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  •  Thank you AZSM (hope you don't mind the (8+ / 0-)

    abbreviation) for the link.  Bookmarked.

    I'm contemplating getting binoculars, which would be helpful.  That's some of the problem.  I simply can't see the really small birds well enough to look them up.  

    Finally went ahead and sprung for another photo scanner (away from mine at home, for an extended period of time), so I suppose if I figure out how 'to capture an internet picture,' I may use one of them sometime.  Others have already seen 'my lovely camera work.'

    Anyway, please allow me to update the birds I've seen recently--using the website that you furnished.  (I do have a small book, but it's not a regional reference).

    I refer to our doves as Ground Doves, and we always have Mourning Doves, and occasionally have the larger 'Collared Dove'--saw several today.  I'm sure that I see the Common Grackle (what I'd call a black bird), I've seen one Goldfinch, and since many of the flocks of little birds that visit us "sing," they're probably sparrows.  Not all of them are solid brown.

    Thank you AZSM.  I'll try to put the TN bird website to some good use.  ;-)


    "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


    by musiccitymollie on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 07:03:27 PM PDT

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    •  We'll try our best to help you figure out who (8+ / 0-)

      your little yardbirds are. It's all fun in the learning of who's who.

      I love nature, science and my dogs.

      by Polly Syllabic on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 07:17:50 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks, Polly. I know you guys are willing to (7+ / 0-)

        help.  It's more a matter of me being able to either get a picture, or at least a decent description, LOL!

        I'll try out the cell phone camera that I got a couple of weeks ago.  I believe that the quality would pass for this purpose.  The key will be whether it has sufficient zoom.  I'll try it out on a sunny day soon.

        This has been one of the dreariest winters on record that I recall (not necessarily the coldest, but very overcast).  I'm sure hoping for a sunny spring!


        "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


        by musiccitymollie on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 09:28:35 PM PDT

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    •  Wonderful update (7+ / 0-)

      I know what you mean about seeing the details on little birds. The warbler and Verdin move quickly. I see flashes of yellow and olive. Also, many of my bird sightings are located high up in the cottonwood tree. Eventually, I hope I can also recognize their song and how they move to ID. has the sounds of the birds in their profiles. I have been driving my cats crazy listening to bird calls. hehe.

      I'm using what I have available in the way of viewing the birds. The zoom on my camera and my grandmother's opera glasses has helped. Taking the pictures at high res and zooming on the image in the computer helps me with the ID. The photos get the details that I need even if it is fuzzy most of the time. I looked at binoculars too but in my situation I think I will save up for a more powerful lens instead.

      I'm glad that you found the website useful. Regional guides have helped me narrow down the list of birds.

      I look forward to hear what else visits you.

      •  Again, thanks. The website is certainly helpful. (7+ / 0-)

        I was surprised that there's a category for "Feeder Birds."  I did figure that some birds would be more likely to venture into the backyard, but didn't realize that there's an actual category of birds that like to (or are more apt to) frequent bird feeders.  That's sort of neat.

        Our Cardinal pair and the Jay family reside on the property, and show up for virtually every feeding.  I shoot for three per day.  They go crazy over bread.  Always go for it before the seed mix or the suet.

        But if my 'rogue' squirrel keeps up eating for two hours straight every time I put out the food (I have three ground feeding areas, along with three hanging feeders), I may have to cut back a bit (or take a job to support him, LOL!).  There seems to be a family of three squirrels, and the other two eat 15-30 minutes and leave for a while.  But the big one must have a hollow leg.  ;-)

        Like I told Polly, we'll see if my new cell camera can muster a decent shot.  If so, maybe I'll have something to upload soon.


        "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


        by musiccitymollie on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 09:42:28 PM PDT

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