Counting Birds

I’ve counted birds a couple times this weekend, and plan to again Monday morning. Friday I counted over 60 birds in a 25-minute period, 15 different kinds. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get more pictures. A friend said she’d like to see some of them, so I’m posting a few today. Please pardon the photo quality, my kitchen window needs a good cleaning, but not in this weather! Enjoy!

If you click to enlarge this picture (above the slideshow) you'll see one peanut already stuffed in. A smart bird knows that pesky squirrel will be along soon.

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33 thoughts on “Counting Birds

  1. Love the slide show. This is probably a silly question, but does the blue jay swallow the peanut in its entirety? I thought maybe he would break it open and just eat the peanut itself…?
    Thanks for the birding lesson!

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    1. That’s just their way of carrying the peanut, Dianna. They will take it somewhere else and crack it open. I was surprised to learn they do this. They’re very picky about getting just the right peanuts, picking up and putting them down until they get the right ones.

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  2. Thoroughly enjoyed your slideshow. I know birdies have crops but Jays, how do they do it? Such big mouths in more ways than one! Patti I wanted to thank you for the initial post on the Great American Bird Count. CH finished up yesterday. We had such a fun time! We had some Turkeys to add to the count and two Flickers of the Red Shafted race that they questioned us about~cool. They said we shouldn’t be seeing them now. But they really are here!

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    1. Thanks! And that’s why they do the count, to find out where birds travel. 🙂 I’ve only seen one flicker in our yard, and that was before we started feeding. He might have been the catalyst for this hobby, inspiring curiosity of what other birds might live near us…or pass through. I guess birds don’t have the gag reflex we have! The jays take the peanuts up in the tree to crack them open. Sometimes they can be found planting them, like a squirrel would. It’s cute, they’re so cautious to throw a leaf over the freshly buried nut or acorn so it can’t be found! Jays and squirrels are responsible for a good percentage of the reforestation process. I’m glad you had fun counting. No turkeys in my yard! lol

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  3. Big dark brown hawks have been quite frequently spotted where I am in
    Aventura( NE corner Miami Dade County, Fl). I like the blue jays. Used to feed them and the squirrels and if you have the same group coming around for a will you determine that the creatures of both species have very unique personalities esp squirrels.

    County).

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  4. Love the pictures today!!! Beautiful. I am sad that my habitat here in Iowa is not as good as it was in Ohio for birdwatching. I am having a hard time getting the birdies to come back to the feeders after being gone for 7 months but I have had a few. And I dreamed about a bunch last night so does that count toward the bird count??? 🙂

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    1. It was a long while before my regular jays returned (after our vacation in October). They will come back. I’ve read that migrating birds will visit the same feeding sites from year to year. I don’t think the ones migrating through your dreams count. Sorry. 🙂

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  5. All great captures of some wonderful birds (I can tell you are much faster than I am with a camera)!
    I was fortunate enough to capture a mourning dove once (because they seem a bit slower at times), but I’ve yet to get a nice shot of a Blue Jay or a Cardinal… such impressive looking creatures!
    🙂

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  6. I forgot to tell you about a nifty bird feeder idea I found on Pinterest…they took a slinky, ran heavy wire thru it in a circle (with the slinky opened) and made a hook with the wire. Then filled it with peanuts for the bluejays…probably wouldn’t be able to keep squirrels out of it, but I bet it would make for some awesome pictures.

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  8. With the weather we’ve had, and a pigeon strike, my windows could use a good cleaning, too. That would require a step ladder though, so hubby usually cleans them for me. The oily pigeon feathers leave an imprint, much like a hand with lotion would when pressed against the glass.

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