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Old 06-21-2019, 10:20 AM
 
Location: NW Nevada
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I work in a building with big glass windows. MY space is in an atrium type setting. Big glass windows and birds...always something going on.


Spring has been interesting. Started out with the Canadian geese. The male would see its reflection, and walk around the area pecking at the glass, no doubt letting his reflection know it wasn't welcome, and to stay away. That lasted a couple of weeks. Every day.


Then, it was the robin. The robin would sit by the window, but flutter up to the glass and attack itself. Over and over and over. THIS lasted a couple of weeks.


And now, it's the cardinal. The cardinal sits in a tree close to the glass, and periodically attacks its reflection. It's not as constant as the robin was, but it IS everyday, probably 4 or 5 times a day. We're going on 2 weeks now.


In the fall, the tree by the window will have berries on it. Grackles seem to love the berries, and if there's one grackle, there's a hundred grackles, and they attack those berries with fervor. They often wack into the windows. They never seem the worse for wear. But it's a little disconcerting...makes me think of the movie "The Birds".


We OFTEN deal with Canadian geese. Sometimes they have a few babies. One time, two of the babies somehow got stuck in a corner close to our front door. People coming and going, the parental units losing their minds, and the babies not being able to navigate that corner...there was definitely bird drama that day. LOL


A couple of brave souls (I was one of them) went outside, picked up the babies, and set them away from the building. Parents being very loud and angry at us, but luckily not attacking us.


This is my excitement at work. LOL

Yea. Canada geese. LOL. I left the doctors office one day and was walking absently down the sidewalk not paying attention to much and was startled out of my stupor by a loud hiss. I jumped like a jack rabbit and right there in front of me just off the sidewalk was a Canada hunkered down. Looked like it may have been sick or hurt and he was having none of me getting close.


A Canada can hurt you. I respected his space but I did go back in and tell the doctors office about it. They can strike with that bill and long neck with respectable force. And if they're pizzed and in a defensive situation they certainly will.
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Old 06-21-2019, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Surfside Beach, SC
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There was a wetlands area on the southern border of MN where I grew up that had pelicans in it at a certain time of year. Can't remember when. Late summer?

And when the farmers would plant in the spring often the tractor would be followed by a flock of seagulls enjoying the easy pickings.

I've been enjoying all the parenting that's going on in our back yard. The wrens have hatched their first brood and if you approach the wren house the young call out, "Mom? Dad? Is that you out there?"

A sparrow couple are busy teaching their three fat chicks the different methods of dining. One day it was sitting on the tomato supports and spotting things in the garden soil. Another day they ventured onto the sidewalk to peck at and scatter the ground feeder food. Yet another was at the hanging feeder.

The favorite spots are in the chokecherry bush tangle or near my window in the lilac bush above a ground birdbath. I haven't seen them get a lesson in bathing yet. Sometimes they sit on the electric wire and make swooping practice flights across the yard and back. Little fatties better not take on too much extra cargo!

Drama here this morning. Just sat down with my coffee and looked out the window to see a Cooper's hawk hidden among the branches of the lilac. Fortunately his stay was short and I was holding my breath that one of the little guys didn't come fluttering along.

Goldfinch and purple finches have finally shown up. The cardinals are very orange this year. Flickers. We've had a bright palette of birds this spring.

The redwing blackbirds are obvious in their absence. They must be down the hill in the slough teaching their young the skills of survival.

Gus, you have a house finch on your porch? How lucky you are! Sorry about the family destruction but it's possible they'll come back in succeeding years.

We used to get one every year for a while. They nested in a basket of artificial flowers I had hanging over the mailbox.

It was a problematic place for them to choose as the mailman disturbed them and their nest got fragrant enough eventually to make spending time on the porch unpleasant. We had to advise people to remember to use our back door if they came to visit.

But the benefits were sublime. All that courting music and then lullaby singing came right through the screen door and was heavenly. The best parts were watching as each babe took the risk to leave the nest and the family flying back and forth encouraging the one lone fraidy cat left. Much enjoyment to be had watching our feathered friends even though we sometimes have to bear witness to the brutal side of their lives.

I just love this post! Thank you so much!
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Old 06-21-2019, 12:40 PM
 
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Gus, you have a house finch on your porch? How lucky you are! Sorry about the family destruction but it's possible they'll come back in succeeding years.

We used to get one every year for a while. They nested in a basket of artificial flowers I had hanging over the mailbox.

