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Author Topic: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014  (Read 50955 times)
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« Post / Reply #255 on: July 30, 2014, 09:47:40 AM »

birdy, i heard from MARS yesterday that the female Finch has done really well & will be ready for release soon.
MARS is busy busy, so not sure i*ll be able to get her back here for release, she may be released from MARS.
We*re working on transporting her here, so we*ll see how that works out.


Boonib, I just realized that I had read this post but had not responded with a proper thank you as I had intended.  blush  I am so glad to hear that she is doing much better thanks to you AND MARS.  Certainly do understand that she may be released near MARS under the circumstances. Thanks again for all you do!
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« Post / Reply #256 on: July 31, 2014, 11:06:43 AM »


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« Post / Reply #257 on: August 07, 2014, 11:29:18 PM »

Sometime in early July, I was chatting with Cali when I spotted a greyer version of a Northern Flicker out my window. Soon there appeared another grey bird, then an adult. I became sure that the greyish ones were fledglings when the adult brought food to one of them. I hastily typed "fledglings! brb" on the chat and bounced out the door. Cali understood perfectly, having done this sort of thing herself a few times.  lol

I did not succeed in getting good photos that day, but a week later my luck changed. Was this a second nest? How long do the fledglings beg for food before learning to catch their own? I do not yet know. This time I saw only one greyish, fluffy flicker.

Here he is, sitting on top of my seed feeder, complaining.
The slanted light of early morning makes for some tricky photography.
July 8, 7:47 am



I guess the red malar stripe indicates a male.
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The parent had been on my suet feeder a few minutes before, then went to perch on a branch. Here he joins the fledgling. Look how tidy he looks in comparison.




Now there is no doubt whatsoever that these birds are parent and fledgling. We also see the red malar stripe on the parent,  which confirms that this is the father who is feeding his son.




No sooner has the fledgling been fed that he resumes his begging.
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« Post / Reply #258 on: August 30, 2014, 07:18:33 PM »

Here are photos of this year's gull chicks from the Gravelly Bay nest.

Last year's photos were from July 9, and at that time the little ones were in tawny natal down and were still tiny. You can see the photos and my rationale for identifying the mother as a hybrid Glaucous-winged X Western Gull here.

Were they born later this year, or does it take nearly a month for them to grow from tiny chicks to gawky teenagers? They are big birds, after all.
First I just saw one.
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They're so goofy-looking at that age. They have lost their natal down but their head is still spotted, and they have some true feathers on their wings. Their feet are full grown. They look like three kinds of birds patched together. They are absolutely lovely.  love



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« Post / Reply #259 on: August 30, 2014, 08:14:59 PM »

An hour later I had another peek, and saw the second chick!
Gravelly Bay, August 3, 3:16










The chicks from this nest rarely make it to that age before becoming a predator's lunch. They seem to be doing well this year, approaching adult size. I saw them again a week later and they were both still hanging in there.

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« Post / Reply #260 on: August 30, 2014, 08:43:49 PM »

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« Post / Reply #261 on: August 30, 2014, 10:45:46 PM »

They look so fuzzy!
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« Post / Reply #262 on: August 31, 2014, 06:57:24 AM »

Polka Dotted Fluff Balls!  Thanks Wren!
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« Post / Reply #263 on: August 31, 2014, 09:50:11 AM »


How lovely to see these wren!
Thank you for showing us.
Who predates the youngsters?
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« Post / Reply #264 on: August 31, 2014, 12:15:32 PM »

I've seen altercations between those gulls and eagles - both the locals and some visitors. I suspect that this is who is taking the chicks most years, but I've never witnessed it directly. That threat is gone for now, but I suppose the gull chicks are full grown anyway. Ravens and crows are a threat to most nesting seabirds also.

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« Post / Reply #265 on: September 28, 2015, 08:45:05 AM »

 
july 15 2014 14:03 - Daisies







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https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/

 
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« Post / Reply #266 on: September 28, 2015, 08:51:21 AM »

 
i was really happy to have sightings of these beautiful Birds in my yard!

july 17 2014 16:01 - female Black-headed Grosbeak



july 18 2014 18:12 - juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak



july 18 2014 14:21 - Black-headed Grosbeaks, Purple Finch & Spotted Towhee on the feeder

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3OcM5jMBpg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3OcM5jMBpg</a>

& this guy i managed to catch singing!
Watch his throat moving, & turn up the volume to catch his song.

may 24 2014 15:06 - male Black-headed Grosbeak singing

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbaJo521tO4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbaJo521tO4</a>



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« Post / Reply #267 on: September 28, 2015, 09:00:31 AM »

beautiful and so close!!  heart !
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« Post / Reply #268 on: October 13, 2015, 09:43:16 AM »

 
i see this in the grass of the ditch beside the road a LOT, & always wondered what was going on.
i figured this was an egg mass getting fertilized?
But, it turns out that Slugs have both female and male reproductive organs.
This is called hermaphroditism. (thank you Nancy!)
So, these are their male organs, intertwining.
This comes out of the side of their heads!
Who knew!
 
july 24 2014 08:30 - Slugs mating
 


& here is an excellent video on the topic.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG9qpZ89qzc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG9qpZ89qzc</a>

 
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« Post / Reply #269 on: November 12, 2015, 11:07:48 AM »

 
Lovely Birds in my garden near the Bird feeder!

may 25 2014 17:06 - female or juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak









may 25 2014 17:14 - male Purple Finch



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