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Title: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on December 12/16/17, 06:29:36 PM
One Jake, and the rest Tom's

https://youtu.be/N_9nEWs7kEg
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on December 12/16/17, 08:12:46 PM
there's dinner!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/18/18, 10:41:45 AM
seen my first morning dove of the year this morning out on my back shed!!!!!! :happy1: :happy1: all kinds of birds back there FLITTING around!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/18/18, 10:55:59 AM
Just wanna make sure that it wasn't a sparrow..... :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mourning_dove
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/18/18, 10:57:10 AM
Just wanna make sure that it wasn't a sparrow..... :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mourning_dove
  :pouty: :pouty: :pouty: :doah: :mad1: :confused: :confused: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :taz: :taz: :taz: :taz: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on March 03/19/18, 10:37:15 AM
seen my first morning dove of the year this morning out on my back shed!!!!!! :happy1: :happy1: all kinds of birds back there FLITTING around!!!!!!!

Just to keep you abreast of the correct terminology according to Judge Judy it's not called FLITTING! IT'S CALLED KANOODLEING!

Don't mind Glenn Judge Judy :tut: He don't watch yer show! :banghead:

click on da judge for response:



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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on March 03/19/18, 11:43:03 AM
just seen some sand hill cranes!!! 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/19/18, 11:43:47 AM
 :tut: :tut: :tut: KANOODLIN is what Reb does in front of the NL's windows!!!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/19/18, 11:53:57 AM
just seen some sand hill cranes!!!

Heard some last week and & thought I was hearing things. Saw some fly over the ranch yesterday. They were farting around down the pond shortly after that.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on March 03/19/18, 12:01:54 PM
I had to look twice before I realized what they were!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/19/18, 12:45:24 PM
:tut: :tut: :tut: KANOODLIN is what Reb does in front of the NL's windows!!!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

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We is talkin' birdies here, ya blue-footed boobie! How about a nice Waxwing in my tree? Look close! See the yellow on his tail? Click on pic!  I know it's not current, I took it last April.....

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/19/18, 02:21:28 PM
Just saw the last of the Juncos poking around on the ground. Thought they'd be gone by now.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/19/18, 02:27:01 PM
 i didnt know you knew the difference between a Junco or big bird!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

sorry............its mikeys fault!!!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/19/18, 02:41:59 PM
Like my Grandma used to say: "Gonna rain, the sh**birds are whistling"! That's true.  Think I just heard one. :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on March 03/19/18, 06:32:06 PM
I got Crane's in the field.....

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: dew2 on March 03/19/18, 06:46:28 PM
KOOL HD Their neat birds. Had 2 fly over 2-3 days ago,Then Sat when it was warm I was repairin the dock and heard 2 flocks saw 2 birds fly over again.I never seen them stay in this area.See lots of em summer/fall near Wadena
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/19/18, 07:19:24 PM
Sweet pictures HD!!

DEW there was a nesting pair on the land I used to bow and pheasant hunt.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/20/18, 12:52:00 PM
   *TWEET*  Right by the step.....

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/20/18, 12:54:44 PM
   *TWEET*  Right by the step.....
yepper.........beginning to see and hear them more often.

and just think, since robins have been spotted in the area.....................its only gonna snow 2 more times!!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: dew2 on March 03/20/18, 01:06:49 PM
Sweet pictures HD!!

DEW there was a nesting pair on the land I used to bow and pheasant hunt.
I'll check that out!! Thanks, gettin the camera out and starting after this next snow suppose to be maby up to 10 inches.We'll be checkin the nothern runs and lookin fer dem spring birds that pass through.
 Last year iceout was March 7th on Diamond. looks like it aint gonna happen till atleast mid April Then its crappie time. Then when Sandy caught the 32 inch eye off the dock crappie fishin that was late ice out close to end a april.MAYBE Its my turn??
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/21/18, 07:29:31 PM
not in my back yard but somewhere i think HD posted a video of a turkey struttin!!!!!! on my way home from work the first exit to st cloud, more commonly known, to me anyway is the Mcstop exit, there's a field there where often you see a lot of wildlife.

well tonite there were 10 deer out feeding, and had to be at least 20 turkeys. kinda hardtop take a picture with the phone doing 78 MPH!! :doofus: :tut: :rotflmao: anyways there were 2 Toms out there struttin there stuff kinda like Reb and Mikey in the female lounge of the nursing home!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/23/18, 08:46:20 AM
pretty neat this morning going out to the car hearing the robins and cardinals singing away!!! to bad there gonna get snowed on. also seen my first sandhill cranes too!!!!! :happy1: :happy1:

there had to have been 15 deer out in that field again this morning. i never see deer there in the morning. wonder if the impending weather has anything to do with it!! :scratch: :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/23/18, 09:07:44 AM
"Birds in the backyard; deer on the hoof! Gophers in the garden, skwirrels on the roof!"  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on March 03/24/18, 01:20:52 PM
Lots of finches....
https://youtu.be/vwwNO0ENcGQ
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on March 03/24/18, 03:16:58 PM
thats fun to watch!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/25/18, 04:52:16 PM
seen my first blue heron and killdeer today!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/25/18, 05:37:58 PM
Where? On Nat Geo?    :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/25/18, 05:55:25 PM
Where? On Nat Geo?    :rotflmao:
:bonk: :bonk: :bonk: ah go eat your roadkill pizza!!!!!!!!!!! :crazy: :doofus: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/25/18, 06:25:34 PM
I had my 'tato/sausage soup and some rolls & salami with cheese for dinner instead.  :moon:  ;)
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on March 03/27/18, 05:42:16 PM
We have strutt'ers!

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on March 03/27/18, 06:12:07 PM
good pic's!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on March 03/28/18, 08:26:05 AM
just watched a blue heron land on the lake, first one of the year!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on March 03/28/18, 10:15:50 AM
Not sure what species dis was but sept I saw one like it in a movie back in da day. He was hovering over da back yard yesterday. I figured he'd scare da rest a da birds away. So, I ran out da back door ripped off my shoyt and shook my fist at um. Needless he took off expeditiously.  :blues brothers:

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/28/18, 10:56:01 AM
 :pouty: :pouty: yea i'd get the hell outta dere in a hurry to iffin i seen ya take your shirt off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :sick: :confused: :laughroll: :laughroll: :laughroll: :laughroll:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/28/18, 10:57:24 AM
I'd run backwards faster than Dotch bein' chased by his woolies!!!  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/28/18, 04:00:08 PM
Dem sheeps are mean. Ya better eat yer Wheaties is all I kin say... :shocked:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfzIraw91UY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfzIraw91UY)
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/28/18, 04:10:40 PM
 :bonk: :bonk: that was sic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on April 04/03/18, 06:34:58 PM
 :mad1:    :offtopic:. 

Sandhills in the back yard with the deer...

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/03/18, 06:36:29 PM
Cool!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/03/18, 06:37:19 PM
WOW!! that is cool!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/03/18, 08:35:56 PM
WOW!! that is cool!!!
X3!!! :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on April 04/11/18, 08:08:04 PM
We've got a turkey running around the neighborhood.  I saw it in the median by menards, wife saw it down the block and people across the street saw it in our driveway, but before I could get out there it left.       

I don't know what gender it identifies as.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/11/18, 08:20:28 PM
Interesting.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on April 04/15/18, 10:23:30 AM
Even with the snow storm, 🦃 are still interesting to watch.

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/15/18, 10:29:59 AM
Looks like dinner to me.   :smiley:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/15/18, 10:43:57 AM
great pictures HD!!!!!!!! :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/15/18, 11:12:40 AM
that is great!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/07/18, 08:16:55 PM
Seen the first hummingbird and bluebird tonight. The Cardinals are going crazy!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/07/18, 08:19:47 PM
Seen the first hummingbird and bluebird tonight. The Cardinals are going crazy!

Same here with the Cardinals....they're everywhere, chirpin' away!!! Been like that last couple days. What's up with that, I wonder?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/07/18, 09:00:18 PM
The males are looking for girl friends. Kinda like dotch and Mrs chevoit, only in reverse. :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/08/18, 07:58:01 AM
Mourning doves cooing away this morning......been a long time since I've had them around here.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/08/18, 08:14:47 AM
Mourning doves cooing away this morning......been a long time since I've had them around here.
quit shootin them!!!!!!! :pouty: :pouty: :pouty: :surrender: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/08/18, 08:22:55 AM
Shoot birds???! As Delmar would say, "What's wrong with you?!"  :bonk: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: dew2 on May 05/08/18, 09:41:15 AM
The olegirl put hummer feeders out bout 5PM last afternoon instantly a single hummer was on it. This morn a oriole is hittin it. Never seen them but they are here once that feeder got out there. Mixin somE sugar water for the oriole feeders now. Not many wood ducks altho one pair been usin one box
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on May 05/08/18, 11:05:21 AM
We've got multiple feeders in da yard and enjoy all a da visitors dat we see. Da only ones I ain't crazy bout are dem dam doves. Dose tings dig and thrash true dem seeds and spread um all over da ground. Den da freakin squirrels invade da area fur dem seeds.

We have a pair of Mallard ducks (mom & pop) dat come every spring and I put out a bowl a water and flip out shredded bread fur dem. Day also eat mixed seeds wit corn. So yesterday here comes anudder male duck and is tryin ta steal Mr. Mallards bride. :doah:
 
It was more of a Mexican standoff den a fight. Da visiter keept stalking da female as da existing groom kept cuttin him off. Never saw any real battle, just jockeyin fur position. Finally da existing mate jumps on da female, holding on to da back a her neck and trowin da meat to her.
Den da udder male got frustrated and took off. :mad1:

 :coffee: ,,,,,Same Day Part #2

So, later in da day while resting in da shade of da bbq grill ( no not me...da ducks!) :bonk:   Here comes dis fox charging towards da ducks. Da male musta saw um and da ducks ran but were up in da air so fast I couldn't believe it. I told Borgie dat's probably da last we'll see a da ducks fur a while if at all. (Wrong!) :confused: day were back dat same night lookin fur food and water. I figured it must be my animal magnetism. :smoking:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/08/18, 11:45:47 AM
Just saw our first orioles this a.m. Wonder if they weren't waiting for a little more foliage to hide in before showing up. Had both Baltimore and orchard orioles. Goldfinches are plentiful and eating thistle seed like crazy. Pheasants are very active and track through the yard almost daily. Seems like we have lots of hens so that's a good sign. Roosters are sure purty right now. Need to make a jaunt down to the pond area if the weather is rainy just to see what kind of waterfowl is hanging out there. Gotta remember my cell phone & spotting scope. Wonder where I put it?  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/08/18, 12:23:35 PM
Secks.  lol  So how long did it last Lee?  You did watch all of it didn't you?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/08/18, 12:29:47 PM
Secks.  lol  So how long did it last Lee?  You did watch all of it didn't you?
Lee's a window peeper?? :confused: :rotflmao:

As I am hard working here in red wing, momma called to inform me that the Orioles and rec breasted grosbeaks found the feeders.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/09/18, 07:10:57 AM
Secks.  lol  So how long did it last Lee?  You did watch all of it didn't you?
Lee's a window peeper?? :confused: :rotflmao:

As I am hard working here in Bev's Cafe in red wing, momma called to inform me that the Orioles and rec breasted grosbeaks found the feeders.

And I bet they're saying the same thing about you...!  :rotflmao: :rotflmao:     (I fixed it for ya)
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/09/18, 08:59:32 AM
Was a female grosbeak at the feeders this a.m.

Looks like Bev's is a popular hangout... :coffee:


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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/09/18, 09:32:37 AM
 :tut: :tut: :tut: training-087 :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/09/18, 09:43:00 AM
Was a female grosbeak at the feeders this a.m.

Looks like Bev's is a popular hangout... :coffee:

 :laughroll: :laughroll: :laughroll:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on May 05/09/18, 06:29:44 PM
So....what are the black and white birds with the little bit of red on the front of the breast. Their head is black, and have a little white on the wings?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/09/18, 06:35:28 PM
Sounds like you might be describing a rose breasted grosbeak.
In other news, I was happy to see the red headed woodpecker back!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/09/18, 06:42:06 PM
 :happy1: yeppers! That the male! The female is more grayish and white. They both have that heavy looking beak.

Kinda like Reb's nose!! :laughroll: :laughroll: :laughroll: :laughroll:  :oops1: :sorry: not sure what got into me! :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/11/18, 04:03:30 PM
Ahh, go play with yer skwirrels.....!

https://youtu.be/cFWdjkN62zc
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/11/18, 04:07:55 PM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: last nite when i got home i found a female grosbeak dead by a window............that stunk. still got a bunch of orioles at least one hummingbird and a whole bunch of yellow finches.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: dew2 on May 05/11/18, 04:16:12 PM
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: last nite when i got home i found a female grosbeak dead by a window............that stunk. still got a bunch of orioles at least one hummingbird and a whole bunch of yellow finches.
JEEZE 57 Havent I told you a million times YOU DON'T HAVE TO SMELL EVERYTHING YOU PICK UP OFF THE GROUND!!!!!!!!!!
 Dog turds rottin mushrooms now birds :mooning:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/11/18, 04:17:57 PM
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: last nite when i got home i found a female grosbeak dead by a window............that stunk. still got a bunch of orioles at least one hummingbird and a whole bunch of yellow finches.
JEEZE 57 Havent I told you a million times YOU DON'T HAVE TO SMELL EVERYTHING YOU PICK UP OFF THE GROUND!!!!!!!!!!
 Dog turds rottin mushrooms now birds :mooning:
:bonk: :bonk: :bonk: :banghead: :banghead: :taz: :taz: :pouty: :pouty: it stunk dat a grosbeak croaked!!!!!!!!!!!!! :doofus: :doofus: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/11/18, 07:44:51 PM
My first Scarlet Tanager! This guy is hopping around the lawn edge, poking at the dirt....and watching him is a Cardinal. A double treat!  :cheesy:

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/11/18, 09:56:15 PM
Cool!!! :happy1: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/12/18, 07:10:28 AM
cool Rebs!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: dew2 on May 05/12/18, 08:07:14 AM
First one ever Reb or this year? I never saw one till we moved out here. Now its yearly for 1 Maybe 2 days then its gone till next year.suppose to be some in Sibley st.Park. I spent hours sitting with skeeters an never saw one there.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/12/18, 09:22:47 AM
First one ever Reb or this year? I never saw one till we moved out here. Now its yearly for 1 Maybe 2 days then its gone till next year.suppose to be some in Sibley st.Park. I spent hours sitting with skeeters an never saw one there.

First one ever! Couldn't believe it...and it was 7:00 PM!! Musta been looking for supper in that lush grass.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/12/18, 09:39:15 AM
Way to go Reb! Much better to look at than the crows.  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/14/18, 02:06:36 PM
Now this...I have a giant yew out front, noticed every time I went by it, a female cardinal would fly out and scold me...  Nest is about 5' up in it.    :azn:

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/14/18, 02:18:49 PM
Awesome sauce!! :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/14/18, 02:43:30 PM
guard them well!!! :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/14/18, 03:07:24 PM
just watched a bald eagle swoop down and miss a fish out on the lake!!  seen that before and even seen them get a fish!!  always fun to watch!!!  2nd time since ice out that they have done here...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: dew2 on May 05/14/18, 03:30:57 PM
Now this...I have a giant yew out front, noticed every time I went by it, a female cardinal would fly out and scold me...  Nest is about 5' up in it.    :azn:
Thats kool reb Never seen one That and a hummingbirds nest!!! Man we look look and look but just cant keep a eye on em to see where a nest may be
 Mike we got 2 bald eagle nests one 1/2 mile away and one 3 miles both as the crow flies,The closest one we can see if I set up the telescope on a neighbors hill bout  80 yds away.They are here every day fishin.Our Resident Coopers has been goin by with birds in its talons the last few days.Once the nestlings fledge they hang around here we have a kiddy swimmin pool out just for a large bird bath they love it! Reb ya oughtta try it 4=5 ft round 2 inches a water to 10 inches tilted one end shallow other deeper.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/14/18, 03:35:55 PM
What's one of the birds name?? Dew2??? :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/14/18, 03:41:03 PM
Now there's an idea! Name the three of 'em when they hatch out! We'll have a contest!  :bonk:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/14/18, 03:48:57 PM
Now there's an idea! Name the three of 'em when they hatch out! We'll have a contest!  :bonk:
i'll start..........Reb, Del and Dotch!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/14/18, 04:25:08 PM
I dunno...I was kinda partial to glenn, del and mikey!





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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/14/18, 04:35:54 PM
I'm thinkin' I kinda like Boar, Del, and Lee...it's got a certain ring to it... :bonk:

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/14/18, 07:04:40 PM
larry moe and currly!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: dew2 on May 05/14/18, 07:08:20 PM
But 2 are females!    Glenda an Delmina an Michelle.The manly one can be Dew2
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/14/18, 07:12:53 PM
But 2 are females!    Glenda an Delmina an Michelle.The manly one can be Dew2

that's four..............
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/15/18, 08:08:10 AM
Just checked on 'em, A OK. Figuring about 8 days until hatch..... :cheesy:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on May 05/15/18, 09:34:16 AM
Seen 1 hummingbird up here in the last week :cool:, put the feeders ~ 10 days ago.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: dew2 on May 05/15/18, 09:37:34 AM
But 2 are females!    Glenda an Delmina an Michelle.The manly one can be Dew2

that's four..............
UMM?? Well Rebs sittin on the nest
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/15/18, 09:46:01 AM
But 2 are females!    Glenda an Delmina an Michelle.The manly one can be Dew2

that's four..............
UMM?? Well Rebs sittin on the nest
heehee hee!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/15/18, 10:17:18 AM
 :taz:   :moon:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/15/18, 01:00:20 PM
Have had an indigo bunting hanging around the past couple days. glenn would like that. Purty little blue feller. The bird, not glenn!  :azn:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/15/18, 02:03:35 PM
Have had an indigo bunting hanging around the past couple days. glenn would like that. Purty little blue feller. The bird, not glenn!  :azn:

 :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/15/18, 07:29:01 PM
that dumb eagle missed another fish tonight!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/15/18, 08:24:37 PM
Is he mentally challenged?  :bonk:


https://youtu.be/ABOjR9RKA-Y
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/16/18, 07:00:50 AM
he just might be!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/16/18, 09:11:14 AM
After a lighter day of consumption the orioles are back at it. Emptied the feeder again. Goldfinches are just nuts too. Lose count over two dozen because they're constantly on the move. Gotta clean out the hummingbird feeder I see. Stupid bugs.  :sad:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/16/18, 03:22:40 PM
not a bird but seen the first dragon fly today!!  they a fun to watch and colorful!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/16/18, 06:13:52 PM
Ha. Saw my first yellow jacket today
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/16/18, 06:16:24 PM
Noticed when I was mowing the back today, bumbles everywhere cruising around. Plus, that apple tree with the blossoms is loaded with honeybees. Even saw two white butterflies! Cardinal eggs are still eggs...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/16/18, 06:30:08 PM
Ha. Saw my first yellow jacket today

seen lots of bee's too!!!! 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/17/18, 07:36:55 AM
He musta been shopping at Kohl's.... ;)
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/17/18, 09:53:41 AM
Lots of red admiral butterflies yesterday and more June bugs.



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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/17/18, 09:54:33 AM
 :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :pouty: :pouty: :pouty: :pouty: :pouty: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/17/18, 09:56:35 AM
How's yer blood pressure now?  :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/17/18, 10:07:41 AM
How's yer blood pressure now?  :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1: :happy1: :happy1: just honky dorry!!!!!!!!!!!! :smoking:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/18/18, 09:17:16 AM
And the cardinal eggs are still eggs...anyone wanna bet on a hatch day? Should be within the next 5 days...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/18/18, 09:27:43 AM
I'm bettin' Sunday.

Opened the windows last nite and about 4:30 this a.m. there was a brown thrasher whoopin' it up right outside the bedroom window. I mean, I like their singin' just not at that time of day.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/18/18, 09:48:47 AM
I'm bettin' Sunday.

Opened the windows last nite and about 4:30 this a.m. there was a brown thrasher whoopin' it up right outside the bedroom window. I mean, I like their singin' just not at that time of day.

Better than a blue thrasher out there.... ;)

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/18/18, 10:29:02 AM
...then there's always the rose-breasted bed thrasher... :sleazy:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/18/18, 06:15:25 PM
I'm gonna go for Monday.......
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/18/18, 07:08:11 PM
WE HAVE A HATCH, HOUSTON! 2 out of 3...... :shocked:

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/18/18, 07:19:28 PM
 :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/18/18, 10:53:23 PM
+1  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/19/18, 06:58:21 AM
Nice Rebs.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/19/18, 07:40:50 AM
I just tried to get another peek, and was viciously attacked by a crazed male cardinal.... :bonk:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/19/18, 08:02:38 AM
don't mess with his woman!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Coffee118 on May 05/19/18, 08:06:08 AM
Who needs a stump grinder when you have one of these

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/19/18, 08:21:16 AM
That's what happens when woody drinks a Red Bull!    :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/19/18, 10:13:10 AM
Those pileateds can really make a pile of wood chips in a hurry.

No pileated woodpeckers here this a.m. but did have a red bellied with a really tight ladder back pattern & very bright red cap. Likes the ear corn. Lots of other birds too. Hummers, orchard and Baltimore orioles, a couple gray catbirds, an indigo bunting, goldfinches, doves, cardinals, a white crowned sparrow, wrens and a brown thrasher that has been singing all morning. Fun to just listen to him. The variety of music/sounds they make is incredible. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/19/18, 01:11:25 PM
Sad news, guys, my cardinals are all dead....the neighbor's cat got them. I am so f****g pissed right now I'm not sure I won't go over there and break her $#@!% neck. Caught the cat three times getting into the bush. AND, this happened once before, talked to her about it THREE times in  the past. NOW the s*** is gonna hit the fan. I just called the DNR, and they are sending an officer down. Way I see it, she knowingly killed wild birds, which is a huge offense. No difference if I shot them, IMO. Filing a formal complaint on Monday with CAWchesters with pretty much worthless Animal Control, and I'm gonna follow that one up until she gets nailed, if it takes me the next year.   :angry2:

Sorry about the rant.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on May 05/19/18, 02:15:42 PM
Sad news, guys, my cardinals are all dead....the neighbor's cat got them. I am so f****g pissed right now I'm not sure I won't go over there and break her $#@!% neck. Caught the cat three times getting into the bush. AND, this happened once before, talked to her about it THREE times in  the past. NOW the s*** is gonna hit the fan. I just called the DNR, and they are sending an officer down. Way I see it, she knowingly killed wild birds, which is a huge offense. No difference if I shot them, IMO. Filing a formal complaint on Monday with CAWchesters with pretty much worthless Animal Control, and I'm gonna follow that one up until she gets nailed, if it takes me the next year.   :angry2:

Sorry about the rant.

Soooooo....you send the neighbor lady to prison for killing the cardinals.....what are you going to do for fun?  :scratch: Maybe a bargaining chip for later?

Not sure where this is going.........
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/19/18, 02:49:08 PM
Sorry to hear about the cardinals Reb. In town, cats belong inside or confined to a person's property IMO. Nearly impossible to do that out in the country. They are a double edged sword at the ranch. Yeah, they catch a lot of mice & keep the sparrows out of the barn but in the meantime they raise a lot of hell with other stuff, particularly ground nesting birds. Tomcats pee all over everything and all of them crap wherever. Our family owned rental property over the years with some renters who kept way too many cats. The smell still about makes me puke. In addition cats can carry toxoplasmosis which causes ewes to abort their lambs. And the horrid infestation of fleas the cats brought onto the place last fall was the last straw. Once this batch of cats has run its course, no more cats.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/19/18, 03:00:24 PM
Sad news, guys, my cardinals are all dead....the neighbor's cat got them. I am so f****g pissed right now I'm not sure I won't go over there and break her $#@!% neck. Caught the cat three times getting into the bush. AND, this happened once before, talked to her about it THREE times in  the past. NOW the s*** is gonna hit the fan. I just called the DNR, and they are sending an officer down. Way I see it, she knowingly killed wild birds, which is a huge offense. No difference if I shot them, IMO. Filing a formal complaint on Monday with CAWchesters with pretty much worthless Animal Control, and I'm gonna follow that one up until she gets nailed, if it takes me the next year.   :angry2:

Sorry about the rant.

Soooooo....you send the neighbor lady to prison for killing the cardinals.....what are you going to do for fun?  :scratch: Maybe a bargaining chip for later?

Not sure where this is going.........

Go to prison for a misdemeanor? That would be a first. It's not going anywhere. Just a statement to let the guys know the birds are dead due to her cats killing them. I asked her numerous times to keep them out of my yard. Cats running loose in the city , with all the cats overflowing the animal shelters, is another result of this stupidity. No different than if I had dogs that came into your yard and killed your chickens. End of statement.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on May 05/19/18, 04:56:04 PM
Just pok'in ya in the ribs Reb......
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/19/18, 05:03:19 PM
Be sad if her cat got into a can of sardines contaminated with golden malrin....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/20/18, 08:14:41 AM
Yes that sucks Rebs.  We let out cat out for a minute now and then and she walks out on the deck and looks around.  Then we bring here back in the house.  Cats should not be allowed to run free anymore than dogs.  Irresponsible owners.  I see one walk across our property now and then and when I get a chance.........   Oh well.  Del had a great idea.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/27/18, 01:14:00 PM
so since I've been around all weekend I've noticed some of my normal birds haven't been around. we had bluebirds and them dive bombing barn swallow thingy's earlier, now none!!!!! orioles, I haven't seen them in 3 weeks, and very few hummingbirds.  :scratch: :censored: :doah:

but more often then I like I've been seeing a hawk of some variety...…….. :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/27/18, 01:35:12 PM
If you don't have a lot of trees and bushes for birdie cover, that hawk is probably why. Plus, they like lotsa shade in the summer, just like me.  :azn:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: dew2 on May 05/27/18, 02:40:11 PM
Hawk will spook em but there should be some around yet..Blusbirds came late here last week they were workin hard in one box 2 days later we havent seen em at all.The last few HOT days birds only use the baths right now mid day we nave no birds at feeders or baths.Crows stopped commin in cept for early and late day.The heat affects then to
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/28/18, 12:19:28 PM
What the......!!!! Heard some chirping from the Cardinal nest this am that the filthy cat decimated, went and took a quick peek down in it...one made it!!!! YAY!!!!  :happy1: :azn:

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/28/18, 12:48:22 PM
Glad one survived Reb. Cats are killers, it's their nature. I town they need to be confined for sure.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/28/18, 12:52:17 PM
What the......!!!! Heard some chirping from the Cardinal nest this am that the filthy cat decimated, went and took a quick peek down in it...one made it!!!! YAY!!!!  :happy1: :azn:

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/30/18, 11:06:43 AM
Good news Reb! Problem is the deck is stacked against the poor little fellers. Amazing sometimes any of them make it. News story about a continuing cat saga to the south in neighboring Hartland. What a fiasco!

https://www.albertleatribune.com/2018/05/it-makes-you-wonder-whats-really-going-on/ (https://www.albertleatribune.com/2018/05/it-makes-you-wonder-whats-really-going-on/)
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/30/18, 11:23:08 AM
The little feller was gone yday. Don't know if he got out, was blown out during the storm, but the adults were flitting back and forth from the bush chirping up a storm, which leads me to think something got to him.  :undecided:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/30/18, 11:29:12 AM
The little feller was gone yday. Don't know if he got out, was blown out during the storm, but the adults were flitting back and forth from the bush chirping up a storm, which leads me to think something got to him.  :undecided:
could be old enough to start trying to fly etc on its own?????????
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/30/18, 11:39:20 AM
I dunno...looked kinda small yet...

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/30/18, 02:02:00 PM
Good news Reb! Problem is the deck is stacked against the poor little fellers. Amazing sometimes any of them make it. News story about a continuing cat saga to the south in neighboring Hartland. What a fiasco!

https://www.albertleatribune.com/2018/05/it-makes-you-wonder-whats-really-going-on/ (https://www.albertleatribune.com/2018/05/it-makes-you-wonder-whats-really-going-on/)

That is quite a read. I think cat women are just as nutty as horse women and that is saying a lot!
Here is a website Reb might be interested in: https://thecafemeow.com/
On a more serious note, I'm sorry the last bird is missing. Hopefully they can find a safe place to nest and start another batch.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on May 05/30/18, 02:55:14 PM
I know a better cat restaurant.... :evil:

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on May 05/31/18, 09:06:08 AM
We've got quite a few humming birds here, 2 feeders out & both have been filled since we came back.  :cool: little creatures. :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/31/18, 10:18:34 AM
Cleaned the hummer feeder out last nite. The ant moat on top dried out or the other birds drank it so it was loaded with black ants. Need to get to FF for ant guards. When I was hanging the feeder back up a little male hovered about a foot away, waiting not so patiently. Geez they're cool little birds.  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on June 06/01/18, 05:45:03 AM
Been hearing and seeing a couple young Cooper's hawks (aka chicken hawk) flying around and calling off and on all day/early am. Easy to tell it's a Cooper's, from the call, which is pretty distinct. I'm wondering, since their diet is mainly songbirds, if my baby Cardinal....*ulp*  :undecided:


https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Coopers_Hawk/sounds
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/04/18, 09:29:45 PM
Took this up north.

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on June 06/05/18, 07:38:30 AM
blackbird?  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/05/18, 08:30:37 AM
its on a hummingbird feeder.......................so..................doah!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bonk: :bonk: :bonk: :smoking: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on June 06/05/18, 08:32:21 AM
Oh. I thought that was a bottle of Fireball.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/10/18, 09:39:36 PM
So any of you bird feeders out there feed mealworms? If so do you just feed them year round or just during the summer months? If so when do you quit. I've usually stopped when the bluebirds leave
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on June 06/11/18, 11:35:47 AM
I used to feed them to the orioles when they stopped coming to the jelly feeder. Had more consumed by house sparrows and starlings than orioles so I stopped. A real dearth of bluebirds at the ranch, probably because they're all over at our off site pasture.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/11/18, 12:45:33 PM
Never seen Orioles on the mealworm feeder, but this is the first time I've seen them friggin starlings.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on June 06/11/18, 02:08:01 PM
Never seen Orioles on the mealworm feeder, but this is the first time I've seen them friggin starlings.


Huh! How do you frig a starling?!  :scratch:  :shocked:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on June 06/11/18, 09:31:05 PM
Nope, but I have a carnivorous female cardinal who keeps coming to my suet feeder.   Hangs there awkwardly and gets a chunk then comes and sits on the deck rail.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on June 06/12/18, 08:47:58 AM
Saw the Cooper's hawk nail a bird in flight yday....he's wipin' out my songbirds!  :mad1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on September 09/24/18, 02:27:30 PM
the hummingbirds exited northern minnesota. i still have a couple around cold spring. has anyone seen any robins lately? they have been noticebly missing.

my feeders are a bit more busy right now.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on September 09/24/18, 03:50:33 PM
I saw a green emerald hummer yday buzzing around my apple tree.....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on September 09/24/18, 09:24:25 PM
Hummers still jousting around the feeder.....  And there was a robin on the lawn this evening.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on September 09/25/18, 05:27:01 AM
We've had a large infiltration of robins here lately in da flatland. Borgie say's der headin south.

