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these guys don't like each other but hunger took over and life goes on. Farewell to some friends
Jan 21, 2024 12:35:52   #
ORpilot Loc: Prineville, Or
 
The Jay and the Starling generally run each other off the feeders. But the recent Freezing Rain and cold (12F) temperatures overcame their dislike to each other . So they ate on either side of the pinecone. Mother Nature takes its tole. I have 3 heated Hummingbird feeders for these hardy guys that hang around the winters here in Central Oregon. For about 4 years now 4 birds stayed all through the winter. Last year I found dead one near the feeder after a long very cold spell. This year, 3 stayed but after the first night of freezing rain I found another dead hummer near their favorite perching tree. It appeared that it had died in battle. Wings were out and the tail was splayed out as wide as it could be. Now after 4 grueling days and nights of freezing rain and 20 f low temperatures, I have not see any humming birds. I hope that they had migrated to the coast to get warm and find natural flowers. But logic says that the cold finally claimed them. I'll miss them this winter as I have my breakfast and morning coffee. I hope some will migrate to here next spring. Farewell my little friends.







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Jan 21, 2024 13:30:07   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
It amazes me how they survive the cold.

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Jan 21, 2024 14:45:18   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Beautiful set!

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Jan 21, 2024 22:49:56   #
Sinewsworn Loc: Port Orchard, WA
 
ORpilot wrote:
The Jay and the Starling generally run each other off the feeders. But the recent Freezing Rain and cold (12F) temperatures overcame their dislike to each other . So they ate on either side of the pinecone. Mother Nature takes its tole. I have 3 heated Hummingbird feeders for these hardy guys that hang around the winters here in Central Oregon. For about 4 years now 4 birds stayed all through the winter. Last year I found dead one near the feeder after a long very cold spell. This year, 3 stayed but after the first night of freezing rain I found another dead hummer near their favorite perching tree. It appeared that it had died in battle. Wings were out and the tail was splayed out as wide as it could be. Now after 4 grueling days and nights of freezing rain and 20 f low temperatures, I have not see any humming birds. I hope that they had migrated to the coast to get warm and find natural flowers. But logic says that the cold finally claimed them. I'll miss them this winter as I have my breakfast and morning coffee. I hope some will migrate to here next spring. Farewell my little friends.
The Jay and the Starling generally run each other ... (show quote)


Great set! We had a Northern Flicker, a Stellar’s Jay, Dark-eyed Juncos, Black-capped and Chesnut-backed Chickadees all on our one suet offering. During our recent cold snap in the PNW.

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Jan 22, 2024 07:39:39   #
Manglesphoto Loc: 70 miles south of St.Louis
 
ORpilot wrote:
The Jay and the Starling generally run each other off the feeders. But the recent Freezing Rain and cold (12F) temperatures overcame their dislike to each other . So they ate on either side of the pinecone. Mother Nature takes its tole. I have 3 heated Hummingbird feeders for these hardy guys that hang around the winters here in Central Oregon. For about 4 years now 4 birds stayed all through the winter. Last year I found dead one near the feeder after a long very cold spell. This year, 3 stayed but after the first night of freezing rain I found another dead hummer near their favorite perching tree. It appeared that it had died in battle. Wings were out and the tail was splayed out as wide as it could be. Now after 4 grueling days and nights of freezing rain and 20 f low temperatures, I have not see any humming birds. I hope that they had migrated to the coast to get warm and find natural flowers. But logic says that the cold finally claimed them. I'll miss them this winter as I have my breakfast and morning coffee. I hope some will migrate to here next spring. Farewell my little friends.
The Jay and the Starling generally run each other ... (show quote)


If you don't put feed out when the birds should be moving to warmer climates They will migrate and not be in danger of freezing.
So you are doing the birds NO favors!! Only increasing your opportunities to view and photograph the.
We used to put feeders out during the warmer months so my wife could enjoy their antics.
We always took the feeders down in Sept. and I never found a dead bird in my yard, the following spring the feeders were put back up and for 20 years they birds came back every spring.
When Ruthie passed away from cancer in April 2015 I left the feeders up until fall.
The birds will survive on their own.

