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Old 06-07-2006, 04:24 PM   #41
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Old 06-07-2006, 04:41 PM   #42
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Astromeria's cool window feeder for the meal worms was so awesome I bought one today for my sister's birthday--complete with mealworms!
I'll bet that gives the mail carriers a real thrill...
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Old 06-07-2006, 05:36 PM   #43
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Before I put them up, I had a couple of direct hits at a very fast flying speed. Dead before they hit the ground. No problems since.
Yeah, because you killed them all .. dead birds don't cause many problems!
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Old 06-12-2006, 01:38 PM   #44
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I have an update to my Tree starling nest.

Yesterday 3 of the baby Tree starlings stuck their heads through the holes in the birdhouse, waiting for Mom to bring bugs. I was able to see them pretty clearly though my binoculars. Their heads are almost as large as the parents, not sure about the bodies yet. I've seen 3 and there might be another. The hole wasn't large enough for 2 of them to fit their heads through. Mom brings them bugs all day long. It's funny to see how wide they open their beaks to get the food.

Can anyone suggest a good pair of small binoculars. I have some inexpensive ones that go out of focus in one eye. I've been sitting outside watching them through the binoculars. I see why this is a great hobby. ALways changing, especially if there are babies.
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Old 06-12-2006, 01:46 PM   #45
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My favorite birding binocular is the Nikon Premier SE 8X32, a porro prism binocular. It would be great for looking at those babies. Not cheap tho.
http://nikon.binoculars.com/products...er-se-191.html
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Old 06-12-2006, 01:51 PM   #46
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Thanks Martha.....No they aren't cheap. But they do have good reviews.

I wasn't planning on spending that much...but if I looked through them I'm sure I'd be hooked.
I'll do some searching online. Never know what I can find.
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Old 06-12-2006, 03:05 PM   #47
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For a minute I thought that you said PORNO binoculars. Would that make them bargain?
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For a minute I thought that you said PORNO binoculars.*
Hey, those are OAP's binoculars, not mine.
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Old 06-14-2006, 07:36 AM   #49
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yelnad, for meal worms, we purchased a neat plastic tray feeder from Wild Birds Unlimited ... see the "Dinner Bell", on this page:http://www.wbu.com/prod/guide/specialty.htm.

The eggs have hatched, and we have baby Eastern Bluebirds now ... three, I believe, or may be four.* Trying to keep an eye on them, but not too close, so momma doesn't get upset.*

Our early success here might get me back into woodworking a bit, and making more nestboxes.* Found a neat book that has recommended spec's on houses for various species ... "A Guide to Bird Homes", by Scott Shalaway (from Bird Watcher's Digest) ... found it at Wild Birds Unlimited.
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Old 06-14-2006, 11:29 AM   #50
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We use the double-tray window feeder for meal worms.

We haven't been paying as much attention this week as we're tying up loose ends and getting ready for almost a month in Italy starting this weekend. WooHoo! Birdwise, I hope we see more than St Marks pigeons, starlings, and house sparrows.

Ciao, baby.
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Old 06-14-2006, 01:23 PM   #51
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Charles...congratulations on the bluebird babies.
Astromeria....let us know what birds you see in Italy. Hope there is something interesting.

My update is my Tree Swallows (mistakenly called them tree starlings for those who care) are flying today. I have 5 and I thought one was pushed out of the nest by the others. They vie for the front of each window/port hole and I thought the others pushed one out on the ledge.

Shortly after, they all were urged by one of the parents and went flying as a family. The landing were a little shaky, but they all made it back to the ledge or one of the nearby feeder poles. Amazing. I didn't realize they would fly that quickly. I was ready with the ladder to rescue and return them to their house if they fell on the ground.

They still expect Mom to feed them but I wonder how long they'll hang around now that they're mobile.

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The ultimate birding binoculars

Here's what I use: http://www.eagleoptics.com/index.asp?pid=887

Absolutely fantastic binoculars. $$$ Worth every penny to me.

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Here's what I use: http://www.eagleoptics.com/index.asp?pid=887

Absolutely fantastic binoculars. $$$ Worth every penny to me.

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I like the Swarovski too, but given my amateur status, I went for the Nikons, plus the Nikons are smaller and lighter. At about the same price as the Swarovski is the Zeiss FL, also a very nice binocular.

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Great place for deals on binoculars:* www.samplelist.com
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We use the double-tray window feeder for meal worms.
I sure hope we're still talking about feeding birds!
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Old 06-16-2006, 08:59 AM   #56
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Final update on my baby birds:

Wednesday, they all flew and came back and slept in my birdhouse. Mom only fed them in the morning. No afternoon feedings. She had been feeding them all day into the evening on Tuesday. While they were off flying, she must have been teaching them to catch their own bugs.

Thursday morning Mom fed them all, but only a few times. They all flew off with her, except one. Finally the last one went off with the rest and they haven't come back.

Apparently once they weaned, they were ready to go wherever Tree swallows live. So I have an empty birdhouse. While I'm sorry to see them go, it was a lot of fun watching them while they were here.

So I have some time to get those new binoculars before my birdhouse is populated again.
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Old 06-16-2006, 04:54 PM   #57
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You know how it is... the hot chicks go for the wren-men with flashy feathers and cool nests. Poor good-doobie homeowner can't compete
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Old 06-16-2006, 08:12 PM   #59
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CT .. I hope he lures a female in. It's a lot of fun to watch the progression while they build the nest. Not to mention the singing. I have a ton of wrens in my yard and they are great to listen to.
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- What the hell was I drinking? - It must have been that cheap Trader Joe's wine.
Looks like you've discovered how Trader Joe can sell wine so cheaply. They leave the spell check out of the fermentation process.

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