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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

December 13, 2012
6:54 AM

Post #9357134

I thought we had a thread for birdwatching but I couldn't find it

Figured I start one

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

December 13, 2012
6:56 AM

Post #9357136

There were hundreds of snow geese flying over my house this morning...really cool looking

I switched out my thistle sock(must have been old seed, they are so picky about that!) and put out my double sided squirrel proof suet feeder. Hope to see the woodpeckers this year

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

December 13, 2012
8:01 AM

Post #9357217

My feeder has been up since Nov. when I thought the bears would be hibernating...but a bear was hit by a car 2 days ago not too far away, so they are still foraging...I have the usual birds, but I also had a pine siskin about 4 weeks ago...they are an irruptive species, I thought this might be a good year for them, but haven't seen any since...The redbellied WP has come a few times...love him! Would love to see a crossbill in the yard, I have a lot of conifers. My birdwatching buddy, Buzz, saw some at the dam a few weeks ago...

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

December 13, 2012
12:08 PM

Post #9357371

Nuthatch from a few weeks ago...was happy to see a red breasted one for the first time.

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victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

December 13, 2012
1:21 PM

Post #9357462

Great idea, Jen and interesting timing - was just about to post a bird question on the coffee break thread when I saw this!

How can you keep hawks away from your birds? Every once in a while one finds this location.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

December 13, 2012
1:22 PM

Post #9357465

I have had many downy woodpeckers lately. So pretty. Would love something to attract the pileateds.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

December 13, 2012
1:24 PM

Post #9357467

Anyone try one like this?

http://www.amazon.com/Birds-Choice-2-Cake-Pileated-Feeder/dp/B001QSL1IU/ref=sr_1_3?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1355433584&sr=1-3

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

December 13, 2012
1:59 PM

Post #9357481

My take on the hawks is this...they have to eat too! LOL

I get 1 just every once in awhile, they usually get the mourning doves. You have to make sure the feeders aren't out in the open, need to be close to shrubs or trees so they can fly to cover if 1 is around. The hawks don't hang around long if the birds are in hiding

jumper2

jumper2
Huron, OH
(Zone 5b)

December 13, 2012
2:19 PM

Post #9357497

we've had our feeders up since Nov. we get mostly purple finches.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

December 13, 2012
2:28 PM

Post #9357501

Yeah, mine are near cover.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

December 13, 2012
3:50 PM

Post #9357572

This is a great year for red breasted nuthatches & purple finches...they are both irruptive species...pileated woodpeckers usually don't come to feeders...they are shy birds of the forests, although one was in the unfinished garage up at the farm...flew out right in front of me & the kids! Jen's right about the hawks...usually it's Coopers or sharp-shinned hawks that get the birds...the feeder should be located where the birds can hide quickly...

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

December 15, 2012
1:58 PM

Post #9359205

Anyone use a heated water bath?? I once read that if it's really cold out and they leave the bath and go land on some very cold surface, they can stick to it, like the kid's tongue in Christmas Story!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

December 15, 2012
2:04 PM

Post #9359208

Whoa...never thought of that...no, I don't use any heat, just what the rain fills the bath with...the river is right below my house, and it's open, so the birds get their drinks there...

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

December 15, 2012
3:24 PM

Post #9359272

I don't either. This year we have a small pond that I am hoping they will be attracted to.
Never heard of that happening, wouldn't it be the same as if they drank from a running water source though?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 16, 2012
3:31 AM

Post #9359585

Glad to hear about Red Bresteds.I have Red Bellies WP's also and Downeys.
The White breasted Nuthatches are scrappy,one landed on my hear when I went to take the feeder down for refill.
Sorry about the typing.Bandage gets in the way.It will come off Wed.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

December 16, 2012
9:21 AM

Post #9359802

Wow...I would have panicked if one was in my hair...you're brave, Jo!
debi_k
S of Lake Ontario, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 16, 2012
6:18 PM

Post #9360208

I took my feeders down, too many squirrels and chipmunks.
I still get a lot of birds with the garden and fountains.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

December 16, 2012
6:19 PM

Post #9360209

I use squirrel baffles.
debi_k
S of Lake Ontario, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 16, 2012
6:21 PM

Post #9360211

I have too many places for the squirrels to jump to the feeders for baffles to work. No large open areas.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 17, 2012
1:23 AM

Post #9360340

a blight on squirrils.
I have a cat problem this year.Neighbors cat hides under the deck where feeder is hung.
debi_k
S of Lake Ontario, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 17, 2012
3:30 AM

Post #9360363

I have a fenced in back yard and Garfield was sitting on top of the shed inside the fence watching the birds. Made my dog crazy. I don't know who he belonged to.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

December 17, 2012
7:56 AM

Post #9360555

My feeder is right next to the wellhouse...neighbor's cat was hiding in the wellhouse to get at the birds! The squirrels are awful here...need to keep the feeder where the birds can hide, but too easy for the squirrels to gain access...saw a flock of robins on my walk this morning...
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 17, 2012
8:16 AM

Post #9360575

this thread may have me filling the feeders - since the bear visits and over the summer a racoon was up on the feeders i stopped filling them - i think a fisher got the racoon as i spotted a dead one a few weeks back near the pond with its neck cut and over the course of a few nights was moved and eaten - squirrels are blocked by a double baffle system

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

December 17, 2012
8:19 AM

Post #9360582

Weasels cut the heads off, Bill...so yes, a fisher could tackle a raccoon...regular weasels would be too small, I think...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 17, 2012
9:18 AM

Post #9360632

I saw a Fisher once.They are fearsome looking,thought it was a Badger.
The birds seem to get enough but I might move the feeder since its warm and the ground is soft. I'll place it at my livingroom window where a garden is.There is no hiding place there.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 17, 2012
9:41 AM

Post #9360647

we went to a weasel talk about fishers and otters last week by the state fish and game and they mentioned that a fisher could take down a medium sized racoon - do not know of anything else it could have been.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 17, 2012
10:34 AM

Post #9360689

They look like a large cat with longer legs.The one I saw was on a beach in the dunes of an island in northern Michigan.
They look to have powerful jaws and a naturalist said they are not a large population in Mi.
They take out pet cats in some areas.My cousin lost her pet to a Fisher.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

December 17, 2012
10:39 AM

Post #9360696

Going to church Saturday night we pass a few fields and pastures, there were HUNDREDS of seagulls...we hit one
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 17, 2012
12:20 PM

Post #9360778

see fishers here often - had a pair living in a hickory in my backyard a couple years back during mating season (Jan-March).

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

December 17, 2012
3:00 PM

Post #9360906

Wow..they are pretty wary animals...my stepson lost one of his Maine Coons to a fisher...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 18, 2012
4:33 AM

Post #9361221

I never saw another one.I lived in a area thats not environmentally satisfying to them

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

December 18, 2012
7:34 AM

Post #9361354

The feeder was busy this morning...love it when the cardinals show up...

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

December 19, 2012
12:31 PM

Post #9362380

I did get that large double suet feeder I posted last week. So far it's a hit.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

December 19, 2012
12:34 PM

Post #9362382

We have the double suet feeder , it' like this one.
http://www.garden-fountains.com/Detail.bok?no=2221

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

December 19, 2012
12:40 PM

Post #9362393

Nice!

