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Old 05-18-2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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---- My first hummingbird of the year!

---- A yellow warbler and a Nashville Warbler at my pond at the same time

---- and a male & female Northern Oriole mating in our old box elder tree.

It is also 95 degrees today here in Minnesota. The plants all look a little droopy in the heat. But a busy day for the birds.
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I'm so happy for you...and I'd have said that if all you saw was the hummingbird, but as I read on, I see it was a red letter day for you! Congratulations.

I saw my first yellow warbler ever in our yard last year...I had to look it up. I've seen a Northern Oriole passing through, but would love to see them nest here--I remember seeing pictures of their unique nests as a kid.

Just the other day, I spotted the tree swallows mating on the powerlines above the nestbox they chose. I even snapped some pictures (which I was in the process of doing when they began doing it) and even a short video. I'm thinking about starting a "~bird porn~" thread to go with the bug porn one they already have.
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The orioles nest somewhere in the neighborhood every year (I'd love to find the nest, but don't know where to look), but I felt so honored that they chose our yard for their activities...lol! Do they mate just anywhere, or does it mean the nest is nearby? Do they have a favorite species of tree to nest in?
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I'm hardly an expert...especially when it comes to orioles. I'd guess they could mate anywhere, but, at least with the tree swallows, they happened to be in quite close proximity to their nest.

~smile~ I can understand the "feeling honored" at least on some level.
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The orioles nest somewhere in the neighborhood every year (I'd love to find the nest, but don't know where to look), but I felt so honored that they chose our yard for their activities...lol! Do they mate just anywhere, or does it mean the nest is nearby? Do they have a favorite species of tree to nest in?
It is said that they prefer to nest in the American Elm. Of course, there are now limited numbers of that species, so they nest in other trees also. I have a pair nesting in my yard, but they are in a hybrid willow that towers about 70 feet and I cannot find the nest. I watched the female gather the nesting material from the swamp milkweed remnant stalks from last year, She shred the stalks laboriously, and she was back and forth to that plant for days. I never saw the male take part in the nest making, though I have seen him in the yard. Never a chance for a good photo, as I was always engaged in something pressing whenever I noticed her. I was also afraid of spooking her away.

i agree that it is a thrill to have them nesting in one's yard.
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It is said that they prefer to nest in the American Elm.
That is great; maybe I have a chance for a pair of my own! I have several elms...but one has great arching branches that seem like they'd be perfect for a hanging nest. I believe it is the American elm that I have.


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I have a pair nesting in my yard, but they are in a hybrid willow that towers about 70 feet and I cannot find the nest. I watched the female gather the nesting material from the swamp milkweed remnant stalks from last year, She shred the stalks laboriously, and she was back and forth to that plant for days. I never saw the male take part in the nest making, though I have seen him in the yard. Never a chance for a good photo...
How lucky for you! Maybe you didn't have a chance for a good photo, but you made up with it with a good story.

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i agree that it is a thrill to have them nesting in one's yard.
It wasn't the nesting that thrilled her.
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Hahahah, "Bird porn" thread. Uh, that is slightly disturbing but possibly harmless and probably pretty amusing.
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Hahahah, "Bird porn" thread. Uh, that is slightly disturbing but possibly harmless and probably pretty amusing.

Welcome aboard, Damien57. As you may have noticed Wildlife Gardeners is a quality site...and a great group of people...but it does have its whacky side. Had I not been familiar with this thread Bug Porn, I probably would not have thought to create the (slightly disturbing) "bird porn" thread.

I have to wonder, do you think "~Bug Porn~" qualifies as "fully disturbing"?

I hope you enjoy it here. I look forward to reading about your projects, interests, and goals.
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OMG!!! I forgot about the bird porn thread!!! Where is it>>>>? The bug porn thread's a blast from the past for sure. Here's the plant porn thread, Veggie Porn... tomato porn... plant porn in general. That 1 still cracks me up every time I see it!
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:08 PM   #10
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I really need to invest in a good camera so I can take pictures of these kinds of things.... from far away, of course. My camera is lousy!
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