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1. Common Redpoll
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. American Robin
5. Dark-eyed Junco
Congratulation on you new lifer, Mrs-Ed. I`m surprise to hear , that the white-throated are just arriving at your place. They have been here now going on 2 weeks. I have lots more Junco too this year, compare to all the years I`ve been birding. Have you or Nanny seen the Baltimore Oriole yet?
Iris those are nice shots of the bluebird and hummingbird.
Nanny, I love the Ruby crowned, but they are so hard to take pictures of them. You did good to get one.
Great photos Iris. You have a good variety of birds there.
The Tree Swallows have been here for the past 4 days. I have been busy preparing for them. Put up more suitable houses, in hope they will nest here this year. I've been cleaning and saving the egg shells to spread out on the garden for them. My sister had use the shell to try to protect her plants from slugs, but got a surprise when she saw the Tree Swallow eating them. She put up a birdhouse, they nested in it last year.
Love y'all pictures, hello Nan, pelle and everyone. I'm out of pocket for the time being (technical problem with uploading pics. from camera). Though, like JuieQ, I've seen Rose-breasted grosbeaks--for 3-4 days in a row here. Haven't seen one for the past couple of years prior. So seeing one was such a treat for me.
Hey everyone, Nice pictures. The Rose Breasted Grosbeaks are here now too. Usually they are enjoying the mulberries but a late freeze got them so they are making due with the black oil sunflower seeds.
pelletory, Congrats on your Tree Swallow sightings!
burn_2007, Thankyou, Interesting story on the tree swallows and happy you got some in! ~ I enjoyed the photos ~ I have the brown headed cowbird here now.
ducbucln, great pics, Love the one of the lesser gold finch and nice capture of the hummer after the insect ... I seen a hummingbird the other day that kept comming too and dipping in the half circle of monkey grass I have planted under a birdhouse, I realized after a few minutes of seeing him /her doing this that it was the spider webbing that she was getting!
Lily_love, Sorry to hear that you are having problems uploading pictures! ~ love the Rose breasted grosbeaks! ~ I'm hoping to get them here anytime now too, Can't wait to see one! ~ Do have Brown Thatchers right now.
pestee42, nice pic
MargaretK, Enjoyed the photos! .. what a wide open beak on the gull in the second photo!!
mrw31, Pretty window feeder and that Downy Woodpecker.
Thanks much for identifying my Downy Woodpecker - think I've seen these before on the tree in my neighbors backyard. This has been an active migration season for my back yard, which has been great. I got to see my first ever Painted Bunting.
oooo...lovely Buntings!! I enjoyed everybody's photos the last couple of day.
So here are a couple of shots of our Baltimore Orioles so far and one really bad shot of a male Yellow-rumped Warbler that I got this morning. Also a shot of a Brown Thrasher in the yard over the weekend...please ignore the weeds and grass!
Our first hummingbird arrived yesterday! It was a male I saw its red throat, my hubby said it might have been the scout and he was trying to figure out where the food was and how much was there, I had just cleaned and refilled the big one and here he came. Drank some and rested and then took off, so they are in Ohio. I wish I could add my sightings to that of others but I don't know how to do it. But they are here, can someone tell me if they are really fond of tiger lilies?
Wonderful shots, everyone. I'd so love to see a Painted Bunting. They are so beautiful.
I went down the ocean early this morning as I've seen a young osprey there a few times. This morning it was perched on a light pole out on the groyne and was trying to nab fish that the anglers were catching, even going as far as to land on the groyne in amongst half a dozen humans to get this little herring.
After about half an hour, it gave an intruder call and sure enough, another young osprey arrived. The first one resented its presence and chased it off and the last I saw of them they were disappearing way off in the distance.
I then went into the coastal scrub and got a White-cheeked Honeyeater, a flock of Pink and Grey Galahs and a Rainbow Lorikeet.
Wow, Really beautifull and enjoyable photos all!! MargaretK, Interesting photo of the osprey trying to get the fish! Mrs_Ed, love the one with the oriole in the birdbath! JulieQ, Nice pic of that F grosbeak, I have them here but don't have a picture yet.
