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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #270 on: May 05, 2019, 04:53:17 PM »
Unreal. While talking on the phone just minutes ago, I saw a hummingbird on the nectar feeder. Then after he left, a younger male oriole showed up on the same feeder. Must not have seen the jelly feeder yet but he'll figure it out. There. He just did. :happy1:
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #271 on: May 05, 2019, 06:21:55 PM »
Unreal. While talking on the phone just minutes ago, I saw a hummingbird on the nectar feeder. Then after he left, a younger male oriole showed up on the same feeder. Must not have seen the jelly feeder yet but he'll figure it out. There. He just did. :happy1:

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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #272 on: May 05, 2019, 07:20:25 PM »
Love Orioles.

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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #273 on: May 11, 2019, 08:49:47 AM »
Latest arrivals include a catbird last nite and an orchard oriole this a.m. Both were on the jelly feeder. Heard the orchard oriole singing earlier this a.m. but couldn't place the song. They're pretty secretive too so it was hard to get a look at him. Heard a house wren in town yesterday but haven't confirmed one at the ranch yet. A lot of the birds like the orioles are pretty  skittish so far, perhaps because the trees have been so slow to leaf out. If the birds on the jelly feeder see any movement inside the house they're gone. As dirty as the windows are that puzzles me. :scratch: :laugh:

Add: Rose-breasted grosbeak cleaning up corn left by squirrel just a bit ago.
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #274 on: May 11, 2019, 02:56:21 PM »
Not my back yard, but at my land.  I took this a couple weeks ago while setting up turkey blinds.

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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #275 on: May 13, 2019, 09:29:53 AM »
This morning we had a rooster pheasant crowing on the edge the yard and while I was seated in the oval office, watched a pair of wood ducks checking out some cavities on the silver maple. Still have a spare wood duck house so may have to put it up someplace.  :scratch:
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #276 on: May 13, 2019, 09:37:42 AM »
Had our first Oriole yesterday.  Right on the Hummer feeder in the window.  Then he went and pecked at the suet block for a minute. 

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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #277 on: May 13, 2019, 09:58:40 AM »
I saw something new in the backyard...  Twice in the past week we've had a falcon visit - once sitting on the fence and once sitting on the wire.

I got one crappy cell phone pic, which really doesn't show anything.  It doesn't stick around long enough for me to go grab a real camera.

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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #278 on: May 13, 2019, 06:40:17 PM »
Had our first Oriole yesterday.  Right on the Hummer feeder in the window.  Then he went and pecked at the suet block for a minute.

We had our first Oriole yesterday too....pecked at the suet, and was gone.
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #279 on: May 13, 2019, 07:37:26 PM »
we have a few orioles around. seen a pair of males fighting. nite before 2 male cardinals where going at it.

only seen 1 hummingbird??? :scratch: :doah: no bluebirds or them barn swallows lately either.
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #280 on: May 13, 2019, 07:42:35 PM »
Hummers are buzzing around here now.   :happy1:

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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #281 on: May 14, 2019, 09:05:19 AM »
Lots of action at the feeders this beautiful morning. Saw the first pair (for me) of indigo buntings for the year. Good day all!

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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #282 on: May 14, 2019, 09:50:49 AM »
Lots of action at the feeders this beautiful morning. Saw the first pair (for me) of indigo buntings for the year. Good day all!

First pair of the year?!?  I've never seen one in my life!

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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #283 on: May 14, 2019, 11:29:47 AM »
Lots of action at the feeders this beautiful morning. Saw the first pair (for me) of indigo buntings for the year. Good day all!

Had one at the thistle feeder early this a.m. It was still dark enough that it almost looked black. The wrens were singing in time for me to check my cutworm and armyworm traps.  :happy1:
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #284 on: May 14, 2019, 04:09:40 PM »
What kinda bird is this? I seen at least a couple dozen down by the beaver damn. It's no bigger than a Finch.
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #285 on: May 14, 2019, 04:26:21 PM »
a black bird with orange spots!!!!!!!!!!! :smoking: :mooning: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #286 on: May 14, 2019, 06:23:44 PM »
What kinda bird is this? I seen at least a couple dozen down by the beaver damn. It's no bigger than a Finch.

