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Old May 18th, 2010, 04:29 PM
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You can even see some of the chestnut on top of the head in that last shot, but it's not usually visible if the birds are up in the trees.
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Old May 18th, 2010, 04:33 PM
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Wilson's warbler

Notice the black cap. They're sort of similar to male goldfinches, but goldfinches have black wings and tail that the Wilson's warbler lacks.

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Old May 18th, 2010, 04:41 PM
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Bluebird and Eastern phoebe

This Eastern bluebird mama is checking out our bluebird house while papa watches from a little way off. Normally they nest at the in-laws' next door--maybe the bear scared them away? Anyway, she's busily stuffing the new house with nesting material. Only time will tell if they decide to stay there...

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This is an Eastern phoebe after a successful bug chase. Yum.

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Old May 18th, 2010, 04:47 PM
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hazel those pictures are absolutely glorious!! beautiful birds and shots!
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So how did you get all these birds to pose in a studio?

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird look like he eloquently placed himself on fence inside a photo studio!

Hazel; All your pictures are absolutely stunning and it truly looks like they're all posing for you. I specifically like the one of the blue bird. I see many Blue Jays here but rarely a blue bird.

Amazing pictures Hazel.
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Aw, that eastern bluebird photo makes me want to put up some birdhouses. I'll have to look up some designs for common birds around here. Kinda think the sparrows might steal all the housing though lol. I see eastern bluebirds at my feeder but the sparrows are definitely in larger numbers around here.

That male rubythroated hummingbird has great colors. Nice pics .
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Thx, guys. I have more from the weekend...just been too tired to post them. I've discovered a secret about photographing birds. Sit down...and hum or sing. The birds don't find either activity threatening, although the neighbors may have you committed.
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You may have already posted pictures of these birds before and I didn't see them, but what are the little electric blue colored birds that I keep seeing? The males are the bright irridescent blue color and the females are brown (I think, haven't seen them super close). I tend to see them in male/female pairs. Are they some kind of finch? They're really small.
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The sound like indigo buntings, MBIE. We have some around here, too, but when they see the camera, they play hard to get, so I don't have any decent pics.
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Thank you. I do believe that's what it was. I looked at that bird site I posted and the only similar bird I found was a blue bunting, which is not found in this region.

I really really need to clear my memory card on my camera and get another one then go bird watching. Actually I'm going camping hopefully tomorrow, so maybe I'll take it then
There are truly a lot of birds in this region due to the dense forests and varying habitats, and these indigo buntings seem to be quiet populous at the moment. My mother in law said her friend has them all over his feeder and he feeds the little black oily seeds (I'm assuming she meant the black sunflower seeds). She thought they were eastern bluebirds at first, but then realized they're smaller and without the orange belly.
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You gotz me drooling again Hazel

I've been doing a bit of reading

The Rufous-sided Towhee apparently is an occasional visitor to these parts......never in my case

American Redstart is not a field dweller......I live in farm country

Ditto for the Blue-winged Warbler

Question: on your Bluebird house, why do you have the length of pipe attached to the opening

Still no sighting of Hummingbirds

Other than the Tree Swallows still no takers for the other houses in the yard.

One house (not made by Pepe) lost its roof
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The blue-winged warblers may be in the wooded lots between fields, Chris. I find a lot of them in that kind of habitat here.

Tree swallows are good! I love tree swallows! There is a pair here that I occasionally see bugging high overhead, but they don't nest too close to us. They've probably found a natural cavity in the woods somewhere.

The pipe is a predator baffle. It just makes it more difficult for raccoons and snakes to get at the nest. And it's not 100% effective, but it will certainly help. The other box that they started out in did not have a baffle and I think the raccoons got to the eggs.

How did the roof come off the house?
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You gotz me drooling again Hazel

I've been doing a bit of reading

The Rufous-sided Towhee apparently is an occasional visitor to these parts......never in my case

American Redstart is not a field dweller......I live in farm country

Ditto for the Blue-winged Warbler

Question: on your Bluebird house, why do you have the length of pipe attached to the opening

Still no sighting of Hummingbirds

Other than the Tree Swallows still no takers for the other houses in the yard.

One house (not made by Pepe) lost its roof
Sounds like you'll need to do some travelling to find the birds you wanna see.

I don't see a ton of variation right around my house, but I'm lucky to have lots of wildlife areas around here that I can go to.

If you can't spot any birds at least you can come to hazels thread and see them
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We need some pics of the buntings, MBIE! I hope you can get some! I set up the blind to get some this morning and was skunked!!! Skunked I tell ya!! They waited till I'd left the blind and went up on the deck to groom the dogs and then they came to the feeder I had been staking out.

They're such little smart@$$es, those buntings!

This thread was actually Chris's idea, but she didn't want to start it herself for some reason.
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I definitely will be able to get some bunting pics when I go outside of town again. There are a TON of them.

They may not be the greatest though because I need a telescopic lens which I can't afford right now
Between all the animal health problems lately, and Morgan (the new puppy - that's what we named her ) needing her vaccinations and a checkup, and my husband's truck needing fixed, we're just flat out broke right now.
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I hear ya! I know someone with a ton of long lenses she never uses. Now I have lens envy! But when I priced them out-- Ouch!

