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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 26, 2012
8:23 AM

Post #8982857

We came from here http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1238666/

I wish I had a really good shot to open with, but sometimes you just have to work with what you get!

It is around this time of year that the Pileated Woodpeckers will start to visit almost every day. This will continue thru nesting and usually they will bring the fledglings a few times. By then it is peak bug season and their visits to the yard become less and less frequent. But they are still seen and heard around the neighborhood!

Yesterday I had 2 males come several times...

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 26, 2012
8:24 AM

Post #8982862

This a really bad shot but still I just have to share it! lol

There goes one!

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 26, 2012
8:26 AM

Post #8982867

It was interesting to watch the second one going all over and around the tree.

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 26, 2012
8:27 AM

Post #8982870

Even down on the ground...which is really common for pileateds.

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 26, 2012
8:28 AM

Post #8982872

And around and back he came!

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 26, 2012
9:57 AM

Post #8982945

Wonderful start to the new thread Nanny. I love seeing Pileateds. And, in my opinion, there is no such thing as a "bad" shot of a pileated. I hear them, but have never seen them except on the thread. My goodness, that shot of that guy on the ground really shows how large these birds are. Love 'em all.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 26, 2012
10:57 AM

Post #8982996

Thank you for the nice start nanny!
You are so lucky to have those big old trees that the Pileated Woodpeckers love to visit along with your suet!
Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 26, 2012
5:07 PM

Post #8983452

Beautiful woodpeckers! I can't seem to attract them. Any suggestions ?
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 26, 2012
6:14 PM

Post #8983561

You've picked a great bird to start out with, Nanny. I`m very pleased you can share them with us. I see one here, once in a while, for a very short period of time.
It was a great end to the old thread, Duc with the House Finch.

A Mourning Dove and Starling relaxing together.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 26, 2012
6:16 PM

Post #8983563

A landing on a wire.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 26, 2012
6:18 PM

Post #8983565

Goldfinch soaking in the sun,

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 27, 2012
2:54 AM

Post #8983757

Countrymom wrote:Beautiful woodpeckers! I can't seem to attract them. Any suggestions ?


Any large, old trees close to where you live? If no, then move somewhere there are!

Resin
Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 27, 2012
8:52 AM

Post #8984106

Resin - LOL! No, there aren't any large trees in our yard. There are a couple small, young, pines. So, that is why they don't come to my yard ?

burn_2007 - Love the mourning dove and starling resting together. Sweet photo.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 27, 2012
1:04 PM

Post #8984391

Nanny, thank you for the new start. I can't believe you were wishing for a "good shot" to open it with-good grief! I'd love to say that I'd taken those photos of the pileated! You don't know how lucky you are. Love your photos.

Burn, nice photos of your cute birds. I'm now up to 4 starlings and they're so pretty.

It was really foggy yesterday but my female purple finch stood still for a long distance photo.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 27, 2012
1:05 PM

Post #8984394

This ruby-crowned kinglet is so intent on finding peanut butter in the log that it doesn't even notice when I take pictures.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 27, 2012
1:07 PM

Post #8984396

The same goes for the two bewick's wrens. Look how chubby this little one is.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 27, 2012
1:08 PM

Post #8984401

Here's the two together. I got so tickled with them looking at me through the window that I did finally go out and refill the holes with the peanut butter.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 27, 2012
1:49 PM

Post #8984456

Nice pics burn and duc just love the kinglet!!

Countrymom...Do you know if you have pileateds in your area?

I live in an area with lots of wooded areas around my house. It took me almost 2 years to get them coming on a some what regular schedule. Making sure suet was always out when they were looking for food. I used to get up very early and get it out since I can't leave it out over night due to raccoons. Now they know they suet doesn't get out as early as it used too, so they know to come later in the morning! lol
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 27, 2012
2:39 PM

Post #8984522

Great pictures. Duc, that is a chubby wren. Love it.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 27, 2012
5:57 PM

Post #8984748

Countrymom wrote:Resin - LOL! No, there aren't any large trees in our yard. There are a couple small, young, pines. So, that is why they don't come to my yard ?


