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Bird Report in Your Area; Sightings, Activity & Survival during Polar Vortex [Vanity]
Janurary 7, 2014 | OBAMA_IS_A_FEMINIST

Posted on 01/07/2014 10:48:03 AM PST by Obama_Is_A_Feminist

How are birds in your area dealing with the cold weather? Any sightings or interesting stories worth sharing here?

There are reports of Arctic birds coming down into North America, including parts of the United States during this 'polar vortex'.. Any sightings?

Some birds flee the cold areas for warmer climates, and some stay and endure it by hiding in sheltered areas such as hollow or thick trees in groups.

If you have the means to set food out for birds, finding food is more of a problem for them during cold temperatures than enduring the temperature is.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: birds; freezing; survival; weather
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During this cold wave, share your observations of bird activity for your area here. Thanks.
1 posted on 01/07/2014 10:48:03 AM PST by Obama_Is_A_Feminist
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

Plenty of action at the feeder, cardinals etc. (Indiana)
One little Junco bit the dust and one of my Golden Rets proudly brought it to the door.


2 posted on 01/07/2014 10:49:39 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

They’ve eaten about 10 lbs of food from 3 feeders and 4 suet cakes in the last 3 days.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 10:50:29 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

Ducks are still swimming in the flowing river.


4 posted on 01/07/2014 10:51:05 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

All of our birds have died. It’s that cold! We’re all gonna die.


5 posted on 01/07/2014 10:52:05 AM PST by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

Lots of activity at the feeders with birds AND NO SQUIRRELS!


6 posted on 01/07/2014 10:52:28 AM PST by mtnwmn (Liberalism leads to Socialism)
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To: nascarnation

You think the Junco froze to death?


7 posted on 01/07/2014 10:52:32 AM PST by Obama_Is_A_Feminist
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

They’re flying sideways, but other than that, all is normal in the Vampire State.


8 posted on 01/07/2014 10:53:16 AM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

Busy little birds in my fenced in back yard. Just threw some BOSS on the sidewalk for them.

They didn’t touch the chicken scratch I put out for them yesterday.

I don’t have any conventional birdseed, just what I give my chickens for treats.


9 posted on 01/07/2014 10:53:22 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: nascarnation

I saw sparrows digging through the snow to get down into the juniper bushes yesterday.

Kind of amazing that such tiny animals can survive in this kind of cold. I know mice and voles are also active under the snow.


10 posted on 01/07/2014 10:53:24 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Just curious, what is the normal consumption rate?


11 posted on 01/07/2014 10:53:58 AM PST by Obama_Is_A_Feminist
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

Quite possible. It was at the base of the feeder on the ground this morning. Temp was -12F, not as windy as yesterday.


12 posted on 01/07/2014 10:54:02 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Paladin2
Here on Hoth, even the taun tauns have gone into hiding.


13 posted on 01/07/2014 10:55:34 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

There is currently a snowy owl ‘irruption’ with one snowy seen as far south as FL this year. Birdwatchers are very excited to have these gorgeous birds in their areas. Here is a link to a good article and a beautiful video on snowy owls .... enjoy!

http://usfwsnortheast.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/friday-flick-an-irruption-of-snowy-owls/


14 posted on 01/07/2014 10:55:37 AM PST by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

I had frozen duck just last week! (but it was from my freezer)


15 posted on 01/07/2014 10:56:41 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Paladin2

I have Wrens, Blue Jays, Sparrows and an unknown brown peckerwood at my window right now, busily trying to consume the dog food leftover from my putting out food for the raccoon family who has adopted me but failed to show last night when it was wind chill of 20 below zero. oops, there comes a cardinal to join the party! The Blue Jays sit on the plant stand and look in, as if to say, ‘Hey, why don’t you do this more often, bub?’


16 posted on 01/07/2014 10:56:42 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: cripplecreek

Awesome pic. The frozen tundra...


17 posted on 01/07/2014 10:57:19 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

No that was especially heavy feeding. Not so much yesterday with all the wind but they were definitely preparing for it the day before.


