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    Re: The thread for birds and birding

    Quote Originally Posted by CarlS View Post
    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.
    I'll add NJ, PA, and DE to that list of sightings. Supposedly one in Bethlehem, PA, about 10 miles from my house, but it was a one day wonder.
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    Had the good fortune to get great looks at a Gyrfalcon in Hampton, NH the other day. Was very fortunate that it showed up about 5 minutes after I got there, swooped in low across the marsh infront of us and then perched in a nearby tree. First one I have seen in NH.

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    Moving to Idaho after the new year (Twin Falls area). Hoping to see lots of new stuff. I don't know if I will be able to set up bird feeders or not (still getting living arrangements finalized). There are apparently lots of fowl (pheasants, grouse etc) and raptors. Saw quite a few magpies as well. I will be excited to see what hummingbirds show up as well. Should at least see black-chinned.

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    saw half a dozen robins on Friday. First time we've seen any robins about since November.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreshFish View Post
    saw half a dozen robins on Friday. First time we've seen any robins about since November.
    I've had a robin in the yard since mid February and we've been butt deep in snow. Never seen one here that early on. Looks like he/she has been eating well though. Nice round belly.
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    Re: The thread for birds and birding

    In case any birders on here are interested, a couple relatives of mine have been on the team developing Merlin, the new bird ID app from Cornell's Lab of Ornithology. Apple only for now, Android later this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LynahFan View Post
    In case any birders on here are interested, a couple relatives of mine have been on the team developing Merlin, the new bird ID app from Cornell's Lab of Ornithology. Apple only for now, Android later this year.
    I will be downloading that for sure!

    I saw a canyon wren a few days ago. I actually had to identify it based mainly on the call. It was perched on a boulder and calling but I could only really see a silhouette. I was fairly certain it was a wren based on size and shape. Figured out a few possible birds it could be based on local and habitat and then listened to calls. The canyon wren has a pretty distinct call thankfully.

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    Lynah - thanks for that info. Will check out today. ProudtobaLaker - have to go to Maine this morning and am stopping in York as there was a Golden Eagle spotted there yesterday. Apparently has been seen a few times. Would be a nice to get for this area.

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    I got the app and it's pretty good. Just did 3 days of birding in the Tampa bay area. some great birds. 54 species in all. My favorites were the bald eagle, the tufted titmouse, and the tricolored heron. Him and 50 alligators all in one park.

    I've tried the Nat geo app and the Audubon society one and I like the Audubon one better.
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    Re: The thread for birds and birding

    Quote Originally Posted by FreshFish View Post
    saw half a dozen robins on Friday. First time we've seen any robins about since November.
    The Robins have been around here for about 3 weeks, but they have been quiet, I suspect because of the frickin cold. Walked the dog this morning in warmer temps, and the Robins were having at it. Feels good to hear them.

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    Re: The thread for birds and birding

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    The Robins have been around here for about 3 weeks, but they have been quiet, I suspect because of the frickin cold. Walked the dog this morning in warmer temps, and the Robins were having at it. Feels good to hear them.
    Woke up to a robin singing outside my window this AM. It was nice to hear.
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    Re: The thread for birds and birding

    Just saw an Indigo Bunting out in the backyard in the low, bare branches of a wisteria bush. Haven't seen one in years. He perched there motionless for quite some time and now is gone from my sight, probably for another long period of years. Handsome, beautiful bird.
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    Just saw an Indigo Bunting out in the backyard in the low, bare branches of a wisteria bush. Haven't seen one in years. He perched there motionless for quite some time and now is gone from my sight, probably for another long period of years. Handsome, beautiful bird.
    We get a couple of these beauties every year around this time, usually for a few weeks. Sadly, they have yet to show this year. I hope they show because that blue is simply unmatched.
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    Re: The thread for birds and birding

    I live in west central Mn. I'm not much of a "birder" but I always have quite a variety of feeders and food for the birds. From around April until August the variety and traffic of birds is very impressive. Then in August or so it turns off and rarely a bird shows up until Spring. Even in the dead of winter my feeders sit full with not one visitor. Odd.

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    Picked up a nice yard birrd for ManchVegas on Sunday - a Blue-winged warbler. Picked up 17 species of warblers yesterday on a trip to Plum Island, MA. One of the biggest migration days I have ever seen there.

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    Saw two pileated woodpeckers on Saturday while out turkey hunting with my kid.

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    Holy Crap!

    Three freaking orioles just landed on a planter outside on my deck about 10 feet from me. Never seen one before although I know they pass through here.

    Can I get the ****ing camera in time? Course not.


    Oh well, still cool.

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    Re: The thread for birds and birding

    Quote Originally Posted by Gurtholfin View Post
    Holy Crap!

    Three freaking orioles just landed on a planter outside on my deck about 10 feet from me. Never seen one before although I know they pass through here.

    Can I get the ****ing camera in time? Course not.


    Oh well, still cool.
    Get some grape jelly in a feeder out there, and you'll have them regularly. Every year we have about six of them.
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    Re: The thread for birds and birding

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    Get some grape jelly in a feeder out there, and you'll have them regularly. Every year we have about six of them.

    What sort of feeder?

    I just put out some in an orange cereal bowl, but I'm concerned that the bowl may be too deep.


    EDIT: Was jam as I don't have jelly. Will that work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gurtholfin View Post
    What sort of feeder?

    I just put out some in an orange cereal bowl, but I'm concerned that the bowl may be too deep.


    EDIT: Was jam as I don't have jelly. Will that work?
    We use this feeder, which I know is usually available from Mounds, but anything similar will do.

    http://www.amazon.com/Droll-Yankees-...rm+bird+feeder

    They'll perch right on the edge, and they're very sloppy eaters, with big goobers of jelly hanging from their beaks. I can't tell you if there's a difference between jam and jelly where orioles are concerned. I only know that all the literature I've seen says to use jelly.
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