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Be still my heart --

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Aug 15, 2022, 3:27 PM
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91 degrees and the Bee Gees playing too loud. K says I spend too much time on the porch.
Proving her wrong, a female RedStart just showed up. I have photos from years past will post those as I aint caught him yet today. It is bold and beautiful. The deal is living near the Blue Ridge, anything can show.

Checking my notes see I saw one passing by in Spring on 25Apr21 and Fall 05Oct20.
This is the first migrant I have seen since Spring.






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Re: Be still my heart --

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Aug 15, 2022, 3:36 PM
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Retired, sitting on the porch, probably a refreshing drink in hand, watching God's beautiful creatures, and deciding which tomatoes to pick for supper. At our age, what more can a man want ?

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what more

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Aug 15, 2022, 3:41 PM
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I am retired, not dead. Some dancing womins would be a good addition.



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beautiful Redstart photos

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Aug 15, 2022, 3:49 PM
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Great job with the pics. I am enjoying the shore birds in the low country and find it to be an amazing hobby. Good luck with more great finds this year.

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refreshing drink in hand

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Aug 15, 2022, 3:49 PM
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Yet another water leak from the old copper pipes in the crawl space today.
I spent the morning sliding around in the mud with the spiders, rats, and moccasins. That is not fun!
I survived and deserve a beer on the porch - today have one new to me, Sierra Nevada Summer Break IPA.



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Hate Mocs...About 7 Years Ago My Yellow Lab

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Aug 15, 2022, 4:32 PM
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Was nearly bit by one. He was a big boy about 120 lbs and was fetching sticks out of a lake near our house. When I threw the stick a big moc near to 4ft thick as a Coke can popped up about 2' from the stick the lab was swimming to retrieve.

The lab snapped his jaws midway down the moc's body, I don't know if he knew it was a moc or was just grabbing it like he did a stick. Anyway the moc reared up front and back making a big V and then the lab knew it was a snake to which he let off his bite and with both front paws pushed it under water and swam back to us.

Checking the dog out he was fine just spooked. The next day washed up on shore was the snake literally cut almost in half his head as big as my hand. Still scares me.

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Re: Hate Mocs.

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Aug 15, 2022, 4:39 PM
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I grew up with them fishing on Wateree. They are nasty. I have none here. It is rare to see one beyond the Fall Line. The Fall Line is a real thing unknown to many.

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Re: Hate Mocs.

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Aug 15, 2022, 8:04 PM
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Mocs love the swamp areas . That’s where they are plentiful and like to hang out, sometimes literally!

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I’ve lived in Savannah and have killed plenty.***

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Aug 16, 2022, 7:40 AM
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I grew up with them in Florida. They would chase us kids in the lakes. Luckily I have never seen one in the Upstate lakes.

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I only remember seeing 2 of them-

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Aug 15, 2022, 8:16 PM
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one so close along a creek in York County that I learned why they are called cottonmouths. The other at a pond in Horry County that chased a bullfrog out of the bushes into the water in front of me. Frog popped up to the surface and was quickly yanked under the water- snake crawled back into the bushes with him and I gingerly moved a ways down the pond

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Aug 15, 2022, 4:00 PM
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The male redstart is really a beautiful bird. I hope that one of them follows this Lady,

Being an outsdoorman has a lot of benefits This being one of them. I especially like the Evening Grossbeaks but they are very rare in this part of the Blue Ridge.

While is was in Forestry School I had planned to take the ornithology class taught in the last semester but it wasn’t offered my last semester so I missed out on a much needed easy class. I missed out on a lot of those!

Keep your eyes open. The nesting season is over and a lot could be stopping by your cottage ,

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Keep your eyes open

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Aug 15, 2022, 4:07 PM
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I have been keeping notes for 30 years. I have Ided and have photos of over 120 birds seen from my yard.
I could teach your class.

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A long time ago

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Aug 15, 2022, 4:35 PM
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My first job after graduation was as a professional arborist with a firm in Winston-Salem and we had some biiiig time clients. These older ladies loved trees, shrubs, flowers and birds and they always entertained me with their knowledge of these things on their estates. I made many garden club meetings in these few years and actually learned a lot. About birds especially. I would like to live those years again!!! I bet we can all sat that.

