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Re: OT - Bird question
  • Subject: Re: OT - Bird question
  • From: Pam Evans <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 16:51:22 -0600

Will check my Texas bird book soon as I finish my chores.  I saw a violet
ear (something like that) hummingbird here a few years back, supposedly they
never get north of the Rio Grande Valley (a LONG way from here).  It was
only here for a week or two so it must have figured out it was out of its
range and headed south.  It sure enjoyed the feeders though.
I give my woodpeckers raw peanuts in the shell - they love that.

On 12/15/09, Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI <
cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:
> Don't birds get blown off-course sometimes? I am not a birder but seems
> to me I've seen more than one newspaper article about birders all
> flocking to a certain location because some rarity had shown up that
> shouldn't be there. If you can take a picture maybe you'll get a lot of
> interest too.
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 10:44 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] OT - Bird question
> The last time I had a bird question I went to a Birding list and was
> given a rather off-putting response  - why didn't I look it up in a good
> birding guide?  Since I have practically every birding guide in print
> (and
> some old ones that are no longer in print) and had exhausted my
> references, I felt that was a bit unhelpful.  So I am asking my good
> friends, in the hopes that one or more of you will have a thought in
> the matter.
> We regularly have three kinds of woodpeckers at the feeders - Downys,
> Red-Bellies, and Hairys. These come in large numbers.  It is not
> uncommon to see five Downys taking turns, or being defensive of, the
> suet cake. They also eat sunflower hearts from the tube feeder, but that
> is not their primary focus.  Several times this fall I have noticed a
> bird
> at the tube feeder that at first glance seemed to be a female Downy, but
> on
> further observation didn't fit.  This bird is the size of a Downy and
> has
> black-and-white markings on the back and head, but a definitely reddish-
> brown chest.  Downys have white chests.  My research in the birding
> guides at first didn't produce much, but the very excellent Sibley Guide
> to Birds has a picture of a Ladder-backed Woodpecker that seems to
> fill the bill (no pun intended). I hadn't seen the bird for several
> daya,
> but she
> was back today, and with my binocs I could even see the tuft of brownish
> feathers at the base of the beak.  The problem with this identification
> is
> that Ladderbacked Woodpeckers are native to the Southwestern deserts.
> What would one be doing in the Hudson Valley of New York?
> Auralie
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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