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Thanks, beautiful picture.
I had a hummer come to my feeder on and off for a month or two but I think it is gone now.
Unfortunately the squirrels have found the feeder and destroyed it. emoticon

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Had a red winged black bird in our backyard. Rare to see one in our backyard.

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Beautiful!

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red-breasted Sapsucker

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Thanks for the beautiful pictures!

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spotted Towhee

Long Billed Dowitcher

Wood Ducks

Pigeons

Greater Scaup

Sandhill Crane

Today we took a drive to Vancouver - to do some shopping at Costco and to take a walk at Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Sunny and warm - a perfect day

Skunk cabbage





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Hope your sinus infection gets better. Love the pictures, thank you.

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I am fighting a horrible sinus infection, so these are the sightings from my yard, this week, since I can't get out for very long.
Dove on a wire

brown Thrasher

Eastern Towhee passing through




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Thanks again for the pictures!

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Saturday Noni and I took a walk around Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Ring Neck Duck - male

Sandhill Crane

Saw Whet Owl. --- ( my first one ever)

. Wood Duck

Lesser Scaup

Mute Swan

Trumpeter Swan

Great Blue Heron

male Bufflehead

Red wing Blackbird

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Thanks for the pictures, they are beautiful.
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Bald Eagles

. Western Meadowlark

. Song Sparrow

. American Robin

a Scaup I think a Greater Scaup

These are a few I took pictures of today.



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Wow - so beautiful



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Look who came to lunch today:

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Today was a cool one but still out the door we went




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Love the pictures as usual, I need to make the time to take some myself and post.

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Varied Thrush and a Darkeyed Junco


Northern Flicker


Spotted Towhee


This is either a Hairy or a Downy Woodpecker



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I seen this and I'd it as a Snow Bunting... I posted it on Facebook as such and one of my bird friends said it could be a McKay Bunting. - which is a rare bird




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. Pine Siskin

. House Finch

. Darkeyed Junco

I, home here just watching the rain pour out of the sky, enjoying the wet visitors getting an easy meal at the feeders. Later today the plan is to go swimming at the local pool when it is half price. Monday to Friday between 11:30 and 1. You only pay two dollars per person instead of the normal five dollars. ( I think it is five) all I do know two dollars is a fantastic price.
Of course I will have to take Dalhouise out for a morning walk in this down pour before that swim .. Oh Dalhouise..




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November begins and I get the door for awalk



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I almost got ran over today.
But I continued

So this is a new month.. Not working, and I must begin a new all over again.. I gained so much weight... going to bike ride, walk Dalhouise and go swimming two times a week.. That is the plan -let's hope I do it!



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Awesome pictures, hope you enjoyed your walk.

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Today's seen birds while we were out


I managed to almost get an whole afternoon movie in today sitting on the couch, before the Dalhouise demanded an outside walk. I was watching Marley and Me... So sad and looking at my Dalhouise knowing he getting up there in age as well I just had to take him out and enjoy a walk with my wife and Dalhouise.










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Wow, thanks so much for the pictures, they really made my day. Sorry about your lunch. Beautiful bird!

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I decide to eat my lunch on the deck next to our camp kitchen, I sit down, ah my water is still on the counter, I go into the kitchen to get it and when I turn around my lunch is being ate by a Stellar Jay



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I haven't been on this forum in a while and I see all the beautiful bird pictures I have missed, thanks MKMMarty.

I saw three Roseate Spoonbills while driving to pick up my kids the other day, they were just awesome to see.

Also saw a Pileated Woodpecker flying in the neighborhood.

If/when I get any pictures of these or others I'll be sure to post, my goldfinches and Painted Buntings should be coming back to my feeders here in Florida soon.

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Thank you MKMMarty. I love seeing your bird pictures (and your dog pictures emoticon )

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Home for the weekend














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Enjoyed the walk at the beach



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Great photos, both of you!

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Nice looking bird.. I'm also glad he was able to fly away



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Wonderful!! What a beauty! I'm glad he was able to fly away.

Thanks for sharing.

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He hit my window and he stayed in my had for 15-20 minutes before he finally flew away. emoticon

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Not a lot of bird sightings this summer, but at least I have these two..

