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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....1-24-06....A Birders' Eye View
GodBlessUSA

Posted on 01/23/2006 8:17:43 PM PST by GodBlessUSA



A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day
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One beautiful spring morning shortly after we moved in to our home, my 3-year-old daughter pointed at a bird and said, "Look Mommy." There on the tree was one of the most beautiful birds I'd ever seen--one I had never noticed before. I now know that it was a Redbelly Woodpecker. We were so thrilled to see such a beautiful bird in our yard, we jumped in the car to the store and we bought feeders and food for the birds.

Since that day, backyard birdwatching has been a passion of mine which I have a combined with my passion for gardening. Now my daugher and I garden for the birds, and my yard has become a place for everything from the common, but still beautiful, Robin to rare Warblers, Rose Breasted Grosbeak, and flocks of Chickadees.

I’m not an expert on birds or gardening. I’m always learning. I’d like to share the wonderful facts and stories I have learned in future threads. So many of us love spending time with nature, please share your stories of anything you do that gives you peace and enjoyment. Here are a few pictures from my backyard.
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       Redbelly Woodpecker                 Blue Jay
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Flicker Woodpecker     CatBird       GoldFinches
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Recently, my kids and I took a trip to a bird preserve. This is a tranquil place with easy-to-follow trails. Once out of the wooded paths, there's a trail to follow and you reach the beach and have magnificent views.

The truly unique part of this preserve is, the birds will land on the palm of your hand and take seed. You will know when the birds are there because the birds will call to you. Holding a few sunflower seeds and nuts, they love the peanuts in winter, out in your palm and wait for the chickadees to land on your hand and grab the seeds. It's incredible to experience a small delicate Chickadee, Nuthatch or Titmouse picking through seed in your hand. This is a very special place for my kids and me.

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Woods Path to Beach                   A View From Beach
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Chickadee                                     Downy Woodpecker
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Chickadees on my daughter's and son's hand.
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Mallard Ducks
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A Rabbit and Robin, they think we can't see them. :)
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Nuthatch                                     Tufted Titmouse
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1 posted on 01/23/2006 8:17:45 PM PST by GodBlessUSA
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; The Mayor; JustAmy; ...
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2 posted on 01/23/2006 8:19:12 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Incredible, GBU! Absolutely beautiful!


3 posted on 01/23/2006 8:19:24 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God bless our troops.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Dita!
So great to see you :)
Thanks
HUGS!


4 posted on 01/23/2006 8:20:11 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Have you explained to the kids yet how you can "see" me..? LOL!


5 posted on 01/23/2006 8:21:07 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God bless our troops.)
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Hi, ladies. GB, this is just gorgeous. I mean GORGEOUS!! I'll have to read it tomorrow...caught it as I was heading to bed. Hi, Dita!


6 posted on 01/23/2006 8:21:12 PM PST by GummyIII
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To: GodBlessUSA

I love your thread..Wonderful!


7 posted on 01/23/2006 8:21:40 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: La Enchiladita

LOL! You can bet my daughter would correct me. :)


8 posted on 01/23/2006 8:23:44 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GummyIII

Hi Gummy :)
Sleep well
Thanks!


9 posted on 01/23/2006 8:24:33 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: MEG33

Hi Meg :)
Thank you so much. How are you tonight?


10 posted on 01/23/2006 8:25:21 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GummyIII

Hi, Gummy. I may make it to your thread yet, but need to rest soon for an early morning tomorrow. Hugs!!


11 posted on 01/23/2006 8:25:25 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God bless our troops.)
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To: La Enchiladita

I think it's funny that I pinged myself. LOL


12 posted on 01/23/2006 8:26:23 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

You gave me such a giggle! I have sent FReepmail to myself, as well! LOL.


