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Robins Abound!

Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:16 pm

Saw my first robins this year today here in Cache Valley. Heartening sight, indeed. A late winter storm blew thru yesterday. It snowed all day without much effect. We've had hard-pack snow on the ground since Novemeber and things have just started to thaw out. I loaded up the thistle feeders for the first time since November, after having left them empty this winter, much to the annoyance of all the finches that patronize them. Just couldn't see wasting the pricey stuff on the riff-raff sparrows and starlings and blackbirds, who will eat scratch if thistle is not available. I went thru 200 lbs of scratch this winter. I noticed last week that 3 male ring-neck pheasants have been coming to my station - they are like seed vacuums. They are funny to watch crossing the barren snow in a bee line, with their tails held high and their awkward gait.

I don't know who thought of having DST start this early, but I'd like to thank 'em. It does wonders for the spirit to have it anticipate the real deal (spring) just a bit.
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Post by jbuck919 » Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:24 pm

Corlyss_D wrote: I don't know who thought of having DST start this early, but I'd like to thank 'em. It does wonders for the spirit to have it anticipate the real deal (spring) just a bit.
I'm glad they put it before the earliest possible date for Easter. I mean, if I happen to oversleep on time-change Sunday morning.... :)

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Post by lennygoran » Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:30 pm

>Saw my first robins this year<

Happy to report all the snow is now off our property--it was the 4 inches of rain that did--I'm expecting the robins back in great numbers in the next week--we've seen a few already. Today my wife was looking out the window and a flock of American gold finches were flying around--we've missed them at the bird feeder. Regards, Len

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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:35 pm

lennygoran wrote:>Saw my first robins this year<

Happy to report all the snow is now off our property--it was the 4 inches of rain that did--I'm expecting the robins back in great numbers in the next week--we've seen a few already. Today my wife was looking out the window and a flock of American gold finches were flying around--we've missed them at the bird feeder. Regards, Len

Got cardinals and blue jays and mocking birds? I really miss them out here. I have magpies to compensate. As Donovan sang, "The magpie is a most royal bird." They are beautiful to see in flight and their grace is equal to that of mocking birds. I feed them raw peanuts just to watch them while they collect them.
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Post by Chalkperson » Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:54 pm

You must be really "chuffed" to see your first Robin... :D
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Post by lennygoran » Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:56 pm

>Got cardinals and blue jays and mocking birds? I really miss them out here. I have magpies to compensate.<

Yep, we have the first three--they've been here for sometime now--I've never seen a magpie live in this country but we saw them in europe--superb! We try to get down to the Delmarva peninsula for bird watching at least once a year and there are some great bird watching areas down the NJ shore--the spectacle of the snow geese is one of nature's greatest shows imo! Regards, Len

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Post by Prometheus » Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:19 pm

I have most definitely noticed more birds appearing just within the last few weeks. I have been hearing a Mourning Dove and a Cardinal early in the mornings. I see numerous Robins throughout the day and the occasional and flock of Canadian Geese in the sky.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:43 am

^^^

I have mourning doves all year round. I've counted as many as about 50 at one time at my station during the winters. Back in Va I was lucky to get a handful at one time. Must be the open space out here.
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Post by Ralph » Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:49 am

I'm not especially a bird fan but there's something about blue jays that makes me feel good. I saw the first one this year on a bush outside my house last week and that was a happy moment.
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Post by living_stradivarius » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:29 am

My friend's place in SF is surrounded by trees with a certain kind of berry that the robins go crazy over every spring. By April, those berries are all gone (and so are the robins)!
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Post by lennygoran » Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:22 am

>I have mourning doves all year round.<

Ah, not us but we get them every year late spring and they stick around through the fall. We get some blue birds but not enough. :(

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Post by lennygoran » Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:25 am

>there's something about blue jays that makes me feel good<

I love the color but be careful--they're plenty aggressive! I love when they dive bomb the hated woodchucks in our garden. :) When we lived in Maplewood one day both my wife and I got attacked when we walked in our small garden--they had built a nest in the mulberry and didn't want us around. Regards, Len

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Post by jack stowaway » Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:02 pm

lennygoran wrote:>Got cardinals and blue jays and mocking birds? I really miss them out here. I have magpies to compensate.<

Yep, we have the first three--they've been here for sometime now--I've never seen a magpie live in this country but we saw them in europe--superb! We try to get down to the Delmarva peninsula for bird watching at least once a year and there are some great bird watching areas down the NJ shore--the spectacle of the snow geese is one of nature's greatest shows imo! Regards, Len
No magpies!

