Oh, I decided to fiddle with my photo editor to see if I could do anything with the picture. I am not real familiar with all it is capable of, so usually wind up messing up a picture more than improving it. Well, I tried something called "Curves" under the Color options, and a couple clicks did this.
Could you tell me if I closed in the spaces beneath the birdbath, would it help keep it from freezing? I was thinking of putting cardboard in the spaces to stop the air from freezing the water. Do you think it will work?
Chillybean wrote:Oh, I decided to fiddle with my photo editor to see if I could do anything with the picture. I am not real familiar with all it is capable of, so usually wind up messing up a picture more than improving it. Well, I tried something called "Curves" under the Color options, and a couple clicks did this.
Had a try, but don't think it is really very rescuable
Good birds, dell. I seldom see towees here. Only recall seeing one in Norman. I see the spotted ones in the Wichita Mountains, quite a few. Lots of ducks on the pond again this a.m., mostly ringnecks with a few gadwall and redheads.
Great pics, duc. You have a wonderful place for a nature lover. The birds on the red dirt hill had a tough morning. I saw the sharpshin make a couple of low-level raids and come up empty. After the second pass, about 30 minutes after the first, he perched on a stump up on the hill where he could watch my feeder. Then this guy comes along and checks out the birds scent.
dellrose wrote: I was surprised to see this Myrtle Warbler eating something on a tree. Don't usually see them this late in the year.
Maybe Waxmyrtle berries? Looks like maybe some wax on its bill. That's why they're called Myrtle Warbler, because of their unique ability to digest the wax, which other birds can't do. Being able to eat Waxmyrtle berries enables them to winter further north than other warblers.
Countrymom wrote:reddirtretiree - Is that a wolf ? It comes right up in your yard ? Great photos everyone. The eagle is beautiful - almost like a painting !
It's a young male coyote in the pic. He was healthy looking and had a great coat. One of two pups born to his mom this past spring. I've seen them several times with her. First there was three, then just two by late summer. It's usually dark or nearly so when I see them. His grandmother curled up on my patio door mat to die. She was so weak she couldn't get up, so I called animal control to come and get her. I have her pic, too, but not a pretty picture. I also have some pics of his sire. Here is another view when he was coming to one of the feeders. He stopped and was really nervous. He ran off when he saw the camera lens, then I whistled to stop him and shot a few more of him farther away. He was really interested in the bird scent around the feeders.
Red...I'm very jealous of your ducks! I occasionally see them land on our pond but there's no way to sneak up and see them. Your coyote doesn't look like he's missing any meals...he is gorgeous!
Duc...beautiful shots...love your Bald Eagle. We have one that circles the farm but doesn't get close enough to get a good shot.
Resin that is very interesting about the Waxmyrtle berries. I will have to check out that tree...thanks for the suggestion.
Chilly...those Nuthatches go nuts over peanuts too!!
We have had 3 or 4 Rock Doves adopt our farm as their new home. They spend most of the time on DH's shop roof or under the canopy. Of course the old barn is also a favorite
perching place for them. DH really loves them!!
Great shots everyone!! Thanks for starting the new thread Duc! Hoping everyone has a great 2012 in life and in birdwatching!!!
A few shots to share...added 4 more bird's to my life list. Rough-legged Hawk, Cackling Goose and I finally found the Lapland Longspur...actually quite a few.
Good series burd. Really enjoyed the mergansers, don't see them too often.
Daddy sitting on his favorite back yard perch. He is watching one of his grown sons from this year. He has been running him off the mealworm feeder and making it clear it's time for junior to find his own place.
These little fellows arrived this morning. I've never seen them before, but I think they are dark eyed juncos. This would be the right time of year for them to migrate from Canada to Ohio. Taken through the window, the picture is a little blurry.
We usually get Juncos in the winter too, and titmice,nuthatches,woodpeckers,and chickadees and occasionally a wren will stop by in passing. They are what I call my winter birds, although I have seen the woodpeckers and nuthatches in the summer too. Havent been out taking pics lately, there have not been anything around.
teddy_8905 - I posted on the old thread. Oops. Thanks for picking up on it. Migrating from Canada to Ohio hardly seems worth the flight ! Cold here too, although this has been a strange winter so far. I don't take many pictures now either. Mostly it is the same jays, sparrows, doves and crows who visited during the summer. But I do enjoy all of them !
