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Old 05-25-2015, 03:24 PM
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Thought I'd start a thread on backyard photos. Many like to feed the birds and photograph them as well, so maybe here we can all contribute any backyard photos we want to share.

Here is my side yard where I get most of my pictures. The pond and bigger trees nearby helps attract more birds to my feeders. Plus it's close enough to the house I can sit in my sun room and get some decent pictures.



This time of year I get a fair amount of Orioles both Baltimore and Orchard. I use orange suet along with the grape jelly.

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Even the Rose Breasted Grosbeak likes the orange suet.

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Old 05-25-2015, 07:46 PM
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I'll have to take some more current shots. For now this one is from last fall. The deck is off our "sitting room" with a large sliding glass door. This is the same view I have sitting in my chair inside. The bar along the top above the stairs is where we hang 4-5 different feeders in the winter - the birds are our main entertainment in the winter.

Pic looks distorted since I use a fisheye lens:



I have thousands of bird pics from this vantage point.

View from inside to our back yard:

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Old 05-25-2015, 10:34 PM
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That was what I was looking for when I set my place up. I wanted a spot where I'd be able to sit and watch my feeders and see any activity at my pond.I figured why have a pond and a waterfall if you can't see it.

I started with a covered patio, that turned into a screened porch, that turned into a sunroom of sorts. Well it's a room with a lot of windows. I have my dining room table in this room so I eat my meals there, and if using the laptop I sit here so I can be on the computer and still see what's going on outside.I like sitting there in the winter with a cup of coffee watching the snow fly.

This is my view when looking west from my table.



And to the south overlooks my back deck where I grill. The north side has similar windows.

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Kind of like the same setup Hunter.

There have been many days of the last few years where I am basically chair bound. Before this I've never even owned a recliner. My wife set that room up a few years ago for just like you describe - to be able to sit and watch the birds, the wildlife in the back along with a half decent view of the creek. I got myself a Kindle Paperwhite reader along with an iPad a couple years ago so I can entertain myself while in the chair.

As you said - there is nothing like sitting there in the winter nice and cozy watching the snow fly!
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I usually just get the feeder birds, though with the pond I sometimes get birds that come for that. Right next to the pond is a Mulberry tree that brings in some different birds when they are ripe.

I was able to get this picture a couple years ago during Mulberry season.

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I've setup some twigs as perches around my deck - I try very hard to not have any feeders in my pics.

This is one of my favorites taken from inside through the double pane glass door:

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Great photos.... wish I could improve mine.

While the neighborhood squirrel searches my backyard, the sparrow couple has moved into the bluebird house and watched from their perch.




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I have the same problem with sparrows taking over my Bluebird houses.
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We've only seen a Blue Bird once a couple years ago. We do have a couple houses for them. When they were here briefely they did check out one of those houses but then moved on.

I was lucky that I was sitting on my deck with cameras in hand when they were here:



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I've setup some twigs as perches around my deck - I try very hard to not have any feeders in my pics.
Yeah I don't like the feeders in the pictures either. But my Orioles don't want to sit on my branch. Perhaps some lessons would help.
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A couple of the first flower pics from Mrs. Coaltrain's perennial gardens:





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I always liked the bleeding hearts. A guy gave me some plants a few years back, but they didn't make it. For a couple years I had pink ones, some white, and even some red. I put them on the north side of my house, but the way my house is angled, they may have gotten too much sun.
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I always liked the bleeding hearts. A guy gave me some plants a few years back, but they didn't make it. For a couple years I had pink ones, some white, and even some red. I put them on the north side of my house, but the way my house is angled, they may have gotten too much sun.
Her Bleeding Heart plants are also on the north side of the house but get no direct sunlight at all - I think that is the key.

Here is just one bunch of three - seems they thrive in this spot:

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Yeah I don't like the feeders in the pictures either. But my Orioles don't want to sit on my branch. Perhaps some lessons would help.
I made a feeder with natural materials and some live plants so I could get close to this one-of -a -kind Leucistic Cardinal:




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With Mulberry season here again, this is my favorite Bluebird picture.

Not sure how he got that down.

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A couple as viewed from our porch this week -

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