What I see in my backyard...

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    How about using the iPad camera to take them?
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    Must be cold there lately.....

    Would love to see some pics.....it's much easier from the App to include a pic.

    After writing your post or before or between, doesn't matter, just press the advanced tab, top right, you'll get an option to take a photo with the iPad camera or from Photos. Select your photo and once it has downloaded just press on download and you will get an Insert option, select this and it will take you back to your post, just press send.

    If you don't already have the app
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    Here is the promised photo of the father blackbird feeding the baby in the shed and another out on the grass. They both sat very patiently waiting in between visits.

    The mother was busy feeding all the rest who were following her around in the trees. All going: me me me me me me!! Hard work being a parent, isn't it?

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    Great pics everyone!
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    The first & second baby here (as a comparison with the previous blackbirds) is a starling. He was funny as he kept peering all round for mum, who had lots of others to feed. In the pouring rain most of the time.

    The 3rd photo is a baby robin. This is a convenient branch in the diner where a lot of babies like to sit while they wait to be served :) and also very convenient for us to snap them. It's about 15 feet? from the kitchen window, which acts just like a hide--the reflection must hide us completely.

    The 4th is a young baby bluetit & the 5th a slightly older baby with his mother. Neither has developed the blue topknot colours yet. Bluetits often raise 2 or 3 litters a year, but it takes a tremendous amount of work for both parents--look how thin & scraggy she is.

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    Love the pics Stranding. I'm a little late to the birding obsession, but I'm learning and love it when I get a good bird picture. Of course I take pictures of squirrels, turtles, butterflies, flowers, etc, too.
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    Wonderful photos Stranding.....that bluetit mum does look all thin and scraggy!

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    Thanks Leelai.

    Birds are such attractive subjects! It was only when I started watching them more carefully to photograph them that I realised how frantically busy they are ALL day during the season. They just never, never stop.

    I will post some other baby birds snapped, just to compare, all common ones around here.

    There was a TV programme (might have been "Springwatch") which counted how many trips a pair of bluetits made while they fed their young. Can't remember exactly but it seemed astronomical. So no wonder she looks a bit frazzled!

    It's great to see the birds & wildlife that others find common in their area. They sound so exotic here! Like hummingbirds...wow! And cougars, for heavens sake!--thought they were mythical :))

    Not forgetting the flora: the dog rose is my top favourite flower & we have lots in the garden.
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    This beautiful bumblebee flew into the kitchen this morning so I'm hoping that counts as in my garden? I just wanted to snap him before we returned him onto a nice juicy flower (he dived in!)

    He was big--about an inch + long?--and very active so not easy to get a good pic with the iPad--he wanted his coffee & toast for breakfast. Probably has honey on the toast :)

    The bumblebee conservation group here have asked people to tell them when you see one and, if possible, send a photo because they are in decline. When you send in a sighting, they reply with an identification & ask you about where it was & so on.

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    How do you catch a bird with a spider web?
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    Moles like to come in our yard, here's a bunch of mole holes here.

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    Amy when I lived in TN we had moles really badly. My dog would go nuts trying to dig then out..
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    My dog goes just as crazy over rabbits that like to come in my yard, lol
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    Here's a picture of one of the squirrels in my back yard.

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    Cute squirrel and nice backyard!
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    Aww ^^
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    This is a great idea for a thread and is producing a lot of very interesting photos of animals, birds etc.

    Would like to ask about the word "backyard"?

    Here in the UK, a backyard would usually be a smallish area, perhaps surrounded by a fence of some sort, with either paving or some scrubby hard surface, meant for storage or have some other utility function such as drying washing or a place to keep the bins. Normally screened to be out of sight or tucked away in a corner.

    But the main area around a house would be called a "garden" and would normally be the area made pleasant with grass & flowers, to be seen from the house and enjoyed. The garden might have two or more sections--a front & back garden, say, or a vegetable or rose garden.

    So does the word "backyard" in the US mean what we would call "garden"? What would the bit in front of a house be called? Front yard?
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    Yes, Stranding, our yards are your gardens. To us gardens are more planned and usually have many flowers, paths, water features, etc. if you mow most of it, it's a yard.
    Anyway, here's a photo of part of the conversation of crows that visited today. I had so many birds visiting today.

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    Wrapped the spiders web around its leg, and then guided it out into Open air. Hummingbirds only weigh 5 or 6 grams so a few twists was all it took. I released it by tearing the web away from its leg. Didn't need to touch the bird at all.
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