Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Backyard Birds ~~~ December 2013

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 1, 2013 12:06 PM CST
We came from here:
The thread "Backyard Birds - November 2013" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

Please join us & share your photos of your birds, backyard or otherwise or just enjoy the photos others post on here.

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
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Newyorkrita
Dec 1, 2013 12:18 PM CST
Oh good. A new month and the birds are here all morning eating on the birdseeds. Lots of the usual sparrows and Juncos and Morning Doves.
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
Dec 1, 2013 1:38 PM CST
Get some photos Rita.
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)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Dec 1, 2013 1:45 PM CST
I am so terrible at getting pictures of the birds. Sad
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Dec 1, 2013 2:20 PM CST
Here's some winter birds!

Steller's Jays waiting for their peanuts. A sweet little Mountain Chickadee preening. Bohemian Waxwings,
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eating the fruit off an ornamental crab tree................... Downy Woodpecker getting his fill of suet.
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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)
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Newyorkrita
Dec 1, 2013 2:23 PM CST
Great pictures Margaret! I could never get such great pictures! Crying
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Dec 1, 2013 2:25 PM CST
Thank you Rita! I tip my hat to you.

Sure you can, all you have to do is keep aiming and shooting, edit and pick the best! Hilarious!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Dec 1, 2013 2:29 PM CST
They are all great but the little Chickadee pictures is extra great!

I get nice pics of my flowers but I really am horrible at nature shots. Shrug! If it moves, I can barely photograph it. Grumbling Hilarious!
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Dec 1, 2013 2:34 PM CST
Hilarious! That is a problem alright, that's why you have to take a lot of pics. nodding
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 1, 2013 3:49 PM CST
I agree with Margaret. You have to take a lot of photos & will ditch 20 or 30 or in my case 50 or 100 for every one you keep.

Fabulous shots Margaret! Hurray!
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: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Dec 1, 2013 4:50 PM CST
Thank you Ann! I tip my hat to you.
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
Dec 1, 2013 9:12 PM CST
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and then he dives! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing



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I can't figure out what sparrows these are



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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)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Dec 1, 2013 9:27 PM CST
Ann, great pictures of the Cardinal!

Those sparrows might be white crown or white throats? I bet Margaret will know.
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Gleni
Dec 1, 2013 10:49 PM CST
Nearly got a decent shot of the Buff-breasted Rails. The parents are feeding in the garden and are not too scared but gradually move off into the grass. They have young walking around with them. I have seen two black balls of fluff but they can really run. I thought had them on a sports stop sequence shot my camera will do. But I must not have pressed the button.
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I just noticed you can see the bubs following at the bottom of the shot!!! Black fluff ball. Whooopppeee.
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Dec 1, 2013 11:31 PM CST
Ann, I am pretty sure it is a juvenile White-crowned Sparrow, so Rita got it right. Thumbs up
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
Dec 2, 2013 6:03 AM CST
Cool Glen! I saw the bubs.

Thanks Margaret & Rita. I keep trying to get clear photos of those sparrows. They don't mind if I'm there & I can get pretty close but Lord! don't dare point that camera at them! Hilarious! They have the prettiest markings on their back.
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: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Dec 2, 2013 10:34 AM CST
Ann, I love the White-crowned sparrows, they have the sweetest song in the spring, check it out, and yes once they get used to you, you can get pretty close to them, I have been within a few feet of them, I have a couple of photos somewhere, can't find them right now, I need to organize my photos better! Hilarious!
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
Dec 2, 2013 11:21 AM CST
Glen, you have the most interesting birds.

Lots of morning doves here today. Not that I can get any pics because they are hanging out in the backyard where I can't get any shots.
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
Dec 2, 2013 12:17 PM CST
We have tons & tons of the white crowned sparrow juveniles but I have yet to see an adult????? That's why I was having so much trouble ID'ing them I guess ~~ I was assuming they *were* the adult version of whatever they were. I will check out their songs Margaret. I'm still trying to learn the songs of the birds here that I am not used to. Cardinals I know, Jays I know, finches I know, Catbirds I know, hawks I know including all the different sounds each makes. It's been hard though to learn the new ones. They all get jumbled up in my brain. I think maybe I need to listen to one per day & then when I get that one down, move to the next species.
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: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Dec 2, 2013 12:45 PM CST
Ann, that's a good idea to listen to a song each day, I should do that too. Thumbs up

Found the photo, I was weeding in the 'Birds' garden in the corner, there were a dozen or more of the White-crowned sparrows at the various feeders and on the ground, this one flew into the tree right beside me and I managed to get a few good shots before it flew to the ground to join the others. Green Grin!
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