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Young Northern Bluebird Practicing taking a Bath

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Posted: 9 Days 19 Hours ago by: jmcquown

I'm pretty sure it's a young male. The bright blue on his wings is starting to show up. He hasn't lost the speckles on his head or chest, yet. So, momma-bird showed him how to flap his wings to splash water. He sat on the edge of the

A funny thing to see

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Posted: 11 Days 18 Hours ago by: jmcquown

The bird bath I have on the patio is only about the size of a dinner plate. I fill it using a pitcher and some water always overflows onto the cement. A few minutes after I refilled it I looked out and saw a fledgling Eastern Bluebird

Dirt Baths

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Posted: 13 Days 1 Hour ago by: jmcquown

I couldn't get a picture of it but there were a couple of mourning doves underneath a large gardenia bush at the back corner of my neighbors house. They were taking dirt-baths. Digging in the sandy soil and tossing it onto their wings

Re: Another Great Blue Heron (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 20 Hours ago by: jmcquown

I live on an island in coastal South Carolina. :) My neighborhood is in the middle of it, though, not near the water. Jill

Re: Another Great Blue Heron (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 21 Hours ago by: super70s

Is there a river bank close to you, that's the only place I've spotted these around here.

Re: Another Great Blue Heron (thread)

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Posted: 18 Days 23 Hours ago by: jmcquown

Yeah, it kind of looked like it was trying to hide but they are so darn big they can't really do it. :) Jill

Re: Another Great Blue Heron (thread)

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Posted: 19 Days ago by: Leon Fisk

Hi Jill, Seems they are very much alike and hard to distinguish between male/female: "They exhibit a minor degree of sexual dimorphism; with males slightly larger than females, but otherwise the sexes are not easily outwardly distingui

Re: Another Great Blue Heron (thread)

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Posted: 19 Days ago by: jmcquown

I think I got that backwards. Is it the female which has the feathered plumeage? Jill

Another Great Blue Heron

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Posted: 19 Days 1 Hour ago by: jmcquown

This time, I think it's a female because it doesn't have a feathered plume on its head. I hope they are coming around to eat the snakes. Snakes eat songbirds. It's only fitting a bigger bird should eat the snakes. :) https://i.postimg

A Northern Bluejay

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Posted: 20 Days 2 Hours ago by: jmcquown

I rarely see them. https://i.postimg.cc/tJXdvnGK/bluejay.jpg Wish he would have turned around so I could have gotten a pic of the pattern on his blue wings! Jill in Southern South Carolina

Re: The Heron Showed Up again today (thread)

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Posted: 25 Days 23 Hours ago by: Leon Fisk

Yeah, the classic Mongoose versus Cobra story...

Re: The Heron Showed Up again today (thread)

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Posted: 25 Days 23 Hours ago by: jmcquown

Rudyard Kipling? That's fun stuff. I like watching the nature programs on PBS about birds. :) Jill

Re: The Heron Showed Up again today (thread)

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Posted: 26 Days 1 Hour ago by: Leon Fisk

Now that's a plan I'd like to see in action ;-) Watched a presentation at the zoo many years ago with a Secretary bird. It beat the crap out of a rubber snake they laid out for it. In their native environment they take on Adders and Cob

Re: The Heron Showed Up again today (thread)

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Posted: 26 Days 2 Hours ago by: jmcquown

Black snakes (non-venonmous) are common in this area although I haven't seen any in a around my house this year. I was surprised to learn herons eat snakes, thanks! Some years back I saw a black snake when there was a nesting pair of

Re: The Heron Showed Up again today (thread)

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Posted: 26 Days 3 Hours ago by: Leon Fisk

Those are cool. Nothing like that in my area... Years ago while out biking... I spooked a Great Blue off a hayfield while going past. The writhing snake in its beak was obvious to see as it took flight. Looked up what they eat when I go

Re: The Heron Showed Up again today (thread)

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Posted: 26 Days 3 Hours ago by: jmcquown

Probably anole lizards or peepers (tiny tree frogs). I hadn't really considered it. It is unusual to see one strolling around for days in a row. :) They are lovely big birds! Jill

Re: The Heron Showed Up again today (thread)

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Posted: 26 Days 4 Hours ago by: Leon Fisk

Nice picts :) They will eat pretty much anything that moves and can be subdued. Frogs, toads, mice, snakes, lizards, salamanders, insects... Would guess it has been finding something of interest to munch on while strolling around your p

The Heron Showed Up again today

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Posted: 26 Days 4 Hours ago by: jmcquown

https://i.postimg.cc/QCPNJCsg/blue-strolling2.jpg They are magnificent looking birds! Jill in Southern South Carolina

Great Blue Heron (pic)

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Posted: 27 Days 1 Hour ago by: jmcquown

Looked up and this bird was walking around in my back yard. https://i.postimg.cc/g2Lk7w5F/great-blue2.jpg Some people scared it off but it landed not too far so I was able to snap a pic. It's a big beautiful bird! :) Jill in Southern S

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