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Name: Dave
Dayton, TN (Zone 7a)
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TennesseeDave
Apr 4, 2015 4:57 PM CST
It's Springtime!

House Finch Male
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Red Bellied Woodpecker
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Male Pine Siskin
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Female Downey Woodpecker
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Young Northern Nuthatch. It's Momma was just feeding him.
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Wren
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Apr 4, 2015 8:00 PM CST
Dave - Sweet little birdies!

The Painted Buntings haven't all left yet. I am thrilled to see the Indigo Buntings in all their glory with their new bright blue feathers! They made a colorful scene at the feeder this morning!

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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Apr 5, 2015 10:57 PM CST
Took these on Saturday while I was taking pics of my Spring bulbs in my back yard.

White-throated Sparrow & Junco

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Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Apr 6, 2015 10:07 AM CST
Very nice pictures!
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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Apr 6, 2015 7:02 PM CST
Thanks! Smiling
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Apr 7, 2015 9:48 AM CST
Love the pretty bird pictures.

I haven't gotten any pretty pictures of birds lately, but I'm here. Hurray!

From a distance I tried to zoom in...
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Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
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Eric4home
Apr 7, 2015 12:12 PM CST
Nice pics everyone, and thanks to Christine for catching me up.
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Name: Dave
Dayton, TN (Zone 7a)
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TennesseeDave
Apr 7, 2015 3:36 PM CST
Brown-headed Nuthatch
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Apr 7, 2015 8:47 PM CST
Pretty! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
beckygardener said:Dave - Sweet little birdies!

The Painted Buntings haven't all left yet. I am thrilled to see the Indigo Buntings in all their glory with their new bright blue feathers! They made a colorful scene at the feeder this morning!

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Apr 8, 2015 8:29 AM CST
I've been so busy the past month that I haven't had much time to post but I sure am loving all the bird photos y'all have shared on the March and now April thread. From last week and this week ...

Red-bellied Woodpeckers, male and female
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Blue Jay and a pair of Mourning Doves
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Northern Cardinal and a Tufted Titmouse
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Red-shouldered Hawk and Bald Eagle
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Yesterday when I was cleaning up the back porch I glanced across the water and saw that a Blue Heron had caught a fish so I grabbed my camera to try and get a few pictures. It always amazes me that they can swallow such large fish.
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Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
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Eric4home
Apr 8, 2015 8:34 AM CST
He looks a bit like a pelican in that last shot. Smiling
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Apr 8, 2015 9:04 AM CST
That reminds me of the saying about the Pelican.....

There's a story about the Pelican
His beak can hold more than his belly can!
Hilarious! Hilarious!

Looks to be true of the Blue Heron as well.

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Apr 8, 2015 10:28 AM CST
They are funny looking when they catch big fish ... and I agree it does look like a Pelican in that last shot.
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Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Apr 8, 2015 10:36 AM CST
Fantastic shots, Lin!
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Apr 8, 2015 10:37 AM CST
Thanks Natalie!
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Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
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Eric4home
Apr 8, 2015 10:53 AM CST
That's what I tell the Grandies, the rhyme that is. When we see them in flight, we jokingly call them pterodactyls. Rolling on the floor laughing
Once, while in Duck, NC, I was walking the beach after a day or two of heavy storms and winds. I walked up to the lee side of the Corp of Engineers pier and found the largest gathering of pelicans I've ever seen. There easily were a hundred or more. It looked like a Pennsylvania lake covered with Arctic geese or Tundra swans during migration. They looked like they were just hanging out and resting in the relative calm afforded by the pier.
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Apr 8, 2015 11:38 AM CST

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I was out hunting butterflies and collecting food for the caterpillars and this Sandhill Crane was just standing there so I took its picture. It's kind of rare to just see one; they usually travel in small packs.

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I've also been seeing - and hearing - the Red-Shouldered Hawks a lot lately. I almost had a picture the other day. I had zoomed in and was about to hit the button when it took off. I swear they can tell you're looking at them. I think one day it was yelling at me. I was walking over to the neighbor's to hunt caterpillars and all of a sudden I hear the hawk. I froze, looked up, and there it was on a branch in a tree about forty yards away. I guess I was getting too close. I wonder if their nest is nearby because I can generally get a lot closer than that, especially if I'm not looking directly at them. Part of my new strategy is acting like a harmless mammal. Or mimicking birds like the Crane. I figure my constant leaning over and examining plants for caterpillars is a lot like how they eat bugs from the ground so maybe they'll eventually think I'm one of them. Rolling on the floor laughing Or at least a similar, harmless species.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Apr 8, 2015 12:02 PM CST
Melanie, LOL, great strategy of acting like a harmless mammal. Green Grin! Great shots of that Sandhill Crane! I too am curious as to why it was alone as they usually travel in pairs or two or three etc. ...

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Apr 8, 2015 12:50 PM CST
Melanie the crane. Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! You have a great sense of humor.
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: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
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mellielong
Apr 8, 2015 12:54 PM CST

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Never underestimate what I will do for a good nature pic. Hilarious! FYI, I just ran up to Walgreens and as I was backing out of the driveway, I looked for neighbors coming in either direction, of course. I finished backing up, put it in drive, and there in my neighbor's front yard, right by the curb, is that same Sandhill Crane! The neighbors behind me (where the Crane was) are having their yard mowed (possibly due to some Melanie trespassing while looking for caterpillars and having a run-in with their dogs the other day). So I think the Sandhill Crane got scared of the noise and moved.
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