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« Reply #1780 on: December 08, 2020, 11:15:20 AM »
   I was sitting on my couch watching TV and trying to stay warm a few minutes ago when there was a loud thump on the window 10' away from me. I walked outside and at the bottom of the porch steps I found this guy.


 A red-bellied woodpecker. Addled but still alive

 I put him back on the porch on Sampson's food dish where he was probably headed anyway. I'll check in a while. Hopefully he will feel well enough to fly away. They are a pain at times but I didn't have the heart to put him down. He's only doing what comes natural.

   About once a week we will have some kind of bird fly into the large windows on the side of the house. usually they get right back up and fly away. Sometimes they take awhile to regain their senses and sometimes they don't survive at all.
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« Reply #1781 on: December 08, 2020, 11:44:04 AM »
The back wall of our house is generally double pane glass, and  we get hits every other day or so.  Bird feeders out and the guests fly in the wrong direction.
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« Reply #1782 on: December 08, 2020, 03:52:20 PM »
Saw a cardinal here the other day on my walk, flew into some red pine trees from the opposite side of the road. I can officially say I have seen my annual winter cardinal this year already. :)
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« Reply #1783 on: December 09, 2020, 06:40:26 PM »
   My red-bellied woodpecker was gone when I walked out a few minutes later so either he flew or walked away. I think he flew because either he or his twin brother were on the porch rail this morning. I thought it was going to let me walk over and pick him up but when I was 4-5 feet away he decided to fly away.
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« Reply #1784 on: December 10, 2020, 04:01:52 AM »
A friend of mother's had a red headed woodpecker at her place all summer. Some birders went over to take photos and it is now in a 2021 calendar. They are a long way out of their ordinary range to be here in NB. We are seeing other birds creeping in here frequently, such as turkey vulture, crains (not herons), turkeys. I suspect an old fashion winter with -30F mornings will thin the turkeys out. :D Haven't seen -30F here in 12 years.
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« Reply #1785 on: December 10, 2020, 06:30:31 PM »
Swamp Donkey, Turkeys can be hardy. They are in the Central Adirondacks. Some years ago when New York and other states trapped turkeys to introduce in new areas I talked to a biologist who said that in very harsh weather the turkeys may not get out of a roost tree all day long. They would be up in a big Larch and sidestep out to where they would eat buds and go back over by the trunk. Made it tough to trap them.

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« Reply #1786 on: December 12, 2020, 07:36:57 PM »
 

 

 I was sitting in my upper shooting blind this morning and this pileated woodpecker came for a visit. He landed about 6' high on a tree then hopped down on the ground to a couple of roots and was down there a good 5 minutes or more. He was throwing leaves over his shoulders (Do birds have shoulders?) as far as an old turkey hen. I had a good time watching him then before he left he gave the famous pileated wood hen call before he flew up. We have several nest of them in various dead trees on our place. They are very impressive bird but I watched a bluebird make one circle a dying ash tree repeatedly last summer when he lit too close to their nest box.
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« Reply #1787 on: December 28, 2020, 08:22:29 PM »
Around a dozen eastern bluebirds and half a dozen flickers in the yard yesterday.



 


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« Reply #1788 on: December 28, 2020, 09:44:21 PM »
Today I had a Brown Creeper by the house where I put suet and sunflower seed. I'm making some nest boxes for creepers for the coming nesting season. They normally nest under loose tree bark, but are known to use a box that simulates natural sites.

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« Reply #1789 on: January 02, 2021, 06:22:56 PM »
 

 

 Threw some sunflower 🌻 seeds on my enclosed trailer. Works pretty good for a bird feeder

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« Reply #1790 on: January 03, 2021, 03:46:44 PM »
 

 

 

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« Reply #1791 on: January 03, 2021, 07:05:06 PM »
I read something interesting on our new calendar this morning. The blue of blue jay's feathers comes from melanin, which is brown. The cells in the feathers are specialized to diffract the light so that we see blue, neat. 
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« Reply #1792 on: January 03, 2021, 09:09:29 PM »
Interesting. I was looking at one really close today and noticed his tail and back feathers are really a different blue than the rest of his blue color

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« Reply #1793 on: January 03, 2021, 10:10:43 PM »
So far as I know, the blue in Blue Jays, bluebirds and others is caused by light refraction. The feathers are somehow such that they reflect blue but disperse the other colors. If you take one of their feathers and hold in down in front of you it will reflect the blue and look blue. Hold it up so the light comes through the feather to you and it is just a washed out gray. I recall many years ago I was out birding with some friends and we went to see a pair of Blue Grosbeaks which are rare this far North. We found the grosbeaks in an old field along with Eastern Bluebirds, Blue Jays and Indigo Bunting, all of the birds found in New York that are blue.

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« Reply #1794 on: January 11, 2021, 07:11:07 PM »
saw this in the window feeder today.  must be the flying variety, cause that is a bird feeder.



 

 
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« Reply #1795 on: January 11, 2021, 09:05:15 PM »
I opened the side door of a bluebird house last year and a squirrel ran out that looked like it was wearing baggy pajamas.  I think it was a flying squirrel.

We have 2 pairs of bluebirds visiting our feeder in the last 3 days now.  They must be staying nearby. 
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« Reply #1796 on: January 12, 2021, 03:16:01 PM »
I've got chickadees that will take seed from my hand if the feeder is empty by the house.
When i ski by the sugar shack and that feeder is empty I've had one on a couple occasions land on my hand atop the 
ski pole for 5-10 seconds looking at me telling me they are out of seed. Now that I find pretty special !

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« Reply #1797 on: January 12, 2021, 04:59:48 PM »
The blue jays are quite the characters. Throw some peanuts, shell and all on the feeder. Don't worry about the squirrels, the blue jays own the peanuts. :D

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« Reply #1798 on: January 12, 2021, 05:23:03 PM »
A local musician, Ewan Dobson has birds come to his hand. :)

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« Reply #1799 on: January 12, 2021, 05:39:37 PM »
Hard to beat that . Dude has more patience than me. I'll give em a minute or two and thats it.


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