Wild Bird Chat forum: Feathered Friends-summer 2011

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ImageLindaTX8
Jul 26, 2011 11:13 AM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Thought I'd post my prettiest visitor lately, Painted Bunting.
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And a Blue Grosbeak. These are not birds that normally hang around here, but like other wildlife in drought-stricken Texas, they may have had no food or water where they were before. I'm trying to maintain a wildlife habitat as best I can under the circumstances. Wildlife definitely needs help!
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Imageirisarian
Aug 1, 2011 9:15 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
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Good for you!
ImageZanymuse
Oct 21, 2011 1:14 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
What lovely visitors! They sure look happy to have found your refuge. We often forget how the creatures suffer from drought. Luckily, the birds can detour from their habitats and seek respite from friendlier environments such as yours along the way.
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Imageirisarian
Oct 22, 2011 10:14 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Saw an oriole on our tulip tree this summer. good to know that they are still attracted to it.
ImageZanymuse
Oct 22, 2011 11:31 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
What attracts them to the tulip tree? Are they nectar sippers?
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ImageLindaTX8
Oct 22, 2011 5:19 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
All I know is that some orioles showed up here a while back to drink from the hummingbird feeder and also go after oranges I put up for them. My first experience with orioles!
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ImageZanymuse
Oct 22, 2011 7:13 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Wow, that is a beautiful bird! I looked them up and it said they are omnivorous. So they like bugs and nectar. What a treat to see them!
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Imagegardengus
Oct 25, 2011 8:21 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Beautiful,
Do you think they will stay the winter?
ImageLindaTX8
Oct 25, 2011 9:55 AM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
No, they showed up during the migration...I was seeing them off and on for a couple of weeks before it was over. They spend the winter in more tropical areas. I was told they are Baltimore Orioles. Sure hope they put my place on their list for stop-overs next year. I've heard there's special oriole feeders, so if they return I'll get one so they won't have to compete with hummingbirds. Funny thing was, while they were here, a local titmouse decided it liked the hummer feeder also!
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Imageirisarian
Oct 25, 2011 2:35 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
They are migraters. they used to visited our tulip trees in Conn. 40 years ago as well. It is the only place I have seen them.
ImageLindaTX8
Oct 30, 2011 10:35 AM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
New thread:
http://cubits.org/wildbirds/thread/view/64141/#new_post

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