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

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 11, 2013 12:27 PM CST
Join us & enjoy or share photos of your backyard birds!

This one's just for fun. Find the birdie...

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Nov 11, 2013 12:31 PM CST
Hurray a new November thread! Thumbs up
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 11, 2013 1:00 PM CST
Ann: Thanks for the new thread and the photo of that cute little Warbler!

I was out on the porch a few minutes ago and noticed this pair of Pied-billed Grebes in the water. I love when they visit this time of year!
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Nov 11, 2013 1:18 PM CST
The birds have been singing and chirping all day…Cardinals, Wren, Warblers, etc. All of a sudden we had complete silence! And then I discovered why!!!
Sorry the pic. isn't so good.
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I'm not sure what kind of Hawk he is…Other than hungry! Can any of you tell?
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Nov 11, 2013 1:22 PM CST
Oh Oh. Hawk looking for having birds for dinner! I wish they would eat squirrels! I don't hate the squirrels but I sure do have too many of them here.
Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Nov 11, 2013 1:26 PM CST
I agree Hilarious!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 11, 2013 1:41 PM CST
I think that may be a Sharp Shinned juvenile Tara. Yellow eyes are what the sharp shinned have.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Nov 11, 2013 1:50 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Thanks Ann! I was focusing on the tail feathers trying to ID it more that way…Didn't even think about the eye color! I was leaning towards the Cooper's Hawk…But something about that one just wasn't right. I think it was the shape of the tail that was screaming no, not Cooper's. Thumbs up
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 11, 2013 2:16 PM CST
Well, it wasn't just the eye color, it was the bands in the tail, the distance the feathers do or do not travel down the legs, the color of the legs, the breast color & amount of streaking, and the SIZE. Sharp shinned are small hawks whereas Cooper's hawks are medium sized. Often we have nothing in a photo to give us size perception but in this case, the chain link fence was great for getting an idea of the size. Also, it's head was turned which allowed a look at the classic coloring of the head/neck of the sharp shinned & the sharp shinned are here this time of year.

I once read something about IDing birds which is the most helpful thing I've ever learned in order to ID them. When you see them, do not think about what they are; just LOOK & take a mental photo, notice leg color, beak color, breast, back, wings. SIZE, BILL SHAPE, tail -- is it banded, rounded or forked. Just look beginning at the head & work your way down trying to mentally remember as many features as you can. That is the single most invaluable thing I've learned. And it seems like soooooo DUH!!! But before I read that, I was not looking that way. I would try to remember every feature of the head & zip! the bird would be gone before I got any further. Just act as if your eyes are a camera taking photos in rapid succession, click, click, click. click. The more you get, the better chance of IDing it.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Nov 11, 2013 2:21 PM CST
Great info.!!!! You certainly have taught me something today! Lovey dubby I tip my hat to you.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 11, 2013 2:52 PM CST
You are most welcome Tara! I tip my hat to you.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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Horntoad
Nov 11, 2013 3:20 PM CST
plantladylin said:Ann: Thanks for the new thread and the photo of that cute little Warbler!

I was out on the porch a few minutes ago and noticed this pair of Pied-billed Grebes in the water. I love when they visit this time of year!
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I saw my first Pied-bill Grebes last winter. They are really cute.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 11, 2013 3:48 PM CST
I agree
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 11, 2013 4:07 PM CST
Here's our little Pine Warbler

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Male cardinal & sparrow

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I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Nov 11, 2013 4:08 PM CST
Oh that warbler is a cutie!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 11, 2013 4:13 PM CST
Wow, nice shot Tara! I'm not real good at identifying hawks but I'm thinking with those long legs and long tail it may be a Sharp-shinned Hawk. I hate that they eat the smaller birds but they are so beautiful in their own right and they have to eat too. I'm like Rita ... so many squirrels I wish they'd catch and eat a few of them!
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Nov 11, 2013 4:14 PM CST
Ann, I just love that warbler and of course the Cardinal ... I saw a few sparrows here a week or so ago but I guess they were just passing through cause no more sightings except that one time.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Nov 11, 2013 4:17 PM CST
Lin, great Avatar for today!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 11, 2013 5:15 PM CST
Thanks Rita; just my way on this Veterans Day of saying thanks to those who currently serve or who have served!
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Name: Tara
NE, Florida (Zone 9a)
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terrafirma
Nov 11, 2013 5:37 PM CST
I agree with Rita! It is wonderful to see!

And thanks Lin, I believe it is the Sharp-shinned! Sure is a beauty, even if they do eat the smaller ones…But I agree…I wish they ate squirrels!
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