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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 20, 2012
9:25 AM

Post #8975406

For those that are just joining us, you might be interested, in viewing some more amazing photos of birds, that everyone on here have shared. Go to this link: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1237129/

You are also welcome, to share what you see in your area with us.

I did not have my winter bird visit this year, so I will be sharing my year round birds, with you.

Starting off with the Downy Woodpecker.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 20, 2012
9:41 AM

Post #8975413

And a bigger woodpecker, the Hairy.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 20, 2012
9:43 AM

Post #8975415

One of the many, Mourning Doves.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 20, 2012
9:45 AM

Post #8975417

The sweetie of the yard, the Black-capped Chickadee.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 20, 2012
9:48 AM

Post #8975420

And everyone knows the cute American Goldfinch.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 20, 2012
10:01 AM

Post #8975428

Nice ones burn!

Thanks for starting the new thread!
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 20, 2012
11:13 AM

Post #8975494

Great shots Burn. That Dee is so darned cute. What!! No Purple Finch?? LOL
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

January 20, 2012
11:17 AM

Post #8975501

Good yard birds, burn. I don't have a lot of variety right now, but sure have numbers. Mostly goldfinches, House Finches and juncos.

A little bird bokeh. Daddy with a goldfinch and House Finch in the background.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

January 20, 2012
11:20 AM

Post #8975508

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker has moved to a Live Oak in the back yard. Wrapped it right after this shot. He drilled these holes in a couple of hours, you can imagine what he does over time. Would kill the tree, the sap just flows out of the holes.

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 20, 2012
12:10 PM

Post #8975564

GrannyGrunt wrote:Great shots Burn. That Dee is so darned cute. What!! No Purple Finch?? LOL



Nothing more I can say!! LOL

Nice ones red!!
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 20, 2012
3:42 PM

Post #8975786

A Male Cardinal snacking on safflower seeds.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 20, 2012
3:43 PM

Post #8975788

Meet Stubby. Not sure what happened to his tail, but he does not seem to need it. LOL

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 20, 2012
4:58 PM

Post #8975863

Cold is really bringing in the Cardinals...at one point this evening I counted 11 male Cardinals. I didn't even count the females!

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 20, 2012
5:24 PM

Post #8975885

red, I love your "3 birds in 1 shot". Here is the Hummingbird sharing the feeder with some bees.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 20, 2012
6:02 PM

Post #8975920

GG, I have no snow shoes or Raindeer to go hunting for the Purple Finch. 8o) Aww handsome birds you have with tail or no tail.

Now,now Nanny, don't you encourage her... what a colorful yard you had, with all those Cardinals. Would love to have a sighting of one for my life list.

Red, very nice Sapsucker shot, and the 3 in one too.

GP, so nice to see a Hummmer through your post.

A few Crow from a few weeks ago.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 20, 2012
6:11 PM

Post #8975925

Blue Jay on the platform feeder.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 20, 2012
6:35 PM

Post #8975953

LOL Burn. Nice shots all.

Nanny, those females will shout discrimination!! LOL

Here is an "almost got 'em" shot of a Tufted Titmouse. Those little suckers really can move!!

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 21, 2012
3:03 AM

Post #8976138

burn, very artistic "black and white" crow shot.
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

January 21, 2012
5:55 AM

Post #8976221

Granny, a lot time bird without tails have had them frozen to the ground, especially those that roost on the ground. Cardinals aren't ground roosters, but could have still frozen to a branch while roosting. Poor bird, the feathers will grow back, but the birds need them to maneuver in flight. We are having a mild winter, good for the birds.

A junco taking flight.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 21, 2012
7:39 AM

Post #8976334

Thanks Red. That is good to know. It has been super cold here and the trees and brush have been covered in frost in the mornings. I would rather think he lost his tail that way rather than having almost been caught by some critter.

I love that shot of the Junco. It is wonderful.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 21, 2012
8:03 AM

Post #8976364

Great photos in the last thread. Elphaba thanks for correcting my moorhen species.

Burn, thanks for the new start. I love your "year round" birds.

Red, that shot with the bb and finches is really interesting and colorful. Love that sapsucker-wow! Sorry that it's damaging the tree, but it's such a beautiful bird.

Granny, your Stubby is adorable. Great shot of the wings on your titmouse.

