Ha!! I'm the first one here ... lol
Posted 11 December 2004 - 12:49 AM
To be honest I don't know half the names of what I see and take pictures of , but I have been able to observe a Belted King Fisher (Megaceryle alcyon) and taken pictures of him.
What I see the most of are numerous Ravens (Corvus Corax).
I have also had the pleasure of observing several types of Herons and Egrets and of course the majestic Red Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) that is fairly prolific here in the area.
Let's see if I can put together a list of the birds that I have come across.
(This is a great idea with this board btw!)
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Canada Goose (flocks of them spend the winter here and they are beautiful) (Branta canadensis)
Mallards (of course lol) (Anas platyrhynchos)
American Coot (lots of those here too) (Fulica americana)
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
Mourning Dove (which actually made a nest in my plants on my balcony several years in a row and raised 4 "families") (Zenaida macroura)
Road Runner (Geococcyx californianus)
Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) (These little suckers are all over the place here and the most vicious of any bird I have come across, lol talk about attitude)
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens)
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)
Red-Winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) (Flocks of them here are beautiful to watch, but very difficult to photograph as the red only shows when they are in flight)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
These are just the ones that I have been able to identify here in the area where I live and see rather often on my walks. There are more and I have not even begun to list the shore birds in detail that are here or rather at the beach when ever I get the chance to go there.
Ok thats it... lol
Can we maybe also have a section where we can post pictures of the wild birds we have seen?
Love this board!! As you can tell, I ... ah ... have no life lol (or better yet, birds are my life)
For thirty years he talked before he died.
You say that parrots do not really know
The meaning of the words they speak? Just so,
I grant you that you may be right - but then,
Do men? Theodore Stephanides
Posted 11 December 2004 - 01:12 AM
Here in Florida we have lots of beautiful birds in the winter. My favorite are the long legged waders. The sandhill cranes are numerous and incredible to watch.
Posted 11 December 2004 - 03:44 AM
4 BG macws: Dreamer, The Fabulous Margarita, Mia and Sailor
1 Greenwing: Eenie
1 Severe Macaw: Chi Chi
1 Yellow Nape Amazon: Taco
1 Timneh African Grey: Radar
1 Quaker: Tilde
Posted 11 December 2004 - 07:54 PM
One of these days, maybe if one of you comes to visit I would drive into the outback to see more birds. Although I am very well traveled, I didn't get interested in birds until after I had settled down. I would love to go back to South America one of these days and see the wild macaws in Manu Biosphere, the Amazon area or the Pantanal. Hopefully with another bird nut who would appreciate them.
Cockatiels: Tiki, Manu, Maui, Shaka
Blue Princess Parrot: Tjinimin
Green Princess Parrot: Manikay
Nanday Conure: Ixchel
Jenday Conure: Yaxche
Greencheek Conure: Chula
Nansun Conure: Xango
Blue-throated Conure Orisha
Posted 12 December 2004 - 05:37 PM
CAG: Quincy (13)
Severes: Dudley (11) , Riley (10), Shilo (9)
1 Cockatiel: Willow (11)
English Springer: Tucker
Posted 13 December 2004 - 08:19 AM
Skye & Gunny pair of RS ekkies
Erik ekkie (my new baby)
Shrekie & Alex pair of alexandrines
Takoda pet male alex
Songa & Lady pair of canaries
Stephen - hubby & all 6 of our children
Summa and Mysta (dogs)
Posted 13 December 2004 - 11:29 PM
Belted Kingfishers, Black-capped chickadee, Baltimore Orial, Mallard duck, Canadien goose, Turkey Vultures *BIG!!!*, Fish Hawk, Wild Turkey, ruffed grouse, Northern Shoveler Duck, Double crested cormorant, Great Cormorant, Hooded Merganser, Black Guillemot, Blue Jay, Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Ring-billed gull, Razorbill, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Pileated Woodpecker, Downey Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, cliff swallow, barn swallow, eastern kingbird, Cedar waxwing, American Redstart, Song Sparrow, chipping sparrow, house sparrow, Indigo bunting, Pine Grosse beak, yellow bellied sapsucker *very cute*, Semipalmated Sandpiper, killdeer*tons and they are really neat*, long tailed Jager, Great Blue herron * one of my faves*, cardinal, goldfinch
Ok well I am sure I will be adding to this post LOL I find it neat what everyone has seen!
Posted 14 December 2004 - 05:25 PM
Earlier this year we were driving around in south Jersey and decided to stop at some nature preserve (the name escapes me right now). We got out of the car, and right by the edge of the parking lot was a purple gallinule. At first I thought it was just a pigeon (living near a city and all), but I quickly realized that it was too purple and it's feet were too big. None of us knew what it was, but they had a sign on a door that mentioned the purple gallinule. Apparently it hung around for several weeks.
In October we stopped by a park for a quick visit (Pennypack, for those in the Philly area). It was around 3:30 pm and the feeders by the blind weren't very active, so we decided to walk around a bit. We walked maybe 50 feet when something big flew in and landed in a tree no more than 40 feet in front of us. I didn't recognize it from behind, so I handed the binoculars to mom. As soon as she looked at it, it swiveled its head around and looked right at her. "Oh my god, it's a barred owl" she whispered. Then it flew 20 feet into a field and landed (out of sight). Several seconds later it flew off with something small and furry in its talons.
And I once thought this was boring. Needless to say, I've made a mental note to study up on my owls.
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