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Title: BIRDS
Post by: Bro. Noble on December 16, 2004, 10:19:33 am
My son and my Dr. teamed up and decided to give me some time off.  Been setting by the window listening to music,  reading a book,  and watching the birds.

Observed the following this morning:

nuthatch
tufted titmouse
juncos
Cardinal
red-bellied woodpecker
bluejay

The nuthatches are my favorite-----comical to watch
What kind of birds are outside your window?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on December 16, 2004, 11:22:38 am
Our area has the same type you listed...and we also have golden and purple finches.  I used to be an avid bird feeder until a red shouldered hawk decided to treat my backyard like his personal diner.   :o
That hawk would sit on the arbor in the backyard, and when I stopped putting bird seed out, he got ornery.  I was sitting at the table and my white cat was laying on the rug in front of the sliding door to the patio.  That hawk tried to get that cat, and slammed into the glass so hard he smeared it.   ;D
My favorite bird is the female cardinal.  I think they are beautiful.  
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Murf on December 16, 2004, 12:38:06 pm
At the feeder, Purple and Gold finches, lots and lots of them, also Cardinals, Joncos, Pine Siskins and a few Blue Jays.

On the ground under the feeder, a flock of wild Turkeys.

Definitely not in the Avian category but a whole bunch of rabbits get their fill from what falls from the feeders too.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Minnesota_boy on December 16, 2004, 01:16:54 pm
I wasn't exactly bird watching the day before yesterday, it just sort of happened.  I was working in my garage when I heard something hitting the branches out near my sheds, so I looked out and down the lane to the sheds.  My truck was parked in the lane and a power wire crosses it about 15 feet above the truck.  In this gap between the truck and the power line comes a bald eagle, his wing tips hitting the branches of the fir trees lining the lane.  He was only about 50 feet away when I first saw him and must have passed within 10 feet of the garage.  AWESOME!!!

My camera was in the truck and i'd never have had time to snap a picture anyway, but it sure would have been an impressive picture to have.

A week ago I go to see a great grey owl.  These are native to Canada and only move down here when food becomes scarce in their normal range.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on December 16, 2004, 06:05:12 pm

The eagle must have been awe inspiring. I always feel priveliged to have a moment alone  in the woods with a bird of prey near by.
There's nuthatches, chickadees, goldfinches (but not gold this time of year) juncoes and bluejays. And the occasional red squirrrel
Saw a Piliated woodpecker on my woodlot a couple of weeks ago.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on December 16, 2004, 09:07:55 pm
The first bald eagle I ever saw that I could positivly ID, flew just 10' over my head while I was fishing a tournament in Florida.
AWESOME it was!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: DanG on December 16, 2004, 10:04:56 pm
A lone Great Blue Heron flies over my barn late every afternoon. He/she ???  feeds at the millpond up the road all day, and apparently nests somewhere west of here. Just like clockwork, every day about a half-hour before sunset. :)

I most always wear a baseball cap, so I wear out a bunch of'em. When they just get too grody to wear, I poke a nail in a post or a joist in the shed and hang it up. The wrens love to build their nests in them.

Common egrets!  Just wind up the rubber band on yer Bush Hog and start clipping a pasture around here. By the time you've done one lap, a half dozen will be hopping along behind the mower, spearing wounded bugs. Within half an hour, you'll have a following of 100 or more. Those things do love a tractor! ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Haytrader on December 17, 2004, 01:32:05 am
Heck with the birds.
::)
I wanna know why son and the Doc have you inside resting. Must be a health issue. Let us know whats goin on will ya?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on December 17, 2004, 04:36:22 am
I think the main reason I enjoy deer hunting so much is for the bird watching I do. Sitting real still they will come in and land on branches right next to you. Nut hatches and juncos are the most common ones I see but we have plenty of blue jays, downy woodpeckers, creepers and cardinals. In the last  couple of month the bald eagles have been migrating through. They follow the creek line and sit in the old dead elms along it. I take the leftovers from butchering deer down there and always have a couple that feed on it. Wish we could get them to nest year around but so far they migrate north during that season.

Hope you get to feeling better Noble.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Timber_Framer on December 17, 2004, 08:08:53 am
Norm my dad puts out a suet/seed ball by his deer stand each years so he can watch the birds while waiting for a deer to strole on by. Says it keeps him from getting bored.

Last week I had a bald eagle sitting on a dead head over looking my chicken coup!
Tuesday there was a great gray in the same dead tree, but they've both moved on now. The only reason I haven't cut the tree is there is a pair of sap suckers that have nested there the last three years and I'd hate to tear down their house.

On the suet I have chickadees, downy and hairy woodpeckers, and from time to time a paliated stops by.
Feeders have chickadees, pine grosbeaks, rose breasted grosbeaks and evening grosbeaks. I haven't seen any purple finches or juncoes this season which puzzles me. I missed the cedar waxwing migration this year also...beautiful birds.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: OneWithWood on December 17, 2004, 08:30:58 am
Our bird feeder hangs from the eave on the porch and is clearly vbisible from the dining room table.  We are often entertained during our meals by

Titmouses
Cardinals
Chikadees
Tohees
Black Capped somethings
Downey Woodpeckers
Cowbirds
Yellow and Purple finches
Yellow bellied Woodpecker - he throws all the seed out looking for insects

in the summer we will see an occasional fly through like waxwings and orioles

Out in the woods I often see Pileated Woodpeckers, Red Tailed Hawks, Goshawks, Sparrow Hawks, Turkey Vultures,
Great Horned Owls, Barred Owls, Screech Owls, Crows, Wrens, Turkeys and Ruffed Grouse.

Occasionally a Bald Eagle will fly over just at tree top level.  I once surprised a Great Grey owl in the winter ( I think he forgot to turn somewhere ).  We have had Herrons visit the pond and Egrets land in the clearings.

The most memorable sighting was a Bald Eagle swooping down out of the sky and snagging a fish just 30 yards off the stern of the sailboat one summer afternoon.  Simply a beautiful sight to behold!

Noble, I trust the Doc just wanted to give the cows a break and you are OK.  Right?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sawguy21 on December 18, 2004, 07:36:12 pm
I had an eagle fly at eye level keeping pace with the pickup on a logging road for the best part of a mile. I am guessing he was scoping the ditch for rodents. One of my most memorable moments.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Fabiola on December 22, 2004, 07:53:08 am
I remember been woke up by a Blue Jay when I was in Halifax. There were a family living on the tree in the house front garden and my room faced. West side, I couldnt sleep before 10 pm because the sun had been gone yet and I knew the bird would sing by 6 am next day!
Lovely any way!
I guess that is why I do support the Toronto Blue Jay!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Kevin on December 22, 2004, 05:57:17 pm
I have some chicken in the oven.  ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Patty on December 23, 2004, 04:36:39 am
We are starting to see the pheasant population come back finally. It is great to see them back on the farm.

The bald eagles are migrating through right now, what an awesome bird! I love to watch them soar through the sky, they are truly a sight to behold.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: redpowerd on December 23, 2004, 06:22:58 am
same here with grouse and pheasant. now that ive noticed theres more of them getting eaten at the table, there is bobcat tracks increasing behind the cabin. i know they get to eat more birds than i do, so they will be the next thing i shoot. allways wanted a stuffed cat.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Timber_Framer on December 23, 2004, 07:18:09 am
We watched a Bald Eagle circling the harbor right at sunset yesterday. The colors of the sun setting acted to dye his white head and tail feathers a glowing mother of pearl pink it was a truly amazing sight to behold.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Lyle_Brumm on December 23, 2004, 06:30:34 pm
If you are interested in seeing many bald eagles I suggest that you check out the Mississippi River at Cassville. Wisconsin.  Also there are many in the area of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  Follow the river north on Highway 35 and you can see them feeding on the ice.  There is also a great Cabela`s just north of Prairie du Chien if you are interested.  The birds come here every winter as they can find food easily.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: johnday on December 24, 2004, 07:56:48 am
Down here, the eagles winter over because of the open water heated by the power plant I work in. We have one of the last wild areas at this end of Lake Erie and the fishing is very good for them. I can see eagles year round here also. Once my wife and I counted 21 of them sitting in the trees. 8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Corley5 on December 24, 2004, 02:26:38 pm
Mom and I saw an eagle today right by my mailbox.  It was a picture perfect adult bird.  An hour later it was gone and there was a raven in the same tree.  I figure there's some roadkill in the ditch that they're after.  At the feeders I've got chickadees, white and red breasted nuthatches, hairy and downy woodpeckers, goldfinches, doves, blue jays, black, fox, and red squirrels and after dark the flying squirrels come in along with an occasional screech owl looking to make a meal out of them.  It's about time for the red polls and pine grosbeaks to show up.  Evening grosbeaks also make appearances but they are infrequent visitors.  A couple years ago I had a shrike that was hanging around eating whatever birds he could get.  Pileated woodpeckers seldom come close to the house but evidence of them can be heard and seen in the woods out back.  One year I also had a tufted titmouse and a red bellied woodpecker.  We are on the far northern fringe of their range so they were pretty neat to see.  In warmer months we have house and purple finches, juncos, and rose breasted grosbeaks.  Last winter I went through 300 lbs of black oil sunflower seeds and I lost track of the number of suet cakes I hung out.  I like watching and feeding the birds. 8) ;D :D ;) :) :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on January 09, 2005, 12:58:07 pm
Ruffed Grouse In Snow. This ruff grouse was "fanned out" in a proposed timber sale area after a recent new snow.
Austin timber stand; 12/04.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/images/03_21_04/grouse_in_snow.jpg )
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 13, 2005, 09:24:28 am
I've heard the crazy things drum in the fall too. Their rut typically starts here in march on the crusty snow.

That's a cool picture and not that easy to obtain with the flighty birds near settlements. I see them in winter along the ditch of the road after cranberries, alder, poplar and birch seed or buds.


FLFLFLFLFLFLFLF.................->-o,
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on January 13, 2005, 03:50:57 pm
I heard a grouse yesterday . It was just practicing , I guess.
That is a great picture , Ron. I've almost stepped on them but not gotten any pictures.
This morning, six turkeys wandered through my yard ,
I could tell by the footprints ;)
and I met up with them later , a little down the road.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/images/03_21_04/jbmturkeyspe.jpg)

They seem to have found a friend in thier travels.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ianab on January 13, 2005, 04:41:37 pm
(http://www.forestryforum.com/images/03_21_04/ianab_tui.jpg)

While on holiday last week the beach house we stayed at was surrounded by small eucalyptus and pohutukawa trees. There were a couple of young Tui that spend much of the day hunting them for spiders and bugs. These are one native bird thats been able to adapt to the change in NZs environment. It is common in gardens and around farms as long as flowering trees are present. They eat mostly honey and insects. This young one hasn't yet developed the white tuft under it's chin that is so distinctive of the bird normally. They have a wonderfull song and are interesting playfull / quarrelsome birds.

More info
Tui (http://www.doc.govt.nz/Conservation/001~Plants-and-Animals/001~Native-Animals/Tui.asp)

Good pic of an adult Tui
http://www.doc.govt.nz/images/national/yha/tui.jpg

Cheers

Ian
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 13, 2005, 05:14:19 pm
Sprucebunny,

Wish we had wild turkey up this way. That's quite a flock of'em. Great place to release a few would be around Mars Hill  with all the oak trees. I suppose they'de eat beechnuts and birch catkins in winter if they had too. Then there's always the 150 acres of corn to eat the farmer never harvested. ;D There's about 5 inches of snow here in some places and less in others. Go away from the river valley, to the east and there is alot more because the elevation is higher.


gobble gobble gobble ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 06, 2005, 08:37:02 pm
This mild spell and some bare patches have brought some robins north. Yup, my eyes weren't deceiving me, I saw a robin. It was making robin chirps and flying short distances ahead of me along the road as I walked this afternoon. It's not out of the ordinary, as I've seen them in mild winters here before. I was wishing I had my camera but it would be hard to get a discernable picture of such a small bird at 200 feet away.  :-\
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: bitternut on February 08, 2005, 05:19:24 pm
Here is the tenant of large bird house I make for kestrel's, owl's, woodpeckers, etc. I have this one mounted in a sugar maple in my yard. Every winter one of these little screech owls moves in. I never see them in the summer but most of the winter and spring they will be in it. They like to sit with their head sticking out of the hole in late afternoon. Just after dark they will come out and sit on a limb next to the house for a while. All of a sudden they will be gone and you won't see him again till the next afternoon when he sticks his head out again. I notice blue jay feathers on the ground once in a while. I think they like them. I have a picture to go with this post but have been unable to attach it for some reason. Help please.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10129/screech%20owl300.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 08, 2005, 06:21:00 pm
Bitternut,

The picture posting is down for awhile untill the big guy gets the new improved version implemented. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: bitternut on February 09, 2005, 09:58:08 pm
I got my owl's picture posted but now there is a funny looking leprechon with a red nose sitting on the roof of the birdhouse. How the heck did that happen? Well at least I was able to get a picture posted.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on February 10, 2005, 02:22:40 am
Bitternut,
After seeing your pic, I was wondering if you would have some plans or atleast the measurements for one of them houses?
Or does anyone know a good place for free plans?

Gonna be building a pile of bird and bat houses in a coule of weeks, and would like to build a few different kinds.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: bitternut on February 10, 2005, 07:04:47 am
Yes I have some plans around here someplace. I will dig them out later today when I get a chance. I have another publication that I picked up some place that has the specifications for different kinds of birds. I will see what I can find. I make a house scaled down from the owl house that I put up for bluebirds. They get used by a variety of birds. I get wrens, tree swallows, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches and of course bluebirds. It all depends on where you locate them. I also get deer mice, red squirrels and flying squirrels.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sherwood on February 10, 2005, 12:57:31 pm
Bird house plans:

http://www.wisconsinpublicservice.com/news/birdhouse.asp
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: bitternut on February 11, 2005, 10:43:11 pm
Well Furby I looked high and low and could not find the plans. Guess its a sign that you have too much crap when you can't find things when you want them. Well I did the next best thing and took some measurements off one of my boxes. I used green rough sawed hemlock lumber in nominal sizes. The material can be most any wood that is available in your local that will survive the weather reasonably well. Hemlock is a good choice in my area and is long lasting without any finish.

Material for one house is as follows:

one piece of 1x8x42
one piece of 1x10x36
one piece of 1x12x12

The two sides are cut 1x10x16-1/4x18
The rear is cut 1x8x18
The front is cut 1x8x15-3/4
The bottom is cut 1x8x8
The top is cut 1x12x12

The hole is 3" diameter and is placed 12" up from the bottom on center of the width. The top is placed flush with the rear of the box and overhangs the front 2" and 1" on each side. The bottom should be lined up so that the grain runs the same direction as the back piece and the front. That way the pieces will be parallel. The four corners of the bottom should be nipped off about 3/4" x 45deg's so that there is good drainage. The front should be lined up flush at the bottom with about 1/2" gap at the top for ventilation. You can nail or screw the whole assembly together to suit. Do not fasten the front though. You may have to trim the width of the front so that it will move freely in the assembled box. The front is made so that it pivots for inspection and cleaning. To do this place the front flush at the bottom and place a 2" galvanized roofing nail about 11" up from the bottom through the side pieces into the front. These are the hinges or pivots for the front. I usually clamp the front piece in position and predrill a pilot hole for the nails. I use a drill a few thousandths larger than the nails so that they won't bind in the side pieces. Drill only 1/8" or 1/4" into the front piece so that the pivot nails will be firm in the front piece. Then I take and drill a hole 1/32" larger that the roofing nails about 2" up from the bottom through the sides into the front piece. Drill this hole at a downward angle so that when the nail is in place it will not fall out. This nail is the latch that keeps the front panel closed. I usually place a couple handsfull of wood chips in the box. I also either notch the top of the side panels or drill some holes to get more ventilation. I had one of these boxes taken over by a wren a couple of years ago. Took him all summer to fill it up with sticks. Hope this is what you are looking for Furby. Good luck with your construction.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on February 11, 2005, 11:03:46 pm
Thanks guys!!!

Bitternut, that's waaaaay above what I needed, but ya made it easy on me, Thank YOU! ;)

I'm planning to use some aspen for this first batch. Don't really care if it don't last that long. Only cost involved is my time and some gas for hauling and cutting.
Just want to get some up, as I don't have any in my yard. A purple martin house has been on my list for many years. Actually, I have a whole pile of requests for them, just got to get around to making one.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: crtreedude on February 12, 2005, 07:43:40 am
Let's see - what do I have outside my backdoor?

Ora Pendulas - weirdest call you have ever heard - Hey Jeff, can I upload sound here?
Tucans
Gaviilon Blanco - The locals call them eagles - pure white with black on the tips of the pinion feathers.
Sargent Birds
Some weird looking humming birds
Vultures
Cattle Egrets

Oh, and yesterday I saw a troup of Howler monkeys in the back moving through the trees, with a bunch of babies - I hear them all the time, but this is the first time I have seen them. According to Hector we have about 3 troups on the finca.

P.S. If anyone is confused - just look where I live.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on February 15, 2005, 09:46:55 pm
A bird WAS here.... ;D

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11412/jmwingbeatsinsnowO.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on February 25, 2005, 08:37:09 pm
Saw this bird looking out over the river. It's about 30inches tall
Think it's an eagle that needs a good brushing ;D
What do you think ???

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11412/jmlargebirdbyriverOP.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: biglake on February 25, 2005, 09:18:28 pm
Maybe his diet? We had a Bald Eagle a few years back that just sat on the ground and couldn't fly. He was brought to one of those places they take care of sick birds, but he was too far gone to save. They thought he might have been suffering/died from malnutrition. Can't quite figure that one out, unless they just get too old and feeble to catch anything.
Fairly heavy snow cover +125" so far - feeding 2 Doves, 4 Bluejays, ? Chickadees, 1 Grey Squirrrel and 1 Red Squirrel that's pretty sure that he/she is the Boss. :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 26, 2005, 07:29:27 am
Yup, looks like an immature bald eagle, hasn't got his white feathers yet. Their first year is the harshest. They start nesting here in February also.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ianab on March 18, 2005, 02:18:27 am
Lil's mission to convert her pre-school into a zoo continues  ;) :D

This is Bubbles the Lorikeet
She is living here for weekends as they like company and wouldn't like weekends alone.

The Aussie members probably know them and consider them a pest, but they do make good pets.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/ianab_bubbles1.jpg)


Ian
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on March 18, 2005, 02:23:56 am
That sure is a colorful bird! Are they related to parrots?
Reminds me just a bit of superman ice cream.
Oh man, now I'm hungry! ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ianab on March 18, 2005, 03:06:28 am
yup Furby, they are a small type of parrot from Australia
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ianab on March 20, 2005, 12:33:44 am
Bubbles the Lorikeet aparantly need a perch to sit on.  ;)
Had to be tall enough to keep her away from the rug rats etc.

No Problemo

A couple of Bluegum Eucalyptus boards from the shed, a plan on a bit of note paper and some gorilla glue and it's done.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/ianab_bubbles_perch.jpg)


Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 20, 2005, 06:09:09 am
Looks like the little guy has taken a liken to his new perch. He sure is colorful. :)

Just don't hang yer cap there or it might get a new ornament. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ernie on March 20, 2005, 02:07:27 pm
Ian

We've got a couple of birds that look quite like that one on Lil's shoulder, I haven't got a good look at them yet, too fast, just a flash of green, also, my eyesight's not the best.  We have the usual collection of
tui's
wood pigeons
fan tails
more porks
shining cuckoo's
bell birds
king fishers  good for telling me where the shoals of whitebait are
Paradise ducks
mallards
pukekos
magpies  seem to be chasing away the fantails
for years we had a kiwi that would poke holes in the lawn but we haven't even hear it now for a while.  Too many wild cats I think they might have got him
The usual
sparrows
thrushes
blackbirds

There are probably more, I'll ask Jan when she gets home from work.

Ernie

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ianab on March 20, 2005, 06:27:08 pm
Hi Ernie

This is probably the parrot you see around the farm, Kakariki

http://www.parrot.co.nz/Parrot.NZ.articles/article-kakariki.html

Similar size to Lils lorikeet and fairly common in some parts of the country.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ernie on March 20, 2005, 06:40:53 pm
Thanks  Ian

I didn't even know they existed, it's good to have a Kiwi ornithologist on the forum.

