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Everything posted by lonestranger

  1. I've seen them leave a trail before, it even had some red in it. 😁
  2. You can access multiple pages with multiple articles of Tony's from this link https://cobirds.org/Publications/InTheScope.aspx
  3. Hold still, I'll use this twig to pick that thing out of your nose.
  4. Nice photos, @Aidan B. Might I suggest that you separate your photos by leaving a blank line between each image you're posting. When I first saw your photos, I thought your Vulture was soaring over the water of the second photo until I scrolled far enough to see the Gull and realized they were two separate images. The blank line between images just makes it easier to see where one photo ends and the next one begins.
  5. Who knew you could smear mascara all the way down there.
  6. Mine doesn't look anything like a feather duster.
  7. Why? There's not even a bird in the post to identify and you're bumping it? Again, I ask why?
  8. Be careful where you walk guys, it looks like the last flock through here left land mines of the squishy kind behind.
  9. I've had nuthatches and chickadees feeding from my hand and ALMOST had a Downy feeding from my hand. He kept taking seed from the feeder he was on and my hand was right there touching the feeder, about two inches from his belly. He seemed quite comfortable with me being there, just not comfortable enough to take the seed I was offering. One thing to keep in mind when feeding birds by hand, or attracting them to your feeders, is the copycat effect. Once you get one bird comfortable enough to take seed from your hand/feeder, a lot of other birds will follow the leader so be patient and wait for more birds to see the activity. Birds attract other birds and once the food source is established to a few birds, other birds will start to view it as a safe food source too. The more regular you are with offering seed by hand, the more regular birds you're going to attract and those regulars will attract new and different birds. I am not patient enough for the birds to come to my hand on a regular basis, but it's a thrill when it does happen. I tip my hat to @The Bird Nuts for having the patience/persistence to get personal with Dorothy, I'm sure the reward was worth the effort. And for those that don't know, patiently sitting/standing still with a hand full of seed can take a lot more effort than you might think.
  10. I suggest that you try holding a handful of seed up beside your feeder before refilling them. If your birds are like mine, some will come close to the feeder while it's being filled, these are the birds most likely to feed from your hand, and most likely to do it when the feeders are empty or taken down. It takes patience and you might not be successful the first time, but the birds will eventually look at you as just another bird feeder, if you're persistent enough.
  11. I respectfully disagree with @Charlie Spencer, @IKLland. I get woodpeckers to my seed feeders all the time. In fact, I've found the Downy and Hairy woodpeckers prefer my BOSS feeders over the suet feeders. While both Downy and Hairy will hit the suet feeders briefly, they'll linger on the BOSS feeders and eat and eat and eat and eat........ Now I'll admit that we don't put out the top of the line suet, which might change the birds preference, but they prefer BOSS over cheap suet in my area, most of the time. I like the wire mesh feeders because of their capacity for lots of birds all at once, and because the birds need to linger long enough to pull the seeds through the mesh, there also seems to be less spillage. Here's a few, of MANY, photos of the woodpeckers going to my seed feeders, including a Red-bellied Woodpecker.
  12. Welcome to WhatBird, @Robruggiero. I wonder if the image in your avatar is the bird you're looking to ID?
  13. I thought you were planning on renting one before making a final decision? Or did you change your mind about that too?
  14. If I read the first post right, the Facebook group corrected the ID.
  15. This Grand River is in Southern Ontario, it's 300 km long and runs from Dundalk to Lake Erie. This view is from north of Waterloo, Ontario.
  16. Thanks, I use the Nikon P900 when I'm not using the Canon 300mm f/2.8 attached to the 5Diii. I haven't crossed the 60 years threshold just yet but the aches and pains make me feel like I'm older. The hobbling I had to do yesterday was because I had thrown my back out the day before. There's no way I would have been able to drag the 10 pound DSLR and lens around, even if it was just across the road.
  17. We don't see Bald Eagles all that often so when I spotted this one across the road this morning, I just had to hobble out and get a few shots. Wish my back had of allowed me to take the DSLR with me, but I was glad to have the extra reach of the super zoom.
  18. I have tried a few remote control apps and just couldn't work with them for bird photography. They come in handy for a remote shutter release when using long exposures on stationary subjects, but, as we all know, we don't use long exposures when shooting birds that aren't stationary. The apps are fun to play with now and then, but they're more of a toy than a tool, in my opinion.
  19. I have dozens of photos of Great Blue Herons, and one photo I've processed a dozen different ways.
  20. Did you by chance take more than one photo? Extra photos can often change an ID from a maybe/probably to an absolutely/definitely.
  21. I agree that it looks like a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. It's quite possible he is just migrating through, possibly after fighting severe weather that may have blown him off course.
  22. I don't know how long it would have taken me to find a suitable photo. I started looking but there doesn't seem to be much of a selection between the obvious blurd photos and the impossible to find bird photos in my catalog. 🤪
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