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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 15, 2011
3:54 AM

Post #8930268

This board is blessed with excellent participation from its viewers, so it doesn't take long to zip through a thread. My pleasure to start a new one.

I spent yesterday impersonating a computer nerd. After a problem where I thought I'd lost 17,000 photos, my two laptops spent all day and into the night transferring them to one hard drive which will be backed up on Carbonite today. No more external hard drives.

I'll start this thread off with a pic of a little thug. This Sharp-shinned hawk makes daily passes over my feeders. One day he took a junco out of the air not ten feet from me. The other day I sneaked up over one of the pond dams to shoot some Ring-necked Ducks, knowing they'd flush as soon as my head popped over the dam. This sharpshin came out of nowhere repeatedly hitting one of the ducks in the air until he drove it to the ground. But, a duck is too big for him, it escaped. I haven't seen the ringers back on the pond, though.

In this shot the sharpshin has just dive-bombed Mama on the mealworm feeder and came back to it to sit. Common behavior for these guys to hang around where they have made an unsuccessful attack, hoping for the prey to return.

We came from this thread http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1233092/#new

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 15, 2011
4:05 AM

Post #8930273

Some Green-winged teal have been spending some time on one of our three neighborhood ponds. Very wild, they won't let me approach and normally stay on a pond that is hidden from view by the road and must be approached by foot. This day they were on the lower pond and were busy preening in the morning sun. I just parked the car and shot out the passenger window.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 15, 2011
4:08 AM

Post #8930278

Not a bird in this pic, but there are plenty of birds around here. A pic of a winter sunset on the waterfalls from one of the upper ponds to the big pond. The sky was on fire. Taken from my study porch with a 400 mm lens.

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Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 15, 2011
5:03 AM

Post #8930306

Beautiful photos red...i love the sunset!
Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 15, 2011
6:07 AM

Post #8930383

Beautiful pictures. The hawks are so pretty, but I don't want them to eat birds at my feeder ! The sunset is gorgeous.
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

December 15, 2011
6:34 AM

Post #8930407

Beautiful start to this thread. Love the hawks and the sunset. From the last thread, Margaret those Galahs are beautiful.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 15, 2011
10:22 AM

Post #8930674

Wonderful pics red! Love that sunset!

Thanks for starting the new thread!
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 15, 2011
1:54 PM

Post #8930913

Wow, the last photos in the previous thread were wonderful everyone!

Red, thank you for the new start. Great photos of your sharpie and teals. That sunset photo is just breathtaking-hope you'll save it for a contest.


Here's one of my Mourning Doves.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 15, 2011
1:54 PM

Post #8930914

A Golden-crowned Sparrow.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 15, 2011
1:56 PM

Post #8930916

And this little "conehead" is one of many sweet Oak Titmice.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 15, 2011
1:57 PM

Post #8930918

A Yellow-rumped Warbler through the window.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 15, 2011
1:57 PM

Post #8930920

Our Robins and Cedar Waxwings are really beginning to arrive now.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 15, 2011
2:59 PM

Post #8931011

Love the pictures on the last thread.
Red, beautiful shot of the Sharp-shin Hawk, what I see of you pound is very lovely. Thanks for a great start.

These and some Blue Jays are about all I have here.
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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 15, 2011
3:04 PM

Post #8931018

And a few Pigeons

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 15, 2011
3:06 PM

Post #8931021

A proud Blue Jay.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 15, 2011
3:08 PM

Post #8931025

A shy Goldfinch.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 15, 2011
5:25 PM

Post #8931145

Very nice opener red!

Cute "conehead" duc!

O my burn has pretty snow shots!!
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 16, 2011
5:28 AM

Post #8931740

I envy those berries in duc's yard. What a background for bird pics. That's a fancy feeder, burn. This is an old pic I took in Feb. of this year. Just ran across it and posted to my Flickr phototstream 'reddirtpics'. If you're on Flickr, or even if your not, stop by and take a look. Flickr is a great way to share pics with friends and relatives. These little House Finches were seeking shelter from a cold blowing snow on my study porch.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2011
7:48 AM

Post #8931886

Burn that snow looks mighty cold! Love that feeder house-can't believe you can get the doves to come up there. Nice photos of your birds.

Red, cute finches in your photo.