Ernie
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: KiwiCharlie on March 21, 2005, 12:15:11 am
Ian,
Isnt your house guest what we would call a rosella?  Aussie import, pest round my parts.  Never seen one sitting still, close enough to know for sure if its like yours.  They make a hua of a racket when flying.
Cheers
Charlie.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ianab on March 21, 2005, 12:59:30 am
Charlie
It'S a Rainbow Lorikeet, but I think it's a close relative of the Rosellas.
It's habits sound the same anyway  :D


I think both species have escaped and are breeding in some parts of the country, most likely Northland  ;)

Ian
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: KiwiCharlie on March 21, 2005, 01:27:40 am
Hi Ian,
Definitely Northland!  :D  They are on DoC's wanted list.  Or should I say, their "Unwanted Organisms" list.
Cheers
Charlie.
Title: Re: Canadian Geese are back
Post by: sprucebunny on April 07, 2005, 10:52:14 pm
March 31


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11412/jmgeeseinfieldOP.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: tnlogger on April 08, 2005, 01:27:33 am
joan seeing how good was catching thut there porky. i thing all oe us would like a lesson in the art of
 cactchin the there honkers, but make sure ya got the camra with you and some one to point it
 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 08, 2005, 06:32:24 am
Yup they're also eating the uncut corn and the truckloads dumped back in the field in January. They're gonna bust.

Also, If I had a rifle a little moose would be in my freezer from eatin on my apple trees the other day, behind the house. Bold beast. I think he comes after dark.  >:(
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on May 17, 2005, 07:09:22 pm
I don't recall ever seeing a swan this far north. It was hanging around with some Canada geese north of Berlin NH

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11412/jmswanOP.jpg)

Very impressive wing spread...sorry no pic of that :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 18, 2005, 06:33:09 am
Thanks for the picture Sprucebunny. Looks like the whistling swan, which audubon say is the only swan species in the east. Your right on it being a bit to the north of its range, maybe it's migrating from it's wintering grounds. Apparently, they nest in the arctic away from hunting pressure which has devistated the trumpeter to a few hundred. Waterfowl identification is not something I do well. There are alot of species I have no clue on. I'm just pulling this info from a book. ;)

I've seen snow geese in with migrating canada geese. If you go up along the Cap Tourmente (QC) where the mud flats and farm fields are in fall and early spring the place is white with snow geese.

 Link to snow geese  (http://www.qc.ec.gc.ca/faune/sauvagine/html/snow_goose_info.html)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: redpowerd on May 18, 2005, 06:49:05 am
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10517/snowgeeseopt.jpg)

snowgeese like to get moving in the morning. usually in strips about 10 miles long! it can take 15-20 miniutes for them to pass the whole flock. they love our wet cornfeilds and are sometimes seen with canadian geese, in air and on the ground.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: redpowerd on May 18, 2005, 06:55:32 am
what the heck is this thing?
aussies may know.....

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10517/kiwiopt.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 18, 2005, 07:22:22 am
Looks like a rail. Is it a baby?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: OneWithWood on May 18, 2005, 09:10:22 pm
It's a youn Moa!  Call the ornithologists!!  Asy are you checking this out?  Red, don't do anything to disturb that little feller!!  Whoa, nelly, Red's farm is now off limits to everything and everybody :o :o  Them's sposed to be extincted and such :o :o :o :o :o

er, I could be wrong about the moa part  smiley_headscratch
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: redpowerd on May 18, 2005, 09:28:27 pm
:D

wheres all the austrialians?:D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: UNCLEBUCK on May 19, 2005, 12:03:42 am
Where I live in western minnesota I see all the wild ducks,geese,swans,pelicans etc.. migrating every spring and fall on there way to and from northern canada . The funniest thing in the sky is watching a flock of pelicans flying in big circles around and around but yet going somewhere, anybody ever seen this or know why pelicans fly in circles?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Teri on May 19, 2005, 05:22:11 am
The last 3 days we've had 2 big owls landing in one of our trees in the back yard. Last night one of em' hooted and off in the distance I heard a turkey answer him back.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: crtreedude on May 19, 2005, 07:51:31 am
Uncle Buck,

I think they fly in a circle because they are looking for food. When we were at Hacienda Barú we saw Pelicans doing this, they would fly along the tops of the breaking waves, when the wave dies, they go back and follow another one. Sort of like surfers...

And I got a picture just as they were doubling back. (This picture was taken in December, it is a hard life but someone has to do it.)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10952/PelicansCircling.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Minnesota_boy on May 19, 2005, 09:30:40 pm
I watched a flock of white pelicans migrating north one year.  About a dozen of them came flying in a line until they were above me, then all began circling.  They had found an updraft and were circling to gain altitude, which they did quickly.  Then, a few hundred feet higher, they reformed a line and sailed off into the north.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: UNCLEBUCK on May 20, 2005, 01:00:39 am
Here is my little pal that has been coming every morning and eats like a pig and its funny to watch , the squirrels show up earlier and eat everything on the ground that this little bird has kicked out . I think its a grossbeak . Only 2 baltimore orioles so far  ??? hopefully they are running late this year because its a site to see them hanging all over the hummingbird feeder .(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10514/grossbeak.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: UNCLEBUCK on May 20, 2005, 01:14:48 am
c r  I can understand that , your picture shows them really good looking for food. I have heard that a lake full of pelicans will really decrease the fish population . I see them pelicans like Mn Boy sees them . Even over a plowed field they will be up 2 or 3 hundred feet flying like that drunken stork on the bugs bunny cartoon .
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 20, 2005, 06:16:09 am
Seen my first hummingbird yesterday afternoon. It came to the window where I have a red shopvac sitting. No nectar there. ;D

Unclebuck, looks like a rose breasted grosbeak, I've seen a pair of'm here earlier in the week. Week also used to have baltimore orioles, but haven't seen them for a few years. I do see scarlet tanager once in a great while.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on May 20, 2005, 08:02:28 am
The swan has been there a week now, that I know of. Got a shot in flight but not a good one. This is a good photo of it in the corn field


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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Patty on May 20, 2005, 03:19:50 pm
They have introduced several pairs of swans to our area recently up on a lake just north of us a few miles. They are very impressive birds.

The spring birds have been arriving this past couple weeks. This week two Baltimore Orioles arrived and are hopefully going to nest in one of our big burr oaks. We see them everyday when we walk back and forth to work. They are beautiful, and sure have a pretty song. We have also started to see blue birds, king birds, all sorts of  swallows, buzzards, etc. It is great to see them all coming back.

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: UNCLEBUCK on May 20, 2005, 11:49:29 pm
I have never been up close to a swan but when they migrate overhead they are huge ! I started feeding birds a few years ago along with squirrels . Had hardly any squirrels and one day I removed the door off a corn crib and had 600 bushels of cob corn left and I thought I wonder if the squirrels would like this , well today there is about 50 bushel of cob corn left and loads and loads of sqirrels and piles of shelled out cobs by every tree around the crib . They are smart enough to leave the cob close to the crib . Little buggers !  No buzzards up here .  My dad told me that a flock of crows will go through the woods and kill wood duck nests ? Anybody know about this ? I never realized that but lately I hear them crows making a big ruckus down in the woods. If they kill baby wood ducks I am going to set up a old owl decoy and get me some crows !
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on May 21, 2005, 12:28:06 am
Where US 31 and the Muskegon River meet here in West MI, there is a swamp.
Is pretty common to see a dozen or three swans as you pass through there.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 21, 2005, 05:10:21 am
Unclebuck

Last January the local farmer hauled and dumped combined corn in the fields cause it spoiled (cut too late and disease). There where kernals of corn all over the road behind the truck and the squirrels would dig in the snow afterward to get at the kernals. Sure are smart little buggers.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on May 21, 2005, 02:17:42 pm
It's been an exciting couple of days.  Yesterday, while eating dinner on the job, what should fly over but a Swallow-Tailed Kite.  I see one on occasion but not frequently.  At the house I see one very 4 or 5 years as it sails the air currents over the swamp.  Yesterday, this one was cruising the edge of the pastures of the Horse Farm where I'm sawing.  He/she was a dominate figure for the better part of an hour.  we all sat under the Sweet Gum trees and watched it as it hunted.   It's a beautiful bird.  I wish they were more abundant.

This morning I watched three turkey  hens and two white tailed deer in the front yard.  The turkey were skittish and left after about 15 minutes.  The  White Tails were nibbling fresh ground cover and Oak twigs along the drainage ditch on the side of the yard.  They hung around for a couple of hours, twitching their tails at the deer-flies, munching the crisp new shoots that have come up after the recent rain and looking around the yard now and again for danger.  I would have loved to have a movie of the scene.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: UNCLEBUCK on May 23, 2005, 02:11:51 am
I seen a wild turkey yesterday like the kind they hunt on t.v. down south . I looked farther and counted 9 little ones . Bronze colored . The local rod&gun club started stocking wild turkeys about 13 miles away 10 years ago so it must have worked . I gotta learn how to call a turkey , maybe shake a 5 gallon pail with corn in it  :D Never heard of a Kite . The wild canadian geese now all got there little ones swimming behind them . Dont want to get too close or that gander will go crazy on ya !
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: crtreedude on May 24, 2005, 05:53:49 pm
We were checking out a finca to possible buy (and did) on Sunday. We found this little guy.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10952/YoungBirdHand.jpg)

He is a King Fisher - he had tried to fly and didn't do too well, but after a bit, he took off just fine.

It is a good thing he didn't meet up with the Boa on the snake thread...  :o
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on May 25, 2005, 08:06:59 am
I saw a flash of blue from the window this morning and saw this little guy stuffing his beak with dandilion seeds.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10427/indigobunting.JPG)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: bitternut on May 25, 2005, 12:36:39 pm
See, now arn't you glad you didn't spray your lawn with 24d and kill all those dandelions. That Indigo Bunting would have been in sombody else's lawn.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on May 28, 2005, 08:19:15 am
There is a swath of open area through my land. Some of it was logged off 15? years ago and some has no stumps but plenty of rasberry bushes and a few 4 foot balsam/spruce. I was walking through it yesterday, along the moose trail and a grouse sprung up off it's nest.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11412/jmgrouseeggsOP.jpg)

Only took a quick pic...didn't want to scare off the mama. Hope the moose don't step on the nest.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 28, 2005, 08:57:59 am
mmmm breakfast  ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on June 04, 2005, 08:51:21 pm
Tom Turkey Struts For His Hens. Wheeler Creek wildlife opening; 4/05.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10002/tom_turkey_with_hens.JPG)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on July 03, 2005, 04:37:10 pm
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10026/wood-stork-flying.jpg)

The Wood Storks aren't around much.  Lately we've seen a lot of them.  With all the rain, they are feeding on snails, crawfish, etc in the roadside ditches.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 04, 2005, 06:27:31 am
Tom

Wow  :o he must've almost landed in the boat. I haven't seen any blue herons this year yet. I guess I haven't been around beaver ponds or shallow lakes yet. Ever see a rookery of herons?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Bro. Noble on July 04, 2005, 09:57:25 am
Great picture Tom,

Is that where little baby loggers and sawmillers and foresters come from? ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on July 04, 2005, 01:16:40 pm
That's what I've heard, Br'er Noble.  ........and baseball bats too. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 04, 2005, 03:34:09 pm
Too many Looney Toons  ;D :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Haytrader on July 19, 2005, 09:04:40 pm
I was out in the back yard this evening and saw a shadow zoom past me.
Looked up and the sky was full of buzzards.
I guess I had better start moving a little faster.

 :D   :D   :D

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10092/DSCF0184%20%28Custom%29%20%28Custom%29.JPG)


There must be 50 to 100 of these things every evening circling around headed for thier roost somewhere close.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on July 19, 2005, 11:14:27 pm
The do that over the field next to the house too.  I think they are playing.  It looks like there is an updraft off of the field that they play in.  I've seen them circle upward almost out of sight and then  quickly come down to do it again.  Sometimes they play follow the leader.  Sit out there and watch them for awhile.  You will probably enjoy it as much as I do.  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: isawlogs on July 20, 2005, 10:53:08 am
 I have a robin that took up some space in my carport ... I am waiting to see how many little ones is going to come out , I haven't yet gone to see how many eggs there is in there, maybe tonight I will climb the ladder for a peek .

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10487/isawlogs-robin.jpg)

   Built its nest wight on the beam ... I call him my rigger robin .  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 21, 2005, 01:15:12 pm
Robins are on their second crop here. They've built a new nest out front in a white birch crotch. Not far from the cherry trees either. And last night I got invaded by the coons.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on July 21, 2005, 08:51:24 pm
Robin's Nest In Bicycle. This bicycle is hanging over the bunk house door of a ranch in Fairfield, Montana. The robin has taken over ownership by placing its nest above the chain sprocket. June, 2005.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10002/s_nest_in_bicycle.JPG)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Timburr on July 22, 2005, 05:12:40 pm
Talking of second crops, we have a resident blackbird who has nested in our front hedge for the last 5 years....we know it's the same one, 'cos she has a war wound under her left eye.
Unbelieveably on the 23 January 2004, when the snow was on the ground, I noticed that she had hatchlings..... unfortunately they didn't survive, because of cold and lack of food. But, between Jan. and the end of July, she had another 3 broods. Wow, what a dedicated mother!!
The success of this wise old bird, was due to her nesting adjacent to a very busy road, making it a cat free zone and having an ample food supply about 300 metres away. She was totally streetwise with traffic.
She's gone now, and I look forward to her return next year. I say this with compassion because she has become one of the family.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman on July 31, 2005, 08:54:56 pm
Since the witch wife and I are plannng to to be at the piggy roast this year  we are preparing things for all of our creatures. The cows will be ok since I moved them away from the mud hole. ::) We will put out extra food for the two cats. The dog stays at the neighbors most of the time anyway. :( But we are going to have to find someone to come in everday and feed these creatures. The two containers have to be filled up every day. Looks to be about 10 of them here this year. If I can't find any one to feed them the wife will just have to stay home and feed them. ;) :D

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10432/hummingbirds_op.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Don P on August 11, 2005, 10:57:34 pm
Mom sent us this link today. Hummingbirds from egg to flight, 21 days. Click "next page" at the bottom of each page till you get to page 6 to see the whole event, pretty neat.

http://community-2.webtv.net/Velpics/HUM/

They've been using our feeder so hard that Michelle had one try to land on it today while she was hanging it back out. I poked the hanger wire thru a spray can lid and dripped wax in that to seal the hole, then filled that upside down lid with water to keep the ants somewhat out of it...some of the little buggers still swim the channel for a taste of the sweets. We just use clear sugar water, the hummers seem just as happy.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on August 12, 2005, 12:04:58 am
That's DanG cool! 8) 8) 8)
I've done that with several nests, but never had the chance to document humming birds.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on August 12, 2005, 06:28:23 am
That's cool Don. Great pitures with a story. Thanks for sharing. :) I have a couple pair of hummers here, but have never found their nests.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on August 12, 2005, 12:38:54 pm
That is a cute little nest for such an aggressive little bird.   

I don't think they nest around here.  Maybe just pass through.  It's probaby because of slowness of the society down here.  We get in their way.   :D

I remember a science fiction story where folks began hearing a buzzing and couldn't figure out where it was coming from.   It turned out that there are co-mingling universes and they run at different speeds.  Ours and this one particular one had, for some reason, approached similar enough speeds that some of the sounds, and eventually, some of the sights of the two could be detected by the other side.   It was an anomoly and soon cleared itsself up though.   

I think it might have been a  "Twighlight Zone" show.    buzzzzzzz-zz   buzzzz
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Don P on August 12, 2005, 09:43:56 pm
I remember that one Tom, we've had a few laughs referring to that and wondering what the hummers think of us, we probably need orange triangles on the back of our t-shirts  :D. I'm constantly thinking "slow down bud, you could put an eye out with that thing"

They remind me of seahorses when they curve their body to hover and take a sip.

I think I've got an idea for the new company T's  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on November 06, 2005, 06:25:49 am
Bird report from my cornor of the world ;D

Saw a gret blue heron the other day.  The Canada geese finally headed south instead of north and I had 3 cardinals at my bird feeder yesterday.... don't think I've ever seen a cardinal before. They look like they are made up for a pointy-heads-party :D

Found a humming bird nest in a tree in the yard. It was very cute. Maybe next year I will put some sugarwater out for them.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Patty on November 06, 2005, 08:24:47 am
That's pretty cool Joan! The cardinals are gathering here too; they nest down in the woods along the creek.  You can feed them (they like sunflower seeds) and they will stay in your yard all winter. The humming birds love the sugar water, and they also love lots of bright colored flowers. We like to plant red salvias under the windows so we can watch them up close. Our pond in front of the house attracts to blue herons, we have them stealing fish all summer. We used to shoot them on site, but now have decided to just throw a few more fish into the pond instead, and let them eat as much as they want. They are kind of neat to watch.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on November 06, 2005, 09:41:08 am
We have seen cardinals on very rare occasions in winter around the feeder. It's really not their normal range up here. The snow buntings have arrived, I saw a flock today and herd them in the fields a weeks ago. The geese are still milling around here. I still see robins in the woods. I saw a pileated woodpecker the other day and took a picture, but it was too blurry to see. I see the blue herons in the creek and around beaver ponds, they'll soon be gone. Although I did see one in December last year along the creek by my woodlot. I see chickadees in flocks now around the house and I've seen evening grosbeaks around the seeds on the boxelders.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on November 06, 2005, 01:50:32 pm
Do cardinals expect a certain kind of bird feeder...say maybe a tray feeder ??? They were walking around on the deck looking for seeds and not landing on either perch type feeder.

They would cock thier heads sideways and look at shells. They look so cheerful and festive ;D

There is a small woodpecker that comes and eats seeds every day.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on November 06, 2005, 02:43:54 pm
I use an ordinary clear plastic tube feeder that has a tray at the bottom for cardinals, and feed only safflower seed. The birds I don't want will not eat the safflower seed, and birds I do want will eat it.  Squirrels don't eat safflower either.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on January 01, 2006, 09:44:40 pm
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10026/tom-woodstork-I95-16a.jpg)
Cruising along I-295 this afternoon,  My wife and I saw these Woodstorks standing together on the side of the road at the ditch.  I dont know if this is the same flock that I saw on the road back home but it seems that the numbers are equivelant  and they were within 10 miles of my last sighting.






We turned around at the next exit and went back, turning around at yet another exit to get as close as we could to them.  I got the camera out and stuck it out of the window.  They were way off on the Interstate right of way, next to the ditch, so I was already behind the eight ball.


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10026/tom-woodstork-I95-13a.jpg)

AS we inched along the emergency area on the side of the road, they marched, hesitatingly, away from us just like herding cattle.  It wasn't long before they flew.  This is all I got. 

One of these days I am going to get a camera with a long lense and get real intimate with these rascals.   Being as rare as they are, it makes me feel good to see them hanging around.  The downside is that the pine plantations they were living in is fast becoming dense, residential housing.  I can just picture some of the Urbanites taking potshots at them with a 22. [/left]
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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman on January 01, 2006, 10:11:15 pm
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10432/big_bird_op.jpg)
Took the picture a while back of these birds. If I remember right they were about 3ft tall.  I don't remember what kind of birds they were; can anyone tell me what they are. smiley_headscratch
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ianab on January 01, 2006, 10:20:45 pm
Emu - from Aussie. They are related to an ostrich I think, but only about 1/2 the size.

Ian
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman on January 01, 2006, 10:32:38 pm
Thanks Ianab, I took the picture 37 years ago just outside Sydney. No wonder I don't remember what they were.  ;) When my kids saw the picture they wanted to know what kind of bird they were, now I can be knowledgeable and tell them. 8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Corley5 on January 01, 2006, 10:33:54 pm
My neighbor, cousin's husband, was going to make his fortune raising Emus ::)  Didn't work out ;) ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 02, 2006, 06:05:26 am
My neighbor, cousin's husband, was going to make his fortune raising Emus ::)  Didn't work out ;) ;D

Same thing was going to happen here. I don't know who talks these people into these 'adventures' ;D :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: CHARLIE on January 06, 2006, 11:27:42 pm
Donna and I spent Christmas (2005) with her father and sisters in Okeechobee, Florida.  He lives on the east bank of the Kissimmee River, not too far from where it empties into Lake Okeechobee.  There are a pair of Sandhill Cranes that have been coming to his front door for the past 3 years for a handout of a couple of handfuls of corn.  It's fun watching them.  They eat about 10 feet from his front door.  We can go outside and they don't spook unless we get too close. They keep an eye on us and if we get into their comfort zone, you can see them getting nervous and they'll walk off to the neighbor's yard.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10038/Sandhill%20Cranes%20001.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on February 05, 2006, 05:31:30 pm
Guess these be under 'birds' that showed up under the white oak tree this afternoon. 7 good size Toms and were so close to the window I could stand a few feet away and get their picture. (Not as cute as the one Buzz posted).

