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wickowick
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re: Identify this songbird

The redwing blackbirds have been keeping the sparrows at bay. I saw a hawk last week with a bird flying off, but it does not appear that the hawks have focused in on the feeder yet. I would love to get pics of a hawk attack...


AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
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re: Identify this songbird
Another benefit of the feeding is watching the Coopers. They fly low through the neighborhood targeting Eurasians. The hit is impressive. I have one that appears almost the same time every evening for his bedtime snack.


AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
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faxis
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re: Identify this songbird
I had a sharp shinned hawk come in recently that totally freaked every bird in the area out.

Do you guys remember that study they did where they measured the speed of alarm communications between all the birds in an area when a predator would show up? Basically when a hawk is coming, all the birds know it based on alarm calls before the hawk can even get close and it fans out. If you're paying attention to those alarm calls you can tune into that and keep your head on a swivel and find what set them off.

Pretty wild to be looking at a hundred birds making all kinds of racket and in a matter of maybe two seconds, you're now looking at ZERO birds and it's now absolutely silent. It's amazing that bird hunting raptors get to eat at all.


AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
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re: Identify this songbird
Yeah, I've witnessed that. Eurasians must be the slow kids in the class. They never quite get it


hardhead
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stinky bayou
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re: Identify this songbird
Are you guys tryibg for a "big year"?


faxis
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La.
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re: Identify this songbird
Haha I saw that movie. Blow me. I just like knowing what I'm looking at and living in LA we are in a mecca for birds.


AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
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re: Identify this songbird
Another benefit of my new disc golf addiction. Buhlow is located on the edge of medium textured upland and the "roe gully" and red river bottoms. We will get upland and lowland species. Migration should be spectacular. Alread seen a shite load of buntings, and the tanagers are basically tame.


PapaPogey
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re: Identify this songbird
What are these stupid blackbirds with the yellow beak that are all over my house? I've got one with a full nest on the top of my column on the front porch.


AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
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re: Identify this songbird
Probably not blackbirds at all. I need more. Nesting on top of column says swallow to me.


faxis
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re: Identify this songbird
Yeah my money's on barn swallow for that one. Those little bastards are annoying as hell. If you ever let them nest, you've got them for years to come because they'll be back every year.


PapaPogey
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re: Identify this songbird
By blackbird I mean a bird that's all black.


tigerfoot
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Alexandria
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re: Identify this songbird
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Yeah my money's on barn swallow for that one. Those little bastards are annoying as hell. If you ever let them nest, you've got them for years to come because they'll be back every year.


Swallows and a tennis racket....one confirmed kill, and neighbors get hours of enjoyment.


AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
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re: Identify this songbird
I'm thinking of buying a sparrow trap. I've been told that if you just ignore them, they die in a day. Really don't like the sink in a bayou idea.


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PapaPogey
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re: Identify this songbird
It doesn't have the wings of a swallow


AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
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re: Identify this songbird
Maybe African Swallow.


Really need picks or a better description. Swallows are the only birds I've seen nest like that.

Even the breasts are black?


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LSUCouyon
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ONTHELAKEATDELHI, La.
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re: Identify this songbird
Thanks for that heads-up. I will check on the books.


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wickowick
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re: Identify this songbird
If it is nesting get some pics...


PapaPogey
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on top the cage
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re: Identify this songbird
It flies away before I can snap a shot. It's literally 5 feet from my front door.


wickowick
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re: Identify this songbird
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It flies away before I can snap a shot.


Sounds like a challenge... Get out the camo...


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