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Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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krobra
May 1, 2016 1:02 PM CST
May 2016 thread for all things birdy

kicked off with a photo of a northern cardinal


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hopefully followed by Mika's sparrow hawk

Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
May 1, 2016 1:09 PM CST
Amazing, Kurt! Are they very tame, or did you train it to sit on your handlebars? Hilarious!

Female sparrowhawk, came and sat on a path in the garden this evening:


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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
May 1, 2016 1:12 PM CST
Great shots Kurt and Mika! Thumbs up
Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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krobra
May 1, 2016 1:16 PM CST
That would be a no , not tame Hilarious! just got a good shot off right before he left
very pretty sparrow hawk , looks like our cooper's hawks , I hope it does it's job better then our hawks , I could definitely use a few less sparrows around here.
although if you stop feeding the sparrows (like I have while the bluebirds are nesting) most do go away
Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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krobra
May 1, 2016 1:24 PM CST
Of course the chickadees have their own private feeder that only they can fit in



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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
May 1, 2016 1:46 PM CST
Neat gadget!
Here's another visitor (had quite a variety today):

Blue tit
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And a young squirrel (likes bird food even if neither bird nor bat)
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
May 1, 2016 1:50 PM CST
Stunning photos both of you!!! Cool, cool shot of that Cardinal. I agree with Kurt, that Sparrow Hawk looks like our Cooper's Hawks and a neat shot of it you got Mika!
Thanks you two for getting us started for May. Smiling

I still swear the birds are more colorful, as a whole, across the pond. The whole family of tits are so neat looking!
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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
May 1, 2016 2:03 PM CST
Thanks, Ann. But don't agree on the 'more colorful' thing! Hilarious!
Sf, ca (Zone 10b)
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Laurelca
May 1, 2016 2:13 PM CST
What an artistic post that cardinal took. Bird yoga.

That Blue tit is such an elegant bird. That hawk looks serious.

Smiling
Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
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IbisFla
May 1, 2016 2:13 PM CST
Kurt, where did you find that feeder? It looks like squirrels couldn't get into that one, which is a plus in my book Whistling

Mika, I love the blue titmouse. Lovey dubby I might have to agree with Ann, that the birds across the pond are more colorful than the ones in the US.
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
May 1, 2016 2:22 PM CST
But we have nothing as blue as your bluebirds, nothing as red as your cardinals, and don't get me started on your buntings... Hilarious!
Name: Marie
Ohio (Zone 6b)
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GrannyMarie
May 1, 2016 2:25 PM CST
Lovely birds to start the month off right! Hurray!
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
May 1, 2016 2:28 PM CST
Just love the cardinal shot there, Kurt. Mika the sparrow hawk is beautiful too.

I suppose they are named that because they prey on sparrows? Good thing there are lots of sparrows.
Elaine

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Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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krobra
May 1, 2016 2:29 PM CST
IbisFla said:Kurt, where did you find that feeder? It looks like squirrels couldn't get into that one, which is a plus in my book Whistling

Mika, I love the blue titmouse. Lovey dubby I might have to agree with Ann, that the birds across the pond are more colorful than the ones in the US.



Mom bought that at an Ocean City , Md craft show one year , and it took a year or two figure out the best location and lure them in.
But it has definitely increased the visits and chickadee traffic , even added a bigger mason jar to it , so I didn't have to fill it so much.

oddly enough I have never seen the squirrels mess with it as far as I can remember , although I have laughed at many of other birds trying to
figure out how to get in it.


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Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
May 1, 2016 2:37 PM CST
I agree Great shots Kurt & Mika! Love the colors on the blue tit Lovey dubby
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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
May 1, 2016 2:37 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Just love the cardinal shot there, Kurt. Mika the sparrow hawk is beautiful too.

I suppose they are named that because they prey on sparrows? Good thing there are lots of sparrows.


They eat all sorts of prey and the females (which are bigger than the males) will take birds as big as pigeons. As for sparrows, they are a favourite here (why is it that you all hate them?) Sadly numbers have declined dramatically, the RSPB reports a 71% decline in house sparrows between 1977 and 2008. Blinking Sad Sad So if you want to get rid of yours, tell them to come to England! Hilarious!
Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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krobra
May 1, 2016 2:39 PM CST
did someone say bunting , stopped by one year for a few days


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as did this cedar waxwing




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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
May 1, 2016 2:40 PM CST
Fantastic, both the birds and the photos! Thumbs up Thumbs up
Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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krobra
May 1, 2016 2:45 PM CST
The sparrows , starlings and blackbirds tend to gobble up most of the food like locust.

and have been reported to kill and bully native bluebirds and their offspring.

I usually open the window or clap to scare the bad birds off if there are too many or they are fighting

but that all ended when the bluebirds started nesting , so we just stopped feeding the feeder birds for now
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Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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krobra
May 1, 2016 2:51 PM CST
speaking of bullying , Hilarious!
I was at the (dirty) kitchen window , when mrs bluebird went in her house
and the robin landed on a perch beside it trying to scare her off ,
but she stayed inside so the robin jumped on top of her roof

and I got this dirty window cell phone picture

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