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Old 01-27-2012, 08:52 PM   #21
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Turkey Vultures, hummingbirds, wood peckers and a bird I don't know the name of but has a very interesting song. Sounds like he's saying "Cheeseburger" Only long like this;
cheeeeese....burrrger. He repeats it over and over. I hear them a lot around the ski resort.

Then there are the crows and ravens. I love to hear the caw! caw!
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:03 PM   #22
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Robins, bluejays, cardinals, house finches, american goldfinches, mourning doves, mockingbird, downey woodpeckers, red-bellied woodpeckers, white crowned sparrows, tree sparrows, white breasted nuthatches, thrashers, carolina chickadees, tufted titmouses are our daily visitors along with, sadly, starlings and blackbirds. We have a number of hawks that fly through the yard, but I am not good at identifying raptors. We had a huge flock of cedar waxwings a couple of months ago several times. That was a first for me to see in our yard. Our little yorkie only weighs 5 lbs so we are always on the lookout for the hawks. We have seen them catch several rabbits in our yard - and the rabbits are larger than our dog!
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:51 PM   #23
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At this time of year, I can look out the window towards the feeders almost any time of day and see:
Cardinals
Goldfinches
Chickadees
Downy, hairy, and red-bellied woodpeckers
Tufted titmouse
Nuthatch
Dark-eyed junco
Eastern towhee
Mourning dove
and lots of various kinds of finches and sparrows

Frequently, there will also be:
Cooper's hawk
Sharp-shinned hawk
Kestrel
Pileated woodpecker

Others stop by at other times of year, but most of the ones mentioned are year-round.
So it looks like you have set up your bird of prey feeder pretty well
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Today I saw a pair of black phoebes, green jays, greater kiskadees, altamira orioles, white-tipped doves, golden-fronted woodpeckers, a screech owl, a northern beardless tyranulet, a clay-colored thrush, chachalacas, a green kingfisher, a pair of verdins, black-crested titmouse, orange-crowned warblers. I heard several olive sparrows and a couple of house wrens, but I couldn't get on them with my bins.

I walk the park next door and look at their feeders.

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Wrens, sparrows, finches, etc. all year. Red tailed Hawks, Crows, Magpies and Quail too. Not much action right now. In a couple of months it will get interesting. I love watching the Western Kingbirds on the fence line across the street in the late spring.

DW saw a big owl on the road the other evening. Scared the heck out of her.
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Sparrows, nothing more. But we are leaving for our weekend place in a couple of hours. There I see a couple of Bald Eagles almost every morning plus ducks and geese of all sorts.
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Saw a cardinal just this morning. At least I think that's what it was since it's bright red. And a few wild turkeys a month or so ago.
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Today I saw a pair of black phoebes, green jays, greater kiskadees, altamira orioles, white-tipped doves, golden-fronted woodpeckers, a screech owl, a northern beardless tyranulet, a clay-colored thrush, chachalacas, a green kingfisher, a pair of verdins, black-crested titmouse, orange-crowned warblers. I heard several olive sparrows and a couple of house wrens, but I couldn't get on them with my bins.

I walk the park next door and look at their feeders.

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Audrey, I think you won the unofficial bird viewing medal for Jan 27, 2012. Most of those birds I've never seen.
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Not much of a bird person, but we have a large hawk with an intestinal problem that perches only in branches over our driveway. And an owl that keeps me awake at night. But in spring, the geese, ducks, herons, wrens, robins, cardinals, etc will be back.
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Saw another of my favorites this morning, a yellow-shafted flicker. Haven't seen one since last autumn.
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Today as I look out the window, we have a "charm" of goldfinches feasting on thistle seeds.
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Regular visitors are sparrows, blue jays, cardinals, blackbirds, and doves. Less regular are juncos, crows, and the occasional hummingbird or hawk.
Forgot mockingbirds...
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As we sit and look out our windows, or sit on the back deck contemplating all of the financial machinations we need to go through to stay FIREd, I wonder if we all take the time to enjoy the natural world we live in.

