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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #720 on: January 31, 2011, 03:34:11 pm »
We have one of the local TV stations down here that has a webcam link on their site:  "Eagle Cam". This shows a nesting pair for the past several years at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. The female just laid the first egg of the season a couple of days ago.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #721 on: January 31, 2011, 10:02:32 pm »
I wouldn't have wanted an Odd Prince having a Spell in my country either, even if he was kin to me.  ::)
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #722 on: February 04, 2011, 07:14:39 am »
A Hawk stopped by for a visit yesterday.  I can't tell what flavor he is but I'm guessing Sharp-shinned or a Cooper's Hawk  ??? ::)
There was another Hawk in the distance probably a mate and you can also hear a Kingfisher in the video.

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« Reply #723 on: February 18, 2011, 04:46:07 pm »
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Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #724 on: February 20, 2011, 09:35:48 am »
My faves are woodpeckers and ducks. This week I watched downy, hairy, red-bellied, pileated, northern flicker, and my favorite, the red headed woodpeckers. It's the start of my favorite season here, the spring migration of waterfowl with some flocks of Canada geese showing now, but so far no masses of ducks. We've had common mergansers and goldeneyes on the river all winter, but so far nothing else has shown up yet.
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« Reply #725 on: February 24, 2011, 10:59:43 pm »
I watched our young eagle this afternoon late, he was hunting the lake circling around, finally flew up in a 40' willow snag and pretended he was eating a fish. He really acts goofy sometimes; the old eagles are all business when it comes to eating fish. But, as I could see clearly with zooming my spotting scope, he would bend over and look at the small fish as if he were about to take a bite but then, would stand straight back up as looking for something. He did this acting several times. Just then, one of the mature eagles came sailing in right on top of the young eagle and in one sweep took the fish away and lit upon the very snag to eat it.

Don't know if this was intended but the young eagle was pretentious just enough to get bullied off the dinner plate. ???

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« Reply #726 on: February 25, 2011, 05:28:56 am »
Between the mill pond and Hartley brook down below it stays open and 3 or 4 ducks stay there all winter. The farmers over in the next community have a feed lot and in an old gravel pit they tarp some corn. For a couple winters they left it untarped and the ducks stayed right there all winter, musta been 200 ducks. I've never seen that before. :D Even the bears where coming out until mid January this year before it got cold and snowy.

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« Reply #727 on: February 28, 2011, 08:18:59 am »
Friday I saw about 300 canvasbacks on the river and the snow geese are massing just south of us. I heard there were ~ 6000 in a flock which is a small flock of snow geese.
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« Reply #728 on: March 15, 2011, 04:36:34 pm »
 



Some of the "pet" buzzards that play around here found reason to congregate in my front yard when a Tom Cat met his demise.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #729 on: March 15, 2011, 06:29:52 pm »
Buzzards will eat just about anything made of MEAT.

The only thing we've found in this area that they won't eat is a "southern delicacy", 'possum!

Don't know why they won't touch it, people in the south have eaten 'possum for years, maybe it's just because they're not natural for this area of the country.

I saw a 'possum in the yard (at night) about 2 weeks ago eating sunflower seeds that Sheila had thrown out for the birds!
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« Reply #730 on: March 15, 2011, 06:35:02 pm »
Buzzards don't like to eat possums because they are afraid they will be hit by by a vehicle. ;)
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« Reply #731 on: March 15, 2011, 06:40:10 pm »
Are you guys talking about turkey vultures? I prefer ravens and crows, those vultures are moving in up here. They were never here before, but I see them now in the summer once in awhile. Saw 4 together last summer feeding on a dead hare.

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« Reply #732 on: March 15, 2011, 09:07:37 pm »
Yes, we are talking about Black Vultures here.  The picture at the top of the thread is a family of Black vultures feeding on a meal opportunity they found just inside of the woods behind them.  These are the same large birds that I sit in the front yard and watch soar over the field to my east.  The Turkey vulture looks much the same except it has a bald, red head  The Black Vulture is more prominent here.  Occasionally we well see Turkey Vultures.   These Vultures have been called Buzzards for as long as I can remember.  It is an improper classification but the name is recognized by everyone.  Like many of our other colloquialisms, I'm sure someone, from somewhere else, will eventually take it upon themselves to correct us, as they have with so many of the names assigned to animals and things around here.  But, until they do, someone visiting the South, should equate the terms  Vulture and Buzzard to the same birds.  There are only two here that I know of, the Turkey Buzzard and the Black Buzzard.  Both are Vultures and efficient, soaring animals.
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« Reply #733 on: March 15, 2011, 10:55:02 pm »
Here is a picture of a turkey buzzard that I think Tom is referring to in his post.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #734 on: March 16, 2011, 05:35:46 am »
Buzzards don't like to eat possums because they are afraid they will be hit by by a vehicle. ;)





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« Reply #735 on: March 16, 2011, 11:54:13 pm »
Unlike hawks and eagles, Buzzards use their olfactory senses to determine the proper condition of the carrion.  It has to start smelling just right to attract them.   Maybe you folks are cleaning up too quickly, Chuck. :D
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« Reply #736 on: March 17, 2011, 12:58:39 am »
We have turkey vultures around here now, by the hundreds.  Never had them until the big hog units moved in and started piling all the dead hogs in dumpsters at the end of their drives, and the vultures just sit on top and have a buffet.  A few years ago during calving season a close neighbor was having a lot of trouble with calves scouring and was losing a lot of them, every morning you'd see them circling his place and by noon or so they'd be perched at ours, not a good feeling as far as the disease carrying factor goes, and not many of them got to leave.  I got to be a pretty good shot that spring.

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« Reply #737 on: March 17, 2011, 01:09:04 am »
As it turns out, the Vulture is a pretty clean bird.  It's digestive juices kill most bacteria and it has, what we would consider, unsavory ways of cleaning its legs and feathers.   It pees on its feet.  We would find ourselves in a bad fix without the vultures.  That they are dirty and unhealthy to have around is an old wives tale.  :)
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« Reply #738 on: March 17, 2011, 05:53:13 am »
Yeah, I don't agree with killing the birds. There is no sport in that. If someone truly wanted to dispose of those hogs they should deal with them properly. Leaving them exposed to animals like the "vultures", and ravens that follow their instincts shouldn't make them the targets of scorn. Take away the source, not the consequence.

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« Reply #739 on: March 17, 2011, 07:46:18 am »
They may well be a protected species in some places making them illegal to kill.
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