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/turkeys06a.jpg)


Then shortly after, nine jakes showed up and their reflection caught their attention, and they kept pecking at the window glass. I was afraid they would break it, so opened the window after some pics to shoo them away. They left in a hurry. The flash didn't bother them a bit.  ::) ???
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/TurkeyJakesff.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Don P on February 06, 2006, 10:40:34 pm
I've had cardinals do that at the window in the shop, a turkey would get your attention rapping on the glass!

We and the mason's were talking at lunch the other day that none of us had seen a turkey around the jobsite. Sure enough, I rolled in Friday morning and 16 were in the yard. After hunting them I do think they are part telepathic  :D.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 11, 2006, 01:48:21 pm
Everybodies buddy in the north woods. Chick-a-dee a dee a dee :)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_BlackCap.jpg)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_BlackCap2.jpg)

If I go to the woods without seeing these guys, there's gotta be something wrong and probably not a good sign of things to come.  ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on February 11, 2006, 06:45:05 pm
There has been a campaign going on here in Michigan for some time to make the chickadee the State Bird since it stays here all year long and is a friendly one and indicator species as you stated.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sawguy21 on February 11, 2006, 09:14:18 pm
I live in the city and really miss those little guys. When they start singing I know it is spring 8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Paul_H on February 11, 2006, 09:42:48 pm
What makes my head spin is that when I hear all the birds singing at night in the Spring before they settle down for the night and realise that the ones I'm hearing are only a tiny fraction of the population in this valley. No matter where I was to go,I'd hear them singing,even if I hopped in the truck and drove like a mad man for 20 miles,when I stopped and listened,I'd hear those birds.

Bless em  8)

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on February 11, 2006, 11:27:46 pm
Sure they weren't just in your head Paul ??? ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Paul_H on February 11, 2006, 11:39:59 pm
Yeah,and sometimes a Bird will mock me  ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on February 11, 2006, 11:45:54 pm
 :D :D :D
People always say "a little bird told me", well I only know a handfull of little birds that can talk, so I figure we are in the same boat! ;) ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Paul_H on February 11, 2006, 11:50:51 pm
Like I said,bless em eh  ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on February 11, 2006, 11:53:20 pm
Um, yeah something like that! ;)


Anyone seeing Robins yet?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 12, 2006, 07:34:20 am
Unless we get a big dump of snow in March, I'm expecting them then. There is lotsa bare ground here. Down in Sussex my aunt has them all winter around the mountain ash berries. Last year I saw some in February up here but they were mostly in the thickets eating berries and seeds until it warmed up.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Paul_H on February 12, 2006, 04:09:44 pm
Hey Furby,it's interesting that you mentioned Robins last night because there are a whole herd of them in our yard today!

First this year 8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 12, 2006, 04:32:08 pm
I hope it's a warmer dry spring this year than it's been for the last 3 or so years. We seem to be getting late springs and our summers are running late into early fall. I want it both ways.. :-X never mind.  ::) Come on robins, come bob, bob'n along. :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on February 12, 2006, 05:22:06 pm
Flock Paul, flock. ;)
You wanna see a herd ???
Come visit!  ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on February 12, 2006, 06:53:11 pm
When I hear someone say Chickadee, all I can think of is W.C. Fields and his big red nose.   :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on February 12, 2006, 07:11:16 pm
Furby I saw hundreds of Robins this past week.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 12, 2006, 08:35:07 pm
Tom, did W. C. Fields have Chickadees perching on his nose? :D :D :D

Another friend in the woods to most loggers in the north, is the Canada Jay. It's also known as the 'Wiskey Jack'. Loggers around the lumber camp would dip bread in wiskey and feed these 'gorbies' all they'd eat, sack and hide. Funny part of it was, there's often blue jays around and they'de steal the 'Wiskey Jacks' stash, sometimes a raven would get in on the deal too. :D :D

Once those 'Whiskey Jacks' learn that your friendly they'll eat the bread out of your hands. I'de never feed'm whiskey though. That's too mean.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on February 12, 2006, 09:08:41 pm
The South don't count this time of year Jeff! ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sawguy21 on February 12, 2006, 10:33:38 pm
Those whiskey jacks are cheeky devils and a hoot to watch. They will steal food off yer plate while your holding it  :D I once watched them with an apple core. The first two inspected and left it but when the third carried it back to the tree, the fight was on.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on February 13, 2006, 07:57:32 pm
Just a week later, the tom turkey's were back, and pecking at my shop window again. I walked up to the window to take pics of just a few feet away, and then one with the strutting tom inches away. Hoping they get over this habit of pecking at the glass, because it's 1/8" storm pane that isn't that strong.
The first pic is of the strutting tom, strutting for his 6 buddies ( no hens around ::) ) and the second after the strutter mosey'd over to the window for a portrait. They seem to come around about once a week. Interesting colors that well up into their head when strutting this time of year.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/TomTurk%20ff%20b.jpg)


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/TomTurk%20ff%20a.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 13, 2006, 08:03:29 pm
They don't seem to be very timid do they? They are nice looking birds. Thanks for sharing. :)

I have a couple ravens that hang around the yard for bread I toss out. If I as much as come to a window to watch them they take off. They are very wary of their surroundings.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Nova on February 26, 2006, 02:34:57 pm
Love this thread.  My wife and I live on the outskirts of Halifax and are blessed to have a bit more of the winged kingdom than those closer to the center.  There is a swamp/stream about 200 feet from our boundary line and 300 feet from our house.  On the edge of that swamp a nesting pair of osprey live and several pairs of loons as well.  When we first lived here it was not uncommon to have bald eagles in the area but as the suburbs push out to meet us (and soon pass us  :(  )  the bald eagles, deer and bears are becoming less common.  By the by, I don't miss the bears :D.  We are now in the process of getting ready to build a house in the Annapolis Valley, about 90 minutes to the west of where we live now.  Just this morning on our way there saw a bald eagle fly over the truck, several osprey. and I think a red tailed hawk in the trees on the side of the highway.  If we don't see 5 to 10 hawks/eagles on the drive it is a "slow" day.  The property we are moving to is in an agricultural area and has a very healthy raptor population. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on February 26, 2006, 04:35:09 pm
Welcome to the Forestry Forum, Nova  smiley_turkey_dancing

I am always awed by raptors. Congratulations on your move. Will you be building your own house ???
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Nova on February 26, 2006, 08:26:31 pm
Thanx SB!  Yes my wife and I will build this house ourselves with the appropriate sub-trades.  We built our current house four years ago with a contractor (I was the laborer/gopher) expecting to stay here for 10 years or so and found that the city decided it wanted to live in the country too :(.  So we bought 40 acres of forest this past summer and have cleared about one and a half acres for the house.  Because about 80% of our trees are hardwood - white ash, poplar, birch, cherry, beech, apple, hop hornbeam, maple and a little bit of red oak - we will purchase a few truckloads of eastern white pine for the frame and use our hardwood for the interior work.  We have a 27hp 8" WPF Peterson mill somewhere in the Pacific as we speak that we will use to cut the lumber and we are jumping into the deep end because we are building a 32' x 36' two story post and beam plus a kiln, out buildings, etc.  Just met with our engineer yesterday and the plans are getting close to completion ;D.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 26, 2006, 09:02:44 pm
I'll say it's the deep end. I hope you can swim. ;D :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Nova on February 26, 2006, 09:32:29 pm
SwampDonkey, I trained as a lifeguard many moons ago, but I don't think that will help me here ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on May 06, 2006, 06:51:15 pm
I was going to finally get around to taking the wreath off the end of the house since Christmas was almost 5 months ago, but got a surprise when I walked around the end of the house to get it. Heck maybe it'll still be up there for the Pig Roast now.  :)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/robin_wreath_1.jpg)


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/robin_wreath_2.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 06, 2006, 07:24:43 pm
I gotta start taking the digital with me. I keep seeing an American bittern along the ditch down the road. He's in amongst the cat tails and rushes. I've walked up on those darn things a number of times and almost walk right into them before they take to flight. Scare the be-geebers out of me until I realize what creature it is. :D :D Ever see a cat tail with eyes? :D You only see one with a sharp eye if your lucky. They point their bill to the sky and they are so skinny and slick they blend right into the cat tails. Maybe I'll get lucky tommorrow. My luck I'll never see the darn thing again.  ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman on May 06, 2006, 10:25:45 pm
Jeff, you are not fooling anyone. ;D That is an artificial bird on that wreath. You put it there last fall so you would have an excuse not  have to take the wreath down. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 07, 2006, 04:57:58 pm
Pretty boy courting his girl.  ;)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_grackle-courtship-001.jpg)

He's really gonna impress her now.  :D

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_grackle-courtship-007.jpg)

I found out in a span of 10 minutes, he definately doesn't practice monogamy.  ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on May 07, 2006, 08:49:10 pm
We may have to begin to worry 'bout SD ::) ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on May 07, 2006, 10:11:43 pm
Begin? :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 08, 2006, 05:39:08 pm
 ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Nova on May 09, 2006, 06:30:31 pm
On our way to continue hacking at our log pile yesterday saw a bald eagle swoop down to the left side of the highway and quickly double back between two lines of traffic to pick up what I assume was some road kill.  The eagle timed it just right and made it without getting nailed by any of the vehicles...I am not sure how many more times that eagle will be so lucky though.  The driver in front of us had the best view as the eagle banked and exposed his full wing span about four feet off the asphalt!  Last week about five miles from that spot saw two bald eagles flying over the highway.  What a magnificent bird.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 09, 2006, 07:02:13 pm
We have alot of them here that nest along the river. Saw one adult and a juvenile today on my way home.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Wenrich on May 09, 2006, 07:09:16 pm
We had one at our place last year.  It was the only bald eagle I have ever seen, in the wild.  It was really unusual for this part of Pennsylvania. 

We are starting to get nesting eagles back along some of our major rivers. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 09, 2006, 07:27:39 pm
Some people try erecting a platform for them along the river, but they get mostly osprey.

Today when marking out some thinning in the quiet country air, I heard a couple of owls calling one another I assume. I'de say they were horned owls. Probably nesting in a narly old beech on the Crown block (public forest) next door.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman on May 09, 2006, 09:24:05 pm
Got a picture a while back of two bald eagles in one tree.  If they  were not mad at each other and were resting a little closer together , I could have gotten a better picture.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10432/baldeagle_op.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sawguy21 on May 09, 2006, 11:17:58 pm
I had a bald eagle pace me along the ditch at window level as I drove a logging road. I assume it was hunting for mice.  What a sight. 8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on May 10, 2006, 07:52:39 am
While drinking my coffee this morning this little guy and his mate flew into the big elm next to my office window. Apparently didn't like the neighbors as they checked out the housing situation and moved on.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10427/wood%20duck.JPG)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on May 10, 2006, 10:39:38 am
Certainly must be a 'wood' duck.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: crtreedude on May 10, 2006, 10:45:34 am
I was once fishing on Hemlock Lake, south of Rochester NY and while I was fishing a bald eagle came and snatch a trout off the lake - about 20 feet away from me.

I wasn't catching anything, but it was worth the trip just to see that!

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 10, 2006, 06:04:29 pm
I've seen osprey pluck salmon out of the river below where we fished.

I've also seen mallard ducks perched in cedar trees beside my fish pond. I couldn't believe it because their feet are not designed for perching. The fish pond wasn't favorable to brook trout, not enough oxygen, plus alot of field run off.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on May 18, 2006, 07:48:54 am
Last night I spotted this blur out of the corner of my eye. Sure enough it was a ruby throated hummingbird, never seen one this early in the year. He spotted the aliums in the back flower garden and spent 5 minutes giving them a good going over. Patty and I walked out on the deck and stood a few feet away and watched him manuver in a strong wind.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10427/hummingbird.JPG)

When he flew away he buzzed past my nose by a couple of inches, probably never knew we were there.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on May 18, 2006, 10:37:51 am
Nice catch on the picture Norm!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 18, 2006, 11:32:56 am
I haven't seen any yet here, although the sap suckers are back. Everything is in full bloom and waiting for them. The wild fly honeysuckles have been in flower for at least 2 weeks, before most anything else.

Nice shot Norm.  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Corley5 on May 18, 2006, 03:38:32 pm
 8) 8) pic!!!  Dad and I saw a hummingbird last week.  1st one of the season and kinda early for up here but there's lotsa stuff in bloom for em.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: UNCLEBUCK on May 19, 2006, 01:04:37 am
Hummingbirds been here for 10 days and the Orioles . Showed up during the heavy rainy week . I must have good fuel that they like . Always wonder if its the same little hummingbirds and if they made it all the way down to see Harold and cr or just how far they go south.  Great pictures Norm !

Drove the lawnmower over to my sisters the other day on the backroad of the farm . 2 sets of canadian honkers with little fuzzballs running between them and looks like big hatches. A dozen woodducks off the corn stubble and 18 more honkers with feathers missing all over their wings and then one loose bull  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Bibbyman on May 23, 2006, 05:55:21 pm
We have some killdeer that have taken up makin' their home on the gravel on our loglot.  A pretty hazardous place. 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10034/wskilldeernest2006.JPG)

This little hen built her nest (if you can call it a nest - it's only a cupped out place in the gravel) right beside the main drive.  You can spit on her as you drive by.  We pass by her a dozen times a day.  When heading up the drive,  she'll stay on her nest.  But coming back,  she'll jump and run and fake injury if you come walking up.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10034/wskilldeereggs2006.JPG)

She's been setting on these four eggs for two weeks.  They are very large compared to the size of the bird.  They are about the size of a banty's egg.

We'd found a nest earlier in the spring and watched it for a week.  Then one morning Mary noted the hen was on her nest and when she fled,  the eggs were there.  A couple of hours later,   the eggs were gone.  No sign of the shells left.  I suspect a snake got them.

Anyway,  it'll be great to see that she gets her eggs hatched.  It's been a fun watching her.

 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on May 23, 2006, 06:40:49 pm
Here is a Purple Gallinule. He was in our pond a few days ago feeding on minnows.
This is a Zoomed in and blown up photo, the actual size of the bird is similiar to the size of a BlueJay, maybe a tad bit larger.
The beautiful colors aren't always caught with the naked eye. (At least my eyes)
It helps to have binoculars.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Purple%20Gallinule.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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.  :-\ :'(
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom 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.  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Bibbyman on May 25, 2006, 10:14:06 pm
We got all kinds of bird nest in our sawshed and barns.  I’m 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 – 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.

I’ve 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pappy 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."

http://community-2.webtv.net/Velpics/HUM/
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff 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.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/wreath_robin.jpg)


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/wreath_robin_2.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Corley5 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)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder 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.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Anhinga%20004.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom 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.

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder 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
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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.  ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom 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 (http://www.audubon.org/bird/BoA/F42_G1a.html)

Here is Audubon's Birds of America (http://www.audubon.org/bird/BoA/BOA_index.html) from the beginning if you care to read some of it.  I find it fascinating.  :P :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Don P 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.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10017/hummer1.jpg)
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10017/hummer2.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on May 26, 2006, 11:38:02 pm
I wonder what a hummingbird mount would cost?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: UNCLEBUCK 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 .
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pappy 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

http://www.ruffedgrousesociety.org/Sounds/drumming.wav

More info about em...

http://www.ruffedgrousesociety.org/ruffed_facts.asp

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 ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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.  :-\
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff 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

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/carolyn_dragonfly.jpg)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/dragonfly_bird.jpg)


Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on May 28, 2006, 09:27:49 pm
We decided they taste like chicken. :)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/carolyn_dragonfly_2.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: UNCLEBUCK on May 29, 2006, 01:17:58 am
Those birds just hatched here too Jeff , they are everywhere  :)

I left the door open in the woodshop last few weeks and got me a fresh barn swallow nest almost done on the cieling so I decided to close the door before they set eggs , sure felt bad closing the door after they went to all that work hauling mud and straw .
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Patty on May 29, 2006, 03:06:35 pm
We have a bunch of really angry barn swallows here today. Norm destroyed their happy home yesterday. ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 29, 2006, 03:16:59 pm
I can remember them when we had them in great numbers they would swoop and almost nip you on the ears. We had a cat that was always a target for the swallows in the yard. I always thought of their attack chirp as the sound of a pare of scissors as they swoop down on you as if to cut a lock of hair. :D

I've caught them in fish nets and the biggest part of them are their wings. Such a tiny body.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on May 30, 2006, 01:02:31 am
Dragon flies or Mosquito Hawks were quick and easy pets when I was little.  If you stood still, one might light on you.   We would, sometimes, tie a piece of thread around his body and walk around with him flying circles around our head.   When fishing, no cane pole was complete without one or two resting in the tip.  In the evening, the air would be full of them.  They are a really neat insect.  One would never guess that the immature stage was a super bad, aggressive, vicious and voracious nymph that feeds on beetles, small fish and worms on the bottom of a pond.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ianab on May 30, 2006, 03:33:31 am
Actually they dont change much, the adult dragon flies are carnivorus insects that feed on mossies and moths. While they dont live long as adults (3 or 4 weeks) compared to several years as a nymph, I guess they need the occasional snack to keep them going... every topic comes back to food  ;) :D

Cheers

Ian
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 30, 2006, 04:10:28 pm
They are realy active in grain fields hunting beetles too. I see all kinds during harvest season (August-Sept).
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: bitternut on June 20, 2006, 07:50:41 am
Here is a young kestrel I found sitting on my woodpile yesterday. I have a nest box located a few feet away that is usually occupied by a pair and this year was no exception. They always seem to come out of the box before they can really fly. I was really tempted to keep this little guy as a pet but decided that the best thing was to leave it where I found it. Always wanted to keep one for a pet. Had a red tailed hawk when I was kid but he was pretty wild and tough to handle. This little guy let me pick him up and would just sit on your hand. Always find chipmunk tails around the box and under a dead elm where they sit.


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10129/MVC-010S%20%28Custom%29.JPG)

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on June 20, 2006, 08:17:05 am
What a great picture! 

If the boss hears about the chipmunk capability, he'll be wanting one!   :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 20, 2006, 08:47:31 am
We have alot of them here that sit on the hydro wires adjacent to grassy fields.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on August 08, 2006, 07:44:55 pm
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Hawk%20Fly%20By.jpg)
This Hawk was stirring up the neighborhood this evening trying to get at some Baby Bluejays.  He got run off by 3 little birds. Got lucky to get this one on his flight to a perch.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Hawk%20Perch%20%282%29.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on August 11, 2006, 09:50:29 pm
I know we have night hawks in the NW, but don't see them often, haven't seen any for a couple of years.  They seem to come in for a hatch of particuar bug or something.  Earlier this week I was down at the neighbors, sitting out on the patio for that last hour before dusk.  Swallows working up high and then an occasional night hawk.  Pretty soon there was another and within ten minutes there were 6 of them working directly overhead, no more they 30 or 40 feet up.  Beautiful birds to watch!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on August 12, 2006, 05:37:43 am
We have night hawks here too. Hear their wings as they dive for bugs. When we used to go camping and fishing you'de here them all night. Vrooooooom ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pappy on September 01, 2006, 08:41:58 am
American Bald Eagle in moon light


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10691/Paul%20Cyr%20P.I.%20Eagle%20photo1.jpg)

This picture was taken by a friend of a friend in Presque Isle Maine... They called it "Timing" ... How true!! and how many times ya see something super like this and ya ain't got a camera!!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on September 01, 2006, 08:49:31 am
I'll second that. That's a really nice snap pappy. Thanks for sharing.  8)  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on September 01, 2006, 11:28:08 am
Amazing photo! 

Funny thing about birds, (and especially hawks for me,) no matter how many I've seen I will still find myself slowing down to look or pulling off to watch.  Never tire of them.

Had a young sharp shinned hawk playing with a couple of flickers down in our meadow earlier this week.  Tree to tree and scolding each other but not trying to hurt anyone.  Just learning the neighbors I think.

