren.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 13, 2011
7:56 AM

Post #8927632

Still feeding about a dozen Anna's Hummingbirds. This guy was doing his best to look mean to the others, but they just ignored him.

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Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 13, 2011
1:13 PM

Post #8928094

A couple days ago, we put out a dish of critter goodies. We were hoping the squirrel would come back. The jays came this morning. This one picked up every peanut, examined it, put it back down, and eventually chose one. It was sunny today, so the blue came out pretty nicely.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 13, 2011
5:15 PM

Post #8928399

Beautiful Anna's duc!

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 13, 2011
5:57 PM

Post #8928438

I am so behind. We were out of town. I did gain a lifer, confirmed by Resin, a Northern Harrier. What a beautiful start to this thread, Margaret! What a find, Resin with the Desert Wheateater!

Well, it seems there are still a few Bluebirds in Iowa. This was near Coralville on Saturday.


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Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 13, 2011
9:51 PM

Post #8928813

Beautiful pics everyone!
The sun shown for only awhile here today and the temps were a little warmer, more rain coming tomorrow ...
Here is a pic of a Dark-eyed Junco in the lilac bush...

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Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 13, 2011
10:00 PM

Post #8928819

Titmouse at the feeder

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Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 13, 2011
10:21 PM

Post #8928842

Goldfinch at the thistle sock...

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 14, 2011
11:08 AM

Post #8929408

Well, perhaps this should be on the AWFUL Thread, but it's a lifer, so had to post.

A Rufous Hummingbird has been visiting a feeder a couple of miles from me. It has been captured, banded and identified as a female Rufous.

Here she is in the drizzle. And I had just taken my feeders down last week again after having put them up when the mystery hummingbird showed up in Oak Park IL.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 14, 2011
11:12 AM

Post #8929416

And from a couple days ago, White breasted Nuthatch. They make me giggle.

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

December 14, 2011
12:43 PM

Post #8929519

Cool hummer.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 14, 2011
12:43 PM

Post #8929520

I love the Nuthatch too Mrs Ed!

Great pics everyone!
Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 14, 2011
2:00 PM

Post #8929630

Wow Mrs_Ed you still have hummers! I miss my Ruby-throated...but I am enjoying those that stay the winter!
Enjoy watching the WB Nuthatch also. Great pics!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

December 14, 2011
4:07 PM

Post #8929773

squirrel trouble on the feeder. I will have to hunt up some red pepper.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 14, 2011
5:12 PM

Post #8929835

No, I don't have a hummingbird L-B, this is an odd and somewhat rare sighting that someone has in the next town over. I found out from our state's listserv.

gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

December 14, 2011
5:27 PM

Post #8929844

Male Painted Bunting.

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

December 14, 2011
5:28 PM

Post #8929846

Feeder full of Buntings.

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

December 14, 2011
5:29 PM

Post #8929849

If these are House Finches, these are a first for me.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 14, 2011
6:34 PM

Post #8929928

[quote="gardenpom"]If these are House Finches, these are a first for me.[/quote]

Yep!

Resin
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 14, 2011
7:13 PM

Post #8929981

A really young Pink and Grey Galah. So sweet.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 14, 2011
7:14 PM

Post #8929982

Looking straight at me.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 14, 2011
7:15 PM

Post #8929983

And an adult female (pink eyes) peering at me from the gutter and asking where the seed is.

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 14, 2011
9:51 PM

Post #8930170

Beautiful Photo's Everyone!!! :)
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 15, 2011
2:54 AM

Post #8930242

Love those Buntings GP! Congrats on the House Finch!

Margaret, Love the Galah's!
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 15, 2011
3:57 AM

Post #8930271

As they say, "all good things must come to an end". And so another interesting thread of beautiful and interesting bird pics comes to an end. It is my pleasure to start a new one at http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1233645/ . Please post daily pics here.

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