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Offline passerine

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Re: Your Photos & Stories
« Reply #1650 on: June 08, 2013, 06:22:39 PM »
Lovely family. :ecsmile

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« Reply #1651 on: June 09, 2013, 06:57:37 AM »
Awww, so darn cute! Love the fluffy speckled/striped breast!
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« Reply #1652 on: June 09, 2013, 07:40:03 AM »
We almost put out a bit of birdseed, but that would not be the right thing to do this time of year.  I wish the photos were clearer, but I shooting through window confuses the camera.....or....is it the operator?
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« Reply #1653 on: June 09, 2013, 08:07:29 AM »
 
Sandor, how come you can*t put out birdseed this time of year?

& as for photographing through glass, it is never ideal, but it IS do-able, i have discovered.
i even have fish netting over the outsides of them, to stop Bird strikes.
& the camera will still focus on the Birds if i keep trying.
Almost all of my bird feeder fotos are through the window.
The camera does get confused, but keep an eye on the monitor, look for sharpness, & keep re-focusing & taking more fotos.
Focus on that railing, for instance, then you will get the Birds in focus too.
wooohoooo!

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« Reply #1654 on: June 09, 2013, 08:16:17 AM »
We thought maybe it was better/easier for these youngsters to find food elsewhere this time of year.    It is tempting though, because it's so heartwarming to see these birds just inches from the window.  Of course, we'll put out birdseed over the winter.  And don't tell anybody, because the condo rules tell us we aren't to put out bird feeders.  lol
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« Reply #1655 on: June 18, 2013, 06:33:30 AM »
Two storms rolled in quickly yesterday and I snapped a few photos with my tablet. These were taken just before and just after:

This should show up as a slideshow:

http://s1021.photobucket.com/user/DarciJ751/slideshow/June%202013
"In all things of Nature there is something of the Marvelous"  -Aristotle

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« Reply #1656 on: June 18, 2013, 08:39:54 AM »
Great photos, Faerie!  That rainbow is fantastic. 

We're seeing some of that kind of stormy weather here too - which is quite unusual for this area. 
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      rather than what we are separate from. - Terry Tempest Williams

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« Reply #1657 on: July 18, 2013, 06:35:50 PM »
Tonight I noticed a sudden burst of activity in the sky and I ran outside to find flocks of insect-eating birds swooping and diving all over the sky! The songbirds and woodpeckers appeared to be startled, and they quickly ducked out of sight. There were dozens of large black flying bugs, which must have just hatched, and the birds were gobbling them up on the fly! There were Purple Martins, Flycatchers, and Tree Swallows, all seeming to work together. In fact, it seemed surprising that there were no collisions  :ecsmile  This activity continued for about an hour, in waves of action - it seemed that when the wind switched and came from the east, off of Lake Michigan, that's when the bugs came in, and the birds were right behind them. The poor Hummingbird seemed especially scared, and he flew off to hide in a big Maple, lest he'd be mistaken for a Bug!!

I took some video, but of course it doesn't really do justice to the phenomenon, which seemed like a scene right out of Hitchcock!

http://youtu.be/Mgcius2JUWs

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***booni fixed the video link to show in the post***
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« Reply #1658 on: July 18, 2013, 07:22:13 PM »
What a beautiful sight to behold Faerie, although the video can't do it justice, I can picture the extra in my mind. Watched in full screen, great you had camera at hand.  :ecsmile

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« Reply #1659 on: July 18, 2013, 11:15:48 PM »
fascinating - ty for the story and video Faerie!

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« Reply #1660 on: July 19, 2013, 06:47:42 AM »
Wow frarie think of all those mosqitoes getting devoured!

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« Reply #1661 on: August 04, 2013, 01:50:55 PM »
I love crows!  I've worked with them in the wildlife hospital, have released them in my own yard, and enjoy many happy hours watching them from my kitchen window.  Life is good.



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August 2013:  After looking at the problem from several different angles several times, his perseverance was rewarded.

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« Reply #1662 on: August 04, 2013, 02:59:53 PM »
He is determined! They are so smart. I know that you have shared your crow stories in the past. Thank you.

Two summers ago, we had three baby crows on our property and for the few days that they are grounded before starting to fly, we had great entertainment from those three.  Here is a video (mind you, it is a very poor quality video but you can get the idea) of the littlest one and a sibling in the front yard.  He was so cute!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/birdvoyer/9337460873/#secretb1f10be662
(I can't get the link to post as a video)

I believe these three are still here as my crow population keeps growing.

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« Reply #1663 on: August 04, 2013, 11:10:07 PM »
wow Beans   wonderful video   many thanks for sharing.   That crow looks fabulous!!    :thumbup:    Birdvoyer  your video is so sweet  I love the opening shot of parent and tot sitting together   thanks


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« Reply #1664 on: August 05, 2013, 03:51:10 PM »
Those videos are both great! Really laughed  with the crow as he persevered! Thanks Beans and Birdie!
"In all things of Nature there is something of the Marvelous"  -Aristotle

"A garden is never as good as it will be next year" -Anon