Birding and Such During Winter Months

By: WeatherWise , 7:23 PM GMT on January 17, 2014

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Perhaps the birds give us the first hint that winter will end and spring will come soon. It is always exciting to start seeing the birds out and about and flocks flying through on their migration routes.

The Eagle Cams are becoming exciting with activity. This am the Decorah Eagle was busying himself or herself rearranging a big stick or branch around the nest - we cam watchers call them cradle or crib rails. Most likely the male as they are the nest builder even though the female likes to rearrange the stuff he brings in.




I so miss my favorite eagles from the Norfolk Botanical Gardens Is a sad story of how the powers that be decided the eagles' nest was too close to the local airport and ordered the nest torn down. Was really weird - do you think they go around and tear down all of the eagles' nest in the area. They had a wonderful set of several high quality cameras in place with experts to give live real time info and someone monitoring cams and zooming in and out as eagles appeared on nest and a monitored chat and an informal chat as well in real time right along with the cam activity from fixing up the nest, waiting for eggs to be laid, setting on the eggs, hatching of eggs, first peek at the babies right on up to their fledging not to mention the mating and eagle feuds defending their nests - quite a bit of drama always. And all of that was taken away. It was not that the NBG built the nest or brought the eagles there....they came there and built their nest and continued to return each year. Was not NBG's doings to take it down either - it was the city's doings - Norfolk City Council. I guess some jealousy of the attention and the money that cam watchers were pouring in to support the cam ventures. Not sure what prompted them to do that as I am sure planes, trains, and cars hit birds every day all over the world. Oh, well. I went on way too long about this but school children, and just folks all over the world tuned into this cam that was sponsored also by a local tv station. So am thinking it was all about politics.



Then there is the birding from your own backyard - setting up feeders to attract birds at first and then it becomes more - FEED THE BIRDS! Then there is just simple birding on your daily walks that can also get to be NOT I am going for a walk BUT can't wait to get down there to check on the pileated woodpeckers and not just a snap and head on your walk BUT hanging out with the pileated woodpecker babies - waiting for the next feeding as you did not think that last feeding was so great. Missing My Babies tells my story of my pileated woodpecker experiece if you read through the comment section from first spotting to finding their nest and watching the babies grow and leave the area.

http://www.wunderground.com/wximage/WeatherWise/2 975?gallery=

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Or waiting for the first light of day so you can quietly slip up to the bluebird box to count the eggs or check on the baby bird. Many sorts of birding.

Bluebird Egg



Then of course there are the REAL BIRDERS that go on special birding outings with special equipment which I dream of doing but have not advanced to that stage as yet though I might be getting close. I almost went to a Birding meeting last week.

I will add my other bird cam links:
Alcoa Eagles
Duke Eagles
Rose Bush Hummingbird Cam (Which has lost its star hummingbird - another story)
Hummingbird Nest Emma (A hummingbird backyard environment) 

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43. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:24 AM GMT on January 29, 2014
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42. WeatherWise
1:47 AM GMT on January 28, 2014
Thanks, Briarcraft. That makes me feel better. I was beginning to think perhaps it was in invisible ink!
I had a GREAT walk today down on the Riverwalk! Was fun!





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41. BriarCraft
7:38 PM GMT on January 27, 2014
I just happened to recall. Last year, WU changed the menus on the front page of the website -- the one that now has tabs for Weather, Maps&Radar, SevereWeather, Photos&Video, etc. I saw those tabs a full two weeks before everyone else did. They were still looking at the old menus while I was complaining about the extra mouse action needed to get where I wanted to go. It wasn't until we compared screen captures that we understood what was happening.

From what you show in #39, I can tell you I don't have a WunderMap button. The buttons I see are: View Gallery, Slide Show, Email Photo, Blog Photo, Share. It isn't that a button has gone invisible, but that we are seeing different choices. WU Admin made a change, evidently some time ago, and forgot to roll it out across all servers. Go figure.
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40. WeatherWise
3:06 PM GMT on January 27, 2014
 Pretty LadyWoodpeckerRed-Bellied WoopeckerHi There!
I can copy and paste the the four photos over in my side bar with rich text.
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39. WeatherWise
2:39 PM GMT on January 27, 2014
This is what I am talking about - the buttons under the photos - this is what I have - I do not have a button that says blog photo.