'Fraid it very likely is. Woodpeckers do like to be close to large trees. Flickers are the ones most likely to occur away from trees, but even there, not too distant. How far are you from the nearest decent-sized trees? ["decent-sized" = 10m or more tall / 20cm or more trunk diameter]

Resin

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 27, 2012
6:39 PM

Post #8984810

yeah...you need big trees for them to land on...though they like to look for bugs in and around stumps and dead partial trees!

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

January 29, 2012
10:08 AM

Post #8986592

I always enjoy pileateds. Don't see them often. Good birds, duc and burn. Ran across this pic of a Yellow-crowned Night Heron I'd never processed. Taken near the South Canadian River in Norman.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

January 29, 2012
10:11 AM

Post #8986596

I was near the Canadian yesterday and spotted a pair of Carolina Wrens and a Marsh wren. This is the Carolina, no pic of the Marsh Wren. The Carolinas were along the road and flew when I exited the vehicle, but a little pishing brought them back.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

January 29, 2012
10:13 AM

Post #8986600

A Savannah Sparrow feeding on broadcast chicken scratch behind the house.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 29, 2012
10:15 AM

Post #8986605

Nan, thank you for the new thread. I'm so longing for just one Pileated wp in my backyard having watching yours, lol. I'm with GG, "there isn't such thing as a 'bad' shot of the Pileated..." Absolutely NOT! Duc, love your RC Kinglet, those currious birds can be hard to capture a pic. of. It's so sweet, when our birds can almost convey their wishes to us in someway. lol Countrymom, like you I've not gotten any Pileated wps here, the difference is that although, I've large trees but there is an open area in the vicinity seems to be a factor that I couldn't attract Pileated wps. I understood they like to frequent densly wooded area? That said, I've NOT given up on hope to see them in the garden one of these lucky days. lol

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 29, 2012
10:30 AM

Post #8986620

Red, we've cross posted. Nice to see the a different kind of Heron than what I'm used to around here. Love the backyard birds as always. Today, I've a visit by a pair Cedar Waxwings. I love these almost- mystical looking birds. 1st time I saw them in the garden was back in 2009 or 2010, none were sighted last year. Until today. Yes!!!

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 29, 2012
10:35 AM

Post #8986625

Wonderful pictures everyone. Nice shot of the Heron Red.

LL, I heard the Pileateds drumming in the woods behind the house yesterday. They are all around me, but try as I may, I have never gotten to seen one of them up close and in feathers!! LOL

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 29, 2012
10:40 AM

Post #8986632

GG, for the size of the birds, I can imagine the drumming they make! lol. I need to keep out an ear for them. ;))

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 29, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #8986636

While shotting numerous photos of the CWs pair. I happened upon these attractive couple. Chipping Sparrows?

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 29, 2012
12:37 PM

Post #8986753

Red, that yellow-crowned photo is beautiful.

Lily, so glad the waxwings showed up for you. I love them.


This Red-winged Blackbird showed up at the feeder.


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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 29, 2012
12:38 PM

Post #8986755

Found this Western Bluebird when we took our dogs for a walk in the park.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 29, 2012
12:40 PM

Post #8986758

The Acorn Woodpeckers are so much fun to see, hear and photograph.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 29, 2012
12:41 PM

Post #8986760

After I took that last photo, I got this one. Kinda thought the bird was telling me "no more pictures"!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 29, 2012
1:16 PM

Post #8986797

Red, looks like you had a nice outing...love that heron. Would like to see one of those!

Nice ones Lily! Looks so nice at your house!

Really nice shot of the Western Blue duc!

Red-bellied Woodpecker grabbing a bite!

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 29, 2012
1:18 PM

Post #8986803

Male Cardinal and a Carolina Chickadee...Guess the cardinal was shy!

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 29, 2012
1:19 PM

Post #8986805

Tufted Titmouse and a female Cardinal...Birds are so happy I finally put out some peanut pieces!

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 29, 2012
1:20 PM

Post #8986808

Downside to that is that it also draws in the Starlings!

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 29, 2012
1:22 PM

Post #8986813

Shot that includes a Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow & a female Cardinal.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 29, 2012
4:49 PM

Post #8987114

Sure does Nanny.

