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Mon Apr 27, 2020, 08:14 PM

Sitting on the front porch watching activity at the feeder.

In the last few minutes I've had a pair of Cardinals, a White Crowned Sparrow, a Downy Woodpecker and a couple House Finches. There was a Mourning Dove earlier, but it flew when I walked outside. The rest aren't bothered by my presence.

The wren's who were nesting in the watering can on the porch have left the nest. I didn't see them leave. One day they were making frequent trips bringing in various insects and the next morning there's nobody home.

ETA: I just had a cottontail bunny sprint across the front yard.

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Reply Sitting on the front porch watching activity at the feeder. (Original post)
Arkansas Granny Apr 2020 OP
lynintenn Apr 2020 #1
Arkansas Granny Apr 2020 #4
magicarpet Apr 2020 #2
2naSalit Apr 2020 #3
Arkansas Granny Apr 2020 #5
lordsummerisle Apr 2020 #6
elleng Apr 2020 #7
Skittles Apr 2020 #8

Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 08:22 PM

1. I had an indigo outing this morning. It was beautiful.

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Response to lynintenn (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 08:25 PM

4. I don't ever see those in town. We saw a pair of Painted Buntings last year where I work,

but that's on the edge of town in an area with lots of trees and fields.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 08:23 PM

2. The bird feeders are such a nice respite from reality.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 08:25 PM

3. There's a mating pair of Merlins nesting at the end of our "yard"

in the tall pines. Noisy things. Between those two and couple generations of Magpies, it's kind of noisy around here. I love seeing the Merlins. There was a pair at the farm last summer and they would come up, soaring on a stout breeze*, hang about twenty feet from me at face level and just watch me for a minute or two. They did that a couple times a week. I'm thrilled to have some to look at here, not farming this year.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 08:30 PM

5. I see a lot of hawks flying around, but not in the yard.

However, I sometimes see piles of feathers under the pecan tree and see where they have apparently had a meal up in the branches. The feathers are nearly always a Collared Dove.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 08:52 PM

6. Lots of activity this time of year

In addition to the birds, anole lizards are out now along with dragonflies and palmetto bugs (my favorite)...

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 09:04 PM

7. NICE!

Caught pics of a white throated sparrow in evergreen bush near my house, while looking for 'my' ospreys on nest adjacent to my house. (Haven't seen them in 1 day, they seem to have gone missing; concerned.)

THEN saw 3 turkey vultures on nearby fence.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Apr 27, 2020, 09:23 PM

8. I enjoy bird watching too

it's just fun

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