I have seen Sooo many baby birds around that I'm amazed! I have Thrush, Red Bellied woodpecker, Wren, Robin, mockingbird, and soon Bluebird babies bouncing around everywhere in the yard! Never seen so many at once! And I'm so excited because this is the first year I've had cardnals nesting in the hollie trees!! It's pouring out and the bluebird mom keeps coming in for food, I feel so bad for her because she's drenched! I've never seen as much rain here as I did this year! Or such extreme changes in temperature! It should be really interesting to see how the plants do this year!! It's after 7:30pm, Poring out, and I had just seen a mourning dove at the birdbath sitting there drinking the drops of water falling from the tier of the birdbath. ~ Have not seen the hummingbirds at all since the heavy rains and high winds, Kinda worried about them. Here are a few pics I got, but, they were not from today, i just have not had time to come here and put them on so I'm doing it now, they were taken withinn the past week ..
Thankyou Burn_2007! Great shots yourself!! Love those Tree swallows and that Yellow bellied sap sucker!! ~ I used to get those where i use to live but don't anymore and miss them, At least I get to enjoy your photos of them!
Oh my!! Everyone has been posting such beautiful pics and I haven't been around here much lately. I just have to try to catch up!
I'm beginning to wonder where my Hummers are. They usually show up sometime between the last week of April and the first week of May...but there's still no sign of them. When the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks came I thought "any day now". Then the Orioles showed up and I said "any minute now"...but still no hummers!
My feeders have been up for over three weeks and some of the blooms they like are starting to open even though we lost some plants during our early Spring Monsoon...uh, I mean Spring rains. I guess I'll just keep looking.
I haven't taken too many pictures, but here are some:
1) Red-bellied WP with a kernel of corn
2) Mourning Dove
3) Oriole with a (blurry) Rose-breasted Grosbeak
4) and 5) Oriole eating grape jelly
A pair of Carolina Wrens have taken up residence in my garden. They have a nest towards the back of the yard, but spend a lot of time on this pot, from there they dart into the garden below and snag insects, come back to the pot and then fly off to the nest with their catch. Here are a few of the pictures I have taken of them. Also the link below is a video of the male singing. Might take a couple of minutes to load.
At least some of them have. They're soooo very late, but that's OK. At least they're here.
I saw the first one this morning about 6:15. I was so excited, I made up some fresh sugar water even though what was out there was fairly fresh. While I was changing one of the feeders a little hummer flew over and buzzed around my head!
BCH, that's the brand-newest baby robin I've ever seen! What a wonderful shot!!
Hooray for hummers! Where are mine? They've been in the area 3 weeks or so, and our nectar has been out there... Some years, I don't see them at the feeder much until (I think) they start nesting, when "fast food" becomes more appealing. There are plenty of flowers out there where they could be getting sneaky snacks LOL.
Nutaboutnature, great photos! I find the Orioles and Hummingbird late this year too. Have not seen either of them yet.
Glad to hear the hummer found their way to your place.
pmutalik2000, wonderful details in your shots. Welcome to the daily pics thread.
BCH, Aww new beginning, so sweet!
pelletory, Thanks, Got the server at a yardsale , Worked out great to feed the mealie eaters!
nutsaboutnature, Great pics, Love the orioles and always enjoy watching the birds bathe like your Robin, Some make some real splashing while others just like to get a little water on themselves ~ and Congrats on your hummers arrival!!
pmutalik2000, Nice pix of the wren!
BCH521, What a cute photo of that Robin hatchling!
critterologist, I'm sure you will be seeing them anytime .. And they just might be fooling you and getting those sneaky snacks!
MargaretK, Always enjoy seeing the different birds!!
BTW, I spoke to my brother yesterday and his hummers also just showed up very late. What's interesting about that is he lives in the Colorado mountains with entirely different types of hummers than I have.
Since my first sighting (twice on Sunday) I haven't seen any more, but at least I know they're in the area. I don't sit & stare out the windows all day long so it's also possible they've been coming to my feeders occasionally.
Here are a few more pics.
1) Female Oriole "not-so-patiently" waiting for her turn at the grape jelly.
2) Female Oriole relaxing between snacks of grape jelly.
