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Birdfeeders!
January 3, 2010
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I was thinking the same, Cindy ……

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If common sense were truly common, wouldn't there be more evidence of it?

January 4, 2010
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This is out of our kitchen window.   I tried to take pictures of the birds on the feeder right up against the window but could only get silhouettes as the snow in the background was so bright. Any Ideas?  I tried flash no luck.

January 4, 2010
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No help from me, Joyce!  I have used everything automatic for so long now that I have forgotten all about f-stop settings and all that.  Now you just take the pic and fix it with editing programs!  I use Kodak Easyshare.

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January 4, 2010
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Joyce, I have a point and shoot.  Not sure what you're using, but try putting it right against the glass, shutting flash off, make sure macro is off and then zoom in.  Mine usually works this way.  I tend not to open the sliding glass door in the winter to take pics!

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January 4, 2010
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BuckeyeGirl said:

I sure love watching them all and I'm getting good at identifying them… or so I think.  I have a poster that I got to help me with the easy ones, and I use the Cornell All About Birds site to find the tough ones… here's the link if anyone is interested!  http://www.allaboutbirds.org/g……  I usually have a clue about what they might be and go on from there! Snuggle


Thanks for that link!!  I have lots of birds but do not know names of them!!

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January 5, 2010
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Thanks Cindy,  I have a Canon Power Shot A 150 Camera and will try what you suggest.  The pictures would look a bit better if the birds weren't such mucky little beasts, there is always lots of bird snot on the window and it is too cold to open the window to clean it.  Snow again this morning.Wave

January 10, 2010
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I feed birds in my garden in the UK too.  We have sparrows, blackbirds, blue tits, robins,  great tits, coal tits, starlings, collard doves, wood pigeons, long tailed tits (one of my favourites), thrushes, green finches and chaffinches.

I feed them a mixture of things, seeds, apples,  peanuts, dried meal worms – always the first to go and sunflower hearts.  I agree that watching their antics brings such a lot of pleasure.

I've had a look at the links that have posted and will have a go at the seeded pine cones just as soon as I've collected some cones!Laugh

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March 14, 2010
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The Mourning Doves are back!!  I’ve had 3 different sets on the feeders the last couple mornings!  Another sign of spring!  Sun

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

May 7, 2010
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Here are photos I took today of recent visitors.  They’ve arrived yesterday or the day before for the first time, but it’s taken this long for the perfect opportunity to catch them with my camera!!

 

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The first two are of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, a pair.  In the first one you can just barely see the female’s head on the far left, in the second one, the male has his back to us because he’s gone ‘En Guard’ because a blue jay had landed below on another feeder…

In the second set is a Baltimore Oriole, I put the tangerine halves out the first day I saw a bright flash of that yellow-orange in the trees.  They also like jelly or jam if you don’t have oranges or tangerines handy, but they like fruit the best from what I can tell.

Aren’t they great?… I so love my birdfeeders!

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May 7, 2010
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Some great shots, BG!  I don’t think I’ve ever saw those Grosbeaks before…….beautiful!

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May 8, 2010
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rose-breasted grosbeaks are…. striking and imposing looking.  I don’t know if I’d call them beautiful, but I love having them around, that’s for sure.  Last summer I had a pair here all summer long, a nesting pair I think, though I never saw actual fledgelings, but there were some jeuveniles later in the summer. 

I let my feeders go empty for about a day or so before I fill them again in the summer, but I do keep them full enough so that birds have some extra food during breeding and nesting season, but hopefully don’t get too dependent on them.

The Orioles are not so visible, but they could stay here to nest, just haven’t seen them yet.  I think my yard is mostly a waystop for them though.

 

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November 30, 2010
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I just got this in an email news I signed up for.  It looks so cute and while I don't have any spare silverware, I do have all sorts of odds and ends that might work, plus scrap wood and using the plastic tray that suet comes in the way they suggest would work great even if you make your own, you could just buy a few when they're on sale then refill them with homemade.

http://www.birdsandblooms.com/Backyard-Projects/Bird-Feeders/Silverware-Suet-Feeder

I know I have some old hinges for the hanger at least.  A stop at the secondhand store may turn up some silverware too.

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November 30, 2010
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I just saw that, too, Deb!  I'm rounding up my silverware!!!!!  LOL!

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December 5, 2010
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Well, we had a bit of snow over the last few days too, and more is expected!  That means the birdfeeders are very popular.  None of these pics are great, but I still like to share them, and keep trying for better pics too! 

I love the way male cardinals stand out against a winter landscape… of course, that's also why they're so nervous all the time!   Gotta be watchful when you're wearing a bright red coat in the snow!

 

 

This is a pretty bad photo, but I love how female cardinals look so well put together, what DO they see in those flashy boy cardinals!  The ladies obviously have MUCH better taste!

 

 

Red Bellied Woodpecker,

 

and a Downy Woodpecker too

 

And yet another shot of Mr Cardinal

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December 6, 2010
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Lovely pictures Buckeye Girl.   We seem to have pretty much the same birds as you do at the feeders,  my favorites are the Nuthatches.  This is a bit off topic and I hope it is O.K. but I wanted to post a picture of the green heron that was up and down the creek all Summer.   I was not able to get a picture until it decided to fish for bullfrog tadpoles in my little garden pond outside the kitchen window (beginning of September).Sorry about doubling up on the picture I got the wrong one and then couldn't figure out how to get rid of it.

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December 6, 2010
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This was the second picture I meant to post.  As you can see the heron got his tadpole even though the top of the water was so thickly covered with duckweed I don't know how he could see them.  Joycewave

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January 24, 2011
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We love our birdfeeders. We put them up outside the kitchen window so we can watch them while we do dishes and cook. We've had snow on the ground since Christmas, and have a lot of birds at the feeders these days: cardinals, goldfinches,juncos,dicksissels,house finches, and the occasional meadowlark. Such fun to watch them.

February 11, 2011
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It's been a fun few days for photos so you all may have to put up with me a little!! 

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TWO lady cardinals!!

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I do love blackcapped chickadees!  So cheery!

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Sparrows are often defamed, but I still like them most of the time.  I DON'T like the Euro Starlings, but am more tolerant of the sparrows even though they're interlopers too.

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See, they're all lined up on that old grapevine waiting their turn for the feeders.

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February 11, 2011
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Those are beautiful pictures!!!  I feel so bad for the birds, and animals outside.  I dont know how they do it when the weather is horrid.

February 11, 2011
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Sparrows scratch for food much like chickens do. I have an open platform feeder and the sparrows will scratch the snow off to find the food underneath the snow. They seem to be the only ones that display that trait.

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