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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 27, 2011
11:32 AM

Post #8944285

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Please take a minute and enjoy all the photos and sightings in our last thread-

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1233645/

Thought I'd start off with the birds and the berries-here's a Robin filling up.



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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 27, 2011
11:37 AM

Post #8944288

A White-crowned Sparrow. I've never seen these birds eat the berries, but they do look pretty sitting amongst them.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 27, 2011
11:38 AM

Post #8944289

The Cedar Waxwings are sure enjoying the berries.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 27, 2011
11:39 AM

Post #8944295

A few more Cedar Waxwings just because I do love their colors and masks.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 4a)

December 27, 2011
11:43 AM

Post #8944304

Ah, you posted while I was working on mine. These are a beautiful start to the thread, makes me wish we had some berry trees bearing fruit. We planted some, but I am sure it will take a couple years.

One of the children took this one and it actually shows why a Red-bellied woodpecker is called a "Red-bellied".

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Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 4a)

December 27, 2011
12:13 PM

Post #8944332

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.

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

December 27, 2011
1:32 PM

Post #8944426

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?

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 27, 2011
1:36 PM

Post #8944429

Duc...absolutely stunning!! LOVE, LOVE that last one!

Good try with the editing CB!

No that won't help teddy.

Cooper's today...

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 27, 2011
1:53 PM

Post #8944456

Good start, duc. I'm really envious of those berries-- and the birds. :-) I can do without the Coopers and sharpshins in the yard, though.

Shot this fellow earlier in the month behind the house. Meadowlark.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 27, 2011
4:14 PM

Post #8944652

Wonderful start duc!

Chilly, Your child did a great job with that photo!

Handsome Coopers nanny!

Love the Meadowlark red!
Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 27, 2011
6:02 PM

Post #8944820

ducbucln - Absolutely stunning photos ! Great shots everyone !

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 28, 2011
4:23 AM

Post #8945141

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

Resin

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 28, 2011
5:12 AM

Post #8945171

Thanks for the new thread Duc...those birds with the berries look like the cover of Birds and Blooms...all are gorgeous!

Nice ones Chilly, Nanny and Red!

Haven't taken many photos lately but have a few from earlier this month. I was surprised to see this Myrtle Warbler eating something on a tree. Don't usually see them this late in the year.



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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 28, 2011
5:13 AM

Post #8945173

Same bird.

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 28, 2011
5:16 AM

Post #8945175

I've never seen so many Carolina Chickadees. They seem to be all over the farm this year...

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 28, 2011
5:17 AM

Post #8945176

Lots of White-breasted Nuthatches too!

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 28, 2011
5:19 AM

Post #8945177

The Eastern Towhee is still around...he sure likes to hide!

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 28, 2011
5:21 AM

Post #8945179

Last one for now...juvie Red-winged Blackbird.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 28, 2011
7:04 AM

Post #8945258

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.

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Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 4a)

December 28, 2011
7:14 AM

Post #8945268

Thank you for trying, Resin. I know that was a toughie.

Reddirtretiree, Do you get both varieties of Meadowlarks? I was thrilled when I learned we did. It was their songs that gave them away.

What a delightful variety, Dellrose! We are still hoping to see a Nuthatch this year. We had them last winter and they liked the suet.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 28, 2011
8:05 AM

Post #8945313

Chilly, that red-bellied is a sweet one.

Nanny, sorry your Cooper's is like my sharpie and won't leave.

Red, that Meadowlark is a beauty.

Rose, pretty photos of all your birds. That red-winged sure looks cold.

Red, love your pond photos. Always something there to enjoy.

This Bald Eagle finally flew a little closer while I was out on the deck.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 28, 2011
8:06 AM

Post #8945314

He sure had something in his sights because he wasn't watching me.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 28, 2011
8:07 AM

Post #8945315

This female Brewer's Blackbird looked up to watch for the hawk that's still around.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 28, 2011
8:08 AM

Post #8945316

Sure enough, the sharpie was hiding in a pine tree nearby.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 28, 2011
8:09 AM

Post #8945317

Here's a pretty Mourning Dove.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 28, 2011
10:30 AM

Post #8945426

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.

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Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 28, 2011
12:12 PM

Post #8945515

reddirtretiree - Is that a wolf ? It comes right up in your yard ? Great photos everyone. The eagle is beautiful - almost like a painting !

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 28, 2011
1:04 PM

Post #8945546

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 !


Too slim; looks more like a Coyote to me.

