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Thread: Fat Cardinal, Goldfinches and bluebirds

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    Fat Cardinal, Goldfinches and bluebirds

    Just 3 weeks ago I was feeding the birds in the snow. This is a very fat cardinal(lol) He is very timid so it took a while to catch him up close. I also was able to get a snapshot of several goldfinches. Now the male goldfinches have turned up their color to a bright yellow, the snow is gone and a pair of bluebirds have moved in. I so enjoy watching the birds! The male and female birdbirds worked really hard building their next; then I guess the female didn't like the way the male arranged it, so she threw out a lot of the twigs and built it to suit herself. (kind of sounds familiar)
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    Isn't he a beauty, we have 2 pairs of cardinals in our yard as well as finches, doves, blackbirds, robins, orioles, chickadees, blue jays, sparrows and other visitors. I love to watch them. Every once in a while though, I will hear lots of chatter and sure enough, there is a huge falcon sitting somewhere, looking for lunch. He is magnificent but I wish he would go away and leave my family alone.

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    We had a red-winged blackbird yesterday! It was flying when I saw it. It perked me up!
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    Well he sure didn't have a hard time finding food during the winter!

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    You have fed him well. I love the birds and love feeding and watching them.

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    beautiful birds. thanks for sharing
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    He's fat & sassy! Thanks for the great pics!
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    Great photos! I have a pair of Cardinals coming to the feeder. I don't know where they may nest, but they come every day. Today I saw my first goldfinch in bright yellow for the Spring. Now that I am working again, I am going to buy shelled peanuts for my wire tube feeder and may the Tufted Titmice, Nuthatches and Chickadees very happy again!
    Oh, and the cardinal seems to be saying, "Hey Lady! I'm eatin' here!!!"
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    Your cardinal is a beauty and the gold finches so pretty. I love having the birds in the yard we have some we don't even know what some of them our but we have had a hawk come in the yard and steal a baby bird one year oh the screaming of the birds and the mother bird I felt so bad for her. We have some small birds that have red bellies and green backs and some of them are small birds all green but not a parrot. I hope they stay the summer. We also have cardinals and do. We also have a female cardianl that comes to the kitchen window and then the guest BR and then the computer/sewing rm until she finds me. She's so cute. The other night we had a Bobcat stroll thru our yard that was different. Sue

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    Your pictures are better than those found in my bird book. Thank you for sharing!

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    Love those pictures. I have my first ever feeder up. We have a couple of cardinals so far and I think a phoebe. Can't really see all that well across the yard. But its fun watching them

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    Love your picture of the cardinals. I love bluebirds too. I don't see as many bluebirds as I use to. Maybe it has something to do with all the squirrels. We have to many of those bushy tail rats. I haven't found a bird feeder that squirrels can't eat more than the birds

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    I love to hear the cardinals. We don't have them here in nevada. I do have a birdbath that the birds use all winter for drink and bathing. It is so fun to watch them. I have seen as many as a dozen birds in there at a time splashing about. So comical.
    I stopped feeding them because tiny mice began to come around the feeders and I feared they would try to move into the house. I like nature but I don't want to live with them! LOL... I have many growing things that they love in the yard, so they feed off of those things.


    ps. Thanks for sharing the pictures of your visitors. Love those pretties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCM View Post
    Your pictures are better than those found in my bird book. Thank you for sharing!
    Why thank you! Husband bought himself a new camera and I am trying it out (grin) Only problem is I haven't yet found how to upload the pictures from his camera directly to the Quilting Board. I download them to my computer, but have had to develope the pictures then scan them before I can upload from my computer to the Board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222 View Post
    I love to hear the cardinals. We don't have them here in nevada. I do have a birdbath that the birds use all winter for drink and bathing. It is so fun to watch them. I have seen as many as a dozen birds in there at a time splashing about. So comical.
    I stopped feeding them because tiny mice began to come around the feeders and I feared they would try to move into the house. I like nature but I don't want to live with them! LOL... I have many growing things that they love in the yard, so they feed off of those things.


    ps. Thanks for sharing the pictures of your visitors. Love those pretties.
    Oh how I wish I could hear the cardianls. Even with my hearing aids, I can not hear any of our birds. But that does not stop my enjoyment of watching them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berryberry View Post
    Love your picture of the cardinals. I love bluebirds too. I don't see as many bluebirds as I use to. Maybe it has something to do with all the squirrels. We have to many of those bushy tail rats. I haven't found a bird feeder that squirrels can't eat more than the birds
    I know what you mean about the squirrels. We live at the edge of a forest of mostly oak trees and have plenty of those "bushy tail rats" One day a few years ago husband sat on the deck and used his rifle to fill 2 five gallon buckets with those "rats" It may be time to thin them out again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damaquilts View Post
    Love those pictures. I have my first ever feeder up. We have a couple of cardinals so far and I think a phoebe. Can't really see all that well across the yard. But its fun watching them
    I can feel your enjoyment from here! The Tuffed Tit Mice are the first birds around here to find a new feeder. A couple of winters ago when the snow was on the ground I decided I would try my hand at getting a bird to eat from my hand, so I wrapped up really good, sat on the deck with sunflower seeds in my hand and it wasn't long before a tuffed tit mice landed on my hand and grabbed a seed. After that I went out every day for several months and he would come to eat from my hand. The grandchildren were even able to hold out seed for him. We got such a delight out of feeding him well into the summer months. Now, I can't remember if I got lazy and missed going out to feed him or if something happened to him that he could not come back. I know I sure miss him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raynhamquilter View Post
    We had a red-winged blackbird yesterday! It was flying when I saw it. It perked me up!
    Thank you for reminding me - I had not seen a red-winged blackbird for several years, until last month when the snow was on the ground and a large flock of them landed under the feeders to eat.

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    Fab pics. We have mountain bluebirds checking out all the birdhouses around here, and I see that two pair have chosen a home. I too love watching the birds

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    Great pictures ans love birds but do not feed them as cat while old would be trying to "get" them. We see bald eagels once in a while, crows and various other bird. I think they come and eat grain out of horse poop as Gem roams the 4 acres and mows the grass. We do feed the squirrls, and have fox squirrls sometimes. But Gem gets into their feeders sometimes, and they hunt for nuts off the oak trees. Love your birds and they are so pretty.

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    They are all beautiful.....I have a lot of cardinals and blue birds in my yard...The finches have been here for the last month but will soon be leaving for the north.....I also have a lot of wood peckers that stay year round as do the cardinals and blue birds....

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    We don't have cardinals in Oregon. Saw my first one when I visted my daughter in Maryland. Love to see that red flashing between the trees! Thank you for sharing.

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    All my birds are FAT. Been feeding them for over 30 years. Did have a friendly scrub jay that would sit on my arm or shoulder to get a meal worm or peanut. Sadly West Nile Virus got him. We miss him.


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    Beautiful creatures

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    That "fat" cardinal is so pretty! I wish we had them on the West Coast. We have beautiful -- noisy -- scrub jays!
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