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Okay, here's our new thread...Welcome!! And as always, don't forget to go back to the old threads occasionally. I know I sure do.
I'll start this edition with an assortment of Oriole pics taken through my kitchen window. It's not the most natural of settings, but the Orioles sooo love their Grape Jelly that it's one of the easiest places to get shots.
Rose breasted Grosbeaks are cool looking. Had to look them up and have never seen one live but very pretty looking bird. I took this photo earlier this month. We don't normally feed the birds in the summer but we put a feeder right outside the window my Mom sits and looks out of.I thought it would make you smile. I call it Standing room only!
Thank you N.A.N. for the new thread, love those pics. of the Orioles. Adel, soon we'll being seeing Tree Swallows babies? awesome. irisMA, those Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are always a welcoming sight. Here is a Great Blue Heron .
You're Welcome, Kim! Ooh, love that GB Heron! We have them here, but I've never gotten a pic.
Yay, cute baby Swallows!
Congrats on the Oriole sighting, Joeyk210! And you now know (from another thread) that those are American Goldfinches.
Congrats irisMA, on the Rose-breasted Grosbeak pair!
I know some people say they take down their feeders in Summer, but if you do, you may miss out on some of the beautiful, colorful birds that show up in Spring. They tend to stay around when there are feeders full of their favorite foods.
Resin, he is so pretty.,NAN there is a park I walk through that has a loooong bridge over water and the Blue Heron are always there in the summer. I got real good pictures one day this spring because he decided to hang out on the bridge for a while. The photos are on the bird watching forum somewhere. I have blue bird houses up but as yet they haven't found them, one is older and has some sort of nesting material in there but no sign of life it may be old should I clean it out? Also what food can I use to attract them? IrisMA I am now looking all the time at that feeder hoping for a glimpse of other birds then the finches, I've seen a chickadee so far and was not fast enough with the camera before the finches chased him off.
I've had nothing to contribute lately, although yesterday I was sitting out on the back deck enjoying the winter sunshine and a Grey Butcherbird repeatedly landed on the screen of my laptop. It bit my finger when I presented it to him (I expected this to happen). No photo, but here's the link to the DG Birdfile: http://davesgarden.com/guides/birdfiles/showimage/3246/
They get their name because they impale their prey on large thorns or broken twigs. They have the most beautiful song you'd ever hear and they are also brilliant mimics. I was walking past a tree the other day and a butcherbird was happily mimicking a Carnaby's Black Cockatoo.
You're Welcome, Resin!
What a gorgeous bird and great shot!! He reminds me of the Canvasback's I used to see years ago (I grew up in California).
Joey ~ Great Blue Herons love rivers. They hang out on the river near my house and I used to see them in other places I lived, along rivers. Occasionally one will fly over my house. Because of their shape, when they're flying they remind me of prehistoric "Pterodactyls".
If you have an old, unused feeder, you really should clean it out. Old nesting material tends to get parasites and other undesirables that can harm baby birds. There's a very active Bluebird thread that Dellrose started in the Bird Watching forum. Here's the link: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1303338/
irisMA ~ Sounds like a Win, Win for all your birds. Even though Cardinals come to feeders, they tend to be ground-feeding birds by choice. They prefer my tray-type feeders over any others because it seems more natural to them, but they also peck around on the ground.
Thanks, Margaret! Interesting bird, that Butcherbird. Also, Thanks for the link!
Cardinals have to use the ground here, because our feeder is a tube one to keep out squirrels. The female an handle it, however. Bluejay & grackle keep clearing out the suet feeder. I want woodpeckers!
irisMA ~ we switch to upside-down suet feeders in Spring to cut down on Blackbird / Bluejay / Starling activity. It definitely helps since it allows the Woodpeckers to eat, but the suet still empties quickly as, inevitably, some of those other guys figure out how to hang just long enough to knock chunks of suet to the ground.
I brought my camera when I went to run some errands a few days ago and stopped at a park on the Fox River on my way home. Didn't get too many good pics, but had fun. My battery was running low so eventually got back into my car to leave.
No sooner had I started the engine when a Great Blue Heron flew by about 20 feet from me (of course!). I quickly turned off the engine and got back out when I saw it land on a private pier right near by. I started taking some pictures even though the angle wasn't great planning to get closer if it took off again. But of course my battery went dead and that was the end of it...oh well!
Here are some of the...not so great...images and a few others as well...also not so great...but hey.
1 and 2- First a female then a male Red-bellied Woodpecker
The last three - Mallard Drakes
We have a pair of Mallards that visit us (and eat corn) several times a day each Spring (for about the last 8 years!), but it's fun to watch bunches of them playing in the river.
Yesterday morning I watched a robin feed it fledgling jelly from the dishes but I didn't grab the camera fast enough. We may be creating a monster with the jelly!! But did catch this juvie Red-bellied Woodpecker who has been showing where to come!