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38. WeatherWise
2:04 PM GMT on January 27, 2014
Sandi and BriarCraft - Also, NovemberGale posted a comment on my first blog entry about the same blog photo button.

Quoting 5. novembergale:
Glad to see you starting blogging and thanks always for your comments on my photos and blog! To post pics on your blog I find it easiest to just go to the photo on the Wunderphotos page. Above the viewers comments there is a row of buttons. One of them is "blog photo." Can you see that row of buttons on your computer? Just click on that and it will give you options on where to place the photo on your blog.

Gale


A button that I do not have.
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37. WeatherWise
1:56 PM GMT on January 27, 2014
Hi Sandi, Thanks for the comment.

The button I do not have is the one that is under the photos that let's you put photos in the blog with the border and title under it just as it is in WU pages with the border around it and title under it within the border. If you look at the bottom of each of Proserpina's blog entries she has 4 or more photos at the end of her entry that actually have a perfect thumbnail just the way it is on WU with border, title, and all even to the blue border for AC and is linked back to WU photo. She says she does all of that with just a click of a button that says blog photo under her photo in WU. She sent me these directions:

Quoting Proserpina:

when you click on a photo that is say in the current outdoors category,

you will see the photo enlarged, the section where one rates the photo,

the section where it tells is what the current rate is, the kind of camera.

Right underneath all of this there are some icons, one of them says 'blog photo'(the last in the series of icons),

click on that, then follow the rest of my previous suggestions

(Click on 'your latest active entry'

Click on continue and you are done)

This sounds so much easier but I do not have that button as an option.
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36. sandiquiz
8:45 AM GMT on January 27, 2014
Quoting 35. WeatherWise:
Oh, I do have that button and use that one.

I have been reading through the older comments and finally came to this one....

May I ask, if you have that button and use it, how come you are having difficulties posting a photo into the comments?

A couple of suggestions.

Are you going to the photo you want to use and RIGHT clicking to bring up the url code? Copy the code then go back to the comment box you want to post it in and then open the IMAGE tab. Paste the copied url into the box and click OK. It should drop straight in.

Like this -
Hello!

I did a Garden bird count yesterday for the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). All around the country bird lovers sat for an hour to watch the birds in their gardens, recording what they saw. One of the birds I saw was our British robin, who comes by several times a day to snaffle the meal worms!
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35. WeatherWise
3:33 AM GMT on January 27, 2014
Oh, I do have that button and use that one.
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34. BriarCraft
1:51 AM GMT on January 27, 2014
I do love a mystery. But not on the WUblogs. The phantom button.... Hmmmm. I wonder if it has to do with software or hardware.

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33. WeatherWise
5:10 PM GMT on January 26, 2014
Thanks Bug! Yes, I learned the photobucket thing from Aqua I think. I do not know why I do not have the button either. I will look at it through and entry and see if it is there.

Check again from an entry and button just is not there. 

View GallerySlide ShowWunderMapEmail PhotoModify PhotoShare

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32. palmettobug53
4:36 PM GMT on January 26, 2014
Hi, WW.

You should have the button to put various WU photos in your header. (It does not work for comments posts.)

I can't imagine why you do not have that option.

Since I don't do much with photos here, I can't tell you how to post a photo to a comment, other than by linking from Photobucket.
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31. WeatherWise
10:32 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
Bug and Linda, Perhaps warm freezes faster or NOT....but I can guarantee you that hot water melts a completely frozen solid birdbath faster than cold water. That was the purpose of heating the water in the hot pot to melt it so I could finally get the frozen ring of ice out. Never melted enough yesterday to get the ring of ice out. Today, I kept taking the hot water out and finally got it melted enough to take the frozen ring of ice out. Of course it will freeze again tonight.

