Wild Bird Chat forum: Feathered Friends-May 2011

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ImageLindaTX8
May 9, 2011 5:44 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
A really BAD pic, but this bird looked kind of cool. After I took one pic, it took off. It had a reddish neck...looking it up, thought maybe a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, but that would be out of its usual range.
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Imageirisarian
May 11, 2011 8:26 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Downy woodpecker on the suet feeder today. Last yr a couple of them drilled holes in the side of the garage, so not really pleased with them.
ImageLindaTX8
May 18, 2011 10:00 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
A male Lesser Goldfinch on the feeder today.
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ImageLindaTX8
May 18, 2011 10:06 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Whitewinged Dove on feeder. I kept hearing a woodpecker while outside and wondered why it was carrying on so much. It didn't go to the feeder while I was outside.
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ImageLindaTX8
May 24, 2011 1:39 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
A dark mysterious stranger visited my feeder the other day. Not sure what this is, but I know I haven't seen it before.

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Imagethreegardeners
Jun 16, 2011 7:59 PM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
I've been trying forever to get a shot of this Oriole...he's always just out of range of my camera...

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ImageLindaTX8
Jun 16, 2011 9:18 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Pretty colors! I was watering a little tree the other day...gets tiresome trying to keep things alive in this drought. Anyway I went back in the house for a while and came back later to see some birds playing in the water spray around the tree. They looked like they were having a lot of fun and I went to get my camera, but they were too wary, so I never did a pic of them...don't know what kind they were.
Imageirisarian
Jun 18, 2011 4:45 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Nice for them to have a 'shower'.
ImageLindaTX8
Jun 18, 2011 12:22 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
There's a couple of articles today about gardening for the birds. One is about birdbaths. It says that birds have a normal body temp of 104° to 110° and they're even more vulnerable to heat. With high 90's to triple digits here nowadays, and the highest stage of drought there is (meaning, of course, water is very difficult to find...they said on TV yesterday that even the really dependable Guadalupe River now has a dry stretch), I guess the water is really critical. I put out water containers inside the fenced yard and also outside the fence. The water outside I have to check twice a day...it goes pretty fast in the two smaller containers, but the bucket usually still has water. The deer come to the outside one, so I leave them some deer feed. I don't know how much of that is actually eaten by the deer...so many other critters come at night, including even those destructive wild hogs. Ugh! Maybe I should get a birdbath...would be at a more convenient height for birds than just putting containers on the ground. Birds probably need the spray water more in the afternoon, but that's really against the rules...water restrictions...no sprinkler watering from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Not that I follow those rules much. Next week they're going to sprinkler watering only every other week, I think...that SO sucks!

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