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Old Monday 7th March 2011, 13:43   #7326
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I agree! I think spring is on it's way! My two black capped chickadee's came back yesterday and have been hitting the sunflower feeders up all day! It's been a while since I've posted, so I'll have to catch up on this thread! Happy birding everyone!
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Old Monday 7th March 2011, 15:14   #7327
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we have a Male Tree Sparrow feeding on the Seed feeder, The list grows longer!!!
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Old Monday 7th March 2011, 15:15   #7328
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First house finch at the feeder in months. They are year-round birds but I guess are not very common. For some reason they seem to be rare at my house.
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Old Monday 7th March 2011, 15:50   #7329
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Got my first Chaffinch today in the Garden!!!!
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Old Monday 7th March 2011, 16:31   #7330
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I've only got one Male feeding on the ground, Has come every day for a week now
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Old Monday 7th March 2011, 18:12   #7331
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3 male Reed Bunting
Great garden bird and a very good count 'nana.

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we have a Male Tree Sparrow feeding on the Seed feeder, The list grows longer!!!
Any jobs going at your place Welcome to the thread.

A nice surprise whilst waiting in the doctors' surgery this morning - a Wren rummaging about for food in the bushes outside.
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Old Monday 7th March 2011, 18:21   #7332
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Old Monday 7th March 2011, 18:26   #7333
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Old Tuesday 8th March 2011, 12:32   #7334
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Nothing new at home but the first Purple Martin of the year turned up at the college to check out the housing situation.

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Old Tuesday 8th March 2011, 15:56   #7335
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bet you don't see one of these often!

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Old Tuesday 8th March 2011, 16:01   #7336
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It's really facinating to see Birds i've never seen before ,Like a Purple Martin ,Wow!!
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Are they summer visitors? Where do they winter?

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Old Tuesday 8th March 2011, 17:22   #7338
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Old Tuesday 8th March 2011, 22:17   #7339
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Lovely Canary pictures. Bet it brightened up your day.

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It certainly outshone the robins and dunnocks! but only for a little while. and two minutes later the local Sprawk was about in the sky so I hope it's days aren't numbered! Just an escapee I'm sure but would be lovely to see it again!
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Old Tuesday 8th March 2011, 22:43   #7340
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75 Trumpeter Swans at Beemer Pond Hamilton County Iowa

Hello,
Enjoy the video of some of the Trumpeter Swans at the junction of Highways 17 and 20 in Hamilton County, Iowa.
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Yes, WillCFish a great video of the Swans full on.
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Old Wednesday 9th March 2011, 09:03   #7342
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Love the Canaries Missyburd.
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Hi, CB & Zebs.

Purple Martins are interesting. They come up to the eastern USA from Latin America in the spring to breed and they now breed almost exclusively in "houses" provided by people. The houses, on poles 10-15 feet high, can be individual gourds or can be large houses divided up into ten or more little apartments. Oddly enough, the houses normally have to be very near buildings to attract the Martins; the latter either just like people or maybe think the presence of people nearby keeps predators away.

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A small flock of maybe 20 Starlings migrated through my yard this morning. Gone now. They didn't find my feeder in the bushes.
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Stormy weather today, which has brought a few more Lesser Redpolls and Siskins back, along with the male Blackcap. Male Sprawk also popped in for breakfast (but failed) and perched again above the nijer feeders, until being chased away by a Magpie.

EDIT: Just seen the Sprawk again, standing proudly over the remains of a Blue Tit. Hope it wasn't the one that has been roosting in the nest box.
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the goldcrest is back,very nimble bird,and a quick pic of a greenfinch
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a few more finches
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we had a special visitor this morning.
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Had about 200+ Starlings on some trees at the back of my site last night, It was like a scene from that Hitchcock film "The Birds" Is'nt the Sparrowhawk majestic, Deadly but Beautiful..I love em!!

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A brief spell of excitement in our yards yesterday when a flock of Common Grackles swooped in. Luckily they didn't stay long. Our resident birds looked quite shell-shocked.

Won't have much time for yard watching the next few days. On Saturday we're heading up to San Antonio and the hill country for two days of birding. Then in the middle of next week we may spend a day or two around Galveston and some coastal sites.

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