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  1. #321
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    Nov 2007
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    Vermont
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Not bird related but your post reminded me of the first time I heard a red fox “vixen cry” at night. It sounds like someone shrieking in the woods and has resulted in many a soiled sheets and even calls to the police*.


    *Not me though. I would never call the police after pulling a Kendall Roy.
    We get that periodically, it's truly like a child being tortured or something, it just goes on and on..have to close the bedroom window and turn on a fan for noise suppression.

  2. #322
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    Nov 2009
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    Richmond, VA
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Not bird related but your post reminded me of the first time I heard a red fox “vixen cry” at night. It sounds like someone shrieking in the woods and has resulted in many a soiled sheets and even calls to the police*.


    *Not me though. I would never call the police after pulling a Kendall Roy.
    Funny story. Just after I moved to Utah, I went camping at a reservoir up on top of a mountain. Had just buried myself in my sleeping bag and dozed off when I was awakened by the loudest, most God-awful blood-curdling scream/squeal. I would have sworn it was some sort of Mountain Lion/Pig/Eagle beast and it sounded like it was right outside my tent! It was the next day when I got to Internet and googled Elk Bugling that I figured out what it was. Just the amount of pure decibels that an Elk can produce is astonishing!
    "That young man has an extra step on his ladder the rest of us just don't have."

  3. #323
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    Jan 2010
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    Outside Philly
    Quote Originally Posted by Nrrrrvous View Post
    Funny story. Just after I moved to Utah, I went camping at a reservoir up on top of a mountain. Had just buried myself in my sleeping bag and dozed off when I was awakened by the loudest, most God-awful blood-curdling scream/squeal. I would have sworn it was some sort of Mountain Lion/Pig/Eagle beast and it sounded like it was right outside my tent! It was the next day when I got to Internet and googled Elk Bugling that I figured out what it was. Just the amount of pure decibels that an Elk can produce is astonishing!
    Yeah, elk bugling is pretty neat but if you don’t know what it is, it’s another sheet soiler.

    Where do you live in UT? It’s been a while but my wife and I lived about an hour north of SLC for a year. Great state to explore.

  4. #324
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    Nov 2009
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    Richmond, VA
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Yeah, elk bugling is pretty neat but if you don’t know what it is, it’s another sheet soiler.

    Where do you live in UT? It’s been a while but my wife and I lived about an hour north of SLC for a year. Great state to explore.
    We lived there from 2012 to 2017. Then we moved back to Richmond, VA to be closer to home/family. I loved my time out there, seemed we had a new hiking trail every weekend. We were in Cedar City which is about 3 hours south of Salt Lake and 2 hours north of Vegas.

    Cedar was great, in the summer you could drive 1/2 hour up into the mountains and the temp was 15 degrees cooler. In the winter you could drive south toward the desert for 1/2 hour and the temp was 10/15 degrees warmer.
    "That young man has an extra step on his ladder the rest of us just don't have."

  5. #325
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    Jan 2019
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    West Palm Beach, Fl
    Went fishing in Lake Okeechobee today and on the drive out from the coast saw a crested caracara. I only see them occasionally and always relatively close to the lake.

  6. #326
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    Jan 2010
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nrrrrvous View Post
    We lived there from 2012 to 2017. Then we moved back to Richmond, VA to be closer to home/family. I loved my time out there, seemed we had a new hiking trail every weekend. We were in Cedar City which is about 3 hours south of Salt Lake and 2 hours north of Vegas.

    Cedar was great, in the summer you could drive 1/2 hour up into the mountains and the temp was 15 degrees cooler. In the winter you could drive south toward the desert for 1/2 hour and the temp was 10/15 degrees warmer.
    Nice. Didn't spend much time in the far SW corner of the state other than cutting over to 15 after an E-to-W drive across southern Utah hitting the parks. IIRC, Bryce was our last hit before 15, then we cut over to 15 and went through Cedar.

    I read a couple books by Edward Abbey while we were there and always remember the quote below about Utah:

    “Alaska is our biggest, buggiest, boggiest state. Texas remains our largest unfrozen state. But mountainous Utah, if ironed out flat, would take up more space on a map than either.”

  7. #327
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    Feb 2007
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    Durham, NC
    Was on a noon conference call when I glanced out my front window and saw this. Notice the squirrel in neighboring tree. Must not have been hungry.

