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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

May 22, 2012
10:42 AM

Post #9133588

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful photos on the last thread! If you would like a look back here is the link. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1256239/

I'll start us off with an American Robin.

Let's see what you have been spotting lately.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 22, 2012
12:23 PM

Post #9133706

Nice one pelle...we seem to have loads of Robins this year! I am listening to a Indigo Bunting singing his heart out across the road. Hope he gets a mate soon! lol
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 22, 2012
6:41 PM

Post #9134285

Nice Robin, pelle. Thanks for starting a new thread.

Here's a few recent observations, i.e. Indigo Bunting, Prothonotary Warbler, Great Crested Flycatcher and a Prairie Warbler.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

May 23, 2012
1:55 AM

Post #9134632

Good ones Linth! Love the Prothonotary!

We've been having a lot of Starling juveniles visiting the yard lately so things are getting noisy here. :-)

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 23, 2012
7:46 AM

Post #9134947

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!

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Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

May 23, 2012
12:05 PM

Post #9135284

Been following, but had no new photos. Great shots everyone! This little sweetie spent a long time on my patio steps this afternoon. Where was mom ? Is this a baby starling ?

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

May 23, 2012
12:13 PM

Post #9135299

Great photos on the last thread everyone.

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.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

May 23, 2012
12:14 PM

Post #9135302

Countrymom, I missed your chicks. Think you have starling babies too!
Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

May 23, 2012
12:32 PM

Post #9135332

ducbucln - Thanks for the ID. I'm not too good at this yet :) I love your photos from CA. So many different birds that we never see here in Ohio.


burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

May 23, 2012
7:53 PM

Post #9135988

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.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 24, 2012
3:35 AM

Post #9136213

Beautiful shots everyone. Seeing these gets my day off to a great start.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 24, 2012
7:53 AM

Post #9136442

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.

Eastern Kingbird;

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

May 24, 2012
9:55 AM

Post #9136631

Countrymom, you have just as many beautiful birds there that I don't get to see too. That's why I love this thread.

Burn, great photos. That bobolink sure is beautiful. Hope you'll find more photos of them for me.

Lily, great photo of your kingbird!

I had fun standing out in the high winds and watching the three bald eagles that come by each day.
Also, a house finch

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linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 24, 2012
6:58 PM

Post #9137336

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.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

May 25, 2012
8:04 AM

Post #9137946

Linth, I'd gladly exchange some of my birds for some of yours! Congratulations on the sighting of the stilt and nest. Your photos are beautiful.

I'm kept busy filling the hummer feeders for the Bullock's and Hooded Orioles here.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

May 25, 2012
2:20 PM

Post #9138458

Beautiful birds burn!

Duc, Great catch of the Eagle with the fish!

Linth, Beautiful Stilt and so glad it is nesting!

Gorgeous Orioles duc!
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 25, 2012
3:29 PM

Post #9138553

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.

Have a nice Memorial Day weekend. Be safe !

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

May 26, 2012
1:10 AM

Post #9138976

Linth, Those are gorgeous pics! I'm drooling over that Chat and Cuckoo!
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 26, 2012
4:58 AM

Post #9139043

Wow! Still lurking and not posting. Sure am enjoying all of these beautiful photos.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

May 26, 2012
8:12 AM

Post #9139226

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.

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linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2012
9:16 AM

Post #9139315

Thanks, everyone. Here is a few photos of Northern Flickers. They actually have a nest in the same dead tree that the Red-headed Woodpeckers were in. Talk about keeping busy clicking the camera !

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linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2012
9:28 AM

Post #9139322

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.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 26, 2012
9:58 AM

Post #9139346

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.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 26, 2012
6:24 PM

Post #9139825

Balance issues making it hard to get very many good photos ...but I am sure enjoying all the ones you guys share here.

Blue Bird Bathing...

Hairy Woodpeckers...Adult female(on the left with suet in her mouth) with juvie male on the right. Starling at the suet feeder.

Adult Downy on the right...Juvie on the left

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

May 27, 2012
12:57 PM

Post #9140688

Two Tree swallows with a disagreement. I watched them for about an hour and they were still going at it when I left.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

May 27, 2012
1:40 PM

Post #9140721

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.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

May 27, 2012
8:13 PM

Post #9141172

Looks like you need more houses around adel! Nice shots!

