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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1060 on: April 21, 2012, 09:32:46 pm »
Quote from Briscoe Darling on the Andy Griffith Show, "What a owl does is a owl's own business). 
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1061 on: April 21, 2012, 11:24:38 pm »
I did not get a picture last week but was treated to a once in a lifetime bird sighting. There were 7 wood storks roosting in a big dead pine at my grandaddy's home site. They are quite ugly birds and my neighbor looked them up on the web and say they are rare in our parts. I guess they were migrating through.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1062 on: May 03, 2012, 04:18:54 pm »
Saw a few partridge this week (ruffed grouse) and took a video of a hen crossing the road. Just left her and went a few yard and there was the rooster on the side of the road. In the outback the grouse are not skiddish like near the settlements. More tame than chickens. ;D

I also took a video of a bald eagle sitting in a red spruce. Quite a long ways from a big body of water, but some small rivers near by.

Also saw a northern harrier hawk with a snake for a meal. ;D

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1063 on: May 08, 2012, 04:03:56 pm »
No photos, as the GPS doesn't have a camera.  ;D But while marking off strip lines in thinning I walked right up to two woodcock nests, on separate lines. We have a color of ribbon to mark trails and safety concerns, I marked the nest locations. I would imagine the young leave the nest quite early like grouse do anyway. But those woods were full of woodcock today.  :)

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1064 on: May 08, 2012, 04:43:38 pm »
I am with Danny, hard to see Bro Nobles name and not go back and read the thread.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1065 on: May 15, 2012, 08:31:53 am »
   Just wanted to make a small contribution.  This guy showed up while I was having lunch.  He may have owned a skidder with a detroit in another life.

 
 

  He  was unsure where the sound of the camera was coming from and had a slow moving vechicle sign on the back.

  He was definately not happy with a photo op while he was doing his wood work.   :D
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1066 on: May 15, 2012, 08:41:40 am »
In contrast to those nice pics, what confounds me about Flickers is the amount of time this woodpecker spends on the ground.  I know of no other that has this habit.  My cats have taken more than I would like to admit, and I have no way to stop that.  :(   Their feathers on the ground are unmistakable.  Fortunately, there seems to be no shortage of this species in my neck of the woods.
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« Reply #1067 on: May 15, 2012, 10:04:11 am »
At times the flicker seems to be as thick as robins and other times they must be off doing their thing. But robins are like that to. There is a spell that they are mainly in the woods and other times they take to the fields and yards.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1068 on: May 15, 2012, 03:32:35 pm »
     Flickers get a bad rap around here, they seem to be the only woodpecker that has a taste for houses, but one of my favorite birds. Anything looking to eat bugs all day, can't be all bad.

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« Reply #1069 on: May 18, 2012, 08:13:36 pm »
Speaking of birds, rec'd this today.

Unbelievable craftsmanship!!!!

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1070 on: May 19, 2012, 08:31:49 am »
I wonder how long it took to make them?

Sold for 5.8 million, a little out of my price range.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1071 on: May 19, 2012, 08:42:05 am »
Should have been a Forestry Forum auction item!  Would have sold for less than the axe!

Pretty cool, though.  Thanks for the post, beenthere.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1072 on: May 23, 2012, 11:06:45 am »
Down here we don't have as many flickers as I used to see as a kid in the woods. Have a mess of the red headed woodpeckers and as of late the pilated woodpeckers have made a very strong comeback. I have a nesting pair on my property. The young are oblivious to humans, and very curious. They'll fly down on a tree trunk at eye level and check you out sometimes. Very large birds. They will make a complete mess of any unpainted /treated wood that borer bees have laid egss/larvee in. They've torn up some exposed rough cut pine rafter ends on a out building, in search of the larvee. They also will wake the near dead from a sound sleep when hammering on those doggone rafters.... >:(  They must have a continous headache throughout their lifes... :)

Sunday while sitting on my dock having a cold adult beverage watching the boat traffic go by, during a break in traffic, an Osprey came overhead, folded up tight with his wings behind his back, feet extended and dove into the water after a fish. He was successful, and naturally a crow got after him, attempting to rob him of his dinner.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1073 on: May 23, 2012, 11:59:15 am »
     Like you Cypresstump, I always wondered how those birds heads could take that beating. Those pilated can sure throw some chips.

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« Reply #1074 on: May 23, 2012, 02:35:26 pm »
You can say that again. I had a downed tree behind the shop and the Pileated woodpeckers tore it apart. It looked like it was done over with a stump grinder. Woodpeckers are amazing. It's a wonder their heads don't come off. The reason they don't suffer brain damage may be because their brains are small and packed in their skull tightly. They also hit straight on and that avoids twisting the brain. Or so I've read.

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« Reply #1075 on: May 23, 2012, 03:05:49 pm »
I saw a documentary where woodpeckers were a topic. It was said that they have an extraordinary thick skull and their brain is encased in a substance that is thicker than in  other birds or animals, the stuff acts as a shock absorber Their brain is proportionately smaller to their size than in other creatures, they have a special muscle that absorbs the impact given the fact their brain is located above the centerline of their beak. An like Den mentioned the blows are intentionally straight forward to keep torsional forces minimized. On top of everything else they have a tongue that is barbed to help retrieve insects from their burrows. And they look freaky when you think about it..
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1076 on: June 13, 2012, 09:58:16 pm »
Our bluebirds are back and nesting in the yard box. Last year was a first ever for nesting bluebirds here, also in June. Think I've figured out why they are nesting late here is..because we have so many sparrows and starlings that nest earlier and compete with the BBs, but at this late date the other birds have raised their young and flown the coop!

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« Reply #1077 on: June 14, 2012, 04:26:24 am »
The tree swallows here take over any nest box and they are kind of territorial so any other nest box near by gets guarded to. Mom has seen blue birds for the last few years, but no one she has talked to have them in nesting boxes. I guess they much just nest in the thickets instead. We have small birds here that nest into early August. The woods are alive with little birds, some I don't know because you can't see them in the thickets.

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« Reply #1078 on: June 14, 2012, 04:35:56 am »
In areas of NS they have found a few bald eagles getting sick or dying from lead poisoning. It is believed to be from lures in fish and lead shot in animals that they consume.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #1079 on: June 14, 2012, 07:45:40 am »
Saw a  hummingbird perched on the telephone line. I have a nest on top of 2 boxes of chains for my chainsaw. I have the boxes hung on a nail in the tractor shed. The Pee Wees are just about ready to leave the nest i would think. One of my friends Granddaughter heads right over there every time see comes over. I think Mama got after my dog the other day. I heard a yelp and kinda saw her fly away from her. I had a canadian goose in the field the other day. We hear them down at the pond alot.
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