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on September 09/27/18, 10:49:22 AM
Still havent seen any robins lately, few morning doves. took the hummingbird feeders down last nite, havent had one in a week.

going thru more food lately with some migrators coming through. pretty soon the juncos will be around, then a fun to what!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on September 09/27/18, 11:01:55 AM
Have some robins, mourning doves, lotsa flickers and still one hummingbird this a.m. yet. Put out the first suet feeder yesterday and a red bellied woodpecker showed up. Think he was actually after the ear corn tho.  :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on September 09/28/18, 09:06:07 AM
2 hummingbirds still hangin' around. Saw them yesterday afternoon while noshing on some leftovers and they were still here this a.m. when I was in the oval office. :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on September 09/28/18, 04:32:16 PM
Were you into the Boodle's again? They were probably wrens.  :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on September 09/28/18, 05:27:14 PM
Oh hesh up and go help delbert play with his food bidet!  :mooning:

*Just peeked out the window at 5:40 and there's still one on the feeder. Must be the Beefeater I mixed in with the nectar!  :happy1:

**Still there at 6:30. Must be happy hour. Geez, I almost forgot... :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on September 09/28/18, 06:21:59 PM
I dunno about the back yard, but my front yard is fulla robins right now.... :scratch:   :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on September 09/29/18, 08:00:48 AM
Still at least one hummingbird here yet as of a few minutes ago. Was almost positive they'd be a no show today.  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on September 09/29/18, 08:05:48 AM
just noticed the bird bath is ice crusted!!  too soon... 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on September 09/29/18, 09:26:08 AM
I haven't seen a Hummingbird here for a week or two. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on September 09/30/18, 11:05:21 AM
Still one hummer here as of 20 minutes ago. Didn't see any when I was looking at the feeder while seated in the oval office earlier. Just happened to look at the flower bed and noticed one working the 4 o'clocks over. It went to the cannas then circled around, coming after the petunias on the patio and ended up on the potted blue salvia.

 

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on September 09/30/18, 11:07:34 AM
Kewl! And it's too early for ya to be snockered, so it can't be fake news!  :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on September 09/30/18, 12:41:59 PM
Now we got bumblebees. It must be summer again!  :happy1:



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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on October 10/03/18, 04:37:09 PM
Saw one last hummingbird about 2:15. Was on the petunias then went to the nectar feeder. It's too early for a G&T Reb altho it is warm enuff. Just hit 81 in Waseca a few minutes ago.  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on October 10/03/18, 04:50:59 PM
It's 80* here right now...go ahead and have one for me, Dotch.  :toast:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on October 10/03/18, 07:02:06 PM
it might change tomorrow...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on October 10/03/18, 07:28:45 PM
Saw a hummer earlier today here.   Hard to believe the temp will go from 73 right now to 36 overnight, although looking at the clouds whipping by makes it seem more possible.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/03/18, 07:46:13 PM
Driving home from work, Monticello to cold spring the temp dropped  15 degrees. I get home by 5;30.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on October 10/03/18, 07:48:49 PM
Dropped 10* here, and I haven't got a hummer yet.  :evil:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/03/18, 07:50:29 PM
Dropped 10* here, and I haven't got a hummer yet.  :evil:
:pouty: :tut: there's that seks thing again!!! :pouty: go next door you poor deprived old phart!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on October 10/03/18, 07:52:31 PM
Driving home from work, Monticello to cold spring the temp dropped  15 degrees. I get home by 5;30.

I bet! You probably got home at 3:30, got a hummer and woke up at 5:30!  :rotflmao:

It's 61 here now and was 81 yet at 6 p.m.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on October 10/05/18, 10:57:49 AM
Just before chores last nite, saw one hummingbird on the nectar feeder. They are persistent little devils.:happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/05/18, 10:59:29 AM
Just before chores last nite, saw one hummingbird on the nectar feeder. They are persistent little devils.:happy1:
:scratch: as persistent as Mrs Cheviot???????????????
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on October 10/05/18, 11:07:01 AM
Nah, the birds eventually give up when it gets cold enuff. Mrs. Cheviot is always interested in my meat when I grill which is year round!  :surrender:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on October 10/05/18, 11:10:51 AM
 :doah:

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/05/18, 11:21:34 AM
:doah:
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on October 10/06/18, 08:04:45 AM
Still one hummingbird on the nectar feeder this a.m. The latest we've recorded them at our place is Oct. 9th. It's just plain raw outside today. Right now it's 44, cloudy, damp, with breezes gusting to 20 mph. I bet they'd like to come in the house to warm up!  :azn: 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on October 10/06/18, 08:10:50 AM
That's all you need....hummers buzzing around inside. Might be fun for Ruby, though!   :doah:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/07/18, 01:48:36 PM
Anyone got any ideas what made this nest? My guess is a hummingbird. Found it cutting lawn under the pine tree. Had 3 eggs, a lite blueish, green color. 1 looked to be hatched 2 didn't.

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on October 10/07/18, 02:27:30 PM
looks like it could be..
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on October 10/07/18, 02:28:51 PM
How big is it across? Is it really small?

Robins have blueish to green eggs....  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on October 10/07/18, 02:30:48 PM
I've heard that hummers nests are smaller than a shot glass. Some people we knew had a nest out on the end of a thin branch that whipped around in the wind and was in plain site.  I didn't see it though.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/07/18, 04:14:42 PM
How big is it across? Is it really small?

Robins have blueish to green eggs....  :scratch:
yea it's as big and round as the opening of q coffee cup opening. I've seen plenty of Robin nest not that. This one is made of really fine material.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on October 10/07/18, 05:34:02 PM
Looks like a chipping sparrow nest. We have lots of them here.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/08/18, 06:20:05 AM
Looks like a chipping sparrow nest. We have lots of them here.
:happy1: thanks Dotch, see plenty of them here at the feeder's!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Steve-o on October 10/08/18, 08:37:06 AM
Saw my first blue bird in the back yard yesterday!

There was a "plethora" of different birds flitting through the yard yesterday - wrens or warblers or finches - on the move, only perching for a moment or two before moving on.  I wasn't able to identify all of them, but there was definitely at least two blue birds among them.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/08/18, 08:53:55 AM
Saw my first blue bird in the back yard yesterday!

There was a "plethora" of different birds flitting through the yard yesterday - wrens or warblers or finches - on the move, only perching for a moment or two before moving on.  I wasn't able to identify all of them, but there was definitely at least two blue birds among them.
you been in boars fireball???????? LPS's hootch????????? dey been gone for a while in my neck of da woods.

next thing you'll tell us you done seen bigfoot!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :doofus: :pouty: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on October 10/08/18, 10:31:21 AM
There were some bluebirds over at the neighbor's pasture as of last week. Guessing they're migrating thru, not the locals that spent the summer there. Lots of warblers moving thru but no time to figure out who they are. Alas, I think the hummers have departed. Didn't see any yesterday or this a.m. Can't say as I blame them. Costa Rica sounds pretty nice right about now.  :happy1: 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on January 01/27/19, 09:19:40 AM
Pheasants are starting to show up...

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Post by: glenn57 on January 01/27/19, 09:30:55 AM
Sweet!! :happy1: HD's wildlife zoo. :rotflmao:
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Post by: Gunner55 on January 01/27/19, 11:12:05 AM
 :happy1: :cool:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Bobberineyes on January 01/27/19, 11:36:16 AM
             :fudd:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on January 01/27/19, 11:38:50 AM
Sweet!! :happy1: HD's wildlife zoo. :rotflmao:

It is a zoo....18 flipp'n squirrels.....

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Post by: Rebel SS on January 01/27/19, 11:42:11 AM
Just lookin' for that big nut!!!  :rotflmao: :rotflmao: Break out the box of Skwirrel Helper!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on January 01/27/19, 12:28:48 PM
that season is still open isn't it??  we have lots of them too!!  grey's mostly some fox and a few black one's!!! 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on January 01/27/19, 01:04:17 PM
Sweet!! :happy1: HD's wildlife zoo. :rotflmao:

It is a zoo....18 flipp'n squirrels.....
:happy1: Ya didn't say somethin about glenn stoppin by did ya?  :rolleyes: ;) :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on January 01/27/19, 03:44:35 PM
Wow! That's a lot of tree rats. Mostly grays it appears? Nice to see as many hen pheasants as that too. A bunch of them, mainly roosters sleeping in the evergreens at nite here.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on March 03/10/19, 08:55:53 AM
A few from this morning...

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Post by: mike89 on March 03/10/19, 09:12:28 AM
good pic's HD...  the other day I saw a big lump of snow in a spot there should not have been, I looked closer and it was a snow owl!!!  really cool to see!!!

it was perched on as telephone pole...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/10/19, 09:44:43 AM
good pic's HD...  the other day I saw a big lump of snow in a spot there should not have been, I looked closer and it was a snow owl!!!  really cool to see!!!

it was perched on as telephone pole...

Ya, I saw one on my gutter yesterday....  :rotflmao:

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Post by: Dotch on March 03/10/19, 10:04:59 AM
Nice shots HD! Good to see the pheasants are looking good. 10 hens here yesterday with no roosters, eating corn and moving on through to better cover. This a.m. a couple roosters. Feeders need refilling here but I've gotta fix one of the bindings on my snowshoes in order to do it. One of my friends has made some snowy owl sightings west of town here.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: markn on March 03/14/19, 12:20:55 PM
Got a question. We received some bags of whole flax seed at work and I was wondering if this stuff would be OK to fill my bird feeder with in the back yard? If it will be bad for the birds I'll probally donate it to the food self or something.
 ??????? Thanks gents.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/14/19, 12:31:37 PM
From what I read flaxseed is used as a filler in dome bird foods and birds will generally go for more preferred seeds. I'd donate it to the food shelf or bear bait.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/14/19, 02:25:25 PM

                              :shocked:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on March 03/25/19, 05:31:24 PM
Can always tell when spring arrives....the red wing blackbirds show up...

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/25/19, 05:54:41 PM
Don't the RWB's normally stick to marshy "ditch type" areas? You know, some cattails, water...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on March 03/25/19, 06:00:04 PM
I got cattails down by the pond.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/25/19, 06:03:03 PM
Don't the RWB's normally stick to marshy "ditch type" areas? You know, some cattails, water...
yes but they sure like to invade feeders when they first get back.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/25/19, 06:16:15 PM
I sure do like to hear them sing. Reminds me of fishing along the riverbank when I was a kid.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/25/19, 06:42:38 PM
jut had a male and female cardinal on my mealworm feeder. have never seen that!!!!!!! :scratch: :scratch: :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/25/19, 06:45:18 PM
??? Why not? I see them feeding together a lot right before sunset....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/25/19, 06:51:05 PM
oh me too just never mealworm!!!!!!! I usually put the mealworm out when I see my first robin or bluebirds!!!!!!! after the bugs and worms are more accesable I quit the mealworm. that stuff aint cheap!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on March 03/26/19, 12:41:35 AM
??? Why not? I see them feeding together a lot right before sunset....

Same here :happy1: before sunset and before sunrise. Been here all winter :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on March 03/26/19, 04:20:04 PM
Cardinal foreplay... :sleazy:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/29/19, 10:51:54 AM
seen my first pair of sandhill cranes out in a field this morning driving into work!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on March 03/29/19, 11:28:19 AM
seen some swans landing on the lake this morning..
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/29/19, 11:38:39 AM
seen some swans landing on the lake this morning..
driving past theriver in moticello i see the swans, and alot of them, everyday!!!!! still amazies me!!!!!!!!!! :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: markn on March 03/29/19, 12:23:58 PM
Went to Wheaton yesterday and seen about 200,000 snows, blues and canadians between there and Herman, and there was also a ton of ducks buzzing around there.  Found some water running through the ditches and culverts too. It's pretty wet out there.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/29/19, 12:42:22 PM
Cool Mark.  I would love to see that. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/07/19, 11:43:04 AM
anyone seen any morning doves??????? haven't seen a one yet?????????
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/07/19, 11:46:20 AM
Nope. None here yet. No robins either, although I can hear them. Rain should make them appear on the lawn today. Lotsa woodpeckers though, and two Cooper's hawks that are eating my songbirds up.... :angry:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on April 04/07/19, 12:42:17 PM
I've got 4 doves that have been here for the last week or so.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/07/19, 01:34:25 PM
just a few doves so far......
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on April 04/07/19, 03:12:25 PM
 :happy1:

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Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/07/19, 03:14:42 PM
Great pics!!!  :happy1:  Is that a racing stripe on that pesky skwirrel?!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on April 04/07/19, 03:19:04 PM
Great pics!!!  :happy1:  Is that a racing stripe on that pesky skwirrel?!

It's a young red....squack'in p.o.s.   :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/07/19, 03:44:30 PM
Those damned things ate right thru the soffit AND roof shingles of my neighbors shed, TWICE, and destroyed all the xmas decorations and lights stored in it. He borrowed my trap and caught both of 'em.  They went to nut heaven via Reb's skwirrel dunk.  :evil:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/08/19, 03:45:54 PM
I got one the other day.  Cute little things but I don't want them getting into my buildings.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on April 04/13/19, 06:18:45 PM
🦆 on da pond....

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Post by: glenn57 on April 04/13/19, 06:37:10 PM
Sweet.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/18/19, 08:12:04 AM
seem y first 2 morning doves this morning by monticello!!!!!!!! :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/18/19, 08:18:38 AM
Well ya, it IS morning..... :rolleyes:
OH, you mean Mourning doves....due to their mournful call...  :azn:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/18/19, 08:22:14 AM
Well ya, it IS morning..... :rolleyes:
OH, you mean Mourning doves....due to their mournful call...  :azn:
yea whatever!!!!!!!!!!! :tut: :tut: :tut: dont start wit me or it'll be al ong day for you.!!!!!!!! :sleazy: :sleazy: :sleazy: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :evil: :evil:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/18/19, 08:23:57 AM
Well ya, it IS morning..... :rolleyes:
OH, you mean Mourning doves....due to their mournful call...  :azn:
yea whatever!!!!!!!!!!! :tut: :tut: :tut: dont start wit me or it'll be al ong day for you.!!!!!!!! :sleazy: :sleazy: :sleazy: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :evil: :evil:


OH MY!!!!  :shocked:    :bow:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/18/19, 08:49:13 AM
 :nerd: :nerd: :nerd:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/18/19, 08:58:43 AM
you two loony birds!!!!!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/18/19, 09:09:09 AM
you two loony birds!!!!!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:

Well hello, Daffy!!!  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/18/19, 09:13:33 AM
mornin!!!  :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/18/19, 09:15:17 AM
you two loony birds!!!!!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:

Well hello, Daffy!!!  :rotflmao:
if he's daffy........you must be rooster cogburn!!!!!!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: or whatever that big chicken was called that was a doofus!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/18/19, 09:32:16 AM
O ya?! Well, then take this!!  *SLAP*  :doah:

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Post by: mike89 on April 04/18/19, 09:43:29 AM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on April 04/18/19, 09:07:34 PM
you two loony birds!!!!!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:

Well hello, Daffy!!!  :rotflmao:
if he's daffy........you must be rooster cogburn!!!!!!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: or whatever that big chicken was called that was a doofus!!!!!!

I think you be referring to foghorn leghorn.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/18/19, 09:18:34 PM
you two loony birds!!!!!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:

Well hello, Daffy!!!  :rotflmao:
if he's daffy........you must be rooster cogburn!!!!!!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: or whatever that big chicken was called that was a doofus!!!!!!

I think you be referring to foghorn leghorn.
:happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/22/19, 09:00:38 AM
Hey the tree swallows are here.  Were looking for them all weekend and here they are this morning.  We have 2 houses for them near the house.  So tame.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/22/19, 09:04:05 AM
I had to look those up, I've never seen one! Wow! They're neat!   Are they all that bright blue?! 

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Tree_Swallow/overview
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/22/19, 09:08:20 AM
they are cool birds, bug eating machines too!!!!!!! we usually have a pair or 2 each summer. havent seen any yet, however we had out first MORNING dove yesterday!!!! :rotflmao:

 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on April 04/22/19, 09:28:53 AM
Always had lots of Purple Martins when I worked at the golf course  :happy1: & thought they were a  :cool: little bug eating bird too. Don't see many of them anymore, there was just a pc on 60 minutes this week about 'em & it said they're 'bout all gone because they're 1 of the few that rely on us to make 'em shelters. The TV segment featured some couple that had 94 houses & each house had room for 15 -18 nesting couples. It showed 'em bringin all the houses down to the ground, they were on a tall pole using a winch & cordless drill, to count how many little ones were in each 1. Most had 2-4 but 1 had 7
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/22/19, 09:36:09 AM
Yes they are cool colored Rebs.  They are super tame too.  They like to sit with their head sticking out of the hole in the house and watch what is going on.  I walk right up to them and talk to them and they just sit there and look at me.   LOL  I think they even raise a couple of hatches here.  Not sure though.  They have lots of babies as Gunner said so a typical Peterson Bluebird house is too small for them.  I have them too for bluebirds. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/22/19, 09:39:28 AM
Sounds a lot like talking to Glenn.... :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/22/19, 09:40:41 AM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/22/19, 09:40:55 AM
also, with most utilities going underground, purple martins like sitting on power lines and in open spaces.

people always lose them too, thats the only bird house you DONT clean out every year.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on April 04/22/19, 09:49:29 AM
also, with most utilities going underground, purple martins like sitting on power lines and in open spaces.

people always lose them too, thats the only bird house you DONT clean out every year.
:scratch: Thought in the pc on TV the old boy said something at the end about it would be soon be time to clean their houses out & get ready for the next year, as all the Purple Martins would be headed for South America soon. :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/22/19, 10:15:51 AM
my mom had alot of martins at home, still have some but not near as many. they actually have a purple martin club in the area. i definetely remember cleaning out a nest made by the martins needed to stay. now we always cleaned out nests made by the starlings and sparrows.

we have a friend that has a lake place by annadale somewhere, he had a bunch of martins, he cleaned out the houses, the next spring he didnt get any martins.

just what i learned growing up. i had a martin house at one time when i moved to the place i'm at now. it didnt have enough wide open space or power lines for then to sit on so i never had any. :doah:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/22/19, 08:08:10 PM
My brother has a lot of Martin houses.  Gourds and big multiplex houses.  He is swamped with them every year.  We play our Martin CD on the deck and have some lookers landing but none have stayed.  They are on a steep decline too so they need all of the help they can get.  Just like duck houses turned around the sharp decline of wood ducks years ago.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/28/19, 09:23:45 AM
2 pair of them tree swallows showed up here yesterday...….spring gotta be close!!!!!!! :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/28/19, 09:31:41 AM
thought I saw some yesterday!!  cool!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/28/19, 09:38:34 AM
Wish I could see some!!!!!!!!!  :angry: Did hear some RW blackbirds along a creek the other day when I went out to see Mom.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on April 04/28/19, 09:48:47 AM
When I first bought the farm, I put up a purple martin condo. I had a friend that worked at the power company, and he gave me an old telephone pole to put it on. It's like 25 feet in the air.....never got a martin....ever....  :confused:

Now the trees have grown up around it, after 30 years. So, I don't think anything has ever nested in it.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/28/19, 10:04:18 AM
When I first bought the farm, I put up a purple martin condo. I had a friend that worked at the power company, and he gave me an old telephone pole to put it on. It's like 25 feet in the air.....never got a martin....ever....  :confused:

Now the trees have grown up around it, after 30 years. So, I don't think anything has ever nested in it.
HD, martins a finicky, they seemed to like power lines to sit on. when they took the lines down at my moms, she lost a bunch.

you don't have starlings or sparrows using it??? them buggers usually take over a martin house in a hurry iffin you don't watch!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on April 04/28/19, 10:10:31 AM
They may have taken it over now...I'm not sure...never really see anything hanging around it.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Smokey Hills Bandit on May 05/01/19, 01:08:07 PM
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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/04/19, 04:48:15 PM
Thought I might've seen a hummingbird out of the corner of my eye so put out the hummer feeder and the oriole jelly feeder. Looked back at last years data to see that the 1st hummingbird we spotted was on May 2nd and the 1st oriole was on May 8th. Bring 'em on!  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/04/19, 07:32:41 PM
Thought I might've seen a hummingbird out of the corner of my eye so put out the hummer feeder and the oriole jelly feeder. Looked back at last years data to see that the 1st hummingbird we spotted was on May 2nd and the 1st oriole was on May 8th. Bring 'em on!  :happy1:

nice!!!!! :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/05/19, 04:53:21 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:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/05/19, 06:21:59 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:

 :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/05/19, 07:20:29 PM
Love Orioles.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/11/19, 08:49:51 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.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: deadeye on May 05/11/19, 02:56:25 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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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/13/19, 09:29:57 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:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/13/19, 09:37:46 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. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Steve-o on May 05/13/19, 09:58:44 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.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on May 05/13/19, 06:40:21 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.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/13/19, 07:37:30 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.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/13/19, 07:42:39 PM
Hummers are buzzing around here now.   :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/14/19, 09:05:23 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!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Steve-o on May 05/14/19, 09:50:53 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!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/14/19, 11:29:51 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:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on May 05/14/19, 04:09:44 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.

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/14/19, 04:26:25 PM
a black bird with orange spots!!!!!!!!!!! :smoking: :mooning: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

 :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :taz: :taz: I know the name but dang nabit……….it isn't coming to me!!!!!!!! :pouty: :pouty: I've seen them before too!!!! UGH!!!!!! :doah: :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on May 05/14/19, 06:23:48 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?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/14/19, 06:46:23 PM
Orchard Oriole?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Steve-o on May 05/14/19, 07:30:32 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.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/14/19, 08:32:44 PM
Definitely a redstart
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/14/19, 08:33:55 PM
ok, i'll buy that!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: markn on May 05/16/19, 05:47:49 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.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/16/19, 07:20:14 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!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/16/19, 10:07:52 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:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on May 05/16/19, 12:21:47 PM
We put out our 2 feeders for the Hummers on Monday up at the lake & had visitors within hours. :happy1: :cool:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/16/19, 03:01:48 PM
Seen a pair of wrens and these tree swallows this morning. There bug eating machines!! :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on May 05/16/19, 03:06:45 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?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/16/19, 03:48:32 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.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on May 05/16/19, 04:42:04 PM
Just bowls? What happens when it rains?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/16/19, 05:12:37 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.     
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on May 05/16/19, 06:12:04 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.   

I got one of them jumbo suet feeders for freeze dried meal worm blocks. They got seeds and nuts mixed in. I see the orioles on there once in awhile.

Seems like anything I put out for hummers or orioles.....yogi comes in and has a snack.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on May 05/17/19, 06:53:21 AM
We just put our jelly in a bowl about the size of a coffee mug. If it rains it just starts to turn it to grape juice and they will still eat it. So, when it rains I will dump out most of the water when we get home from work or in the morning when I fill it. That is also the trick with yogi, I usually put out jelly in the morning before work so the birds can eat it during the day nad not get lapped up by yogi at night. Find the cheapest grape jelly or jam you can, brand does not matter.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/17/19, 08:48:14 AM
I had 4 male orioles at my grape jelly feeder this morning. looked like they were trying to determine turf!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/17/19, 09:25:57 AM
Those two martins were back here yesterday.   :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/17/19, 09:53:22 AM
JB has it right. I'll watch the weather and if it looks like heavy rain is forecast, try to gauge the amount of jelly I dump in the feeder accordingly. Sometimes if it rains hard it dilutes the jelly so much I have to start over. The only time I've had any luck with mealworms is when the orioles are nesting and apparently after the young have hatched. Reputedly they don't feed the young jelly and are looking for insects which means protein. I used to put out nectar (sugar water) too but want to find a heavier feeder that's more windproof as well as easy to clean completely. I've seen a glass one at FF that might fit the bill. Then it means getting something to keep the ants out of it... :undecided:

A photo of our oriole feeder. Was swaying in the breeze so hard to get a good shot.

 

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/18/19, 03:52:52 PM
been noticing this odd bird. kinda looked like a cardinal at first but the jet black wings just didn't seem right so I googled the scarlet tanager. guess what...…...dats what it is!!!!!! birds are going crazy out there.  :happy1: :happy1: I love it!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/18/19, 06:37:45 PM
That is a great bird spotting Glenn.  I would love to see one of them. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/18/19, 07:41:37 PM
That is a great bird spotting Glenn.  I would love to see one of them.
google it!!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: sorry mikey made me. I thought it wasthat, so that's what I did. picture perfect!!!!! :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on May 05/20/19, 07:29:42 AM
Dotch. to keeps the ants out of the nector feeder and jelly I will spray the post to the feeders with Tempo 2-3 times through the summer. Does the trick.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/20/19, 08:18:55 AM
Great idea JB.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/20/19, 10:17:21 AM
That is a good idea JB. Unfortunately all my hummer & oriole feeders are tree hangers. One less thing to mow & trim around. I've tried using the permethrin we have for livestock to recharge the last year's ant guards. Works for a week or two then runs out of gas. The hummer feeder has an ant moat on it. Have to fill it with water every few days tho or the ants & earwigs get in the feeder. The insects attracted to the jelly feeder seem to wind up being eaten by whoever happens to be feeding nestlings. I'm a little hesitant to coat the hangers with insecticide as the birds landing on them would be directly exposed. 

Did notice this yesterday the hummers were really looking for flowers as one was working over a flowering crab in the front yard. Not sure how much nectar he was finding but he was sure giving it a whirl. Wife has a lot of potted flowers ready to set out when it warms up. Time to get them out of my way in the pole barn.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on May 05/21/19, 02:43:33 AM
  Clean bird feeders to keep birds healthy!

 :tut: ....
Moldy birdseed and unclean bird feeders can make birds sick. Homeowners who enjoy feeding birds can takes steps now to help birds stay healthy, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

 :coffee: ....
In spring and especially in warm, humid weather, it is common for mold to form on wet birdseed. The mold can cause an avian disease called aspergillosis, which affects the birds respiratory systems. Salmonella is another disease that affects birds and is associated with unclean feeders. Both diseases can be fatal to birds. :banghead:

 :popcorn:
To clean a feeder, use a solution of one part bleach and nine parts water, and scrub the entire surface. Always allow the cleaned feeder to dry out in the sun, as the sunlight will help kill bacteria on the feeder. Hummingbird feeders should be cleaned about every week to 10 days during the summer, to keep the sugar water from producing mold.

Staff from the DNR Nongame Wildlife Program urges bird enthusiasts to also rake or sweep up any fallen seeds and seed hulls under their feeder to prevent moldy conditions from occurring on the ground. Seeds left on the ground can also attract meadow voles, house mice, other rodents, raccoons, deer and even bears. :mad1:

Keep the feed dry by using a hopper-type feeder or a fly-through feeder, and always scrape out old seed that accumulates in the corners. Tray feeders with a screen bottom will allow seeds to dry out from above and below after a rain shower, but thick layers of seed could still trap moisture, so consider more frequent fillings with less seed.
More information about bird feeding is available at :police: mndnr.gov/birdfeeding.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/22/19, 09:19:45 AM
Couple days ago while out back I had a female grosbeak on the feeder. Haven't seen many of them lately. Still haven't seen the male red breasted grosbeak. :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on May 05/22/19, 10:07:08 AM
I got a bunch of those Glenn, probably 12 to 14 pairs. Never seen so many.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/22/19, 10:11:43 AM
I got a bunch of those Glenn, probably 12 to 14 pairs. Never seen so many.
thats crazy. we used have  3-4 pair when we had the seasonal camper, but that was more wooded area then my city lot!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on May 05/22/19, 05:09:18 PM
I got a bunch of those Glenn, probably 12 to 14 pairs. Never seen so many.
thats crazy. we used have  3-4 pair when we had the seasonal camper, but that was more wooded area then my city lot!!!!!!

Yup, it is....that many birds sure clean out a bird feeder quick!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/23/19, 08:01:49 AM
man are them birds going through the grape jelly. I put it out 2 2 1/2 weeks ago and I have already gone through 3 of the 32 oz jars.

my wife went to cashwise yesterday and they didn't have a jar of any size or brand left on the shelf.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/23/19, 08:10:16 AM
people were buying it by the flat in Aldi's yesterday!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/23/19, 08:45:02 AM
Going thru a 32 oz. jar every couple days. Still have a week's supply but am going to DG today to see if they've still got inventory. Snuffed a couple house sparrows this a.m. so that should help.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on May 05/23/19, 07:29:12 PM
Couple days ago while out back I had a female grosbeak on the feeder. Haven't seen many of them lately. Still haven't seen the male red breasted grosbeak. :pouty:

Dis was da foyst year fur us ta have any a dem dare grosbesk birds. I didn't know what species dem critters were. Den we looked um up in da boyd book.  Very cool lookin!  :happy1: Unfortunetly we heard a bang on da window and figured it was one a dem goofy birds hit da glass. Sure enough it was one a dem grosbecke boyds. Dare he was on da ground wit what looked like a broken neck.

Told Borgie I'd dispose of him later. When later came it was gone, mus-ta been da friendly neighborhood hawk got um!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/23/19, 07:34:40 PM
I had one male Oriole here the other day but only had homemade rhubarb jelly out.  LOL  Now tomorrow I will switch to grape.  I can't believe how much you guys go through.  BUT the good news is that the juvenile female Martin sat in the bird house for at least 15 minutes this evening.  The male sat on the powerline.   :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/24/19, 04:42:46 PM
Have grape jelly out now but the Oriole likes the Hummer feeder.  That's ok.  Hope he finds the jelly.  Just had a small hawk in flight pin a bird up against our window and grab it.  Right as we were looking at it.  He better not get that Oriole.  That's all I will say on that subject. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on May 05/24/19, 06:12:03 PM
While at Menards today, I saw a Oriole feeder for $23
It had a roof, a jelly bowl and 2 spikes for oranges.
I didn't buy it yet cause I'm not sure how to keep Yogi from getting it.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/24/19, 06:15:23 PM
I will check that out.  I want a nice Oriole feeder here to keep em around. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/24/19, 07:37:04 PM
Cool.  Right now I just have one oriole feeder up and it is shared by downy woodpeckers, orioles, and the littlest hummer I have ever seen.   

Blowing through a suet cake every couple days with multiple downy, hairy, and red bellied woodpeckers.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/25/19, 08:01:22 AM
Here is my Oriole feeding station. The blue tray in the background is for mealworms.

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: fishnutbob on May 05/25/19, 02:03:22 PM
Bear at back door feeding.

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Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/25/19, 02:33:57 PM
Bear at back door feeding.
:happy1: looks like momma and Jr. Suppose you have that experience quite often.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/31/19, 03:57:27 PM
there has been a  dramatic drop in birds at the feeders lately. can tell by the amount of times and amounts to refill the feeders.

reckon nesting and seks are the culprits!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on June 06/20/19, 06:19:21 PM
I bought another bird feeder from Menards thinking I didn't have to worry anymore....

But, Yoggy came back and trashed another feeder! It only had black sunflower seeds in it, but he tore it down.....

I put the trail camera back out to see what shows up....  :angry2:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on June 06/20/19, 08:17:52 PM
Just refilled my one year round feeder and put up a peanut cake.  Hopefully the rocky racoon problem has been resolved.    :angry2:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on June 06/21/19, 02:53:11 PM
Was that peanut cake a Paula Deen family recipe?  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on June 06/21/19, 03:18:36 PM
Was that peanut cake a Paula Deen family recipe?  :scratch:

 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on June 06/21/19, 08:11:19 PM
Was that peanut cake a Paula Deen family recipe?  :scratch:

Nah, Menard's family recipe I thought.  Then I saw them at FF.... cheaper too.  Same brand
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on June 06/26/19, 09:14:20 AM
The birds have flown the coop here....since the family of Cooper's has taken up residence here, proclaiming their territory with that continual kak-kak-kak. Only birds that seem brave enough to show are the crows, that do some pretty good aerial fights with them. Wish they'd move on; I miss my cardinals , jays, and all the others since they "moved in".  :undecided:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on June 06/26/19, 09:34:56 AM
Bummer Reb. Think we may be down a male cardinal here. Had one that was constantly flying into the windows on the house, cars, tractor cab, mirrors, etc. Annoying but man could he sing! There was also one at the neighbors and the two of them would have singing contests, echoing each other. Hearing only one now and the one that was flying into windows isn't doing it anymore. His disappearance coincides roughly with the appearance of a mangy looking fuzzy tailed stray black cat, one of those that has the "please shoot me" look to it. More than happy to oblige if he's out where I can take a poke at him.  :angry2:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on August 08/20/19, 08:08:43 AM
 :coffee:. Dis is fur da boyds :confused:

 Hummingbirds are amazing tiny titans :happy1:

Article......
By: Blane Klemek | Aug 18th 2019
 
 :popcorn: ....
Each and every spring around Mother’s Day weekend is when I normally see my first ruby-throated hummingbird of the year. It’s always a lone male. Followed by another male. And then another. And another. And so on.

