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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2007
12:34 AM

Post #3063456

Join in and show us what you use to feed or feathered friends. What works for you and what doesn't. Pictures please...we want to see!!!
http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/681289/
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2007
12:53 AM

Post #3063510

Ah here ya are!! Just in time!

Here is my newest lil (Orange-crowned) Warbler ... looks like she's here for a while. She still has her insect suet all to her wee self. I did see a flock of what looked like Waxwings this evening, but my camera was inside the house... Will get a pic of one of those soon, looks like they might be sharing the suet with the Warbler.





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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2007
12:55 AM

Post #3063516

Here she is again...

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 8, 2007
12:55 AM

Post #3063517

Very cute Deb!
fleursdefouquet
Ferndale, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 8, 2007
12:59 AM

Post #3063528

Great photography, Deb!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2007
1:04 AM

Post #3063547

Debnes, that second shot is a beauty!!! I haven't had anything but wrens and downy WP on my suet this year. It is a store bought one, so I need to break out my receipe and make some fresh.
Well my weekend is over, but I bought some extra crunchy peanut butter today, mainly for the birds! lol!! I also found a cedar bird feeded at WM for about $8 with seeds too. It was dark by the time I got home and cooked supper, so pictures tomorrow. Hopefully with someone besides sparrows and doves. They have been monopolizing my feeders lately. All you up north have such warm weather this year it hasn't forced the birds down here, plus the early freezes killed a lot of the plants and insects that draws them.
Sorry, I forgot to put a picture in the first post!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2007
1:08 AM

Post #3063556

What is with our time? I thought we were on our "real" time. It is just a few past 8pm now.
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2007
1:10 AM

Post #3063561

thx pelle... and Sheila for keeping such good track of the thread!



debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2007
1:13 AM

Post #3063576

We were all typing at the same time, lol... thanks Debra, I have been playing with the camera settings.. Maybe getting close to one I can work with..

Magpye
NW Qtr, AR
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2007
1:18 AM

Post #3063590

I've managed to get caught up with you guys, in viewing all of your feeders & birds! Such a variety!
Have enjoyed the 'catch up' immensely so! ..

Ahhh, Debnes ..
( .. you, you, you .. ol 'show off' you! .. ) ..
heehee
Your lil yeller rumped she/feller is absolutely beautiful! That 2nd one, is a super t-rific shot, ya got there!!

Q's, please: Should the peanut butter for the hanging log feeders, be the 'crunchy' variety -?-
And, should anything else be mixed in -?- (ex: some coarse cornmeal, maybe)?
Much appreciation in advance ..

((huggs))

- Magpye
cuckoo4rblackbe
Savannah, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2007
1:21 AM

Post #3063599

debnes_dfw-tx I love your orange crowned warbler pictures! That second one is great. They are really pretty birds. I have a new digital camera(Xmas) that I'm learning to take pictures of birds, wildlife, etc. and love these threads. I had a large flock of cedarwax wings around our house about three weeks ago feeding on shrub berries in our yard. Sure wish I had my new camera at that time.
I have a big variety of birds and enjoy putting out all kinds of food for them. Many migrating birds are probably not going south as far because of our mild weather we've experienced here. I know other areas have had the opposite problems though.

Cuckoo

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2007
1:38 AM

Post #3063640

Cuckoo, Please start taking that camera everywhere with you and share the pictures!! LOL!
magpied
Phoenix, AZ

January 8, 2007
2:31 AM

Post #3063799

One of my feeders. Pic taken late spring. They're still out there. :-)

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2007
11:54 AM

Post #3064430

Yep cuckoo, (and thanks y'all)...Ya just have to carry your camera with you. Mine is always tucked into my purse.. I never leave home without it!

Nice finces magpied.. We get all of those here too.

:>chirp
goldfinch4
Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

January 8, 2007
12:04 PM

Post #3064442

Magpye, I usually use crunchy peanut butter in my log feeder, but smooth works too. I don't mix anything else with it for this feeder, only when I make my own suet blocks.
fleursdefouquet
Ferndale, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 8, 2007
12:14 PM

Post #3064469

We didn't have crunchy when time to fill the feeder. I mixed some corn meal and raisins in it. Don't think anything is required, Magpye. Just depends on how much you want to spoil 'em!
Debra
Magpye
NW Qtr, AR
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2007
2:33 PM

Post #3064830

((appreciate the info))
Good, good, good! .. Now, I'm ready to load up the holes, in ours.
Coot jes got it set up yesterday .. and the birds have been checkin' out the empty holes! .. LOL

- Magpye

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2007
2:39 AM

Post #3066850

I have a friend that bought a small tree. She is going to save it for me to whack the limbs off of. Hope the trunk is more than an inch at least!
Magpye
NW Qtr, AR
(Zone 6a)

January 9, 2007
3:03 AM

Post #3066923

Got my 'mix' fixed up, and loaded up the holes in the hanging log feeder.

However, I did opt to add some corn meal to the peanut butter .. along with a cup or so of the premium bird feed, and added about a 1/4 cup of Crisco shortening. Seemed to be a nice consistency.

I'll take a look-see in the mornin', to see which birds takes a hardy interest.

Again, thanks a bunch, guys ..

- Magpye

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fleursdefouquet
Ferndale, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 9, 2007
3:25 AM

Post #3066993

Yeah, they're gonna get spoiled!
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2007
10:23 PM

Post #3069076

My dog kept barking and scaring them away, but at one point there were 5 of these little titmouse fellas in this tree waiting for a spot today at the feeder (hanging just out of the pic). So, I was left with only one to photograph.
Deb

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2007
10:25 PM

Post #3069084

And then Mr. C arrived and the last timouse left in a hurry.
Deb

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 9, 2007
10:52 PM

Post #3069152

Very nice pics Deb says Pelle (with Titmouse envy)
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2007
10:59 PM

Post #3069173

Thanks Pelle. Golly, we have SO many titmice here. I will keep the dog inside next time they show up and try to take a really good shot for you. :)
Deb
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 9, 2007
11:10 PM

Post #3069220

Thanks Deb, They are in my area just not in my yard very often.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 10, 2007
12:24 AM

Post #3069419

I have the titmouse in my yard, they are just too darn quick! Mr. C hoever, seems to pose, then fly away. It's almost as if he's saying:
"I'll give you one chance, don't blow it!"

BTW..beautiful photo's everyone!!!

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pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 10, 2007
12:25 AM

Post #3069421

I have the titmouse in my yard, they are just too darn quick! Mr. C. however, seems to pose, then fly away. It's almost as if he's saying:
"I'll give you one chance, don't blow it!"

BTW..beautiful photo's everyone!!!

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 10, 2007
12:46 AM

Post #3069476

Really nice pics yall.. and that last one pixie was so good we don't mind seeing it twice..LOL!

My little Warbler was making a lot of racket this evening when she ate the last 2 mealworms in the tray I set out, she then proceded to peck wildly at the plastic tray, as if to say, "I want more of these, right here! tap tap!" I will put some fresh ones in before sun-up tomorrow. She seems to know me now, and watches me intead of flying away like some of the other birds.

Deb

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pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 10, 2007
1:38 PM

Post #3070699

So sorry about the doubles!!!...just got DSL hooked up after years of dial up. Guess it was faster than I thought!!!
Deb, 'your" wabbler is beautiful!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 10, 2007
2:00 PM

Post #3070760

Yes he is, great shot Deb!
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 10, 2007
4:24 PM

Post #3071150

Thanks!!
Now it will be freezing and raining this weekend, wonder where she will go to keep from freezing herself. If I think of anything I will let you all know.
lilyfantn
Kingsport, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 10, 2007
4:59 PM

Post #3071269

I agree! I'm really enjoying all your photos! Here's a bird you don't normally see in a feeder - a robin! (can you tell its cold out? lol)

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lilyfantn
Kingsport, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 10, 2007
5:01 PM

Post #3071277

even this female cardinal seemed surprised.

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lilyfantn
Kingsport, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 10, 2007
5:02 PM

Post #3071281

then "greedy guts" showed up and that was the end of the robin feasting on raisins.

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 10, 2007
6:12 PM

Post #3071478

Great shots Pixie and Lily too, very cute & funny!

This is my resident Wren who shares the worms with the Warbler... This is 5 shot movie-like sequence zoomed in from 30' away...not the clearest pictures, however.. you can see her and that very alive mealworm she is playing with pretty well...They like to play with the worm, drop it on the ground, and then look for it all over again, LOL! Now that's a disciplined hunter! She has to keep those skills polished up, even with the hand-outs.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 10, 2007
8:18 PM

Post #3071869

Wow, I've never seen my C. Wrens do that but theres usually a crowd around. He does push everything else but worms out of the dish. Today it was raisins and peanuts in the past, that made the squirrels happy.

Heres him disposing of a peanut.

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lilyfantn
Kingsport, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 10, 2007
8:30 PM

Post #3071902

Oh how funny!!
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 11, 2007
1:00 AM

Post #3072795

I just love Wrens. He is too cute and what a great photo.

Kim
claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 11, 2007
8:01 AM

Post #3073522

I haven't seen one of these posted yet. It's called a "Mandarin Sky Cafe" bird feeder because it's shaped kind of like a Chinese hat. It holds six quarts of seed, and it stays dry in storms. I guess if it were suspended differently it would be more "squirrel proof", but they don't bother it too much. The bottom is threaded so you could mount it on top of a pole.
It snowed like crazy yesterday when I took this picture, but only for half an hour. Then it was as clears as can be. That's an old clothes line pole that came with the house, I haven't removed it yet. Maybe I'll just paint it.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 11, 2007
11:38 AM

Post #3073642

Hi claypa, Very nice pic, the birds are really hanging on! I've seen this style feeder before, thanks for posting one that hadn't been shown. That weather was really something yesterday, I'm sure you had it a little worse than we did.
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 12, 2007
3:39 AM

Post #3075954

New feeder I got at Lowe's the other day. Got a 'big brick' of 'suet' to go with it, Trail mix, so something like that. Chickadees were the first to find it soon after putting it out. It has a perch on two sides.