Sweet pics nanny!

Hi duc, That sure is a sad looking Oriole. I see that a lot with Cardinals and Jays here.

Wow Linth that is some luck having 2 different but beautiful woodpeckers using the same tree. Great shots!

Duc, Love the sweet Anna's Hummingbird!
DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

May 27, 2012
8:48 PM

Post #9141210

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.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 28, 2012
3:19 PM

Post #9142221

For some of us, it's a red-listed endangered native species in serious decline . . . and yes, they are very 'pretty' too ;-)

Resin
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 28, 2012
6:06 PM

Post #9142406

American Avocets ... I see quite a few of these on occasion despite the fact that the "range map" doesn't show them in the Mid-Atlantic.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

May 29, 2012
7:58 AM

Post #9143056

They're gorgeous Linth. Congratulations on the rare sightings.

Here's a couple photos of some bushtits that joined me in the garden as I cleaned a birdbath.
I'd just finished with the birdbath when three orioles chased the bushtits away and enjoyed the water.

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linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 29, 2012
5:58 PM

Post #9144005

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.

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linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 29, 2012
6:44 PM

Post #9144085

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".

And so it is, in the "bird's world".
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

May 30, 2012
1:49 AM

Post #9144350

Love the Avocets & Coopers Hawk Linth!

Sweet Bushtits duc!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 30, 2012
5:18 PM

Post #9145352

Got a few decent shots today to share.

First a little Red, White & Blue...with 2 Blue Jays and a male Cardinal

Blue Jay...expect to see juvies any time now!

One of our juvie male Downy's and Mom...he is coming and eating from the suet feeder on his own a lot...but mom is usually still close by for now.

Rare sight...Baltimore Oriole on the ground!

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 30, 2012
5:20 PM

Post #9145357

The Starling seemed determine to aggravate the Grackle at the bird bath today! lol

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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

May 31, 2012
10:25 AM

Post #9146224

Love all the photos!

Got these early this morning ... This two are always together, I tried to get a close up of them ( These photos are uncropped) Is the brown one the offspring???

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Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 31, 2012
10:43 AM

Post #9146248

IRIS wrote:This two are always together, I tried to get a close up of them ( These photos are uncropped) Is the brown one the offspring???


Could be male + offspring, or male + female, tough call to tell which.

Resin

Edit: forgot to say, they're House Finches


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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

May 31, 2012
7:08 PM

Post #9146984

Thanks Resin!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

May 31, 2012
10:27 PM

Post #9147154

I love everyone's shots. Fancy that hawk allowing you to be so close, Linth.

I've been going down to a conservation park south of Fremantle. I have a few images to post. First off, some shots an immature Australian gannet in dive pose. Lesson with image #4 - pan faster.


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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

May 31, 2012
10:31 PM

Post #9147155

Another of the gannet, then a pied cormorant, pied oystercatcher, crested tern and some pink and grey galahs lit by the rising sun.

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PERTH
Australia

May 31, 2012
10:37 PM

Post #9147157

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)

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 1, 2012
6:44 AM

Post #9147414

Gosh! Orioles in the bird bath, Orioles on the ground; Linth, that Hawk is wonderful; Nanny, love the red, white and blue combo, but really like the Starling vs. the Grackle. LOL

Margaret, love all of the shots, but number 4 in the Australian Gannet series is my fav. LOL The little Fairy wren is fabulous.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2012
2:18 PM

Post #9148000

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.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 1, 2012
2:45 PM

Post #9148071

Wow Margaret those are all wonderful shots! Could not pick a favorite but the Fairy Wren sure is sweet! Great catch on the Gannet!

Thanks so much!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 1, 2012
3:39 PM

Post #9148142

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.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

June 1, 2012
8:13 PM

Post #9148478

All great birds everyone.

Purple finches and a Goldfinch enjoying a meal together.
Pine Sisken waiting for a spot at the feeder.
Evening Grosbeak, wondering what I'm doing down there.
Grackle in the Crab tree.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

June 2, 2012
8:14 AM

Post #9148895

Linth, thank you for telling us about the starlings-I like the "young and innocent'. Wonderful photos of the hawk. Love the bathing one.

