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Discussion in 'Obsessions and Interests' started by Drakanav, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. Drakanav

    Drakanav Bird Fanatic

    Jul 27, 2017
    I have a interest in birds. Since the beginning of March this year, I've decided to write down every bird I see/hear everyday. There are 350 species of birds here, in Alabama, 900 in North America.

    M & F means Male and Female. Ones marked with only M, is because I haven't seen the female yet. Usually identifiable by their plumage/feather color.

    Here's all the birds I've seen/heard:
    American Crow
    Mourning Dove
    Chipping Sparrow
    House Sparrow (M & F)
    Northern Mockingbird
    Northern Cardinal (M & F)
    Brown Thrasher
    Blue Jay
    Brown-headed Nuthatch
    White-breasted Nuthatch (M)
    Downy Woodpecker
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Red-headed Woodpecker
    Carolina Wren
    Carolina Chickadee
    Eastern Phoebe
    American Robin (M)
    Eastern Towhee (M)
    Cedar waxwing
    Red-winged Blackbird (M)
    Tufted Titmouse
    House Finch (M & F)
    Purple Finch (M & F)
    Purple Martin (M)
    Tree Swallow (M)
    Bluebird (M & F)
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Brown-headed Cowbird (M & F)
    Barred Owl
    Canada Goose

    What birds have you seen commonly in your area?
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  2. fairy_girl

    fairy_girl Active Member It's My Birthday!

    Aug 9, 2017
    Sometimes in the Spring I'll see some Cardinals but it's now mostly those Chickedee birds.
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  3. Gritches

    Gritches The Happy Dog V.I.P Member

    Jun 8, 2016
    Been seeing a lot of eagles around. They make those big nests on the top of power poles. So that species is continuing to rebound, which is a good thing
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  4. Streetwise

    Streetwise Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

    Dec 6, 2016
    European blackbird
    wood pigeon
    European Robin
    coal tit
    herring gull
    European Carrion Crow
    common tern
    European magpie
    House sparrow
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  5. SusanLR

    SusanLR Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

    May 22, 2017
    Screech Owl
    Great Horned Owl
    Barred Owl
    Fish Crow
    Sandhill Crane
    Great Egret
    Snowy Egret
    Great Blue Heron
    Little Blue Heron
    Redtail Hawk
    Ibis M F
    Canadian Geese
    Wood Stork M F
    English Sparrow M F
    BlueJay M F
    Cardinal M F
    Laughing Gulls and more. Lots of birds in Florida when you have woods and ponds in back yard.
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  6. Thinx

    Thinx Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

    Mar 4, 2018
    Hardly any in my urban garden with plenty of cats too. :eek: I've seen Blackbirds Blue Tits Wrens Magpies Gulls Starlings Pigeons that's all, and not very many. On walks near I ve seen Ducks Swans Coots Moorhens Geese on the river Mersey. Thrushes. Crows. Jays in the woods. Also seen those green parrots in the park a couple of times they can't be native.
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  7. Major Tom

    Major Tom Searching for ground control... V.I.P Member

    Dec 3, 2017
    I hear: Sparrows, Robins, Starlings, Kites, Night herons, Blue herons, Seagulls, Snowy egrets, Common crows, Ravens, Swallows, Finches, Wrens, Osprey, White Herons, a variety of Ducks, Swans, Sand Pipers, Geese, Pheasants, Grey Jays, and a variety of other birds I can't put a name to because I'm living in a foreign country.
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  8. Tom

    Tom Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

    Jan 7, 2015
    I'm in PA. I see Red tailed hawks a lot, occasionally Bald Eagles and Turkey vultures. Junkos, Chickadees, Barn Swallows, Robins, Blue Jays, Lots of Crows, Cardinals, Mourning Doves, Tufted Titmouse, Nuthatches and many types of woodpeckers. One is real big and black with a red crest and makes the Woody Woodpecker sound. Also chipping sparrows and Canadian Geese and white and colored ducks. 50 miles south of here I see Seagulls in the big parking lots far from the ocean.
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  9. Mia

    Mia Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

    May 27, 2015
    Don't see that many birds over the winter, I'm in Northern Canada. The birds that are actually native and overwinter that I've personally seen are:

    American Crow
    Black-Backed Woodpecker
    Black Capped Chickadee
    Brown Creeper
    Cedar Waxwing
    Common Raven
    European Starling
    Golden Eagle
    Mallard Duck
    Northern Cardinal
    Peregrine Falcon
    Pileated Woodpecker
    Rock Dove
    Sharp Shinned Hawk
    White-breasted Nuthatch
    Wild Turkey
    Winter Wren
    Spring and summer there are too many to list, which migrate here.
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  10. Drakanav

    Drakanav Bird Fanatic

    Jul 27, 2017
    My favorite birds would be the Brown Thrasher, Cedar waxwing, Wren and Chickadee.

    I like when a Wren perches of a fence, you can see them make a ‘sway’ like motion when looking around. It’s very cute and funny. They’ll build nests in the weirdest places, such as a grill, car bumper, or a shoe.

    The Chickadee can hang upside down to get food on limbs. Sometimes, they can have 2 broods in one year, instead of one. They’re very friendly, and can feed them sunflower seeds from your hand. But they fly up to a tree to crack it open.

    The Brown Thrasher, is a very territorial bird, and can attack humans if you’re around it’s nest. This bird is related to the Mockingbird, and Catbird. Has been recorded, that they have over 1,100 songs. You can hear them “thrashing” around, moving leaves and sticks around bushes to find insects.

    The Cedar Waxwing, goes in groups. Tree to tree, they are trying to find berries in the winter. You’ll here them make their “Eeee” call. They are called waxwings, because of their waxy tips on their wings.
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  11. tducey

    tducey Well-Known Member

    Feb 8, 2018
    That's a neat obsessioon. Was for a walk today at my local park and saw close to 20 ducks in the ocean there.
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  12. Pariah Dog

    Pariah Dog Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2017
    I am a bit of a funny one on this. I love birds, but don't have enough interest or time to learn a lot about the many varieties of them, or actively go bird watcing, or "birding" I think they call it these days. I would say I like to learn a bit about them as a passing interest, and love them when I am around them. I used to have a few budgies. All have eventually died sadly.

    I do happen to take notice when I travel to a different region and see birds I don't normally see. I found it most amusing when I was in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia last fall. They have some sort of brown bird with a few long feathers that come out of the top of its head. When they land they can get running at a comically fast speed on the ground. It reminded me of the Road Runner from looney tunes or something. I never did find out what kind of bird that is.