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Let's see bird pictures - Year 2008

TeriM
February 4th, 2008, 02:15 AM
Wow, I stumbled across the old bird thread and noticed some fabulous new shots from Lukka's mom at the end. I thought about posting some new ones of mine but decided that thread is pretty big so we should probably get a new one started for this year.

These are some new shots at my feeder during our snow storm last week.

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TeriM
February 4th, 2008, 02:18 AM
Still going :D

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A few battles happen
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I think this is a Junco?
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TeriM
February 4th, 2008, 02:20 AM
Last ones :D

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Hard to see him but this is a shy woodpecker that is a frequent visitor. Unfortunately anytime I get near the window he takes off :frustrated:.
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SARAH
February 4th, 2008, 05:11 AM
Who is the one with the black head? I don't have him on my feeder, and he's beautiful!

Nice pics btw :thumbs up

Lukka'sma
February 4th, 2008, 07:36 AM
Great idea to start a new thread.
I love all your bird shots TeriM
In a few weeks I am going on a big bird excursion with a hired birding guide, so hopefully will have some great pics to post.:thumbs up

hazelrunpack
February 4th, 2008, 08:11 AM
Great idea to start a new thread--I tried to get into the old one but there's too many pictures on the last page. My modem gasped twice and then needed resuscitation! :laughing:


I think this is a Junco?
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Looks like a towhee! I can't believe it's still there--around here, all the towhees migrate to warmer climes for the winter. :D Birds on the west coast must be tougher. :laughing:

I love the battling siskins! :eek: That's a great action shot! :thumbs up

hazelrunpack
February 4th, 2008, 08:13 AM
Great idea to start a new thread.
I love all your bird shots TeriM
In a few weeks I am going on a big bird excursion with a hired birding guide, so hopefully will have some great pics to post.:thumbs up

Oooooo! :cloud9: I hope you get some great shots! :fingerscr :goodvibes:

Lukka'sma
February 4th, 2008, 09:38 AM
Oooooo! :cloud9: I hope you get some great shots! :fingerscr :goodvibes:

Aw me too hazel!
I think I will take the slr for this adventure. One of the hikes we have booked is 8 - 9 hours long so I should get at least one good shot out of that.:laughing: That's as long as I am not laying on the ground gasping for breath from climbing the mountains:laughing::laughing:

hazelrunpack
February 4th, 2008, 11:04 AM
Wow! That's quite a hike, even at sea level! Where are you going?

Lukka'sma
February 4th, 2008, 12:50 PM
Wow! That's quite a hike, even at sea level! Where are you going?

Smoky Mountains Tennessee
Hubby's are staying home, girlfriend and I are going to rough it for 7 days. We hired a guide for the first two days and then we will conquer the remaining days ourselves:thumbs up

hazelrunpack
February 4th, 2008, 03:36 PM
Smoky Mountains Tennessee
Hubby's are staying home, girlfriend and I are going to rough it for 7 days. We hired a guide for the first two days and then we will conquer the remaining days ourselves:thumbs up

Sounds like a dreamy trip! I hope you're going to catch the migration! :thumbs up That would be spectacular!

Lukka'sma
February 4th, 2008, 03:49 PM
Sounds like a dreamy trip! I hope you're going to catch the migration! :thumbs up That would be spectacular!

Really hope we catch the migration too, we're going the last week of April so with any luck we'll be in the thick of things.

JamesO
February 4th, 2008, 04:35 PM
Very nice bird pictures and such a variety. Looks like you live at the North Pole. You should move to the Maritimes where its warm.

TeriM
May 24th, 2008, 05:13 PM
Some cool pics from our camping trip on Vancouver Island the May long weekend.

clm
May 24th, 2008, 09:57 PM
Some cool pics from our camping trip on Vancouver Island the May long weekend.

As a Koi pond owner, I'm happy to see those beautiful birds are a long way away from me. :laughing:

Here's a few I took today.
A grackle finding the waterfall interesting, a robin on the fence and another getting some nesting material.

Cindy

hazelrunpack
May 24th, 2008, 10:04 PM
Great pics!!!

TeriM
May 25th, 2008, 02:25 AM
Great shots clm :thumbs up, I love the blue on the grackles neck :lovestruck:.

