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Mon Feb 20, 2012, 03:32 PM

Some bird photos from the Great Backyard Bird Count (pic heavy)

I saw this thread in GD and decided to participate.

I spent 4 days counting the birds I could see and posting the results at the GBBC website.

I didn't record every bird I saw because I wasn't exactly sure what kind of bird it was. I also didn't take photos of every bird I saw because I was busy counting the smaller birds.

However, I did take some shots after I was finished with my count. I submitted my last report this morning.


American Robin




Blue-Jay






Dark-eyed Junco (we also have the Slate-colored Junco)




Chipping Sparrow (I was shooting through the fence)




Northern Cardinal








Northern Mockingbird










and....of course

That evil bird


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (a keystone species, btw)


Which I've renamed 'ULittle' for, 'You little @#$%!'.



I had a great time counting birds.



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Reply Some bird photos from the Great Backyard Bird Count (pic heavy) (Original post)
Solly Mack Feb 2012 OP
Skinner Feb 2012 #1
Solly Mack Feb 2012 #2
benld74 Feb 2012 #3
Solly Mack Feb 2012 #4
benld74 Feb 2012 #18
Solly Mack Feb 2012 #19
madrchsod Feb 2012 #5
Solly Mack Feb 2012 #6
dmr Feb 2012 #7
Solly Mack Feb 2012 #8
dmr Feb 2012 #11
TBF Feb 2012 #9
Solly Mack Feb 2012 #10
SunSeeker Feb 2012 #12
Solly Mack Feb 2012 #14
Celebration Feb 2012 #13
Solly Mack Feb 2012 #15
OnyxCollie Feb 2012 #16
Solly Mack Feb 2012 #17
Curmudgeoness Feb 2012 #20
Solly Mack Feb 2012 #21
Curmudgeoness Feb 2012 #22
Solly Mack Feb 2012 #23
nadinbrzezinski Feb 2012 #24

Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2012, 03:43 PM

1. Those are great.

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Response to Skinner (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 20, 2012, 03:45 PM

2. Thanks!

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2012, 06:08 PM

3. Those were the 1st Cardinal and BlueJay I've seen all year.

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Response to benld74 (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 20, 2012, 06:11 PM

4. Gosh. Where do you live?

I hope you have enjoyed them!

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 08:49 PM

18. Home of Cardinal Nation!!!!

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Response to benld74 (Reply #18)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 08:53 PM

19. I should have known. (your avatar) lol

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2012, 06:13 PM

5. nice pictures!

i`m the go to house in my neighborhood for the birds,rabbits,and squirrels. i have indoor birds and i always throw out the seeds they don`t eat. i also buy additional seed when i don`t have enough. the rabbits sit a couple of feet from the door and the birds a few feet more. the only thing i have`t seen are the geese that fly overhead or the hawks.

last summer and fall summer i had bluejays,cardinals, and a couple other unknown birds. maybe i should start taking pictures..

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Response to madrchsod (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 20, 2012, 06:20 PM

6. You should! Species are migrating into new places and some are reducing in number.

Some are dying off... (habitat destruction being the biggie)

Also, the American crow was badly affected by the bird flu and only recently has it been making a comeback. Far less now than there used to be. (but they're increasing again, it seems)

It's fun...and helpful.

And...you can post them here so we can all enjoy your photos.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2012, 11:03 PM

7. I really enjoyed these.

I've participated in the Great Count before, but this year I'm not well & couldn't.

Your pictures are wonderful, & I'm happy you posted them.

What's the story with the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker?

This is from a few years ago (Northern Michigan):

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Response to dmr (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 20, 2012, 11:17 PM

8. Thanks, dmr. That eagle is great!

I've been trying to get a clean shot of the woodpecker and posted a rant (of sorts) about it.

Evil Bird rant
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10362181

It is as if the bird is playing with me, taunting me.

I was sitting under the tree on Sunday (without my camera...just observing the bird) when the evil thing settled not 4 feet from me and began pecking. I just had to laugh at myself.

I'll eventually get the shot I'm looking for though.

Maybe. lol

I'm sorry you are unwell. I hope things get better.

Thank you, again.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 12:20 AM

11. What a day you had!!

What fun! Well, you know, Woody Woodpecker was pretty insane ...

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2012, 11:29 PM

9. I don't think I've ever seen such a fat cardinal :)

those are great shots! I love watching the blue jays in my backyard ... they seem to fight quite a bit and can get in some epic battles.

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Response to TBF (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 20, 2012, 11:41 PM

10. lol He's just putting on a display.

He was being greedy though. A couple of females were hiding deep in the shrubs and they do chase each other quite a bit.

Blue Jays do like to battle. The ones in my yard are constantly fighting the crows for this one certain tree. The crows fight back. The score is even right now.

Thanks, TBF.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 03:55 AM

12. Beautiful! Thanks. n/t

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #12)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 10:53 AM

14. Thank you, SunSeeker.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 08:14 AM

13. oh, cool!

The EVIL bird That one is ubiquitous!

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Response to Celebration (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 11:01 AM

15. That bird has even appeared in one of my dreams.

In my dream, a stranger came to the door and he looked just like the woodpecker. The head, face and hair coloring anyway. He was in overalls. Wanted directions.

I'm going to have to make peace with that bird. lol

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 01:12 PM

16. Very nice pictures.

 

Especially the cardinal.

I've seen all of them around my house in Ohio, except for the Northern Mockingbird.

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Response to OnyxCollie (Reply #16)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 07:51 PM

17. Thanks, OnyxCollie

The Mockingbird is a favorite of mine. I enjoy their song. I was listening to one today sing its little heart out.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 09:14 PM

20. Great pictures. As an obsessive-compulsive type,

I have nearly 20 years of daily bird sightings logged into my "bird diaries". I feed daily and have 15-20 species show up every day. Unfortunately, on days that I work, I miss all the action.

And dang it, I never thought of trying to take pictures of them. I will try getting some.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #20)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 09:39 PM

21. Please do! Next year you can do the GBBC as well. They'd love to hear from you.

Thanks, Curmudgeoness.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #21)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 10:26 PM

22. I have always wondered, do you have to participate all 4 days

when you do the bird count? Or can it be only over the weekend?

All I am likely to see on weekdays are Mourning Doves and Northern Cardinals, since they are the earliest birds to arrive. It is only on the weekends that I see my other visitors---at this time of year, of course lots of House Sparrows and European Starlings, goldfinches, chickadees, House Finches (but not nearly as many as I used to see), Blue Jays, crows, titmouses, nuthatches, juncos, Downy Woodpeckers, and my favorite is a Northern Flicker who loves my seeds---and I never expected to come to a feeder.

I will try to get pictures.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #22)

Wed Feb 22, 2012, 12:12 AM

23. You don't have to do all 4 days. Just whatever portion you choose to do.

They want people to count for at least 15 minutes, so it doesn't even really take much time. Some do it for longer.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Feb 25, 2012, 06:51 PM

24. Great photos

 

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