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August 27, 2013


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Capt Andy, I'm lucky I live where it is almost exclusively Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. My advice to you? Two things - hang around with someone that is really good with hummingbirds in your area, and second is to practice, practice, practice! Good luck to you!

Capt Andy

I have been telling all my friends and family, 'I can tell I'm getting old....I've started growing plants/flowers and bird watching'. But I really enjoy both. I live on the Gulf Coast of Texas between Freeport and Corpus Christi.

I went from a period of much hummingbird activity a couple of months ago to not even seeing a hummingbird. This past week I finally saw a hummingbird again. So I put fresh nectar in my feeder and wow now they are busy. Probably four chasing each other around. My problem is determining what kind I have. I have not yet learned how to tell them apart. I think I have 'Ruby-throated but between Ruby-throated, Allens & Broad-tailed it is hard to tell. I'm going with Ruby-throated due to where it is suppose to range.

I also am having trouble distinguishing between Chickadee's (Black capped,Carolina etc). Also Wrens and Sparrows....they look the same to me.

I have and love my iBird Pro for android but still have some problems with identification.

Any suggestions for IDing birds?

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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


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