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Bird Watching
Thu 6-Jan-11
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Toffeeapple
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I remember the thrill of learning the different birds!  The longer you watch the more you learn about the birds, not just their names but flight patterns, feeding habits etc.

I'll try that again!

Thu 6-Jan-11
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bluenose said:

 we always had cats in our menagerie. I refused to hang any bird feeders for fear that the little feathered creatures which came for a meal ended up as dinner.  


We have 3 cats and have always fed the birds; we hang lots of feeders on a pole in the garden and not one little feathered friend has ever been eaten!  Even the squirrel has evaded capture!

Thu 6-Jan-11
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Michelle from Oregon said:

I had a wonderful visitor today, and he even held still for pictures!

He's called an Evening Grossbeak, and I usually see them in May when they migrate through Oregon. He was flitting around the feeders earlier, and you can imagine how suprised I was when I saw him just outside the window.

 

I was trading bird siteings with Kate, and came across this site....

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Evening_Grosbeak/id

If you scroll down the page you can find a voice sampling too....

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Fri 7-Jan-11
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oh yes, Michelle and I know how to have really, really wild time!cool

 

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Fri 7-Jan-11
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We are a couple of wild and crazy gals!

big_laugh big_laugh (snicker, snicker, snort!)

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Fri 7-Jan-11
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Here's some more pretties to look at.

Today's visitors.....

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Sat 8-Jan-11
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Yes, I've been looking at your pictures on FB.  Is it unusual for you to have Starlings over there?

I'll try that again!

Sat 8-Jan-11
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Toffeeapple said:

 Is it unusual for you to have Starlings over there?


 

No, unfortunately.

They have made themselves right at home around these parts.

I'd like them quite a bit except for the bullying.

If its smaller, they push it out of the way. If its as big as them, they ignore it, or overwhelm it with shear numbers.

And if its bigger than them, I probably have a problem........big_laugh

 

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Sat 8-Jan-11
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I occasionally see a starling in the garden, but their numbers have plummetted disasterously in this country, as have house sparrows.

I have seen a nuthatch again this week (see here for a drawing). I always think they look like outlaws because of the mask. And I have one on Michelle's apron, too! And now that I have new kitchen and the hooks are back up I am using it--P uses his all the time. smile

Sat 8-Jan-11
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We have masses of Starlings in our big town, I love watching them.  I haven't seen a Nuthatch since I was in Symonds Yat at my SiL's place.

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Sat 8-Jan-11
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devongarden said:

 And I have one on Michelle's apron, too! And now that I have new kitchen and the hooks are back up I am using it--P uses his all the time. smile


 Do you use it?

That is the biggest compliment (in my opinion at least) knowing something you made and gave to someone is something that they use....Thank you for telling me Barbara!

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Sun 9-Jan-11
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Michelle, I did want you to know I use it! And it was invaluable on Christmas day when there were 3 of us in the kitchen trying to keep our clothes clean.  I kept it put away till the kitchen was (more or less) done so it wouldn't get used as a rag by workmen aargh  so I am using it now. smile I suspect my daughter may want to use it when she visits, since the one she uses here was my grandmother's, handed on to me in the 60s some time, handed on to her when she started helping in the kitchen in the 80s, and now just about past mending.

We saw a tree creeper this morning, on the tree across the street from P's house. (See here.) I wouldn't have recognised it instantly, but he did. They are hard to see, but not uncommon apparently.

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devongarden said:

We saw a tree creeper this morning, on the tree across the street from P's house. (See here.) I wouldn't have recognised it instantly, but he did. They are hard to see, but not uncommon apparently.


 

Well, you had the Master with you......big_laugh

When we were in the Oregon Gardern I was in awe of him and his bird identifying abilities. Make me feel better and tell me he's been watching birds since he was a child so thats why the names come to him so naturally?

 

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wave  I am so loving being friends with a wee robin right now.  I have him coming to me quite readily.  In fact every time I go out I have to get my wooden spoon with some hen meal on it and he comes and feeds from it as I hold it.    I chat away to him as he feeds and he seems very comfortable with me.

I know all robins look the same and there are a fair few about, but I am sure it is the same one each time.  The others hover about, but do not come so close.

I have tree creepers here too, although I do not catch a glimpse of them too often. 

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danast said:

wave  I am so loving being friends with a wee robin right now.  I have him coming to me quite readily.  In fact every time I go out I have to get my wooden spoon with some hen meal on it and he comes and feeds from it as I hold it.    I chat away to him as he feeds and he seems very comfortable with me.


 

I am open mouthed envious right now!eeek

You are amazing!big_hug

How long did that take Danast?

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