Also put out a very nice birdbath today. Here's a pic.

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luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

December 19, 2012
12:45 PM

Post #9362405

I like that.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

December 19, 2012
5:39 PM

Post #9362615

Elegant...the birds will be spoiled!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

December 30, 2012
6:26 AM

Post #9370391

Went outside to get my paper this windy, freezing morning, & there was a Carolina wren under a rhodo by the front porch...I love those little birds & their cheery "Teakettle, teakettle" song...

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

December 31, 2012
1:49 PM

Post #9371568

Had the biggest woodpecker I ever had the other day on that new, large suet feeder. He was gone by the time I got my camera. Possibly piliated!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

December 31, 2012
4:06 PM

Post #9371687

If he looked like Woody, he was...red-bellied are also large & colorful...
debi_k
S of Lake Ontario, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 31, 2012
5:49 PM

Post #9371809

Love the pileated woodpeckers.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 31, 2012
8:56 PM

Post #9371931

you would know it was a pilated if you saw one

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

December 31, 2012
9:13 PM

Post #9371940

It did have a red head and it was big! But I saw it quickly.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 1, 2013
8:37 AM

Post #9372233

they look prehistoric and have a very identifiable flying technique, not to mention the scream as they fly as well - if you saw one you would know it - i have never had one come to a feeder they stay in the trees hammering away to get at insects - like this one.

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victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2013
8:59 AM

Post #9372258

Cannot say for sure. Only that is was very big and had a red head. I plan to move this feeder a bit further away from the house.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2013
10:35 AM

Post #9372332

I notice cardinals always seem to be in pairs at my feeders - male and female. Is this common??

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2013
12:45 PM

Post #9372490

Yes Victor they mate for life.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2013
1:13 PM

Post #9372515

Guess they DON'T get married...

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 1, 2013
2:04 PM

Post #9372550

Cardinals look so pretty in the snow...
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 1, 2013
2:24 PM

Post #9372567

could also be a flecker victor they are always at the feeder especially if there is suet

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 2, 2013
5:56 AM

Post #9372983

I never see any flickers in the winter...I think they migrate to the coast...
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2013
6:43 AM

Post #9373019

might have to restock the feeders and see what is going on out there

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 2, 2013
11:24 AM

Post #9373250

The male raven was harassing me as I walked over the dam this afternoon...the female is quiet...

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2013
2:55 PM

Post #9373403

Dam raven!

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2013
5:43 PM

Post #9373602

I believe a song sparrow and downy woodpecker visited the other day.

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 3, 2013
6:07 AM

Post #9373909

Yes, Victor, it is the dam raven! Ronnie, you do have a downy...not sure of the sparrow, they all look alike to me...I call them LBJs...little brown jobs! Drives my birding buddy crazy...

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 3, 2013
8:46 AM

Post #9374099

Marilyn seems the only ones I can definitly ID are the darned house sparrow, I get overrun with them at times. Thankful for them in the summer though when they are eating up the Japanese beetles.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 3, 2013
6:11 PM

Post #9374649

Aren't they great? I never have any song sparrows here, but I get the white-throated all winter...all they eat is my seed!

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 3, 2013
6:52 PM

Post #9374688

I love the white throated ones, haven't seen any yet this year.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2013
10:04 AM

Post #9375223


Mr Cardinal
Blue Jay coming in for some bread crust
Hey this water is frozen!
White throated sparrow, wouldn't turn around for me

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2013
10:08 AM

Post #9375228

Woodpecker, I heard him before I could spot him...I need a zoom lens for my camera

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 4, 2013
11:39 AM

Post #9375328

Good photos for not having a zoom lens! I'd love one for my camera...

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2013
12:21 PM

Post #9375373

Waiting for a solid mounting bracket that I will use to mount the camera near the feeders. Will use a wireless shutter remote.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 4, 2013
12:33 PM

Post #9375390

so you will mount your nikon?

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2013
1:46 PM

Post #9375465

Yes. Actually I just got it. Very sturdy - by Monfrotto. All their stuff is great. Will put it up tomorrow.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2013
2:07 PM

Post #9375513

The new bath.

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victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2013
2:08 PM

Post #9375515

Woodpeckers yesterday.

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 5, 2013
12:40 PM

Post #9376277

Downeys are so cute...that's a gorgeous birdbath!

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2013
5:41 PM

Post #9376585

Not so great shots but I was lucky to see a couple of Bald Eagles today at the park.

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victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2013
6:15 PM

Post #9376611

Wow! Very cool.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2013
7:19 PM

Post #9376700

cool!!!

love the woodpeckers

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2013
2:34 AM

Post #9376875

Nice woodpecker pictures.

Stunning photos of the eagles Ronnie!!

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 6, 2013
7:07 AM

Post #9377014

Thanks guys!!

I think I am going to get one of those suet feeders.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 7, 2013
3:08 PM

Post #9378434

Here is the camera setup. Watch the birdie!

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luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 7, 2013
6:53 PM

Post #9378668

Cool!!

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 7, 2013
7:08 PM

Post #9378681

Thanks. That is the view I have from inside - near the computer. I use my wireless shutter remote to take the pics.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2013
6:05 AM

Post #9378919

does look strong - good luck with the pictures and do not leave the camera out in the rain :)

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2013
8:27 AM

Post #9379022

Thanks. Made that mistake with my Sony. Thought it was a goner as the lens would not move for months. Then, one day, it started working again. Long time to dry, I guess.

Yes, the support is well-made.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2013
9:58 AM

Post #9379110

that happened when we were in Italy up in the dolimites with my D60 - was panic'd i'd killed the thing and kicking myself for walking in the snow and rain with it covered by a plastic bag - kept it by the heater and it came back to life over night.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 8, 2013
12:33 PM

Post #9379245

Our suet feeder has a long tailboard underneath to help the woodpeckers. Hoping for a piliated becasue I know there is one in our woods. Feeder in front of the house,so no luck. We have had Mr. Hairy & Mr. Red-bellied. I don't know why the name for the latter, there is more red on the back & top of its head.

We do have a baffle over the tube feeder. DH cut a small nub of a branch off the tree as squirrels used to jump from there. Now they hit the baffle at the wrong angle so it spills them to the ground.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2013
1:37 PM

Post #9379299

Some from today. Two woodpeckers and two lady cards. Like the second, abstract-looking one. Reminds me of a Japanese fan.

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dawnsharon2001
New York, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 8, 2013
4:46 PM

Post #9379491

Neat, Victor!

My chickadee -- there's only one so far -- benefits when someone walks by: the English sparrows mostly flee as a flock, but the chickadee doesn't mind people.

The white-breasted nuthatch is more jittery, but still willing to risk a swoop to the feeder and away while I'm nearby.

There are 3 Tufted Titmouse with their huge dark eyes like Disney birds. What's the plural of titmouse? "I have titmice," sounds like something you'd tell your doctor.

I've seen a few Whitethroated Sparrows, a Song Sparrow, and an American Tree Sparrow.

My 2 or 3 pair of cardinals seem shy for their size -- the English sparrows can intimidate them. The males are more cautious than the females, presumably because they're more conspicuous. As if that weren't bad enough, I've seen a mockingbird chase them. They chase each other, too.

