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Sat Dec 29, 2012, 07:26 PM

My Backyard

I'm getting ready for the 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count.

The usual suspects...


Northern Mockingbird



Dark-eyed Junco





House Sparrow






Pine Warbler (female)




Chipping Sparrow



Black Vulture




Tufted Titmouse








Northern Cardinal




Red Breasted Nuthatch




Inca Dove



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Reply My Backyard (Original post)
Solly Mack Dec 2012 OP
CurtEastPoint Dec 2012 #1
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #2
justiceischeap Dec 2012 #3
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #4
justiceischeap Dec 2012 #7
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #12
justiceischeap Dec 2012 #15
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #18
AmBlue Dec 2012 #32
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #35
AmBlue Jan 2013 #40
formercia Jan 2013 #48
Solly Mack Jan 2013 #49
formercia Jan 2013 #50
NV Whino Dec 2012 #5
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #6
NCarolinawoman Dec 2012 #8
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #9
DemoTex Dec 2012 #10
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #11
Canuckistanian Dec 2012 #21
Mira Dec 2012 #13
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #14
Celebration Dec 2012 #16
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #17
OnionPatch Dec 2012 #19
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #20
locks Dec 2012 #22
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #27
Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 #23
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #26
Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 #28
Skittles Dec 2012 #24
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #25
Skittles Dec 2012 #29
peacebird Dec 2012 #30
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #31
peacebird Dec 2012 #34
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #36
peacebird Dec 2012 #37
locks Dec 2012 #33
SouthernDonkey Dec 2012 #38
Solly Mack Jan 2013 #41
MrMickeysMom Jan 2013 #39
Solly Mack Jan 2013 #42
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #43
Solly Mack Jan 2013 #44
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #45
The Wizard Jan 2013 #46
Solly Mack Jan 2013 #47

Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 07:31 PM

1. Nice! I wish I had your knowledge of the names.

The titmouses (titmice?) I have visiting me, too. Along w/many others, including yellow-bellied sapsuckers!

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 07:34 PM

2. I call the YB Sapsucker "that damn bird" because

I can never get shot I want of one.

I started learning a little about birds when I started photographing them. (which got me into counting them)



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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 07:37 PM

3. We have been inundated with crows of late

We also have a hawk snooping about too. We HAD a baby bunny this year but I think the hawk got to him.

Nice photos.

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 07:40 PM

4. Poor bunny. :(

I enjoy watching crows. They're very smart.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:10 PM

7. A co-worker of mine

was telling me this story about being at the park, and there was a hawk there terrorizing the other birds and these crows formed into, like, a bird squadron and forced the hawk out of their "air space." I was impressed that they kinda protected their plot 'o land.

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 09:46 PM

12. If you get the chance watch "A Murder of Crows".

Nature documentary. If you wanna....amazing birds.

http://video.pbs.org/video/1621910826/

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 07:45 AM

15. Just finished watching this

I must say I'm both impressed and paranoid now.

Seeing Hitchcock's "The Birds" as a child had a weird effect on me--I'm not necessarily scared of birds, just the possibility of what they could do. Now, I'm going to be extremely paranoid of crows. They may decide to come down out of the trees and take over.

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #15)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 10:48 AM

18. I think of that movie often when out looking for birds.

I have a new found respect for crows too. I pay attention to their calls more when I'm around them. I wonder what they're thinking and if they're teaching the others about me.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:21 PM

32. One day, one of my boys left the egg door of our chicken coop open...

...and a crow discovered it and had an egg-smashing party. Needless to say, it left a big mess in one of our egg boxes. My boys don't make that mistake any more, but I caught that darned crow flying straight in through the main door of the coop the very next day, again looking for a free lunch!! (My chickens free-range so the coop door is only closed at night.). So I chased him off and started collecting eggs as early as possible every day, hoping the lack of a prize would discourage the crow. No luck, as it continued to come looking for eggs every day! This crow would actually sit on top of my coop or on the front door of the coop every day and fuss at me for chasing him off! This went on for at least a week before we finally had to shut the coop door and cut a new, small doorway at ground level (and disguise it with bird netting) for our chickens to be able to get in and lay.

This finally did the trick, but still I saw that darned smart crow come by a few more times checking to see if he could get a quick free lunch of scrambled egg. Darned smart crow...

Beautiful bird pics, Solly! Thanks for putting them up.