Shortly afterward a few females arrive, until, all four feeders are alive with a dizzying multitude of buzzing wings, dive-bombing bodies and chirping beaks. So intense is the battle for space and feeding ports, that it’s a wonder any of the birds get to feed at all, yet, truth be told, I find myself filling the feeders daily until the bulk of the mob disperses to establish separate breeding territories elsewhere. And, as is always the case, three to four pairs stay behind to nest near my home.

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Although a hummingbird lull at the feeders occurs every summer and is to be expected because the adults are busy capturing insects and feeding them to their hungry and demanding youngsters, I’ve nevertheless gone through 25 pounds of sugar this season and I’m about to buy another 20 pounds to get them through the remainder of August and September. Hordes of adults and fledglings -- and migrants later on -- have begun their relentless daily draining of the feeders.
 
 :scratch: ....
It’s hard to say exactly why I attract so many hummingbirds, but I presume it’s partly because I provide them with a steady, reliable, and high sugar-content source of energy. While some people opt for the four-to-one ratio, I’ve been mixing three parts water to one part sugar for many years. As well, I’ve plenty of nesting habitat and wild flowers, too. So who knows? Hummingbird haven? Maybe.
 
 :popcorn: ....
I remember the first time I learned about how sugar content affects hummingbird use. During the summer of 1995 I worked as a park naturalist at Itasca State Park. One of the other naturalists, Ben Thoma, a big man and sometimes a little rough around the edges who taught biology at Ridgewater College in Willmar during the school year, lived in a cabin at Bear Paw Campground most every summer for 41 years. Ben was a walking encyclopedia of animal natural history, Itasca State Park history and much more. He was widely known by park visitors and DNR employees present and past. Indeed, the park programs and interpretive hikes that Ben gave were very popular.
 
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 On the front lawn of Ben’s cabin near the campground road was a clothesline-like set up with a single, thick wire stretched tightly between two tall posts that were placed about 30 feet apart. Hanging on the wire were a dozen or more hummingbird feeders of various sizes, shapes and styles. All of the feeders were spaced at equal distances from each other and each feeder was numbered.
 
The whole assembly was swarming with so many hummingbirds that it was impossible to count them. Oddly, some feeders attracted more birds than others. As I stood mesmerized by the spectacle and sounds of dozens of hummingbirds fighting for turns at the feeders, I asked Ben why there were so many feeders and why were they all numbered?

With a slight sneer, Ben barked, “Why do you think?!” I thought about it for a moment, but couldn’t come up with a good answer. :scratch: Yes, Ben, the consummate professor and naturalist, always inquisitive and always testing his younger subjects.

“It’s an experiment!” he bellowed. “Each feeder is filled with a different ratio of water to sugar. I’m trying to figure out which ratio they prefer!”  :bow:

It turned out that Ben’s experiment yielded “mixed” results, but what could not be denied was the visual evidence that sweeter mixes attracted more hummingbirds than the feeders containing diluted mixtures of sugar-water.

Hummingbirds, as we all know and Ben’s experiment showed, definitely have a sweet tooth. Moreover, they seem to be selective. The sweeter the better! Hummingbirds are unquestionably among the most unique and delightful of Minnesota’s migrant birds, sweet tooth and all. Fascinating to observe, to feed, and attract to our homes, the tiny titans, full of energy and entertainment, are endearing in every way as we get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

Blane Klemek is a Minnesota DNR wildlife manager. He can be reached at bklemek@yahoo.com.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on August 08/20/19, 08:22:39 AM
 :happy1: :happy1: cool read brudder Lee!!!!!!!!!!!!! :happy1: :happy1: :kingscourt: :kingscourt:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on August 08/20/19, 08:39:44 AM
 :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on August 08/20/19, 08:45:26 AM
 :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on September 09/18/19, 03:10:51 PM
 Do birds in your area appear to be drunk? :confused:

               They might be.  :doofus:

 :popcorn:  :reporter; ...Some udder stories included...... :shocked:
 Here is what happened when birds in Gilbert, Minn., showed signs of drunkenness after eating fermented berries.

 

 
Video.....
https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/viral/do-birds-in-your-area-appear-to-be-drunk-they-might-be/vi-AAGWYsU
 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on September 09/18/19, 03:36:49 PM
to funny!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on September 09/18/19, 04:13:13 PM
I didn't realize that they actually pass out.  That pigeon looked dead.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on September 09/18/19, 04:37:45 PM
Two days ago we heard a bang at to back of da house. Went ta see what happened and noticed a smear mark on da back door window. Looked around true da window and saw feathers and a dove (Borgie calls um pigeons :doah:) layin on da patio. he had small amount of blood by da beak and feathers scattered in da area. He was still alive and was vibraiting and still breathin.

I told da wife "I'll tro it in da garbage after it kicks da bucket." :happy1:
15 min later when I went back ta see, It was gone :confused:

Wonder if it ate to many of dem dare berries! :scratch:

Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on September 09/18/19, 04:44:04 PM
Nice story Lee.  Good to hear ya. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on February 02/16/20, 02:23:08 PM
The woodpeckers are hitting the feeders hard? Must be the time of year for lack of food....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Reinhard on February 02/16/20, 02:24:32 PM
Same here HD.  Putting a couple of suet logs out today.  they go fast.  good luck.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on February 02/16/20, 02:32:43 PM
 :scratch: I aint seen birds of any kind for a while!!!!!!!! not even da woodpeckers!!!!! :doah: :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on February 02/17/20, 11:51:59 AM
They've been sorta streaky here. When it gets cold there seems to be more suet activity with nuthatches, chickadees, downies, hairies & red-bellies. Been a few years since we saw a pileated. The horizontal feeders probably don't help matters. The goldfinches too will hit the thistle hard then nothing for several days. Blue jays have been busy working on the ear corn when the squirrels aren't. They're both consistent. 1 pair of cardinals clean up the cracked corn and safflower the sparrows toss out. Sunflower & safflower gets tapped every day by chickadees and the effing house sparrows although the latter's numbers are down. Smaller feeders have tended to help as do the horizontal suet feeders. Otherwise those rats with wings can monopolize everything.  :angry:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on February 02/17/20, 01:04:44 PM
Got this one to pose while I was out walking.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on February 02/17/20, 01:06:27 PM
I didn't know there were still birds on Alcatraz.   :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on February 02/17/20, 02:00:47 PM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on February 02/17/20, 04:14:54 PM
I'm the birdman, surfing birdman.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on February 02/17/20, 04:23:25 PM
https://youtu.be/2WNrx2jq184
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on February 02/29/20, 03:03:34 PM
Spring must be coming...1st Robin of the season...  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on February 02/29/20, 03:04:26 PM
yeppers……..good sign, only 2-3 more snow storms...…..then where good!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on March 03/02/20, 08:55:44 AM
robins at my place and one lonely grackel friday
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on March 03/03/20, 08:01:10 AM
morning doves yesterday,,snow geese migrating in southern south dakota already,we'll have canada geese showing up any day in central minn with these temps
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/05/20, 09:57:30 AM
Last nite during chores we saw 4 swans lumbering along and while grilling after dark could hear more flying over. Lots of geese heading north too. This a.m. the Indian Magic crabapple in front of the house was full of robins.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/05/20, 10:35:35 AM
I saw a cardinal and a woodpecker. Rat-a-tat-tat    🐦
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Reinhard on March 03/05/20, 10:44:24 AM
Saw two Canadian geese for the first time this year.  Hope that's a sign of a early spring.  good luck.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/05/20, 10:52:14 AM
Could be, RH....they've been flying overhead in the early mornings here, (dawn) honking away. That usually only starts in Spring here, as they hit the thawed out fields for any leftovers.  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/05/20, 10:58:05 AM
Saw two Canadian geese for the first time this year.  Hope that's a sign of a early spring.  good luck.
reiny.........just drive up by moniticello....you'll see all kinds of gooses and swans!!!!!!!!!!! :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/05/20, 11:15:57 AM
Come down here to see 'em, lotsa honkers here at Silver Lake! Gets so noisy with 'em, it sounds like a union meeting!  :rotflmao:  :rotflmao:


https://youtu.be/1DJEHAYpYqg
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/05/20, 12:50:09 PM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/05/20, 12:59:34 PM
Come down here to see 'em, lotsa honkers here at Silver Lake! Gets so noisy with 'em, it sounds like a union meeting!  :rotflmao:  :rotflmao:


https://youtu.be/1DJEHAYpYqg
:pouty: :pouty: :moon: :moon: :moon: :mooning: :mooning: :mooning: BITE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :nerd: :nerd:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/05/20, 01:04:15 PM
Well! That's just a fine how-do-you-do!!!!!  :shocked:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/08/20, 04:53:25 PM
done heard a robin this afternoon, never did see the bugger though. lotz of geese flew over too!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/08/20, 05:54:49 PM
Didja see a titmouse?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on March 03/08/20, 06:00:10 PM
I got Canada Geese here too... also had a pair of Sandhill Cranes...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/08/20, 07:21:02 PM
Didja see a titmouse?
no but when I see you in a picture I see a doah doah bird. :mooning: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/08/20, 07:21:56 PM
I seen a Robin,......I seen a Robin... :dancinred: :dancinred: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/08/20, 07:57:16 PM
Saw 3 swans close up landing in a field today. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/08/20, 09:41:23 PM
Turkey vultures are back, heard some killdeers and saw a flock of red-winged blackbirds. Geese are hanging around on our pond below the hill. Pretty sure it's still frozen over.  :huh:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: GrandpaTom on March 03/09/20, 07:58:27 AM
It must almost be spring....I saw my first robin this morning.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/09/20, 08:59:42 AM
A few grackles here at choretime.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/09/20, 09:21:22 AM
Two Juncos pokin' around on the ground.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/09/20, 09:29:26 AM
You still have some cardinals Reb? We share a pair with the neighbor to the south. The male cardinal sings his heart out every morning during chores. Then he takes a break to come up and pick at the sunflower & safflower seeds.  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/09/20, 09:36:31 AM
Yup, in my giant yew out front. Since they return to the same nesting site every year (so they say) it's proven true by seeing them in the yew every year. They were out in it yday chirping away. They also seem to like music...when the tunes in the garage go on, (right next to the yew) they chirp and sing like crazy.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/09/20, 12:34:47 PM
Like I mentioned in Good Morning, we haven't hardly seen a grosbeak of any kind.  Had one immature male Rose Breasted one buy way back last fall we think.  We usually have a flock of Evening Grosbeaks hang around for a week or two.  Maybe they will still come. Have an occasional Pine Grosbeak too but not this year. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/09/20, 12:44:15 PM
Like I mentioned in Good Morning, we haven't hardly seen a grosbeak of any kind.  Had one immature male Rose Breasted one buy way back last fall we think.  We usually have a flock of Evening Grosbeaks hang around for a week or two.  Maybe they will still come. Have an occasional Pine Grosbeak too but not this year.
those pine at evening grosbeaks usually head south outta Canada when food gets hard to find up there. IF we can ever be up at the cabin on a consistent schedule to keep good in the feeders we had a bunch of both. Dang there colorful birds  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/09/20, 01:25:49 PM
This guy in KS had a few turkeys in his field...:Turkey:  :shocked:

  https://t.co/r3qcAiAv6O   (https://t.co/r3qcAiAv6O)
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/09/20, 01:32:06 PM
Looked like a herd of cattle there are so many of them.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/09/20, 01:40:51 PM
In fields like those, especially along wooded river bottoms, lakes & streams, you have to wonder how much crop is actually left at harvest. Between turkeys, squirrels, deer, bunnies and raccoons down here it's not unusual to see a dozen or more rows completely gone. Speeds up harvest that way!  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on March 03/15/20, 08:58:21 AM
I got my first redwing black bird in the feeder this morning.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on March 03/15/20, 09:01:59 AM
haven't seen them yet..  sure am hearing many "new" sounds when I'm out side...  spring is coming!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/15/20, 10:53:54 AM
I seen a morning dove yesterday!!!!!!! still not much for birds yet. I hear cardinals most mornings though!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/15/20, 10:57:46 AM
Pretty devoid down here, haven't realllly seen any birds.... except for my cardinals! :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/15/20, 11:05:45 AM
Just saw the first 2 Canada geese a few minutes ago.  Flew right over the house.  Have shot two red squirrels so far out of the bird feeder.  Missed one two.  I let the gray squirrels eat though. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/15/20, 11:20:00 AM
Saw and heard my 1st sandhill crane flying over yesterday altho I think HD saw one already last week or before. Buddy of mine had wood ducks trying to get in the houses at his place today. He'd blocked the entrances to keep the owls and other undesierables out. I had one about 15 years ago that put a full clutch of eggs in the one nesting box by the end of March. Never hatched however.  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on March 03/15/20, 11:27:59 AM
Thanks for the reminder Dotch...I gotta go see if I got some fresh wood chips for the wood duck houses. Yup, the sandhills are already here.

LPS, I'm up to 6 of them little red  :censored:  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/15/20, 11:34:53 AM
The one wood duck house I cleaned out last year never got any occupants. Checked it a couple months ago and it looked like I'd just cleaned it. The other one is out in the water so if I'm going to get a crack at it while the pond is still frozen I'd better get going, otherwise I'll need my waders. Need to get some more shavings 1st.  :embarrassed:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/15/20, 05:22:34 PM
I did check the wood duck houses while out riding the range.& fixing fence. The one was still pretty fresh but some deer mice had moved in since last check. The other one definitely needs a cleaning & new shavings. Found these while I was down there.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on March 03/15/20, 06:32:40 PM
 Few robins showen up here lately. Seem ta be peckin da ground under da feeders fur seeds. First time I can ever remember seein dat. :scratch: A nudder one was peckin on one of da su-it cages. Must be hungry waitin fur dem worms & bugs ta show up!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/15/20, 06:35:14 PM
Do Robins hoard?  :confused:   :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on March 03/16/20, 01:32:50 PM
Do Robins hoard?  :confused:   :rotflmao:

Some say dat I kin collect dem faster den dem boyds kin eat -um-up. And yes I will continue ta hoard dem every chance I get. Crawlers are actualy considered an invasive species! Why do ya tink it's aginst da law in Minn ta trow yer left over worms on da ground???? Acording ta da US Forrest Service they devour much of da nutruents dat feed da forrest as day eat much of da decaying leaves and stuff.

Many studies have been made at universities  Dat Back this info up! :moon:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/16/20, 03:15:26 PM
Here I always though worm poop was a good thing for fertilizer. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/16/20, 03:47:20 PM
The birds must be stopped. They're hoarding worms. One worm to a bird.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on March 03/16/20, 05:38:09 PM
Here I always though worm poop was a good thing for fertilizer.

As far as I know it is :happy1: However they are distroying the stuff dat feed the trees through natural fertilization as it rots. :banghead:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/16/20, 07:28:05 PM
 :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/16/20, 07:44:09 PM
Here I always though worm poop was a good thing for fertilizer.

As far as I know it is :happy1: However they are distroying the stuff dat feed the trees through natural fertilization as it rots. :banghead:
who'd you hear that from ? Trump!! :rotflmao: more fake news. Trust me there's enough rotting leaves and branches in the woods, trees ain't going hungry!! :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/16/20, 09:22:24 PM
But, but, but...climate change!  :tut: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on March 03/16/20, 09:23:19 PM
Smurfy ain't been reading his "minnesota volunteer"
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/16/20, 09:33:55 PM
Smurfy ain't been reading his "minnesota volunteer"
:tut: yes I be.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/16/20, 09:37:07 PM
Ya. Kat. Burd. Turkle. Phish.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on March 03/17/20, 07:56:57 AM

Well maybe it wasn't in the volunteer, but well known problem


https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/terrestrialanimals/earthworms/index.html

What are the harmful effects of non-native earthworms?
Minnesota's hardwood forests developed in the absence of earthworms. Without worms, fallen leaves decompose slowly, creating a spongy layer of organic "duff." This duff layer is the natural growing environment for native woodland wildflowers. It also provides habitat for ground-dwelling animals and helps prevent soil erosion.

Invading earthworms eat the leaves that create the duff layer and are capable of eliminating it completely. Big trees survive, but many young seedlings perish, along with many ferns and wildflowers. Some species return after the initial invasion, but others disappear. In areas heavily infested by earthworms, soil erosion and leaching of nutrients may reduce the productivity of forests and ultimately degrade fish habitat.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/17/20, 09:30:00 AM
NOW we gotta worry about earth worms taking over the world????????? :doofus: :doofus: :crazy: :doah: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

them younger trees not surviving has a lot more to do with the lack of sunlight that what a worm eats. from what I see in the woods, there are multiple layers of decomposing leaves!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on March 03/17/20, 09:59:31 AM
NOW we gotta worry about earth worms taking over the world????????? :doofus: :doofus: :crazy: :doah: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

them younger trees not surviving has a lot more to do with the lack of sunlight that what a worm eats. from what I see in the woods, there are multiple layers of decomposing leaves!!!!

Hey Glenn! "When yer wrong yer seldom right!" So stop tryin twist da topic dat has actual facts in it. All yous' nagociators  try ta twist actuall facts when yer proven wrong bout sump-tin. :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

PS> I won't debate da sunlight issue :happy1: but It don't change da proven facts bout da worms dat yer tryin ta de-bunk :doofus:

By Da Way :doah: Yer bird feeders are empty! :bonk: So get yer :moon: out dare an fill um!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/17/20, 10:13:05 AM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/17/20, 10:35:11 AM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: so your worms don't sure some good purposes?? like loosen the soil to allow air into the ground????? 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/17/20, 10:58:36 AM
Sure but it's a little known fact that as a result of the last glaciation in this part of the world, we had no native earthworm population when European settlers arrived. So all these wonderful little creatures that the organic and soil health folks like to crow about & Lee likes to torment are in fact invasive species!  :bonk:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/17/20, 11:03:20 AM
Sure but it's a little known fact that as a result of the last glaciation in this part of the world, we had no native earthworm population when European settlers arrived. So all these wonderful little creatures that the organic and soil health folks like to crow about & Lee likes to torment are in fact invasive species!  :bonk:
YEA well unless your 100% native American we are invasive species too!!!!! :mooning: :mooning:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/17/20, 11:07:18 AM
I think you and delbert need to go casino hopping!  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/17/20, 11:36:30 AM
Ya, Snoop and Blab hit Treasure Island....sounds like a Disney kid's movie.  ;)
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on March 03/17/20, 01:37:23 PM
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: so your worms don't sure some good purposes?? like loosen the soil to allow air into the ground?????

No, not in the forest.  Soil already porous.   Read the DNR article. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on March 03/17/20, 02:00:32 PM
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: so your worms don't sure some good purposes?? like loosen the soil to allow air into the ground?????

No, not in the forest.  Soil already porous.   Read the DNR article.

He can't :coffee: about it Del :doah: when he's spendin all his time blabin bout what he didn't read! :rotflmao: :rotflmao:      OMG! :doah:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/17/20, 02:27:22 PM
 :pouty: HEY... :confused: WORMS LIVES MATTER. :sleazy: :mooning: :mooning: :mooning:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/17/20, 02:31:04 PM
Page 31 of the DNR manual says you cannot dump worms back in the ground. They must go in the trash.


Don't dump your worms in the woods. It's illegal to release most exotic species into the wild (Minnesota Statutes 84D.06).
Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.
Tell others "the dirt" on invasive earthworms in Minnesota.

                                               :tut:
 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/17/20, 02:31:56 PM
Page 31 of the DNR manual says you cannot dump worms back in the ground. They must go in the trash.
whatever. I rarely if ever use them for bait anyway.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/17/20, 02:33:20 PM
Whatever.  :coffee:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Steve-o on March 03/17/20, 02:34:20 PM
Page 31 of the DNR manual says you cannot dump worms back in the ground. They must go in the trash.

And where do they put the trash?   :confused:

Just sayin...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/17/20, 02:34:54 PM
They burn it. I didn't write the laws. Just sayin....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/17/20, 02:42:09 PM
Well the ringneck pheasant isnt a native bird.

Just saying... :confused:

I don't hear nuttin about eradicating them.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/17/20, 03:47:31 PM
You use them for bait?! From worms to birds?  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/17/20, 04:33:57 PM
The trash is buried at landfills.  SO the worms are back in the ground. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/17/20, 05:08:51 PM
Burned here first....in the big city incinerator. Turned to ash. Never made sense to me, when they (DNR) came out with it some years back, that worms CANNOT be put back into the ground. Half a cup of crawlers?! I made a post of the page from their website that said the worms loosen up the dirt and cause damage....! I'll keep looking for that. It was the dumbest thing I ever heard. I'm no biologist, but come on.......jeez!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/17/20, 05:31:00 PM
Along those same lines, the number of acres of farmland adjacent to forested land is enormous. The number of earthworms in those acres is also enormous. The worms aren't going to know or care whether they're on ag land or not.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/17/20, 05:35:05 PM
As long as they have something to eat.  I heard they like coffee grounds.   :sleazy:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/17/20, 05:51:04 PM
You use them for bait?! From worms to birds?  :scratch:
well this is a friggin bird thread!! :tut: :tut: :mooning:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/17/20, 05:53:16 PM
OH, well so it is! I haven't seen any friggin birds, though, not sure we have them here.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/17/20, 06:46:55 PM
I heard a bunch of ducks tonite, prolly mallards from the sound of things circling the pond below the hill. Still looks frozen from up here.  :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/17/20, 06:49:09 PM
As long as they have something to eat.  I heard they like coffee grounds.   :sleazy:
:happy1: :rotflmao: :nerd:  they do!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/17/20, 07:12:01 PM
Got home about 5:30 tonight. Put my tray with mealworm out. An hour and fifteen minutes later had a Robin feeding on it. :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on March 03/17/20, 07:12:13 PM
Burned here first....in the big city incinerator. Turned to ash. Never made sense to me, when they (DNR) came out with it some years back, that worms CANNOT be put back into the ground. Half a cup of crawlers?! I made a post of the page from their website that said the worms loosen up the dirt and cause damage....! I'll keep looking for that. It was the dumbest thing I ever heard. I'm no biologist, but come on.......jeez!


Dat half cup of crawlers has da potential to multiply. Den da cycle continues fur who knows how many years and how many dat 1/2 cup could actually increase ta.   :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/17/20, 07:17:40 PM
I heard a bunch of ducks tonite, prolly mallards from the sound of things circling the pond below the hill. Still looks frozen from up here.  :confused:
meh that was you passing gas!! :rolleyes: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :nerd:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/17/20, 07:29:06 PM
Careful there pal. Think the local post office is still open tomorrow & my freezer is full of "gems"... :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/17/20, 07:40:11 PM
Careful there pal. Think the local post office is still open tomorrow & my freezer is full of "gems"... :rotflmao:
:rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/17/20, 07:56:58 PM
Careful there pal. Think the local post office is still open tomorrow & my freezer is full of "gems"... :rotflmao:

Yer gonna haveta mail mine to him, if ya don't mind,  Dotch. We're locked up tighter here than Pelosi's girdle.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/18/20, 08:07:09 AM
Careful there pal. Think the local post office is still open tomorrow & my freezer is full of "gems"... :rotflmao:

Yer gonna haveta mail mine to him, if ya don't mind,  Dotch. We're locked up tighter here than Pelosi's girdle.
:scratch: :scratch: so REB, i got a serious question i need to ask.................. :scratch: :scratch:

just EXACTLY how do you know Pelosi wears a girdle?????????? :doah: :scratch: :evil: :shocked: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :tut: :tut: :tut: :tut:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on March 03/18/20, 08:26:47 AM
Don't gag me right away
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/18/20, 08:48:01 AM
She was addressing a Union meeting and said "We need to gird our loins"......
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on March 03/18/20, 08:51:36 AM
 :sick: :sick: :sick:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/18/20, 08:51:59 AM
She was addressing a Union meeting and said "We need to gird our loins"......
yea ah huh!!!!!!!!! :tut: :tut: :tut: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on March 03/18/20, 11:33:59 AM
She was addressing a Union meeting and said "We need to gird our loins"......

she isn't wearing it high enough to cover the pie hole....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on March 03/18/20, 07:55:09 PM
I don't wanna think about Pelosi's pie hole... or any ...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/18/20, 07:58:51 PM
Yes you do. In Technicolor and 7 channel Dolby surround sound.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/18/20, 09:04:58 PM
Pet rooster pheasant was picking away out in the backyard tonite before chores. Pretty sure he's established himself a bachelor pad in the plum thicket. As spiny as that stuff is nothing's gonna bother him and his harem in there. Lucky bastage!  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on March 03/19/20, 07:42:08 AM
Pet rooster pheasant was picking away out in the backyard tonite before chores. Pretty sure he's established himself a bachelor pad in the plum thicket. As spiny as that stuff is nothing's gonna bother him and his harem in there. Lucky bastage!  :happy1:

You're just jealous about the harem....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/19/20, 08:10:32 AM
Pet rooster pheasant was picking away out in the backyard tonite before chores. Pretty sure he's established himself a bachelor pad in the plum thicket. As spiny as that stuff is nothing's gonna bother him and his harem in there. Lucky bastage!  :happy1:

You're just jealous about the harem....
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on March 03/21/20, 02:28:06 PM
late this morning as I was looking at the north end of the lake I watched 2 swans flying over towards open water..  1st ones here that I have seen..
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/23/20, 11:05:46 AM
Ran across this from Audubon & thought it was kinda interesting. Wondered what baby sandhills looked like as I suspect we've had a few sandhill cranes nest in the wetland area.

 https://www.audubon.org/news/15-awww-inspiring-photos-baby-birds   (https://www.audubon.org/news/15-awww-inspiring-photos-baby-birds)
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/23/20, 11:09:22 AM
Ha!  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on March 03/23/20, 11:27:59 AM
interesting!!!   saw 2 dozen or more trumpeter swans this morning and red tailed hawks every where when I went to Sauk Centre this morning...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/23/20, 11:42:01 AM
Ran across this from Audubon & thought it was kinda interesting. Wondered what baby sandhills looked like as I suspect we've had a few sandhill cranes nest in the wetland area.

 https://www.audubon.org/news/15-awww-inspiring-photos-baby-birds   (https://www.audubon.org/news/15-awww-inspiring-photos-baby-birds)
i've seen them little fellers up close........but holy hannah does ma and pa make a ruckus when humans are close to the little fellers!!!!!!!! like prehistoric noises!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/23/20, 11:55:37 AM
Prolly the first time they'd ever seen a smurf!  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/23/20, 11:56:35 AM
Prolly the first time they'd ever seen a smurf!  :rotflmao:
:mooning: :mooning: :mooning: :mooning: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/23/20, 12:12:14 PM
Prolly the first time they'd ever seen a smurf!  :rotflmao:

And a funny lookin' one at that!  :mooning:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/23/20, 12:23:05 PM
In 2016 we had a pair of sandhills and a fully feathered youngster that couldn't fly yet, walking around our backyard. I still have the pictures. The adults took off and flew into the neighbor's recently harvested hay field. The youngster after getting tangled up in the electric fence, freed itself and walked across our pasture. It hopped over a woven wire fence, then walked across the neighbor's yard to his driveway. It walked down his driveway and crossed the road to the hay field where the adults flew. There were several other cranes over there as well. Looked like a nice wide open space to try out the youngsters' wings. Sounds like it takes about 3 months for them to get their flight feathers. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/23/20, 03:34:08 PM
Thinking I'm gonna set out the bird bath tonight when I get home. :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/24/20, 05:36:34 AM

                                         :lipsrsealed:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/24/20, 08:05:37 AM

                                         :lipsrsealed:
:mooning: :mooning: :mooning: got it set out last nite and took all of 15 minutes before the first robin was on it, so..........there  :mooning: :mooning: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/24/20, 08:10:04 AM
Sew buttons on yer underwear! Robin, schmobin!  :mooning:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/24/20, 09:57:44 AM
It's also a place fer his pickled fishes to swim!  :doah:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/24/20, 10:41:20 AM
Still ain't seen a robin! Hearin' 'em, though.  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on March 03/24/20, 11:04:35 AM
Birding ideas for  pandemic

Article.....
March 19, 2020
BY..Sharon Stiteler

 :coffee: ....
Some of the people in this country have never done fieldwork or gone camping, and it shows. While everyone else is stocking up on toilet paper, I’m making sure my binoculars are cleaned up. I’m making sure I have some bird seed and some suet. Getting outside and birding is how I will survive the COVID-19 situation.

Spring migration is underway, and with most sports and concerts cancelling or postponing and museums closing, what are we left with to do? :scratch: Hey, our yards full of wildlife. :happy1:

 :reporter; ....
As the early migration of waterfowl kicks in, it’s soon followed by native sparrows and finches. Next we will get some yellow-rumped warblers, kinglets, catbirds, thrushes and before we know it will be May with orioles, hummingbirds, and all the warblers.

When I worked at a wild bird feeding store, people would always ask me, “When do I stop feeding the birds?” :scratch: I thought this was bananas because spring is the most fun time. Oh sure, when common grackles and red-winged blackbirds find your feeders, it can be a pain in the neck, but it’s worth it when the rose-breasted grosbeaks hop in on your safflower feeder. It will be entertainment for you and it may even be educational for kids on an extended spring break.

Rose-breasted grosbeaks will be back before we know it and aren’t to be missed, virus or not.

So what can you do?

Load up on black oil sunflower seeds. More birds eat this seed than any other type of seed out there. Sunflower seeds are best.
Save one feeder for safflower only. Starlings cannot crack open hard shelled seeds and will leave it alone. Grackles and red-winged blackbirds appear to not care for it. They will certainly kick it to the ground, but don’t worry, cardinals, grosbeaks, house finches, mourning doves, chickadees and titmice will happily gobble it up in a hopper feeder or from the ground.

 :confused: Consider making you own suet. As the weather gets warmer, some suets are at risk of melting. There are several popular doughs you can purchase and they are handy when we get a sudden cold snap and warblers and tanagers come to feeders out of desperation. Bluebirds, orioles and catbirds will eat it, too. A great recipe to check out is Zick Dough from Julie Zickefoose. http://juliezickefoose.blogspot.com/2010/03/zick-dough-improved.html

Download iNaturalist for kids. This app can help kids identify pants, insects, birds and critters in the backyard. You can also use it to report your findings and learn what species are to be expected in your neighborhood. There’s a simplified version of the app that really appeals to kids known as Seek. Both apps are available for iPhone and Android and are free, but you do need to create an account to use it.

Consider a bird walk in parks that are open in your area if you feel healthy enough to go outside. You can enjoy the peace of nature and in a wide open area, it’s easier to maintain a six-foot or more distance from other people. You might also see a bald eagle soar overhead or a white-tailed deer lurking among the trees.

 :popcorn: ..
Grab some grape jelly. Orioles won’t be here for another month, :scratch: but it’s best to be ready if you’re home bound for a few weeks and those bright orange birds will be a welcome sight.