Here's one of our Northern Flickers.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2011
7:51 AM

Post #8931888

An Oak Titmouse.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2011
7:53 AM

Post #8931891

This is the only time of year that I can find my Anna's Hummingbirds actually sharing the feeder ports on the feeder. I just have two feeders out and one male will not let any other hummer drink from it. That leaves over a dozen birds to drink from the other one.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 16, 2011
11:22 AM

Post #8932099

UNBELIEVABLE DUC! I've never seen that. I wouldn't even have imagined that hummers would drink from the same port at the same time. Incredible!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 16, 2011
12:02 PM

Post #8932155

Couple of photos taken back on the 11th.

Brown Creeper...

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 16, 2011
12:02 PM

Post #8932156

And the Pileated Woodpecker...

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 16, 2011
1:24 PM

Post #8932287

Great creeper Nanny!
Great shots everyone.
Red, eye-popping start. Had no idea that Sharp-shins behaved like that even with big birds.
Burd, forgot to congratulate you on the last thread for getting published. That's awesome.
Burn, can hardly look at those snowy pics. It just makes me cold. I'm amazed that you can take such good pics in that light.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 16, 2011
2:12 PM

Post #8932380

reddirtretiree wrote:Some Green-winged teal have been spending some time on one of our three neighborhood ponds. Very wild, they won't let me approach and normally stay on a pond that is hidden from view by the road and must be approached by foot. This day they were on the lower pond and were busy preening in the morning sun. I just parked the car and shot out the passenger window.


They're Northern Shovelers ;-)

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

December 16, 2011
3:09 PM

Post #8932441

Lovely shots everyone. Duc I would not ever believe hummers would share a port. Amazing photo.
ticollins
Sioux Falls, SD

December 16, 2011
4:01 PM

Post #8932484

very beautiful. what a great photographer
bsharf
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 17, 2011
4:22 AM

Post #8932844

Yesterday, went to the Viera Wetlands, the waste water treatment facility for Melbourne FL. Heavily overcast, but still got some great shots. Vehicles are no longer allowed on the dikes, which has improved the photo opportunities. The birds are a lot calmer now, and are hanging closer to the shoreline. This Limpkin was a first time photo for me.

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bsharf
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 17, 2011
4:23 AM

Post #8932845

This Great Blue Heron likes to fish at this inflow pipe.

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bsharf
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 17, 2011
4:25 AM

Post #8932846

Green Heron

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bsharf
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 17, 2011
4:26 AM

Post #8932848

I like the tongue on this Great White Egret

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bsharf
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 17, 2011
4:31 AM

Post #8932851

Lots of Coots, chattering among the water plants.

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bsharf
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 17, 2011
4:31 AM

Post #8932852

Young Blue-winged Teals.

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bsharf
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 17, 2011
4:33 AM

Post #8932853

A few Hooded Mergansers out in the open water.

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bsharf
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 17, 2011
4:37 AM

Post #8932857

Snowy Egret

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bsharf
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 17, 2011
4:38 AM

Post #8932858

A Little Blue Heron

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bsharf
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 17, 2011
4:39 AM

Post #8932859

Tri-colored Heron

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 17, 2011
9:11 AM

Post #8933104

Awesome shots!!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 17, 2011
10:26 AM

Post #8933198

Wonderful shots bsharf! Love that Limpkin!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

December 17, 2011
11:44 AM

Post #8933256

Love the pictures.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 17, 2011
11:50 AM

Post #8933265

Nice shots Bsharf! Really jealous of that Limpkin. Beautiful shot.

Just saw a Pine Warbler out the window. That's my first in the backyard this winter! Must go try to photograph him!

Here's the shot I was going to share a juvi male Yellow-breasted Sapsucker.

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Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 17, 2011
12:10 PM

Post #8933278

OK, got one OK pic of the Pine Warbler before he left. Isn't he a beauty? He's one of the prettiest Pine Warblers that I've seen.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 17, 2011
2:18 PM

Post #8933366

Very nice PW!!!

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 4a)

December 17, 2011
2:30 PM

Post #8933376

Wonderful pictures, you all. How I miss my Mourning Doves! Ducubucln I am glad to see one still exists. :) This was the first year in Iowa they were allowed to be hunted. Before I say anything unkind, I will stop here on that subject...

