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Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 24th February 2011, 17:49
Replies: 11
Views: 1,618
Posted By Katy Penland
I spoke a bit too soon in saying that nothing...

I spoke a bit too soon in saying that nothing unusual turned up in this year's count for my location: An adult female Northern Harrier put in a soaring appearance over the greenbelt, which is about...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 21st February 2011, 01:23
Replies: 11
Views: 1,618
Posted By Katy Penland
It's been really "hard" birding this year here in...

It's been really "hard" birding this year here in high-elevation California, too. Wind, blizzarding, fog. Jeesh! Not nearly the variety of spp and nothing unusual. Spent 6.5 hours today and only...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 21st February 2011, 01:10
Replies: 7
Views: 12,181
Posted By Katy Penland
What was the outcome of the nest removal? Did the...

What was the outcome of the nest removal? Did the nestlings survive? If so, did you replace the nest where you removed it? Did an adult bird return?
Forum: Bird Behaviour Thursday 17th February 2011, 19:41
Replies: 14
Views: 2,839
Posted By Katy Penland
Isn't it amazing how easily trainable we humans...

Isn't it amazing how easily trainable we humans are? LOL! Where I lived in AZ, the Steller's Jays there would come to my bedroom window if I wasn't up early enough for their liking and wait for the...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Thursday 17th February 2011, 19:29
Replies: 14
Views: 2,839
Posted By Katy Penland
Yeah, I do kind of worry about that sometimes...

Yeah, I do kind of worry about that sometimes because lots of people are finicky about their "gardens" and view whole peanuts as litter. But after one good wind, all the empty (or full) shells blow...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Thursday 17th February 2011, 18:13
Replies: 14
Views: 2,839
Posted By Katy Penland
:-O

:-O
Forum: Bird Behaviour Thursday 17th February 2011, 00:20
Replies: 14
Views: 2,839
Posted By Katy Penland
Um, I'm a little confused. :h?: Peanuts don't...

Um, I'm a little confused. :h?:

Peanuts don't grow into trees but into fairly short plants, around two feet tall. Also, I wouldn't have thought roasted seeds/nuts would germinate -- raw ones,...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Wednesday 16th February 2011, 21:09
Replies: 14
Views: 2,839
Posted By Katy Penland
Hmmm, interesting point. Like maybe a bird just...

Hmmm, interesting point. Like maybe a bird just grabbed whatever it could before being scared off by more incoming (birds, squirrels) and then came back for a "better" peanut...

Wish I'd kept...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Wednesday 16th February 2011, 20:55
Replies: 14
Views: 2,839
Posted By Katy Penland
LOL, yep, there sure are. Hope one of them is a...

LOL, yep, there sure are. Hope one of them is a bird psychologist so we can find out what the birds' thought processes are in doing this. I know, I know, that's a bit too much to hope for. :t:
Forum: Bird Behaviour Wednesday 16th February 2011, 19:24
Replies: 14
Views: 2,839
Posted By Katy Penland
Year-round. Of all the resident and migratory...

Year-round. Of all the resident and migratory species, the Steller's is the only one I've observed returning food to exchange.
Forum: Bird Behaviour Wednesday 16th February 2011, 18:08
Replies: 14
Views: 2,839
Posted By Katy Penland
Steller's Jay feeding behavior question

After doing a search here on BF for this behavior and finding no reference to it, thought I'd ask if anyone here has any info. Cornell's site doesn't mention this, either.

Steller's and other jays,...
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Wednesday 1st December 2010, 22:35
Replies: 39
Views: 8,606
Posted By Katy Penland
No need for apology, Joe, I didn't take it that...

No need for apology, Joe, I didn't take it that way at all. That's why I love the little emoticons because hopefully it takes the onus off all of our posts, mine included. :t:

I would like to...
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Tuesday 30th November 2010, 22:05
Replies: 39
Views: 8,606
Posted By Katy Penland
Please re-read post #12. We are talking about...

