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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:11 PM

Just a few shots from my bird count.

I know I do a lot of birds. Sorry!


The much hated House Sparrow.




The cute and adorable Red Breasted Nuthatch.




The very fast and tiny Carolina Chickadee




The neurotic Eurasian Collared Dove.




The curious Purple Finch (Female)



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Reply Just a few shots from my bird count. (Original post)
Solly Mack Feb 2013 OP
NRaleighLiberal Feb 2013 #1
Solly Mack Feb 2013 #2
alfredo Feb 2013 #3
alfredo Feb 2013 #4
Solly Mack Feb 2013 #5
alfredo Feb 2013 #6
Solly Mack Feb 2013 #7
alfredo Feb 2013 #9
Solly Mack Feb 2013 #11
alfredo Feb 2013 #15
Solly Mack Feb 2013 #16
alfredo Feb 2013 #17
Solly Mack Feb 2013 #18
locks Feb 2013 #8
annabanana Feb 2013 #10
Solly Mack Feb 2013 #12
NV Whino Feb 2013 #13
Solly Mack Feb 2013 #14
JohnnyRingo Feb 2013 #19
Solly Mack Feb 2013 #20

Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:13 PM

1. Nice to see the RBNH - we don't get many of them, mostly brown headed and white breasted.

Maybe you could all the dreaded House Sparrow the "Weaver Finch" to give it just a shred of dignity ( )

Nah, it doesn't deserve it!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:15 PM

2. Oh, now. He's got a bit of personality in the photo.

I'm seeing fewer and fewer as the days go by. I think they dislike getting ganged up on by the Chipping Sparrows and the American Goldfinches.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:29 PM

3. We are lousy with House Sparrows. Downey Woodpeckers love our suet.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:30 PM

4. I like the Purple Finch image.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:34 PM

5. That's my favorite. I was so happy when she landed in my manufactured mini-woods.

I arranged logs, rocks, and Lantana plants in a corner to give the birds a more natural setting to play in while in my yard.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:39 PM

6. Lantana is a good hummingbird and butterfly attractor.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:43 PM

7. Yep. Not good for doggies though.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 08:41 PM

9. You need an attack kitty to keep doggie out of the garden.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:04 PM

11. But the attack kitty would attack the birdies.

Best to move the Lantana back to the front.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #11)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:44 PM

15. My cat was afraid of birds.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #15)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:48 PM

16. Awww.

My cat was afraid of the guinea pig.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #16)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:20 AM

17. Those Guinea pigs have sharp teeth.

We trained our cat to stay away from birds.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #17)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:41 AM

18. One of the cats got into the hamster cage and was holding one of the hamsters in his mouth.

I was busy at my desk and just happened to look up at the right time. I shrieked. The cat dropped the hamster like it was on fire. I then witnessed one of the most adorable, if suicidal, things ever. The hamster hit the floor and immediately stood up on his hind quarters, reached out for the cat's face and held it between his little hands. Then he kissed the cat on the mouth. I rescued the hamster and got him back in his house.

At the time we had 1 dog, 2 cats, 1 bird and 1 guinea pig. Something akin to kitty hell, I suppose. "Water, water everywhere..." and all that - the one cat tried though.

Both my cats lived to old age and passed away a few years ago. One followed the other.

Just dogs now.

Miss Prissy, the guinea pig, was very smart. Once she learned where we kept her veggies she would go to the fridge herself and make noises until we opened the door. Then she would tap at the crisper. She knew her veggies were in there. 9 A.M. every day like clockwork. One morning we were listening for her and no noises came. She had passed on in her sleep.

Now the bird, he was mean. He would meow until a cat pressed against his cage and then he would bite their noses.

I like critters.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 08:20 PM

8. beautiful birds

Thanks so much. We used to have so many finches in my neighborhood in Colorado; the males would show us their gorgeous red necks and breasts in the spring. But no more. I'm afraid it's because we have a lot of outdoor cats.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:40 PM

10. Looks like that House Sparrow

hates you right back!

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Response to annabanana (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:24 PM

12. LOL! I don't hate the bird. A lot of people do though.

They displace native species, especially songbirds. People resent that.





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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:24 PM

13. That house sparrow has attitude.

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Response to NV Whino (Reply #13)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:25 PM

14. Oh, he does.

lol

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:02 AM

19. Complete with an avian psychoanalysis.

You know those birds too well Solly Mack.

Nice shots. When I try to get pix of wildlife, wildlife never cooperates, no matter how much I yell "hold still!".

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Reply #19)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 11:26 AM

20. Teehee.

Perhaps you should yell softly and only in your head? That's what I do.

The dove flies full circle around the house making warning sounds.

Lands on the fence, plays the town crier, then takes off again to make his revolutions. His mate hid from him the other day (she was in a neighboring tree) and he went around the house several times, searching in the various trees on his route before he spotted her. I think she was embarrassed by his behavior.

It helps science...counting birds. Just a small thing I can do. And I get to engage in a hobby I love. (photography)


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