Went to Gatorland, a private attraction south of Orlando. There is a large rookery there of wading birds attracted by the visitor feeding of the Alligators. Woodstorks are especially greedy when it comes to hot dogs that are tossed into the gator ponds. The Great White Egrets perch on the backs of Alligators, a good vantage point to watch for fish.
The Egrets seemed to play "King of the Castle" on the backs of Alligators. In this photo you can see one Egret dropping in, feet first, to force the standing Egret to vacate his spot. The evicted Egret came back in about 90 secs to reclaim his spot. I watched 6 Egrets engaged in what I assume is a dominance display. The overfed Alligators seemed to be very tolerant of this activity.
Thank you Duc for a wonderful start to the new thread. I haven't had much time to share, but have followed and enjoyed each and everyone's post. Life is good when everyone is getting along. Pekin and Mallard ducks and American Coots.
All of you have been seeing some great birds.
Duc all your berry shots are very lovely. Thanks for starting this new thread.
Red, great shot of the coyotte! Amazing, that they come so close to your house.
Chillybean, how I would love to see a Red-bellied Woodpecker. They don't come up here, neither does the Cardinal.
Dellrose, the Pigeon have some really nice colors. I have four coming, and hope the numbers stays low.
Cute Junco, Countrymom, glad your getting to see them and share with us.
Burd, how great that you got to see the Snowy Owl! It's one I hope to see one day. Does the Kestrel stay there all winter?
Those Egret are braver then I am, around the alligators,bsharf.
Winter is here, and so is the appearance of the Cooper ans Sharp-shinned Hawk. There was one in the tree this afternoon waiting for some action. Nanny good Hawk shot.
Great photos everyone ! I just love seeing birds from all over the country and other countries as well. My crows are beginning to understand that I won't hurt them. They wait on the fence each morning, and I throw peanuts out for them. I talk to them too. I have read that they recognize people and voices. I caught these two with my camera this morning.
Nice pics everyone. Especially enjoyed the grouse, burn. A pic of a tree full of eagles. There are around 70 eagles in this tree. There was an equal number in a nearby tree and about the same number in a pasture behind the trees. Twenty-five or so were circling overhead mixed with vultures and redtails. Quite a sight to see and hear.
Talk about the right place at the wrong time, I was walking home from the store, no camera of course and both hands full of groceries, and this beeautiful hawk flew around my head twice and then flew off, if I had my camera it would have been the perfect shot. He was magnificent! Now I know why the other birds have not been at my feeders.
Countrymom, I don't think it's normal for a bird to sit in the water that long. Maybe the water just felt good. My doves do sit in one spot, either on the fence or on a feeder box, and just stare off into space for long periods of time but there's always another dove in the area to warn of danger.
Wow this is a gorgeous thread! Glad I didn't miss it. I'll have to go back and look at those photos again and read all of your interesting comments! Love all the Bald Eagle shots! I have yet to get a good one, but do LOVE seeing them.
I ended the year with a lifer -- Fish Crows (lots of them! Rare here), a year bird that is also an endangered species (Red-cockaded Woodpecker) and the joy of watching two mature Bald Eagles plow through a flock of hundreds of Snow Geese. Pretty amazing.
Today, a hummingbird!!! I'm calling it an Anna's b/c it was a big hummer with irridescent feathers on its forehead and crown. Could not get a read on its color though. Flashed red once but couldn't tell ya if it was more pink red or purple red. I'll share 2 pics and maybe tomorrow I'll get a more definitive glance at this bird!
My hubby and I went to Wal-Marts and got a 10 pd. bag of sunflower seeds, black oil sunflower seeds. Even with me working we can't afford too many of them, fortunately the squirrels have quit trying to get into the feeder. And they can't get into the suet feeder because the chain that they were using to pull it over to them broke and they can't reach it and hold on. I have water for the birds and I had to go out and thaw it out several times today, it was snowing like crazy, there were not very many birds today and when I saw that hawk I knew why. I never knew sunflower seeds would ever be as expensive as they are, if I had someone who lived close by and had them I would go to them but I don't, so Wally World it is.
Great pics everyone. Yes, it's a shame the price of bird food has gone up so much. I put food out once a day now. Just made up some sugar water. I have to put the Hummingbird feeder out, since a freeze is expected tonight. The Hummers prefer the Firespike and Firebush, but they will probably be severely damaged. He will have the option of the feeder, but will probably just move further South.
