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Old 04-06-2013, 10:29 PM   #391
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I'll be home the next few weeks recovering from surgery (not in the plan, but ended up necessary, and I got good news and will be fine). I am NOT a patient patient. Luckily for me, my favorite squirrel survived the winter and is visiting regularly. (Yes, those are daffodils. Winters here are so gray that I can't resist early-spring color.)
Is that Stumpy?

Glad you are ok...enjoy your recovery.
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We still have juncos--later than usual, it seems. At the same time, the grackles are back.
Same here.
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".tell me, how do you tell the females from the males in bluejays? "

My question as well. And yes, dap, that is dear Stumpy (or his/her twin). I should probably name the poor squirrel for something other than its handicap. (Of course, the neighbor across the street has been calling the same squirrel "Stubby" for the last couple of years.)

BTW, how does one sex squirrels from a distance?
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Tell me, how do you tell the females from the males in bluejays?
Just how many years does a red-wing live?
BTW, how does one sex squirrels from a distance?
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Sexing Blue jays..
Since they both appear identical, they can only be identified by their mating and nesting behavior.

During the spring...It is the female who is first to take flight. The males follow.
The ones doing the head bobbing and feather fluffing would be the males.
The female incubates the eggs.
The one carrying food to the sitting bird in a nest is the male.

The only "noticeable" difference being "If you had one in hand" would be...
The females have an area stripped of feathers on their belly for incubating their eggs.
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Life expectancy of a red-wing Blackbird

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The longest-living banded wild redwing ever recorded by the Bird Banding Laboratory at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center had survived 15 years and 9 months.
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Sexing squirrels

The only "absolute" way to tell if a squirrel is a male or female is to check out its genitals. Wildlife Online - Natural History of Grey & Red Squirrels
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During the breeding season the testes are often swollen and, in the Red squirrel are darkly stained
You might be able to tell the males from the females again... by their mating and nesting behavior.
Males tend to be a bit heavier and will fight one another over a watching female.
The males are usually the nest builders.
The females tend and carry about the young.
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Sexing Blue jays..
Since they both appear identical, they can only be identified by their mating and nesting behavior.

During the spring...It is the female who is first to take flight. The males follow.
The ones doing the head bobbing and feather fluffing would be the males.
The female incubates the eggs.
The one carrying food to the sitting bird in a nest is the male.

The only "noticeable" difference being "If you had one in hand" would be...
The females have an area stripped of feathers on their belly for incubating their eggs.
Thanks, havalotta. Those behaviors make sense...I've just not witnessed them yet. I have observed the mourning doves behavior and hope to spot the bluejays' as well.
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[B]Life expectancy of a red-wing Blackbird...
Nice! So you should have him around for quite a while.

Funny as I read the word "red-wing black bird" from right outside my window (where I feed the birds), came the trill of one's call.

Now you've got me wondering about the life expectancy of a bluebird.
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Sexing squirrels...
"Sexting squirrels"--WHAT!?....oh, never mind.
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