Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Backyard Birds - October 2015

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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Oct 30, 2015 6:05 AM CST
My daughter would love that poster. She is an avid birdwatcher.

Ann & Becky, thanks for the info on the hummers. I learned something new that I did not know.
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Oct 30, 2015 10:13 AM CST
I spotted two Egret's flying by a few minutes ago, squawking loudly. This one landed on a neighbors deck railing while the other flew off down the waterway. They sure seem territorial at times; one can be walking along minding it's own business, feeding at the waters edge and another will come flying in, run the other off and take over that particular fishing spot.

Great Egret
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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Oct 30, 2015 12:23 PM CST
It's Folklore Friday from the folks at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. If you're on Facebook, you should definitely like their page. They put a video up today of a bunch of Red Knots they released. They got sick from Red Tide while migrating. Here's today's folklore and it's about owls. They said it was a "Flashback" but I hadn't read this one before so it was new to me! Also, I'm wondering if that owl I keep hearing knows about the French folklore. Rolling on the floor laughing

Folklore Friday Flashback: Owls are featured significantly in folklore and mythology. Owls have been both revered and feared. There are many Native American stories about owls and varied beliefs among tribes. In early Indian folklore, owls represent wisdom and helpfulness, and have powers of prophecy. Some saw owls as protective spirits, others believed they were the souls of recently departed people, and therefore treated with respect. And still other tribes believed owls were harbingers of sickness and death. The Hopi’s believed the Burrowing Owl, called Ko ‘ko, was their God of the dead and was held as sacred. It was the protector of the underworld and the plants and seeds that grew on the earth. The Hopis believed that the Great Horned Owl helped their peaches grow and the Creek believed Great Horned Owls to be a symbol of divine wisdom.

In ancient Greece, owls were a symbol of good fortune and Greek Goddess of Wisdom, Athena, was often portrayed with an owl. Hence the term “wise old owl”. Coins had Athena’s face on one side and an owl on the other. The Romans saw owls as omens of impending disaster. They believed that the hoot of an owl predicted the death of Julius Caesar. The Greeks believed the sighting of an owl predicted victory for their armies, while the Romans saw it as defeat. In Babylon, owl amulets were used to protect pregnant women. In Welsh folklore if a pregnant woman hears an owl, her child will be blessed. In France, owls are believed to help spinsters find husbands. In Arabia owls were thought to have magical powers. Hunters in Russia carried owl claws, so that their souls could use them to climb to heaven when they died.

In pop culture Woodsy Owl, whose memorable slogan was “Give a hoot, don’t pollute”, was the icon for the US Forest Service. Officially introduced on September 15, 1971, Woodsy’s first public service spot was created by US Forest Ranger Chuck Williams who was a consultant for the Lassie TV show. His current motto is "Lend a hand, care for the land!” which fits perfect with Corkscrew’s conservation mission.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 2, 2015 9:56 PM CST
How about a new thread for November?

2 sparrow, house finch and bluebird.
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All of these photos were taken with my new camera. Wow, what a difference! None of these photos have been edited at all. I am trying out the camera & familiarizing myself with all it's functions & capabilities. I am not editing anything at this point so I can get a true gauge of what this camera does. The camera isn't truly going to be put in use until Christmas as it is actually my Christmas present but I do need to check it out to make sure everything is working properly in case I need to make a warranty claim.

Sparrow & house finch

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Juvenile bluebird
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Sparrow
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Warbler
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In other news; I thought all my hummers had left but the past 4 days we have seen 1 sipping from the firespike. It's either one of our regulars that decided to stick around or it's a migrating hummer who has dropped in to visit. I tend to think it would have been gone by now if it was just passing through though. Anyway, I enjoy still seeing a hummer around & it has fresh syrup & the trumpet honeysuckle, salvia and firespike are still blooming for it to nectar from.

We saw our Northern Flickers a few days ago & it's nice to see them 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: 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 2, 2015 9:58 PM CST
Well, it seems I goofed big time! *Blush* *Blush* *Blush* I'm blaming this one on the time change. That's my story & I'm sticking to it. Whistling

This post should have been in the new November thread.

Here's the new thread.
The thread "Backyard Birds November 2015" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum
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: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Nov 3, 2015 8:42 AM CST
Beautiful pictures, Ann! Hurray!

Okay, off to the new thread you started for November... The thread "Backyard Birds November 2015" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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