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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/30/2016, 8:54 am

Well, I have seen 2 new birds at my sunflower feeder this week!

White crowned sparrow:

https://www.google.com/search?q=white+crowned+sparrow&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari#imgrc=K_kGVmY7jy3FuM%3A

And Ruby breasted grosbeaks:

https://www.google.com/search?q=ruby+breasted+grosbeak&client=safari&hl=en-us&biw=1024&bih=671&prmd=sinv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwicqP76s7bMAhUEaz4KHdCKDNkQ_AUIBygC#imgrc=r0CSmeG0yGUVCM%3A

So pretty! No hummingbirds yet that I have witnessed.
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Post  trolleydriver on 4/30/2016, 9:02 am

SR ... Those a very nice visitors to your feeder. We have a couple of feeders but so far the visitors are mainly chickadees, some kind of sparrow, and a couple of days ago I saw what looked like a Downy Woodpecker.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/30/2016, 9:11 am

TD, I have my "regulars", which are sparrows, other LBJs (Little Brown Jobs), cardinals, blue jays, goldfinches, common grackles, downy woodpeckers and red breasted woodpeckers. And the ubiquitous starlings.....

But these were totally new to me! Fun!

Also, a sharp shinned hawk sometimes drops by, especially in winter, to keep everyone on their toes!

How long have you been feeding them?
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Post  trolleydriver on 4/30/2016, 9:18 am

I forgot that we get a couple of cardinals and goldfinches. I also found a dead goldfinch next to one of my SFG boxes. Wondering if a cat got it.

My neighbor's swimming pool was visited a few times this week by several mallard ducks. With all the lakes and rivers around here you would think they could find a better place to hang out
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/30/2016, 9:56 am

I drive past a bird sanctuary on my way to/from work, and the waterfowl are migrating, making for some good glimpses from the car!
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Post  sanderson on 4/30/2016, 2:51 pm

I can't say that I see a wonderful variety of birds like some of you do. The geese and ducks fly over head as they move between ponding basins. I love when they fly at night, honking to each other. You can't see them but you can follow their flight by the honking. A feeder for the hummingbirds, of which I have only seen one so far this April. A few finches in the back neighbor's trees. A blue jay or two. And the mocking birds. I feed them organic food - Japanese beetles on roses and horned worms on tomatoes! Wink

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/30/2016, 6:14 pm

These are a few of my favorite things:

"JBeetles on roses, and horned worms on 'maters....seedlings in peat pots and gardens on tables....vegetables growing in Fall and in Spring....These are a few of my favorite things!"

Had to go there...sorry


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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/30/2016, 6:33 pm

Scorpio Rising wrote:These are a few of my favorite things:  

"JBeetles on roses, and horned worms on 'maters....seedlings in peat pots and gardens on tables....vegetables growing in Fall and in Spring....These are a few of my favorite things!"

Had to go there...sorry


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Post  trolleydriver on 4/30/2016, 6:46 pm

Well done SR ... Is that from the musical "The Sound of SFG"?

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/30/2016, 6:52 pm

Yep! Sanderson started it...
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Post  jimmy cee on 4/30/2016, 10:52 pm

My wife and I were sitting on our porch today, a cool snappy day with birds coming and going. We have a couple feeders just beyond the rail, when today while we were just sitting quietly a red breasted grosbeak lit on our sunflower feeder just feet away. We both froze and watched as this skittish beautiful bird fed itself. Always concentrating on the world around him, a wonderful sight..
Last year we had a few stayed around and even had young ones. Then they left as quickly as they came.
This is a female, much duller than the gorgeous male.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/30/2016, 10:59 pm

Saw my first female today! Looked identical to your girl! I have 3 males, and today was the first I had seen the fe! So cool!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/15/2016, 11:31 am

Baltimore Oriole on my hummingbird feeder yesterday evening!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/15/2016, 11:34 am

http://i86.servimg.com/u/f86/19/25/77/83/image19.jpg

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/15/2016, 11:36 am

http://i86.servimg.com/u/f86/19/25/77/83/image21.jpg

Not the best pics...he was very gregarious!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/21/2016, 4:10 pm

The year-round feeding decision has resulted in many undesirable, messy and bullying black birds (starlings, grackles mostly) to dominate my sunflower feeder, keeping my little songbirds at bay. Evil or Very Mad This has made me take drastic measures. I tried to let the feeder sit empty for a couple days, but the bad guys won't move on. So I did some research, and substituted safflower seeds for sunflower seeds in my feeder. They are really small and are kinda falling out, but the blackbirds don't like them!

And my songbirds seem just fine with them, we will see. And supposedly cardinals like them too. I have some of those. I have a couple bluejays, and they can be bullies, but mine don't hang around much.
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/21/2016, 4:22 pm

Yesterday when I was standing close to my SFG boxes and I turned around, there were two downy woodpeckers going up and down on the branches of a bush (more like a small tree) right next to me. I could almost reach out and touch them. They were not afraid at all of me being that close to them.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Downy_Woodpecker/id

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/21/2016, 5:13 pm

I love my woodpeckers! They are so cute and acrobatic! And gymnastic the way they hang and climb! Funny you mention them, I was concerned about the food switch that the woodpeckers wouldn't like the safflower seeds, but she took several and ate them remotely.
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Post  Kelejan on 5/21/2016, 6:05 pm

We have pilated wood-peckers. One can easily tell the difference between the males and females as the crest on one curls upwards and the other's crest curls the opposite way. At the moment I cannot think which one is which.

They do make a lot of noise. Very Happy
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/21/2016, 10:38 pm

Kelejan wrote:We have pilated wood-peckers. One can easily tell the difference between the males and females as the crest on one curls upwards and the other's crest curls the opposite way. At the moment I cannot think which one is which.

They do make a lot of noise. Very Happy
we have pileated woodpeckers in our neighbourhood as well.  They remind me of Woody Woodpecker.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pileated_Woodpecker/id

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s637-5A9Gro

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/21/2016, 11:06 pm

Beautiful animal! I see they avoid northwest Ohio.....hmmmm.....

We have red bellied woodpeckers which don't have a red belly at all.

https://www.google.com/search?q=red+breasted+woodpecker&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari#imgrc=vJPadkTDeoVZoM%3A

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