Nanny, your birds look like they're grateful for the food. Keep warm.

Here's one of my mourning doves.





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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 21, 2012
8:04 AM

Post #8976366

A crow waiting for me to fill a feeder.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 21, 2012
8:04 AM

Post #8976367

A house finch.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 21, 2012
8:05 AM

Post #8976369

One robin was bathing and was so fast that I missed his wing but got the outline with the water.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 21, 2012
9:00 AM

Post #8976442

Handsome Crow Duc. I really like that shot of the Robins. Neat. Wish I could get some Crows interested in my back yard. Darned things.
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

January 21, 2012
10:48 AM

Post #8976590

Nice birds, duc. This is a pic of one of the backyard bluebirds nearly grown sons from this morning.

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thebestmissy
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 21, 2012
12:24 PM

Post #8976664

I just got back from a birding trip to the Rio Grande Valley in far south Texas. We saw 94 species with a few more to identify. I'll post a few pics of some highlight birds.

The first is a Brown Jay. It's a review species in Texas that hadn't been seen in about 5 years. We saw it at Salineno, TX on 1/16/2012.

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thebestmissy
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 21, 2012
12:32 PM

Post #8976682

Common Pauraque - Estero Llano Grande State Park, Weslaco, TX

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thebestmissy
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 21, 2012
12:35 PM

Post #8976683

Clay-colored Thrush - Bentsen-Rio Grand Valley State Park, Mission, TX

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thebestmissy
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 21, 2012
12:36 PM

Post #8976686

Hooded Oriole - Salineno, TX

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thebestmissy
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 21, 2012
12:37 PM

Post #8976687

Audubon's Oriole - Salineno, TX

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thebestmissy
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 21, 2012
12:38 PM

Post #8976689

Altamira Oriole - Salineno, TX

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thebestmissy
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 21, 2012
12:39 PM

Post #8976691

Green Jay - Bentsen-Rio Grand Valley State Park, Mission, TX

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thebestmissy
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 21, 2012
12:40 PM

Post #8976692

last one - Great Kiskadee - Bentsen-Rio Grand Valley State Park, Mission, TX

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 21, 2012
2:48 PM

Post #8976871

Nice set! Hadn't realised Brown Jay was quite so rare in TX.

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

January 21, 2012
3:48 PM

Post #8976922

Nice group of birds. Love the Green Jay.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 21, 2012
4:06 PM

Post #8976934

Bentsen-Rio Grand Valley State Park, Mission, TX...Need to go there!! Great pics missy!
thebestmissy
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 21, 2012
5:10 PM

Post #8976993

Nanny, I highly recommend it. It is very easily accessible and doesn't require a lot of walking, if you don't want to. They have trams that run frequently and go to different stops in the park. You could spend over a week there and not see all the birding sites within 1.5 hours of Mission. Lots of great fresh citrus and Mexican food, too!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 21, 2012
5:34 PM

Post #8977018

Looks like a great place Missy! Love your set of pics!
teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

January 21, 2012
5:49 PM

Post #8977038

Hey critterologist, I would love to make one of those feeders, but I have no way to keep the tree rats out of them, we have trees all around our house and the only way to keep them out of the feeder is to either have the upside down suet feeder and a wire screen around the round feeder. I guess I could find a way to put a wire screen around the log so only the woodpeckers can get it, I would have to really consider where to hang it, I might be able to hang it on the side of the tree in front, if I can fix it so the squirrels can't get to it. I have crunchy peanut butter that I got specially for the woodpeckers, and I am itching to use it. The crushed red pepper flakes works but not too well. I can try to put the peanut butter in really deep so they can't get to it, how does that sound? Any advice would be appreciated.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 21, 2012
8:41 PM

Post #8977182

Love the robins in the birdbath and those TX birds are really beautiful.
Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

January 21, 2012
10:57 PM

Post #8977230

thebestmissy,
Great set of pictures. It appears you had as much fun as we did birding the same area last month. How long did you have to wait to see the Brown Jays? We kept missing them and spent more than ten hours over three days waiting before seeing them. Although, itís not much of a hardship killing time in Salineno Birding Area.

This is a picture of the same Hooded Oriole perched on the same re-bar, as the picture you posted above.