18 posted on 01/07/2014 10:57:45 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

Cardinals are busy at my feeder here in eastern Missouri. Having fresh water in my heated birdbath is a big draw when everything else is frozen.


19 posted on 01/07/2014 10:57:59 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: nascarnation

I love watching that kind of weather but I don’t want to be out in it.


20 posted on 01/07/2014 10:59:08 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

As Al Gore would say, birds “know..”. They just know.. And who knew that dogs point along the Earth’s magnetic field when defecating? LOL Interesting stuff!


21 posted on 01/07/2014 11:01:21 AM PST by Obama_Is_A_Feminist
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To: Second Amendment First

“Heated bird bath”.. You’re like the one person on the street who gave out entire candy bars on Halloween. LOL Awesome.


22 posted on 01/07/2014 11:02:52 AM PST by Obama_Is_A_Feminist
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23 posted on 01/07/2014 11:03:40 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist
We just have the usual birds, Cardinals, Woodpecker, Titmouse, Chickadees and our winter visitors Goldfinches.

We have/feed lots of birds all year and I have discovered a new (to me) bird food.

It is safflower seed and the squirrels don't like it/won't eat it. I like squirrels but they were eating most of the black oil seeds I put in my feeders.

The squirrels still come into my yard, they just don't go to the bird feeders anymore. YEA!

24 posted on 01/07/2014 11:04:54 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

One Whooping Crane and a Caracara.

On the Seminole Rez on saturday!


25 posted on 01/07/2014 11:05:32 AM PST by left that other site
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

26 posted on 01/07/2014 11:06:35 AM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: MissMagnolia
I had a snowy owl in my driveway the weekend before Christmas - it just sat there on a stump for quite awhile, then when we drove closer it flew up into the sky right in front of us. Just beautiful!

This week I'm really only seeing grackles and crows or ravens - they are black, flying in groups, stopping in my trees, then moving on.

27 posted on 01/07/2014 11:06:48 AM PST by Kay Ludlow (Government actions ALWAYS have unintended consequences...)
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To: Ditter

Nyjer/Niger seed is a HUGE hit with the gold finches. I think that’s the seed for putting inside of the hanging food socks. Gold finches go crazy for that but I guess the sock would freeze in some parts!!!


28 posted on 01/07/2014 11:09:05 AM PST by Obama_Is_A_Feminist
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

I have had this heater for over ten years. Simple element with plastic thermostat keeps water just above freezing. The birds congregate here for it and the squirrel proof feeder.

I only hand out miniature candy bars for Halloween but I let them take several. LOL


29 posted on 01/07/2014 11:10:50 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: cripplecreek

Seeing a Cardinal (not the baseball player) in person is on my bucket list. Beautiful bird.


30 posted on 01/07/2014 11:12:11 AM PST by Obama_Is_A_Feminist
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

Forty-two dead loons in Boston housing projects.

Oh, sorry, those are people not birds.


31 posted on 01/07/2014 11:13:08 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

I gave the weather my own “bird” report. -10F in northeast Ohio this morning (-38 WC).


32 posted on 01/07/2014 11:14:39 AM PST by bigcat32
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist; cripplecreek

I love seeing the cardinals against the snow, especially the males sitting in the branches watching over the females feeding on the scattered feed.


33 posted on 01/07/2014 11:15:27 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist
I just bought some Nijer thistle yesterday, I haven't put it out yet, still looking for a “sock”. The thistle has to be fresh or the Gold finches won't touch it. You do know how to determine that it is fresh don't you?
34 posted on 01/07/2014 11:17:01 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

I’m in NC, it was near zero last night. I have a couple of chickens that slept about halfway up a leaf-less oak tree last night. I was worried about them but they were fine. I gave them plenty of corn because it’s suppose to raise their body temps. I really need to finish building their coup!


35 posted on 01/07/2014 11:17:30 AM PST by lwd
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

don’t know about birds but my smart dog faces magnetic north when pooping, and my stupid dog faces the opposite direction

do you think it’s a sign?


36 posted on 01/07/2014 11:17:40 AM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Ditter

You pinch the seed to see if any oil comes out. Thanks, Google. LOL


37 posted on 01/07/2014 11:21:58 AM PST by Obama_Is_A_Feminist
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

Birds here are confused as many are migratory-like Sandhill Cranes etc...They came all the way to Florida only to be frozen to death!