Not much doing here today. Extremely windy. Here is a finch that has her nose where she should have her toes! LOL

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 29, 2012
5:03 PM

Post #8987127

That's sure is a fun catch, GG. Nan, burrrr, that looks so cold where you're!
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

January 29, 2012
5:53 PM

Post #8987189

Like that Western BB, duc. Took a walk along the South Canadian today and found a Townsend's Solitaire another birder had seen, not a lifer, but a first in OK. Also found this Yellow-rumped Warbler.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

January 29, 2012
5:56 PM

Post #8987193

A pic of Daddy on the box this a.m. The warm sunny days seem to increase the bluebirds' interest in the nest box.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 29, 2012
6:05 PM

Post #8987207

Nice Pil shots Nanny!
Duc, love the acorn and way to get that kinglet.
Red, nice Carolina shot. I'm aching for a good a Marsh Wren photo. Those buggers are tough! Nice to see though huh? Beautiful bluebird and YR!
Lily, congrats on the waxwings. I get excited when they visit my yard too.
Burn, nice landing! Beautiful.

We saw 14 Whooping Cranes yesterday at Aransas Wildlife Refuge. None were very close. This is the best shot that I got and the sun was terrible. Hope they make it. This is another bad year for them. Not a lot of food as a result of the drought.

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Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 29, 2012
6:06 PM

Post #8987212

This Red-shouldered Hawk just posed beautifully!

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 29, 2012
6:17 PM

Post #8987235

Haven't fiddled with the rest of my photos yet. Here's one that I like from the yard though. Doesn't the pattern on this Red-winged Blackbird's back look like an outline of its skeleton?

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MajiA
Kenner, LA

January 29, 2012
6:56 PM

Post #8987302

A warbler in our backyard.

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MajiA
Kenner, LA

January 29, 2012
7:04 PM

Post #8987306

2012's first hummer in our backyard.

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MajiA
Kenner, LA

January 29, 2012
7:05 PM

Post #8987308

Same guy another day...

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 29, 2012
7:14 PM

Post #8987319

Welcome MajiA, how awesome is that you get to see those hummer in the back yard so early in the season. Congrats. Elphy, how exciting could one be to get to see those Whooping Cranes passing by, nice shot even with the uncooperative lighting. Saw many Hawks here too past couple of days. Red, I can't wait to see my BBs. with anticipation they may, just may nest in the garden this year.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 29, 2012
8:00 PM

Post #8987409

Welcome MajiA, those little hummers, make me look forward to spring. They arrive at the beginning of May, here. Great shot of your Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Your Blue bird is so cute. Hope you get a successful year with them.

Nanny, I have Starlings galore here too. The neighbor's tree is full of them. The birds prefer her Maple tree to my Birch. which I have no problem with. ;) I don't find them as messy as the Pigeon and Doves though

Lily, I've notice that the Cedar Waxwings seems to like to be close to water. I've seen them often around rivers and swampy areas. You are well located for them.

Duc, I just love your Acorn Woodpecker.

GG, lol good catch on the leap.

Elphaba, your RS Hawk sure did pose beautifully. Wonderful

The BlueJay don't come as often, as they use too.




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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 29, 2012
8:04 PM

Post #8987417

This little Downy needs a bath.

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

January 30, 2012
7:05 AM

Post #8987813

I am trying to think of a way to entice the pileated to my house, that is if nanny_56 will lend me one LOL! I have a big Cottonwood tree in the front yard a few feet from the house. I have a old log that fell out of the Cottonwood, would that make a good peanut butter feeder for them and would they come? I was going to try to make a pileated woodpecker feeder from scratch, but I don't know if I can, the only suet feeder we have is a regular size that is a upside down one and it is small, I don't think the pileated can fly to it. It is not very far off the ground. Would it be better just to wait until spring when they are busier and try to entice them? I have not heard them hardly at all this winter.
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

January 30, 2012
7:49 AM

Post #8987872

Great shot of the butterbutt, MajiA. This morning's pic of one of the two young male bluebirds that has spent the winter here with his parents. He's on the mealworm feeder. Daddy ran him off right after this shot.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

January 30, 2012
7:50 AM

Post #8987875

A couple of Greater Scaup on the big pond this a.m.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 30, 2012
8:18 AM

Post #8987916

Teddy, now would be a good time to try and get them coming. Natural food is scarce so they are looking for other sources.

