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#199308 - 04/22/09 04:30 AM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: Donnalee]  
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Charlie - You take such beautiful pictures! Thanks so much for sharing them with all of us!

Donnalee, my favorite is the Blue Heron, too! We live near a large lake in north Dallas - Lake Lewisville - so every morning and every evening about an hour before dusk, I see a pair of blue herons languidly flapping their huge wings across my backyard towards the lake, with their long legs streaming out behind them cool.

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#199330 - 04/22/09 06:46 PM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: MissYumYum]  
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Beautiful pics as always Charlie! I am learning more about wildlife birds on this forum, than I have ever known before lol. I am going to pay closer attention now and see what all the different species are. I got a book for Christmas that identifies them. One that I know for sure we have is the Red Cardinal, it is absolutely beautiful.


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#199333 - 04/22/09 10:06 PM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: FeatheredAngels]  
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We have also had bluebirds the last several years or so. We put out "Cardinals Blend" wild bird seed. They eat the "meats" of the sunflower part of the seed. We also put a tray of mealworms out for them.

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#199355 - 04/23/09 12:58 AM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: RB2sMom]  
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Annette the way I found out about Blue Herons was one flew over just above my house. I caught it out of the corner of my eye and it was HUGE. I described it to hubby and he told me what it was. There is a little marsh just east of our farm where they hang out but sadly it looks like it is going to be a dud this year. It is so dry I have never seen the water so low there. I'll keep an eye on it and if I see anything interesting I'll post a pic.


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#199369 - 04/23/09 04:14 AM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: Donnalee]  
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Great photography! Send them to "National Geographic Magazine"!!!


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#200201 - 05/03/09 10:03 PM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: Bird Mom]  
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I'm not home right now but I talked to Peg and she bought mealworms for the Bluebirds. She feeds them a couple apiece three times a day on a flat feeder hung under an oak close to their house. She said after about three days, they immediately came to eat the worms together and they are waiting on the trellis for their breakfast every morning when she opens the garage door! I hope to get some pictures next week. They are still not sitting a nest. I don't think that little bit of feeding will spoil them to hunting, south Louisiana is "bug paradise". LOL

#200208 - 05/03/09 11:28 PM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: Charlie]  
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HAHAHA, they have Peg trained well! smile


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#200307 - 05/05/09 06:32 PM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: EchosMom]  
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ROFLMAO!!!! Aw Peg! Always thinking of others! lol.

I don't think a few mealworms should harm anything Charlie. They would eat much more than that in a day I would think.That would just be a nicely prepared snack for them is all.


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#200313 - 05/05/09 07:22 PM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: Janny]  
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My mom has gotten the blue jays to eat peanuts out of her hand...she gets tons every year. I'll have to try to get my dad to snap a picture


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#200337 - 05/06/09 12:24 AM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: luv my Coco bean]  
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Ok I didn't have time to read this entire thread but my eastern blue jays tried to fledge and then a storm came. We found the babies all huddled against a pine tree. They were in serious danger of preditors this time of night. We put them back in thier nest.. do you think mom and dad will come back? They have been lurking. I hate messing with nature but in this kind of storm, they had NO chance. This is the storm that blew the roof off in Dallas. Yeah, me and the husband are both soaked, but I couldn't let them be fox food, raccoon food, etc. Any ideas. We are keeping watch from the kitchen and the parents keep checking. They are soaked though and huddled together.

#200341 - 05/06/09 01:34 AM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: Scarletts mom]  
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I think that is the best thing you could have done. One time I put a barn swallow back in its nest. The Wildlife Rescue told me to do that. They said the parents would feed them even if they were left on the ground if I couldn't get him back in his nest. I'll bet the Blue Jays were glad to be back safe in their nest.


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#200343 - 05/06/09 01:55 AM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: Donnalee]  
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ok, well 1 excaped again but the daddy is feeding it. Bad thing is it is almost night time and he is underneath a pine tree with no shelter. I'm thinking about putting hin back in the nest for the 3rd time. Mom and dad have come back for feedings. If he is left alone, he will get eaten.

#200344 - 05/06/09 02:00 AM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: Scarletts mom]  
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#200345 - 05/06/09 02:14 AM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: Bird Mom]  
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Well originally we resued 3. When we found the one, he was nestled with another. So all in all 4! Wow! I just hope I don't have to feed them like momma. I think they wil come back cuz they seemed p'ssd. You know how blue birds are, I have seen them attack huge animals to keep them away from the nest. Hopefully I did the right thing.

Oh, BTW....The carolina ren should be hatching any day now. I feel like an expectant mother! LOL! Can't wait! smile I love spring! (yeah, until mine hits puberty! LOL!)

#200367 - 05/06/09 04:03 AM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: Scarletts mom]  
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Hope all is well in the morning. They were snuggled up in the bluebird house at dusk. Pray for good fortune for my OUTDOOR flock!

#200380 - 05/06/09 12:51 PM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: Scarletts mom]  
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Alls well in the bluebird house this morning. Mom and dad are feeding the little excapees! Yeaaaa! I was worried that they would leave them alone since I had to touch them. My husband said it's and old wives tale. I guess he was right. smile smile smile

We also have the tufted titmouse. I love them but wish they would stop attacking my car mirrors and crapping all over my BLACK car. Dang! I have to chase them away a couple times a day....little buggers.

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#200387 - 05/06/09 03:40 PM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: Scarletts mom]  
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I was worried that they would leave them alone since I had to touch them. My husband said it's and old wives tale.


That is an old wives tale! Glad things are working out! smile

#200397 - 05/06/09 08:22 PM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: Charlie]  
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No new excapes today. Happy to report that the eastern bluebird is alive and well and attacking everything that gets near the nest this morning in SC! The squirrels are on high alert! heehee! They are even attacking Bluejays. They have to weigh in double maybe triple what those bb's weigh! Thanks Charlie! smile

#200477 - 05/08/09 12:28 AM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: Scarletts mom]  
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Bad news...when we got home from work tonight we didn't see mom and dad bluebird. After dinner we went to check the nest and it had been occupied by a four foot rat snake...no babies to be found. I feel like crying. So much work for those poor birds and they were almost ready to leave the nest. We got him out and he had about a 8 inch bulge in his midsection. Probably ate all 4. that is something I never thought of. There is allumium wrapped around the base so nothing could climb the pole to the house, he was pretty big though. frown

#200480 - 05/08/09 12:32 AM Re: My first Bluebirds! [Re: Scarletts mom]  
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