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    I built some houses a few years ago, and a house wren moved right in. These are funny birds. The male makes a nest and then sings his heart out to attract a mate. She shows up, immediately starts undoing most of his work, and makes the nest more to her liking. Not a whole lot different than humans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lummy View Post
    Blue Jays, Cardinals, Carolina Wrens, House Wrens, Crows, maybe 3 species of woodpecker, not including a rare pileated (Woody Woodpecker) on occasion, flickers, turkeys, of course, a few orioles, and others I can't name at the moment. We actually have temporary flocks of dozens of robins here during some hatches of insects/grubs.

    I have just learned that the hawks around here are "buzzards" and what I've always called buzzards are actually vultures. This revelation has been a stunner and has taken them down several pegs in my respect for them. A buzzard, then, is a hawk, or buteo, not a vulture. I did not know that. I blame it on comic books as a kid. I don't know that I've ever seen a vulture except at the park.
    Hawks are hawks, and vultures are vultures. The latter is often called a buzzard. When I was young I also thought that vultures were hawks, but you don't really see a number of hawks congregating. Vultures are necessary in the ecosystem, existing on carrion.

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    About 10 years ago I made a recirculating fountain. I never thought that the birds would use it as a birdbath, but they love it. They line up and take turns bathing and drinking.



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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    Hawks are hawks, and vultures are vultures. The latter is often called a buzzard. When I was young I also thought that vultures were hawks, but you don't really see a number of hawks congregating. Vultures are necessary in the ecosystem, existing on carrion.

    Well, I appreciate your definition being like mine was until recently. It's wrong, however, according to recent sources.

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    Nice pictures. Nice fountain too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    Avid birdwatcher for years. I have several feeders. In the spring/fall, some species are just passing through. They only stay for a week or two. Others stay all summer, all winter, or both.

    The indigo bunting in this picture was just passing through. The rose breasted grosbeak and his ladies stay all summer. The goldfinches stay all year too, but they're only this colorful in summer.

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    I really miss the birds from the midwest, out here they aren't nearly as colorful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    I've been feeding hummers for decades. Unfortunately, we only have the ruby throated around here.

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    The rubies are a bit more colorful than the anna's hummingbirds we have around here. The feeders are very popular spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lummy View Post
    Blue Jays, Cardinals, Carolina Wrens, House Wrens, Crows, maybe 3 species of woodpecker, not including a rare pileated (Woody Woodpecker) on occasion, flickers, turkeys, of course, a few orioles, and others I can't name at the moment. We actually have temporary flocks of dozens of robins here during some hatches of insects/grubs.

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    I recently took a backroad and came across a dead horse with about 20 turkey vultures feeding on it. Its a very odd sight and they are huge birds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOneOnly2 View Post
    I watch them if I see them but I dont have enough time. I like to watch magpies. I used to live at a place ( Wagga ) that had a botanical gardens which had a mini-zoo that included a 'walk through free flight aviary' and I used to go there a lot. I dont really agree with aviaries but this one is pretty huge with a high net so its not so bad. The zoo also has emus. And there are peacocks walking around. It was a pretty cool place.

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    edit - Birds I hate the most are pigeons and crows. I live in country NSW Australia and crows are always hanging around the roads/highway between towns and unlike most birds they never seem to get out of the way of your vehicle until the last second - they are real casual about it. But they never seem to get hit. They dont even fly - they just hop off to the side of the road at the last second. But one time one time I was riding my motorbike really fast and I come up over a ridge and I hit a crow - it hit me right in the chest. And the impact killed it. And it fell dead on my tank. So its dead on tank between my stretched arms holding handlebars. I had to flick it off. Im kind of proud of that because like I said crows never get hit by vehicles even though they are very casual about getting out of the way. Another time when I was riding my bike fast a duck hit me in the helmet. It was a really big duck and the impact threw my head back. That duck is dead for sure.

    And when I was a kid my friends and I used to like to shoot birds with slug guns/air rifles.
    I had a neighbor who ran an exotic bird rescue, and at dusk it sounded like the aviary at the San Diego zoo. They were loud, but relaxing from a distance.

    The crows here stay in the cities/towns the less populated areas are where the ravens are. They are far larger when grown, and less obnoxious.

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    I have different birds depending of the season where I am
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