The future is uncertain and circumstances are changing rapidly, but for me, I always find comfort in birds.  :smiley:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/27/20, 11:26:55 AM
Just saw my first robin.  It was on Hwy 172..
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/27/20, 11:43:05 AM
 :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/27/20, 12:07:38 PM
 :rotflmao: If you mail it to Reb then he can say he's seen one!  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/27/20, 12:26:41 PM
Boy yer helpful!  I've got a stuffed one I put out every Spring.... ;)
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/28/20, 04:36:56 PM
seen my first pair of sandhill cranes going to ramsey.  :happy1:

seeing more ad more birds around home. morning doves are becoming more plentiful. usually takes about 2 days for the robins to clean out the mealworm feeder, but now them friggin starlings are here!!!!!!! :angry2: :angry2:

in our local paper, the schmuck who has a bird feed store claims the bluebirds at least the scouts, should be around soon. we shall see, all he wants you to do is come in and buy thee over priced stuff.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/29/20, 10:29:30 AM
The goldfinches are starting to show subtle signs of increasing yellow color here. Rooster pheasants continue to court the females. One of the roosters scared the bejeepers out of me when installing the armyworm pheromone trap yesterday. :shocked:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/29/20, 10:46:50 AM
Seem to be lotsa woodpeckers around....drumming and kwirring. (Red Bellied)
Actually saw a Flicker whamming on the birch tree too.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on March 03/29/20, 02:19:55 PM
We had a few visitors this morning....
https://youtu.be/Li6GBVIGTno
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/29/20, 02:28:06 PM
 :happy1: :happy1: sweet. :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on March 03/29/20, 02:57:12 PM
Birds are gradually coming back after a couple months of empty feeders.   Blue Jays, cardinal, nut hatch, chicadee, unidentified gray to black something.... Oh and red bellied and downy peckers.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/29/20, 04:36:46 PM
Birds are gradually coming back after a couple months of empty feeders.   Blue Jays, cardinal, nut hatch, chicadee, unidentified gray to black something.... Oh and red bellied and downy peckers.
the gray to black...……..maybe cowbirds?????????????? they could be starlings or them red wing blackbirds???????
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/29/20, 05:11:47 PM
Birds are gradually coming back after a couple months of empty feeders.   Blue Jays, cardinal, nut hatch, chicadee, unidentified gray to black something.... Oh and red bellied and downy peckers.

It's those pesky grackles I think, Dell. They been pokin' around in the yard for bugs or what not, at least in my yard. Buncha common blackbirds out there, too.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on March 03/30/20, 07:25:50 PM
Birds are gradually coming back after a couple months of empty feeders.   Blue Jays, cardinal, nut hatch, chicadee, unidentified gray to black something.... Oh and red bellied and downy peckers.

It's those pesky grackles I think, Dell. They been pokin' around in the yard for bugs or what not, at least in my yard. Buncha common blackbirds out there, too.

Nah, smaller than grackles or stuff.   Are Juncos still around?   That's sort of what they look like.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/30/20, 07:33:36 PM
Ya, I've seen a few....but they have that whitish tummy, and are rounder with that sharp, light colored tiny bill......maybe you've got a whole new species there, Delchirp.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on March 03/30/20, 09:19:58 PM
Ya, I've seen a few....but they have that whitish tummy, and are rounder with that sharp, light colored tiny bill......maybe you've got a whole new species there, Delchirp.

Great.  I'll be famous.   Maybe I'll get a better look at them tomorrow.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/31/20, 09:25:03 AM
Ya, I've seen a few....but they have that whitish tummy, and are rounder with that sharp, light colored tiny bill......maybe you've got a whole new species there, Delchirp.

Great.  I'll be famous.   Maybe I'll get a better look at them tomorrow.



A new bird has been discovered in SW CAWchester.....has been named  Delchirps White-capped Tufted Spring Grebe... :rotflmao: :bonk:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/31/20, 11:43:07 AM
Is this what yer seeing, Deltweet? It's a Junco, just noticed a bunch of them pokin' around where my sump hose is discharging....must be getting a drink. He does have a white tummy; just can't see it.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on March 03/31/20, 01:51:21 PM
Looks a lot like that.   I thought maybe Junco but don't they  migrate?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/31/20, 01:54:18 PM
Ya, I thought so. I always see some in the Spring around here, though. Don't know if they came back, or overwintered. Since I never see them in the summer, I'd say they overwintered. Maybe some bird person can answer that. I'm not real up on bird habits.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on March 03/31/20, 01:56:23 PM
Just saw 2 finches in da back yard. Der peckin on da finch feeder. No color to um yet but kin tell by da wing markings and der more streamline den our sparrows.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/31/20, 01:56:54 PM
Found this from the Quarry Hill guy.....


https://www.postbulletin.com/life/lifestyles/nature-nut-seed-eating-juncos-are-a-common-sight/article_57529c4a-e784-11e8-93d4-ebeedd3ffe48.html
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/31/20, 02:06:10 PM
Great article and made me realize that I do really like Juncos.  I will be looking for an Oregon Junco now and will pay attention to whether Juncos are here year around. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on March 03/31/20, 02:36:17 PM
Brought to you by Mutual of Omaha. ''Say Jim, howz it going with that alligator?" 
:rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/31/20, 02:39:04 PM
Juncos are just traveling through. They don't stick around here. I think they summer up in Canada and even further north! :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/06/20, 12:37:53 PM
just had a bluebird checking out the housing situation!!!!!! :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/07/20, 07:09:22 PM
Tree swallows are back at least for tonite. Peonies are coming up. Saw a garter snake in the garden a few minutes ago and the western chorus frogs in the pond are almost deafening!  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/07/20, 07:41:01 PM
Tree swallows are our favorites.  I better get their houses ready. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/08/20, 08:31:45 AM
Tree swallows were still here this a.m. Saw a brown creeper and was hearing what sounded like a white throated sparrow. It's about time for them to start moving thru here. In addition to the pheasants, geese and cranes that frequent the pasture we had a drake mallard wandering around. He's huge, almost the size of some of the domesticated ducks I've seen. Not sure if they cross up but it makes ya wonder...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on April 04/08/20, 08:51:22 AM
Tree swallows were still here this a.m. Saw a brown creeper and was hearing what sounded like a white throated sparrow. It's about time for them to start moving thru here. In addition to the pheasants, geese and cranes that frequent the pasture we had a drake mallard wandering around. He's huge, almost the size of some of the domesticated ducks I've seen. Not sure if they cross up but it makes ya wonder...

I recall my dad bringing home a couple of huge mallards back in the day.    And there is a breed of domestic duck that looks like a mallard as I recall  (off to look it up) back, turns out there are several breeds of domestic ducks that look a lot like a mallard only bigger.   

Any neighbors missing a duck? 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/08/20, 09:28:39 AM
My aunt raised Rouens with the mallard color pattern. Used to eat them at Thanksgiving & they were really good. Lots of moist dark meat. They were a little bigger than this guy was so not so sure this one isn't just a fluke of nature. Odds are I'll see him again as he's likely part of a nesting pair in the pond area.  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/08/20, 10:34:24 AM
I saw a robin.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/08/20, 10:38:15 AM
I saw a robin.
was batman with!!!!! :rotflmao:

welcome back bud...……….hope all is well...…...I did miss you!!!!!!!!!!!! :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/08/20, 10:42:41 AM
Gee, Never thought I'd hear that....I must be dreaming. :doofus:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/08/20, 10:43:52 AM
Gee, Never thought I'd hear that....I must be dreaming. :doofus:
:nerd: :nerd: :nerd:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/08/20, 10:49:38 AM
Lotsa wooden peckers out there too.  *KWIRR*KWIRR*
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/18/20, 10:25:22 AM
For the past 2 weeks I've had a male bluebird around checking things out. Lady few days I've seen the female. Today I've been watching and it looks like there taking up residence. :happy1:

Now iffin I could get them friggin starlings off my mealworm feeder. :angry2: oh well, I'll get 1 more bag of mealworm, by then the bugs will be more plentiful and I'll quit putting out mealworm.do far I've seen Cardinals, Robins, chickadees and finches on the mealworm feeder. :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/19/20, 12:00:17 PM
Saw a brown thrasher yesterday. Keep hearing the white throated sparrows but have yet to see one.  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/19/20, 01:00:11 PM
What's this little guy? Just sat here for a long time....saw it the other day there, too. Must like that old bench.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/19/20, 07:41:43 PM
That one's a toughy. Looked thru both the Sibley's I have, Peterson and Golden. About all I can say is it isn't a goose or a crow...  :scratch:

It looks like it might be one of those immature warblers w/o wing bars but no clue as to which one. The stripes on the breast  and lack of yellow coloration make it that much more confusing. Best guess is immature Canada warbler but I wouldn't bet my life on it. Now glenn's maybe... :rotflmao:   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/19/20, 08:00:36 PM
Gee! I have an unknown bird in my backyard! Thanks! Do I get a piece of Auntie Mar mars rhubarb crisp?  :smiley:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/20/20, 08:26:00 AM
We have chicadees and nuthatches all of the time here.  The last few days we have had at least one of those smaller nuthatches with orange on the belly.   Just had 8 swans fly right over the house. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Rebel SS on April 04/20/20, 08:53:45 AM
Well, that little guy is back.....maybe I'll just go out and ask what he is! I'm thinking it may be a female juvenile ruby-crowned kinglet....had quite a few of those in the tree next to that bench over the years. Just doesn't seem to have the wing "bands"....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on April 04/23/20, 06:37:58 PM
We got a few new visitors....a couple Geese....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/24/20, 10:07:26 AM
Had a couple rooster pheasants and a hen racing around the yard yesterday. Can't imagine what they're up to... :evil:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/24/20, 10:13:03 AM
Hey!  Our tree swallows are here this morning.  I have their houses all ready too.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/30/20, 09:26:43 AM
1st barn swallows showed up last night around choretime. I saw the monster mallard again waddling around the pasture this a.m. Guessing his Mrs. must have a nest down in the wetland somewhere.  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on April 04/30/20, 10:06:41 PM
Saw a first one of da season on da feeder ta-day. Woke up Borgie ta take a look but, she moves like a slug :doah: and it was gone when she got ta da window! :pouty:
I described it ta her and she looked it up in her bird book. Sure enough it was an Oriole. She had it checked off in her book from last year. Dis year it was 2 weeks earlier den last years date.

 

Dis photo is da same color as da one I spotted today.

 :Photography:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/30/20, 10:15:01 PM
Good to know Lee. The white throated sparrows going thru here usually preclude the appearance of orioles. About the time the white crowned and Harris's sparrows come through, the orioles are right on their heels. Thought I might've caught a glimpse of an orchard oriole high in one of the ash trees tonite so I put out the jelly feeder and a nectar feeder that orioles and hummingbirds can use. Be intersting to see what transpires over the next couple days.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/02/20, 09:14:25 AM
Heard our first house wren of the season this a.m. No orioles or hummingbirds yet.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/02/20, 10:05:58 AM
Put the grape jelly out as well as the hummer and Oriole juice this morning. :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/02/20, 10:55:50 AM
I saw a hummer zip by my kitchen window last night. The warden will get the feeders out today. May 5 is when we usually start seeing Orioles.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on May 05/02/20, 12:10:01 PM
 :scratch: How do the Orioles know when it's May 5th? :confused:                                                                                          ;) :rolleyes: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on May 05/02/20, 01:43:27 PM
:scratch: How do the Orioles know when it's May 5th? :confused:                                                                                          ;) :rolleyes: :laugh: :laugh:

 :tut: Cuz dat's when da Oreo cookies go on sale each year!



    Sale starts on May 5th :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/02/20, 03:16:54 PM
:scratch: How do the Orioles know when it's May 5th? :confused:                                                                                          ;) :rolleyes: :laugh: :laugh:

Cuz that's when they play the twins?   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Auggie on May 05/02/20, 05:25:58 PM
Oriole's showed up yesterday. Only one pair so far. In a week or so we will have a dozen plus pair. Last year was around the 15th of May when the first ones showed up.No Orchard Oriole yet.
Wife and daughter saw the first Humming bird at the feeder today.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/02/20, 06:12:29 PM
:scratch: How do the Orioles know when it's May 5th? :confused:                                                                                          ;) :rolleyes: :laugh: :laugh:

 :tut: Cuz dat's when da Oreo cookies go on sale each year!



    Sale starts on May 5th :happy1:
:banghead:  :banghead: :banghead: :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/03/20, 10:30:55 AM
Saw my first Oriole today, it's two days early!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Auggie on May 05/03/20, 10:37:22 AM
Just had our first Rose Breasted Grosbeak at the feeder a few minutes ago. About a week ahead of last year.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/03/20, 02:19:07 PM
We also had our first Gros beak a short time ago.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/03/20, 02:46:41 PM
Oriole showed up today.  Likes the hummingbird feeder better than the jelly or oriole feeder.   Maybe it identifies as a hummer :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/03/20, 07:28:13 PM
Well, so much for good intentions. You know the saying, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. So far after judiciously putting out the nectar and jelly, I've attracted a grand total of zero, zip, nada orioles and/or hummingbirds. I've had a couple blue jays eating jelly which is OK but those blasted little house sparrows think they own the feeder. I suddenly feel like I'm living on the Island of Misfit Toys. Might... Might just as well go to bed and start dreaming about next year...  :cry:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/03/20, 07:32:15 PM
Finches found our jelly, about all I seen on it. Haven't had a hummer or Oriole spotted up this way yet.

Patience boo boo!! :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/03/20, 07:41:02 PM
watch out for cooler week too!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/03/20, 07:43:56 PM
Falcons back at mayo.... No masks either. 

http://history.mayoclinic.org/tours-events/mayo-clinic-peregrine-falcon-program.php

https://www.earthcam.com/usa/minnesota/rochester/falcon/?cam=falcon_mn
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: deadeye on May 05/04/20, 09:40:36 PM
Hummingbirds buzzing the windows giving us the evil eye because the feeder isn't out yet. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on May 05/05/20, 01:53:11 AM
Finches found our jelly, about all I seen on it.     :rotflmao: Haven't had a hummer :rotflmao:         or Oriole spotted up this way yet.

Patience boo boo!!

Dat not nice talk Glenn! :tut:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/05/20, 11:07:21 AM
was just watching 4 pelicans out front and seen something new to me!!  the wind is low today so they are a ways and they lay their head on their back and snooze a way..  they drift close to shore they paddle out and do it again...  
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/05/20, 11:12:41 AM
I kind of do that right after lunch.   :sleazy:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/05/20, 11:19:47 AM
I kind of do that right after lunch.   :sleazy:

man if you can lay your head on your back no wonder the woman want you!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/05/20, 11:46:10 AM
Saw a red headed woodpecker a bit ago, sure don't see them too often anymore.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/05/20, 02:01:39 PM
White crowned sparrow & a gray catbird minutes ago. The possibility of an oriole in the area has my spidey senses tingling... :shocked:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/05/20, 07:25:21 PM
I kind of do that right after lunch.   :sleazy:

man if you can lay your head on your back no wonder the woman want you!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
You ought to see him lick his eyebrows
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Auggie on May 05/05/20, 08:57:48 PM
Saw a red headed woodpecker a bit ago, sure don't see them too often anymore.
I've seen a red headed once in the last 7 years. It was here for the summer and that was it. About 3 years ago.
We had a pair of scarlet tanagers last year. I sure hope they return this year!
Had 6 orioles on the jelly at supper time. They are showing up slow but sure......
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/05/20, 09:10:05 PM
I'm still looking forward to seeing my first scarlet tananger.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/06/20, 08:01:02 AM
I kind of do that right after lunch.   :sleazy:

man if you can lay your head on your back no wonder the woman want you!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
You ought to see him lick his eyebrows


I was trying to keep that a secret Del. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on May 05/06/20, 08:15:08 AM
Saw a red headed woodpecker a bit ago, sure don't see them too often anymore.
We have some Pileated Woodpeckers around the lake & 1 that really likes 1 of our big pines out by the big shed. They are huge compared to the other ones. :crazy:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/06/20, 08:23:29 AM
They are pretty cool birds.  We have them around here too.  I love their sounds. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on May 05/06/20, 08:48:35 AM
They are pretty cool birds.  We have them around here too.  I love their sounds. 
Except when he trades in the big pine for the galvanized steel shed & starts hammerin away. :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/06/20, 09:11:39 AM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/06/20, 09:44:45 AM
Checked out the pond area last nite while I was doing some maintenance on bluebird/tree swallow houses. On the pond there was a pair of blue-winged teal, one drake wood duck and the mallard pair including the mega mallard drake. Nothing in the on land wood duck house so I'm guessing the one out in the water is occupied. With crappy weather coming up I should get the waders out and go see.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/06/20, 08:12:16 PM
First Hummingbird at the feeder just now.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/06/20, 08:21:14 PM
Still haven't seen a hummer or Oriole  :scratch: and even with the finches and Robin's around I haven't had to refill the grape jelly yet?!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/06/20, 08:40:33 PM
Between the blue jays, a catbird & those rats with wings otherwise known as house sparrows, they emptied our jelly feeder today. Still no orioles or hummingbirds here yet either... :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/07/20, 10:01:32 AM
The goldfinches have been nuts lately. Haven't been to FF in about a month so may have to take a major risk to restock the thistle seed supply. Maybe see if they have some of those feeders that allow you to attach the whole jar of jelly to it. Was eying those late in the season last year but didn't pull the trigger. Might've heard some oriole activity early this a.m. but most likely just the brown thrashers whooping it up. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/07/20, 03:12:58 PM
And like that, an oriole appears! Had a sign on him that said " Gotta run. Be late to Roony's! " 😊
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/07/20, 05:36:36 PM
And like that, an oriole appears! Had a sign on him that said " Gotta run. Be late to Roony's! " 😊

Thet like all that "clean livin'" in this part of the county.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/09/20, 03:35:12 PM
Seen my first wren and Oriole today  :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/09/20, 06:51:10 PM
Had a rose-breasted grosbeak here yesterday, a red-headed woodpecker and 3 male orioles here today. Things are lookin' up!  :happy1: Still looking for a Harris's sparrow and a hummingbird.  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Fawkinnae on May 05/09/20, 09:35:40 PM
White throated sparrow, chipping sparrow, fox sparrow and northern flicker - recent highlights
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Scenic on May 05/09/20, 09:39:59 PM
Seen my first wren and Oriole today  :happy1: :happy1:

Have not seen any Orioles yet this season but then again we can't put up feeders for a few more weeks either.  Way too many bears like them.  Seems every year I end up replacing 3-4 due to bear issues.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/09/20, 09:42:32 PM
Seen my first wren and Oriole today  :happy1: :happy1:

Have not seen any Orioles yet this season but then again we can't put up feeders for a few more weeks either.  Way too many bears like them.  Seems every year I end up replacing 3-4 due to bear issues.
do you put up hummingbird feeders?? Do they need with them?? We've never had an issue at the cabin with bears and the liquid feeders. Sunflower feeders at times though.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Auggie on May 05/09/20, 09:56:24 PM
We had a red winged blackbird at the feeders today. Odd, I think he's lost. Nearest slough is about a mile. The river runs through the yard, but the only time we have seen them in the past is if they show up to early and we get a big snowfall after they arrive....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/10/20, 10:20:10 AM
I usually get a couple red wing blackbirds early on but not this year. Now them friggin starlings. :angry2: :angry2:

Been watching a dozen yellow finches by the feeders this morning. Sure are busybodies.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/10/20, 10:24:40 AM
red wings all over here...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/10/20, 10:41:24 AM
I just noticed that chickadees like the oriole/hummingbird feeders and the bowl of grape jelly on the rail.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Auggie on May 05/10/20, 10:47:43 AM
Catbirds really like the jelly too. I have noticed a blue jay or two eating jelly as well.  Our chickadees have yet to touch it. I have also noticed that all the birds eat certain brands better too.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on May 05/10/20, 11:19:18 AM
We've had more red wing black birds here then ever before for some reason.  :scratch:
Also, some purple finches or house finches have shown up, that we never had before (not sure which ones they are, but they are a redish color)
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/10/20, 12:03:24 PM
Finches with the reddish color, mainly there heads, are the purple finches. :happy1:

Still no signs of the hummingbirds though. :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/10/20, 12:15:16 PM
No hummers or hummingbirds either one here.  :sad: Did have this guy stop by and gawk in the window earlier today. He sat on the railing for quite a spell. Probably looking at his reflection. Not sure how that's possible as dirty as the window is.  :scratch:



Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/13/20, 11:40:51 AM
Couple of Indigo Buntings out there right now.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/13/20, 12:03:30 PM
 :happy1:

Been waiting on them too. They usually don't stay here. Had several female grosbeaks at the feeders last nite. No orchard orioles or hummingbirds as of this a.m.  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on May 05/13/20, 04:04:56 PM
We have a Indigo Bunting here today, first I've ever seen here!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/13/20, 05:13:37 PM
They are beautiful, they seem to just pass through my place.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/13/20, 05:28:08 PM
That is great HD!.  I think I saw one once.  We are waiting for the Grosbeaks.  We usually get a few of them at our feeders. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/13/20, 06:04:38 PM
that is great!! and glad ya got the picture too!!  sometimes there's no time to get one!!!    :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: fishwidow on May 05/13/20, 07:39:33 PM
Had a flock of pelicans yesterday. I took a couple pictures, but they show white spots on the distance  or just a shiny spot since I was pointing the camera to the East as the sun came up. There were probably 25-30 of them and they did not practice social distancing. They moved around the lake as if they were glued together. Looked like a white raft.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/14/20, 07:59:56 AM
Just had a white crowned sparrow here.  Just sat here nice and calm.  Must have been taking a break.  Gave me time to get out the ol Birds of America book that my Mom signed and gave me 30 or more years ago. Some of the pages are just tucked in place now like a loose leaf notebook.  I love that book. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/14/20, 07:39:35 PM
Our first Hummingbird stopped in about 2 hours ago.  Has been back lots of times and at both feeders..  :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/14/20, 08:04:55 PM
Actually saw the first hummingbird here tonite as well. Also were special guest appearances by a male and female orchard oriole. Apple trees are starting to pop so they're right on schedule.  :cool:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: markn on May 05/15/20, 06:12:20 AM
Set out our oriole feeder last night and had the visitor about an hour later. Male and female. :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/15/20, 08:52:07 AM
got a bunch of birds at the feeder.......cept the hummingbird  :pouty: :pouty: :confused: :confused: havent seen hide nor hair of one yet!!!!! :cry: :cry: :taz: :taz:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/15/20, 06:50:37 PM
Sort of fun watching the blue jays, the redbellied woodpecker, and assorted others trying to take turns at the feeder..
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/16/20, 12:40:40 PM
Seen my first hummingbird today at the feeder!! :happy1: :dancinred: :dancinred: :dancinred:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/16/20, 01:46:16 PM
Anyone or everyone have those Eurasian collared doves? Used to see & hear them in town only but over the past several years we started seeing them at the ranch. Now I'm guessing there's a pair nesting. They're almost 1/3 bigger than a mourning dove so bet they'd be tasty!  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/16/20, 01:52:50 PM
 :smoking:I have seen them around, until not so long ago I didn't realize that they were 2 different kinds...  and yes I'll bet they are good eating...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/16/20, 03:58:07 PM
Anyone or everyone have those Eurasian collared doves? Used to see & hear them in town only but over the past several years we started seeing them at the ranch. Now I'm guessing there's a pair nesting. They're almost 1/3 bigger than a mourning dove so bet they'd be tasty!  :happy1:
Other than size, do they look the same as a Mourning Dove?    We've had what I thought were mourning doves coming around all winter, and still here.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/16/20, 05:12:54 PM
Yea I've got a pair around. Bigger and they have a black little band on the back of there neck
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Auggie on May 05/18/20, 12:26:32 PM
Pretty sure my orioles are gonna end up being diabetic!  :rotflmao: About a jar a day between the 3 feeders. Counted 12 different males this morning in sight at one time.
Good thing I stocked up last fall. Less than a buck a jar is pretty cheap entertainment!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/18/20, 02:23:05 PM
Pretty sure my orioles are gonna end up being diabetic!  :rotflmao: About a jar a day between the 3 feeders. Counted 12 different males this morning in sight at one time.
Good thing I stocked up last fall. Less than a buck a jar is pretty cheap entertainment!

Wow.  I only see one once in a while.   But the finches and chickadees like grape jelly too.   I just have a small rubbermaid container on the deck rail.   What kind of feeder do you use? 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/20/20, 06:47:12 PM
Saw our first indigo bunting of the season. He was busy cleaning up some of the bits of corn left by the squirrels. The resident cardinal was there a little bit ago.  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/20/20, 07:03:55 PM
I have seen a couple of what I think are warblers of some kind in the brushy area on the side of the yard.   Those things move quick.  No pics, hardly got a good look.  Dark color with some yellow or orange on them,  Sparrow sized. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Auggie on May 05/21/20, 07:15:10 AM
Pretty sure my orioles are gonna end up being diabetic!  :rotflmao: About a jar a day between the 3 feeders. Counted 12 different males this morning in sight at one time.
Good thing I stocked up last fall. Less than a buck a jar is pretty cheap entertainment!

Wow.  I only see one once in a while.   But the finches and chickadees like grape jelly too.   I just have a small rubbermaid container on the deck rail.   What kind of feeder do you use?
Del I have 3 feeders. One is the kind you put a whole jar on and twist the bottom to let jelly out. This one hangs outside my shop window.
 The other is just small cup on an orange platform that hangs. It holds about 2 heaping spoons full. And the last is just a small saucer we set on the table.
I refill morning and evening. And sometimes noon if I think of it. I'm barely back inside the door before they show up to start eating.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/21/20, 10:15:11 AM
I have seen a couple of what I think are warblers of some kind in the brushy area on the side of the yard.   Those things move quick.  No pics, hardly got a good look.  Dark color with some yellow or orange on them,  Sparrow sized.

Hard to say what they might be. You got that right. Sometimes it takes the patience of Job in order to make an ID. They just don't sit still & they're usually in the brushy cover where it's leafy. The plum & sumac thicket here is usually crawling with warblers this time of year. Trouble is most of them are passing through & don't stick around so no second chances. The common yellowthroats are the exception here. They sing all summer long.

Auggie: For the orioles, just ordered a jelly jar feeder that's on its way. Looking forward to seeing how it works. We've had the main jelly feeder with the two little cups that lasts about a day. House sparrows use it too so I've got a nectar feeder for overflow that both the hummers & orioles can use. It's like a circus in the backyard some days.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/21/20, 10:48:49 AM
Here's one for ya Dotch. A bird about the same tan color as a Morning Dove but 3 to 4 times as large. It was ground feeding. I couldn't get close enough for a picture and no alchohol was involved.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/21/20, 10:57:46 AM
Hen pheasant!?? :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/21/20, 10:59:02 AM
Nope
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/21/20, 11:07:33 AM
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/

this is a web site shown to me...  have not learned it yet...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/21/20, 11:28:10 AM
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/

this is a web site shown to me...  have not learned it yet...

I'm thinking about putting an app on my phone that identifies bird songs..   Looks like there are several.  Has anybody tried them?   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/21/20, 11:39:47 AM
I have not but my sister will play bird vocalizations on her tablet and oftentimes birds of that species will show up. I was mildly amazed.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/21/20, 02:43:34 PM
grape jelly must be the new hot commodity. my wife just sent me a text, the cashwise in waite park doesnt have any. ya can tell the orioles are back!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/21/20, 03:31:30 PM
it's all about the birds!!!!   :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Auggie on May 05/21/20, 10:22:17 PM
I have seen a couple of what I think are warblers of some kind in the brushy area on the side of the yard.   Those things move quick.  No pics, hardly got a good look.  Dark color with some yellow or orange on them,  Sparrow sized.

Hard to say what they might be. You got that right. Sometimes it takes the patience of Job in order to make an ID. They just don't sit still & they're usually in the brushy cover where it's leafy. The plum & sumac thicket here is usually crawling with warblers this time of year. Trouble is most of them are passing through & don't stick around so no second chances. The common yellowthroats are the exception here. They sing all summer long.

Auggie: For the orioles, just ordered a jelly jar feeder that's on its way. Looking forward to seeing how it works. We've had the main jelly feeder with the two little cups that lasts about a day. House sparrows use it too so I've got a nectar feeder for overflow that both the hummers & orioles can use. It's like a circus in the backyard some days.
Dotch,
I found that the one I have it works best to stir the jelly up good before I put the jar on the feeder. It does get a little sticky on the bottom but nothing to bad. I wash it every time I switch a new jar on.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/22/20, 06:44:47 AM
 :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/22/20, 03:39:13 PM
Just had a bird looked sort of like a hairy woodpecker, black and white, about robin size or maybe a little smaller, sitting in the grass pecking at the ground.   Not a flicker, I know what they look like.    Could this be the evil sapsucker?  Do they eat ants?   Do regular woodpeckers eat ants in the ground?   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/22/20, 06:42:25 PM
Saw my first Scarlet Tanager ever just now. Beautiful
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/22/20, 06:56:55 PM
the hummers showed up today here!!!   :happy1:   good to hear roony!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/22/20, 07:02:21 PM
Saw my first Scarlet Tananger ever just now. Beautiful

that is so cool!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on June 06/16/20, 12:28:24 PM
I put up a new thistle feeder a week ago.  Haven't seen a finch on it yet other than standing on top of it.  The old one fell apart a couple of years ago.  About 5 or 6 years ago a lady gave me a 5 gallon bucket of thistle seeds.  The birds had been eating it fine but I am wondering if in the last year or two it went bad.  Either that or they haven't figured out how to use the feeder again.  It's just a regular one with the little holes in the plastic tube.  The pail is still half full of thistle feed.  May have to buy some new stuff and experiment. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on June 06/16/20, 01:05:18 PM
I have noticed that the traffic at my feeders has really dropped off.   Down to a bluejay, a red wing black bird and a squirrel that is too fast for me.   

Probably going to take them down....
I do have one hummingbird that keeps coming so I'll leave his feeders up. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/16/20, 01:08:04 PM
I put up a new thistle feeder a week ago.  Haven't seen a finch on it yet other than standing on top of it.  The old one fell apart a couple of years ago.  About 5 or 6 years ago a lady gave me a 5 gallon bucket of thistle seeds.  The birds had been eating it fine but I am wondering if in the last year or two it went bad.  Either that or they haven't figured out how to use the feeder again.  It's just a regular one with the little holes in the plastic tube.  The pail is still half full of thistle feed.  May have to buy some new stuff and experiment.
we havent had much for birds around lately either. there nesting for the most part. thats all i have to is the little tube thistle feeder.

yea at 5-6 years old i dont think that seed is much good anymore. i quit buying mass quantities of bird food when we quit the permy camper thing as i dont go through that much in town.

LPS, go throw it out in the woods, something is sure to eat it, its what i do, bring it to the cabin and set it out in the woods, its always cleaned up like Mikey's dinner plate  :rotflmao: :rotflmao: next time i go look!!!! :nerd: :nerd:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on June 06/16/20, 01:37:52 PM
I would concur glenn. At 5-6 years old the oil in the seed may be rancid. Not that birds generally have much sense of taste or smell but they seem to be able to figure that out somehow.

The goldifnches are still visiting our feeders although not as numerous as they were 6-8 weeks ago. Aren't touching the one screen thistle feeder so may remove that. Otherwise when it rains in buckets a lot of seed gets ruined. They have two other tube feeders and a small screen feeder as well as two sunflower feeders they frequent. Orioles are still coming to the feeders some but they've slowed down too. Hummingbirds have been extremely active. They triangulate from their nectar feeder, to the oriole nectar feeder then to Mrs. Cheviot's petunia planter. Makes you dizzy trying to keep up with them sometimes.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on June 06/16/20, 01:50:38 PM
So the thistle seed isn't going to turn into thistles is it?   :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on June 06/16/20, 01:56:54 PM
No, it's supposed to be heat treated so it won't germinate. Even if a small amount does, it'll get mowed off or killed off when it freezes long before it has a chance to produce seed. Had a few plants show up over the years & none ever survived.