Nanny, love your photos of your birds. The grackle/starling bath time is a cutie and the wps are so sweet.

Iris, great photos of your house finch family.

Margaret, I always love all your birds. The little fairy wren is adorable and more colorful than our wrens.

Burn, wonderful photos of all your birds. The grosbeak is beautiful.

I think this is a juvenile brewer's blackbird, a pair of house finches and a bald eagle sitting below our home and watching for a next meal.





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teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

June 2, 2012
6:57 PM

Post #9149677

Is this a Hairy Woodpecker? He or she has been hanging around our place and I wanted to know if I could add him/her to my lifer list.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

June 2, 2012
7:24 PM

Post #9149719

Teddy, it's a Hairy WP, you have a new one, you can add to your list, congrat.

Nice sharp shot of your House finch, Duc. You have a very great place, to view the Eagles. And thanks for your comments on my birds.

A very common one for everyone, the Rock Pigeon.
A female Purple finch on the hook out front.
A Tree Swallow, surveying the surrounding.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

June 3, 2012
1:09 PM

Post #9150427

Burn, I've just seen one rock pigeon here. Cute photos of yours, the purple finch (mine have left) and the swallow.

Here's a pair of bushtits, a northern flicker, a lesser goldfinch, a black-headed grosbeak and a red-tailed hawk.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 3, 2012
1:28 PM

Post #9150447

Congrats teddy!

Great shots burn and duc!
DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

June 3, 2012
1:48 PM

Post #9150466

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.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 3, 2012
6:06 PM

Post #9150771

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.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/681219/

Most of us very aware of these issues but in following the one rule here this kind of discussion can take place on the Garden Pests and Diseases Forum.

I make a point of never photographing and sharing photos of House Sparrows. That is my personal feelings. But I do not criticize others who wish too and think they are pretty birds.

We would love to see any photos you might have to share or a story sharing a birding experience.

DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

June 3, 2012
7:31 PM

Post #9150910

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.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 3, 2012
8:15 PM

Post #9151007

Love your photos burn, duc Iris, Pelle, Nanny, GG and Margaret.
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 4, 2012
6:51 AM

Post #9151383

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 ?

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linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 4, 2012
7:01 AM

Post #9151401

Sorry, I posted the Cedar Waxwing to the wrong thread ...

Nice photos everyone. Margaret, I like the variety that you just posted especially the Nankeen Kestrel. The Honeyeaters always make a spectacular image.

Nice Red-tailed Hawk, duc.

Here is a Brown Thrasher hiding out in a Pine tree and a Yellow-breasted Chat sitting atop a pole.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

June 4, 2012
8:38 AM

Post #9151550

Linth, I loved the Kemo Sabe photo-such a cute photo and perfect name. The thrasher photo has such beautiful coloring and the chat is gorgeous.

Here's one of many scrub jays, a bullock's oriole waiting for a spot in the bath and an osprey with breakfast.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 4, 2012
9:24 AM

Post #9151599

Very nice photos you all!

These are really bad shots but they do show the birds waiting to get to the suet feeders!

Includes Downy, Red-bellied and Pileated Woodpeckers, Blue Jay and White-breasted Nuthatch

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DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

June 4, 2012
9:25 AM

Post #9151602

Some birds from my area. Just so y'all don't go thinking that I'm a liar and just a trouble maker.

1. Goldfinch in morning light
2. Goldfinch
3. Great-crested Flycatcher
4. Rainy day Cardinal



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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 4, 2012
9:36 AM

Post #9151613

Great shots all. Nanny, you sure are living up to your name of Queen of the Woodpeckers.

Nice shots Mike, really like the Wet Look on that Cardinal--BTW, we would never think you were a liar.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 4, 2012
11:58 AM

Post #9151823

Very nice catch of the Great-crested Flycatcher Mike.

Blue Jay...and a big Robin that hangs out in the tomato bed. I think he is eating all my fat worms out there! lol

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thebestmissy
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 4, 2012
7:12 PM

Post #9152583

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.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 4, 2012
8:32 PM

Post #9152696

Sweet Jay and Robin Nan. tbm, how sweet! Soon you'll see the little ones from that pair. They're so much fun to watch.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

June 5, 2012
7:55 AM

Post #9153072

I loved everyone's photos-so many great birds.