Here in Melbourne we have a plague of them. Each spring we have to don hats and carry sticks as we walk around our local park. They are fiercely protective of their young and will dive bomb anything that moves. Every year the tv stations carry footage of particular birds that terrorise a particular stretch.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:18 pm

living_stradivarius wrote:My friend's place in SF is surrounded by trees with a certain kind of berry that the robins go crazy over every spring. By April, those berries are all gone (and so are the robins)!
Try raisins to get them back. They love raisins. One of my fondest memories was watching a mother robin with her 3 robinettes. We had been feeding them raisins ever since she brought them around. On this particular day, she was running around the yard finding things for them while they picked at the grass as though they were learing how to do it. She brought rainsins back to feed all three in turn. The last one spit the last raisin out. Mama picked it up and put it back in junior's bill. Out it came. Mama picked it up and put it back in again. Out it came again. Mama picked it up and put it back in again, whereupon junior ran behind a bush and spit it out.
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Post by ravel30 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:23 pm

What a super interesting thread. It was very pleasant to read you all and your reports about some of my favorite birds. It is not quite migration time here in Ottawa but I am looking forward to that.

Has any of you seen Dark Eyed Juncos ? White troated sparrow or White Crowded Sparrow ? These three are among my favorites.

In my yard, I have seen one Red-Winged Blackbirds and one Grackle. Soon, there should be more Grackles. This should imply that I will have to reduced the food in my feeders.

I'm with you Ralph concerning Blue Jays. They are super birds too. I used to put peanuts at one of my flat feeder especially for them. That is how I learned/discover that Blue Jays have extra space in their throat to carry up to their nests or hidden place a lot of seeds at once. They are amazingly efficient to stock food.

How many of you regularly see Gray Jays ? If you recognize yourself in this, please let me know and let me tell you how much I envy you.

Any reports on Warblers anyone ?

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Post by piston » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:02 pm

We've heard woodpeckers lately, and other unidentified birds.(Still no snow here, in these parts). The big, pileated, woodpecker is a heavy machine gun!
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Post by lennygoran » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:39 pm

We got juncos and carolina wren all winter- just today we got a large flock of cedar waxwings going wild from all our holly bushes with the berries. Len
ravel30 wrote:What a super interesting thread. It was very pleasant to read you all and your reports about some of my favorite birds. It is not quite migration time here in Ottawa but I am looking forward to that.

Has any of you seen Dark Eyed Juncos ? White troated sparrow or White Crowded Sparrow ? These three are among my favorites.

In my yard, I have seen one Red-Winged Blackbirds and one Grackle. Soon, there should be more Grackles. This should imply that I will have to reduced the food in my feeders.

I'm with you Ralph concerning Blue Jays. They are super birds too. I used to put peanuts at one of my flat feeder especially for them. That is how I learned/discover that Blue Jays have extra space in their throat to carry up to their nests or hidden place a lot of seeds at once. They are amazingly efficient to stock food.

How many of you regularly see Gray Jays ? If you recognize yourself in this, please let me know and let me tell you how much I envy you.

Any reports on Warblers anyone ?

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Post by NancyElla » Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:36 am

We have cardinals year round--they looked wonderful on the snow! We have had the robins for a few weeks now, but not yet the big migrating flocks that sometimes fill the lawn. We frequently see woodpeckers and flickers at the feeder. The mockingbird supervises everything. We saw a lot of juncos during the snowstorm. Wrens, titmice, chickadees. . . And a loud and messy flock of grackles that likes to roost in the bamboo stand at the edge of the lot. I haven't seen the cedar waxwings yet, but we do get them sometimes, just passing through, I think.
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Post by lennygoran » Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:24 am

We get flickers-wonderful birds to watch-last year a red bellied woodpecker came to the feeder-beautiful! Len
NancyElla wrote:We have cardinals year round--they looked wonderful on the snow! We have had the robins for a few weeks now, but not yet the big migrating flocks that sometimes fill the lawn. We frequently see woodpeckers and flickers at the feeder. The mockingbird supervises everything. We saw a lot of juncos during the snowstorm. Wrens, titmice, chickadees. . . And a loud and messy flock of grackles that likes to roost in the bamboo stand at the edge of the lot. I haven't seen the cedar waxwings yet, but we do get them sometimes, just passing through, I think.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:45 pm

