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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2007
7:39 PM

Post #3121712

I'm sure this will be an easy one for the birders here. Thanks in advance for any help.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 25, 2007
8:13 PM

Post #3121839

Varied Thrush??
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2007
8:21 PM

Post #3121876

Thank you pelletory! I looked it up in my Audubon Soc. field guide and there it was! A Varied Thrush it is!
thanks so much!

I just wasn't ever sure where to start in my field guide!
Cheers!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 25, 2007
8:41 PM

Post #3121966

Your Welcome. Very nice pic!
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 25, 2007
8:41 PM

Post #3121968

Begonia,

Lucky you! As soon as I saw your pic, I knew it was a Varied Thrush! Mumer had pics of one on her thread

http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/684055/

Beautiful Birds! We don't have them here. :-((

Marilyn

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2007
8:49 PM

Post #3122003

I have to say, this is the busiest bird season i can recall. (must mean we have a healthy bird population) Right now, from my office window (I'm in the country side) I can see Goldfinches (going wild over the thistle feeder hanging in front of my window), other finches with an orange head, some kind of titmouse? (sp?), starlings (vineyard owners hate them, but I love them), and white breasted nuthatches going up and down the walnut tree next to my office. There are some other kind of little ones with a black head that I dont know the name of. Oh yes, and some humming birds hitting the nectar in the feeder.

pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 25, 2007
8:51 PM

Post #3122010

I had seen some wonderful pics of them on another forum I belong to. That gentleman lives in Wasington I believe.
They are great looking birds!
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2007
8:54 PM

Post #3122022

wow oh wow what a fabulous pic. WTG!!!!!!!!!!!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 25, 2007
8:58 PM

Post #3122036

Begonia, Can't wait to see your pics of the others you can't ID. You guys in the west really have some beautys!
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 25, 2007
9:04 PM

Post #3122065

Begonia,

Great pic, by the way!

Glad to have you here at this forum! ;-))

Marilyn
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2007
9:12 PM

Post #3122112

Well, I decided to take a break from here and went out to take a few shots of the birds. On pesky kitty kept scaring them off, but I'll load up a few photos of the chubby little yellow finches in a little bit.

Thanks for your kind comments!
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2007
9:26 PM

Post #3122186

Here's one of the little chubby birdies.

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Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

January 25, 2007
9:27 PM

Post #3122190

Nice picture, I've never seen a Varied Thrush stand still long enough to focus the camera.
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2007
9:32 PM

Post #3122214

They are shy! He didn't know I was taking the picture. I was inside my office -taking it through the glass, which is why the photo is a bit blurry. We built a batting cage for our son and for some reason the birds must think it was for them. They perch on it all day long and go inside and forage. They can fit through the netting. Anyhoo, my camera had a mind of it's own and kept wanting to focus on the netting and not the bird.

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2007
9:33 PM

Post #3122219

A few more.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 25, 2007
9:34 PM

Post #3122224

Lesser Goldfinch- very nice pic!!!
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2007
9:35 PM

Post #3122226

I'll try and get a better shot of that Thrush. They are here all the time.

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2007
9:36 PM

Post #3122235

Last one, then back to work.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 25, 2007
9:37 PM

Post #3122239

BEAUTFUL pics!!!
Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

January 25, 2007
9:38 PM

Post #3122240

A good shot - lots of detail, of the Goldfinch. The "chubby body", as you call it, is actually the bird puffy up his feathers, for added insulation, against the cold. Basically the same body reaction as a human getting "goose bumps" when cold.
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2007
9:38 PM

Post #3122243

They are such rascals. Constantly yammering over the feeder, shoving one another to get to the choice seats. They are a constant source of entertainment for me. Same with the hummers, they are very territorial over the feeder.

Mine is a home office and we live in a walnut orchard. In the fall, when the fruit is falling in the driveway, the golfinches blanket the driveway eating the run-over nut meats.

Pelletory, are both of them the same type of goldfinch - one male/one female?

begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2007
9:40 PM

Post #3122254

AND I just filled that feeder to the brim on Tuesday evening. They go through a lot of seed!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 25, 2007
9:43 PM

Post #3122266

Yes, male and female.
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 26, 2007
3:57 AM

Post #3123602

had to pull out the Sibleys guide on this one. It is a Western Lesser Goldfinch which is also different from the Texas Lesser Goldfinch. Great pics
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 26, 2007
11:22 AM

Post #3123917

Theres a Black backed one thats pretty neat looking too.
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2007
1:52 PM

Post #3124316

Very nice photos, Begonia!!! I adore the Varied Thrush - I can't resist taking pics of them, but then end up with ones that look exactly alike. Ever since our cold spell with snow, I've had them at the suet feeders (rather clumsily I might add) and sitting on the fence for long enough periods of time for me to get a shot. Of course, the telephoto lens helps a great deal!