Towards that end, what birds are you seeing, right now, in your backyard?
We love watching the birds, especially in the winter when we're stuck indoors more. That being the case, I've set up nine feeders of various types that we can see from our warm confines, and view our feathered friends as they feed and frolic around.

On any given winter day, our visitors almost always include:


Several pairs of Cardinals
Typically 4 or 5 Blue Jays
a few Goldfinches (but not nearly as many as usual)
Purple Finches
Tufted Titmouse
Pileated Woodpeckers
Red Headed Woodpeckers
Juncos
Several Morning Doves
Several different kinds of Sparrows
Chickadees of various types
Nuthatches

....and a Red Tail Hawk looking for it's dinner ON the feeders! BAH!!!

And of course the grackles and cowbirds that try to take over the feeders, but usually end up just scattering the seed onto the ground where the other birds (and bushy tail tree rats squirrels) scarf it up!

If we're outside, overhead we also normally see Turkey Vultures, various hawks, Mallards, and Canada Geese.

If we take a ride down to the river at this time of year, we'll see a dozen or more Bald Eagles 'fishing' for dinner. In fact at Starved Rock State Park about 10 miles downstream from us, this is "Eagle Watch Weekend". There are usually several hundred visitors from Chicago and the 'burbs that come down to get a look at those majestic birds. Before I ER'd, I worked on the south bank of the river, and in the winter we'd have dozens of Bald Eagles in the trees overlooking the river at our plant. It was normally the only place along the river for miles that was not frozen over, due to the millions of gallons of processed water we put in everyday, and the fish and birds of prey were both in abundance!!! We could walk within 15 or 20 feet of the eagles, and they wouldn't fly off!!! It was way too cool!!!
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Just saw a couple of Robins....in ND......in January. In my 64 years I have never seen that before.
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winter flock in central mountains of New Mexico, juniper/pinyon pine forest:

daily visitors include northern flickers, ladderback woodpecker, acord woodpeckers, titmice, bushtits, red-backed juncos and dark-eyed juncos, pine siskins, canyon towhees, scrub jays, and robins
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This winter we regularly have a few cardinals and black capped chickadees that come to our window to beg for food, a half dozen mourning doves that congregate at our birdbaths most evenings and a few red headed woodpeckers who peck on our dogwood and chestnut trees.
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I have a bird feeder but hardly any birds right now. What kind of food do you all use to attract such a variety of birds? I don't want starlings so I tend to put out safflower seed in my main feeder.
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I have a bird feeder but hardly any birds right now. What kind of food do you all use to attract such a variety of birds? I don't want starlings so I tend to put out safflower seed in my main feeder.
I use nyger or thistle seed in the feeders for the finches, as those feeders have very tiny openings that keep the fat-beaked birds out. I put safflower seed in one of my dome-covered tray feeders for the cardinals...not very many other birds around here like the safflower seeds. I put peanuts (in shell) in another dome-covered feeder that is hung in a sheltered place that only the blue jays and cardinals frequent...and the bushy tailed tree rats squirrels absolutely can't get to (try as they might!). And I have two feeders that have a steel-wire mesh cage around that only allows the smaller birds and those with long beaks to get to the seed. In those two I use a premium wild bird seed mix....one that contains NO millet or other 'junk' seed that most birds just toss out onto the ground. The very small amount of seed of whatever type that does hit the ground is quickly scarfed up by the juncos, morning doves, cardinals, and sparrows.

We also have a couple of trees and shrubs that have small fruit or berries on them, that the birds love! And my gardens are filled with native wildflowers that I leave standing through the winter for the birds to eat the seed heads...especially Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) and Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta). We also toss out chopped up fruit occasionally, as well as old trail mix, cookies or chips that have gotten stale (though most things never have a chance to get stale around us!)

And the bushy tailed tree rats get all of the nuts and acorns off of our walnut and oak trees...as well as those trees of our neighbors!
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Thanks Goonie. I think I pay too much attention to what I DON'T want at my feeders. Looks like I need more assorted feeders and foods.
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This afternoon the red headed woodpecker came back. I caught him in an unusual pose. Usually, they will be on a tree trunk sitting back on their stiff tail feathers for support.
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