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Aug 15, 2022, 4:49 PM
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I took the Master Gardner classes at Clemson, they were good fun.
When I was 40-50, one of the top foot racers (set two state records) in the Carolinas was Dr Larry Barden (UNCC Professor). We would travel together to races to race each other. Local Masters had little chance. Below is Larry in my backyard after one epic battle. He was/is a bird expert. He got me started.



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Being an outsdoorman

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Aug 15, 2022, 4:22 PM
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Here is my porch chair which is up in the trees. I have placed my feeders and water features where they can be seen from this chair. I have a computer with excellent monitor (not the small one in this photo), high end stereo, small beer fridge.
I spare no expense, will upgrade anytime I think of something.

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Looks Like CPT Kirk's Command Chair Without Phasers***

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Aug 15, 2022, 4:25 PM
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Aug 15, 2022, 4:29 PM
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I have the best air soft guns out here to fight off the Brown-headed Cowbirds in Spring.



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That’s a badass set up.***

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Cool. We usually get some warbler migration going on

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Aug 15, 2022, 4:04 PM
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Sept down here on the gulf coast. The hooded warblers look like little Steeler fans. Lulz

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Aug 15, 2022, 4:21 PM
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Clemson’s own Sid Gauthreaux taught a great Ornithology course. Did early radar research on bird migration along the Gulf.

Those little warblers along with a ton of other species face an incredible and hazardous journey.

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Aug 15, 2022, 4:26 PM
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in a couple weeks I will post some Warbler cheat sheets to help ID these guys. Warbler migration is off the chart fun. Some can be hard to ID unless you get a photo. I have a decent camera, but face into the Sun.

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Thats kinda what got me interested in birds in the first

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Aug 15, 2022, 5:39 PM
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place. Spent a lot of time out in the gulf in my younger days and you could be 40-50 miles offshore and a brightly colored little bird would land on your boat. Happened several times. I wondered where in the heck they came from so I found out.

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Aug 15, 2022, 4:19 PM
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I was surprised to see pelicans on the Henry's Fork of the Snake River the other day. Pretty sure I saw a golden eagle near Dubois Wyoming.

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Aug 16, 2022, 12:08 AM
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Dubois, WY brings back memories of when my kids were young and we were staying in the area a couple days before going on to Yellowstone. We all enjoyed it from hotel to ranch. Caught my first trout using a fly rod not far from there in the Wind River.

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Aug 15, 2022, 4:23 PM
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Great pics. I love the RedStart!

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Aug 15, 2022, 4:31 PM
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That bird is beautiful. On the Bee Gees....there os a great documentary on them on HBO. Fascinating. Anyway, beautiful pictures.

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Redstart is an interesting name for that bird.

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Aug 15, 2022, 4:33 PM
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Send them my way please.

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Aug 15, 2022, 4:56 PM
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Here is the male who I have not seen today


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Aug 15, 2022, 5:45 PM
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What a beautiful bird, I thought I was lucky to have seen a few painted buntings and a pileated woodpecker but never one of those.

I went to my garden early this morning and picked okra and crowder peas for lunch. Canned a small batch of dill pickles too.
It's been a good day.

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Last fall , a bird about the size and color

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Aug 15, 2022, 8:02 PM
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of a dove landed a few feet above my deer stand but was clearly a bird of prey by his curved beak. Never had seen one like it before- what was it? Maybe a falcon?

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Aug 16, 2022, 9:56 AM
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Maybe, two other small hawks in the UpState are the Cooper and Sharp-shinned hawks.

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Aug 15, 2022, 8:18 PM
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Is that a man made little pond?

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Aug 16, 2022, 10:06 AM
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That is 4000 gal and where my turtles live. Birds don't care much for it.

What attracts the birds is what I call my "branch". It is shallow and birds are constantly in it. In the OP you can see the Redstart taking a bath. Nothing attracts birds like water as they all have to have it.



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Aug 16, 2022, 10:24 AM
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Great photos - love it - magnificent bird

but how did it get that name - should be YELLOW Start - where's the Red?

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