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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #520 on: June 24, 2008, 09:31:08 pm »
My Wife says it looks like a Barred Owl, especially because it looks like it has a yellow beak.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #521 on: June 24, 2008, 09:55:52 pm »
These joined us on the 5th of June. They are growing fast.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #522 on: June 25, 2008, 12:50:38 pm »
Darn near cut the head off a black duck this morning when cutting brush. Darn buzzard was in a hardwood forest nesting.  :D :D

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #523 on: June 25, 2008, 05:13:09 pm »
Thanks for the owl ID MH, our homeowner had it as a spotted owl... I figured it might be worth a double check   ;D.

Edit; Well how about that, barred owls have made the hop to the west and are displacing and interbreeding with spotted owls.
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« Reply #524 on: June 28, 2008, 11:41:24 am »
I picked up a really nice National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of NA yesterday in Marden's. They had large hardcover versions to. Mine was the fifth edition (2006) with tabs on the edge to quickly locate groups of birds. It's a $32 (CDN) book and I got it for $3.99.  8) They had about 30 of'm and most were 4th edition. I was surprised to see they printed it in China, but it's a nice book. It has the drawings, which I like a lot better than photos.

There is bird I discovered in there that I never hear tell of before and it's the rusty blackbird. It nests mostly in Canada, rare in the west, and winters in the eastern half of the US. Do any of you folks see these in winter? They turn kind of brownish in winter and have yellow eyes. They are similar to grackles in summer, but not a long tail

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #525 on: June 28, 2008, 11:47:07 am »
We have the same one 2nd edition we got in 1997.  It is a great book.  My wife is real good at identifying Birds.
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« Reply #526 on: July 10, 2008, 08:18:14 am »
thought i'd show a couple of pics of some of the birds we get around the house, i will post others when I get a chance to photograph them, our camera is fairly limited in its zoom capabilities. We like the birds and are fortunate to have a wide variety call our farm home.


 


2 Galahs and an Australian King Parrot in the pine tree that overhangs our house.

 


Crimson Rosellas sometimes called Mountain Louries and a male King Parrot in a Cherry tree.

 


Pair of King Parrots in a Fig Tree bellow the big old pine.

The old Pine is a haven for the birds when its about to rain the pine cones open up and we get a pair of Black Cockatoos and there young come in. Unfortunately the tree has to go it is 1 foot of the side of the house and has a 6 ft butt, so for safety it is coming down, the power company is doing the job and I get to slab it ;D
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« Reply #527 on: July 10, 2008, 09:24:09 am »
Cool birds. I bet they love those cherries. Oh wait, it's winter. ;D

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #528 on: July 10, 2008, 06:08:20 pm »
Triple header at the pond tonight.
A Wood Stork, a Great Egret and a Water Turkey, aka Snake bird, aka Anhinga. :D
He was showing off for the Stork and Egret. :D

Somehow the video quality doesn't post as well on utube.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #529 on: July 10, 2008, 11:10:57 pm »
WildDog,

Those are beautiful birds.  I am sure that they will miss the old pine tree :).

Mooseherder,

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« Reply #530 on: July 16, 2008, 02:09:55 pm »
Found this pair of young Phoebe's on the ground this afternoon. Guess the 89 F heat may have encouraged them to seek more comfortable surroundings. Hope they get up in a tree before dark. It is the second hatch this year. Glad to see some survivors, as the 5 bluebird young were found dead in their nesting house last week.

 



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« Reply #531 on: July 16, 2008, 03:34:20 pm »
I see them here to beenthere. I have never seen a nest, but I see a couple pairs each year. They sure are busy for flies and you can tell them from other little birds from their tail movements. They pump it downward on their perch. They can have all the bugs they can eat.  ;D :)

I can remember when I first took a liking to them and noticed them around the barn doors of the potato sheds eating at swarms of potato flies as the crops were being stored for winter.

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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« Reply #532 on: July 16, 2008, 04:34:01 pm »
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They have maintained a nest above an outdoor light on my shed under the eaves. They've been back in that nest every year for about three broods a summer for at least 25 years.  Seem to be a nice bird to have around.

I was just out, and the two younguns have found someplace else to sit. Hope they are safe from the neighbors feral cats that they feed. They are part of the program where feral cats are caught and neutered, then let go free again.  >:( >:( >:(
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« Reply #533 on: July 16, 2008, 06:00:53 pm »
Yeah I know about the cats, they come visit every day, at least twice. I know whose they are, they are my aunts and she often has not been home to tend them with my uncle being in and out of hospital.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #534 on: July 16, 2008, 11:22:18 pm »
Triple header at the pond tonight.
A Wood Stork, a Great Egret and a Water Turkey, aka Snake bird, aka Anhinga. :D
He was showing off for the Stork and Egret. :D

Somehow the video quality doesn't post as well on utube.

<object width="425" height="350"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/rzCxGH1f-Hg">


Moose - The bird I miss seeing most from South Florida is the Blue Heron... we used to have a Great Blue living near our house and we saw it almost every day.  They are truly a magnificent bird and so much fun to watch in the wild. The Wood Storks showed up in our neighborhood right after hurricane Wilma and about a week  before we found out my wife was pregnant....they are still there (we aren't)

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #535 on: July 17, 2008, 06:47:11 pm »
Cedar Waxwings

I'll bet that some of you who are trying to grow berries are mad at these birds  :D

There is a bumper crop of cherries in my yard this year and I saw a pair of these this morning. Sorry no picture ....

They are an interesting and social bird. I don't recall seeing them here, before.

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« Reply #536 on: July 18, 2008, 05:48:14 am »
Yes, cedar waxwings are a pretty bird. I have them here year round. I see them mainly in summer around the wild cherries. In winter they are common in small flocks. I have fed juveniles pin cherries by hand in summer. As you say, they are not too shy. I have heard some folks here name them bohemian wax wing, but that is a western bird. Although they do find them in winters here rarely. They may even breed in the north (boreal regions) in Eastern Canada but not in abundance. That's from info in National Geographic's Field Guide.

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« Reply #537 on: July 18, 2008, 07:59:35 am »
With all the cutover land around here, the waxwings must be having a feast on cherries but I wonder what fruit they find the rest of the time ??? That page says that fruit is 85-90% of thier diet.

Todays bird adventure....  found a little bird on the ground in front of the house. No nest nearby. I put him in a box on the upstairs porch because there is a cat that comes around looking for snacks ::)

 



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« Reply #538 on: July 18, 2008, 09:45:24 am »
Black-and-white warbler Mniotilta varia

I think he is an adult, maybe he had a window collision. But, if not he is almost there in maturity. ;D

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« Reply #539 on: July 18, 2008, 09:50:50 am »
Cedar wax wings eat High bush cranberry, winter apples, rose hips, staghorn sumac, crab apples, round wood berries, tree sap. They also eat insects in summer. I imagine they eat seeds as well. Although, I have never seen them at the feeder at years past.

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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