Spring has sprung

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Re: Spring has sprung

Postby Marvell » Mon May 07, 2012 11:57 am

doppel wrote:Big winds from the south last night. First hummingbirds, orioles, grosbeaks and indigo buntings of the season at the feeder today.


I can confirm this.

Had my first positive oriole sighting at Olbrich Gardens on Saturday morning. Then, Saturday afternoon, went for a hike along the south bank of the Wisconsin across from Ferry Bluff. I wasn't 50 yards down the path when the first oriole flew by; the rest of the hike I was subject to a constant seranade of spectacular bird song.

Orioles are cool.

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Re: Spring has sprung

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon May 07, 2012 7:17 pm

Because of the early warm weather in March, followed by a cold April, I think I lost some small trees/shrubs. Our rose tree of China budded out early and then the frost/freeze hit. Flowering just started and they just shriveled up and died. So far only a few (and large) leaves on some of the branches. Think I lost a lilac too, but the other one is thriving.

Had my first hummingbird at the sugar water feeder. I also saw indigo buntings and white-crowned sparrows at the seed feeders. Except for the hummingbird the rest are probably just passing through.

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Re: Spring has sprung

Postby snoqueen » Mon May 07, 2012 8:29 pm

There was an oriole nest dangling from a tiny branch of a big tree overhanging that drainage ditch behind the Thai Pavilion last year. What a place to raise baby birds! No predator is going clear up there.

I don't know if they're back yet or not.

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Re: Spring has sprung

Postby Remember_Me » Mon May 07, 2012 8:31 pm

Marvell wrote:Had my first positive oriole sighting at Olbrich Gardens on Saturday morning.


That's cool.

I keep seeing all the negative orioles.

Ironically, they keep giving me the finger.

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Re: Spring has sprung

Postby green union terrace chair » Mon May 07, 2012 8:40 pm

I saw chipmunks all around the square for the first time this season. Do they usually sleep in later than the squirrels?

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Re: Spring has sprung

Postby fennel » Mon May 07, 2012 9:27 pm

Nothing can stop me in my tracks like the song of an Oriole.

I never heard them while growing up in Michigan, but they were just coming back in Vermont when I lived there in the late 80s. (DDT had all but wiped them out.)

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Re: Spring has sprung

Postby Marvell » Tue May 08, 2012 11:46 am

Remember_Me wrote:I keep seeing all the negative orioles.


Veiled nipple reference?

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Re: Spring has sprung

Postby dirtydustyrhoads » Tue May 08, 2012 11:48 pm

Spring has sprung and so has my Johnson. :D

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Re: Spring has sprung

Postby Remember_Me » Fri May 11, 2012 4:22 pm

This brilliantly red cardinal right outside my window right now has got me thinking what I haven't seen yet this year.

And what I haven't seen, and what no one else has mentioned here yet either, is blue jays.

Anyone seen a blue jay yet?

And did you know they're actually black and not blue?

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Re: Spring has sprung

Postby Marvell » Sat May 12, 2012 10:20 am

Remember_Me wrote:Anyone seen a blue jay yet?

And did you know they're actually black and not blue?


Yes - just now, in a tree along Fair Oaks Avenue.

The Steller's Jays they have out west are one of my favorite birds - very cool looking. Plus the fuckers are huge.

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Re: Spring has sprung

Postby Bwis53 » Sat May 12, 2012 11:26 am

Ever find a bluejay's feather? Blue! I saw a jay in a tree, on Spruce St.

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Re: Spring has sprung

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat May 12, 2012 12:33 pm

Is it legal to possess blue jay feathers? Don't know if they are covered by migratory bird treaties/laws.

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Re: Spring has sprung

Postby doppel » Sat May 12, 2012 1:36 pm

Blue Jays don't migrate out of Wisconsin. Like cardinals, chickadees, goldfinches and nuthatches, they are with us all year 'round.

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Re: Spring has sprung

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat May 12, 2012 2:15 pm

Bald eagles in Wisconsin also stay year round. Possession of their feathers is also illegal.

The laws cover more than migratory birds:
The Act covers the great majority (83%) of all native birds found in the U.S. Many of the species not covered by the Act are covered by the Endangered Species Act, other Federal laws, or state laws, many of which are as stringent as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. In the lower 48 states, all species except the house sparrow, feral pigeon, common starling, and non-migratory game birds like pheasants, gray partridge, and sage grouse, are protected.

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Re: Spring has sprung

Postby rabble » Sat May 12, 2012 2:21 pm

I remember an article about a cub scout who spent years picking up feathers from songbirds and putting them into a beatiful display that got him invited to lots of nature-related meetings and gatherings till one day a ranger saw it and, with a heavy heart, had to confiscate the entire table top as contraband.

I think it ended up in its own display case at a state park somewhere.


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