BriarCraft - the button I am speaking of is the one that Pros and couple of others have told me about. right now I am having to paste the URL in and then do the width - height thing in - I use the width=320 height=240 size for the blog. Just seems clicking a button that I do not seem to have would be a whole lot simpler and quicker.

Quoting Pros: when you click on a photo that is say in the current outdoors category, you will see the photo enlarged, the section where one rates the photo, the section where it tells is what the current rate is, the kind of camera. Right underneath all of this there are some icons, one of them says 'blog photo'(the last in the series of icons), click on that, then follow the rest of my previous suggestions

(Click on 'your latest active entry'

Click on continue

and you are done)


This sounds so much easier but I do not have that button as an option.
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30. palmettobug53
3:51 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
WW, I see you've met the notorious WU Blog Hole. Similar to a black hole but only found on Wu's blogs. I see Linda reports a WP Blog Hole, so it is a little more widespread than I thought!

Depending on what browser you're using, sometimes you can click the 'back' arrow and your comment is still there. Doesn't work on Explorer but I've had some success with Chrome. Don't know if it works with Firefox or not. I uninstalled that, as it wouldn't let me access my Gmail for some reason.

I try to remember to copy as I'm typing a long post but I forget most of the time and get caught out, occasionally. More often, if I know I'm doing a long post, I'll type it in notepad or word pad, then copy/paste to the comments box. Have to add the links after I do that but the main post will still be in NP/WP if I need it. I don't close those windows until after I submit the comment.

I don't heat water in the teapot to fill the birdbath. I just use warm or tepid water. I've also heard that hot water freezes faster but I've never tested the theory. Linda needs to let us know how her experiment goes.
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29. Thoughtsteader
2:48 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
Posts do get "poofed" from time to time. I'm just sure that, most of the time, my lost comments are a result of something I've done, but of course it happens so fast I don't know what I've done. On the other hand, it happens on Blogger and WordPress, too. There's a lot of cyber activity going on behind all this surface stuff, like our posts, and I think sometimes the systems just hiccup.

I don't know if it's true or not, but I've read that hot water actually will freeze faster than cold water. That makes no sense to me, but... I'm going to find a couple more bowls that are identical and run a little scientific experiment next week when we're supposed to get really cold. I'll keep the two bowls inside, so they're the same temperature, then early morning I'll put them both out, filling one with very hot water and one with cold. Then, we'll see what happens.

This could be as exciting as my 4th grade "put your fingerprint in jello, put it in the closet and wait for the mold to grow" project.

Have a great day!
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28. BriarCraft
7:31 AM GMT on January 25, 2014
WELL, had just typed a nice response to GG and Bug and suddenly I was on another page like back to main blog page or something and my response consumed by cyberspace. Does that happen to anyone else? I should type it in Word and paste it in to prevent that from happening.

Yep. It happens to us all from time to time. I call them WUhiccups. When I'm working on a new blog entry, I will copy and paste to Wordpad, but on comments, I've found that if I can remember to just highlight and copy Ctrl-V, it will hold in memory and then if there's a WUhiccup, you can paste then, right back into the comment. (Wow, what a run-on sentence. I know better than that, but I'm feeling lazy tonight.)

I am still having difficulty getting photos in blog...still do not have that button. I tried to put text in but it would be skewed over to side and all over the place.

Do you mean that you don't see the "Image" button right above the box where you type?

As to the text skewing, try putting a blank line (or two) between text and photo. Otherwise, the only time I've had problems with skew was when posting an image that is too wide (500 pixels is about the limit, I think). None of the photos in #23 are too wide.


EXAMPLE: Brackets (upper case of , and .) deleted to show you an example of how to change the size of a large photo.

img src="http://icons-ak.wxug.com/data/wximagenew/w/We atherWise/3998-thumb.jpg" width="500" height="350"

The numbers I used are just for an example -- use whatever numbers will keep a large photo in proper proportion.