Vet bills always have priority at our house...
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I hear ya! I know someone with a ton of long lenses she never uses. Now I have lens envy! But when I priced them out-- Ouch!

Vet bills always have priority at our house...
What sucks is I have a ton of high quality expensive lenses that we inherited from my husband's dad when he passed away, but my digicam doesn't take the standard sized lenses, and I really have no clue how to use the camera those lenses go with.
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That would be frustrating. Is your Dad's old camera a digital also? Or is it an old 35mm SLR?
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Hazel - I forgot to tell you how much I liked your warbler pictures.
MBIE - I feel your pain. I bought myself a digital camera without realizing how much I would like taking bird pictures. Now I REALLY want a longer lens, but they are expensive, even some of the older second hand film SLR lenses. What kind of camera do you have? Have you thought of saving up for a third party lens? (I have) They are a lot cheaper than the big brand name lenses.
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Now, my turn for pictures. First, a sparrow from a walk in the dog park, plus a Red Admiral butterfly (a thread full of things with wings seemed the right place for this guy)
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We drove by a park near the river and saw goslings, so we went back today and I got pictures of several different birds. First the male mallards, and a female (mallard?) and her brood of ducklings. The mallards on our river have interbred with domestic ducks so some of them look a little strange.
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A second family of ducklings I accidentally scared out from under the dock. (I walked on the dock not realizing they were under there and they ran out into the river.) It is amazing how well camouflaged they are when they sit still on the rocks. And the geese.
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A gosling taking a drink and another unidentified bird that came to take a bath.
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Geese landing together. It looked like they were about to collide but they managed to come down safely. There's a big concrete tunnel running under the road that lets the water go under the road. There were all kinds of swallows going in and out, using the small pipes on the side of the tunnel for nests. (I didn't go too close to those because I didn't want to disturb them, didn't realize there were nests until I was in the tunnel.) I stood in the tunnel mouth and had swallows fly by no more than a foot away from me, amazing. They move quickly, but I did get these pictures. Its hard to see but in the last picture the bottom swallow is carrying a bit of straw or twig in its beak.
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Nice pics, obc! That looks like a great park!!!

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Now, my turn for pictures. First, a sparrow from a walk in the dog park, plus a Red Admiral butterfly (a thread full of things with wings seemed the right place for this guy)
The sparrow is a song sparrow. Nice butterfly, too!

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First the male mallards, and a female (mallard?) and her brood of ducklings.
It does look like a female mallard. The ducklings are so cute!

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A gosling taking a drink and another unidentified bird that came to take a bath.
I think your mystery bird is a female red-winged blackbird.

That gosling is beyond adorable!

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There were all kinds of swallows going in and out, using the small pipes on the side of the tunnel for nests. (I didn't go too close to those because I didn't want to disturb them, didn't realize there were nests until I was in the tunnel.) I stood in the tunnel mouth and had swallows fly by no more than a foot away from me, amazing. They move quickly, but I did get these pictures. Its hard to see but in the last picture the bottom swallow is carrying a bit of straw or twig in its beak.
I love swallows! The throats look white enough that they are probably bank swallows, though they could also be rough-winged swallows. Must've been neat to see them whizzin' by you coming out of the culvert!
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That would be frustrating. Is your Dad's old camera a digital also? Or is it an old 35mm SLR?
It's a 35mm. Not digi. It's really old but it was well taken care of an expensive when it was bought, I'm sure it's still worth quite a bit now. My father in law knew how to use it, but my husband doesn't and neither do I. We kinda thought about learning to use it, but the digicam is so easy, it makes you lazy.

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MBIE - I feel your pain. I bought myself a digital camera without realizing how much I would like taking bird pictures. Now I REALLY want a longer lens, but they are expensive, even some of the older second hand film SLR lenses. What kind of camera do you have? Have you thought of saving up for a third party lens? (I have) They are a lot cheaper than the big brand name lenses.
My digicam is a Cannon Rebel. I originally bought it to take pictures of my fish, which it was really good at, but I planned to buy longer range lens also and that didn't happen.
Saving up for ANYTHING just isn't in the budget right now because of several issues. Our savings are pretty much depleted atm.
Not sure what kind of camera the 35mm is. I just know my father in law spent a lot of money on it way back when he bought it. I'll have to look again.
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Everybody's pics are so beautiful

I want to add some, they are not the quality that are being posted, but I am so excited I am going to burst if I don't show them


I have two nests in my front yard . A robin and some type of sparrow.

So far the Robin has 2 eggs, she just started to lay them yesterday so I don't know if she is finished.

Momma sparrow is done and she has 4 tiny eggs

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Old May 22nd, 2010, 08:37 AM
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MBIE - if your father-in-law's camera is a Nikon some of the newer (but still expensive) Nikon digital SLRs can use the older lenses, though you need to focus manually. Unless you are extremely attached to the camera, have you thought about selling it to someone who still wants to use film cameras? Some people will pay a fair bit for the older lenses if they are the right kind even if they do't want to shoot film.
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