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Old 06-14-2011, 02:11 PM   #21
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The Bluebird Trail 2011 - Rated PG!-dscf5358.jpg
The first unit
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Using the cross bar added to its top.
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Feeding time
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Dive-bombing a pair of crows

I'll go out and take a few photos of the new units for comparison.
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:43 PM   #22
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Oh Oh
Ahhhhh just burnt up the first batch of peanut butter cookies running around taking the photos.
Oh well... No biggie
Birds will be fine dining real soon.
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:13 PM   #23
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The first unit
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Using the cross bar added to its top.
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Feeding time
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Dive-bombing a pair of crows

I'll go out and take a few photos of the new units for comparison.
Awesome! You must live in fascination watching them. But, that's no mosquito in that bird's mouth. What's he got? What do you find is their favorite insect to go after? Do you observe them going after dragonflies like Mark does?
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:37 PM   #24
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I do enjoy their acrobatics.
They're like little fighter jets as they come in for a dive bomb. They come close but have never hit me.
The new ones eventually get used to seeing me as no threat as I make the daily rounds.
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I don't know what it was gathering but this one was taken about a half hour later. Looks a bit leggy to be a dragon fly wouldn't you say?
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Maybe you can make it out in this poor super zoom shot?
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They definitely snap up the dragonflies but it's really difficult to capture a decent shot of them while in flight.
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:37 PM   #25
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I do enjoy their acrobatics.
They're like little fighter jets as they come in for a dive bomb. They come close but have never hit me.
The new ones eventually get used to seeing me as no threat as I make the daily rounds.
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I don't know what it was gathering but this one was taken about a half hour later. Looks a bit leggy to be a dragon fly wouldn't you say?
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Maybe you can make it out in this poor super zoom shot?
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They definitely snap up the dragonflies but it's really difficult to capture a decent shot of them while in flight.
I would say that last shot is one of a captured dragonfly!!! The translucent large wing is a dead giveaway!!! Nice shot!
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That was my guess on that one as well.
The others might be clusters of grasshoppers with their wings expanded open in the crunch. Take note of how the legs end in a hook like fashion.
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:08 PM   #27
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Oh Oh..................
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Just loading the new photos in and I noticed THIS!!!!
Do you think it's trying to take over the colony?
No dead ones below it so far.....
That's the new unit we've just put up, Same model as the first....
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Just loading the new photos in and I noticed THIS!!!!
Do you think it's trying to take over the colony?
No dead ones below it so far.....
That's the new unit we've just put up, Same model as the first....
Fishlkmich, I think, would advise immediate lethal action. Mark, are you there???
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:58 PM   #29
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How am I to do that in the city?
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Not sure that's a HOSP. Looks like it may just be a chipping sparrow. Looks more like a dot than a bib. My old eyes fool me often. If there are no HOSP nests in the housing, I'd just do whatever is usually done for HOSP control at this location.

Thanks for posting. Looks like a nice colony! Would like to see what other housing is offered.
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