I like the peaceful mourning doves and their slow bobbing ground-feeding like tiny dust-colored chickens.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2013
5:06 PM

Post #9379513

Great shots Victor!

Dawn sound like you have quite a few nice visitors...I like the mourning doves too...we had a pair that stuck around for two seasons, my GDs named them Eddie and Emily and now every one they see they think it's them.

A few from today

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victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2013
5:09 PM

Post #9379515

Thanks, ladies. Yes, nice lineup, Dawn!

Pretty, Ronnie.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 8, 2013
6:01 PM

Post #9379554

I am happy to say that we don't seem to attract the house sparrows. There seems to be a family of titmice at the tube feeder.. Perhaps last summer's brood. We occassionly see the pair of cardinals, plus one other. they nest in our neighbors conifers.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 9, 2013
11:48 AM

Post #9380172

White throated sparrow finally turned around

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happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 9, 2013
1:14 PM

Post #9380240

You all take amazing photos.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 9, 2013
4:23 PM

Post #9380430

I agree...great eagle photos, Ronnie! Dawn, sounds like a good number of species for the city...Iris, called red-bellied because there's already a red-headed woodpecker, smaller than red-bellied, head is all cherry red...saw one this spring, but they are very rare here, usually only see them during migration...I haven't been home to see wjhat's at the feeder...Victor, that looks like a nice set-up...
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 9, 2013
4:38 PM

Post #9380454

Victorgardener, when you use that setup, how do you decide when the click the shutter, if you aren't looking through the viewfinder? Guesswork?

And where did you find the wall stand?

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 9, 2013
4:49 PM

Post #9380463

Hi happy. I am watching through my window and decide when to click the remote.

I bought the Manfrotto support from Amazon.

This message was edited Jan 9, 2013 10:18 PM
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 9, 2013
7:12 PM

Post #9380577

It is a terrific setup!

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 9, 2013
7:19 PM

Post #9380583

Thanks. Also use an external flash mounted on the camera when necessary.
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 9, 2013
7:24 PM

Post #9380585

One of these years I may ask you for all the particulars. I'd love to be able to do that -- but right now my plate is full! We do have the perfect setup to replicate your arrangement though, right outside our kitchen window...

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 9, 2013
7:27 PM

Post #9380588

Any time. Ideally, I would also be able to move the camera remotely!
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 9, 2013
7:28 PM

Post #9380589

That would be too cool! But then, it might startle the birds.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 9, 2013
8:44 PM

Post #9380644

wp could have be called 'red-capped'; grumble, grumble.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 10, 2013
7:10 AM

Post #9380849

I agree, Iris...red-bellied is a stretch...had a red-breasted nuthatch at the feeder this morn...

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 10, 2013
7:42 AM

Post #9380877

We have both nuthatches but usually only see the white breasted one.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 10, 2013
3:25 PM

Post #9381272

I've seen the red-breasted behind our dam, but this is the first I've noticed at my feeder...

RosemaryK

RosemaryK
Lexington, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2013
5:22 AM

Post #9385598

Nice bird pics here, and more to come for Victor. We're sitting out the birdfeeder here until the ground thaws so we can move the feeder again. After several years the squirrel IQ went up--they leave nothing after they've leaped at it enough--baffle is useless.

Last summer I watched a kingfisher divebomb a squirrel in our yard. Our neighbor had to make a setback when they built their house because it was zoned as "riverfront property." You have to see the suburban course of Vine Brook to know how odd that is. poor birds without much space.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2013
6:18 AM

Post #9385650

i was going to day what river in Lexington?

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 15, 2013
7:29 AM

Post #9385726

Saw a water pippet behind the dam a few weeks ago...of course, I had no idea what it was...my buddy, Buzz knew ...little brown birds are all sparrows to me!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 15, 2013
9:06 AM

Post #9385850

had to look that one up
http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/269/overview/American_Pipit.aspx

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 15, 2013
10:51 AM

Post #9385963

checked it myself, thanks, Jen.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 15, 2013
11:08 AM

Post #9385979

Cute. Not sure I have seen that one.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 15, 2013
11:36 AM

Post #9386030

Have not seen a single bird use the bath yet. Any thoughts?? Too close to feeder?? Reluctant because it's new? Too cold??
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 15, 2013
12:04 PM

Post #9386073

I've never had much luck with getting birds to use our bath. They occasionally do, but it is rare. It is not new.

That being said, the cold doesn't seem to bother them.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2013
1:09 PM

Post #9386153

i think the birds like it deeper than typical shallow bath's - they love one of my stone ones that is 3-4" deep - i have seen them drink from the shallow ones although not in the winter

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 15, 2013
1:15 PM

Post #9386169

That's interesting.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 15, 2013
1:36 PM

Post #9386231

Chickadee was taking a bath in mine last week during one of the warmer days

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 15, 2013
4:30 PM

Post #9386461

I have a copper one, but have only seen chicks & house finches in it...of course, the river is right below my house, so they probably prefer that...nice site showing the pipet...the best way to ID it...it bobs its tail constantly, & walks rather than hops...

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 15, 2013
6:22 PM

Post #9386568

I've never seen a pipet either.

I saw a good bit of action at the bath our few warm days, a few at the pond for a quick drink. No actual bathing but there were quite a few birds bathing at the nature center pond. Only thing I can think of Victor is maybe they just have to get used to it.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2013
6:56 AM

Post #9386935

saw a big flash of brown this morning and spotted a barn owl in the trees and interrupted the better half getting ready to get a look at it with the bino's. tried to get a picture of it and grabbed the zoom lens. just could not get the lens to focus through the window/screen/snow fall/branches. took off just as i was trying to manually focus. did get a couple shots off I am sure they are completely out of focus.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 16, 2013
6:58 AM

Post #9386937

Cool!

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 16, 2013
8:30 AM

Post #9387073

Birdfest outside my window right now!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 16, 2013
9:11 AM

Post #9387123

Totally cool, Bill! Not many barn owls left in NE...

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 16, 2013
10:13 AM

Post #9387177

From before.

IDs on first three??

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victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 16, 2013
10:14 AM

Post #9387179

Another downy shot. Love that little fur near the beak.

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 16, 2013
10:21 AM

Post #9387189

House Wren, Dark eyed Junco and a Tufted Titmouse
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2013
10:24 AM

Post #9387193

as suspected here is my lame attempt at getting the owl shoot.

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victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 16, 2013
11:46 AM

Post #9387279

Thanks, Jen! In the first pic, there are two. What is the other one?
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2013
12:07 PM

Post #9387303

nice shots of the birds victor - i am guessing those are hand held and not from the stand.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 16, 2013
12:40 PM

Post #9387338

Victor the second bird is a White breasted Nuthatch...I think that's a Carolina Wren not a house wren.

Good going on the owl Bill, we have a pair of horned owls, hear them all the time but haven't spotted them yet as soon as we open the door the stay quiet.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 16, 2013
12:46 PM

Post #9387344

#1 Carolina wren #2 agreed on the white breasted nuthatch wren ID by DH who is much better ID person than I am. Little brown birds can be confusing. I see that you also have a wp tailboard on your suet feeder. Does attract them.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 16, 2013
3:18 PM

Post #9387510

Carolina wren is correct...white eyebrow stripe...nice collection...look for the red-breasted nuthatch at your feeder, they are an irruptive species here in large numbers this year...smaller then white-breasted, chestnut breast...wish I could have seen the owl up close...