3) This RT Hummer female is from last year since I don't have any new ones yet. I watched her go through this whole "fluffing-smoothing-drying-fluffing" preening ritual and I managed to catch some of it. This shot was during one of her fluffing routines.
These were all taken through our double-pane kitchen window. Not so great for the best quality, but one of the easiest places to take bird pictures.
nutsaboutnature, My hummers dissapear for a while too ( still) But they always come back, I'm sure yours will too :) I think these were great shots even though it was through the doublepane kitchen window! ( Looks like you can almost reach out and touch them!)
IRIS, the hummers are starting to come a little more regularly now and the Orioles chatter like crazy when their Grape Jelly is empty. So, I guess things are starting to get back to normal...except for the several days of super-hot temps we've had. I think it might be a little cooler today. Sure hope so.
Marna, LOVE all your pics!! So many varieties & sooo pretty. We usually get Indigo Buntings in Spring, but I haven't seen any so far...Boo!
Thanks so much. I try to work from the patio in the spring for the migration weeks. That way I can maybe see as many birds that come to the stream. Nothing new today though. The grosbeaks and orioles are gone already. They never stay for long. Though this year seemed to be the longest and with more numbers than before. Pretty soon it will be just all the usual suspects as the migrants have moved through.
Nice catches Marna!! I like the Orchard Oriole. That is one I keep hoping to add to my list.
We have lots of hummer activity now. We are seeing males and females at the feeders. I saw an Indigo Bunting and a Great Crested Flycatcher yesterday on our morning walk. I took the dog home and grabbed the camera and went back out but all I found was a couple of Brown Thrashers out and about.
Nanny, great shots of the Brown Thrashers, especially the first one!
I saw my first female Hummer a couple of days ago. They weren't nearly as late as the males were. Usually there's more of a gap between the arrivals of the males and females.
These are the first pics I managed to get of hummers...not very good, but I was so excited I decided to post them anyway.
Both were taken through my double-pane kitchen window. (I've got to wash my windows!)
1) Blurry female
2) Male, early morning, shot at ISO 1600 because the lighting was so dim.
nutsaboutnature, Happy to hear that the hummers are coming in more frequently for you! Sure wish I had some Orioles here! ( Thinkl I'm going to pick up a jelly feeder and see what happens) Been hot here too, Really odd temps and rainfall this year!! My daylilys are like a month behind there normal bloomtime this year!
MRS-ED, I agree with nan --So many varieties & sooo pretty.!
Nanny, At least you got the thrashers, There nice to see too! ~ i got a nest that has four eggs in it from the thrashers, Can't wait for the eggs to hatch!
We washed out our feeders and made fresh nectar today. Hopefully we'll see our hummers soon!
Sadly, we lost one of our Carolina Wrens yesterday. I found him on the front porch, looking a little twisted up. It seems unlikely that he'd have crashed into the sidelight windows, as they're small and full of window-stickers, so maybe a neighborhood cat? Probably he was one of the pair that usually roost on our front porch at night (they use an old robins' nest at the top of a pillar).
IRIS, I think the grape jelly would be a good idea since the Orioles Love it! You really don't need to get fancy, though, if you just want to try it out. There are so many inexpensive ways you can put out jelly, but here's one of my favorites:
They also really like oranges, so in the past I've put half of an orange in a suet feeder and hung that by the chain. They'll cling to the wire cage and peck at the orange. If you put a chain or cord in each corner of the suet cage you can hang it horizontally. Then when there's even a tiny bit of room in the orange shell put a little jelly on it.
Keep in mind, though, this will only work if they're in the area. Next year, if you're prepared ahead, as soon as you see or hear them set out an orange or some jelly. You might find that they'll stick around longer because of it.
Oh, critterologist, I'm so sorry to hear about your Wren! No matter what people say about it all being "part of nature", I will never, ever get used to losing wild birds or critters. Wildlife lovers are very special, compassionate people. It's one of the reasons I enjoy these threads so much.
Hopefully your Hummers will show up any day! It's been such a strange year they seem to be arriving late in many parts of the country.
IRIS, I found these old pics I posted a couple years ago. They're not very good, but they show an orange half in a suet cage with some grape jelly.