I am having a slight break.. Fed 130 hungry campers this morning and prepared 100 bag lunches. And then I drove to town and dropped the car off at the garage. On mom's birthday we took her a birthday cake in the afternoon and I got a flat tire. The tire is ruined.. I have all wheel drive and so I now must replace all four tires - two for sure - but all four because they are getting worn. While there at the garage doing a semi annual service and inspection.. Garage just called need something called a rotor and pads... Something is metal on metal and I'm told it needs to be repaired now..
Go ahead.. But I need the car back by 3:30 as I must return to work and cook supper. Today is BBQ day..
Delivery Truck is late .. It has been coming around 7 am .. Today I leave at 9:30 and no truck but I gave clear instructions to the new postion created this week to my dishwasher now front of house facilitator.
This position. Is a buffer between me and dishwashers - we are hiring one more person and having a rotating staff helper .. This facilitator will also be trained to serve some meals so I can have a break - ie - an afternoon and supper off occasionally - this is good if we have the right person.. Right now we do. A young 26 year old who is mature and responsible - and the owner after talking with me has made this transition .. And offered her a job next year if she wants to come back. Let's see how it works out..

Dalhouise likes air conditioners - he sits in front of our new one when we are at the condo.. And now in the car he get in between the seats and let's the cool air blow on him while driving with us. King Dalhouise is no fool of a dog.

So now I wait at home for the phone call telling me my car is ready and my visa is going to cry.




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Arlene, you're lucky to be able to keep feeders up in the summer. We have neighborhood bears that keep making the rounds looking for good bird seed & other snacks. Here's a link to the bear visiting our feeders last summer: https://www.flickr.com/photos/30563867@N00
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My DH rigged up a mirror on a tall pole and was able to spot one blue egg in the first nest and 2 blue eggs in the second one. I guess with the warm weather the momma doesn't have to sit on them all that much? I hardly ever see her watching over them... But the temps are going into the 50's tonight so maybe tomorrow morning I'll see two mommas... one sitting on each nest.

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I have so many birds at my feeders but spot very few nests around the yard.Hoe much fun for you to watch them :)

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Newest addition to my porch rafters: there are 2 large robin nests just down from where the phoebes had their nest. I have seen one very shy robin sitting in one nest and then the other. At least I think it's the same bird, but maybe there are 2 mommas side by side who never show up at the same time? She always sits facing my window, and flies away as soon as she sees me. Will be hard to get any decent photos, I fear. Sigh...

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Oh Good for you !!! Very exciting :) Share pics if you have a chance to get some emoticon

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We cleared out the beginnings of a nest that the house wren had built in the bluebird house and covered up the hole for a couple of days as he kept trying to reenter it. Low and behold, the bluebird pair returned. We uncovered the hole and they are setting up a nest once again... yay!

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Your garden friends are beautiful. Nuthatches are one of my favorite birds.I haven't seen one in years.They are only in the higher elevations here.Don't think I have ever seen a blue tot either. THANKS!

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We've had a couple of dull, miserable, cold days here, but this afternoon summer arrived - we got lovely sunshine with just a gentle breeze. I had lunch with friends then sat in the garden - perfect! Here are some of the feathered friends who kept me company.

nuthatch

blue tit

greenfinch

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I would I think I have read that that is the best thing to do.

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We have some house wrens that are happily loading twigs into all of my birdhouses. I think they chased the bluebirds away. emoticon Although I like wrens and their bubbly chatter, I really don't want them to be bullies, especially where bluebirds and purple martins are concerned. Maybe I should remove their twigs before they actually build the soft nest & lay eggs?

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will check them out later. I have issues with uploading stuff to spark people too.. LOL it hates me

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Not sure why my links don't work in Spark. You can easily get to the photos by doing a google search on: flickr gardenergal album



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They all took their first flight today! And it turns out there were 5 phoebes crammed into that small nest! I didn't realize it until I watched my video in the link below and counted 5 little heads bobbing in and out of the nest. https://www.flickr.com/photos/305638
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So, I missed videoing when Snowy, Moe and Joey took off. I thought the camera was on but was so excited to see them bravely taking off that I failed to check in time. But I did capture Cloe's giant leap into the great unknown. Below is a video of the last two left at the nest, Cloe and Mr Nobody, clearly the "runts" of the nest, who needed a little more time to get up their courage. Finally Cloe braves the flight, while Mr Nobody sadly looks on. You'll see Momma phoebe bringing Mr Nobody a nice big dragonfly to fill his belly & give him more courage. https://www.flickr.com/photos/305638
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My camera battery was running low so I walked away for a few minutes and didn't actually see Mr Nobody's first flight, but all is quiet and hopefully the little ones are now making their way in this big scary world!