Type the width and height inside the brackets, separated by a space after the .jpg"

I that makes sense and at least some of it is helpful.
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27. WeatherWise
4:47 AM GMT on January 25, 2014
WELL, had just typed a nice response to GG and Bug and suddenly I was on another page like back to main blog page or something and my response consumed by cyberspace. Does that happen to anyone else? I should type it in Word and paste it in to prevent that from happening.

Will try to recap as it is getting late. Went something like this - said HI to GG and Bug, and rambled about seeing a red-bellied woodpecker on my front feeder (Has a dome) that really is not made for a big bird like the RBWpkr. He seem to manage just fine on it though.

I too kept heating water in the hotpot to run out and pour over iced over birdbath - froze about as fast as I put it out there. Made a late day run outside to fill all the feeders and topped them off with raw peanuts in the shell.

Oh and I complained a bit about the squirrel chasing my red cardinal off of the feeder. I spoke of how they drive me crazy. I really don't mind them getting a bit of food but hate it when they chase my birds off. I know - they are wild animals and just doing what they do.

Wish me luck with this techie humidifier (Air-O-Swiss AOS 7147 Ultrasonic Humidifier - Warm and Cool Mist) that I purchased. Deciphering the diagrams as to how to set it up is interesting. If you can't read diagrams you are a bit out of luck in figuring out all of this stuff. So tomorrow night I will have it running. Having to wait 24 hours before running it as have the demineralization cartridge soaking in water...says to soak it for 24 hours before first use. With the extreme cold temps and heat running overtime, I think the humidifier will be wonderful!

Sorry I lost my orignal post!
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26. palmettobug53
9:13 PM GMT on January 24, 2014
Hi, WW. My birdfeeders have been doing a booming business today.

I made multiple runs outside with water for the birdbath and to break up the ice.

I see you caught one of my favorites, as well as the SC State Bird: the little Carolina wren.

Another COLD night on tap, then we'll warm up for a couple of days, before riding the rollercoaster back down again this coming week.

O Spring, where art thou?
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25. GardenGrrl
8:17 PM GMT on January 24, 2014
Isn't it great having a feeder out the window. It gets so hot here or cold and really windy that walks are not much fun some times.
My view from the kitchen window is the greatest nature TV ever.
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24. WeatherWise
6:54 PM GMT on January 24, 2014
I am still having difficulty getting photos in blog...still do not have that button. I tried to put text in but it would be skewed over to side and all over the place. So redid it several times and finally just deleted all dialogue. What I was trying to say was I like to get my photos of nature on my daily walk.Since the weather has been too cold for me to take long walks, I am happy to have them visit on the birdfeeder. The top 5 photos were taken on a nature walk and the bottom 4 are from the feeder or close by.
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23. WeatherWise
5:00 PM GMT on January 24, 2014

                                  
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22. WeatherWise
8:39 PM GMT on January 23, 2014
Bird Feeder Web Cam
Just discovered a wonderful birdfeeder cam from Northern Virginia with birdbath and all! Who would have thought a little bird would be taking a bath on the cold and snowy weather of northern Virginia.
http://www.justin.tv/vabirdwatcher
Bird Feeder Web Cam Northern Virginia bird feeders
A backyard bird feeder web cam streaming live from Dumfries, Virginia (approx. 30 miles south of Washington, DC)

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21. WeatherWise
8:38 PM GMT on January 23, 2014
Hi Briarcraft, Yes, needed someone to tell me it was past my bedtime. Something about snow and cold weather makes me want to stay up late and wait for the weather. Funny, huh? Hope you are having a great day. I enjoyed your latest photos from Mount St. Helens.
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20. BriarCraft
7:45 AM GMT on January 23, 2014
I just saw you post in my blog. Goodness, gracious, woman! You are either up really, really late, or you're up really, really early.