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Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

January 21, 2012
10:59 PM

Post #8977233

Great Gray Owl (Strix nebuosa)
Anchorage, Alaska 1/21/2011

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Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

January 21, 2012
11:05 PM

Post #8977234

"See my talons, you better stay back there."

Great Gray Owl (Strix nebuosa) Anchorage, Alaska 1/21/2011

Additional pictures of the Great Gray Owl are posted in the thread "Birds in winter scenes."

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 21, 2012
11:48 PM

Post #8977246

Nice shots everyone. That Owl looks scary. Like the Texas birds. I had the fortune to see a few of them while in McAllen Tx last summer at the old pump station near the border. I have not seen a Sapsucker in ages. With the icy weather, I had lots of visitors today. This is one of them - female cowbird.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 21, 2012
11:48 PM

Post #8977247

Another shot

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 22, 2012
5:39 AM

Post #8977373

Beautiful shots Grasmussen and Meth. That owl looks ominous.

Here is a shot of House and Gold Finch during the snow yesterday. Did not take them very long to empty the feeders.

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thebestmissy
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2012
6:41 AM

Post #8977429

Grasmussen, We were very lucky in Salineno. We waited about 1 1/2 hour to see the Brown Jay. We got there at about 9 am, and it had already been there at about 8 am that morning, so we were a bit dubious. He showed up again at about 10:30 am, so we got to see him. That's funny that our Hooded Oriole photos are alike. I'll bet you did a double-take.
Very cool owl photos!

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

January 22, 2012
7:10 AM

Post #8977459

We have had an unusually large amount of I think they are supposed to be purple headed finches, they are a lot more this year than I have seen in a while. Here is a picture where I caught two of them on the round feeder at the same time, I thought it was a pretty good shot. Something is wrong with my Irfanview, I can auto adjust colors but when I try to save it it won't let me do it. That is why my pictures are kinda foggy, I take them through the front door glass.

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Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 22, 2012
7:56 AM

Post #8977504

Had a go at it in photoshop . . .

Resin

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Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 22, 2012
8:24 AM

Post #8977528

Nothing new here, but I wanted to stop by and catch up on all your beautiful photos !
teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

January 22, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #8977672

Thanks Resin, I don't know what is wrong with that darn Irfanview, it did not do that before. My hubby said I have to rename the file, I did not have to do that before either. I was thinking of loading another program to fix up the pictures, is Photoshop a good program to install? I have some pictures I would like to fix up and am going to try to get some more pictures this afternoon.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
12:09 PM

Post #8977754

Red, great shot of your bb.

Missy, great photos of all the birds. That green jay is so beautiful and congrats on the brown jay sighting.

Love that owl Gras.

Met, pretty cowbird.

Granny, cute shot of your finches.

Teddy cute finches there too.

Another crow photo for you.


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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
12:10 PM

Post #8977756

We have a new bald eagle here that looks like it's got nesting materials in the talons.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
12:11 PM

Post #8977758

Can't recall if I posted this male cowbird.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
12:11 PM

Post #8977759

Here's a lesser goldfinch about to drink some water.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
12:12 PM

Post #8977760

A pair of robins.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 22, 2012
12:13 PM

Post #8977762

Oh it sure does duc...nice catch on the eagle!

Hard to see but this Brown Creeper was really checking every nook & cranny for food yesterday!

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Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

January 22, 2012
12:23 PM

Post #8977769

missy, you used the singular when referring to the Brown Jay. When we were there in early December, an adult and a yellow billed immature bird always came together.

Quoting: Hadn't realized Brown Jay was quite so rare in TX

Resin, Brown Jays rarely cross the Rio Grand River, from the Mexican side. I was told the only records in Texas have been at feeding stations along a forty mile stretch of the river.

Actually, I wasnít surprised by the Hooded Oriole photos. I believe only one male Hooded was there, and it always slipped in to the same feeder hanging on that re-bar.

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

January 22, 2012
3:26 PM

Post #8978026

mama red bellied woodpecker eating some suet.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 22, 2012
4:05 PM

Post #8978071

Enjoying all of the great pictures. Love the Robins, Duc--they remind me of warmer weather. LOL

Here is a White Crowned Sparrow, a House Sparrow, and an out-of-focus woodpecker (not sure if it is a Downy or Hairy, would suspect that it is a Downy). Did not see the woodpecker until I uploaded the pictures.

