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  1. #441
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richmond, VA
    Quote Originally Posted by sagegrouse View Post
    Smith Mountain Lake?
    Yes, sorry. I assume everyone knows exactly what I'm thinking at all times.
    "That young man has an extra step on his ladder the rest of us just don't have."

  2. #442
    Quote Originally Posted by DUKIECB View Post
    This seems to be more related to salmonella and it is a problem because it spreads through their feces.

    In happier news I got a couple pics yesterday. It was woodpecker Wednesday in my back yard. Here's a Pileated, a Northern Flicker and a male Downey woodpecker.
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    I've always been happy watching woodpeckers and owls. One of my favorite moments during this horrible year was watching a red headed woodpecker fly from tree to tree over a pond area in Research Triangle Park.

  3. #443
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richmond, VA
    We have a Sharp-Shinned Hawk that has apparently taken up residence, during the day, in the trees in my side yard. (Here in Richmond)

    I haven't gotten the best looks at it but my neighbor has watched it quite a bit. It apparently took out a Finch from one of his feeders on Friday. It's got some great hunting here since all of my neighbors have very popular feeders.

    I'm a little concerned for my Wren and Titmouse that usually stop by about once a day.
    "That young man has an extra step on his ladder the rest of us just don't have."

  4. #444
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vermont
    birds are coming back North in droves, great to hear them. Meanwhile a nearby popular park has a Barred Owl warning, evidently he's (she's) taken a dive at some people...

  5. #445
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    birds are coming back North in droves, great to hear them. Meanwhile a nearby popular park has a Barred Owl warning, evidently he's (she's) taken a dive at some people...
    I got woken up from a dead sleep the other night by very loud, shall we say, amorous Barred Owl liaisons right outside my bedroom window at around 2:30am.

  6. #446
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vermont
    Quote Originally Posted by wilson View Post
    I got woken up from a dead sleep the other night by very loud, shall we say, amorous Barred Owl liaisons right outside my bedroom window at around 2:30am.
    what kind of noises do they make when involved as such? Hoot, Hoot, Whoopee?

  7. #447
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    what kind of noises do they make when involved as such? Hoot, Hoot, Whoopee?
    Sounds like monkey calls followed by particularly erratic owl hoots with an uncharacteristically varied range of pitches in rapid succession. It's nuts.

  8. #448
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by wilson View Post
    Sounds like monkey calls followed by particularly erratic owl hoots with an uncharacteristically varied range of pitches in rapid succession. It's nuts.
    I hear that a lot. Was not aware that was their mating call. But, yes, very monkey-like.

  9. #449
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Thomasville, NC
    Lots of migrating warblers coming through now. Looking for the rose breasted
    grosbeaks as well.

  10. #450
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    West Palm Beach, Fl
    Iím at my second home in Cedar Key, FL, teaching online to my students in West Palm Beach. Yesterday I saw an albino hawk. I donít know the type of hawk. Itís small and very beautiful. There are also white Pelicans here. Iíve never seen them in SE Florida.

  11. #451
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Steamboat Springs, CO
    Quote Originally Posted by TeacherTom View Post
    Iím at my second home in Cedar Key, FL, teaching online to my students in West Palm Beach. Yesterday I saw an albino hawk. I donít know the type of hawk. Itís small and very beautiful. There are also white Pelicans here. Iíve never seen them in SE Florida.
    White pelicans not only have distinctive shape but black on the wings.
    Sage Grouse

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    'When I got on the bus for my first road game at Duke, I saw that every player was carrying textbooks or laptops. I coached in the SEC for 25 years, and I had never seen that before, not even once.' - David Cutcliffe to Duke alumni in Washington, DC, June 2013

  12. #452
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by TeacherTom View Post
    Iím at my second home in Cedar Key, FL, teaching online to my students in West Palm Beach. Yesterday I saw an albino hawk. I donít know the type of hawk. Itís small and very beautiful. There are also white Pelicans here. Iíve never seen them in SE Florida.
    I believe the white pelicans are usually in the St Pete Beach area around November.

  13. #453
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Washington, DC area
    Quote Originally Posted by aimo View Post
    I believe the white pelicans are usually in the St Pete Beach area around November.
    Had a vet once who was licensed in three states: NC, LA, and CA. His specialty was pelicans, and he had a contract with fish and wildlife to rehab injured ones. Not enough of them to run a full practice, fortunately.

    I was there once when he was working on one with a wing fully tangled in fishing line. It had been like that for several weeks at least, but he wasn't sure how long. It was a really large bird up close!

    -jk

  14. #454
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    West Palm Beach, Fl
    As you enter the island, on the left-hand side, there is a sandbar that is exposed on low tide. There are around seventy-five, I would guess, that sit together on the bar. Itís quite beautiful. I guess they fly off to feed on high tide when the water covers the bar.