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pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2007
2:09 PM

Post #3076602

Mr Titmouse finally stayed still long enough to get a photo. I have had to sit at the window, camoflauged by plants to finally get a pic. of him!

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pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2007
2:10 PM

Post #3076604

This little finch evidently thought he had a cute butt...he was right.

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pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2007
2:12 PM

Post #3076610

Mr. C getting a bite to eat as I had to hide behind a huge plant to get this one too. Sorry about the leaf in the way.

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pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2007
2:14 PM

Post #3076618

I kinda like this photo, if you look..this little finch's feet are not on the ground. He was hoping around yakking at the other birds to get away and I caught him in mid-jump!

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pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2007
2:16 PM

Post #3076624

Then the Nuthatch jumped in to get his share.

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goldfinch4
Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

January 12, 2007
2:23 PM

Post #3076653

pixie - LOL - loved your comment about the finch with the cute butt!
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 12, 2007
3:48 PM

Post #3076899

Pixie,

Great photos! I haven't gotten a pic of the Nuthatch yet, bummer. :-(( LOL

What kind of feeder are you using to get those photos?

Marilyn

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2007
4:18 PM

Post #3076972

Marilynbeth,
It is just a cheap feeder from Walmart that I leave out all winter for the birds. DH nailed it to the deck rail and then put a board in front of it so our feathered friends would have plenty of standing space. I usually buy songbird food or a bird food that has real cheeries in it and the birds love it. (so do the squirrels)
In the spring I put out orange slices for the Baltimore Orioles, but other than that I always use the same food.
I actually sit in the house to take the photos...behind a bunch of house plants so they can't see me and then I try to zoom past the leaves of the plants to get a shot of the birds outside. As you can tell w/ the Cardinal photo...I didn't get past the leaves very well!
Edited to say: These were taken yesterday morning...it was 11 degrees but with the wind chill it made it -6 degrees...now you know why I take these in the house!!!

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Seedtosser1

Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

January 12, 2007
5:37 PM

Post #3077159

Heres Chubby waiting for his turn! Bird feeder next.

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Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

January 12, 2007
5:40 PM

Post #3077168

This stump serves all the critters, what the birds and critters don't get, the racoons finish.

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hem_iamy
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

January 12, 2007
6:28 PM

Post #3077279

These are some great photos guys! I just love getting my fill of birds we don't see all too often around here ~ Thanks all!
The jumping finch is so cute pixie! I love the stop-motion photography~here's my contribution and an all purpose feeder, have another of the same that serves as a bath~



These guys are little piggies! :)

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TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 12, 2007
8:32 PM

Post #3077599

lol...squirrels...ya have to love 'em. :) I guess this rascal was also giving me a hand and feeding a flock of White Wing Doves below him. They didn't seem to mind a'tall...lol And that darn feeder is suppose to be "squirrel-proof." Since I don't have any trees in my backyard, with a newly built home and all, I pretty much have to rely on shepherd's hooks to make do. They seem to work ok...tho there isn't much perching space. :)

Melanie

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 12, 2007
9:07 PM

Post #3077689

Hi Melanie, I had that feeder and the darn squirrels broke it,lol. This Squirrel Buster Plus feeder is working great but now I notice that the brats are chewing the branch off from the tip inward in hopes that the feeder will fall down. They never stop trying.

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TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 12, 2007
9:20 PM

Post #3077733

lol pelletory...they are determined little rascals! Nice feeder ya have there. I was curious, what sort of bird was that to the left of the feeder in mid-air. Odd markings...sort of barbed...almost like a quail, lol...

Melanie
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 12, 2007
9:33 PM

Post #3077774

Pixie,

What brand of Birdfood do you use that has the real cherries in it? I'd like to get it for the birds here. Thanks.

Edited to add... What store do you buy that birdfood at?

Marilyn

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 12, 2007
9:41 PM

Post #3077798

Tx, Its a Red Bellied Woodpecker coming in for a landing. He pulls al the peanuts out of the mix and I put extras in for him.
TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 12, 2007
9:44 PM

Post #3077814

ahhhh...ok... :) (I know, I know, quail don't go to tree feeders, lol) But ya never know ;)

Melanie
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 12, 2007
9:50 PM

Post #3077832

I do have quail that comes to my fly through feeder - I've not been able to get a picture, darn it.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 12, 2007
11:23 PM

Post #3078126

This doesn't really count as a feeder pic. The mourning doves are always at the feeder, so many that I never take pics. But tonight I was trying to photograph the evening sky, and when I looked at the pic, I saw the dove in the tree.
Deb

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Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 12, 2007
11:35 PM

Post #3078165

Exquisite photo - I love winter branches against the sky . . . and you've captured quite an array of color in the sky! The dove was just frosting on the cake!
fleursdefouquet
Ferndale, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 12, 2007
11:39 PM

Post #3078173

Beautiful color in the photo, Debi.
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 13, 2007
12:27 AM

Post #3078328

Lovely Debin!! The sky is always changing...nice to capture a moment like that!

Debnes
magpied
Phoenix, AZ

January 13, 2007
12:47 AM

Post #3078378

It took 'em a while, but the Gambel's quail go to my tree feeder for peanut butter mix (pb, flour, cornmeal, lard, sugar). They look silly but they don't care. ;-)
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2007
12:56 AM

Post #3078406

Magpied, that would be a great photo!!
TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 13, 2007
2:00 AM

Post #3078541

beautiful photo, deb. Something about the starkness of winter clad trees...truly lovely... :) Thanks for sharing. lol, magpied...THAT would be a great photo... :) I can't get quail to come to my feeders...but I do have a neat talent of calling male Bob Whites up to my house, lol. My grandfather taught me how...though he could call females up as well. I called a male up to the front yard...even tho behind us is a huge pasture. The front yard is,... well...a street with houses in front and to each side. I sat on my front porch bench and called...got him to the street...and when he saw that I wasn't another male Bob White...he took off in disgust for the pasture...lol I reckon the neighbors must have thought that I was crazy...lol

Melanie
magpied
Phoenix, AZ

January 13, 2007
3:00 AM

Post #3078708

I will try to get a pic of quail at tree feeder but they're keeping a low profile with Cooper's frequenting so often. (They come and go quickly for the seed I scatter on the ground.)

Melanie, when I had the blue jay, she mimicked one of the male quail's calls... which seemed to trigger a lot more calling on the part of the quail. :-) (I used to get the poorwills to 'answer' me in the desert... lol)
TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 13, 2007
3:17 AM

Post #3078743

awww... I love the sound of whip-poor-wills. I use to listen to their calls at night, deep in the woods at my Grandmother's house in the Blue Ridge Mtns. :)

Melanie
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 13, 2007
5:19 PM

Post #3079975

Same fellas at the feeder today: titmouse, chickadee, sparrows. I was hoping to get either a nuthatch or a woodpecker, but no go. I put our peanut butter today though, and a new finch feeder to try to lure a few goldfinch. So I hope to have some great feeder shots again,...meanwhile, here's Mr. C on the birdbath.

DebinSC

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 13, 2007
5:26 PM

Post #3079991

Today I saw a pair of Dark-eyed Juncos... I took the pics and let Ben ID them for me. We have 3 books now for him to look through. The pics are through my window, and some of them aren't that great. however this one is well enough to tell.

:-D

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Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 13, 2007
5:31 PM

Post #3080012

Great photo thru the window Debnes! I try to get pics of the Juncos, but they hide alot.

Marilyn
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 13, 2007
5:35 PM

Post #3080019

To give ya an idea of the tempurature dropping now here in North Watauga/Keller TX .. Droplets that are thickening on the tree outside here.
Still the birdies come by for some fuel to make it through the coming freeze tonight..

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Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 13, 2007
5:37 PM

Post #3080025

Debnes,

That tree looks like a Magnolia! I have one too.

Marilyn
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 13, 2007
5:45 PM

Post #3080045

Had a lot of Mourning Doves this morning too...>
Oh and thanks Marilyn! That tree is actually a Bradford Pear..Not one I would pick, would rather have a Magnolia there.

Funny story, Some Waxwings that flew threw a few days ago landed in that tree. One of them pecked a bud off the Bradford and spit it out, (Hoctooy!). Then they flew off to Shiela's house :-) (South of me).

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 13, 2007
5:47 PM

Post #3080055

Debnes: Like the "droplets" pic.
DebinSC
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 13, 2007
5:53 PM

Post #3080066

Debnes,

Cool photo of the 'droplets' on the tree!

LOL Deb

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fleursdefouquet
Ferndale, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 13, 2007
7:35 PM

Post #3080308

I'm going to try a little "bird psychology". Haven't had any takers at the new flat feeder we hung near a window a week ago. DH swiched it out with the peanutbutter feeder they are familiar with on the pole system. After they get accustomed to the flat feeder on the pole system, I'll move it back to the window. Has anyone tried this?
Debra

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 13, 2007
7:39 PM

Post #3080320

Sounds like it might work Deb,, worth a try.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 13, 2007
10:12 PM

Post #3080799

Here is my $8 cedar feeder from WM, cam with some seed too. I am not sure it is much of a hit yet. I only had one cardinal at it so far. But I am sure as soon as the regular feeders get close to empty they will find it.

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bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 13, 2007
10:12 PM

Post #3080800

Nice pics, everyone! Apparently the birds have found my new feeder...