Resin


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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 28, 2011
2:10 PM

Post #8945623

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.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 28, 2011
3:00 PM

Post #8945680

He is gorgeous!
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

December 28, 2011
3:23 PM

Post #8945708

Wow! This thread is loaded with gorgeous shots. I love them all. Handsome coyote Red.
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 28, 2011
6:14 PM

Post #8945886

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!!

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 28, 2011
6:18 PM

Post #8945890

This one has some white on it's tail.

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 28, 2011
10:14 PM

Post #8946196

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.

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 28, 2011
10:16 PM

Post #8946198

And got lucky and found a Snowy Owl..pic not great but it was snowing and the bird was quite a ways off.

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 28, 2011
10:17 PM

Post #8946200

A few shots from the last week. American Kestrel

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 28, 2011
10:18 PM

Post #8946201

a Common Goldeneye...

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 28, 2011
10:19 PM

Post #8946202

a Blue Jay from the backyard...

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 28, 2011
10:20 PM

Post #8946203

a male Red-breasted Merganser...

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 28, 2011
10:21 PM

Post #8946204

a few taking off here..

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 28, 2011
10:22 PM

Post #8946205

of course a close-up...

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 28, 2011
10:24 PM

Post #8946207

See you next year!

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 29, 2011
3:40 AM

Post #8946273

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.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 29, 2011
7:33 AM

Post #8946425

Red, that coyote is gorgeous! I haven't seen any around here for a couple years now. I used to love to hear them howling when I was outside.

Rose those dove photos are so beautiful. Love the colors in the feathers.

Burd, more beautiful photos and congrats on the lifers. You were so lucky to see the snowy! Love that last "see you next year" shot!

Red, love the bb photo. I feel bad for the little ones being told to move out though.

Here's one of my busy Bewick's Wrens.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 29, 2011
7:34 AM

Post #8946429

This Yellow-rumped Warbler was getting some water.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 29, 2011
7:35 AM

Post #8946433

A Bald Eagle coming closer.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 29, 2011
7:36 AM

Post #8946435

An Oak Titmouse.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 29, 2011
7:38 AM

Post #8946436

And a Ruby-crowned Kinglet looking for some peanut butter.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 29, 2011
7:38 AM

Post #8946437

And another Cedar Waxwing.

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Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 29, 2011
7:55 AM

Post #8946463

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.

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Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 29, 2011
7:56 AM

Post #8946465

Here is a closeup of one.

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

December 29, 2011
8:27 AM

Post #8946492

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.
Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 29, 2011
8:54 AM

Post #8946517

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 !
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 29, 2011
3:02 PM

Post #8946907

Well, duc, I probably saw close to a hundred eagles today, but it's a remote area and I can't get close enough to photo. Got very few shots. Trying again in the a.m.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 29, 2011
3:04 PM

Post #8946909

An immature bird in flight.

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bsharf
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 30, 2011
5:34 AM

Post #8947355

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.

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bsharf
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 30, 2011
5:42 AM

Post #8947364

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.

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bsharf
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 30, 2011
5:43 AM

Post #8947365

A Snowy Egret

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bsharf
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 30, 2011
5:46 AM

Post #8947381

A interesting shot of a Moorhen looking for food in the mud at the end of a drainage pipe.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 30, 2011
11:51 AM

Post #8947862

Countrymom, glad you're seeing the juncos.

Red, wow, I can't imagine what it'd be like seeing that many eagles. Great photos.

Bsharf, great pictures of the egret and moorhen.


Here's one of many male Brewer's Blackbirds that love the peanut butter log.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 30, 2011
11:52 AM

Post #8947863

I took this photo of a junco through the window. I never noticed how flat their heads were before.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 30, 2011
11:53 AM

Post #8947865

And a Cedar Waxwing.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 30, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8948153

So many great pics from everyone!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 30, 2011
4:15 PM

Post #8948228

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.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 30, 2011
4:18 PM

Post #8948231

A Downy at the feeder.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 30, 2011
4:21 PM

Post #8948236

A Chipping Sparrow?

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 30, 2011
4:23 PM

Post #8948240

More of the ducks.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 30, 2011
4:26 PM

Post #8948242

Last but not least, a Cooper Hawk?

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 30, 2011
4:53 PM

Post #8948282

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.

