Bird Watching In Our Backyard. Wisconsin Birds.

Watching The Birds In Our Backyard.

We have many birds show up in our backyard and I will try to put a picture of each one on my hub and their names. Our table faces the backyard and the bird feeder so I always have my camera sitting nearby to get a picture. All the pictures you see on here I have taken. We're always watching for a new bird.

When springs comes we hear the birds start to sing early in the morning. There are times when they get so loud you may as well get up, start the coffee and take it onto the deck to drink. It's relaxing just to sit and watch the birds.

We always feed black oil sunflower seeds. We put out suet in the winter and we sometimes have thistle seeds for them. Now we can only put out seed in the winter otherwise we get too many bears looking for food. You can find the pictures of them on my bear hub.

I have lately tried to put a little feed at a time on the feeder in the spring just to get a few birds. We enjoy watching them so much.

Male Wood Duck

Male Wood Duck
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Female and Male Wood duck.
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Wood Ducks

The old tree (basswood) did it again. Today we realized there's a pair of wood ducks nesting in the tree. We were a little worried about the babies jumping out of the tree with no water. I guess they can jump 290 ft. without injury. They are nesting about 100 yards from our deck. The dogs are running around. My husband is working on the side of the house they just watch us but don't seem to be worried about all the activity.

Below is a video of wood ducks in a nesting box, not ours but interesting how they get out of the box.

Wood ducks prefer wooded swamps, lakes and freshwater marshes. When we lived on the lake many people would put out the wood duck nest boxes. They will nest in tree cavities, but our tree is not near a lake or marsh. We do have a swamp far behind the house.

The females lay about 12 very white eggs.

Pileated Woodpecker

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Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpeckers are in our yard all the time they love the old tree you see the woodpecker on. They're very large birds and are they ever loud. My sister-in-law wanted to know what bird woke her up in the morning when she and my brother stayed here. It was the woodpeckers. They are about 16-19 inches in length. They are the largest Woodpecker in North America. We always hear them drumming in our woods.

I'm sure they make nests in one of our old trees though we have never seen them in a nest. I wouldn't be surprised if they don't also nest in this same tree you see the wood ducks on. My husband was going to cut down this tree because he's worried it is dead and may fall down but every year it does have green leaves, so we're just leaving the tree because the animals love it.

We have seen the young pileated woodpecker around and the young ones of the smaller woodpeckers. It makes us feel pretty sure their nesting nearby.

When I walk out my door in the morning I can hear birds all around me. I can also hear what sounds like baby birds. We have bird houses all over the yard.

Pileated Woodpeckers
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Blue Bird House

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There were six babies in this little tiny garden birdhouse. This birdhouse was not meant to be an actual house it was just one of those small decorated houses for a garden. I think I bought it at Joann’s. They could barely fit and when they left the nest we never saw it happen.

The Mom and Dad were always close by and never got upset when we looked in at the babies but would go after anyone else. The blue birds come back every year, but they have changed bird houses. The bluebirds are now in a better house a little bigger for all those babies.

The bluebirds were back this year. I did another hub on them. You can read it on the hub called

The Bluebirds And The Monarch Butterflies Have Come Home.

We have put up birdhouses all over our yard to try to attract more bluebirds but, sometimes we get chick-a-dees or swallows nesting in them, we don’t mind.B

The bluebirds came back this year but they picked a birdhouse which is higher up and I couldn't get a look at the baby birds.

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Blue Jay

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Blue Jay


There's a hawk who hangs out in the field across the road from our house. One day he was flying after a bird in our yard. I was just going down the steps from our deck and he was right there coming at me flying down low. I reached out to stop him just barely missing him, but I didn't get him. He ran the bird under our deck and got him. What I found was very blue feathers it looked like blue jay feathers but not sure if it was the bird he got. That's the way of nature I guess.

Finch

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Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Rose Breasted Grosbeak
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Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted grosbeak just a little information on the Rose-breasted grosbeak. The male rose-breasted grosbeak has bold black, white, and rose and is easily identified. The female is drab and stripped. Around here they love the black oily sunflower seeds. The male is so pretty.