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 13, 2007
10:15 PM

Post #3080806

I do believe that they have B!!! Nice looking feeder!! Congrats!
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 13, 2007
10:16 PM

Post #3080808

Great buy, Sheila! Here's a bunch of (I think) house finches waiting their turn directly behind the feeder...

feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on the ID, I am absolutely brand new at this. Using the great website recommended earlier for ID!

Brenda

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 13, 2007
10:17 PM

Post #3080810

Nice feeder Sheila!

Very good b!

bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 13, 2007
10:23 PM

Post #3080826

And since you all have now created a new addiction for me, I went ahead and added a seed block out back. Yes, this perch is crooked... Tony made it years ago. We may fix it, but I'm starting to think it has character!

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bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 13, 2007
10:26 PM

Post #3080831

Mr. Cardinal says "Off you go! This is *my* seed block"!

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bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 13, 2007
10:43 PM

Post #3080874

And the quail like it too!

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magpied
Phoenix, AZ

January 13, 2007
10:43 PM

Post #3080875

Quite the parliament of finches. ;-) And you've got a white-crowned sparrow in the gang with the cardinal. :)
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 13, 2007
10:45 PM

Post #3080882

Very cool b ! I love the quail!
magpied
Phoenix, AZ

January 13, 2007
10:50 PM

Post #3080904

Oops! I overlooked your 4:12pm post--where there's a nice view of a white-crowned sparrow. :D They have such beautiful trills.
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 13, 2007
10:50 PM

Post #3080905

ooooh, which one is that, Magpied? (I'm a total newbie, remember...)

edited to say, I bet it has a "white crown"...

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 13, 2007
10:56 PM

Post #3080924

Is it the one facing the Cardinal?

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 13, 2007
11:05 PM

Post #3080955

I think the pic magpied was mentioning was the one where you showed the crowd of birds that had found your new feeder. If you look in the bush on the lower right side you can't miss his black and white crown. Listen for him too, they sound so sweet.

Edited to add this link for bird sounds.
http://www.naturesongs.com/paruicte.html#wcsp

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pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 13, 2007
11:29 PM

Post #3081043

Wow, some beautiful feeder! I put most of mine away during the winter months, only have 2 cheapies that I use. I still get a good crowed so the birds don't seem to mind!

Marilynbeth, the bird food is bought at Wal-Mart...I think the brand is "Morning Song"
and at the top of my bag in the left hand cornor it says "Real Cheeries". I filled the feeder yesterday and threw out the bag so I can't be positive, but im pretty sure.
Here's one I found on the internet that I was thinking of buying. You might be interested in it as it has more than just cheeries in this blend. Scroll about half way down the page and you should see it.
http://www.shop.com/op/~Morning_Song_Fruit_Berry_Nut_Wild_Bird_Food_-prod-28995044
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 13, 2007
11:46 PM

Post #3081114

Not sure what kind of Sparrow this one is, .(White-chined?) Hard to tell... anyone?

Btw.. Just reading about the White -crowned Sparrow recently.. Said that it is a songbird by which they patterned and studied all other bird songs. It was a friendly little bird with a good song, and easy to take into captivity for the studies...

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 14, 2007
12:02 AM

Post #3081181

Looks like a wee baby, whichever it is.
magpied
Phoenix, AZ

January 14, 2007
12:07 AM

Post #3081204

Brenda, hi!
In the 4:12pm post, yes, the bird to the right of the feeder with black & white striped crown. The juveniles have the same stripes but with alternating light & dark brown (instead of black & white). In 4:23pm post, as pelletory found, the wc sparrow is next to cardinal; in 4:26pm post, the wc sparrow is left of feeder.

deb, looks like female house sparrow. :-)
cuckoo4rblackbe
Savannah, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 14, 2007
12:22 AM

Post #3081254

Seems like there are so many species of sparrows to learn about and identify. I like your picture and the sparrow has a nice light brown streek behind its head. I have been practicing with my new camera and am learning more about taking pictures of birds all the time. I want to get some on these threads soon.
I saw a nice flock of cedarwax wings just before dark land in one of our trees but they were to far away to take a picture of this time. I had'nt seen any for several weeks here. I really beefed up my feeders today with some sliced oranges, apples, blackberries(frozen), sunflower(oil) seeds, peanut butter and oatmeal squeezed into pinecones, and some old bread slices. Now I have to just be patient...
I currently have Red Bellied and Downy Woodpeckers, Mockingbirds, Chickadees, Tufted Titmouse, Nuthatches, Cardinals, Goldfinch, Housefinch, Purplefinch, Sparrows, Bluejays, and Juncos visiting my feeders. It's lots of fun feeding and watching them.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Cuckoo
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Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 14, 2007
1:48 AM

Post #3081586

Debinsc - love the contrast of the Cardinal against the silver foliage -good photography there!

I am so impressed with all the birds and feeders - I have lots of feeders and lots of birds, but I sure don't come up with the great photos.

bsavage, I wouldn't change that feeder for anything!!

The photo I have here would be great except it's a bit fuzzy.

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Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 14, 2007
2:25 AM

Post #3081696

B,

Wow! You got lots of Purple Finches and a I see a White Crowned Sparrow!!! We don't see the Purple Finches in the yard (bummer, lol) and I might see one White Crowned Sparrow once in the Winter months (for a brief moment) if I'm lucky. Beautiful birds!

I see another White Crowned Sparrow on your tilted feeder. Wonderful!

And, you got all those beautiful Quails! We don't get those here (lol, bummer). Thank you for sharing!

You'll just have to share more pics with us! lol

Edited to add...BTW, that is a huge block of suet! What's in it?



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Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 14, 2007
2:31 AM

Post #3081720

Pixie,

Thanks! I just saw that bag you described at a store here (before I read your answer), I didn't get it (stupid, stupid, stupid me! lol), but plan to the next time. How much of it do you put on the feeder each day for the birds?

Edited to add to say that I didn't get that bag because I was waiting for you to say which one you use. It looks likes a great choice also! (I keep wishing I bought it away, lol). Turns out that it was the 'right' bag! lol

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bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 14, 2007
2:25 PM

Post #3082656

Thanks Magpied and everyone for the info and help on ID's! That seed block I got at Ace Hardware... I think it was called the wild bird mix or something... has sunflower seeds and lots of other seeds. At least it's lasting more than a couple of days. Now that the birds have found the feeder, they are *piggies*! I filled it up almost to the top on Friday, and it was completely empty in 24 hours! And it holds a lot! So, I guess I'm going to have to start "rationing", because they just keep eating until it's gone! As Tony said, though, we've had a LOT of visitors. Very fun to watch and learn. They are quite beautiful!

Brenda
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 14, 2007
2:42 PM

Post #3082701

WalMart also carries that seed block (at least in my area).
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 14, 2007
3:37 PM

Post #3082869

lol, how big, wide and tall is that seed block? I've never seen one that big before at a store. Great for the birds though.
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 14, 2007
5:40 PM

Post #3083237

I guess the seed block was about 1 foot square. Couldn't believe how heavy it was when I bought it! I think it was $13.99.

Love that photo, Murmur!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 14, 2007
5:47 PM

Post #3083258

I think mine was a little smaller than that and less expensive. Probably 9x9. I'll check later.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 14, 2007
6:00 PM

Post #3083306

Just checked, its 8 x 7 x 3. Its so nice that theres so much variety to chose from. Where did you get the larger size b?
TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 14, 2007
6:09 PM

Post #3083337

I'd like to pick one of those up myself...but I need some sort of platform in which to place it. See what ya'll have done? Now I'm wanting to go to Wally-Mart and buy more feeders...lol. And with no large enough trees in the backyard..more shepherd's hooks while I'm at it...lol

What do ya'll do to take care of the "spent shells" that our feathered critters leave behind on the grass? It looks as tho the ground is beginning to rise a bit under my feeders...even tho the bermuda grass grows over them. I would move my hooks, but the clay/rock soil here is so hard to penetrate that I can't seem to create new holes for the hooks. What is a bird watcher to do? lol.. :)

Melanie
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 14, 2007
6:19 PM

Post #3083365

Mine was from Ace Hardware.
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 14, 2007
6:19 PM

Post #3083366

Mumur that's a good pic of your Purple Finch! ...
And the Fruit and Nut Morningsong is a great price Pixie! You can get it next time ya go Marilyn:-). Your not stupid, lol. There's a reason for everything, hehe.


Speaking of piggies...LOL.

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TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 14, 2007
6:25 PM

Post #3083385

great photo, Deb! I wish I could get as close to my feathery friends as ya'll do...Such clear, pretty shots. :)

We have an Ace Hardware here as well, bsavage. I'll have to check them out as well.. :)

Melanie
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 14, 2007
6:25 PM

Post #3083387


LOL, all birds are pigs, aren't they?!

Great pic of that Purple Finch Murmur and great pic of that Cardinal Debnes.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 14, 2007
6:27 PM

Post #3083394

Darn, I think our closest one went out of business. Have to check the yellow pages.
TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 14, 2007
6:33 PM

Post #3083410

lol..speaking of chubby birds. I found this image online a bit ago... This poor guy must have been really chilly... :)

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magpied
Phoenix, AZ

January 14, 2007
6:38 PM

Post #3083429

Melanie, That pigeon is most definitely sick. I know the look!

Brenda, isn't that a 'quail block'? The idea is that quail will peck at it while on the ground. But--not a good idea if the block becomes wet. Also not a good idea if birds stand on it, as their droppings will be on the seed. :o
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 14, 2007
6:43 PM

Post #3083452

RNTDoves ... sure they eat out of the dish, but then combing the ground is more peaceful.. less competition. :-)

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TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 14, 2007
6:43 PM

Post #3083453

Ya know, I've seen that look as well, mag...what with all of the many birds that I've seen in the wild... Poor guy... : / I remember our parakeet of 12 years just sort of looked puffed up and fluffy before he died...

