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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 5, 2012
9:08 AM

Post #9030717

Here is a link to the previous thread with some wonderful images http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1244091/ .

It seems like just yesterday that the winter birds arrived and soon they will be leaving us. One of my favorite winter birds is the Purple Finch.

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 5, 2012
9:12 AM

Post #9030725

Another of my favorite winter birds is the White-crowned Sparrow. They have the happiest song and seem to be singing constantly.

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 5, 2012
9:15 AM

Post #9030732

My favorite bird is the Eastern Bluebird...and thankfully we have them year round.

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 5, 2012
9:17 AM

Post #9030739

Last one for now is another bird we see year round...Carolina Chickadee.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 5, 2012
9:44 AM

Post #9030782

Beautiful shots Rose!
Love the Purple Finch, I've only ever seen a female here.

Thanks for starting the new thread!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

March 5, 2012
10:36 AM

Post #9030844

Thanks for the new thread and those fantastic shots, Rose. I'm looking forward to the return of the White-crowned Sparrows, and the Purple finches. The first Sparrow to arrive is usually the Song Sparrow, and that should be sometime this month.
Margaret that little Plover is so sweet. And love the Terns too.

I still am hosting the Starlings and Goldfinches.

  
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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

March 5, 2012
10:38 AM

Post #9030845

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 5, 2012
12:05 PM

Post #9030956

Wow, Purple Finch are so beautiful. They never got to my house and Burn would not share. LOL

Rose, you are so fortunate to have the Blue Birds year round.

You folks have posted fantastic shots. (The Canons were loaded and firing dead on! LOL)

Alrighty then, here are few shots from a week ago.

Mockers with the wind blowing--er, ah, from behind.
A Dee enjoying a snack.
A Titmouse.
Bluejay.
Last one for now, Female Cardinal.

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 5, 2012
1:35 PM

Post #9031087

Nice variety GG...and they all look like characters too!!

Am I the only one that can't see Burns photos?

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 5, 2012
1:44 PM

Post #9031105

Rose, I can't see Burns' photos either. Thank you for starting the new thread, GG love those Five Muskateers you've got there. Those are our residential birds here. Though, Blue Jays don't mingle with other yard birds. lol Those do show their own character lol with you Rose.

Oh, Burd, where are you? Down in Alabama, we've Alabama Elvis here too.

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 5, 2012
2:34 PM

Post #9031192

Beautiful start Rose...hope I get some Purple Finch stopping by this spring!

Such nice shots GG...I want a mocker!!

My attempts to get shots an American Kestrel and an Eastern Blue Bird! lol

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 5, 2012
4:22 PM

Post #9031357

Here Nan. Here is a "mocker" for you. I'm so glad you've posted that Kestrel. I think I saw one passing on the road. I remember seeing the stark white 'bib' on the smaller size, hawk like bird perching.

Not sure if this second pic. is a Common Loon?

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

March 5, 2012
7:30 PM

Post #9031614

LOL GG, I wasn't allowed to share. Thanks for sharing yours. ;)


I had to find another means to resize my pic. What I was using, must not have been working to well, and DG was not accepting most of them. Sorry about that.



I'll try again, this time hope it works.



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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

March 6, 2012
3:13 AM

Post #9031798

Nice pics everyone. I guess bluebirds have to be my favorites, too, Dell. Went looking for a specific out of range bird yesterday in the Wichita Mountains and we were fortunate to see and watch him for quite some time. Pics of an Acorn Woodpecker, rare to see one in OK. I think he is lost and will not find a mate. Has been seen near the Refuge HQ since Jan.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 6, 2012
8:19 AM

Post #9032061

Great photos everyone! Rose, thank you for the new thread.

I found my first Eurasian-collared Dove, a Common Goldeneye and a Kestrel at a nearby park.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 6, 2012
8:22 AM

Post #9032063

Here's a Crow, a Mourning Dove, a House finch and a female Purple Finch (still looking for a male).