We just got back from our first time participating in the Christmas Bird Count. I am glad we went, but my legs and back are hurting something fierce. I've never jumped over creeks or waded through tall grasses like that before. We didn't often stay on the nice mowed trails. :) We only took a couple pictures and if anything they belong on the Dreadful picture thread. We did gain one life bird, a Long eared Owl.

Here is our Peanut on a hay bale. She was being feisty on a FeederWatch count day.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 18, 2011
6:40 AM

Post #8934143

Tried to post a couple of times yesterday and the posts never appeared. I gave up thinking at some point in time, I'd see multiple posts???

Enjoyed the waterfowl pics, sharf. Resin, thanks for calling the mid-ID to my attention. Not my first, nor last. :-)

Haven't been taking any bird pics the past few days. I'll post one from this last May I ran across and venture out to call it a Swainson's Thrush even though I don't think they should be in southern Missouri in May. Taken near Branson.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 18, 2011
8:00 AM

Post #8934220

Great photos everyone!

I was happy to be counting this Bald Eagle in my Christmas Bird Count yesterday.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 18, 2011
8:00 AM

Post #8934221

Found this Great Blue Heron.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 18, 2011
8:01 AM

Post #8934222

These Common Mergansers wouldn't turn and face me. I love their long bills.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 18, 2011
8:02 AM

Post #8934224

Also found my first Greater Scaup.

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

December 19, 2011
6:54 AM

Post #8935314

Its very strange here, I have feed out and water and I have not seen ANY birds for a couple of days, not even sparrows! Granted, I don't go out looking like I did before, but have been kinda busy, but like I said, no sparrows, that is most unusual for here, what do you think is going on?

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

December 19, 2011
7:27 AM

Post #8935357

Probably plenty of natural food is left. We have our tube feeder up & unfortunately the squirrel likes it. should add red pepper.
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 19, 2011
7:42 AM

Post #8935386

Congrats on the scaup, duc. We've had one on the big pond for a couple of weeks. Raining today and tomorrow so no light and no birds in the yard. An earlier pic of a robin. We have a flock of several hundred thousand that winter in Norman. I see waves of them going over my house when they leave the roost in the morning to feed in rural areas and again in the evening when they return to roost.

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

December 19, 2011
8:30 AM

Post #8935438

Thats what I figured, this winter has been so crazy that the poor birds don't know what to do. It has been so warm and no snow that we are really going to pay for this nice weather. I have pine cones that I am going to put peanut butter on but I am not going to bother right now when they have plenty of natural food left. But the cones will wait until the first heavy snow falls and actually sticks for a while. Love everybodys pictures, but when no birds no pictures. Have a Merry Christmas, I know that it is not politically correct to say that this year but I am.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

December 19, 2011
12:40 PM

Post #8935753

teddy the birds will come. I don't think that we are politically correct here.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 19, 2011
12:52 PM

Post #8935774

Great shot of your robin Red. The most I've seen here this week is only 150, but I'm sure more will arrive soon.

Teddy, you also may have a hawk nearby.

My birds have been harassed by this same Sharp-shinned hawk every day for what seems like weeks. This morning I found him hiding under a tree and decided enough was enough. He was low to the ground so I went out the gate and walked right up to him-he stood his ground! Then three of our young deer herd walked up next to me and got to within 5 feet of him before he finally took off. I thanked my fur friends with a carrot.lol

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 19, 2011
12:53 PM

Post #8935776

The Bushtits were sure enjoying their daily baths. I had to laugh because they stood so close to each other that they could hardly get wet.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 19, 2011
12:54 PM

Post #8935777

Here's a Lesser Goldfinch.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 19, 2011
12:55 PM

Post #8935778

A Dark-eyed Junco.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 19, 2011
12:55 PM

Post #8935779

The Robins are enjoying the berries.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 19, 2011
12:56 PM

Post #8935781

This one preferred "one to go".

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 19, 2011
3:50 PM

Post #8936017

Great start to the new thread with the thug, red. Spectacular sunset as well. Looks like a really nice place.

Duc, the shot of all those Hummingbirds sharing ports at a feeder is a real treat for someone who doesn't ever get to enjoy the little jewels in person. Also love the birdbath full of Bushtits. I wonder if your hawk is one that was raised by humans and released. It's uncommonly unafraid, isn't it?