Elphaba, how cool you saw the Whooping Cranes!! I have only seen some being led by the light planes so didn't get to add them to my life list!

Hi MajiA!! Great to see you have a hummer!!

Beautiful BB's red! We are expecting 50's and maybe close to 60 for the next 3 days so i hope to maybe get out and walk and see some of ours out around the neighborhood.

from Yesterday...sorry, it is another Pileated...just not much in the yard! lol

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

January 30, 2012
8:52 AM

Post #8987971

What do you mean just another Pileated? If I had them coming to my yard I would probably drown this page in the pictures! I have been trying to figure out how to build a feeder for them from scratch, but it is hard to do, if I make it from wood then I have to protect it somehow from the squirrels chewing on it and from the weather. So if any advice is forthcoming, I would appreciate it, maybe if I have the neighbor help me with the wood part, I could shellac the wood and that would protect it for awhile. What do you think? I sure can't afford to buy one, they are WAY too expensive!

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 30, 2012
8:58 AM

Post #8987976

LOL. My sentiments exactly! No Pileateds around my house either. Use to be before they cut down so many trees. More than 60 mature trees have disappeared from the line of site of my house. My next door neighbor just moved out today. A developer bought her house too, so it's only getting worse! In fact, the pics I'm going to post fit right in with the death of my neighborhood habitat -- vultures!

Oh Maj, Burn, and Red -- truly excellent pictures! Nice one of the Greater Scaup. I've only seen them way the heck out where my binocs can barely pick them out! and Maj -- way cool that hummers are showing up. I have my feeders out, but no takers since earlier this month -- any second now!

Here are a couple of Turkey Vultures.

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Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 30, 2012
9:01 AM

Post #8987983

A close-up. We were driving over this dam and I saw a sign that said "Eagle viewing platform," so we stopped. I took these vulture pics while walking to the platform. Sure enough, there was a Bald Eagle sitting in a tree right through the frame they provided. He was too far off for a good pic, but way cool to just see a sign, stop and see an eagle!

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 30, 2012
9:01 AM

Post #8987984

Red, the young Blue bird is sooo sooo handsome! Neat to see the Greater Scaup. I don't believe I've seen them before in person. Nan, no apology needed for Pileated wp. lol Speaking about woodpeckers. My male Redbellied have came to the suet and seeds feeders on a regular basic. But no sighting of the female. What's up with that anybody knows? Ohhhh, I've a Ruby Crowned Kinglet in the yard! Jumping up with joy.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 30, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #8988004

Nanny, loved that red-bellied with the mouthful-cute! You have a great variety of birds there now. I won't pick on you when you mention "not much in the yard"-love that pileated.

Granny sweet little finch.

Red, great shots of the warbler and bb. Good job with the scaups too.

Elphaba, great job with the crane. I hope they make it too. Pretty light for that hawk.

MajiA, cute hummer and warbler photos. Welcome.

Burn, love the downy and jay pictures.

Found this young Black-crowned Night Heron at the park.












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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 30, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #8988005

Yike, those Vultures look ominous! Elphy. DH and I were passing by a neighborhood this weekend, we saw a flock of hundreds of vultures circling the area. Hubby said, that's an omen that we'd better hurry out of there. He hasn't been known to be suppertitous (sp?) before. lol All joke aside, I love trees it's sad when we have to lose them whether due to natural occurrence or man made.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 30, 2012
9:10 AM

Post #8988006

Here's a threesome of Acorn Woodpeckers.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 30, 2012
9:13 AM

Post #8988014

I can't tell if this is a Myrtle or an Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler.



Also, when you all have time please check out this link to the Bird Watching Magazine. My Rusty Blackbird photo made Photo of the Week. Click on the photo and you can read a little bit of the history.
http://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 30, 2012
9:18 AM

Post #8988020

Congratulations Vicki that is an awesome photo as are all your shots!

Very well deserved! I'm sure we'll see more of your pics published in the future.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 30, 2012
9:41 AM

Post #8988057

ducbucln wrote:I can't tell if this is a Myrtle or an Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler.