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 6, 2012
9:05 AM

Post #9032103

Such beautiful shots folks.

Rose, there are no characters at my house--had fingers crossed when I wrote this. LOL

Lily Love, that group is also our common backyard group. Nanny, I like the Kestrel and lucky you a Bluebird. You want a Mockers--if mine does not stop hammering on my bedroom window at the crack of dawn every day, I'll ship him off to you. LOL

Red, poor Acorn Woodpecker with no mate.

Okay Burn, I understand. Darned broom was not very good transportation--got caught up in one of those storms and darned near ended up at the North Pole!! LOL Nice shots you posted now that we can see them--darned computers!!

Duc, love all of the shots, but the cropped head shot of the Crow is fantastic!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 6, 2012
9:45 AM

Post #9032141

Duc, Love the Crow shot too!

Nice to see the Acorn Woodpecker red!

Good shots everyone!
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

March 6, 2012
10:28 AM

Post #9032175

I'm not the first nor only person to see this Acorn this winter, but according to eBird, he's the only one ever reported in OK.

Another pic of him stashing food in the crevices on top of a utility pole.

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 6, 2012
12:37 PM

Post #9032302

Nice pics everyone...and GG I am glad you had your fingers crossed!!

I feel sorry for your Acorn Woodpecker Red...all alone.

This morning we had several Cedar Waxwings in the back yard walnut tree.

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 6, 2012
12:41 PM

Post #9032304

In the dead tree we had this gorgeous pair of American Kestrels.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 6, 2012
1:26 PM

Post #9032337

LOL Rose.

Alrighty then Rose, why not just hog all of the Cedar Waxwings? Jeepers, none left for anyone else. And TWO American Kestrels!!

Only funning--my goodness these are all gorgeous shots.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 6, 2012
1:55 PM

Post #9032374

Absolutely gorgeoussssss!!! Love all the shots everyone. Spring fever or cabin fever anyone? I'm having a bad case of it. lol I think I may have a pair of love-birds in here somewhere.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 6, 2012
2:45 PM

Post #9032461

Awww, let me try that again.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 6, 2012
4:55 PM

Post #9032593

Rose, Great shots of the American Kestrel pair and the Cedar Waxwings!

Pretty one Lily!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 7, 2012
3:47 AM

Post #9032956

[quote="Lily_love"]Not sure if this second pic. is a Common Loon?[/quote]

Double-crested Cormorant

Resin

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 7, 2012
7:05 AM

Post #9033130

Thanks Resin. I ought to remember that pose where they drying their wings at rest. Geez! It's interesting how it maintain that position in deep water? How cool!!!
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 7, 2012
8:16 AM

Post #9033201

Rose, your kestrels are so pretty. How lucky to see them so close. Beautiful waxwing shots too.

Lily, love the spring blooms-I'm soooo ready for spring.

I thin this mourning dove was getting tired of modeling for me.
Our first osprey showed up at the nest.
Here's a few of my sweet tree swallow shots.


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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 7, 2012
8:17 AM

Post #9033204

Our acorn woodpeckers are pairing off. Red, I do hope your little one will find his way back to where he belongs.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 7, 2012
10:41 AM

Post #9033355

Love those Tree Swallows duc!
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 7, 2012
4:45 PM

Post #9033808

Lily you are teasing us with those gorgeous blooms!!

Duc your Tree Swallows are so adorable as well as your other birds of course...love them all.

No new pics today...way too much wind. Here are some shots I took recently...Goldfinch, Tufted Titmouse and a White-winged Dove (not common in our area).

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 8, 2012
7:58 AM

Post #9034510

Rose, great photos of the sweet goldfinch and titmouse. Such a pretty dove too. Don't you love it when you find an uncommon bird?

