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Old 02-27-2007, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Rocket City, U.S.A.
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Jays, woodpeckers, blackbirds, mocking birds (which don't eat, just harass), doves, some sort of tiny little thing that flies so fast I can't see it.

Snakes. Harmless racers...

Squirrels. Have to limit how much of what goes out and make sure it's all gone by dusk or else we have other furred critters coming around looking for dinner.

Something, probably a raccoon, almost destroyed my hanging suet cage while getting to the meal inside. The teeth marks are pretty impressive.

I haven't seen my usual Cardinals or Buntings for a while...after seasons 2004-2005, the back yard, where they used to let themselves be seen, was a wreck and not as much to their liking.
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Old 02-27-2007, 05:15 PM
 
Location: a primitive state
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I just heard the first barred owl of the season.

My feeding station gets chipping sparrows, carolina chickadees, cardinals, titmice, robins on the platform feeder, phoebes in the trees, a pair of blue birds in the bird bath daily, mourning doves, and palm and yellow rumped warblers in the grass. Sometimes I'll get a blue jay or a mockingbird who's slumming with the little birds and the occasional red bellied woodpecker. The carolina wrens just snoop around looking for a place to nest. They were screaming at me today because I left the door open. Soon if I get lucky, there might be a indigo bunting around.
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Old 02-27-2007, 09:13 PM
 
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ellie, I'm green with envy over your variety of feathered friends!!

I don't even get owls, bluebirds or buntings in the GOOD months of the year.
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Old 02-28-2007, 06:23 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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I live in a scruffy semi-rural area in a good region for birds. My list falls way short of what's actually out there.
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Old 02-28-2007, 06:45 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Yeah, living in an undeveloped area has its not-so-good aspects, but in terms of wildlife, it's fascinating, and when it comes to birds, it's incredible.
Yesterday I was driving home and saw some pelicans up in the sky, higher than I usually see them. They were in a flock rather than a line or a squadron.
They just kept turning this way and that, all together on cue.
I swear they were doing this just for the fun of it. Maybe mating season? Dunno.
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Old 02-28-2007, 09:07 AM
 
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Headed north perhaps? I saw about 400 white pelicans on the lake last weekend resting up on their migration. I love watching them fly too.
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Old 02-28-2007, 09:15 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Headed north perhaps? I saw about 400 white pelicans on the lake last weekend resting up on their migration. I love watching them fly too.
Thanks Ellie--I bet that's it! They were white pelicans, which we don't see much at all of around here, usually we just have the brown ones.
I bet they were just sort of warming up or something, they probably rested here overnight. Both kinds are indeed so cool to watch.
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Old 03-01-2007, 02:27 PM
 
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Jays, woodpeckers, blackbirds, mocking birds (which don't eat, just harass), doves, some sort of tiny little thing that flies so fast I can't see it.
Eastern Kingbird, maybe? They're quite small (though obviously bigger than a hummer). Tiny, fast and fearless (whoever named them Tyrannus tyrannus got it right! They're the epitome of Small Bird With Big Attitude).
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:13 PM
 
Location: The Bronx
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Eastern Kingbird, maybe? They're quite small (though obviously bigger than a hummer). Tiny, fast and fearless (whoever named them Tyrannus tyrannus got it right! They're the epitome of Small Bird With Big Attitude).

I saw one of those in...1973? I phoned it in to "The Rare Bird Alert" (is that still around?) I was very pleased with myself.

We had a pair of Red Bellied Woodpeckers in the yard for quite some time. We do not have a feeder, possibly they moved on to someplace where there was such a thing as a "free lunch."
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:06 PM
 
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I saw one of those in...1973? I phoned it in to "The Rare Bird Alert" (is that still around?) I was very pleased with myself.

We had a pair of Red Bellied Woodpeckers in the yard for quite some time. We do not have a feeder, possibly they moved on to someplace where there was such a thing as a "free lunch."
Yes indeed, and the Rare Bird Alert has moved into the digital age!
http://www.narba.org

Did you see the Kingbird here on LI? I've only seen one once myself, upstate near Cornell years ago (probably 1969 or 1970... I went up there to attend an ornithology seminar at the Lab, forget which year that was..) and that was on a field walk too. Without the spotter I'm sure I'd have missed it!

I've only got Downies at my feeder; mainly the suet basket but just today I saw one sampling the sunflower hearts.

The "dawn chorus" has been waking me up for the past week or so -- it's nice to hear!
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