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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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]
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.
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
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!!!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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/
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.