I was just looking back through the comments on your blog and it does look as if you are starting get some WUvisitors. It took me awhile to figure it out, but it hasn't taken you any time at all. I am a bit eratic at it still. I'll make a lot of blog visits for a few days, then I get involved in something and am gone for a few days. I do at least try to make it back to my blog every day to respond to any comments left there. It's a process. Sometimes I begrudge the time, but mostly, WU is an important part of my week. After blogging for over 3 years now, I feel like I have some really good friends in WUville. I hope your blogging experience is just as good.
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19. WeatherWise
5:38 AM GMT on January 22, 2014
palmettobug53 , is going to be cold here tonight, too. We had a bit of snow - enough to stick to the grass. Did not go for my walk today as wind was too cold for me. Stay warm.
Proserpina What a cute little hug poster you left for me! Thanks. HOpe you had a great day. Bet you got some REAL snow today. Put on layers and stay warm.
Thoughtsteader, Thanks for checking out my blog and giving me your new logon. Thanks for the link to Bill's blog. He has a really nice blog - was sorry to hear he was no longer with the CSA program. I would be really upset if my farmer quit. It is so nice and such wonderful fresh vegetables from spring until fall. I get a newsletter from his friend the Fuhrmann at Our Fathers Farm and think perhaps my farmer sells some of the Fuhrmann's products at the market. Glad you are keeping your WU blog active. Thanks again.
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18. Thoughtsteader
4:22 PM GMT on January 21, 2014
Hi, WW ~ You stopped in my blog when I still was shoreacres, but I never got here until changing my handle, blog title and avatar. It's sort of a long story - almost as long as I've been here at WU. I joined in 2004, so this will be my tenth year, come October.

I've moved most of my writing over to Wordpress - there's a link in my sidebar to those posts. But I still wanted to keep a presence here because I've made some good friends.

Now, I'm looking forward to getting to know you, too. I don't do as much real-time chatting as some, but I'm going to make a real effort to at least stop by and check my blog every day, and visit as I'm able.

One thing I noticed is your location. One of my best blog-friends lives with his wife on a sustainable farm in Keeling. You can find their webpage here.

Not only that, I just noticed on Bill's blog this morning that they will be making deliveries of eggs, organic produce, and so on into Danville on a regular basis. You might want to check them out on Facebook, or contact Bill directly to see the where and when.

Cherie has a terrific blog, too, which you can find here.
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17. Proserpina
11:42 AM GMT on January 21, 2014
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16. palmettobug53
2:59 PM GMT on January 20, 2014
It's not cold here yet but it will be, starting tomorrow. It will stay cold through at least Saturday. Just how much the temps will drop, I don't know, but they're predicting overnight lows in the 20's again. Highs in the 40's. I hate cold weather.
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15. WeatherWise
2:58 AM GMT on January 20, 2014
PalmettoBug - great story and how exciting! I realize I am so very lucky to have had this experience and I should not wish for a replay this year. I still am hoping they will come back and nest in that same tree again or if not that I will be able to spot their new nest tree. Of course, I spent way too much time down there. I actually spent way too much time down there today considering how COLD it was. Was such a COLD WIND and made it feel so much colder. Stay warm and have a good week!
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14. palmettobug53
11:42 PM GMT on January 19, 2014
LOL... those Pileateds.

I was home one warm morning, years ago. This was before 1989, as Hugo took out the pine tree in the front yard. I had the doors and windows open.

Anyhoo, I was inside doing something (probably weekend household chores) and heard a loud pounding noise. I figured it was the neighbor across the street starting another construction project. He was always building something. I went to the front door to see what he was up to this time.

There was no one to be seen. Thinking that he might be in his backyard, I stepped out onto the front stoop. Just as I did, the pounding started again and several large chunks of pine bark came sailing to the ground.

I looked up and about 30 feet up the pine was a humongous bird. Though I'd never seen one before, I knew immediately what it was: a Pileated Woodpecker!