  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guizotia_abyssinica   (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guizotia_abyssinica)
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on June 06/16/20, 04:00:29 PM
I read all of that Dotch.  I see ground niger seeds mixed with sugar and water is a cure for the common cold.  We may have stumbled onto the cure for the Crud too.  Gin and tonics  (quinine) along with a little niger paste sounds like THE CURE!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on June 06/16/20, 04:01:21 PM
I will get new seed tomorrow and let you know how it works.  Who knows how old this was before I got it?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on June 06/16/20, 06:29:16 PM
I read all of that Dotch.  I see ground niger seeds mixed with sugar and water is a cure for the common cold.  We may have stumbled onto the cure for the Crud too.  Gin and tonics  (quinine) along with a little niger paste sounds like THE CURE!
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say what!!   :scratch: :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on June 06/16/20, 06:31:52 PM
I'm game if you are Barry!  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on June 06/16/20, 07:09:56 PM
I read all of that Dotch.  I see ground niger seeds mixed with sugar and water is a cure for the common cold.  We may have stumbled onto the cure for the Crud too.  Gin and tonics  (quinine) along with a little niger paste sounds like THE CURE!
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say what!!   :scratch: :rotflmao: :happy1:



That was on the Wikipedia description on Nyjer seeds.  Thistle seeds..   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/16/20, 08:56:57 PM
I read all of that Dotch.  I see ground niger seeds mixed with sugar and water is a cure for the common cold.  We may have stumbled onto the cure for the Crud too.  Gin and tonics  (quinine) along with a little niger paste sounds like THE CURE!
\
say what!!   :scratch: :rotflmao: :happy1:



That was on the Wikipedia description on Nyjer seeds.  Thistle seeds..
yeppers, one and the same!! :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: fishwidow on June 06/16/20, 09:27:35 PM
I’ve had mixed results with thistle. At one house the finches couldn’t stay away from it and gobbled it up in no time. At a different house, I’ve never had them show any interest at all. They would ignore the thistle and just go after the black oil sunflower seeds.
Also the hummingbirds have really slowed down their activity at the feeders. A couple weeks ago they were having dogfights like WW 1 planes. Now they are kind of scarce.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on June 06/17/20, 07:47:00 AM
We have tried to get Martins here for years.  Even played the CD all day long for days.  Finally this year the tree swallows moved into the martin house and took it over.  That is fine cuz they are great birds too.  SO now occasionally a martin cruises around the house checking it out.  The swallows must have attracted the martins attention.  My brother has lots of martins and said the swallows won't let the martins near the house now.  Which is just fine with us. They had their chance.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/17/20, 08:06:51 AM
the purple martins like big open spaces and wires nearby to sit on. there also dive bombing specialists when they have there young ones.  :rotflmao: i had a martin house up for years with no luck, just friggin sparrows and starlings so took it down. mom used to have alot of them bu for some reason there population declined. there is even a purple martin group( society) around central mn.

yea those tree swallows are cool to, and bug eating machines. they usually took over out bluebird houses, this year they lost to the bluebirds!!!!! :happy1: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on June 06/17/20, 09:25:59 AM
Martins are pretty cool. Dad had a house for them at the farm but as you said glenn, the sparrows & starlings were a constant nuisance. It was a lot of work trying to keep them out & cleaning out their messes. One more reason I dislike those rats with wings. Don't think Dad ever got any martins. The guy at the SWCD tried to talk me into putting up a martin house in our yard a few years ago. He thought it would be an ideal spot with the pond below the hill, surrounded by open pasture, etc. After Dad's experience, that sounds like a retirement project at best. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on June 06/18/20, 08:23:32 AM
My brother is a Marin officianodo!  He has houses galore and martins everywhere.  He does put a lot of effort into it though!  He contributes to that Purple Martin site that Glenn was talking about.  I don't have that touch so just loving our Tree Swallows.  LOL
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on June 06/18/20, 08:26:14 AM
SO my research of the day is the Goldfinches.  I did buy new Nyjer seed yesterday.  I refilled my feeder and am watching to see if it makes any difference.  The finches are a foot away at the sunflower feeder and so far haven't seen one on the thistle feeder.  It used to be so full of finches that they were waiting in line to get to it.  ???
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/18/20, 09:20:37 AM
so....anybody that's had bluebirds notice there gone?????? i've noticed the past 4-5 days that they havent been around. we had 2 pair.

now we have a pair of those tree swallows that took over one of the bluebird houses?????? :scratch: :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on June 06/18/20, 09:29:10 AM
so....anybody that's had bluebirds notice there gone?????? i've noticed the past 4-5 days that they havent been around. we had 2 pair.

now we have a pair of those tree swallows that took over one of the bluebird houses?????? :scratch: :scratch:

Not ta get  :offtopic: but.... do dem dare tree swallows really swallow trees? :scratch: er what?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/18/20, 09:29:59 AM
so....anybody that's had bluebirds notice there gone?????? i've noticed the past 4-5 days that they havent been around. we had 2 pair.

now we have a pair of those tree swallows that took over one of the bluebird houses?????? :scratch: :scratch:

Not ta get  :offtopic: but do dem dare tree swallows really swallow trees? :scratch: er what?
:doofus: :pouty: :pouty: :offtopic: :offtopic: :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/18/20, 11:45:51 AM
 :surrender: :surrender: awe come on Lee, i was just funnin with ya......... :pouty: :doah: :sorry: :sorry: dont cry????? :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on June 06/18/20, 11:49:55 AM
Only if they are real hungry Lee!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Lee Borgersen on June 06/18/20, 12:24:23 PM
Only if they are real hungry Lee!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

Tanks LPS :happy1: So now I've got da real scoop. How is anyone pos-ta get an answer from a guy dat's just tryin ta make fun of ya like Glenn! :angry2:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on June 06/18/20, 12:58:51 PM
All he is thinking of is retirement.   :crazy:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/18/20, 01:05:21 PM
All he is thinking of is retirement.   :crazy:
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: yep, gotta be it!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on June 06/18/20, 02:04:59 PM
Martins are pretty cool. Dad had a house for them at the farm but as you said glenn, the sparrows & starlings were a constant nuisance. It was a lot of work trying to keep them out & cleaning out their messes. One more reason I dislike those rats with wings. Don't think Dad ever got any martins. The guy at the SWCD tried to talk me into putting up a martin house in our yard a few years ago. He thought it would be an ideal spot with the pond below the hill, surrounded by open pasture, etc. After Dad's experience, that sounds like a retirement project at best. 
We had a big group of Purple Martins most of the time when I worked at the golf course. Used to really enjoy watchin them swooping around. :happy1: :cool:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on June 06/18/20, 04:36:54 PM
We have plenty of poor man's martins: barn swallows! Low maintenance & amazing the places they find to manufacture a nest. Left a burned out water tank heater hanging on a nail in the lambing barn. Sure enough they used it as a pedestal the next spring for a nest. Wasn't junk, just needed to be repurposed I guess.  :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on June 06/20/20, 09:19:56 AM
Cleaned & filled the nectar feeders this a.m. then put more jelly out in the cup feeder for the orioles. Some younger male Baltimores and did see one full grown male orchard oriole last nite but they must be busy nesting otherwise. Both male and female feed the young. Catbirds are back at the jelly feeder occasionally too. Put out some ear corn for the red-bellied woodpecker. Heard & saw a male pecking at the cobs. He came back and was helping himself after they were replaced. Goldfinches in many bird books are described as "nomadic" & it seems to fit here. Saw a couple males yesterday feeding on dandelions seed but none on the feeders of any kind. When the maximillian sunflowers and other composites ripen in our CRP they seem to flock to that area. When the supply is exhausted they seem to gravitate to the yard more and more as we head into winter. Odd little birds. They nest in July & August when there's thistle and other downy plant material to make their nests from. Find their nests frequently here in our windbreak & EQUIP planting. They feed their young a regurgitated concoction made from the seed they eat. Then they change into their winter plumage in the fall.   

Wren had 7 eggs in my gas grill at last check. Little terds find the damndest places to nest. Have a nest of some sort in one of the spruce trees in the backyard. Spooked something off of it yesterday when I was putzing in the garden. No eggs but judging by the size & construction of the nest it's a brown thrasher but can't confirm it, yet. Should  check the bluebird nest at the neighbors pasture. Initially there were 5 eggs but something got two of them. Last I looked the female was still setting on the remaining eggs. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on June 06/20/20, 09:41:11 AM
As I mentioned I did change thistle seed and today the gold finches are finally pecking away at it now.  The do spend more time eating the sunflower seeds yet though.  I will dump the rest of the old seed in the woods and see what eats it. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on June 06/21/20, 01:13:07 PM
The good news: There is indeed a brown thrasher nest in one of the backyard spruce trees. They've got the nest pretty well concealed. It took a little before she got off the nest, then hid while scolding me. We had one nest right outside the front door in the yew shrub many moons ago. Neat birds. Look forward to their return every spring.

The bad news: The nesting box at the neighbor's pasture w/three buebird eggs in it a few days ago was commandeered by wrens. They stuffed it full of little sticks so I tore all of them out of there. I'll keep doing it until they leave it alone. I'll clean any sparrow nests out in the nesting boxes by the neighbors barn too. The wrens can contend with the sparrows instead. The sparrows will lose that battle.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/21/20, 02:21:58 PM
Have had wrens for years. None this year.  :pouty: bummer.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on June 06/21/20, 02:29:43 PM
This year more than ever there are 3 or 4 birds that follow the horses.  I mean they are a foot from their heads when they are browsing.  Cool as heck.  Thinking they must be cowbirds.  Haven't seen one of either horses back yet. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on June 06/21/20, 03:55:09 PM
hey Dotch we have some brown thrashers here too!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on June 06/21/20, 07:07:10 PM
We've had an abundance of wrens recently glenn altho it hasn't always been that way. When we first moved here there were none. We put up several wren houses and within a few years we had all kinds of them. About the time they started talking about West Nile virus a few years back we had none. They've since rebounded & at the neighbor's pasture they've become a nuisance. I need to go back to putting some alternative nesting boxes over there for them so they're not constantly occupying the bluebird houses. Those cowbirds ride around on the sheeps' backs somedays Barry. They must like that deep pile carpeting. The barn swallows follow the sheep around too picking off the flying insects they kick up.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on July 07/03/20, 02:49:56 PM
After not seeing Orioles in a long while, 2 different ones showed up today. :happy1: do I quickly freshened up the feeders.

Working in the garden yesterday I realized I was getting scolded by a wren, low and behold the wren house I was by had nests in 2 of the 3 holes. :happy1:

Hummingbirds are even more frequently.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on July 07/03/20, 02:52:03 PM
I get orioles every day at the bird bath... 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on July 07/03/20, 04:49:13 PM
Let my jelly feeders run out & just refilled them. Had been several young orioles showing up before that. Can hear them around so am sure they'll know quickly the feeders are full again. The wrens in the gas grill have been amusing at least to me anyway. There were 7 eggs in the nest and a few days ago I counted 7 little heads before I closed the lid. Those poor parents must be about pooed by now. Something got the eggs in the brown thrasher nest so that kinda pissed me off. Thinking they'd be better off using the arborvitae in the windbreak. It was a little too easy for me to see the nest. If I could find it am sure it wasn't too tough for a predator of some kind. Looks like at last check the bluebirds at the pasture had reoccupied the nesting box where the wrens had kicked them out earlier. Was a new bluebird nest & one egg in it. The wrens did move into one of the houses closer to the barn there so fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on July 07/04/20, 01:21:12 PM
Orioles didn't waste any time. Within an hour yesterday there was a male orchard oriole working over the jelly jar feeder. Was a full color male Baltimore at the dish-type jelly feeder a few minutes ago. Now I suppose they figure I'm obligated to keep it full this weekend.  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on July 07/04/20, 01:24:51 PM
Orioles didn't waste any time. Within an hour yesterday there was a male orchard oriole working over the jelly jar feeder. Was a full color male Baltimore at the dish-type jelly feeder a few minutes ago. Now I suppose they figure I'm obligated to keep it full this weekend.  :scratch:
well get on it ya bum!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

To much activity here for much bird viewing today.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on July 07/04/20, 01:48:29 PM
Activity!?!?!? I bet it consists of yer staring at those wimmens all day agin, ya putz!  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on July 07/04/20, 02:09:41 PM
Activity!?!?!? I bet it consists of yer staring at those wimmens all day agin, ya putz!  :rotflmao:
Yea... So...... :sleazy: :smoking: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on July 07/04/20, 07:02:47 PM
Haven't seen an Oriole yet this year.  Love em.  Other people here do see them.  Just not into our woods I guess. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on July 07/11/20, 08:52:39 AM
Orioles are doubling down here all the sudden. There were four of them at the feeders earlier this a.m., 3 male Baltimore types & 1 male orchard. Starting to see and hear some of the youngsters coming to the feeders the past several days. The wrens finally left the gas grill and are scattered all over the yard. Bumble into them and get royally scolded by the parents when you do. Was fun fun to watch their progression & now I've got my gas grill back!  :cool: 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on July 07/11/20, 09:10:33 AM
Dotch, don't the bees or wasps chase the birds away?? I have a liquid Oriole feeder  and jelly feeder and it's swarmed by them damn bees. Not to far away from them I have a wasp trap also that gets plenty of action.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on July 07/11/20, 10:09:56 AM
No bees or wasps to speak of here glenn. I did clean some kind of wasp out of the hummingbird nectar feeder the other day but that's been about it. I've wondered why we don't have them myself as up north and even at the State Fair grounds the yellow jackets are thick. Main problem here is those black ants about 1/2" long. They get in the hummer & oriole nectar feeders if I don't keep the ant moats full. Same with the earwigs. Once they crawl inside the feeder seems like the hummers quit coming to it until they're cleaned out and filled with fresh stuff. The ants also get in the jelly feeders but it's almost like the orioles, especially when they're feeding their young, thin them out too. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on July 07/11/20, 10:40:51 AM
Because of the bees, when the jelly is empty I'm taking them down. Seems like right away we get a decent amount of Orioles but then like now none. I did see a couple 2 weeks ago. Not since.

When those come down another wasp trap is going up.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on July 07/12/20, 07:33:55 AM
We don't start getting bees in the jelly until late summer early fall. That is when I pull the jelly. When I start getting ants in the hummer feeder I spray the post of the bird feeder a couple feet up with Talstar. No more ants after that for a month or so.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on July 07/12/20, 08:14:35 AM
I get wasps and bees here at the hummer feeders during the football season it seems.  I keep my small shop vac plugged in by my feeder.  During time outs I go out turn it on and suck the wasps in it.  The sound of it doesn't seem to scare them away so works pretty darn good.  They hover around and I vacuum them right in. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: markn on July 07/13/20, 05:36:08 AM
  Orioles are hammering down about two to three heaping tablespoons of jelly a day at our place. No bees....yet. :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: dakids on July 07/13/20, 09:42:20 AM
We don't start getting bees in the jelly until late summer early fall. That is when I pull the jelly. When I start getting ants in the hummer feeder I spray the post of the bird feeder a couple feet up with Talstar. No more ants after that for a month or so.

Dont the humming birds eat the ants
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on July 07/13/20, 10:37:12 AM
Don't think so. When they get in the nector I think it starts to make it go bad.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on July 07/13/20, 10:42:29 AM
nope i dont believe the hummers eat anything but whatever it is they get from flowers and the feeders............i did read once however they may eat small bugs???????? :scratch: :scratch: :scratch:

and yes, once bugs get in that bird juice it goes bad fast..............
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on July 07/13/20, 10:57:03 AM
yes they do eat small insects, but I didn't see any thing about ants... 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on September 09/07/20, 10:49:09 PM
Up north this past 7 days I noticed that alot if the hummingbirds might of headed south. There were a few around but not many. Think most the loons left. On the 5 lakes I was on only seen 1 adult with 2 youngins. There was an many as 8 blue jays at the feeder.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on September 09/08/20, 08:22:19 AM
Still have hummers here but the bees are starting to show up.  That usually creates some territory issues.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on September 09/08/20, 01:37:38 PM
The transition continues here. Still a couple young orioles at the jelly feeders this a.m. but the jelly consumption is waning. The hummingbirds have been just nuts, chasing each other all over the yard. Hard to tell how many there are cuz they move so quickly from point A to point B. Sounds like fall tho. Blue jays and chickadees are about all I hear.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on September 09/08/20, 01:40:34 PM
The transition continues here. Still a couple young orioles at the jelly feeders this a.m. but the jelly consumption is waning. The hummingbirds have been just nuts, chasing each other all over the yard. Hard to tell how many there are cuz they move so quickly from point A to point B. Sounds like fall tho. Blue jays and chickadees are about all I hear.
yea well just maybe iffin ya'd lighten up on the gin you could count them!!!!!!!!!! :sleazy: :evil: :evil: :mooning: :mooning: :mooning: :super smiley: :super smiley: :laughroll: :laughroll: :laughroll: :laughroll: :laughroll: :laughroll: :laughroll:

sorry Mikey dared me too!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on September 09/08/20, 02:01:51 PM
Why I oughta...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on September 09/08/20, 02:05:12 PM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: happy anniversary!!!!!!! :happy1: :happy1: :bow:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on September 09/09/20, 08:57:01 AM
Still have hummers here but the bees are starting to show up.  That usually creates some territory issues.
Some still working our feeder along the shore here too. Been still seein & hearing a bunch of Loons, DNR says we have 8 nesting pairs on the lake most years.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on September 09/09/20, 05:02:17 PM
Had an immature male Rose Breasted Grosbeak at the feeder today.  We get all three types of Grosbeaks some years but hardly had any of them last year.  Hope for more this year.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on September 09/09/20, 07:03:37 PM
Still one lone oriole tonite at the jelly jar feeder. Looked like a female Baltimore. Hummingbirds are still going nuts. They emptied one feeder & pulled on the other one pretty hard. Mixed up another batch of sugar water to refill them.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on September 09/10/20, 08:01:11 PM
Still an oriole at the jelly feeder yet tonite. Looks like the same one. Hummers have the life of Riley. Between all the flowers and feeders they've got it made.  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on September 09/10/20, 08:21:16 PM
Still got hummingbirds up this way to. Sunflower feeders are busy too.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on September 09/10/20, 08:33:53 PM
Still one lone barn swallow hanging around tonite as well. Ironically when I checked the sheep earlier at the other pasture, there was a dead swallow by the waterer there. Wasn't there yesterday when I stopped. With the cooler temps there aren't a lot of flying insects for them to eat. Hope it didn't starve to death.  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on September 09/12/20, 09:21:53 AM
One barn swallow still here last nite and there was an oriole at the jar type jelly feeder this a.m.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on September 09/12/20, 09:27:33 AM
still a few hummers around. my sunflower feeders are full of finches and an occasional morning dove. last night seen a tree rat back by my black walnut with a walnut in its mouth. after last years bumper crop of walnuts, not many this year.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on September 09/12/20, 10:22:59 AM
 I see The Narrows took down 1 of their hummer feeders & put up a suet cake feeder so they must have fewer over there.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on September 09/12/20, 10:27:25 AM
That one male rose breasted grosbeak was back for a snack. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on September 09/12/20, 10:54:44 AM
Just loaded up a ram and a bunch of barn swallows showed up. The flies and other flying insects are getting active again so the swallows are more likely to have something to nosh on as they move on thru.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on September 09/12/20, 11:08:33 AM
 We just had a woodpecker beating the siding on the house. :confused: Stoopid thing.its aluminum siding. Musta been after bugs. :doofus:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on September 09/12/20, 02:24:36 PM
Catbird(s) still here. Just came out of the 4 o'clock patch. Flickers are here today as well.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on October 10/02/20, 08:19:47 PM
Took down, cleaned up and put away the jelly feeders for the season. Let the blue jays finish off any remaining jelly so I didn't have to contend with it. Replaced one of the feeders with another suet feeder and put out some more ear corn. Been seeing a red-bellied woodpecker so figured he might appreciate it. Otherwise mostly chickadees, blue jays and white breasted nuthatches using the feeders. Lots of robins on the move. They're eating lots of nannyberries as are some of the cedar waxwings. Flickers seem to be finding something in the lawn to eat. Several of them moving thru as well. Nectar feeders will come down next week & will install the last suet feeder then. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/02/20, 08:26:45 PM
Filled the feeders at the cabin the blue jays were plentyfull. Some chickadees and woodpeckers on the suet cakes. Juncos showed up to.

Around home still a bunch of finches, both the purple and a few yellow finches. Couple woodpeckers. Still see cardinals.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on October 10/05/20, 12:13:10 PM
Agree with you guyz,hummers are gone,or the one I had most of the summer,more squrriels are in my feeders than birds lately,whacked a bunch over the weekend and a huge wood chuck  that was snacking on my wind fall apples,got him before my dog notice him out back,not sure where all these squrriels come from? take out two four more show up the next day...red squrriels are the worst,got one thats been gnawing on my garage service door trim trying to get in when bird feeders are empty,must smell the sunflower seeds inside,his days are numbered,amazing how fast these little reds are.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/08/20, 08:57:36 AM
seems some of the birds headed south, not near as many at the feeders last 4-5 days!!!! :doah:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on October 10/08/20, 09:25:35 AM
Saw some juncos here Monday after seeing them at my Mom's place on Saturday. Tons of robins and lots of flickers yet. Plenty of berries for the robins to eat. Between the blue jays and the robins there are purple bird crap stains all over everything.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/08/20, 09:31:58 AM
dont recall seeing any juncos around home yet but there were plenty up at the cabin last time i was up!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on October 10/20/20, 05:55:22 PM
Lots of Woodpeckers tonight!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on October 10/20/20, 06:05:19 PM
those are fun to watch!!!    big bird!!! 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on October 10/20/20, 06:43:35 PM
Lot's of Juncos here.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/20/20, 06:50:21 PM
Yea we had alot of juncos at the cabin too.  Have a bunch around here to. Quiet a few purple finches too. They really worked the feeders over today. :happy1: :rotflmao: fun to watch.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on October 10/20/20, 07:31:52 PM
not sure why but they are using the bird bath any more????    :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:  only 6 inches of snow on it... 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/20/20, 08:26:44 PM
not sure why but they are using the bird bath any more????    :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:  only 6 inches of snow on it...
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: could set up my spearhouse on mine!!!!!!!!!  :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Steve-o on October 10/21/20, 09:12:09 AM
Last Sunday there were scads of Eastern Bluebirds moving through the back yard.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on October 10/21/20, 11:11:48 AM
plenty of junco's and a bunch of small brown birds with white on wings and tail feathers,the size of fenches? robins and mourning doves left,cardinals and jay's are hoarding the feeders.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/21/20, 11:56:53 AM
Seen a robin this morning yet but must of had 50 of them yesterday afternoon when it was snowing.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on October 10/21/20, 03:56:33 PM
While I was home & talking on the phone a few minutes ago, there was a male bluebird in the maple tree that kept looking in the window. Was there 5 - 10 minutes. It flew off then came back & did the same thing. Looked cold. No surprise. Cloudy, 33 degrees, changing from rain to sleet to snow then back to rain again. Nothing warm about it.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/21/20, 05:15:39 PM
 :scratch: :scratch: :doah: BLUEBIRD???  You at the boodles already?? :confused: :surrender: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on October 10/23/20, 09:40:12 AM
plenty of junco's and a bunch of small brown birds with white on wings and tail feathers,the size of fenches? robins and mourning doves left,cardinals and jay's are hoarding the feeders.
I have read that bluejays stash thousands of food items in the fall, and are able to, unlike me, remember where they put them.   

They certainly have been hitting the sunflower seeds recently.     
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/23/20, 09:47:07 AM
plenty of junco's and a bunch of small brown birds with white on wings and tail feathers,the size of fenches? robins and mourning doves left,cardinals and jay's are hoarding the feeders.
I have read that bluejays stash thousands of food items in the fall, and are able to, unlike me, remember where they put them.   

They certainly have been hitting the sunflower seeds recently.   
i can agree with that Del. there are a couple around here busy as a beaver. up at the cabin there where 8 to 10 at the feeders all day long and going to town.

same with the chimpmunks, funny as a get out to watch them. there cheecks are packed so full of food its a wonder they could get any more in there.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on October 10/23/20, 09:59:23 AM
Red-bellies stash things too apparently. Watched one take kernel after kernel of corn one day and tuck it away in a tree trunk. The squirrels must've taken note because they were helping themselves to it the next day.  :doah: Out of sunflower so need to restock. Blowing thru ear corn & suet like it's mid-January already.  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/23/20, 01:42:30 PM
Think I figured out why I still have so many robins here. My good neighbor  :smiley: had a couple of those ash trees vi think that gave them reddish/ orange berries on them.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on October 10/23/20, 04:11:57 PM
Between squirrels and birds I am going through sunflower seeds faster than ever this fall.  Mayhaps that is an omen!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on October 10/24/20, 05:14:37 PM
I have squirrel repellent by the back garage door....   :angry2:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/28/20, 08:15:19 PM
Well it looks like all the robins headed south and just some of the year round birds are still here. Haven't seen the juncos either.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on October 10/28/20, 09:20:04 PM
Still some robins yet today but nothing like Sunday when there were a dozen that just descended out of nowhere on one crabapple tree. Lots of juncos this a.m. No ostriches or emus however... :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on October 10/29/20, 11:39:37 AM
We saw a robin Tuesday up here.  Also today saw an Evening Grosbeak at our feeder today.  I just read in the Outdoor News about the smaller red breasted Nuthatches moving south due to lack of food in Canada.  We see them pretty regular here.  My neighbor had eagles build a nest in his trees about 6 years ago. A couple of years after that another family of eagles built a nest in his trees.  They land in our pasture and take horse hay to their nests.  Cool to see.  We have some real tall pine trees on our property and eagles land in them once in a while.  I took a walk to the river with Buddy a little while ago and an eagle was sitting in the tree.  They may be going to build a nest there.  Two of them have been landing in the tree pretty often lately.   :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/29/20, 11:46:29 AM
LPS, you guys ever get any of those evening grosbeaks  or... Grrrr can't think of the name now. :angry2: one type of bird is yellow, the other is red. They also come down from Canada in the winter due to lack of food. We used to have a pile of them at the cabin.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on October 10/29/20, 11:52:17 AM
Have seen a few red breasted nuthatches here but they're not regular. Maybe because I still don't have any sunflower seed out...  :scratch: Also figured out what one species migrating thru is: white-throated sparrows. They don't come out where we can see them. Hang in our windbreak and always sound like they're pissed. Heard them at Mom's too a few weekends ago. After dark when I tossed some lime slices into the weeds. It woke them up and they really were pissed!  :azn:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on October 10/29/20, 12:00:14 PM
I just edited my last bird thing Glenn. Evening Grosbeaks is what we have here today.  Some years there will be a flock of them hanging in our trees and they fill our feeder there are so many of them.  We do get Pine Grosbeaks too and sometimes they seem  to travel with the Evening Grosbeaks.  And yes we do get Rose breasted Grosbeaks sometimes too.  Had an immature male one hanging around here late this last summer.  Nice birds.  I hope they all keep the woodpeckers chased away from here.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on October 10/29/20, 12:15:34 PM
Yep that's the one I was thinking about, the pine grosbeaks, there the red ones. Beautiful birds.  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on October 10/29/20, 01:30:15 PM
these are sorta in the back yard, got about 8 swans out on the lake... cool birds...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on October 10/29/20, 01:47:54 PM
Several bluebirds passing thru at the ranch when I was home at lunch. Have not had any that nested there for a few years so may have to work on that starting with a bunch of cats. I see the Chinese place in Owatonna is back up and running.  :evil: Found my FF gift card stash too so may have to remedy the sunflower seed situation.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on October 10/30/20, 02:36:06 PM
Like LPS we get the Pine Grosbeak too. Been a few years since we have seen the evenings at our feeder. Maybe this will be the year if LPS is seeing them.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on October 10/30/20, 03:14:22 PM
I just saw another robin too.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on November 11/05/20, 10:28:02 AM
we have several swans and their signets out on the lake again today, fun to watch!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on November 11/05/20, 11:58:01 AM
That's something I've missed this year with the border being closed. Usually some swans on those puddles between Bemidji & I Falls.   :sad:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on November 11/05/20, 01:18:59 PM
That's something I've missed this year with the border being closed. Usually some swans on those puddles between Bemidji & I Falls.   :sad:

they are a fun bird to watch...  and I understand what you are saying... 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on November 11/13/20, 07:34:54 AM
The other day we had a flock of Evening Grosbeaks land in, on and around our feeder.  There were about 25 of them and they didn't all fit in the feeder.  Glad I had just filled it with sunflower seeds that morning.  Haven't seen them since.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on November 11/13/20, 09:32:25 AM
Would be cool to see something like that!  :happy1: The daily customers here include chickadees, white breasted nuthatches, red-bellied woodpeckers, blue jays, juncos, downies, hairies and a pair of cardinals. Were a few house finches and goldfinches but they're erratic. Were a few robins yet a couple days ago and a red-winged blackbird this a.m. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on November 11/13/20, 12:39:22 PM
Been a hoot today watching 3 gray squirrel and 2 black ones chasing each other around. The usual blue jays nut hatches Juncos and chickadees .

Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on November 11/15/20, 10:17:56 AM
I got a pic with about half of them here.  Sometimes the roof is full of them too. 

(https://tinypix.top/images/2020/11/15/ZaQ0S.md.jpg) (https://tinypix.top/i/ZaQ0S)
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on November 11/15/20, 10:57:57 AM
About 20 of the evening grosbeaks showed up at the cabin this morning. But man is the weather crappy here.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on November 11/15/20, 11:09:33 AM
Thanks for sharing that nice pic Barry! Of course some of us *cough* glenn *cough* can't post pics so we just have to take their word for it... :doah:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on November 11/15/20, 11:31:59 AM
Thanks for sharing that nice pic Barry! Of course some of us *cough* glenn *cough* can't post pics so we just have to take their word for it... :doah:
:rotflmao: :mooning: :mooning:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on November 11/15/20, 11:43:39 AM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao:  I always thought the male Evening Grosbeak looked like the Michigan Wolverine helmets.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on November 11/15/20, 11:53:39 AM
And I always think of Dotch as the farms version of Gomer Pyle.

 :sleazy: :sleazy: :evil: :rotflmao:  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on November 11/15/20, 12:14:10 PM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on November 11/15/20, 02:44:48 PM
 :mooning: :mooning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSpBwt4hFN8

Had to laugh a minute ago. A rooster pheasant made a brief stop in the yard then flew off right over the top of the sheep grazing on the hillside. Didn't even faze them. Must be used to it.  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on November 11/15/20, 02:54:50 PM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on November 11/17/20, 10:32:05 AM
think i went through almost a full 40 lb bag of sunflower seeds the 12 days i was at the cabin. we have 2 feeders for sunflowers and it took them about 3 days to empty them. like i said earlier it sure was great to see the evening grosbeaks, was fun to watch the squirrels chase each other around. for a while now we have had 2 black squirrels, all of a sudden 2 more showed up and i watched 4 black squirrels feeding.

kinda bummed though i havent seen the flying squirrels in a while. :pouty: at one point i counted 6 of them.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on November 11/17/20, 12:09:27 PM
Ya right. I bet there were only 3 flying squirrels. You were probably so popped you just thought there were 6!  :shocked:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u5A0H6PkqE
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on November 11/17/20, 01:26:43 PM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: yea maybe!!!!! :happy1: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on November 11/19/20, 03:58:21 PM
Why are there black birds still here?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on November 11/19/20, 04:19:48 PM
Better your house then mine. :sleazy:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on November 11/19/20, 05:57:46 PM
Better your house then mine. :sleazy:

Putz....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on November 11/20/20, 07:06:30 AM
Had a kestral hawk picking off chicadee's in my feeders late yesterday evening,majestic birds,so quick and sneaky.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on November 11/26/20, 01:58:01 PM
got 5 juvenile eagles out on the ice just 75 yards out..  pretty cool!! 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on November 11/26/20, 07:31:01 PM
got 5 juvenile eagles out on the ice just 75 yards out..  pretty cool!!
that would be cool to see.  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on November 11/27/20, 10:12:16 AM
We see an eagle or two once in a while. There are some that hang around between Beaver & St. Olaf lake but never do we see in a group 5 like mikey.