GP, from what I've seen, having multiple feeders out, may keep the hummers around. I think that like other birds, hummers want to be sure that there is more than one food source. If there's only one food source, they move on. That's my take anyway. I'm trying it out with this hummer, so I guess I should wait and see what kind of results I have! I just saw him, so he's been here a day longer than the last one! We haven't had a bad freeze yet, so everything is green but not really blooming.
The birds ought to be happy with me, they have bread and sunflower seeds and a apple suet cake. The only problem I am having is keeping the water thawed, I went out with hot water and it refroze because it is under 20 degrees. I saw a Northern flicker, blue jay and several starlings and a red-bellied woodpecker, but all of a sudden they just disappeared! I think the hawk is back, I was standing outside and watching and this blue jay came down grabbed a piece of bread and took off.
Look who stopped by this afternoon, the birds must love me, I have a apple suet cake, sunflower seeds, and I did have some bread but the starlings took care of that. I have water too, if it ever stays thawed out long enough. I am thinking of taking the water bath inside at night and take it back out each day with fresh water. I have taken hot water out quite a few times and it has refroze rather quickly. But I am just glad to get this fellow, I don't see them on the upside down feeder very often.
I have a pair of blue jays in my yard. We have the dark stellar jays here, but this is the first time I have seen the pale blue and white with a touch of black. I hope they stay around. There have been some fallen apples under the tree and that may have lured them.
I threw out bread yesterday and one landed in the yard and grabbed a piece and took off, then I looked out a little later and there he was. There must be a hawk flying around here, I have the round feeder filled with sunflower seeds and not one bird on it, I know the seeds are good, and not spoiled, but last winter I put seeds out and they had it half emptied before I got back in and sat down. But not this year, could someone tell me why or as I said is the hawk doing it. I don't know what I am going to do about the water, I am thinking I will take down the setup on the water and just set out a pan in the morning and then take it in. I can't invest in a heater now, too many bills. Put bread out this morning and you should have seen the sparrows and STARLINGS come around! But they got most of the bread and now not one bird out there.
Pileated Woodpecker checking out the suet on the platform this morning. Actually this was the second visit for a pileated this morning. One had been on the tree earlier. This photo was taken thru the screen so not real sharp!
My sister sent me a picture of 2 Baltimore Orioles feeding at her feeder this winter. What really usual is that she live on Prince Edward Island. Way to cold for them. But they manage to survive with some suet and fruits, that her neighbor and herself are putting out for them. She gave me permission to share it with you guys.
Wow burn...how interesting that she still has orioles. Seem to be more than the usual number of birds in odd places this winter!
Nice shots LB!
We have Juncos but not as many as we have had in other winters. I am inclined to think our number of birds are due to the new dog. He is a bit bigger and much younger then our previous dog. So he is out much more and enjoys dispersing the birds!
I am behind on this thread, too. :) I am a smidge jealous of the Pileated. What a great feeder bird. All the other shots are great!
Today, we had 1 Tree Sparrow, handful of House Sparrows and 1 Blue Jay. Not a good FeederWatch day at all... I am glad I have yesterday's numbers which are a little better. We learned another neighbor is feeding the birds. I think the birds have a rotation system, because we will have some pretty good days. I cannot get too upset when I find out others are feeding, because I know it has brought us great joy, along with all the time we've taken to learn about these creatures. I don't want to be selfish and get mad at others for trying to experience the same thing.
LOL Chilly! Same sentiments going on here. A friend came over to see the hummingbird and it didn't show all day until after he left. I figured a neighbor must either have a feeder out or have something blooming that it likes. Unlike you however, I was not so gracious about it. I went out and bought a smorgasbord of hummer favorites at the local nursery! Heeheehee! Take that neighbor!
Great shots everyone!
Duc, love the Bewick's Wren and the waxwings.
Burn, can't believe those crazy baltimore orioles!
Nanny, looks cold but you seem to be keeping those birds happy!
Ladi_burd, nice series -- very colorful!
Dave, how lucky you are to take hundreds of bluebird shots a day! I love both of those!
I only took one good shot today. Dropped my camera the other day, so a little worried. I'm pretty sure the bad shots were my fault though, but here is an Orange-crowned Warbler who is actually showing his orange crown. A Ruby-throated Kinglet dive bombed him a couple of times. Wish I'd gotten a pic of that! Guess he was eager to take a bath too.