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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #640 on: July 20, 2009, 11:08:56 pm »
A Downy WoodPecker took up a Quaking Aspen behind our Camp as residence.  She had a few holes in it with a few Babies crying for food most of the day.  The holes were a little too high to view the babies but you sure could hear them.  Mama was working hard.

 

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The size of the beak in relation to the head and the more forward position of the red patch makes me think this may be a hairy instead of a downy.  I see them occasionally on my suet block here, but I have mostly downy and red bellied.

Nice picture.


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I went back and checked my field guide, and I am wrong.  That is a female yellow-bellied sapsucker.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #641 on: July 21, 2009, 04:46:23 am »
There's been a hawk harassing the robins here to in the yard. They sure put up a big fuss. Went out one evening just before dark and the hawk flew off my lead in wire to the house, things quieted down.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #642 on: October 08, 2009, 06:08:04 pm »
Unfortunately I have no pictures, but it has been an interesting year so far observing the activity on my suet block.  Once I figured out that I had to take it down every night to keep a stupid coon from getting it I have been much less frustrated.  All efforts to defeat him ultimately failed.  But, I have it rigged where it is easy to put up and take down so no worries.

Anyway, here is the list of what I have seen on it this year:

The Usual Suspects feeding on suet
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downy woodpecker
hairy woodpecker
red bellied woodpecker
tufted titmouse
white breasted nuthatch
Carolina chickadee (they nested in my bluebird house)
unknown vireo

The UN-Usual Suspects feeding on suet
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blue jay
Carolina wren
cardinal
cowbird (I think)


The blue jays and the cardinals are funny to watch when feeding on suet.  My suet block is hanging from a dogwood limb so the only way they can get to it is to land directly on it.  Blue jays and cardinals are not creepers and climbers like the other birds, so they struggle a bit.  I know they would get frustrated watching the almost constant stream of downy woodpeckers coming in and eating very efficiently.  Finally the cardinals figured out they could land on top of the suet cage and just reach  over the side and get it, but their short beaks make it difficult if there is not a full size suet cake inside.  The blue jays would mostly fly up from underneath and hover long enough to jam their large bills into the cake and either get a chunk or knock a chunk off down onto the deck where they would then go get it.

The most amazing thing I saw was a mother cardinal with her two juvenile young.  She parked them on a nearby limb where they waited, and for 5 minutes she would fly over to the suet, grab a chunk, then take it over and give it to one of them.  That was when I needed a video camera.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #643 on: October 09, 2009, 04:05:16 am »
Blue jays, like crows are pretty smart at figuring a way. When we used to feed birds here the blue jays were as thick as flies. I still have a lot of them and several hung out around the house all summer. This time of year I hear nuthatches all through the woods. Always a chickadee around. There are whisky jacks to, but usually around camp sites. They are like pack rats.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #644 on: December 04, 2009, 05:04:53 pm »
I was out loading a load of firewood awhile ago and spotted a bald eagle soaring high in the bright blue sky.  He was heading south.  This is as early in the season as I can ever remember seeing them around here.  I guess he came in with the cold snap.
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« Reply #645 on: December 04, 2009, 06:10:45 pm »
I saw one today out over the river. They stay here all year. Scavenging buzzards.  ;D

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #646 on: December 04, 2009, 08:37:07 pm »
Out on the river fishing yesterday and had three of them go over about 100 feet up, rolling, chasing and fake fighting.  Bright, cold, sunny day and think they were just out playing.
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« Reply #647 on: December 20, 2009, 11:35:12 am »
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I looked out our living room window this morning to see a bald eagle and two crows setting in a walnut tree about 50 yards from the house and about eye level.  I got out my camera and snapped a few pictures.  When I zoomed in,  I could no longer see the bird in the view screen so I got the picture off center.

Brooke got a better quality 8mp camera for Christmas but it was set on video mode and by the time I got it back on picture mode,  the eagle flew off.




He's BACK!

Big ole eagle came and landed in the same walnut tree just outside our front yard. Set there for half an hour and then took off to run some hawk off. 
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #648 on: December 20, 2009, 02:07:07 pm »
Saw one out on the edge of the strip pits. He looked like he was interested in a road kill coon. Amazing to see them in places I have never before.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #649 on: December 20, 2009, 05:20:00 pm »
Turkey vultures are becoming familiar here as they seem to be moving north. Never here in NB before to anyone's knowledge.

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« Reply #650 on: December 20, 2009, 06:33:55 pm »
I seen one fly over at least a month ago.  I pointed it out to a customer and we both agreed it was as early as we'd ever seen one in Missouri.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #651 on: December 26, 2009, 12:46:58 pm »
Bluejay and female Cardinal sharing some bird feed.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #652 on: December 26, 2009, 12:58:51 pm »
Excelent picture Glenn. 8)   On first glance I thought the Bluejay was holding a blue worm, but on futher inspection I think the blue worm is just a hook on the bird feeder.
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« Reply #653 on: December 26, 2009, 01:52:43 pm »
Here's a couple pictures of the handle/hook. ;)



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« Reply #654 on: December 26, 2009, 01:58:46 pm »
Looks like up in Maine.  ;)

Nice pictures indeed. A blue jay and a cardinal. We don't see many cardinals here and to get the two together at a feeder would be a real treat.  ;D Now if you could get the evening grosbeak, you'd have your yellow. ;D

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« Reply #655 on: December 26, 2009, 02:08:23 pm »
They are from my BIL's front deck in Mountain City, Tennessee.
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« Reply #656 on: December 26, 2009, 02:26:19 pm »
Oh. Looked like a fall pic up this way with leaves off the maples and a few softwood mixed in the maples. Pretty nice just the same.  :)

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #657 on: December 27, 2009, 08:26:18 am »
Female Cardinals are my favorite!  Thanks!  Great picture
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #658 on: December 27, 2009, 08:44:27 pm »
Great observations from all over....we get the nuthatch/wren/titmouse crowd..all the woodpeckers...and at night, this is the best, the flying squirrels..they love peanut suet..
One of the best aspects of all birds are the songs....someone mentioned the thrasher...they are bold...love those night whipporwills in spring/summer....but the BEST has to be the wood thrush....his various songs fill the forest...makes one smile

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« Reply #659 on: December 28, 2009, 08:28:21 am »
My wife had a place about Ĺ hour from here.She had a pair of cardinals that would come to the feeder.Would hang around all summer and winter.He would go up in the tree right by the house and call for his mate at dusk.Have only seen a few here.That's just about the only thing she don't like here,no Cardinals.
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