Melanie
TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 14, 2007
6:48 PM

Post #3083470

lol...peaceful until a raucus gang of grackles and red-wing blackbirds appear...what a fun mob to watch...lol

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duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 14, 2007
6:54 PM

Post #3083489

Pouring down rain, here, again, all day, again. lol I decided to go out and check on the birdseed situation and I was stunned at the variety of birds. I saw nuthatches, wrens, mournings, collareds, must have been 50 cedar waxwings, at least that many cardinals and robins, several blue jays, several different kinds of sparrows, goldfinches, house finches, and a brown creeper. I ran in grab my camara...batteries dead...no extras, either. Rats!
TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 14, 2007
6:55 PM

Post #3083493

daaaang...you lucky girl, you! I won't see that sort of variety until next month...and only for a short while...
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 14, 2007
7:16 PM

Post #3083532

It's been raining since Friday here. Real soggy when I feed the birds this weekend. :-(

pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 14, 2007
7:39 PM

Post #3083603

Thats such a great variety duck!
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 15, 2007
3:56 AM

Post #3085308

Magpied, there was a different block that was called a "quail block". Didn't get that one. As you are far more experienced with birds than me, you could be right about the 'birds standing on it' issue, but wouldn't they stand on it on the ground as well as on the perch? I can't figure where the height of placement makes a difference. Let me know your thoughts.

Brenda
magpied
Phoenix, AZ

January 15, 2007
4:16 AM

Post #3085345

Brenda,
My thoughts are that [most] who sell bird feeders and bird food don't know too much about birds. This is why robins and bluebirds are depicted on bags of bird seed... lol Seriously. I'm guessing that quail blocks were initially used in places where people didn't want to disturb things--or travel to--too often. I dunno. Not a very bright idea to begin with. I wouldn't use 'em, but I also realize that it's difficult to keep droppings away from bird feeding areas.

The rules at DG prevent me from linking directly to my website (where I chip away -- LOL -- at adding bird info) but I recommend the info on the page entitled "Preventing Disease at Your Feeder". If you go to my info page, in the "what magpied wants you to know" section (because that's where I was told I could put it!), click the 'preventing disease' link. (Anyone else can post a link to it but I cannot.)
claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 15, 2007
6:17 AM

Post #3085480

http://home.earthlink.net/~azmagpie/id15.html
magpied
Phoenix, AZ

January 15, 2007
6:26 AM

Post #3085487

:D
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 15, 2007
1:50 PM

Post #3085920

Thanks for the info!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 15, 2007
3:50 PM

Post #3086224

I finally put up a salvaged Christmas tree with peanut butter! Just in time since the temp is 28 today.
Didn't see the Downy land just as I snapped the shutter, but the Wren did!

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 15, 2007
4:01 PM

Post #3086254

Sheila: the wrens don't miss much! :) I put out peanut butter yesterday, trying to attract woodpeckers, and the squirrels ate it. (sigh)
Deb

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 15, 2007
4:03 PM

Post #3086261

My squirrels haven't found it yet, but I look for them to be all over it today.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 15, 2007
7:42 PM

Post #3086958

Cute pic Sheila!! I'll have to slap some peanut butter in the worm dish and see if my Wren will eat it.
cuckoo4rblackbe
Savannah, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 15, 2007
8:50 PM

Post #3087151

Sheila_FW Just love your recycled Charlie Brown Christmas tree there!!! The birds seem to love it too!!

Cuckoo
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 15, 2007
9:24 PM

Post #3087261

Great shot Sheila! Neat little feeder too...a more manageable version of tree suet feeder. I like it!
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 16, 2007
12:31 AM

Post #3087867

I want to THANK Shelia_FW for the great idea and drawing for the extension for my wooden bird feeder. It WORKED!!! I also ordered a metal baffle for the 4" X 4" post to keep the squirrels out of the bird feeders. (I am putting up a feeder designed just for squirrels so they don't feel left out! (A Christmas gift from 2 years ago.) I picked up a suet basket and tube feeder because I got free shipping if I ordered more. It would have been about the same price either way, so I figured it was better to get more items than pay for shipping charges!

And then when I was at Wal-Mart buying bird seed, I found one of those flat feeders with a screen bottom. I really like that idea, so picked one of those up for less than $10. I think I am ready to open the Bird Cafe. I hope so...cause now I am broke! LOL

Here's what my first Bird Cafe looks like. Kind of bizarre, but hopefully the birds won't mind.

Any ideas how to get them to come to my feeders. Do I just add seed and wait? Or is there something I can do to entice them?

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 16, 2007
12:35 AM

Post #3087877

Another question ... I have that "rubber" mulch underneath the feeder. If the birds eat any dropped seeds off the ground, they won't attempt to eat the mulch will they? I hope not. It won't taste good and would probably make them sick. I bought the no waste seeds and some shelled sunflower seeds to add to the feeders tomorrow. I took them all down until I fill them.

Edited to add:
I just looked at this photo again and the set-up looks like a light post with a bird feeder attached to the extended arm instead of the house address! LOL! Luckily, it's in my backyard, so the neighbors won't see it and think I'm beyond help. :-D

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 16, 2007
1:16 AM

Post #3088037

Too funny Becky!! If you sit and wait you might get a few birds with very confussed looks on their faces..haha! Of course ya put seed in! You won't have to wait very long, maybe a few days and they will find you. If you don't want any plants (such as millet), popping up around your feeder you can get a Patio Mix with already shelled seeds, or get seed that you won't mind growing around the feeder (Sunflower & Thistle). There is one called No-Waste Bird Food, that is fairly reasonable, and doesnt plant anything. They carry it at Kroger here. Mealies and fruit (Cherries, Cranberries, Nuts and Papaya) are what I use my hanging tray for, because the mealies cant crawl out. You will get creative with it, I know you..(:>!!


Beautiful set-up Becky!! The mulch square will help a lot with the mess. Sheila gives great instructions too!
oO You could plant some Sunflowers there under the feeders, the birds would love those as they ripen, along with some Purple thistle. Just a last minute thought..oO

This one Native is attempting to make friends with whoever makes that gooey peanut butter suet stuff, lol!...Check out those sharp little icicles!!

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 16, 2007
1:18 AM

Post #3088039

Oops!! Landed right in it!

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 16, 2007
1:27 AM

Post #3088089

Deb - I'd grow medium to tall plants around the bottom, but those rascal squirrels would use the plants to climb up to the feeders! LOL! So I think it's going to have to be either a barren spot or low flowering plants underneath it. I did buy the shelled bird seed mix to try to avoid any unexpected plants popping up!

Oh my... I just remembered about the bird feeder I got for Christmas. I forgot all about that one. It's got a weighted perch to keep squirrels and larger birds out of the seed. I think that I am going to have to add that feeder and the tube feeder to the Shepherd's Hook that I decorated for the hummers. LOL! Maybe the birds will appreciate my red cups and ribbons! Ha,ha,ha ...

I love all the birds you are getting in your yard, Deb! I hope I get some, too!

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 16, 2007
1:45 AM

Post #3088148

Well you and DH did a really fine job there!! It looks really sharp!
Yeah, later on you may want some lower growing flowers there. By Sunflowers I didn't mean the giant ones, lol. There are many that grow only 18" or less, and the Squirrels would trip on the flimseier stems... Humm another idea would be miniature roses, that protects the birds very wll here by my window. Squirrels wouldnt like the thorns at all, and if a Hawk came by they would have a safer place to hide!!

Now where are you going to sit to take your pictures?
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 16, 2007
1:46 AM

Post #3088155

Becky, your set up is ideal - you'll have them lined up in no time!!!!
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 16, 2007
2:12 AM

Post #3088240

I like the rose idea, Deb! I may just have to seriously think about that! Though I don't have a green thumb with roses. But ... ya never know until you try a different location. ;-)

Murmur - Thanks! I hope you are right. :-)

I am definitely going to use the Shepherd's hook, too. Just haven't figured out where to place that one where the squirrels can't jump to it. If I hang the tube feeder and the weight sensitive feeder on the pole, do you think it would discourage the squirrels from bothering it?
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 16, 2007
2:25 AM

Post #3088286

Deb - I don't remember who said it on this forum but... someone mentioned adding a duck blind to their yard to hide in so the birds can be photographed without scaring them off! LOL! When I read that ... I thought that was a great idea! LOL! Can you just see my dh's face when I tell him my next project is to build a duck blind in our backyard! Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha ... HE would commit me to the state mental hospital! ROFL!
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 16, 2007
2:28 AM

Post #3088291

LOL - Becky, my dh would just roll his eyes and not be a bit surprised!!!!
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 16, 2007
2:30 AM

Post #3088297

Murmur - Lucky you that your dh would not find such a request out of the ordinary! My dh would NOT think it was one bit funny. Years later they would find my body buried in the backyard ... probably underneath the bird feeder! LOL!
TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 16, 2007
2:32 AM

Post #3088301

lolol...now thats a great idea! A deer blind...hahaha...I hadn't thought of that...lol

Melanie

Edited to say: A duck or deer blind would work...! lol

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 16, 2007
3:09 AM

Post #3088453

LOL, Becky you are so funny about your dh, sounds like my situation. The feeder looks great! I'm sure the birds will be there in no time at all. Can't wait to see your first pics!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 16, 2007
3:10 AM

Post #3088456

The feeder looks great Becky! Good job.
Nice pictures too Debnes. We did have a little ice today, but the streets really weren't as bad as they let on, just the overpasses. I was still glad to have the day off today. I got to see the Waxwings that Debnes sent my way!! LOL! But alas back to work tomorrow.

