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Bird Watching

#1  Postby The_Metatron » Sep 29, 2017 12:54 am

We're always trying to learn all the birds we see in our back yard.

This evening, we positively identified a male Red Shafted Northern Flicker:

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#2  Postby The_Metatron » Sep 29, 2017 12:56 am

In fact, I think he's roosting near the top of one of my Douglas fir trees. He hasn't moved in twenty minutes.


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Re: Bird Watching

#3  Postby The_Metatron » Sep 29, 2017 1:05 am

He may have been waiting for my dogs to disappear, which they have. He's on the ground right now, hopping along, bringing death from above to ants, beetles, and the like.


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#4  Postby The_Metatron » Sep 29, 2017 1:11 am

A regular in my yard are Steller's jays. Usually, they are around in small groups of about four birds.

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Re: Bird Watching

#5  Postby Macdoc » Sep 29, 2017 6:54 am

Nice ...

This bird is named after the German naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller, the first European to record them in 1741


We used to see flickers but I think where we are now they are scarce......lovely birds.

I'd be happy to get an id on these. Don't know UK birds at all. These were all in Wales.

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and would like to know the chickadee analogue

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and the local meanie that scared them all away

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#6  Postby Sendraks » Sep 29, 2017 9:57 am

I can ID those for you Mac. From top to bottom.

1. Goldfinch (right of feeder)- this is my favourite UK bird species. I do my damndest to try and attract them to my garden as they are so pretty to look at. Siskin (left of feeder).

2. Robin. - very different to the American Robin. This is a bold little bird, very territorial and not shy. I have a lovely video of a Robin at Kew Gardens which decided to hop over and search for food on the grass about a foot from where my wife and I were lying.

3. Chaffinch.

4. Siskin (middle and left of feeder). Blue Tit (bottom middle and bottom right). There's also a Goldfinch lurking round the back. Siskins would be a regular feature of my garden feeders over winter when I lived in the Pennines and they'd return to the north once the warmer weather came. I'd get dozens of them all over the feeders, along with a few charming little Redpolls.

Blue Tits are a very charming and clever bird. By anyone old enough to remember, they are known as the garden birds which would peck through the silver tops of whole milk to get at the cream on top. Good at solving problems to get to food.

5. Sparrowhawk (juvenile).
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Re: Bird Watching

#7  Postby zoon » Sep 29, 2017 5:16 pm

Edited post. Embarrassing misidentification, I was thinking the siskins in Macdoc’s pictures were juvenile goldfinches, but Sendrak's right :oops: . I only have a small garden (just north of Cambridge), but fortunately the bird feeder's patronised largely by goldfinches. It's looking similar to picture 1 much of the time around now, except that the birds without red cheeks but black and yellow on the wings are this year’s goldfinches. They are a size larger than the siskins and not so striped. The flock has got through most of this morning's offering of sunflower hearts, there's about a centimetre left. I haven't seen a siskin yet in the garden; at least, I haven't identified one.
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Re: Bird Watching

#8  Postby Sendraks » Sep 29, 2017 9:13 pm

I'd never seen a Siskin in a garden until I moved up to the Pennines. When I first saw them, I thought they were Greenfinches but, there were so many of them and that struck me as odd. Got my bird guide out and ID'd them. Since I moved out of the Pennines, I've not seen any in any of the various gardens I've had.

Not seen any Redpolls either. Now those were a bird I'd misidentified as a juvenille Goldfinch, assuming that a Redpoll was a far too unlikely visitor. Turns out I was delightfully wrong on that score.

The bird I miss seeing is the GReenfinch. Not seen one in years. :(
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#9  Postby The_Metatron » Oct 01, 2017 4:35 pm

There's a kind of goose (maybe, the things are always too high to see well) that migrates over me. It isn't a Canadian goose, and it has a different kind of honk. Higher pitched. I've seen hundreds of them go over, and have no,idea what they are.

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Re: Bird Watching

#10  Postby The_Piper » Oct 02, 2017 12:17 am

You can't zoom in on a flock with your camera?
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#11  Postby The_Metatron » Oct 02, 2017 12:23 am

I don't watch them through my camera, I use a pair of 7x25 binoculars.

Not my best argument, really. I didn't have the binoculars at hand when I saw the geese.


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#12  Postby The_Metatron » Oct 02, 2017 12:24 am

But, you bring up a good point. I do have a DSLR with some zoom lenses. Might be worth a try. Damned thing eats batteries like candy, though.


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#13  Postby The_Piper » Oct 02, 2017 12:28 am

I understand. I usually have my camera on hand in my yard for wildlife, but not as much this summer where I've been very busy.
I've been able to zoom in on planes and stuff with my camera, a Sony point and shoot with 30x zoom, I think it is. :mrgreen:
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#14  Postby Sendraks » Oct 02, 2017 9:42 am

The_Metatron wrote:There's a kind of goose (maybe, the things are always too high to see well) that migrates over me. It isn't a Canadian goose, and it has a different kind of honk. Higher pitched. I've seen hundreds of them go over, and have no,idea what they are.


Whereabouts are you again? Within the US there are limited number of options.
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#15  Postby The_Metatron » Oct 02, 2017 5:06 pm

Sendraks wrote:
The_Metatron wrote:There's a kind of goose (maybe, the things are always too high to see well) that migrates over me. It isn't a Canadian goose, and it has a different kind of honk. Higher pitched. I've seen hundreds of them go over, and have no,idea what they are.


Whereabouts are you again? Within the US there are limited number of options.

Centralia, Washington. About halfway between Seattle and Portland. Centrally located.




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Re: Bird Watching

#16  Postby Sendraks » Oct 02, 2017 6:00 pm

My gut instinct is telling me White Fronted Goose but, there are other options.
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Re: Bird Watching

#17  Postby The_Metatron » Oct 02, 2017 6:15 pm

Here's a good site full of bird sounds: http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Anser ... ons?view=3

The flight calls recorded here sure sound correct. I'll see what I can observe and compare.


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