    IMG_0450.jpgIMG_0455.jpg

  8. #328
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    Feb 2007
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    Atlanta, GA
    Quote Originally Posted by aimo View Post
    ...Notice the squirrel in neighboring tree. Must not have been hungry.

    IMG_0450.jpgIMG_0455.jpg
    That would just make me mad. I'm so sick of chasing the squirrels off my birdfeeders that I'm considering taking up falconry.

  9. #329
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    Feb 2007
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    Steamboat Springs, CO
    Quote Originally Posted by aimo View Post
    Was on a noon conference call when I glanced out my front window and saw this. Notice the squirrel in neighboring tree. Must not have been hungry.

    Very nice adult Sharp-shinned Hawk.
    Last edited by -jk; 12-10-2020 at 03:33 PM. Reason: fix quote tag
    Sage Grouse

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  10. #330
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilson View Post
    That would just make me mad. I'm so sick of chasing the squirrels off my birdfeeders that I'm considering taking up falconry.
    Yeah, I stood there watching, hoping he would suddenly chomp down on one. No luck.

  11. #331
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    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by sagegrouse View Post
    Very nice adult Sharp-shinned Hawk.
    Really? I'm thinking Coopers Hawk.
    Last edited by -jk; 12-10-2020 at 03:34 PM. Reason: fix quote tag

  12. #332
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    Quote Originally Posted by aimo View Post

    Really? I'm thinking Coopers Hawk.
    How big was it? They look like SS but the Cooper's are much bigger. Scale is a little tough in pictures...
    Last edited by -jk; 12-10-2020 at 03:34 PM. Reason: fix quote tag

  13. #333
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    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    How big was it? They look like SS but the Cooper's are much bigger. Scale is a little tough in pictures...
    I googled the differences. This was more crow-sized than blue jay-sized.
    Last edited by -jk; 12-10-2020 at 03:34 PM. Reason: fix quote tag

  14. #334
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    Jan 2014
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    Thomasville, NC
    Adult Cooper's and sharpshinned have slate gray backs. I believe your bird is a red shouldered hawk. See the white streak at the front of the wing? It opens into the pale window seen when the bird flies.

  15. #335
    Quote Originally Posted by Devilwin View Post
    Adult Cooper's and sharpshinned have slate gray backs. I believe your bird is a red shouldered hawk.
    Agreed. Looks like a red shouldered to me too. I have one in my yard, and occasionally attacking my feeder.
    ~rthomas

  16. #336
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    Feb 2007
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    Steamboat Springs, CO
    Quote Originally Posted by aimo View Post
    Really? I'm thinking Coopers Hawk.
    Quote Originally Posted by Devilwin View Post
    Adult Cooper's and sharpshinned have slate gray backs. I believe your bird is a red shouldered hawk. See the white streak at the front of the wing? It opens into the pale window seen when the bird flies.
    Good observation. The left picture shows the small rounded head characteristic of S-S Hawks -- I had assumed it was an accipiter (S-S, Cooper's, Goshawk, etc.), but Devilwin is right about the back color (Red-shouldered) and the right picture shows a much larger head and beak than one would expect with a S-S.

    In which case, the squirrel does have reason to worry.
    Last edited by -jk; 12-10-2020 at 03:35 PM. Reason: fix quote tag
    Sage Grouse

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  17. #337
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    Feb 2007
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    Durham, NC
    Okay, I will agree it looks more red-shouldered. Regardless, it was a lovely diversion to a boring conference call.

  18. #338
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    Quote Originally Posted by aimo View Post
    Okay, I will agree it looks more red-shouldered. Regardless, it was a lovely diversion to a boring conference call.
    Hopefully your boss wasn’t on. I’m sure s/he wouldn’t have appreciated all the falcon around you were doing with the bird nuts on DBR.

  19. #339
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    Feb 2007
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    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Hopefully your boss wasn’t on. I’m sure s/he wouldn’t have appreciated all the falcon around you were doing with the bird nuts on DBR.
    Meh, it was winding down, and the part that was relevant to me was long over. I probably should have shared the photos, would have livened things up.

  20. #340
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    Jan 2019
    Location
    West Palm Beach, Fl
    Did you look at the crested caracara? It’s a pretty cool-looking vulture. I saw another one Saturday in Okeechobee.

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