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New arrivals 2007
#94940 March 21st, 2007 at 05:05 PM
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We already have some hummingbird topics going, but I thought maybe we should have one for the rest of the birds also.

Last month I saw my first robins, and earlier this month, the red-winged blackbirds returned. Now, today I saw my first Brown Thrasher. It was actually eating sunflowers from under one of my feeders. It tried flying up to the feeder, but it's one of those that allow only the smaller birds to get in to it, so the Thrasher quickly gave up.

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#94941 March 21st, 2007 at 05:53 PM
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Robins are here too....lots of them...I'm excited to see them...that means warmer weather!!

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#94942 March 21st, 2007 at 11:45 PM
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My first Brown Thrasher arrived this week and I ran out with my daughter's Canon 6.1 Megapixel 12X Optical Zoom camera to get some shots of him. I found him in top of a 30 foot tall oak tree and took these shots from about 50 feet away. The quality is poor, but you can tell what he is.

FIRST BROWN THRASHER
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#94943 March 21st, 2007 at 11:47 PM
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The next birds to arrive here should be Eastern Kingbirds and Louisiana Waterthrushes, sometime in the next two to three weeks.

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#94944 March 22nd, 2007 at 01:46 PM
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Cool....great shots Thorny!!

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#94945 March 22nd, 2007 at 02:13 PM
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i can hear the birds singing alot more in the mornings now so i know more are here but i don't SEE them ~ going to have to go searching them out laugh I have a new feeder in my yard hoping to attract them.....

Joni

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#94946 March 22nd, 2007 at 07:24 PM
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I guess this doesn't really qualify as a new arrival, especially since I didn't even see it, but last night after work as I was unloading my groceries from the car, I heard a Great-horned owl.

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#94947 March 22nd, 2007 at 11:07 PM
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Ooooh an Owl! Especially Great Horned......my FAVORITE OWL. I have had a Barred Owl on the roof of my house, DIRECTLY above my computer for weeks now. It comes in about Sundown and stays for hours. I can't get a picture of him......YET.

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#94948 March 22nd, 2007 at 11:09 PM
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Joni, You should hear the birds singing ALL night soon, Especially Robins, Northern Mockingbirds, and when they arrive, Yellow-Breasted Chats.

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#94949 March 23rd, 2007 at 05:18 AM
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Thorny, 2 or 3 years ago, I had a Screech Owl that stayed in a hole in a tree at my property line on the west side of my house. I could just see the top of his head from my kitchen door.

The other birds HATED him. A lot of the time during the day, when he was trying to take a nap, there would be a mixed flock of them congregating near his tree just raising h***. Especially the Blue Jays.

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#94950 March 23rd, 2007 at 05:18 PM
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That's typical Jay and/or Crow behavior towards Screech Owls. I've never seen a Screech Owl in the wild but HAVE heard them. I've seen a few in captivity so would know one instantly.

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#94951 March 24th, 2007 at 04:50 PM
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Today the Chipping Sparrows arrived, and I saw the first Flicker of the year!


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