Your Finch photos are wonderful!!! And, I must say, I think you are the first person I have ever heard say they like the Starlings!!! I'm afraid I do not, as they go through seed and suet faster than I can put it out and they scare off the smaller birds. Right now they are not too big a problem, but they will be again!

Marilyn, thanks for remembering my thread and putting in the link!
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 26, 2007
2:41 PM

Post #3124461

Murmur, you just brought up an idea. I've never done suet feeders. But it can't hurt to put some out. I have to hang everything way out of reach due to our barn cats. But could set some out.
What feed do you use? I just see them picking through the grass here, eating bugs and walnuts I suspect.

Ahh the starling. They are not liked around here as they can clean a vineyard in no time flat. Much to the growers chagrin! Don't want to start a bird war, as I'm aware of the bird forum rules. But suffice it to say, I just like all birds. Driving through the valley at certain times of the year, one can see huge black blankets waving in the sky. It's the starlings.
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2007
3:45 PM

Post #3124697

Begonia, one thing I do like about Starlings is the little gurgling sounds they make - always makes me think of a "tinkling brook," whatever that would be!!!

The suet I buy is just the cheapest I can find - so I would guess just lard and seed (I'll look when I fill the feeders again later today). This is the first time I've had Thrush come to a feeder and I'm sure it just started because of the snow . . . and maybe they've started a bit of a habit???!!!

MaryinLa
Marshfield, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 26, 2007
4:24 PM

Post #3124818

Man, I need to get a better camera. At least one with a better zoom feature. When I zoom in, the pics are always out of focus. I generally take pics from the window because the birds fly off if I open the back door to go out and take a picture. The feeders are pretty far out there, so I can't get a good one from inside. I need a digital that I can put a telephoto lens on.
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 27, 2007
1:11 AM

Post #3126664

Most of the new digitals now can use the lenses from regular cameras - mine is a Sony SLR, but i know the Canon has that capability as well, along with several others. I'm sure it will be an every day thing before long. I have so much fun since I got the telephoto lens that it must be illegal!
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 28, 2007
5:19 PM

Post #3131534

I was able to get a few shots this morning through the window.

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 28, 2007
5:19 PM

Post #3131538

And from the side.

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Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 28, 2007
5:20 PM

Post #3131541

That's a super pic - nice work!
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 28, 2007
5:20 PM

Post #3131544

Both are!
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 28, 2007
5:21 PM

Post #3131551

And this little chatter box was being a typical squirrel. Sitting in the tree outside my office window. Had to take a shot of him. I know it's not a bird, but...

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 28, 2007
5:22 PM

Post #3131558

Is he/she posing?

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 28, 2007
5:24 PM

Post #3131565

Here's the little black headed bird that I don't know it's ID. They are about the same size as the Goldfinches. Any ideas?

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 28, 2007
5:25 PM

Post #3131572

Thank you Murmru. Trying to get a better shot of the black headed little ones, but they seem to want to fly away when I'm outside near them and they're behind the batting cage netting - camera wants to focus on the net, not birds! Arrgh!
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 28, 2007
5:38 PM

Post #3131622

That's a Junco, Begonia. The squirrel photos had me truly giggling outloud!!
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 28, 2007
5:47 PM

Post #3131659

begonia is scampering off to look up Junco in my Audubon ID book. Yup! There is it. Looks like I have 'Dark Eyed (Oregon) Juncos'
I may also have one that's on the next page Black Capped Chickadee, but I'm a bit far south for their range. But they look familiar.

The squirrels are the true entertainers of the orchard here!
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 28, 2007
5:56 PM

Post #3131701

Yes - sorry, I should have included the 'Dark Eyed' part of the name!!

You might have the Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Begonia - in this one book I have it mentioned "from Alaska to California," while the Black-capped Chickadee just says "northern half of US. I suspect you could have both (I do here in WA)
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 28, 2007
6:13 PM

Post #3131749

Great pics begonia!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 28, 2007
7:50 PM

Post #3132015

Black-capped Chickadee does just get into northern CA, down to about Mendocino, but Chestnut-backed Chickadee is also in the area. Also check out Mountain Chickadee, common in the CA mountains.

Resin
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 28, 2007
7:58 PM

Post #3132034

Great pics begonia!!
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2007
6:01 PM

Post #3146054

Here's a few shots of the woodpecker that I would love some help getting an ID on. Thanks in advance for the help!

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2007
6:03 PM

Post #3146059

another - shows the back a bit better.

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2007
6:04 PM

Post #3146062

sorry for the poor quality, but here's another.

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2007
6:04 PM

Post #3146065

another

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2007
6:05 PM

Post #3146066

last one.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2007
6:16 PM

Post #3146100

Nuttall's Woodpecker (male) . . . nice one!

