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  1. I was wondering that, too, like maybe blueberries or blackberries? I wonder what else they could be eating around here.
  2. Thank you, for the input. I don’t think it was wet. It was cold and dry around here yesterday, but perhaps it had lost some feathers on top. I had to do some double takes because the blue kept showing up, even without the binoculars.
  3. Sorry, been trying to get the photos to show. Photo 1: http:// Photo 2: http:// Photo 3: http:// Photo 4: http://
  4. I saw a bird yesterday that at first I thought was an Eastern Bluebird, because it had some blue and a red chest. Then I peered at it with my binoculars, and could tell it WAS NOT a Bluebird. I grabbed my camera and took some photos, through the window. Yes, I know, big no no, but it was only about 20 degrees outside and I didn’t want to miss figuring him out completely. Anyway, I determined that it looked more like a House Finch, which are common here, but some of his feathers were really blue. Not many, but along his back and wings. I’m not sure which terms I should use to describe that part. I’m including a few photos so you can help me ID this one. If this is a House Finch, has anyone ever seen them with blue feathers? Photo 1: lightened only http://<a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/140042978@N05/49208568013/in/dateposted-ff/" title="39174DB5-9F8D-4F41-9176-83913B27144B"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49208568013_59c68a0f27_c.jpg" width="800" height="787" alt="39174DB5-9F8D-4F41-9176-83913B27144B"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Photo 2: lightened only - I think I can see blue on the back side (other wing?) http://<a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/140042978@N05/49209052241/in/dateposted-ff/" title="F63BB65A-BE7D-445C-BBA6-43B3414D1C19"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49209052241_36c1308fa7_c.jpg" width="800" height="533" alt="F63BB65A-BE7D-445C-BBA6-43B3414D1C19"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Photo 3: lightened a lot, added a tweak up on the color adjustment. http://<a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/140042978@N05/49209052196/in/dateposted-ff/" title="3D9B9D6C-C734-4F87-A3E4-0C603F27A212"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49209052196_cd312f3543_c.jpg" width="800" height="551" alt="3D9B9D6C-C734-4F87-A3E4-0C603F27A212"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Photo 4: tiny bit of lightening, tweaked color more http://<a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/140042978@N05/49209270422/in/dateposted-ff/" title="C54868E3-BA79-4838-AB9A-D68C26149766"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49209270422_4bec9c52ab_c.jpg" width="800" height="533" alt="C54868E3-BA79-4838-AB9A-D68C26149766"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> The reason I wanted to tweak the color adjustment was to see if my eyes were deceiving me, but the blue hue really picked up a lot. It wasn’t gray or brown. This was yesterday in my backyard, in central Indiana. Thoughts from the rest of you?
  5. Hello all, it’s been a year since I’ve logged in at whatbird. Just wanted to give an update on the Eastern Bluebirds in my neck of the woods. Last winter I decided to try a different method for getting Bluebirds to nest on my property. I’ve had a problem with House Sparrows kicking them out. This past year I decided to see if adding more nesting boxes helped, and it did! I added 3 to the existing one. I was hoping that the HS wouldn’t be able to defend so many boxes. At first, I didn’t think it would take. It seemed that the BBs decided to nest out in the woods or on another property. Then I noticed that the BB make and female returned after the HS were “training” their fledglings. Mr & Mrs set up housekeeping in one house after inspecting the 3 that the HS didn’t pick. Within days, there were 4 eggs! My first brood to keep an eye on! That was probably late May or so. I missed watching them fledge, but saw them shortly after in the trees nearby. I cleaned the house out right away, and presto Mama & Daddy got busy again! The next set was also 4! By August they in full training mode. I didn’t see any Bluebirds for about 6 weeks, but could always hear them around. When the weather started to get chilly, they came back to my feeders. I’m seeing 3 males and 4 females on a regular basis. They seem to swoop into the trees and then take turns at the feeders for several minutes. They come by several times a day. What a joy the process was to watch, from choosing an abode, to building, then laying eggs, incubating them, feed them after hatching, fledging, and then training!
  6. Roughly the end of June, about the time the forum wasn't quite up, I saw a silhouettes of a bird I hadn't seen before from my sunroom window. All I could see was a buff body through my binoculars. Too many leaves in the way. The Merlin app suggested a cuckoo, but that sightings weren't common. We had an enormous house repair project going at the time, so I shelved my daily nature perusing for the most part. About 10 days later, after a huge rainstorm, I was looking out the window again. This time I got a really good look at the bird. It was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. The white circles on the tail were magnificent. He looked just like the first photo on my Audubon app. Now that I know what he sounds like, I try to get my camera to get a photo of him. He's still around here. I heard him yesterday afternoon. Still, no luck with a photo, but I'm glad to add him to my growing list!
  7. Hello all, I'm so glad to see the forums back up. I was wondering where the category would be located if I wanted to discuss things like cameras, binoculars, and other equipment commonly used to enjoy birding. Will those kinds of topics be relegated to miscellaneous or general discussion? I'm just not sure where to look. Is anyone else even interested?
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