13 posted on 01/23/2006 8:27:49 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God bless our troops.)
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To: La Enchiladita

I admit I have done so too. It's bad enough I pinged my self but did my name have to show up on the list. LOL


14 posted on 01/23/2006 8:28:59 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

GB! I knew it would be beautiful, but you have outdone yourself. I can tell how much you love birds and flowers from the first moment of seeing your georgous table! You should be very proud of yourself for what you have put together for us to enjoy! (((hugs)))


15 posted on 01/23/2006 8:29:18 PM PST by LUV W (Everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL.-BD)
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To: LUV W
Good Evening Luv!
Thank you so much :) How are you this evening? I'm glad you are up, when I posted the thread. I do love the birds and it was fun putting my photos together. Hugs!
16 posted on 01/23/2006 8:33:09 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA; The Mayor; DollyCali; ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; dutchess; Mama_Bear; dansangel; Billie; ..


*Tufted Titmouse*

A frequent visitor to my feeders.

17 posted on 01/23/2006 8:38:53 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: GodBlessUSA; LUV W

I think it's extra special that the photos are ones that you took, Gracie.
They're all great, but Downy Woodpecker catches my eye. I love that stark black and white coloring.
Also, it's not that easy to get such great photos of these flitting, wild creatures.


18 posted on 01/23/2006 8:39:08 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God bless our troops.)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Simply O-U-T-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G

Well, lil Sistah.. birds of a feather? create gorgeous, clever, fun, informative threads! So glad you agreed to join us in posting the threads, you are a fabulous addition

Thank you.

Because I am brain dead, will not post anything creative tonight.. but will tomorrow.

Appreciate all the work that I know accompanied this..and mostly your original pix. super!

hugs hon


19 posted on 01/23/2006 8:45:26 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Beautiful thread, GBU!


20 posted on 01/23/2006 8:45:49 PM PST by tuliptree76
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To: La Enchiladita; GodBlessUSA

Didn't she do an excellent job, Dita? She has worked so hard and it paid off big time!


21 posted on 01/23/2006 8:46:47 PM PST by LUV W (Everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL.-BD)
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To: MEG33

Ahhhhhh...beautiful, Meg!


22 posted on 01/23/2006 8:47:17 PM PST by LUV W (Everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL.-BD)
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To: GodBlessUSA; MEG33; JustAmy; Billie; All
Outstanding thread, GB – really beautiful.


23 posted on 01/23/2006 8:47:42 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Hi Victoria
Thanks so very much! Hugs backatcha :)
24 posted on 01/23/2006 8:49:26 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

:-)


25 posted on 01/23/2006 8:50:35 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: MEG33

I love that Meg! Excellent photo. I love the colors with the Titmouse. They are favorites of mine too. They are just so cute. :)


26 posted on 01/23/2006 8:50:49 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: LUV W

I created that on Sunday for fun..and had no idea you were sharing your beautiful pictures and experiences with us today..I did it because I love birds and of course your thread was a perfect place to post it..

Your thread is truly a treasure.
Thank you!


27 posted on 01/23/2006 8:52:29 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: GodBlessUSA

CONGRATULATIONS
GODBLESSUSA
                 

                                                                                                       


28 posted on 01/23/2006 8:52:49 PM PST by LUV W (Everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL.-BD)
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Hi Dolly
Thank you! I'm thrilled you all have included me and gave me such a warm welcome!
I look forward to your post in the morning.
Hugs to you and have a good night :)


29 posted on 01/23/2006 8:53:53 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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I was on my Way to Bed for the Night when I Saw your Ping! Your Thread is just Beautiful, GodBlessUSA!! I Love Birds! I'll be Back to Read the 2nd Part of your Thread Tomorrow; it's Wonderful! (I'm Proppin' my Eyes Open with Toothpicks, Lol!)

I Love your Graphic of the Titmouse, Meg! God Bless, and Goodnight, Everyone!

30 posted on 01/23/2006 8:54:19 PM PST by Kitty Mittens
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Meanie,,,luv's it here!!!


31 posted on 01/23/2006 8:54:35 PM PST by meanie monster (http://guptonator.myvideochat.net)
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To: LUV W

You have nailed it, LUV. The hummingbird is a most loveable creature. I see them often around here, feeding on red flowers. They're magical. I recognize their call and love to call back to them. Sometimes, they swoop down past my head just for fun.

You must have some varieties of hummers, there? We have the ruby-throated hummingbird. I think it's also called Anna's Hummingbird, or maybe I'm thinking of another.


