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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #820 on: May 12, 2011, 03:37:40 pm »
We have them here to, but I have not laid eyes on one for a long time. I thought I might have seen a brown thrasher perching in the white birch, tail and beak looked right. I was inside the house so I couldn't hear anything.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #821 on: May 13, 2011, 05:54:41 pm »
Saw my first ever lark sparrow yesterday. Not really a rare bird but far more common out west than in Illinois. Also of note, saw cliff swallows, yellow-breasted chat and cattle egrets among other migrants.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #822 on: May 15, 2011, 11:53:53 am »
The Baby Sandhill Crane is getting bigger.
They came to visit us today and let me video right out the front door. :)

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #823 on: May 15, 2011, 04:24:38 pm »
Cool!

What are they after in the lawn?

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #824 on: May 15, 2011, 04:44:43 pm »
I don't know how they find them but those are earthworms they are eating. :)
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #825 on: May 15, 2011, 07:50:31 pm »
Now you should take a handful of earthworms out and see if you can get them to eat out of your hand.....  ::) ::)

 :) :)

Great vid, and close-ups too.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #826 on: May 15, 2011, 08:06:03 pm »
Anyone notice the Mahogany Trees? ;)
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #827 on: May 15, 2011, 08:11:05 pm »
Great Video!
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #828 on: May 15, 2011, 08:45:59 pm »
They are aerating your lawn  :D.
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« Reply #829 on: May 16, 2011, 04:02:10 am »
If they run out of earthworms send them up here. Thousands come out in the rains.

I can't see the video, but I can imagine they are having a good time.  ;D

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #830 on: May 16, 2011, 07:00:00 am »
This little guy was insistent on wanting in.



 

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #831 on: May 16, 2011, 07:22:10 am »

Male orioles are famous for this behavior.  We had one do the same thing a few years ago.  Woke up my kids every morning for a week.

Some think that they see their reflection in the window and are being territorial.  To stop it, tape a piece of paper on the inside of the window.  It cuts down on the reflection from the outside and they go elsewhere.  One beautiful bird.  Thanks for that great video.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #832 on: May 16, 2011, 09:01:51 pm »
Ditto! on the great video of a favorite bird.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #833 on: May 17, 2011, 07:51:03 pm »
pretty bird, never seen one in person, just pics :)
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« Reply #834 on: May 17, 2011, 09:17:34 pm »
Just take in a baseball game at Camden Yards, you'll see a whole bunch of them. ;)
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #835 on: May 24, 2011, 06:24:58 pm »
Had an odd sighting yesterday, two birds practically in the same binocular view that I had no idea of. My field guide bailed me out though, and I saw a pair of orchard orioles with the female confusing me and a female bobolink, which is nothing like the male. The bobo looked very streaky like a yellowish sparrow but I asked the landowner on a whim if there had been any around before and he said there had in previous years, so I had a good clue and then found it in the field guide The oriole looked like a large vireo but after seeing the male myself later I put two and two together and made the call. The thing is, I had good long looks at both and despite birding for many years, these two really had me scratching my head!  :D
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« Reply #836 on: May 24, 2011, 10:02:44 pm »
I, too, have racked my brain over an orchard oriole, both male and female.  It was the shape of the bird that finally gave it away, and I remember paging through Petersen until the match came to me.
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« Reply #837 on: May 25, 2011, 03:50:24 am »
Yes, the bobolink nest in the tall grass. They have one song phrase that everyone calls R2D2. ;D I've gone to a few sights looking for the song, but I can't find it like they sound up here. They are close, but seem more broken. I guess that there is a regional bird dialect like there would be with us. ;)

If you search youtube there is a "song of the bobolink" video. I think it has already been posted in this thread a couple pages back.

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« Reply #838 on: May 25, 2011, 09:06:50 am »
They have those Peterson cd's with the songs and calls on them and I like them a lot. My wife has a phone ap from Pete that has some too, but it's not real comprehensive. That bobo could well have been nesting in the grass as she did fly down there after I saw her on a limb. Neither bird called that I know of but the male oriole did after I saw him later. There were some yellowthroats down there as well.
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« Reply #839 on: May 25, 2011, 05:38:23 pm »
When you hear a boblink you'll not confuse it for any other bird. You'll think it short circuited. :D

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