The Pine Warbler is indeed a real beauty, Elphaba.

Nanny, I love the Pileated. Do you think if I put out a suet feeder I'd get one here?

Bsharf, they are amazing shots you've taken. Love the Green Heron.

Chillybean, when I first saw your photo, I thought the bird was perched on the back of a very dilapidated sofa.

Looks a bit chilly there, Burn. Your little Warbler is so sweet and I love your Bleu Jay.

Politically correct or not, Merry Christmas, teddy.

A flock of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos in the distance yesterday. There are numerous flocks around at present. I know they are in the more southern suburbs, but this is the first time I've ever seen them around our area. No doubt forced here by habitat destruction thanks to an uncaring government.




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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 19, 2011
3:51 PM

Post #8936018

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 19, 2011
5:31 PM

Post #8936167

Everyone has made a wonderful contribution to this thread. You all are making it interesting for me to come see, what you've had added.
Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 19, 2011
5:31 PM

Post #8936168

Great photos everyone ! Glad to see the robins are happy. They sure don't have any berries left here in Ohio. The little round bushtits are such a pretty color ! The tufted titmouse made an appearance this morning. Odd angle, but it was the best I could do through the patio door windows.

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

December 20, 2011
7:53 AM

Post #8936850

My hubby got a couple of suet cakes to entice the woodpeckers back, is it possible for seed in a tube feeder like mine to spoil? My neighbor said the same thing about the natural food left. Like I said before we are going to pay for this good weather, especially in December. I enjoy all your pictures and hopefully I can find the time to get some pictures soon, I am going to miss sitting in front of the door trying to get a good picture of our babies. But unfortunately bills keep coming and need food and a roof over our heads. So sometimes we can't do what we want to do. But will try to get some pictures, my hubby did say he saw a hawk over by the gas station and he was a pretty good size so that might be one of the reasons.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 20, 2011
8:30 AM

Post #8936879

Beautiful pics Duc. Those bushtits crack me up too. Safety in numbers I guess.
Great shots everyone!

Cloudy here and even a little rain. We need every drop. Went birding yesterday anyway and took some horrible pics but must share anyway! The cloudy sky really messed up this pic but I love the subject -- a Vermillion Flycatcher.

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Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 20, 2011
8:31 AM

Post #8936881

Tons of Pileated Woodpeckers about. Saw three at once on the same trunk. Did I get that pic -- NOOOO! Here's one I did get.

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Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 20, 2011
8:32 AM

Post #8936884

This blue-headed vireo came really close but it was so dark out that most of the pics were just silhouettes.

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Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 20, 2011
8:33 AM

Post #8936885

Before you go blind, here is a pic from Saturday when the sun was out - a goldfinch.

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Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 20, 2011
8:37 AM

Post #8936887

Margaret forgot to tell you how much I enjoyed the cockatoos and how much I sympathize with bad government decision regarding the environment.

Here's a Winter Wren.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 20, 2011
9:31 AM

Post #8936932

Beautiful shots everyone!

Pretty Robin red!

Ducbucin, Love those Bushtits and the berry shots!

Wonderful flight shots of the Cockatoos Margaret!

Sweet Titmouse Countrymom!

Elphaba, Love those beautiful birds!

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 4a)

December 20, 2011
10:39 AM

Post #8936984

Elphaba, what wonderful birds you have in Texas! I am enjoying all the other birds, too.

We went on a tour of a raptor recovery place last week. I didn't take a lot of pictures, but got to see plenty of birds. I enjoyed the Barn Owls trying to put on a mean show, but they were just so cute about it.

This female Bald Eagle cannot see very well, so could not be released back into the wild.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 20, 2011
12:40 PM

Post #8937049

Code talk.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 20, 2011
3:51 PM

Post #8937236

Wonderful shots, everyone. Lol on the code talk, red.

Went to the local lake yesterday afternoon. First, a Spotted Crake.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 20, 2011
3:53 PM

Post #8937239

Australasian Little Grebe and chicks. If you look at the left of the photo, between the two reeds, you might be able to see two little legs crawling up underneath Mum's wing.

Edited because autocorrect made it read like I'd been taking something illicit.


