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Re: Birds of the Garden

Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/1/2017, 8:18 pm

@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:Robins should definitely be reused rather than recycled!
Hahaha!  He was a little distressed!  I think he landed in there and couldn't get out!  Poor baby!  He was relieved to be re-used!

TD, robins also make the nicest nests!  Pretty, lots of mud, very secure!

Fiz--Here's a Mourning Dove story; I had a grapevine wreath hanging on a little used 2nd door to my garage.  It was a favorite bird nest spot--protected on my porch, etc.  Had a Mourning Dove couple move in a few years back and started a family--me and the kids all watched daily the comings and goings....little babies growing you get it.  One day I come home, wreath, on the ground.  Nest intact, babies with barely feathered alive but spilled....fell about 5 feet.  PANIC mode....re-hung the wreath, repositioned the nest, secured the stupid wreath....and carefully placed the 2 babes in....lo and behold, parents arrived quickly, must have been watching.  And all was well, both fledged!
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Post  Fiz on 6/1/2017, 9:48 pm

Wow Scorpio, that's quite a story! Glad it had a happy ending!

Here are the pictures of the doves I was talking about:


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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/2/2017, 7:57 pm

Aww!  So cute!  Love it!  Good pics!
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Post  has55 on 6/2/2017, 10:19 pm

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Post  countrynaturals on 9/17/2017, 2:35 pm

This is Hatter, one of our rescue pigeons, taking a bath in the chickens' water bowl this morning.

Hatter FB Video.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/17/2017, 9:10 pm

He is having a bath!  Bet that felt good!!!!!I love you
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/18/2017, 11:29 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:He is having a bath!  Bet that felt good!!!!!I love you
During the hottest part of the summer they put on a real show, dancing around and lifting their wings so Bob could give them a real shower with the hose. I could never manage to get one of those performances on video, unfortunately.

Also, the little birds would flock to the garden when I turned on the sprinkler system. They were so cute, flapping around in the plants and getting a good cooling-off. I love you
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Post  trolleydriver on 11/22/2017, 10:59 am

The neighbourhood crows are gathering "en masse" in the trees across from our house. They are making an awful racket with their calls. I feel like I am in Hitchcock's "The Birds" movie. Where I lived in England as a boy, the phrase "stone the crows" was sometimes used as an expression of surprise. I feel like going out and throwing stones at those crows.

Down the street we have a park with several soccer fields. A few days ago, Canada Geese covered two of the six fields. They were packed in there and must have left a ton of their ugly fertilizer on those fields before the snow came. I don't have a photo. 


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Post  countrynaturals on 11/22/2017, 5:05 pm

Hummingbirds quit using the feeders last summer, so I let them go. Now that the flowers are past it, I put the feeders back out. I was afraid I had waited too long, but they forgave me and came back.  okay
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/22/2017, 9:01 pm

That’s cool, Suz!  Glad they are still lighting up your life, I love them!!!

This was a couple weeks ago, but my first snowy woodpecker, female, they love the suet bricks!

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Post  countrynaturals on 1/7/2018, 11:01 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:That’s cool, Suz!  Glad they are still lighting up your life, I love them!!!

This was a couple weeks ago, but my first snowy woodpecker, female, they love the suet bricks!

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I missed this somehow. Embarassed Love woodpeckers! We have several varieties and enjoy them all.
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/2/2018, 1:05 pm

I was sitting on the deck, watching one of the old cats, to make sure she ate her breakfast, when a hummingbird came by and started picking at a spider web. I thought it was odd, especially when she came back again and visited another web. Then I started to wonder -- do they steal spider webbing to build their nests?  thinking
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/2/2018, 2:25 pm

I know they eat spiders....
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/2/2018, 6:16 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:I know they eat spiders....
EWWWW! I saw a Venus Fly Trap eat a Daddy Long Legs once. GROSS!

I looked it up and spider silk is one of the most popular nesting materials for hummingbirds. Learn something new every day.  thinking

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/3/2018, 11:12 pm

I am putting my hummingbird feeder up this weekend.  We have had such an unseasonably cold spring...way late.
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/4/2018, 9:47 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:I am putting my hummingbird feeder up this weekend.  We have had such an unseasonably cold spring...way late.
Don't forget nesting materials. Yesterday, I saw a hummer at the lint trap for our clothes dryer.  sunny
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Post  sanderson on 5/5/2018, 3:16 am

All of this reminds me that I need to get a bird bath going. It's going to be bouncing around 90*F.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/5/2018, 6:59 pm

Suet block down, hummingbird feeder up!

Just threw out a bunch of seeds for the ground feeders, mourning doves, juncos, mostly.  Peanuts for the squirrels.  

Can’t wait for my little jewels to show up!!!
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/6/2018, 3:13 pm

We're getting a new nest! It's the house next door that just came on the market. While inspecting the property, we found the previous tenants -- all 5 of them -- about ready to vacate.  Rolling Eyes 

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