We were surprised to find 5 tree swallow babies in one nest house on our deck-all successfully fledged! This is the first to fledge.
Here's a juvie brewers blackbird.
The last three are house finches.

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 5, 2012
8:07 AM

Post #9153088

Great thread everyone...I have really enjoyed looking at all the pics.

Duc...those babies are so very precious!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 5, 2012
8:48 AM

Post #9153139

Swallows were swooping and diving here yesterday. They come in and fly thru the porch in front of the window...makes me a nervous wreck!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 7, 2012
8:26 AM

Post #9155649

Lot of Swallows here too Nan. Duc, the juvies are so adorable! I've a rare visitor to the backyard this morning; a Great Crested Flyercatcher. It's the cutiest!

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

June 7, 2012
1:55 PM

Post #9156034

Great photos of your rare visitor Lily. I like that second photo where it's kind of cocking it's head as if to say "what are you doing?".

Here's a northern flicker that landed for some water while I was photographing my hummers nearby.
A bullock's oriole, an acorn woodpecker and a California quail.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 8, 2012
5:09 PM

Post #9157520

Outstanding shots duc! They are all such gorgeous birds!

Lily, I love the Swallows!
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

June 8, 2012
6:28 PM

Post #9157584

New bird showed up today.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 8, 2012
6:32 PM

Post #9157590

Duc, love your Northern Flicker, Oriole and the Quail, but especial like that Acorn wp. LOL Adel. I love your new bird arrival too.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

June 9, 2012
10:02 AM

Post #9158139

Thanks for your nice comments Pelle and Lily.

Adel, what a great new "quail"! Sure is bright and cheerful. Let us know if it attracts more quail.

Here's another juvie begging to be fed (house finches), a bullock's oriole, a tree swallow and a not-so-good photo of a violet-green swallow.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

June 9, 2012
10:47 AM

Post #9158177

Interesting thread and great photos everyone.
Enjoyed your Kimo Sabe, Linth. Adel, don't forget add it to bird files. Must ask Resin to ID it first. lol

I could hear this Redstart singing, but had a hard time to locate it.
Hairy WP daddy feeding it`s young.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 9, 2012
4:37 PM

Post #9158495

LOL adel!

Burn, That is such a sweet catch of the Hairy WP!

Wow duc that is so great you saw a Violet-green Swallow! Wonderful shots !
teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

June 10, 2012
6:38 PM

Post #9159784

I don't like Starlings as a rule, but even I liked it when the mother Starling was feeding her babies in front of the door. So I got a shot of it.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2012
7:07 PM

Post #9159829

Here are some shots of a baby starling driving its parents bananas trying to keep it in food. There is more than one baby in the nest, but this piggy is always front and center.

First, parent with some food, resting a bit; Baby is looking for parents; still looking; let's try screaming a bit; Ha, that got some breakfast delivered.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2012
7:13 PM

Post #9159837

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

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 11, 2012
1:18 AM

Post #9160038

teddy_8905 wrote:I don't like Starlings as a rule, but even I liked it when the mother Starling was feeding her babies in front of the door. So I got a shot of it.


They're Common Grackles, see the much longer tails than Starlings have ;-)

Resin
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 11, 2012
7:35 AM

Post #9160406

It is storming like crazy right now so I should shut this down but wanted to thank you all for posting your great shots!

Also love your series Granny Grunt...I have to admit those Starlings are pretty birds!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 11, 2012
9:23 AM

Post #9160616

GG...great shots showing adults with beaks full of goodies for those screaming babies! Starlings are not on my love list...but they are pretty.
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2012
9:28 AM

Post #9160624

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.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2012
10:30 AM

Post #9160745

Ditto GG! All I have to do is see one starling or grackle eating a big old grub out of my lawn and I'm happy they are here. Here's a not so good photo to illustrate!



Of course I do not get them in super huge numbers here. Aren't young starling THE noisiest youngsters you've ever heard?