Audubon's - note the yellow throat (white in Myrtle)

Resin

PS congrats on the Rusty Blackbird photo!
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 30, 2012
10:28 AM

Post #8988138

Thanks Pelle and Resin.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 30, 2012
11:27 AM

Post #8988206

Duc, CONGRATS!!! That's an excellent Rusty photo and what a great sighting for your area! Nice acorn threesome shot too.

Lily, way to get that kinglet! They're so fast.
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 30, 2012
12:16 PM

Post #8988259

My goodness you folks are rocking!! Gorgeous shots all. Duc, the "telling you no shot" is priceless.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 30, 2012
5:22 PM

Post #8988624

Elphy, the kinglet even stopped by the meallies feeder;

Duc, love your Acorn wps they're awesome!

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 30, 2012
6:32 PM

Post #8988714

Chipping Sparrow.

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

January 31, 2012
7:39 AM

Post #8989293

Here is something I wanted to share with you, my friends. This is me feeding a squirrel by hand!

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 31, 2012
8:26 AM

Post #8989328

teddy_8905 wrote:Here is something I wanted to share with you, my friends. This is me feeding a squirrel by hand!


Not too good an idea, actually - they often carry fleas, and can carry some potentially dangerous diseases.

Resin
Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 31, 2012
12:30 PM

Post #8989600

teddy_8905 - so cute !

Resin - She's right, you know...

Woodpeckers - Thanks for the info everyone. There are some big trees probably 1/4 mile away from us. Doesn't sound like woodpeckers will want to visit my yard :(
Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 31, 2012
12:33 PM

Post #8989603

I meant to add that I am enjoying all the bird photos ! Nothing new in my yard...
MajiA
Kenner, LA

January 31, 2012
1:04 PM

Post #8989639

Lovely photos everyone. I can only imagine how more fun it will be later during the Spring and early Summer :)
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 31, 2012
1:33 PM

Post #8989661

Lily, I bet your little kinglet is really enjoying the worms.

Here's one of my Ruby-crowned Kinglets checking the peanut butter log for goodies.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 31, 2012
1:34 PM

Post #8989663

I think these Mallards were taking turns showing off for the female. There's also a Pied-billed Grebe in this photo.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 31, 2012
1:36 PM

Post #8989667

I caught this female Mallard in the bushes and under the mistletoe.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 31, 2012
1:37 PM

Post #8989670

Think I'll stop with this pair of Acorn Woodpeckers.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 31, 2012
3:57 PM

Post #8989822

Here is one of my many Starlings. These birds are valuable to me. I have not had to pick beetles off of my roses since they moved in. If it costs a bit of suet to keep the flowers nice, so be it.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 31, 2012
3:59 PM

Post #8989824

Here is a shot of my buddy "Mockers". He awakens me in the morning by tapping on my bedroom window; then proceeds to the room where I have my computer and performs for me. LOL

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 31, 2012
6:38 PM

Post #8990053

nice duck shots duc!! lol :)

GG...Those birds seem to know what a special lady you are. Last year Jake and this year your mocker!



The Red-bellied Woodpeckers are really busy these days...we are seeing both the male and female still!

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 31, 2012
6:39 PM

Post #8990056

A fair shot of a Carolina Chickadee...I got an eye!

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 31, 2012
6:41 PM

Post #8990059

A Downy Woodpecker grabbing a peanut!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 31, 2012
6:42 PM

Post #8990063

Red-bellied with a peanut...

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 31, 2012
6:43 PM

Post #8990066

Female Red-bellied...lost of chasing with these two!

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 31, 2012
7:35 PM

Post #8990149

Teddy, love the shot of you feeding the squirrel. That is quite an accomplishment.

Nanny, Jake will soon be returning. Great shots of all of the different woodpeckers. You sure do attract them.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 31, 2012
8:14 PM

Post #8990197

Nanny, great start to the thread and I agree with everyone else. You couldn't possibly post too many photos of Pileated WPs.

Great shots, everyone. Nice to see Mockers, GG.

Teddy, I love that shot of you feeding the squirrel.