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Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

January 22, 2012
5:07 PM

Post #8978162

Here is a flock of American Robins, I took yesterday, to remind you what time of the year it really is. The wind blew a new storm in last night, and blew all the beautiful hoar frost away. At least it warmed up above 0 F.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 22, 2012
5:28 PM

Post #8978190

Wow wow, when I stepped away for a little while and look at all those that I missed. Very nice pix everyone. I can't make individual comment, though, I enjoyed learning more Jays than just the one I get down East, and those out West that Duc often sees. The Owl is scary looking, I agree.

? Downy woodpecker? Cute little one.

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Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 23, 2012
1:18 AM

Post #8978472

Yep, Downy Woodpecker

Resin
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

January 23, 2012
3:39 AM

Post #8978511

I've been reading about an over-abundance of Snowy Owls to the North. Birdwatchers are going out to see one and seeing two or three at a time. Keep your eyes open, Northerners!
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 23, 2012
5:49 AM

Post #8978626

Beautiful shots on this thread. Robins appear here in mid March and remain through the summer. And here is a flock of them sitting in a frosted tree in Alaska!

Here, a Goldfinch is sharing a feeder with a male Cardinal. The Cardinal looks as though he is not too thrilled with this arrangement. LOL

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 23, 2012
5:51 AM

Post #8978629

White-Crowned Sparrow.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 23, 2012
6:18 AM

Post #8978658

GG, I regcon the Robins lost their way perhaps? Nice pix of the Goldfinch and Cardinal combo. I think I've a white-crowned Sparrow, but it has yellow marking on the top of the head, is that a gender thing? It has been very mild a winter here. I think 'our' goldfinch is about to molt thinking it's spring. Oh thanks Resin for the Downy I.D confirmation as well.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 23, 2012
9:00 AM

Post #8978963

Seems like forever since I saw a White-crowned...nice ones GG!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 23, 2012
1:20 PM

Post #8979377

OMG. Missy and Gary,too funny about the Hooded Oriole!


I haven't seen a robin for ages, guess they are all up in Alaska.

This thread is going too fast for me!!!

Finally got a chance to download some stuff. First up, I've had good numbers (for me) of American Goldfinch. During storms, the most I've seen this winter are about 13. Here are some.

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 23, 2012
1:21 PM

Post #8979381

My sister and nephew made this cute seed bell for us for Christmas. I took this picture to show them that it was a hit.

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 23, 2012
1:23 PM

Post #8979384

Rut Roh! Then this beauty stopped by. So far, I haven not seen any of the hawks catch anything. I've had about 5 sightings in the yard this year.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 23, 2012
2:20 PM

Post #8979470

That is not fair that your hawk sits so nice on the fence for you!
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 23, 2012
3:21 PM

Post #8979566

Yeah Marna--what did you do, threaten it?
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 23, 2012
3:41 PM

Post #8979594

Mourning Dove coming in for a landing.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2012
3:43 PM

Post #8979600

Oh what a beauty. You all take such good pictures. Amazing.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 23, 2012
4:06 PM

Post #8979636

Great photo of the Hawk, Mrs-Ed !!! The one I see here like to hide among the branches in the neighbord's tree. DH saw one grab a Dove, behind the house, yesterday.

Best missy, beautiful assortement of birds. It great to see birds from other area.

Gary your caption on the Owl, goes so well with the pic. I'd stay back for sure.

Great pictures all.

The Pigeon are being a nuisance now, had only two at the start of winter, they have told a some friends of the buffet table here.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 23, 2012
4:18 PM

Post #8979663

The Blue Jay are very picky about their peanuts.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 23, 2012
4:52 PM

Post #8979738

I been throwing cat food out there to get the Starlings off the suet, it works, and the crows loves it too.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 23, 2012
5:12 PM

Post #8979773

Nice shots Burn. Love the Crow. Nanny told me to throw cat food out to attract the crows to my back yard--neighbor's big fat tom cat ate it!!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 23, 2012
5:19 PM

Post #8979782

Thanks GG, the birds get to the cat food, before a cat ever appears here. I see a cat once in a while, mostly in the morning. You did a nice job with the Dove landing.
ginger749

January 23, 2012
9:04 PM

Post #8980026

Guess I had better join in.

