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I'll bet that was a surprise for all concerned! (hawk, hubby and pup)

I miss hummingbirds; for whatever reason (hurricanes, maybe?) they don't ever stay here. We see them for about a week in the spring and fall when migrating, and that's all.

Speaking of diving on prey - I was recently looking into putting in a koi pond, and was amused by an additional consideration that has to be taken here; keeping osprey from fishing your pond. I can only imagine how frustrating it would be to see an osprey making off with your expensive koi, and we do have a lot of osprey around (and unlike a heron, they're also big enough to carry off even very large koi). Nice to see that they've made a strong enough comeback in the last couple of decades that this would actually be a factor to have to take into consideration, though. Smile
Got a new camera back in April (just in time for a certain concert in Cleveland!) and have been practicing using it on my feeder-friends. One of my favorite, albeit short-duration, visitors each Spring is the Rose Breasted Grosbeak. Got a few good shots of the male this year, but, as always, he and his mate flitted off to more suitable lands after only a couple days.

Another of my favorite early-Spring pass-through visitors are the Cedar Waxwings. Just the coolest-looking birds ever! They come in a great flock for about a day or two in March, and consume every berry in sight. Can't seem to get a photo of one though!

We also have a pair of Bald Eagles nesting at the South end of our lake...the nest is visible when the leaves are down, but throughout the year you can see them in their favorite hunting perch right along the lakeshore. It's amazing to watch them snatch a fish out of the water and bring it back to the nestlings, as well as watch the seagulls and crows attack the Eagles. I even watched the female Eagle grab a small duck off the ice in March...poor fellow didn't know what hit him I'm sure!

Apparently my images are too large to post...guess I can't show off my mad photography skills!
I've been seeing some really interesting species of bird and butterfly that I have never seen in my area before...haven't had a minute to get online to identify them. The butterfly was small, slow and a gold yellow color. The bird was yellow on the underbelly but brown up on top...
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(06-21-2011 08:59 PM)debskis Wrote: [ -> ]Got a new camera back in April (just in time for a certain concert in Cleveland!) and have been practicing using it on my feeder-friends. One of my favorite, albeit short-duration, visitors each Spring is the Rose Breasted Grosbeak. Got a few good shots of the male this year, but, as always, he and his mate flitted off to more suitable lands after only a couple days.

Another of my favorite early-Spring pass-through visitors are the Cedar Waxwings. Just the coolest-looking birds ever! They come in a great flock for about a day or two in March, and consume every berry in sight. Can't seem to get a photo of one though!

We also have a pair of Bald Eagles nesting at the South end of our lake...the nest is visible when the leaves are down, but throughout the year you can see them in their favorite hunting perch right along the lakeshore. It's amazing to watch them snatch a fish out of the water and bring it back to the nestlings, as well as watch the seagulls and crows attack the Eagles. I even watched the female Eagle grab a small duck off the ice in March...poor fellow didn't know what hit him I'm sure!

Apparently my images are too large to post...guess I can't show off my mad photography skills!

Hey! We have a pair of mated waxwings flitting back and forth through the trees here at work. Come winter when the leaves are gone you can watch a whole flock of them hitting the cherry trees. A family of ravens live here too. And I have the window seat!
The garden was alive with life yesterday. Squirrels, chipmunks, starlings, red winged black birds, chicadees, robins, cardinals (where have the blue jays gone?), gold finches and a couple I have yet to identify. Very interesting butterfly species as well! My daughter has been capturing some photos so maybe I'll post them someday.
We have kamikaze hummingbirds in our yard. Since the weather is a tad warm these days, I am having to change the sugar water more frequently. If I am a day or two late, the little beauties (of the Anna's variety) dive bomb me. I expect this kind of behavior from people, but birds? Mass hysteria!
(06-27-2011 11:54 AM)BrianW Wrote: [ -> ]Hey! We have a pair of mated waxwings flitting back and forth through the trees here at work. Come winter when the leaves are gone you can watch a whole flock of them hitting the cherry trees. A family of ravens live here too. And I have the window seat!

I have only seen cedar waxwings in our area once. They must have been passing through. They stopped to feast on our holly bushes in front of the house. The bushes were filled with berries before they stopped and only a few remained when the little critters were done Cool
I believe I saw an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, but it may be a different species as they all seem quite similar. Also, a very cool yellow butterfly that is either a Mimosa Yellow Sulpher or something like it. Of course I saw a Monarch and a Black Swallowtail, though a photo I saw on an identification site showed red spots. This one didn't have them.

In trying to look these up I came across an insect that I recognized..very colorful. The past few years I see them by my front house lights. It makes sense now as it's an Ailanthus Webworm Moth. Very cool colors!

I was in the garden yesterday ALL DAY practically and it was divine to say the least. I love getting lost in nature!
Hey finch lovers! I purchased the "Finch Sock" from Kaytee. It was fairly inexpensive at $3.99. Every day the Goldfinch feed and it still looks full. The other species seem to leave it alone.
Yesterday was divine in the garden...

I was sipping some coffee, staring out my sliding glass door at the "path" in the distance and I could see a furious activity of butterflies and birds. I HAD to go and stand in the midst of it. Minutes later I was standing there, soaking it all in. Two Tiger Swallowtails were spriraling upward, a Black Swallowtail was fluttering as it drank nectar from my Butterfly Bush (really a Butterfly Tree at this point), sveral brown and white species I have yet to identify and a Monarch. There was an insect that I thought was a small hummingbird at first. I have NEVER seen anything like that before! The wild Fennel seems to be attracting some exotic species. I love it!
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