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Dan_Shade on September 01, 2006, 01:40:06 pm
is it possible to get a copy of that bald eagle picture in a higher resolution?  it's amazing
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on September 01, 2006, 03:29:33 pm
If that is an original photo, unretouched, it seems like your friend should copywrite it and see if it is marketable.
I agree that it is a fantastic photo.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pappy on September 04, 2006, 02:48:04 pm
Dan,
I'll check w/ the friend that sent it to me and see if he has a better res of it... The one I have here is only  73.7 KB... If every thing is OK with them I'll get ya a copy..

pap
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pappy on September 04, 2006, 07:37:55 pm
Dan,
Here's a link to the photographers web site...

http://www.crownofmaine.com/paulcyr/main.php?g2_page=5

he's got lots of great shots over there!!! ::)  The guy is   GOOD !!!


pap
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on September 04, 2006, 08:50:31 pm
Wow, that guy is good. And a CYR!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sawguy21 on September 05, 2006, 12:05:22 am
WOW :o He has some fantastic shots. I'm jealous :D :D :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on September 24, 2006, 10:29:57 pm
This fellow is really hard to see, visable in profile but almost disappears when you look at him against the tree trunk.  A barred owl, in the trees just over my cats.  Believe they just ended up hunting the same territory but not certain.  Sat in the tree long enough for me to walk up the hill for my camera and back.  And in the middle of the day! 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/12858/September%20Owl%20cropped.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on September 25, 2006, 02:36:53 pm
My Mother was always afraid that an owl would get our cat.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on September 25, 2006, 03:46:32 pm
One did get my uncle's white barn cat. He had seen it hanging around the barn (owl) and soon the kitty was not to be found.  ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on September 25, 2006, 07:17:32 pm
Noticed today that there is a squirrel working the big leaf maples in that same area so have a feeling that is what he was looking for.  He's about the same size as the cats so think he might have a real fight on his hands if he tries.  Beautiful birds though.

I stuffed and mounted birds when I was a kid.  Had a great horned owl mounted in my bedroom over the bed.  We had a big storm one night and something banging on the porch knocked the owl loose.  I woke up in the morning, eyeball to eyeball with the bird!
Title: Great Blue Heron Nests have been destroyed while building forest road
Post by: SwampDonkey on September 28, 2006, 08:07:33 pm
Reported by CBC:

Between 12 and 20 heron nests were destroyed when a forest company built a wide track through its property this summer. The nests were part of a large colony, and the incident has sparked an investigation by the Canadian Wildlife Service.

The birds, and their nests, are protected under federal legislation.

CBC News has obtained copies of the search warrants and supporting documents executed as part of the CWS investigation.

A judge granted the Wildlife Service warrants to search two company offices in Sussex.  Investigators seized approximately 70 documents, computer files, and maps from the offices.

No accompanying photos.
Title: Fall Crow Migration
Post by: SwampDonkey on October 06, 2006, 06:26:13 pm
The crows are gathering for another trip south toward warmer climate.  ;D

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_Crows2.jpg)



(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_Crows1.jpg)
Title: Great Blue Heron
Post by: SwampDonkey on October 08, 2006, 10:46:56 am
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_Blueheron1.jpg)


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_Blueheron2.jpg)

Photos taken 20 minutes ago today after he scared the daylights out of me. ;D
Title: Geese in the back yard
Post by: SwampDonkey on October 08, 2006, 10:49:08 am
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_Geese1.jpg)

These guys landed in the plowed field behind the house an hour ago.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on October 08, 2006, 01:20:00 pm
This Red Tail Hawk was on the prowl for field mice.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Hawk%20in%20Flight.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS (Pileated Woodpecker)
Post by: beenthere on November 06, 2006, 04:02:43 pm
Finally caught this Pileated Woodpecker on camera. We've had a pair in our woods for the 38 years we've been here, and most times can hear them, and on occasion see them. This old white oak 10 yards from the house has caught one's attention this past week, and I've been trying to get a pic. Finally did it. Took several, but this one is the best profile pic.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/Pileated%20Woodpecker_ff.jpg)


Went out after he flew away, to get a tape in the pic where he was feasting. Looks to be about 12-14" high on the tree.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/Pileated%20WP%20holes_ff.jpg)


Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on November 06, 2006, 04:11:01 pm
Beenthere, I chased one along an old logging road last fall and every time I brought the camera up for a snap he with flicker off or go on the back side of a tree. All I got was blurred images.  :-\ I see one in my yard sometimes around an old maple yard tree that has a rotten branch. I chase him off because I don't want it full of holes and have it come down faster than need be.  ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on November 06, 2006, 04:12:09 pm
Couple of summers ago I had a pair of young ones hanging around the yard one day.  Just like gawky teenagers, kind of tumbling over each other as they chased around the yard.  Still didn't have that flying stuff down pat yet.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on November 06, 2006, 07:18:51 pm
I had one that was working an oak tree not 10 feet from my deer stand back in 1972.  He was dismanteling that tree as efficiently as a wrecking crew takes down a house. 

He was so interesting that now I look for them when I hear them in the swamp.  They will take down a pine tree with whacks that send 6"shards of wood flying.  There is no "rat-a-tat-tat" but rather a "Whack-whack-whack". 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: CHARLIE on November 23, 2006, 12:16:45 am
For many years I duck hunted in the backwaters of the Mississippi River at a place called Reno. Too, me 20 minutes of walking and some slogging through bogs to get to my hunting spot. On slow days I'd enjoy watching Pileated woodpeckers (they have a terrible squawk) and downy woodpeckers and many other birds of the forests.  One Fall, I was fishing with my Uncle and cousin in Park Falls, Wisconsin and I saw more red headed woodpeckers than I'd ever seen in one place in my life. They must've been migrating or something because there were lots and lots of them. A beautiful sight. :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on November 23, 2006, 08:46:13 pm
I'm seeing more and more piliated woodpeckers lately. Nice to see in the woods and an indicator species of old growth forests. I had one working around my deer blind the first day of season last week until it started working on the tree right at the door into the blind.

I had to open the door and scare it away for some quite again.

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on November 23, 2006, 09:06:47 pm
I see them in mature aspen, kind of tipping toward over mature. I found a nest site (I think) the other day in a big old aspen along the road. Maybe I can take a shot tomorrow. It was about half way up the tree and the top of the aspen is dead I think, bud has some live laterals lower down. I'de say the diameter of the cavity hole is a good 5 inches.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 03, 2006, 10:05:46 am
Here is the shot of a nesting cavity. I can't be 100 % certain it's a pileated cavity, but I see them around the area hammering at old snags. I also see hairy wood peckers as well, but the cavity is quite big for a small woodpecker. Usually the pileated make a square hole when searching for bugs, not sure about nesting cavity holes.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_CavityTree.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Larry on December 09, 2006, 05:43:20 pm
Not much fun when ya fire one shot and get your limit...plus a limit for all your neighbors. ;D ;D  At one time I think the geese were covering about 80 acres and not more than 6" away from each other.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10125/2006_12080032.JPG)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10125/2006_12080044.JPG)


Going back tomorrow with slingshots...just to make it interesting. ;D

Corn field in the Missouri River bottoms.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sawguy21 on December 10, 2006, 03:39:28 pm
That is a lot of T-day and Christmas dinners. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff 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.  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Larry on December 10, 2006, 07:37:50 pm
Your pink flamingos wouldn’t even be knee high on our goose.  I’ve heard everything is much smaller in the far north due to the short growing season. :D :D

Worlds Largest Goose (http://www.wlra.us/wl/wlgoose.htm)

See...ya learned something new today...you can tell all your friends where the worlds biggest goose lives. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on December 10, 2006, 08:03:17 pm
I’ve 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.

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder 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.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Annie2.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: gary on December 21, 2006, 05:15:49 pm
This owl is in my warehouse



                       (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/12480/Pic131a.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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

 Life of a White Spruce  (http://www.gi.alaska.edu/ScienceForum/ASF7/707.html)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: gary 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on December 30, 2006, 12:04:14 pm
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Egrets.jpg)
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. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on December 30, 2006, 04:12:23 pm
Not sure what these little fellas eat.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/flamingo.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on December 30, 2006, 04:41:07 pm
der dey are.
Santa's little helpers. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk 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.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/12858/Snow%20Geese%2001.jpg)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/12858/Snow%20Geese.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on January 03, 2007, 02:37:28 pm
Thats more then a couple... :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff 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
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sawguy21 on January 03, 2007, 05:21:46 pm
Thats more then a couple... :)
They are starting to cause problems due to overpopulation
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on January 03, 2007, 06:09:00 pm
SD
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....... :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Shotgun 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.

Norm
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman 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.

Bob

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on January 04, 2007, 12:19:40 am
Just send the wife witch up to keep an eye open for thm Bob. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Paschale on January 07, 2007, 11:45:48 pm
Had a redtail hawk walking around in my backyard yesterday while I was eating breakfast.  I think he has his eye on all of the starlings that like to congregate in my bushes.  I've seen him many times, usually alighting on the top of my pine trees in the back, but this is the first time I've seen him walking on the ground.

I hope he sticks around!   ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Wenrich on January 08, 2007, 06:11:58 pm
You have starlings this time of year?  Even with a warm year, they've been long gone.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 08, 2007, 07:50:26 pm
Ron, we have starlings here every winter, even in a real winter. I see them here every day, they group up like pigeons in barns and sheds and stuff. I see them on the road side wires in bunches. Remember they are not native, and thus aren't driven to migrate. Although, I'm sure a few seek warmer weather during winter. They were always at grandfather's bird feeders all winter and usually the native birds had to keep their distance. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Paschale on January 08, 2007, 08:13:34 pm
There's a huge swarm of them that live downtown near our central interchange of two interstates.  At dusk every day, fall, winter, spring or summer, they're swooping and whirling around the viaducts.  Quite a sight...and I wish they were all dead.  Doggone pests.  I hope that hawk gets 'em!   ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: jon12345 on January 08, 2007, 09:10:11 pm
Saw an osprey for the first time here about a week ago.  I had no idea what this huge bird was since the only ones around that size we see around here normally are herons, and once or twice a year a bald eagle.  After searching google pics for a while I found the only thing close to what I saw.  So for now it was an osprey, unless it was some bird that got blown in from a foreign nation.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 08, 2007, 09:38:18 pm
You might if you have some open water Jon. Remember they are a fish hawk and they normally winter on the Gulf Coast, Coast of California, South and Central America and Europe/Asia and Africa believe it or not. They are not far from large bodies of water. We have a lot of nesting platforms here along the upper river valley, including power line poles.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: jon12345 on January 08, 2007, 10:20:14 pm
There are a few lakes, one a couple miles away that is about a mile wide at its widest point, and roughly 6 miles long.  We live next to a 'creek' that could be considered a river by some standards, but not much still water on it now that a bird could hunt for fish.  Last winter 4 bald eagles were eating a deer carcass on the ice across the street.  I saw a juvenile bald eagle at the state park thats on the lake I mentioned.  My guess is the osprey was passing through to one of the great lakes from the coast, or confused by the warm weather.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on January 10, 2007, 02:45:28 pm
My Sister just emailed this to me.  She works for North Cascade Institute, an educational organization in the North Cascade Park.  These are counts on the Skagit River.  I fish up there a lot, knew there were a lot of eagles this year but had no idea how many!

Here is the eagle count from the past four weeks.


---------------------------------------------------------------------------
            Newhalem to Marblemount        17
12/13/2006        Marblemount to Rockport 263   Total =     389
            Rockport to Sedro-Woolley     109
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            Newhalem to Marblemount 51
12/20/2006  Marblemount to Rockport 397    Total = 627
            Rockport to Sedro-Woolley     179
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            Newhalem to Marblemount 28
12/27/2006  Marblemount to Rockport 385   Total =     589
            Rockport to Sedro-Woolley     176
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            Newhalem to Marblemount 57
1/03/2007   Marblemount to Rockport 580    Total =    859
            Rockport to Sedro-Woolley     222
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 10, 2007, 03:53:50 pm
On the 1996 Prince Rupert Telephone book there was a picture of about 30 eagles sitting in one big old sitka spruce.  8) 8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on January 19, 2007, 09:36:02 pm
Standing in the river fishing yesterday, 34° and pouring down rain when a small hawk came sailing by.  In discussions with my nephew, who is an ornatholigist, determined that it was either a merlin or a peregrine.  Looking at where they winter, think it must be a peregrine.  Pretty cool.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 20, 2007, 04:17:48 am
I've seen a few merlin out on the coast, specifically on the 'Charlottes'. Peregrine are known to be there as well. The fishing lodge was named for them, thus Peregrine Lodge. One guy I was cruising with saw a pair of hawks on one of our blocks. I saw them also as they were over our heads in the branches of a hemlock screeching like crazy. We never saw a nest, and at time we didn't know the species. As it turns out raptors are protected out there, so we have to watch for nests, and Peregrine is high on the list. Well, my cruising partner claimed we found a nesting pair of Peregrines and that he saw baby birds in the nests. He told the company supervisor and I didn't even know until one of their wildlife guys asked me about it.

Wait a minute, what nest, what baby birds? So he and I went out to the cruising plot for an inspection. There was no sign of birds or any nest. I described what we saw as far as size and plumage and he thought that it was likely a pair of merlin. I've since looked it up and that fits what I saw and we have a lot of them here in the summer that roost on the hydro wires in open fields.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 20, 2007, 04:20:25 am
I was going to mention further about the eagles. In both Prince Rupert and Queen Charlotte City, if you want to see eagles with little effort, just go to the dumps. They are as thick as ravens and sea gulls. :D
Title: Great Blue Heron Nests have been destroyed while building forest road
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 02, 2007, 05:20:20 pm
Charges will be filed February 5, 2007 concerning the damages caused to the blue heron nesting colony by a provincial forest company based in Saint John. A fine up to $1M and/or 6 months jail time is the maximum sentence for the offense. Not looking good for the forest operations supervisor.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on February 02, 2007, 09:37:41 pm
We have a tavern here in the NW with a blue heron rookery in the cottonwoods next door.   Environmentalists enjoyed sitting out on the deck with a cold brew and watching the herons return in the evening.  Until the local bald eagles began to clean them out.  Great consternation!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on February 03, 2007, 09:20:52 am
This feller was waking up the whole neighborhood this morning with his quacking.
Looked in the North American Bird book for the identity but couldn't find his flavor.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Mallard.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Steve on February 03, 2007, 09:47:45 am
Could that be the proverbial "odd duck"?

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on February 03, 2007, 04:33:13 pm
Turns out we think this is an Egyptian Goose. From the research we found the female does the Honking. This is far from it's range. I Think it is lost.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Mallard1.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on February 03, 2007, 04:52:20 pm
Gonna name this goose "Roxie"  ? ::)                  ;D ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on February 03, 2007, 10:34:29 pm
Neighbor just sent me this pic he took of the bluebirds today at his bird waterer (heated, but air temp at -5° F).

Pretty amazing. There are four of them been around the last few days, 'cording to his wife.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/Bluebirds_ff.jpg)


Wondrin what they are eating?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 04, 2007, 10:11:05 am
You know, that looks a lot like the Northern Parula, but neither bird inhabits this far north in the winter. The parula winters in the tropics, and the blue bird winters in the southern US and Mexico. I do know that a few people confuse the two birds. The parula has some white markings around it's eye and darker wings, with yellow-green saddle. And it's plumage is more of a blue-gray, compared to indigo-blue of the blue bird. Parula nests almost exclusively in old growth softwood stands with Spanish moss (south) or old man's beard lichen (north)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on March 01, 2007, 05:20:06 pm
I'll try not to do this every year, but a while ago I thought there was some thunder, then upon checking the thumping, found ol Tom waltzing with he's reflection in the window. Took several flash pics, and this is but one.  Notice how the red shirt has shrunk up around the upper neck.............. ;D

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/Tom_03_1.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on March 01, 2007, 06:24:51 pm
Is that Baker Blue face? :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on March 02, 2007, 10:18:25 am
Invite him in for Thanksgiving dinner. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on March 04, 2007, 11:27:21 am
Yessiree!  Tha's Ol' Tom Turkey.

Tha's what happens when you're born on the 25th of November.   The sun and moon get just right and your reflection changes.  It must be the Lunar eclipse causing it this time.  :D

 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 04, 2007, 11:42:26 am
Reminds me of the episode of Cheers where the bar regulars and Sam were going off to be men at a remote mountain cabin. They got there and realized there are no modern conveniences including refrigeration, so the food was going to spoil. They had no phone to call the camp owner to come get them and they were on there own. A turkey walked by the cabin as one of them are outside gathering wood. Well, you can pretty much guess what happened to Tom. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on March 04, 2007, 11:51:50 am
This old curmudgeon would be a handful.  ....and probably tought too.  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on March 11, 2007, 11:13:19 pm
Today we had a real experience in Tom's swamp. We had an owl let us get up close and personal. I started taking pictures from afar, and before it was over, Mr. Owl was letting me stand right under him with my camera on a stick! I was able to take all kinds of photos and a few shaky videos. I almost hit him with my stick once in accident and he flew to the next tree but even a lower branch. He spent the whole afternoon allowing jtmccallum and I to observe him.  I got him with some super resolution so have some real good photos to print if I wish. When many of the photos were taken the camera was with 6 or 8 feet. Tom sat across the pond with his field glasses observing us observing the owl.  The owl would blink and twist his head, and even fall asleep after a bit. He was a bit shy to begin with but seemed to have zero fear of us after a short time. (the owl, not Tom)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/owl_3.jpg)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/owl_2.jpg)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/owl_1.jpg)

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on March 11, 2007, 11:29:44 pm
I do belive it's a Barred Owl.
How'd it taste ???
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on March 11, 2007, 11:31:43 pm
It is, and I imagine they taste a lot like spotted owl.  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on March 11, 2007, 11:33:10 pm
My nephew has worked all over the world on bird projects.  Many time netting and banding or just base counts on projects.  He tells about being able to walk right up to owls and pick them up, many have virtually no fear of humans.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 12, 2007, 07:05:12 am
There's an old owl around here to. But, he's too shy to get any more than a 1/4 mile to him. I here him in the mornings once in awhile, but he's 1/2 mile or more away when I here him in the woods. I have not idea what species he is and would likely have to look it up unless it was a horned owl or a snowy.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Bro. Noble on March 12, 2007, 09:52:33 am
SD,  I can identify two kinds of owls a half mile away ;D  If it's a barred owl, it will always hoot five times and then wait a little while before hooting again.  The other one I can identify is a screech owl :D :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on March 12, 2007, 09:57:02 am
http://pelotes.jea.com/Barrowls.htm
http://pelotes.jea.com/owlbard.wav


Some good info on this owl.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pappy on March 14, 2007, 09:45:39 am
I had to take the wood ashes bucket out to be dumped behind the house... I see some feathers barely showing through the snow.. Whats this a Partridge ?, stick my foot under and flip what ever it was to the surface and loe and be hoe up pops this Great Horned Owl on it's back froze as froze can be...

I'm guessing that it dived into the snow to strike a ruffed grouse or other critter and broke its neck...

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10691/Great%20Horned%20Owl%20FF%201.jpg)

I've looked into trying to keep it and have it mounted but that ain't gonna happen!!!  I first spoke with the local Game Warden and he says they send them to a depository for testing to try and find out the cause of death... I suppose with bird flu and all we must be carfull...  Then a friend of mine knows the Fish and Game commissioner and other higher ups. He spoke with the second in charge anyway and told him it's a federal offense to have one in your possession!!!  We were also told the only places that can have them is Fish and Wildlife facilities and schools...

The local Game Warden hasn't picked it up yet (been about 6 weeks now) and I'm trying to find people at either the High School or the college in town that might want it...  I was told it would run around $500 bucks to have it mounted!!!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 14, 2007, 09:52:53 am
Too bad about the bird and even more sad that they won't let you mount it for keeps. They couldn't be too concerned if they never showed since 6 weeks ago, reporting it dead.  ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on March 14, 2007, 01:05:33 pm
We did some studying when we were being entertained by the one here and found that we couldn't even be in possession of a feather of an owl or an eagle without running afoul of the law.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on March 18, 2007, 09:32:04 am
This Red-Bellied Woodpecker was making a racket on the gutter downspout this morning. Went to snag a picture. He left for a moment and came back to the peak.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Red-bellied%20WoodPecker.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on March 23, 2007, 04:19:27 pm
We've got a pair of woodpeckers or sap suckers that play on our rooster weather vane on top of the garage each spring.  Always scares me half to death the first couple of times they start banging on it, makes a real racket.

