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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #140 on: May 07, 2006, 08:49:10 pm »
We may have to begin to worry 'bout SD ::) ::)
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #141 on: May 07, 2006, 10:11:43 pm »
Begin? :D
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #142 on: May 08, 2006, 05:39:08 pm »
 ;)

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #143 on: May 09, 2006, 06:30:31 pm »
On our way to continue hacking at our log pile yesterday saw a bald eagle swoop down to the left side of the highway and quickly double back between two lines of traffic to pick up what I assume was some road kill.  The eagle timed it just right and made it without getting nailed by any of the vehicles...I am not sure how many more times that eagle will be so lucky though.  The driver in front of us had the best view as the eagle banked and exposed his full wing span about four feet off the asphalt!  Last week about five miles from that spot saw two bald eagles flying over the highway.  What a magnificent bird.
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« Reply #144 on: May 09, 2006, 07:02:13 pm »
We have alot of them here that nest along the river. Saw one adult and a juvenile today on my way home.

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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« Reply #145 on: May 09, 2006, 07:09:16 pm »
We had one at our place last year.  It was the only bald eagle I have ever seen, in the wild.  It was really unusual for this part of Pennsylvania. 

We are starting to get nesting eagles back along some of our major rivers. 
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« Reply #146 on: May 09, 2006, 07:27:39 pm »
Some people try erecting a platform for them along the river, but they get mostly osprey.

Today when marking out some thinning in the quiet country air, I heard a couple of owls calling one another I assume. I'de say they were horned owls. Probably nesting in a narly old beech on the Crown block (public forest) next door.

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« Reply #147 on: May 09, 2006, 09:24:05 pm »
Got a picture a while back of two bald eagles in one tree.  If they  were not mad at each other and were resting a little closer together , I could have gotten a better picture.

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« Reply #148 on: May 09, 2006, 11:17:58 pm »
I had a bald eagle pace me along the ditch at window level as I drove a logging road. I assume it was hunting for mice.  What a sight. 8)
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« Reply #149 on: May 10, 2006, 07:52:39 am »
While drinking my coffee this morning this little guy and his mate flew into the big elm next to my office window. Apparently didn't like the neighbors as they checked out the housing situation and moved on.


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« Reply #150 on: May 10, 2006, 10:39:38 am »
Certainly must be a 'wood' duck.
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« Reply #151 on: May 10, 2006, 10:45:34 am »
I was once fishing on Hemlock Lake, south of Rochester NY and while I was fishing a bald eagle came and snatch a trout off the lake - about 20 feet away from me.

I wasn't catching anything, but it was worth the trip just to see that!

So, how did I end up here anyway?

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« Reply #152 on: May 10, 2006, 06:04:29 pm »
I've seen osprey pluck salmon out of the river below where we fished.

I've also seen mallard ducks perched in cedar trees beside my fish pond. I couldn't believe it because their feet are not designed for perching. The fish pond wasn't favorable to brook trout, not enough oxygen, plus alot of field run off.

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #153 on: May 18, 2006, 07:48:54 am »
Last night I spotted this blur out of the corner of my eye. Sure enough it was a ruby throated hummingbird, never seen one this early in the year. He spotted the aliums in the back flower garden and spent 5 minutes giving them a good going over. Patty and I walked out on the deck and stood a few feet away and watched him manuver in a strong wind.



When he flew away he buzzed past my nose by a couple of inches, probably never knew we were there.

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« Reply #154 on: May 18, 2006, 10:37:51 am »
Nice catch on the picture Norm!
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« Reply #155 on: May 18, 2006, 11:32:56 am »
I haven't seen any yet here, although the sap suckers are back. Everything is in full bloom and waiting for them. The wild fly honeysuckles have been in flower for at least 2 weeks, before most anything else.

Nice shot Norm.  :)

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« Reply #156 on: May 18, 2006, 03:38:32 pm »
 8) 8) pic!!!  Dad and I saw a hummingbird last week.  1st one of the season and kinda early for up here but there's lotsa stuff in bloom for em.
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« Reply #157 on: May 19, 2006, 01:04:37 am »
Hummingbirds been here for 10 days and the Orioles . Showed up during the heavy rainy week . I must have good fuel that they like . Always wonder if its the same little hummingbirds and if they made it all the way down to see Harold and cr or just how far they go south.  Great pictures Norm !

Drove the lawnmower over to my sisters the other day on the backroad of the farm . 2 sets of canadian honkers with little fuzzballs running between them and looks like big hatches. A dozen woodducks off the corn stubble and 18 more honkers with feathers missing all over their wings and then one loose bull  :D
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« Reply #158 on: May 23, 2006, 05:55:21 pm »
We have some killdeer that have taken up makin' their home on the gravel on our loglot.  A pretty hazardous place. 



This little hen built her nest (if you can call it a nest - it's only a cupped out place in the gravel) right beside the main drive.  You can spit on her as you drive by.  We pass by her a dozen times a day.  When heading up the drive,  she'll stay on her nest.  But coming back,  she'll jump and run and fake injury if you come walking up.



She's been setting on these four eggs for two weeks.  They are very large compared to the size of the bird.  They are about the size of a banty's egg.

We'd found a nest earlier in the spring and watched it for a week.  Then one morning Mary noted the hen was on her nest and when she fled,  the eggs were there.  A couple of hours later,   the eggs were gone.  No sign of the shells left.  I suspect a snake got them.

Anyway,  it'll be great to see that she gets her eggs hatched.  It's been a fun watching her.

 
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« Reply #159 on: May 23, 2006, 06:40:49 pm »
Here is a Purple Gallinule. He was in our pond a few days ago feeding on minnows.
This is a Zoomed in and blown up photo, the actual size of the bird is similiar to the size of a BlueJay, maybe a tad bit larger.
The beautiful colors aren't always caught with the naked eye. (At least my eyes)
It helps to have binoculars.

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