I finally have something to share. A tail-less Kookaburra has been a regular visitor for at least two years. These were taken as it sat on the rail outside the kitchen this morning.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 31, 2012
8:15 PM

Post #8990198

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 31, 2012
8:16 PM

Post #8990200

All much of a muchness, but I was so happy to finally have something to post. Its feathers are wet from having a bath in the pond down in the back yard.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 31, 2012
8:25 PM

Post #8990211

Great shots Margaret. I love these birds. My goodness, what detail. I feel as though if it were to open its beak we could see what it ate for breakfast.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 1, 2012
6:33 AM

Post #8990509

Duc, how I wished to get to see Acorn Wps in person and watching 'em "stashing up" for the winter. How industrious!!! GG, it's good to know that Starlings can be "gardener helpers" too. I remember having to pick 'em beetles and offered them to fish in the lake, and I think fish don't even like 'em. lol Mockers, they do have a personality of their own? I am almost certain, I saw one that chased off a Blue Bird which was checking out the Whitebreasted Nuthatch's nest box, as if to say. "Go get your own, this house is taken". Does anyone know if indeed they will act as a community guardian? I think Cardinals do possess that quality, for during the breeding season, Cardinal will hover over pets or human alike who may be too close to their nests or others' nesting and chirping like you wouldn't believe. Margaret, I love those Kookaburras. The images are so sharp, could I borrow your camera for a day or two? LOL

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 1, 2012
6:37 AM

Post #8990512

White-breasted Nuthatch stands guard of its own nest box.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 1, 2012
6:41 AM

Post #8990520

Cardinal shares the feeder with Housefinch.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 1, 2012
6:46 AM

Post #8990525

The sapsucker, Yellowbellied. They sure can leave some marking on trees!

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

February 1, 2012
6:54 AM

Post #8990531

The squirrel used to be one of my neighbors, he had it as a pet then decided it was not right to keep it so he turned it loose, his name is Rocky. My hubby petted him yesterday after I left. I keep seeing and hearing the rb wps too, they are really active for some reason now.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 1, 2012
6:54 AM

Post #8990532

Last pix, Red-winged Black birds stopping by briefly for a drink. I like this shot with one coming in for a landing as another looks on.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

February 1, 2012
7:05 AM

Post #8990542

Teddy it is so great that you are caring for Rocky. It is cruel when a wild animal is kept as a pet, then released to fend for itself. Rocky is so neat. Look forward to seeing more pictures of him. Good for you and your husband.

As to fleas or diseases, well, people carry those too! LOL

Male Cardinal from yesterday.

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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

February 1, 2012
8:35 AM

Post #8990655

It will depend on whether he sticks around or not, it is hard to tell the squirrels apart, they all look the same. We had to clean the round bird feeder this morning, it had rained and the seeds and the crushed red peppers were causing a awful mess, so we took it apart and cleaned it really good, put just a few sunflower seeds in it and I hung it back up. I also rinsed out the pie pan that I am using for a bird bath and put clean water in it. I saw a sparrow drinking out of it the other day, so I know they are using it.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

February 1, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #8990753

Granny, your mockingbird, cardinal and starling are so cute. Glad your mockingbird is so friendly.

Nanny, I can't see enough of your red-bellies or any of your wps. Cute dee too.

Margaret, love your closeup photos of the kookaburra.

Lily, love your little nuthatch and I would love to see that sapsucker here.

Here's a Western Bluebird that was taking a break from eating the berries on the mistletoe vines.



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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

February 1, 2012
9:52 AM

Post #8990758

Finally a pair of purple finches showed up for some peanut butter. Had to get the picture through the window.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

February 1, 2012
9:53 AM

Post #8990759

One of my dark-eyed juncos.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

February 1, 2012
9:53 AM

Post #8990760

This lighter colored one must be a female.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 1, 2012
5:05 PM

Post #8991245

This photo really belongs on the Bad Photos Thread...but I just have to share that I saw Red-winged Blackbirds today!! I went out to walk the People Path...unfortunately it was about 4 PM and it clouded over really bad. So all my pix are not very good. But you can get a glimpse of those red patches!

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 1, 2012
5:06 PM

Post #8991247

There were a number of them and they were calling and singing...so nice to hear!