I'll start off with a coot-one of many on our lake. I watched through the window as these two female HOSP argued over which one could get to the seeds I hide in the log. My tree swallows are trying not to pay attention to the HOSP.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 8, 2012
8:26 AM

Post #9034556

LOL, Rose. I thought I would share a little bit of spring with y'all. Duc, as the weather getting warmer. I'd have to say bye to my American Coots which are winter migrants here. I'll be missing them-- that is for sure. Just love those Tree Swallows, they're like children singing. They're so sweet!!!

Got a beautiful visitor today. A Swan! That's a rarity. My Blue bird was curious of the beautiful, gracious visitor this morning.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 8, 2012
9:02 AM

Post #9034609

Oh my goodness, beautiful flowers. You folks have all posted wonderful pictures. Love them all.

dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 8, 2012
2:15 PM

Post #9034938

Duc...beautiful shots and I am so envious of your sweet Tree Swallows.

Lily...congrats on the Swan...so beautiful.

Cold, wind, rain and sleet all day today and not one to take pics of birds but I have some recent ones I will edit and post later.
Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

March 8, 2012
9:30 PM

Post #9035335

The Great Gray Owl eruption continues in Anchorage, AK. Several clear sunny warm days have produced a few good shots. (I only shot 332 pictures this afternoon.) I had a fantastic day!

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Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

March 8, 2012
10:32 PM

Post #9035354

This afternoon, for nearly a half an hour this Great Gray Owl hunted from a bush fifty feet in front of me. Five times it flew towards the mound I was standing on, and returned to the bush. Twice it plunged into the snow, within 15 feet of me, but didnít catch a vole either time. It was a spiritual experience observing such magnificent creature, at close range.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 9, 2012
4:41 AM

Post #9035451

Absolutely stunning shots of the Great Gray Owl! Up close and personal.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 9, 2012
6:04 AM

Post #9035545

Excellent shots Gary!!
teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

March 9, 2012
8:00 AM

Post #9035684

When is the best time to put out hummingbird feeders? I can't find the migration map for Ohio.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 9, 2012
8:05 AM

Post #9035694

Lily, what a wonderful surprise to see the swan-congratulations! Great photo with your bluebird looking on.

Gary, your owl photos are spectacular. You sure were fortunate to be so close. I can only imagine what it felt like to actually take the pictures.

Here's one of my mourning doves, a female house finch, a yellow-rumped (Audubon's) warbler, a bewick's wren and a tree swallow.

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gazergirl
Mandeville, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 9, 2012
8:33 AM

Post #9035727

Just saw my first Hummer. Woo Hoooooo. Migration maps are at hummingbirds.net.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 9, 2012
4:05 PM

Post #9036207

Oh wow Gary...how awesome!! More owl envy for me!

Teddy, for most us up this way April is a good time to put them out.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

March 9, 2012
4:56 PM

Post #9036256

Rose what a nice stretch shot of your Goldfinch, Would love to see a little Titmouse, they look so sweet.

Fabulous shots Gary. Only 332 pictures??? I don't think I could control myself, with such a wonderful subject, to photograph . :)

Duc lovely shots of your birds. You have a nice variety.

A Downy WP on the Spruce tree.

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irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

March 10, 2012
4:19 AM

Post #9036566

A couple of purple finches were fighting over pilled seed on the ground. In spite of our snow overnight I have not seen any birds on the tube feeder. Love the pictures, especially the grey owls, kestrals & woodpeckers.
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

March 10, 2012
3:46 PM

Post #9037269

Spring must be Spranging. First Robin of the year.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 11, 2012
8:56 AM

Post #9037963

Gazer, congrats on your first hummer sighting.

Burn, great shot of the downy.

Iris, glad you're see the purple finches.

Adel, great shot of the robin.

The bald eagles continue to sit on "their" tree, lots of house finches here, a fox sparrow showed up too and last is my male nuttall's woodpecker.

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Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

March 11, 2012
11:44 AM

Post #9038184

We drove up the mountain, to Arctic Valley Ski Area, looking for Ptarmigan. Only got a glimpse of a few, no pictures. I had to settle for a Bald Eagle.