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2012
10:56 AM

Post #9160771

Here's a Dickcissel from last week. I'm having troubles with a lens, so it's not the greatest picture, but I love the thorny bush/tree he's in.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2012
11:44 AM

Post #9160856

Lucky you with the Dickcissel Mrs. Ed.

Yes, Starling babies are ALMOST as noisy as my neighbor's kids!! LOL

I cannot figure out how in the heck the parents get whole globs of worms into their beaks at one time. But they do and I am thankful for it. Fewer critters to eat my plants.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2012
1:38 PM

Post #9160990

now if you only had a bird to take care of your bear problem. ha.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 11, 2012
1:49 PM

Post #9161002

yeah...need to get the problem fixed! lol

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)

Sorry the light was so bad at that time of day...

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2012
1:58 PM

Post #9161014

Ha! Not sure what would take care of the bear problem.

Love that juvie Nanny. It sure is savoring every bite of that fruit. Too cool.

MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

June 11, 2012
4:02 PM

Post #9161145

[quote="GrannyGrunt"]

Yes, Starling babies are ALMOST as noisy as my neighbor's kids!! LOL

I'll bet they're not as noisy as my neighbour's kid.

Nice shots, everyone.


Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 12, 2012
6:50 AM

Post #9161892

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.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2012
7:26 AM

Post #9161928

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!

TheHackster

TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

June 14, 2012
8:54 PM

Post #9165715

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.

Later,
Hack
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

June 15, 2012
7:53 AM

Post #9166099

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.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 15, 2012
9:19 AM

Post #9166200

We have so many juvie red-bellied woodpeckers it is hard to keep track...but this one has laid claim to the oranges and does not want to share!

Waiting for juvie orioles to show up any day now...

Juvie Blue Jays have arrived!

Adult Blue Jay in a planter on the front porch...I have been blaming the chipmunks!!

Fixed all my typos! :)

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 15, 2012
9:31 AM

Post #9166213

Duc, Wonderful shots! Love the Pelican pic. Have you checked inside the nest box to see if the Swallow chick is caught on something?

Nanny, Love those Orioles!

Welcome back Hack!
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

June 15, 2012
12:30 PM

Post #9166466

Nanny, love your little birds. What are the orioles eating in that photo. I tried an orange and not one bird went near it. Maybe when the young ones start arriving.

Pelle, no but maybe we should. I hate disturbing it and it's in a Gilbertson nestbox which is made of pvc pipe. I'll see what my husband says.
Thanks

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 15, 2012
3:10 PM

Post #9166666

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.

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TheHackster

TheHackster
Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

June 15, 2012
7:32 PM

Post #9166993

Chillybean, I had a pair of Cowbird's here the other day.

Here are some pix I snapped today.

1- I saw this dove on a power line. It wasn't involved in flight, just stretching.

2- I still have many Cardinals. Here's one on the platform feeder - I think it's empty - he looks a bit "put-out". I'll have to refill it.

3- Pretty late in the day when I saw a male HOFIN on a feeder.

4- These two, Chickadee and Titmouse, don't share too well. The Titmouse won the argument.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 16, 2012
7:26 AM

Post #9167405

TheHackster, the Cardinals always crack me up the way they cock their heads like that looking for food.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 16, 2012
10:37 AM

Post #9167580

duc, the orioles are eating grape jelly. Ours enjoy red or black grapes, cherries and blue berries. We have never had much luck with oranges but this year they are very popular!

Hack, it is so nice to see you back!!

Robin
Hairy Woodpecker

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DWMike
Grenada, MS
(Zone 8a)

June 17, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #9168786

>>
1. Blue Jay
2. Mourning Dove
3. Blue Jay
4. Red-belllied Woodpecker (female)
5. Dark-eyed Junco

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 17, 2012
4:48 PM

Post #9169189

Great pics everyone!
teddy_8905
Lakeview, OH

June 17, 2012
6:57 PM

Post #9169378

Tried to get a pic of the male ruby-throated hummingbird, he used to just hover and drink, now he is used to us and he perches and drinks. This pic is a little off but he does not stay long.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 18, 2012
3:01 AM

Post #9169589

Very good teddy!

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2012
7:55 AM

Post #9169852

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.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2012
8:06 AM

Post #9169866

Great thread y'all, now let's head to the next:


http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1265656/

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