NancyElla wrote:We have cardinals year round--they looked wonderful on the snow! We have had the robins for a few weeks now, but not yet the big migrating flocks that sometimes fill the lawn.
Lucky! I really miss them. We never had more than 5 at any one time - our nesting pair were very territorial. If a male was passing thru or casing the feeding station, here would come the resident male, guns blazing, to hound him till he left the area, and perhaps the state. It was amusing to watch them with their own young. They would carefully and lovingly coach and teach the kids where to get food, what kind of seed was best, until they started to lose their their fledgling plummage. Then it was

Bam!

and

Pow!

just as if the parents had never laid eyes on them! It was funny. We had the one nesting pair for years.

I miss the blue jays too. At one time we had a nesting pair with 6 count 'em 6 offspring. They weren't nearly so brutal even though there were more of the kids.

We used to get the occasional thrush, cedar waxwings, and the odd humming bird if I planted impatiens. The yard was so shaded and the bushes so dense predator birds really couldn't get a good view of it, but once as I watched the birds at the station, a small sharp-shined hawk swooped in and nabbed a starling. Naturally I had a fit and for a brief moment as it had the poor thing on the ground, I rushed it to get it away from the hawk but the hawk was too quick for me and flew off. That was the only time I ever saw a predator bird at our station.
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Post by NancyElla » Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:51 pm

Corlyss_D wrote:
NancyElla wrote:We have cardinals year round--they looked wonderful on the snow! We have had the robins for a few weeks now, but not yet the big migrating flocks that sometimes fill the lawn.
Lucky! I really miss them. We never had more than 5 at any one time - our nesting pair were very territorial. If a male was passing thru or casing the feeding station, here would come the resident male, guns blazing, to hound him till he left the area, and perhaps the state. It was amusing to watch them with their own young. They would carefully and lovingly coach and teach the kids where to get food, what kind of seed was best, until they started to lose their their fledgling plummage. Then it was

Bam!

and

Pow!

just as if the parents had never laid eyes on them! It was funny. We had the one nesting pair for years.

I miss the blue jays too. At one time we had a nesting pair with 6 count 'em 6 offspring. They weren't nearly so brutal even though there were more of the kids.

We used to get the occasional thrush, cedar waxwings, and the odd humming bird if I planted impatiens. The yard was so shaded and the bushes so dense predator birds really couldn't get a good view of it, but once as I watched the birds at the station, a small sharp-shined hawk swooped in and nabbed a starling. Naturally I had a fit and for a brief moment as it had the poor thing on the ground, I rushed it to get it away from the hawk but the hawk was too quick for me and flew off. That was the only time I ever saw a predator bird at our station.
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Post by lennygoran » Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:55 pm

We've had stray cats leap out and grab birds around the feeder-we've actually been looking out and seen it a few times. Len



Corlyss_D wrote:
NancyElla wrote:We have cardinals year round--they looked wonderful on the snow! We have had the robins for a few weeks now, but not yet the big migrating flocks that sometimes fill the lawn.
Lucky! I really miss them. We never had more than 5 at any one time - our nesting pair were very territorial. If a male was passing thru or casing the feeding station, here would come the resident male, guns blazing, to hound him till he left the area, and perhaps the state. It was amusing to watch them with their own young. They would carefully and lovingly coach and teach the kids where to get food, what kind of seed was best, until they started to lose their their fledgling plummage. Then it was

Bam!

and

Pow!

just as if the parents had never laid eyes on them! It was funny. We had the one nesting pair for years.

I miss the blue jays too. At one time we had a nesting pair with 6 count 'em 6 offspring. They weren't nearly so brutal even though there were more of the kids.

We used to get the occasional thrush, cedar waxwings, and the odd humming bird if I planted impatiens. The yard was so shaded and the bushes so dense predator birds really couldn't get a good view of it, but once as I watched the birds at the station, a small sharp-shined hawk swooped in and nabbed a starling. Naturally I had a fit and for a brief moment as it had the poor thing on the ground, I rushed it to get it away from the hawk but the hawk was too quick for me and flew off. That was the only time I ever saw a predator bird at our station.
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