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    Any birdwatchers here?

    Im a long time fan. I even get to know them as I do it near daily.

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    I don't go hunting for rare sightings but I do like watching nature. When I lived in East Tennessee in the mountains I was visited by dozens of different species. I enjoyed their interactions with other birds and their different flight styles and sounds and could identify several from flight patterns or chirps. Here in Central Florida the sheer number of different birds are actually less (unless you live along the coast) but I have some feeders in my yard and attract Hummingbirds, Carolina Wrens, Sparrows, CROWS! Cardinals, Woodpeckers, Hawks and a few others I haven't identified yet. But I have a book!!
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    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've been feeding hummers for decades. Unfortunately, we only have the ruby throated around here.

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    I've got a lot of other great pix. I'll be back later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    I've got a lot of other great pix. I'll be back later.
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    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.
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    Did you know that crows have one more pinion feather than a raven. So you can say with authority that the difference between a crow and a raven is a matter of a pinion.
    Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanbforrest45 View Post
    Spare us please
    Just put me on ignore and you won't have to see my pix.

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