TeriM
May 25th, 2008, 02:30 AM
A few more fairly recent shots I found on my camera.

Very busy day at the feeder
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Red winged black bird?
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Freak snowday we had in April confused the birds
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chico2
May 25th, 2008, 07:01 AM
Teri,great pics,I did not see this thread before,don't know how I missed it:confused:
Yes,that is a Red Wing Black-bird,the others are Gold Finches as you probably know,I got lots of them too.
The bird in your snowpic is not a Junco,it looks like a brush Grosbeak,but I could be wrong,very pretty.
Juncos are sparrow-sized birds dark-grey and whitish,come around here only in winter.

hazelrunpack
May 25th, 2008, 08:51 AM
Wow, Teri, do you have the siskins there!! :eek: We've got maybe a half dozen total here this year and I thought that was a lot. You've got that many in your first shot! :D

The hummers are keeping ol' hazel hummin' already. Haven't got any pictures of them, yet, but I have three feeders out and they're doing a good job draining them every day. :cloud9:

chico2
May 25th, 2008, 04:22 PM
Ok Hazel,which ones are the Siskins??
I have the yellow ones too,but thought they were Gold Finches:confused:

Shadow's mom
May 25th, 2008, 04:43 PM
Hi TeriM Love your bird pics, Would you like to share your camera type and settings if not auto. Get lots of birds at our feeders but not very successful at getting pics, Thanks

clm
May 25th, 2008, 06:10 PM
Great Pics again TerriM. Love the redwing in the cedar.

Here's a few more from today. I'm not sure about the first 2 pics, a little blurry, little bird wouldn't cooperate. :laughing: I think it's a redstart. Anybody know for sure? Next is another grackle.

Cindy

clm
May 25th, 2008, 06:12 PM
And a few more, a goldfinch, and some redwing shots.

Cindy

hazelrunpack
May 25th, 2008, 10:44 PM
Ok Hazel,which ones are the Siskins??
I have the yellow ones too,but thought they were Gold Finches:confused:

The first shot in post in Teri's last post (post #18). The siskins look like brownish, streaked goldfinches. Sound a little like them, too. :D The middle picture in post #2 (also Teri's) shows them, also. You can see the yellow wing markings.

Here's a few more from today. I'm not sure about the first 2 pics, a little blurry, little bird wouldn't cooperate. :laughing: I think it's a redstart. Anybody know for sure?

I absolutely love your camera, cindy! :flirt: What a great shot of a warbler! :cloud9: Yes, it's definitely a male redstart. :lovestruck: Got any more warbler pictures? :fingerscr

Kashi
May 26th, 2008, 10:55 AM
A few from me too.

Kashi
May 26th, 2008, 10:56 AM
And a couple more.

clm
May 26th, 2008, 11:48 AM
Those are the prettiest ducks I've ever seen.
I think I've seen swans in person once maybe twice. Not nearly enough for such a regal looking bird.
I so envy your chickadee pic, I have so many around in the winter, but they move faster than I do. :laughing:

Cindy

chico2
May 26th, 2008, 01:46 PM
Lets not forget the Canada Geese,here are some from last years crop,cute as buttons:lovestruck:

clm
May 26th, 2008, 02:12 PM
Too cute Chico2. I saw a pair of geese with their little flock of fuzzies yesteray in Lowe's parking lot. They're everywhere right now. I love seeing all the little goslings. Mind you if I lived somewhere where they have problems with geese, I might not be quite as happy. :laughing: There's no shortage of them around where I live, but they stay in the fields and the flood plain behind my place, so they don't bother with my pond thank goodness.

Cindy

Kashi
May 26th, 2008, 02:32 PM
Aww - the goslings are adorable !

chico2
May 26th, 2008, 03:48 PM
Just down the street from me,maybe a 15min walk,is Lake Ontario,with Swans,Ducks,Geese etc...and people are always yelling about the Geese and the poop they produce.:yell:
Culling always comes up,they even stuck them in trucks once,where several died,to transport them away from the park.
But every year there is still the same amount of Geese:confused:
Honestly,who are we to decide to kill off birds,the same as the Cormorants in Toronto,who are we to decide there is too many of anything??
They all have a right to their habitat IMO.

clm
June 2nd, 2008, 09:09 PM
Baby birds abound here right now. Mostly starling and redwing babies at the moment. Not really good fliers, but cute as cute can be. No cats come in the back yard because of the dogs, so they find the pond and rock garden nice safe nurseries. :laughing:
Here's a baby starling, and a couple of goldfinch pics.

