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no pic but h.bird question(s), you guys ever observe them eating either spider webs or small bugs in the webs? my feeder is over a holly hedge and i was watching them last year and could never get a for sure on what they were up to. the spider population down here is pretty impressive. also few years back i swear i saw one nab a gnat outta the air, any you guys seen this? 

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1 hour ago, sunobskt said:

no pic but h.bird question(s), you guys ever observe them eating either spider webs or small bugs in the webs? my feeder is over a holly hedge and i was watching them last year and could never get a for sure on what they were up to. the spider population down here is pretty impressive. also few years back i swear i saw one nab a gnat outta the air, any you guys seen this? 

I have seen them nail bugs out of the air.

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On 4/29/2019 at 10:18 PM, Rickman said:

This is my first one of the year. Ref above, zoomed, it appears to have a spider wed thread from it beak to the top of her head.

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apparently cobwebs on the beak/head is a thing

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I believe they use the web for nesting material and also get the protein from snacking on small bugs. Talk about a great shot get a HB picking a bug off the web, worth the major effort to get it done. 

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Ok been trying for the last 2 years & today 5/22  we had over 1st sighting at the liquid feeder . I could not identify but Lower Hudson Valley NY there are ( from what I read ) mostly one of two species commonly found . Very exciting . :th:

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