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Author Topic: Birds in the back yard  (Read 69415 times)

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Offline Dotch

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No woody, at least not today but did have this drake mallard wandering in the yard this a.m.

 
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Mallard stew!!!🤭 :rotflmao: you haven't trained Ruby to retrieve them yet. :sleazy: :rotflmao:

Pretty bird!! :happy1:
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Got a pair tonight....
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 :happy1:  they are fun to watch!!!  still have a rooster running around here but no hens.........
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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.

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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.

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Saw our first two pelicans about noon today.  Flying towards JB's direction. 

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Saw our first two pelicans about noon today.  Flying towards JB's direction.
I like them about as much as the Cormorants.

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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:
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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.
Hey look your bobber is up!

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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.   
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Have had a red bellied woodpecker visiting our feeder this morning.

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seen a grey heron last night....
a bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work!!

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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?

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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.
Hey look your bobber is up!

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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:
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This one came in yesterday afternoon

https://youtu.be/7t_q6qNSuo0
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good lookin bird!! 
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Hey look your bobber is up!

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Saw our first tree swallows yesterday forenoon.  :happy1:
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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. 

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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.

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 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. Weíve tried bird spikes on the rail, which do not work; a fake owl or two perched on the rail, which doesnít work; flashy Mylar ribbons in front of the window to blow in the breeze, which doesnít work; and blow up giant eye balloons, that donít work. Iíve 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 hasnít  shown up this year so far. Maybe he moved to your place, Steve-o.
I will say he doesnít damage anything, unlike the woodpeckers and nuthatches who really do a number on redwood siding. 

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  Just shoot the bugger. :sleazy:
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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.

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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:
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I heard about somebody putting saran wrap and black shoe polish on toilets in the women's dorm once... :scratch:  :evil:
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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?

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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:
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