He pounded around on that tree for 30 minutes or so, then flew off. He left a mess down below, too! lol

I've never spotted one since then. Downies and Redheadeds but no more Pileateds.
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13. WeatherWise
11:11 PM GMT on January 19, 2014
Thanks Palmettobug for stopping by. Yes, Alcoa is great. Can pop it out into full screen and no advertisements. Eagle was on the nest at 5:45pm just now...and another eagle flew over and there was a few calls and the stray eagle flew on its way. They have it zoomed out right now. This one is in Iowa I think. I did not know about the osprey cam in NC. I will have to check it out. There is also a hawk cam where the nest is on ledge by a window at the Franklin Institute. The hawks come back to nest in that same window every year. It is off air right now until it is nesting time.
Franklin Institute Hawk Cam
I will check out your links. Thanks for sharing.
Is it cold where you are? I had a super cold walk this afternoon - when the wind blew.

I think I heard the pileated woodpecker - sounded like his drumming. I could not spot him anywhere. It sounded very close so I am hoping he was inside last year's nest hole sprucing it up. However if he was, he never came out for air or to throw the trash out. Last year, I watched him work from the outside - in and out - in and out and mostly all I saw was from wings to the tail but he would come out to throw out the wood chips. I was there when he got it to the point he could actually get all the way inside and turn around. Then he was in and out in and out and head was visible when he threw the trash or wood chips out. It was fun to watch and of course I was snapping like crazy all the time. The back of my neck would feel like it was going to break off. I so hope they come back this year and that I can spot the nest tree.
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12. palmettobug53
9:32 PM GMT on January 19, 2014
Hi, WeatherWise. I can't imagine why I've not been here yet but better late than never. I probably started to stop by but got sidetracked. I'm easily distracted!

I had no idea that Alcoa had an eagle cam. I've been watching their osprey cam up in NC for a couple of years. There's a link in my sidebar.

Cornell also has some good webcams and I have links for those, too.

I'll have to add Emma to my 'must watch' list, now that Phoebe is gone. I'm hoping, though, that another Allens will take up residence in her rosebush.

Phoebe's FB page and the website of the rehabber have updates on her babies.

PhoebeAllens FB

Ana and Pavan at mfrartwork.com, Monique's website.
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11. WeatherWise
7:21 PM GMT on January 19, 2014
Thank GG and WTSky! Finding that woodpecker was one of the most exciting experience in my life and walking down to the woods daily and getting just as close as I dared was the highlight of my day. They were over in the woods with a creek and more trees between us. Where I had to stand was a clear spot but the closer spot to stand was quite grown up at my closest standing point. Sometimes I even climbed up on an above ground sewer manhole (I think that is what it was called) just to get a little bit closer view. The neighbor that lives at the end of the street on that deadend did not think I should do that so quit doing that. Thanks for viewing and commenting on my pileated woodpecker photo story.

STILL TWO BABIES!!! YEAH!!! Pileated Woodpeckers

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10. WatchinTheSky
5:46 AM GMT on January 19, 2014
Hi, WW! Nice blog, cool photo of the woodpeckers - especially the chicks:)
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9. GardenGrrl
1:42 AM GMT on January 19, 2014
What a great collection of bird photos. How lucky to find these guys. Must have been so amazing to see them grow (woodpeckers).
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8. WeatherWise
12:47 AM GMT on January 19, 2014
Thanks, Sandi. I will check it out - look forward to it! Have a great evening!

Hi Calpoppy, You are right - they usually call out to you to let you know they are there. Once you learn their call, you will never miss them. However, when I first found this one preparing for nesting - I was almost right under it when I spotted it. It did not seem to mind me being there in the least. I took photo after photo until my neck was killing me. I am one that hangs there until the bird leaves - snap, snap, snap, can never get enough shots. You will have to read my story under Missing My Babies - Perhaps I will move it to the blog someday when I have the time. That is neat that you saw them in Montana - Did you get any photos? If so post them!
Happy Birding! Shirley
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7. calpoppy
10:49 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Hi WW! This first and only Pileated
woodpecker I saw was in Montana on our last visit. Quite the sight to see when they fly. I actually knew it was one when I heard it, sounded like a large woodpecker, LOL!
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6. sandiquiz
3:17 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Hi Shirley,
As requested, here is a link to my Flickr group, Birds and wildlife UK, where you will find many photos of our cheeky robin, and all other wildlife from the smallest insect to the golden eagle.