Really had a lot of bird activity yesterday. I'd cleaned the thistle feeders night before last out and scattered the seed on the ground. The juncos were all over that. Blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches, downies, hairies, a few goldfinches and a male red belly were constantly on the feeders. Could hear what sounded like pine siskins in the windbreak this a.m. but so far none at the feeders. Lotsa berries and other stuff to eat out there.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on November 11/27/20, 10:31:52 AM
before it was over a 6th joined the first 5!!!  never seen that before!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on November 11/27/20, 10:33:16 AM
 :tut: no pictures, didnt happ.........oh wait!!!!!!!!! :banghead: :banghead: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on November 11/27/20, 10:44:22 AM
I hear ya!!! 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: fishwidow on November 11/27/20, 01:36:19 PM
The usual assortment of common birds around, but we have a pair of otters sitting on the ice about 50 feet from shore. They’re doing a good job of thinning the small panfish population and driving my dogs crazy.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on November 11/27/20, 02:03:46 PM
The usual assortment of common birds around, but we have a pair of otters sitting on the ice about 50 feet from shore. They’re doing a good job of thinning the small panfish population and driving my dogs crazy.

they sure are fun to watch too!!   :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on December 12/27/20, 10:12:45 AM
Sure haven't seen many birds  :confused: even up at the cabin.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on December 12/27/20, 08:43:11 PM
We have nuthatches, chickadees, cardinals, jays, mourning doves, and an assortment of LBJ, also some gray ones.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on December 12/28/20, 07:12:18 AM
Last week before the snow storm,"robins" everywhere,just showed up one day couple dozen zooming around the back 40 scratching around for morsels of food.

local mallards found my cracked corn last week before the blizzard.

Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on December 12/29/20, 08:12:06 AM
Last week before the snow storm,"robins" everywhere,just showed up one day couple dozen zooming around the back 40 scratching around for morsels of food.

local mallards found my cracked corn last week before the blizzard.
so how many are now in the freezer!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on December 12/29/20, 09:44:56 AM
glenn lol,thought about tagging a few for xmas dinner,big fat northern mallards,but my frezzer is full,ducks,geese ,sharptail a few huns and pheasants stashed away,ran out of walleye tho,dang walleyes we catch in south dakota are full of mercury and other crap from farming,pesticides,fertilizer's etc so we don't keep em,I'll keep a few jumbo perch on occassion for a shore lunch but thats it.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on December 12/29/20, 02:34:22 PM
Was just home a little bit ago and watched the usual suspects bopping around the yard: blue jays, downies, hairies, juncos, chickadees and a pair of cardinals. Also a song sparrow in amongst the house sparrows.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on January 01/02/21, 05:14:26 PM
https://www.gocomics.com/closetohome/2021/01/02

a funny one for the bird feeding folks!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on January 01/03/21, 07:54:03 AM
That is kind of spooky Glenn.  A blue jay would pick up one of our puppies. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on January 01/05/21, 04:59:50 PM
Red poles, blue jays, chickadees, nuthatches, Downy woodpeckers & Cardinals..... it's what we got.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on January 01/05/21, 05:02:32 PM
I ain't got nuttin for birds  :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on January 01/06/21, 07:02:54 AM
Pretty much just Blue jays in our yard lately. We did have a female cardinal in the yard about 3 weeks ago. Which is very odd to be that far north. Wish more would show up.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on January 01/06/21, 07:53:00 AM
Mostly chickadees and nuthatches here.  Had 4 Evening Grosbeaks around noon.  We even had a pileated woodpecker pecking at out suet thing yesterday.  Don't think we have seen that before. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on January 01/06/21, 03:33:37 PM
It is strange.  They come and go.   Yesterday we had a whole bunch, like 50, lbj birds (little brown jobs).   They would mob the feeders and the ground for awhile and then take off all at once.   Little while they would be back.    Today, not much, they aren't around.   Just the regulars.   The redbelly, the downy the hairy, the cardinals, chickadees and the nuthatches.   

Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on January 01/06/21, 07:17:01 PM
Getting a few more goldfinches as of late. Song sparrow seems to keep hanging around too. Maybe spring is around the corner... :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Bobberineyes on January 01/07/21, 03:18:28 PM
We ran 2 single tube screen type feeders for a long time, they were getting emptied every couple of days. Put up this 3 way feeder with 3 different types of seed and I haven't refilled it in 4 weeks, they don't like something..  :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on January 01/07/21, 04:03:02 PM
Are there smurf birds? Asking for a friend... :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on January 01/07/21, 04:24:48 PM
Are there smurf birds? Asking for a friend... :scratch:
:confused: suppose dat be mikey??/ :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :confused:

boober i havent had much for birds either. maybe having 3 different types of bird seeds altoghter in the same place aint a good idea??? :scratch: :scratch: 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Bobberineyes on January 01/07/21, 04:56:59 PM
Are there smurf birds? Asking for a friend... :scratch:
:confused: suppose dat be mikey??/ :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :confused:

boober i havent had much for birds either. maybe having 3 different types of bird seeds altoghter in the same place aint a good idea??? :scratch: :scratch:
Very well could be, FF sells em so it has to be top notch.. :bonk:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on January 01/07/21, 05:05:11 PM
i'm somewhat skeptical about all these new fancy looking feeders. especially the hummingbird and oriole feeders. the old simple ones seem to be best, but the same with the new fangled seed feeders, yo me the more plain jane the better they seem to like them.

i usually get all all my bird feed at FF too!!!!!! i feed only

sunflowers
thistle seeds
safflower seeds and suet cakes. anything else seems to draw unwanted birds like sparrows.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on January 01/07/21, 07:21:09 PM
I agree glenn. Stuff with lots of millet and other grain tends to be a house sparrow magnet. The Chinese chickens don't seem to mind however. They love corn, millet & milo (sorghum). The pheasants scared the crap out of me late this afternoon when I came home early to unload straw. Got out of the car to get the mail and a half dozen of 'em exploded out of the Austrian pine by the driveway. I damn near needed a G&T to calm my nerves after that! Made a good excuse anyway... :rotflmao:

Simple feeders seem to work best here too. After getting all the stuff cleaned up at Mom's I remembered there was a feeder in a box of junk in the pickup. Not a huge feeder but the birds always liked it where it hung on the shepherd's crook by her kitchen. I looked at it more closely and saw there was a hole in the plastic on the feeder, possibly squirrel damage. Patched the hole with Gorilla tape, filled the feeder with a sunflower/safflower blend and hung it out there on her same shepherd's crook on Tuesday. Chickadees were after it nonstop almost immediately. It was completely empty tonite when I refilled it.  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on January 01/07/21, 08:23:29 PM
I sure wish we had pheasants up here.  I have seen a few but they were released by people that raised them.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on January 01/13/21, 10:30:20 AM
Got a feeder with 8-10 purple finches this morning. Wonder if there stocking up pending the incoming weather???
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Steve-o on January 01/13/21, 10:44:21 AM
Got a feeder with 8-10 purple finches this morning. Wonder if there stocking up pending the incoming weather???

Is there bad weather coming?  (I try not to watch the news these days.)
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on January 01/13/21, 11:01:31 AM
Moderate Weather Hysteria.      Few inches of snow for us here in the southland
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on January 01/13/21, 11:18:48 AM
4 to 7 inches for us according to nws
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on January 01/13/21, 12:18:39 PM
saying it could be 3 to 6 here
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on January 01/13/21, 01:07:54 PM
Depends on who you look at. Some say 3-6, others 4-9. :crazy:

And there talking 3-6 up north. Hope Gunner gets outta Inger before it gets to bad. :sleazy: well thrn he might be scheming to get stuck there. :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on January 01/13/21, 08:23:47 PM
What's gunnar doing in Inger, and who is she?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on January 01/14/21, 09:04:39 AM
 :tut: :mooning: :pouty: Been @ the cabin for almost 24 hours already , glenn, so don't worry I won't be botherin any of your girlfriends down there. Besides they're ALL TO OLD for me anyway.  :thumbs:  :nerd: :nerd: Just looked the WWA in effect here says 2-6 & cable weather station out of Bemidji was more like 3-5" last I looked. :scratch: :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on January 01/14/21, 09:26:54 AM
What's gunnar doing in Inger, and who is she?
:tut: :mooning: :pouty: Not you too!!  :doah: :shocked:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on January 01/14/21, 09:28:36 AM
What's gunnar doing in Inger, and who is she?
:tut: :mooning: :pouty: Not you too!!  :doah: :shocked:
:nerd: :super smiley: :laughroll: :laughroll: :laughroll:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on January 01/24/21, 02:18:46 PM
seen 2 morning doves this morning on the neighbors  TV antenna while cleaning out the driveway this morning. they musta got into dotch's gin last night!!!!!!!!1 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on January 01/24/21, 03:37:12 PM
I have had bunches of mourning doves off and on, as many as a dozen, more or less.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on January 01/24/21, 03:39:59 PM
seen 2 morning doves this morning on the neighbors  TV antenna while cleaning out the driveway this morning. they musta got into dotch's gin last night!!!!!!!!1 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

 :tut: It's a little known fact the only birds that like gin are pine siskins and cedar waxwings. :nerd:

We've had a few mourning doves this winter when the weather was warmer and there was less snow. Also some collared doves. More of both kinds in town where it's more sheltered though.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on January 01/24/21, 08:20:18 PM
Collared Doves?    Guess I need to look those up, since I never heard of them.   Maybe they are coming around here and I didn't even know it.   

How much do they look like a mourning dove?   The black collar it? 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on January 01/24/21, 09:01:33 PM
They look a lot like mourning doves only more pigeon-sized with a dark collar behind their neck. First noticed them here about 5 years ago probably. The sound they make is almost more owl-like.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eurasian_Collared-Dove/overview
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on January 01/24/21, 10:13:11 PM
They look a lot like mourning doves only more pigeon-sized with a dark collar behind their neck. First noticed them here about 5 years ago probably. The sound they make is almost more owl-like.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eurasian_Collared-Dove/overview
Thanks.  I'll keep an eye out for them.   I hear they are good eating.. :doofus:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on January 01/25/21, 08:34:02 AM
yes Del there supposed to be good eating........lot of states have a hunting season for doves.....including minnesota now. i'll never get to try it though. :pouty: my wife wont let me hunt them........knowingly!!! :smoking: :sleazy:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on January 01/25/21, 08:40:14 AM
ya can get all the pidgins ya want, same thing... 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on January 01/25/21, 10:23:03 AM
We had this discussion over coffee about whether or not the collared doves were included in the mourning dove season and appears they are. Not protected it appears.

Did the dove hunting thing the first year it was legal when I lived in ND. Walking tree strips & shelterbelts, it was a great way to sharpen your eye for sharptail & Huns that opened later. Dove was OK but it took a bunch to fill a guy up. Usually wrapped them in bacon and grilled them along with a bunch of turkey gizzards.  Washed 'em down with Schmidt big mouths. All this on the deck of a '59 Marshfield trailer house in Cando ND. Now that was livin'!  :happy1: 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on February 02/06/21, 08:12:39 AM
Wood Peckers and Bunnies
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on February 02/06/21, 08:39:14 AM
those big fellers are fun to watch!!   :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on February 02/06/21, 08:46:28 AM
we have one hear no and then.....yep there fun to see and big fellers too!!!!!!!

aint had much fer birds lately. :pouty: :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on February 02/06/21, 11:12:14 AM
Haven't seen a pileated here for many moons. Plenty of red-bellies, downies & hairies tho. Bird activity since the weather changed has been slowed here. Still plenty of chickadees, juncos, nuthatches, blue jays and cardinals. Still too many house sparrows. Rats with wings!  :angry:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on February 02/14/21, 11:20:47 AM
Filled the bird feeders yesterday ahead of the deepest part of the cold snap. I've seen their tracks around the feeders but hadn't caught up to one until this a.m.

Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on February 02/14/21, 11:27:48 AM
 :smoking: :fudd: rooster stew!! :wowza: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on February 02/14/21, 11:30:38 AM
It'd be Smurf stew if Mrs. Cheviot caught you shooting one of "her" precious rooster pheasants! You could always shoot the hens I guess... :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on February 02/14/21, 02:00:09 PM
That is great Dotch.  Beautiful birds.  Wish there were more around here.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on February 02/19/21, 03:50:16 PM
https://youtu.be/a2UBdFP7sik
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on February 02/19/21, 05:07:21 PM
That was great HD.  Nice looking rooster.  Do they take off when you go out?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on February 02/19/21, 06:49:21 PM
darn nice looking bird, the tail is very long the way it looks!!  thought I could some in the background too...  they sure have been in the fields around here scratching for feed..   good video!! thanks!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on February 02/20/21, 04:03:56 AM
That was great HD.  Nice looking rooster.  Do they take off when you go out?
Most of the time, they just run to the tree line and wait till the coast is clear.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on February 02/20/21, 11:59:17 AM
He's a beauty! Do they set up territory to court the ladies like they do here? Looks like we've got one claiming dibs on the yard here already. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on February 02/20/21, 01:26:41 PM
I know there's other roosters around (cause I see them in the hayfield) but this one is the one that always comes in. Usually he has a few girlfriends with him. The girls are more skidish when it comes to feeding under the bird feeders.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on February 02/22/21, 08:37:24 AM
Good to see a few pheasants made it through our cold snap,yesterday with the temps in the 20's my cardinals were digging the warm snap in central minn,very vocal,sense spring in the air.

Last week at the farm in sodak pheasants (rooster's) were squaring off already,sharptails were coupled up as well.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on February 02/22/21, 11:54:05 AM
Chickadees are doing their "fee-bee" spring call. There are a half dozen keeping the feeders hopping. Also a slowly building population of goldfinches being detected. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on February 02/23/21, 07:06:18 AM
This morning my cardinals were sure happy,they woke up when the sun started to peek on the eastern horizon,and the chickadee's all day long are busy like dotch called..."fee-bee" very vocal,soon we'll see canada geese migrating in to our state,the blizzard in texas will slow the snow goose migration some,but we're ready to roll when it starts.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on February 02/25/21, 06:50:22 AM
Robins yesterday.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on February 02/25/21, 06:59:55 AM
I think it is going to be an early spring.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on February 02/25/21, 08:49:21 AM
I think it is going to be an early spring.
beginning to think so to.......and our perchapalooza might not happen???????/ :scratch: hope not.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on February 02/25/21, 03:06:36 PM
Bet it will. I sure do like the longer days. Some of my best perch fishing has been in late March when the water is running down the ice holes. Granted I was younger and in much better shape.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Leech~~ on February 02/25/21, 03:22:04 PM
I think it is going to be an early spring.

Oh so your going to listen to silly Robin's who didn't know to fly south over the Ground Hog??  :doah: :doah: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on February 02/25/21, 04:24:20 PM
No Robins here.
The Pheasants are just starting to get feisty.
The Deer, Rabbits & Squirrels are under the bird feeders a lot.

I haven't had much for Turkeys this winter  :scratch: I wonder where those went?  :Turkey:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Leech~~ on February 02/25/21, 04:36:37 PM
No Robins here.
The Pheasants are just starting to get feisty.
The Deer, Rabbits & Squirrels are under the bird feeders a lot.

I haven't had much for Turkeys this winter  :scratch: I wonder where those went?  :Turkey:
Just yesterday I saw a whole group of like 15 Turkeys walking right in the middle of a busy street in the city of St Anthony, mn. So looks like your birds came down to the cities for the winter!  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on February 02/25/21, 06:45:18 PM
thinking about it I haven't many turkeys this winter either?..  interesting.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on February 02/28/21, 08:46:39 AM
Turkeys here seem to pick on certain neighbors which is fine with me. They can raise hell with things around their yards from what they tell me. Saw a lone goose doing a flyby yesterday a.m. and this morning during chores we had our first robin. Didn't actually see it but their sound is pretty unmistakable. Plenty of cover, berries and crabapples  so they've got lots of places to hang out.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on February 02/28/21, 09:14:43 AM
no robins here yet........and with an additional 4-5 inches of snow.......might be a while yet. reminds me maybe i should go and stalk up on some mealworms for when they do arrive.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/01/21, 06:23:00 PM
I've been living here since 1979 and have just seen a first. Had an owl sitting in the neighbors tree across the street. Gave never seen them in town, up at the cabin Yea.

Have seen plenty of hawks, never an owl.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/01/21, 06:35:58 PM
If you keep drinking that icky Cold Spring beer, you'll probably see all kinds of stuff!  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/01/21, 06:59:30 PM
If you keep drinking that icky Cold Spring beer, you'll probably see all kinds of stuff!  :rolleyes:
Yea that ain't happening. :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on March 03/04/21, 02:07:09 PM
when I was coming home from town this morning I seen one lone swan flying over...  great looking birds!!! 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/04/21, 02:41:46 PM
I've had some swans and geese flying over the house the last few weeks. Not every day but often enough. Haven't been pooped on yet. :rolleyes: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/04/21, 02:55:28 PM
Just got back into Bugtussle after feeding bottle lambs. No frost in the ground on the south facing slope south of the house. Rhubarb starting to break dormancy & about a dozen robins in the road ditch when I left. Rhubarb pie for Easter!  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on March 03/04/21, 03:22:35 PM
My rhubarb is still covered with snow.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/04/21, 03:25:34 PM
It's still nicer there I bet... :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on March 03/04/21, 03:28:11 PM
It's still nicer there I bet... :rotflmao:
It's all that clean livin'.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on March 03/04/21, 03:36:04 PM
My rhubarb is still covered with snow.
My rhubarb died a year or so ago.   The replacement also died.     Try again this spring...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/04/21, 04:09:10 PM
Del how the hell you kill rubarb??? :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/04/21, 04:19:30 PM
You can do almost anything with those soused verde machines glenn!  :rotflmao: Not picking on you del; it is possible. I killed the first stuff that was already here when we bought the place. It was getting too shaded where they'd planted it so I transplanted it to an open spot with nice heavy black dirt that looked decent. That was during the drought of '88. It kinda sat there a few years then the wet year of '91 showed up and the spot I chose turned into a quagmire. Rhubarb doesn't have webbed feet apparently.  :embarrassed:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on March 03/05/21, 08:12:31 AM
It's a mystery to me.  It was like it got some kind of root rot after growing there for 30 years.  Planted replacement in same spot.  Gotta find a new spot, that one is jinxed
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/05/21, 08:24:17 AM
It's a mystery to me.  It was like it got some kind of root rot after growing there for 30 years.  Planted replacement in same spot.  Gotta find a new spot, that one is jinxed
guess it happens  :scratch: :scratch: i had planted winter onions in a spot i had a sand box for my kids when they were younger...then the wife insisted on rubarb, so i planted it there too and its keeps on spreading.  :doah: to the point i may dig out and toss the new shoot.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/05/21, 09:47:30 AM
Ours has been spreading too glenn. The newer plants are more vigorous and in an area where the soil fertility might be better based on the samples I pulled last fall. I know some of the things I've read suggest it be moved or divided from time to time. Some of the nicest patches locally though are those that have been there forever. Must've dumped bookoo amounts of manure in the hole when they planted it. Rhubarb is a fairly heavy user of fertilizer and I know some of ours was looking like it needed sheep manure worked in around it again. Some of it looks fine but while I'm at it might as well git' er done.  There is also a stalk borer that's been showing up in some of my customers patches coming from the curly dock plants, its normal host. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/05/21, 10:49:15 AM
I bought a small $5 rhubarb bundle about 3 years ago.  Doesn't get much bigger.  I just dug a small hole in my yard.  Full sun and plunked it in thinking it would go wild.  I have some 10-10-10.  Should I put some of that around that Dotch?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/05/21, 10:53:00 AM
I bought a small $5 rhubarb bundle about 3 years ago.  Doesn't get much bigger.  I just dug a small hole in my yard.  Full sun and plunked it in thinking it would go wild.  I have some 10-10-10.  Should I put some of that around that Dotch?
it sure wouldnt hurt....pretty much what i do......that and any other fertilizer. i also leave the leaves and other stuff lay there to rot away.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/05/21, 10:56:21 AM
I have a bag I have had for years and want to just use it up.  Should be fine to till into the garden too I would think. Or is it better top put it around the plant so it doesn't touch it?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/05/21, 11:00:40 AM
I have a bag I have had for years and want to just use it up.  Should be fine to till into the garden too I would think. Or is it better top put it around the plant so it doesn't touch it?
yea either throw it on the garden before you till it or around the plant. it will burn the leaves if it stays on the leaves. you can use it also as a lawn fertilizer...if you do such a thing.

but.........if you just put it around the plant do it right before it rains.......maybe dotch can elaborate more but i was told if you dont get it in the ground or it dont rain in 24 hours you lose alot of the nitrogen value??????
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/05/21, 11:41:09 AM
Great, I will get it used up.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/05/21, 11:46:53 AM
Good idea to let the leaves lay there. Recycles the nutrients. The leaves are toxic to livestock too. I tell the neighbors where we pasture that they can toss just about anything vegetative over the fence to the sheep they want except rhubarb leaves. As far as fertilizer, it certainly won't hurt. When it contains nitrogen, usually a good idea to work it in some. Just needs to be covered is all. If you get some on the leaves, good idea to wash it off. The leaf burn is generally cosmetic but the idea is to get the fertilizer, nitrogen or otherwise near the root system where the plant can best utilize it.

A couple decent releases on rhubarb. Had some commercial veggie production soil fertility sheets I misplaced somewhere. Might've mailed them to glenn!  :scratch:

https://local.extension.umn.edu/sites/local-extension.umn.edu/files/download/Rhubarb%20Brochure_1.pdf

https://extension.umn.edu/vegetables/growing-rhubarb
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/05/21, 11:58:18 AM
Thanks for the info. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/06/21, 12:05:11 PM
Just heard a killdeer...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/06/21, 12:29:51 PM
when i lived at home, we had the railroad tracks by the house. used to see alot of killdeer there.  couple days after i seen the owl in the neighbors tree  i could of swore i heard it hootin. well 3rd day in a row now.....i know im not hearing things!!!!! during the day too!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/06/21, 12:37:04 PM
Interesting. Those collared doves sound sorta like an owl.  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/06/21, 12:48:38 PM
Haven't seen them yet either. We did have 6-8 purple finches at the feeder yesterday. :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on March 03/06/21, 04:12:23 PM
Grackles this afternoon  :cool:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on March 03/08/21, 10:28:03 AM
Pair of morning doves yesterday...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on March 03/10/21, 11:56:14 AM
red winged black birds and black birds are back!! 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on March 03/10/21, 12:48:35 PM
Saw my first Robins yesterday.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on March 03/10/21, 12:57:26 PM
seen them yesterday too
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Steve-o on March 03/10/21, 03:30:59 PM
I was just thinking about that a couple of hours ago watching the rain...

Still waiting for my first robin.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on March 03/11/21, 09:18:20 AM
Cardinals singing up a storm this morning signaling a beautiful sun filled sky day....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on March 03/16/21, 12:15:43 PM
Yesterday on the Ides of March I saw my first goose of the year.  Today I see a couple dozen on the Baudette River.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/20/21, 01:49:00 PM
Yesterday I set the birdbath out, filled it with water. Today had my first robin visit it. :happy1: so I put my mealworm feeder out.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on March 03/21/21, 11:12:40 AM
Glenn, what does your worm feeder look like? Is it just an open tray?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/21/21, 11:16:25 AM
Glenn, what does your worm feeder look like? Is it just an open tray?
yea i bought it at fleet farm. its blue with a metal hook that the tray fits pretty snug in.

its called a STOKES mealworm jelly feeder. i dont put jelly in it as it has small drain holes on the bottom. my main purpose for the feeder is to attract and retain bluebirds, but put it out early to keep the robins around.

them damn crakles and red winged blackbirds like it to.  :tut: :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on March 03/21/21, 12:06:45 PM
Like this?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/21/21, 12:08:56 PM
Like this?
:happy1: yeppers. I buy the dried mealworms. Not real cheap but I like watching the birds on that feeder
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on March 03/21/21, 12:47:27 PM
10 pounds for $60.... yeah, not cheap
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/23/21, 09:05:58 AM
this morning i had a cardinal eating out of that mealworm feeder!!!!!!!  :happy1: :happy1: :happy1:

seen chickadees there too!!!!!!! and robins found it.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/23/21, 11:13:32 AM
b een watching the feeders this morning... quite a few birds "fliting " about!!!!!!  :happy1: :rotflmao: juncos, purple finches, yellow finches, few different woodpeckers!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on March 03/23/21, 11:36:12 AM
yup more and more birds are arriving, no sand hill cranes yet...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/24/21, 10:07:51 AM
Grrrr... :angry2: :confused: damn starlings are back. :confused: just seen one on the mealworm feeder. :doah:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on March 03/28/21, 01:48:36 PM
just seen something way different!!!   A rooster pheasant was walking along the shore line and along came a grey squirrel...  the next thing the two of them were chasing each other around the yard!!!  only lasted a few seconds but it sure was funny and good to watch!!!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on March 03/29/21, 08:28:52 AM
Grrrr... :angry2: :confused: damn starlings are back. :confused: just seen one on the mealworm feeder. :doah:
:scratch: So now it's  :cry: :cry: :violin: :violin: about the poor little hungry birds. :tut: :pouty:                               
  ;) :rolleyes: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on March 03/29/21, 08:29:55 AM
Grrrr... :angry2: :confused: damn starlings are back. :confused: just seen one on the mealworm feeder. :doah:
:scratch: So now it's  :cry: :cry: :violin: :violin: about the poor little hungry birds. :tut: :pouty:                               
  ;) :rolleyes: :laugh: :laugh:
:pouty: :pouty: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :taz: :taz: :nerd: :nerd: :mooning: :mooning:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on March 03/29/21, 08:33:22 AM
 :sleazy: :nerd: :nerd: :evil:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/01/21, 01:24:27 PM
was just in the kitchen cleaning up and doing dishes,  kapow!!!  a bird nails the bow window or patio door!!  rather loudly fpr sure..  well i looked and there was one of Glenn's favorite birds laying there dead, a black bird!!!    :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/01/21, 01:42:10 PM
Hey, I know... :evil: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on April 04/01/21, 01:51:51 PM
10 pounds for $60.... yeah, not cheap

lol H.D. now I know where the asian joint in my little town gets these things its a good protein filler,put a handful out of fresh meal worms for my blue birds,dang robins scarfed them all up everday.

sandhills showed up  and are thick in central south dakota right now.Keep hoping to see a rare whooping crane in the mix,like a needle in a hay stack tho,as a protected species not many breeding pairs in our country.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/01/21, 03:35:52 PM
Hey, I know... :evil: :rotflmao:
:tut: :tut: :tut: :tut: :tut: :tut: :tut: :tut: :tut: :tut: :tut: :tut: :tut: :tut: :tut: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/01/21, 03:39:52 PM
was just in the kitchen cleaning up and doing dishes,  kapow!!!  a bird nails the bow window or patio door!!  rather loudly fpr sure..  well i looked and there was one of Glenn's favorite birds laying there dead, a black bird!!!    :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
the last couple days i've had all of a sudden hundreds of them damn things come in... late afternoon.  :angry2: :angry2: :confused: then about a dozen starlings. not sure how many times i've went out on the deck to scatter them...........sure wish i could shoot in down....dont dare with that crabby, call the cops jerkoff neighbor next door. :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on April 04/01/21, 04:38:11 PM
Pellet gun or strong bb gun.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Bobberineyes on April 04/01/21, 06:44:58 PM
Pellet gun or strong bb gun.
Ha!! He'd just shoot his eye out!!  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/01/21, 06:48:26 PM
Pellet gun or strong bb gun.
Ha!! He'd just shoot his eye out!!  :rotflmao:
:tut: :tut: :tut:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/01/21, 07:01:25 PM
Pellet gun or strong bb gun.
Ha!! He'd just shoot his eye out!!  :rotflmao:

look out dogs!!!   thats my thoughts!!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/01/21, 07:06:20 PM
 :pouty: :pouty: oh the abuse..  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :taz:

at deer camp they call me the deer sniper!!!!!!!! :mooning: :mooning: :mooning:

i had a pellet gun, it sucked, finally didnt work so i disassembled it and tossed it. there has got to be a pellet gun the has more accuracy then the one i had. it was one of them pump up jobs. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/01/21, 07:37:27 PM
I know a guy that just paid $800 for one of those very accurate pellet guns.  Too much for me to spend.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on April 04/02/21, 06:33:52 AM
You can get a break barrel single pump type with either a spring or a gas cylinder for a little over 100 bucks, Mine is a Benjamin.   If I check the sighting in once in a while it does a great job.   Scope is sort of junk but works most of the time.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on April 04/02/21, 07:06:01 AM
When I was a young lad. I had I think it was a Daisy 880.  :scratch: It was a single pump. But that was one accurate pellet gun. Oh the pigeons we picked off with those guns. We noticed the grackles and black birds also on Tuesday night.  :angry2:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on April 04/02/21, 10:22:30 AM
I had one of those one pump pellet guns 1100ps that was junk made more noise than my 22 long rifle with quiet loads,dang pellet gun sights had to be adjusted after two or 3 shots as the barrel kept moving around on each pump,gave it away,had better luck years back with a crossman 10 pump bb/177 air gun until the plunger crapped out,wouldn't hold air
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/02/21, 10:44:04 AM
Have a Powerline 880 Daisy that the seal or seals are shot on. I see one can buy the seal kits for about $15. It was a decent pellet gun for the $ but had to be careful shooting it in the pole barn. More than about 4 pumps and it'd blow a hole in the steel when shooting sparrows. Would also shoot BB's but wasn't accurate. I grew up shooting a Daisy pump BB gun that was handed down from my older brother. Would hold ~500 BB's. Spend my gopher feet money on a tube of BB's and I'd disappear for a week. Brother & I would go up in the hay mow at night with a flashlight & pick the sparrows & starlings off the old hay track. Pretty well eradicated them for a while. Cats loved us. Good times.  :happy1:

This a.m.: Saw a group of around 40 juncos in the front yard. Don't recall seeing that many in a bunch like that. Heading north already?  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/02/21, 11:45:36 AM
I had a Crossman V-350.  I thought I was so cool cuz it had a wood stock.  This is before I was old enough for a .22. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/02/21, 11:59:29 AM
if i see any birds today they might be florida birds!!!!!!!!! :crazy: :crazy: holy hannah its windy!!!!!! :confused: :doofus: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/02/21, 12:07:16 PM
I had a Crossman V-350.  I thought I was so cool cuz it had a wood stock.  This is before I was old enough for a .22.
i go through this every spring.........after about 3 weeks these unwanted birds usually go off elsewhere so i will fight of the urge to buy another pellet gun.  :pouty: :surrender:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on April 04/03/21, 11:16:25 AM
A couple roosters under the line.... Never mind the audio, the TV was on.....

https://youtu.be/POJiIyEqMlM
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/03/21, 11:22:13 AM
A couple roosters under the line.... Never mind the audio, the TV was on.....

https://youtu.be/POJiIyEqMlM
judging by the length of the tail on the feller to the left he is an older bird. :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/03/21, 11:48:35 AM
that's pretty cool!!  ya don't see that every day!!!  :happy1:

and leave it too Glenn checking out some tail!!!!    :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/03/21, 11:56:04 AM
that's pretty cool!!  ya don't see that every day!!!  :happy1:

and leave it too Glenn checking out some tail!!!!    :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
:smoking: :sleazy: :nerd: :nerd: :nerd:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/03/21, 03:06:37 PM
Very nice!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/03/21, 03:54:47 PM
Sure beats the hell out of watching the George Floyd trial reports.  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/05/21, 10:39:16 AM
I see the sand hill cranes are finally back up here..  seen a pair just down the road yesterday!!   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/05/21, 10:54:10 AM
Thought I heard some barn swallows last night but no evidence of them at choretime Hope they show up soon. Flies are having a heyday & swallows eat a lot of them. Swatted a bunch of them in the bar yesterday & the bottom of the cutworm sticky trap was almost black with flies this morning.  :shocked:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/05/21, 12:29:52 PM
So you were in the bar all afternoon I suppose..  Don't they have screens on their windows?   :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/05/21, 02:44:09 PM
Was pretty warm yesterday but don't have a thermometer or a clock in the Studebaker. Nice to live off the grid sometimes.  :happy1: No windows open in the bar either but they had the front door wide open with no screen door inside of it. That might be a nice addition in the future. Of course, then it'd be harder to throw union thugs and other assorted delinquents out in the street!  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/05/21, 03:17:06 PM
 :mooning:  :tut: :tut: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/06/21, 08:00:33 AM
This morning we have so many Evening Grosbeaks in our feeder that I can't count them.  Of course they are coming and going constantly.  Great to see.  Been awhile.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/06/21, 08:22:21 AM
This morning we have so many Evening Grosbeaks in our feeder that I can't count them.  Of course they are coming and going constantly.  Great to see.  Been awhile.
yea them are awesome birds to have around. beauty of a bird to!!!!!!!!!!

i've had morning doves around, fun hearing them coo a bunch too. had 2 under the feeder this morning.

anyone seen any blue herons yet, or heard any loons???? with the lakes open one would thing they'd be moving in?????
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/06/21, 08:37:16 AM
have not seen them yet....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/06/21, 09:08:00 AM
Nope, but did see a vulture sailing overhead yesterday.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/06/21, 09:10:46 AM
Nope, but did see a vulture sailing overhead yesterday.
Dotch can fly????????? :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :doah: :oops1: :sorry: :laughroll: gunner dare me!!!!!!! :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on April 04/06/21, 09:34:51 AM
This morning we have so many Evening Grosbeaks in our feeder that I can't count them.  Of course they are coming and going constantly.  Great to see.  Been awhile.
Nice! you get all the evening grosbeaks and we get  all the grackels. Dang birds. Must have been a 100 of them at the feeder last night.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/06/21, 10:41:12 AM
just seen a vulture too!!!   :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/06/21, 12:34:38 PM
We aren't grackle fans neither. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/06/21, 12:56:50 PM
We aren't grackle fans neither.
grackles, starlings, rex winged blackbirds. :angry2: :angry2: :fudd: :fudd:

I need to fend off any thoughts of a pellet or BB gun. :confused: if my jerk for a nei
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/06/21, 01:07:35 PM
Nope, but did see a vulture sailing overhead yesterday.
Dotch can fly????????? :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :doah: :oops1: :sorry: :laughroll: gunner dare me!!!!!!! :pouty:

 :tut: :tut: :tut: Careful, I haven't been to the post office yet today, pal... :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/06/21, 01:15:05 PM
Nope, but did see a vulture sailing overhead yesterday.
Dotch can fly????????? :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :doah: :oops1: :sorry: :laughroll: gunner dare me!!!!!!! :pouty:

 :tut: :tut: :tut: Careful, I haven't been to the post office yet today, pal... :rotflmao:
:shocked: :shocked: :nerd: :nerd: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on April 04/06/21, 05:42:49 PM
This morning we have so many Evening Grosbeaks in our feeder that I can't count them.  Of course they are coming and going constantly.  Great to see.  Been awhile.
yea them are awesome birds to have around. beauty of a bird to!!!!!!!!!!

i've had morning doves around, fun hearing them coo a bunch too. had 2 under the feeder this morning.

anyone seen any blue herons yet, or heard any loons???? with the lakes open one would thing they'd be moving in?????

