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Re: Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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@ip3285  Crows are resourceful, aren't they? And pesky. I haven't seen any attacking smaller birds, but that doesn't surprise me.

 

We get mourning doves and European collared doves inside our covered chicken yard. They can get in but they don't know how to escape. 

 

Once in Yellowstone, we shooed a murder of crows away from a pair of Harleys. The crows were unzipping the bike's sidebags and stealing snacks! Whatever wasn't edible, they tossed to the ground. It was crazy! We held vigil until the owners returned. 

 

What part of the country are you in? Will you get to see migrating birds?

 

 

 

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Re: Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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In the past week or so we've had an influx of both huge crows and large mourning doves.  The doves walk around the ground picking up food that the smaller birds have dropped from the feeders, and around dinnertime they get on the feeder that's near the living room picture window.  They look so ungainly on the small perches, but they seem to enjoy their dinner, and we enjoy watching them.

 

The crows hover around my vegetable/herb garden, and I've found many tomatoes with "nibbles" taken out of them.  Somehow the crows are getting into the chicken coop, too, despite the chicken wire top over the entire large area.  They eat the chicken food, but fortunately don't touch the chicken eggs.  It's sort of hard to get upset with any of the birds since they're just keeping themselves well fed while keeping us amused.

 

The farm next to ours has several dead conifers that were attacked by pine bark beetles last winter.  It's interesting to see the crows perch at the very top of the trees. What a great sense of balance!  It brings back memories of Alfred Hitchcock's  "The Birds". 

 

Over the years I've watched these crows attack small birds including baby barn owls that were hatched in our barn owl box.  This is when I realize that the description "a murder of crows" is appropriate!

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Re: Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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Fairly routine bird walk today (as in not a migrating bird in sight).  We saw a flock of 100 blackbirds, two great blue herons, 3 eared grebes, 2 dozen pelicans and about 300 seagulls.

 

We are expecting snow tomorrow night and freezing temps for much of the early week. This temperature shift might serve to switch things up in the migration department.

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Re: Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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My brother-in-law sent this by text. They are in Hawaii. (yeah, bums Smiley Happy) It's a Red-crested Cardinal, also known as a Brazilian Cardinal. It's a common bird in Hawaii, but still a lovely bird.

 

red-crested cardinal.JPG

 

 

 

 

The Explore Biodiversity website on the Red-crested Cardinal: http://www.explorebiodiversity.com/Hawaii/BIRDS/Birds/Red-Crested%20Cardinal.htm

 

Interesting tidbit: it's actually a tanager rather than a cardinal.

 

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Re: Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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norac434785 wrote:
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Hi @norac434785  and thanks for dropping by this birding thread.

 

What is it you are saying "Good" to?

 

Are you a bird watcher? If so, we'd love to hear what birds you're seeing in your area. Smiley Happy

 

Epster

 

 

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Re: Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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Re: Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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Soon Boulder ponds will be filled with buffleheads, mergansers and grebes. We'll have to say goodbye to the last of the pelicans. I saw two pellies thermaling yesterday. They'll be gone soon. Maybe that tundra swan will come back to Walden Ponds

 

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Re: Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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@JoyaDe We saw buffleheads in a farm pond this weekend! I'm guessing that means you are seeing the migration in full force.

 

For anyone hoping for more information, here's Cornell's All About Birds' Bufflehead page: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Bufflehead/id

 

And Wikipedia's bufflehead images:

Male Bufflehead (wiki's photo)Male Bufflehead (wiki's photo)

 

Female Bufflehead (wiki's photo)Female Bufflehead (wiki's photo)

 

 

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Re: Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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Here's that green jay. I just have to see one of these one day. Smiley Happy

 

Green jay in TexasGreen jay in Texas

 Here's Cornell's All About Birds Green Jay page: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Green_Jay/id

 

 

 

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Re: Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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@p774773b Good morning! (waves) You caught me sleeping in. Smiley Happy I trust you and yours are well.

 

That's such fun, your story about the red bellied woodpecker! I've yet to see one of those. Texas has sooooooo many species that we don't get here. Green jays? Yes, please! We were just saying a few days ago how we cannot wait for the mobilty to allow us to wander around in an RV looking for birds. Waiting for birds. Stalking birds full time. Smiley Happy

 

Your yard sounds like a bird haven. I'm getting a fantastic image. Keep baking that cornbread!

 

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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