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Aug 7, 2022, 1:59 PM
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I have an old bird page I don't keep up, Tmail if you want it.
Today ran across a really good one here:
https://eweb.furman.edu/~wworthen/fuhab/birdlist/index.htm


Lots of work has been put into that. I give it an A+.
More birds are in the UpState area than most places. I have IDed over 120 just from my porch chair. It is a good hobby for us fat lazy folks.

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Aug 7, 2022, 2:09 PM
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We love watching "our" birds every morning as we enjoy our coffee. One of the true blessings of retired life is sitting in your chair and seeing cardinals and finches eating and bluebirds all around their house. Thanks for the list.

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Aug 7, 2022, 2:37 PM
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Backyard bird watching in Summer is much less than other seasons, but still exciting.
Our feeder foods are not as tasty as what Mother Nature has about.
Mostly today (and lately) in the yard have Titmice, Chickadee, BlueBirds, Wrens, Cardinals, Doves, Finches, and Woodpeckers.

I do have this Pine Warbler today. That may be my favorite Winter bird, seldom see one in Summer.



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We've seen a ton of these on our feeders the last few days:

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Aug 7, 2022, 7:43 PM
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Or at least that's what I believe it is; very similar to a Sparrow but with a little yellow tint around the wings. We have several pair of Cardinals and quite a few Bluebirds as well.

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Re: We've seen a ton of these on our feeders the last few days:

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Aug 7, 2022, 7:51 PM
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Don't know where you live, but it is too early for them in the UpState.
It is a great bird, but I surely hope they don't show up here this year.
Unlike most migrants who return each year to the same area, migration by this bird is highly variable (known as irruptive).

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I'll try to get a pic and post it.

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Aug 7, 2022, 7:53 PM
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That sure is what it looks like, but it's very similar to some sparrows.

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Aug 8, 2022, 1:52 PM
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My wife and I have a back yard bird supply store on Laurens rd in Greenville called Birds of a Feather. Would love for anyone to stop by and talk birds.

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I love deer hunting in the morning and watching the world

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Aug 7, 2022, 2:55 PM
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come alive. The birds, ducks, critters "waking" up is relaxing.

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Re: I love deer hunting in the morning and watching the world

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Aug 7, 2022, 3:00 PM
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I do not Hunt per say anymore; but, I still visit my deer stand on the farm many times during the season for the sole purpose of "lstening to the woods wake up." It's a great feeling to see the sun peek up over the horizon and the woods come alive with sounds. Nature is an amazing thing. More people should get out and enjoy the outdoors. Go Tigers

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relaxing

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Aug 7, 2022, 3:01 PM
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-- I bet when you kill Bambi's mother all the fun critters leave you



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Re: I love deer hunting in the morning and watching the world

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Aug 7, 2022, 3:07 PM
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excepting the anacondas of course.

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Aug 7, 2022, 3:10 PM
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spend Friday nights in the upstate? If you do, I can put you in a stand before dawn if we have a late gametime - 3:30 pr a night game. Plenty of time to hunt most of the morning and still get to the game on time.

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Aug 7, 2022, 4:56 PM
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I live in the upstate. Always looking for new hunting opportunities. Right now I have to drive an hour and a half to get in my stands. Makes for a really early morning.

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Aug 7, 2022, 3:07 PM
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Love bird watching. My favorite is the Blue Grosbeak. Haven't seen one yet this year though. But the multiple hummingbirds keep me entertained.

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favorite is the Blue Grosbeak

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Aug 7, 2022, 3:11 PM
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Good bird. For many reasons the Blue Bird is a fav of many who like blue in a bird, but the Blue Grosbeak pales them.

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Re: favorite is the Blue Grosbeak

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Aug 7, 2022, 7:34 PM
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I like the song of the blue bird. It's very distinctive and unique. They're very territorial which I found surprising until I put a cedar blue bird box on my house and caught a few fighting over it. They really go at it. But the Grosbeak is stunning. It favors a cardinal but instead of red it's a pretty blue.

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very territorial

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Aug 7, 2022, 7:43 PM
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Most birds are due to competing for food. Flock birds are different, but most birds are territorial.

On my dock BBs will produce 3 broods a year. An interesting thing is that the new BBs will help feed the next batch. I don't know if any other species do that.

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Re: UpState Bird Folks

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Aug 7, 2022, 3:08 PM
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There's a different looking bird that has been staying outside my bedroom window at our place in Sturgis. Doesn't seem to want to leave. The guy's I'm with say taking a shower might make him leave. Whut???



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Sturgis

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Aug 7, 2022, 3:14 PM
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That is one of the hardest working critters around. Too bad they don't get the credit they deserve. It is a beautiful bird, and one of the few that earns his keep.