We also get Evening Grosbeaks and pine grosbeaks. They bring their big babies here to eat. It's funny watching them feed the babies. The babies are as big as the parents.

The grosbeaks are a bossy bunch always fighting with each other.

The squirrels aren't crazy about coming on the feeder when the grosbeaks are there.

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Young Eagle

My husband took the picture of this young eagle in our tree. He has to be a least two years old because it takes that long to get an all white head, but he was very spotty looking in his back feathers.

We see eagles often around here. I've seen them on the road and they sit in our big trees in the front of the house watching the field across the road. Looking for what they can to eat. I also have a hub on the eagles.

Nuthatch

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Nuthatches, Woodpecker and Turkey

Little nuthatches in our yard stay busy. They found this hole in the maple tree by our kitchen window and they started loading it with all kinds of stuff they would find, building a nest I guess. Then one morning we got up and we could tell something had pulled all their nesting stuff out of the hole. Maybe it was a squirrel. Little red squirrels have nested in that hole before.

These little birds are always looking in bark crevices trying to find food or bugs. They also like the black oil sunflower seeds we put out. They run down the trees upside down as you can see from the video.

We often get turkeys in our yard. So far they have not torn up anything and I have heard they can really mess up a garden.

We also once in a while do get Canadian Geese and Sandhill Cranes. They come in our yard from the field across the road. The Sandhill Cranes nest there. I think I have a picture of them on my other bird hub. They land in the field across the road and will wonder over here. We know spring is here when the Sandhill Cranes come back. They wake us up because they make so much noise.

We get Canadian Jays in our yard but very few of them. I had a hard time getting the Canadian Jay's picture down below. If I get a better one I will put it on. Maybe I just need a new camera anyone want to tell my husband?

Canadian Jay and Raven

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Golden Finch, Dove and Squirrel.

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2015 Birds

I had caught pictures of many new birds in my backyard this year and most of them were just passing through.

Female Cardinal, Blue Bunting, Rose Breasted Grosbeak

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

I really enjoyed seeing all your birds! I didn't know Wood Ducks would be in a tree! We have many of the same birds here where I live in Florida. I have noticed the Woodpeckers come back every Spring to build a nest in the same spot as last year.

I'm so happy you have a Milkweed for the Monarchs. One of my hobbbies is providing Milkweed and watching the Monarchs hatch out. I wrote a Hub about how I preserve the Monarchs.

Voted up, Pinned to my bird board and will share on Google +


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Love this article and there is no better time to be bird watching than in the summer when the babies are learning to fly and to feed themselves. Pinned this to Awesome Hubpages and will share with my followers.

Hope things are getting better for your husband and family (and of course for you, too) everyday.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

loki1982, I took these pictures from our deck with a small Kodak camera. Most of the time when I take pictures of birds I have to take them from inside the house.

Thank you so much for coming by. I appreciate it.


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loki1982 2 years ago from Dallas

Great photographs. I love birds. I haven't done much photography with birds mainly because I never seem to have my camera when I see an interesting bird. I also don't have any telephoto lens.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate the pin.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Came back to pin this article again with a different photo on my 'Birds' board, and to share it again too. I love your photos and miss not being able to feed the birds like I used to. This is such a wonderful article about the birds in Wisconsin.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Thanks so much for stopping by. Thank you for the pin and share.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Wonderful videos and photos! I love to watch the birds. I miss not being able to feed them as I did when I lived in a house instead of an apartment. Used to have hundreds of birds from all around come to my feeders and for a drink of water.

Pinned to my 'Birds' board, voted up and beautiful, and will share.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

younghopes, Thank you and I appreciate your visit and vote.


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younghopes 3 years ago from India

i just loved this hub, so sweet to see such beautiful birds, i have never seen them here in my country, but loved them so much, voted up


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Shyron E Shenko, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by. We do enjoy our wildlife, sounds like you have some in your area also. Isn't that always the way it is you get the camera and they run off?


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Moonlake, how awesome. We have a lot of wildlife here in Texas, but nothing like Wisconsin or Illinois.

We had, Turkey, geese and ducks. Yesterday a hugh Road Runner, but when I ran for my camera he was gone.

