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Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

April 30, 2012
8:03 AM

Post #9103761

This is a picture of a Great-tailed Grackle that loves to mess up the symmetry of the Italian cypress.

Also, a white winged dove (I know some don't like this bird) sitting on the sand castle. Hmm guess the grackle wouldn't share the italian cypress.

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Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

April 30, 2012
9:21 AM

Post #9103885

The female Grackles that have a nest in my neighbors tree dive bomb me when the young are starting to fledge. On top of being unexpected and frightening...it hurts :O
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 30, 2012
11:12 AM

Post #9104033

I've started an listing on my blog of the birds that visit my yard and it gets more views than even Larry does.

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

April 30, 2012
4:07 PM

Post #9104447

One of my favorite pics taken through double pane glass with a zoom, so not really clear.

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Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

May 1, 2012
7:33 AM

Post #9105354

Fishie, I too have been dive bombed by the ungrateful grackles. I have been known to take a broom out to my garden for defense. The picture you took of them is perfect. I can hear the squawk coming out of them.

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

May 1, 2012
9:18 AM

Post #9105535

that is baby screaming at Mom for something to eat...lol
EileenAZ
Tucson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 5, 2012
1:51 PM

Post #9111651

Fishie, that's a fabulous photo!

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

May 5, 2012
3:03 PM

Post #9111727

Thanks! I just wish it were clear. It was pretty comical to watch, that baby was really hopping up and down and screaming :)
Birdlady_Susie
Mesa, AZ

May 6, 2012
5:13 PM

Post #9113056

They are the loudest screamers in the orphan care area. Our first one came in last Tuesday, I could hear him clear across the parking lot and he was still a little naked guy!

Susie

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

May 7, 2012
2:17 PM

Post #9114377

The males make a noise just like the keypad on our front door. Jaz goes crazy and runs to the door thinking someone is coming in...lol
Crista
Gilbert, AZ

May 9, 2012
8:51 AM

Post #9117170

My husband saw this bird in our backyard this morning and took this photo. Any idea what it is?

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frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 9, 2012
10:20 AM

Post #9117281

Most likely a green heron; are you near the Gilbert Riparian Preserve?

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

May 9, 2012
12:17 PM

Post #9117424

yup, looks like a Heron. You can keep him :)
Crista
Gilbert, AZ

May 9, 2012
1:21 PM

Post #9117491

Interesting! Thanks for the ID. I'd been thinking some kind of kormorant. I'm south of Warner between Cooper and Gilbert Rd., so have the canal just to the east, and manmade lakes over at the Civic Center and residential areas to the north. We see a lot of great blue herons and a good size flock great white herons spent the afternoon over by Civic Center a few months ago. An egret cruised through winter before last which was really cool. Can't imagine ever having a backyard fish pond in these environs!

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

May 9, 2012
6:14 PM

Post #9117812

This is the only Heron I ever had in the backyard...and it was enough :O

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Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

May 9, 2012
7:20 PM

Post #9117908

Crista, wow what a neck on that bird. It definitely looks like it was designed to swallow something big. Fishie, I imagine you wouldn't want to see that in your yard. Tinght I was walking through my garden and saw a cute little humming bird. He was resting on my clematis vine that finally decided to bloom. I think he was taking a rest from the crazy wind. Unfortunately, I din't have my camera.

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

May 9, 2012
7:40 PM

Post #9117926

All my Elephant Ears and Canna in my pond are all bent over from that wicked wind :(

Don't you just love Hummingbirds?

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Crista
Gilbert, AZ

May 9, 2012
8:09 PM

Post #9117948

Love hummies! and enjoy the ducks that come by for visits!

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Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

May 9, 2012
8:44 PM

Post #9117981

How fun to have ducks visit!
Crista
Gilbert, AZ

May 10, 2012
11:14 AM

Post #9118637

We've been lucky that the ducks just visit and don't stay. Some people get ducks who decide to nest in their yards...which in of itself is no biggie, but duck poop is messy.
Birdlady_Susie
Mesa, AZ

May 10, 2012
11:34 AM

Post #9118655

Oh, but once those eggs hatch, it becomes a BIG problem!!! Discourage them from nesting every time if they act like they are looking for a cozy spot.

Susie

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

May 10, 2012
12:20 PM

Post #9118712

I was at a wedding reception last week held in the back yard of a very nice home. A momma duck had her 4 babies swiming in the pool. The owners put a ramp in the pool for the babies. They would jump in...swim to the ramp and climb out and start all over. I can't imagine the poo factor though :(
Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

May 10, 2012
8:33 PM

Post #9119321

I brought home some Indian Runner ducks for my mom a couple years ago. She had a peacock, but it ran away, so I thought the ducks might be good replacement. When I got them home, I let them loose in the backyard and my normally calm husband was MAD! Then the ducks jumped in the pool and started romancing. He was furious. I however laughed my but off.

