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Hi Folks

Thought I would blog about my backyard birding. Feel free to drop in your own photos.

I did a walk about today looking for the Pilleated Woodpecker who seem to frequent the forest here but alas, I had my camera but the tweety wood wacker was no where to be seen or heard. I did snap a few through the kitchen window and here they are.

the Mourning Doves

A Chick-a-Dee

Nuthatch

Goldfinch

BlueJay

another Mourning Dove

always close by, the Grey Squirrel

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )



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Greenthumb

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posted 293 days ago

a few more

surprising to see a Goldfinch with so much colour this time of year

the Nuthatch

The Goldie out matched my shutter speed (much to learn)

not sure how the order got messed up but suffice to say the pic is there

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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MsDebbieP

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posted 293 days ago

Fantastic shots!!!
Rick was hunting the other day and saw a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers sitting in a tree nearby. Nice.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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LeonB

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posted 292 days ago

This guy has been hanging around the house for a couple of weeks. With any luck he’ll put the fear of God into some of those crazy squirrels that eat my peaches, decimate my tomatoes, and throw all the soil out of the flower pots.

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sharad

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posted 292 days ago

Greenthimb, you have captured nice pictures from your backyard and thanks for giving titles.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Greenthumb

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posted 292 days ago

its a pleasure Sharad

As for the raptor….. Sweet

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Greenthumb

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posted 292 days ago

and thanks Debbie

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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MsDebbieP

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posted 292 days ago

I think your hawk is definitely giving “the look” to the squirrels!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 292 days ago

One day its a balmy 12 degrees C. The next, a bone fracturing minus 12.

The fresh snow enhances a few birds that otherwise wouldn’t be quite so glamourous.

I believe the following are Junkos, Nuthatches and the spiritual Raven

and a couple of Gold Finches in winter plumage taken yesterday.

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Iris43

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posted 292 days ago

Greenthumb, what wonderful pictures of your backyard birds. And I agree, the snow adds another deminsion to the bird pictures. How I would love to see a pilated woodpecker!! And to see one in my backyard! I know they live in this vicinity but probably not in the hamlet…..Although, with so many dead ash trees around now, it might be possible they would be sighted checking them out.

Thanks for sharing your pictures. Even the new snow ones. :)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 234 days ago

Thanks Iris

What a change in such a short period

More Pics

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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erika

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posted 234 days ago

I must get some feed

-- Erika, Hastings, ON

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posted 234 days ago

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Greenthumb

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posted 234 days ago

I’ve got at least 15 Mourning Doves on the back deck and always a flock of Blue Jays, who I might add, seem to be a bit kinder to their kin in the winter. Almost always a dozen Junkos, and a couple of chickadee. Its a busy spot and I don’t know how people live through the torture of winter with out birds ?

We paint happy pictures in our minds, try and be positive about it, when really its just pure torture. The winds that can suck your teeth out of your mouth, that makes less then picture perfect moments of frozen drool coming from own mouth, flying in every direction, and getting the jack hammer out to “de-ice” your car. I mean really its just cold frozen torture. We try and think “Wow, look at how cool that snow is falling” which can be a glorious second or two, but ultimately its back to the torture for hours and days and months of torture.

Thats why I like birds. I can put a camera on my desk, and do my work, and enjoy a truly magical creature. They even sing for the love of something better and seem to be better behaved. Its as good as winter can possibly get for this guy.

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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posted 234 days ago

why is it, that when pen goes to paper, and you approach what you love, that this is the time when people are attracted to you. It is never when they are watching TV ?

why is it that people have depth perception challenges when shovelling snow or why “snow” gives everyone an even playing field of what makes people tick. Every way I see it, I keep and bestow an element of humour, and try and reflect on this frozen planet. …. with a little bird seed.

The Cool Bird Feeder with the copper roof is mine, and for a bird feeder, its seen a lot of miles and its a joy to watch it again. I’m happy its in a nice spot.

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Greenthumb

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posted 234 days ago

the “oh no” bird

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Greenthumb

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even now, this little bird feeder is a very busy spot, with flocks of cardinals, those skittish birds, who bail when lens comes to focus. I sure wish I could show you the only way to make winter fun, on a shoe string budget : ) whilst my bones heal from heaving the endless onslaught of frozen torture into the neighbours yard … and smile at em

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Greenthumb

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posted 233 days ago

the winter parrot

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Greenthumb

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posted 233 days ago

what do you other snow laden folk do when it reaches – 40 ?

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 233 days ago

Greenthumb, thankfully it has never reached -40 degrees while I have lived here. If it did, I think I would hibernate! Because it is much warmer than -40, we are enjoying snowball fights, sledding and snowshoeing, at least when the wind dies down and the sun comes out. When the winds kick up, nothing beats the warmth of our wood stove.

Thank you for the wonderful photos, Greenthumb. We have had all of them as visitors to our feeder except for the Pileated Woodpecker. I agree that setting up a feeder and stocking it with good seed is a very affordable, enjoyable source of entertainment in the winter. Before this session of extreme cold came, we were getting large groups of birds at a time, six Cardinals, eight Bluejays, a dozen Juncos and even two Red-bellied Woodpeckers. In the Crab-apple trees, we counted 70 cedar waxwings on the day before Christmas! Others, like the little Nuthatch and Downy Woodpecker, come mostly alone. When the temperatures dipped below zero Fahrenheit, the number of birds visiting our feeder significantly went down. I imagine they have relocated somewhere warmer, at least temporarily.

I consider myself a novice birder. When I first joined GT, I barely could recognize more than a dozen of the most common birds. My cousin gave us the feeder and a bird field guide for Massachusetts. We keep the field guide by the window for easy reference and now we can recognize several dozen different birds, even when they are dressed in their winter colors. I feel a wonderful connection with nature as I learn to recognize the birds that visit our feeder in the winter. Very recently, I have learned to distinguish between the five different varieties of sparrows that visit rather than just lumping them all under the heading of sparrow.

Our most memorable new bird visitor this year was a Sharp-Shinned Hawk who visited us for a few days looking for a good dinner. I suppose we have too many places for the small birds to hide (nearby trees and bushes) near the feeder, because we never saw the hawk successfully catch a bird and he gave up after a few days.

Be careful shoveling, Greenthumb and try to stay warm. : )

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