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How much fun. I wish we had some nesting birds to watch. At our last place we had barn swallows. They were awesome and would return every year.
You are lucky !

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I love it that you know which one is which!

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I love it that you know which one is which!

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Snowy ventured out of the nest today! I walked in on her frantically flapping her wings to get back in the nest. She finally made it, and then plopped down, on top of the others, with her back to the world & head to the wall, exhausted. I had to laugh when she craned her neck around a couple of minutes later when Momma arrived with a snack! So much fun to watch, it won't be long now before they all get up & go. Gee, they grow up so fast! ;)

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I miss them.

What an adorable little family you have there. I like their names ;)

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So cute!!! Thanks for sharing.

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Here's a photo of my little phoebe family with mouths wide open waiting for Mama's goodies. You can only see 3 heads in this picture, but there's another one out of sight as well. I've named them Snowy, Cloe, Joey and Moe!

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Oh that is a shame! I love seeing the birds pairing up and collecting nest material in the Spring, knowing I'll soon be seeing (and hearing!) the babies if I'm lucky.

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So sweet :) We usually have a prairie falcon nesting where we can watch her and here the feeding cries. This year nothing. I am guessing her clutch failed of that something happened to them. It is very quiet with out the baby screeching.

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Sticking with the subject of baby birds, I was out walking this morning when I noticed a wren darting back and forth to a wall covered in ivy. There was a flash of yellow from little beaks deep in the ivy and I realized she was feeding her babies! Luckily I had my long lens with me, so I grabbed a couple of quick shots from a safe distance, then left them in peace.



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Yes please do post pics if you are lucky enough to get any! I had to look up phoebes because we don't get them here in England, but they seem similar to our spotted flycatchers, which are lovely little birds.

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I hope you get some good pics. Seems most baby birds fledged around 4-5 weeks although I am far from and expert. They will spend some time on the ground with their parents looking after them before they actually get the flying part down pat. They they will follow their parents to feeding spots and beg for food. Enjoy your self and your experience with these yard mates :)

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I have a phoebe nest on the roof beam of my front porch. The babies hatched on 5/30. I "think" there are four, but it's hard to see way up in the nest. I do have a nice vantage point in my guest bedroom window, can see 3/4 of the nest plus the little heads and beaks popping up! Anyone know how long it takes to fledge? I'm guessing it'll be somewhere between 6/15 - 6/18, but the boldest of the chicks is already flapping his (her) wings and stepping over the others. I have a camera on a tripod already set up, although my magnification isn't the greatest. It'll still be fun if I can at least capture one of them as they make their first leap into the BIG WORLD!

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MINNIEUK what a beauty. I have never seen one of those wood peckers before . Thanks so much for sharing your picture :)

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I've enjoyed looking through all the great photos people have shared here. I'm not really sure what I'm doing, but I'll have a go at adding one of my local ones from last month, a female Great Spotted Woodpecker in a park a couple of miles from my home...



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I have never seen a swan fly. It must have been an awesome site .

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I saw a swan flying south alongside I-95 today. Never seen one flying around here...lots on the ponds.



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I hope so too. That is hard to watch :(

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The remaining survivor's injuries appear to be minor. Just a bloody wound under the eye. Parents are still watching over it, and it gets around just fine. This is the 3rd brood this year, and the parents lost all the other babies. I hope this one survives.



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Awww that is sad.Mother Nature is a mean lady at times. DO you think the baby will make it. I used to have to go out and rescue injured animals for a humane society I worked for and we would capture and transport animals to vets and for rehabilitation .

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Not sure how. The remaining youngster has some signs of 'battle damage', so I suspect a raccoon or bobcat which we see here often.



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