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Sun Feb 3, 2013, 02:11 PM

The Great Backyard Bird Count

http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/

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Reply The Great Backyard Bird Count (Original post)
hedgehog Feb 2013 OP
dlwickham Feb 2013 #1
Blue_In_AK Feb 2013 #2
DainBramaged Feb 2013 #3
hedgehog Feb 2013 #5
DainBramaged Feb 2013 #6
hedgehog Feb 2013 #8
nick of time Feb 2013 #7
warrior1 Feb 2013 #4
underpants Feb 2013 #9
aka-chmeee Feb 2013 #10
nick of time Feb 2013 #11
aka-chmeee Feb 2013 #12

Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 02:17 PM

1. I saw a female cardinal earlier

does that count

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 02:53 PM

2. Hundreds of redpolls here.

They're having some kind of "irruption" this year.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 02:54 PM

3. HUNDREDS of sparrows fighting in this huge ball from tree to tree this morning

they do it often, like a gang fight.....

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 03:32 PM

5. You're sure they're fighting?

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 03:34 PM

6. Oh you mean maybe boinking?

Spring soon, hmmmmmm

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 04:36 PM

8. Spring, soon!

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 03:36 PM

7. Sparrows are awesome birds.

 

They are one of only three wild birds you are allowed to keep as pets without a special license, the other 2 being starlings and pigeons.
How's this for irony, you have to have a special license to keep certain wildlife, but you don't need a license in most states to have a gun.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 02:54 PM

4. check this out. Bested viewed in large screen.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 04:38 PM

9. We had 500+ blackbirds in our front yard this morning

I have seen massive groups of these things during my morning runs recently.

I thought it may be an omen for the Super Bowl (Ravens) but then I thought about what would I think if there had been 500+ 18th century gold prospectors (49'ers) in my front yard.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 04:45 PM

10. At my feeder

On feeders, on ground below and in Lilac Bush close by
Probably 80 sparrows,
a pair of cardinals,
a couple of woodpeckers,
a pair of eurasian collared doves,
2 or 3 Harris Sparrows,
a Blue Jay

Sparrows a much higher percentage than in years past.

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Response to aka-chmeee (Reply #10)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 05:19 PM

11. Sparrows have a nasty habit of running out the native

 

birds and taking over their nesting spot. They can be quite aggresive and territorial. And they are very intelligent birds.

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Response to nick of time (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:01 PM

12. Science teacher at school where I work

Offered to come live trap some sparrows to help feed the school's collection of snakes. Hard to decide. When I was a kid, my dad paid a nickle bounty on sparrows and I dispatched bunches with BB gun. Now, it irks me to see so many out there but, damn it, sparrows need to eat too.

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