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For the bird lover

Posted Saturday, March 1, 2008, at 9:04 PM

Here is the most recent rescue from a collision with our sliding glass door. I believe it is a Cedar Waxwing.

Really smooth feathers and beautiful colors. We had never see one up close.

You might remember that he took a while to recover, but he eventually flew away to live another day. We hope more than just another day, but....

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Greaty picture Steve. I've been trying to get a picture of Eurasian doves that come to our patio for seed.

-- Posted by bomelson on Sat, Mar 1, 2008, at 11:03 PM

I have to confess Bo, this little one was too befuzzled to mind that I was right next to it. In fact, it had its' eyes closed trying to stop the world from spiining, I'd bet.

It has such a beautiful, soft look to the feathers, that I had to have a remembrance. I am even happier that it is a picture of one that survived.

We try to discourage them from flying toward the window with hanging things and decals on the glass, but it still happens. I wonder if they fly into walls and such as well?

We are about 20 feet from the stream and pond from which they like to drink, but it does not seem to be enough distance. Anyone have suggestions?

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Mar 2, 2008, at 7:38 AM

Hey Bo,

I looked up the Eurasian Dove you mentioned because it had been a long time since I heard of one and was not sure what it looked like.

Do you have some in your yard? That might be an important sighting since I read that they are not commonly seen here. I have a bunch of doves out there right now. I will get the binoculars out to see if there is anyone I don't know.

Nope, they are all regulars.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Mar 2, 2008, at 11:08 AM

We have some who show up regularly. They are bigger, make a different sound and have a black ring around the neck.

-- Posted by bomelson on Sun, Mar 2, 2008, at 3:05 PM

Eurasion doves aren't too rare in my yard, either. I had like 6 of them since Fall. They're so pretty when the sunlight hits them just right, and they're flying around the steeple at Edgemont Baptist Church. Looks like a living postcard.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Sun, Mar 2, 2008, at 7:15 PM


What camera did you use to take the picture, that has excellent color and focus.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sun, Mar 2, 2008, at 10:55 PM

It is a beautiful picture!

-- Posted by Mary on Sun, Mar 2, 2008, at 11:05 PM

I wish I could say it was my new Nikon D80, but alas, I don't have it yet.

It was taken with an old Sony Cybershot. I had excellent lighting, a great model who was not trying to move at the moment, so I was able to get up close with no zoom.

I also have to admit to using my editing software. No color editing, just brightness and contrast.

I brighten most of my pictures for the web because they view differently on different screens. What looks fine on mine is usually very dark for many screens.

Thanks for asking.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 7:15 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.