May Days

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  1. belleswell

    belleswell Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    May days. May is the month I take the most pics as everything is happening. Birds are singing their
    happy songs. Does are dropping fawns. And most importantly, the fish are biting.

    Pileated Woodpecker Female
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    Pileated Woodpecker Male
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    Baltimore Oriole
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    Wood Ducks
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    Turkey squirrel
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    Indigo Bunting
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    The Cardinal and a few dozen of his buddies ready to rumble
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    Morels-They are about 2 weeks late this year
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    Pond Perch
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    Brown Thrasher
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    PsychoCid Well-Known Member

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    Awesome pics, thank you for sharing.

    The brown thrasher looks like he would play a flying V. Maybe even a Rhoads style.
     
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    Nice pics as usual. Only birds I see local as yours are the thrasher and cardinal. The thrashers make a mess in my garden.
     
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    Great.

    By me:
    Late afternoon a Cardinal couple comes and feed together, at roughly the same, every day. The dove couples are also fun to watch, and their habit of standing on birdbath and stare, and stare, for long time.
    Hummingbird courtship acrobatics are a thing to see... nuts!

    We need to keep buffer zones for these creatures to live in, and not poison everything.
     
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    belleswell Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Baltimore Oriole
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    Cardinal
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    Cooper's Hawk
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    Towhee
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    Excuse me sir, we were wondering if there are any more roasted peanuts. We prefer the jumbo size
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    Red Bellied Woodpecker
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    Finches
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    American Golden Finch
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    Pair of Rose Breasted Grosbeaks
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    belleswell Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    The Pileated woodpeckers stay for the year as do the Golden Finches. The Thrasher leaves for the winter

    The line about the Cardinals returning with a few dozen friends ready to rumble was a vain attempt at humor based on a Cardinal having a gang of minions, not that he had returned to Michigan. The humor was lost in the translation. I've edited and removed "returned".
     
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    Poodlesrule Well-Known Member

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    The picture of the babbling brook brought back some childhood memories. Loved the one I had behind the house, spent countless hours there, playing imaginary games, like keeping a make-believe market stall!

    All paved over now.
     
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    Beautiful. All my planting and watergardens have brought so many new birds. We just saw our first 2 blue jays.
    I'm thinking you have a pretty good telephoto lens :)
     
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    belleswell Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    It a Canon SX 60 which is a nicer point and shoot style camera, although it does allow manual settings as well. Shoots great hd vid. It has 65 x digital zoom and the one down side for me is the amount of time it takes to get the auto focus to work. Sometimes when taking photos of birds, by the time auto focus kicks in, the moment is gone. Still it does take some nice shots for what it is. New cost is 4 to 5 hundred.

    This one has got to be worth two in the bush.
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    A lot of people have been telling me they love this shot of two toms pruning themselves. Got to look good for the hens.
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    Great pics! When I lived on Tenney Mt. in NH, I used to love it in the spring when all the animals would emerge with their little ones... I never took any pictures, though.
     
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    Love your pics and always appreciate that you share them. Do you have any chipmunks/ground squirrels? Several live in my back yard.

    What is the story with the Blue Jay in your hand?
     
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    The Blue Jay is one that crashed into one of our windows. My wife is holding this one. I call her the bird
    whisperer. She will pick up the bird, even ones that seem like goners, and get them to grip her finger.
    Then by slowly stroking the bird lightly with her finger, and talking softly to it, the bird seems to respond. By talking to it from behind, and doing so from one side and then the other, one can watch the reaction to see if the neck is alright. Were looking for a little head movement in both directions. Then to keep them alert, she softly strokes the feathers lightly with one of her fingers from head toward the tail. Reviving a stunned bird can take just a few minutes or up to half hour or more if they really smacked it hard. She has done it more than I, but it is a great feeling to see them fly off.
    Bluejays, Cardinals, Mourning Doves, Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, Grackles, Cowbirds, Juncos, Golden Crowned Kinglet, Chickadees, Nuthatch, Sparrows, suffice to say the list is long of the different ones we've revived.