I enjoy your updates. I have never made that rally may be too old to get there now except in my Jeep.

Post your bike.

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Aug 7, 2022, 3:27 PM
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US Hwy 129, The Dragon.



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Aug 8, 2022, 6:06 AM
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I believe this is where my step son and father n law went this past weekend to ride the rail buggy.

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Aug 7, 2022, 3:09 PM
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tu for the last sentence.

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Aug 7, 2022, 3:18 PM
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I have seen more cardinals in my yard than anything else this year.

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Southern Cardinal

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Aug 7, 2022, 3:27 PM
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Cardinals are a very hardy year-round bird that are a joy to any who feed birds. As it is so common, we sometimes over look how beautiful it is.

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Aug 7, 2022, 4:02 PM
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We ran across an eagles nest on Hartwell a few weeks ago. Saw a juvenile eagle hanging out in it…really cool.

I’m not sure what type yet but there’s several bald eagles around.

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eagle hanging out

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Aug 7, 2022, 4:19 PM
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Wish I could have been there. They will use the same nest each year so check back.

Often folks "think" they saw an Eagle (most times a Hawk or Osprey). An adult Eagle flying over chills one to the bone. It takes 4 years to get the white head. The Tugaloo has many.

We can thank CLEMSON for that. Not long back Eagles were dying. Students looked into it. Coots were eating poison algae, and Eagles were eating them. The algae was cleaned up and Eagles again soar over Hartwell.


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Aug 7, 2022, 5:34 PM
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The first time I saw a bald eagle grabbing supper from lake Hartwell I about wrecked my boat…awesome birds.

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Aug 7, 2022, 4:46 PM
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My favorites are goldfinches and chickadees.

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goldfinches and chickadees

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Aug 7, 2022, 4:58 PM
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Most don't know, but the tiny Chickadee is a leader. In Winter other species will follow him around. The mixed "flock" will make a circle over their territory, and hit your place often if it is in the circle.

Finches eat most of the feeder food. Attract Finches and all birds in the area will follow. Feed the Finches if you want to attract birds.

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Aug 7, 2022, 4:56 PM
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Got a big bird feeder set up beside the patio. Stays busy. One bird I never see anymore is a blue jay. Any of you guys/gals ever see any?

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Blue Jays

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Aug 7, 2022, 5:01 PM
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Blue Jays are spectacular.
They keep high in the trees. When food is less, they will come to feeders. Mine will mimic a hawk to clear the feeders.

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Aug 7, 2022, 5:04 PM
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I honestly cannot remember the last time I have seen one. Covered up with finches and cardinals.

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I've seen very few this summer. When they do show up, they

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Aug 7, 2022, 7:47 PM
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run all of the other birds off.

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Aug 8, 2022, 9:33 AM
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Don’t care for the blue jays since they will eat other bird’s eggs and even their hatchlings. A couple of years ago, a robin nested on a limb outside my kitchen window and the jays got her babies the first day they hatched

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Aug 8, 2022, 10:39 AM
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Dang I did not know that.

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Aug 8, 2022, 10:50 AM
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Yep. Not a fan of the Jays. I run them off when they show up at the feeder.

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will eat other bird’s eggs

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Aug 8, 2022, 6:18 PM
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Most birds and critters will do that, don't single out the Jays.
Eggs are a lot of protein.

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But the blue jays aggressively do this - seen it many times


Aug 8, 2022, 10:50 PM
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with blue jays but never with other birds - maybe because the jays have a size advantage over most song bird types.

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I almost hit an owl on my way to work on Friday,

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Aug 7, 2022, 4:57 PM
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he must have been swooping down for his prey because he did not see my SUV barreling down Indian River Drive. Fortunately, the lucky bugger barely missed my windshield and went over the car. It definitely was not a Snowy Owl, they are extremely rare in Florida. I am guessing a Burrowing Owl, but I am not an expert.

We also see Osprey and Bald Eagles on a regular basis, Osprey can be spotted here on a daily basis fishing the rivers. Bald eagles can be seen a few times a year if you keep your eyes peeled.

Birds of prey are my favorite kind, except turkey vultures, I see about 4-50 of those a day if I choose to go outdoors. They do an excellent job of keeping Florida's highways clean,. we have no need for county animal collection services.

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Birds of prey

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Aug 7, 2022, 5:09 PM
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Turkey Vultures are not birds of prey.

Owls are fun. I would say the most feared bird of prey in this area is the 'Great Horned Owl' which can easily carry off your cat.
My yard is a place the smaller Screech Owls hang. They are amazing hunters, will grab up a mouse I did not notice.

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my googler says otherwise

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Aug 7, 2022, 5:54 PM
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulture

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my googler says otherwise

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Aug 7, 2022, 6:54 PM
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so u think that is a Turkey Vulture ?

