Birding?

Re: Birding?

Postby PONYRCR » Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:04 pm

I'm an avid birder. Well, actually I don't do as much birding as I used to. Running has bumped birding down a peg. I've pretty much birded every local hot spot, and I've seen all the local birds. I follow the local Rare Bird Alerts (RBA) and I'll chase a rare bird if one is reported. If I go on vacation I usually will set aside a day for birding, and I always have my binoculars handy just in case. I've taken trips that were dedicated to birding, Michigan for the Kirtland's Warbler, Texas for the Whooping Crane Festival, etc. I've also gotten interested in butterflies recently so I go out butterfling more than birding.

A couple of very good ID sites that I didn't see mentioned are Bird Forum. http://www.birdforum.net/forumdisplay.php?f=114 They have a great ID section with a lot of helpful birders. Also What Bird has a good ID forum. http://www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php ... fy-a-bird/
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Re: Birding?

Postby Flanders » Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:34 am

I had a Eastern Phoebe pair build a nest above my one window, this spring. I'd never noticed them before. I've had King Birds before, which is exactly what Phoebes looks like, only smaller. There was some sort of sparrow, maybe a Chirping, that had a nest out there too.

I love to feed the birds but I just can't in the summer. I refuse to feed the Grackles, who just dump the seed on the ground. I did try using Safflower seed but the birds really didn't seem to care for it. I mean they would eat it but the really pretty birds stopped coming to the feeder. I love the Rose Breasted Grosbeak. They are beautiful birds and have lovely songs, a bird I wouldn't get tired of listening. There are some birds that just sound like nails across a chalk board to me.
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Re: Birding?

Postby seahawkgal » Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:39 pm

Flanders wrote:There are some birds that just sound like nails across a chalk board to me.

Bluejays!! I hate their noise.
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Re: Birding?

Postby serenassong » Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:50 pm

I live not that far from the Housatonic River - and I can hear, and see Bald Eagles now and again.

I have had Red Tailed Hawks hunt in my yard on two occasions- they prefer Mourning Doves. While sad, they have to eat as well.
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Re: Birding?

Postby Catalina » Wed Aug 19, 2015 9:55 pm

seahawkgal wrote:
Flanders wrote:There are some birds that just sound like nails across a chalk board to me.

Bluejays!! I hate their noise.


They're welcome early harbingers of autumn here.

I had a couple of young ladder-backed woodpeckers checking out one of the cedars for bugs the other day, silly youngsters. Much better hunting in oak trees.
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Re: Birding?

Postby ElPrado2 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:04 am

Commonest bird seems to be white ibis. I live in Lakeland, FL now. Lakes all over the place. If there isn't one stalking up the street there are 5 of them flying around. Cardinals, I have a nest in the back yard. Jays, doves, mockingbirds, shrikes, bunches of warblers heading north. Bald eagles, ospreys (I used to have a female that would call to me if I didn't look up at her when she settled in for the night in a dead pine near a friend's house.) At least 4 species of owl, one great horned owl chased my osprey off of her tree one night.
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Re: Birding?

Postby lurkey mclurker » Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:13 am

I have another Black Phoebe pair setting up housekeeping... the male is very sassy and sits on my fence in full view of my cats at the screen door, just hopping back and forth while they tail-lash and chatter up a storm. :lol:
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Re: Birding?

Postby Miesque1973 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:56 am

We have Great Tailed Grackles around here. They congregate in huge, Alfred-Hitchcock-is-on-line-one flocks at shopping centers around here, every night, and have the most annoying calls you'll ever hear. I had long thought they were Boat-Tailed Grackles, but they apparently don't come up this far into central Texas. They come around here, too, sometimes, particularly after the yard is mowed or when I (finally) refill the feeders.

I need to put out the hummingbird feeders. The hummingbirds are back--I saw several at a friend's house this evening, fighting over the bottles. Vicious little buggers, but they're adorable and fun to watch and listen to.

I still hear the red-bellied woodpeckers--there are at least two and maybe more living around here, and the little house wrens are everywhere, with titmice (titmouses?) in droves and cardinals yelling and Goldfinches coming to the nyjer seed feeder. The waxwings make a racket, too, but I rarely see them. The owl has not made much noise lately, but I hear the white wing doves every day while I'm working.

George and Weezie, my pair of breeding ring-neck doves, have laid two clutches of eggs this year so far, but no babies have hatched. I'm concerned--is George getting old and less than...er... rampant, or is it just a bad time of year to have babies? We had a mild winter--no freezes at all, but lots of rain. I have to wonder what's keeping them from raising a brood. I may take the eggs away soon, as they were laid at Easter and hatching time has come and gone, and Weezie gets so upset when I check to see if the eggs are hatched. (Imagine being bitten by a dove!)

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Re: Birding?

Postby ElPrado2 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:16 am

I have pileated woodpeckers flying all around here. A roseate spoonbill used to practically land on my shoulder. It would stand looking at me 5 feet away. Every flavor of heron and egret are wading everywhere, great blue, great white, snowy, cattle, green, little blue, mature and immature. Various wading birds are wandering all over the place. I
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Re: Birding?

Postby Miesque1973 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 5:12 pm

I went out to check on the doves, and when I lifted George up off the eggs, one was right in the middle of hatching. Ugly-cute little pink chick came wiggling out of the egg, and George and Weezie started making that 'wrrr' sound they make when they're... in a mood of some kind. I don't know what the sound means, really. But he sat there on the edge of the nest while Baby #1 came out of his shell and soon settled back on the nest. So far, these two birds have raised at least six or eight prior broods together, and George is father to countless babies, many of which are back up in PA, delighting their respective owners. George has had several wives--they die, get eaten by varmints, and one one occasion, ran away. George keeps on living. I suspect he's about ten or twelve years old now.

Ring-necked doves are excellent parents, and are remarkably easy birds to keep. They don't bite, like parrots, and they don't make a racket, like dogs, and they don't kill everything in sight, like cats.

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