On the duck blind idea, you just made me remember I have a lattice piece at the end of the shop I could hide behind, also I could take the screen off and go inside the shop and open the window a crack. Hmmm...

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 16, 2007
3:13 AM

Post #3088461

Okay I'm definitely asking the DH to make me a blind. He will think I'm nuts but it will be a nice winter project for him.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 16, 2007
3:23 AM

Post #3088481

No, no...just tell him you want a new trellis / archway that you can grow vines on. LOL!
hem_iamy
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

January 16, 2007
3:26 AM

Post #3088488

You guys are too funny with the duck blind idea LOL!!
Becky, great feeder setup! I've heard that the sounds of moving water will increase your feathered visitors by a large amount so you may want to give a fountain or the like a try... I'm sure your cafe will attract all sorts of pretties regardless!
Wanna see pics too! :)

debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 16, 2007
11:15 AM

Post #3088921

You guys crack me up this morning!!
Oh yeah a duck/deer blind... great idea!! Whatever it takes! Some wee birdies will just not come out if they see ya. Yes I can imagine your DHs faces... I've seen 'the look' many many times, (one eyebrow raised..."say what??").
Lattice and vines sound good too Sheila.


Quack(:>

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 16, 2007
11:55 AM

Post #3088976

I'm glad y'all are getting kick out of my not-so-amused dh!

I have another question. I filled the flat feeder, the suet feeder, and of course the one that goes on top of the post and put them all on the post hanger. I have a tube feeder and a weighted perch feeder. I can add another arm to the 4X4 post to hang more feeders.

QUESTION:
But ... is it better to have the feeders ALL together or scattered around the yard?

Right now I have the other two feeders that are for smaller birds hanging off a 4 arm Shepherd's hook on the other side of my screened porch.

Shelia - Wow that's a LOT of birds sitting in your trees!

Deb - Loved the little quack, quack duck!

If someone here makes a duck blind ... ya HAVE to post a picture!!! Please!!! :-)

Ta, ta! ...Off to work...
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 16, 2007
12:01 PM

Post #3088988

Oh okay, Becky, These Ducks arent blind, but they aren't looking either...hehe!

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 16, 2007
12:46 PM

Post #3089090

No honestly I'm serious about the bird Blind, there are some birds that are really shy (like the Red Bellied Woodpecker) and this would help tremendously. I could decorate it with some sort of camaflogue (sp?).
This pic at the top was taken while I was sitting just 8 feet from the feeder but the Downy are quite brave little birds.

Becky, I'm right now seeing that the RBW and the Downy do not come to the main area where most of the feeders (4) are now hanging. I do have the one squirrel proof feeder and 2 plain suets away from the others and they use those. Maybe it will just take them more time. All the other birds do use the main feeders.
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 16, 2007
1:25 PM

Post #3089182

Almost all my feeders are in the same general area, however, I've never had an RBW come (I've read in my bird books that they are in this part of the countryj). The Downy's and the Hairy's come all the time, as do the Flickers. The Steller's Jays, Finches, Chickadees, Thrush, and Sparrows all more or less share feeders.

These ducks stay away from all blinds and hang out at the beach.

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Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 16, 2007
1:27 PM

Post #3089186

That's not the pic I meant to attach - I meant this one with Mr. & Mrs. Mallard.

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duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 16, 2007
1:50 PM

Post #3089234

Cuuuuute ducks!

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 16, 2007
1:56 PM

Post #3089248

I just have to share this photo of a morning dove that was sitting on my deck. I swear she actually posed for this!!

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Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 16, 2007
1:58 PM

Post #3089254

Just look at that fabulous face - she did indeed pose, Pixie!!!
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 16, 2007
2:09 PM

Post #3089289

Very nice Murmur! What I have done is kind of mix it up after watching what goes where. Wren and Warbler like the place under the shrub in the very back corner. The main bird population like it up here close by the rose bush. Then the suet feeder is kinda hanging up and away. As you see what comes you can change it around. Keep the main feeders right there though, looks like a greats spot for them, and for you and any messes
the birds make.
You're right Pelle, Some birds I would not see at all without this window as a blind, plus it is warm in here at the foot of my bed.

This little Kinglet is one I would probably never see without a blind of some sort>
(Zero gravity...)

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 16, 2007
2:26 PM

Post #3089336

Cute pic deb!

Love the ducks Murmur!

Nice dove pic pixie!

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 16, 2007
6:29 PM

Post #3090198

We had a small snow storm here Sun-Mon and as usual, the feeder was a-flutter with activity.
Little woodpecker even came to eat.

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pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 16, 2007
6:30 PM

Post #3090202

Mr. C being his timid self.

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pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 16, 2007
6:31 PM

Post #3090206

Mrs. C. being her bold self.

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pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 16, 2007
6:32 PM

Post #3090209

"Are you looking at me?"

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 16, 2007
6:33 PM

Post #3090214

Thx Pelle!
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 16, 2007
6:35 PM

Post #3090218

Pixie,

Great pics!
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 16, 2007
6:36 PM

Post #3090221

Deb,

Great pic of your Kinglet!
TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 16, 2007
6:37 PM

Post #3090228

aww...ya'll take such wonderful photos... :)

Melanie

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 16, 2007
6:39 PM

Post #3090232

Deb, the Kinglet is awesome, I don't think I have ever seen one before!
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 16, 2007
6:41 PM

Post #3090236

Thx, Me either until this year pixie..:-)



I wonder how many of these I can carry in my beak?? hummm

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 16, 2007
6:43 PM

Post #3090249

Really cute pics pixie! My male Cardinals have always been shy too.
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 16, 2007
6:46 PM

Post #3090265

Ok, ok, one at a time...

I"ll be back!

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 16, 2007
6:48 PM

Post #3090273

Cute capture deb; you know my birds would never have a chance at those peanuts with my squirrels,lol.

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 16, 2007
6:49 PM

Post #3090277

bird bath ok too? I don't have pictures as nice as all o' yous! Have many feeders out, hummingbirds included, but no pictures of birds on 'em.

Christie http://mrschristiecolla.spaces.live.com

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 16, 2007
6:51 PM

Post #3090281

Love that bird bath Christie! Nice pic!

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 16, 2007
7:45 PM

Post #3090403

The Bewick's Wren is the particular one I have here in North Texas! I get some Carolinas too, but these little ones live here all year.

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Bewicks_Wren.html#fig1

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 16, 2007
7:59 PM

Post #3090445

Nice pic deb!
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 16, 2007
8:04 PM

Post #3090472

Great photos, everyone! I'm really enjoying this forum, and learning a LOT!

Brenda
TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 16, 2007
8:32 PM

Post #3090563

I absolutely adore wrens of all kinds...A wee pair made a nest in my cow skull that I have hanging on my back porch. Such curious little critters... :) Great photo, Deb.. :)

Melanie
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 16, 2007
10:46 PM

Post #3090918

Thanks everyone for the suggestions on placing my feeders. I guess I will be trying different locations until I find what works best. Doesn't look like I had any visitors today at any of the feeders. Hopefully soon.

Deb - I just love that photo of the little Kinglet! How cute! Are you taking your photos through your bedroom window? If you are, the photos are chyrstal clear. Also am enjoying the jays and other birds you've been able to photograph. That wren is a cute photo, too! You get a really nice selection of birds from the ones in your pictures. I wonder if I will get very many birds since it isn't cold here?

Pixie - Your photos are great, too! Loved the photo of the morning dove! How funny!!!! lol

Christie - I love the rocks that you have in your bird bath. Is it all one piece or did you add the rocks to it?

In my backyard, right near all my new bird feeders, I have a very small waterfall pond, 1 small pond with a fountain floating in it, and then I have another small still pond that the birds keep drinking from. Go figure that they would like the one that does NOT have moving water. I also bought a large plastic dish (that sits under a pot to collect draining water) and put water in that as well and put it in the mulched where the 4X4 post is.

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 16, 2007
10:58 PM

Post #3090960

beckygardener; I chose that bath, discovered it was too deep and put the river rocks in. Then I discovered the little birds wouldn't use it, so I replaced it with a shallow plate and pebbles. (see picture) Now everybody uses it!

I added a pluot and 5-way pear tree too, so the little ones can sit on the branches to preen and hide. If they like the fruit, they are welcome to eat it too. After all, we are all children of the earth, and my mother instinct tells me to feed anybody smaller than me!

Christie

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mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 16, 2007
11:41 PM

Post #3091117

I have a bird in flight, little beak full of food...

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 16, 2007
11:45 PM

Post #3091124

Christie - I think your bird bath is awesome! I may pick up some pebbles for the dish I have on the ground.

Love the bird in flight photo! Nice color contrasts!
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 17, 2007
12:40 AM

Post #3091297

mrs_colla, I agree, your yard and home are lovely! Are you experiencing the same cold temps we're getting here in AZ? What part of CA are you in? Your little bird photo is very beautiful!

Brenda

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 17, 2007
12:45 AM

Post #3091316

bsavage, it is unbelievable here, nights in the 20ies, days in the 40ies.
Lost ALL my Brugmansias, mush all the way to the ground, citrus has damage, but not too visible now, orchard fruit is lovin' it!!!

I am North CA, about 40mins from San Fran

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2007
1:30 AM

Post #3091466

Your yard and pictures are great! Feeders don't need to have birds at them. Just share what you have and what kind of birds are showing up for you.
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 17, 2007
1:33 AM

Post #3091483

LOL! Sheila - I have a custom-made feeder setup. No birds. LOL



Sorry, I just couldn't resist. I kind of feel the same way about hummingbirds. I've done everything I can to entice them to my yard. No takers! So ... maybe there is something about my yard that birds don't like!?

