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Old 07-08-2014, 09:29 AM   #151
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Linrose, have never seen eyebrows like that on my finches. Is it a short lived adolescent thing, a function of molting, or what? It looks pretty comical.
Basically, it's shortlived. It's the remaining baby fluff that will soon fall off. We always enjoy seeing these birds fresh out of the nest. I had a cute photo of one, but cannot find it now.

Here is the funniest thing I saw recently. I set out some feathers for our Swallows and this Robin comes along and decides she wants a few for herself.

Our Porch Swallows took the rest. I thought that quite strange because they surely have hoarded enough already. But they knew something I did not... that night it dropped to the lower 50s.
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:00 PM   #152
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We have red-shouldered hawks nesting at the far end of the block, but one of them has taken to sitting in our trees and screeching, even when we're visible a few feet away on the porch. Cornell notes this particular call as a territorial display, but we're wondering if this bird is an adolescent looking for next year's nesting site.

Does anyone know anything about this particular hawk?
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:00 PM   #153
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I finally found my funny House Finch photo.
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:12 PM   #154
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I saw a house finch that looked like that also after reading these posts. That is funny. I have so many house finches right now. They were emptying a tube feeder every day.
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Old 07-18-2014, 06:31 PM   #155
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#1. I was out taking pictures of plants when I heard this fellow singing. I really do not need any more photos of Dickcissels, but... the lighting was nice, not glaring. When I zoomed the lens out, he suddenly stopped singing and kept looking down like this. I must've confused him or something.

#2. Mama Bobolink with one of her young.
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:43 PM   #156
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This cardinal was eating these galls on sugar maple.
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:50 PM   #157
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#2. Mama Bobolink with one of her young.
Oooo I like the composition of that one very much!
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Hope you don't mind but I just couldn't resist toying around with its exposure.
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:04 PM   #158
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havalotta, I do not mind at all. Actually, if you could tell me how you did it, I would be so grateful. I want to do something with it, so the printed copies look nicer.

No pictures today. I cannot seem to find my camera, but I am still hearing Mr. Orchard Oriole singing. We've had two males around this summer and they do not always get along.
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:19 PM   #159
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Rebek56,

I have been thinking about your question and really do not have an answer. In other birds, the young are known to look at potential nesting sites for the next year. In Red-shouldered Hawks, they usually reach maturity at about two years, but could forseeably try to breed at one year.

Our near by Red-tailed Hawks must've had a successful breeding. I am hearing the young incessantly cry and I think are still being fed at this point. That is what I thought your situation might have been, but you said Cornell noted that call as a territorial display.

If you want to wade through this page, Arthur Bent wrote extensively about North America's birds. Someone loaned me one of the series (Swallows) and it is full of info. Maybe there will be the answer in here.

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havalotta, I do not mind at all. Actually, if you could tell me how you did it, I would be so grateful. I want to do something with it, so the printed copies look nicer.
You have the original but for me to do it..... I must click upon your photo to enlarge it then left click, hold and slide it onto my desktop (That's previously been shrunk so I've an area to drag it to). Once there, a double left click brings it into view. I have PAINT and all I need to do then is click upon the area where it says fix and all sorts of adjustments from that point can be made through your choice.
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