In this case it's sitting on top of a nectar feeder for Orioles, but most of the Orioles had trouble getting to the sugar water so I stopped using it. Maybe I'll try another type some day, but they seem perfectly happy with their grape jelly.
BTW, I buy cheap jelly in big 32oz jars. They really don't care what brand it is (since they can't read...yes, I really said that!).
nutsaboutnature, thanks for all the updates and photos ( Which I enjoyed)! I'm going to look up on google if they will be in my area and go from there, I used to feed them back north but don't believe I have here. (yet)
Good thing they can't read lol, I have to use the cheap stuff for them.
My Bluebird babies made it and are doing good, They are getting ready to come and eat with mom and pop, They get closer each day, I'm going to have to get some photos of them to show on here.
As you all know we have downy woodpeckers who love the sugar water we feed the hummers, well today I saw something I have never seen before, a red-bellied woodpecker drinking from it! Tried to get a picture but it was too blurry, will try to get another one if she gets on it again.
Thanks, nutsaboutnature. I found a headless robin on the back deck today. :-( This one looked more like a hawk kill, but still! Hopefully it's my last bird burial for a while.
My dad (in Pitttsburgh) and I both saw our first hummers today! His came to his recently-refilled feeder (they like it fresh!). My little guy was spotted zipping up to the mimosa tree for a bit of preening before sampling the coral bells by the patio and moving along to the coral honeysuckle. He never gave the feeders (also freshly refilled) so much as a glance!
Oh gosh, critterologist, how awful for you! I sure hope it's your last burial for a while as well.
But it sounds like you went from tragedy to treasure...CONGRATS ON THE HUMMER SIGHTING!! And Congrats to your dad! I have read others say the hummers ignore their feeders when they have plants like honeysuckle in bloom. It's wonderful that you have plants this early that they love so much.
pmutalik2000 - Have you had any luck yet with the Orioles?
emptyeyes - How cool!! We've had Woodpeckers year 'round for many years (Downy, Red-bellied & Hairy), but I've never seen any of them try to drink from the hummer feeders. If you can get a pic, even a blurry one, that would be great to see.
Congrats on the Bluebird babies, IRIS!! I bet they're adorable!
Enjoyed the pix burns and emptyeyes, going to have to puit one of my hb feeders on the 4 way pole with the others and see what happens.
Been so busy just haven't been able to keep up here, Got a few photos to share though ..
Female cardnal eating some mealies
Male cardnal sitting on my cement bunnies ears
Wren resting atop the gargoyle
Titmouse amongst the lillys
We have had a white hawk we had seen here for about 7 years now, I believe this is one of her fledglings
nutsaboutnature, no luck with the orioles. I see them all over the trees in the back of the yard, but oranges and grape jelly did not tempt them at all. Still trying. Hopefully they might still come down. Also need to supplement the seeds in my platform feeder with some worms. Hopefully that will bring in some other birds as well.
Love those shots, burn!!
Sorry about your crummy weather. I guess it's been crazy weather everywhere. You're having wet and cold and we're having wet and HOT...much too hot for this time of year. The mosquitos will eat you alive. I can hardly go outside to feed the birds and squirrels without covering myself with greasy, stinky repellent.
That's so cool, emptyeyes! Those guys are kind of hard to take pics of, anyway since they take off if you get anywhere near them.
Those are great pics, IRIS!! Love the assortment and also their chosen spots to "perch"...Bunny's ears, Gargoyle. Nice catch of that rare White Hawk.
Your series of the Bluebird fledglings with their parents is stunning!
pmutalik2000 - Sorry you haven't had luck yet with the Orioles. They can be really temperamental. Sometimes they'll come to a sugar water feeder, but not all the feeders work that well and the holes on most of the Hummer feeders are too small.
Keep trying and don't get discouraged. Eventually you might have some luck. They're attracted to bright orange. Maybe if you hang some bright orange ribbon near the orange or jelly to get their attention. The orange half by itself might be too small.