My husband will enjoy the Wood Duck jump day, so I have to bookmark this for him.

Voted up Beautiful, Awesome and Interesting will pin and share.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

NP.QUEEN, Your welcome thanks for stopping by.


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NP.QUEEN 3 years ago from Dubai

Thank You.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, Thank you I'm so glad you like the hub and thanks for the pin.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

This will be a great hub to pin. Am enjoying using Pinterest since I just joined recently. You have some great photos and are lucky to be able to view all of these birds from your own backyard. :)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

rajan jolly, Thank you so much for stopping by and for the vote.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

These birds are a treat to watch with their enticing colors. Lovely photos. Voted up and awesome.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

sgbrown, I was standing at the door today trying to get a picture of a raven. I don't have good luck with them they are to smart and hear me when I open the main door and take off. I'm not about to walk through the snow trying to get a picture of them. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Deborah-Diane, Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment I appreciate it.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I do love watching my birds too! We have some red-head ducks that come to the back pond and mallards at the front pond. I've yet to get any really good pictures of them. We have a bird feeder just outside our windows in the living room and dining room so we can watch the majority of our little feathered friends. We have nuthatches, black capped chickadees, the tufted titmouse, cardinals and some finches that I have not identified yet. We get the occcasional mourning dove, blue jays and blue birds. I really enjoyed your hub and your pictures! Voted up and more! :)


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Wonderful information about the birds in your back yard. We live in California and see many hawks, crows, hummingbirds and owls in our area. We love to watch our local birds, too!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Ben Zoltak, That was lucky to see wood ducks. We lived on a lake for years and never saw the wood ducks but when me moved into the country the wood ducks show up. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, Thanks so much for stopping by. We love watching the birds when I was young I never thought birds would be one of things I would someday be watching. Thanks for the vote and sharing.


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Ben Zoltak 3 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Love it. I've only seen one grosbeak. What a fully written piece well done. I bought a home and within a week we saw wood ducks in the branches , how lucky eh?

Ben


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Wow...I loved seeing all of the many birds that find their way into your Wisconsin backyard. You got some great photos of them! I had no idea that wood ducks would build nests in trees. I guess I think more of ducks on the ground. Interesting! You also have many nice feeders and care for your feathered friends nicely. Many up votes and sharing. Brought a smile to my face and I am sure it will to others as well.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

annmackiemiller, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.


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annmackiemiller 4 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

great hub - thanks for sharing your backyard visitors


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

sgbrown,

Thank you, I creep up on the birds but don't always get great pictures. My camera is not a great one. Maybe someday I'll put the money into a good one. Thanks for stopping by my hub.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Very nice hub. You have some good pictures too. This is a very interesting hub! :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Debby Bruck,

Thank you for posting on Twitter. I really appreciate it. I'm going to put the picture of the Canadian Jay on but it's not very good. The jay is hanging around so he should be back and I can get a better picture. My husband said their usually not so fast to fly away.

Our son had two wolves in his yard the other day, just couple houses from our house, so I’m hoping they will come around and I can get a picture of them but I will take it from inside the house.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Hello MoonLake ~ I'm sure the children and adults alike will enjoy all you have to offer. I have also posted on Twitter to bring in more guests. I tried to photograph a Robin sitting on the water fountain today. She was plump as could be and as I encroached she showed me her back, straightened up and flew away. So, you were fortunate to capture the Canadian Jay! Great work. Blessings, Debby


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

annmackiemiller,

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I had so many birds I started page 2 of birds.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Happyboomernurse,

Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for the votes.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Debby Bruck,

Thank you, for stopping by. Yesterday I finally got a picture of the Canadian Jay that stops by our feeded but it isn't very good. He's shy I have a hard time getting his picture. Hope your grandchildren like the ducks.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

kelleyward.

Thank you, hope your boys like the pictures. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Stephanie

Thank You,I will also link back to your bird count page. We get lots of birds it surprising what we see.


