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Old 05-01-2014, 10:26 AM   #121
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I saw a Rose-breasted grosbeak this morning migrating through on its way up north. They are very striking birds.
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They are beautiful linrose. They are being seen in my area too now. I haven't seen any at my property for several years.
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:07 PM   #123
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Gray Catbird showed up. Always one hanging around till they leave in the fall.

Wood Thrush (My favorite) just started singing. In a ravine so the song is amplified quite a bit.

Native sparrows covered the back yard scratching in newly seeded areas.

Brown-Headed Cowbird. First time hearing them. Might of thought aliens were in the trees.
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Scared a pileated woodpecker out of the back yard yesterday--the second time this year I've seen one flying away. Our snags must have reached the right age to have the right kind of delectable insects.
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I have a friend nearby with a 22 acre wooded property. I was visiting recently. We heard a pileated and then it flew by. I rarely get to see them. We saw a bald eagle fly by. There were bluebirds flying around. I envy her privacy. I've seen barred owls there and she said she has had turkeys lately.
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A yellow-rumped warbler. At least I think that's what it was, I'm bad at identifying warblers. It's been at the bird bath today.
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:32 PM   #127
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Since there isn't a "today I saw" place for bugs and these had wings, I have to relate it here. Early this morning, just after dawn I saw many, many small winged creatures apparently rising from the ground and flying upward. Don't laugh but they looked like tiny fairies. They had long thin double wings and a slim long body, maybe a quarter to a half an inch long. I tried to capture one but they eluded me. There were hundreds of them! It was sort of magical watching them in the early light of dawn.

I'm not crazy or on drugs I swear!!!

Does anyone have a guess as to what they are or were?
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Old 05-06-2014, 05:49 PM   #128
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linrose, sounds like female/new queen ants.
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:29 PM   #129
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Would LOVE to see the fairy ants!

The pileated was back this afternoon, working a pine snag in the back yard. I didn't get a good enough look to tell if our visitor was male or female, but there was a nesting pair in the wildlife refuge (about half a mile away) last year.

EllenW, we live in town, so I am beyond thrilled to get forest birds here. Last year we heard a barred owl, though we never got to see it.
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Seeing this thread reminded me that I saw a pair of kingbirds this evening.
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