Noticed today that we have a dead tree visable from the kitchen window, broken off about 20 feet from the ground.  Two fresh nesting holes within about 4 feet of the top so we may get to see them nest this year.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on March 24, 2007, 09:32:09 am
We had a couple Hawks here this morning making alot of racket. One of them was in a tree eating another bird. I figured out how to program the Zoom after taking these pics. The quality isn't great cause I enlarged with Xat, then cropped and resized. I could see this guy great with binoculars and not at all with the Digital Camera because the zoom hadn't been programmed yet.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Hawk.jpg)
Here is a pic of a smaller hawk by the pond.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Hawk1.jpg)
Next pics should get better. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 24, 2007, 09:56:21 am
I saw a couple crows dive bombing a hawk yesterday. Too far away for pictures. The hawk was brown with a lot of white under his wings and tail. I'm thinking a marsh hawk.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on March 24, 2007, 10:14:28 am
There is a couple hundred acres just north of us 1 block that we thought was a protected wetland. Turns out it is part of a development that was on it's eastern border.  They have been clearing and grinding the trees in the new development which was just loaded with an invasive tree species called maleluca. There has been alot of Bird activity because of the disruption. We usually hear the Hawks everyday, so their nests must not be in the affected area.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on March 26, 2007, 10:17:22 pm
Swallows showed up for the first time today, band tailed pigeons over the weekend and a pair of red winged blackbirds yesterday.  Realized that I need to get the hummingbird feeders out, have had them back this early a couple of years in the past.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 27, 2007, 07:10:37 am
Probably won't see robins and grackles here for 3 weeks, although there is lots of bare ground on the fields.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: isawlogs on March 28, 2007, 10:39:17 pm
 Swamp , I saw my first robin here this morning , I dont know what he is thinking, I might have to go to the store and get him some worms and throw them on the ten square feet of lawn that is showing .....  :-\
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 29, 2007, 06:30:00 am
Yup I saw one robin yesterday in Lakeville and a flock of grackles around a feeder in town. Spring has sprung.

(http://www.klondikekonsulting.com/images/snoopy1.gif)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on April 10, 2007, 09:57:36 pm
Walking down to the garden area after dinner tonight.  Stopped just short of the meadow and was watching about 20 robins working the lawns.  All the sudden a bird went by me about 40 miles an hour, swept around a clump of birch and out into the meadow, after the robins.  Missed them all and sat down in a tree and watched me for a bit and then flew on up the hill.  Small gray hawk, maybe 10 inches tall.  Believe it was an immature sharp shinned hawk.  Beautiful bird!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Raphael on April 19, 2007, 06:53:29 pm
My father thought he'd found a dead Sparrow Hawk laying on it's back in the driveway this morning...
At least it seemed pretty dead until he picked it up by the tail feathers, fortunately that little beak only makes tiny little holes in fingers.

Here is is hitching a ride in dad's S10.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/12870/SparrowHawk01c_2.jpg)


And playing hard to get in the barn.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/12870/SparrowHawk02-sm_2.jpg)

He's down at the local Audubon Society Center recovering from being stunned.  No idea what hit him but there is a small abrasion on his head above his right eye.  When and if he fully recovers we'll be bringing him back here to release.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: wwsjr on April 19, 2007, 08:38:03 pm
Looks like our first hatch of bluebirds (4 birds) are almost ready to fly, got lots of real feathers. We had about 50 hatch last year in 6 houses. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on April 19, 2007, 09:01:48 pm
I suppose you have the western bluebird?They have more blue that goes down the throat.I have the eastern bluebirds.Ours have just came back and looking for a place to raise thier young.We useally get 6-8 that will look at all of the houses but lucky if 2 pair stay.The sparrows will drive them off.I call the bluebirds a polite bird.They don't want no trouble,they will leave.They won't fight.The sparrows will keep pestering them until they leave.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on April 19, 2007, 09:38:38 pm
Great pictures, Rapheal !!!!

How big is that bird? It's not in my bird books ! Can you tell us more about it ???

Last fall I saw a similar bird near some deer guts. Didn't see as much brown. Couldn't find it in any books ?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on April 19, 2007, 09:54:59 pm
Rapheal,     I think they are the prettiest hawk out there!  I grew up with them in Montana but never saw them in Western Washington until just the last 5 or 6 years.  Always thought it was too wet for them.  But they now winter over here and we see them all the time.  Great to see such good close-ups of him!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: bitternut on April 19, 2007, 10:13:24 pm
Looks like a Kestrel to me. They are pretty busy setting up house keeping right now in my area. I might be mistaken but I believe they are our smallest hawk. I have a nest box close by my bird feeder and their presence doesn't seem to bother the small birds using the feeder.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on April 19, 2007, 10:49:56 pm
Yes, bitternut, I found it in the book as a kestrel but it shows a browner chest/belly.

It says they can hover like a kingfisher. That must be what I saw.

Great !! I'm always happy to see a new to me bird ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Raphael on April 20, 2007, 02:23:23 am
  You're correct bitternut, the "American Sparrowhawk" (Sparrow-Hawk or Sparrow Hawk) is the American Kestral (Falco sparverius) and not a true Accipitor like the Eurasian varieties...  Old naming habits die hard.  They are supposed to be a good bird for learning falconry.
  This little guy isn't much over 8" or 9" tops.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 20, 2007, 05:15:38 am
They are very common here where you have pastures and power lines along the roads where they perch. They seem to love hey fields and stubble ground. We also get northern shrieks passing by in spring and fall as they come and go from the north country. I don't know if they are a raptor or not, but they hunt mice and small birds. The mice are almost as big as the bird. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on April 21, 2007, 11:29:32 am
A Little Blue Heron came for a visit this morning. ;)
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/LittleBlueHeron.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman on April 21, 2007, 11:07:50 pm
These two geese came walking through my yard last week. They were heading due south to escape the cold weather we had last week. It has warmed up today, so I expect to see them on their way back north soon.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10432/geese_op.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: caz on April 22, 2007, 05:24:20 am
CFARM, Get the bluebird houses with the hole on the bottom of the box problem solved no more house sparrows.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: isawlogs on April 22, 2007, 05:35:04 pm
Caz...

   Ya got pics or drawings of those bluebird houses , I got me the sparow haunting da beuebird here ... That sounds like a winner house to me .  :P
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 22, 2007, 05:47:45 pm
Diameter of the hole makes a difference to and I don't remember the proper diameter.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on April 22, 2007, 10:15:42 pm
I visited our property this weekend and took a few pictures. I discovered this timberdoodle (woodcock) doing his dance in the cabin driveway when I returned from putting up an automatic feeder on our property.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/timberdoodle.jpg)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/timberdoodle_2.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on April 22, 2007, 10:19:52 pm
He looks cold.   :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on April 22, 2007, 10:45:54 pm
I think hes a star....

Here is his video. ;D

Doin da timberdoodle! (http://www.forestryforum.com/media/timberdoodle.wmv)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on April 22, 2007, 11:08:32 pm
Tom
He'll warm up if'n he gets back ta doodlin...... ;D ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on April 22, 2007, 11:17:22 pm
Great Video :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on April 23, 2007, 06:11:26 am
 8) 8)  Thanks for the Timber Doodle dance!   :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: isawlogs on April 23, 2007, 08:31:50 am
Swamp

  Hole dimentions for bluebird house

 I have yet to see a bird house plan for Blue bird that have a hole in the  bottom ... I have seen plans for a house to discourage Sparrows from entering witht the slot openning , That is my plan for this morning ...  :P
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on April 23, 2007, 09:38:56 am
That's funny....Michael Jackson's got nothing on that little guy. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 23, 2007, 03:02:54 pm
Yes, I've been seeing the woodcock this past week in the woods. It's funny, there could be a small patch of bare ground and those things will be sitting in it with a cover of hardwoods or alders. Darn near step on them. They make the weirdest mating calls I ever heard when flying straight up in the sky and making almost 90 degree turns. Been seeing a lot of snipe to. Today, the plantation I was marking out had 3 or 4 pairs, seemed to always be in pairs. Seen a moose, a grouse and a deer as well. Yesterday seen where a bear was rolling in the snow with the cubs and looked like they was wrestling and pulling out hair in little chunks. I got one guy petrified of bears, I'll put him in that block.  :D :D :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Don K on April 28, 2007, 05:22:38 am
Cfarm, We have the eastern down here as well. I have a batch about ready to fly too. I will try to get a picture today of them im the box. Maybe catch the male on top. I am seeing a increase in the amount of bluebirds. I guess all us boys with bb guns being threatened with bodily harm when I was young sure helped the population. The law still applies for my stepson and nephews and cousins. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on April 28, 2007, 08:42:15 am
Hope dis Stork is fer someone else. ;D
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Stork.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Don K on April 28, 2007, 01:51:17 pm
I got a picture of the baby bluebirds today, but did not have time to get mom and dad to trust me enough to get a good pic of them. It won't be long and they will fly and we can start all over (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/12960/donk_birds1_jpg.jpg)

I might try to get the parents use to getting meal worms out of a feeder and then they will be ok with me being close enough for pics.   

Don
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 28, 2007, 02:17:45 pm
Funny how the babies fit so tight in the tiny nest.  :) Never seen blue birds here, other than blue jays and northern perulas.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Don K on April 28, 2007, 06:24:27 pm
There are four babies in there. That is the usual number of eggs they lay. I look for these to be gone by the end of next week. I'll clean out the box and they will probably nest two more times this summer.

They sure was trying to keep a low profile when I was snapping that picture. :D 

Don
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on April 29, 2007, 08:37:48 am
Great pictures guys, I've never seen a stork before but we have bluebirds here. Yesterday I saw the first ones this year, seems we have some that are migrating through and then later we get the ones that stay and nest all year. While raising their young they are great for keeping the bugs down. They'll sit on the overhead service waiting for something to show up on the gravel road underneath and then swoop down to get it. One of my favorite birds.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on May 06, 2007, 10:53:21 am
Mid morning yesterday, sitting on the tractor and tilling the garden, looked out across my lawn/pasture and here is a little mallard hen with a dozen ducklings behind her, struggling through the needs-to-be-mowed grass.  At that point she is nearly 100 yards from any water but must have been moving them from one creek to another.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 06, 2007, 11:51:39 am
I visited our property this weekend and took a few pictures. I discovered this timberdoodle (woodcock) doing his dance in the cabin driveway when I returned from putting up an automatic feeder on our property.

Found a nest of 4 eggs on Friday, almost stepped on the new family.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Don K on May 06, 2007, 12:24:35 pm
As predicted my baby bluebirds flew the coop this week. I cleaned out the old nest Fri. and I noticed this morning as I sat on the front porch enjoying a cup of coffee that they are busy building a new nest. I will try to get pics as the family progresses from start to finish.

Don
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sawguy21 on May 06, 2007, 12:31:40 pm
There is a porch overhanging my entrance and the swallows have nested behind a loose ceiling panel. The little ones really kicked up a fuss when I walked under it a few minutes ago,  ;D must have thought the parents were returning with dinner.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on May 07, 2007, 08:53:24 pm
Alot of activity here this morning with this egyptian goose quacking a 5 alarm alert. Dare is Trouble in da pond. :D
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/CallOutTheAlarm.jpg)

Here comes Backup. :D
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/HeronFlyover.jpg)
These 4 River Otters came fishing without a permit. ;D
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Otters.jpg)
Great Blue Herons aren't Afraid of Otters. They like to harass them and steal the otters fish. This Heron was waiting for the fresh fish. And then in hot pursuit when otter ran to neighbors pond.
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/ImpationatelyWaiting.jpg) (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/HotPursuit.jpg)
And the last Pic.  An otter having enough of the Goose yacking and chasing off.
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/ChineseGooseChase.jpg)


Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on May 07, 2007, 09:08:46 pm
Them blue herons are funny looking flying.Thier wing go up and down so slow.I saw one taking off from a tree while driving down the road.I almost went off the road watching it.This one had to crunch way down and than leap off the branch.First it was 4 feet tall,than it was a foot tall.Looked real odd,but it worked for him.Saw one fly right up the road here once.Was about 6 feet off the ground.Good thing it's a dead end dirt road.Nice pictures.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Don K on May 11, 2007, 09:34:08 pm
The bluebirds have rebuilt the nest I removed from the box last week and have laid a new batch of eggs. This will be the second hatching this year. I will post pics of the babies when they hatch. I hope for three broods this year from this pair. :)   
Don

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/12960/donk_birdeggs1_jpg.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 19, 2007, 05:47:09 pm
Here's a neat wetland bird.  ;D

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_bittern1.jpg)

American bittern in some wetland near my woodlot.  :)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_bittern2.jpg)

Bye bye buddy.  ;D

 Sounds  (http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/American_Bittern_dtl.html#sound)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Larry on May 19, 2007, 09:09:03 pm
Hoot

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10125/2007_05180033.JPG)

Hoot Hoot
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman on May 20, 2007, 09:40:04 pm
These two geese came walking through my yard last week. They were heading due south to escape the cold weather we had last week. It has warmed up today, so I expect to see them on their way back north soon.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10432/geese_op.jpg)



Well the geese couldn't make up their mind whether to head south or north, so they just stayed around and started a family.


 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10432/baby_geese_op.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Don K on May 20, 2007, 10:01:40 pm
I went and checked on my bluebirds when I got home from Sawlex today. There are now 5 eggs instead of the 3 in my photo. I don't know how they will fit in there if all them hatch. :o
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on May 24, 2007, 10:17:56 am
I REALLY wish I had a picture !!! I finally saw a bird that I always wanted to see. An Indigo Bunting ! The books say they are around the Eastern US in the summer but I'd never seen one. They are a beautiful dark blue  8) I was so excited that I bought a lottery ticket :D but seeing the bird was more fun ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: OneWithWood on May 24, 2007, 12:17:02 pm
We occasionally see Indigos around our place.  They certainly are beautiful and a treat to see.
Check off another bird on your lifetime list!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on May 24, 2007, 01:44:42 pm
I looked out the window this morning and there was an Indigo Bunting fighting with his reflection on my truck mirror.  :D

They are quite common on our farm but I always stop to appreciate their beautiful color.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on May 24, 2007, 03:03:26 pm
Well, maybe y'all could answer a question for me.  We put up a blue bird house this spring.  The bird that is inside is brilliant blue, but is darker than I remember bluebirds, and this bird has more white on it's chest.  Is that an Indigo bunting?  Will they use a bluebird house? 

Inquiring minds need to know.   :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: OneWithWood on May 24, 2007, 03:12:49 pm
To the best of my knowledge (which is always suspect) the male indigo shows no white.  It is a deep blue with small black bands on the wing.  The female is a rather plain brown bird.
The eastern bluebird has some white low on the belly but the breast is more orange to brown.
You may have seen a mountain bluebird which has more white and no brown.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on May 24, 2007, 06:18:52 pm
The males Indigo Buntings I've seen have no white on their breast and the females are as Robert said. I think you have a bluebird Roxie, they can have some light patches on their breast around here but not white. You are quite a ways east of me so the local ones may be different than ours.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 24, 2007, 06:25:31 pm
I keep my eye out for the scarlet tanager. I usually only see one nesting pair, and some summers none at all.

I have not seen the Baltimore oriel in 10 years up here, and the barn swallow was nearly wiped out here in 1996 from a very cold May. Used to be hundreds here on the wires and now maybe 2 or 3 pair.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on May 24, 2007, 07:18:06 pm
I wish I had a telephoto lens, it would make things so much easier.  I just got the binoculars out and what I assume is he, is sitting on the top of the birdhouse.  The color of this bird is Lapis Blue or an electric Royal Blue.  He has a completely white breast and abdomen all the way up to his throat and cheeks.  Their is a black mask around the eyes and the rest of the bird is this atonishing color of deep blue.  I've seen blue birds, but this doesn't look like any blue bird that is common around here.  There isn't a speck of orange or red or brown on this fella.  There is a female inside sitting the nest and I can see her poke her head outside.  She also has a white throat and cheeks, but the rest of her coloring is difficult to discern. 

The only bluebird I'm familiar with is the Eastern Bluebird.  This is not an Eastern Bluebird. I've never seen a Mountain Bluebird, Onewithwood.  Does this description fit?  This birds only colors are blue, white and some black.

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 24, 2007, 08:20:42 pm
Roxie, are you sure it's not a tree swallow?
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Post by: bitternut on May 24, 2007, 09:58:17 pm
Roxie I think Donkey has pegged your nesting bird. I get lots of tree swallows in my blue bird boxes. Thats why I always place two boxes within about ten feet of each other. I get tree swallows in one of them and a pair of blue birds in the other. The swallows will not allow another pair of swallows near their nest box but will allow the blue birds.

Check the box to see if the nest has feathers in it and white eggs. If it does its a tree swallow for sure. Nice birds to have around as well as the blue birds.

I have indigo buntings at my feeder. They will take black oil sunflower seeds and niger seeds. They don't stay long like some of the other birds.

I also get orioles at my hummingbird feeders. I get baltimores and orchard orioles. I have a couple of larger feeders that I remove the bee guards to make it easier for them to feed. Orioles also go quite readily to suet.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on May 25, 2007, 12:34:47 am
SwampDonkey wins the prize!   8)  It is indeed a Tree Swallow, and I've never seen one before.  How cool is that?   :)

Tom sent me a link that lets ya look these critters up by color and I found a picture and sure nuff, it's a Tree Swallow.

Bitternut, you sure know your birds! 
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Post by: thecfarm on May 25, 2007, 05:36:21 pm
I've only seen a Indigo Bunting  once in my area.Not all that common around here.I had to get the bird book out to find out what it was.The Baltimore Orioles are back.But they won't stay long here,maybe a couple weeks.We put out the oranges for them.We bought a special feeder for them.That was a waste of money.Where my wife use to live they stay down there all summer long and so does the Cardinals.She only lived about ½ an hour from here.That's the only thing she misses when I bought her out in the country.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on May 25, 2007, 10:42:12 pm
Our first Western Tanagers are back this week.  Little bit early.  They usually return about the time the salmon berries start to ripen.  Probably the most colorful bird we have here in the NW.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on May 26, 2007, 11:20:07 am
DonK
Have those bluebird eggs hatched yet? 

I took this picture of the hatchlings in my bluebird house. I don't think they are bluebirds, but will keep a close eye out as they grow. Not much 'mother' activity that I have noticed. Usually the bluebird parents are very active when there are young in their nest box. Another clue I don't think they are bluebirds.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/BirdsYoung.JPG)
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Post by: Don K on May 26, 2007, 01:16:38 pm
Beenthere, Me and Stew peeked in there yesterday and one of the five eggs had hatched probably just that morning. Little bitty pink naked thang. I imagine the rest will be hatched by this afternoon. I will check and get a pic if I can remember this evening when I get home from work. I kinda feel like a granddaddy :D :D ;D

Don
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Don K on May 26, 2007, 08:07:52 pm
Ok, here is what I found when I peeked in the box.
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/12960/donk_birds2_jpg.jpg)

4 out of 5 eggs have hatched . I am hoping for 100%. I whistled lightly and they popped up like a jack-in-the-box. :D

I'll add pics as they grow.    Don
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Post by: WDH on May 26, 2007, 08:44:44 pm
DonK,

That is how my dogs look about 6:00 p.m. every day :D.  Those are cool little birds.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Don K on May 26, 2007, 08:49:36 pm
What's funny is about 25 yds away are two big brushpiles for burning(if we ever get any rain) and the last four birds that hatched out are staying close to home perched up there. If I can get some more boxes up for next year I might have a population explosion. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: DanG on May 28, 2007, 03:01:54 pm
Linda had a high speed, close encounter with a large bird the other night.  She was on the way to work about 10:30pm when a large, light colored bird swooped down over the highway and collided with the windshield.  It left a large crack in the glass and mangled the radio antenna pretty badly.  We think it was probably an owl, since it was at night.  Gotta call the insurance company tomorrow. :-\
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Patty on May 28, 2007, 03:27:31 pm
Our little humming birds are back in full force. They are enjoying the nectar from our south flower garden. It is cool because we can see this flowerbed from inside the house. The little guys are there every morning and evening. We noticed more out on the clover patches near the dam. I think we may ahave a few nesting in the area this year.  8) 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on May 28, 2007, 03:33:10 pm
Glad she wasn't hurt, DanG. If you have comprehensive, Florida's insurance law allows replacement without a deductible.

I've never seen a hummingbird nest before.  It always amazed me that they migrated to South America.  Which, brings to mind the eco-argument that everyone should replace their SUV with a Mini.   That's what the hummingbirds do.  Drive to South America on a 50cc engine on a bicycle.  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on June 01, 2007, 01:00:30 pm
Cerulean Warbler

This small blue songbird is threatened by the fragmentation of the forests here, where they breed, and in the Andes Mountains where they winter.

