Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Backyard Birds - August 2013

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 4, 2013 6:37 PM CST
I thought I'd start a new thread for the month of August. We had some rains and a thunderstorm this afternoon and it was cloudy when I took these photo's of a little Northern Mockingbird perched in the Cypress tree:
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 4, 2013 6:56 PM CST
Hurray for a new thread started. Poor bird does look all wet!
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Marilyn
Aug 4, 2013 10:11 PM CST
Lin

Thanks for starting the Aug. thread. I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up (just read what you said in the July thread)
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Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 5, 2013 10:07 AM CST
It's too hot and humid to play outside today and I have some errands to run anyway but I was out on the back porch a few minutes ago to move something and heard the Jays screeching their distress calls. I looked out and sure enough, there was a hawk circling, causing all the backyard songbirds to take off for cover! I spotted this Mourning Dove in the neighbors Elm tree just before it flew into a shrub beside the house. Hope the hawk goes hunting someplace else.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 5, 2013 10:12 AM CST
Pretty Morning Dove. Smiling
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 5, 2013 12:14 PM CST
Thanks Rita! I love the blue ring around their eyes and those pretty pinkish red legs and feet! Green Grin!
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sandnsea2
Aug 5, 2013 12:27 PM CST
What a beautiful pic, Lin!!! love the contrast of leg and feather color, too!! Hurray!
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 5, 2013 12:28 PM CST
I agree Yes, me too. I agree completely.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 5, 2013 12:29 PM CST
Thanks ladies!
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Aug 11, 2013 1:16 PM CST
Not much going on this thread lately. I am still feeding the birds here as usual but not getting any pictures.

I know some of you on this forum used to be on a chat thread in the sandbox. Well, JB has started a wonderful upbeat chat threat there that has really taken off. Pictures of flowers and birds and such welcome. Come talk about your day. Talk about your garden and your birds. Just join in!

Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Aug 13, 2013 10:47 PM CST
On 8/8/13, it poured down in the morning. Around 1 pm, I looked out the patio door and this is what we saw on the pole (utility/telephone) in the backyard (in the corner of the yard). The bird was trying to dry out. He/she was standing on the pole and would turn around in a circle while the wings were stretched out. It would stand awhile in each position when he/she took a quarter of turn as he/she went around the 'circle'.

Finally, it sat down and flew away (later). We didn't get to see it fly away. We turned away from the patio door and when we went back to look, it was gone.

We were watching it for awhile before DH starting taking pics. Don't know how long it was on the pole, before we saw it. The pics spanned an hour in time (from first one to last one).

DH started taking pics through the patio door at first, since he didn't want to scare the bird away, but after a few pics, he slowly opened the door and took the rest of the pics that way (to get better and clearer shots).

I thought he cropped/zoomed the pics before adding them to the computer, but I see he didn't.

The day had a lot of glare and the pics reflected it. The song birds were feeding below and flying around the whole time the big bird was above them trying to dry out. We saw it watching them. Guess it was looking for dead meat (birds, etc.). Hilarious!

It looks like a juvie Turkey Vulture.

We live in a rural area within our subdivison and there is a 13 acre wooded meadow field next to our property. This is the first time we've seen this. We've been living here since Spring 1997.


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Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Aug 14, 2013 10:32 AM CST
Oh my, what a sight! And living next to a 13 acre woods and meadow sounds like a very good thing to me. No wonder you get such a nice assortment of birdlife.
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Aug 14, 2013 12:41 PM CST
Marilyn, pretty cool to see the vulture sitting like that. We saw 3 flying over head when we were sitting on the patio yesterday, we thought that was cool.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 14, 2013 4:42 PM CST
Very cool shots Marilyn! We have Turkey Vultures in Florida too but I don't see them as often as I do the American Black Vulture. I'm in California this week and I'm hoping to get some pictures of birds out here that I don't see in Fla.

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Aug 14, 2013 9:44 PM CST
Thanks everyone! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

Lin,

Looking forward to seeing CA Quail pics (& their babies/juvies, if you can). They're all so adorable! Lovey dubby nodding

Have a safe trip! Group hug
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Aug 14, 2013 10:40 PM CST
I took this today and thought it was cute how the two doves look like twins side by side!
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The heat and drought must be hard on the birds. When I do leave the sprinklers on for a while, the birds have such fun! It's nice to watch them enjoying themselves, but can't water very often. One of the cardinals I saw just enjoying the spray of water...
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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Aug 15, 2013 5:01 AM CST
Thumbs up Very nice shots Linda
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 17, 2013 3:03 PM CST
Silky dogwood in my yard has set more berries this year than ever before. They are turning from green to blue. We will see how long it takes the catbirds to eat them.


Cardinal Candy Viburnum. Berries not quite red ripe yet. Usually these are eaten during the winter after freeze thaws soften up the berries. Usually eaten by the Cedar Waxwings.


Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 20, 2013 10:55 AM CST
Look, look. These are the berries on my Silky Dogwood turning from Green to Blue. The Catbirds will eat them as soon as they get ripe.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 20, 2013 11:49 AM CST
Linda: Love that pair of Doves and how cute the little Cardinal ... as hot as it's been I know our birdie friends appreciate a sprinkle now and again! Smiling

Rita: Looks like your garden is going to provide a feast for the Catbirds pretty soon!

I haven't taken time to get any pictures lately but we were in southern California last week and I did manage to get a shot of this cute little bird when it perched for about two seconds; I have no idea what bird it is:
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