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Old 05-16-2007, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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A summer tanager, if I'm not mistaken. He's a relative of the scarlet tanager.

You should start keeping a list of the birds that come to your feeder.
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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I promise I will!

I thought it was a cardinal! Wow! Thank you!

I'm also going to look these up in Wikipedia or something.
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:57 PM
 
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WARNING!! WARNING!!!

You are about to become hopelessly addicted to watching your birdfeeder!

TV will become totally unappealing. Movies will sit on your counter collecting dust. Small children will wonder what happened to cooked meals.

You'll find yourself shouting, "Hey, a tufted titmouse!" Or, "Ooh, look at that eastern Towhee!" You'll resent that fact that it gets DARK out at night and consider rigging a spotlight on the feeder.

All kidding aside, feeders are great. There are tons of sites on the web for identifying birds.

Enjoy!

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Old 05-16-2007, 04:58 PM
 
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No, a male cardinal has black markings around his bill, and a crest (or topnotch as we used to call it). Female cardinals are something of a motley greenish color tinged in a bit of red, and a belly that's whitish.

You probably will have cardinals soon.
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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JMarkey: You are right. I have gone crazy! Well, crazier than usual!

Alleycat: I looked up those names in Wikipedia and you are right on the money.

The white-breasted nuthatch likes to hang upside down, which they said is unusual and this silly little bird has been doing it all day. He hangs off the feeder!

And it sure does look like a summer Tanager.

Now I feel SMART!
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Just don't ask me which sparrow is which. Somethings it's almost impossible to do with a reference book right in front of you.
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Florida
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The most common bird seen on our local interstates is the type I saw this morning when I sounded my horn at some jerk that cut me off and almost took off my front bumper.
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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I agree. We went to Rock City a couple of years ago, and they had all these pictures of birds in Tennessee. Those sparrow-type birds all look kind of the same.
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:15 PM
 
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Nuthatches can also walk headfirst down trees and fence posts. I think they're one of the only birds that does that. Hang a thistle sock and seed block from your fence and you can watch them do that. Plus you'll pull in other types of birds. Home Depot has a pretty good selection of socks and blocks.

And Pimpy, the bird you're referring to is one of the few to be seen in ALL 50 STATES! Amazing!
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Let's guess what her next bird will be (besides those pesky sparrows). I'm going to guess either a cardinal or a chickadee.
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