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Old 06-30-2015, 12:01 PM   #11
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That is really cool having the Orioles visit you. I have tried putting out oranges but they have never attracted anything
Grape jelly is still untouched. I think I'll just put that feeder away. The orioles seem to be happy with the bugs they are picking from the bushes and the bird bath.
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Old 07-05-2015, 05:06 PM   #12
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Eastern phoebe, American black duck and green heron at the Town of Duck boardwalk on the Outer Banks on 7/2. We had to spend our time bird watching - a fisherman who was surf casting caught a six and a half foot shark right in front of our beach house, so we did not really want to swim!
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Old 07-05-2015, 06:28 PM   #13
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Nice, turttle. I especially like the green heron.
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I do too.
The pond at our previous camp attracted them, I miss watching them.
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I love that picture of the phoebe. It initially brought to mind the Eastern Kingbird. I wonder if the two are closely related?
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Old 09-25-2015, 10:47 AM   #16
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Has anyone ever seen a flock of squawking grackles loudly chasing a raptor around?

Is this like man bites dog?

And can anyone tell what kind of raptor this is?
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What about this little brown "sparrow?" Seems very common, flocking in bushes, etc... Anyone know the exact name of it?
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Old 10-23-2016, 09:14 PM   #18
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I can't tell what it is with the resolution on my iPad, but it does look like a sparrow. It appears to,have a white ring around its neck, which might be helpful in the id. Where are you seeing these birds - habitat, which state in which month? Most sparrow are ground feeders rather than in the trees.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology has an app called Merlin which is free, for identifying common birds in your area. I use an app called iBird, though it wasn't free.

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Old 10-24-2016, 08:54 PM   #19
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What about this little brown "sparrow?" Seems very common, flocking in bushes, etc... Anyone know the exact name of it?
Could it be a non-breeding male house sparrow? Color isn't great on my computer, but that's what it looks like as far as I can tell.

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Old 10-25-2016, 01:39 PM   #20
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Has anyone ever seen a flock of squawking grackles loudly chasing a raptor around?

Is this like man bites dog?

And can anyone tell what kind of raptor this is?
It is common to see crows and mockingbirds chase raptors, and I have seen crows chase a fox in my yard. I don't have grackles where I am, but I don't see why they wouldn't chase it. I will look when I get on my laptop to see if I can I'd the raptor. What part of the country are you in?
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