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Aug 7, 2022, 7:23 PM
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my bad looks like they are related to storks, which is weird.

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Aug 7, 2022, 6:26 PM
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Pair of Barred Owls in my backyard. Looking for weeks at a storm damaged tree as a possible nesting site. Must have found another. Haven’t seen in weeks. Still hear them early, just before sunrise. Beautiful birds.

Watching three falcons ripping through the sky around my house lately.

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Aug 7, 2022, 6:38 PM
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Beautiful birds!

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Aug 7, 2022, 6:36 PM
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This owl was on my feeder months ago. Anyone know what kind it is? Couldn’t really tell in comparing pictures online.

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Aug 7, 2022, 7:00 PM
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Looks like a spotted owl to me, but I’m not great at identification.

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Aug 7, 2022, 7:14 PM
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Barred owl- love that sound in the Spring. “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?”

Gobblers shock gobble to the owls.


Nature is beautiful.

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I gave one of those guys the

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Aug 8, 2022, 9:25 AM
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confuse when it landed in the tree above me when I was sitting with my turkey call and would make low chirping sounds. It would look for an easy meal and couldn’t find anything- every time it would look away, I made another sound and it would look again

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Up here on Paris Mtn coolest birds I see are the Pileated woodpecker

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Aug 7, 2022, 5:31 PM
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Those guys are huge.

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Pileated

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Aug 7, 2022, 5:37 PM
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Those are certainly the loudest.
I see them often. Pine beetles took down about 20 of my ancient Pine Trees. Those guys love those beetles.

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Aug 7, 2022, 5:34 PM
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You tell em, Coot! No one knows birds better than you. Just kidding ;) see what I did there?

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see what I did there?

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Aug 7, 2022, 5:39 PM
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no, I don't

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Marlborocountycoot = shiphappens19 = coltdizzle

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Aug 7, 2022, 8:24 PM
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See what I did there.

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Aug 7, 2022, 6:15 PM
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We have a pair of green herons that return to our pond every year, them and the Kingfishers are my favorite.

We have quite a few ospreys and bald eagles that visit as well. A couple of years ago I added twenty juvenile grass carp to the pond to help control the algae. A couple of months later while I was mowing, a bald eagle swiped one of those grass carp from the surface and flew directly over my head with it in it’s talons. I hollered at the eagle and told him that fish cost me $15.

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Just now learned something about Hummingbirds.

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Aug 7, 2022, 8:23 PM
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We just had a pretty hard, steady rain, and some thunder and lightning here that lasted for nearly 30 minutes. All birds disappeared from sight, not near the feeders. Except the Hummingbirds, which continued to stream to their feeder like nothing was different.

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Aug 8, 2022, 6:11 AM
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Hummingbirds not hitting the feeder this year. Wife hung 2 hanging baskets that they are loving. Only seen like 1 or 2 even go to the feeder. If the plants are bringing them in then it’s all good just easier to see at the feeder.

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Re: Just now learned something about Hummingbirds.

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Aug 8, 2022, 9:08 AM
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Wife planted several salvia plants around on the back deck, near the hummingbird feeder, and they absolutely love the stuff. They hit the plants about as often as the sugar water.

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Something happened to my lantana plants.

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Aug 8, 2022, 9:40 AM
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this year and they have had very few flowers and hummingbirds haven’t stayed around. Planted a couple a few years back & they have spread & come back on their own but not pretty this year

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lantana plants.


Aug 8, 2022, 6:22 PM
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There are different cultivars -- look for those labeled "hardy". Most sold are annuals unless you live in a warm zone.

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Bought mine from a local guy with a greenhouse


Aug 8, 2022, 10:55 PM
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in his backyard - not always as labeled- Bought what was marked as a green bell pepper this Spring and got peppers that could be described as either black or dark purple. My lantana have come back each year for at least 4 years and have bloomed well until this year - one yellow and one with multi-colored, orange, red & yellow or gold mixed in.

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LOL, I originally thought this was a post about Coots, the

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Aug 8, 2022, 9:13 AM
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UsuK variety. But then, when I realized it was about birdwatching, got to thinking...

You get any REAL Coots in your pond in the upstate?

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REAL Coots


Aug 8, 2022, 6:30 PM
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Have no idea why folks here call the lame ##### "Coots".

Unlike some poor chicken with spurs attached to his legs to appeal to some a ssholes debased interests as they fight, real Coots are a very nice/interesting critter.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_coot

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You tell em coot!


Aug 8, 2022, 9:45 PM
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I can smell a coot a mile away

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Aug 8, 2022, 11:06 PM
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We call them Blue Petes or Pungo Chickens, taste pretty good but you have to skin them.

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