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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #220 on: December 10, 2006, 03:58:54 pm »
I meant to take a picture of the 12 foot tall pink flamingos in Houghton Lake today but got distracted.  :)
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #221 on: December 10, 2006, 07:37:50 pm »
Your pink flamingos wouldnít even be knee high on our goose.  Iíve heard everything is much smaller in the far north due to the short growing season. :D :D

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« Reply #222 on: December 10, 2006, 08:03:17 pm »
Iíve heard everything is much smaller in the far north due to the short growing season. :D :D

Not to ruin your joke  ;) and to change the subject just a moment and also to give my best Cliff from cheers imitation, Actually, thats not correct. Did you know that some of the worlds largest veggies are grown in none other then Alaska? They have a short growing season yes, but its an intense growing season as there are many more hours of day light then we have. I think the same goes for the critters. Even in the U.P. we notice how things grow like crazy during the short growing season.

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« Reply #223 on: December 14, 2006, 12:25:11 am »
This is Annie, our friends Pacific Blue Parrotlet.  The Christmas dress was actually off a Wine Bottle. smiley_alcoholic_01
She loved it and posed in front of her little Christmas Tree.


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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #224 on: December 21, 2006, 05:15:49 pm »
This owl is in my warehouse



                       

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« Reply #225 on: December 21, 2006, 05:29:33 pm »
Gary, he's a docile feller isn't he? If i tried to take a pic of him I bet he would come at me with beak wide open and talons outreached and screeching like the world's on fire. :D :D

Nice picture btw. ;D

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« Reply #226 on: December 21, 2006, 05:37:56 pm »
They have a short growing season yes, but its an intense growing season as there are many more hours of day light then we have.

Doesn't belong in here, but to elaborate on Jeff's response with some info from the Geophysical Institute in Alaska.  ;D

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« Reply #227 on: December 21, 2006, 06:02:07 pm »
Swampdonkey we chased him all over the warehouse until i could get a good picture. I was about 3 feet from him when I took that picture.

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« Reply #228 on: December 30, 2006, 12:04:14 pm »

These little fellers are scouring the yard for feed right now. I hope they eat Grubs, Ants and Weeds. :D
They're welcome to come and feed daily. ;)
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« Reply #229 on: December 30, 2006, 04:12:23 pm »
Not sure what these little fellas eat.

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« Reply #230 on: December 30, 2006, 04:41:07 pm »
der dey are.
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« Reply #231 on: January 02, 2007, 07:10:43 pm »
A couple of pictures my Sister sent today.  Snow geese in the Skagit Valley, about 70 miles North of Seattle.




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« Reply #232 on: January 03, 2007, 02:37:28 pm »
Thats more then a couple... :)
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« Reply #233 on: January 03, 2007, 03:50:01 pm »
Did you see the guys from the midwest that raised some whooping cranes and used an ultralight and a crane voice box, that sounded like a parent crane, to fly with the birds in migration to Florida??? It was neat to watch the birds from the ultralight mounted camera. At times they were barely flapping their wings as they used the air foil off the ultralight fan to glide right along behind. One bird got killed when it ran into a hydro line at dusk.

Apparently there is a season on cranes. Maybe they attack crops, I didn't catch that part. But, I think it's the sand hill crane they can shoot. What I'de like to know is how many inexperienced fellas shoot any old crane and find out it's a whooper and just leave it because of risk of fines.

I seen a re-run of the Nature show last evening.

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« Reply #234 on: January 03, 2007, 05:14:32 pm »
As far as I know, all cranes are protected in the states. Even the ones da yoopers call sand turkey. :D
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« Reply #235 on: January 03, 2007, 05:21:46 pm »
Thats more then a couple... :)
They are starting to cause problems due to overpopulation
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« Reply #236 on: January 03, 2007, 06:09:00 pm »
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I too saw that special on the ultra-light flight for the Whoopers this past fall. Very interesting. True to form, they sprinkled in a good dose of the "tear jerkers" like shooting the Sandhill cranes. I also didn't think there was a season, but they showed plenty of film of blasting them out of the air (close-ups of gun muzzles etc.) and the dead ones landing in the water, then grabbing one leg and dragging them off. Guess they were trying to show that the Whoopers were shot off in big numbers years ago. Maybe Sandhill Cranes have a season in the South, but none up here in the rookeries that I am aware of. Not too many years ago the Sandhill cranes were in very small numbers in WI, but now we see lots of them.

Very interesting program to train the Whooping cranes to migrate to FL. Should just send 'em down with the snow birds each winter....... :)
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #237 on: January 03, 2007, 07:41:59 pm »
Did you see the guys from the midwest that raised some whooping cranes and used an ultralight and a crane voice box, that sounded like a parent crane, to fly with the birds in migration to Florida??? .....

Apparently there is a season on cranes.


Here's a URL for Operation Migration, leading the Whooping cranes from WI to FL.  It's very interesting to follow each year. It's a pretty large operation.  This year's project took about 75 days from WI to FL.  They're really dedicated folks.
 
http://www.operationmigration.org/index.html 

I've been following it for several years.  The web site is an excellent source of information on Whoopers and the Daily Journals are great to follow.

There are Sandhill crane hunting seasons in 9 out of 10 states in the Central Flyway and also in selected states in the Pacific Flyway.

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« Reply #238 on: January 03, 2007, 08:32:53 pm »
Thanks for the info Norm.


Why is it when ever something negative about hunting gets aired someone gets down trodden? I think a lot of people remember things about hunting in the past which was not well regulated and some folks get real touchy on both sides at times.  I do not see 200+ bird flocks of geese anymore, but I see lots of 25-30 sized flocks. On the farm we had an area about 10 acres in size that would turn into a shallow lake in spring and fall and that used to be alive with ducks and geese on migration. ;) It since has been drained, but is marginal for growing crops because it's a low spot where water flows into from the gentle sloping hillsides. Once we wield our influence over things we sometimes regret it later. ;)

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« Reply #239 on: January 03, 2007, 11:31:24 pm »
Operation Migration takes the whooping cranes only about 20 miles from my house. For the last two years I have planed to go watch them fly over. They get stuck in southern Indiana for a few days because of poor flying weather,  I forget  to check the web site and when they finally fly,  I miss them. :( Maybe I can catch them next fall.

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