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You said it was a bird feeder--where are my birds?





(And now we know why the birds all fly away and hide from time to time... I believe this is a Cooper's Hawk.)
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Left out of the bird pictures from last spring was this mystery bird:



I finally dug around in my bird books and identified it. It's a Yellow-rumped Warbler.



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While on vacation at my in-laws place in Tennessee this month, I watched lots of ruby-throated humming birds come to the feeder and flowers on her back porch. The males would chase each other and all the females away from the feeder; it was a wonder they got any chance to feed themselves because they seemed to spend all their time chasing. The females would swoop in and feed while the males were off chasing someone; it was entertaining to watch.

Hummingbird and Not Hummingbird photos )
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Back on March 6 we took a turn around the park, seeing who had come back for spring. Like with the upcoming zoo pictures, I'll try to only show pictures of new birds and individuals and situations, not more of the same-old, same-old.

More swans, of course )
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I got a nice bird guide ("National Geographic Complete Birds of North America") for a belated Christmas present last month. Now I have a modern bird guide that includes Eastern North America. (I previously got a field guide to Western Birds while I was out in California.) In conjunction with a digital camera, I can identify a lot more birds--I tend to have a hard time remembering all the pertinent details of a quick flash of feathers going by.

Seagull photos )
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Yesterday, we saw a new duck at the park, one that looked wild, but not immediately identifiable.

Cut for pictures of mystery duck )
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Yesterday, we went for a brief walk in the park--a walk that turned out much briefer than we planned, due to the gust front blowing in and chilling the place down with icy winds and lowering dark gray clouds. After feeding the usual suspects, we saw an unusual goose along the shore of the swamp pond. It was much too trim and shy to be one of the big domestic geese; I suspected it to be a wild visitor, like the Canadas that drop by.

Pictures! )
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Our cygnets have almost grown up, and there are hints that spring is not far away.

Pictures of the big kids )
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Sunday was sunnier, and we had a variety of ducks.

Ducks )
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January 9 was bitterly cold, down in the upper 20s/lower 30s. (For here, that's cold. I know about you people up north.) I was worried slightly concerned that the birds would be hungry for lack of park-goers to feed them.

I need not have worried. Apparently rain keeps people away, not cold. Several people were out feeding the birds large bags of bread. I found the cygnets, almost grown now, being feed by a nice lady with a whole bag of crumbs.

Pictures! )
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Happy New Year!

New Year's day, the whole family went to the park. It was quite cold, and the birds were very hungry. The seagulls attacked in swarms and frenzied whenever there was bread in sight. (This was the first visit I was very glad I was wearing a hat--and I had to wash it afterwards).

Bird photos )
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Happy New Year!

The day after Christmas, we took our left-over bread and went to visit the swans and other birds. This time, we looked for the swans ashore, first--and found them.

Swans, geese, and seagulls: photos and videos )
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Merry Christmas, everyone!

Almost caught up now. Yesterday, we took stale bread to the park and fed the birds again. There's one particular corner of the park where the geese hang out, and are spoiled rotten. They are used to being fed, and get rather demanding about it. So do the seagulls and the ibises.

Pictures in here )
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Merry Christmas, everyone!

Wherein we go looking for cygnets and find them growing up.

Pictures and video ahoy! )
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Merry Christmas, everyone!

Continuing the big batch of bird pictures.

More pictures )
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Merry Christmas, everyone!

I'm putting up several batches of bird pictures today, as a Christmas present to someone I know especially enjoys them.

On to the pictures! )
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We finally found the swans...

Pictures and video )
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Walking around the pond, we spotted a few other things...

Pictures, lots )

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