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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 20, 2011
3:54 PM

Post #8937241

The chicks are so tiny and so pretty.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 20, 2011
3:56 PM

Post #8937246

One for Mrs Ed. Nankeen Night Heron. I had slowly made my way towards it through very long grass, hoping the noise I was making would scare any tiger snakes off. The Heron wasn't perturbed by my approach, but flew off when a man with a dog came to the edge of the embankment. This is probably the bird that's been hanging around our pond.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 20, 2011
3:57 PM

Post #8937249

The clowns of the bird world. Little Corella.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 20, 2011
4:00 PM

Post #8937251

Love those Grebe chicks Margaret!
The Night Heron is so handsome.
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

December 20, 2011
4:15 PM

Post #8937267

Wonderful shots everyone.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 20, 2011
5:20 PM

Post #8937335

Elphaba...hey girl...nice shots you got there!! That Vermillion Flycatcher is on my wish list!

That Margaret had a Spotted Cake there for a minute! Get new glasses in hopefully next week! How far is the lake from your home? I wish I could see more herons...they are such a pretty group of birds.

Tiger Snakes...Boo!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 20, 2011
5:50 PM

Post #8937376

Thanks, Pelle.

The lake is about a three minute walk, nanny.
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

December 21, 2011
5:32 AM

Post #8937942

Margaret, I am betting that if a Tiger Snake appeared it would be a three second walk home!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 21, 2011
6:20 AM

Post #8937991

lol GG. Tiger Snake? What's one look like? Great pix everyone. I have been enjoying everyone pix via my wireless phone, but unable to post during my vacation in Maryland. I came home yesterday, and just now catching up.

I saw this small group of Hooded Mergansers getting along just fine with Canadian Geese in a small lake called Elkhorn lake.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 21, 2011
6:32 AM

Post #8937999

Pretty Mallards are also seen at the same location.

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

December 21, 2011
8:32 AM

Post #8938120

I found out what has my birds scared off and if I can I will get a picture of him, it is a hawk and he is not a teeny weenie one, he was on the wire across from the gas station and I heard him when we got home, don't know what kind he is but he is sizable.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 21, 2011
4:01 PM

Post #8938550

Margaret, great shots of the Cocatoos! Ref. my daily visit by this hawk-that might be one explanation, but I think he just knows that I won't hurt him. I caught him sitting in a tree today with 2 hummingbirds and a black phoebe just above him. I'll download the photo tomorrow, but I'm guessing he'd already filled up for the day. Great photo of the crake and grebe. Do the grebe chicks climb on the backs of the parents like our grebes do? That heron looks like its feathers are so fine and smooth.

Countrymom, cute photo of your little titmouse. Looks like a great variety of food you have there.

Elphaba, love that vermillion-it's gorgeous!! Such a wonderful variety of birds, they're all great photos.

Chillybean, thank goodness for rescue homes-that poor eagle wouldn't have lasted long in the wild.

Red, beautiful bb catch!

Lily, welcome home. Cute pictures of your ducks.

Hubbie and I got a rare sighting alert email and went in search of a Falcated Duck that found it's way to the Colusa Wildlife Refuge which isn't far from our home. This duck normally lives in Asia and has been at the refuge for almost two weeks. Needless to say, the visitor/photographers count is way up from a.m. to p.m. I was lucky because the duck was pretty active all morning, but some visitors are saying it slept all day. Actually, I was just glad to get a few photos.





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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 21, 2011
4:03 PM

Post #8938553

Here's another photo of the Falcated Duck.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 21, 2011
4:03 PM

Post #8938554

We also found an American Bittern at the refuge.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 21, 2011
4:04 PM

Post #8938555

A Snowy Egret.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 21, 2011
4:04 PM

Post #8938557

And a Northern Shoveler.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 21, 2011
4:06 PM

Post #8938561

As you can see from this photo, the refuge is beginning to fill up with all kinds of birds.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 21, 2011
4:33 PM

Post #8938574

Wow Duc, the last pix is mesmerizing! That large number of birds. Love all the colorful ducks. Great shots.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 21, 2011
5:20 PM

Post #8938612

Nice shots, Lily_love. The tiger snakes are generally black and yellow striped and mean. At Lake Herdsman, which is about 10km from here, I wouldn't for one second contemplate going anywhere near long grass as you'd be almost guaranteed of a not too pleasant encounter. They are highly venomous.

