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Offline NancyM

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2010-2011
« Reply #30 on: November 27, 2010, 08:53:16 PM »
lovely picture- wren - the low contrast makes it very interesting!

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2010-2011
« Reply #31 on: November 27, 2010, 08:55:28 PM »
Way to go Wren! :heart
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2010-2011
« Reply #32 on: November 27, 2010, 09:47:35 PM »
Woohoo! I always feel so good when Passerine confirms my identifications... (It's like getting a gold star. :biggrin3)

I'm pretty sure these are the ones I had been tracking through the Douglas firs around my yard this summer... they never stopped long enough to let me see more than an olive-green blur - but the shape and song do match. It was so cool to see them close! The males' crowns were orangey in the middle.

I wonder if their presence on the ground has to do with the just-melted snow... Maybe there are lots of bugs who took refuge from the frost under those alder leaves? (I should have looked!) :investigate2

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2010-2011
« Reply #33 on: November 27, 2010, 11:33:46 PM »
Very interesting picture...hiding in plain sight!   :ecsmile
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2010-2011
« Reply #34 on: November 28, 2010, 08:54:27 AM »
i saw a flock of these birds yesterday on my bike ride!
They were all over the side of the road.
They are so tiny, i almost didn*t see them til i was right upon them.
They don*t move til the last minute!
There was a carpet of them.
i find carpets of these birds often on our bike rides.
There are always many together, & they barely move out of the way as we go by!

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2010-2011
« Reply #35 on: November 28, 2010, 10:06:36 AM »
Wren - I think you are right about the Golden-crowned kinglets foraging on the ground after the snow melts, perhaps to find all the goodies that came off the trees with the snow. I have observed this myself. Here is one that is actually standing in running surface water and surrounded by fir branches broken off by the snow:




I see them foraging in my garden amond the sword ferns and salal. They are almost always in flocks in the winter, unlike the Ruby-crowned kinglet which is most often alone.


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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2010-2011
« Reply #36 on: November 28, 2010, 10:24:02 AM »
Booni, you've described exactly how it was! I wonder how many critters have been right under my nose all these years, and I'm just now learning how to see them?

Blue, that's really something, this miniature bird wading around like that - taking a page from Mom Hornby's book! That one would be a male, with the orange on the crown... and his feathers all puffed out to conserve heat. All my backyard birds look rounder in the cold...
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2010-2011
« Reply #37 on: November 28, 2010, 10:25:27 AM »
Nice Blue. You all have given me inspiration to get off my butt & go for a walk. :ecsmile
This is the only kinglet i was close to, unfortunately she hit the window, after resting a bit she was fine & joined her friends.
Check out her claws, quite sharp.


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Small Bird Digs in my Lily Bed
« Reply #38 on: December 10, 2010, 09:51:00 AM »

This lily bed is just outside my window.
The wild birds & my ducks love to dig in it.
Here is a small bird i was watching through this window one day.
Looks like they*re getting a good meal!
You can hear Dooki lapping out of his water bucket in the background.  :eclol

november 22 2010 - small bird digs & eats in my Lily bed


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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2010-2011
« Reply #39 on: December 10, 2010, 02:41:56 PM »
Looks (and behaves) like a Song Sparrow, booni.
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2010-2011
« Reply #40 on: December 10, 2010, 06:44:04 PM »


Ahhh, good!
Thanks for the i.d. Blue!
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2010-2011
« Reply #41 on: December 10, 2010, 07:57:15 PM »
It would have been easier to ID with a view of the streaked breast. The dark bill indicates a Song Sparrow though, rather than a Fox Sparrow.

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2010-2011
« Reply #42 on: December 10, 2010, 09:55:31 PM »
Booni, your lily bed looks like a great place for birds to dig.  The soil is so loose and easy to turn over!  Happy bird, digging away.   :thumbup:

Passerine, thank goodness you were able to protect the bird until it recovered enough to fly away.  It looked very trusting sitting there while it needed to rest.   :heart
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related 2010-2011
« Reply #43 on: December 25, 2010, 06:14:51 PM »

i took Dooki for a run to the Brigantine Nest in the rain on C*mas day.
Here we are, negotiating the puddles!

december 25 2010 - C*mas Dooki walk


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Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related 2010-2011
« Reply #44 on: December 25, 2010, 06:53:53 PM »
Great job negotiating the puddles, Booni!  Were you cycling one-handed, or was cam strapped to your head?   :eclol  I love the way Dooki occasionally turns his head to make sure you're behind still - I so clearly remember my dog, Red, doing that too. 

It was a lovely video - you're going to cherish it for many years.   :eclove
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