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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1760 on: October 09, 2020, 09:40:53 PM »
   We started the day with a couple, maybe more, bluebirds going in and out of the bluebird box they used to raise 2 clutches of 5 eggs each this summer on the pasture fence and overlooking the front yard. We still don't know what they were doing going in and out of the house. Surely it is too late in the year for them to try to build another nest and raise some more. i told my wife I'd have to put a light bulb in it like I did in Sampson's small doghouse to keep him warm. I did not see them going and coming later in the day. Maybe they were just homesick and came back for a visit.

   About midday I looked out my window to see a Towhee perched there looking at me about 2' away. I don't know what he was up to.
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« Reply #1761 on: October 10, 2020, 08:45:34 PM »
WV Sawmiller, Bluebirds occaisionally check out boxes at all times of the year. They will go in boxes to roost at night in the winter. I read once of someone who counted ~24 bluebirds that all went into a box for the night and it was just a standard size box! No need for a heat lamp there. I once discovered a chickadee going into the cross pipe (1 1/2" diameter) of a clothes line pipe. He would curl up inside that pipe and spend the night, safe from those pesky owls.

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« Reply #1762 on: October 10, 2020, 10:52:26 PM »
@KEC ,

   Thanks for the info. That may be what these were doing although we did see them going in and coming out of the box. I just figured they were homesick.  :D
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1763 on: October 12, 2020, 05:53:18 PM »
Redtailed Hawk also likes the apple tree.


 

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« Reply #1764 on: October 12, 2020, 08:54:07 PM »
Ron, So one works the night shift and one works days. Just not a safe place for mice and voles and such.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1765 on: October 13, 2020, 04:27:31 AM »
Local artist has hit a boring concrete wall on the walkway where the while fantail hangs out. 



So even if you don't get to see the bird, that's what it looks like  ;D
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« Reply #1766 on: November 22, 2020, 08:20:47 AM »
Grouse feeding in the back yard this morning. A rather plump one to. There are three hanging around, saw all three the other day when carrying ashes out to dump. :)

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« Reply #1767 on: November 22, 2020, 07:20:47 PM »
I used to hunt and eat grouse, but now I just enjoy seeing them. Just to let you guys know, this is a good year for "winter finches", Crossbills, Pine Siskins, Pine Grossbeaks and Evening Grossbeaks. Keep your feeders stocked with sunflower seed. So far this fall I had a single Pine Siskin a couple of times.

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« Reply #1768 on: November 22, 2020, 08:08:15 PM »
When my daisies died back this fall the pine siskins  were all over them for several weeks, maybe a couple dozen at a time.
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« Reply #1769 on: November 23, 2020, 05:00:03 AM »
We get a lot of juncos and goldfinch here in the weeds. We have only a small number of evening grosbeaks that eat seeds of the boxelders. Bluejays are always present, looking for a free lunch. They love peanuts by the way, they will have them all before a squirrel even knows they are there. :D
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