I hardly have any butterflies. Saw a few last week, but since then only Cabbage Whites! Oh how I wish for the butterflies of a few years ago. My zinnia are just starting to bloom, so maybe, just maybe I'll get some takers. I had a red-eyed vireo at the stream the other day, only got a picture of his bum though!
Wow...cool!! I never see Red-eyed Vireos. I guess it's possible we've had them in our trees, but I've never seen one on the ground or in the bird baths. Ooh...I want a stream!
It's nesting time! (actually our Goldfinches will be nesting through the end of Summer).
I was really too far away to take these shots so there isn't a lot of detail, but their antics were hilarious. These are two different females. They were taking turns.
This is just a few, but I couldn't stop snapping.
BTW, that rusty-looking feeder isn't as bad as it looks. I's only rusty on the top. The part they eat out of is nice and shiny The other one I have just like it still looks brand new. Don't know what happened to this one.
From the assorted pics you've posted, your stream looks so beautiful!!
Not really something we can do at this point, but we do have (kind of) a pond/stream every Spring way in the back of our yard after the snow/ice melts. This year it incorporated one of my flower beds. It's amazing any of the plants survived. The Mallard pair that visits every year loved it, though.
We even had a stream back there a couple of days ago after torrential rains. Only lasted a day, though, so I didn't notice any unusual birds. I keep looking, though. Oh well...
I'm with you N.A.N about Mrs Ed's stream. I just love the many ways she enjoyed her water feature. I'd have some neat swallows picture to share had I took my camera along during my morning walk! Ark!!! But, this GBH will do I hope.
I was at the computer this afternoon & heard a small thud. I looked at the window & saw a small chipping sparrow hanging on the screen. It looked stunned for a bit (window was down) & gathered itself together & flew off. We have had birds hit our bay window, but never a small bedroom window.
iris ~ So glad your little Sparrow was okay! Every once in a great while we'll have a bird bounce off a window. We've been fortunate that they usually just fly off. Only a couple of times have they hit hard enough to "Ring-their-Bells". Then I've just made sure they were protected until they could fly off.
nanny ~ Love the pics!! The fledglings are so cute! The last of our Orioles left several days ago. I miss them already.
Wow...wonderful pics, Margaret!! You always post so many unusual (to me, anyway) birds. What type of plant is the Honeyeater in the first pic on? It's very cool. I also particularly like the 2 Ibis in flight pics (what's the plural of Ibis? Ibises?).
Whoa, I too am fascinated with all the birds Margaret has shared photos with us all. And the plants too, I so wished one of these days I can visit Australia. N.A.N. we must make the trip together, what do you think? lol
I don't have many to share, but I saw these two juvies, I believe to be House Sparrows? They were at a shopping mall. Such cuties!
Just not much going on here! The Orioles have already left...been gone 2 weeks now. I still have catbirds coming for the jelly but even the robins have slowed down. Still have hummers. I see lots of Brown Thrashers and Indigo Buntings when I walk the dog.
I guess that I just don't have the free time I used too also makes a difference! lol
I too have been busy, it's so nice that you get to see Indigo Buntings where you're. Here, I guess I'll have to wait until the Fall to see them migrating through the area. About the Brown Thrashers, now that you've mentioned Nan, I haven't seen them around much. They must have left my place for yours lol.
From early spring 'til couple weeks ago. I've tons of Eastern Towhees, but the past week, I haven't heard their call either. Hmmm.
Kim, your lake looks beautiful! Very nice pics, too!
Pretty shots, beclu727! Guess you're enjoying your new lens.
Things have slowed down here recently as far as birds go. We still have our regular backyard visitors, but they haven't been crowding the feeders quite so much.
The food is lasting longer, though, which is kind of nice, especially now that the Red-winged Blackbirds have mostly moved on. It's also allowed me to back off on the Safflower seed which tends to be costly, but since the Blackbirds avoid it, I keep at least one tray feeder with only Safflower when they're around.
The suet is lasting a long time, now, too. The Blackbirds and Bluejays were devouring it. Most of the Woodpeckers also like Sunflower seed and now that there are lots of insects, they don't eat as much suet.
Orioles have been gone for a while. Nanny, ours left even before yours. We saw them less and less, then one day they were gone.
I'm so jealous of the Indigo Buntings you see. We get them every Spring, but they don't usually stay very long. This year we didn't see any. One year we had a male that discovered he loved the Nyjer seed so much he stayed for about a month, but then moved on.
The Goldfinches are using a lot of the nesting fluff I keep in suet cages as they continue nesting through the end of summer. It's hysterical to watch them stuff their beaks until they have long streams of fluff trailing behind them as they fly.
Sorry about your lack of Hummers, iris MA. It hasn't been the greatest year for Hummers in much of the country. Ours were very late and we never got very many.
