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    First Lesser Nighthawks of the year -- southern AZ

    Summer is almost here. I saw the first Lesser Nighthawks of the year tonight. Wonderful sight. Sometimes a half-dozen or more at one time swooping down low to catch bugs. When I was a kid there were Nighthawks where I lived in the summer and we would throw rocks up in the air and watch them...
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    FYI: Why is bird crap black and white?

    I was walking around my property this morning and saw something I see every morning -- bird crap on the ground under the trees where the birds roost. But then I realized that I did not know why their "stuff" is black and white. So, I looked it up . . . From britannica.com: "While mammals...
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    New member from Phoenix, Arizona

    Welcome to the forum.
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    My backyard list - Tucson AZ

    Thanks. I keep a backyard list but that's it. Basically I love all the birds, really.
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    My backyard list - Tucson AZ

    My pleasure. I'm glad it is useful for someone.
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    Sometimes I think I'm laying out a smorgasbord for the Cooper's Hawks.

    There are several sides to this argument. (1) Don't feed at all. (2) Only feed during winter (or other harsh times). (3) Feed all year, but "if you start don't stop." I'm working on number (3) and I don't plan to stop till I can no longer physically do it.
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    Has anyone read this book: "The Birds At My Table" by Darryl Jones

    I received this book today and it looks quite interesting. Has anyone read this book? If so, can you tell me what you thought of it? It's about 350 pages. "The Birds at My Table: Why We Feed Wild Birds and Why It Matters" (2018)
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    Suet balls vs fatballs?

    I buy suet cakes from Amazon. They are the cheapest I've found. Well, occasionally I can find them at Walmart for cheaper but the Walmart cakes are of less quality. Suet Cakes
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    Sometimes I think I'm laying out a smorgasbord for the Cooper's Hawks.

    Yes, I understand this. In fact all of nature is a fight for survival, flora and fauna. And for a very large percentage of the human race it is the same.
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    Sometimes I think I'm laying out a smorgasbord for the Cooper's Hawks.

    The raptors are beautiful birds. Sometimes a Cooper's Hawk or Harris's Hawk will fly down and just sit in a tree next to the feeders for a half-hour. I guess just waiting for dinner.
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    Sometimes I think I'm laying out a smorgasbord for the Cooper's Hawks.

    I've been feeding the birds for 25 years now. I have four feeders, all within the same general area so I can view them out my den window: a regular seed feeder, a nyjer feeder for the Goldfinches, a suet feeder, and a hummingbird feeder. But several times a day the Cooper's Hawks fly thru and...
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    Birds and our emotions

    I long for the sound of whip-poor-wills. I grew up close to the Ozarks and my father took us camping quite often. I loved to hear them singing all night long deep in the Ozarks. A wave of nostalgia comes over me when I hear them again on YouTube. I haven't heard one in 50 years. I love bird...
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    drumming woodpecker?

    I hear and see the Gila woodpeckers drumming all the time, year round. Sometimes they are obviously looking for bugs on the trees but other times they are drumming on objects that cannot have any bugs -- roof fireplace cover (which sounds loudly down in the house), the plastic cover over the...
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    My backyard list - Tucson AZ

    I am not a birder. I wish I was. Here are the birds I've seen on my 1.5 acre lot. I live out away from Tucson and my lot is 80% natural desert flora -- only the area right around my house is cleared and cultivated. I think my favorite bird is the Cactus Wren. A curious and inquisitive bird...
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    Unknown bird - Sonoran Desert @ Tucson, AZ

    You were right. Thanks to both of you. I've always called these little guys "chipmunks". There are dozens of them on my property, and they've always been here. But neither my wife nor I have ever heard them before this year. Funny.
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    Unknown bird - Sonoran Desert @ Tucson, AZ

    Thank you. That is exactly it!
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    Unknown bird - Sonoran Desert @ Tucson, AZ

    On YouTube I listened to calls by rock squirrels, round-tailed ground squirrels, and chipmunks -- none are even close to this "bird-like" sound on my recordings. But thanks for the suggestion. I realized that I had heard these squirrel sounds before and never knew what was making them...
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    Unknown bird - Sonoran Desert @ Tucson, AZ

    Thanks for the reply. You may be right about it being a squirrel. We have rock squirrels, chipmunks, and round-tailed ground squirrels. I've only seen two species of woodpeckers on my lot, Gila and Ladder-back, and I know it isn't the Gila and I'm pretty sure it isn't the Ladder-back.
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    Unknown bird - Sonoran Desert @ Tucson, AZ

    I have a recording of an unknown bird here at my house just outside of Tucson AZ. The best part of the recording is the last 10-15 seconds. ETA: I only hear this bird during the day. It is not very loud. I've only heard it for the last couple of weeks -- never before.
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    Dozens of butterflies on Desert Broom flowers - SW USA

    Thank you! Thank you! I looked it up and you are EXACTLY right with your ID. Good job! It's sort of magical when I walk up to a large Desert Broom bush and dozens and dozens start to flutter around me.
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    Dozens of butterflies on Desert Broom flowers - SW USA

    The desert broom bushes are blooming now, here in the Sonoran Desert. They are covered with small brownish butterflies that are colored somewhat like Monarch and Queen butterflies but are much smaller. When sitting their wings stick up maybe 1 inch (2.5 cm). I will try to get a picture. Does...
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    Bird calls and songs evolving

    Never mind. Mods can close this thread or delete it. I did care . . . but not anymore.
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    Bird calls and songs evolving

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    Bird calls and songs evolving

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    Bird calls and songs evolving

    As a kid in the mid west of the USA I was interested in birds. I remember almost exactly the call of a Northern Cardinal. Now that was 50 years ago and now I live in the desert southwest of the USA. We have lots of Northern Cardinals that frequent my feeders and they still look the same (male...
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