Inspiration for January 5, 2018: Beautiful Cardinal.

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jan 5, 2017 8:03 AM CST
Cardinals are one of my favorite birds, we have them year round eating the Possum Haw and the Yaupon Holly berries.
The y also love the American Pokeweed that we have in our backyard just for them.
Of course we love all the lovely birds that visit us and try to provide them. Smiling
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 5, 2017 9:42 AM CST
This morning I watched Goldfinches, winter visitors here, eating the seeds of crepe myrtles. I was really surprised to see them eating something so hard & larger than I thought they would like. One really does learn something new everyday!
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Name: Marvin Davis
southeast Indiana (Zone 6a)
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diggit
Jan 5, 2017 10:25 AM CST
I have four big bluejays at my feeder and as I watch them, I see that they eat the black oil sunflower seeds whole rather than cracking them like the cardinals and other birds do. They must have a heck of a digestive system.
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jan 5, 2017 2:57 PM CST
Marvin, the jays were storing the whole seeds to hide and find later, from Google. " Blue Jays carry food in their throat and upper esophagus—an area often called a “gular pouch.” They may store 2-3 acorns in the pouch, another one in their mouth, and one more in the tip of the bill."

It is very cold here and the birds are busy at the feeders, I have several feeders and 4 suet cakes hanging in the trees.

We had the annual bird count on the 20th of December, from what I have read, so far the count seemed pretty average..
Name: Carole
Lake Macquarie, Australia
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carolem
Jan 4, 2018 6:23 PM CST
Enjoy your dedicated National Bird Day Smiling ! Seems appropriate too that it might be in your coldest weather when they really do need thinking about with added special care needs attended to; food, water etc.

@flaflwrgrl interesting that your Goldfinches were at your Crepe Myrtles. You may have seen this photograph before but I'm adding it here in case not. It is Eastern Rosellas also enjoying the seed capsules on Crepe Myrtle.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 4, 2018 6:31 PM CST
Very neat Carole! Beautiful Eastern Rosellas!
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tx_flower_child
Jan 4, 2018 9:23 PM CST
As some of you might have read in something I posted somewhere, the birds in my 'hood have been MIA for months. We found out why. There's been a couple of hawks hanging around. But just before New Year's I put out some of my feeders. Wasn't but 5 minutes after I filled the feeder with the mixed seeds and fruit that I saw a pair of cardinals. The male was at the feeder and the female was watching from the overhead power line. The next morning I put some fresh thistle in the goldfinch feeder and I've been seeing a couple finches on it. I've seen 1 or 2 jays at the peanut feeder. Think they're all a little skittish because of the hawks.

Margaret — Interesting info about the jays.

Carole — Beautiful birds!
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Hamwild
Jan 4, 2018 11:33 PM CST
Our Goldfinches are really feeling the cold spell here; I'm having to refill the feeder every evening as it drops to half empty! There aren't enough perches for our six regulars to eat all at once when it drops that low, so I make sure to keep topping it off. Big Grin
Name: Vicki
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vic
Jan 5, 2018 4:45 AM CST
We're putting out lots of bird cakes in addition to bird seed with our cold temps.

Carole, those birds are beautiful!
Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Jan 5, 2018 5:50 AM CST
We had a major storm blow through here yesterday, I couldnt put the food out fast enough for my birds, junco's, cardinals,, bluejays, morning doves & 15 squirrels, the wood peckers went though 1 cake in 3 days and dopey me only picked up one since they normally last 2 weeks, so off to the feed store today to stock up, also last week I had 10 turkey hens show up so I got them cracked corn.. Enjoy your bird watching, I enjoy it as much as my cats Smiling
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 5, 2018 2:40 PM CST
Carole, what beautiful birds you have there in Australia, love the rainbow colors of those gorgeous Rosellas!

I too was shocked the first time I saw a Northern Cardinal eating Crepe Myrtle seeds. Even with all the feeders and variety of food that I put out for them, this one decided it preferred seeds of the Crepe Myrtle tree:
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Blue Jays are known to fill their crops to overflowing. I've seen them with crops full of sunflower seeds and they also love peanuts and love to horde them! I sometimes mix peanuts in with birdseed and the Jays will fill their crops and then take off to their nest to feed the babies, or to stow the seeds/peanuts for future meals. These are old photos but you can see what I mean ... they sure look like gluttons!

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tx_flower_child
Jan 5, 2018 8:16 PM CST
Great pictures, Lin!

Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 5, 2018 8:21 PM CST
I agree
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, 10a

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plantladylin
Jan 5, 2018 9:24 PM CST
Thanks y'all ... they are old photos; I haven't taken any bird pictures the past few months.
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Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Jan 6, 2018 7:46 AM CST
This was taken yesterday afternoon, I lost count at 25, they wouldn't stand still long enough Smiling I had to take the picture through the windows, they are very skittish


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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Jan 6, 2018 8:07 AM CST
Christine, that's a lot of Turkeys!! Thumbs up
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 6, 2018 8:43 AM CST
A ton of turkeys!
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 ~~



North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Jan 6, 2018 9:58 AM CST
Are they invaders or live in the neighborhood?
Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Jan 7, 2018 7:12 AM CST
tx_flower_child, they live in the area, I only started feeding them this year, it started out with 10 around Xmas and they must have spread the word and told all the other hens, just like some women Hilarious! they gossip
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 7, 2018 8:30 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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 ~~



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