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Old March 22nd, 2008, 05:10 PM
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Nice day for taking bird pics

Would have been better if the boys were'nt constantly scaring them away. Managed to get a few anyway, including a grackle showing his true character.
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 05:13 PM
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a few more including a really pudgy redwing.
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 06:04 PM
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lol @ the redwing you wonder how it can get airborn
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 06:25 PM
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lol @ the redwing you wonder how it can get airborn
You think thats bad? You should see the pigeons around my condo and campus!
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 08:20 PM
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Must be fairly cold there--all those birds are puffed, not just the blackbird. But hazel still feels warm because I see the field sparrows are back...

and that's one impressively mean lookin' grackle!
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 10:40 PM
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I don't know Grackles, are they of the crow/raven family? your pic does show that the bird has an agressive side to it. pbp
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 12:51 AM
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Cool pics. What's the little yellow guy with the orange beak?
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 07:47 AM
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Patti,Grackles are what we commonly call Blackbirds,I don't think they belong in the Crowfamily but I could be wrong.
Beautiful pics clm,I have exactly the same birds here,unfortunaely I don't have your camera:sad:
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Cool pics. What's the little yellow guy with the orange beak?
Female Cardinal rainbow, I keep forgetting that you don't have them on the west coast.
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Old March 28th, 2008, 09:25 PM
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Female Cardinal rainbow, I keep forgetting that you don't have them on the west coast.
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I didn't realize that there aren't any cardinals on the west coast. You learn something new everyday.

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Old March 28th, 2008, 09:36 PM
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Our robins finally started straggling in two days ago. The purple finches are singing up a storm. I think I heard a bluebird this morning.

Still a lot of snow on the ground, though. Ms Muddy Mossy Messy Macie likes to sit at the bottom of the hill in the river from our melting glaciers.
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I heard a male cardinal the other day when I was walking. Not only is it a pretty bird, but the song is so nice! Cheerful and promising spring and summer. I like the looks of the female too, for once she's not just a grey-looking wall-flower!

But am I right that the cardinal has a fairly large domain? I never see more than one couple within a radius larger than I can observe; and the one I heard (and saw) singing was about 10 streets away from "my" cardinal couple. (we don't have them in Europe at all, so they're pretty new to me, but I like bird watching, so I get curious about stuff like this).

No sign of the robin yet :sad: and certainly no geese!
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Old March 29th, 2008, 07:32 AM
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Sarah,we live not too far from Lake Ontario,you want to see Geese year around come here,we have tons all the time.
I got some pics somewhere,see if I can find them...I must have deleted the picshere is one from the lake though.
The other day,all of a sudden I saw Robins everywhere,they are back
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SARAH - The Cardinals don't mind to share, I get two couples come in at the same time to the feeders. My girlfriend that lives in town sometimes has 10-12 flitting around in her yard, she has a lot of large evergreens which is what they like.
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OK, so I guess my cardinal couple is just the odd-one-out today I had Mr.C. on the table eating seeds with the sparrows while other sparrows were on the suspended feeder with the red-wing blackbird, and then a blue jaye came swooping in. Do you think I had my camera handy? Nope :sad:

This pretty picture was ruined by a horde of starling

Chico, I'm not crazy about the geese as such just want to see them fly NORTH and announce spring!

Still, going out tonight in shoes, not boots, Yayy ! finally.
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Old March 29th, 2008, 07:21 PM
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Still, going out tonight in shoes, not boots, Yayy ! finally.
Nice to be able to wear shoes again. Unfortunately need rubber boots in the back yard.....some serious mud going on out there.

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