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

March 11, 2012
11:46 AM

Post #9038185

A gloomy, rainy day, but the birds are active...Another Robin...Steller's Jay...Spotted Towhee... and part of a dozen Pine Siskins that showed up thios morning

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

March 11, 2012
3:12 PM

Post #9038424

First Spring bird to arrive, is a Grackle. One was among the Starlings, today.

Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay, and Hairy WP.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

March 11, 2012
4:23 PM

Post #9038516

Starling, American Goldfinch, Downy WP

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Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

March 12, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #9039933

Beautiful shots everyone ! Nice to see robins in the north again.
Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

March 12, 2012
10:11 PM

Post #9040537

We drove up the mountain, to Arctic Valley Ski Area, looking for Ptarmigan, again today. I did get a few pictures today.

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 13, 2012
4:37 AM

Post #9040654

Wow...great shots everyone! Gary, loving your Grey Owls and the Ptarmigan!
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 13, 2012
5:22 AM

Post #9040691

Fantastic shots folks. Love that Ptarmigan!
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 13, 2012
1:08 PM

Post #9041316

Gary, great photo of the eagle and the Ptarmigans are gorgeous!

Adel, great photos of your birds-especially loved that stellar's jay.

Burn I enjoyed seeing all your birds too.

Here's a orange-variant house finch, a purple finch and a golden-crowned sparrow.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 13, 2012
2:02 PM

Post #9041398

Ptarmigan is awesome Gary!!

So nice to see the signs of spring in photos!!

Common Grackle, Robin, Hairy Woodpecker, Hairy WP and Carolina Chickadee

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 13, 2012
8:01 PM

Post #9041900

Happy first day of Spring!

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 16, 2012
7:45 AM

Post #9044786

Nanny, love all your birds, especially the grackle-so pretty.

Granny, pretty shot of your robin. Sure wish spring come soon.

One of my mourning doves has the tail of a white-winged dove. I'm told it's called a variant.
We're getting some badly needed rain-this female brewer's blackbird seemed to be saying thank you.
Speaking of rain, the lesser goldfinches are loving the rain and the seeds in these weeds.
Not sure this mockingbird was enjoying the rain.
I've had 4 Anna's hummingbirds here for a month-3 spent the winter with me. This one sat close to me as I was photographing the birds on our deck.

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 16, 2012
1:18 PM

Post #9045120

Oooo...love seeing your hummer duc!

Kildeer, Canada Geese, Pileated Woodpecker

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 16, 2012
2:03 PM

Post #9045181

Great shots everyone!
I love seeing the Pileated, Hummingbirds, Ptarmigan and all the rest.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 16, 2012
4:24 PM

Post #9045313

oops! I forgot this Dark-eyed Junco!

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 18, 2012
8:11 AM

Post #9047201

Nice shots GG, Nanny and Duc. I am very jealous of the Pileated and the Hummingbird..can't wait for their return.

The American Kestral was not aware of the "no fly zone" established each year by the blackbirds during nesting season. As soon as the Kestal landed in the dead tree he was
quickly dive-bombed by the Red-winged Blackbirds!

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

March 18, 2012
8:21 AM

Post #9047217

I love the piliated wp. We can hear them, but have not seen one for several years.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 18, 2012
8:47 AM

Post #9047246

Nanny, your little junco is a cutie. I still have my little slate-colored one here with the others. They sure are pretty little birds.

Rose, great shots of the kestrel and the bb. I watch the crows attacking the raptors doing the same thing here. Sure is interesting how protective the birds can be.

Here's one from several days ago, a brewer's blackbird showing his stuff.
This house finch was more yellow than red.
This house finch is more orange.
This white-crowned sparrow is starting to show adult colors of black and white on his head.



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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

March 18, 2012
7:50 PM

Post #9048024

This is such a great thread. I love everyone's shots and thanks, Rose, for such a brilliant start.

