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    Ground hornbill. I think it is partly the colour - I like blacks and reds like that. Quite big birds. I remember sitting down at a talk with one walking next to me and shaking it's food in front of me.


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    The world's most beautiful bird:



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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill View Post


    The world's most beautiful bird: East Hill

    No Maam!

    If you live in Carolina, nothing makes you happier than the Carolina Wren. They are almost like family, will nest in your house/porch. Wake you up every morning with "tea kettle, tea kettle."

    Carolina Wren
    (listen to the bird song on the bottom left)

    Here's a Carolina wren and a morning dove,...



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    I wrote this in June of 2007 over at another site,....

    Carolina Wren

    There is a Carolina wren nest in my kitchen. Our kitchen is void of any sibilance of a normal kitchen and is essentially an empty shell of a room. All appliances, plates, anything not nailed to the wall was taken by my wife and her repossession/moving company five years ago.

    On the highest cabinet sits a tiny wicker basket that was forgotten and thus is our only kitchen possession and our pride and joy. Mama wren chose our little basket for her nest and a few weeks ago gave us the honor of sharing her family. Mornings are a joy filled with feeding, song, and happiness.

    Mama wren darts in and out of our house through two back windows that never close. ( a left over habit from the days of George in case he took a notion to come in while we were gone, in storms, or late at night)

    Yesterday, we had a breach in terrier security which simply means I decided to put the house on high alert. I closed the windows, locked the house, and left the terriers enjoying a nice hot afternoon napping on the bed.

    Thunderstorms and heavy rain ripped through Greenville last night. Trees fell and streets were flooded. I arrived home late last night and immediately realized I had pulled an Opie when I saw the closed windows.

    Poor Mama wren; poor babies! A frantic look with the cell phone light revealed that mama was not in the nest. The babies appeared to be so tiny and helpless and it was unseasonably cold after the violent storm. Had mama flown into the glass of the closed window? Sleep comes hard with a guilty conscious.

    Outside birds began their singing before dawn. An eerie silence was the only thing coming from the kitchen. Rain had stopped and there was nothing to do but lay in the bed and listen to the happy birds outside our bedroom window.

    At dawn, faint peeps came from the kitchen. I contemplated their odds of survival but not for long. I heard a familiar chirp and hugged a sleeping Airwick hoping for the best. The sounds were muted so I couldn't be sure that this was my boisterous happy mama bird. Curiosity finally ate me alive and I walked into the kitchen and was given an evil eye by a very unhappy but relieved Carolina wren.

    I fell to sleep listening to the increasingly loud happy song of my birds. Life sometimes gives you a mulligan for your mistakes and our hour power catnap was guilt free. Arizona and I woke before the terriers and listened to what seemed to be a party going on in the kitchen. My wrens are always loud but this sounded like the orchestra section of a Chuck Mangione concert.

    I wonder what's up, I said to no one in particular and the dogs walked into the kitchen as I put on my shoes for breakfast. No time, there was a sickening noise that made my heart stop. Shoeless, I raced in to find Airwick carrying one of the baby wrens in his mouth. I snatched the lifeless bird from his teeth and glanced up to see the horrified look from Mama wren sitting on the window ledge.

    The nest is now empty. The extra noise and commotion was apparently Mama wren deciding that today was learn to fly day probably in an effort to make sure her children were safe from my stupidity. Mama wren and one of her fortunate children chided me for a moment and then flew off to the safety of the overgrown sanctuary of our backyard.

    Now our kitchen is lonely again and seems like just another empty room. Life does give you a mulligan sometimes but it will always remain very short.

    I am very sorry mama wren.

    (the nest as it was in 2007)
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    True love came with the Lewis's Woodpecker--there will never be a more beautiful bird, nor one which brings greater joy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick View Post
    No Maam!

    If you live in Carolina, nothing makes you happier than the Carolina Wren. They are almost like family, will nest in your house/porch. Wake you up every morning with "tea kettle, tea kettle."

    Carolina Wren
    (listen to the bird song on the bottom left)

    Here's a Carolina wren and a morning dove,...



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    We have a flock of Goldfinches that live in the trees in our backyard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill View Post


    The world's most beautiful bird:

    True love came with the Lewis's Woodpecker--there will never be a more beautiful bird, nor one which brings greater joy.



    East Hill

    He is beautiful, EH, but I haven't heard the story! Tell me, tell me.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick View Post
    He is beautiful, EH, but I haven't heard the story! Tell me, tell me.....
    My father was dying of cancer. I had met a very kind, gentle man at work during the time my father was ill. It turned out that we shared a love of birdwatching. When my father died on July 28, 1993, I was devastated.

    My friend suggested that we go to a place called Fort Simcoe. Lewis's Woodpeckers were almost guaranteed to be seen there. We both had the same days off, so we went to Fort Simcoe on August 3, 1993.

    We did, in fact, see Lewis's Woodpeckers there at Fort Simcoe. Every year since then my friend and I have gone to Fort Simcoe to see the world's most beautiful birds.

    My friend has been Mr. East Hill for 15 years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
    My father was dying of cancer. I had met a very kind, gentle man at work during the time my father was ill. It turned out that we shared a love of birdwatching. When my father died on July 28, 1993, I was devastated.

    My friend suggested that we go to a place called Fort Simcoe. Lewis's Woodpeckers were almost guaranteed to be seen there. We both had the same days off, so we went to Fort Simcoe on August 3, 1993.

    We did, in fact, see Lewis's Woodpeckers there at Fort Simcoe. Every year since then my friend and I have gone to Fort Simcoe to see the world's most beautiful birds.

    My friend has been Mr. East Hill for 15 years now.

    Beautiful story, beautiful bird! You're awesome, Mr. East Hill because Margaret is simply the best.

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    apparently numbers of robins are in decline here, but i regularly get several of these visitors hang out in the garden

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    I don't really have a favorite, but I do enjoy watching the redtails, swainsons, kestrels and eagles prowl the fields outside our office everyday. Snapped a shot of this guy/gal perched in a nearby tree a few weeks ago.

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    Had some of these visitors a few years back, they were all over for a month or two. Haven't seen any since.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CdCf View Post
    The sight of a heron in flight is usually magnificent!

    I love these birds. I see them occasionally on my commute to work and I always marvel at them. Once I had one fly along the river right beside me as I was riding on the MUP. Just another reason I'd hate to give bike commuting.

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    We have a flock of Goldfinches that live in the trees in our backyard.
    I see quite a few of those (at least I think they're goldfinches) in a field on my way to work in the summer. They are such a lovely color and have cute little voices.

    I don't know much about birds, but I really do enjoy seeing them. Riding to work allows me to see all kinds of birds I would never notice if I drove. In fact, just the other day I saw a turkey running through the woods. She looked like a little dinosaur.

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    we used to have a ornithological paradise in our back yard. Wildflowers, hanging feeders, suet cages, water baths etc etc. we loved watching all of the boids that stopped by but I think my favorites were the cardinals. beautiful color, pretty songs.



    also very cute how they usually showed up in mated pairs....the males actually feed the females.

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    Oh yeah, I love Cardinals, too! Here's a heron I see sometimes:



    And one I definitely don't see on my commute:



    And I thought this was pretty awesome:



    I love watching ducks!

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