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Old 05-08-2014, 08:18 AM
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With the lingering winter, the bird migration has been a bit late this year. This is the time of year I really start paying attention to whats flitting around out there. Tuesday night we had a really nasty storm blow thru with lightning cracking right overhead for a couple hours. Well it appears the migration rode the storm in. That very morning (yesterday) I had no less than 50 new bird species swarming my trees. All manner of warblers, oven birds grosebeaks, sparrows, swallows. etc...

The thing that especially caught my eye is the Orioles. There is a solid flock of them working my suet blocks. I have never seen Orioles take suet. Usually I put out nectar or jam for them. Another mentionable is a beautiful indigo bunting that has been a permanent fixture on one of my seed feeders this morning! Very cool! Now I need to get out there with my camera.
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:34 AM
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I've recently become "friends" with a raven after I started leaving her dead rodents in the driveway
She comes by daily when I'm out working in the garden and clucks at me.
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Old 05-08-2014, 01:17 PM
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With the lingering winter, the bird migration has been a bit late this year. This is the time of year I really start paying attention to whats flitting around out there. Tuesday night we had a really nasty storm blow thru with lightning cracking right overhead for a couple hours. Well it appears the migration rode the storm in. That very morning (yesterday) I had no less than 50 new bird species swarming my trees. All manner of warblers, oven birds grosebeaks, sparrows, swallows. etc...
Yup, I'm a bird nerd... lifelist and all.

Strange you mention the late arrivals. I've noticed the same thing here in northern Utah, but we have had a very mild winter. Flocks of swallows just started streaming through this past Monday (window seat, river flyway) and still no orioles (only last year's empty nests twisting in the wind).
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I love birds....but I hate sparlings ...they ate all my cherries
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Yup, I'm a bird nerd... lifelist and all.
Me too and this reminds me to update my lifelist

Things are good here with the sand hill cranes already nesting, bald eagles on the nests, and the swans back in good numbers too. Of course there are the warblers and thrush which are personal favorites I think because they remind me of species from the mountains of PA.
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Of course there are the warblers and thrush which are personal favorites I think because they remind me of species from the mountains of PA
Yeah, nothing out west like the variety of warblers that push through those eastern mountains.
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Got home from a job and grabbed the camera and made a circuit thru the most productive biding areas on my property. Man my head was spinning! Theyre everywhere! One thing that's quite unusual is many migratory birds have arrived before the first leaf has come forth. Which makes it significantly easier to spot birds.

I saw so many I wanted to shoot but was just too slow with the lens.

Heres a few from the hour I spent out there.

Ruby crowned Kinglet. This is the smallest bird we have next to the humming bird. When he's excited or ticked off, a bright red crown stands up on his head.

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Rose Breasted Grosebeak. Very abundant here now.

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I think this is a Black Throated Green Warbler

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A Purple Martin giving me a building inspection

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Baltimore Oriole. Amazed at how many are here on my property... At least 2 dozen!

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A pair of Magnolia Warblers. Really pretty bird! I want to get a good quality photo of this guy, Very shy bird.

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Chestnut sided Warbler

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Red bellied Woodpecker

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This is just the beginning! The first migration is just coming thru and it is a good one!
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You got some great shots there Flygrain... love the Chestnut-sided Warbler... very cool.

That 5th one from the top... that's a Tree Swallow, no?
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While in South Florida recently on a back country flats trip I needed the third fish for a " back country slam" I already had the Redfish, and Trout, now I needed the Snook. Well, our spot was closed down to all access because of a nesting pair of Ospreys. I never got the Snook but snapped a pic of the reason why...Click the image to open in full size.
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I would not say I am a enthusiast, but I do love birds.

Finches crack me up. They act like they are on speed.
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