This is a young Duck that flys in to share the Horse food.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 24, 2012
5:29 AM

Post #8980205

Oh my goodness ginger, love that shot.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 24, 2012
7:54 AM

Post #8980415

GrannyGrunt wrote:Nice shots Burn. Love the Crow. Nanny told me to throw cat food out to attract the crows to my back yard--neighbor's big fat tom cat ate it!!


LOL!!! I don't understand your crows GG! Mine come almost on cue for cat food or corn!

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 24, 2012
8:06 AM

Post #8980429

BestMissy, been reading about that Brown Jay and just dying to go see it and the Rose-throated Becard -- so many cool birds down south! Glad you got that jay! and all those great shots.

Wonderful shots everyone! I agree with Mrs. Ed -- this thread is going fast! Almost missed it. Looks like it's warming up for you northern folk. We're supposed to get rain -- yeh! I think we were downgraded from exceptional to extreme drought or is it the other way around? Hard to remember which is worse exceptional or extreme. Might get 4 to 6 inches which would be great.

Missy's shot was better, but I was still pretty happy to find the Great Kiskadee at Sheldon Lake again. I hadn't seen it in months and was afraid it had gone back south.

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Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 24, 2012
8:10 AM

Post #8980431

A friend has 4 varieties of hummingbirds wintering at her house which seems grossly unfair to those of us who have none! I may have heard one in my shrimp plants this morning, so keeping my eyes open. This was my best pic and of course I cut off its tail. Then again usually my clearest pic is one in which I have cut off the head -- way better to cut off the tail. I think this was one of 3 Broad-tailed hummers that she has -- 3! Such a hummer hog!

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Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 24, 2012
8:12 AM

Post #8980435

I'll do one more. This pic is pretty awful, but you gotta love Wood Ducks even blurry, far away and on a dark day! Oh and there are a couple of Blue-winged Teal too.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 24, 2012
8:19 AM

Post #8980441

Wow so many wonderful pics from everyone! Great job guys!


*** Just a little reminder- If there is anyone who is interested in starting a Daily Bird Pics thread that hasn't done it before, please D mail me.***

Again, beautiful pics everyone!
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 24, 2012
10:15 AM

Post #8980578

Nanny, I'm amazed you even could find that creeper-great job. I love those fast little guys.

Gras, love your photo. Glad you got a tiny bit of warmer weather-if that's what you call it. brrrrr

Teddy, nice one of your wp.

Granny, cute shot of your birds and the waiting line wp. Awesome capture of the dove!

Lily, love your downy.

Mrs Ed, great photo of your hawk. Love that bell too.

Burn, great photos. Catfood, I'd forgotten about that.

Ginger, love your duck photo.

Elphaba, great photos.

I've been watching this eagle for 3 hours now, just waiting for it to fly off the tree. It's still there! Guess it's not hungry because I can see ducks out on the lake.



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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 24, 2012
10:16 AM

Post #8980581

I suddenly have more Mourning Doves that are coming up to the deck for seeds.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 24, 2012
10:17 AM

Post #8980584

The House Finches have been more active too. This one is cleaning the peanut butter off his bill.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 24, 2012
10:18 AM

Post #8980585

I got up close when this red-tailed hawk was "kiting" the other day.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 24, 2012
10:43 AM

Post #8980620

It's not the crows' fault Nanny, that big fat Tom cat is a hog!!

Love the hummer Elphaba. Fantastic.

Duc, wonderful shots all, but I just love the Finch cleaning his bill. How wonderful it must be to be able to see and photograph an Eagle. Mourning Doves are busy here also. Yesterday and the day before, I counted over 50 feeding on the feeders, and on the ground. Guess the bad weather brought them in.

Here is a Titmouse getting ready to select just the right peanut. LOL

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 24, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #8980623

Another Titmouse. I have a lot of them here and they all love this peanut feeder.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2012
10:45 AM

Post #8980625

New visitors; for years I've only seen one pair, maybe two pair though at different time. This is my first time seeing a half dozen of these Pekin ducks together. They maybe domesticated ducks on the loose? Duc, I've seen an eagle hunting in my backyard, that is something I don't enjoy watching, though I know they gotta eat. I'd rather see them eating "shushi" rather than those that has feathers like that of their own. Yike!

