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    Re: The thread for birds and birding

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    Interesting.

    Is the Summer Tanager a species you would see in your part of Illinois?
    The Summer looks like we would be right on the northern edge of their summer range (though they apparently go all the way to northern Missouri, the maps I am seeing show them barely in the southern tip of Illinois). I have personally never seen one. We could potentially have scarlet tanagers (very similar except the males will have solid black wings and tail). I have seen flocks of scarlets, but this was in the UP of Michigan at the Mackinaw (quite a few birds cross that area going north) where we went birding for my summer ornithology course at LSSU.

    I have a brown thrasher hanging around today taking seeds and insects from the ground. Along with him today so far: goldfinch (male), house finches, mourning doves, downy woodpecker, red bellied woodpecker, ruby throated hummingbird, cardinals, bluejays, white breasted nuthatch and carolina wrens.

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    We had a Red-bellied Woodpecker at the feeder Tuesday AM. Second time this Spring. Pretty good yard bird for manchVegas. Also had two Peregrine Falcons in downtown manch over the weekend at the NH Armory building and a Bald Eagle in Hooksett at the Home Depot parking lot.

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    There are some monk parakeets in our area that I see and hear from time to time. One might very well ask, "what are mok parakeets doing in coastal Connecticut?", which is an excellent question!

    I've heard various stories, one of which is that they were blown here by a big storm and decided to stay, another in which a breeder brought them here illegally and they escaped and decided to stay.
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    There are some monk parakeets in our area that I see and hear from time to time. One might very well ask, "what are mok parakeets doing in coastal Connecticut?", which is an excellent question!

    I've heard various stories, one of which is that they were blown here by a big storm and decided to stay, another in which a breeder brought them here illegally and they escaped and decided to stay.
    Any number of scenarios is possible.

    CarlS- I love the woodpeckers. Some of my favorite birds to have at feeders. Also, you should check out the webcam I posted earlier in the thread of the Peregrine nest box in Ft Wayne Indiana (not far from where I grew up

    Edit: here is the link: http://www.aep.com/environment/falconcam/ It looks like the camera may have gotten pushed over to the side and is viewing away from the box. Not sure. might still catch a closeup glimpse of them coming or going.

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    Rarely get a chance to ride the train during the day, usually it's either early in the morning or late in the evening.

    Yesterday afternoon, looking out the window as the train was passing through a saltwater marsh, saw not one but two white egrets.
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    Moving next week and I have stopped filling my feeders for about a week. Never got a 30th confirmed species

    Thought I would share the full final list:

    Carolina Wren
    White Breasted Nuthatch
    Red Breasted Nuthatch
    Cardinal
    White throated sparrow
    White Crowned sparrow
    House sparrow
    House finch
    Purple finch
    Goldfinch
    Tufted Titmouse
    Red Bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Dark eyed junco
    Bluejay
    Grackle
    Starling
    Red Wing blackbird
    Brown headed cowbird
    Morning dove
    Eastern Towhee
    Northern Mockingbird
    Hairy woodpecker
    Brown Thrasher
    Carolina Chickadee
    Rose Breasted Grosbeak
    Ruby throated hummingbird
    Indigo bunting
    Gray catbird

    29 species. Could have had a 30th (or more) for all I know. These were just the 29 species that I saw. Moving to Indiana for what I hope to be a short while as I pursue a permanent job somewhere. Once I land said job I hope to get feeders back up and see what I can get.

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    Re: The thread for birds and birding

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    Moving next week and I have stopped filling my feeders for about a week. Never got a 30th confirmed species

    Thought I would share the full final list:

    Carolina Wren
    White Breasted Nuthatch
    Red Breasted Nuthatch
    Cardinal
    White throated sparrow
    White Crowned sparrow
    House sparrow
    House finch
    Purple finch
    Goldfinch
    Tufted Titmouse
    Red Bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Dark eyed junco
    Bluejay
    Grackle
    Starling
    Red Wing blackbird
    Brown headed cowbird
    Morning dove
    Eastern Towhee
    Northern Mockingbird
    Hairy woodpecker
    Brown Thrasher
    Carolina Chickadee
    Rose Breasted Grosbeak
    Ruby throated hummingbird
    Indigo bunting
    Gray catbird

    29 species. Could have had a 30th (or more) for all I know. These were just the 29 species that I saw. Moving to Indiana for what I hope to be a short while as I pursue a permanent job somewhere. Once I land said job I hope to get feeders back up and see what I can get.
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    saw a woodpecker the other day with a black throat and red head. Hear them fairly often, rarely see one though.
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    I've never really counted robins. They don't really come to feeders and seed. I mean, I saw them in my yard plenty but never anywhere near feeders. The thrasher for example was picking up seed that I had scattered on the ground. Same with the towhee.

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    Had a kestrel take a gray catbird from under one of my feeders on Sunday. One happy bird, one sad bird.

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    So here's a few photos that I took about an hour ago.

    As I mentioned prior, we have hawks in our neighborhood here in southern Wisconsin. We see the remains of their kills from time to time on our lawn or deck and sometimes we even catch them feeding.

    This hawk landed in the tree next to our deck while we were eating supper tonight. I could see that he had something and went to get my camera. When I got back out, he was on our neighbor's roof.

    The racket that the song birds were making at him was crazy as the sought to drive him off. Eventually, he decided to head home with what looks like the hind leg of a rabbit...

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    Really nice pictures, Gurtholfin!
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    Really nice pictures, Gurtholfin!

    Thanks.

    Pretty cool to get to witness nature right from my deck. Just hope I never have to witness the actual kill.
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    Saw a heron in the "wild" yesterday. There is a nature preserve along the border between our town and the one to the east, and I stopped to hike along a path during lunch time yesterday. There is a pond in there with water lilies in bloom. I stepped out onto a rock to get a better look and a heron took flight.
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    Click Amazing Bird Nests From Around the World to see some interesting and exotic bird nests.

    This is from a Slate.com site called BEHOLD: The Photo Blog that I go to every now and then. Many eclectic posts from numerous photographers. Check it out.
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    Good visitor to ManchVegas this week - a Calliope hummingbird. Normally resides on West Coast and Central America. Was nice enough to show up at a feeder about 5 mins from my house. First state record for NH and life bird for me (not that I think anyone really cares ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlS View Post
    Good visitor to ManchVegas this week - a Calliope hummingbird. Normally resides on West Coast and Central America. Was nice enough to show up at a feeder about 5 mins from my house. First state record for NH and life bird for me (not that I think anyone really cares ).
    That's AWESOME.

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    Re: The thread for birds and birding

    Quote Originally Posted by CarlS View Post
    Good visitor to ManchVegas this week - a Calliope hummingbird. Normally resides on West Coast and Central America. Was nice enough to show up at a feeder about 5 mins from my house. First state record for NH and life bird for me (not that I think anyone really cares ).
    I read about that. Congrats on the convenient lifer.

    We had one here in PA about this time last year, but it was a female or young male. They're definitely being found here in the east more frequently.
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    Good news about Kirtland's Warbler in Michigan. But future of protection still in doubt.

    Click here.
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    If you were ever looking for a Snowy Owl - this is the year/season. Yesterday in NH I know of 14 that were seen, there are numerous Snowys in ME, MA, VT, NY. Eighty Snowys in one 20km stretch outside of St. John's Newfoundland; one has been found in North Carolina and this morning there is a picture of a Snowy in Bermuda.

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