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5. WeatherWise
2:16 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Thank you, Sandi! Neat nickname. This is my first time of blogging. I had been thinking I should since I always have a story. So for New Years, I decided to act upon it. As I am always wondering about the weather - thus the name of my blog.

Your bird photo collection must be great and fun. I would be interested in checking out your birds on Flickr. Is there a direct link?

Perhaps my most unusual finds for my area was the towhee and the cedar waxwings. And my most exciting (though each and every bird is exciting for me) bird find in my area was the pileated woodpecker and the blue heron. I was also excited to find the sandhill cranes in Florida this fall. I have quite a bird photo collection on WU along with other nature photos. Mine are taken mostly for pleasure on my daily walk. Taking photos has become my favorite hobby, I guess, and is fun to share them here on WU.

Have a wonderful day!
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4. sandiquiz
7:06 AM GMT on January 18, 2014
Hi there,

I have been following your entries around the blogs I visit, so thought I would drop by and say hello.
I am Sandi, and live in the UK. I have been a member of WU since 2005, posting blogs on everything and anything!!
As both Pros and BriarCraft know, I run a large bird group over on Flickr. It now has over 11,000 members and they post photos of the birds of the UK. Other Flickr groups post photos of birds from around the world, but I limit the entries to just native birds and winter/summer visitors. For instance, I saw my first chiffchaff the other day...far too early, really, but the mixed up weather is causing all the birds problems. Some are even looking for mates, about six weeks earlier than they should be!

I followed Phoebe last year over in Bug's blog and was sad to see she has disappeared. I am pleased someone is caring for the little chicks....and hope they survive to adulthood.

Have a good weekend.
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3. WeatherWise
1:14 AM GMT on January 18, 2014
Thanks, Proserpina and Briarcraft. Not sure about what happened to the little mother hummer. There was talk on one of the blogs saying that and I went to the website and no more nest. She was such a hard working little mother and took such great care of her eggs and babies. Last year a big crow came along and upset her nest and she was gone for a few days but came back. I only check in there once in a great while and see the chat going in side bar but it is usually just chitchat not really info hummer chat. I have never joined in. I have a screen capture of her just recent though back when someone posted a photo on Wunderground that I recognized as from the cam. It was in Dec. I checked the cam and made a couple of screen captures.






Briarcraft, that is so neat that they had the whole nest displayed. Thanks for sharing your photos! I have a photo to post on WU for your backyard habitat. I will try to post it this evening.

Thanks again both of you for your encouragement on my blog. Have a happy weekend!
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2. BriarCraft
12:41 AM GMT on January 18, 2014
Interesting blog! The story about the eagle's nest prompted a memory and I dug through my photos from 2012. I happened to visit a wetlands area that had an interpretive center. The main display was an eagle's nest, pictured below.

This eagles nest is 11 feet high and weighs 1,500 pounds.


The nest was rescued from a giant cottonwood that had been damaged in a windstorm and was falling over. The nest was cut, removed and transported intact to the center so to teach us more about eagles.

See http://www.katu.com/outdoors/featured/5278336.htm l for more info.


For me, it was the WU photo galleries and my new (in 2011) camera that got me interested in birding. I have fed bird for a lot longer than that, but now I am interested in offering different foods to bring in more diversity. And I go birding at parks and wildlife preserves every chance I get. Then, I couldn't just post photos of unidentified birds, so I became acquainted with Cornell University's AllAboutBirds.org and birdinginformation.com just so I could properly title my photos.

Now, like you, I am not going for a walk, but I can't wait to go see (fill in the blank type of bird).
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1. Proserpina
8:10 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
I like the new blog. Last year I watched a Humming Bird cam, from making the nest to laying the eggs,...to the little ones flying away. Bug is the one who informed about this cam. I will go see what your cams are offering.

ADD: It's the same cam! Phoebe! What she disappeared? Poor little babies, and poor Phoebe. I wander what happened to her?
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