Wow, due, what a treat to see the Falcated Duck. A real stunner. Yes, our Grebe chicks do climb up onto the parent's back.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 21, 2011
7:25 PM

Post #8938760

Ooooh I'd stay away too Margaret.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 22, 2011
9:00 AM

Post #8939277

Congrats on the Falcated Duck...duc! Your others photos are lovely too!

Not much here at all and the chance to go out is almost nil due to rain nearly everyday. So tired of dark and gray...

teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

December 22, 2011
10:07 AM

Post #8939345

We just got home from the club and papa rb wp was on the suet cake feeder, my hubby got a apple one and he was just going to town on it. I am glad he is back, I thought maybe he was gone for good because the feeder had been empty for so long. Saw some sparrows today too, was even glad to see them.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 22, 2011
5:52 PM

Post #8939781

MargaretK wrote:One for Mrs Ed. Nankeen Night Heron. I had slowly made my way towards it through very long grass, hoping the noise I was making would scare any tiger snakes off. The Heron wasn't perturbed by my approach, but flew off when a man with a dog came to the edge of the embankment. This is probably the bird that's been hanging around our pond.


Wow. Slowly you turned...
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 22, 2011
5:56 PM

Post #8939786

Step by step. LOL

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 22, 2011
5:58 PM

Post #8939788

If ONLY you had a bluejay to scare away the Heron.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 22, 2011
6:26 PM

Post #8939828

Said who? What Heron? This one? lol

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 22, 2011
6:30 PM

Post #8939831

LOL. We looked into those whacky tube men with the waving arms but they're huge and expensive. Even if it didn't scare the Heron off, it would be a source of endless amusement.

Nice heron, Kim.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 23, 2011
7:17 AM

Post #8940345

Very nice Kim!
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 23, 2011
11:49 AM

Post #8940646

Yes, great photo of the heron.

Here's one of many American Coots in our area.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 23, 2011
11:50 AM

Post #8940649

My friend the Sharp-shinned is still guarding my backyard feeders. This time he landed near a birdbath just below me.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 23, 2011
11:52 AM

Post #8940651

Three feeders and yet they all want this one. The other two feeders have dominating males guarding them.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 23, 2011
11:53 AM

Post #8940653

Here's a White-faced Ibis from a few days ago at the refuge.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 23, 2011
11:54 AM

Post #8940656

We also found an American Kestrel.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 23, 2011
11:55 AM

Post #8940658

And a Black-necked Stilt. One of three new lifers for me.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 23, 2011
12:31 PM

Post #8940708

Duc, I enjoyed all the pics. but especially love, love the one with those many hummingbirds.
Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 24, 2011
5:57 AM

Post #8941338

Hoping everyone has a Very Merry Christmas...heading out today in hopes of getting bird # 100. I have the best boyfriend in the world!!!!
teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

December 24, 2011
6:59 AM

Post #8941392

I hope you have a very merry christmas and yes you have a good boyfriend that he would help you get your bird pictures.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 24, 2011
8:04 AM

Post #8941474

The robins are really enjoying the berries here.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 24, 2011
8:04 AM

Post #8941476

Here's another one...

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 24, 2011
8:07 AM

Post #8941479



HOPE THAT ALL OF YOU WILL HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS-STAY SAFE!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 24, 2011
8:20 AM

Post #8941494

To all my friends here..

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 4a)

December 25, 2011
3:53 PM

Post #8942543

Merry Christmas you all!

Lady_Burd, Did you get #100?

Yesterday, we spent a good part of the day driving around in search of the Snowy Owl seen in the area. We never saw it, but saw other birds, including a Bald Eagle in a field. And hundreds upon hundreds of crows. We've never seen those kind of numbers but for Starlings and Blackbirds. That was amazing.

I did want to ask if anyone who knows photo editing would be willing to take a stab at the full-sized version I have of this bird. I've tried adjusting color, but it ends up looking weird. I am glad for the Undo option. :) We were driving into a big city and saw this. I couldn't get the picture quick enough and ended up getting the shot through the blue part of the windshield. My husband could not slow down being there was traffic behind us. It's a Red-tailed Hawk, an Intermediate Morph. I learned this is somewhat rare here in Iowa.


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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 26, 2011
5:15 AM

Post #8942933

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

Duc, the photo with all the Hummingbirds is incredible. Gorgeous shot of your resident hawk.

