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  1. #1
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    Default Birdwatchers- this could be a fun weekend activity- bird count

    http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc

    And would be fun to report back on your farm birds! I enjoy birds, but don't know many species.
    http://www.leakycreek.com/
    http://leakycreek.wordpress.com/ Rainbows & Mourning Doves Blog
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    I had 17 Gold Finches taking a bath a few days ago. They nest in the tangerine trees. The Red Tails are picking up branches and making a nest in the Eucalyptus. A Fly Catcher of some sort makes a nest under my eves and is fluttering around with his/her mate. And the Blue Bird family is back with all their children. It's nice when whole families return to nest!

    Road Runner is still around, hope he leaves my good snakes alone! But, no he won't.

    I love my birds!



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    Rats with wings....er pigeons and damned sparrows today and yesterday. Haven't been off the yard but saw Prairie Horned Larks on the road the last few times I went to town; don't think they left this year. Also saw some kind of small upland game bird, too far away to figure out if it was a grouse or a partridge.
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    Wish I could have started this last week when hubby & I saw our first adult Bald Eagle here in Culpeper. I used to see them fairly often up in Middleburg, but this was the first one I ever saw here in Culpeper.



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    This site was addictive last year - what drama! Daddy has found a new mate after mama's death last year and we are watching for eggs!!

    This cam is on a nest near Norfolk VA.

    http://www.wvec.com/eaglecam



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    had a 'Birds' moment earlier today...a HUGE flock of some black bird species dropped in....

    Then I saw 2 blue birds...what ever the kind is with bright blue backs and orange breasts...I think I need to buy bird houses tomorrow!
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    Was talking to my cousin in town just a bit ago, and she said she heard mourning doves already; either these never left last fall or are back awful early.
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    I don't know where "East of Dog River" is, but Mourning Doves are year-round residents here in Virginia. But they've just started calling here some mornings as well - mostly because we've had an unbelievably mild winter.

    All the birds have been calling recently - Bluebirds, Cardinals, Song Sparrows. Definitely a few weeks earlier than usual (I keep a notebook).



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacardi1 View Post
    I don't know where "East of Dog River" is, but Mourning Doves are year-round residents here in Virginia.
    East of Dog River is in Saskatchewan, Canada and mourining doves don't stay here all year round; not many birds do except grouse, ptarmigan (rare). partridge, pheasants, sparrows and rats with wings and some years, horned larks.
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    We have a ton of bald eagles at our stable. A few nest here, but tons hunt. At certain times of the day you can count over 40 of them, and that is not including the hawks. It is kind of creepy when you are riding at dusk they are flying above you when you are on the trails.



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    Couture, that sounds awesome! I saw a bald eagle flying low above our front yard the other morning as I was leaving for work and almost drove into my fence! So cool! All we usually get are turkey vultures... Georgia's unofficial state bird.*

    * i actually had a moment of, oh crap IS the GA state bird actually the vulture?! And had to double check. It's the brown Thrasher, phew.
    (A decidedly unhorsey) MrB knocks over a feed bucket at the tack shop and mutters, "Oh crap. I failed the stadium jumping phase."
    (he does listen!)



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    Default Migrations

    I saw thousands I mean THOUSANDS of Snow Geese this weekend in a farmers field in NJ. I thought we finally got snow when I turned the bend to see a corn field completely covered in white!



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    I used to participate in the Christmas Bird Count with Audubon. You don't need to be an expert birder to participate. You can buy a field guide like Peterson's. It's a handy and easy to use reference.

    http://www.amazon.com/Field-Guide-Ea.../dp/0395740460

    Audubon publishes one, as does National Geographic and a few others. Just buy one that is a field guide, not a coffee table book. The field guides are much easier to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skykingismybaby1 View Post
    This site was addictive last year - what drama! Daddy has found a new mate after mama's death last year and we are watching for eggs!!

    This cam is on a nest near Norfolk VA.

    http://www.wvec.com/eaglecam
    Here's another Bald Eagle Cam- http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles Decorah, IA

    As far as my sightings... not a whole lot that I could ID around the farm... crows and a bluebird. But, I went to the Conowingo Dam and saw at least one Bald Eagle and a Great Blue Heron, and others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sk_pacer View Post
    Was talking to my cousin in town just a bit ago, and she said she heard mourning doves already; either these never left last fall or are back awful early.
    I've seen ours back, too. My sister a bird watching expert says that they shouldn't migrate in MD or that we'd have northern ones that would migrate here, but nope, you don't see them in the winter here. But there are some which are back... they've been back for a few weeks.
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    I've been participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count all weekend. It's been fun, but, as luck would have it, it's been a lousy weekend for birds at the feeder. The weather has been too good. The Turkey Ladies and Mr. Tom have been here every day, along with the cardinals (got a count of 10 yesterday), the mourning doves, the titmouses and the chickadees. But, I needed a good snowstorm to get the most variety of birds. I did go down to the bay on Friday, and counted there. Mute swans, Mallards, Canada Geese and Herring Gulls.

    I love the interactive map that they have on the bird count site, and I am way curious as to what birds that single dot way, way to the North counted.
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    The Great Back Yard Bird Count is on again this year and runs from today through the 18th. I've entered my first count already, have you? http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc
    Originally Posted by Alagirl
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    I missed this last year, totally just signed up for this year!
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    Yes, lots of bird activity picking up at my place...my bald eagle wanders in and out. Aside from the ususal Eastern Bluebirds, finches and all...a whole flock of redwing blackbirds arrived at the feeder for awhile yesterday. A pair of hooded mergansers have taken to the pond, though they don't stay for more than a few weeks. They come every year. Pretty soon the cedar waxwings will arrive for a day or two.Everything is becoming more vocal, especially the hawks.

    The flock of Canada geese are starting to fight at the pond for mates and nesting rights...a sure sign that Spring is on the way.
    My barn swallows arrive the 3rd week in April (I've kept it on my calendars for years), though last year they were a week early.

    Love this time of year!



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    I got in some good birding yesterday, and submitted my report.

    This morning a Mockingbird is running off all the birds at my feeders. He's either perching in a branch at the feeders, or he hangs out in another tree; waiting. If a bird dares to approach a feeder he swoops in.

    I may give up, put my coveralls on, and head out to a mucky pasture away from that Mockingbird.
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