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 16, 2013
4:23 PM

Post #9387576

Thanks! I really got to bone up on my IDs.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 16, 2013
6:29 PM

Post #9387663

Victor get an app for your phone or a field guide to keep handy.

Female Yellow bellied sapsucker I believe...female Cardinal taking a birth on one of our warmer days...male cardinal being a peeping tom!

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 16, 2013
8:15 PM

Post #9387769

oh yeah sorry Carolina Wren, House Wrens are only here during the summer

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 17, 2013
5:57 AM

Post #9387932

Cannot ID the woodpecker, could be a sapsucker...hope the cardinal is having a bath!

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 23, 2013
2:57 PM

Post #9395142

So where do the ducks, geese, etc., go when the ponds and lakes are frozen solid?

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 23, 2013
2:58 PM

Post #9395145

Anyone subscribe to / recommend any bird magazines? Used to get Birds and Blooms but I want one that is 100% birds.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 23, 2013
2:58 PM

Post #9395146

Most of them migrate which is more than I can say for the resident Canadas.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 23, 2013
2:58 PM

Post #9395147

They hang out on the ice, you should have seen all the seagulls that used to hang out on the ice on the lake where we used to live, definitely tried not to fall in all the poop when ice skating

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 23, 2013
3:07 PM

Post #9395162

Funny. Yes, I meant the ones who winter over.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 23, 2013
4:32 PM

Post #9395255

They fly to the coast where there's open water...I used to subscribe to Birder's Digest...don't know if it's still out there...I get Audubon, which is mixed...our local Audubon chapter sends out a good newsletter...a friend in my art class has a DH that takes awesome bird photos...they're on the west coast of FL right now, & she sent me a great photo of a painted bunting...Google it, they don't look real...I saw one at Corkscrew Refuge in FL a few years ago...

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 23, 2013
4:45 PM

Post #9395269

Used to be an Audubon member. Too much BS in the mag.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 23, 2013
5:35 PM

Post #9395314

I used to get birds and blooms too, got repetitious after awhile.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 23, 2013
5:50 PM

Post #9395338

Here's one.

http://www.amazon.com/Bird-Watchers-Digest/dp/B00005Q7E7/ref=pd_sim_sbs_mag_1/177-1667511-5383426

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 23, 2013
5:51 PM

Post #9395340

Exactly in the Audubon mag. We keep our membership in the Mass Audubon which wouldn't do for you. I think the Birder's Digest is a good idea.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 23, 2013
7:05 PM

Post #9395424

had a pack of bluebirds here the other day - will try for some picks next time they show up

i just use the bird id books if i get motivated

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 24, 2013
6:32 AM

Post #9395775

Yes, thanks, that's the same Birder's Digest I subscribed to...some good articles, but like all the rest, you have to pick & choose...I know I'll never go out on a boat to see the pelagics...

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 24, 2013
6:33 AM

Post #9395778

Yeah, I'm really only interested in a magazine that focuses on backyard birds.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 24, 2013
6:36 AM

Post #9395786

Well, you go for walks, so you are apt to see warblers & other species that don't come to feeders...nothing so challenging as trying to focus on a warbler while they're jumping around like a flea!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 24, 2013
2:16 PM

Post #9396371

We were on plum island one fall & walked the boardwalk during the warbler migration. Worth the (then) 5 bucks to get in the resevation.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 24, 2013
2:48 PM

Post #9396398

A friend showed me an article about birding on Plum Island...would love to get there someday...

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 24, 2013
3:05 PM

Post #9396417

This Red bellied Woody has been coming to the suet every day. He really likes that I attached the feeder to the tree...I just love this little red breasted Nuthatch he comes every day too!

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dawnsharon2001
New York, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2013
4:13 PM

Post #9396496

What wonderful photos! I can't get my point-and-shoot to focus on the bird rather than the wire fence behind the feeder. I need manual focus, but there's no immediate DSLR in my future.

I added a feeder outside my bedroom window yesterday, and I've seen greater numbers on some of the feeder birds: there were five tufted titmice at one point, two song sparrows, and six white-throats, mostly tan-stripe. The song sparrows come to the feeder, but the white-throats stick to the ground.

I keep juggling various seed blends in my feeders, trying to find an arrangement that will keep my flock of 30-40 English sparrows busy and out of the way of the less plentiful birds. The English sparrows like blends with millet, but if I provide only black oil sunflower seed, they'll settle for that. They won't usually touch niger seed, but nothing else will either, except the chickadee, once. I know there's a house finch around, and I hope to get a better look at it once it discovers the niger seed sock.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 24, 2013
4:15 PM

Post #9396500

Where in the city are you, Dawn?
dawnsharon2001
New York, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2013
4:19 PM

Post #9396505

Southern Queens, Victor, not far from Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Phragmite marshes start a couple of blocks from me.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 24, 2013
4:23 PM

Post #9396510

Nice. I am from Astoria. No Sandy damage for you?

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 24, 2013
7:59 PM

Post #9396783

Does anyone else to the great Bird count Feb.15-17. Certainly helps the search for birds. You can do the marshes as well as feeders.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 25, 2013
5:18 AM

Post #9396937

Hi,just popped in here. I love my backyard birds but there are 3 resident Grackles that do a big job daily to empty the feeder.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 25, 2013
5:29 AM

Post #9396948

Never have, Lucy. It's a big thing nearby at Bear Mt. Think they do it around Christmas too.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 25, 2013
5:38 AM

Post #9396961

I signed up for it Lucy, I'll do the feeders and if not to cold will go to the nature center.

I've had a slew of starlings this week cleaned out the feeder in what seemed like minutes. Ate all the meal worms and the grapes I had out for the Mockingbird...grrr!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 25, 2013
5:58 AM

Post #9397027

They are worse than squirrels. There was a flock 2 weeks ago but they passed on and left 3 behind.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 25, 2013
6:57 AM

Post #9397079

I have no grackles or English sparrows...I do have house finches, but not at the number I used to have before the blindness disease hit them...squirrels are my main problem...feeder was busy yesterday, but quiet today...my neighbor must have filled his feeder...he feeds niger & gets the goldfinches...Those are great shots, Ronnie!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 25, 2013
8:56 AM

Post #9397178

At least grackles are a native bird, while starlings & house sparrows are invaders. The starling is the most counted bird in the US. House Sparrows are disappearing in Britain & I saw a note that starlings were beginning to decline. Would that they were here.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 25, 2013
11:38 AM

Post #9397287

I had no idea about the Finch disease.I wondered why 4 years ago I had so many but they seemed to vanish overnight.I have a few Goldfinches.
English Sparrows are a nuisance.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 25, 2013
12:23 PM

Post #9397339

Cowbirds, too...I get a few showing up in the spring...

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 25, 2013
4:38 PM

Post #9397599

Wow, did not know either.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 26, 2013
5:35 AM

Post #9397932

I'd still rather have the cowbirds and sparrows over the damned starlings! I get a few grackles in the spring and don't mind them. They are actually pretty in there fluorescent black feathering.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 26, 2013
5:50 AM

Post #9397952

I like the "Boat tailed Grackle"
Its Starlings I have at the feeder.Not Grackles.

