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July 2nd, 2007

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06:51 am - Bird by bird: backyard avifauna!
We didn't do much to plant it, although my mom is working on cultivation. Our backyard, in any case, is often full of birds. I've taken to leaving my opera glasses and bird books out on the shelf next to the sliding glass doors, thus having a chance to use them for identification before the subject has chosen to move on. We have put up a hummingbird feeder (for the design and contents of which my mom did research! on the internet! Knock me over with a feather, so to speak - usually I end up doing the searches for that kind of thing. Go mom!) and a seed feeder, and they have both gotten traffic. So I've seen:
It isn't always easy to figure out who is what. For instance, I would swear the first hummingbirds I saw at our feeder were brown. But none of the descriptions say anything about brown - the closest is the rufous hummingbird, but the rest of the description doesn't fit. Then yesterday I saw one and since I was looking for green, I saw it as olive/kakhi green. Would I have said 'brown' again if I hadn't known to be looking for green?
Anyway, it's fun to watch them all come through and do their various things.

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