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Old 03-26-2015, 12:55 PM   #21
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I spied the first ROBIN out back this morning. YEY SPRING is officially HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-26-2015, 01:56 PM   #22
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Here are two from a recent fight.
Frequently Asked Questions about Robins: Wintering-fight1.jpg

Frequently Asked Questions about Robins: Wintering-fight2.jpg

I think our kitchen tree female returned from last year. I saw a Robin looking like she did. No signs of nesting yet, but that male is sure guarding his territory... from everything, except me. He's given our House Finches the nerves from the bombing he's given them. They would sit there looking around, only to get bombed again. I will go out at times which scares him off and the little birds come back quickly and eat as fast as they can before the big guy returns.

That kitchen tree nest was reused last year, but I don't know if they will try for a third year. It is in a perfect spot for viewing from the kitchen window.
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I usually notice male mourning doves getting g iridescent...and getting amorous following and nudging a female.
We finally had a Mourning Dove come this year, but now he's gone again. We usually have several by now, but each year there are less and less for some reason. Well, I suspect the reason... hunting. It was made into law in 2011. If they wanted a dove season, why didn't they just stick to the non-natives? I still get so upset about this.
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I spied the first ROBIN out back this morning. YEY SPRING is officially HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YAY for you!
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Old 03-27-2015, 10:55 AM   #25
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You could have some of my mourning doves....I have dozens and they can be a nuisance. People hunt them here, too, but it hasn't affected the population.

Robins stay here all winter, but still people go all gags when they see one in the spring and go on and on about the robins being back. They are out and about more on lawns, it is true, making them more conspicuous.

They like to eat the little useless "sterile" fruit on my neighbors' Bradford pears then poop the seeds out into my woods and make volunteers. Charming.
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We finally had a Mourning Dove come this year, but now he's gone again. We usually have several by now, but each year there are less and less for some reason. Well, I suspect the reason... hunting. It was made into law in 2011. If they wanted a dove season, why didn't they just stick to the non-natives? I still get so upset about this.
If I saw them disappearing and knew that was the reason, I'd be upset too.
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Robins...like to eat the little useless "sterile" fruit on my neighbors' Bradford pears then poop the seeds out into my woods and make volunteers. Charming.
Sigh. Sorry to hear that.
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Great shots, Birding Bunch. I've never noticed how rough they can be.
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I've never seen the robins fight either but I have seen... the house sparrows kill goldfinches in a fight.
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