I found out about them while looking for a particular birdcall that I hear alot, both where I live and at my woodlot. Turns out that this bird is the one making all the noise  I hope to actually see one, someday !

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/CEWAP/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerulean_Warbler

http://www.abcbirds.org/international/cerw.htm
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 01, 2007, 01:28:23 pm
There are so many warbler species I can't begin to keep half of them straight in my mind. There was a flock of yellow rumped warbler here for a few days, then they migrated onward to the north to nest in softwood forest. Don't see a one now. I know they do a number on the insects, they were feeding like crazy here for a few days.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on June 01, 2007, 02:24:16 pm
I've changed my mind about the identity of the bird. The recording I found first sounded JUST like what I hear but this website > http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/305/_/Black-throated_Blue_Warbler.aspx
Has a different voice for the Cerulean Warbler.

The voice they have for the Black throated blue Warbler seems more like what I hear and it's more correct  range-wise also. The big difference is that the birds I hear have 5 notes in thier song like the Cerulean, where that link plays a six note song ???

Ya. SD There sure is alot of different kinds of warblers !!!!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Patty on June 01, 2007, 02:27:19 pm
Joan, you mentioned that you saw an indigo bunting. Try to listen to their song, it is beautiful. Indigo buntings like to nest in tall weeds. When we first moved to the country we had tall weeds everywhere  ::) . Those little guys would just sing and sing in the mornings. It was a pleasant way to wake up every morning, listening to their songs.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on June 01, 2007, 02:45:29 pm
I enjoy hearing birds in the morning, also, Patty .

The websites I've found with bird songs haven't been entirely right, so far. ( or my hearing/memory is bad ... a possibility :D ) I'll try again to find the indigo bunting song ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on June 01, 2007, 10:31:21 pm
I grew up in Montana and my favorite then was the meadow lark, they use to sit on the fence posts around the farm and sing.  The last two years I've had red wing blackbirds at the feeder, (surprised since we're up the hillside and in the trees,) and their my current favorite.

We spent last weekend out in Eastern Washington and NE Oregon.  Sunday morning on the highway watched a red tailed hawk climb up out of the sagebrush, (up a couple of hundred feet and climbing when I first saw him,) with a pretty good sized snake dangling below him.  Is it true they can take rattlesnakes without being hurt?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 02, 2007, 05:19:27 am
Nice to live by a little cat tail marsh and here the black birds and many other vocal birds, but when your up on a ridge surrounded by yard trees you have a lot of other birds equally as pleasant to listen to.  ;) Oh and no biting bugs, until after dark.  ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on June 02, 2007, 04:45:53 pm
This little guy got trapped inside the garage today. He couldn't seem to figure out how to get back out.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10427/hummingbird%7E0.JPG)

We finally had to put a flat of salvia starts on the floor in front of the door to lure him out.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on June 02, 2007, 06:07:45 pm
Looks like he/she was holding out for food :).
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on June 02, 2007, 08:22:20 pm
speaking of food.. Look at the drumsticks on our sand turkeys. ;D

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/sand_turkeys.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on June 02, 2007, 09:03:54 pm
Those are some beautiful cranes.  Were they on your property in the UP?
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Post by: Jeff on June 02, 2007, 11:19:10 pm
These two were on my sisters, but I have had as many as three pair at one time on mine this past weekend. When I didnt have the camera handy  :-\   We have large populations up there. You can hear them all the time.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on June 03, 2007, 12:38:12 pm
Just an update on the baby birds in the bluebird nesting box. Better evidence they are bluebirds, and not something else (per my earlier suspicions).

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/BlueBird_ff.JPG)

I count 4 for sure, and maybe a 5th one hidden in the feathers.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on June 03, 2007, 12:57:06 pm
We had a congregation of 4 different birds in the pond at the same time. ;)
The little Blue Heron didn't want his picture taken with the others. :D
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/YoungBlueHeron.jpg)
These Fellers were on the other side of the pond. ;)
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/WaterTurkeyLimpkins%2CEgret.jpg)
Water Turkey, Snake Bird (Anhinga) 2 Limpkins and White Egret.
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Birds%20Congregating.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on June 03, 2007, 02:08:45 pm
There are 5 in that pic Beenthere. 8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman on June 03, 2007, 11:35:06 pm
I always wondered what my wife would do with my remains when my time on earth was over. I suppose I know the answer to that question after looking out of the window today.She did say that there were cheaper ways than burial or creamation. :o
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10432/buzzard_op.jpg)


I hope she called in the buzzards early, I am not ready to go just yet.

Bob
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on June 04, 2007, 12:01:28 am
Hang in there, Bob.  We are pulling for you 8).
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on June 04, 2007, 01:34:10 pm
Ive seen buzzards doing that on roof tops and fence poles. I always wondered if they were drying their wings, or cooling down.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on June 18, 2007, 07:55:24 pm
Mute Swan Family. The yearly mute swan family of Greenfield-Ford Lake.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10002/swan_family.JPG)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: limbrat on June 20, 2007, 08:09:43 pm
The hawks that nest in the back yard usaly make one but they made two chicks this year. The chicks are flying around and working there parents to theads. They hollar from can to cant and when the parents bring some food the fight is on. The wife is afraid to let the little dog out, im just glad to see them clearing the snakes.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Don K on June 26, 2007, 11:38:09 pm
As I got ready to go on vacation last week I checked on the second hatching of bluebirds and noticed they were about ready to leave the nest. Well monday morning when I got back I checked the box and there were 5 blue eggs just like the previous pic from the second batch. That was one busy bird last week. She laid in the same nest that was just vacated. That proves that they will lay in the same nest. Most books say to clean out the nest between hatchings. She was probably glad I was gone so she didn't have to rebuild. :D

I can just hear her last time when she saw a perfectly good nest laying on the ground. I know my ears were burning.  :D :D

Any way I will not post pics until the new babies arrive. I bet daddy is ready for a break. :o

Don
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 27, 2007, 04:00:05 am
Mom said she saw a couple blue birds eying a birdhouse already occupied by tree swallows. Not very common bird here.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on June 27, 2007, 02:08:25 pm
Somebody was a knockin' on my door.

I went to the door to see who it was and noticed that it was a bird pecking on the glass.  I don't know what kind it was.  Gael has applied purple decals to the window to help with privacy.  It is flowery looking without having any definition.  I guess it looked like a flower to the bird.  The bird was about the size of my hand and had a long thin bill.  It was semi-hovering at the window, but you could tell that hovering wasn't it's expertise.   I couldn't get much of a picture of it because of the decals.  Sure would like to know what it was.   
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Post by: WDH on June 27, 2007, 08:06:52 pm
It was probably just reading the decals ;D.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: theorm on June 28, 2007, 01:42:53 am
Tom,

The bird could have been reading the decals. It had a bird's eye view of them...

 :D
Theo
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Post by: SwampDonkey on June 28, 2007, 05:07:43 am
What's on them decals Tom?  ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on June 28, 2007, 09:03:03 am
Are y'all telling me Gael put bumper stickers on my double wide?
I'll have to go out there and look.




Nope, just purple designs.  I can see that there might have been a bit of a reflection.  Maybe he/she was falling in love with himeself.  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on June 28, 2007, 10:35:52 am
I took a couple of photos of birds near our property this week. THe Sandhill cranes are colored about the same as the deer right now. They have chicks but I did not get a photo of any although I tried.  We are starting to get a pretty good population of Turleys as well and maybe some day we will have a season.  We counted 11 gobblers all together in this group through the trees.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/sandhill_cranes.jpg)

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/turkeys.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Burlkraft on June 28, 2007, 05:17:31 pm
Them Sandhills is pretty tasty also..... ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on June 28, 2007, 05:39:28 pm
Thats what the old timers say up north. They call em "Sand Turkeys"  they say the big difference is that those drumsticks stick clear out of the roasting pan.  :D

(Not to mention they are protected here  :o)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on June 28, 2007, 05:53:26 pm
Here is another picture I took coming home. I was sitting there trying to tell that Seagull it was an easy choice.  The people in that vehicle had no idea that seagull was hitching a ride. :)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/mackinac_seagull.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on June 28, 2007, 06:56:11 pm
That seagull looks as confused as I would be :D.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on June 28, 2007, 06:57:13 pm
Its easy. DONT GO TO SAGINAW!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on June 28, 2007, 07:13:35 pm
So I turn left at Saginaw, not right ??? :P :D.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 28, 2007, 09:07:01 pm
I saw a turkey the other day along the ditch of the road. It wasn't those white ones people farm now, but it had the colors of a wild one. I'm sure it was from someones hobby farm, but it wasn't penned in. It could be fox bate by now.  ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pappy on June 29, 2007, 08:48:47 am


SD,
I heard last fall the wild turkeys are moving north, up around the Ashland area ... Ya might'a  seen a wild one  8) 8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 29, 2007, 02:53:43 pm
Ring necked pheasants winter here. Could it be possible for the turkeys? We don't have many oaks this far up river, but they are seeding in on the cut overs. Do turkey require oaks? I thought they did. I suppose they could eat ironwood, beech and hazel nuts. It's pretty harsh up here in winter though.   fire_smiley
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on June 29, 2007, 02:58:29 pm
I dont know why they cant live there. There aint an oak within 20 miles of us in the U.P, but lots and lots of beech. I think our winters there are online with yours as well on the severity level.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on June 29, 2007, 03:32:26 pm
They really like the farmers that spread manure.....it tides them over when there is a bad acorn crop...

Wouldn't surprise me if it was a wild turkey.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 29, 2007, 09:18:08 pm
I wouldn't rule it out, but I ain't ready to stick my neck out to announce it to anyone local, or I might be the local turkey.  ;)

My great grand mother raised turkeys and we have pictures some place of her tending them. They even had about the same color plumage as wild ones.  She was getting along in years when that picture was taken, but still tended her turkeys.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on June 30, 2007, 04:55:24 am
We did not have any wild turkeys here until about 6 years ago.I use to see them where my FIL lives,about ½ an hour from here all the time.Use to see 20-30 at a time.I've never seen more than 10 at a time here but they are moving up towards your way.We have 2 hanging down at the lower end of the field with about 6 chicks.Keeps the dog on the attack mode all day.I always seen them walking.I went to take a picture of them in our field and it took off and flew into the woods.I was shocked to see that.  :o  :o
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sawguy21 on June 30, 2007, 09:50:55 am
Wild turkeys have also moved into southeastern B.C. from Idaho which seems to be well north of their normal range.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on June 30, 2007, 11:23:36 am
Clear case of Global flocking.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman on July 04, 2007, 09:09:45 am
A proper dressed bird for Independence day here in the USA. The post is about three inches for scale. The picture is out of focus causing the blue not to show as bright as it should.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10432/patriotic_bird_op.jpg)

Bob
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Post by: beenthere on July 04, 2007, 10:08:25 am
Are you into bird carving now?  Nice work.. beautiful bird 

Happy Independence Day to all.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on July 04, 2007, 10:14:38 am
Great shot Bob, I have many of those on the farm here and really enjoy seeing them.

Happy birthday to a great Country! :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 05, 2007, 06:17:36 pm
I don't have any red heads here, but I have a some pileated that inhabit some of the old aspen that are becoming decadent.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ianab on July 15, 2007, 10:30:25 pm
Playing with the new camera again  ;D

This bird is a Fantail, a fairly comon native bird around here. Quite small, feeds by catching small insects on the wing. Very active and agile bird, it's large tail lets it fly in pretty much any direction it wants, in fact they dont seem able to fly in a straight line or keep still for more than 2 seconds  :D They come out of the forest more in the winter when food is scarce and hang around the cattle, chasing insects that they stir up. They get very quiet and will fly within a few feet of you hoping you stir up some bugs I guess.

This one was sitting in a tree about 70 ft from where we were standing, I was showing off me new camera to a friend. "see that fantail over in the pine tree?" .. "What fantail?"

click

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/fantail.jpg)

"That fantail ! "  ;D

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/fantail2.jpg)

Considering this is a bird smaller than a sparrow and 70 ft away I think they are pretty good  pictures. And I have to order a new camera for my friend  ;)

Cheers

Ian
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 16, 2007, 06:01:05 am
Yeah, those fly catcher type birds are neat to watch. I have a couple pair around the yard. They can have all they want. The ones I see twirl their tail in a circular motion when perched. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on July 19, 2007, 08:54:20 pm
Golden Eagle. Sits on a perch above the Yellowstone River near Livingston, Montana; 7/4/07.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10002/golden_eagle.JPG)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ianab on July 20, 2007, 05:43:11 am
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/shag1.jpg)

Local type of cormorant (Shag), at the river mouth where I often eat lunch. They usually appear totally black, but playing with the camera exposure level you can actually see some details.

Ian
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 20, 2007, 03:48:09 pm
We've noticed a pair of golden eagles here the last couple years. They are not as common as the bald eagles here.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ianab on July 31, 2007, 07:38:12 pm
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/kereru.jpg)

NZ wood pigeon or kereru.
It's one native bird that has adapted fairly well to European settlement in NZ. They are common around urban parks and gardens where they feed on berries and leaves of various trees. This one is sitting in a kowhai tree next door to my Mum's house. Winter time and food is scarce, they will just eat the leaves and flower buds off these trees.

Cheers

Ian
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on August 02, 2007, 12:27:35 pm
From my little Sister in Ketchikan:

     http://www.sitnews.us/0807news/080107/080107_wayward_pigeon.html
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on August 02, 2007, 02:16:19 pm
That made for an interesting read. Reminder of some good days in Ketchikan, AK
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on August 02, 2007, 06:31:57 pm
You guys never been to Hyder? ;D

When I was in Prince Rupert they always talked about Ketchikan on the radio. I think the Ferry and float plains went up there from PR.

I was only there once, we had to drive out from Meziadin Junction in BC. We were only at the junction one shift because the camp down on the Nass R. was full I guess. Seen a big glacier on the way over (Bear Glacier), even had a big avalanche that was still not melted out in September. The river melted through it.

A lot of days we worked on Sommerville Island, we could look across Porcher Canal to Alaska when they gave us a lift by chopper to the top of the mountain. We had to slide down on snow and ice about a KM to the work area and about 2 more down to the shore for pickup in the late afternoon when tide was out (hopefully). Had a few trips by tippy toe on the chopper skids. :D :D :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on August 02, 2007, 09:49:51 pm
I was there for business in the old days when the airliner would land out on an island and you would get on a seaplane, (that took off from the runway,) and then land on the water just in front of downtown.  Now there's a ferry that runs from the new airport to town and lots of news about eventually a bridge to the airport.

Lots of loggers in the NW have cut on Prince of Wales Island, out across open water from Ketchikan.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on August 17, 2007, 12:16:00 pm
This was a lovely scene snapped by my sister Lynda on the back waters of the lake where she lives.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/swan_lake_of_the_hills.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on August 17, 2007, 05:09:21 pm
That is quite a scene, in many ways.  Water that you can see the bottom too.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on August 17, 2007, 06:02:47 pm
I actually cropped it from a larger scene just as impressive. but in the format for the forum it loses a lot.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/lyndas_swan.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on August 17, 2007, 08:30:43 pm
Talking about clear water, wish I had a submersible camera to take pictures of spawning gravel that shines like gold in the bright sun. Taking a picture above water just gives a big glare from the sun. They were always cool trout fishing spots on the tributaries of the Mirimachi.  8) Most tributaries came from bogs and swamp with water dark like coffee.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on August 17, 2007, 08:35:48 pm
Use a ziploc bag if its only a stream.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on August 17, 2007, 10:02:09 pm
Ah, well, um.............
That was my FIRST underwater housing many, many years ago!
Even installed a water proof glass port for perfectly clear shots. :)
Did indeed soot some great video, but did lose a $1k video camera when the ziplock failed. :'( :-\ :'(
Now I use better material! ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on August 17, 2007, 10:09:28 pm
Might be ok to use over the lens, but I wouldn't trust it to submerge my camera. I used to make a custom storage bag for my calculator. Cut a zip lock to the proper dimensions, then seal with a lighter. Worked pretty good for a day or two in heavy rain. But, I've found zip lock not to be water tight. If meet juice can get through, so can't water. Can't blame it on condensation from a thawed piece of hamburg when you see blood under the bag on the fridge shelf.  ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on August 20, 2007, 07:13:58 pm
I have some hostas blooming outside my office windows at home and this little guy showed up tonight. I have not seen one this color before and wondered if anyone knew what kind he was.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10427/hummingbird2opt.JPG)

I'll have to show my ignorance on Jeff's pic, is it a trumpeter swan?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on August 20, 2007, 07:30:54 pm
Dats a purty Hummingbird Norm. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on August 20, 2007, 07:47:40 pm
There are two species that apparently frequent Iowa, the ruby throated and the rufous.  According to this site:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/237016/hummingbirds_in_iowa.html

It is probably a Rufous. :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Shotgun on August 20, 2007, 07:52:52 pm
Tom is correct, either Ruby or Rufus.  I say it's a Ruby female.

The other Norm
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on August 20, 2007, 08:53:53 pm
Forgot all about it Donk, but they have a heavy poly or PVC waterproof bag designed for cameras and camcorders at a local store.
About$12 on sale right now.
They are clear so you can shoot right through them and have a very large plastic locking thing to seal them up tight.
Could send ya one if ya wanted. :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on August 23, 2007, 07:31:42 pm
Thanks Furb. I'd take one. Would $29 cover it?  ;D Just shoot me an IM with an address.  ;)

It's getting late in the summer to be wading it the ice cold water of the North Pole stream, but might give'r a try.  ;)

cheerio
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Don K on August 23, 2007, 11:48:08 pm
I would say a mama ruby throat myself.

Don
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on August 24, 2007, 05:01:59 am
My grandfather's cousin has about 6 feeders up for the hummer. She has about 4 pair at them and now the hornets have learned the feeders are a source of nourishment. The hummers will often attack them.


On another note I saw about 8 nighthawks swarming around the yard at her place the other day. They might be flocking up to head south, don't know. You can tell by the white band on the underside of their wings. They look tern-like in flight, but are related to Whip-Poor-Wills. You'll here them dive for bugs as their wings make a hum during their dive.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on August 25, 2007, 07:55:10 am
 This Pileated came by for a visit this morning. ;)
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Pileated%20Woodpecker.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff 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.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/sandhill_cranes_2.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny 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.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11412/sbhawk1007OP.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder 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. (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Red-Shouldered_Hawk.JPG)

An Osprey.
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Osprey.JPG)
The Osprey leaving because we had to get to close for a picture. :(
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Osprey_Flyaway.JPG)
Some Sandhill Cranes hanging around.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Sandhill_Crane.JPG)
Title: Chickadees in da U.P.
Post by: Jeff 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.  :)

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/chickadee_2.jpg)

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/chickadee.jpg)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=24_lhewZYDI
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on December 19, 2007, 05:42:14 pm
one more. :)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/chickadee_3.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on December 19, 2007, 05:42:47 pm
REAL nice shots! 8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny 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.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11412/sbOwlOP.jpg)

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

Title: Eagles
Post by: sprucebunny on February 02, 2008, 02:59:40 pm
On the Androscoggin River, Berlin, NH

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11412/sbeaglesFeb08OP.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 02, 2008, 03:19:53 pm
Nice photo. What they chow'n on.  ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 02, 2008, 10:06:08 pm
Some hawks are keen on the pickings around bird feeders.  ;D
Title: Pine Grosbeak
Post by: Jeff 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.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/pine_grosbeak_3.jpg)

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/pine_grosbeak_4.jpg)

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/pine_grosbeak_6.jpg)

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/pine_grosbeak_7.jpg)

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/pine_grosbeak_8.jpg)

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/pine_grosbeak_9.jpg)

Heres a short youtube clip.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPzkH8oeWoM
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on February 08, 2008, 08:17:07 pm
Wow.  Hope the lil' feller is okay. 
Have you got snow or what? :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on February 08, 2008, 08:18:56 pm
Great pictures!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on February 08, 2008, 08:19:55 pm
We've been getting it a foot at a time lately.  Its settled a lot, but I bet were over 15 foot total for the year. Thats just a guess, but I bet its close.  All these 12's and 8's and 10's and the 4's and 6 inchers all add up.  I'm ready for da thaw and da mud! ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on February 08, 2008, 10:18:05 pm
I feel sorry for the bird, and for you too, for the snow.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on February 08, 2008, 10:56:00 pm
It's a special aura that lets you approach animals. You seem to have it.  I've noticed that I must have it too.  When most people have problems with dogs, they come to me.  I've had chickens and the like stand next to me and let me pick them up.   It's a good feeling.