Interesting effect through the glare shield, Chillybean. Sorry I'm not able to help with the colouration.

An adult New Holland Honeyeater, with the white eyes, and a dark-eyed juvenile.


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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 26, 2011
5:25 AM

Post #8942939


Little Corella overflying a couple of days back.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 26, 2011
8:16 AM

Post #8943107

From last week...This Cooper's Hawk kept going all around and into these shrubs looking for a meal. It was rather amusing to watch! It ended up leaving empty handed as it were. Later occurred to me I should have put the camera on video! lol

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 26, 2011
8:18 AM

Post #8943111

Brown Creeper...

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 26, 2011
8:56 AM

Post #8943154

Nice pix everyone. Margaret, it's so nice to see birds that are in their breeding season from down under. Nan, the Brown creeper is in my wish list. Hope all my friends here all have had a wonderful Christmas.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 26, 2011
9:20 AM

Post #8943169

Chilly, it sounds like you had a good time seeing all the birds anyway. I tried taking photos through our car windows too and ended up dumping all of them. Sorry, but at least you can still see the hawk for identification.

Margaret, outstanding photo of the beautiful honeyeaters. Love that corella too.

Nanny, glad the hawk didn't find any birds. Cute photo of the creeper.

Lily, cute photo of your cardinals too.

We've had two Bald Eagles here every day for a while now but the sun is always so bright on them. Guess I shouldn't complain though.


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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 26, 2011
9:21 AM

Post #8943171

Here's the second one.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 26, 2011
9:22 AM

Post #8943173

My Sharp-shinned Hawk is still here every day too.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 26, 2011
9:23 AM

Post #8943175

The Cedar Waxwings are really arriving in large numbers now.

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

December 26, 2011
11:15 AM

Post #8943277

Here is a picture I took while I was out today. We are supposed to get bad weather soon and I was trying to get a good picture. I think this one is a good one. This was in a tree along my route.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 26, 2011
12:44 PM

Post #8943343

Such great shots from all of you!

Good one Teddy!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 26, 2011
1:45 PM

Post #8943391

Yellow-bellied wp;

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 27, 2011
9:17 AM

Post #8944186

Here's a Hermit Thrush which is staying in the heavy brush and not cooperating for photos.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 27, 2011
9:18 AM

Post #8944189

The American Wigeon is a sweet little duck which visits our lake now and then.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 27, 2011
10:07 AM

Post #8944226

A good series, duc. Been gone a few days and haven't been on the board. Had about 50 Ring-necked Ducks on the pond this a.m.

I'm chasing info on a congregation of eagles. Have a fellow checking today. If they are there I'll make a trip for some photos.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 27, 2011
10:28 AM

Post #8944245

Nice shots Lily, duc and red!
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 27, 2011
11:35 AM

Post #8944286

I guess everyone is cleaning up or traveling after the holiday so I'm going to start the new thread. Please post your new photos here-



http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1234954/

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 4a)

December 27, 2011
11:38 AM

Post #8944290

What a yard bird, ducbucln. Bald Eagles. We've seen them two miles from here, so there's hope...

Always enjoy the Brown Creepers, Nanny. Pretty picture, Teddy.

Thank you for your responses about the "blue" bird. I was sure it would have been a challenge. Here's another picture from that day. I was soo tempted to put it in the Appallingly bad pictures, because we got distracted by this hawk and later learned that behind us was a Snowy Owl. It was way in the field, but there nonetheless.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 28, 2011
4:21 AM

Post #8945138

Chillybean wrote:I did want to ask if anyone who knows photo editing would be willing to take a stab at the full-sized version I have of this bird. I've tried adjusting color, but it ends up looking weird. I am glad for the Undo option. :) We were driving into a big city and saw this. I couldn't get the picture quick enough and ended up getting the shot through the blue part of the windshield. My husband could not slow down being there was traffic behind us. It's a Red-tailed Hawk, an Intermediate Morph. I learned this is somewhat rare here in Iowa.


Had a try, here's my best effort. Don't think it is really rescuable, though.

Resin

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Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 29, 2011
8:42 AM

Post #8946505

Yes Chillybean I got #100-Rough legged Hawk and I also got 2 more Cackling Goose and American Black Duck (which I had seen before, but never photographed). All I wanted was 100 before the year ended. But I am at 102! :)

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