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annmackiemiller 4 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

lovely pictures - thanks for sharing


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Came here on Stephanie Henkel's recommendation and am glad I did. This was a fascinating pictorial of all the bird activity that takes place in your back yard. Loved it. Voted up across the board except for funny.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Dear Moonlake ~ This exceptional photography, collection of videos, and information on bird watching will be shared by many. Wait until the grandchildren see this and how those ducklings leave the box. You live in bird country! Blessings, Debby


kelleyward 4 years ago

Beautiful hub. Love the pictures. Showing them to my boys right now!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

I so enjoyed the beautiful photographs of your backyard birds and the accompanying information! Will link this hub to my Great Backyard Bird Count hub as it's a great example of the birds that backyard bird watchers can attract to their feeders and gardens.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

NP.QUEEN,

Thank you, for checking out my hub. We were shocked when we saw them in our old tree. They have never been back.


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NP.QUEEN 4 years ago from Dubai

Wow!!Wonderful video of wood duck and nice explanation of birds.I like birds too much.Thank you for sharing.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

GmaGoldie,

Thanks for stopping by. When we lived on the lake nest boxes use to be put around the lake for the wood ducks. Then the babies jumped right into the water. They are beautiful. I added a video of a nesting box not ours but interesting.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Mrs. Menagerie,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Glad you liked it.


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GmaGoldie 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Moonlake,

I have never seen a real wood duck - confessions of the city girl. My brother in law told me about them. They are even more remarkable in real life. I am off to buy bird seed. Thank you!


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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo

Wow, this is great!


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

PegCole 17 thanks for leaving a comment.

I was worried our blue birds were not here this year but my husband told me last week he saw them and their building a nest in the bird house behind our barn.

We can't feed the birds in the summer anymore the bears are taking over. We have to now wait for them to hibernate before we can feed the birds again. The old bass tree is still standing and the birds love it.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Absolutely awesome pictures and I loved the way you described things. Most of these same birds are visitors in our back yard too - we're not too far apart geographically - I'm in Texas. We also have Red Birds and Roadrunners and I was lucky enough to catch some pics of them. Nice hub. Very enjoyable read.


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

wordsmith1956 Spring is just starting here ice on the lakes yet but so far we have had bear, turkeys and coyotes in the yard. The other day I was watching nuthatches build a nest in a tree wsith a hole in it.

We like all the squirrels except for the little red squirrels they can sure mess up things. Once got one on our porch where we stuff stored he was there all winter he ruined just about everything. The blacks and the gray don't seem to get into things like the red.


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wordsmith1956 5 years ago from Maine

I love watching the birds in our backyard too--unfortunately we have a squirrel problem so we have to shoot them. We didn't used to but they became so distructive to our barn and shed (where we stored the seed) that we had to. I get flocks of goldfinches, pine finches, pine sparrows, blue jays, lots of woodpeckers, and have been visited a couple of times by grouse.


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Yes they sure are. Thank you for leaving comment.


byrdluvr66 8 years ago from poulsbo, wa

Those are beautiful ducks!!


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

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Scooter Gray 8 years ago from Sunny Georgia

Love the page - always liked ducks - the woodies are my favorite


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thank you Athlyn. Glad you enjoyed the hub.


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Athlyn Green 8 years ago from West Kootenays

Hi Moonlake,

What a wonderful page. Thanks for sharing with us. I will direct readers of my alternative health/holistic living blog to this great Hub!


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thanks all of you for comments.


cvaughn570 8 years ago

It's nice to see and learn about birds that we may not be familiar with.

Thanks,

Carol


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Rob Jundt 8 years ago from Midwest USA

I'd love to have some of these in our yard. Our most common visitors are robins, downys, cardinals, blue jays, the occasional gold finch, and tooooooo many grackles. Thanks for sharing.


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bettiegurrl 8 years ago from Portland, Or

Great photos! We have something in common. :)


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thanks for comments. Yes I think we are blessed to be able to see all this wild life in our own backyard. The big black bear was here the other night I'm not to sure having him around is being blessed. Love looking at him but also a worry. I take most of my pictures from inside the house. If you don't use the flash it works pretty good. The minute I open the door the wildlife knows it and takes off .


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C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

I was chasing a mallard duck around my back yard a few days ago. I wanted to take the pictures also. Love this, now are we not very lucky? Blessed is maybe a better word. Thanks for sharing. We do not have any bluebirds that I know of.

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