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 1, 2012
5:09 PM

Post #8991252

Neat photos there Nan, I love them even with poor lighting. Duc, glad you've gotten some Purple finches. and love your Juncos. Hah, I saw Eastern Towhees down here everyone once in a while, but it's hard to take photo of 'em.
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

February 2, 2012
5:09 AM

Post #8991749

Looks like I got too far behind to comment on all the interesting birds. Spent yesterday in the Wichita Mountains of SW Oklahoma. Lots of wild turkey shots, buffalo and longhorns. Highlights were seeing wintering Mountain Bluebirds, a kingfisher and towees.

The Belted Kingfisher along Medicine Creek. Wish the shadows hadn't been on his face, but you know how it goes with wildlife. Got a couple of quick snaps and he was gone.

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 2, 2012
5:27 AM

Post #8991772

After a tall piece of birch trunk fell (its own idea) we have not seen our piliated. I think they stay down in the woods. Perhaps the birch was the edge of its territory. They have never tried our large beech tree in the front yard.
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

February 2, 2012
6:36 AM

Post #8991838

Some wild turkeys from yesterday. A group of 13 gobblers. HDR from a single RAW image.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 2, 2012
6:51 AM

Post #8991856

Wow, Red those are great shots! irisMA, hope you Pileated wp comes back some day.

For several years now, I've only seen two pair of Pekin ducks frequent our area. Recently, a half dozen new ones showed up. Here the half dozen are seen with the 'old' pair which travel separately. The lone pair appear to be wild? They are quite timid around people as compared to the new comers. Those 6 ducks will come right up to you and your pets as if they live in your yard.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

February 2, 2012
7:27 AM

Post #8991919

Nanny, it looks like you have the same problem as I do when photographing the red-wings-they're always in the bad lighting. At least we can see your birds and their colors. I do think they're such pretty birds.

Red, I could only wish for such a great photo of the kingfisher-well done! Nice shot of the turkeys too-haven't seen any here for a while.

Iris, sorry about your pileated, maybe it will surprise you one day in the future.

Lily, sweet little ducks.

I was taking photos of this one dove when another arrived. Reminds me of a caped crusader about to cover the bird.



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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

February 2, 2012
7:28 AM

Post #8991921

A closeup of a Mourning Dove.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

February 2, 2012
7:29 AM

Post #8991922

This Bald Eagle made a flyby but didn't land on his/her tree.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

February 2, 2012
7:30 AM

Post #8991926

We watched two Red-tailed Hawks following the eagle but I couldn't catch them together.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

February 2, 2012
8:07 AM

Post #8991995

Duc, Great Mourning Dove shots!

Love everyones pics!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2012
8:15 AM

Post #8992005

Lovely pix red! I still hope to get a photo of our wild turkeys around here someday!

That first dove shot is cool duc!

Turkey Vulture overhead on my neighborhood walk.

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2012
8:19 AM

Post #8992008

I was so hoping I had a new bird here...I thought it might be a Clay-colored Sparrow. But Resin has ID it as a First Winter White-crowned Sparrow...which is still nice as I haven't seen one at all so far this winter!

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 2, 2012
12:07 PM

Post #8992258

Duc, those inflight shots of the Hawk and the Eagle are very nice. Nan, the juvie White Crowned Sparrow is sweet looking. I'm so glad I've got this one. My sweet Eastern Phoebe, I can pick her out from a crowd because she flicks her tail when she perks near by.

edit for typo.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

February 2, 2012
5:22 PM

Post #8992614

Nice eagle shots, duc. Glad folks are having good birds. We have a few phoebes that winter here, lily. Saw 3 this week, but no pics. And I noticed our resident pair of Turkey Vultures are circling the hill again.

Not a common bird in Oklahoma, a Mountain Bluebird. I've seen them the past few winters in the Wichita Mountains, same area.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

February 2, 2012
5:25 PM

Post #8992620

A Gadwall from Lake Lawtonka.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 2, 2012
5:46 PM

Post #8992655

Nice pics. red. The Gadwall has a subtle beauty on her feather. The Mountain Bluebird lacks the copper bib that our Eastern Blue wears?
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

February 2, 2012
8:26 PM

Post #8992833

Love the Mountain Bluebird!



***Later on Mrs Ed will be starting the new thread***

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 3, 2012
4:27 AM

Post #8992971

Well I guess no time like the present since I'll be tied up with work soon.

C'mon over to the new thread everyone.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1240846/

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