It was a problematic place for them to choose as the mailman disturbed them and their nest got fragrant enough eventually to make spending time on the porch unpleasant. We had to advise people to remember to use our back door if they came to visit.

But the benefits were sublime. All that courting music and then lullaby singing came right through the screen door and was heavenly. The best parts were watching as each babe took the risk to leave the nest and the family flying back and forth encouraging the one lone fraidy cat left. Much enjoyment to be had watching our feathered friends even though we sometimes have to bear witness to the brutal side of their lives.
Yes! They set up house earlier this year and had 3 babies, and I cleaned away the nest only to learn later that they sometimes come back. Oops! They did return and built a new nest, which is probably better anyway since the old one was... messy. We've had robins before but this was our first time with house finches, and they were such nice guests. Papa finch seemed more involved than the papa robins we had before.

I've left the nest there for now as it's in great shape, but I'm guessing they're not coming back this season.
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Old 06-22-2019, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Near Falls Lake
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Cleaning out a large log pile today and came across a copperhead....he almost got me!
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Old 06-22-2019, 04:29 PM
 
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Yes! They set up house earlier this year and had 3 babies, and I cleaned away the nest only to learn later that they sometimes come back. Oops! They did return and built a new nest, which is probably better anyway since the old one was... messy. We've had robins before but this was our first time with house finches, and they were such nice guests. Papa finch seemed more involved than the papa robins we had before.

I've left the nest there for now as it's in great shape, but I'm guessing they're not coming back this season.
Yes, they are messy housekeepers. When fall came I'd take the basket down and keep it in a plastic bag in the garage for them. Like I said, they continued to return for several years. I thought the nest may help them locate their spot but they couldn't have been the same generation could they? I wonder about genetic memory. . .

Yikes, carcrazy! You live dangerously.
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Old 06-22-2019, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Michigan, Maryland-born
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Yea. Canada geese. LOL. I left the doctors office one day and was walking absently down the sidewalk not paying attention to much and was startled out of my stupor by a loud hiss. I jumped like a jack rabbit and right there in front of me just off the sidewalk was a Canada hunkered down. Looked like it may have been sick or hurt and he was having none of me getting close.


A Canada can hurt you. I respected his space but I did go back in and tell the doctors office about it. They can strike with that bill and long neck with respectable force. And if they're pizzed and in a defensive situation they certainly will.
Yeppers, I got lunged at once by one of those. And they always say Canadians are so polite....
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Old 07-02-2019, 08:28 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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A confused looking oriole trying out my hummingbird feeder!!
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Old 07-02-2019, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Kanada 🍁
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I came across something very interesting.

I have tomato plants in my garden and one of my plants has tomato leaves missing.I was wondering why.What would rip off,bite off,eat the leaves.Finally Sunday morning while eating early breakfast I saw the thief.A Grackle came,took a leisurely bath and then he hopped to this tomato plant and helped himself plucking off a few leaves and carrying them in its beak to the nest in my neighbors yard.
Mystery is solved,but I never knew they fancy tomato leaves in their nest.
Another possibility could be the better half chirped to him "bring something nice smelling in our home".
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Old 07-02-2019, 09:55 AM
 
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I came across something very interesting.

I have tomato plants in my garden and one of my plants has tomato leaves missing.I was wondering why.What would rip off,bite off,eat the leaves.Finally Sunday morning while eating early breakfast I saw the thief.A Grackle came,took a leisurely bath and then he hopped to this tomato plant and helped himself plucking off a few leaves and carrying them in its beak to the nest in my neighbors yard.
Mystery is solved,but I never knew they fancy tomato leaves in their nest.
Another possibility could be the better half chirped to him "bring something nice smelling in our home".

Oh yes indeed!

Years ago, SOMETHING was eating our tomato plants. We staked it out and discovered grackles.

Only they were building their nest in our attic. They were evicted forthwith.
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Old 07-02-2019, 06:20 PM
 
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Flycatchers nest above our garage door every year. Earlier today, one of the babies fell from the nest. (second brood this year.. first brood was one chick, this brood is two) DH (my hero) rescued it and returned it to the nest... which is very crowded with debris. (if memory serves, this is at least the third year in this nest) The parents are back to feeding the chicks, so hopefully no harm done. They likely need to either clean out the nest or build a new one before laying eggs again. Seems they should be able to figure that out.


I will add that the parents are really good at feeding the chicks. There are many many insects around here.. It's a very moist natural setting. I held the chick while DH was setting up the ladder. It has little feathers, so it's likely only a couple of days from fledging.

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