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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1340 on: June 05, 2017, 01:00:01 am »
A couple of locals taken up winter residence the garden this week. They seem to move down from the forest around the mountain when it gets colder, and hang out in town gardens and farmland.

First is a Waxeye.


And a fantail or Piwakawaka

These guys are infuriating to try and photograph as they never sit still. They are very tame and will fly within a few feet of you chasing insects you might disturb, and catching them on the wing. But next second they are 50 ft away  :D

Have Tui, Bellbirds and Kereru hanging around too, which are larger birds, but they are a bit more wary, so more of a challenge to get a good shot of.
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« Reply #1341 on: September 03, 2017, 09:22:26 pm »
This hawk was just perched in our backyard. At first we thought is was protecting something because it wouldn't take off as we got closer. After we got the dog inside it just hobbled around the yard and we realized it had an injury on the left side. Unfortunately none of the raptor rescues in our area were able to come out until the next day and we couldn't keep it contained in our yard.











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« Reply #1342 on: September 05, 2017, 04:26:12 pm »
Always sad to hear of such injuries, but you got some real nice pics!
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« Reply #1343 on: September 05, 2017, 05:16:22 pm »
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« Reply #1344 on: September 12, 2017, 12:31:25 am »
These birds are known as Tui, They are a type of honeyeater, but quite a large (about 12" long), vocal and boisterous one. Every winter they seem to move down from the native forest in the National Park, and hang out in the parks and gardens around town, where there are various introduced trees that flower or fruit. Once the weather warms up a bit they all seem to migrate about 10 miles the road into the forest and make their nests there. The pictures are shot around the girls school, they are quite proud of their birdlife, and have maybe 30-40 of the birds in around the school at the moment.

This guy was feeding in a small flowering cherry tree just outside Taylors classroom.





And another one at their favourite food this time of year, Kowhai. Being a large bird they can't hover like a hummingbird, so they just do whatever acrobatics they need to reach the flowers and nectar.  :D





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« Reply #1345 on: November 08, 2017, 06:56:20 pm »
Every year 1000's of birds come to our old Christmas tree farm to sleep.

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« Reply #1346 on: November 09, 2017, 05:49:16 am »
Good you have a place for them.
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« Reply #1347 on: November 09, 2017, 09:28:49 am »
If those are Blackbirds, Yuck.  They completely overrun some of our towns breaking tree limbs and leaving their thick deposits of crap.  Some towns have to resort to the use of "propane cannons" to try to relocate the nasty/stinking Blackbirds.
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« Reply #1348 on: November 09, 2017, 01:23:10 pm »
I had a house in Louisville that was plagued with those things.  They would fly into the tree at the back of the house and poop all over the place.  Only good thing was I had excellent target practice with my 12 gauge and the feral cats enjoyed the birds that hit the dirt.
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« Reply #1349 on: November 09, 2017, 04:27:29 pm »
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« Reply #1350 on: November 09, 2017, 05:23:52 pm »
The filthy migrant Blackbirds that we have spend the night in the towns and then disperse during the day into harvested fields to feed during the daytime only to return to their roost at night.   :-\
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« Reply #1351 on: November 09, 2017, 05:57:44 pm »
European Starlings.

We have them here in NZ too, but they are generally liked by farmers for the number of bugs and caterpillars they eat. I have seen large flocks roosting like that before. The "city" ones around New Plymouth seem to fly out to a small offshore island to roost at night. (no predators?) The ones around our place only seem to hang out in smaller groups and spend their time poking around on the lawns. Not big enough numbers to be a nuisance, and there is a pair that nests every year in the eaves of my workshop.

Bonus word of the day. A flock of starlings is called a murmuration.
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« Reply #1352 on: November 09, 2017, 07:07:12 pm »
Up here there is a crow problem in Auburn. They used to have an annual crow shoot until environmentalists stepped in. They get thousands of huge crows in town.
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« Reply #1353 on: November 09, 2017, 07:26:40 pm »
Up here there is a crow problem in Auburn. They used to have an annual crow shoot until environmentalists stepped in. They get thousands of huge crows in town.

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« Reply #1354 on: November 09, 2017, 08:29:04 pm »
I hate the European Starlings!   >:(

One year (a while back), when they first arrived here, I shot a 5-gallon pail of them right from my window!  ;D

They, over time have pretty-much stopped landing in my yard!   :)
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« Reply #1355 on: November 10, 2017, 05:41:48 am »
We get 500 crows like that that roost on the hill at night, they will even sometimes crow in the night, then they fly up the river valley for the day, and back down here again for the night. They left this fall Nov 5, so they must be headed south. We have lots of crows however that don't migrate, here year around but more like a dozen or so locally.

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« Reply #1356 on: November 10, 2017, 05:54:42 am »
European Starlings.

We have them here in NZ too, but they are generally liked by farmers for the number of bugs and caterpillars they eat. I have seen large flocks roosting like that before. The "city" ones around New Plymouth seem to fly out to a small offshore island to roost at night. (no predators?) The ones around our place only seem to hang out in smaller groups and spend their time poking around on the lawns. Not big enough numbers to be a nuisance, and there is a pair that nests every year in the eaves of my workshop.

Bonus word of the day. A flock of starlings is called a murmuration.

They could also be red-winged blackbirds.  Very common to see large groups migrating this time of year. 

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« Reply #1357 on: November 10, 2017, 07:55:16 am »
Murmuration.  I like it.   
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« Reply #1358 on: November 10, 2017, 11:21:48 am »
I have seen the grackle flock up in the fall and they seem to be in the hardwoods (maples) that time of year, but they nest here in softwoods in summer. I have also seen a few rusty black birds flock up around the beaver pond. Not large numbers of them because they seem to be in declining numbers.

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« Reply #1359 on: November 12, 2017, 01:37:20 pm »
You got the 1000 right, wow!!!
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