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Old 01-28-2012, 02:41 PM   #81
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Old 01-28-2012, 03:14 PM   #82
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I like the sound of gulls. I can almost hear them......
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Which sparrows are the rotten ones?
Wh wh wh what did I just hear? Those nasty little NON NATIVE House Sparrows of course!
Oh noooooo. I said Grackles didn't I? I had "meant" to say, EUROPEAN STARLINGS! Another NON NATIVE!
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House sparrows (English) found in Wal-Mart parking lots and everywhere else!
Ahh...I see. Yes, I dread to see those...especially since I've had bluebirds nesting here for the past 3 summers.
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:45 PM   #84
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Beautiful, Sage...the first one is my favorite!
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Wh wh wh what did I just hear? Those nasty little NON NATIVE House Sparrows of course!
Oh noooooo. I said Grackles didn't I? I had "meant" to say, EUROPEAN STARLINGS! Another NON NATIVE!
Well, with talk of chipping sparrows and other native ones recently, the European house sparrow was not on my radar. Hey, I just realized, last year, I saw one or two of them show up at my feeder ONE day last year...I've not seen them at all this year!

Yup, you said grackles, which I enjoy seeing strutting around.

European starlings are a totally different story! (I have to say, I've been lucky enough not to see them here on a regular basis--probably I've seen them about as often as the house sparrows...I really hope that continues...and the more I convert the yard to native species, hopefully the yard will be less attractive to them.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:46 AM   #86
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I've been inspired to dig into my old photos and transfer them to my new computer heres a few enjoy.
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:20 AM   #87
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Cedar waxwings...You should be seeing them clearing the berries off the trees right about now.
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I like your gulls too Sage, makes me miss living near big water.

Yay turkeys! I hope my new camera can capture some of those big birds that live here, I've only seen them once or twice this winter. Thanks for the photos recurve!

I'm not getting the clearest shots yet, still learning my way around the camera but it's a far cry better than my old Kodak. I'm using the zoom alot for the bird pix and haven't figured out which are the best settings to use. I'm going to try using a tripod for those early morning shots I like to take. It gets a bit chilly standing out there waiting for the birds to settle down and pose for their close-up but we sacrifice for our art don't we???

This morning some goldfinches (I can't tell the males from the females in winter), a titmouse and some robins (at least I think they're robins) high up in the top of a tuliptree, a rather odd place to spot them I thought.
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:14 AM   #89
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Do the robins loose their red belly over the winter months there?
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I don't think so, I really haven't noticed. The rusty color is highly variable though according to my guide books.
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