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Old May 13th, 2009, 12:22 AM
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They maybe tried not to be cooperative, Lukka'sma, but you got some stunning shots!! That bluebird in flight, for instance

I wish my binoculars could take pics--the cape may warblers were in the spruce this afternoon
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Lukkasmom,you are soo lucky,I have never seen a Blue-Bird,at odd times we have Orioles passing through.
RWBB I have plenty of,as well as Gold-Finches..
Beautiful pics,you must have a really good camera
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They maybe tried not to be cooperative, Lukka'sma, but you got some stunning shots!! That bluebird in flight, for instance

I wish my binoculars could take pics--the cape may warblers were in the spruce this afternoon
Oh how beautiful, I haven't seen one.
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Lukkasmom,you are soo lucky,I have never seen a Blue-Bird,at odd times we have Orioles passing through.
RWBB I have plenty of,as well as Gold-Finches..
Beautiful pics,you must have a really good camera
My first sighting of a Blue Bird was yesterday as a matter of fact. The nesting boxes that were put in the field for the blue birds usually get used by the tree swallows, but they are beautiful too IMO. This is the first year that the blue birds have gotten there first
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We've had a pair of bluebirds defending a box from tree swallows...they seem to have deterred them...so now the great-crested flycatchers and the tree swallows are duking it out over some other nest site. Makes for some fascinating aerial battles!
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Indigo Bunting





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Hazel I need your help with this one, I'm thinking Pine Warbler, but not sure






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Lukkasmom,those pics are just beautiful,wish I had your camera.
I have never seen an Indigo Bunting,he's stunning.
We have birds like the other pic,I think it's a Warbler,what kind of Warbler I don't know,at least what I can gather from my Bird-Book.

Today I saw,an Oriole in all his glory and a Common Flicker,the Flicker was sitting on my pool-railing,I got really excited,but don't have a camera good enough to take pics from that far.:sad:
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Lukkasmom,those pics are just beautiful,wish I had your camera.
I have never seen an Indigo Bunting,he's stunning.
We have birds like the other pic,I think it's a Warbler,what kind of Warbler I don't know,at least what I can gather from my Bird-Book.

Today I saw,an Oriole in all his glory and a Common Flicker,the Flicker was sitting on my pool-railing,I got really excited,but don't have a camera good enough to take pics from that far.:sad:
Thanks chico, I agree that the bunting is beautiful, I love them. I took that pic at a full 300mm and even then I had to crop and zoom to full capacity when reviewing it on my camera. He was quite a distance away.
Yesterday I went birding at Rondeau Park and let me tell you migration was at a peak. I saw so many wablers it was incredible. My favs were the Blackburnian male, Black and White male, Chestnut-sided male and the Black throated Green male. It was a fantastic time, the Rose breasted Grosbeaks were within touching range, of course I didn't take a camera with me, I only take binoculars when I go on a big birding outing. All that photography stuff gets in the way and too much to carry with me. If you ever get a chance to go to Pelee or Rondeau in the second and third weeks of May you will be in birders heaven
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omd, the shot of the chickadee with the light shining through the wing! That's just, well, spectacular!!!! That's the one I'd have framed for my wall

I have to agree with your ID on the warbler--fems can sometimes be tricky, but it does look like a female pine warbler. Nice catch! I hear them all the time, but unless I'm playing a tape that has a pine warbler on it, I rarely see them. One of the tapes I used when I censused cerulean warblers evidently had a pine warbler calling on it--I had three pine warblers come out of the trees at one point and object vehemently to the pine warbler I had in my boom box An unintended consequence, but I did enjoy the close look at the little darlin's.

Thanks for sharing!! And keep them coming, please!!!!
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All that photography stuff gets in the way and too much to carry with me.

I don't care!!! New rule--YOU MUST HAVE CAMERA HANDY AT ALL TIMES!!!!

Just kiddin' ya...

I hear ya, though...I used to carry my manual SLR with a zoom lens on it...by the time I got home, I could barely straighten up!


If you ever get a chance to go to Pelee or Rondeau in the second and third weeks of May you will be in birders heaven
Pelee is already there...I've never heard of Rondeau, but I'll have to add it to my wish list
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Rondeau Park is just a hop skip and jump from Pelee. Great birding
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omd, the shot of the chickadee with the light shining through the wing! That's just, well, spectacular!!!! That's the one I'd have framed for my wall

I have to agree with your ID on the warbler--fems can sometimes be tricky, but it does look like a female pine warbler. Nice catch! I hear them all the time, but unless I'm playing a tape that has a pine warbler on it, I rarely see them. One of the tapes I used when I censused cerulean warblers evidently had a pine warbler calling on it--I had three pine warblers come out of the trees at one point and object vehemently to the pine warbler I had in my boom box An unintended consequence, but I did enjoy the close look at the little darlin's.