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Response to AmBlue (Reply #32)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:16 PM

35. Thanks, AmBlue! Sorry about the crow troubles.

They can be a nuisance - made worse because they are smart. I think they're more than a little mischievous as well.


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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #35)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 01:58 AM

40. We still love crows...

...and have a lot of respect for their obvious intelligence. Even though we don't want them stealing our eggs, we still enjoy having them around.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #35)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 08:32 AM

48. I feed a family of Crows

They are quite entertaining. They keep Seagulls away from the feeder. The smaller birds are left alone.

Their social structure is much like a Wolf Pack, with an Alpha Pair and pecking order within the group. Each has their own personality.

They talk to me, but I can't understand what they are saying except by inference.

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Response to formercia (Reply #48)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 01:45 AM

49. Neat! The crows around here stay out of my yard.

They are close enough for me to watch their antics though. Mostly they fight with the blue jays over trees.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #49)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:58 AM

50. Some of them get very close.

Less than 10 feet. It took a long time to win their trust.

Last Winter there was a funny incident. I came out to feed them and noticed a Seagull on the roof waiting for chow. Normally, the seagulls would intimidate all of the other birds and gobble everything down in less than a minute. If they were well behaved, I wouldn't mind, but they are pigs. I picked up a chunk of ice and threw it all the Gull who flew off, followed by the Crows who were making sure it wouldn't return, The Crows then returned and made a big fuss like they were celebrating with me for the teamwork.
Inter-species cooperation. It was really neat to see.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 07:48 PM

5. Damn, I'm jealous

I couldn't,t get a good bird shot if one perched on the end of my lens.

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Response to NV Whino (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 07:55 PM

6. I have to go out camouflaged and sit very still and very quiet.

and even then I seldom get the shot I want.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:28 PM

8. That titmouse looking straight-on, is a real cutie.

I love their personalities.

Great photos!

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Response to NCarolinawoman (Reply #8)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:53 PM

9. It's my favorite bird.

They have great personalities, I agree. Love their faces.

Thanks.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:58 PM

10. Couple of nice LGBs there!

(Little Gray Birds)

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #10)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 09:40 PM

11. "LGBs" - I like that!

I may just start calling them that.

Thanks!

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 02:13 PM

21. And don't forget "LBJ"s

Little Brown Jobs

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 10:12 PM

13. These are so very impressive. Wonderful work.

The titmouse is so full of personality,, and you captured it. I can't imagine you in camouflage, but I would suspect it's the only way to get these great photographs.
I once hung a curtain of thin plastic from a sun umbrella and cut holes to look through etc., but I never got such perfect results.
Thumbs up. I can tell you had fun.

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Response to Mira (Reply #13)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 10:24 PM

14. I thought about rigging a curtain on the deck but went with a over-large black robe I made

one Halloween for our haunted yard. I cover my head with a scarf. Seems to work OK. Mostly, I think they're getting used to me again.

I love titmice!

Thanks, Mira.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 10:21 AM

16. Awesome titmouse photos!

Junco, too.

Some birds are just too disagreeable to photo--think bluejay!

So funny I was surrounded by mockingbirds yesterday for some transgression of mine and it started me thinking about "The Birds". Anyone here who has not seen it, well, you will be a changed person afterwards if you do.

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Response to Celebration (Reply #16)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 10:44 AM

17. lol! I know that feeling!

I laugh at myself afterward but in that moment it is a very creepy feeling. Thanks, AH!

Thank you, Celebration.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 10:57 AM

19. I love the GBBC.

But haven't participated for years. Thanks for the reminder. I counted about ten species in my yard alone the other day.

Love your pics!

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Response to OnionPatch (Reply #19)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 11:03 AM

20. It's going to be world-wide this year.

http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc


Thanks, OnionPatch!

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 02:34 PM

22. Wonderful pictures

Thanks for seeing and identifying our friends

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Response to locks (Reply #22)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 12:17 AM

27. Thanks, locks. My pleasure!

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 02:51 PM

23. Of all of those,

I only see the red-breasted nuthatches around here. These are some great shots.

The birds that visit our feeders in the winter are the nuthatches, black-capped chickadees and redpolls. Last year we had a robin who decided to winter over, and for one day only a bunch of pine grosbeaks that were absolutely beautiful.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #23)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 12:16 AM

26. Thanks, Blue.

I'd love to see a redpoll or grosbeak up close.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #26)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 12:36 AM

28. I saw some redpolls last week

but they haven't showed up en masse yet. I'll post some pics when they do.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 08:33 PM

24. they all look kinda FAT, Solly

are you doing more than observing them?

