Backyard birdies

Ive been waiting patiently, so far no takers. I am going to be very excited when I get my first visitor. :dance

Im making the big feeder more sturdy, the glass plates fell out way too easily. I also got another feeder and a few birdhouses that I will also be setting up.87AF64DE-E8B6-4E8C-96BD-4C2B67AC1DF9.jpegF5B541C7-0469-4F83-A01A-A7743921FF70.jpeg

Im also going to pull off a screen and want to get this feeder. Any comments?
Thanks!
 

airdronian

Radar Member
If the birds start hitting the window that the feeder is attached to, you could stick something on the glass like a ribbon or something that they can see.
 
Poor pics, but I just made my first official feathered friends. :dance
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I need to ID that bird(first two pics) and pull screen off window to get better pics. So far I have seen a finch, female cardinal, blue bird, sparrows, and another unknown. I need to read up and look at pics of birds found in Ohio to ID the two unknown birds.

Blue bird, red bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker(2 pics)

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I think we've had the downy woodpeckers here. I only got a really poor picture of one on our utility pole last summer--can't even make out what it is. But given the many old trees in this neighborhood, I often hear them knocking on a tree or pole. Including this morning when I left the house.

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It is party time over here. Word seems to be getting out. :jump

Now I just have to get pics, but two additional new birds showed up. :)
 

Tedrick

Junior Member
Poor pics, but I just made my first official feathered friends. :dance
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I need to ID that bird(first two pics) and pull screen off window to get better pics. So far I have seen a finch, female cardinal, blue bird, sparrows, and another unknown. I need to read up and look at pics of birds found in Ohio to ID the two unknown birds.

Blue bird, red bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker(2 pics)

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Pic #1 is a male Eastern Bluebird
Pic #2, can't tell
Pic #3 and #4 is most likely a Downy Woodpecker. Hairy's and Downy's are very difficult to tell apart, even for seasoned birders. The most reliable way to differentiate is via vocalizations. However, the Downy is much more common so that's usually the safest ID.
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
Poor pics, but I just made my first official feathered friends. :dance
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I need to ID that bird(first two pics) and pull screen off window to get better pics. So far I have seen a finch, female cardinal, blue bird, sparrows, and another unknown. I need to read up and look at pics of birds found in Ohio to ID the two unknown birds.

Blue bird, red bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker(2 pics)

I need to improve my photo skillz (ipad mini6).View attachment 33852View attachment 33854View attachment 33853

Those are all A-list birds. Congratulations!
The downy & hairy woodpeckers look nearly identical. The latter is almost always larger than the former, but we've seen big downies and small hairys! The hairy woodpecker has a bigger (stouter, and longer) bill than the downy. Also, the downy has black spots on white outer tail feathers; the hairy does not.

PS I meant to post this last night... but apparently I never did! :(
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member

Waxwings! :)
I cannot tell if they're Cedars or Bohemians :(
Gorgeous blue sky, too!

So... I sat down here to post this photo I took this morning ;)
Mrs. H & I walk, every day, down to the main road to get our (paper) newspaper. That's where our paperbox is. 1.9 mile round trip. Mrs. H takes stock of the birds she sees on the walk & reports 'em to the local eBird list.

This morning, as we walked out of the garage and onto the driveway, we saw a bunch of birds in the top of a tree across the street. Our first thought was starlings or red-winged blackbirds, but we realized very quickly they were waxwings. We do see waxwings here often (nearly every day), sometimes a few, sometimes quite a few -- this morning, we saw a lot.
So I went in and got my camera.

DSC_0897 (2) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

After we got back from our walk, Mrs. H counted 123 birds -- almost all of them are Bohemians, although she identified (at least) one Cedar Waxwing in the bunch. :)
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
Pro tip ;) for taking hand-held exposures with long-ish focal length lenses: begin to exhale, smoothly, slowly, & deliberately, just before clicking the shutter. "We" (well, OK... I) have a reflexive urge to hold our breath when taking a photo, but this increases shakiness. Taking the photograph when exhaling minimizes shake.

:)
 
Im hooked and went to Tractor Supply Company today and bought some more birdseed and another feeder. I didnt get home until after dark and both my feeders were empty, but the suet is still there. I too was having a difficult time determining if that was a downy woodpecker or hairy woodpecker and went hairy bc it said downy was 1 oz and hairy 1-3 and this looked like it weighed more than an ounce.😁

Thanks for the photo tip and putting up with my poor pics, Im using an ipad mini and not so good(in case you havent noticed🤣). I may buy a camera if that will help me take better pics.