I finally have Red headed wood peckers...But 1 got hit by a car...I was sooo sad. I know we had 2 males 1 female. Im seeing fledglings of all sorts everywhere. I love it..Orioles are eating me out of Grape jelly
Gorgeous photos Iris!! That hawk is awesome and the BB's fantastic!
pmutalik...don't give up yet. I put out jelly for them and from time to time I put out either oranges, grapes(red or black...they don't seem to like the white grapes here!) or blueberries. They will soon have young and might search for easier food for quick access. I now get orioles, catbirds, robins cardinals and red-bellied woodpeckers at the jelly.
Nice pics emptyeyes!
huggergirl...great to see you have the red heads!!!! Sad that you lost one tho. I keep hoping to see one here again. It has been 5 years since we had one.
Thanks All! emptyeyes, You did good at trying to catch the humingbird in your photos! ~ I had a chance to get 2 of those small feeders at a yardsale over the weekend and I didn't get them because I thought what would I use such small ones for, Now I realize they would have been great to get good shots at seeing there is only one feeder spot and no resting spot, Now I wish I would have gotten them!
huggergirl, It's great that you got the RHW's!They are always a sight to see!! So sorry to hear that one got hit by a car, that IS really sad!
A few to add here ...
Titmouse checking out the lilys
Hummingbird at the feeder
Wren snaking in for dinner
Male cardnal not quite sure what to make of me
The red-bellied woodpecker was on the hummingbird feeder again, I got the camera and got video of her drinking, but I can't download it on this site, can anyone tell me where to put it so everyone can see it?
One way to upload videos to DG is to sign up on "YouTube". Then you upload it there and put the link in a DG thread. That's how a lot of people here do it. There's also a separate thread for bird videos on DG if you want to add it there as well. I'll get you the link and post it in a separate post.
huggergirl ~ I'm so sorry to hear about your Red-headed WP! Glad you have babies, though. Hope it's cheering you up some. We get them occasionally, but they never stick around long. Possibly because we have so many other Woodpeckers...there's a lot of competition.
The Orioles are real gluttons for Grape Jelly at our house, too. I have their orange half and jelly right by the kitchen window and they "chatter" like crazy when the jelly's gone.
Love those pics, IRIS! You have the cutest Garden Art by your feeders! The Cardinal's expression is adorable as well. And that baby Tufted Titmouse is just too cute for words!!
(I change over to the upside-down suet feeders when the Blackbirds and Starlings start wiping out the suet in only a day or two! Sometimes it takes a bit for the WP to recognize that it's suet in there so I start the feeders out sideways and gradually turn them upside-down. This pic was taken when I first switched feeders.
I enjoy your hummingbird pictures, I think they are beautiful, Nice detail! I can't get enough of them either lol!
If you'd like, you could start a Hummingbird thread which would be all Hummingbird shots, And all that are taking photos of them I'm sure will post there photos along with yours ( Including me) I have some to add , But, Just haven't had the time to put them on.
Also, your suggestion about the Hummingbird Thread reminded me that no one has started the new one yet for this year. So after checking regularly for a couple of weeks, I decided to start this year's Ruby-throated Hummingbird thread.
pmutalik2000 - Your pictures are wonderful! I'm sure all the Hummer Lovers would enjoy it if you posted some of your shots on the Hummer thread as well as this thread.
For those of you that are interested, here is the link to our new 2013 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD Thread:
Welcome to the MajiA, beautiful pix of the White Eyed Vireo enjoying the Cherry blossom nectar. Adel, congrats on those many Tree Swallows nests. Thanks N.A.N for the new thread on the Eastern hummingbirds, some gorgeous pics. there. Those Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, male and female. I just love those birds! pmutalik2000, howdy. your photographic skill is outstanding. Love those photos you've shared. Hi Bernadette, Mrs. Ed. Nanny, critterologist and everyone.
Papa Red-bellied Woodpecker "chops up" peanut, before he feeds it to his baby.
We seem to have a overabundance of Juncos this winter, not complaining they are pretty birds, but I got a pic of one that is very hard to capture and this pic was a lot of patience and trying to snap it before it grabbed a seed and took off. It is a Chicadee and any other amatuer photographer will tell you they are difficult to get. I am not sure which is more harder to snap a pic of, a Hummingbird or a Chickadee. The result is pretty but they are hard to get. Hope you like this one.