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 17, 2007
2:13 AM

Post #3091634

Now now Becky. Its just that your plants need to mature more for the hummies. The birds will come a lot quicker.
Was your last photo the way you left it set up or did you change it?
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2007
2:18 AM

Post #3091649

Christi, your yard and all are positively enchanted!

Nice to see you here!

This morning a pretty good sized flock of Cedar Waxwings flew through here. Not such good shots.. but at least I got a few, lol.

Sheila, look out more are on the way!

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mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 17, 2007
2:33 AM

Post #3091695

Debnes, Oh my, what pretty birds! I never had such pretty birds, very unusual to see for me!
You must be quick on the shutter; it still is a good picture!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2007
2:36 AM

Post #3091702

Nice shot Debnes! I can't greet them this week, back to work! :-(( Maybe DH will get a few if he sees them.
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2007
2:41 AM

Post #3091726

Great photos here - and, Christie, I went to your website and looked at all your pictures . . . your yard is stunning and your home is lovely.
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2007
2:42 AM

Post #3091731

Thank you Christi!
I have a few more...
Mind ya, this is a flock of CWW on my back fence.. I am taking these pictures from my (closed) window glass, as usual. I think the fence is about 30+ feet away.

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2007
2:47 AM

Post #3091787

Cool Sheila!! I think they like fruit a lot.. Were your Beauty Berries still there? They seem to like picking things right off of the plants.. Thistle, berries, etc..

Okay here, bear with me, lol...
I picked out some of the many Cedar Waxwings from the above pic so we could get a better look at them>>

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 17, 2007
2:49 AM

Post #3091793

Pell - I switched up my feeders on two separate posts/poles. (See photo.) Do I need to switch the feeders around again?

Post feeders in this photo.

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mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 17, 2007
2:49 AM

Post #3091822

I have another bird for you superiors to name; I took the photo in Scottsdale Arizona 2 days ago.

Nothing as pretty as your birds debnes!

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 17, 2007
2:51 AM

Post #3091830

Here's the pole with other feeders.

Lots of feeders, no birds. :-(

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 17, 2007
2:55 AM

Post #3091848

Do you suppose I don't have birds at my feeders because of this bird sitting in the vacant lot right next to my yard. I see him ALL the time. I believe it is a hawk? Sorry the photo is not sharper. I don't have a very good zoom on my camera!

Deb - Those birds are beautiful. I can not believe the photos you are getting through the window! Lucky you to have a nice-sized "clean" picture window. I have screens in my windows (because of mesquitos) and my photos would never look anywhere near as good as yours do! Awesome!

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2007
2:56 AM

Post #3091853

And this one just looked right up at me and kept on munchin' on mealies...I love these Mockingbirds!

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 17, 2007
3:06 AM

Post #3091884

Okay ... I going to show my "newbieness"... what is mealies?
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2007
3:07 AM

Post #3091886

Oh Becky! My nice big picture window is 1 foot wide, lol. It's all in the line of vision though. It took me years to find just the right spot to take fairly decent pictures without disturbing them, or myself being in the elements, (heat & cold outside).
That's a great Hawk! I am not sure what kind, but i love it! Wonder if someone else in your area feeds birds(?) hum
.. If you put feeders, they will come... even more if they have a good place to hide (thorney bush in my case), and dodge the Hawk. I wouldnt worry about him though, he can only eat one at a time. There is safety in numbers, and the feeder birds will come for good seed, etc.

Here's Mocker, again...

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2007
3:10 AM

Post #3091894

LOL you asked, and I was posting this pic at the same time... er go mealies in Mockers mouth up there^^^
Meal worms.


Orange-crowned Warbler had some too...

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 17, 2007
3:11 AM

Post #3091900

Deb - You have a regular smorgashborg (sp?) in your yard! Do you charge them to eat at your house? LOL No wonder you have so many birdies. Looks like gourmet bird food to me. If I was a bird, I'd be at your house!

So... I take it that mealies are worms? (Oops we were posting at the same time.) So what kind of store would sell mealies? A fishing bait store?

My neighbor three lots down from me feeds the birds, too. She is the one who gets the colorful Buntings in her yard.

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2007
3:23 AM

Post #3091932

Then we have our little Kinglet acrobat this morning on the insect suet..

This little guy is about 3"long, including that sassy tail>>

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2007
3:35 AM

Post #3091980

mrs_colla,
I think your id request was overlooked. Try this link for the California Thrasher. If that isn't it then look at brown creeper, flycatchers, or just page through the photos. It looks like in your picture it has a crooked sharp bill; hopefully you can get an id.
http://www.birdphotography.com/

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 17, 2007
3:51 AM

Post #3092031

Thank you Sheila, I will check it out!
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2007
4:05 AM

Post #3092075

I have been looking too Christi,
It's hard to ID up in the tree like that..Can't see the whole wing or the tail. If you think it comes to your yard often..You could set some meal worms out in a place where you can get a close up. I can tell by the beak they like mealies, and flies. I've looked through one of my books, and now I will look at the other 2..I'm stumped so far.

I bet Resin would know, right off the bat!

You can post a new thread in this Bird Watching fourm and you will probably have your answer in less than 24 hours...These guys are good!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 17, 2007
4:06 AM

Post #3092079

Becky, Everything looks great! The birds will come soon. If the Hawks there everyday be sure to keep us posted.

The mealy worms can be bought at any wild bird store, Petsmart or online places.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 17, 2007
4:10 AM

Post #3092089

Wow that bird of Christies in the tree has a large beak. Yes Resin will know.
magpied
Phoenix, AZ

January 17, 2007
4:18 AM

Post #3092106

Quoting:I have another bird for you superiors to name; I took the photo in Scottsdale Arizona 2 days ago.

curve-billed thrasher (possibly Bendire's but more likely cb)

*pic was taken here (in Phoenix area)


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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2007
4:43 AM

Post #3092165

I was thinking Thrasher too, but could it be Crissal's? The distribution comes close to Christi, but a lot of that is changing.

http://www.utahbirds.org/birdsofutah/Profiles/CrissalThrasher.htm
magpied
Phoenix, AZ

January 17, 2007
4:52 AM

Post #3092174

No, not Crissal. Crissal's beak is longer and more decurved. She took the pic *here* in Arizona a few days ago. In the Phoenix area. Where I live. :-) Crissal's thrasher is very rare and not in this locale.
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 17, 2007
11:11 AM

Post #3092463

I love bird watching. Can anyone tell me what camera or lens they use to get great shots of birds and wildlife? I live near a wetlands and even have pileated woodpecker families close by. My camera is just not doing the job.
Thanks,
Teresa in KY
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2007
12:05 PM

Post #3092563

You go magpied! CB looks like it might just be the one...Another picture would help for sure. ((Certainly it *couldn't* be Crissal's, lol.))

We have about an inch of snow this morning, and it is still coming down. I hope this little one found a warm place to curl up.

Orange-crowned warbler Vermivora celata...

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 17, 2007
12:22 PM

Post #3092598

WONDERFUL pic deb!!!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 17, 2007
1:05 PM

Post #3092694

Quoting:I have another bird for you superiors to name; I took the photo in Scottsdale Arizona 2 days ago

I'd agree with Curve-billed Thrasher

Resin

debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2007
1:23 PM

Post #3092740

Thanks Pelle! Thank you Resin!
This morning everything is covered with snow.. a little seed, and the few (frozen now) mealies from yesterday. Little OC Warbler lit on that same branch again.. So I rushed out and replinished, but the snow is still falling at 25*f. I will probably go out again and stir them up a bit..LOL!

Robin came for a quick survey of everything and a drink..

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Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2007
1:35 PM

Post #3092791

Bluegrassmom, I think you would hear quite a variety of cameras and lenses! I have a Sony SLR and use a 300 mm lens (it's actually 70-300 and of course it depends on how close I am). Be sure to share your pics when you get a new camera - your wetlands with the Pileated families would be wonderful to see!!!
TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 17, 2007
8:34 PM

Post #3094187

Grackle mob coming in for buttermilk cornbread, lol. "Hey lady, can you defrost this, please??"

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2007
11:41 PM

Post #3094797

bluegrassmom,
Here is an example of a DG thread someone started about choosing a Digital Camera. If you add Photography to your forums in preferences you will see a lot of talk and proof of what cameras do, how much they cost, etc... This is a very helpful place!!

http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/621389/

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 18, 2007
10:48 PM

Post #3097956

May I show my todays shooting hours?
Birds I have never seen before, I'll try to look them up before I bother all of you again!
Christie

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mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 18, 2007
10:50 PM

Post #3097961

pretty bird!

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mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 18, 2007
10:52 PM

Post #3097966

two more...

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mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 18, 2007
10:54 PM

Post #3097972

Last one. The other pictures are on my website, the "January" folder.
Thanks for looking :-)

Christie

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 18, 2007
11:10 PM

Post #3098010

Last one is a Downy Woodpecker, nice pics. I'll check the others.

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 18, 2007
11:21 PM

Post #3098028

Pelletory,
a woodpecker?! Great, I didn't know they can be so little!!!
You are too kind, looking up all "my" birds, I appreciate it sooo much, thank you!

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 18, 2007
11:25 PM

Post #3098041

The one on the branch might be a Yellow Warbler.
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 18, 2007
11:52 PM

Post #3098113

Great photos Christie! Do you take your photos through a window? Or do you have a really good zoom lense on your camera? They are so clear and close-up!
magpied
Phoenix, AZ

January 19, 2007
12:09 AM

Post #3098179

The others are (lesser?) goldfinches & of course a way cute *robin*.

Edited because I'm not sure of the lesser part. I'd have to look up whether other goldfinches could be in your area at this time.

