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Old May 10th, 2010, 09:13 PM
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Rose-breasted grosbeak male

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Old May 10th, 2010, 09:17 PM
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Brown-headed cowbird male and blue jay in freefall

Brown-headed cowbirds are notorious nest parasites, but they also turn out to be fairly approachable and rather photogenic.

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This guy had just launched himself from the tip of a tree and was angling back toward me--it's a dark image, but you can see the angle of the tail as he uses it to turn and the twist of the body as he changes direction. I thought it was a neat shot, even if it is dark...

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Old May 10th, 2010, 09:20 PM
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Blue-winged warbler

A little better than the previous shot in this thread, but still not very good. madame hazel is still trying

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Old May 10th, 2010, 09:23 PM
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Chestnut-sided warbler male and a catbird

This little guy showed up this morning. He's probably our breeding male--we have a pair that nests here each year.

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The catbirds also showed up today but they're still pretty shy. I did catch a glimpse, though, as madame hazel was stalking one.

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Old May 10th, 2010, 09:26 PM
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Black-and-white warbler female

This little beauty also may be one of our breeders. She spent a lot of time checking out the oaks today. I hope she stays cuz she sure is a cutie!

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Old May 10th, 2010, 09:30 PM
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Rufous-sided (spotted) towhee male

These handsome devils have been around for a while, but they stick to thick cover for the most part and most of the shots madame hazel has gotten so far look like this:

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But today, she finally got lucky and the handsome dude cooperated! You can actually see the red eyes!

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Lovely feeder, MBIE. Are birds feeding at it finally ?

OBC, I've never seen an oriole before...the orange feathers are beautiful!

Hazel, neat to see what hummingbirds look like when still . But that brown-headed cowbird looked awfully mean in the first pic. Did you scare a potential girlfriend away??
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Old May 10th, 2010, 09:35 PM
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Unfortunately, the dogs are not fans of birdwatching.

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"Hey Mom!!!! Aren't you done YET?!?!?
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Old May 10th, 2010, 09:37 PM
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But that brown-headed cowbird looked awfully mean in the first pic. Did you scare a potential girlfriend away??
I'm not sure what his problem is. He's just always glowering like that. Maybe that's why he's always alone!

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Blue winged warbler pictures are stunning hazel but I especially love the one of the contortionist flying & twisting in mid air. What kind of bird was he?

I must say that my favorite ones are of the "not so much" birdwatchers!
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Old May 11th, 2010, 03:15 PM
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Oh, sorry. The aerialist is a blue jay.

The "not so much" crew was at it again today, only with less patience, cuz it was raining.
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Old May 11th, 2010, 03:19 PM
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Watercolor warblers

It rained today and was very gloomy, but I did get a few pics from about 80 feet away. They aren't sharp, but they do show the general color pattern of these birds. Because of the weather, the images have a sort of soft, watercolor look to them, don't they?

Male Cape May warbler:
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Aren't they cute?
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Old May 11th, 2010, 03:21 PM
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Btw, the Magnolia warbler is sitting in a hazelnut bush.
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gorgeous pictures Hazel. I saw my first yellow bird ..... I think it may have been a goldfinch this morning on my walk. I never see any around my place but there must be a nest nearby because I saw at least 2 of them flying around very early.
I never said I was any good at identifying birds.....just that I love to watch them!
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Did it have black wings, qmc? If so, it was a goldfinch. If not, it could have been a warbler! They're passing through in numbers now and there are some that end up or pass through your area, too, I believe
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but the male Magnolia Warbler looks like Batman with a head shield!

Still no signs of hummers in my neck of the woods but Mollie has learned to jump straight up to tip her nose on a feeder hanging 6 feet off the ground!
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Batman, eh? He does, doesn't he! LOL

Ember used to jump straight up to look in the wren house when he saw a bird going in, klm. It must be an 'orange' thing!
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Did it have black wings, qmc? If so, it was a goldfinch. If not, it could have been a warbler! They're passing through in numbers now and there are some that end up or pass through your area, too, I believe
I'm on my way out for my walk now...providing the light rain isn't keeping them down, I'll check for the black wings....they are very pretty regardless!
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Holy Crow Hazel you leave me in awe looking at the different species you get to admire. I'm totally jealous
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Cape May warbler

The light was a little better and I was able to get a little closer, so the pics are a little better today. I'm still praying for a sunny day with lots of warblers, but so far I've had to settle for rain and gloom.

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Nashville warbler

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Female yellow warbler

I actually wasn't sure what I was looking at when I took the pic, but I was able to ID the bird when I looked at the images later

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Ruby-throated hummingbird (female)

You can tell it was a cold day because she's so fluffed up.

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Red-breasted nuthatch

The bad lighting seemed to suit this guy.

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Hairy woodpeckers (a mated pair)

You can see how much bigger they are than the downy woodpeckers--that's the same suet feeder the downy was on.

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Male rose-breasted grosbeaks

The one with the spotting on the flanks is a first spring male. He was extremely tame. I was taking down the blind 15 feet away, turned around, and there he was on the shepherd's hook. He was so obliging, I just had to take a pic (or two, or three )

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LBBs: Chipping sparrow

Here's a few of the little brown birds, starting with more chipping sparrows.

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LBB: Lincoln's sparrow

This was a new arrival. The Lincoln's sparrows are just passing through and don't often visit here, so it was quite the surprise when I peered out of the blind and spotted this little darling:

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They don't normally have a spot in middle of the breast--this one just seems to have a dimple Note the buffy breast band with fine streaking and the gray eyebrow stripe.
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LBB: White-crowned sparrow

Two posts of these guys--I think they're pretty, so when they came calling madame hazel took lots of pics for me.

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This one is blurry, but it shows one of the typical postures you see with these birds.

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