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Old 04-12-2013, 06:31 AM   #441
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Maybe not all, sorry hava! Ouch!
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:37 AM   #442
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I think the strong flow of warm air from the gulf preceding this front that came through last night brought a lot of migrants up from the south. I'm going to put my hummer feeders out today.
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Good point. We got 2" of rain yesterday. After low eighties on Wednesday the temperature dropped to 51 yesterday and I woke up to 39 degrees this morning.

It's going to be a great weekend to get out in the garden.
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Enjoy your day while I'm out in the elements shoveling.
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My woods are alive with bird song, but my brain can't seem to learn to identify birds by their songs, even the common ones...
You are not alone in that. I think I recognize redwing blackbirds, chickadees, nuthatches, and red-tailed hawks (thanks to a comment from bridget1964 about one of my videos way back when). ...And I can't even trust that I'm right with those.
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I find it difficult to learn bird songs and calls. There are a few distictive ones that I know, and some from birds that are common here. Cardinals and Carolina chickadees are easy. Carolina wrens, especially in the spring when they start singing before daylight, is a nice alarm clock. Red-bellied woodpeckers are distinctive. I can tell when theres a mockingbird around because each call is different with several strung together. Barred owls, red-shouldered (after discovering them living here), and red-tail hawks are distictive too. So is the whip-poor-will. Pileated woodpeckers and northern flickers sound a lot alike. They make the woods sound like the tropics in mid-summer. I can't tell their songs apart though. Blue jays and red-winged blackbirds of course. Loons.

Forget about all the warblers, I just like hearing them all when they come through.
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In the yard this afternoon, Red-winged Blackbirds which is sort of odd here, robins and grackles. We checked a couple Peregrine sites. At Tillman, we saw just a Pied-billed Grebe, with of course, some Canadian Geese.

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I find it difficult to learn bird songs and calls. There are a few distictive ones that I know... Cardinals and Carolina chickadees are easy. Carolina wrens...I can tell when theres a mockingbird around because each call is different with several strung together. ....
I guess I'm not alone.

Also, you made me realize I *might* recognize a cardinal and blue jay, should recognize a Carolina wren, and definitely recognize a mockingbird.

We used to have a mockingbird where I grew up that would sit atop our TV antennae and sing its heart out.
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In the yard this afternoon, Red-winged Blackbirds which is sort of odd here...
Sorry that they are uncommon there, but glad you saw one. For some reason, I really like them.
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Dap, they're just odd to see in my yard but we see a lot of them in fields and marshes! I guess the yard now appears to be a field or marsh!
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