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Crista
Gilbert, AZ

May 12, 2012
7:15 AM

Post #9120838

I've heard that duck eggs are lower in cholesterol than chicken eggs.
Birdlady_Susie
Mesa, AZ

May 12, 2012
4:40 PM

Post #9121300

The chemicals in pools are harmful to baby ducks! There is no food for them in there, so they have to be fed outside of the pool, but still go in the pool for water, which has chemicals. They poo in the water, so people put more chemicals in and this causes even more problems for the babies. When the babies are small, they are unable to get out of the water to get something to eat.
The key is to catch the Momma first, then go after the babies. Relocate them to a local park with a nice lake and they will do fine. Do not catch the babies and relocate them to a lake without their Momma, they will die. Even a large box, propped up on a stick (with a string tied to the stick), with cereal (cornflakes, cheerios, granola or popcorn, oatmeal) under the box will work. Set it up for a day or two, so that Momma gets used to going under there and eating, then spring the trap by yanking on the string. She will be trapped under the box, reach under it and grab her, then get the babies with the pool skimmer or put a lawn chair half in, half out of the water, so they can use it as a way to get out of the pond. Take the family to a local lake.

Susie
dionosaur
Sierra Vista, AZ
(Zone 8a)

May 12, 2012
8:51 PM

Post #9121642

LOL I took this picture in Roatan, Honduras. Look familiar? I never expected to see one of those around these parts.
I guess you just never know.

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Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

May 13, 2012
7:38 AM

Post #9121971

Susie, you should know the Indian Runner ducks found a good home (not in my pool or anyone elses).
Crista
Gilbert, AZ

May 14, 2012
1:14 PM

Post #9123628

Cool photo from the Honduras!

A bird that I'm glad I don't have to deal with that my brother does, just outside of Spokane...turkeys!

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Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

May 14, 2012
8:33 PM

Post #9124193

Crista, I have to deal with a lot Turkeys here in Phx. Mostly at work of course. LOL

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

May 15, 2012
9:08 AM

Post #9124745

I deal with Turkeys and a lot of Vultures :(
EileenAZ
Tucson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 25, 2012
3:33 PM

Post #9138558

We had a couple of pairs of ducks hatch young at work several years back. It was wonderful for a few years watching the babies grow up, until they all decided to stay and not migrate. Any new plantings in the patios with grass & plants got gobbled up and stomped through, then during the spring the males started gang-raping the females in the duck-friendly patios (it's a one-story hospital, almost all the patient rooms look out on a patio)- it became a really messy mob scene. Then the groundskeepers kept getting attacked by ducks who were setting on nests when they got too near- got to be too much, that and the duck droppings all over the sidewalks. They became an unruly, ungrateful, unwelcome mob.
Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

May 25, 2012
7:05 PM

Post #9138804

A Dove in the neighbors tree. We had a staring contest. I won, she blinked. :-)

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Crista
Gilbert, AZ

May 25, 2012
8:44 PM

Post #9138884

Haha! Great photos Val!

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

May 26, 2012
6:20 AM

Post #9139089

Graet pic Val. It's fun to watch the chicks grow and venture out with flying lessons :)
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 5, 2012
2:13 PM

Post #9153510

While in the Baltic, I noticed the crows in Sweden had a little grey area on the back of their head and shoulders; as we traveled to Finland, the grey area got bigger and in Russia it became a full blown saddle. Unfortunately, I couldn't get any of them to stay still long enough to get photos, but I did finally get one of a magpie, which I saw throughout the Baltic and they all looked the same; this one was in Copenhagen.

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EileenAZ
Tucson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 19, 2012
8:58 PM

Post #9172329

Well, at my work we have turkeys, vultures, boobies, tits, pigeons, cuckoos, and buzzards. But we have a lot of animal wildlife, too.
Crista
Gilbert, AZ

June 20, 2012
10:13 AM

Post #9172892

Wow Eileen! Where do you work? Sounds like a cool place...considering the wildlife, I mean.

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

June 21, 2012
9:19 AM

Post #9174295

Lol Eileen :)
EileenAZ
Tucson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

July 4, 2012
4:37 PM

Post #9193212

Sorry, Crista, I was making ze small joke... :-)
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2012
3:58 PM

Post #9281405

Had a pair of Peach-faced Lovebirds at my feeders this morning.

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Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

September 20, 2012
7:42 PM

Post #9281588

So cool!
Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

September 20, 2012
8:58 PM

Post #9281683

Wow, that must have been exciting to see.
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2012
9:39 PM

Post #9281747

I kept looking out the window every 15 minutes the rest of the day, hoping they'd come back.
EileenAZ
Tucson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

September 20, 2012
10:04 PM

Post #9281762

Frogy- awesome!
judyb
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

September 21, 2012
8:05 AM

Post #9281986

They are so fun to watch! We've had a flock at our feeders for a few years. It's been interesting watching them have new babies with such different colors. First there were the regular type, then a yellow one, then young ones with more yellow, then dilutes, then blue... We go through a lot of food feeding them but it's worth it. Frogy, I hope your pair sticks around and brings babies some time. We've had up to 30 at a time, and they started with an original trio.

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