Just a couple from over here. Our heat persists and so I haven't been out much. First two shots are of a juvenile Western Magpie (not related to the Magpies of the northern hemisphere). This one is about five months old and has been accompanying its parents here since it fledged. Leave a door open and all three will wander into the house for a sticky beak. The last shot is of a couple of Little Corellas in our big eucalyptus, which is flowering profusely at the moment.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

March 18, 2012
8:26 PM

Post #9048065

Gary love your Owls and the Ptarmigan. That Ptarmigan must of been hard to spot, in the snow?
Duc It fun to see the difference in color in your House finch. You have some great pictures of your birds.
Aww the Pileated WP is always a welcome sight, Nanny. Can't wait to see the Killdeer. The Red-winged Blackbird and a Robin, anf Grackles showed up today. But they have not stop for a bite, except for the Grackle.
Rose sad to see the Kestrel are being chased by the Red-winged. But I'd do the same, if something would treaten my family.
Hey GG, got some male Purple finch snapshots for you, showing his face profile, for you. ;)

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

March 18, 2012
8:52 PM

Post #9048090

Interesting bird that Magpie, it's legs seems to be bending the wrong way, Margaret. what did you do to it? :) Those Carellas are always seen in pair, do they mate for life? Love those birds.

The deform bill on this Mourning Dove doesn't seem to bother it at all. He eat well. A Chickadee has been checking one of the birdhouse, It's a bit early for nesting, but he's not procrastinating on finding a home.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

March 18, 2012
8:54 PM

Post #9048094

Nice shots, Burn. I see what you mean about the Magpie's legs, Burn. It's just the angle I've taken the photo at. I promise you, it's legs are on the right way round. LOL
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 19, 2012
5:51 AM

Post #9048305

Wonderful shots folks.

Those Magpies coming into the house is too funny. Glad you explained what was going on with the legs--I thought it was "knock-kneed" LOL The Little Corellas are beautiful. So is that tree.

Thanks Burn, I love the Purple Finch pictures. It's about time! LOL


ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 19, 2012
9:47 AM

Post #9048736

Margaret, I love that juv magpie and the corellas are so beautiful together.

Burn, great shots of your purple finch. Glad the dove is surviving with that bill.

These house finches looked cute-they were all looking up and watching for the 2 red-tailed hawks that had been kiting above them earlier.
Here's some photos of my tree swallows. They're not yet staying near the houses on our deck, but they do come and look at them every day.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

March 19, 2012
1:24 PM

Post #9048986

Haven't been here in awhile. Too many nice pics and birds to comment on them all. I'm down in the SE corner of OK for a few days. Managed to see a couple of endangered Red-cockcaded WP's. Got some rarity photos for confirmation, but not worth posting, the birds were extremely wild.

Ran across this loon in the middle of Broken Bow lake and just eased up to him in the boat. Quite a ways south for this guy.

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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

March 19, 2012
1:32 PM

Post #9048993

Called up this Carolina Wren yesterday, really a curious little bird. Saw a couple of Brown-headed Nuthatches this a.m., but no pics, raining and camera was in the car.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 19, 2012
5:21 PM

Post #9049349

One of our interesting threads thus far! Thank you Rose for the thread, Thank you all for your contribution. Am I the first to add Purple Martins? It's nice to be first. lol

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 19, 2012
5:27 PM

Post #9049359

Not very often I get to see Double Crested Cormorants in a flock...here they're. I will return with more water birds in a couple hours. This will be for now.

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

March 19, 2012
5:41 PM

Post #9049376

While attending a Dinosaur re union, I visited the Merced NWR. Lousy weather and poor light, but I took a few pics anyway
Coopers Hawk...Blue Heron...Black-necked Stilts...American Pipit...American Avocet

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

March 19, 2012
5:49 PM

Post #9049386

Black Phoebe...White-faced Ibis...Great Egret...Tri-colored Blackbirds (lousy pic, but a lifer)

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 19, 2012
7:01 PM

Post #9049494

Adel, very nice series! I've started a new thread, please everyone come and join in. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1247847/

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