  15. #455
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Iím hoping to get a good look at some roseate spoonbills next week.

  16. #456
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Great Falls Va
    My backyard is a small wetlands island across a narrow channel of the bay newr the bottom of New Jersey.

    It has several Osprey stands and the closest one had the male Osprey return from wintering down south yesterday. He rested for a few hours and then went out a caught a fish. The stand is a good distance away - this is shot with a 500mm zoom and still not all that tight. Itís catches him in his stand with the fish in his talons while a jealous seagull flies by. I included a shot with little or no zoom to give a better feel for the larger scene.

    I really hope to study the stand this year. The female should be arriving shortly. Itís pretty quickly into baby making with babies arriving around the 4th of July. Iíll provide periodic updates and get closer to the stand as I get my kayak out.
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  17. #457
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outside Philly
    Quote Originally Posted by Utley View Post
    My backyard is a small wetlands island across a narrow channel of the bay newr the bottom of New Jersey.

    It has several Osprey stands and the closest one had the male Osprey return from wintering down south yesterday. He rested for a few hours and then went out a caught a fish. The stand is a good distance away - this is shot with a 500mm zoom and still not all that tight. Itís catches him in his stand with the fish in his talons while a jealous seagull flies by. I included a shot with little or no zoom to give a better feel for the larger scene.

    I really hope to study the stand this year. The female should be arriving shortly. Itís pretty quickly into baby making with babies arriving around the 4th of July. Iíll provide periodic updates and get closer to the stand as I get my kayak out.
    Cool. Sounds a like a nice spot.

    Iím at my parentsí house on a golf course on the SC coast right now. Been working from an upstairs porch. Each of the last 2 days a large hawk has landed on the same spot mid-fairway and just sat there fir 10 minutes. Thinking he may be a juvenile. If he does it again, Iíll grab a pic.

  18. #458
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Steamboat Springs, CO
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Cool. Sounds a like a nice spot.

    I’m at my parents’ house on a golf course on the SC coast right now. Been working from an upstairs porch. Each of the last 2 days a large hawk has landed on the same spot mid-fairway and just sat there fir 10 minutes. Thinking he may be a juvenile. If he does it again, I’ll grab a pic.
    Immature but maybe not a juvenile (bird hatched this year).
    Sage Grouse

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    'When I got on the bus for my first road game at Duke, I saw that every player was carrying textbooks or laptops. I coached in the SEC for 25 years, and I had never seen that before, not even once.' - David Cutcliffe to Duke alumni in Washington, DC, June 2013

  19. #459
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Durham, NC
    A Carolina Chickadee keeps trying to fly into my kitchen window this morning, where the feeder is. Either he sees his reflection, or he's trying to tell me the feeder is getting low.

  20. #460

    Two parter

    I'm not feeding birds as I'm tired of feeding squirrels - and I've had multiple "squirrel proof" feeders. I've given up on it. However, I do enjoy making birdhouses, and we have two of them right outside our kitchen nook, handing from a shepherd's crook. Over the years they have alternatively housed chickadees and bluebirds. The latter are really beautiful but I have grown tired of them pecking on the window. I almost suspect they're doing it to annoy, rather than out of mistake in seeing a reflection. Anyway, this year was a changeover, and we're seeing chickadees there. Bluebirds took over one of my carpenter bee traps (enlarging one of the entry holes).

    About a week ago the removable bottom fell out of one of the two birdhouses. Two bits of wood pivot under to hold it in place. Somehow both got pivoted outward. I felt bad as I thought there was some nesting going on in there (as there was in the other). Once the coast was clear of any recovery efforts (by the birds) I replaced the floor. Within just 3 days I noticed chickadees going in and out again.

    The next day, I saw a wren REMOVING chickadee bedding from the other birdhouse! Trying to evict them! "No my friend, we must not interfere, for it is nature's way ..."
    [can anyone get the reference without googling?]

    Saw some other nice birds in the area too. Female cardinal; what I thought was a finch (like the kind I see in doctors' offices) but had more of a "mohawk" atop the head. I need to look that one up. And our usual assortment of sparrows, crows, bluebirds, and so forth. All without feeding! Granted, when I was buying the $pendy birdfood, we were getting amazing birds. But this is still pretty good.

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    Curious if this was bird action:

    I went to mow the yard yesterday, and as part of my pre-mow walkaround, I saw two adjacent piles of freshly-cut, small branches at the foot of our oak tree. The branches were a bit thinner than a pencil's diameter. My initial reaction was, "Did our gutter guy come out today and cut those off - were they encroaching the house?" No. "Could that be the start of a failed squirrel nest, that got blown out of the tree?" Well, we haven't had unusually high winds in the last few days. Now I wonder if birds cut them, and were actually collecting them there to pick up and move later. Would be a big bird. These little branches were about 1.5-2.0 feet in length, with leaves on them. I don't know what to think. Any ideas?

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