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Birdfeeders!
February 11, 2011
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BuckeyeGirl
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Actually, my Cardinals seem to prefer getting their seed from the ground and also the Dark-eyed Junkos too.  The feeder the female cardinals are on is a platform feeder with a roof over it, and they do go to that, but if the snow is hard enough or if the ground is visable, they almost never go to any feeder, they scratch on the ground for seed.  Also, mourning doves.  I get a lot of them and love to encourage them since their sleep calls on sunny summer days just take me back to my wild-childhood as quick as the smell of hot dust and tar and the feel of it on my bare feet.

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May 2, 2011
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Well, this is an old photo, but I'm reposting it because when I reached for my camera ve-e-e-ery carefully yesterday, I missed an awesome pic, but I had FIVE of these Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at the feeder yesterday!  FIVE!!!  All males!!!  Which of course means that the females are around too, waiting in the wings.

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I just love these guys, they're rather comic looking aren't they?  I think their big noses remind me of my grandfather!  hehe

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May 2, 2011
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Must have been wonderful seeing FIVE of them there, knowing their mates were in the wings somewhere!

We let the birdfeeders go a few years ago when life got in the way, and we had that bird virus thing scaring us all.  Plus the cat is going through a phase.

But, thanks for bringing this up again!  Must go searching for all those bird feeders and figure out when and how to mount some of them.  Perhaps some will be interesting enough to share later during the summer?  (We shall hope.)

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May 2, 2011
2:56 pm
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Thanks for the reminder, I need to get the hummer feeders up, scouts should be showing up soon down here.

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May 4, 2011
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I seem to keep reporting mostly missed pictures lately!  Today as I wandered out the back way around dawn to put out the birdfeeders,  (I have to bring them in every night or they become raccoon feeders!) I startled a Great Blue Heron out of his fishing spot.  They are such majestic birds, I'm really sorry I sent him off, but the others birds needed their breakfast!

We live on the side of a hill, with the river to the back, woods full of oaks and beech trees on either side, an undisturbed meadow across the dead end road from us and a backyard which I work at keeping friendly shrubs, trees and even a pile of old wood and a little brush for birds to shelter in.  Keeping a 'less than perfectly' groomed yard has many good things about it.  …some of which is less work for YOU! But more importantly great for attracting all sorts of birds.  

If you don't have a river handy, try to get some sort of water out there for your birds.  Did you all know that even bees need water to drink?

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May 4, 2011
2:53 pm
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I have a bazillion goldfinches at my seed feeder, a whole herd of hummingbirds, and an orchard oriole who is sharing the hummingbird feeder.

I didn't read this whole thread, so I apologize if this has already been posted, but here is a hummingbird map:  http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

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May 7, 2011
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I saw my first Baltimore Oriole this morning!!!  I was sad because they seem late, but who can blame them with all the chilly weather we've been having!  YAY!

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May 7, 2011
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nuthatches, chickadees, robins, house finches, goldfinches, red wing blackbirds (temporary visitors) and wild parrots, yes wild parrots. They even overwintered here in the city!wild parrot

 

Dear Administrators: I know that you've published time and time again how to upload a pic to the forum. But, of course, when I looked today, I could not find it. Can there be a link to such direx on every post page, e.g. next to the “post new reply” and “cancel” buttons?

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May 7, 2011
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It's pinned in the 'welcome' thread Bonita, here's the link. https://chickensintheroad.com/forum/welcome/tutorial-for-posting-photos-into-topics/  

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May 8, 2011
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For the past week we have had an Indigo Bunting among the finches woodpeckers etc at the sunflower seed feeder.  We see one or two most years but this is the first time we have had one at the feeder does anyone else get them regularly?   Buckeye girl, since we had to cut down the elm tree from near the house (it died) we no longer see the Grosbeaks,  I would love to see them again,  what feed do you put out in the tray they are eating from?  Thankswave

May 8, 2011
10:05 am
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Very nice on the Indigo Bunting Joyce!  I've never seen them here, but I'm quite a bit north of you. I love to see what visits us though, and who knows!

I think the Grosbeaks like the black oil sunflowers too, though they go to the tray feeder the most. they seem to like to have clear sight at all times. 

I get a mid priced mix at our feed co-op and then add extra safflower seeds (cardinals love those) and some raw shelled peanuts, a ten pound bag of each, to boost up the content of a 50# bag of mix.

I also get a bag of peanuts in the shell and put a couple handfuls in the tray, but that's just for the bluejays, they zoom in, grab one and zoom off like the Berlin Airlift operation!  I love to watch them!  There's a gang in the beech tree, each waiting for clearance to do a 'touch and go' on the tray!

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May 8, 2011
11:34 am
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Oh man!  You all have such a variety of birds!  Parrots, Groesbeaks, Indigo Bunting!  I am green with envy!

We have a ton of crossbills, eating up a ton of black oil seed.  The goldfinches are just beginning to turn yellow.  We have a flycatcher working on the “the old nest” up on the back porch.  And of course, the “resident”  wild turkeys.

May 10, 2011
10:36 pm
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Got a few pictures!

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a female Baltimore Oriole

 

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American Goldfinch, gaudy male, all pimped out in his flashy clothes

 

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and a male Red Bellied Woodpecker. 

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May 11, 2011
8:09 am
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Fantastic pix BEG!  The birds look so exotic compared to ours in the UK.  The Baltimore Oriole looks like a large Chaffinch and whilst our Goldfinches are pretty, they are certainly not as yellow. 

May 11, 2011
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I've been trying to get a picture of the male Baltimore Oriole Delbee.  Now THAT is one pimped out birdie!!!  When I was little I was sure the Goldfinches were escaped or wild Canaries.   I have been trying for two years to get any kind of picture of a male Oriole, they are just so wary! 

I snap my pics from my kitchen window with a quite nice digital camera though it doesn't have a great zoom ability.  It does however take high quality pics so I am able to cut out the main subject and use that to post.  Not a perfect solution, but it's what I have. 

Even through the window those males are just too cautious to get a pic of though!

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May 11, 2011
1:08 pm
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Awesome photos, BuckeyeGirl!!

May 11, 2011
5:28 pm
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Been watching a woodpecker that looked exactly like that working on a dead tree.  Looked like he was building a place to build a nest, but one of the storms a week or so ago toppled the tree.  Hear him in the woods still, but cannot see him.

Glad to know what he is, though!

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May 12, 2011
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I'm so excited!!!

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May 12, 2011
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BuckeyeGirl,  thanks for the information about the grosbeaks and the rest of the pictures too,  lovely.  On looking over your pictures I think maybe what I need to do is put a tray feeder out in the open.  My feeders are all either hanging in or underneath a peach tree as some of the birds like the shelter and it does slow up the hawks.  This has been my most unusual visitor a green heron,  they are here all year along the creek and river but you seldom get close,  however this one decided to eat bullfrog tadpoles from my little pond.

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May 12, 2011
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I saw my first hummingbird yesterday. I have a feeder outside our diningroom window. He showed up at the same time as dinner. Thanks for sharing those wonderful pics BuckeyeGirl and Joyce!

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