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

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 2, 2013 7:21 PM CST
Happy October y'all ... this is the new thread for sharing the birds that visit your area in October. The following photo's are from my backyard today.

Northern Mockingbird ................................. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher:
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Downy Woodpecker ............................................ White-winged Dove ................... female Northern Cardinal:
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Oct 2, 2013 7:23 PM CST
My favorite is the shot of the Cardinal.
Name: A.m.

angele
Oct 2, 2013 7:29 PM CST
and mine is the Downy! Very nice birds!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 2, 2013 7:35 PM CST
Thank you ... seems like one day a particular bird is my favorite and the next it's a different one, but really I love em' all! Lovey dubby
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Oct 2, 2013 11:12 PM CST
Hurray! My birds came back today, I had a great variety, see if I can remember, Red-winged male and female blackbirds, starlings, those I can do without, Glare young finches, I think Purple and Common Red-pol, Northern Towhee, Northern Woodpecker stopped by, lots of Robins, a young Audubon Warbler, lots of little warblers that were flitting about in the trees eating aphids or whatever, several Ringed Doves and my usual Stellar's jays. I got a few photos that I will try and post tomorrow. Green Grin!
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Oct 3, 2013 7:50 AM CST
Mine are still gone, squirrel is back, no big birds. It was a Cooper Hawk...does that sound right? It is small but my SIL Identified it for me. I think he said Cooper Hawk. Oh well, a hawk is a hawk and they have to eat too.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Oct 3, 2013 8:41 AM CST
Jb, hope your birds come back soon. The Cooper's hawk is pretty big, it may have been the smaller Sharp-shinned, they look very similar. nodding
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 3, 2013 8:51 AM CST
I agree, either a Sharp-shinned Hawk (10" - 12"): http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/sharp-shinned_hawk/id

or possibly a Broad-winged Hawk (13" - 17"): http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/broad-winged_hawk/id
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Oct 3, 2013 9:57 AM CST
The Mockingbird is busy singing away again today. I have to laugh at all the silly songs that come out of that bird.

Sorry about the hawk, hawks are such beautiful creatures and I know they have to eat too. But I just don't want them to eat the backyard songbirds. They can eat Starlings and House Sparrows. Oh, and Pigeons but not the Morning Doves. Not that it matters what I wish.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 3, 2013 10:10 AM CST
The Mockingbirds are singing away down here too; I just love their songs! Oh how I agree about the hawks; they can have all the Pigeons, European Starlings and Sparrows they want ... we had too many Crows and Grackles this year too; wish the hawks had preferred them over the Doves and other little songbirds.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 3, 2013 10:12 AM CST
A male Red-bellied Woodpecker bypassed the suet this morning for peanuts in another feeder:
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Oct 3, 2013 12:32 PM CST
I think the hawks prefer whatever they can get. The Morning Doves are unfortunately, not the brightest of birds and seem to be ending up as a pile of feathers much more often than any other type of bird. But we rarely have hawks. So it must be neighborhood cats that get them.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Oct 3, 2013 12:43 PM CST
Yesterday's birds, sorry the photos aren't very sharp, I took them through the windows, and it was a cloudy rainy miserable day. Sad

Ringed Doves napping on the shed roof...........Doves and Red-winged Blackbirds...... Juvie Common Red-pol Finch
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Robin.....Spotted Towhee and juvie Common Red-pol.
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Spotted Towhee......Juvie Audubon's Warbler
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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 Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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Newyorkrita
Oct 3, 2013 12:50 PM CST
Love the towee. Rarely ever see those here in my yard.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 3, 2013 1:17 PM CST
Love all the birds at your place Margaret; especially that Spotted Towee; and the juvenile Audubon Warbler is so adorable!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 3, 2013 2:28 PM CST
plantladylin said:Love all the birds at your place Margaret; especially that Spotted Towee; and the juvenile Audubon Warbler is so adorable!


I agree

Thanks for the new thread Lin. I tip my hat to you.

I've been enjoying everyone's photos.

In actuality hawks feed much more on critters than on birds. Yes, they do get birds but the bulk of their diet consists of rodents & other ground critters & those pesky squirrels.

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 Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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Newyorkrita
Oct 3, 2013 2:32 PM CST
Good, let them eat Squirrel! Hilarious!
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
Oct 3, 2013 2:39 PM CST
Thanks all. I tip my hat to you. I love everyone's photos too, so nice to see the different birds. nodding

Ann, that's true about the hawks, but it doesn't make us feel any better when we see them grab a bird or see a bunch of feathers on the ground. Crying
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 3, 2013 5:43 PM CST
I know Margaret. A few years back I watched a hawk take a baby blue jay & the mom or pop flying after it desperately trying to save it's baby & it turned my stomach. But then, the hawk is trying to save it's baby by feeding it. I'm just glad I don't witness that very often. Crying
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: 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
Oct 3, 2013 6:19 PM CST
It breaks my heart when I see a hawk taking another bird but I realize it's all a part of nature. Yep, the hawks have to feed their young too.
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