Grrrr... missed out on finding any of these when I was in CA :-(

Resin
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2007
6:20 PM

Post #3146116

Gosh you guys (and gals) are fast!!! After referring to my book, I though 'ladder backed' but the range was too far south. Then the photo the book has of the Nuttall's didn't have a red head so I wasn't sure!
Great to know, and we have an orchard full of them!! THANK YOU!!!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2007
6:28 PM

Post #3146140

Quoting:Then the photo the book has of the Nuttall's didn't have a red head

The book has a photo of a female!

Resin
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2007
6:30 PM

Post #3146147

Thanks Resin! I'm really a neophyte in the bird world. Glad to learn something new every day!

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


February 1, 2007
6:33 PM

Post #3146158

Such great photos Begonia girl.
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2007
6:38 PM

Post #3146182

Thanks honey!!
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2007
6:42 PM

Post #3146191

Just had a thought (I know, dangerous!) any hoo, I found this bird (what I'd call a shore bird) in my back yard back in July. My cat was chasing it and it would not fly away. As soon as I saw this going on, I gathered up the bird and found a bird rescue not far from here who took it in and I assume rehabbed it to release it. No one knew for sure what it was.
I've never seen one before or since. Any ideas on what it is? And if it is a shore bird, why so far from home.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2007
7:39 PM

Post #3146381

It's a Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola). A freshwater marshland bird, living in dense reedbeds, etc., usually very shy and difficult to see.

Resin
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2007
7:48 PM

Post #3146408

WOW! I'm not really even that near to coastal marshlands. As the crow flies, I am close, but so far upstream (by 35-40 miles) that I would have never expected to see this bird so far from it's habitat. I do live on a major tributary that empties into the SFO bay, I wouldn't have expected it to come this far upstream.
It was very quiet, and seemed not afraid of humans (or cats for that matter) so I assumed it was ill, hence the trip to the bird rehab. We were concerned about West Nile Virus, though we vaccinate our large animals for it.

Once again, Thank you Resin!!!
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

February 1, 2007
7:54 PM

Post #3146420

Begonia, very exciting pictures!!
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2007
7:57 PM

Post #3146436

Thanks Murmur, the best thing is that I get to see them all from my desk while I work!
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

February 1, 2007
8:03 PM

Post #3146451

Not a bad perk, eh???!!! I'm out and about on my job so get to stop at the beach, etc. - gives me some splendid opportunities as well!!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2007
8:20 PM

Post #3146506

Your bird was probably a bit lost on migration, though they will use quite small wetlands, an acre or two is enough. The map in Sibley shows them as breeding throughout California, but only present all year in the milder south and west, while being summer visitors only in the north and east. They also breed north as far as southern Canada. Food is mainly worms, water snails, etc., but they will also eat some plant food (seeds, etc). Since they rarely ever see humans, they probably don't consider people a potential predator; even if they do, their main evasive strategy is to run and hide in dense wet vegetation (which doesn't work so well in a garden!).

There is a very similar, closely related species (Water Rail, Rallus aquaticus) on my side of the Pond - was actually looking for them today, heard 2 or 3 calling in the rushes, but too deeply hidden to see them.

Resin
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

February 2, 2007
10:01 PM

Post #3150194

awesome pics Begoniacrazy
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 5, 2007
11:59 PM

Post #3161356

I've been seeing this one for a few days now. Today I had this orange fella and another with similar markings but were red. Then another that was the same but female - no coloring.
Is it a 'common house finch'?

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 6, 2007
12:00 AM

Post #3161365

Here's another shot of him in the middle with all of his pals.

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 6, 2007
12:05 AM

Post #3161379

It was a busy day of gossip over the water cooler... er... uh.. Bird feeder.
At one point, as I sat still waiting to take their photo, I counted over 50 birds between my three feeders and those hanging out in the trees above. It was quite a cacophony! Mostly the yellow finches, but a handful of the juncos as well. There are a few others, I believe are titmice (is that the correct plural form?) and hummers too.

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 6, 2007
12:06 AM

Post #3161385

The lil' junco. They seem to toss the seed that they don't want out of the feeder to get to the good stuff!

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 6, 2007
12:09 AM

Post #3161400

The hummer.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

February 6, 2007
12:18 AM

Post #3161432

Beautiful pics begonia!!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

February 6, 2007
12:30 AM

Post #3161484

Looks like a House Finch but definitely not common looking with those beautiful colors.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 6, 2007
12:42 AM

Post #3161548

Yep, House Finch - to quote Sibley, "Yellow variant occasional; most frequent in the southwest".

Resin
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 6, 2007
12:50 AM

Post #3161575

Thanks gang! you all are the BEST!!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

February 6, 2007
12:52 AM

Post #3161592

Yes your so lucky to see such a beautiful colored one like that. I saw a pic of one before somewhere and its such a nice change.

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