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Where's Nifty?! #2

 
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May 20, 2019 13:22 as a reply to  @ post 18864500 |  #14026

Lesley, I'm so glad you decided to shoot the birds with Nifty after all. These are great shots that cheer me up! I love them and wish I could Like them many times over!


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May 22, 2019 12:04 |  #14027

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Wonderful Series, Lesley!
Love the behavior bird shots!
I get Hooded Orioles at my Hummingbird feeders,
they are very easily spooked and hard to photograph, so you know you did a great job with the Nifty!


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Wonderful Series, Lesley!
Love the behavior bird shots!
I get Hooded Orioles at my Hummingbird feeders,
they are very easily spooked and hard to photograph, so you know you did a great job with the Nifty!

Thank you so much, Joayne. I knew I had to at least try, lol. We had 4" of snow overnight on Monday. Yesterday it was cloudy and damp and that really brought out the birds. We had over 75 visits to the hummingbird and oriole feeders throughout the day, with a flock of Western Tanagers and the Bullock's orioles. It was amazing! We've never had more than one or two tanagers before! This morning we counted 10 at one time in the yard. Crazy! I should have taken some shots with Nifty but maybe I'll catch a couple this afternoon.


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Lesley, I'm so glad you decided to shoot the birds with Nifty after all. These are great shots that cheer me up! I love them and wish I could Like them many times over!

I'm glad they cheer you up, that's how I feel about them, too. :-)


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I managed to get a few shots with Nifty this afternoon. Keep in mind these are cropped a bit. The snow has melted, and the bushes and trees are springing back up. No damage in our yard that we've noticed, other trees nearby were not as lucky.

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Thanks for looking! :-)

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Glad to hear that your trees didn't get damaged, Lesley.
The birds are very pretty and colorful.
Thanks for sharing.


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May 23, 2019 10:44 as a reply to  @ just whistle's post |  #14033

You have some really beautiful birds visiting your yard, Lesley. Sweet shots.


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May 23, 2019 11:24 |  #14034

Those Tanagers!
I've only ever seen but one, once!!
I have the Hooded Orioles mostly year round now.
That started about 2 years ago.
Hummingbirds I have year round and some migrators come through.

You got some great shots.

You got snow, we got rain, snow in the mountains and hail west of us..
We still have only hit 100° once so far this year...
Unusual isn't it!


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itsallart wrote in post #18865869 (external link)
Glad to hear that your trees didn't get damaged, Lesley.
The birds are very pretty and colorful.
Thanks for sharing.


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You have some really beautiful birds visiting your yard, Lesley. Sweet shots.


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Those Tanagers!
I've only ever seen but one, once!!
I have the Hooded Orioles mostly year round now.
That started about 2 years ago.
Hummingbirds I have year round and some migrators come through.

You got some great shots.

You got snow, we got rain, snow in the mountains and hail west of us..
We still have only hit 100° once so far this year...
Unusual isn't it!

Thank you! This past week has been quite memorable. We're still having the tanagers, I'm surprised they haven't moved on yet but the weather has been much cooler than usual. The mountain areas had Winter Weather warnings yesterday. :rolleyes: The orioles stay here through the summer to nest, and then they bring their young to our feeders. It's pretty cool to watch! We're even seeing more hummingbird action than ever before.

I had hoped to get back to the bird banding today but it rained overnight and the trail will be muddy and probably slick. We'll shoot for tomorrow. Nifty is anxious to go out. :-)


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May 31, 2019 13:17 |  #14036

Better late than never! Nifty attended the last day of the spring bird banding at the Audubon Center at Chatfield today. We had very nice weather, and saw 5 or 6 birds banded. One Gray catbird, one Swainson's thrush, and the rest were Yellow warblers.

Here are some shots of Meredith McBurney, of Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, and her assistants doing the banding and recording of the individual bird's weight, wing length, fat content, sex, and age estimation.

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My husband is holding the the yellow warbler, who appears quite content to stay there until Meredith tipped his hand and the bird flew off into the nearby trees.


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Tools of the trade, labeled according to band size, I think. I forgot to ask! :p


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This is a Swainson's thrush


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The banders collect the birds from the mist nets and return them in these little cloth bags that keeps them safe and quiet until they are ready to be banded.


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Measuring for the correct band size for this Gray catbird.


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What tiny wings you have!


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And that is a wrap for the Spring banding of 2019! Meredith and her crew also do a Fall migration banding at Barr Lake State Park. Barr Lake is a well-known birding hotspot and we hope to see her this fall.

As always, thanks for looking! If there are any of you out there thinking about hosting US Nifty in the near future, please sign up! It is so much fun to do this, and hosting really gives you an excuse to get out and about. :-)

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