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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #420 on: August 24, 2007, 07:56:01 am »
I went online and looked at different pictures of both varieties and think it's is a female ruby throated hummingbird. Guess I've been seeing mostly males up until now and have not seen the female up close to tell the difference.

Last night just at dusk we had a feeding frenzy of big dragonfly's and swallows in our back yard. This went on for about a half an hour and then they almost all were gone. Quite a sight to see.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #421 on: August 25, 2007, 07:55:10 am »
 This Pileated came by for a visit this morning. ;)
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #422 on: August 26, 2007, 04:53:57 am »
We have a couple hummingbirds feeders that the wife keeps full of sugar water.Most of the time the male will stay by the feeder and won't let the males eat.He'll drive them away.But when one of the ladies come by to eat,he'll watch them eat.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #423 on: September 14, 2007, 02:15:04 pm »
The Sandhill cranes are starting to come together up by the cabin for their journey south. Always a cool time to see these big birds in large numbers.  I cropped this from a photo I took yesterday that had a few dozen birds in it.

 
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« Reply #424 on: October 20, 2007, 08:30:39 am »
I know exactly where that barn is, Jeff ! I took pictures of cranes there in August but they didn't come out as good.

I see hawks almost every day. Always amazes me to see such a big bird rush thru the trees.
This one is hunting in a field.

 
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« Reply #425 on: November 18, 2007, 08:23:13 am »
It has been a good bird week. ;)
The zoom on this digital ain't enough git up and go though.
Here is a Red-Shouldered Hawk.

An Osprey.
 
The Osprey leaving because we had to get to close for a picture. :(
 
Some Sandhill Cranes hanging around.
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« Reply #426 on: December 19, 2007, 05:33:08 pm »
One day while I was left alone in da U.P. without wheels during black powder season, I decided to step outside and play with the chickadees.  :)

 

 

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« Reply #427 on: December 19, 2007, 05:42:14 pm »
one more. :)

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« Reply #428 on: December 19, 2007, 05:42:47 pm »
REAL nice shots! 8)

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« Reply #429 on: December 19, 2007, 06:08:36 pm »
I always used to watch the Osprey catch salmon in the river when we were salmon fishing. There are several nesting platforms for them in my area including power line poles. They said they were endangered, but I have always seen eagles and osprey as long as I can remember. Probably more common now, but not sure. Some times an eagle would steal a salmon from the osprey when it was beached. I've seen them (osprey) snatch trout from the creek on rare occasion when traveling on the school bus, especially when it was parked by the store waiting for school kids coming from the high school. The creek is over 100 feet wide, so it's a good sized one. Always see heron wading the same creek in cold fall mornings stalking their prey.


I always see the chickadee in my spruce woods. They must be about the friendliest little feathered buggers around.  :)

Hopefully my goshawk is still around. Haven't trekked up to the lot in weeks. I usually see where he catches the odd grouse.

I wonder if their are any deer tracks? I haven't seen any sign since the first snow. Wonder where they went? Keeping my eye out (or two) for the bobcat that was around last winter.  :o

Man, were the blue jays some thick around one of the corn fields we were working near. Those and the squirrels and bear must have been about nuts sacking and eating and hiding like it was the last food source.  ;D

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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« Reply #430 on: December 31, 2007, 11:56:57 am »
Saw a barred owl today along the road, sitting in a maple with an over hanging branch. He never got spooked, wish I had the camera.  ::)

Haven't seen an owl in a long time, but I here them in the distance quite often.

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« Reply #431 on: January 18, 2008, 12:08:54 pm »
A friend called to say there was an owl in his yard. This tree has a house 15 feet away on both sides. The crows were chasing and harassing the owl but after awhile the crows gave up.

 

N ice chickadee photos, Jeff. They are a cute bird  :)

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« Reply #432 on: February 02, 2008, 02:59:40 pm »
On the Androscoggin River, Berlin, NH

 
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« Reply #433 on: February 02, 2008, 03:19:53 pm »
Nice photo. What they chow'n on.  ;D

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« Reply #434 on: February 02, 2008, 05:10:31 pm »
Thanks  :)

I don't know. Muskrat ? Groundhog ???

They are standing on the ice of the Androscoggin River within sight of the truck route bridge, Route 16 and one of several power station outfalls.
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« Reply #435 on: February 02, 2008, 09:07:18 pm »
On the Kennbec River in Richmond,Maine the game wardens threw road kill on to the ice for the eagles or opreys.
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« Reply #436 on: February 02, 2008, 09:13:36 pm »
I feed the birds 40 feet down the hill in front of our porch.  18 inches of snow so I just throw a few pounds of feed on the snow.  I have about 30 to 40 varied thrushes hanging around this Winter, a lot more then we usually get in this area.  We got about 4 inches of fresh snow last night and then we were gone for most of the day.  When I got home I found a pile of thrush feathers off in the snow 6 feet from the end of the porch.  No tracks, (i.e. kitty type,) anywhere near and not a speck of flesh.  Has to have been a hawk, probably sharp shinned, that got him and ate him right next to the house.
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« Reply #437 on: February 02, 2008, 10:06:08 pm »
Some hawks are keen on the pickings around bird feeders.  ;D

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« Reply #438 on: February 08, 2008, 08:05:00 pm »
I've had some really cool wild life encounters this past year and today had another.

This little male Pine Grosbeak flew into our front window. We went out and picked him up and put him where it was warm on the hood of one of our cars. An hour later he was still there, but seemed better so I tried to put him on a branch, which went well. I watched him from the house for an hour and noticed he had turned around to face the other way. I went out and touched his foot and he moved, i tried to touch him again and away he flew to a tree across the road. He sat there for a few minutes and then proceeded on. The female sat in the crab tree by our house while all this was going on, then followed the male as he took off. I'm glad to see that he might just make it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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« Reply #439 on: February 08, 2008, 08:17:07 pm »
Wow.  Hope the lil' feller is okay. 
Have you got snow or what? :D
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