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Post  countrynaturals on 11/3/2019, 9:49 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Good story!
 put the hummingbird feeder away last weekend! 
We usually have at least one hardy soul that stays all winter, so our feeder stays up. okay
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Post  sanderson on 11/4/2019, 2:54 pm

The humminbirds are just getting real active around the feeders now, and will continue for a couple+ months. Mediterranean climate here.

The bird feed will go out after the first frost or freeze.

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Post  countrynaturals on 1/1/2020, 1:44 pm

We've never had California Quail in this neighborhood. Haven't seen them since 1999 in our old location. They were here for about 5 minutes this morning. I never did get a good shot. Their little topknots are so cute, but you can't see them here unless you know where to look. Sad 
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Post  countrynaturals on 1/3/2020, 12:34 pm

We have a new woodpecker and the old ones aren't happy about it, so it may be gone soon, but I was able to get one good shot of it.
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I looked it up. He/she is a Downy Woodpecker. Supposed to be the smallest in North America, but I swear we've had a smaller variety. Maybe that one wasn't a true woodpecker, but something similar.
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/8/2020, 9:48 pm

The turkeys are back. Today, we had 2 males, showing off for the girls. They're standing back-to-back in this pic. I wish I could have gotten a better shot, but this was the best I could do.
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Post  Kelejan on 3/10/2020, 1:14 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:We have a new woodpecker and the old ones aren't happy about it, so it may be gone soon, but I was able to get one good shot of it.
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I looked it up. He/she is a Downy Woodpecker. Supposed to be the smallest in North America, but I swear we've had a smaller variety. Maybe that one wasn't a true woodpecker, but something similar.

I looked it up as well in my Reader's Digest book of North American Wildlife and that also says it is the smallest woodpecker.

I had to hunt for my book as I have not looked at it for some time.  I found the book cover flap flap located on page 118 and there was your little woodpecker.  I remember now looking up another woodpecker some time ago to see  whether it was male of female. I think this little Downy woodpecker both M and F must look alike.
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Post  OhioGardener on 3/10/2020, 2:03 pm

We have lots of Eastern Downy Woodpeckers, though they are very defensive of their "territory".  The male has a small red spot on the nape that the female does not have.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/10/2020, 8:27 pm

Love my woodpeckers!  I commonly have Downy and Snowy...saw a bunch of turkeys coming home from work today out in the country!  Love them.
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/11/2020, 11:29 am

Got 'em! happy turtle 
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/11/2020, 5:15 pm

So cool!
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Post  sanderson on 3/15/2020, 7:05 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:So cool!
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Post  Kelejan on 3/16/2020, 1:06 pm

At the beginning of winter we had a flock of of twenty  turkeys plus a hen still with 12 half-grown offspring crossing my property and as the season wore on the poor hen and her brood did not turn up, and one by one the turkey's numbers dropped and now we have three left. Sad
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Post  OhioGardener on 3/16/2020, 5:37 pm

The coyotes are wiping out the wild turkey population here. Hardly ever see any in the area.

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Post  countrynaturals on 3/16/2020, 6:00 pm

@Kelejan wrote:At the beginning of winter we had a flock of of twenty  turkeys plus a hen still with 12 half-grown offspring crossing my property and as the season wore on the poor hen and her brood did not turn up, and one by one the turkey's numbers dropped and now we have three left. Sad
We have fluctuating numbers, too. Yesterday, there were 23. Today, only 11. I think some of them split off and form other groups. Sometimes they get back together. Also, we lost all of them for several months when hunting season came around last fall. Our neighbor swears they're smart enough to head for the mountains in the fall. This year, they stayed gone until a couple of weeks ago.
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Post  Kelejan on 3/18/2020, 8:10 am

@OhioGardener wrote:The coyotes are wiping out the wild turkey population here. Hardly ever see any in the area.

Mother Nature's way.  No turkeys then fewer coyotes and the turkeys will come back, in numbers of course as they will be new turkeys.
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Post  OhioGardener on 5/27/2020, 5:28 pm

Today, for the first time ever I got to see a Pileated Woodpecker in our yard. Behind the house is an old Maple tree stump which has rotted down to ground level. A beautiful Pileated Woodpecker was busy pecking that the stump to get the grubs within the decaying wood. Unfortunately, I could not get its picture - as soon as I quietly opened the door so I could get a picture it took off and didn't come back. Hope we get to see more of them here!

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/27/2020, 6:38 pm

OMG!!!  OG, that is so cool!  I have a basically dead pear tree in my back yard.  I am going to cut most if it out but leave habitat.  

I love those birds, so large!
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Post  Kelejan on 5/28/2020, 8:41 am

@OhioGardener wrote:Today, for the first time ever I got to see a Pileated Woodpecker in our yard. Behind the house is an old Maple tree stump which has rotted down to ground level. A beautiful Pileated Woodpecker was busy pecking that the stump to get the grubs within the decaying wood. Unfortunately, I could not get its picture - as soon as I quietly opened the door so I could get a picture it took off and didn't come back. Hope we get to see more of them here!

They make quite a noise, don't they, O.G.  We have had them nearby for several years, and there is an easy way to tell if they are male or female by the way their red poll is shaped. It is easy of you can remember which way they point, but I would have to look in my bird book to remember.
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Post  Emily49 on 5/28/2020, 8:32 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:Today, for the first time ever I got to see a Pileated Woodpecker in our yard. Behind the house is an old Maple tree stump which has rotted down to ground level. A beautiful Pileated Woodpecker was busy pecking that the stump to get the grubs within the decaying wood. Unfortunately, I could not get its picture - as soon as I quietly opened the door so I could get a picture it took off and didn't come back. Hope we get to see more of them here!
That is my favorite woodpecker!  We get all 7 of PA's woodpeckers in our yard.  The pileated is a shy one.
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