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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #160 on: May 24, 2006, 04:52:33 am »
We used to work around the nests of the killdeer in the fields. By the time the fields greened up with crops the babies where hatched out and about. Bug spray couldn't have been too healthy though.  :-\ :'(

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« Reply #161 on: May 24, 2006, 09:27:19 am »
I moved the sawmill from the front of the house to the field, yesterday, to test some repairs and to cut some beams for a customer.  Snuggled under the engine on the frame of the head of the mill was a house sparrow nest with 6 eggs in it.  When I was cranking up the engine, she flew out within inches of my head.  I guess she took all she could take.  I removed the nest and put it in a rose bush about 10 feet away.  I know she probably won't find it, but it made me feel better.  I'll be checking it every day for awhile.  Maybe it'll help my guilt some.  :)
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« Reply #162 on: May 25, 2006, 10:14:06 pm »
We got all kinds of bird nest in our sawshed and barns.  Iím not any too good on my birds but some of them look like martins.   They are swooping in and out of the sawshed and all around the loglot all day.

Yesterday evening I was moving some slabs and seen a black snake under the tractor.  I stopped to let it make up its mind where it wanted to go.  It did.  Right into the sawshed. 

I told Mary to watch out for our new mouse catcher.  She was none too happy.  I went out this morning and put a flitch on the roller table infeed to the edger and there he was Ė sunning himself on the first rays of the morning.  He slipped under some of the floor in the corner.  Later in the morning, Mary tugged on my shirt.  There he was slithering across the floor.  He went under some lumber where Mary had to work around.  She watched real careful. 

About mid-day Mary made noted that the martins were not swooping in and out of the building like they had been.  By evening, they were back.  I bet they knew.

Iíve caught a sparrow acting like it wanted to build a nest in the end of the dust blower pipe.  It sure must look inviting in there.  I can just see one morning turning on the blower and seeing a sparrow and nest come shooting out of the dust blower pipe like a low velocity canon ball.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #163 on: May 26, 2006, 08:21:14 am »
Got this link in an email... pretty kool  8)



"This is truly amazing. Be sure to click on NEXT PAGE at the bottom of each page; there are 5 pages in all. A lady found a hummingbird nest and got pictures all the way from the egg to leaving the nest. Took 24 days from birth to flight. Because you'll probably never in your lifetime see this again, enjoy; and please share."

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« Reply #164 on: May 26, 2006, 09:32:51 am »
Bibby they sound like barn swallows. Do they have brown or lighter colored bellies? A Purple Martin is bigger than a swallow and has a purple belly, and they are also colony nesters which prefer bird houses and close to your house. Barn swallows build their nest from mud and straw/grass. The cold weather here one May (96 ?) wiped them out pretty much. We used to have hundreds of them around the buildings and they would line the wires when getting ready to fly south in August. It was mind boggling, when they decided to leave for the winter they would all be gone the same day and you wouldn't see one. You could mark your calender for the 21-24 of August, it varied by a day or two each year, they would be gone without a trace. You'll find some barn swallows are very clean and the parents will take the droppings outside the barn and then there were some that were slobs that would dirty the place up under the nest.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #165 on: May 26, 2006, 01:23:01 pm »
Update on my wreath robins.  Man, they sure grow quick. The first photo was taken Sunday, the second about an hour ago, just before this last fellow left the nest.





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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #166 on: May 26, 2006, 02:45:58 pm »
My punkin patch kildeers had a sucessful nesting season.  There were two chicks with the adults last night when I plowed the ground.  Last year I found the nest and worked around it when I cultivated the pumpkins.  They're way ahead of me this year 8)  I also saw a pair of bluebirds in the house at the corner of the patch  8)  For decades we've had problems with starlings in the sawdust elevator at the mill.  They build on the bottom so if you start it without running it backwards to clean out the mess you really get a mess when it winds and jams at the bottom sprocket.  Barn swallows can really make a mess but they are great for insect control especially mosquitos 8)
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« Reply #167 on: May 26, 2006, 06:43:05 pm »
Some people here confuse the blue bird for the northern parula which are found in thickets and hardwoods on their flight to there nesting sites in softwood. They  are very vocal and migrate in flocks or small groups. I first took notice of them a couple of years ago in a hardwood forest in early May. They were everywhere a cherp'n and a go'n it. I've read that they use spanish moss and old man's beard to build their nest which grows in our mature fir and spruce forests. I've never seen any blue birds here, but that doesn't mean there isn't any.

