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We have juvie starlings too...arrrgh! Grackles must be about ready too, they have picked up this week at the suet feeders. Saw this juvie Downy getting fed this morning! Just got the one shot before starlings scared them of...boo!
Pelle, thanks for starting the new thread. Great shot of the robin.
Linth, love all your photos. Sure would love to see some of those birds here.
Nanny, your downys are really cute too.
Here's a yellow-headed blackbird I found along the shoreline of our lake.
Like Nanny, we're finding loads of starling chicks here too. These were actually nesting among the sticks of an osprey nest.
Another starling chick was sticking it's head out of a nest hole obviously made by the local acorn woodpeckers.
The last two are black-headed grosbeaks.
Pelle thank for the new start, with the Robin.
Lovely set of birds Linth. Gorgeous shot of the Prothonotary and Prairie Warblers.
I`m so glad I don`t have to deal with the Starlings in the Summer. Nice to see the juvie Downy, Nanny.
Countrymom I second Duc`s ID , of the Starlings babies.
I love the Black-headed Grosbeak.
Hairy Woodpecker, hoping the Crow will leave, it`s food alone.
A Crow with a good bite to eat.
Bobolink with lunch flying all around him.
Pine Siskin and a White-Crowned Sparrow.
Thank you Pelle for the new thread. I love to see Robins, although they'reabundant here, I don't often have the opp. to take pic. of them. Duc, I enjoyed your Western birds, an it's so cool to see the handy work of the Acorn Woodpeckers! Burn, I especially like your White-crowned Sparrow, those bird seem impacably groomed to me, lol. Linth, I only get to see one out of the 4 species that you've shared. How I would love to see a Bunting in person.
burn, I like your Bobolink. I still need one of those.
Duc, what can I say ? A beautiful collection of birds. Is there a reason, or opposition to, the introducing of some of your birds to the east coast and some of mine to the west coast ? And, if so, why ? One might find that they flourish in a new habitat ...
I have attached a few images of a nesting Black-necked Stilt. They are a beautiful shorebird with the combination of black and white, with long pink legs.
If one looks at the range map, they are somewhat rare on the east coast. So, to see and photograph a "nesting" Black-necked Stilt was the ultimate highlight for me, this Spring.
Beautiful birds, duc. I haven't seen our Baltimore Oriole yet this season. But I'll get one. I just haven't visited places where one is sure to see them.
Last week while I was at Blackwater NWR, I saw this Eastern Screech Owl off in the distance at 10:45 a.m.. The image was shot at 700mm and still cropped. On a previous visit, I took these photos of an eaglet. They (2) are a lot bigger now but still have not fledged. I doubt if I will make it back any time soon since I got my Red-headed Woodpecker.
This morning, I took this photo of a Yellow-breasted Chat at Patuxent NWR. They were everywhere. I heard a Yellow-billed Cuckoo but never saw him. But here is a photo of one taken on 5/10/12.
Wow, Linth, each one of your photos is just so clear and sharp. Love all of them.
I haven't taken many photos because of the high winds so here's a couple from earlier in the week-
a pair of canada geese, a great blue heron and one of my anna's hummingbirds enjoying her daily shower.
And, here are a few more images of the Red-headed Woodpeckers. I never did get both of them in the same photo. While one was in the nesting cavity the other one was outside the hole. I could hear tapping but then the one on the outside would fly away. They did that repeatedly ? I spent a lot of time just watching the behavior of both the Red-headed Woodpeckers and the Northern Flickers.
Linth! Fabulous photos! I've been watching my RHWP for several years, never have I seen them in such setting; nesting! How wonderful. Love those Northern Flickers as well. Duc your hummingbirds are cute as cute can be! Have a nice, and safe weekend everyone.
Linth, your flicker and red-headed photos are awesome! Loved that red-headed-so photogenic. Also drooled over that flicker in flight.
Nanny, loved your bluebird in the bath and the juvie downy is just adorable. You are so lucky they come close for the suet.
Adel, great job with the swallow photos. They sure are fun to watch when our jays or crows come too close to their houses on our decks. I imagine it's the same there too.
I sure was glad when I found this mourning dove variant (has white-winged dove tail). I had thought a hawk had gotten it a few weeks ago when it disappeared.
