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  1. That's odd

    How are your birdies faring? Did the Waxwing make it through the night?
  2. Share your best photo of the day!

    I know the feeling! I'm always excited when I get even one good shot of any bird, common or not! Your photo is terrific! Not only is it clear, I really like how you captured the bird with all the twigs. Very cool!
  3. Share your best photo of the day!

    I've been trying to get a decent photo of a Brown Creeper for about a year. They move so fast! Yesterday "Creep" surprised me when I had gone outside to get a closer view. He actually stayed at several trees in my vicinity for more than a minute or two. I'm always shocked when a bird doesn't seem to mind my presence. http://
  4. 20+ Cedar Waxwing Dead at Front Door

    Maybe the berries had fermented. I found some info at this link. http://www.audubon.org/news/spring-air-and-so-are-intoxicated-birds ***Yet birds don’t need manmade liquor to get drunk—nature provides the means for intoxication this time of year. “Fermentation toxicity is most common in late winter and early spring when thawing of overwintered berries allows for yeast fermentation of the sugars in the berries,” reports the National Wildlife Health Center. Cedar waxwings and robins are most likely to gorge on fermented blackberries, pyracantha or juniper berries, crabapples or mountain ash fruits. “These birds may be tipsy, inadvertent victims of alcohol consumption,” Oregon State University’s Extension Office reports. Last March a berry binge led to the deaths of about 50 cedar waxwings found along a road in Harris County, Texas. National Wildlife Health Center tests showed that berries collected from a nearby Ilex shrub contained 800 ppm ethanol by wet weight: “enough to produce intoxication in these birds that could have resulted in compromised behavior and subsequent fatal trauma.”*** Tipsy birds may be more likely to smash into windows, so consider putting decals on the large reflective surfaces. (Check out our info on window decals and bird-safe building guidelines.) If a bird crashes into your window and survives, Jeff Picton of the Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Corvallis recommends leaving it alone if it’s not in danger from cats or other predators.
  5. Hubby bought me Nikon Monarch 511's a couple of years ago for Christmas. I really love them!
  6. Small White Bird in MN

    Not to be cliche, but I feel your pain! I distinctly remember the first time I was in temperatures under + 20 degrees, but did not own a proper coat, nor other suitable clothing. I was outdoors for only a couple of hours, but I have rarely been that cold since then! I learmed a few important lessons that night, number one was the importance of layering when you don't have appropriate clothing! However, -32 degrees is something that I can honestly say I've never experienced. -20s is all I've ever been out in, and truthfully speaking, that's only been for moments at a time. I'm happy to keep it that way, too!
  7. Cardinals

  8. Cardinals

  9. Cardinals

    Ouch! (Not sure if I'm posting this right.) https://www.flickr.com/photos/140042978@N05/40682673831/sizes/l/
  10. Small White Bird in MN

    Ha! This sounds like me when I first moved to the Midwest almost 30 years ago! I'm a native Floridian!
  11. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Tracker

    Oh, very good! Thanks for the info!
  12. Junco, question, poor photos

    Thank you all for your thoughts. The two things that stood out to me was the pink-ness of the sides near the belly, under the wings, and the very light gray head. The other females I see have a much darker gray head, with a good bit of brown in that gray. The males have very dark gray heads with no brown hints. I'm not altogether certain that the 4th photo is even the same exact bird. Perhaps it was just the lighting and the angle when I saw the bird in the tree. It looked like it had been dipped in a blush wine when I saw it above me, but my photos definitely don't capture that once it was on the ground. I appreciate your responses.
  13. Lots of Slate-colored juncos for the last few months. They've become commonplace. However, today, one caught my eye. It just had a very pink hint to it, instead of brownish gray (female) or dark gray (male). This is how I've classified them the last few months. This one, when I first saw it in a tree, it just had a different look to it. Very light gray head. Some brown (pretty light) compared to the other females, as well as a pinkish tone on the sides just under the wings. Any chance this might be a female Oregon or a male Pink-Sided? I know it is unlikely, but I wanted to hear what y'all had to say. Again, my apologies for the very poor photo quality. I need lessons badly. I hope there's enough here to show what I was seeing. http:// http:// http:// http://
  14. Confirmation on 3, please, Indiana

    Ahhhh, that means I'm learning something!!
  15. Saw several birds that gave me pause today. Sorry, my photos are really poor. One day I'll settle down and get better at this. 1. Female or juvenile Purple Finch? http:// 2. Song Sparrow? I know nothing about sparrows. http:// 3. Cooper's Hawk? http://