Carolina Wrens residing in my backyard

by Janice Jessup
(Virginia Beach, Va)

It is unbelievable that after 5 years, hanging in the same place, this year a wren couple has taken to raise their chicks here in my birdhouse!!


I live in Virginia Beach, my place backs to a saltmarsh so I do get a lot of wildlife visiting me. I do not want to get into the racoons as well!!!!!

Photography is my passion so enjoy the pictures.. Do notice the chick's open mouth in the one photo.

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Finches Like Flowers Best

by Karen Barchent
(Findlay, OH)

ZINNIAS

ZINNIAS

ZINNIAS WILDFLOWERS

I have noticed lately that not as many goldfinches have been visiting my feeders and yesterday I discovered why.

I watched a little guy fly up to the feeder, get a snack, then exit below to the zinnias, where he spent at least 5 solid minutes just nibbling away.

Last week there were at least 5 finches in my wildflowers. The hummingbirds have been enjoying the zinnias and wildflowers as well.

Next year I am planting several more flowerbeds of these easy to grow flowers!

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Very Popular Handmade feeder

by 4Deboids
(Joshua Tree,California)

I live in Joshua Tree California. That is in the high desert above Palm Springs.

Last spring I posted a few photos of the Morning Dove who nested on my patio. So for the past summer and winter I have been feeding the Doves, Quail, Sparrows and Finches, and bunnies too.

I get a lot of enjoyment just watching them. I buy chicken scratch from Walmart so it is not too expensive. I go thru 2 40 pound bags a week, but it is well worth it.

For the past 16 years I have made birdhouses and bird feeders from recycled wood, hence the name 4Deboids.

I had a bird feeder that was not up to my standards so I placed it in the yard where I normally throw out the chicken scratch. The area is on a high bank under some Palo Verde trees.

I filled the feeder with scratch mostly for the little birds. The feeder is designed so that loose seeds and shaft will fall thru the little fence around the porch.

I guess I should not have been surprised at the popularity the feeder received, but I did not think that the doves and Quail would try to squeeze their bodies into the feeder’s opening.

I keep plenty of scratch on the ground, but I guess they just like the challenge.

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Cardinal Bathtime

by C. Betts
(Chiefland, FL)

Bath Time

Bath Time

Well, here we are in December...Another beautiful winter day in December.

The birds have been coming out, eating, drinking, getting their baths.

This picture was taken as I was taking pictures of other birds. The cardinal finished eating and decided he needed to clean up.

It kind of looks like it's raining outside but it's just the cardinal making some big splashes. Hope you enjoy the pic.

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Waiting for Supper

by Chery L
(Boulder Junction, Wi)

These little tree swallows were hungry and looking for mom and dad. The two adults were busily bringing them each, tidbits to eat.

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Happy Valentine's Day

by Carrol Betts
(Chiefland, FL)

Heart Shaped Chickadees

Heart Shaped Chickadees

I really don't have much of a story but I wanted to share a picture that I took of 2 chickadees.

Once I looked at the picture, it reminded me of a heart and I wanted to share it with everyone.

February is a great month for taking bird pictures. A lot of the northern birds are down for the winter, so I hope to have some great shots.

Thank you for letting me share.

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Leave me alone

by C. Betts
(Chiefland, FL)

Leave me alone.

Leave me alone.

One day while taking pictures, these 2 Blue Jays came down to get a drink.

One of the Blue Jays had an acorn in his mouth. He was trying to get a drink without letting go of his acorn.

Another Blue Jay flew down and started yelling at him. He still held on to that acorn. Never letting go, he drank, and yelled back, still holding on to his dinner.

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Hummingbird Sticking Tongue Out

by C. Betts
(Chiefland, FL)

Hummingbird Tongue

Hummingbird Tongue

Love the little hummingbirds...I was just snapping away since they are so fast, you have to be quick with the finger on the button, ready, set, snap.

After I came in and put the pic's on the computer I discover this little hummingbird looked as though he was sticking his tongue out at me.

I guess he was getting annoyed at me for taking so many pic's of him.. Hope you enjoy this picture as much as I have.

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I'm the Boss!

by C.Betts
(Chiefland, FL)

Get outta the way.

Get outta the way.

Every year I wait on the Robbins to come down for their winter visit. Each year I get hundreds of Robins making their winter home on our property.

During this particular day, the Robbins were flying in for their evening drink and I was able to capture this photo.

Two Robbins were minding their own business when the 3rd Robbin flew in and wanted to take over.
Little did she know that all the yelling and flapping of her wings didn't scare the other two away.

They just ignored her and continued to drink.

This photo really puts a smile on my face and I hope ya'll enjoy it as much as I do.

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Crazy Woodpecker

by C. Betts
(Chiefland, FL)

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Here's just another crazy bird that lives on our property...The Pileated Woodpecker visits the front yard everyday....I heard him pecking holes in the fence, then he'll peck the trees..My neck hurts when he gets on a roll..It's like he has a spring loaded neck!!

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Blue Jay bath time.

by C.Betts
(Chiefland, FL)

Bath Time

Bath Time

Just another bird watching/picture taking day... I captured this Blue Jay taking a quick bath. It look as thought he was looking back at me wanting his privacy..or maybe he wanted a towel?