Next is one of the bullock's orioles that has a head lice or molt problem. I sure felt sorry for the bird but I read the feathers do eventually return.
You all do know that the European Starling is a non-native bird to the U.S. and is classified as an "invasive species" by the USDA, the World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group and many more.
They were introduced as part of a plan to introduce to the U.S. all birds mentioned in the works of Shakespeare...How stupid??
They are very competitive with native species and destroy a huge amount of crops that should be feeding our families and livestock.
Not going to argue with anyone but please educate yourselves on the "pretty birds" you see in your yard or where ever..you could be partaking in the ruin of the beautiful native species by not ridding your area of these pest/invasive species.
Nice photos, duc. Wow ! To get Orioles in one's bird bath ...
I've had this young, very trusting Cooper's Hawk visit my backyard several times. I have watched him take a "swim" on top of my swimming pool cover and has allowed me to come out of the house, sit down and take a lot of photos. That's unusual for a hawk. Sometimes, I can't even take a photo through the window before they see me and take off. I guess he still has a lot to learn.
I maintain a photo gallery on Pbase and just now had the following comment made by a "Guest", under a photo of the 'European Starling'. It's all in the eyes of the beholder, and in this case, the "young and innocent".
"We found a nest of these beautiful birds. They are really young and my sister and I are parenting them because the momma is no where to be found. Sad but we were willing and are now parents to five pretty little babies".
And then earlier in the month, a "Guest" posted this comment to a photo of the Brown-headed Cowbird ... "these things are called starlings they are unnative pests i shoot them with my.22 all the time".
The third morning I was there before sun-up. I knew these photos of the Australian pelican wouldn't be any good as I didn't have a tripod, but I just love the soft, pink light. Image #3 is of a Nankeen kestrel which hovered over the top of me, looking directly at me. #4 is a male splendid fairy-wren in non-breeding plumage. Everywhere you go along the coast, you hear the tiny sounds of these birds, but often all you get a glimpse of is a tiny thing, the size of a mouse, flitting across the path. Finally, a New Holland honeyeater singing (if you can call the sharp noise it makes, singing)
I'm with GG, just adore those Ausie Gannet shots. Oh I'm partial to those Pelicans, and backlit of the rising sun is fabulous too Margaret. I haven't been around to birding alot lately, but still checking in and enjoyed all the photos. Please keep 'em coming folks.
We had an interesting situation here today. We noticed 2 juvie red-bellied Woodpeckers out on the silver maple along with an adult male. The thing is the male wouldn't/wasn't feeding either of the juvies and in fact kept trying to chase them off. They even followed the adult over to the elm tree but again got chased away. Later today I did see a male feeding a juvie. Of course, we really have no idea how many different woodpeckers we have coming to the feeders. I can only be sure that we do have at least 2 different females that come.
linthicum wrote:I maintain a photo gallery on Pbase and just now had the following comment made by a "Guest", under a photo of the 'European Starling'. It's all in the eyes of the beholder, and in this case, the "young and innocent".
[b]"We found a nest of these beautiful birds. They are really young and my sister and I are parenting them because the momma is no where to be found. Sad but we were willing and are now parents to five pretty little babies".[/b]
And so it is, in the "bird's world".
So now here the two sisters are "meddling" in nature and things that God designed that there be no need of human intervention, which is exactly how the invasive, non-native species got started in the USA in the first place...Humans "meddling"...knowing better than God as to where the birds should reside and how to raise them. If meddling humans woud not have gotten into the mix to begin with then the USA would not have a problem with a non-native, invasive species and the UK would not have to worry about the decline of a native species. Man has messed up more things than they know.
DWMike...first I would like to say welcome to our Birdwatching Forum. This is a great place where a variety of people come to relax and share their photos and enjoy seeing different birds from around the country and around the world.
We have one very simple basic rule here on this forum and it can be found at the link below.
I have the right to my opinion just as well as anyone else. I am only stating the facts and trying to educate some people that think they are doing good all the while they are causing more problems for the birds they claim to love so much...Just like when the humans brought the european starlings and house sparrows over to the USA to start with, somebody should have educated them and taught them not to meddle with nature...but some little "bleeding heart" group will cry like a bunch of little babies until they get their way regardless of what damage or consequences it may bring later...just as long as they get what they want now...