American Redstart?
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #287 on: May 14, 2019, 06:46:19 PM »
Orchard Oriole?

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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #288 on: May 14, 2019, 07:30:28 PM »
What kinda bird is this? I seen at least a couple dozen down by the beaver damn. It's no bigger than a Finch.

American Redstart?

I think you nailed it... web sez it is a medium sized warbler.

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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #289 on: May 14, 2019, 08:32:40 PM »
Definitely a redstart
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #290 on: May 14, 2019, 08:33:51 PM »
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #291 on: May 16, 2019, 05:47:45 AM »
Put out the grape jelly and oranges on Tuesday and we had orioles within 30 minutes hanging on the feeders. We're thinking there's at least two if not three pair. As my bride and I were sitting outside enjoying the early evening last night this question came up; how come you never see any robins in the bird feeders? We have plenty of them around judging by the singing going on and the white spots that show up on pick up. At least I don't recall ever seeing them in a feeder.
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #292 on: May 16, 2019, 07:20:10 AM »
give them time, they'll find the grape jelly. they love that. robins are more of a worm/insect eater. I,ve been around bird feeding for a long time and that's the only feeder I've ever seen a robin on.

they also are a bit of a comedy show in a bird bath!!!!!!
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #293 on: May 16, 2019, 10:07:48 AM »
The robins in our yard are only occasional feeders on the jelly feeders. As glenn said, they like earthworms and crawlers which our building site has lots of. When they arrive ahead of the ground thawing in the spring here they survive on stuff like crabapples, nannyberries & American cranberry (viburnum) until the worms show up.

Effing house sparrows have taken a shine to the jelly feeder however which royally pisses me off. Tempting to put an oriole nectar feeder out too but they're a pain when the wind empties them out, not to mention the ants, etc. The orioles don't take any crap off the sparrows tho and hopefully as their nesting continues, the sparrows will knock it off. I know they will if I find their nests and snuff them!  :mad1:
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #294 on: May 16, 2019, 12:21:43 PM »
We put out our 2 feeders for the Hummers on Monday up at the lake & had visitors within hours. :happy1: :cool:
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #295 on: May 16, 2019, 03:01:44 PM »
Seen a pair of wrens and these tree swallows this morning. There bug eating machines!! :happy1:
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #296 on: May 16, 2019, 03:06:41 PM »
So.....when you guy's put out grape jelly....

Do you have a special feeder for this?
How do you keep yogi away?
Smuckers or Welches?

What about oranges?
Do ya screw them to a hunk of wood?
Or do ya have a board with some pointed wood dowels you just shove them on?
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #297 on: May 16, 2019, 03:48:28 PM »
Yup, special feeder with a couple little plastic dishes. Got it at FF many moons ago.  No yogis here, just the occasional sasquatch.  Cheapest jelly I can find altho I just got Welchs at DG cheaper than the generic from the grocery store. Jelly feeder I have has a couple wooden dowels on each end for orange halves.
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #298 on: May 16, 2019, 04:42:00 PM »
Just bowls? What happens when it rains?
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Re: Birds in the back yard
« Reply #299 on: May 16, 2019, 05:12:33 PM »
So.....when you guy's put out grape jelly....

Do you have a special feeder for this?
How do you keep yogi away?
Smuckers or Welches?

What about oranges?
Do ya screw them to a hunk of wood?
Or do ya have a board with some pointed wood dowels you just shove them on?

Yogi not a problem in a good part of the state...  Like Rochester.    But I have never had much luck with oranges or grape jelly.   Or even those fancy freeze dried meal worms...

I need to put together a new feeder with a roof for the oriole smorgasboard.     

 

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