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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #500 on: May 16, 2008, 06:38:38 am »
Saw a nest with 10-12 (never counted) ruffed grouse eggs, flushed the hen off the nest. Was beside a skid trail. Why is it that birds like to nest on the edge and not back into the woods more. Darn near stepped on her, I was 1 foot away.  ::)

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #501 on: May 16, 2008, 08:19:50 am »
A couple of weeks ago I was on a trout fishing trip in the mountains.  Driving along a Forest Service road, I disturbed a grouse hen that was apparently nesting right alongside the road.  She did not take kindly to my alacritous passing, and she tried to attack the vehicle.  She could have chosen a less contentious nest site, but she chose the edge effect created by the road.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #502 on: May 17, 2008, 06:45:51 pm »
A couple of weeks ago I was on a trout fishing trip in the mountains.  .

  Up here we go fishing on da lakes not up in da mountains ... you southern boys sure do things differently  ::) :D :D
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« Reply #503 on: May 17, 2008, 09:46:23 pm »
Down here, you have to go to the mountain streams to catch trout because the ponds and lakes get too warm in the summer for the trout to survive.  I envy all the good fishing up your way, Marcel.  I want to try it one day. 

No ice fishing down here until the next ice age come along :).
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« Reply #504 on: May 18, 2008, 10:00:36 am »
I have a nesting pair of brown thrashers here this year in the back yard. They seem to like the spruce trees. I have not seen much sign of the grackles that nest in the spruce though. Are they dying off to, like the barn swallow? Brown thrashers are at the edge of their range here, according to Audubon this is out of range. But Peterson's says they nest in western NB. I've seen them in the deep woods to where stands of red spruce grow around Nashwaak Lake. They are robin-like with a longer tail, too big for thrushes.

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« Reply #505 on: June 10, 2008, 09:35:17 pm »
Last evening, heading down the hill in a heavy rain, saw something hunkered down along the driveway.  Stopped beside it and turned out to be a hen grouse with little ones tucked under her wings, more to protect them from me then the rain I think.

Early afternoon today she had them out in the brush hogged grass along the tree line, 100 feet above the house.  She crouched and watched carefully as they ran around leaning how to catch bugs it looked like.  Appear to be several weeks old, getting real feathers.  Maybe 5 to 6 of them.
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« Reply #506 on: June 10, 2008, 10:04:08 pm »
I needed to make a foundation for an air drying stack for some cherry lumber that I am sawing.  The beams for the bottom of the stack foundation were leaning against the wall of my barn under the drying shed.  I noticed a bird nest on the top of the beams, so I gently took it down and there were three or four newly hatched chicks.  There was no good place to put the nest (I have five hunting cats), so I put it on the top of some other boards standing against the barn.  I went about the business of building the stack foundation, but soon I noticed that the nest had fallen to the ground.  I gently picked the nest up and found a more secure location about 8 feet away from the original nest.  I was not sure that the mother would reclaim her babies after so much disturbance.  This was several days ago.

Well, today I was messing around in the general vicinity, and I checked on the little birds.  They were still there and hungry!  I am sure that Momma took care of the problem because in this 100° F heat, if she had not, the little babies would not have survived.  Way to go Mom!!
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #507 on: June 15, 2008, 03:26:13 pm »
I have not heard any bitterns in the woods this year. Is anyone hearing them? They are heron-like.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #508 on: June 15, 2008, 05:16:41 pm »
Sorry, SD... no bitterns around here but they always were a 'rare bird'  :D

I always wondered why we had the expression about getting your "ducks in a row" ??? The only time i'd ever seen them in a row was at the shooting gallery at the fayuh. ( fair, to you non-Mainers  ;D )
So when I found some ducks in a row, I had to have a picture  ;D


We can see why these ducks are in a row but does anyone know where the expression comes from ???


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« Reply #509 on: June 15, 2008, 05:23:36 pm »
I'm sure they are here, but I think I'm too late to here them much as they have mostly likely settled down with their mates by now. I went out this afternoon on purpose to go listen for them. All I heard were mosquitoes. :D


I'm not sure of the origin of 'having my ducks in a row'. I suppose it relates more to their flying formation than their resting on the beach under the shade of a pole. ;)

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« Reply #510 on: June 15, 2008, 05:59:02 pm »
From Chuck Moreland's Phrases with Origings page

Baby ducklings swim in a straight line behind the mother duck. If the ducklings stray to far, the mother duck will get them back in line, that is get her ducks in a row.

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« Reply #511 on: June 15, 2008, 08:04:16 pm »
Thanks, Ron  :)
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #512 on: June 15, 2008, 09:54:43 pm »
Joan,

I am pleased to see that you have your ducks in a row ;D.
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« Reply #513 on: June 16, 2008, 05:35:52 am »
Sprucebunny, that's a cute picture!  And, now we know the rest of the story.....
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« Reply #514 on: June 24, 2008, 06:02:22 pm »
A short clip while I was cooking some Beef Stew on the Fire Pit and my wife was videoing a HummingBird. :)

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« Reply #515 on: June 24, 2008, 06:19:17 pm »
Hey...What was in that bottle  ???  ???   :D  :D
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« Reply #516 on: June 24, 2008, 06:35:23 pm »
Hey...What was in that bottle  ???  ???   :D  :D

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« Reply #517 on: June 24, 2008, 07:31:52 pm »
 



This is a roadrunner...not just any common roadrunner...he is my neighbor, as we share the same piece of dirt in beautiful Nob Hill Arkansas. :)
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« Reply #518 on: June 24, 2008, 08:52:55 pm »
Spooked this guy yesterday, who knows their owls?

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« Reply #519 on: June 24, 2008, 09:27:01 pm »
Looks like the rare yellow poplar owl :D.
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