What happened to your little deer?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 09, 2008, 06:39:44 am
Yeah I get a lot of pine grosbeaks to. They are not real shy like other birds, friendly like chickadees. Even young cedar wax wings can be approached, I fed them cherries from my hand before. You know what they say though, 'a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.'  ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on February 09, 2008, 09:27:13 am
Great pictures Jeff. I too have noticed you have a way with animals. Hope your little deer buddy is doing ok.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on February 09, 2008, 09:58:21 am
I've been concerned about Dizzy.  I hope she found a place for the winter that is taking care of her. We were prepared to do it, but there are areas just to the north that would have better winter thermal cover for her. I hope she found a place that appreciated her visits as much as we did and I will be thrilled if come spring, we see a young doe in the neighborhood.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on February 09, 2008, 10:39:49 am
SD
Notice that Jeff gets pics ...
just to let us know it really happened... ;D ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 09, 2008, 10:53:34 am
Yeah but he stuns them first.  ;D

I noticed something today, and them chickadees is some smart for a ball of feathers.


They were picking through the dry cat tail heads and I thought they were eating seeds. Well on close inspection, it was little brown grubs living in the cat tails they were feasting on.

I remember as a kid bringing in old cat tail heads that over wintered, and placing them on the kitchen counter. Then left them unattended, later returned to see those grubs crawling everywhere on the counter.  ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on February 09, 2008, 11:23:53 am
SD
Now you know where the icefishermen get some of their bait... :) :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: semologger on February 10, 2008, 10:26:55 pm
I was going to town today and seen a trail of birds that was around 50 feet wide by 3 miles long.
It had to be longest ive ever seen. The birds are migrateing thats for sure. any one else seen any?

I dont know what type. Small black birds is what they were.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on February 10, 2008, 10:37:16 pm
Please tell us they were going North... ;D ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: semologger on February 10, 2008, 10:44:20 pm
NORTH WEST.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 11, 2008, 07:48:39 am
I won't see any black birds or grackles until late April here. They seem to arrive at the same time here and the red wings are mixed into the grackles and cow birds. Then once they get their wits about them and feed their bellies they go pair off and do there thing. I know when spring arrives when the timber doodles and snipe make their calls and fly in circles around my woodlot along with the sounds of the frogs emerging.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_grackle-courtship-001.jpg)


Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on February 14, 2008, 01:54:38 pm
I thought things were getting a little quieter around here.  There will shortly be a lot fewer Robins, blackbirds, ducks, geese, yankees, hummingbirds, swallows.. stuff like that. :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on February 22, 2008, 06:28:56 pm
These two were sunning in the oak tree back of our house. Not one bit afraid of us but the fat horse sure kept an eye on them....and vice versa. :D

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10427/eagles.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: semologger on February 23, 2008, 09:35:51 am
Nice one Norm. There are a bunch around here on current river. I love watching them. I heard somewere the was coming off the endanged list. Anyone else heard this?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 23, 2008, 11:22:17 am
When I lived in Prince Rupert, the phone book had a picture of a big sitka spruce with about 30 eagles perched on it. The dumps out there were full of bald eagles and seagulls. Live of course.  ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on February 23, 2008, 11:17:31 pm
I heard somewere the was coming off the endanged list. Anyone else heard this?

From NPCA.org (http://www.npca.org/wildlife_protection/wildlife_facts/baldeagle.html)
Quote
Status:On July 12, 1995, the bald eagle was reclassified from endangered to threatened in the lower 48 states. It remains unlisted in Alaska.


From Eagles.org (http://www.eagles.org/status.html)
Quote
The bald eagle was delisted from its Threatened status on June 28, 2007 in the lower 48 states. Its primary legal protection was transferred from the Endangered Species Act to the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), which also applies to Alaska. "Disturbance" of bald and golden eagles had already been prohibited under the BGEPA. However, since "disturb" had never been defined in this Act, it is being defined to protect both eagle species and their habitats.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on March 16, 2008, 08:52:44 pm
This Egyptian Goose hangs around here and does this several times a day.  He had been quacking for 15 minutes before I decided to video.  He hangs around with a different crowd. :D
Q the duck please. ;D
<object width="425" height="350"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/fo8QxwGfsLo">
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pappy on March 17, 2008, 12:36:03 pm
This Barred Owl has been hanging around the bird feeders at camp Outback for a couple weeks now... We had a get together Saturday with 10 or so ole class mates for chili and dogs... 4 or 5 of us were able to get in close for some pics...  The weird thing was it would have it's right eye closed or partially opened most of the time,,, it would dive and hit the snow every once in awhile after what we thought was a red squirrel burrowing in the snow....

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10691/Barred_Owl_opti.jpg)

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 17, 2008, 04:10:18 pm
I hope it catches the squirrel and many more, add some mice in there to. :D Owls seems to do that a lot with the eyes. He was winking at ya's. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Burlkraft on March 18, 2008, 11:43:30 am
This Egyptian Goose hangs around here and does this several times a day.  He had been quacking for 15 minutes before I decided to video.  He hangs around with a different crowd. :D
Q the duck please. ;D


Glenn.....

That goose would not make as much noise and would look a lot juicer if he was in a dutch oven with some onions and potatoes  :D  :D  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on March 18, 2008, 04:59:11 pm
Steve..
The fire pit ain't that far away neither. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: zopi on March 18, 2008, 08:46:28 pm
My daughter adopted a two year old cockatiel this morning...I came home from work, and the bird took one look at me and latched on....uh-oh...i think i have been co-opted by a couple ounces of fowl...


little snot is sitting next to me chattering at me and demolishing a cookie...funny..
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 19, 2008, 05:32:51 am
Some of those parrot like birds do bond with you, especially if they are acquired when they are young. I seen one that got adopted, it was still a baby growing in it's feathers, and it wouldn't leave it's new owner's side. Be prepared. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on March 29, 2008, 08:47:34 pm
We were down by the fire pit and grill tonight when whip-poor-will wouldn't stop whippin' so I went to get the camera so y'all could hear him. ;D
 I've never seen one in person, just in a book but we do hear them alot.
He shut up about 25 seconds into video. :D
<object width="425" height="350"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Lh4Vxz9Z6qo">
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 19, 2008, 01:05:13 pm
This timber doodle (American woodcock) has been hanging about my cedar tree in the back yard for a couple days. I scared him this morning, and me, as I walked out there and he flushed. He has returned to the same spot. Took the picture out the window. Seems content.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_timberdoodle.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 19, 2008, 04:15:26 pm
He seems to come out from the cedar and feed for awhile, then retreat back in under when his belly is full. It's funny to watch him do his jitter dance. Wish I had a video camera. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Paul_H on April 19, 2008, 10:01:23 pm
Mooseherder,

thanks for the video,I hear that lonesome whip-poor-will,he sounds to blue to fly..
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on April 20, 2008, 01:23:35 am
Thanks Paul,
I have not heard him for some time.  He must of found a mate.
We were down there all night and didn't hear a peep.  One gift I bought my wife for her    birthday was a wildlife camera she has been wanting. :D (she got udder stuff)  I have been testing the camera in hopes of capturing a picture of a whip-poor-will. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Burlkraft on April 20, 2008, 11:15:01 am
MH...Did ya cook that goose, or has he just gone away  ???  ???  ???
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on April 20, 2008, 11:57:08 am
The goose comes and goes quite frequently.  We definitely know when he's around cause he don't shut up. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pappy on April 20, 2008, 12:18:28 pm
Know what ya saying dere MH cause the goosies are aheadin' north by the bunchs and Soldier Pond has it's fair share  :o
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on April 20, 2008, 02:11:23 pm
We were kayaking up at the lake yesterday and foated up on this.
Can anyone I.D. them?
My first though was geese, but then I realized they seemed a bit bigger than the geese eggs I've seen before.
I'm thinking swans as there are several in that area, but I've never seen a swan's nest up close before.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10577/100_4766.jpg)

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10577/100_4807.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 20, 2008, 02:57:09 pm
Yeah, too big for bittern (brown egg) or heron (green egg). They nest out on reeds as well.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on April 20, 2008, 04:41:56 pm
Can't tell the size from the pic....anything hanging around the nest honkin at ya?    ;D ;D   (that'd be a clue, if'n there was...)  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman on April 20, 2008, 08:36:37 pm
Looks like goose eggs to me. Tomorrow I will risk life and limb and try to get a picture of the eggs under this goose. The goose's nest is only about 20 ft from my sawmill and the sawing does not make her leave the nest.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10432/goose_op.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on April 20, 2008, 08:51:04 pm
Yeah, I wasn't going to get close enough to put anything in for scale. :-\
I do have one pic with a paddle end showing, but it's a ways away from the nest.
I'd say they were 6" long, maybe more.

When we first came out onto the lake from the stream, there were tons of ducks, a handfull of geese and a few white swans over in the direction of the nest.
I was following the shoreline looking for goose nests and this nest jumped out at me.
Nothing was sitting on it and all the birds that were in the area before had moved down the lake as we moved across.
I called the kids over to have a look and then we got out of there.

A little while latter when we were heading back to the stream, I swung over to the nest to try and get a zoomed in close up as you see above as I hadn't taken any before.
Nothing was in the area or on the nest. :-\
It is on a South facing point though, so it was getting lots of sun.


Bob,
At one of my customers has a Live Wall display that my boss and I put plants in Fall before last.
I was there two weeks ago and noticed a goose sitting at the top and another further down the drive.
As I was coming out the drive, they were both walking around the island in the middle of the drive and as I went past, one of them let into the truck. Honking and flapping it's wings trying to scare the truck away, that's when I saw the nest right at the top of the 2' tall Live Wall. :D :D :o
It was raining or I would have gotten a pic.
Thing is, there isn't any water anyplace around, not sure why they picked the middle of a stores entrance drive.
If it's still there next time I go, I'll get a pic. ;) ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman on April 20, 2008, 09:25:24 pm
six inches long!  :o  I don't thint they are goose eggs. The goose eggs I have seen are only about 2.5 to 3" long. But I suppose everything is bigger in Michigan, execept the mountains. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: semologger on April 20, 2008, 09:54:48 pm
Are they ostrich eggs? I heard they are big. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on April 20, 2008, 11:23:05 pm
That was the second thought I had after I ruled out goose eggs......... man those look like ostrich eggs!!! :o :D :D :D
But no, they aren't that big, but one would be a decent meal for most folks. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 21, 2008, 06:30:24 am
Well that rules out any type of heron.  :D

I have a lot of those heron and bittern around here in summer, it would be neat to find their nest on the ground. Blue heron do not always nest in trees.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: limbrat on April 26, 2008, 12:38:07 am
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13795/100_0674.jpg)
These guys might look sweet but there realy sizeing you up for lunch.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: limbrat on April 26, 2008, 02:01:51 pm
Not realy but they are working there folks hard right now.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: OneWithWood on April 27, 2008, 08:16:12 pm
Of all the days not to have my camera with me  :-\  !!
Yesterday while out spraying invasives I kicked up a bird I have never seen before.  It was on the ground and jumped up into a snag when I almost stepped on it.  The bird was the perfect green to blend in to the early spring foilage.  About the size of a cardinal, it was all green except for a yellow patch above and below the eyes.  I did not get a good look at the beak unfortunately.  the closest thing I found in my field guide was a carolina parkeet.  :P  But those birds are thought to be extinct.  I supose it is possible it is a type of tanager but the brillance of the yellow markings, the green of the body and the general shape of the head indicated parakeet.  Maybe a neighbor lost their pet bird  ::)
Linnea and I went back to the area this morning with the camera but no bird was sighted.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: semologger on April 27, 2008, 08:58:12 pm
I thought woody the wood pecker had retired. I was wrong here he is.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/15209/bird.jpg)

I also got a picture of this road kill cleaner upper bird.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/15209/bird2.jpg)

I got a new camera and i love it. i take it everywhere i go. If i could take a pichure of it i would.Its a Canon powershot SX100IS  It has 10 times optical zoom. It zooms in digital at 40. Its a 8 mega pixels.

  I wish i had it about an month ago i would of took a picture of a bald eagle that was perched in a tree. He was about 20 yards off the road as i drove by.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on April 27, 2008, 09:07:28 pm
Good pictures!

We didn't have any buzzards here until about five years ago when a pair showed up in the valley.  The next year there were a couple more and then this last week, driving down the valley, I counted 8 of them circling together over the highway plus a second pair about 10 miles farther down.  Surprised there is enough to support them all.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 28, 2008, 05:33:46 am
What about a female painted bunting? Looks like it may be out of range though. I saw those in Florida once and thought I was looking at green robins. :D

Or a smaller bird is a solitary vero or Philadelphia vero in migration to Canada (out of range down your way). Or maybe a female and migrant male scarlet tanager.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: OneWithWood on April 28, 2008, 10:20:01 am
I thought about all those, SB.  Just did not look entirely right.
One thing is certain, this bird was either out of its range or just passing through.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Radar67 on April 28, 2008, 08:57:39 pm
Everyone seemed to like the Eagle cam, so here is the Egg CAM (http://lancaster.unl.edu/4h/Embryology/eggcamera.shtml)

There is one hatching right now. :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on April 28, 2008, 11:47:27 pm
At one of my customers has a Live Wall display that my boss and I put plants in Fall before last.
I was there two weeks ago and noticed a goose sitting at the top and another further down the drive.
As I was coming out the drive, they were both walking around the island in the middle of the drive and as I went past, one of them let into the truck. Honking and flapping it's wings trying to scare the truck away, that's when I saw the nest right at the top of the 2' tall Live Wall. :D :D :o
It was raining or I would have gotten a pic.
Thing is, there isn't any water anyplace around, not sure why they picked the middle of a stores entrance drive.
If it's still there next time I go, I'll get a pic. ;) ;)

Made it out there the other day.
One of the geese were missing, I assume the male.
I'm guessing it was er um, escorted from the property in an orderly manner. ;)
Got this pic though, still not sure why they'd pick that spot to begin with. smiley_headscratch

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10577/100_4841.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Furby on May 03, 2008, 08:47:06 pm
We were kayaking up at the lake yesterday and foated up on this.
Can anyone I.D. them?
My first though was geese, but then I realized they seemed a bit bigger than the geese eggs I've seen before.
I'm thinking swans as there are several in that area, but I've never seen a swan's nest up close before.

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 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10577/100_4807.jpg)

Two weeks later and I had the chance to get out and check the nest.
It was empty and looked like something had dug through it. :-\

Did you try and get some Goose egg pics Bob, or did the Goose win ???
I floated up on a Goose sitting on a nest, but there was no way I was going to try and get a pic of the eggs while trapped in a little kayak.
I would have been a sitting Furby! ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman on May 03, 2008, 09:34:48 pm
No Furby, I did not get a picture of the goose eggs. I kept forgetting my camera. A week later the goose was gone and the eggs were broken open. I am not sure, but I think some animal got the little gooses. I see the two big geese, but no little gooses following them. :(
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 04, 2008, 04:37:41 am
Probably a coon or a fox. I see a fox sometimes terrorizing snipe and woodcock nests in the field. One fox was barking at me the other day and really did not run away as I walked past, just to the brushed in line fence. Then I looked back and she was on her way up along the ditch toward the neighbor's chicken house.  ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on May 06, 2008, 03:52:27 pm
I don't have the story on this Sandhill Crane, but Jeff sent it to me in an email off of his phone a little while ago.

The reflection in the upper left seems to be the roofline of the cabin's porch.  That means he is out in the yard and presumably in the truck.  That might account for some of the curving in the image.  If this bird is looking into the truck, its a big bird.  Perhaps Jeff should remain where  he is. :D

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10026/jeff-crane.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 06, 2008, 03:56:32 pm
I was walking up the road today and met the neighbor in the opposite direction. I asked her if some chickens have been disappearing and she said she has 3 left out of 12. I said it's that dang fox. I knew the thing would be into the coup.  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on May 08, 2008, 05:42:24 pm
I came across this nesting swan while out scouting for turkey recently. The female is on the nest and the male is guarding it. He gave me the "evil eye" and was getting ready to run me off. I didn't hang around very long. ;)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10002/swan_nest.JPG)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 08, 2008, 05:49:05 pm
Found a woodcock nest with 3 eggs yesterday in some hardwood thinning. Saw two grouse also, that were probably setting, but I didn't search for nests. Was busy measuring land with my GPS.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: ibseeker on May 15, 2008, 07:29:42 pm
My FIL was telling me just the other day that he was looking out the window of the cockhouse when he spotted a jake walking down the fence line. He just happened to have a stag in a fly pen close by so he grabbed it up and opened the back door of the cockhouse just as the jake was rounding the corner of the fence. He tossed that stag down right close to the jake and the fight was on! Both birds broke about 3 feet into the air and commenced to whacking each other, he slipped around behind and grabbed the jake and tossed him into the fly pen. The next day his neighbor came by and told him....DanG, I been trying to shoot a turkey for the last month and you catch one with a rooster!  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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.  ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: isawlogs 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
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH 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 :).
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH 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!!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny 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
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11412/SBducksinarowOP.jpg)

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


Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott 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.

http://members.aol.com/MorelandC/HaveOriginsData.htm#DucksInARow

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on June 15, 2008, 08:04:16 pm
Thanks, Ron  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on June 15, 2008, 09:54:43 pm
Joan,

I am pleased to see that you have your ducks in a row ;D.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on June 16, 2008, 05:35:52 am
Sprucebunny, that's a cute picture!  And, now we know the rest of the story.....
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder 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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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Burlkraft on June 24, 2008, 06:19:17 pm
Hey...What was in that bottle  ???  ???   :D  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on June 24, 2008, 06:35:23 pm
Hey...What was in that bottle  ???  ???   :D  :D

Colored Sugar Water. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Larry on June 24, 2008, 07:31:52 pm
 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10125/2008_06190001.JPG)

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. :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Don P on June 24, 2008, 08:52:55 pm
Spooked this guy yesterday, who knows their owls?
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10017/owl.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on June 24, 2008, 09:27:01 pm
Looks like the rare yellow poplar owl :D.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on June 24, 2008, 09:31:08 pm
My Wife says it looks like a Barred Owl, especially because it looks like it has a yellow beak.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Radar67 on June 24, 2008, 09:55:52 pm
These joined us on the 5th of June. They are growing fast.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/12911/chicks.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 25, 2008, 12:50:38 pm
Darn near cut the head off a black duck this morning when cutting brush. Darn buzzard was in a hardwood forest nesting.  :D :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Don P on June 25, 2008, 05:13:09 pm
Thanks for the owl ID MH, our homeowner had it as a spotted owl... I figured it might be worth a double check   ;D.

Edit; Well how about that, barred owls have made the hop to the west and are displacing and interbreeding with spotted owls.
http://www.wflc.org/inthenews/nso/art6.15.05eurekatimes
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 28, 2008, 11:41:24 am
I picked up a really nice National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of NA yesterday in Marden's. They had large hardcover versions to. Mine was the fifth edition (2006) with tabs on the edge to quickly locate groups of birds. It's a $32 (CDN) book and I got it for $3.99.  8) They had about 30 of'm and most were 4th edition. I was surprised to see they printed it in China, but it's a nice book. It has the drawings, which I like a lot better than photos.

There is bird I discovered in there that I never hear tell of before and it's the rusty blackbird. It nests mostly in Canada, rare in the west, and winters in the eastern half of the US. Do any of you folks see these in winter? They turn kind of brownish in winter and have yellow eyes. They are similar to grackles in summer, but not a long tail
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on June 28, 2008, 11:47:07 am
We have the same one 2nd edition we got in 1997.  It is a great book.  My wife is real good at identifying Birds.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WildDog on July 10, 2008, 08:18:14 am
thought i'd show a couple of pics of some of the birds we get around the house, i will post others when I get a chance to photograph them, our camera is fairly limited in its zoom capabilities. We like the birds and are fortunate to have a wide variety call our farm home.


 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13885/Galahs_and_King_Parrot.jpg)
2 Galahs and an Australian King Parrot in the pine tree that overhangs our house.

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13885/King_Parrot_and_Crimson_Rosellas.jpg)
Crimson Rosellas sometimes called Mountain Louries and a male King Parrot in a Cherry tree.

