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Offline Bobberineyes

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Things have slowed off here as well, a few stragglers yet I believe their cow birds have shown up ( black body with a brown head) . Last weekend at the cabin we went thru a big jar of jelly and several oranges with the orioles,  they were flat out going nuts. We get quite a few Wrens also out yonder, the sad news one hit a window and didn't make it.

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We have seen them some other years.  SO are they considered good birds or bad birds?
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Bad birds - "circle of life" not withstanding.  The females lay their eggs in the nests of other birds and the cowbird chick out-competes the other chicks.

I notice 4 male and 2 female cowbirds picking thru the grass in the back yard.  The males were in a line sort of following a female.  Every once in a while a male would lean forward and fluff our his feathers and I realized it was a courtship dance.  It must have been a bit early because none of the females was particularly interested.

Then, all of a sudden, a robin swoops down and chases the whole lot of cowbirds out of the yard.  She must have had a nest nearby and didn't appreciate mating cowbirds in the area.

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Ok I do remember hearing that now that you mentioned it.  Glad we haven't seen any yet then.

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See a few cowbirds here occasionally. Most of the time they're following the grazing sheep around waiting for them to kick up insects. Have found their eggs in chipping sparrow nests from time to time. They get tossed when that happens. 
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Thanks to Google and the new book, but had a female red wing black bird at the feeder. She wasn't shy by any means, photo after photo kinda like Glenn's garage wall ladies!!  :happy1:

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Good point.  So a cowbird must look like a female Red Wing Blackbird.  Is that close? Or a cross between that and a grackle?

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Good point.  So a cowbird must look like a female Red Wing Blackbird.  Is that close? Or a cross between that and a grackle?
Yea kinda, and like the grackles, not one you want around your feeders,there mean .

I better hide them walk pictures better  :rotflmao:
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Ya grackles are terrible. Only thing that seems to be meaner then the grackles is the blue Jays. And they don't empty the feeder in 3 days.
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Filled the feeders here at the cabin. Lot of yellow finches, a pair of red breasted grosbeak AND t Scarlett tanager!!! :happy1:
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You and HD get all the good tanagers... :pouty:
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a bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work!!

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My robins are actively protecting my yard,they team up and attack grackles that make the mistake of foraging in my yard,they even chase off other robins that feed on my back 40.Very territorial.

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I've been watching the pair of redheaded woodpeckers that have made a dead elm a home just roughly 50 feet from our home. I sure hope things work out so I can see the young ones after they hatch. I was going to cut that tree up this spring, glad I didn't get that job done.

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That's great to hear. :happy1: Haven't seen the red-head here recently but think I've heard it squawk. Still lots of orioles, more immatures along with adult males of both species. On a pace to eat a couple jars of grape jelly a week.
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Another thing I like about the Red-headed Woodpeckers is that they HATE wrens.

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Man are there alot of yellow finches up here. Also seen an indigo bunting! :happy1: :mooning:
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Can't even find grape jelly around here.  All sold out.  A lady we talked to said her daughter made some using pectin and grape juice and sugar.  We are researching that. 

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Good to know. We are going to need more too.
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Need to make a run to see if I can find some jelly meself. The orioles are blowing thru it faster than I thought. I haven't seen them at the jelly feeder but we've had a whole passel of cedar waxwings, again. They like to hang out in the hackberry tree then fly off to parts unknown. No idea what that's all about but there sure are a bunch of them.  :scratch:
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Last week at the store we got a bunch in. Went off the shelf as fast as it was put on.

Week before some lady took 2 whole cases, jars come 12 to a case . :confused:

Some are using the jam but don't know if they eat that???

Birds are kinda scarce around here now!
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So I thought I would drill out the holes in one of our hummingbird feeders so the orioles could use it.  I have looked at a hundred sites and noone says what size of hole to drill.  Anyone know?

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So I thought I would drill out the holes in one of our hummingbird feeders so the orioles could use it.  I have looked at a hundred sites and noone says what size of hole to drill.  Anyone know?
just go order one from Amazon!!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :mooning: :mooning: or a real live store. there not that spendy............or did the wife shut you down!!!!!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
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just take a drill bit and stick it in the hole till you find one that wont fit then figure out out how big to drill it out...
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just take a drill bit and stick it in the hole till you find one that wont fit then figure out out how big to drill it out...


Ok thanks.  LOL

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So, are the cow birds, the black birds with the brown heads?
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Looks like the one with its butt facing the camera is a male cowbird
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Thanks, now I will know. 

 

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