Kell, cute little duckling. Elphy you've seen some colorful birds, and how lucky is your friends who has hummingbirds wintering there nearby.

GG, your "crash landing" Mourning Dove is a nice shot. Burn, thus far I've not seen any Blue Jays around here, so I enjoyed yours. Thanks.

Mrs. Ed. would you please ask your sis and nephew to share the recipe (on our bird feeders thread)? I purchased a bag of nuts labeled for woodpeckers, I'd like to make some "cakes" for them.

While we on the subject of the colorful birds. Red, those sapsackers are beautifully colored. I've some nice shots of them. I agreed with others who commented that "too bad they cause much damage on young trees". I too had lost a young tree in the garden, but thought it was our work in the garden that caused the tree demise. Looking back I think I know better. I still love those "suckers". lol

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 24, 2012
10:46 AM

Post #8980627

Last, but not least, a Chickadee, and you can see one of its eyes!! I have a heck of a time trying to get decent pictures of these little guys. Lots of pictures, from the rear!! LOL

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2012
10:47 AM

Post #8980628

GG, love that Titmouse that picks and chooses her/his peanuts. So cute!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2012
10:53 AM

Post #8980636

hah, sorry GG I kept interupting. Those dee dee dees are cutie pies. They don't ever sit still, do they? lol

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2012
10:58 AM

Post #8980645

I was hoping I'd spot a Purple finch, but I afraid it's just another variant of the House Finch? Brightly colored fella all the same. :)

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2012
11:18 AM

Post #8980664

Some kind of Grebe 'fishing' near by.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

January 24, 2012
12:54 PM

Post #8980765

Lots of good pics. I'm in the Dallas area for a few days. A couple of Rock Pigeon near Plano.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

January 24, 2012
12:55 PM

Post #8980775

A Downy WP that was drumming on this dead limb.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 24, 2012
2:25 PM

Post #8980890

Gee lots of nice pics today...can't really pick a favorite!!

Was sitting here thinking this morning( I really try not to do that!) but any way...thought We haven't had a pileated woodpecker for a bit now. I guess because it has been so mild they just have had no need to come here for food. So of course you know who showed up later in the day!!

First to come was the Mrs...

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 24, 2012
2:26 PM

Post #8980891

Followed by the Mr...

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 24, 2012
2:27 PM

Post #8980892

He kind of got his knot up here in this one!!

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 24, 2012
2:29 PM

Post #8980895

Starlings...The 3 Amigos maybe???

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 24, 2012
3:10 PM

Post #8980926

Nice shots Pileated Queen.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 24, 2012
3:58 PM

Post #8980988

Lily_love wrote:I was hoping I'd spot a Purple finch, but I afraid it's just another variant of the House Finch? Brightly colored fella all the same. :)


Yep, House Finch; and Pied-billed Grebe next.

Resin
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

January 25, 2012
5:32 AM

Post #8981520

Pileateds are neat birds. Don't have many in my neck of the woods.

One of the lovliest ducks in the world, the beautiful Muscovy.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 25, 2012
5:39 AM

Post #8981533

Nice pic. red. Thank you Resin for the confirmation on the two type of birds above. Male Cardinal and Chipping Sparrow (?). Lot of Gold Finches this am in the backyard.

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

January 25, 2012
7:28 AM

Post #8981649

I guess I might as well give up on trying to get the Pileated to eat here, I can't figure out some way to entice him without the squirrels eating whatever I put out for him. So I will just enjoy seeing your pictures and have a bit of pileated jealousy if that is ok. We rent, we don't own our house so I don't think the landlord would like it if we started nailing things to the trees. I thought he would like it here, there are trees everywhere around this house and I guess I could try to find one of those pileated suet feeders, but they are expensive and I would have to order one, and I have no guarantee that they would use it even if I did, I heard one of their enemies are squirrels, and there are a lot of them here.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2012
9:20 AM

Post #8981780

Granny, cute titmouse and dee photos. Where do you find such nice peanuts? We have to buy them in shells and then clean them.

Lily, love the ducks.

Red, pretty pigeons and wp. Nice shot of the muscovy.

Nanny, I'm again jealous. Love that pileated!