Please re-read post #12. We are talking about niger seed that is both sterile and "live."

"Nyger" is the politicized spelling of a word whose original spelling (niger) is perfectly appropriate...
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Tuesday 30th November 2010, 16:05
Replies: 39
Views: 8,606
Posted By Katy Penland
I would not recommend offering salt of any kind...

I would not recommend offering salt of any kind unless, as etudiant pointed out, (1) you want the vegetation to die wherever the salt falls AND (2) you offer a source of fresh water for the...
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Tuesday 30th November 2010, 15:43
Replies: 39
Views: 8,606
Posted By Katy Penland
Not to be a wet blanket on the "live niger seed"...

Not to be a wet blanket on the "live niger seed" argument, but it's still a non-native (to North America) invasive that will sprout and will create mats of rooted plants that will mold if not kept...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 31st October 2010, 01:38
Replies: 6
Views: 1,739
Posted By Katy Penland
And beautiful photos, too! :t:

And beautiful photos, too! :t:
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 25th October 2010, 21:47
Replies: 12
Views: 1,586
Posted By Katy Penland
According to Sibley's "big book" and Williamson's...

According to Sibley's "big book" and Williamson's Hummingbirds of North America, this is a classic immature Anna's female. This bird is fluffed up and the eyebrow isn't as well defined as the perfect...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 25th October 2010, 02:50
Replies: 12
Views: 1,586
Posted By Katy Penland
I'd go with Anna's on the second. The head looks...

I'd go with Anna's on the second. The head looks too large and the bill doesn't look nearly long enough for Black-chinned.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 10th October 2010, 20:40
Replies: 21
Views: 3,454
Posted By Katy Penland
Sorry, BobnBernie, but the feathers are raised on...

Sorry, BobnBernie, but the feathers are raised on the right bird in your photo comparison, thus giving that concave indent above the beak. If the Cooper's feathers were raised, you'd see the exact...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Thursday 7th October 2010, 23:42
Replies: 6
Views: 2,973
Posted By Katy Penland
Thanks very much, everyone. Looks like it is a...

Thanks very much, everyone. Looks like it is a katydid. Which I think is only fair as it is my name. ;)

Actually, a couple of friends here in PMC said a katydid, too, when I showed them the photo....
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 7th October 2010, 17:02
Replies: 21
Views: 3,454
Posted By Katy Penland
JanJ, as usual, you send me back to the...

JanJ, as usual, you send me back to the textbooks! LOL! Wheeler & Clark in this case. And after poring over both species accounts, and going over Doug's photos, I'm still camping with Sharpie....
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 7th October 2010, 06:17
Replies: 21
Views: 3,454
Posted By Katy Penland
Okay, I'm with Snowcap in the Sharpie camp now. ...

Okay, I'm with Snowcap in the Sharpie camp now. :t: That heavy breast streaking and the thin legs are obvious. The different lengths in the tail feathers appear to me to be a function of molting --...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 7th October 2010, 03:59
Replies: 27
Views: 6,241
Posted By Katy Penland
Based on tail shape alone, this is a Sharpie for...

Based on tail shape alone, this is a Sharpie for me. No graduated feather lengths, which is diagnostic for Cooper's and easily seen even in the folded tail.

Also, the breast streaking for Cooper's...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 7th October 2010, 03:36
Replies: 16
Views: 6,676
Posted By Katy Penland
PumaMan, if this is indeed a photo of your...

PumaMan, if this is indeed a photo of your singer, it's a Song Sparrow. Here's a look at your bird with the exposure levels brightened. :t:
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 7th October 2010, 03:24
Replies: 21
Views: 3,454
Posted By Katy Penland
I'm leaning toward Cooper's, too, mostly due to...

I'm leaning toward Cooper's, too, mostly due to what appears to me in Photoshop to be 5-6 graduated tail feathers on the one side that we can see. Sharpie's would be a single length.

But the breast...
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