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  • Lisa
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    Lucylocket
    I would tell my neighbor that I used to feel the same way and if he actually saw the crow taking baby birds, it would be hard to argue but if he didn't, I would tell him about the whole "squirrel thing."  My dad used to HATE crows for that very reason but now he says that he has decided that the crow can't help what he has to eat and that most animals eat live things so he's eased up on the crow hate. I'm actually very relieved to know that it's squirrels that do more damage to baby birds. I've lived here in the Pacific Northwest and in South central Alaska and always see crows. Alaska seemed to have a lot more ravens than we get here - at least that I can see. There are usually WAY more crows present anywhere I go. I'd love to spot a nest. I don't think I've even noticed one. I can usually distinguish between the crow and raven. I got all but one right on the quizzes above! The raven seems less interested in garbage and people food. The main difference is the voice. I suppose the crow is good at annoying the crud out of eagles and hawks and making them move along. They also pick up a lot of road kill and scraps of people food from the ground.
    in reply to: What is a Crow? #705570
  • Lisa
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    Lucylocket
    1. Watching an American Crow: He waddles and searches my yard looking for nuts that were buried by squirrels. When he finds one, he chips at it till he gets it. Sometimes, he'll fly to the birdbath and put the food in the water, waits a few seconds and scoops it up to swallow it. He is definitely less afraid of people and will  allow me to get much closer to him that other birds. He "caws" a LOT and sticks his neck out each time. He probably broods in a huge evergreen tree across the street. They fight and fly around incessantly. 2. The House Sparrow stays put at the feeder for much longer than any other birds that visit. He seems pretty unafraid. He also chases off other birds. Right now, I have a nest right next to the right side bird feeder. This feeder is generally the most popular, due to a lavender bush situated next to it. It always empties first. Now however, it is nearly still full after 3 weeks due to the fact that the mama sparrow chases off the other birds. They have to attempt to use the left feeder if she lets them. The chickadee comes and goes quite quickly; flies to a branch and eats there. But the redbreasted nuthatch comes and goes the quickest. A speedy entrance and a quick grab - away it goes. It never eats at the feeder nor does it eat in a nearby bush or tree. 3. If I'm in the woods, the bird that I usually hear the most is the Swainson's Thrush- my favorite song of all. I've never spotted it however. I also hear the Robin and the woodpecker, sparrows and chickadees. I LOVE the Chickadee's two-noted song during mating season. It's a minor interval and totally fascinating to me. Also, I can sometimes hear the nuthatch's little horn like, monotone song, which even though it's not very exciting, I still find very fun to listen to.
  • Lisa
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    Lucylocket
    Most of the birds I see in my area now are usually there year round but here are a few that will migrate. I don't actually see most of these, however. The Golden-crowned sparrow is here now but will leave in the summer. The Bufflehead leaves now and returns in the fall. The Lincoln's sparrow leaves for the summer and returns in the fall. We have a lot of Violet Green Swallows now but they will leave for the winter as well as the Common Yellowthroat and the Black-headed Grosbeak. I've never see the last two mentioned nor the Bufflehead but would like to search for them.
  • Lisa
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    Lucylocket
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  • Lisa
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    Lucylocket
    1. Watching for 15  minutes at my feeders, I saw the little House Sparrow couple, madly feeding their never-satisfied children in my birdhouse. I saw the Black-Capped Chickadee at the front feeder; they like to hang out in the Snowball tree due to it being riddled with some kind of horrible worm. I saw the American Robin in his plucky, aggressive bug finding mood. I saw the Dark-eyed Junco hopping around under the feeders, snapping up whatever the House Sparrow throws down at him. Of course, there were also the American Crows out in the front yard. 2. Most likely to spot in my area: American Robin, Black Capped Chickadee, American Crow and Spotted Towhee. I spot them all the time. 3. Using Range map to find out about birds I don't know: Common Yellowthroat, Black-headed Grosbeak, Wilson's Warbler, Orange Crowned Warbler and Chestnut backed Chickadee.  I don't believe I ever seen these or maybe I just didn't realize it. Now I want to!
  • Lisa
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    Lucylocket
    I watch birds A LOT but being told to by assignment makes it even better! Gives me a good excuse to sit and watch even more. When my husband says, "Are we having dinner?" I can answer, "Oh sorry. I have to sit here and watch birds for an hour or two for a very important assignment." How can he argue with that? I just got a new camera and I'm trying to learn to use it but it may take awhile. I hope to post better pictures soon.
  • Lisa
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    Lucylocket
    Went on my favorite walk over the weekend, along the Ebey Slough in Marysville WA. I spotted two Canada Geese (swimming birds), a Marsh Wren (songbird), and Great Blue Heron (wading bird). Couldn’t get great pics but I got a couple I’ll attach. My favorite backyard bird is Red Breasted Nuthatch. I have never been able to snap a pic as they are pretty “grab and go” type songbirds. I LOVE the call they make. Timeless as it is...the horn-like quality makes me laugh. 3363701F-3A33-43C2-9371-CFA7E995BFBCD0E2608D-33F9-4B45-BBB3-25DE44E9A2E41008B0BE-43D2-4A45-BAA4-0E28D5B2D88D
  • Lisa
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    Lucylocket

    @Ann This has to be one of my favorite pictures of the Great Blue. I love how he is silhouetted against the grey sky. LOVE it!!!

  • Lisa
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    Lucylocket
    Goodness! What an awesome view and amazing group to get to see all at once! That would be a dream for me!
  • Lisa
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    Lucylocket
    I absolutely LOVE the Great Blue Heron, as well! They are quite plentiful here in the Pacific Northwest. I see them regularly at the Ebey Slough and have recently purchased a better camera to get pictures. I would be thrilled to see that Ibis in real life. I love the way the Heron's legs stick straight out when he flies and he usually lets out a loud honk when he takes off. Just amazing!
  • Lisa
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    Lucylocket
    I am WAY behind in this course, so this comes much later than the rest. I found this exercise STINKING HARD but I'm glad I did it. Had to fudge and add a couple middle sections to my poor chubby sparrow but I'm glad I finished it. The feet and the branch were the most difficult for me. Yikes.
  • Lisa
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    Lucylocket
    I would have never thought to try to draw individual feathers! I am a bird lover so your drawing (as well as the one who did feathers above this post) have inspired me to try some. I don't have anything as exciting as a road runner feather (how lucky to have that) but I guess I could start with the many crow feathers and pigeon feathers I find. Great idea!
  • Lisa
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    Lucylocket
    Same with me. My continuous lines were all better except for the acorn. I guess I'm used to drawing for my preschool students. I am definitely struggling with fill. BUT, I am enjoying it and trying to stay positive. Of course, the heavy rains have started here so I'll be drawing indoors a lot.
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