I have always loved cardinals especially when they go on my tomato plants and pick the tomato worms off the plants. Today, however, I saw something a male cardinal did that saddened me. He took a praying mantis off of one of my daylilies. I have a lot of praying mantis this year and am very happy about that. I was so horrified when I saw this cardinal grab one and fly up on the roof of my garage with it. I hope all of them don't meet this same fate.
I had no idea at all that they would eat a praying mantis.
Someone else told me that too about the hummingbirds. That is hard to believe as fast as they fly. I could understand them getting maybe the juvenile birds who aren't as experienced flyers as the parents. I wonder if it is a particular species of praying mantis. I know some grow larger than others.
Love the parent Wren with the large cricket, Marna. The babies won't go hungry with a meal like that! Have they fledge yet? I've missed the Tree Swallows first flight out of their house. :(
N.A.N. nice of you, to have honored GG.
I've been quite busy this Summer, and have not been on here much.
I have a few to share.
1. Downy Woodpecker
2. American Redstart
3.House Finch (First time for me have them here. I only have one couple, they are busy feeding fledgling now.)
4. Cedar Waxwing
5. Common Merganser baby.
Thanks hemlady, n.a.n.
Sorry you missed the event, Marna.
I would love to have that flicker in my yard, to feast on the ants. IrisMa.
Wish I would have had more time, to take a better picture of this family of ducklings. We had stopped in the road, and a car was coming. Had to do a quick shot. It was a sight to see. They were walking in line, on the side of the road.
Same here with the Goldfinches...seeing lots of them this year! We are getting Baltimore Orioles at the jelly as they migrate south. However the bees are getting really bad, so I may have to shut the jelly bar down.
Oh, I envy you, nanny! We never see any Orioles on their return trip. Once they leave here that's it till next year. I've never even heard their singing in the trees this time of year so maybe they take a different route south.
Pollengarden, even seeing Goldfinches in winter is very special. My brother lives very high up in the mountains near Denver. He has lots of birds, including tons of Hummers, but he doesn't get any Goldfinches up where he lives.
Bet he has House Finch. We saw those at 4000 ft. in Hawaii on the way to the Mauna Kea Summit!
So, here are some catch up photos. House wren - towards the end of the second nesting. Cormorants and White Pelicans. Goldfinch on Ehinacea. And then, a cute little juvie chipping sparrow. This one decided to take a little bath after I had washed off the patio.
Love the pics...the little Chipping Sparrow is just precious!!
My brother lives at 9500 ft and you'd be surprised at all the birds he has that high up, plus deer, fox, assorted squirrels, chipmunks, etc... and a couple of bears!
Nanny, you must be a good luck charm. First thing this morning a male Oriole came to my kitchen window looking for his grape jelly. Sooo...I raced outside with half an orange and some grape jelly (before I even had my coffee!!).
I haven't seen him since this morning, but I hear them in the trees so I know they're still around. This is the first time I've ever seen them in late summer.
This morning a juvie hummer hovered at our kitchen window just looking at me. It was close enough to see it was a young male. The feeders are getting a lot of activity now and one of their favorites is just outside that window.
Iris and nuts, the tiger snake is one of the most venomous snakes in the world. They will usually retreat rather than confront, but if covered, will strike without hesitation. And yes, they do take birds.
Caspian Terns (from yesterday)
Red-capped Plover (female, with male in background)
Red-capped Plover (male)
Thanks, nuts. I was probably 30' from the snake. At this particular wetland, the tiger snakes are so prolific that you really do have to watch where you're putting your feet. It's a place where you don't venture into long grass because the chances are pretty good that you'd step on one. I don't know if they've ever done an estimate of the tiger snakes and dugites at Herdsmans Lake, but I reckon there'd be tens of thousands of them.
Yes, the glossy Ibis really is as glossy as it appears in the pix.
Today I have seen 3 adult male and 1 female Baltimore Oriole. I am thrilled that the migrants keep finding us. It just amazes me...how do they locate our 2 little dishes??? I am in awe of nature yet again!
Also have a shot of a humming bird checking out the jelly dish!
Hi everyone, Nan, it's so neat that you've migrant Orioles. N.A.N. no it was a lucky shot setting on 'sport' for moving objects.
Here goes! My thrill! Wood duck sighting for the 3rd time. I so wanted to set up wooden houses for them, but the area is full of predators. So I wouldn't dare.
1. Female Wood Duck
2. Wood Duck babies' adversary; the GBH
Wow...I just spent a while looking through about 6 pages of the past Bird Pics threads! Haven't done that in a while, but I love seeing all the old pics. Each time it's like looking at most of them for the first time all over again. I'm so glad those are all saved.
nutsaboutnature wrote:Wow...I just spent a while looking through about 6 pages of the past Bird Pics threads! Haven't done that in a while, but I love seeing all the old pics. Each time it's like looking at most of them for the first time all over again. I'm so glad those are all saved.
Go back through the other 445 too, while you're at it!? ;-)