Amateur Audubon - A Thread for Birders

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  1. Willpépé

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    Definitely. So he’s around, but I still do think there is a Cooper. My neighbor claims he saw two flying around one day and the other hawk was definitely smaller and fast as shit. Don’t get me wrong this guy in the pics can move as well but looks slow comparatively.

    Btw that’s my neighbors camper. They said that he’s obsessed with the black thing on the roof. They hear him up there when they are inside. They even banged on the roof a few times and he does not give one shit.
     
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  2. Tiffin

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    Just saw a male Summer Tanager. First for me since keeping track now I guess ha. Got to watch it for a while and listen to its call. Not sure if it was chasing a female or not, but I saw another bird I suspect to have been a female leave a tree a close by and he took off after it. Kept hearing it's calls as I continued walking around. No pic from me but here's one from Cornell:
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  3. Popovio

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    That's awesome. Always cool to see.
     
  4. Duck Smoker

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    Was carrying some stuff to a barn tonight. Saw a silhouette on the power line (dusk), and froze in my tracks in time to not disrupt a western meadowlark call and response that lasted about 90 seconds. Cool way to end chores - birds were very active and vocal on this perfect weather day.
     
  5. Owsley

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    I’ll have been in my new house for 1 year come May 1. I just added up my list of birds seen/heard in my yard and the surrounding yards since moving and I’m at 57. Going to spend some extra time in the yard over the next few days to try and catch some migrants to get to an even 60. Regardless, not bad for being in the heart of a major metropolitan area.

    Greatest diversity was in woodpeckers and wood-warblers (7 species each)
     
  6. Det. Frank Bullitt

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  7. Stone Cold Steve Austin

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    There are two of these little guys that I see pretty often
     
  8. Stone Cold Steve Austin

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    No idea why it rotated the photo
     
  9. Stone Cold Steve Austin

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    Initially I thought Robin but after minutes of research I lean towards Eastern Bluebird due to the brightness of the blue
     
  10. Lucky24Seven

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    I got a Blue Bird box out back with a meal worm dish on top of it. They LOVE when I put some worms out for them. Super cool birds
     
  11. Owsley

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    Bluebirds for sure. They’re both in the same family though (thrushes), so you weren’t too far off.
     
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  12. Tiffin

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    I *think* I saw a Scarlett Tanager today. Hanging on a power line down the driveway. Didn't have the binocs, but it wasn't far away. Definitely had some dark on its back, and was a different song/call than I had heard from the Summer. I'll have to keep an eye out. I thought I saw some more the other day, think they may be along a fence line.
     
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  13. Popovio

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    Robin Egg?
     
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  14. Lucky24Seven

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    Pileated Woodpecker

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  15. AIP

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    Not a oriole

    black bird orange on wings

    had two on the feeders

    what is it
     
  16. Lucky24Seven

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    Red-Wing Black Bird? Sometimes the red can look orange.
     
  17. AIP

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    That’s it

    pretty birds
     
  18. Det. Frank Bullitt

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  19. Lucky24Seven

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    First guess is a House Finch, but I’m not 100% on that one
     
  20. Owsley

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    House finch for sure
     
  21. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    Thanks. That's what I thought, when I googled red birds in texas.
     
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  22. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    My boss said to put black oil sunflower seed out (as you can see, that's whats in my feeder) but upon further review, the feeder used to have something similar, but way smaller than black oil sunflower in there. Any ideas?
     
  23. Owsley

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    Likely thistle
     
  24. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    Son of a B. you are exactly right. Time to google to see if that will bring a different mix than finches.

    I don't think the blue jays are touching it, not sure on the cardinals.
     
  25. Owsley

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    Goldfinches love it
     
  26. Lucky24Seven

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    I need to clean out my feeder that holds thistle. I’d like to see some more gold finches and I’d like to scratch off an Indigo Bunting off my list.
     
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  27. Lucky24Seven

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    https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/types-of-bird-seed-a-quick-guide/

    Blue Jays absolutely destroy my peanuts when I put them out.

    Cardinals will go after the Black Oil seeds for sure
     
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  28. LeVar Burton

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    Any luck with hummingbirds coming thru yet?
     
  29. Lucky24Seven

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    Not yet up here in Northern Indiana. I should actually put out my feeder for them this weekend after all the rain moves through. Usually put it out a week or so after the Oriole feeder goes out. Late April / Early May. Might have to pick up a 2nd one. Love those little guys.

    Edit: Planted a Humming Bird Vine (Campsis radicans) last year and trained it to grow on my porch underneath the feeder. The birds seemed to like that.
     
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  30. Owsley

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  31. Tiffin

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    I've seen a few around but don't have a feeder. Saw the same ruby throated a couple days in a row a couple weeks back, it may have just been stopping through. I've found old nests before those are neat
     
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  32. Lucky24Seven

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    Jealous. I’ve been on the look out for those and Oriole nests the past few years. Where did you find the nest in?
     
  33. Owsley

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    Not a great photo as I didn’t want to disturb things, but this is a red-eye vireo nest I recently came across.
     
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  34. Tiffin

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    Tbh, I never questioned it because someone told me that's what it was. But looking now I think it's more likely some sort of Luna Moth cocoon.

    It's weird, I found an egg sac if some sort earlier this year an in an attempt to identify it I found exactly what I thought that "hummingbirds nest" was, but now I can't seem to find it.

    The egg sac I believe to have been praying mantises. I cut the thorn vines it was on moved it when it started to warm up to watch it, but I think it was old. Haven't seen any action out of it.
     
  35. LeVar Burton

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    Do you guys normally go 4 cups of water 1 cup sugar? Or heavier on sugar?
     
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  36. Owsley

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    Yeah, 1:4 sugar/water. You don’t have to boil, and please don’t add red food coloring.
     
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  37. Tiffin

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    This one was found on the ground, but I've seen and left another one on a tree. It's still there if I'm not mistaken, saw it the other day. I don't know what it is, but someone told me hummingbird nest and I never looked it up until now and it doesn't look like any of the ones I'm seeing.


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    That is why I suspect to be a praying mantis egg sac. Found it at about shin level when I was out walking around looking for deer signs.
     
  38. Lucky24Seven

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    Yeah, never seen any thing like the first pic. The 2nd def looks like the mantis egg sac. Used to have them all the time in my Clematis growing on the split rail fence.
     
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  39. Owsley

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  40. Tiffin

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  41. Popovio

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    Yeah. Anna's and a bunch of Allen's so far. Would like to see a Rufous.
     
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  42. Tiffin

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    That what this is Owsley ?
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    Spotted it a month or so back. I'll have to grab a pic of the other cocoon next time I can.
     
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  43. Owsley

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    Blinded sphinx moth
     
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  44. Tiffin

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    Though it seemed too small. Thanks.
     
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  45. AIP

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    Do you guys feed all year? I always stop in March but this year I am going to feed all through

    that’s probably why I never saw the black birds with red wings
     
  46. Owsley

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  47. Lucky24Seven

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    All year feeder here. In the winter I go almost exclusively Black Oil seeds and stuff that is a high fat content.
     
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  48. Owsley

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    Peanuts are greatly appreciated in the colder weather too.
     
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  49. Lucky24Seven

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    Dad got the first spot on them before I did.

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  50. Popovio

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    I put out Sunflower seed mix all year.

    I give peanuts exclusively to the Scrub Jays, they go crazy for them. I haven't seen any other bird go for them, maybe they aren't quicker than the Jays.
     
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