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How Rude

by C. Betts
(Chiefland, Fl)

How Rude

How Rude

Here I am again with another picture and a little story to tell...I take pictures everyday, providing the weather is nice and sunny.

The little sparrows from up north have been down in Florida for a month or so. I feed them daily, sometimes twice a day..They eat like there's no tomorrow.

As I was watching the sparrows, a couple of the chickadee's that live here all year started to come down and join in the feast.

As you can see the sparrow didn't want to share any of the food and tried unsuccessfully to scare away the chickadee.

At first the chickadee was shocked then stood his ground and got his seed.

How rude of the little visitor to try and take over....Just thought I'd share this, they act like humans, don't they???

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Thrasher & Blue Jay

by C.Betts
(Chiefland, FL)

Leave Me Alone...

Leave Me Alone...

Poor Thrasher was just trying to get a drink...Along comes a Blue Jay.

The Blue Jay just started yelling and making noises trying to make the Thrasher go away. The Blue Jay didn't want to share with anyone.

The Thrasher just held his ground and stayed right where he was. He wasn't moving for anyone....Good for him...

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Still Hungry

by C. Betts
(Chiefland, FL)

Still Hungry

Still Hungry

After putting up a birdhouse, I was glad to see the chickadee's decided to make it their home.

After waiting and watching for a couple of weeks, I could hear the sounds of the little babies. Everyday I would sit and watch the mom and dad take turns feeding the babies.

I watched all four babies take their first flight and sad to see them leave. But they still come around everyday and eat, I count them to make sure they are all there. Boy, I didn't realize how fast they grow up...

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WELCOME ABOARD

by Sandy Dee
(BC Canada )

Welcome

Welcome

We live in Vancouver BC Canada.

Last year we welcomed aboard some birds that no one wants.

We had barn swallows for the first time. They had 5 baby's and we hope they come back this year even though the nest took a beating this winter.

We found it was unusual for them to build on a peaked roof but they felt safe on our back porch. LOLOL We did have to put a box under the nest & move our outdoor chairs because of the mess.

Not many people let them nest anywhere on their homes let alone on a porch but we did.

They where not even afraid of our dogs when we let them out .One baby stayed for almost 3 weeks after the parents & other chicks left.

We think it was one of the later ones to be born as we found they lay eggs at different times. We are animal lovers with lots of bird houses & feeders. We live in eagle country so get to see many of these beautiful birds also.

Glad to share. I DO HAVE ONE question, It's May & we are wondering when they will come back to nest.

They are flying around now & are wondering if they will nest soon. We left the old nest up. Thanks to Gene for this info.


swallow nest

Close Up Of Swallow Nest


I thought I would add a close up picture of the strange place these birds found to nest- They built a nest right on top of an old bird house with peaked roof.

They use dry grass etc & mix with water to make a mud nest. They are sometimes called mud swallows because of this. Its very messy when they are building ,Mud every where.

These are pictures of the babies.

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BABY FINCHES!!!

by Karen Barchent
(Findlay, Ohio)

Perching on a little branch

Perching on a little branch

Perching on a little branch Checking out the birdbath They're everywhere!

Yesterday morning a little Goldfinch visited our birdbath. I thought he was adorable, so I took his picture.

This afternoon, his brothers and sisters invaded our feeders! We have two feeders, and there were up to 6 on each feeder at a time!

They are a little skiddish, so every time we go outside they scatter for awhile before getting brave and returning. I didn't get much done this afternoon because I was watching my little feathered friends.

I live in Ohio ~ will they stay all winter? I don't recall seeing any during the cold winter months.

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Robin and Dove Nesting Together

by Mike Connell
(Arkona, Ontario, Canada)

robin and dove nesting side by side

robin and dove nesting side by side

I located this web-site as I was concerned regarding a Dove that was nesting on our covered back deck. My concern was that this dove was not leaving it's nest to feed, but on reading about their nesting habits I am now somewhat relieved.

What is quite interesting about this pair is that not long after they set up home on one corner of a 24 inch square shelf top a Robin decided to move in on the opposite corner of the same shelf.

For the past few weeks I don't think that the Robin was even aware of the presence of the Dove as they are separated by various objects. Now that the Dove's chicks have hatched it is obvious that the Robin is aware of their activity.

We have a motel in Arkona, SW Ontario, Canada, and not only do these Doves and that Robin think that this is a great place to stay, we also have a Robin nesting above the public phone box at the front of the motel, minimal human activity - thank goodness for cell-phones !

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backyard birds

by flavio reboucas
(warren, nj, usa)

dove

dove

dove dove woodpecker tico-tico

some pics on my backyard.....

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Gary Fay ID Needed

I need a bird ID.
Western side of Florida,Town Brooksville
Made a nest in April where Blue birds uselly make there nest.
I have looked at many birds. I yjought I had a match whith the Eastern Phoebe but they have white eggs.

thANK yoU
garyfay @ bellsouth.nrt

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Gatorland Bird Sanctuary, Orlando, FL

by Donna Roberts
(Cape Canaveral, FL, USA)

Great Egret Nest

Great Egret Nest

Great Egret Nest Great Blue Heron Tri-Colored Herons Great Egret

This was one of the best experiences ever. We just had a point-and-shoot camera, but the photos we got were amazing.

If you want to see an awesome variety of Florida's birds close-up in their natural habitat, visit this park in the Spring when they are nesting. The gators are an additional bonus!

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