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  • idigjars
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    Dan that is so cool. I love the pics. Thank you for sharing them with us. Paul

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  • BrandantR
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    Now how fun is that!!! You must have some serious patience to get them to feed out of your hand.

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  • laine
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    thanks for sharing, I too love to feed the birds, and yes it certainly does make ones day, I'm trying to get my granddaughter to sit still long enough for the chickadees to land - she's not yet 3 but she is getting close

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  • Dan Wegiel
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    Hey Joe, We've actually had a mild winter here, still cold but not bad. Glad you liked the pics.

    Nancy, Now you've got me envious, pileated woodpeckers are fairly rare in my neck of the woods but we have had at least one pair nesting here for as long as I can remember. See them often but never get very close, love the way they fly. Thanks for the info about the hummers.

    Brian, We only have the ruby throated hummers here but we do get a lot of enjoyment out of them, little critters are pretty territorial themselves!
    Kathy, Glad you like the pics!
    Dan

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  • Mottles
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    Dan, how thoughtful and love the pictures too! Good Man

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  • Brian T
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    Rufous humming birds are average size but probably one of the fastest and most maneuverable fliers. Extremely territorial, the males fight their screaming, chirping and buzz-bomb battles almost nonstop every day. They do actually hit each other, a sight to behold. The females have a display that keeps the males from driving them off the feeders, too.

    I've watched them mate in my front yard, I think that they nest in the densest parts of my big front yard spruce trees.
    We also get the little Calliope. Last summer for the very first time, a big Black-chinned male spent two weeks at my place and one house/feeder across the street. The Rufous males left him alone.

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  • Nancy-G
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    Dan -- if you just walk out and stand under a hummer feeder they all scatter for 30-60 seconds. Put your fingertips on as many feeding station perches as you can (I was using those giant feeders that fed 8 or 10) Within a minute they will perch on your fingers.
    One day I cut out 'blobs' of colored construction paper, pinned and taped them all over myself and headed outside. Within minutes I had those birds all over me - lol.
    I did get to stand within a couple feet of a male and female pileated trying to teach a chick how to use a wire suet feeder.
    But I've never been touched a chickadee or titmouse.

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  • Josef
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    Awwww, aren't you just the big old softy? I am a an avid bird fan and I hope to have a feeder out when I move to the bush. Sure looks cold in those photos...brrrr. Thanks for the nice pics Papa Dan.

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  • Dan Wegiel
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    Hi Nancy,
    I'm having an easy time getting the little ones to come in if all conditions are right. We have a bunch of "hummers" in the summer and they hover & dive all around while I'm out in the gardens and I can sit in a chair within a couple feet of their feeder but have never had one land on my finger.
    Glad you liked the pics.
    Dan

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  • Dan Wegiel
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    Hey Brian,
    The birds keep us from going "birdy" in the winter, hard not to enjoy watching them.

    Dan

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  • Dan Wegiel
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    Great poem Sappy, thanks for posting, enjoyed it very much.

    Dan

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  • Dan Wegiel
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    Hey Bob,
    Don't often go off this site but I took a look at your website, you do beautiful work! Couldn't get into the gallery but enjoyed the rest, thanks.

    Dan

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  • Nancy-G
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    Oh, oh - how wonderful!! I'm so JEALOUS. I love feeding birds but don't get very many in this condo.

    When I lived out in the woods I fed many, many birds. During the summer the humming birds would land on my finger tips .... but I never was blessed by a chickadee or Titmouse.

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  • Brian T
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    Substitute 'Raven' and 'Spruce tree' and it would apply well to my front yard!

    I like the boldness of the chickadees, they sure do have a thing for sunflower seed.

    I put diced bread crust out for the Ravens but they are such spooky birds, they won't land until I go in and shut the front door. . . . usually get a dozen birds.
    BTW, Spring must be on its way = the Ravens have been talking for 5 days now. They are very silent all Dec. & most of January

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  • sappy
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    The poem I was thinking of was Robert Frosts' poem titled "Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening." A great poem. However, this Robert Frost poem seems to fit your posts better:
    Dust of Snow
    The way a crow
    Shook down on me
    The dust of snow
    From a hemlock tree
    Has given my heart
    A change of mood
    And saved some part
    Of a day I had rued.

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