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Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:34 pm

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This bird was in my garden (Juni).

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Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:40 pm

Here are the bird sounds I was talking about. The birds look like Brewer's blackbirds, but I have a feeling they're not Brewer's blackbirds and that they're actually more closely related to yellow-headed blackbirds (even though yellow-headed blackbirds are supposed to be the only species in their genus). Whatever the case, they have yellow eyes, and are black, with a sometimes visible violet twinge. They liked my neighbor's bird feeder a lot. The ones I see usually hang out a little further out in the country by cow pastures and creeks, rather than by my house, but this recording is from my street.

You can hear some faint sounds of doves, too. The doves around here tend to be a hybrid between our native doves (which I think are mourning doves) and collared doves. I think there were some sparrows present, too (either that or some other kind of similarly-sized bird).

The recording was taken on 1 Apr 2019 (but it's not an April Fools thing, of course).

Here's what the birds look like from a distance (this was taken earlier this year):
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I looked through all my tablet pictures, and that's the only bird picture I found (except for a ceramic white raven or something). I have a few yellow finches from another camera somewhere, though, but not up close or anything.

Do you have a recommended camera for birds that isn't super expensive?
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Post: # 27047Unread post Shule
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:10 pm

Here's another recording, from 13 May 2015 (much older, and poorer quality; please excuse the occasional static/muffled microphone sounds, and the sudden dog bark somewhere in the middle); mostly, this is toads singing, but it has some great horned owl hoots here and there; I thought there was a barn owl in there, but I didn't hear it the last time I listened.
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Post: # 27058Unread post Sue_CT
Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:03 pm

All awesome photos!
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Post: # 27063Unread post Growing Coastal
Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:31 pm

That's cool Shule! That's a big variety of night life. Our red wing blackbirds sound a lot like yours.
Your place has a lot of night sounds, if that's where the recording was done. Where I live, in town, it is very quiet at night.
One day I heard a frog from the back side of the house. I listened some more and realized that it was one of the starlings up in the fir trees mimicking a frog. They imitate children too and can sound like a school yard full of kids.
I hear the hoots but no Barn Owl.
Thanks for posting those.
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Post: # 27067Unread post Shule
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:15 am

We don't usually have so many sounds at night. That's why we recorded it! :) Usually it's just quiet with maybe some crickets chirping or cows mooing (potentially hysterically). Rarely, you might hear coyotes. Roosters crowing at night isn't unheard of. The great horned owls only stuck around audibly that year, pretty much; they might have been around before. The toads sang a lot for a number of nights that year and I think a little the next year, but I had never heard them do it before then in such large numbers. The dog barking is pretty normal, though! We used to have a bunch of barn owls in the neighborhood for a couple years, which would make occasional sounds.

I just hear distant crickets, now.

The recording was done from our front porch, I think. Either that, or the road in front of our house.
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Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:53 am

One thing about having all that company at night is that if anything comes around there is a sudden silence. I don't even have crickets here. I have to go a ways to a dry field to hear them and I see them in late August on the ground on one of my walks. I remember one night of having a cricket in the house when I lived in the country. It kept the whole house awake. My heart shrank a bit when I saw a woman step on one inside a building. I guess she didn't know what great bug hunters they are.

We had coyote sounds at night when I lived on the mainland. I don't think they've made it across the water to here, yet. They used to try to get the dogs out to the back woods so that the coyotes could make a try for the chickens.

I am totally the wrong person to ask about cameras. I know nothing about them. I bought an expensive one when I retired knowing I would get lots of use out of it. Whichever sort of camera, it should have manual focus. Without the manual focus the birds get lost in the background. My camera shows where the focus is by highlighting the image on the screen in blue so I know it is right. There are so many cameras around it is very confusing to me. So many of them have features I would never use. Maybe post a question re: best cheap cameras? I'd like to know too!
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Post: # 27115Unread post Shule
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:03 pm

@Growing Coastal
Okay, I posted another thread about the cameras.
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Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:36 pm

Here are some young blue jays I saw yesterday. The adults are blue all over but these have a lot of grey.
IDK about cameras either, the only setting I tend to use on mine is the macro lens and the zoom in combination for chasing birds and wild things.
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yearly precip 61 inches/1550 mm

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Post: # 27156Unread post Growing Coastal
Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:09 am

I think we had the Blue Jay in Ontario. When I was a kid we'd hear them first light waking us all up with their tapping on the stove pipe cover on the roof. I was told by an aunt that they would steal squirrel babies out of their nests.
Here, it is said that no one knows where our jays nest. They forget where they stash their food and I have a couple of oak trees starting due to their buried nuts. There are no oak trees very nearby but they are growing a couple of blocks away, planted by the city.
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Post: # 27249Unread post Whwoz
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:18 am

Went out fishing today, saw a Wandering Albertross. Unfortunately to rough to get an photo but they are big birds. Also Australasian Gannets were about, and saw a dolphin as we were heading back in
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:18 am

It's great to live where we can see wildlife like that Whwoz.
My SIL went to the beach to have his coffee one sleepless morning and was rewarded with Orcas swimming by. That's not an every day thing.
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