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mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 19, 2007
12:19 AM

Post #3098215

Becky, I sit on my front porche. Compared to the area in front of it, it must be dark to them. I wear brown clothes, and they don't seem to see me. I use a Nikon D50 with a tele lens.

Was 34 degrees this morning!

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mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 19, 2007
12:22 AM

Post #3098229

Magpied, double YEAH for me; I love Robins, because they eat the caterpillars off my Brugmansias, and I had a dear canary get lost last summer, and if the finches and warblers survive, I think he might have too!

Thank you all birdpeople, this is the funnest thread for me. I love birds, but being from another continent, I know nothing overhere...
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 19, 2007
12:30 AM

Post #3098254

Christie - Oh my! You sit in the cold and wait! WOW! Now that is a die-hard photographer! How far away are you from the feeders? I'm just curious since I just put feeders up in my yard and want to try to get some photos, too. Dark clothes. That makes sense. The butterflies in my yard don't pay much attention to me when I wear green. LOL

I agree with you, Christie! This is a great thread!!!!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 19, 2007
12:36 AM

Post #3098263

No problem. The Downy is the smallest and most common of our woodpeckers. I just love them, their very brave and you can get real close to them before they fly away.

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 19, 2007
12:41 AM

Post #3098286

Oh dear, I'll have to show my "European feathers", I only know meters... So, I am about 3 to 6 meters away, and the front porch is a bit higher than the ground.
The titmice, now that's another thing. They are SO fast, impossible to get a crisp picture!

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TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
1:50 AM

Post #3098523

We have quite a few tufted titmice coming thru right now...absolutely wonderful little birds and rather shy here...getting just a single seed from my feeder and flying away with it, lol :)

Melanie
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 19, 2007
2:16 AM

Post #3098609

Christie - great pictures!!!!
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
2:25 AM

Post #3098643

I'm really bad about picking up my camera, but I have a landscape & feeder that seems different from the ones posted so far.

This is looking out my front deck toward the river at dawn a few days ago ... I only have a suet feeder, on the left shepherd's crook, and the Victorian-style seed feeder on the right. I get every kind of woodpecker in my birding book, including the nuthatch (not really a woodpecker, though, right?). Except haven't seen a pileated yet. We can't build fences & nobody here has heard of an understory, so they just mow everything, but I DO have huge, gorgeous trees: oaks, maples, tulip poplars, spruces & pines.

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Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 19, 2007
2:28 AM

Post #3098655

Wow! That is absolutely glorious - what an incredible setting you have there!
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
2:29 AM

Post #3098662

And here's a closeup of the seed feeder. It was pricey, somewhere between $120 & $150, but I loved its looks. Not knowing anything about birds, I got lucky: Not only does it provide a protective cage for the small 'uns, it is nearly squirrel proof. This spring, an enterprising baby would get in there & chow down, but he quickly got so fat that he couldn't fit through the cage. One morning he could, one morning he couldn't! So he gnawed on the metal for awhile but got nowhere.

I don't mind the squirrels like most people do but my dog probably keeps them in line.

Occasionally, this seed feeder gets water in & I have to clean out the seeds, and I've repainted parts to stop rust, but in retrospect it was a great investment.

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summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
2:35 AM

Post #3098684

We really get the birds here. That A-frame you see is actually a squatter's shack on the island; there's more river on the other side. To the left, you can see where the island peters out --- in the summer there's a gigantic sandbar there where everybody pulls their boat up & the kids & dogs frolic in the shallows. We all have pontoon boats.

It's a VERY shallow river, so quite warm in summer. Last winter it froze over but this winter we've just had rain after rain after rain so the water is several feet higher than normal.

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 19, 2007
2:37 AM

Post #3098692

Summerkid; your scenery is STUNNING!!! I like your special feeder very much, it looks very Victorian! Stylish!

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2007
2:42 AM

Post #3098703

Really ornate and attractive SK! I bet it is flustrating for the squirrels. Love the water views you have, but wouldn't want to live in IL!
It has been too cold down here for me this week!
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
2:43 AM

Post #3098708

Yeah, I really hate it here too. I'm from Montana & have my heart set on moving to the Pacific Northwest. But I can stomach a couple of more years here because I love this property.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
2:47 AM

Post #3098713

In the summer a blue heron nested to the left of that A-frame. I could set my clock by his rising! Especially as fall set in, he looked colder & more frazzled every morning as he teetered on the dock, like a ruffled old grandpa. We have some sort of vultures, lots of hawks & owls, and occasionally an eagle. I'm seeing something big over there in the trees this month but can't catch them with my binoculars. It doesn't seem like we'd have eagles over there right now so I'm thinking osprey.

But my favorite might be the half-dozen swans that panhandle up & down the river as the seasons come & go. They eat out of my hand.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
2:48 AM

Post #3098717

I have to be careful with my feeders because I have a couple of cats who venture outside once in awhile & danged if they aren't too fat to snag a bird here & there, I don't know how.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2007
3:08 AM

Post #3098781

It looks like it is a wonderful place to sit and watch the world and nature go by for sure.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
3:11 AM

Post #3098797

Yes, that view of the birdfeeders is the same as from my computer. It's kind of a bleak beauty right about now, but in the summer it's quite lush. I'm also stockpiling rhododendrons, small evergreens & other woodland plants to soften the riverbank.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 19, 2007
3:15 AM

Post #3098811

Beautiful place SK!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2007
3:37 AM

Post #3098955

Great pictures Christie! Your Robin looks like a young one, if it is the same ones we have here. I love the Downy WPs. If they have the red on the back of their head, it is a male.

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summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
3:41 AM

Post #3098965

Is that because the womenfolk whop 'em upside the head?
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2007
4:23 AM

Post #3099056

There ya go summerkid!!
Lovely feeder there too.. My sister could use one like that .. do you mind if I show her this picture?
My property is too small for that one I think..My primary focus is actually Butterflies, but with the cold they are South or dormant now.. Plants are all down, except the evergreens..But come Spring you will find me out there taking macro shots this year. I will get the birds from this window as I have been.
Loved the metaphorical story there with the Squirrel, LOL! Reminded me of the Monkey paw story.

Christi, Sheila, Very nice Downy shots there!

I Gotta share this pic of the baby Ruby Crowned Kinglet I got today almost dusk..Practically Hummer sized..To give you a ruler, the bar he is sticking his wee head through is about 1 x 3/4".. I'm still sorting the pics I managed to get..too too tiny of a bird! I hope I get a lot of these, and there is a good chance I will until it gets too hot. Then they will move N by NW to breed..The Hummies should be back by then. Awweee!!

:-D

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Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 19, 2007
5:10 AM

Post #3099138

Summer, that is the most beautiful feeder I've ever seen - well worth what you paid for it! Are you sure you want to move to the PNW when you have such beautiful scenery there? It's quite incredible. I hope you'll share more pics of the general area.

Great photos, everyone - and Deb, that is the most itty bitty Kinglet ever!!!!
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
5:15 AM

Post #3099144

It is SO SO flat, murmur. You never even see a sunset. And it can be awfully hot in the summer & awfully cold in the winter yet no snow.

I'm surrounded by cornfields. There's nothing else to photograph.

I think that feeder is still available from the company that Stillbrook Horticultural morphed into.
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 19, 2007
5:16 AM

Post #3099146

Okay then - when are you moving out to Whidbey Island???!!!
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
5:24 AM

Post #3099153

Is that where Greenbank is? In October I took my b'friend on a whirlwhind tour, hoping to convince him to move with me (born & bred in Illinois). We started out in Seattle, then through Leavenworth during the peak fall color and on to Wenatchee, where my dad lives, down to Goldendale to visit Grandma, and on to White Salmon, which is the area I liked the best. On to Portland to visit friends & family there, through the Oregon wine country, and finishing up in Cannon Beach.

Cannon Beach almost did the trick. Jack has lived all over the world & says he's never seen a more beautiful beach.
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 19, 2007
5:50 AM

Post #3099172

Yes, Greenbank is on Whidbey Island. And I must agree with Jack that Cannon Beach is absolutely gorgeous. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2007
11:05 AM

Post #3099311

I went out to move the suet feeder over to the peanut log feeder the other day and caught movement just beneath me arms. It was the RC Kinglet! He was right about my waist on the bottom of the peanut feeder. He looked up at me and took off. I was grinning at him so he probably saw my teeth and thought he was lunch. LOL! Here is a good one the DH took later when it returned.

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2007
11:16 AM

Post #3099331

Alrighty~ I meant to post a pic of the female *trying* to fit her head through the small rectangular opening in the suet feeder...Even though she is only about a half inch longer her head was a bit too big to fit through the smaller openings...

Sheila I need to send you some of this 'Insect Treasure' suet, it's the only way to get them to stay still for a second. LOL! I would love to see that you are getting a lot of them over there.

I've been looking closer at all the pictures I have taken of these Kinglets, and there must be more than 2!! Kinglets lay an amazingly large clutch (up to 12), so it wouldn't surprise me. Murmur, ya might want to watch for them in Spring, they will pass through WA on their way to Canada..

summerkid, stay clear of those cat claws before you click on this, lol!
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Ruby-crowned_Kinglet.html#sound

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pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 19, 2007
11:20 AM

Post #3099337

Been trying to catch up on this thread, gorgeous photos everyone!
Debnes, thanks to the link on kinglet, I will be watching for the little guys from now on!
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2007
11:25 AM

Post #3099351

Oh how cool Sheila... too too sweet! I wonder how many you have there?? & Which suet is that?

Great pixie, I hope you can see this one!! I'm just flat out smitten by these little things.

