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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
[quote] Hadn't realized Brown Jay was quite so rare in TX [/quote]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!