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    Red face Spring birds

    A week or so ago I posted pictures of a fat cardinal and goldfinches. But, today I want to show you pictures that were taken just a couple of days ago of a Baltimore Oriole that really loves the sugarwater I set out for the hummers; (and yes, we have 5 hummers here drinking sugarwater from a snow covered feeder) a Indigo Bunting, Goldfinch and a female Cardinal feeding from one of the feeders; a Rosebreasted Grosbeek hiding in a tree above our deck; and a little downy woodpecker enjoying beef suet that I get from alocal butcher. Can't believe it's May 4th and we had 1 1/2 inches of snowon the ground here in SW Missouri yesterday. Global warming? it feels more like the iceage.
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    Fabulous photos...
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    You must have a good camera to get those great shots. Very interesting.

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    Enjoyed your pictures!

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    beautiful birds! i'd love to lounge in your yard.
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    Hi fellow SHO-ME state bird feeder! A hint for your Baltimore Orioles - they LOVE grape jelly. We put out cups with a little grape jelly in them and the eat it. We use those yellow cups from the tops of detergent bottles, etc. - it must be yellow - and put a spoonful of grape jelly in them until they find it - then can put a bit more in in after they find it. Yes, it does attract bees but we have found that the red Summer Tanagers also eat the jelly but also eat the bees. Quite a sight! We keep the jelly out during the summer to attract the Summer Tanagers - the Baltimore Orioles don't stay here all summer though. HTH
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    The feathered friends around your place are wonderful.
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    I would LOVE to have an Indigo Bunting come! Don't know if they're in Ohio or not. I've thought about putting some orange halves out to draw the Oriole's--would that work? Don't have any hummer feeders up yet. I love watching them out the only window I can really see out of well....over my desk in the ofc/sewing room. My neighbor has a cat that she's started to let out again and yesterday I think he tried to jump up on my big feeder...glanced up and saw it swinging and he was at the bottom. She says she can't keep him in because he throws a fit. If he kills a bird I'll be the one throwing a fit!!! Ever since one of our cats was hit by a car years ago I've been a fanatic about cats not being outside. It's just not safe, esp in a city.

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    I'm jealous. All we have in my back yard ar sparrows and starlings with the occasional duck that wanders in from the park down the road.

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    I love those birds! We only had the Indigo Bunting once that I know of. We get all the other birds you have shown. Enjoy! The Indigo Bunting was attracted to the Dandelion blooms that had gone to seed. They stayed for a couple of days and feasted!
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    Love your birds! I'm watching birds all day long,too! Rose-breasted grosbeaks, white crowned sparrows, Baltimore orioles, Orchard orioles, cardinals,all kinds of finches. Still waiting for the hummers and Indigo buntings, gray catbird. I also have 2 cats, but they stay inside.

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    We have lots of birds here. I noticed a Humming Bird had come back. They remember every year where The feeders are. Baby Woodpeckers love the juice too. I buy the red premixed liquid in the jug. Lots of Finches hers. I don't know all the species' names.
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    As a younger person, I never thought I would enjoy looking and feeding birds, husband and I feed & water them..and this year hummers are crazy, had to buy two more feeders, they are sometimes 4-6 hummers feeding at same time..love it..have two pair red birds this year, yea! No Martins yet, they are always here by mid March, nothing this year, first time in 10 years this has happened...we are thinking it is weather..that is keeping them their timing off..hope so. Maybe tomorrow...

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    Oh I just love the birds - miss them living here - thanks so much for the pics.

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    Wonderful photos. I haven't put my hummingbird feeders out yet but it is time. I'd love to put feeders out for the other birds but don't have a place where I can protect it from the squirrels. They devour everything.
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    These are wonderful. Love them all. It is hard to realize just how beautiful the Bunting is until you see it in person. The Oriole is still on my to see list. last year I fortunate enough to see a Scarlet Tanager. What a beauty they are. I am just south of where the Grossbeaks range ends so I don't see them. When I lived in central NY we would see flocks of thousands in the yard. Quite a sight.

    Your pictures has brought back wonderful memories. Thank you.
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    EDIT: Thank you to everyone who keeps their cats inside. My little boy is a very spoilrd indoor cat.

    Also, where ever you live, even one window can become an enjoyable view. Starlings were mentioned and I just want to say even though they are an imported species and can be rather abundent, they are a wonderful bird to watch. Look close and they have beautiful feathering and their song, if you take time to really listen is enchanting. IMHO

    If you have limited viewing or variety of birds, even the lowly starling can be good company.
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    Super pics and be sure to keep food out for the babies in this cold.

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    Beautiful photos...Thanks for sharing...

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    Thanks for the lovely pictures. Don't have the feeders out yet, but the water baths are full. It's fun to watch the birds decide who can bath or drink first. Sometimes they are down right set on who will or will not join in with them..Usually they prefer to bath alone and will fight any other creature who tries to sneak in. Guess I need more bathing units. Really do enjoy watching them. Never ever thought I would watch birds when I got old...but.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingshe View Post
    You must have a good camera to get those great shots. Very interesting.
    It is my husband's camera, a Nikon. It will zoom the object in close. We live in a house with lots of windows, so we do not need to step outside and startle the birds. A wonderful way to catch them off guard.

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    I love your bird pictures. I live in a condo, and we're not supposed to "try" to attract birds by putting out feeders and so forth. But I have seen some beautiful robins and cardinals around. We have trees so they'll come by anyway!

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    I love your bird pictures! Thanks for taking care of our beautiful feathered friends.

    BTW, the term is no longer "global warming" - it's "climate change".
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    We've had cardinals, bluejays, crows, chickadees (love them), robins, and we have 2 doves that serenade us
    every morning.

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    I surely enjoyed your pictures. I love birds,Thank you so much for sharing!

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    the spring birds are great. I have quite a few yesterday I had about 20 goldfinches all at one time. we have the junico (blue bird) and 5 bluejays at one time. we have 2 pair of thrush, and seen 4 grosbeak today. the orioles are here too. several pair of cardinals it is so much fun to watch them.

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