Here's a through the window closeup of a female house finch.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2012
9:20 AM

Post #8981782

Another window shot of a ruby-crowned kinglet.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2012
9:25 AM

Post #8981788

My hubby asked me if I wanted this new gadget for my camera (of course he was just kidding)-it's really awesome, check it out. I know Dave will soon have one!
http://vimeo.com/35432485


And, doesn't it look like this cedar waxwing is wearing dark glasses rather than his normal mask?

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 25, 2012
9:29 AM

Post #8981794

OMG!!! How cool would that be!!

Hey that CW does look like he has sunglasses on!
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 25, 2012
10:10 AM

Post #8981842

Duc, love those shots, but that CW is a hoot. Wow, that new gadget is wonderful. So when ya gonna get one?

I buy the peanuts from Dr's. Foster and Smith.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=8430

Free shipping over $49 and they are very reliable and have good products. Just purchased some safflower seed from them. If the Titmice keep at it, I will soon have to replenish my supply of peanuts. What is nice about these shelled peanuts are that they are pieces, so the little birds can easily handle them.

pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 25, 2012
10:50 AM

Post #8981863

That gadget would be great!

Duc, Great window shot of the Kinglet! Love the Cedar Waxwing too!
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2012
12:25 PM

Post #8981942

Granny, I doubt I'll ever get one of those gadgets, but I can dream! Thanks for the info on the peanuts.
2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

January 25, 2012
2:14 PM

Post #8982102

This morning I looked out at the tree line about 500 feet behind the house, and saw these two hawks sitting side by side. They stayed put long enough for me to get lots of pictures but it was so early the light was poor and I wasn't able to get anything to brag about. Then they both flew to a tree in our yard and perched about 10 feet apart, then flew off together. Thankfully none of the song birds showed up while they were there. I have never seen two working together like that.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

January 25, 2012
2:18 PM

Post #8982107

Went down by the holly tree this morning and waited for most of an hour. Finally my patience was rewarded when the female bluebird showed up and I finally got an in focus shot.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

January 25, 2012
2:22 PM

Post #8982110

And this shot of the bluebirds arguing about something at the nest box this morning.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

January 25, 2012
2:23 PM

Post #8982113

And finally, a Northern Flicker as it leaves the gum tree in our yard

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

January 25, 2012
2:30 PM

Post #8982116

Oh, I forgot this one of the female bluebird taking off from the top of the pear tree

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 25, 2012
2:47 PM

Post #8982134

Fabulous pics. as usual Cousin Dave, I love them all but especially favor the Northern Flicker in flight. Duc, I agreed with everyone the CW is a cool shot! Nanny, I would love to get a glimpse at the Pileated woodpecker, just once. So green with envy here.
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 25, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #8982156

Dave, love those Bluebirds. Absolutely beautiful.

A Titmouse enjoying his snack.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 25, 2012
3:06 PM

Post #8982158

He must have dropped his snack, went down into the snow to retrieve it and dropped it again. Note the water droplets on his beak. I was looking elsewhere when he flew down and back after retrieving the morsel the first time. When I Iooked back, he was looking down at it.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #8982283

Cute Granny!
Dave, I saw 2 hawks doing that the other day. Must be getting close to Valentines Day -- yuck!
Duc, cool window shots!
Lily, I'm always hoping for Purple Finches too! Keep trying. House finches are nice though too.
Red, nice pic of that ugly duck!
Nanny, glad you pils are still around. They know to come when summoned by the queen.

I had a new yardbird show up yesterday. Finally got an OK shot of him today in the rain. I've seen them down south, but this is the first one in the yard, a Bronzed Cowbird. I suppose that I shouldn't hope for a cowbird to stick around, but I would like to get a photo of him and his red eye in the sun!

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 26, 2012
2:18 AM

Post #8982554

Congrats on the new bird Elphaba!

Wonderful pics Dave and GG!

***Later on nanny_56 will be starting a new thread.***
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 26, 2012
8:08 AM

Post #8982826

Dave, love all your photos, but that one on the holly is gorgeous.

Granny, cute feeder photos.

Elphaba, congrats on your new cowbird. He's handsome.

Here's a cute House Finch.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 26, 2012
8:29 AM

Post #8982875

I want to thank everyone for their great contributions to this thread!

Now let's move to the new one...see you there!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1239504/

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