Seriously, maybe that was an exaggeration , but it is bone chilling cold in North Central Florida. Has only made it 41 degrees so far. Good news is that Saturday it will be 80!


38 posted on 01/07/2014 11:22:57 AM PST by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary & remove the son of a kenyan mooslimb)
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

Same as always. Slate-colored Juncos, Cardinals, scarlet finches, American sparrows, Nut hatches, black-capped chickadees, and occasional Blue jay. That’s it. Not to mention the constant turkey and black vultures swirling around looking for a dead deer. Nothing else. The usual.


39 posted on 01/07/2014 11:23:38 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Second Amendment First
What a sight:


40 posted on 01/07/2014 11:24:23 AM PST by Obama_Is_A_Feminist
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Actually, birds lives in two huge oak trees just behind my back wall to my garden area where I grow food plants in containers and I have food containers on my deck. I would be delighted if all the birds DIED. They will eat my food seed so I had to move that operation inside under a grow lamp to actually keep seeds to sprout. Then they will invade to eat my plants and any food fruit produced. I have to put netting over everything growing food and they will reach through the net to destroy food. It is me or them living and they aren’t going to win this battle - they are killers and good riddance. The rest of you feed them and they can go live with you.


41 posted on 01/07/2014 11:24:59 AM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: left that other site

A Whooper??? Maybe you meant a Sandhill Crane. Unless your near Aransas.


42 posted on 01/07/2014 11:25:15 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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Yes you got it! :D

One year before I knew that I bought some thistle from Petco and even though I could see the Goldfinches flitting all over my yard they never went to the sock.

43 posted on 01/07/2014 11:26:09 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Doc Savage

Evidently there were 5 juveniles sighted in the Southeast (VERY UNUSUAL) last year, but they disappeared. Then, one was sighted in GA.

This was in the Everglades.

He sure did look like the picture in the book!


44 posted on 01/07/2014 11:31:37 AM PST by left that other site
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To: silverleaf

Just watch out for any that face Mecca.


45 posted on 01/07/2014 11:33:11 AM PST by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

We’ve had several Lesser Canadian geese winter here this year. Back in the mid 80s, we had a Greater Canadian goose that stayed at our lake all winter. Of course, it hit 4 above zero that year.


46 posted on 01/07/2014 11:33:35 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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This is central Texas, BTW.


47 posted on 01/07/2014 11:34:22 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist
Hopefully this picture posts off of Facebook ...

The above is a Cardinal in my friend's back-yard here in North East Illinois. That picture was taken during the snowstorm on Saturday that dumped nearly 16 inches of snow.

That Cardinal isn't supposed to be here until very late February - early March. Lucky for the Cardinal, he's sitting on a full birdfeeder.

48 posted on 01/07/2014 11:37:18 AM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

Texas: Sparrows out the wazoo, many cardinals and more recently too many mourning doves (they are messy and don’t seem to be the brightest birds) a few inca doves, occasional redwinged blackbird, ravens in the evening and a strange sand colored bird with bright orange eyes and a looong curved beak—smart bird, too.

There a a couple of olive to drab yellow finches but they aren’t regulars, tiny little fellas. We’ve been buying a 10lb bag at least once a week where we usually only buy a bag every 2 weeks. I’ve also been cooking suet every couple of days using this recipe:http://www.almanac.com/content/bird-food-recipe-suet

The birds love it! They do scare me on occasion because they’ve taken to getting up under my patio in plants and such and flush out when I’m not expecting it. At least they haven’t been lining up over my patio door like they did the first cold snap before Thanksgiving—what a mess that was gah.


49 posted on 01/07/2014 11:38:44 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Doc Savage

My BIL (The birdwatcher) said it was the “Sighting of his Life.” I guess that means it was highly unusual.

It was even freezing cold here among the coconut palms and banana trees. I felt like I was back in Boston. (shudder)


50 posted on 01/07/2014 11:39:14 AM PST by left that other site
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