    A few varieties of hawks, owls, bald eagles, fox, coyote and bobcat will all try for the bunnies, squirrels, and birds.
    When a hawk decides which bird it's going after, it usually gets it, but in the process the other birds are fleeing for
    their lives, and occasionally crash into the window in their haste to get away. Seeing hawks perched overlooking the pond is something we see almost daily. They've got to eat too. Some of the song birds always have an eye on the sky. When the Mourning doves are coveyed together during the winter months, we've seen an Eagle make short work getting one. I saw a bunch of doves flying every which way and one brushed the window that looks out at the pond. I thought wtf, and then when I walked toward the window to see what was going on, I saw some feathers floating to the ground. When I looked out, there was an Eagle that had a dove pinned to the ground. It was over quick and off it went with its meal. Nature can be brutal at times.

    We have even put plastic bags taped to the top of the windows hit the most, as well as opaque silhouettes of
    different birds to let them know it's a window.

    Hairy Woodpecker
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    Golden Crowned Kinglet
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    Junco
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    Golden Finch
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    Morning Dove
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    Black Capped Chickadee
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    Gray, Black, Fox Squirrels
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    Red Squirrels
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    Bunnies
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    Lit up
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    Merganser
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    Wood Duck and Turkeys
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    @belleswell Thank you for the new pictures. Love the ones of the birds your wife has revived.

    WRT squirrels we have only gray in my immediate area, with a few albinos in a small town nearby where I mostly grew up.

    I find it interesting that the squirrels, chipmunks and birds all seem to understand that my full length glass storm door is a barrier and don't feel the need to keep the same distance as when I am standing on the step just outside it. At times when I stand just inside that door the occasional munk or squirrel will eventually work their way over to have a closer look at me, at times even getting up on the step and standing on hind legs to look in. Very much like the one looking in at your dog.
     
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    We have the chipmunks as well but they are buried somewhere in my almost 3000 pic collection at imgur or my 30000 pic collection on my pc. I have them saved by the month/year folders but one of these days I should organize a batch of different species folders. It would make finding a particular picture much easier. So far this May I've taken about 3000 photos. I could never have afforded to shoot that many back in the days of 35mm film. Love the memory card.

    River is one of three Corgis we have and the only one capable of just watching the critters. When a squirrel gets that close, our other two let them know that is not acceptable. Boof, boof, bark, bark, slap the glass. Not River, she just watches. She knows if she barks or slaps the glass that they will leave and then she has nothing to watch. Smart dog.

    Another squirrel shot from this last Jan. The most I've seen at one time is 14 assorted gray, black and fox.
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    Bird window collisions:
    Birds bump into the window as it reflects landscape, and they naturally fly into it, especially when escaping some threat.

    I made and installed the simple rail+paracord "Acopian bird saver" as described here (look for the PDF instructions). Sits just outside of window,

    Looks like so (not mine but same look):

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    We had it for a few months now, quite effective.
    I also moved the feeders away from window a bit more.
     
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    Your pictures are fantastic!

    This little bird knocked itself silly on the window. It began chirping and hopping around, unable to fly. Big Momma didn't want to touch it but the cats were starting to circle. She put it on her finger while I grabbed a box and the camera. We put the box up high away from the cats and it flew away an hour later.

    Today's point-and-shoots do so much on their own. I have screwed so many pictures by messing with settings up that now I just leave it on auto.

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    Update:
    We just noticed a RAT foraging by the birdfeeders.
    Both grey and tiny red squirrels stay clear off his path.
    This is very close to the house.

    Now what?
     
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    Great pics and stories @belleswell

    You do have your own bird safari in your place.

    Very nice.
     
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    Buy a high powered scoped pellet rifle and do vermin control.
     
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