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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #475: September 02, 2012, 05:50:04 PM »
Could also be Norwegian Blue parrots

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #476: September 03, 2012, 09:30:35 PM »
Probably Blue Jay

Yep.  Bluebirds aren't very common, and they are very small compared to Jays.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #477: September 04, 2012, 08:43:47 AM »
Could also be Norwegian Blue parrots

Beautiful plumage, the Norwegian Blue!

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #478: September 04, 2012, 11:43:35 AM »
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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #479: September 04, 2012, 01:34:57 PM »
Found a new mosquito catcher yesterday:


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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #480: September 04, 2012, 02:43:54 PM »
We have a huge web and giant spider outside our front door. It's soo cool, and it is catching tons of mosquitos.  8)

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #481: September 05, 2012, 01:00:42 AM »
We have a huge web and giant spider outside our front door. It's soo cool, and it is catching tons of mosquitos.  8)

Are you living in my house? I have the same :lol: It's to the right of our front door.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #482: September 05, 2012, 07:35:33 AM »
We have a huge web and giant spider outside our front door. It's soo cool, and it is catching tons of mosquitos.  8)

My wife will never understand that.  She kills any spider she sees.  Meanwhile, our gardens get eaten by insects and we have a house full of moths and mosquitoes.  :?

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #483: September 05, 2012, 08:31:46 AM »
My wife will never understand that.  She kills any spider she sees.  Meanwhile, our gardens get eaten by insects and we have a house full of moths and mosquitoes.  :?

I have a compromise with my wife on spiders- inside and near the front door they die,  everywhere else they live

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #484: September 05, 2012, 09:22:07 AM »
I tolerate spiders as long as the respect the rules of the house.  Hanging in your web in a corner is cool.  hanging or dropping in any place I walk or sleep, not so cool.

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« Reply #485: September 05, 2012, 09:31:21 AM »
My wife will never understand that.  She kills any spider she sees.  Meanwhile, our gardens get eaten by insects and we have a house full of moths and mosquitoes.  :?

Most of the time I take down spider webs in particularly visible places outside the spiders end up stringing up new webs right where I normally walk. Revenge?

Nothing like walking straight into an invisible spider web.

I tolerate spiders as long as the respect the rules of the house.  Hanging in your web in a corner is cool.  hanging or dropping in any place I walk or sleep, not so cool.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #486: September 05, 2012, 09:44:05 AM »
We have a firepit back in the woods on my property and there is this trail that cuts through the trees that you have to take down there. My girlfriend always laughs her ass off because I take point when walking out there at night. 9 times out of 10 she gets to laugh her ass off when I mysteriously turn into an arm flailing ninja/"so you think you can dance" contestant when I walk face first into a spider web.

Our house is a large "A" frame style log cabin with a bunch of windows so we also have this very aggressive cardinal that makes it his sole purpose in life to attack every window a couple times each morning. Every day around 7 am he comes up and smacks a window a couple times, then flies on to the next one.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #487: September 11, 2012, 04:56:01 PM »
Help me identify a bird:

Reddish bird with a black beak. About the same size as a cardinal and looks a bit like a female cardinal, but not a virginia cardinal. No mohawk and a black beak.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #488: September 11, 2012, 04:58:45 PM »
Humm, black beak would seem to rule out a scarlet tanager.


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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #489: September 11, 2012, 05:30:13 PM »
He sees his reflection and thinks it's another male cardinal.
We have a firepit back in the woods on my property and there is this trail that cuts through the trees that you have to take down there. My girlfriend always laughs her ass off because I take point when walking out there at night. 9 times out of 10 she gets to laugh her ass off when I mysteriously turn into an arm flailing ninja/"so you think you can dance" contestant when I walk face first into a spider web.

Our house is a large "A" frame style log cabin with a bunch of windows so we also have this very aggressive cardinal that makes it his sole purpose in life to attack every window a couple times each morning. Every day around 7 am he comes up and smacks a window a couple times, then flies on to the next one.


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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #490: September 11, 2012, 05:45:53 PM »
Seriously, that's a hard one. There aren't very many red birds common to this area. But maybe it's migrating.

Does it have a heavy black beak (not long, but heavy, like a cardinal)?

You compare it to a female cardinal, but they aren't mostly red. Now that I look, juvenile cardinals have black beaks. Of course, they have tufts.

Summer Tanagers migrate through here, but they don't really have black beaks.






Help me identify a bird:

Reddish bird with a black beak. About the same size as a cardinal and looks a bit like a female cardinal, but not a virginia cardinal. No mohawk and a black beak.



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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #491: September 11, 2012, 06:19:46 PM »
I looked here but couldnt find any native to Va.

 http://www.whatbird.com/browse/objs/all/birds_na_147/110/color/2066/red

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #493: September 11, 2012, 09:28:04 PM »
I finally cut the huge grass overgrowth in my parking space, and a mouse ran out. I prefer that to rats, though.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #494: September 11, 2012, 09:35:40 PM »
I've got rats big enough to make jerky with if you want some. Just PM me.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #495: September 11, 2012, 09:42:25 PM »
Not a tanager. It had a reddish hue but was not red. Does that make sense?

It's possible that it was a young cardinal, although it wasn't spiking its mohawk and looked much bigger than pictures I'm finding of young cards.


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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #496: September 11, 2012, 09:45:13 PM »
Not a tanager. It had a reddish hue but was not red. Does that make sense?

It's possible that it was a young cardinal, although it wasn't spiking its mohawk and looked much bigger than pictures I'm finding of young cards.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #497: September 12, 2012, 10:30:07 AM »
So there are purple finches... they are grosbeaks (like cardinals) but are smaller.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/PHOTO/LARGE/purple_finch_glamor.jpg

My wife is big into birds. She could think of nothing that meets your description. Was it on the ground or on a feeder? did it have a heavy short beak, or a longer thinner one?

Not a tanager. It had a reddish hue but was not red. Does that make sense?

It's possible that it was a young cardinal, although it wasn't spiking its mohawk and looked much bigger than pictures I'm finding of young cards.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #498: September 12, 2012, 03:55:00 PM »
Yeah, we have some purple finches as well. They're cute things, but this was bigger.

I've looked at books and on the internet -- it must have just been a young cardinal.

Thanks for your help, everyone.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #499: September 12, 2012, 04:26:43 PM »
The only other thing I can think of is that it might have been something blown east during that derecho storm. That is a possibility.
Yeah, we have some purple finches as well. They're cute things, but this was bigger.

I've looked at books and on the internet -- it must have just been a young cardinal.

Thanks for your help, everyone.