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Response to Skittles (Reply #24)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 12:13 AM

25. lol. Yes, I am. I feed those little birdies anything they want.

Course, they also puff up in the cold.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #25)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:34 AM

29. I've been leaving peanuts out for my sparrows, cardinals and blue jays

I loooove bird watching and wish I could get variety but - eh, city living

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:14 AM

30. Hey Solly Mack, I have a chunky raptor with a buffy-light colored belly and legs, dark above

that has thick feather covered legs which are very pronounced when it is perched. I cannot find anything in my Peterson guide that is a match, but its shape and perching position are close to a peregrine falcon.... Any ideas what it might be? Or clues as to what I should look for when I see it next? Tips on online bird id resources?
I'm less than ten miles from Afton, Virginia and the skyline drive..... Thanks so much! I'm relatively new to birding.....

On edit: what camera and lens do you use for those photos? They are fabulous!

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Response to peacebird (Reply #30)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:50 PM

31. Hi peacebird! Thanks!

Last edited Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:09 PM - Edit history (1)

Is it this?

http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/42/_/Rough-legged_Hawk.aspx


or this? (ETA: I meant to paste 2 different links to 2 different birds. Sorry!)

I'm removing this link since it was the same as above and because you think that it might be your bird.


Try here for identifying birds: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/Page.aspx?pid=1189 or here: http://www.whatbird.com/ (click on "Expert" just under page title)

I used both a Nikon D3100 & D3200, using a 55-200 mm lens.

Thanks, again! Hope the links help.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #31)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:44 PM

34. Wow! I think you nailed it, and I have heard that call too!!!

I have a panosonic lumix DMC-G1 that I am learning to use.

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Response to peacebird (Reply #34)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:21 PM

36. I've a Lumix ZS7 that I love.

I always carry it with me, just in case. I use it for wide angle macros.

This a great group of people for helping each other. I've learned a lot from everyone here.

Welcome to the group!

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #36)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:25 PM

37. Thank you! I am hoping to get a good zoom lens for Mothers day/my bday/wedding anniversary... All

are within two weeks of each other, and now that I am employed again it is possible!

: )

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:42 PM

33. Audubon magazine

Just recd Audubon Magazine's 2012 photo awards. The photos are even better online audubonmagazine.org. Sure appreciate the time and work nature photographers, especially the amateurs, take to bring our beautiful natural world to us when we can't always get out to see it.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:35 PM

38. Great shots Solly!!

Beautiful! I love birds. Usually about the time I'm ready to snap my shutter I hear my wife somewhere behind me doing the Elmer Fudd laugh! ;-
She loves to mess with me like that!
What camera and lens did you take these with?

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Response to SouthernDonkey (Reply #38)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 02:15 AM

41. Thanks, SouthernDonkey

I used a Nikon 3100 & 3200 and a 55mm-200mm lens.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 12:44 AM

39. Those were great, Solly Mack...

I love being informed on birds, as I often wonder and notice them more and more each year. I can understand getting into this, but I'd need a great camera to get the shots you did!

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Response to MrMickeysMom (Reply #39)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 02:16 AM

42. Hi MMM!

Thanks!

I'm still learning about birds. I've got a lot to learn...lot of birds out there.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:03 PM

43. Solly, I had a pair of Steller jays stop by the feeder this morning.

They were gorgeous, but unfortunately it was still a little dark to get their photos.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #43)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:15 PM

44. I've never seen one in real life. I'm jealous!

Too bad on the dark.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #44)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:23 PM

45. They're so beautiful,

I think somewhat larger than your ordinary bluejays, and the black tufted head is striking.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:43 PM

46. Similar here

but we get morning doves, turkey vultures, assorted hawks, blue jays, rose breasted grosbeak, assorted finches, robins, rufus towhee, starlings, wild turkeys, red breasted woodpecker, palliated woodpecker, house wrens, Carolina wrens, gold finches, Baltimore orioles, downy woodpecker, ladderback woodpecker, grackles, crows, ravens, humming birds, and once an indigo bunting that lit up the yard.
That's all I can think of off hand.

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Response to The Wizard (Reply #46)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:08 AM

47. Sounds wonderful!

So many birds!

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