Thanks for sharing!! And keep them coming, please!!!!
What a gorgeous bird that is
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Unfortunately, declining precipitously across their range. :sad: Or at least they were in the late 90s when I was looking for them. Turns out, though, that there are a fair number of ceruleans nesting in the Clark and Eau Claire County Forests near here. Clark, EC, and Jackson Counties have contiguous county forests, with lots of closed canopy, which is where the ceruleans apparently prefer to nest.
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Love the bird pics!

This is Gladys, our shed dove. Photo taken last weekend. She's already had her babies, I think 2. I didn't want to disturb her too much, but I did see a fledgling poking his/her head out the other day. She nested in our little shed, under the roof, on the rafters. Thankfully the shed is inside our dog pen area, so it's a VERY safe place. no cats or such can get inside the fence (and if they did, Tucker would make sure they didn't come back). Flying lessons should happen soon, we'll keep Tucker out of there if we see any lessons going on.
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Gladys is a very pretty girl. She has a great place to bring up her young until they are ready to start out on their own.
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Gladys the Dove. She looks very secure under there! And her name suits her

She's lucky to have Tucker as a body guard.

We had a squirrel try to nest in our shed but we had to chase her out before she had a chance to have her babies cuz the dogs have access to the shed...the Pack and Pesky Squirrels...not a good combination The good news is that she moved to a cavity in the oak outside the fence and I think she's got babies! safely away from the dogs!
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lol, yeah, Gladys had BETTER raise those babies! 2 yrs or so ago we found 2 baby doves on the ground, barely alive. I nursed them back as best I could (I even toted them to work with me, in a basket, with a heating pad, so I could feed them around the clock). It took me a few days to finally get someone to agree to take them, I ended up bringing them to a wildlife animal hospital, and making a $50 "donation". (in reality, it was more like ok, here's 50 bucks, please take these birds, lol) the birds were cared for, raised, and eventually released.

of course, I'd do it again in a heartbeat, but I'd much rather Gladys take care of her babies. I wasn't a very good bird mama.
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Jesse,Gladys is beautiful,there is something peaceful and angelic about Doves,we have only Morning-Doves and lots of them,but I love them too.
One year I had a Ringed Turtle Dove,loved her,but I don't think she survived.
Here she is,but you can hardly see her.
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She is pretty chico
Well todays bird adventure had me trudging through some pretty thick wooded areas to get to the bird voices. I followed a Scarlet Tanager into the woods and shot it from such a far distance away that it hardly shows on my camera, through the binoculars he was stunning though.
I won't even bother posting the ST since it isn't very clear.
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Well actually none are very clear they were all shot from a distance with the exception of the rose breasted grosbeak.
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OOOH,AAAH,just beautiful
Where is Rondeau Park,where is Pelee,got to look it up!
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OOOH,AAAH,just beautiful
Where is Rondeau Park,where is Pelee,got to look it up!
the pics I posted today were all taken about 10 minutes drive from my house at Fanshawe Park where I walk Mishka.
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More nice pics! Aren't the orioles beautiful this year? Is that last one the mama tanager, Lukka'sma? Hard to tell without seeing the beak.

I saw a male scarlet tanager fly out of the front spruce into the oaks! I've never seen one that low in the yard--typically they use the tops of the oaks as singing stages and nest in the woods around us...could this one possibly be nesting out front? I hope so--I'd love to watch them nest!!!!
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More nice pics! Aren't the orioles beautiful this year? Is that last one the mama tanager, Lukka'sma? Hard to tell without seeing the beak.
I saw a male scarlet tanager fly out of the front spruce into the oaks! I've never seen one that low in the yard--typically they use the tops of the oaks as singing stages and nest in the woods around us...could this one possibly be nesting out front? I hope so--I'd love to watch them nest!!!!
I'm not too sure hazel, like most birds I want pics of she took off before I could really got a look at her.
same with that oriole, and look how the red bellied woodpecker is trying to make itself as flat as possible even though it was about as high in the trees as it could get sure wasn't in the mood to be photographed.
I am so jealous if you have scarlet tanagers nesting near by, saw my first one today (male) wow he was magnificent.
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The male tanagers are just so....bright! Breathtakingly so! I never tire of looking at them, but I usually just hear them singing up in the oaks and never spot them...at least not once the trees leaf out.

Last year there were at least three nesting pairs between here and the lake about a mile away. I'd walk down the road and see them flying over.
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I had the red bellied woodpecker following me this morning while I walked Mishka in my special birding area. I took with me a recording of some bird songs. The r-b w
was going from tree to tree all around me trying to find the intruder. I played the scarlet tanager song several times and I might have heard a reply but couldn't go deep into the woods like I would if I were alone, too much ground cover and crap for Mishka to have to climb through. On the weekend I will venture out without her and see what I can find.
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Great pics Lukkas'ma, I so envy you seeing all these different birds. I'm going to have to start going out into the woods a bit hopefully then I will get to see some stunners.
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Sounds like a deal Hazel.....I'm going to win the $49 million tonight, so expect me next week some time...and no you won't have to pick me up at the airport, I'll be there in my chauffeur driven RV

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