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DAILY BIRD PICS VOL #440

Marlton, NJ

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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Putnam County, IN(Zone 5b)

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 Heights, MD(Zone 7a)

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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Marlton, NJ

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. :-)

Putnam County, IN(Zone 5b)

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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Cuyahoga Falls, OH(Zone 5a)

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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Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

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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Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

Countrymom, I missed your chicks. Think you have starling babies too!

Cuyahoga Falls, OH(Zone 5a)

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.


Grand-Falls, NB(Zone 4a)

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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Mount Pleasant Mills, PA(Zone 5a)

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

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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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Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

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 Heights, MD(Zone 7a)

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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Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

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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Marlton, NJ

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 Heights, MD(Zone 7a)

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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Marlton, NJ

Linth, Those are gorgeous pics! I'm drooling over that Chat and Cuckoo!

Mount Pleasant Mills, PA(Zone 5a)

Wow! Still lurking and not posting. Sure am enjoying all of these beautiful photos.

Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

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 Heights, MD(Zone 7a)

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 Heights, MD(Zone 7a)

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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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

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.

Putnam County, IN(Zone 5b)

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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Klamath River, CA

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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Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

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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Marlton, NJ

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!

Grenada, MS(Zone 8a)

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.

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

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

Resin

Linthicum Heights, MD(Zone 7a)

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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Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

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 Heights, MD(Zone 7a)

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 Heights, MD(Zone 7a)

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".

Marlton, NJ

Love the Avocets & Coopers Hawk Linth!

Sweet Bushtits duc!

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Putnam County, IN(Zone 5b)

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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Putnam County, IN(Zone 5b)

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

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Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

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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Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

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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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Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

Thanks Resin!

PERTH, Australia

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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