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 26, 2013
8:32 AM

Post #9398067

No boat-tailed around here but I've seen them in Jersey...

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 26, 2013
10:47 AM

Post #9398185



This was Nov 2008, but didn't have them this winter
Grackles will make an appearance in the spring, sooooo noisy they are!

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 26, 2013
12:48 PM

Post #9398303

I'll see large flocks like that in spring, but they don't stick around...

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 26, 2013
7:02 PM

Post #9398631

If anyone is looking for pure suet cakes here is a pretty good deal on them http://www.horseloverz.com/Suet-Cakes/406615-Heath-Natural-Pure-Suet-Cake---115-oz.html I've searched and this place had the best price even with shipping. Fast too, I ordered them on a Friday had them by Wednesday.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 26, 2013
7:03 PM

Post #9398633

Thanks, Ron. Always looking for a good source.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 26, 2013
7:42 PM

Post #9398678

Welcome.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 26, 2013
8:39 PM

Post #9398722

thanks for the link

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 27, 2013
4:38 AM

Post #9398824

I pick mine up @ WalMart for .96 cents each, they have several varieties. Berry Seed & Suet, Hot Pepper Delight, Nutty Seed & Suet, and Peanutbutter Delight, http://www.penningtonusa.com/psc-_106-pd-_511

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 27, 2013
5:19 AM

Post #9398855

Sadly, I can't feed suet because it attracts the bears...they are probably hibernating now, but in a few days the temp will be in the 50s & that might draw them out...

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 27, 2013
5:31 AM

Post #9398872

I can see how that would be a problem Marilyn!!
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 27, 2013
7:10 AM

Post #9398948

same here marilyn - had bear "attacks" the last four years - will stop filling the feeders in early late Feb or early March

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

January 27, 2013
7:18 AM

Post #9398953

Wow and I complain about the starlings!

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 27, 2013
8:17 AM

Post #9398992

Bears need to eat too!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 27, 2013
9:19 AM

Post #9399049

No bears around here, I am glad to say.
debi_k
S of Lake Ontario, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 27, 2013
10:29 AM

Post #9399119

I stopped feeding the birds due to the squirrels and field mice. The dog would trample the garden chasing them.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

January 27, 2013
1:37 PM

Post #9399260

I stop the seed feeding the same time, Bill...I love our dam, but it has thousands of acres of wilderness & a river...a bear magnet...My airedale, Skippy, found the foreleg of a bear behind the dam 20 years ago, before bear sightings became common.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 1, 2013
9:29 PM

Post #9405556

Bizarre and beautiful.

http://m.wimp.com/birdsproject/

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 1, 2013
10:12 PM

Post #9405572

that's mind blowing stuff.

Ronnie, I got that suet too after you shared the link. I like pure suet, the cakes last much longer and downys and nuthatches come every day.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 2, 2013
5:53 AM

Post #9405725

Wow that video was neat!!

Sally glad you liked it, squirrels haven't touched it but the birds are going crazy for it. I did find it a bit messy putting it out, not dry like some of the other cakes.

jumper2

jumper2
Huron, OH
(Zone 5b)

February 2, 2013
7:49 AM

Post #9405839

had to get more seed today for the birds. they cleaned us out.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 2, 2013
7:54 AM

Post #9405847

The tufted titmice are trying to clear us of birdseed. Cardinals came yesterday even without new snow. The male is so easy to spot.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 2, 2013
8:10 AM

Post #9405856

Have seen the bird of Paradise...awesome...not much feeding today, a few titmice...

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 2, 2013
9:08 AM

Post #9405915

titmice = Disney birds. That is so true! Their big cute eyes.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 2, 2013
11:58 AM

Post #9406073

Yes, they are, but are pushing chickadees out...

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 2, 2013
12:39 PM

Post #9406114

The chickadees grab a seed & fly off to eat it, but the titmice sit on a perch & eat away like the finches do.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 2, 2013
2:03 PM

Post #9406195

BIg eyed cuteness makes up for some bad habits, or does it?
From collider.com; don't want to be accused of stealing

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luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 2, 2013
5:15 PM

Post #9406382

Cute or not he's not welcome at my feeder! :-)

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 3, 2013
9:14 AM

Post #9406897

I wrote earlier that a friend had emailed me a photo of a painted bunting in FL...in today's paper, the nature column said one has been hanging around a feeder in New Haven all winter! Unbelievable...wish I could be that lucky...

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 3, 2013
10:28 AM

Post #9406990

Me too!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 3, 2013
2:52 PM

Post #9407269

cool video, my Einstein son, was naming the birds, sheesh I don't think there is anything that he doesn't know

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 3, 2013
2:59 PM

Post #9407285

Showoff!!
dawnsharon2001
New York, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 4, 2013
1:38 PM

Post #9408345

We had Sandy damage, but are almost back to normal. Cowbirds, male and female, by the dozen, have been showing up. Squirrels too, and the everlasting House Sparrows (HOSP). Does anyone have strategies to deter, or at least distract, the hungry flocks long enough to make sure the relatively shy White Throated Sparrows (WHSP?) get what they need?

Droll Yankee feeders keep the squirrels in check, and feeding only black oil sunflower and niger seed seems to keep the total number of birds down, though HOSP will eat either one if that's all there is. I wouldn't feed millet at all, if not for the native sparrows. I've seen a Song Sparrow take seed from a feeder, but WHSP want to stay on the ground. I love the way they forage.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 4, 2013
1:43 PM

Post #9408354

I had wrapped my feeders with chicken wire for awhile to keep grackles away, took it down when they finally got the hint they couldn't get to the feeder anymore

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 4, 2013
2:45 PM

Post #9408437

I don't think there is much to do to keep the house sparrows away. I don't mind them too much since they keep the beetles in check during the summer.

We have a big free standing feeder I'm thinking about enclosing in chicken wire to keep out the starlings and squirrels.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 4, 2013
3:35 PM

Post #9408499

dawnsharon- thank you for mentioning that WHSP likes to ground feed. I bought millet just for them but have been putting it in a dish on a bench. I agree , it s oddly cute the way they sort of hop/ scratch with their whole bodies, to peck around in the leaves.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 4, 2013
5:10 PM

Post #9408618

Hard to keep the smaller birds out of the feeder...

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 5, 2013
5:38 PM

Post #9409705

So beautiful. Weird music, though.

http://www.petapixel.com/2013/02/05/mesmerizing-footage-of-thousands-upon-thousands-of-birds-dancing-in-the-sky/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PetaPixel+%28PetaPixel%29

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 6, 2013
7:15 AM

Post #9410090

Awesome that they can do that...

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 6, 2013
10:21 AM

Post #9410238

Yes - mind-boggling how they keep in sync.
debi_k
S of Lake Ontario, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2013
2:42 PM

Post #9410496

I've seen that, just not so many
That was pretty cool
dawnsharon2001
New York, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 11, 2013
7:56 AM

Post #9415274

I need to find a source of seed the WHSP will eat (millet? 'milo'?). All ordinary bird seed mixes have some millet, but they also have cracked corn, which draws cowbirds. The WHSP jump-scratch with both feet is in the Burgess Bird Book for Children, which I read many years ago. I think Fox Sparrows do it too, but I haven't seen one in a while.

I'm not ready to tangle with chicken wire yet, but thanks for the advice!