I had a loon on my pond 2 weeks ago....  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/09/21, 02:20:21 PM
seen a pair of loons this morning!!  almost forgot to post it!!! 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on April 04/09/21, 02:33:28 PM
Got a Blue Heron in the creek, Saw wood ducks yesterday.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/09/21, 03:03:28 PM
Got a Blue Heron in the creek, Saw wood ducks yesterday.
 
no herons yet, but plenty of many kinds of ducks the last couple weeks or so...  many woodies too!! 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: fishwidow on April 04/09/21, 08:42:14 PM
 :sleazy:Just checking—what caused the woodies?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/09/21, 08:47:32 PM
:sleazy:Just checking—what caused the woodies?
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: a Linda bird. :tut: :evil: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/10/21, 09:45:14 AM
No woody, at least not today but did have this drake mallard wandering in the yard this a.m.

 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/10/21, 10:30:46 AM
Mallard stew!!!🤭 :rotflmao: you haven't trained Ruby to retrieve them yet. :sleazy: :rotflmao:

Pretty bird!! :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on April 04/10/21, 05:49:52 PM
Got a pair tonight....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/10/21, 06:09:15 PM
 :happy1:  they are fun to watch!!!  still have a rooster running around here but no hens.........
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Steve-o on April 04/12/21, 08:44:15 AM
Is that just funny camera lighting, or is that hen really that light colored.

I don't think I've ever seen one so white.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on April 04/12/21, 10:34:16 AM
not sure what's worse the squrriels or grackels? some beeches are going thru 1 lb of black sunflower seeds daily,spent yesterday thinning them both out,dang grackels are like small crows,they bully my song birds off the feeders,last summer I watched one raid a robins nest in my small pine tree,so its open season at my place.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/14/21, 04:20:54 PM
Saw our first two pelicans about noon today.  Flying towards JB's direction. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on April 04/14/21, 05:28:00 PM
Saw our first two pelicans about noon today.  Flying towards JB's direction.
I like them about as much as the Cormorants.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on April 04/14/21, 07:18:47 PM
Saw our first two pelicans about noon today.  Flying towards JB's direction.
I like them about as much as the Cormorants.
Usually there's a lot of 'em just down from the DNR's egg collection site that they set up on Little Cutfoot. There's so many that they need to have a small trailer over there so they can stay overnight to guard the holding pens or they would be empty in the morning.  :crazy: :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on April 04/15/21, 06:46:05 AM
Saw our first two pelicans about noon today.  Flying towards JB's direction.
I like them about as much as the Cormorants.
Boy isn't that the truth.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/15/21, 09:23:51 AM
Looks like we have Harris's sparrows in the yard at the ranch. The immature birds make it more of a challenge to ID but their song is a giveaway. It's a little similar to the white-throated sparrows but more broken with more of a variety of sounds. The white-throated and white-crowned sparrows should be around soon.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/16/21, 08:21:37 AM
Have had a red bellied woodpecker visiting our feeder this morning.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/16/21, 09:05:55 AM
seen a grey heron last night....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/16/21, 12:38:44 PM
Bought a NY Strip loin yesterday.  I cut the thick fat off and put it in a baggie in the freezer.  Thinking I will just pack our square suet feeder with it.  Don't feel like rendering it.  Have never done it before.  The birds should eat it shouldn't they?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on April 04/16/21, 12:51:23 PM
Use it in the winter, then they will eat it. In the warmer weather it will be to soft for them. I do that with deer tallow all winter long. The birds really it it up.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/16/21, 12:54:15 PM
Don't see why not. Those big hunks of suet I get are just fat from around the kidneys. They might want A1 or 57 with that steak fat tho... :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on April 04/17/21, 06:48:47 AM
This one came in yesterday afternoon

https://youtu.be/7t_q6qNSuo0
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/17/21, 07:12:51 AM
good lookin bird!! 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on April 04/17/21, 07:22:10 AM
Pretty cool.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/18/21, 09:59:24 AM
Saw our first tree swallows yesterday forenoon.  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/18/21, 10:04:01 AM
I've got my eyes peeled for them.  Had a Coopers Hawk land on the railing next to our feeder this morning.  Looking at us. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Steve-o on April 04/19/21, 11:26:18 AM
Spent all day yesterday battling a territorial robin.

They day started with this robin seeing his reflection in our front window and incessantly bashing his head into it to defeat his perceived rival.

Step 1.  Open and close the interior blinds to see if that made a difference in the window reflection.
Nope.  More banging and pecking.
Step 2.  Hang a sheet over the window outside of the window.
The sheet puckered at the top and the robin flew up and sat pecking at his reflection again.
Step 3.  Duct tape around the edges to close puckers and gaps.
The robin moved over to the next window away from the tree.  It started on the ground and flapped up until it saw its reflection and started pecking again.
Step 4.  Hang and duct tape a sheet over the next window.
The robin moved around the corner and found another window.
Step 5.  Hang and duct tape a sheet over a third window.
More pecking and banging.  The sun was baking the west side of the house and the tape wasn't sticking.
Step 6.  Even MORE duct tape.
The clouds blew in with cooler temps and light rain.  It was quiet for the evening until the sun set.

Now I wonder what the neighbors are thinking with all the sheets covering our windows.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: fishwidow on April 04/19/21, 12:05:45 PM
 We normally have that every year. At the crack of dawn, this deranged Robin throws himself at the window over and over for hours. In between collisions with the glass, he sits on the deck rail to rest. We’ve tried bird spikes on the rail, which do not work; a fake owl or two perched on the rail, which doesn’t work; flashy Mylar ribbons in front of the window to blow in the breeze, which doesn’t work; and blow up giant eye balloons, that don’t work. I’ve heard of people smearing the windows with Dawn dish soap and covering the windows with post it notes.   Those might work, but that prevents you from seeing out the window.
He hasn’t  shown up this year so far. Maybe he moved to your place, Steve-o.
I will say he doesn’t damage anything, unlike the woodpeckers and nuthatches who really do a number on redwood siding. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: markn on April 04/19/21, 05:40:47 PM
  Just shoot the bugger. :sleazy:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Steve-o on April 04/20/21, 08:11:01 AM
Almost did at 6:30 this morning.   :fudd:

Instead we replaced the sheets that were falling off the windows with Press and Seal wrap.  We found we couldn't leave even an one inch strip uncovered because it would find its reflection and peck at it.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/20/21, 08:14:26 AM
Almost did at 6:30 this morning.   :fudd:

Instead we replaced the sheets that were falling off the windows with Press and Seal wrap.  We found we couldn't leave even an one inch strip uncovered because it would find its reflection and peck at it.
you ever think that robin has the hotz  :hubba: :wowza: for you???? :scratch: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/20/21, 11:50:49 AM
I heard about somebody putting saran wrap and black shoe polish on toilets in the women's dorm once... :scratch:  :evil:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on April 04/20/21, 12:00:07 PM
I heard about somebody putting saran wrap and black shoe polish on toilets in the women's dorm once... :scratch:  :evil:
Is that a confession?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/20/21, 12:24:14 PM
I heard about somebody putting saran wrap and black shoe polish on toilets in the women's dorm once... :scratch:  :evil:
Is that a confession?

sounds like one!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/20/21, 12:58:10 PM
 :whistling:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Steve-o on April 04/21/21, 06:15:56 PM
I forgot the update from yesterday with the kamikaze robin.

The last thing we did was to put opaque press and seal on the windows, but our hurried attempt to cover them in the morning left 1 inch strips of exposed glass, which the bird would find and bash into.

So my wife had to completely cover every the windows with film and painters tape.

But that wasn't good enough either cause the bird started beating its beak against the press and seal even though there was no clear reflection.

She solved that problem by printing out pictures of faces and owls and hawks and taping them to the window.

That appears to have thwarted the bird for now.  It has been a quiet Wednesday.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/21/21, 06:33:40 PM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1: :happy1:

tell her good job!!!!   :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on April 04/21/21, 08:27:31 PM
More than 1 here that has a ceramic owl on the canopy of their lift in an effort to keep the gulls & ducks from using it for their outhouse.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on April 04/21/21, 09:34:45 PM
More than 1 here that has a ceramic owl on the canopy of their lift in an effort to keep the gulls & ducks from using it for their outhouse.

A few strands of mono or braid seems to do the trick for me.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on April 04/23/21, 08:13:58 AM
Yeah Del, windsocks or about anything that moves looks to be helpful too.  :scratch: Not sure why but they don't seem to like ours & that's OK with me.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/23/21, 09:18:57 AM
Purple finch on the feeder this a.m. and a fully colored adult Harris's sparrow finally. No white-throated or white-crowned sparrows yet though. Odd. Usually we're overrun by them about this time of year. Might be a quick visit if they show up at all.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on April 04/23/21, 10:22:05 AM
Yeah Del, windsocks or about anything that moves looks to be helpful too.  :scratch: Not sure why but they don't seem to like ours & that's OK with me.
Had a flag next to our lift.   As long as it wasn't hitting them, they were cool with it.   Stringing thread is only thing I have found to work for very long.   I don't think they can see it and it freaks them out when they hit it.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/23/21, 10:35:56 AM
A 20 X 40 ft picture of boar should work!!! :evil: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/23/21, 10:48:43 AM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

Weighted strands of monofilament work well to deter the sparrows & starlings from bluebird houses & the horizontal suet feeders. Had to change that up tho when the downies started getting entangled in it. Used florists wire instead. Worked equally as well on the trash birds & didn't hurt the little 'peckers.  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/26/21, 02:08:10 PM
White-throated sparrows were en masse in the backyard over lunch. Were a few chipping sparrows yesterday so it's getting closer to hummingbird & oriole time.  :happy1: 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on April 04/26/21, 02:11:05 PM
was watching a king fisher this morning..
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on April 04/26/21, 03:38:49 PM
Reminds me to get the hummer/oriole feeders out...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Steve-o on April 04/26/21, 03:51:20 PM
The kamikaze robin is back - this time at the back windows.  Or maybe it is a different bird.

Instead of masking off all the windows - as was necessary last week - we just hung up a few pictures of faces and raptors.

He still bashes the window now and then, but this combative robin seems to be less persistent.

Funny, in 27 years in the house, we never had this problem before.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on April 04/26/21, 06:15:31 PM
Add barn swallows to the list of returnees. Tree swallows have also reappeared.  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/26/21, 06:20:18 PM
I am hoping to see Tree Swallows.  The seem to like us more than Martins.  I find that Robin thing so interesting.  Almost as it has babies in your house that she is trying to find.  Keep us posted.  I am curious about it.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: fishwidow on April 04/26/21, 07:22:00 PM
Interesting, Steve-o. This is the first year in memory that we have not had the wacko Robin attacking our living room window. Knock on wood.!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on April 04/27/21, 10:55:33 AM
I don't have any physco robins  :rotflmao: but I have several robins eating at my suet cake and going to the sunflower feeders feeding. :scratch: not sure if this odd kinda weather is making it tough to find there desired foods or not. :scratch: but I ve never seen this before??? :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on April 04/30/21, 10:40:04 AM
Just hooked up the camper and took the wheeler out to get the mail.  Here the tree swallows were going in and out of the blue bird house down the driveway.  By the time I got back they were on the wires here at the house.  That is where there houses are.  I talk to them and they look at me.  I can tell they think there is that cool guy that lives here.  LOL
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/01/21, 09:01:36 AM
I put a jelly feeder with oranges on the end out yesterday along with a nectar feeder. Thought with the warm up it might push the orioles and hummers this direction. Haven't seen any yet... :huh:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/01/21, 09:47:53 AM
Same thoughts here, the warden put out the hummer nectar and the grape jelly. We've been wondering where the finches are.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/01/21, 10:20:29 AM
I was wondering about the goldfinches here too. See one occasionally but not like they were for a while & seemingly on the increase. Should fill my feeders with sunflower & safflower again. Reports of rose-breasted grosbeaks heading this way.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/01/21, 10:36:55 AM
The grosbeaks and orioles usually come a day or two apart here. The warden and I had an intellectual discussion about birds last night in Pemberton while waiting for our chow. Over a few adult beverages I might add. Usually May 4th or 5th bring the first Orioles and Grosbeaks.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/01/21, 11:58:22 AM
Update: First Oriole of the year just sighted at the grape jelly feeder! Surprised the heck out of me.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/01/21, 02:25:22 PM
You always have nicer birds than we have... :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/01/21, 03:04:56 PM
Guess they like me.
Or it could be the pear trees in full bloom.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/01/21, 04:49:38 PM
put the oriole feeder out with sugar water.... No food color.   No action.   No birds either.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/01/21, 05:37:55 PM
Guess they like me.
Or it could be the pear trees in full bloom.

I see ours popped today. The wild plums too but this heat will make them short-lived. Love the smell of plum blossoms.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/02/21, 10:12:22 AM
More Harris's sparrows today than we've ever seen. Half a dozen cruising the backyard. & just like that, a bunch of fully colored male goldfinches to brighten the day.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/02/21, 11:29:52 AM
Saw a single goldfinch. Then the red headed woodpecker showed himself to me.
So I got that going for me.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/02/21, 11:46:57 AM
A Wood Thrush was on the ground under a feeder. Also saw the first cat bird of the year. I'm going to ask the warden to pick up a supply of grape jelly before it gets short.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/02/21, 12:26:36 PM
Have had a brown thrasher here for a week or so but no catbirds yet.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/02/21, 12:41:16 PM
seen a flicker the other day..  male cardinal too
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/02/21, 05:07:43 PM
Thanks for the reminder about the jelly.   got some sugar water out.  But an orange and some jelly  would be good. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/03/21, 09:16:47 AM
Had some pine siskins show up on the thistle seed feeders yesterday. Also heard the 1st house wren of the season in Bugtussle this a.m.

Talked to my brother down by Waterloo. He had 2 rose-breasted grosbeaks there this a.m.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/03/21, 11:43:38 AM
Had some pine siskins show up on the thistle seed feeders yesterday. Also heard the 1st house wren of the season in Bugtussle this a.m.

Talked to my brother down by Waterloo. He had 2 rose-breasted grosbeaks there this a.m.
He gets all the good birds. :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/03/21, 12:29:38 PM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

That's what I always tell him!  :bonk:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Steve-o on May 05/03/21, 12:53:30 PM
Not the back yard, but the other day I saw two bald eagles dogfighting over the Minnesota River.  I presume they were two males grappling with each other's talons over territory.

The kamikaze robin action has slowed somewhat.  We just get a few head bonks around 6:30 AM.  Otherwise starting to see male and female robins paired up and hopping around the yard looking for worms.

So there just must be a few young, narcissistic, lone males who can't resist their own reflection in the window.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/05/21, 10:14:16 AM
Thought I heard an oriole before chores this a.m. Song was coming from the silver maple by the barn. The sheep were in an uproar awaiting their feed & after they were fed, heard or saw nothing.  :doah:

We had a robin doing the window thing briefly this spring. Mrs. Cheviot taped a chunk of newspaper on the inside of the sliding glass door. Noticed the issue was mostly on cloudy days. Ruby liked sleeping on the rug there when the sun was shining. That and when we'd hear the robin banging away we'd say "Squirrel!" which sent Ruby to the window to investigate. Must not have been as persistent as yours Steve-O.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/05/21, 01:18:00 PM
Just saw an orchard oriole at the jelly feeder
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/05/21, 01:49:10 PM
I sent one of my extra ones down there.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/05/21, 02:01:05 PM
Bird hog!  :tongue:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/05/21, 06:30:03 PM
Finally saw a white-crowned sparrow so that completes the trifecta of white-throated, white-crowned & Harris's sparrows. They've been coming through our yard every spring for the past 20 years or so. No Baltimore orioles or hummers yet. No hummingbirds either... :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/05/21, 06:34:42 PM
You usually get all the hummers.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/05/21, 06:53:07 PM
I see one pair of geese hatched some little ones...  seen then just down at the neighbors place... 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/05/21, 08:17:20 PM
Had an oriole feeder out, with clear sugar water....  Not seeing any thing.   then today there was something flew across the back yard that was sort of orange, in the like 2 seconds it took.   

So I went out and put half an orange by the feeder, fancy cara cara from Costco.   Ate the other half.   

No visitors so far.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/06/21, 10:16:53 AM
Del, maybe that orange streak you seen was just some of that good Mary Jane you where token on. :rotflmao: :happy1:

Put out the oriole and hummingbird feeders this morning.  Grape jelly too!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on May 05/06/21, 11:06:30 AM
My Mom lives in Princeton and just seen their first oriole this morning.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/06/21, 02:02:34 PM
Del, maybe that orange streak you seen was just some of that good Mary Jane you where token on. :rotflmao: :happy1:

Put out the oriole and hummingbird feeders this morning.  Grape jelly too!!!

Could have been...   Had a couple little brown jobs on the oriole feeder this morning.    Almost looked like wrens.   Then one went in the birdhouse granddaughter made me for christmas so hope they stick around.    Gonna rig up some sort of feeder thing for grape jelly today.     Used to put it in a dish on the deck rail but I think it was too close to the house.    So I'll come up with some redneck substitute. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/06/21, 02:03:24 PM
Seen my barn swallows, tree swallows, whatever there called today whilst I was mowing the lawn. Took the locks off the door and didn't take long for them to check them out. :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/07/21, 03:11:24 PM
Got a hummer! Bird
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/07/21, 03:12:35 PM
Both?  :scratch:

How long is this orchard oriole on loan for? At least he likes to beat on the house sparrows while he's here!  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/07/21, 03:39:47 PM
You can have the oriole for the season. Now I need some indigo buntings.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/07/21, 03:41:07 PM
Our tree swallows were here for one day and then left.   :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/07/21, 06:33:27 PM
seen some martens today..
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/08/21, 08:09:17 AM
Our tree swallows were here for one day and then left.   :confused:
mine are showing up sporadiclly too!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/08/21, 08:13:11 AM
Just saw a rose-breasted grosbeak here...& just like that a Baltimore oriole :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/08/21, 08:15:28 AM
Just saw a rose-breasted grosbeak here...& just like that a Baltimore oriole :happy1:
Roony is right........you get all the good birds!!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/08/21, 09:18:36 AM
Yesterday had some sort of woodpecker down in the grass pecking at the ground.   Black and white, like a Hairy but looked a little bigger, could have just been me though.  Not big enough for a pileated. 

I've seen flickers do that but never one of the black and white jobs.   Must have been some ants or something out there.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/08/21, 11:01:20 AM
Put up a new double Shepard pole with a finch feeder and a hummingbird feeder for the warden's Mother's Day present. Took all of 10 minutes to have customers.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/08/21, 03:02:07 PM
Sweet! I got Mrs. Cheviot a potted red salvia with a few blooms opening & lots of buds on it. Hummingbirds should appreciate it if & when they show up. Too damn cold & windy to put it out today. The furnace just ran a few minutes ago!  :doah:

Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/08/21, 03:07:06 PM
nice flower for her Dotch, furnace died??  not good any time of the year!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/08/21, 03:24:22 PM
No, furnace is fine. The fact that it's been running today kinda bites tho. I see the floor heat has kicked in too. At least my tootsies will be warm.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/08/21, 03:27:22 PM
got ya, mine still runs some too..  but I have it turned way down... 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/08/21, 03:50:12 PM
The warden started the pellet stove this morning.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/08/21, 04:38:30 PM
Put out a hummer feeder to go with the oriole stuff....  pretty lonesome,  :pouty: :pouty: :thumbs:
No customers...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/08/21, 05:03:49 PM
Just spotted my first hummingbird at the feeder. No orioles yet! :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/09/21, 11:56:32 AM
The tree swallows are back.  They were here last week but disappeared.  Glad they are back. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/09/21, 12:46:03 PM
I sent you a few spares.  :cool:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/10/21, 07:50:14 AM
 :rotflmao: :happy1:  Thank you sir.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/10/21, 05:39:25 PM
Finally seen the first oriole. :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/11/21, 07:36:28 AM
This morning we have our first Hummingbird.  Lots of white crowned sparrows too.  They know this is going to be the first of the nice weather.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/11/21, 07:38:42 AM
i've heard a report of bluebird siteings..........none here yet........anyone else???????/
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on May 05/11/21, 08:42:48 AM
No bluebirds yet....

I did get some pictures of a Cardinal.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on May 05/11/21, 09:20:41 AM
I sure miss the cardinals.  :pouty: We used to have lots of them when we lived in Becker.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/11/21, 10:56:22 AM
Same here JB.  We did have a male and female land at out feeder about 5 years ago.  Only one time though. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/11/21, 06:45:14 PM
Just saw our 1st hummingbird of the season working over a crabapple tree.  :cool:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/11/21, 07:00:34 PM
Just saw our 1st hummingbird of the season working over a crabapple tree.  :cool:
you steal it from roony???🤭
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: birdswacker on May 05/11/21, 07:29:10 PM
I saw the first Oriole today
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/11/21, 07:31:16 PM
Just saw our 1st hummingbird of the season working over a crabapple tree.  :cool:
you steal it from roony???🤭

I think he took his orchard oriole back & subbed a hummingbird... :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/11/21, 07:37:44 PM
Just saw our 1st hummingbird of the season working over a crabapple tree.  :cool:
you steal it from roony???🤭

I think he took his orchard oriole back & subbed a hummingbird... :scratch:
Yea gotta keep an eye on roony, he's a sneaky devil. :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/11/21, 07:46:23 PM
Just saw our 1st hummingbird of the season working over a crabapple tree.  :cool:
you steal it from roony???🤭

I think he took his orchard oriole back & subbed a hummingbird... :scratch:
Sent one of the factory seconds over there.
 If I get that big ass coon in the live trap I'll run that over there before visiting mom tomorrow. Iff'n I have ta kill it I'll stuff it in a large flat rate box and mail it up to Smurfy. :sleazy:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/11/21, 08:14:13 PM
Just saw our 1st hummingbird of the season working over a crabapple tree.  :cool:
you steal it from roony???🤭

I think he took his orchard oriole back & subbed a hummingbird... :scratch:
Sent one of the factory seconds over there.
 If I get that big ass coon in the live trap I'll run that over there before visiting mom tomorrow. Iff'n I have ta kill it I'll stuff it in a large flat rate box and mail it up to Smurfy. :sleazy:
:tut: :tut: :tut:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/11/21, 08:20:11 PM
I'll gut it so it don't spoil. Been pretty cool out. You could can that coon meat.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/12/21, 07:09:59 AM
Trapper Roony got the coony! The warden woke me up from a deep slumber at 3am to let me know I captured it. It's now at its final destination.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/12/21, 07:34:55 AM
Trapper Roony got the coony! The warden woke me up from a deep slumber at 3am to let me know I captured it. It's now at its final destination.

it's at Glenn's already??   sweet!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/12/21, 07:40:23 AM
Trapper Roony got the coony! The warden woke me up from a deep slumber at 3am to let me know I captured it. It's now at its final destination.

it's at Glenn's already??   sweet!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:


 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:  Hence the enchilada he gave his Mom.  I'll bet he didn't tell her what was in it. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/12/21, 07:44:18 AM
glenn suddenly noticing his mom's habit of washing her food...

Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/12/21, 08:54:30 AM
 :tut: :confused: :confused: :pouty: :pouty: :banghead: :banghead: training-087 :taz:

putzes!!!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/12/21, 08:45:52 PM
Hummingbird found the feeder tonite. Can hear a cat bird in the windbreaker but hasn't located the jelly yet.  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/13/21, 09:04:20 AM
House wrens arrived at the ranch this a.m. Had heard some in town a week or so ago. Need to get some spare wren houses in place. Winter was not kind to some of the older models. Otherwise they nest in my not so frequently used gas grill like last year... :scratch:

Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/13/21, 09:58:50 AM
yup save the grill Dotch!!!  I seen yesterday my robin that has a nest on the side of my garage in the vines is back!!  man she makes noise when I get to close!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

seen the pair of geese that had two little ones were down to one...  looking today I'm not sure they have that one yet???  my guess is a northern, bass or a snapping turtle maybe got them...  have to keep watch.... 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/13/21, 10:26:44 AM
Maybe Roony dropped off the racoon at your house. :doah: :rotflmao: he's a pretty sly feller???🤭🤭 :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/13/21, 11:28:12 AM
naw, he likes you better!!!   the oriole's are finally here too!!   :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/13/21, 11:31:50 AM
naw, he likes you better!!!   the oriole's are finally here too!!   :happy1:
:tut:  :tut: :rotflmao: nobody likes me. :pouty: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/13/21, 11:46:00 AM
aw your mother does!!!    :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/13/21, 11:47:30 AM
aw your mother does!!!    :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
:rotflmao: yea, that kinda depends. :pouty: :confused: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/14/21, 07:15:03 AM
Just had a male Oriole land on our hummer feeder.  Beautiful bird.  We all love you Glenn. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on May 05/14/21, 07:26:26 AM
Just seen an Oriole on the hummer feeder this morning at our house too.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on May 05/14/21, 08:13:22 AM
The neighbor said he had a hummer at his feeder yday mornin :happy1: :cool: so I'll be watchin ours pretty close the next few days.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/14/21, 10:43:24 AM
Holy crap, there just be 20 yellow finches on the feeders out back  :happy1:  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/14/21, 01:06:41 PM
Got done mowing and went out to start the frig in the camper.  I sat in a chair for a rest and to smell the flowers so to speak.  The dogs are wrastling for a stick.  Here this minature oriole bird is "flitting about".  (Rebs would have like that term)  I had to look it up and it is an American Redstart. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/14/21, 04:54:08 PM
The Orioles are extra busy today. The warden is gonna have to get more grape jelly.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/14/21, 05:04:34 PM
Finally had a couple hummers show up here in Cawchester... No orioles yet.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/14/21, 06:48:21 PM
The Orioles are extra busy today. The warden is gonna have to get more grape jelly.

