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Old 05-30-2009, 09:35 PM   #101
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The black-capped chickadees are almost ready to fledge. There are about eight in the pile. I think that they rotate positions at this age:
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:37 PM   #102
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The tree swallows are a bit behind. Where do they find the feathers?
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:47 PM   #103
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I've never hosted purple martins at my house. I keep trying, but I allowed these guys to move in this year. They built three nests and I have two eggs in one and three in another. I think that the female may have changed her mind. It's so unlike females to do that.

This was shot through a window, which I rarely do. I saw that someone asked about it. You never get a really good shot, but you can gain an edge by getting closer. I use it a lot to ID sparrows or anything that I'm not sure about.
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Old 05-30-2009, 10:25 PM   #104
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"I think that the female may have changed her mind. It's so unlike females to do that." Hey! I resemble that remark! Isn't it interesting to see the materials chosen by each species to make nests.
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Old 05-31-2009, 08:11 AM   #105
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The chickadees always start with a base of sphagnum moss and build the second "layer" with animal hair, primarily. Anything that they use in the second layer is super soft. The tree swallows always build a base of dried grasses and always add feathers for their soft layer. The great-crested flycatcher picks up huge gobs of junk (mainly dried grass) to build the base of the nest and doesn't really add anything to it. They just form a bowl for the eggs. The one thing that they would like to add to the nest is a snake skin. They couldn't find any at my place, so there are pieces of cellophane, paper and pieces of candy wrapper scattered about.

Purple Martins use grass and some use mud. Some really like old oak leaves. They all like odd items. I have found snail shells, coffee stirrers, straws, wire ties, pieces of paper, plastic and candy wrappers. A friend hosted a house wren last year and it used more than two dozen pop tops from aluminum cans in its nest.
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Old 05-31-2009, 10:10 AM   #106
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Nice photos in the nest box's. They must be attracted to the glitter.
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I couldn't get any photos of their babies in their box.
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Too dark !
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A pretty bird though.
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Old 05-31-2009, 09:39 PM   #107
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Nice shots of the Tree Swalllow. Wonder why he likes the bad-looking tree...
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Old 05-31-2009, 09:43 PM   #108
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I don't even know what this bird is
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Old 05-31-2009, 09:49 PM   #109
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Looks like a woodpecker finch to me.......
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Old 05-31-2009, 09:55 PM   #110
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Oh.......... The swallows have a nest in that dead blackknot sootymold killed used to be excellent juicy plum tree.........
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh nooooooooo. I just burnt my artichoke I was boiling playing on here! :eek: I know how to burn water well...........
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