Murmuration... beautiful. We have a lot to learn about birds.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 11, 2013
9:41 AM

Post #9415406

Dawn mine eat the BOSS I just toss some on the ground.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 11, 2013
9:42 AM

Post #9415408

While sledding yesterday saw a Eastern Bluebird
dawnsharon2001
New York, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 11, 2013
9:56 AM

Post #9415428

luvsgrtdanes, you have eased my mind. I can feed black oil sunflower seed and niger seed with a light heart.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 11, 2013
10:28 AM

Post #9415456

black oil here. When it snowed, suddenly 4 cardinals showed up.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 11, 2013
10:49 AM

Post #9415498

Some days, it seems like you can tell how 'nasty' the weather is by counting birds at your feeders.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 11, 2013
12:53 PM

Post #9415672

Oh Iris how lucky can you get?!! Not one cardinal this year . :(
Plenty of others...

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 11, 2013
1:32 PM

Post #9415720

very cute birds. Nice to get a chickadee & nuthatch in the same photo. A pair of cardinals nests in the nieghbor's pine tree. I would guess that we have them & kids from last summer.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 11, 2013
4:22 PM

Post #9415910

Love the redpolls...still waiting. I saw them once at our old house, pre camera era.
I have quite a few cardinals, always the last ones to see at night.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 11, 2013
4:25 PM

Post #9415918

Saw one cardinal when it began to snow last week...hope it survived the blizzard...not many jays around, I usually have tons...walked the dog on a dirt road yesterday, & a turkey flying from one tree to another almost gave me a heart attack!

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 11, 2013
4:47 PM

Post #9415951

Lots of cardinals soon in Rome. ;)

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 11, 2013
4:50 PM

Post #9415957

Quite a flock...
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

February 12, 2013
6:08 AM

Post #9416424

a flying turkey is quite a sight - they are huge - not real adept at landing

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 12, 2013
1:59 PM

Post #9416864

And this guy knocked snow off the trees...really quite a sight...

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 12, 2013
6:25 PM

Post #9417162

Put out a new suet cake.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 13, 2013
5:12 AM

Post #9417451

I can't get to my feeder, so I've been throwing seed on the shelf around my wellhouse...lots of birds have found the seed including a red-bellied wp...also saw a squirrel out this morning eating the seed...I was hoping not to see any until the snow melted!
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

February 13, 2013
1:54 PM

Post #9417962

Here are a couple shots from our deck which is about 40 yards from the feeders. woody and a blue bird, a couple blue bird, morning dove, and blue bird.

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victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 13, 2013
1:58 PM

Post #9417968

What do bluebirds eat? I never get them.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

February 13, 2013
2:11 PM

Post #9417984

they like meal worms although i have never put them out - usually they are just checking out the bird houses for spring - this is the first time i've seen them on the suet feeders - they like open fields - lots of them here - and if they move in and have chicks they are very aggressive

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 13, 2013
2:43 PM

Post #9418043

I'd love to see Bluebirds in my yard. I know it will never happen so have to be satisfied I get to see them at the park. Great shots Bill!

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 13, 2013
2:52 PM

Post #9418059

Nice!! I want bluebirds!!! (whining) very seldom see them.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 13, 2013
3:13 PM

Post #9418088

Have not seen a bluebird all winter...our vultures are back, however!
debi_k
S of Lake Ontario, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 13, 2013
4:19 PM

Post #9418177

My sister had bluebird houses for years before she had residents. Now she gets families every year.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

February 13, 2013
6:12 PM

Post #9418291

surprised you do not have them celeste with those fields - put up some houses and they will come

JWLW

JWLW
Atkinson, NH
(Zone 5a)

February 14, 2013
4:58 PM

Post #9419269

We have no Bird Houses of any kind. We do have many birds including Bluebirds.
All our birds are living in natural homes. We feed Meal Worms, Orange Flavored Suit, A mix of Peanut Butter and oatmeal with a little Grape preserve, and a seed mix. Bluebirds favor the meal worms and the Peanut Butter mix. However they do feed on all the stuff at our feeders. Heated Water in the winter is also visited by all the birds.

We have a year round resident Male Bluebird who now has two girl friends. They are around all Year, the flock only comes in the winter and the last count was 12.

Have a great Evening,
John

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 14, 2013
7:29 PM

Post #9419411

NICE!!!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 14, 2013
8:09 PM

Post #9419442

Great Bird Count starts tomorrow.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 15, 2013
5:11 AM

Post #9419617

Nice bluebirds John!

Been hearing the owls every night but can't find them. I better worn the neighbors not to call the cops if they see a man lurking in their yards at 3 in the morning, Lou is determined to find them!

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 15, 2013
5:37 AM

Post #9419643

Nice shots John.
LOL Ronnie!!!
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

February 15, 2013
5:44 AM

Post #9419654

great shots John!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 15, 2013
6:41 AM

Post #9419719

Awesome bluebirds, John...Ronnie, too funny...the owls will be in the tallest trees, usually pines...

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 15, 2013
12:00 PM

Post #9420002

Everyone in on the Great Bird count over the weekend? Sponsered by Cornell U. & the Audubon Society.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 15, 2013
12:44 PM

Post #9420048

I am!! First time for me, I'm excited.
We may see some snow so my activity will be higher. I was watching today and saw 6 titmice, most I've ever seen at on time, hope to see the same or more over the weekend.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 15, 2013
2:40 PM

Post #9420171

yes, on our last snow 4 cardinals showed up. I had thought only 3 were around.
debi_k
S of Lake Ontario, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 15, 2013
3:31 PM

Post #9420204

I saw an owl early one morning swoop down and catch something and take it up to a tall pine to eat. Was surprised to see it in our neighborhood, but I also saw a cayote one morning.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 15, 2013
4:17 PM

Post #9420257

Coyotes yelp here once in awhile...come up from the dam...the local Audubon, which is one town to the north, doesn't include my town in its count...

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 16, 2013
4:25 PM

Post #9421294

Whoohoo we saw the owls!! Couldn't get a good shot it was just to dark but we watched them for about 20 minutes!!

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pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 16, 2013
4:36 PM

Post #9421302

NICE!!!
debi_k
S of Lake Ontario, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 16, 2013
6:22 PM

Post #9421396

Cool

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 16, 2013
8:50 PM

Post #9421499

such fun to see the owls.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 17, 2013
5:00 AM

Post #9421605

Great sighting!

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 17, 2013
5:32 AM

Post #9421629

It's so cool to hear them right up close too!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 17, 2013
8:52 AM

Post #9421809

awesome cool, luvs! We have heard great horned owls a few times over the years and it makes us feel hopefully 'kind to nature' in our very suburban area.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

February 17, 2013
9:12 AM

Post #9421844

love owls
schickenlady
Sherrie In, NH
(Zone 5a)

February 17, 2013
10:03 AM

Post #9421940

About 40 turkey's & 3 of these

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schickenlady
Sherrie In, NH
(Zone 5a)

February 17, 2013
10:13 AM

Post #9421954

I couldnt get close enought to show the flock

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 17, 2013
12:41 PM

Post #9422114

when we have snow, our cardinals show up as well. A male was singing yesterday, I had noticed that one was getting aggressive under the feeder.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 17, 2013
1:43 PM

Post #9422179

Still unable to get to the feeder, but I'm putting out seed on the wellhouse...it's all gone, don't know if the birds ate it, or the wind blew it away...nice photos, Sherrie.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 17, 2013
2:25 PM

Post #9422240

I some was windblown, I bet they found the seed on the ground. We had a quartet of cardinals among other birds at the feeder.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 17, 2013
2:28 PM

Post #9422245

lots of bird activity yesterday and today
was reading a bad of Niger seed at the garden show today and it said "niger seed, imported to be used instead of our native thistle"...what the heck does that mean?
Do we not have native thistle in this country anymore? were we running out of thistle?