Tossed their first empty this a.m. Luckily I bought 2 a few weeks back. Once the catbird finds it it'll mean another trip sooner than later.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/14/21, 07:12:40 PM
Had _ male orioles at the feeders a bit ago. :happy1: of course they all thought they were Dotch strutting there stuff like he was still in college.  :evil: :rotflmao: :moon:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/15/21, 02:10:24 PM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

I was more apt to be slithering along in the gutter. Remember, I had a '74 burnt orange Gremlin with big black hockey stick decals on the sides. I mean, how cool was that?  :shocked: I still recall my then girlfriend getting off work & coming over to one of our major league after finals parties. I was already passed out on the floor under a pile of dirty clothes in the bedroom & no one could find me. My roommate opened the door, turned on the light & I remember him telling her, "Well he's gotta be in here somewhere. He just just sorta blends in!" She was not amused.  :rotflmao:

Just saw an immature male orchard oriole at the jelly feeder. He had his back to me at 1st so it was a little tough to tell what he was until he turned around and revealed the dark black bib.  :happy1:

Finished mowing El Capitan w/o falling to my death & started relaxing with an adult beverage. Heard my 1st common yellowthroat of the season.  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/16/21, 09:27:05 AM
just seen a green heron!!    :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/16/21, 10:09:02 AM
Slither is a good word.  Like Rebs used to slither home from the NL.   :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/16/21, 04:15:12 PM
Judging by the song coming from numerous locations around the yard, we have several wrens that are new arrivals. Cleaned out some of their usual birdhouses in anticipation this a.m. Also spied the catbird finally. It was doing its damndest not to be seen, flitting between clumps of leaves in the nannyberry bushes. Jelly consumption has really taken off. Go figure... :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/17/21, 04:03:14 PM
I haven't seen or heard wrens or bluebirds yet. :confused:

Roony must have them all. :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/17/21, 09:16:52 PM
I like wrens about as much as starlings and sparrows
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on May 05/18/21, 06:56:17 AM
Seen 2 hummers chasing each other this morning. 1st sighting for us.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/18/21, 07:24:08 AM
seen some over the weekend!! 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/18/21, 07:39:35 AM
I like wrens about as much as starlings and sparrows
:shocked: :shocked: them wrens are bug eating machines.....what's not to like Roony..........other then they like to make a lotta noise really early in the day!!!!!!!! :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on May 05/18/21, 08:08:15 AM
Seen 2 hummers chasing each other this morning. 1st sighting for us.
None here yet, that I've seen. :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/18/21, 10:41:55 AM
I like wrens about as much as starlings and sparrows
:shocked: :shocked: them wrens are bug eating machines.....what's not to like Roony..........other then they like to make a lotta noise really early in the day!!!!!!!! :rotflmao:

I was thinking of that during chores this a.m. While they can be annoying the morning after a bomb session with the gin bottle, wrens are only here for about 5 months, & only noisy for a few of those. Sparrows & starlings are annoying year round, monopolizing bird feeders, making unwanted nests all over, pecking female bluebirds to death in nesting boxes, crapping on equipment in the barn, all this while merrily spreading various disease organisms as they go. If I could get Mr. Peabody to take me back in time with the Wayback machine, I'd find the clowns who introduced those trash birds and ask them, "WTF were you thinking?" :confused: 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/18/21, 12:02:45 PM
Of course I am exaggerating my distaste for house wrens but....
They have the bird version of little man syndrome. All birds are territorial but they take it to a new level attacking the eggs of more preferable species. They are mean and nasty little flockers. I could do without them.
Had a huge coon in the live trap when I got home from work at 4ish this morning. It will go to one of you wren lovers.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/18/21, 02:10:41 PM
I agree roony, wrens can be real aggressive. I haven't noticed a problem with them messing with other birds nests here. Have read about their pecking their eggs in birdhouses however. That's why I try to keep the wrens supplied with plenty of houses with an inch diameter hole in the brushy areas. Sparrows, bluebirds and tree swallows won't use them. It keeps the competition down for the houses out in the open meant for tree swallows & bluebirds. I have had my belly full of male house sparrows pecking bluebirds & tree swallows to death.

Something I read once about wrens was that if you put wren houses on or in the vicinity of the barn, their territorial nature will help keep the sparrows out. The present group of cats I have appears to be doing a pretty good job of that. Altho I wouldn't miss them tho if the wren trick worked & something would happen to them... :whistling:     
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/18/21, 03:43:10 PM
 (https://i.imgur.com/s7jCAT8.jpg)
Not a top notch photo but here's my redhead. As you might notice, I have a "bee friendly" lawn......and I like it
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/18/21, 04:09:58 PM
That is great!  I would love to see one of them.  Nice looking bird.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/18/21, 05:41:46 PM
The warden just sighted a scarlet tanager. It is rare for us to see one.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/18/21, 06:44:07 PM
You get all the good birds... :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/18/21, 06:48:55 PM
You get all the good birds... :pouty:
:rotflmao: Yea I'd say. :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: fishwidow on May 05/18/21, 08:04:09 PM
In the last few days, wood ducks perched in the trees, a turkey today, a bluebird today. First hummingbirds after we put up window boxes with red geraniums.
A couple of non-birds—a turtle the size of a dime and a big healthy coyote.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on May 05/18/21, 08:12:03 PM
Out on the drive lookin at the lake, havin a little HH & what stops by but our 1st hummer.  :cool:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/18/21, 08:31:41 PM
Out on the drive lookin at the lake, havin a little HH & what stops by but our 1st hummer.  :cool:
:happy1: good thing it was just a little HH, or you mighta seen 6.🤪😂😂😂 :smoking: :sleazy: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on May 05/18/21, 08:43:40 PM
 :scratch: Little? :tequila; :tequila; :tequila;                             :confused:                                ;) :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on May 05/19/21, 07:05:44 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/s7jCAT8.jpg)
Not a top notch photo but here's my redhead. As you might notice, I have a "bee friendly" lawn......and I like it
We used to have a pair of them for 5-6 years. They would bring their babies to the feeder. Haven't seen them now for 2-3 years. Not sure what happened to them. Man did they like the oranges. They would rap on the top of the bird feeder in the morning to let me know they needed their orange. Miss seeing them.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/19/21, 07:10:13 AM
ok, i give up.......what kind of bird is it???????//
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on May 05/19/21, 07:12:14 AM
It is a red headed wood pecker. I thought Roony said that in his post.  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/19/21, 07:24:09 AM
It is a red headed wood pecker. I thought Roony said that in his post.  :scratch:
:scratch: he said redhead.....i thought, well........awe never mind.  :rotflmao: :rotflmao: yea cool picture!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on May 05/19/21, 07:40:20 AM
Ok. I see, you must have just been looking at the go fishing thread again.  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/19/21, 07:44:31 AM
Ok. I see, you must have just been looking at the go fishing thread again.  :rotflmao:
:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :evil:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on May 05/19/21, 09:33:51 AM
Any of you bird guru's have a fix for a little devil woodpecker of some sort tearing up my cedar post on my pole barn over hang,small white chested black checkered back and a small red patch behind the head ,larger than a nutt hatch between him and a red squrriel they're making a mess outof the exposed cedar 4x4 post,tried using boiled linseed oil,but me thinks it made things worse,kinda like gravy on meat.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/19/21, 09:38:09 AM
Bullet?? :scratch: :rotflmao: iffin ya can hit it.  :sleazy: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/19/21, 09:50:30 AM
Sounds like you've got a downy that's convinced there's insect activity he (red patch=male) needs to check out. They've been dicking around with the white cedar railing on our porch too. Not sure what might work to deter them tho. Some say shiny objects, remove dead limbs, etc. that might attract them while others say attract them elsewhere which in my case is pretty tough to do. I may have to fill the suet feeder again if they don't knock it off. They were after it until I let the feeder run empty then went after my railings more. I usually stop feeding suet when the temps warm up.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on May 05/19/21, 11:46:59 AM
yeah the little booger is also enlarging the screw holes on my deck.also cedar as the screws are sub surface,he must think each hole is bugs,also noticed my norway pines are infected with tiny worm holes,some area of tree bark looks like a cribbage board,I've read to water the tree's so they can produce more sapp to protect themselves,haven't seen the critters making the holes yet so not sure if its worm or insects,after living in colorado for years and the damage pine beetle do up in the mountains  I was concerned.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/19/21, 05:04:37 PM
Snow, I think you really do know what the only solution to both of those problems, don't you?   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1: :happy1:  So do we just don't tell anyone.  It is illegal to shoot woodpeckers.  :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/19/21, 05:38:06 PM
Just put a picture of boar up  :pouty: that'll scare anything away. :sleazy: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on May 05/20/21, 07:01:17 AM
LPS, :happy1: thought has crossed my mind,after last summer wilst on furlough  for 3 months I cleaned out the neighborhood gray and red squrriel colony,.22 quiet load ammo is on short supply these days so I gooberd up the cedar 4x4's where all the activity is taking place with boiled linseed oil to slow these critter's down then sprayed the bird feeder pole down with wd40 as another crop of surriels moved in,so any of you guyz that stumble across some .22 long rifle in partion quiet loads let me know,also on the lookout for winchester AA  12ga super sport in 1oz #8 shot.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/20/21, 07:03:17 PM
177 pellets available
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/20/21, 08:48:55 PM
My brother who is one heck of a hunter got a pellet gun recently.  Cost $800 I think.  I haven't seen it yet.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on May 05/21/21, 06:42:28 AM
177 pellets available

True Del,however .22 quiet loads makes less noise than my  .177 pellet gun made  before I gave it away,besides I get woodchucks every so often and the pellet gun just made them limp,some kill shots are 50yds and beyond so,need the Hp to roll em over
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/21/21, 06:51:46 AM
was watching a king fisher this morning...  seen some kill deere yesterday too
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on May 05/21/21, 07:39:28 AM
Seen our first grosbeak in da feeder last night.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/21/21, 07:48:25 AM
Seen our first grosbeak in da feeder last night.
man. i'm jealous!!!!!!!!!! :pouty: :pouty: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/21/21, 09:41:11 AM
has anyone else seen any wrens, or bluebirds???  :scratch: i have not???? my tree/barn swallows appeared to have also bailed out!!!! :doah:

thinking i might just yank my mealworm feeder iffin i dont see a bluebird soon!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on May 05/21/21, 09:57:20 AM
house wrens at my place recently,couple black birds staking claim in the creek bullrushes,grackles pissing off the robins for territory,seen my first oriole two days ago and one blue bird,pulled my meal worms as the robins found them and made pigs of themselves,hummingbird feeder's going out this weekend,might pickup some store bought nector flowers to help attract the hummers as well.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/21/21, 10:02:45 AM
Lotsa wrens. Altho they like roony's place better... :rotflmao: No bluebirds yet tho. Have had difficulty attracting them consistently at the ranch. Haven't been to the kindly neighbor's pasture recently. Usually have at least one there. Tree swallows use one house every year by the wetland but they haven't occupied a couple others closer to the building like normal do so maybe the bluebirds will. Finnners crossed... :huh: Hummingbirds have found the planters and the nectar feeder. May put another one out.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/21/21, 10:06:53 AM
Had some bluebirds and tree swallows but the wrens kilt all of em.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/21/21, 10:31:42 AM
 :rotflmao:  :rotflmao:  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/21/21, 04:16:40 PM
Saw first bluebird last night on the power line by the house.  Had some immature Grosbeaks at the feeder at noon.  Didn't have much color to them.  I'm thinking Rose Breasted male and female kids.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/21/21, 04:57:17 PM
Saw first bluebird last night on the power line by the house.  Had some immature Grosbeaks at the feeder at noon.  Didn't have much color to them.  I'm thinking Rose Breasted male and female kids.
Hope the wrens don't come and ruin it all for ya!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/21/21, 05:00:07 PM
Saw first bluebird last night on the power line by the house.  Had some immature Grosbeaks at the feeder at noon.  Didn't have much color to them.  I'm thinking Rose Breasted male and female kids.
Hope the wrens don't come and ruin it all for ya!
roony, maybe you need politically correct wrens??🤔 :confused: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on May 05/21/21, 06:08:01 PM
Wren Lives Don't Matter!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/21/21, 06:20:46 PM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :shocked:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on May 05/22/21, 08:14:16 AM
Daughter has barn swallows, or similar trying to nest under her deck.  She doesn't want them because the are territorial so goes out and hoses the nest doen every morning but they don't seem to get the message.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on May 05/22/21, 09:41:14 AM
My Grandma had a carport that was where you went to go inside.  There was always barn swallows in there zooming around us.  Scared us as kids.  She liked them to keep the bugs down. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on May 05/22/21, 10:41:36 AM
My Grandma had a carport that was where you went to go inside.  There was always barn swallows in there zooming around us.  Scared us as kids.  She liked them to keep the bugs down.
that's why I like them around. Bug control. :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on May 05/24/21, 12:09:50 PM
Hey dotch,my little downy took the hint to leave my cedar 4x4 post alone after a snoot full of boiled linseed oil,that and he was seen chasing the misses around all weekend on my old silver maple tree,horny little some beech.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/24/21, 01:50:08 PM
The male gave up drilling on the railing here & is focusing on his Mrs. instead. They're both using the oriole nectar feeder. Hadn't seen them doing that before.  :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on May 05/24/21, 02:03:34 PM
the female oriole's here sure enjoyed the apple tree blossoms!!!  every year I see them working them over!!!  must smell and taste good I guess... 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on May 05/29/21, 09:49:06 AM
All kinds'a birds yesterday...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on May 05/29/21, 11:50:04 AM
Looks like Wild Kingdom there HD!  :happy1:

Got a little of that going on here today. I'd like to get some guineas but the road by here is like a race track. They wouldn't last long. Afraid this guy is about as close as we'll get. At least I think it's a guy... :scratch:

Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Bobberineyes on May 05/29/21, 09:08:44 PM
We've never had tried to attract orioles but with a few pairs flying around the cabin we thought we'd give it a whirl.  The kid picked up a jelly/orange feeder deal so hoping they'll find it . He also brought up a bat house, which we put up on the side of the shed. I got no problem housing bats for skeeters.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on June 06/03/21, 08:03:30 PM
We have that Bluebird on what used to be the Tree Swallow house.  They took over the never used Martin house.  All worked out great.  The Bluebird house is about 40' from where we sit on the deck.  I took a peek inside and this is what I found. 

(https://tinypix.top/images/2021/06/04/iZKnr.md.jpg) (https://tinypix.top/i/iZKnr)
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on June 06/06/21, 02:21:12 PM
We seem to have a lot of grosbeaks this year. And the neighbor lady got a picture of the last one....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Bobberineyes on June 06/06/21, 06:04:17 PM
Had Orioles a couple of weeks ago at the lake bouncing around, now after a feeder goes out and Nuttin.  What gives??
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on June 06/06/21, 06:08:14 PM
We have a robins nest up on the floodlights on the east side peak of the garage. Pretty sure she has little 1's in there as she's out in the yard gathering food early everyday & usually leaves the nest whenever we walk by there. :happy1: :cool:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/06/21, 06:49:07 PM
Had Orioles a couple of weeks ago at the lake bouncing around, now after a feeder goes out and Nuttin.  What gives??
probably found another good source, other feeder or they are nesting. Iffin ya filled it they could be Back. I got hummingbird feeding out of my oriole feeder.

Our hummingbird feeders go empty at the cabin, it don't take them long to figure out there refurbished again. :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on June 06/06/21, 06:58:28 PM
Had Orioles a couple of weeks ago at the lake bouncing around, now after a feeder goes out and Nuttin.  What gives??

Their jelly consumption has slowed substantially in the past week here. They never run out & have a nectar feeder to boot. I suspect it's nesting time & they're preoccupied with that. I put some pieces of string ~6" long out the other day and it disappeared quickly.  :scratch: 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on June 06/06/21, 07:06:15 PM
Had Orioles a couple of weeks ago at the lake bouncing around, now after a feeder goes out and Nuttin.  What gives??
they will come back...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on June 06/06/21, 07:17:44 PM
We seem to have a lot of grosbeaks this year. And the neighbor lady got a picture of the last one....


What kind of bird is that yellow one HD?
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/06/21, 08:34:42 PM
We seem to have a lot of grosbeaks this year. And the neighbor lady got a picture of the last one....


What kind of bird is that yellow one HD?
:scratch: I was wondering the same thing. The beak on it doesn't resemble the grosebeak family?? :scratch:.

Wonder if Roony had them? :sleazy: :scratch: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on June 06/06/21, 09:09:24 PM
My orioles must be nesting, haven't seen them. Glenn, shakeup! Hope the wrens get ya.⁰
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/06/21, 09:20:38 PM
 :nerd: :nerd: well Dotch told me!! :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on June 06/07/21, 05:32:29 AM
We seem to have a lot of grosbeaks this year. And the neighbor lady got a picture of the last one....


What kind of bird is that yellow one HD?

Someone on Fartbook said it was a hooded warbler.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on June 06/07/21, 07:00:42 AM
don't think I have ever seen one of those...
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on June 06/07/21, 07:22:19 AM
Cool looking bird. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/07/21, 08:24:15 AM
We seem to have a lot of grosbeaks this year. And the neighbor lady got a picture of the last one....


What kind of bird is that yellow one HD?

Someone on Fartbook said it was a hooded warbler.
well google says there correct!!!!!!! :sleazy: :rotflmao: yea dang cool looking bird...i aint never seen one!!!!!! :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Steve-o on June 06/07/21, 11:55:43 AM
We seem to have a lot of grosbeaks this year. And the neighbor lady got a picture of the last one....


What kind of bird is that yellow one HD?

Someone on Fartbook said it was a hooded warbler.
well google says there correct!!!!!!! :sleazy: :rotflmao: yea dang cool looking bird...i aint never seen one!!!!!! :pouty:

Well here's why...

The National Audubon Society shows their range to the south and east of us.  Is this more proof of global warming that they are moving our way?   :confused:

(https://nas-national-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/sites/default/files/Hooded-Warbler_map.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: fishwidow on June 06/08/21, 10:12:54 PM
Not exactly a bird, but the hot weather has brought out the first tree frog of the year tonight. They climb the dusk til dawn light usually not until August and have a buffet of bugs attracted to the light.
On the bird side, I have seen kingbirds perching in the backyard.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: fishwidow on June 06/08/21, 10:19:11 PM
Oh, yeah—
I get all the good tree frogs.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on June 06/08/21, 10:32:13 PM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/14/21, 03:24:47 PM
Yesterday doing an all around inspection of things after being gone 6 days I noticed a wasp of some sort buzzing around my oriole feeders so I out out a wasp trap today.

I just opened up a new jar of grape jelly Vince that's gone I'll take the oriole feeders down. Them wasps jeep the orioles away  :confused:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: roony on June 06/14/21, 03:41:36 PM
Jeepers
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/21/21, 05:29:04 PM
Anyone else notice this. I have never seen robins feed off sunflower feeders like this year. It's a daily occurance here for at least the last month.

Not that I mind, just never seen this before.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on June 06/21/21, 05:52:07 PM
Anyone else notice this. I have never seen robins feed off sunflower feeders like this year. It's a daily occurance here for at least the last month.

Not that I mind, just never seen this before.

Nope, no robins in the feeders...bird bath, yes...feeder, no..

I've noticed more grackles, black birds and cat birds more than normal this year though....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/21/21, 08:09:40 PM
The black birds, starlings left, haven't seen them lately. Had a pair of cow birds but haven't seen in a while.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on June 06/22/21, 10:23:13 AM
lots of various finches lately and maybe the 1st hummingbird? tiny fella in one feeder about the size of a golf ball,no color just grayish,young of the year maybe?...two hummer feeders out,colored glass one is orange and the other grape colored,seems the orange feeder gets the most action although I only seen the one little feller in it but refilled it 3 times so far so must be more hummers around when I'm not looking.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on June 06/22/21, 11:03:16 AM
The black birds, starlings left, haven't seen them lately. Had a pair of cow birds but haven't seen in a while.

You get all the good birds.. :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/22/21, 11:16:52 AM
The black birds, starlings left, haven't seen them lately. Had a pair of cow birds but haven't seen in a while.

You get all the good birds.. :pouty:
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: I thought you and roony where fighting over all the good birds  :mooning: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on June 06/24/21, 08:16:46 AM
Recent shore birds have shown up,as a kid we called them "shy pokes" however today they are called "green herons" they are attracted to the creek in my back yard but land in my back yard tree's  layering everything underneath in a white mess,guessing they are nesting along the creek but hunt in our yards,seen one fly away with a garder snake the other day,major find.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/24/21, 08:24:46 AM
Recent shore birds have shown up,as a kid we called them "shy pokes" however today they are called "green herons" they are attracted to the creek in my back yard but land in my back yard tree's  layering everything underneath in a white mess,guessing they are nesting along the creek but hunt in our yards,seen one fly away with a garder snake the other day,major find.
there used to be a huge blue heron colony along the sauk river between cold spring and rockville you could see from hwy 23...then all of a sudden they all left!!!! :confused: :scratch: :scratch: was a pretty big deal for a while when they left. they even had a look out  on the hill on the south side of 23.

backyard birds......seeing cardinals at the bird bath, still have orioles around, and a cowbird occasionally on the grape jelly feeder. and of course the usual birds, english sparrows, robins and hummers. seems there feeding in the evenings more though now!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on June 06/24/21, 10:52:18 AM
Here: Cardinals, chickadees, goldfinches, nuthatches, downies, all sorts of orioles especially young ones, catbirds, blue jays, grackles, robins, a few hummingbirds, & oh yeah, the wild turkey. Dumb@$$ wanders around the yard like he owns the place. Really not afraid of us either. Ambles off into the brush when we come outside. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/24/21, 10:55:55 AM
Here: Cardinals, chickadees, goldfinches, nuthatches, downies, all sorts of orioles especially young ones, catbirds, blue jays, grackles, robins, a few hummingbirds, & oh yeah, the wild turkey. Dumb@$$ wanders around the yard like he owns the place. Really not afraid of us either. Ambles off into the brush when we come outside.
whack that turkey fer thanksgiving............or wont da MIsses let you...... :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on June 06/24/21, 11:10:33 AM
He starts messin' with her planters and them's fighting words...she'll take him out! :whistling:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/24/21, 11:25:39 AM
He starts messin' with her planters and them's fighting words...she'll take him out! :whistling:
:rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on June 06/25/21, 06:13:20 PM
 Got a hen and a bearded hen come in with 13 chicks tonight....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/26/21, 03:03:42 PM
Went out earlier to put fresh juice in the hummingbirds and oriole feeders and noticed more ants then I cared for so i picked up this stuff. Hope it works as well as it says it's supposed to. There are 8 of those things in the box for 5 bucks. Put them on the bottom of the Shepard's hooks
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on June 06/26/21, 08:22:43 PM
Good idea.  That might work great.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on June 06/27/21, 09:09:32 AM
when i went out back this morning to check the rain gauge i took a peek at the hummingbird feeder!!!!! :happy1: so far so good.......not ants!!!!! think i'll bring a few to the cabin for those feeders!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on June 06/28/21, 08:33:16 AM
Interesting find glenn....few years back I had issues with black ant's engourging themselves in our hummingbird feeders,little rascals sniffed out the feeders worse than late summer bee's....went to home depot for ant ammo,bought a can of "ant raid",at check out little old lady cashier quizzed me about my ant issue,she told me to use peppermint oil 50/50 with water in a spray bottle,still using the same batch today  works great.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on June 06/30/21, 04:45:39 PM
Went out fishing...and got some video of a loon...

https://youtu.be/t2SDZWElAjk
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Bobberineyes on June 06/30/21, 06:07:26 PM
 Sure wish I took a vid of momma loon feeding her little ones a sunnie a couple weeks ago, cool stuff.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on June 06/30/21, 06:15:02 PM
years ago the wife and I had a VHS tape of some loons like that..  they sure a neat bird!!!!   never get tired of the sounds they make!!!!   :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on July 07/01/21, 07:29:28 AM
Yeah, I really like loons.    They are scary looking when you are swimming and they are close by.   Those big pointy beaks.... 

We have a pair with two chicks out in our little bay here.   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on July 07/01/21, 08:04:58 AM
Usually see at least a couple everytime I go out  :fishing:. DNR told us a while back that most years we have 8 nesting pairs on the lake & that they're a sign a good quality water. :happy1: Sometimes, generally in the Fall, I'll see as many as 6-8  together. Very  :cool: bird!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: GrandpaTom on July 07/01/21, 09:47:03 AM
I found this bird feeder. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on July 07/01/21, 09:57:27 AM
Dual purpose. I like it!  :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on July 07/01/21, 10:00:17 AM
that is great!!!    :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: delcecchi on July 07/01/21, 11:02:22 AM
This morning.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on July 07/06/21, 08:45:08 PM
Look closely.  https://youtu.be/2T68vR07Q4w
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on July 07/07/21, 06:50:56 AM
not even time to say ouch!!!    :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on July 07/07/21, 06:55:50 AM
Yikes!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: snow1 on July 07/09/21, 08:19:45 AM
Not birds but monachs started to show this week,I planted a bunch of milk weed years ago they are drawn to every summer,come fall I'll have swams of monachs as they migrate,got a tree along the creek that has small black berries every sept they are attracted to,kinda early for these butterflies to show up but I like it.

young of the year robins are growing up fast,watched one youngen chasing a little finch around on the ground in tall grass snarfin up bugs,little robin seemed to want his share,the finch didn't oblige tho,those little robins sure run fast....
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on July 07/12/21, 10:31:26 AM
the last few days the blue jays are really having a blast in the bird bath!!  they are sticking their heads in the water, turning around and flick their tails in it and then they turn around again and jump in!!  fun to watch for sure..  still getting all the other birds yet too!!! 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on July 07/17/21, 10:33:11 AM
Cleaned all our feeders out the other nite. This morning we had a male rose-breasted grosbeak back at the feeders. Doubt he'll stick around but ya never know. Looks like one pair of loyal goldfinches, nuthatches, chickadees, blue jays, an occasional house finch & of course the icky house sparrows. Still plenty of orioles and the barn swallows must've had a good hatch. Good deal as we need all the help we can get against the flies and mosquitoes.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on July 07/18/21, 08:05:38 AM
Jerry Carlson had a nice article in the sunday paper today about the red headed woodpecker. says there population has decreased 70% due to the lack of old oak and cottonwood trees. loss of habitat in other words. i do see one occasional, but not often!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on July 07/18/21, 08:44:06 AM
We used to have a pair of red-headed woodpeckers for 6-7 years then all the sudden they were gone. They loved the oranges I put out for the orioles. They would eventually bring their babies to the feeder too. Have not seen then in about 3 years now.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Gunner55 on July 07/18/21, 08:54:58 AM
Seen some here yet, thought  :scratch: I seen a pileated 1 earlier this Spring.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on July 07/18/21, 08:58:54 AM
Seen some here yet, thought  :scratch: I seen a pileated 1 earlier this Spring.
yea i've seen both up at the cabin recently. even see an occasional pileated around home.  but there's a whole lot more trees up there for them to find a home too!!!!! that helps!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on July 07/19/21, 07:29:19 AM
seen a female red breasted grosbeak this morning on the feeder, no sign of the male though!!!!!!! :confused: :pouty:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on July 07/22/21, 07:54:14 AM
https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-lifestyle/with-deadly-mystery-illness-spreading-should-minnesotans-take-down-bird-feeders

now what??? 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on July 07/22/21, 07:57:58 AM
i'm keeping mine up......based on that article.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Jerkbiat on July 07/22/21, 08:04:51 AM
same here.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on July 07/22/21, 09:45:02 AM
Ditto!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on July 07/22/21, 10:01:23 AM
Same here. Activity at the feeders has slowed aside from the stupid house sparrows and I'd just as soon more of them found a way to croak.  :angry:

Back on the red-headed woodpeckers, haven't seen one in the yard for a number of years. I am seeing more in other places where there are more dead and dying trees. The bur oak blight may help their cause the way that's going. Something that I find interesting is the increase in the red-bellied woodpeckers. I never remember seeing very many of them as a kid. We see them routinely now.  :scratch:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on July 07/22/21, 04:14:08 PM
My feeders are getting hammered...I can't keep the suit or the black sunflower full. I also put those bigger feed blocks out, in 2 days.... their gone.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on July 07/23/21, 10:58:56 AM
My feeders are getting hammered...I can't keep the suit or the black sunflower full. I also put those bigger feed blocks out, in 2 days.... their gone.
what type of birds ya all got out there HD
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on July 07/23/21, 12:06:56 PM
3 different types of woodpeckers, grosbeaks,  finches, bluejays, chickadees, grackles, redwing blackbirds, redpolls.....and of course the turkeys.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on July 07/23/21, 12:15:18 PM
don't forget that Chinese bird!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on July 07/23/21, 12:26:18 PM
3 different types of woodpeckers, grosbeaks,  finches, bluejays, chickadees, grackles, redwing blackbirds, redpolls.....and of course the turkeys.
I'd start target practice on red wing black birds and grackles.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on July 07/23/21, 12:48:49 PM
3 different types of woodpeckers, grosbeaks,  finches, bluejays, chickadees, grackles, redwing blackbirds, redpolls.....and of course the turkeys.
I'd start target practice on red wing black birds and grackles.

but Glenn they are god's creatures too!!!    :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on July 07/23/21, 01:41:18 PM
3 different types of woodpeckers, grosbeaks,  finches, bluejays, chickadees, grackles, redwing blackbirds, redpolls.....and of course the turkeys.
I'd start target practice on red wing black birds and grackles.

but Glenn they are god's creatures too!!!    :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
yea......maybe so...........BUT some of gods creatures where meant for target practice!!!!!!!!!! :mooning: :mooning: :rotflmao: those are just 2 of them!!!!! :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on July 07/23/21, 01:43:48 PM
I hear ya!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on July 07/23/21, 04:03:19 PM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: HD on July 07/23/21, 04:10:57 PM
don't forget that Chinese bird!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1: :happy1:

Yup, we have some pheasants too.....to many birds to list...don't know why the  :censored: Glenn wanted to know.  :scratch: There's also some...I think they're cat birds...maybe cow birds  :scratch: I'm not "retired" yet so I don't have ALL day to look at the flipp'in birds.  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on July 07/23/21, 04:48:01 PM
don't forget that Chinese bird!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1: :happy1:

Yup, we have some pheasants too.....to many birds to list...don't know why the  :censored: Glenn wanted to know.  :scratch: There's also some...I think they're cat birds...maybe cow birds  :scratch: I'm not "retired" yet so I don't have ALL day to look at the flipp'in birds.  :rotflmao:
:shocked: :doah: :cry: :cry: :cry: :sorry: :embarrassed: :embarrassed:

Well ya did answer me, so there is that  :sleazy: :mooning: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on July 07/23/21, 06:18:29 PM
don't forget that Chinese bird!!!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1: :happy1:

Yup, we have some pheasants too.....to many birds to list...don't know why the  :censored: Glenn wanted to know.  :scratch: There's also some...I think they're cat birds...maybe cow birds  :scratch: I'm not "retired" yet so I don't have ALL day to look at the flipp'in birds.  :rotflmao:

and there it is!!  Glenn!!  to funny!!!   
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Bobberineyes on July 07/23/21, 07:46:11 PM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on July 07/25/21, 09:43:42 AM
This morning's contestants. They were heading towards the garden when I shooed them away.  :tut:

Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on July 07/25/21, 09:44:38 AM
This morning's contestants. They were heading towards the garden when I shooed them away.  :tut:
that coulda been a funniest home video moment!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: mike89 on July 07/25/21, 09:45:38 AM
or on the grill!!!   :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on July 07/25/21, 10:24:17 AM
This morning's contestants. They were heading towards the garden when I shooed them away.  :tut:
that coulda been a funniest home video moment!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:

 :taz: :taz: :banghead: :banghead: training-087 training-087

Aw, go eat yer smurfberries, ya gol durn pot stirrer!
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: LPS on July 07/25/21, 10:36:33 AM
I thought you only had one of them. 
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on July 07/25/21, 10:52:10 AM
I was hoping. These two are different from what appeared to be a jake that was terrorizing the place earlier. He had no fear. These skedaddled pretty quickly once they saw and heard me.  Not sure if they're hens or just younguns from an early hatch this season. Maybe someone who knows a lot more about wild turkeys than I do could chime in. I know next to nothing about them other than they can raise a lot of cain in a hurry. All the more reason to eat them!  :cool:
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: glenn57 on July 07/25/21, 11:15:16 AM
This morning's contestants. They were heading towards the garden when I shooed them away.  :tut:
that coulda been a funniest home video moment!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :happy1:

 :taz: :taz: :banghead: :banghead: training-087 training-087

Aw, go eat yer smurfberries, ya gol durn pot stirrer!
:sleazy: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

IMO those are to big to be this year's batch, maybe last year's youngins.

I'd like a full tom turkey mount. If I want turkey to eat, I'll go to the frozen section. I did dehydrate a wild turkey and that wasn't bad.
Title: Re: Birds in the back yard
Post by: Dotch on July 07/25/21, 11:26:40 AM
The jerky that I've had made from them isn't too bad. And when they were first turning them loose a neighbor had some of one type the DNR decided not to release. Butchered one of those. It was a young bird so it was pretty tasty. Pretty much all trophy hunting going on now from the sound of it tho.