These will be going up shortly. I have used the one on the left before and birds used it as well, my friend gave me the middle one recently, and I picked the one on the right up at a thrift a while back but am not sure what it is for as it seems rather large. I will also be getting some hummingbird feeders.
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GuyK

Junior Member
Im hooked and went to Tractor Supply Company today and bought some more birdseed and another feeder. I didnt get home until after dark and both my feeders were empty, but the suet is still there. I too was having a difficult time determining if that was a downy woodpecker or hairy woodpecker and went hairy bc it said downy was 1 oz and hairy 1-3 and this looked like it weighed more than an ounce.😁

Thanks for the photo tip and putting up with my poor pics, Im using an ipad mini and not so good(in case you havent noticed🤣). I may buy a camera if that will help me take better pics.

These will be going up shortly. I have used the one on the left before and birds used it as well, my friend gave me the middle one recently, and I picked the one on the right up at a thrift a while back but am not sure what it is for as it seems rather large. I will also be getting some hummingbird feeders.
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If you are going to frequently photograph birds in the same locations, like the feeders you're placing, try placing whatever camera you use ahead of time and pre-focusing on the target, then using a phone to trip the shutter remotely when you subject appears. A basic tripod is invaluable for this, and can often be found for next to nothing. Eliminating camera-shake does a lot to improve a photograph.
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
Oh, for any of you playing along at home, here's the cedar waxwing we noticed in the group. :)

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Im hooked and went to Tractor Supply Company today and bought some more birdseed and another feeder. I didnt get home until after dark and both my feeders were empty, but the suet is still there. I too was having a difficult time determining if that was a downy woodpecker or hairy woodpecker and went hairy bc it said downy was 1 oz and hairy 1-3 and this looked like it weighed more than an ounce.😁

Thanks for the photo tip and putting up with my poor pics, Im using an ipad mini and not so good(in case you havent noticed🤣). I may buy a camera if that will help me take better pics.

These will be going up shortly. I have used the one on the left before and birds used it as well, my friend gave me the middle one recently, and I picked the one on the right up at a thrift a while back but am not sure what it is for as it seems rather large. I will also be getting some hummingbird feeders.
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Look at the bills. A downy's bill is small and fine; a hairy's is bigger and more robust.
The birders have a quaint rule of thumb: if you look at a hairy woodpecker's bill and head, and imagine* driving the bill backwards through its skull, the base of the bill would protrude from the back of its head. :confused:

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^Hairy
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Hairy left, downy right

(borrowed images all)

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* Kids, don't try this at home!
 
I think Tedrick and I just liked that post at the same exact moment?

Thanks for the tip on differentiating the Downy from the Hairy. I probably have both, "they" are common. At one point I think I counted 7 at the same time on or around the tree/feeders. One of my neighbors knows her birds very well and there are also the larger pileated. I think? I have seen them in the past, and will now pay more attention. There are a lot of birds around here. For about a month or two last fall I would fall asleep and wake up to an owl "hooing". It seemed real close like in a tree in my front yard but now I think it hangs out across from me. I heard it once this year about a month or more ago but have not heard it since. This summer(I think) I will be putting in a stream/koi pond that will run down my front yard so my feathered friends will not have to go far when they get thirsty.
 
It seemed like the feeders got emptied quick the other day. I need to raise everything and put the ground feeder in the tree. One of the suet holders was on the ground and away from its spot when I got home today.239D0755-338B-4CE0-B8F8-56BC43E62C6F.jpeg83E8399D-80EE-4CA6-857D-FB81101DB832.jpeg3827CFCB-3D36-4E6F-ABD4-9436EE4A684A.jpeg
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
It seemed like the feeders got emptied quick the other day. I need to raise everything and put the ground feeder in the tree. One of the suet holders was on the ground and away from its spot when I got home today.View attachment 33978View attachment 33979View attachment 33982
Yup, you're in their tour guidebook now. Five stars! ;)

We don't have much deer trouble with the feeders. They'll graze under them but they don't bother them. They prefer eating my apple trees (and most other small trees with tender branches they can reach -- at this time of year).


DSC_3388 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
(of course, I can't find a photo of deer under any of the feeders right at the monent! :o )
If you have (black) bears where you live, you'll want to, at the least, bring the feeders in at night. I can't tell you when you should start, but it'll be just before the bears emerge in the spring. They come out hungry and, we have been told, they really like black oil sunflower seeds and can smell them from a mile away.

If you have brown or grizzly bears... well... that's another problem entirely. ;)
 
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