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Old 01-10-2014, 12:10 AM   #491
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Niiiiiice road runner Kchd!
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:27 PM   #492
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Thanks, to you both. I've always lived east of the Rockies. I didn't get into birding until 2004. When I met my husband and started going back home with him every year to visit family in se AZ, I was like a kid in a candy store with all the new and exciting birds to discover. That section of the US is a serious birding hotspot and I see something new every year. I got 3 life birds this trip: Clark's Grebe, Rufous-winged Sparrow, and Rufous-crowned Sparrow.
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:33 PM   #493
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House Finches at Tifft today

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Old 01-15-2014, 10:24 PM   #494
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Awe you caught him stretching....
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Old 04-02-2014, 06:45 AM   #495
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I have hosted these birds for more than a decade. They are regulars. I have had both color morphs in the yard, at the same time. This one is odd. I have been working in the yard and can walk up to it with a chainsaw running. Took this with a 70mm. No zoom, cropping, or editing. I think he might let me put up a ladder and pet him.
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:50 AM   #496
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What a nice picture of the owl fish
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:22 AM   #497
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Some recent shots around the yard.

1. We had parent Western Meadowlarks bring their young to the yard. Before this, it was the Easterns who nested here, but this was our first Westerns. They had stayed the winter, thus becoming a feeder bird, so were able to claim spots before the Easterns came back.

2. Well, we discovered that Grackles have a use after all. A merry chase was going on with the Tree and Barn Swallows also giving this squirrel the fits. This was the first squirrel we've seen here since I do not remember when. We think it was eating the 17-year cicadas.

3. Here is my friendly female Orchard Oriole. She just kept hopping on the ledge looking in. We think she is nesting in the north tree line some place. She's been seen feeding over there. A Papa Orchard had a mouthful of bugs, so think the eggs have hatched.

4. Yesterday, five healthy Tree Swallows left the nest. YAY! As of a couple days ago, there was still fighting among some adults and feeding seemed haphazard, but they did well. Within hours of leaving the nest, heavy rains came. Those poor things. We had more rain overnight and the radar looks like a lot more coming. I hope they are getting enough to eat. I've heard people will throw scrambled eggs into the air for Purple Martins when the rains cause the flying bugs to drop. Would this work for Tree Swallows?
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Old 06-28-2014, 08:40 AM   #498
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Great shots, Birding Bunch! You should consider entering them in the photo of the month contest--especially that last one. I'd love to get a shot like that.

I had orioles nesting in our yard for at least two years...this year I could clearly see the nest.
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Wow, I love that last one too! I've never seen a meadowlark, you are lucky to have them. Orchard orioles are beautiful birds too, do you feed them?

Our colorful goldfinches are coming around again, they must have fledged the first brood and are searching for food with the youngsters. I had a couple of volunteer sunflowers grow up in a pot on the deck and three of them were there today picking bugs and trying to get the immature seeds out. I caught this male clinging to a giant wild lettuce plant in the prairie bed.
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:41 AM   #500
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That is a nice shot too, linrose. Gotta love goldfinches. I'm hoping as my native composites start to spread and provide more food soirces, I'll see more and more Goldfinch around. I'm seeing some already, but hope to have them nest here.
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