I found this Ruffed Grouse eating buds of a tree.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 30, 2011
5:02 PM

Post #8948300

Lily_love we posted at the same time and didn't see your post. Seems like everyone are seeing some Hawk. You have a nice place for duckies.;)
Some of the many Doves that I have.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 30, 2011
5:08 PM

Post #8948313

A Goldfinch

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thebestmissy
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 31, 2011
7:06 AM

Post #8948722

I like to call this little gal, Jimmie Durante. She is obviously deformed, but has a healthy appetite and has been coming around for a while now.

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Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 31, 2011
9:13 AM

Post #8948870

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.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

December 31, 2011
9:28 AM

Post #8948889

Beautiful photos everyone. Love the Crows Countrymom. It is wonderful that they wait for you each morning.
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 31, 2011
10:34 AM

Post #8948931

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.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2011
12:12 PM

Post #8949012

What a great eagle/tree pic. Just found this thread and will be peeking in.
Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 31, 2011
12:57 PM

Post #8949075

All I wanted was to have 100 bird pics for my "life list" before the end of the year- I got 103 today! My b/f is the GREATEST!!!!!
Wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!!
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2011
1:11 PM

Post #8949086

Lily, such a nice variety of birds at your home. That little sparrow sure is pretty.

Burn, love that grouse photo. The doves and goldfinch are cute too.

Missey, glad your little bird is able to eat with that bill. Poor baby.

Countrymom, I talk to all my birds too. Good one of your crows-I love them and they're so intelligent.

Red, I'm soooo jealous-that tree of eagles is just incredible. Can't imagine more there besides this one.

Ladi Burd, congrats on your life list.

I can't top Red's photo of the eagles, but this one came closer to me yesterday.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2011
1:12 PM

Post #8949087

Got this House Finch through the window.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2011
1:13 PM

Post #8949090

A Red-winged Blackbird finally came up on the deck.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2011
1:15 PM

Post #8949091

I hid some peanut butter on the side of this log and this Oak Titmouse immediately found it.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2011
1:17 PM

Post #8949097

Here's another peanut butter log full of White-crowned Sparrows. This one attracts all kinds of birds all day long and they know the times I refill the holes too.

HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVERYONE-make it a safe one!

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

December 31, 2011
4:48 PM

Post #8949339

My goodness Red, what a wonderful shot of all of those Eagles. I wish I could see just one here.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 1, 2012
6:45 AM

Post #8949755

Great shots everyone!

Great job on that feed ducbucin!
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

January 1, 2012
8:07 AM

Post #8949835

Good eagle shot, duc. I like that feeder made from a pine tree. An inflight shot of an eagle that flew overhead.

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Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 1, 2012
8:58 AM

Post #8949918

This little mourning dove spent over an hour just sitting in the warm water in the bird bath. Is this normal behavior ? This picture was taken through the window and screen, so it's a little blurry.

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

January 2, 2012
11:03 AM

Post #8951465

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.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 2, 2012
12:38 PM

Post #8951609

It has been perfect hawk weather! Saw our Cooper's this morning fly across the backyard and 3 Red-tailed while we were out doing errands...Oh and 1 Kestrel!

Enjoying everyone's photos...not much happening here!
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2012
2:02 PM

Post #8951734

Red, another great shot of an eagle.

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.

Nanny, you're really seeing a bunch of hawks.

Here's a Bewick's Wren.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2012
2:03 PM

Post #8951735

My one Slate-colored Dark-eyed Junco.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2012
2:04 PM

Post #8951736

Still have several Yellow-rumped Warblers but they're sticking to the trees which aren't as close to the house.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2012
2:06 PM

Post #8951739

This Brewer's Blackbird was the first to discover the smaller birds' peanut butter hideout in the side of a log.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 2, 2012
3:48 PM

Post #8951903

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!

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Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 2, 2012
3:49 PM

Post #8951906

Here is the 2nd pic. It's such a nice surprise to have a hummer this time of year.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 2, 2012
4:38 PM

Post #8951958

oooo...how great it would be to see a hummer at this time of the year!
teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

January 2, 2012
7:10 PM

Post #8952172

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.

gardenpom

gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 3, 2012
4:42 AM

Post #8952460

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.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 3, 2012
5:18 AM

Post #8952486

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.
teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

January 3, 2012
7:43 AM

Post #8952619

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.
teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

January 3, 2012
9:27 AM

Post #8952748

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.

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

January 3, 2012
10:22 AM

Post #8952831

Would it be better to take the birdbath inside at night and take it outside during the day? I can't keep it thawed out leaving it out all day.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 3, 2012
11:36 AM

Post #8952910

Unless you use a heating element in you bath the water is going to freeze. I empty mine but leave it out. On days it is above freezing I put water out.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2012
12:29 PM

Post #8952969

Congratulations on the hummer Elphaba.