I enjoy bird watching and do it quite often...but common sense seems to have passed completely by some people.
Kemo Sabe. Even within the birding world, law and order must be maintained. Just who is this masked ornithological wonder that is often seen roaming the fields and forest in search of justice for all birds ? My hero !
Or, might he just be an advertisement for Ray-Ban sunglasses ?
Just wanted to share the new couple taking up residence in the backyard. The Red-bellied Woodpecker pair worked on making their new home all day today. It's the first time I've had a pair nest where I will be able to watch, so I'm really excited.
Mom takes a break; baby is screaming again; daddy is here.
A family of Carolina Wrens moved into the woodpecker holes located about three feet from the Starling residence. I got one shot of her then she spotted me and went and parked her tiny butt under the spouting. I will have to find a different vantage point to get some more shots of them.
The Starlings really have the batten below their nest messed up. They did that the other day when we were working out in front of the garage. Not happy with us being there. At least, none of it hit us. LOL
Starlings are not my love list either, especially when they set up housekeeping in the garage. However, I cannot help but notice the huge amount of insects and worms they, themselves, consume in addition to the amount consumed by the babies.
I have not had Japanese Beetles on my plants since these birds took up residence here four years ago.
We have had the best time watching this juvie Red-bellied Woodpecker. Usually the are chased off pretty quick. But this one doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon! It seems to enjoy every thing that we have put out so far...suet, jelly, oranges, cherries, grapes. I bought some blue berries today and I can't wait to see if it eats them!
Our son has taken to putting the fruit out for the birds...I am slowly reeling him in! :0)
Very nice photos everybody. I especially like those Starlings in Woodpecker's nests GG. I've this bad, bad woodpecker that occassionally pecks on my rain gutter. I don't think it tries to create a 'home', or digging out a hole, but rather tried to tell me there is no food left in the feeder out back. lol
Here is the BAD boy being seen with a Brown Thrasher after I shooo-ed it off the roof.
Nice shot Lily Love. The woodpecker that did all of the damage to the garage and has two holes in the house that I must repair is a little Downey. Rotten little critter. Not sure how such a small bird can do so darned much damage in such a short period of time. But, the Starlings love him.
The Wrens and the Starlings have all fledged at this point. However, the Starlings will soon begin rebuilding for another hatch. Want to get that mess the made cleaned up before then. Raining here today, that will help. Pigs!
Nice pix everyone. Been away for awhile, thought I drop by. The pair of chicadees came back this year and raised another family in that tiny birdhouse on my wheelchair ramp. Seems like they were never bothered by my passing by all the time.
Cute photos everyone. Love the woodpeckers you all get to enjoy.
Hack, glad to see you again. The birds all know that you'll take care of them.
I'm still worrying daily about one little tree swallow chick-the four other siblings fledged 11 days ago but this one got left behind. At least the parents are still feeding it. I keep hoping it will fledge each day-maybe today.
Here's a dad and juvie house finch, another house finch juvie, some brown pelicans, a new "lifer" for me-a common murre and a Savannah sparrow.
Amazing pictures everyone. Way up there, I saw the Bobolink. They've been silent for a few days now. We thought at least two pairs were nesting in our pasture. :( Things happen...
We were upset we couldn't get any Flickers, Kestrels, Bluebirds, or Tree Swallows in the boxes we put up, but we sure have been enjoying the Barn Swallows who have taken up residence on our front porch. They have done so well this year, since we've made the front door off-limits and avoid going in the front yard much. Every other year, they've abandoned the nest. When not busy catching bugs, they will rest on the clothes line.
The next photos are a Eurasian Tree Sparrow, a wild Brown-headed Cowbird (I could really like these guys if it weren't for the females), and a Baltimore Oriole.
DWMike, Really like the Junco. I muss those guys. Was this taken in the fall?
Very nice hummie, Teddy.
We finally saw a male yesterday after about two weeks of no hummies. I am glad we had fresh nectar out. It has been a little more effort to maintaining hummingbird feeders, but we are so glad to be able to provide for them. We hope to plant more native flowers so they don't always have to rely on our nectar in the months before more things bloom.
We saw a colony of Cliff Swallows on our last birding field trip.