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ImageJB
Feb 22, 2010 1:19 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
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I live in Southern Central New Jersey. I would enjoy sharing the types of birds we have here.
I have seen Blackbirds and Robins in February with below freezing temps. and way below normal temps for this time of year. We still have alot of snow on the ground. Glare
ImageRarejem
Mar 1, 2010 4:29 PM CST
Name: Julie Gair
South Prairie, Washington
Welcome JB!

You guys sure have been hit with a rough winter this year! It makes me feel almost guilty because ours has been so wonderful, but we got hit very bad last year, so I guess it's all a part of the cycle.

I would love to learn more about the birds on your side of the states. Our migration times here seem to fall into the same general time frame no matter what the weather is like. My Mom is convinced that they base their migration on the changing hours of daylight rather than the weather. I hope others from your part of the world share observations with us!
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ImageJB
Mar 11, 2010 2:59 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
The snow geese are being seen since the snow is melting. I saw some the other day eating in an old corn field, I thought it was snow and it turned out to be geese.
Robins are here and getting settled in and are very fat. Red headed woodpeckers and finches are starting to eat again. The chickadees are here of course all winter. The weather has been warmer and the birds are now beginning to be more active. When the snow was on the ground, they seemed to have disappeared except to eat from the feeders, then they would be gone. Now they are on the ground picking and looking for places to nest. The holly trees were their favorite foods during the snow days.
ImagePNWMountaingirl
Mar 12, 2010 10:10 AM CST
Name: Sharon
South Prairie, WA
Hi, JB. We look forward to hearing about your birds. Imagine you are on hummingbird watch just like we are. Different kinds, however. Do you get a lot of warblers there? I really miss them as I loved seeing them come through when I lived in Minnesota. Guess we just don't have enough bugs for them here, though we do have a few varieties.
ImageJB
Mar 19, 2010 2:31 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
I love hummingbirds but we have nothing to attract them. Our farm is mostly Christmas Trees and the fields of flowers we have are not blooming yet. No warblers either. I want some.... Today another large flock of black birds were feeding in the daffodil field and part of the tree field. There were thousands. Beautiful sight. Our bugs are few and far between too. We spray the trees and the weeds, etc. so, not many bugs at all. The barn swallows are my biggest problem. They will arrive soon and when they do, they take over all the barns and just poop on everything. We put up all sorts of balloons etc. but nothing seems to bother them. They do keep the knats and other flying insects under wraps. Thanks for that.
ImageJB
Jun 7, 2011 1:34 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
There seems to be fewer finches this year than before. We also have those ugly turkey buzzards hanging around and perching top of the silo. Hawks too so maybe that is why. Plenty of cardinals, sparrows, blackbirds, the regular back yard birds, but the yellow finch, which is the state bird, are very few this year. Just my observation.
I still feed them year round.In fact the finch feeders are always being used but not by the yellow ones. The other birds are still picking up from the winter feeders, which are now away, but I still feed the backyard birds on the ground. Robins are the only birds that do not enjoy the parrot food that is recycled to the wild birds. JB

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