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Jan 22, 2024 08:43:04   #
taffspride Loc: Originally Wales, now the Sunshine State
 
ORpilot wrote:
The Jay and the Starling generally run each other off the feeders. But the recent Freezing Rain and cold (12F) temperatures overcame their dislike to each other . So they ate on either side of the pinecone. Mother Nature takes its tole. I have 3 heated Hummingbird feeders for these hardy guys that hang around the winters here in Central Oregon. For about 4 years now 4 birds stayed all through the winter. Last year I found dead one near the feeder after a long very cold spell. This year, 3 stayed but after the first night of freezing rain I found another dead hummer near their favorite perching tree. It appeared that it had died in battle. Wings were out and the tail was splayed out as wide as it could be. Now after 4 grueling days and nights of freezing rain and 20 f low temperatures, I have not see any humming birds. I hope that they had migrated to the coast to get warm and find natural flowers. But logic says that the cold finally claimed them. I'll miss them this winter as I have my breakfast and morning coffee. I hope some will migrate to here next spring. Farewell my little friends.
The Jay and the Starling generally run each other ... (show quote)


Nice shots. Particularly of the hummer. I hope it survives the cold.

Iechyd da

Ann

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Jan 22, 2024 10:08:12   #
odujim Loc: New Jersey
 
Manglesphoto wrote:
If you don't put feed out when the birds should be moving to warmer climates They will migrate and not be in danger of freezing.
So you are doing the birds NO favors!! Only increasing your opportunities to view and photograph the.
We used to put feeders out during the warmer months so my wife could enjoy their antics.
We always took the feeders down in Sept. and I never found a dead bird in my yard, the following spring the feeders were put back up and for 20 years they birds came back every spring.
When Ruthie passed away from cancer in April 2015 I left the feeders up until fall.
The birds will survive on their own.
If you don't put feed out when the birds should be... (show quote)



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Jan 22, 2024 10:59:59   #
Earnest Botello Loc: Hockley, Texas
 
Great set.

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Jan 22, 2024 18:39:16   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
ORpilot wrote:
The Jay and the Starling generally run each other off the feeders. But the recent Freezing Rain and cold (12F) temperatures overcame their dislike to each other . So they ate on either side of the pinecone. Mother Nature takes its tole. I have 3 heated Hummingbird feeders for these hardy guys that hang around the winters here in Central Oregon. For about 4 years now 4 birds stayed all through the winter. Last year I found dead one near the feeder after a long very cold spell. This year, 3 stayed but after the first night of freezing rain I found another dead hummer near their favorite perching tree. It appeared that it had died in battle. Wings were out and the tail was splayed out as wide as it could be. Now after 4 grueling days and nights of freezing rain and 20 f low temperatures, I have not see any humming birds. I hope that they had migrated to the coast to get warm and find natural flowers. But logic says that the cold finally claimed them. I'll miss them this winter as I have my breakfast and morning coffee. I hope some will migrate to here next spring. Farewell my little friends.
The Jay and the Starling generally run each other ... (show quote)


Beautifully shot 🌈

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Jan 23, 2024 10:50:53   #
CCPhotoist Loc: Cape Cod
 
Great shots. Nice to see everyone getting along.

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Jan 26, 2024 14:27:54   #
topcat Loc: Alameda, CA
 
Nice set. It always amazes me how they can survive the winter

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Jan 26, 2024 14:39:18   #
ORpilot Loc: Prineville, Or
 
Thanks all for viewing and your comments.

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Jan 27, 2024 12:38:27   #
Wingpilot Loc: Wasilla. Ak
 
Great set. Those birds are pretty hardy critters, but sometimes it’s just too much for the littlest ones.
We’ve been through Prineville many times on the motorcycles when we lived in Idaho. Great memories of a little drive-in cafe on the main drag through town on Hwy 26. Don’t recall the name of it.

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Jan 27, 2024 12:45:20   #
ORpilot Loc: Prineville, Or
 
Tastee Treet. Yes it is still there. Beats McDonalds . Is everyone getting ready for the Last Great Race ?

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Jan 27, 2024 12:55:34   #
Wingpilot Loc: Wasilla. Ak
 
ORpilot wrote:
Tastee Treet. Yes it is still there. Beats McDonalds . Is everyone getting ready for the Last Great Race ?


There hasn’t been a lot said about the Iditarod so far. I expect it will get into full swing soon. The Anchorage Fur Rendezvous is next month, during which they have a dogsled race. After that it will be all about the Iditarod. There’s lot of snow this year, but also a lot of very bad weather. This morning it’s -15 degrees out!!

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