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Any Bird Counters out there??

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  1. Draymia

    Draymia BW Adviser<br><img src="/forums/images/modpaw.gif"

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    If there are any bird watchers out there, the Backyard Bird Count is going on this weekend. It is a nationwide backyard bird count. Lots of fun. I always learn a new bird. Just figured out what a Bufflehead was. I had been seeing them on our river walks, but never got around to naming them. :D

    If you are interested, here is the site.

    http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/toc_page.html
     
  2. Boxer_21

    Boxer_21 Boxer Insane

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    Cool site thanks!!

    I love watching the birds, but unfortunately since we got Riley, they don't come around to much anymore. :rolleyes: We get a wide variety of birds here. The ones that I can think of right now are...

    Cardinals (my absolute favorite!!), black-capped chickadees, robins, sparrows (several different species), white-breasted nuthatches, finches, mourning doves, tufted titmice, blue jays, grackles, cowbirds, goldfinches, dark eyed juncos, mockingbirds, starlings, red-winged blackbirds, downy woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers, and we also had a northern flicker just once in our yard. Unfortunately, it flew away before I could get a picture and it hasn't been back yet (that I'm aware of anyway).

    We also get the obvious birds like crows and pigeons. :rolleyes: Not to fond of either of those, but they've got to eat to so I let them be. Hopefully this year, I'll be able to attract some hummingbirds. Last year was unsuccessful, but I think I tried it to late. I'll keep trying and hopefully, I'll get some soon!!

    ===My Edit===
    Forgot to mention that I also check the birds out while I'm on whale watches. We often bring crackers or small snacks like that to through overboard and we watch the seagulls go for them. They get every little bit that we throw out!! On our whale watches so far we've seen..

    Seagulls of course (I had NO idea there were so many different species until I bought my bird book!!), Wilson's storm petrels, gannets, double-crested cormorants, common terns, and greater and sooty shearwaters.

    Granted these are obviously not backyard birds, but I love watching these as well. My next whale watch won't be until mid May, but I intend on trying to get some good pictures on the birds as well as the whales and dolphins. Hopefully it'll work out for me!!
     
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  3. Linda/NJ

    Linda/NJ Boxer Insane

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    Thanks for that site info. I am a huge bird watcher. We have a bird feeder (squirrel proof). We get lots of cardinals, bluejays, little finches, etc. Also, black birds, mourning doves too. They get what drops on the ground. Today it is snowing and I see a ton of birds out there. I love to watch them. We do have a resident mocking bird too, but they never go to the feeder. I feed with just sunflower seeds. About a month ago, I saw a hawk (hubby does not believe me) but I looked in this bird book I have, it definately looked like a hawk. It was sitting on this shrub and watching the small bird underneath.:eek: I was concerned he was going to have it for lunch.

    Linda & Ginger
     
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    Draymia BW Adviser<br><img src="/forums/images/modpaw.gif"

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    You guys sure have some better birds than mine. :D The most colorful to visit my feeder are house finches (with a touch of red). I would love some blue jays and cardinals. I do have a small family of northern flickers living nearby. One was out feeding on worms this morning, right outside my window.

    I do have a large community of quail and a couple of pheasants. Otherwise lots of various finches, sparrows and a few doves.

    :)
     
  5. Tink

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    great thread!

    On hot summer afternoons I love to watch hummingbirds buzz around my neighbor's flower garden. We have all sorts of birds here. I've been trying to find out what these birds are that I saw just 2 days ago. I was outside with my mother's new Boston Terrier pup and heard the screach of a hawk. (made the dash to grab the puppy in case it was a large hungry hawk) and looked up to see two pure white bodied birds fighting over food. Black tips on the wings. Only about 18'' wingspan fully open. They sounded exactly like hawks, but I've never seen a hawk that was white! hhmmm. We live near the coast, maybe they are some type of water fowl.
    Thanks for the link... :)
     
  6. Robyn

    Robyn Completely Boxer Crazy

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    I also enjoy the birds!

    Last week we had a Great Blue Heron. He has visited us several times. The first time I saw him, I was so excited until I realized he could eat the fish in our little garden pond. After he left (the boxer boys were going balistic at the door) I went out to check and low and behold....every fish was gone except for our beautiful albino catfish. Even my gorgeous golden koi. :( He is a beautiful bird though and talk about a wingspan....
     
  7. Faughtey

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    I enjoy watching birds, but don't know much about them yet. I'm planning on putting a birdhouse and birdfeeder up in the yard. Also, in December I planted 11 new tree's. Birds already hang out in the barn and along the fence line.
     
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