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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #780 on: April 30, 2011, 08:58:52 am »
Heard my first Wood Thrush yesterday morning at dawn.  One of the sweetest sounds I know.  I look forward to it every year.
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« Reply #781 on: April 30, 2011, 11:14:11 am »
We have a Mockingbird that sings to us every morning. That can be some crazy mixed up music.   :D
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #782 on: April 30, 2011, 12:00:12 pm »
Catbirds are kind of oddballs to.

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« Reply #783 on: April 30, 2011, 04:40:55 pm »
Yup, and I had forgotten about them.  They are kinda rare to see here.
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« Reply #784 on: April 30, 2011, 09:40:34 pm »
The bird song I miss from when I was a kid is the meadowlark in Montana.  My favorite right now here in the NW would be the red winged blackbird.
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« Reply #785 on: April 30, 2011, 09:49:14 pm »
Found a Kill Deer so called nest with 2 eggs in it. I walked through the field 3 times before I found it.The way she was acting I knew a nest was near. She was making a racket for me to follow her. I need to mark it so the wife won't mow over it. I kept away from it,hoping my dog won't find it.
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« Reply #786 on: April 30, 2011, 10:46:42 pm »
Killdeer.  Now there's an unusual nester.  They love gravel, and often nest on gravel roads here in Maryland.  We had one nest on the gravel apron in front of my barn last year.  We have two cats who knew she was there.  So well hidden and camouflaged they never found the nest, and she raced away into the field when the chicks were large enough.  Boy, was I impressed.  Many is the time that I have driven down an eastern shore drive and come upon four pieces of firewood, laid out in a square on the gravel, marking a killdeer nest.  Nothing to do but drive slowly right over her head!  The display used to distract prey from the nest is truly remarkable.  One of my favorite birds.
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« Reply #787 on: May 01, 2011, 06:33:18 am »
I saw a nesting pair of killdeer here to, most welcomed sound in spring time. They nest on plowed ground up here before farmers start scratching it for planting. We used to work around them, but I doubt many practice that.

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« Reply #788 on: May 02, 2011, 08:15:59 am »
Got some new migrants this weekend: white-crowned sparrow, northern oriole, black-throated green warblers and rose-breasted grosbeak
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« Reply #789 on: May 02, 2011, 04:20:15 pm »
The woods are full of white-throated sparrow now.

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« Reply #790 on: May 06, 2011, 08:45:01 am »
Warbler sightings yesterday: chestnut sided, blue-winged, louisiana waterthrush, and I heard a nashville. Also saw an eastern kingbird.
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« Reply #791 on: May 06, 2011, 10:40:29 am »
Looking out my window right now, I can see a male & female cardinal, a few sparrows, a yellow-bellied sapsucker, a blue-jay, and a large brown hen :D all pecking around the bird feeder.
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« Reply #792 on: May 06, 2011, 11:01:34 am »
The ground is yellow, like spring flowers popping up, with goldfinches.

 

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« Reply #793 on: May 06, 2011, 01:04:21 pm »
Yeah we have those year round up here, but they loose their yellow plumage in winter. Mother calls them thistle birds.

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« Reply #794 on: May 06, 2011, 01:36:23 pm »
We don't see them too often in Florida.  Granddad used to call them a Canary.

I've seen only one or two on my place in the last 20 years.  With colors that bright, the hawks don't have much trouble finding them.
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« Reply #795 on: May 06, 2011, 04:42:15 pm »
You'll see them often in the Canada thistle after the seeds, that's why mother names them as such.

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« Reply #796 on: May 06, 2011, 06:29:56 pm »
We get them often in the summer, if we put out a finch feeder. They'll fight over positions on the feeder.
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« Reply #797 on: May 08, 2011, 06:42:20 pm »
Well, we finally sighted our first Ruby Throated Humming Bird around 6:00AM today.

We put the feeders up for them on Friday 5/6/11.

They usually arrive here between the 7th & 11th of May.



Overall, I think my favorite bird to listen to is the Whippoorwill.

We don't hear them around this area much anymore, just once in a while!

We had quite a few around the farm pond back when I was a kid!
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« Reply #798 on: May 08, 2011, 06:53:40 pm »
Hasn't been a Whip-poor-will up here since they began spraying budworms in the 50's. My mother and uncle can remember them long before my time.

I notice the barn swallows have returned, but very few numbers. Almost too cold for them yet. It sure is a slow spring warmth wise. They called for snow showers in northern Maine over the weekend. ::) Had a thunderstorm last night and now the NW wind is cold. :D

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« Reply #799 on: May 08, 2011, 07:50:55 pm »
If there was a bird award for persistence, I would give the gold medal to the Phoebe.  Thye love to nest up under structures, and one decided to nest In the shed where I have my outdoor stove.  They were pooping all over it.  As they had just started to build their nest, I decided to "encourage" them to construct elsewhere.  I would go out, twice a day, and knock down the mud/grass foundation they kept building up under the eaves.  They kept building, and every 12 hours, I kept dismantling.

In the end, I had to put up a ladder and nail a board across the support they had chosen, blocking it completely.  They moved one joist out toward the edge of the roof and started again.  As the straight drop from this new position did not include my stove, I left them alone.  They are sitting on the nest now.  I kind of like this friendly flycatcher, but I don't need the excrement on my stove.  Seems we have struck an acceptable bargain.
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