JWLW

JWLW
Atkinson, NH
(Zone 5a)

February 17, 2013
4:46 PM

Post #9422367

BIRDS FEEDING IN THE SNOW STORM TODAY.

Have a wonderful evening,
John

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JWLW

JWLW
Atkinson, NH
(Zone 5a)

February 17, 2013
4:55 PM

Post #9422376

flowAjen: I have been feeding Niger seed for years. Don't think you can get a native Thistle any more. At least 25 years have been using Niger seed. Photo is Bluebirds feeding on Meal Worms.

Have a great evening,
John

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JWLW

JWLW
Atkinson, NH
(Zone 5a)

February 17, 2013
5:01 PM

Post #9422381

BIRDS FEEDING AFTER THE SNOW STORM.

Enjoy your evening,
John

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 18, 2013
5:02 AM

Post #9422711

Wonderful photos, John...really love the one of the bluebird in the snow...

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 18, 2013
6:35 AM

Post #9422829

[quote="ROBINDOG"]Wonderful photos, John...really love the one of the bluebird in the snow...[/quote] me too.

Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

February 18, 2013
7:04 AM

Post #9422885

Agreed!!

Every time I see a cardinal I think of my mom cuz they were her favorite

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 18, 2013
7:10 AM

Post #9422903

I feel that way about Mockingbirds and my dad.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 19, 2013
1:52 PM

Post #9424597

Pretty sure this is a Peregrine Falcon, in our backyard
This is my son's favorite bird so he was really excited, was there for about 1/2 hour never saw it fly away

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victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 19, 2013
1:55 PM

Post #9424598

Looks like. Have seen them in Manhattan.
debi_k
S of Lake Ontario, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 19, 2013
5:36 PM

Post #9424780

Nice!

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 19, 2013
5:40 PM

Post #9424781

Great capture!!

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 20, 2013
2:24 AM

Post #9425138

Nice Jen!! Funny, I had a visitor too, in the tree off the back deck .

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victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 20, 2013
4:52 AM

Post #9425185

Nice!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 20, 2013
6:03 AM

Post #9425240

I used to go to the little farms south of here.Feb.is when the Short Eared owles are migrating .Its such a thrill to see them.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 20, 2013
6:23 AM

Post #9425258

I've never seen an owl sitting in a tree...have seen one in the road, though...not sure if that's a peregrine...they have a streaked breast & distinctive eye marking...here's the illustration from Sibley...

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schickenlady
Sherrie In, NH
(Zone 5a)

February 20, 2013
6:43 AM

Post #9425275

I think I just saw a snowy owl I tried to get a picture but it was too far and it took flight as I walked out the door. What ever it was it was big, white with black stripes.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 20, 2013
7:27 AM

Post #9425307

The sun on him was definitely washing him out.
The juvies are more streaked but I've seen lots of pics where on some the belly is more white

Info from whatbird.com
"Breast may vary from white to spotted and barred"
like this one in flight def has more white

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 20, 2013
7:29 AM

Post #9425308

this is one is seriously darker

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 20, 2013
1:08 PM

Post #9425688

2 Carolina wrens around this morning. Only one appeared while we were doing the bird count. Mr. Hairy wp on the suet feeder this afternoon.
debi_k
S of Lake Ontario, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 20, 2013
2:59 PM

Post #9425812

How do you count birds, and know you didn't count one twice?

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 20, 2013
3:18 PM

Post #9425840

Yeah - I know I would count the same on over and over. The bird would toy with me.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 20, 2013
4:16 PM

Post #9425913

I would count what I saw at the feeder, once they flew away I stopped counting that species. The only ones I knew were the same birds were the woodpeckers and wrens, usually one at a time and the wrens were always in a pair so I know they were the same. I never really have a big flocks like some do other than the house sparrows.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 20, 2013
4:54 PM

Post #9425940

Would be easier if you shoot each one you see. No double counting... ;)

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 20, 2013
4:59 PM

Post #9425947

I've been practicing...but I don't shoot birds. Mister fox keeps coming up on my back stoop with one of the neighbors chickens, tired of seeing him so close. I'm sure the neighbors are tired of losing chickens too!

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victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 20, 2013
5:10 PM

Post #9425967

Nice to have fresh chicken delivered!

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 20, 2013
5:11 PM

Post #9425969

Ha ha ha!! Never thought of it that way.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 20, 2013
5:54 PM

Post #9426024

Last year a fox cleared out almost all of my nieces flock, love them but they can be a nuisance for chickens.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 21, 2013
5:45 AM

Post #9426412

You have to count the # of the same type at the feeder. There were 4 cardinals on the ground for instance. After they flew away I didn't count any single cardinals which re turned. Chickadees are difficult as they grab a seed & instantly fly off, while finches sit & eat.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 21, 2013
6:01 AM

Post #9426438

Not tangling with you, Pixie...good shooting! Have not seen many birds at the wellhouse...my neighbor must be feeding better stuff...he's also feeding the deer & turkeys, which keeps them out of my yard...

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 21, 2013
6:06 AM

Post #9426444

Super puffy trying to keep himself warm

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pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 21, 2013
6:06 AM

Post #9426445

LOL Robin!! Not bad considering I haven't shot in over a decade. :)

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 21, 2013
6:06 AM

Post #9426446

Good for the last point, but will they come to you after winter?

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 21, 2013
12:34 PM

Post #9426870

Pretty fluffy Cardinal.

Little collection...

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 21, 2013
1:36 PM

Post #9426940

Nice photo...WTS is very clear...

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 21, 2013
1:39 PM

Post #9426942

Love the bird on the statue head, LOL

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 21, 2013
3:05 PM

Post #9427036

Nice group shot!

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 21, 2013
5:22 PM

Post #9427198

Thanks!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 22, 2013
5:53 AM

Post #9427606

For Jen
since you liked bird on statue head...

bonus point who knows where this statue is located in northeast?

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 22, 2013
5:58 AM

Post #9427609

Library in NYC?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 22, 2013
7:14 AM

Post #9427676

Yes, Congrats Robindog! Check is in the mail...

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 22, 2013
7:49 AM

Post #9427744

hee hee

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 22, 2013
11:15 AM

Post #9427933

I just cant wait.
http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 22, 2013
12:01 PM

Post #9427995

Haven't been to NYC Library in many years, probably 30 anyway. Can't wait for the hummers either, Jo. I was stuck in traffic today while trying to get to Mom's & a hawk perched on a lampost right in front of me...nice distraction...not a redtail, but close in size...may have been a juvie, but I'm thinking it was a rough-legged...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 22, 2013
12:08 PM

Post #9428014

I wish I could identify more hawks.I used to know many.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 22, 2013
12:12 PM

Post #9428025

They're difficult...this guy had a small beak for his size, that's why I thought rough-legged...but he was on top of the lightpost, so who knows!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 22, 2013
2:57 PM

Post #9428165

My eyesight is so awful and I agree perching hawks are hard to id.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

February 22, 2013
3:16 PM

Post #9428194

I'm with you Jo can't wait for the hummers!!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 25, 2013
2:48 PM

Post #9431442

Grackles and Starlings are back, yep spring is almost here!

