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Apr 12, 2021 - 5:44:04 AM
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Helix

USA

13941 posts since 8/30/2006

It's Springtime after quarantine. When I ride my mtn. bike , I find more wildlife like the roadrunners.

WE get doves this time of year. 5 species: Inca, Ring Necked, Turtle, Mourning and White Winged. I had to learn that by rote. They'll be filling the air with different songs until about June. That's when they fly off with the new brood.


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Apr 12, 2021 - 7:23 AM
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Owen

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Here's the "other life" currently in my backyard.... forecast to continue 'til tomorrow evening; 6-10" give-or-take ... but it's not all bad; soil is very dry, so farmers, and by extension quite a few others, are giving it a big yes .


 

Edited by - Owen on 04/12/2021 07:38:55

Apr 13, 2021 - 2:12:43 AM
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Helix

USA

13941 posts since 8/30/2006

That's just the future, don't be scAred.

Apr 14, 2021 - 4:43:04 PM
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Owen

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A few days of snow in this part of the world... CTV Manitoba had this their "SkyWatch Pics Of The Day" segment.... apparently there's a nest with eggs under there: 

 

Edited by - Owen on 04/14/2021 16:43:48

Apr 15, 2021 - 4:56:52 PM
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Helix

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13941 posts since 8/30/2006

Goose down

Apr 16, 2021 - 6:06:51 AM

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10931 posts since 2/22/2007

Seems that a duck has moved in. Have not seen him but I am regularly hearing the quack from the thick foliage beside the house. Surprised because I am a half mile from the river and no streams or ponds or creeks nearby. He seems to be a lonely guy as nobody ever answers his quack.

Apr 16, 2021 - 10:07:44 AM
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Helix

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13941 posts since 8/30/2006

Wait and see




Apr 16, 2021 - 11:38:27 AM
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Apr 16, 2021 - 2:47:20 PM
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Helix

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13941 posts since 8/30/2006

It’s nice to see the kids

This is one of the 4 subspecies of Jackrabbit called Antelope Jacks, thus the Jackalope


 

Apr 17, 2021 - 9:16 AM
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Hurricanes destroyed a lot of regional vegetation. I have a thick hedge that was not affected by the hurricanes. A pair of mocking birds are nesting there. My neighbor and I are entertained by watching the birds harass squirrels that come into my property.

Apr 26, 2021 - 4:48:26 AM
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Helix

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13941 posts since 8/30/2006

I have a quail call and I duel with my mockingbird, he's not mine, I'm his.

All the females are pregnant flying around building nests.

There is a female Anna's hummingbird that is repeatedly shopping on some rags I have in the back of my truck, she tugs until she gets a little piece, trip after trip, I was making threads for her and she came up on my right ear and chirped at me, not hostility.
Richard Hauser
the Harris Hawks are homeland security, here's a mockingbird training homeland security.


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Apr 26, 2021 - 5:11:09 AM
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wizofos

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5936 posts since 8/19/2012

Did some yard work yesterday when it was sunny and clear. Rainy and dreary today. She pointed out that some Red Birds (Cardinals) were building a nest in the evergreen hedges in front of the house. I have already seen baby geese down in the marsh.
All the signs of spring are here or arriving.

Apr 26, 2021 - 5:22:32 AM
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Helix

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13941 posts since 8/30/2006

We just finished the citrus perfume, the bees are hummin'

I have Orchid trees close by, I have video of bees and hummingbirds waiting for each other on the same blossoms.

Apr 26, 2021 - 9:15:14 AM

bubbalouie

Canada

14979 posts since 9/27/2007

A few years back We were seeing lots of Red breasted sapsuckers in the woods around here. All the alders were riddled with holes & they killed our lilac tree.

The humming birds were taking advantage of the sap & bugs that got stuck in it. It was fun to watch the sapsuckers chase off the hummers that always came right back!