Teddy, glad you had that flicker at your feeder. I have peanuts and sunflower seed out in my open box feeder and have never had one of my flickers even come near it so you're doing well.

We still have some Cedar Waxwings here.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2012
12:30 PM

Post #8952973

The White-crowned Sparrows just love the peanut butter log.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2012
12:31 PM

Post #8952975

Here's a Bewick's Wren.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 3, 2012
1:26 PM

Post #8953051

Teddy, I agreed with Duc ... you're doing so well to have attracted the Flickers. I have not once gotten them to my feeders. Love your B Wren Duc.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2012
3:13 PM

Post #8953272

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.
teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

January 4, 2012
6:58 AM

Post #8954032

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.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 4, 2012
8:13 AM

Post #8954102

After the long period of absence, there are a few of American Goldfinches returned to my backyard feeder the last few days. It's a welcoming sight. Missed those little ones.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 4, 2012
8:51 AM

Post #8954166

On Monday during the snow we had a White-throated Sparrow visit.

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 4, 2012
8:52 AM

Post #8954169

Mourning Doves had been absent but with the cold weather are back...

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 4, 2012
8:53 AM

Post #8954170

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker looking awfully rosy cheeked!

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 4, 2012
8:54 AM

Post #8954172

During the worst of the snow the feeders were very busy!

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 4, 2012
12:22 PM

Post #8954388

Willow, glad you are enjoying the jays. Hope they stick around for you.

Teddy, that's a good idea to just set out a pan of water each day.

Lily, glad your goldfinches are beginning to return.

Nanny, glad your doves have returned. Your little birds sure are lucky to find the food you put out for them. Love the rosy cheeks shot.


This Cedar Waxwing sure blended into the surroundings.


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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 4, 2012
12:23 PM

Post #8954389

This little Yellow-rumped Warbler was busy searching for a meal.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

January 4, 2012
6:01 PM

Post #8954738

I am still taking hundreds of bluebird pics each day. And now and then I get one I especially like. This one is from this morning.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 4, 2012
6:16 PM

Post #8954753

Lovely photos duc!

Real neat catch on that one Dave!

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!

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 4, 2012
7:48 PM

Post #8954892

Nice work everyone!

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.

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Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2012
7:55 PM

Post #8954901

Feeders have been busy here in Ohio also during the snow and after...

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Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2012
7:56 PM

Post #8954906

Cardinal waiting his turn...

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Ladi_Burd
Norwalk, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2012
7:58 PM

Post #8954908

lots of Juncos...counted over 20 in the yard at one time...

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 4, 2012
8:23 PM

Post #8954943

So many great shots here from everyone!

Ladi- Love the look on that Cardinals face!

Nanny, Love that Pileated!

Dave, Great catch on the Bluebird!

Duc, Love all your birds!
2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

January 4, 2012
8:43 PM

Post #8954962

Thanks Nanny and Pelle. I just happened to catch the female in almost the exact same position three days ago. Didn't look at those pictures until now.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2012
8:57 AM

Post #8955271

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!

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2012
9:15 AM

Post #8955287

Dave, I can only dream of capturing a bird in flight like your bbs. Beautiful photos!

Nanny, that pileated is really awesome! I can't even get a flicker to land on any of my suets or feeders and look what you're catching-wow!

Burn, we need more people like your sister that will feed birds like the orioles. Great photo.

Ladi, great photos of your finch, cardinal and junco! That cardinal sure is beautiful.

I don't have any photos yet so here's one of my older Bewick's Wrens.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2012
10:59 AM

Post #8955408

Beautiful Bluebirds and Cardinals. Wish we had those colorful ones out here.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 5, 2012
12:16 PM

Post #8955495

Fabulous shots of birds everyone. I'm so far behind so I can't make individual compliment to each as I'd like. Not much going on around here except a couple migrating water fowls.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 4a)

January 5, 2012
12:41 PM

Post #8955531

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.

We were thrilled to have a winter Robin.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2012
4:32 PM

Post #8955853

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.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 5, 2012
4:41 PM

Post #8955879

The Orange-crowned Warbler is soooo cute, Elphy.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2012
4:58 PM

Post #8955917

Super pics, everyone! Starting the next thread now, link to follow shortly . . . here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1236129/

Resin


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