JWLW

JWLW
Atkinson, NH
(Zone 5a)

February 25, 2013
3:56 PM

Post #9431520

At the feeder this morning.
Also new post on my blog BIRDS ARE OUR WINTER FLOWERS http://www.jwlwgardens.com/?p=5874


Have a great evening,
John

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 26, 2013
7:48 AM

Post #9432220

Nice cardinal photos...I had 2 males in my maple tree...just perked me right up...

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 26, 2013
8:38 AM

Post #9432302

Birds are very busy today I have a sparrow cleaning out the wren house so they could use it for spring, the wren comes back in the summer

Robins, grackles, starlings covered the lawn before but I couldn't get a good group shot

House Sparrow and female finch

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victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 26, 2013
4:42 PM

Post #9432890

Saw two hawks on the power lines today while driving. Wish I had the camera.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 27, 2013
5:37 AM

Post #9433335

Saw one down at our dam...flew too quickly to ID.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 28, 2013
5:43 AM

Post #9434319

Had 8 cardinals...4 males & 4 females on & under my feeder yesterday...went to get my camera & they flew!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 28, 2013
7:47 AM

Post #9434437

They do seem to be a suspicious bird. When a flock of juncos takes off, the Mourning doves say 'where did everybody go"? the cardinals seem to be the first to take off.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

February 28, 2013
3:35 PM

Post #9434837

Saw my 1st 2 redwings of the spring on my feeder this morning...put a smile on my face for sure...

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 28, 2013
8:14 PM

Post #9435073

I have not heard the red wings as yet. We usually hear them before w3e see them. sounds like a rusty gate opening.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

March 1, 2013
5:48 AM

Post #9435239

had a red tail hawk land about 10 ft from from my car yesterday - no camera with me, did stop and watch until it flew off

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

March 3, 2013
8:16 AM

Post #9437395

Song sparrow on feeder today...nice change from the juncos...

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

March 7, 2013
6:12 PM

Post #9442319

Want to go see this.

http://audubon.nyhistory.org/

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

March 7, 2013
6:27 PM

Post #9442342

That's cool!!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

March 7, 2013
6:55 PM

Post #9442367

Very cool!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

March 7, 2013
8:36 PM

Post #9442436

very interesting

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

March 8, 2013
4:58 AM

Post #9442604

Wow...would love to see that exhibit!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

March 8, 2013
7:23 AM

Post #9442738

8" of snow ( & snowing still) with 6 cardinals under the tube feeder. A couple perched on it which is quite a trick.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

March 8, 2013
9:32 AM

Post #9442851

I have one cardinal right now, lots of mourning doves...
schickenlady
Sherrie In, NH
(Zone 5a)

March 8, 2013
10:49 AM

Post #9442899

The bird feeder

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 8, 2013
10:52 AM

Post #9442903

whoa

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

March 8, 2013
11:07 AM

Post #9442915

glad that we don't have those. they can be a nuisance taking dust baths in the flower beds.
schickenlady
Sherrie In, NH
(Zone 5a)

March 8, 2013
11:09 AM

Post #9442917

The dogs were eye balling them. All I had to do is open the door for supper.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

March 8, 2013
4:16 PM

Post #9443194

Wow...I only have 5 come to my yard...Suey barks at them, but they don't care...

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

March 8, 2013
7:09 PM

Post #9443349

Cool!

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

March 8, 2013
7:20 PM

Post #9443358

Saw about 30 of them the other day in one backyard!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

March 8, 2013
8:33 PM

Post #9443430

grand total of cardinals was 7. didn't realize the last one was around. I don't know where the local turkeys go in the winter.
schickenlady
Sherrie In, NH
(Zone 5a)

March 10, 2013
1:13 PM

Post #9444931

not a great pic, what is it?

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

March 10, 2013
1:14 PM

Post #9444934

A beautiful red-bellied woodpecker...they are really misnamed...there is just a faint wash of pink on their bellies...

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

March 10, 2013
5:44 PM

Post #9445155

pretty Sherrie!!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 10, 2013
7:25 PM

Post #9445247

Another house finch with early eye disease

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

March 11, 2013
8:31 AM

Post #9445737

I thought that disease had pretty much run its course...guess not.
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2013
1:41 PM

Post #9446049

What is early eye disease?

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

March 11, 2013
3:36 PM

Post #9446201

It eventually blinds the bird, then they die from malnutrition or hawk attack...was very prevalent about 5 years ago when the population of house finches soared...I used to have flocks of 20 or more at my feeders...now I see one pair...
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

March 12, 2013
5:50 AM

Post #9446658

think i saw that on a finch by the feeder in front of the kitchen window - it never moved even with my camera lens almost 6" away, noticed its eyes looked to have some kind of growth on them - still have large flocks of them here

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

March 12, 2013
6:01 AM

Post #9446666

Saw a bluebird at the dam the past few days...very cheering...

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 12, 2013
6:40 AM

Post #9446726

Now that you mention it, I am seeing fewer house finches than i used to.

JWLW

JWLW
Atkinson, NH
(Zone 5a)

March 13, 2013
8:34 PM

Post #9448578

Three first timers at the feeders the other day. American Robin, Red-Breasted Nuthatch, and White-Throated Sparrow. The Robin has been seen around this winter but never at the feeders. We thought we saw the Nuthatch before, but could never prove it. As for the Sparrow I think the 18" or so snow fall has sent it to our feeders. Same with the Robin, kind of hard to dig worms with 18" of snow in the way.

Have a great day,
John

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

March 14, 2013
6:34 AM

Post #9448856

Wow, John, great shots! I never have seen a robin at a feeder!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

March 15, 2013
5:52 AM

Post #9450005

Had a mixed flock of redwings, grackles, & starlings numbering at least 100 in the yard yesterday...

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

March 15, 2013
7:12 AM

Post #9450120

Red wings are back here also. I heard them from the marsh this morning.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

March 15, 2013
2:15 PM

Post #9450566

I finally saw a cardinal!! Oh Happy Day!!!!!!!!

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

March 15, 2013
2:19 PM

Post #9450572

Nice! I saw many on tv the other day. ;)

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

March 15, 2013
8:18 PM

Post #9450906

We had lunch at a restrurant near a river 7 saw an American merganzer & Buffal head duck, 2 birds which I had only seen in photos. A brown headed duck flew past & the only possible ID are ducks which supposedly are not in this area.

Not sure of the spelling on our sightings.

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

March 16, 2013
6:36 AM

Post #9451094

Nice, don't you love when you see something new!

I believe we have a pair of Downys coming to the feeder, I hope they nest nearby!

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

March 16, 2013
6:40 AM

Post #9451119

Mergansers are large ducks...I see them in both fresh & salt water...buffleheads are small cuties...large raft of ring-neck ducks on the reservoir the other day...

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 16, 2013
8:49 PM

Post #9451909

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