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Post by Nico on Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:48 pm

It's truly amazing how they make their nests, look foreward to seeing more on that one James Very Happy

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Steve, that's a beauty mate, your lucky to have seen a Kingfisher in the wild  cheers

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Post by cantina_patron on Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:51 pm

Thanks Andy. Very Happy

Like you I'll look forward to following the updates on James' Woodpecker nest.
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Post by Commander Clint on Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:59 pm

James, that is a nice pecker! clapping

Steve, you've forgotten again.  Every post need a bird. lol!

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Post by cantina_patron on Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:01 pm

Oh Bugger! My mistake. tongue



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Post by ourchickenshack on Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:08 am

Thanks Guys - Glad you like my pecker banana

Here's a decent pic of a female Cardinal  from today ...

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and a couple crappy pics of a Cedar Waxwing ...
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I have yet to get decent pics of Cedar Waxwings banghead2

I only see them about the time the sun is going down when they land in the top of our pecan tree on rare occasions . Although the tree is still pretty young it is already 40' tall at least so it puts the birds at a distance and combined with the poor lighting , it has been a bitch to photograph them What a Face

They are really beautiful birds so hopefully I'll get some decent pics one of these days ...



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Post by ourchickenshack on Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:12 pm

Woodpecker update :

I am very sad to report that the woodpecker was evicted Sad

I watched the little fella peck out his hole for a week . The next thing I noticed was he was no longer there and that a couple European Starlings had taken over the nest .

The woodpecker didn't give up though and the battle was on for a few days . One minute I would see the woodpecker in the hole and the next it would be the starlings . What really broke my heart was one of the days I was on the front porch taking pics for our guides when I heard the Woodpecker screeching in agony and looked up just in time to see him being forced out of his hole sideways by a starling .

I am not a guy to hurt any animals normally but I started pinging the Starlings with my little BB gun to try and run them off . My BB gun is a very tiny and old one that has no power at all so I knew it wouldn't kill them . The battle has been going on for a while now and I still see the woodpecker trying to reclaim his hole when the starlings aren't around .

Normally I will let nature take its course but I did some research on starlings and found out that this behavior is something they do all the time to other birds . Starlings are not native to the United States and are considered a invasive species . This worries me because the behavior is something that will cause native birds like the woodpecker to go extinct Evil or Very Mad



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Post by Nico on Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:44 pm

That's a real shame man, that little guy must of put a hell of a lot of work in there only to be bullied out, nature can be cruel sometimes Evil or Very Mad I take it there were a few starlings ganging up on him scratch

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We have a problem with rooks in work, they make about 20 nests in one big tree and the mess they make is unbelievable so the company hires this guy to bring his falcon in, the rooks have a little go in numbers but the falcon takes no shit and scares them all off fun
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Post by ourchickenshack on Wed May 04, 2016 4:26 am

Saw these for the first time at our feeder today ...


White Crown Sparrow

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Post by ourchickenshack on Tue May 10, 2016 7:04 am

I took this picture of a Mourning Dove today - it shows his eye pretty well ...

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Post by ourchickenshack on Wed May 11, 2016 6:46 am

These birds were in a tree at the end of our block so I had to zoom in a whole lot to get the pics ...


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There were actually 3 in the tree but there was some overhead power lines that I couldn't get out of the shot ...

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Post by Nico on Wed May 11, 2016 8:32 pm

Great shots at distance mate, love the birds of prey cheers

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Post by ourchickenshack on Thu May 12, 2016 7:39 am

Thanks Andy Very Happy

The Mississippi Kite is one of the smaller birds of prey but still pretty damn big compared to the other birds around here buzzing

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Post by ourchickenshack on Mon May 16, 2016 6:05 pm

Just a little song about Birdies today ...




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Post by ourchickenshack on Wed May 25, 2016 7:40 am

We have had a Hummingbird visit a few times this year but I haven't been able to get good pics . There hard enough to photograph anyway because they're so fast but both times I tried to take pictures it was getting dark outside  Mad

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Post by ChristianC on Fri May 27, 2016 10:13 am

Not the best photos but I managed to spot a few birds on my lunch break yesterday.

There's a beautiful canal right next to my building where there are always loads of ducks, swans and other birds. No hot birds of the human kind unfortunately.

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Post by ourchickenshack on Mon May 30, 2016 6:34 pm

Great photos Christian cheers

Truly a beautiful area you work and/or live in yay


Julie got some cool pics of a pair of Cardinal's courtship behavior this morning . The males will feed the females seeds when they are trying to get a little bird nookie ...

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Post by ChristianC on Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:49 am

Thanks mate!

Love the Cardinal photos!
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Post by ourchickenshack on Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:48 am

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Love the Cardinal photos!

Here's a couple more Cardinal pics I snapped today ...

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Post by ourchickenshack on Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:47 am

Hairy Woodpecker

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Post by cantina_patron on Sun Jun 19, 2016 9:34 pm

Great pics James. Do you know why it's called the 'Hairy' woodpecker? Being black and white I would have thought the 'Pied' woodpecker would be more appropriate, unless that name is already taken. scratch

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Post by chris.75 on Sun Jun 19, 2016 9:57 pm

some fantastic pics James  cheers  clapping
you have a real eye for photographing birds afro

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Great question Steve  What a Face

I had to look it up myself ...

" This woodpecker’s name is derived from the long , filamentous white or whitish feathers in the middle of its back . "

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Thanks Chris cheers

Dammmn - what a lovely Bird you posted yay



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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Great pics James. Do you know why it's called the 'Hairy' woodpecker? Being black and white I would have thought the 'Pied' woodpecker would be more appropriate, unless that name is already taken. scratch

Great question Steve  What a Face

I had to look it up myself ...

" This woodpecker’s name is derived from the long , filamentous white or whitish feathers in the middle of its back . "

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Thanks for taking the time to answer my question James. Very Happy

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Post by chris.75 on Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:19 pm

lol! thanks Jim, some fantastic birds there bro bananarock

I managed to snap a few pics today in the garden. Its quite a good time of year to snap pics of fledgling birds, as they are less timid than their parents.

here's a Jay visiting the bird bath

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this was taken from a bit too far away to focus on em properly, but a worried mum came in to make sure baby Jay was ok

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I think this is a juvenile blackbird (or could just be a female)  scratch

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And a watchful parent keeping an eye on me

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This Buzzard happened to be flying over the garden at the time too  Smile

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