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  1. I know it seems too early to start this topic for 2021 but I have seen two species that I normally do not see until late September or even late October. I had a male American Goldfinch here in Birmingham show up this weekend. There most southern point during the summer is usually the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama and the Appalachians over near Fort Payne. Also, I saw a female or juvenile male red-breasted grosbeak on my feeder yesterday. I usually do not see them flying back to South America until mid September at the earliest. Has anyone else seen early migrants this year?
  2. Well I am glad that we all do not like living in the same place on the planet. It would be very uncomfortable to all pile in one place! 😂
  3. The outer dark band around its face is more pronounced that what I have seen on my family of owls in Alabama. Is this a regional difference or an indication of the age of the bird? Just curious. Great shot!
  4. After I threw out the nest with the unviable eggs, two bluebirds started building again. They laid 4 eggs and now the chicks have hatched. Maybe they will make it now!
  5. Some type of bird has come in and built nesting material over the top of the eggs! I threw everything out since the bluebird Eggs seem unviable and have not seen the female on the eggs in 2 weeks. What kind of bird just starts building a new nest right over the top of any existing nest with eggs?
  6. I have three young barred owls that left the nest about a week or two ago and they are having a blast learning to catch chipmunks. We are over run with chimpmunks. I kept trying to figure out what type of bird was making a "hissing" sound in the woods and I figured out that it is the owls. I also figured out that the Great-crested Flycatchers have a nest in one of the Crepe Myrtles at the front of my house so that explains why I have been seeing them around the feeders trying to get suet. It is amazing to see how large of an insect they can tackle! They had one of those large wood beetles with the big mandibles hauling it around yesterday afternoon!
  7. I had a Great-crested Flycatcher at my feeder about 2 weeks ago. I think he was trying to figure out how to get some of my suet cake? This is the first time I have seen this species in the wild so it was cool to see. They are pretty sharp looking birds.
  8. My second broods had 3 eggs this morning at my house and 2 eggs at moms house 70 miles north of my house. So I’m thinking incubation will be starting between today and Wednesday at both places. I’m a little behind where I was last year so 3 broods will be max this if they attempt a 3rd brood
  9. All 3 chicks fledged last week. The female did not even remove the unhatched egg this time. This is the first time I’ve seen the female not remove the unhatched egg. I removed the nest and Power washed the box so I’m sure I will see new pine straw starting to accumulate within the next 2 weeks for a second brood!
  10. You are correct Stuart... these are blue jays. I believe Blue Jays are monomorphic so the only way you can tell the males from the females is by watching their behavior differences.
  11. @Clip - You are about 2 weeks ahead of me in Alabama. 3 of the 4 eggs hatched on April 9th at my place and 5 out of 5 eggs hatched at my mother's house 70 miles North of me on about the same day. We had cold front blow in here last night and it got down to 32 degrees so I hope all the babies made it through it. I would imagine that they did. Yes... My experience is that the dad shows the youngsters the ropes usually for at least a couple of weeks before the mother bluebird goes back and rebuilds a new nest or spruces up an existing nest to start a new brood. Usually at least 3 weeks pass between having a fledge and seeing new eggs but it can take longer than that. That has been my experience. I saw the male take a piece of suet cake into the nest box and give it to a baby and that was the first time I have ever seen that. Usually he only takes small insects into the box. Pretty weird. Either he is getting lazy or having a hard time finding insects. Good luck with your next brood and thanks for posting!
  12. April is the month for two of my favorites coming up from Central America! The Rose-breasted Grosbeak and the Indigo Bunting. Let us know when you start seeing them! They are both great birds!
  13. They are back! 🥳🥳🥳. Got this very poor shot during a heavy storm containing tornados.
  14. While I was away in New York this past week, my female laid her 4 eggs for her first brood. Last year she raised 3 clutches all 4 eggs each. All 12 baby bluebirds left the nest. These are the same bluebird parents that I have had for 3 years now. They are tough and experienced.
  15. That’s a lot of bluebirds. I bet some of them are related
  16. that is a great account of what happened. I didn’t realize the Carolina wren was so savvy
  17. The season has officially kicked off so be sure and get your feeders out! Looks like they are about a week behind where they were last year. They are hitting the Gulf Coast by the thousands! Woo hoo! https://www.hummingbirdcentral.com/hummingbird-migration-spring-2021-map.htm
  18. My female built this much of a nest in a single day. The box was empty yesterday.
  19. I did not see where anyone had started this thread yet for 2021. My bluebird pair have been eating suet at the bird feeders and flying around the property talking to one another but they have not put any pine straw in the box yet. I am sure it is about to start. I believe I had eggs before the end of March last year. I remember seeing fire flys (lightening bugs) on March 14th last year and my bluebirds had already started constructing their nest.
  20. I tried them but my bluebirds like my suet better than the dried meal worms so I stopped buying them. I suppose the one case where they could be beneficial is if you have bluebirds that struggle to find enough insects for their babies? I'm not sure how you are supposed to ascertain that your bluebird parents are struggling to find enough insects?
  21. I have a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker on my property here in Alabama. Did you notice how they squeak like a dog's toy when they vocalize? One of the "cutest" sounds of any bird in my opinion.
  22. Usually the Pine Siskins do not stay this late in the year in Alabama. I have had them in my yard since November. I wonder how they know that it is not time to go back yet? I have been expecting them to be gone any day but I have been thinking that way for the last month. I am getting ready for the ruby throats! They should start showing up in the next few weeks!
  23. Well I guess it is time to start talking about the birds that are about to leave and the new arrivals we will see from other areas to raise their babies in our back yards. My American Goldfinches are half way transitioned into the bright yellow plumage. Look forward to all the Carribean, Central and South American birds showing up over the next couple of months! Juncos and purple finches and siskins will be leaving in the next week or so.
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