jealous! What type of bird is that? I've been trying to
some pictures of the Mourning Doves and I just might have
fixed something up yesterday that will allow me to get
to them. Birds are such gifts from God.
Knowing you are Down Under (if you're the same David H-S that posts on
t.o., anyway), let me say that I got rather jaded by our cardinals and
blue jays here in NY. After all, my mom was a birder, had feeders in
the yard, cared for injured birds and small mammals (really bad ones
we sent to the amazing Bird Lady who lived near us- see
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and had Jays eating off our hands before we were 10 years old. It
wasn't until I traveled to Oz and NZ for an ornithology conference,
when Southern Hemisphere types pointed out to me how really pretty and
colorful they are (in a wistful, sort of "Wish I had them on my Life
List" tone of voice) that I could really appreciate them again. They
Yes I live in the land of parrots as Attenborough puts it.
let me say that I got rather jaded by our cardinals and
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Every day this week I have seen from the house eastern and crimson rosellas
and galahs eating grass seeds from the pasture that isn't mowed in winter.
These are a riot of colour contrasting with the more formal pied
butcherbirds and kookaburras that sit eye-balling the same grass from the
power pole and the naked fruit trees.
Can't distinguish shadow from black pigmentation, but it closely
resembles a male Northern Cardinal, to my old eyes. It's a fairly
commonplace non-migratory North American specie found east of the plains
states from Southern Canada southward well into eastern Mexico. I feed
them year-'round down here in Florida. They share an outdoor feeder with
my house-yard cats and take the occasional garden tax, which I certainly
don't begrudge them.
Well, there seems a pretty good chance that God had little to do
with European starlings and Cedar waxwings ;-)
yes, those little dinosaurs that save us from insects and are pretty to boot.
Somewhere between zone 5 and 6 tucked along the shore of Lake Michigan
on the council grounds of the Fox, Mascouten, Potawatomi, and Winnebago
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