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I've been hitting the back forty hard the past few Sundays, hoping to find an antler(s). No such luck yet, but found a zone way out in the boonies that's been frequented by a moose. Lots of fresh sign, no moose, no antler. Doggedly I persist.
(04-16-2014 07:24 PM)BrianW Wrote: [ -> ]I've been hitting the back forty hard the past few Sundays, hoping to find an antler(s). No such luck yet, but found a zone way out in the boonies that's been frequented by a moose. Lots of fresh sign, no moose, no antler. Doggedly I persist.

Be careful Brian! Both my B-I-Ls have been chased by moose. I hear they can be a bit testy.
Thanks GW! I've had my close encounters with the largest member of the cervid family over the years. I will keep my distance - with my camera eye.

Today I saw my first purple finch of the season, and a recent visitor the last couple years (global warming? better food?) a male Towhee.
A lovely red cardinal, robin, gold finch and chickadee were partaking of my tweet treats for them.
There are sparrows, robins, and cardinals in my yard. A woodpecker has a nest in the immediate area, and although I have heard it, I haven't seen it yet.
Last week I found a 5 point antler in a gulley in the back of a local apple orchard. Went back the next day to find the other half - no luck yet. But I want that rack!
The bear is back. We have an evening grosbeak pair visiting, a scarlet tanenger, 2 pairs of cowbirds, a ruby throuated hummingbird, and turkeys joining in with all the resident birdies. Barred owl hoots close by at night.
My sister bought the kids a book and CD of bird song. We play it in the car. There are 50 or so tracks (only about 30-45 seconds each) and each track corresponds to a page in the book with the bird information.

We spend most of each car ride fast forwarding to the turkey, owl, and woodpecker calls.

But now my kids can tell the difference between mourning doves and owls! And they correctly identified cardinal the other day.

And, I haven't had to listen to 101 Summer Camp Songs in about a week. Bonuses all around.
Hey fellow birders!

I'm sure everyone has seen it but I just watched "The Big Year" with Jack Black, Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Many other well known actors and actresses. This is a "Birder Must See!"

Although the birds seemed to be the main theme of the film at first, the ending shows what's really more important and truly beautiful.

I highly recommend this film!
If anyone saw that film let us know what you thought.

As we near the last part of the butterfly season I'd like to share some common knowledge that I've learned over the past several years regarding attracting the delicate creatures to our yards:

Plant a variety of host species

Lantana (they really dig this) cosmos, black eyed susans, marigold, butterfly weed, butterfly bush (they really dig this too), coneflower, milkweed (monarchs), parsley, oregano, lavender, phlox, schaviola, petunia, fennel (swallowtails lay their eggs on them)sedum among others. I find that planting varieties of each attract a variety of species.

Water source: shallow water in a plate or birdbath, watering planters and wetting down the patio. They love full sun and i find a misty sprinkler head in the sun really gets them excited.

They like when you mash up overipe fruit for them and I read that they like droppings (no idea if this is true or why, but it seems to be natural given all the birds that there's always some around.

Some years the populations are abundant- this year was less but i saw about 1/2 dozen species or more. One day i watched very closely as a tiger swallowtail fed on Lantana. He didn't mind that i was inches away and really saw it in a different light. I'm not an expert by any means, but it almost looked like a little " tongue" curled up was used to sample the nectar. So cool! Little children love them.
(08-18-2014 10:50 PM)VincentUlyssis Wrote: [ -> ]Hey fellow birders!

I'm sure everyone has seen it but I just watched "The Big Year" with Jack Black, Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Many other well known actors and actresses. This is a "Birder Must See!"

Although the birds seemed to be the main theme of the film at first, the ending shows what's really more important and truly beautiful.

I highly recommend this film!
I seen that movie, and thought it was pretty good. I have a question for you, because I only seen one in my lifetime. I was in my yard in Louisiana years ago around the early 90's and I saw a rather large red headed woodpecker, and I thought wow that's like woody the woodpecker and not like the really small ones I always see. So I looked it up on Wikipedia and this is what I think I seen.
The pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus, formerly Picus pileatus) is a very large North American woodpecker, roughly crow-sized, inhabiting deciduous forests in eastern North America, the Great Lakes, the boreal forests of Canada, and parts of the Pacific coast. It is also the largest woodpecker in the United States, except the possibly extinct ivory-billed woodpecker. Have you ever seen one?
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