Birds in the Garden

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Comment by Bonnie Long/zn5/Wi. on July 9, 2010 at 2:38pm
I had the same problem with my cardinal last year. He looks good this year.Guess it's a common thing but it looks so awful. Mine took lots of baths, it itches them, and ate etc just fine. Here arew 2 shots from our sparrow house. They are almost ready to leave the house I think. So cute!

Comment by Paulette Griffith on July 9, 2010 at 9:50am
How awful about the Cardinals. We don't see any here, but that would be a sad sight. It seems that it should be reported to a wildlife/bird place for documentation. Could be a disease among the cardinals. Very, very sad---

Here is a young Robin, I think, and I got a great shot of a Red-shafted flicker.

Comment by Rich Pugh (ZN9 E. Coastal Fla.) on July 9, 2010 at 6:17am
Nice pic of the great blue!
Comment by Paulette Griffith on July 8, 2010 at 9:26pm

That is awesome Sharon---great picture! Well I'm back from my little vacation and was able to get some pictures. I'll just post a few for the next several days.Enjoyed reading all the posts and catching up on the great pictures. We spent time in northern AZ , alot of time on forest roads and had a blast. My first picture is of a swallow, but an not able it identify which. Couldn't find anything very close to it in my book. Saw some geese at a marsh and great blue heron in flight and at the marsh. Will post other pix tomorrow.

Comment by Sharon Rose NW Ohio 5B on July 8, 2010 at 9:09pm
I just thought I would share my little news: I have a family of Eastern Bluebirds! My m-i-l gave me a gourd birdhouse for my birthday in October, I set it up in one of my evergreens. The bluebird family has 4 very new babies in it, I think 2-3 days old. I am thrilled! :-D

Comment by Ronald G Maxwell z5/MI on July 8, 2010 at 1:19pm
I have a robin that nested on my front porch in a flower basket. Scared me out of my skin when she flew out for the first time. The motor loon was off the nest for a little while when we went by in our boat. The eggs look like they are made of gold. I hope they hatch with out any problems this time.
Comment by Gail Freiherr Zn 7 TN on July 7, 2010 at 7:37pm
Thanks, Gyda & Bonnie. Since I took my feeders down, I don't see as many birds, but it has cut down on the squirrels and chipmunks tearing up the garden.
I do enjoy seeing the photos and posts you all are sharing.
Comment by Bonnie Long/zn5/Wi. on July 7, 2010 at 7:13pm
great pictures Gail, we have a sparrow in our bird house but have not gotten out to get any pictures, it's so hot and humid out, now we are finally getting some needed rain. Suppose to get cooler but more storms first.
Comment by Gail Freiherr Zn 7 TN on July 7, 2010 at 4:55pm
It has been so hot (98 today) that I am done with my walk and gardening before 9:00 am. I have been changing the water in the birds baths twice a day. My poor little song sparrow is raising another cowbird but this time I also see at least one song sparrow, at least I think its a song sparrow. I was watering and got him wet but it looks different from the cowbird, what do you all think? I know this one is a cowbird

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Comment by CathyV on July 7, 2010 at 9:50am
Had company for a week and was gone for a few days and I missed sooooo much! I did see a few gorgeous Vermillion Flycatchers and several Phainopepla. I think Paulette managed to get some photos to post when she returns. Love your stories and pictures. While I was away the Ash Throated Flycatcher babies fledged and the new brood of Western Bluebirds hatched. I'm still awaiting the arrival of the Rufous Hummingbird and my summer warblers...

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