Cindy

clm
June 2nd, 2008, 09:25 PM
A couple more from the weekend. A chunky robin and another redwing.

Cindy

chico2
June 3rd, 2008, 07:15 AM
clm,great pics:thumbs uplove your camera!!
I soo feel for the poor Starling moms,always having at least 3 screeching babies after her:laughing:especially since they are the same size as her.
The Goldfinches are very pretty,I have a few too.
My birdhouses have Sparrow babies,we hear little peeps coming from there,hopefully they'll survive,the parents work really hard.
I cannot get a pic of the houses,they are securely hidden in the vine on the house.
Before we take the cats outside,we always check for any baby-birds and I won't let them get even close to catch any birds.

katherine93
June 3rd, 2008, 07:25 AM
Heres a picture of me with my ducks taken a few years back..i still have them!I regret to inform you that it is me in the picture along with butch the guard duck! . http://s247.photobucket.com/albums/gg125/jessicakfifield/?action=view&current=JessicaandDuck.jpg

hazelrunpack
June 30th, 2008, 10:18 PM
The first brood of hummingbirds has fledged and the second is in the nest. We're already going through 1.5 - 2.0 liters of nectar a day...I'm gonna hafta hire someone to help me fill the feeders once the migration begins! :eek:

Meanwhile, though, I'm just enjoying having them back for the summer. :D Here are pics of a few of the moms:

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TeriM
June 30th, 2008, 10:21 PM
Love the hummer shots Hazel :cloud9:. I've noticed quite a few females at our feeder this year, don't remember seeing them before so hopefully that means a nest in the area :fingerscr.

Lukka'sma
June 30th, 2008, 11:00 PM
Great hummer pics hazel. I had my feeder up but didn't get any action on it at all. I will wait now until they leave at the end of summer and see if I can catch some going through.

chico2
July 1st, 2008, 07:09 AM
Hazel,you're soo lucky,I wish some would come to my feeder:sad:
Talked to my son in Alberta,they have tons of Hummingbirds every summer.
They have 2 feeders hanging off their balcony..I wonder why there seem to be more Hummers out west??

hazelrunpack
July 1st, 2008, 09:52 AM
Lukka'sma and chico2--you are officially invited to come to WI in August to help hazel fill feeders! :laughing: I think we're going to have a bumper crop come through this year. :thumbs up

chico, I think the hummers have always been more plentiful out west--it's milder as a rule and the habitat seems to suit them better. Look at all the different species they have out there, as opposed to the mere handful found east of the Rockies.

That being said, however, I'm not noticing a lack of them around here, and we're decidedly east of the Rockies. :cloud9: We only get the Ruby-throated variety here, though...with an occasion appearance by an Anna's in the southern part of the state (one wintered over in the Mitchell Botanical Domes in Milwaukee a few years back :D).

I think it's a matter of location, location, location...and we just lucked into a good spot when we moved here! :o

jillybeanrocks
July 3rd, 2008, 04:15 PM
We have this yellow bellied sapsucker nest just outside our bedroom window. Here are mom and dad, they both return to the nest to feed the babies every 8 minutes or so.

hazelrunpack
July 3rd, 2008, 04:21 PM
That's pretty cool, jillybeanrocks! Must be fun to watch :cloud9:

And looky there! Daddy is actually being productive! :D She's a lucky lady, that Ms Sapsucker is! :thumbs up

Any idea how many might be in there? It'll be fun watching them fledge!

jillybeanrocks
July 3rd, 2008, 04:30 PM
From what we've read they could have up to 6 in there. We hear them calling for mom and dad all the time. We even think mom or dad is teaching them to peck the inside of the nest because we can hear the knocks on the tree as we're standing there watching them.