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« Reply #168 on: May 26, 2006, 06:50:42 pm »
Here is a not so great pic of a water bird called Anhinga.
They have a long and slim neck an swim submerged to the neck.
Their sharp pointed bill is used to spear fish.
This guy loves hanging out on the branches above the pond spreading his wings to dry.

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« Reply #169 on: May 26, 2006, 07:14:41 pm »


A couple of the more acceptable names for Anhinga around here are Water Turkey and Snake Bird.

Have you ever seen films of them swimming and hunting under water?   They are a wonder.  While they can really hurt the population of bream in a small fresh water pond, they don't seem to kill indiscriminately like Herons and generally eat what they catch before hunting another. :)

It is mistaken for a Cormorant by some people.  But Cormorants hang around salt water, have shorter, stockier necks and swim higher in the water.  Anhingas swim with their body submerged.

Did you know a Cormorant can dive 200 feet looking for fish?

It's fun to watch an Anhinga throw his catch up in the air and swallow it head first.

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« Reply #170 on: May 26, 2006, 07:22:50 pm »
I wish someone would have told me that was a Water Turkey long ago because it took me a couple of years to learn how to pronounce Anhinga correctly. ;D
That name would have STUCK. :D
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« Reply #171 on: May 26, 2006, 07:56:36 pm »
We have cormorants here in our rivers. They sometimes sit on old bridge peirs with wings wide spread drying out ofter a dive. Merganzers are hard on salmon parr here. But, I don't blame the birds for the decline of the salmon, we all know whose shoulders that rests on.  ::) They swim in formation and catch small fish, including parr, like a big wide net. I can remember the smallest tributaries had parr as common as brook trout when I was young. You really had to watch what you hooked to be careful to release the parr back to the water. I know of some idiots that would keep them for trout, it was illegal.  ::)

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« Reply #172 on: May 26, 2006, 08:24:45 pm »
Here is another bird that is common on the South's shoreline, a Skimmer.  I know that Mooseherder must have seen them too.   It flies and glides at a high rate of speed, close to the water with its lower bill extended into the water.  When it finds a fish or shrimp or whatever, it catches it and either eats it in flight or carries it to shore, depending on the size.  I've watched them do this in the middle of the night as I fished for Snook off of the old South bridge in Ft. Pierce.  It always seemed to me that they risked getting their neck broken.

A written page on Skimmers

Here is Audubon's Birds of America from the beginning if you care to read some of it.  I find it fascinating.  :P :)
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« Reply #173 on: May 26, 2006, 10:44:41 pm »
We heard a thump against the glass on the job last week. Kinda sad. This hummer was beautiful. The ruby throat and feathers were irridescent, flashing in the light as you turned him.



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« Reply #174 on: May 26, 2006, 11:38:02 pm »
I wonder what a hummingbird mount would cost?
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« Reply #175 on: May 27, 2006, 02:33:45 am »
I have had many woodpeckers fly into the glass doors and make a good thump noise , if I can get to it before my 2 dogs I will lay the bird in a safe place while its bloody nose stops and after about 15 minutes of trying to get its legs it eventually takes off . Many I thought were dead but most take a little time and off they go . Good bird pics everybody , now I am going to look at pappy's hummingbird link .
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« Reply #176 on: May 27, 2006, 08:22:37 am »
We've got a Ruffed Grouse hangin' out right behind the house... How can you tell you ask??? just listen to this... He's been doin' it for about 3 or 4 weeks now... He must be one heck of a stud or there ain't no ladies around... ;D

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More info about em...

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Buck,, we do the same thing when one of the little ones hits the glass... we've gotten alot fewer glass slams since we moved the bird feeder away from the house ::)
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« Reply #177 on: May 27, 2006, 10:45:59 am »
I was using some really bright orange ribbon the other day marking the perimeter of my thinning and a hummer was going nuts over that orange flagging. Once in awhile he'd almost clip me by the ears as he zoomed by. :D :D :D :D Getting dangerous out there in the bushes. :D :D


Those 'ruffies' don't seem to get scared of the brush saws like they do if you just walk by one. I've heard quite a few this spring in my thinning blocks beating it up. ;D Alot of woodcock to, you can almost step on them. Also, seen quite a few tiny bird nests, some I think are warblers by the design and size of their nests. I've seen quite a few that were almost 100 % made of yellow birch bark, some just hang down like a tiny basket. You never see that stuff if you carry a camera around all day.  :-\

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« Reply #178 on: May 28, 2006, 09:24:06 pm »
Some of you that came to last years pig roast may remember Carolyn.  She was here today with her mum and she and I found this bird in our pool. ;D






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« Reply #179 on: May 28, 2006, 09:27:49 pm »
We decided they taste like chicken. :)


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