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2007
11:30 AM

Post #3099368

Wing action>>

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2007
11:31 AM

Post #3099372

I am not sure which one I had bought before. I usually make my own PB suet and they go for it. They haven't acted that intrerested in the Crunch PB on the log yet.
Great shots , I love to what them flit around too.
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2007
11:54 AM

Post #3099401

I tried PB suet too, and they wouldn't touch it.. Starlings pigged out on it though, lol. I think I'm stayng with the Insect kind for now since I am beginning to see the whole family. I wonder where they have their nest, or where they stay at night in the cold, humm..

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 19, 2007
12:19 PM

Post #3099448

Same result here with PB suet. I'll probably give it to the squirrels.
hem_iamy
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

January 19, 2007
9:00 PM

Post #3101043

Great pics all! Welcome Christie, you've got a great yard! Summer, WOW! No wonder you're getting all those hosta! I'm jealous! :)
~Amy
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 21, 2007
7:03 PM

Post #3107553

Hi all!
Well it finally got cool enough to hang up the suet. Two days and no takers yet. So, only fella I got a good shot of this weekend was one of "the usual suspects"... :)
He was waiting for the sparrows to leave him a spot at the feeder.
DebinSC

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 21, 2007
7:15 PM

Post #3107578

BEAUTIFUL!!! :-)
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 21, 2007
7:23 PM

Post #3107605

Great shot!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 21, 2007
7:38 PM

Post #3107641

How sweet Deb, we don't get them very often here. It is a cutie!!

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 21, 2007
8:04 PM

Post #3107708

Deb, thats a beautiful shot!! So nice of him to stay still for you. lol
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 21, 2007
8:23 PM

Post #3107775

That one was for you, Pelle! ;>
Pixie: It was nice of him to "pose". Of course, ya don't see the 7 other shots of him jumping around and being a blur! :)

DebinSC
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 21, 2007
8:32 PM

Post #3107811

Thanks Deb! :-) I know they are such fast litlle guys; aren't they. Make the Chickadees seem a little slow.
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 21, 2007
10:22 PM

Post #3108153

Titmice are so adorable and beautiful! Great pic! Thanks for sharing.

Marilyn
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2007
1:50 AM

Post #3108862

Mockingbird wants to be my best friend now, I have sweet red Cherries! I love how these birds manage their turf!

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2007
1:52 AM

Post #3108867

Real close..

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2007
1:56 AM

Post #3108884

Kinglet was inspecting the tray I relocated...

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2007
1:57 AM

Post #3108888

Here is my little window from the outside>>

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 22, 2007
2:14 AM

Post #3108954

Loving all the wonderful photos! Y'all are getting some GREAT shots of so many different birds!

Deb - You have a great set-up location for photographing all your birds! Whooo Hoooo! I am really enjoying your photos!

I'm beginning to think there is something about my yard that birds just don't like! No birdies all weekend at my feeders. I added another arm to the post and am hanging all the feeders on it except the tube feeder. No little hummers, no bigger birds in my yard. I wonder what my neighbor is feeding the birds? She gets them at her feeder. Maybe they are stuffed after eating at hers?

It is like summer here. I think many of the migrating birds have left to go North. It's probably too hot down here for them this winter. Or they don't like what I am feeding them. Or the local hawk is intimidating all the birds. (Though I doubt it.)

Maybe I should just stick with butterflies, caterpillars, and lizards???? lol Those I get plenty of! :-)
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 22, 2007
2:34 AM

Post #3109024

Deb,

Great pics! Love that adorable Kinglet! It's the sweetest 'thing'!

Did you buy cherries from the grocery store to put in your tray feeder? Did you cut any up or leave them whole? Pitted cherries?

Marilyn
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2007
3:00 AM

Post #3109102

Ohh I did it again!! Sometimes I miss things up the thread ... hey but I am looking back and seeing the pics Debin posted of her wee titmouse.. How sweet that one is!! Great shot!

Don't give up yet Becky.. It takes a while to get regulars at your feeders. If other people in your area are already feeding birds, it's only a matter of time. Just hold out for the long haul, they will come see you soon enough. Some of these little guys come around and you might never see them unless you have a window or a blind to see them through. Placing a nice (even pricey), suet cake in front of a window with no screen is an idea that happened to work here. It takes the right birds a fair amount of time to discover a secluded suet cake.

This Dove was real curious about the window.. she went for several swings on the hanging feeder, (like a kid), even though she didn't want anything to eat from it. She liked checking it out.. so did several other birds. Like the above Kinglet, & Mockingbird... also Mourning dove hopped up there to have a look. I was outside working a lot today with the wonderful weather too, so it threw a few of them off.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 22, 2007
3:11 AM

Post #3109180

Great pics Deb!!
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2007
3:16 AM

Post #3109196

Marilyn, Thanks!
I got the Cherries at Wild Bird Center.. She finally started carrying them again. I really need to find a place that sells them for less. Until then, and through winter I don't want to be caught without them. Robin hasn't found them yet, but you will see when they do. Just a matter of days. Mocks love the mealies, so I put them on the tray also. I put some for OCWarbler and Mock snags a few of those too, lol.

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birdscrazy
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2007
3:31 AM

Post #3109227

debnes_dfw_tx Your ideas as far as the feeders go, are the most cute ones.. yet . I really was LOL , when viewing mocker or blue jay by those "dishes".
Here is male sparrow "dinning" in..lol

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birdscrazy
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2007
3:46 AM

Post #3109257

I ave one more "feeder" to share...LOL

This one is very, very popular over here in my front yard...LOL ( zupreem monkey chow is the best "snack" right after , well...some times even before the peanuts, or should I say "crownuts"...lol)

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debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2007
4:00 AM

Post #3109278

Ha ha birdscrazy. Great Crow pics... (crownuts) lol. I never see those here! Sure they are here.. I just don't see. Is that Sparrow eating mealies?? The Sparrows here don't touch them, they like the seed better. Is that weird?
birdscrazy
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2007
4:41 AM

Post #3109352

Ya , it is eating the mealworms , but that pic was taken in the baby birds season, so actually what was happening the parents were coming for a bunch of worms to feed their babies ( that is what I usally do in summer, supply every body and their mother with the worms over here..lol) and since they are so busy and in such of rush they eat worms then too. In other seasons I come to find out sparrows dont care so much for worms, that is true even here.
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2007
9:43 AM

Post #3109534

I am enjoying all the bird pics! I love watching them, in the Spring we have one that perchs on the utility pole and jumps straight up and floats gently down over and over. Anyone else seeing this behavior? I thought it might be a mating dance of sorts.

I had not thought of feeding cherries, my MIL had cherry trees and birds just flocked to them when they were just ripe.

Teresa in KY

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2007
10:47 AM

Post #3109578

Bluegrass,
Look up the Brown Creeper, that sounds a lot like their habits. Here is a picture of one from the web. They are small also.
http://bio.classes.ucsc.edu/bio141/images/birds/brown_creeper.jpg
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2007
12:30 PM

Post #3109772

Sheila, sorry I didn't make myself clear. The bird that does this is a mockingbird. I have a few brown creepers here. I really enjoy watching the little nuthatches go down my trees upside down! It is so comical.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 22, 2007
1:12 PM

Post #3109890

Oh Nuthatches, we have them in our area but I've never seen one in my yard. I'd be so excited to see one!

I hope you all don't mind but I'm going to start Part 3 of this thread, its getting a little slow.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 22, 2007
1:15 PM

Post #3109900

Please go here. Thanks!
http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/686798/
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2007
1:32 PM

Post #3109971

bluegrass, sounds like the Mock is trying to catch flying bugs around the pole. Scissortails do that too and it is so cool to watch! Just add music...

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 22, 2007
9:42 PM

Post #3111518

Titmouse behaving GOOD!

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 22, 2007
9:47 PM

Post #3111540

Great pic Christie! I'll never tire of TT's!

Don't know if you saw it but we;ve started a part 3 to this thread. Link is 2 replies before yours. :-)
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2007
11:10 PM

Post #3111770

Too too cute Christi!! ...

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 23, 2007
1:16 AM

Post #3112265

Such a sweet little Titmouse MC.

I took quite a few pics today, but they are still in the DH's camera. Show and tell later.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 19, 2007
7:54 AM

Post #3297106

It has been a while for the feeder thread, but I just found a great by at Home Depot this weekend. They have a lot of their feeders marked way down getting ready for new stock I suppose. I got one of the metal squirrel proof feeders that is usually close to $30 for $10!!! Now is the time of year to get the bargains there.
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 20, 2007
8:43 AM

Post #3301021

Thanks Sheila, '
I will have to check that out next time I go..(which is about every other day), lol!


Deb
Elendil2
Berkely Heights, NJ
(Zone 6a)

November 11, 2010
9:21 AM

Post #8206418

Anyone having trouble with squirrels and their bird feeders, I strongly suggest the Pole System that Wild Birds Unlimited sells, and also to remember while you should not put your feeder out in a open area, when you place the feeder, you must make sure its far enough away from tree branches so squirrels cannot leap from their and bypass the Pole System's baffle. I put Sunflower hearts in my feeder, a additional pole system arm for my thistle sock and place my sunflower/millet/corn mix scattered on the ground for the groundfeeders. A suet basket or twoo, or three in a tree is also highly recommended. Enjoy the birds all!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 11, 2010
4:48 PM

Post #8207088

Elendil2 wrote: you should not put your feeder out in a open area,


I always heard you should put it in open areas so predators don't have places to hide.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

November 12, 2010
2:15 AM

Post #8207552

Feeders should be put within 15 ft. or so of cover so the birds have some place to dive into when a hawk comes. :-)

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 12, 2010
6:44 AM

Post #8207771

me thinks we need to start a new thread!

That is the pole system I use & I highly recommend it!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 12, 2010
11:27 AM

Post #8208214

This one's an ancient thread! We've moved on to here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1139981/

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