Apr 26, 2021 - 12:55:57 PM
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Brian T

Canada

18059 posts since 6/5/2008

My grape vines weep a few drops after pruning. No big deal.
BUT, the humming birds figured it out. They hover at the cut end of a branch and suck off the droplets of sap as they form. Must carry a camera when I'm pruning this year.

Apr 27, 2021 - 4:41:31 AM
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Helix

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13941 posts since 8/30/2006

I hung the hose in the Orange tree and made a little column of water to oxygenate.

I had a hummingbird come in and fly around this column and drink, she'd never seen that before, like she was playing.

Apr 27, 2021 - 6:41:48 AM
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Helix

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13941 posts since 8/30/2006

This morning’s sunrise. We had light rain

Four Harris Hawks


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Apr 29, 2021 - 7:08:56 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

14979 posts since 9/27/2007

We painted the place & purged a bunch of stuff. We had an old 3X5 mirror that I put on the deck to go to the dump. I was out there & this bold little bird was pecking at the mirror & I was worried it would hurt itself. 

I turned it around & it went even crazier & pooped all over in front of it!

The cats zeroed in on a little evergreen tree in the backyard. It's that bird & it has a nest in it. There's 4 eggs in the nest. Dark eyed junco. 

Tree swallows are back to one of my nest boxes. I don't get whats wrong with the other one. I guess it's Location,location, location? 

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/dark-eyed-junco

Apr 29, 2021 - 8:04:29 PM
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We just flew our first family of Bluebirds. Typically we have two or three families a year per box.

Apr 30, 2021 - 9:15:07 AM
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rinemb

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13272 posts since 5/24/2005

I ground feed critters and feathers. Squirrels compete with the bluejays for the peanuts. Cardinals, finches, sparrows, small grackles?, robins, doves, etc. Sometimes the Red hawk and the Coopers hawk swoops down for meals. A possum getting tame enough to visit the back yard in the daylight-our cat loves to get close to it but not fight. does not seem to be a bother to the big mama possum. I have not seen a raccoon in a few years. And, the cottontail population has diminished a lot due to the number of redtail hawks and Coopers hawks hanging in this 120 year old neighborhood full of old big trees. Cat does like to hunt mice, and is successful enough to keep hunting. Brad

Apr 30, 2021 - 9:35:44 AM
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I saw a towhee yesterday. Quite the treat. They're not uncommon in this area but it's really hard to spot them. It flew off before I could get a good picture. But this is what they look like
 

May 1, 2021 - 6:47:38 PM
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Helix

USA

13941 posts since 8/30/2006

Thanks, man We have towhees out here in AZ. They always work in pairs. One came and worked in my garden with me.

It ain't the same without birds.

May 8, 2021 - 3:27:32 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

14979 posts since 9/27/2007

Terry & I went to town today. She was driving so I got to rubberneck & look at everything I miss when I'm driving myself. We were going slowly through a playground area & an otter ran across the road. It was 4 feet long!

From where I was sitting I could see 2 small lakes that I hadn't noticed on each side of road from a passengers perspective. There's a  playground , a high school & a rugby club & field there. 

I moved one of my tree swallow boxes that wasn't getting any interest & I've seen them going in & some nest material sticking out. Guy up the road fixed his roof where some used to live.

I had to build a cage around my sorry looking teddy bear evergreen tree to keep the cats out of the Junco nest. There are 4 tiny babies now. We spray the cats with the hose on Jet if they go near them.

It could be a couple weeks until they fly the coop. Hope some make it!

May 8, 2021 - 5:12:41 PM
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Helix

USA

13941 posts since 8/30/2006

That’s so kind of you,? You’re the kind who would take care

I found something today
This cactus houses Woodpeckers, Sparrows and a very robust Mockingbird

How did she get the net up there?
She got the jump on the competition!

Now she's goal tending.  Eggzactly.


Edited by - Helix on 05/08/2021 17:25:44

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