We had a robins nest earlier in the spring, they had 4 babies and all of them are constantly all around picking up bugs. They scare us half to death sometimes because we turn the corner around the house and they all scatter :laughing:

Now hopefully we'll get to see the humming bird and goldfinch babies at the feeders soon! We keep our eyes open and the camera handy. :thumbs up

hazelrunpack
July 3rd, 2008, 05:01 PM
We've got hummer babies here already--the moms are brooding the second clutches already. The babies look like moms...the only way to really know that you're beginning to see babies is to look at the beaks. Males have proportionately shorter bills, so if you see a "female" with a shorter bill, chances are you've just seen a juvenile male. :thumbs up

Well, that's true of the ruby-throated hummingbirds, anyway. If you're far enough west to get some of the other varieties that we don't get here, it may be different... :o

chico2
July 4th, 2008, 07:17 AM
Jillybean,that's a great picture,you are lucky to be able to watch them.
I have 3 birdhouses but they are filled with Sparrows all year around and lots of babies.
But there is more diverse action at my feeders,unfortunately my camera only has a 3x zoom,can't get close enough most of the time.
"My" Crows have 3 babies,very hungry babies and yes,I love"my"Crows.:lovestruck:

jillybeanrocks
July 4th, 2008, 11:22 AM
Thanks! And thanks to my hubby who got me a new 10 mp, 18X zoom camera for my birthday a couple weeks ago. :thumbs up

I think the ravens tried to build a nest here but all the robins chased them off. If a raven, minding it's own business, even so much as flys over our property the robins start chirping and attacking it. We have 10 acres so I think the robins are always on the look out.

chico2
July 4th, 2008, 03:56 PM
Here,my 2(now5)Crows chase away hawks or any other large birds,only while the Robins and the Black-birds have young,do they chase the Crows away.
Whenever I cut the fat off meat,or have leftovers,I feed it to my Crows,they come every morning and let me know:laughing:
The Crow-babies are funny,very cautiously approach the food,as if it's going to bite.
I am hoping to get a new camera one day,with a better zoom:fingerscr

Goldyy
August 7th, 2008, 04:52 PM
Great pics everyone!!! here are a few of mine....

Goldyy
August 7th, 2008, 04:54 PM
a few more...

Goldyy
August 7th, 2008, 04:59 PM
as you can tell i really enjoy photographing birds

Goldyy
August 7th, 2008, 05:00 PM
a few more :laughing:

jillybeanrocks
August 7th, 2008, 05:21 PM
Wow Goldyy! Very beautiful pictures! What type of camera do you have?

hazelrunpack
August 7th, 2008, 08:50 PM
Goldyy, my modem isn't fast enough....nothing is downloading for me where your pics should be. :sad:

Here's a shot of the eastern phoebes that nested under the deck. The youngsters are pretty old here--they fledged the next day. On this day they were still testing out the edge of the nest. There were four of them in there! :eek:

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The hummingbird migration is starting up pretty well now. The adults are all molting and/or on the move now. The only time I see adult males is first thing in the morning and getting on toward dusk. We're up to 10 cups of nectar a day now.... :eek:

chico2
August 8th, 2008, 07:12 AM
Goldyy,beautiful pics:thumbs up
Glad to see another bird-lover,my camera is just not good enough to get that close to any birds:sad:

Goldyy
August 8th, 2008, 08:01 AM
Thank you so much jillybean and chico, glad you liked them :),and so sorry you cant see the pics hazel :sad:, the pic of your baby phoebes is awesome!! i haven't seen one in my area yet this year :( ...jillybean my camera is a Cannon G9, i havent had it long and im still learnin how to work it lol....thanks again and here are a few more pics,,,enjoy :)

hazelrunpack
August 8th, 2008, 10:18 AM
My connection is better today--I could download 5 1/2 pictures! :D Awesome shots of the hummers, goldyy!!! :highfive: And I looooove chickadees and goldfinches. They entertain us all year round :lovestruck:

Chris21711
August 8th, 2008, 10:26 AM
Manged to see some of them. I'll try again later for the rest. I couldn't even see your Phoebes Hazel :sad: Man I hate dial-up. :yell:

Chris21711
August 8th, 2008, 11:33 AM
TeeHee, finally got to see them, great pics I love birdies. Thanks for the tip Hazel, I'm learning every day :thumbs up

hazelrunpack
August 8th, 2008, 08:09 PM
WoooHooooo! Was finally able to download the red-winged blackbird and the mallards! :thumbs up

I like your camera, too, goldyy!! :D Great shots!