32 posted on 01/23/2006 8:57:51 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God bless our troops.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Thanks Dita
They can sure make it difficult to photograph. The Chickadees, Titmice, Nuthatch and Downey have become pretty tame in my yard. The Jay eating the peanut, If I sit on a chair still, they will land about 2 feet away to get them. They come in group, screaming to each other, there are peanuts, LOL and take turns coming in for them. It's such fun. :)


33 posted on 01/23/2006 8:59:36 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: tuliptree76
Good Evening Tuliptree :)
Thanks!
34 posted on 01/23/2006 9:00:22 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: LUV W

Thanks So Much :) I love the Hummingbird!


35 posted on 01/23/2006 9:01:33 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: La Enchiladita

They are lovable...and fierce little fighers amongst themselves. Beautiful, though. I love them!


36 posted on 01/23/2006 9:02:34 PM PST by LUV W (Everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL.-BD)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Somehow I knew you would. EGS taught me to do that double table.


37 posted on 01/23/2006 9:03:11 PM PST by LUV W (Everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL.-BD)
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To: Kitty Mittens

Hi Kitty Mittens
Thanks very much, see you in the morning.
Good night :)


38 posted on 01/23/2006 9:03:21 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: meanie monster

Hi meanie monster :)


39 posted on 01/23/2006 9:03:52 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Jays make such a racket sometimes, don't they. Here, we have the scrub jay. It's blue but not crested. Further north, they have Stellar's Jay, which is blue and crested.

I have had some funny scenes in the backyard with jays. One came and screeched for something to eat, so out I came with some kind of bird seed on a paper plate and left it on a table. Well, the jay couldn't manage the paper plate; it went all over the place.

So, I interceded and just tossed the seed on the table which worked out fine.


40 posted on 01/23/2006 9:05:41 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God bless our troops.)
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The birds are easy to love aren't they. They become an addiction. :) There is something so wonderful about having them in the backyard all day. :)


41 posted on 01/23/2006 9:05:53 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: Kitty Mittens

This is fun..Sweet dreams.


42 posted on 01/23/2006 9:09:32 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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Didn't I tol' ya, Sistahs?!   It   is   bee-u-t-ful!


43 posted on 01/23/2006 9:10:07 PM PST by Billie
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LOL, Yes, I think the ScrubJays are so beautiful. They are such characters. LOL

I put a Humming bird feeder out for 3 years. 3rd year a charm. I'm so glad I never gave up. I had one and then another showed up last year as regulars. They would fight over the feeder. This year I have to put out two in two different locations because they guard them. We have Ruby Throat. Incredible little birds.

44 posted on 01/23/2006 9:10:16 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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Hi Billie :)
Thanks so much!
HUGS!


45 posted on 01/23/2006 9:13:12 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

I have never seen a Ruby-throat here. I have seen some with a green throat.


46 posted on 01/23/2006 9:16:11 PM PST by LUV W (Everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL.-BD)
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I estimated about a hundred hummers at one time at my daughter's many feeders during migration one year..two dozen was normal during migration. I spent a lot of time boiling water and making hummingbird food.

It was fun to watch some of them stake out a feeder and dive bomb anything that approached it... including us!

I have a strong affection for the Carolina wren, the chicadee, the cardinal as well as the titmouse.


47 posted on 01/23/2006 9:19:38 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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Thought I would put our national bird in the mix:

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48 posted on 01/23/2006 9:22:03 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God bless our troops.)
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To: LUV W

Sweetliberty has a running thread about birds. I think in TX someone said there are 3 different types in TX. I'm not sure though. I have to look up but maybe Rufous Hummingbird?


49 posted on 01/23/2006 9:22:50 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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This is not a great picture, but look very closely in the lower left part of that wreath on my front door (picture is taken from the inside looking out)

Two little wrens built their nest on the wreath, and we watched them from the time they started building the nest to taking turns sitting on the eggs, the hatching of the babies, and the babies' first flight !

Each time someone came to the door (we've always used the back door from the garage), they would fly to one of the trees close by. It was fascinating!


50 posted on 01/23/2006 9:22:56 PM PST by Billie
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