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13885/King_Parrots.jpg)
Pair of King Parrots in a Fig Tree bellow the big old pine.

The old Pine is a haven for the birds when its about to rain the pine cones open up and we get a pair of Black Cockatoos and there young come in. Unfortunately the tree has to go it is 1 foot of the side of the house and has a 6 ft butt, so for safety it is coming down, the power company is doing the job and I get to slab it ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 10, 2008, 09:24:09 am
Cool birds. I bet they love those cherries. Oh wait, it's winter. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on July 10, 2008, 06:08:20 pm
Triple header at the pond tonight.
A Wood Stork, a Great Egret and a Water Turkey, aka Snake bird, aka Anhinga. :D
He was showing off for the Stork and Egret. :D

Somehow the video quality doesn't post as well on utube.

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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on July 10, 2008, 11:10:57 pm
WildDog,

Those are beautiful birds.  I am sure that they will miss the old pine tree :).

Mooseherder,

The three stooges ;D.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on July 16, 2008, 02:09:55 pm
Found this pair of young Phoebe's on the ground this afternoon. Guess the 89° F heat may have encouraged them to seek more comfortable surroundings. Hope they get up in a tree before dark. It is the second hatch this year. Glad to see some survivors, as the 5 bluebird young were found dead in their nesting house last week.

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/Phoebe_young.JPG)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/Phoebe_young_ff.JPG)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 16, 2008, 03:34:20 pm
I see them here to beenthere. I have never seen a nest, but I see a couple pairs each year. They sure are busy for flies and you can tell them from other little birds from their tail movements. They pump it downward on their perch. They can have all the bugs they can eat.  ;D :)

I can remember when I first took a liking to them and noticed them around the barn doors of the potato sheds eating at swarms of potato flies as the crops were being stored for winter.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on July 16, 2008, 04:34:01 pm
SD
They have maintained a nest above an outdoor light on my shed under the eaves. They've been back in that nest every year for about three broods a summer for at least 25 years.  Seem to be a nice bird to have around.

I was just out, and the two younguns have found someplace else to sit. Hope they are safe from the neighbors feral cats that they feed. They are part of the program where feral cats are caught and neutered, then let go free again.  >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 16, 2008, 06:00:53 pm
Yeah I know about the cats, they come visit every day, at least twice. I know whose they are, they are my aunts and she often has not been home to tend them with my uncle being in and out of hospital.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: BillG on July 16, 2008, 11:22:18 pm
Triple header at the pond tonight.
A Wood Stork, a Great Egret and a Water Turkey, aka Snake bird, aka Anhinga. :D
He was showing off for the Stork and Egret. :D

Somehow the video quality doesn't post as well on utube.

<object width="425" height="350"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/rzCxGH1f-Hg">


Moose - The bird I miss seeing most from South Florida is the Blue Heron... we used to have a Great Blue living near our house and we saw it almost every day.  They are truly a magnificent bird and so much fun to watch in the wild. The Wood Storks showed up in our neighborhood right after hurricane Wilma and about a week  before we found out my wife was pregnant....they are still there (we aren't)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on July 17, 2008, 06:47:11 pm
Cedar Waxwings

I'll bet that some of you who are trying to grow berries are mad at these birds  :D

There is a bumper crop of cherries in my yard this year and I saw a pair of these this morning. Sorry no picture ....

They are an interesting and social bird. I don't recall seeing them here, before.

http://www.wordwiz72.com/waxwing.html
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 18, 2008, 05:48:14 am
Yes, cedar waxwings are a pretty bird. I have them here year round. I see them mainly in summer around the wild cherries. In winter they are common in small flocks. I have fed juveniles pin cherries by hand in summer. As you say, they are not too shy. I have heard some folks here name them bohemian wax wing, but that is a western bird. Although they do find them in winters here rarely. They may even breed in the north (boreal regions) in Eastern Canada but not in abundance. That's from info in National Geographic's Field Guide.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on July 18, 2008, 07:59:35 am
With all the cutover land around here, the waxwings must be having a feast on cherries but I wonder what fruit they find the rest of the time ??? That page says that fruit is 85-90% of thier diet.

Todays bird adventure....  found a little bird on the ground in front of the house. No nest nearby. I put him in a box on the upstairs porch because there is a cat that comes around looking for snacks ::)

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11412/SBlittlebirdOP.jpg)

I hope he makes it.

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 18, 2008, 09:45:24 am
Black-and-white warbler Mniotilta varia

I think he is an adult, maybe he had a window collision. But, if not he is almost there in maturity. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 18, 2008, 09:50:50 am
Cedar wax wings eat High bush cranberry, winter apples, rose hips, staghorn sumac, crab apples, round wood berries, tree sap. They also eat insects in summer. I imagine they eat seeds as well. Although, I have never seen them at the feeder at years past.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on July 18, 2008, 10:08:25 am
Thanks for the warbler ID, SD  ;D Another interesting species ! ... The only member of the family Mniotilta and the only bird, besides nuthatches , that walks in any direction on the trunk of a tree in search of insects.

He is gone from the box, now. Hope he's OK
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on October 07, 2008, 09:31:29 am
Juncos on the back lawn today. Friendly little buddies.  ;D


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_junco-001.jpg)


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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on October 30, 2008, 09:20:52 pm
This is a Heron from a couple weeks back after we got a bunch of Rain.  He was pickin' off the minnows big time. :)
The coconut Palms around the pond where under water.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFX3JwhGkkg
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on October 31, 2008, 06:26:24 am
We have a lot of heron up here to, beautiful birds. The creek usually has 3 or 4 early in the mornings wading and fishing before fall migration. I have a couple that hang out near my woodlot, hopping from beaver pond to beaver pond.  :) I have been keen on sighting bitterns the last couple of years. Talked to one fellow hunting and he was perplexed at the noise those bitterns make. He had to look it up and the sound on an Encyclopedia of birds.

Recently, a forestry company was convicted of destroying heron nests while building road. The fine wasn't all that stiff, $50,000 and a donation to a conservation group. That's pretty much an annual wage of a company forester.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on November 09, 2008, 08:34:26 am
We having been trying to identify this feller who was hanging out for a few hours last week.
Appears to come from the Pigeon family but not in any of our book pages.  Any ideas? ???

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/What_is_it_.jpg)

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on November 09, 2008, 04:39:34 pm
white crowned pigeon , patagioenas leucocephala  ?

Found it in  National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of NA.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on November 09, 2008, 04:46:31 pm
I'm thinking he may have been someones pet allthough there wasn't a band on his leg.
My wife got within 2 feet of it and thinks she may have been able to pet it. (she didn't)  He was on this gate with the dog barking at his feet and the cat pushing and stretching himself at the bottom of the gate. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Larry on December 05, 2008, 06:44:53 am
I’ve read over in the food section of this delicious meal that Jeff fixed with grouse.  I figured I would like to try a grouse and yesterday I spotted one. 

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10125/roadrunner_grouse.jpg)

I’m going back today with my grouse gun to bag me one.  I called Arkansas Game and Fish to purchase a grouse tag but they told me I don’t need one cause Arkansas don’t have any....whata they know. ???  Stuffed grouse on the way. :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 05, 2008, 07:02:43 am
 :D :D

That's one of them road runner "grouse" ain't it Larry? ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Larry on December 05, 2008, 07:18:44 am
Whatsa roadrunner taste like? ;D  Are you sure thats not an Arkansas grouse? :D

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 05, 2008, 11:21:15 am
Not unless grouse started taken a liken to snakes. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Larry on January 03, 2009, 06:59:45 pm
While fishing this morning I found a place where the stripers had penned up a huge school of shad in the back end of a hollar.  The stripers would rip through the shad school at there pleasure...and shad parts would float to the top.  The eagles had also learned of this feeding orgy...they were standing by to clean up the pieces.  Don’t want good shad parts going to waste. ;D


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10125/eagle1a.jpg)


Just a side note...bout three years ago there were a pair of eagles that nested here.  They found they really like southern hospitality and are now official, full time Arkansas residents. :) :)

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 04, 2009, 07:40:54 am
I try to tell some people that although bald eagles eat fish, they don't catch them live. They pick up the carrion and rob the osprey. I fished on a salmon river here years ago and I watched the osprey do all the hard work and those white headed buzzards would come and steal their salmon catch from them. An eagle isn't build for fishing. I've seen osprey that could barely lift their catch and some would have to drop the fish. On the river there was a shallow place, a bar, we would see the fish moving over this shallow place and there is where the osprey fished. The water was always going down in the evening and up in the morning because of the dam during low demand in the evenings. Even out west they only eat those dead fish after they spawn, the bears catch live fish and won't touch a dead one.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on January 04, 2009, 12:33:33 pm
SD
Guess you've not seen the vids of the bald eagle catching live fish, still kicking as it flys away with it.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on January 05, 2009, 08:33:31 am
Here's a video of a bald eagle fishing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R6E62hHLpM

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 05, 2009, 10:54:09 am
I can't see it on dial-up Roxy, but is the bird wading or did he actually dive into deep water for a catch? Not snatch a sick one off the surface that was dying? No, we have lots of bald eagles here and I've never seen an eagle dive for a fish, not even on TV. I will see them wade in shallows and catch weak or dead fish and steal others on shore or take dead beached fish. I guess there is a fine line in fishing terms, pun intended. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: ttbass1969 on January 05, 2009, 11:35:07 am
Evening Grosbecks, and the Red Finches are my favorite.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on January 05, 2009, 11:37:55 am
The eagle in the video is fishing in a pond, and it hoovers and then dives into the water for the fish.  It then sits in the water (just like a duck would) and takes off to a tree with the fish. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 05, 2009, 02:47:22 pm
Curiosity got the better of me. I took the hour it takes to download those videos on dial-up. The eagle surely was fishing, but in shallow water on a muddy shole. The guy on the video said he was "sitting in water on the mud". That would be the only way he could take off from water. They usually have to swim if caught in deep water and sometimes drown. But, non-the-less he was fishing. The other guy's voice said "the fish have to be pretty small in there". Great video Rox.  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on January 06, 2009, 04:25:47 pm
Eagles catch mullet from deeper water here.  They have more luck in the salt water because of the schooling habits of the fish.  Mullet will form rafts of thousands of individuals and run in the current close to the surface.  Eagles will swoop down and grab one by sinking the talons of one, or sometimes both, feet through the fish.  The problems occur when the fish is too big and the bird can't get his talons unlocked.  The fish will drag the bird into the water and some eagles lose their lives there.  Usually the fish is lifted from the water or dragged along the surface to the shore, where the Eagle dispatches it post haste.  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 06, 2009, 04:58:21 pm
It's "hard" fishing up here in winter when the rivers and lakes freeze solid, yet the Eagles stay here. I see them all winter along the river.  They eat hare, road kill, cats, dead deer what ever to keep from starving I guess. I can see skimming being a means of fishing like you say Tom. I suspect the older adults with more experience get good at it.
Title: Lunchtime
Post by: Phorester on January 06, 2009, 07:16:20 pm
Hawk with his lunch.

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10014/P1010015.JPG)

As I was driving up to my house one afternoon before Christmas, I saw a big bird fluttering in the driveway.  Then this hawk flew away with a dead bird in his talons.  He flew to the roof of the kid's playfort.  I grabbed my camera and got a few poor shots as I walked toward the playfort snapping pictures trying not to spook him before he flew away.
Title: Re: Lunchtime
Post by: beenthere on January 06, 2009, 11:53:53 pm
Interesting that you posted that today. Same happened here, with a Coopers hawk feasting on a flicker..picked most of the feathers off first. Interesting.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on January 07, 2009, 07:45:33 am
I have a screen porch under my upper deck. There are a couple of bird feeders on the upper deck.
In the winter, the screen porch is full of firewood and odds and ends.

When I went to feed the woodstove yesterday morning there was a bluejay in a corner of the screen porch banging against the screens. There is a door at each end about 12 feet apart but he was stuck in a corner... He got all excited when I showed up and dug himself into a space between the screening and a half sheet of foam insulation.

Thru the screen he looked kind of flat  :D I let him out with a utility knife. Don't use the screen porch for much but firewood ....
Was nice to see a jay close up !!!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on January 07, 2009, 10:23:16 pm
A link my Sister sent me today:

     http://skagiteaglewatchers.wordpress.com/

The Skagit River is about 18 miles north of me.  I fish up in that area a lot.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WildDog on January 08, 2009, 01:31:53 am
We have 2 large cranes that frequent our waterhole at the house. I got home today and Nicky said, "one Crane was flying and then the tinniest little Hawk hit it in mid air and the cranes wings just crumpled up and he fell straight down fortunately hitting the water.

Nicky said he rested on the rocks for a long while and then disappeared, hopefully not to a fox, as I type this I can can see one crane on a log in the middle of the creek but only the one.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on January 08, 2009, 12:35:26 pm
I'd mentioned before about watching a live cam set up on Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa and sponsored by National Geographic.  There are some interesting birds and wild animals that frequent the pond, and the pond is complete with a Nile croc.
Have been watching the croc kill a terrapin (turtle) and work on consuming it for several days. The croc also killed a large catfish and left the head on the bank. A fish eagle stole the head and dragged it off to eat it. Someone made a video of that bit of thievery if interested. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ-FVpZeXzo
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: JackSchaffer on January 10, 2009, 10:32:44 am
Nice story sprucebunny.  That was fun to read.

Last year I planted a plot of New England asters, and this is the first winter I've been able to keep goldfinches into January.  I doubt that's a coincidence, and would appreciate any feedback!

Also I stopped using millet this year, and all the sparrows have left.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 10, 2009, 10:41:30 am
Got lots of birds here without even feeding them. Blue jays, pine grosbeaks, chickadee, ravens, red polls, flocks of snow bunting, juncos. If I did start feeding, the blue jays would take over, sometimes 30 at a time. They sack continuously. I see gold finch to, feeding on weeds and burdock bushes mostly.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 12, 2009, 07:16:09 pm
Noticed a bunch of at least twenty goldfinch today as luck would have it, on my walk from the shop to the house. Hard to tell them from snow bunting from a distance, sound almost the same to. They were feeding on seeds on some tall lamb's quarters stalks.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Burlkraft on January 20, 2009, 12:19:47 pm
This little guy has been hunting the brush pile in my yard. We put the Christmas tree in the snow out by it and Jill has been putting suet and popcorn and old bread out there for the birds. He has made this his breakfast hunting ground  ;D  ;D

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/12905/1070/2009_01_19_001.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WildDog on January 20, 2009, 04:42:42 pm
We are maddly spraying Balck Berry's at the moment over about 300 acres that I only run cattle on and not the goats. I am worried where all the Finches that nest in these bushes are going to go next season.

The Blue Wrens and Double Bar finches call them home. One neighbour has a 500 acre paddock alongside mine that he hasn't sprayed for many a year but through another neighbour I hear he's going to hit it soon so effectively a lot of habit will be lost for these little guys.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 20, 2009, 05:08:33 pm
Looks like a merlin. We don't have them here in winter. Kestrel are similar and they were some thick here this summer. They perch on the power lines in fields. I think a nesting pair took refuge in a small stand of woods just up the road last spring. Sure was a noisey bunch and chased the robins a lot this fall in the orchard up there. They circled the place constantly.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on January 20, 2009, 08:09:32 pm
My lunch time had a visitor drop in for a bit.  Musta smelled my sammich. :D
Video is 1:08 long of an Immature Egret on the Hood of my car.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNw-dm2o6nM
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on January 21, 2009, 12:07:43 am
He seems to be enjoying the breeze and the view ;D.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 21, 2009, 05:40:32 am
You sure have a candid camera there mooseherder. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on January 21, 2009, 06:35:56 am
You sure have a candid camera there mooseherder. :D

My kids bought me this camera that fits in my front shirt pocket.  I'll carry it with me ready for impending action. :D  It is called Flip Mino.  Really an incredible camera with great sound.
Anybody looking for a camera needs to consider one of these.

http://www.theflip.com/

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on January 24, 2009, 11:48:39 am

We've had quite a few birds come in to our bird feeder to get sunflower seeds but one day last week we were really surprised when the light coming in the window was almost blocked.
We had a Wild Turkey actually land on the window-box bird feeder, only for a minute though.

He didn't like the chicken wire screen we had put over it, so, he left.

Chuck
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Bibbyman on January 31, 2009, 10:07:02 am
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10034/wsbaldegale20090130.JPG)

I looked out our living room window this morning to see a bald eagle and two crows setting in a walnut tree about 50 yards from the house and about eye level.  I got out my camera and snapped a few pictures.  When I zoomed in,  I could no longer see the bird in the view screen so I got the picture off center.

Brooke got a better quality 8mp camera for Christmas but it was set on video mode and by the time I got it back on picture mode,  the eagle flew off.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 31, 2009, 04:50:54 pm
A flock of waxwings descended upon my crab apple tree for last season's dried up apples. I never thought of the camera, could have taken one easily.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: isawlogs on February 05, 2009, 09:17:49 am

  We have been getting some visites from these guys for the past couple of days , I hope they stick around there where three of them , one was off to the side and would not be tolerated around the other two while they ate ... So yesterday I went and put some corn where he was eating ... ;D  Today he went back there and had a good snack , the other two had sun flower seeds that fall off the bird feeder .

     


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  So , I have a question for those who have knowledge of turkeys ... How long do there beards get , and how long does it take ....

  Inquiring mind would like to know , but to lazy to google it  ;D

 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 05, 2009, 10:03:33 am
They look tastie. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on February 05, 2009, 10:43:21 am
I have a theory that the beards will get as long as their legs will allow.... ;D  meaning they wear off the beard when feeding so the longer their legs (or taller the turkey), the longer the beard. Around here, a 10" beard is considered a large bird. Spurs are another, and 1 1/2" spurs are considered to be a good size bird. Weight of 28#'s another indication.

This time of year, the Tom's seem to run together, and the jakes (young tom's) are still with the hens.  Appears to be a jake with that hen there.

 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: semologger on February 06, 2009, 12:23:49 am
They look tastie. ;D

Thats what i was thinking. Dont know if i could take shotting them with a camera. Well maybe after the first shot goes bang.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on February 06, 2009, 07:52:21 pm
Marcel,

Those are beautiful birds, and it is special to be able to see them.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: isawlogs on February 06, 2009, 09:42:22 pm

  Danny they are a pleasure to have around there where four today . I was not able to take a pickchure as the pictaker was in my shop and so was the camera  :D

 Gotta admit they do look tasty .  ;D :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on February 07, 2009, 09:04:48 am
beenthere wrote:  I have a theory that the beards will get as long as their legs will allow....   meaning they wear off the beard when feeding so the longer their legs (or taller the turkey), the longer the beard. 
 I'm in full agreement with his reasoning.


I think that by the time a gobler (or tom) reaches 4 years old, his beard is as long as it will ever be and that will usually be between 9 and 12 inches.

We have turkeys at our house every day.  They clean up whatever we throw out of the bird feeders each morning and of course we usually throw a little extra sunflower seeds out for them too!  The flock that comes here has 10 turkeys in it.

Turkeys don't seem to be overly smart, but they don't miss anything either.  Any movement and they are gone.  Pretty soon, they'll be back.  If they could only realize where all of that seed comes from, they'd save a lot of energy!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on February 07, 2009, 09:45:03 am
We have a group of about a dozen that comes out to feed in our far bottom corn field. Even though I chisled it they find plenty to eat scratching through the snow for corn. It's funny though, I used to hunt turkey, pheasant and most other upland birds. Now when I see them I almost feel like they're my pets as I've gone to so much trouble to improve the habitat for them. This winter and last has been real hard on them, hopefully with a little help they'll recover to huntable numbers.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Larry on February 07, 2009, 04:45:04 pm
We don't have many turkeys here but the ones we do have are really big...or think they are big.

Kathy feeds the deer cracked corn...last spring I saw a turkey in a Mexican stand off with a deer on who was gonna get that corn. :D  The turkey won. :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: ErikC on February 07, 2009, 04:50:42 pm
  We have turkeys here from time to time. They are kind or rare in our valley, but there is a population. I like to see them. Last year in spring or early summer I scared a hen with some pullets about the size of quail right down by the creek. I didn't go down there again for a while, hoping not to disturb them more. I didn't see them again though.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on February 08, 2009, 12:59:21 pm
We don't have many turkeys here but the ones we do have are really big...or think they are big.

Kathy feeds the deer cracked corn...last spring I saw a turkey in a Mexican stand off with a deer on who was gonna get that corn. :D  The turkey won. :)


Here in NY it is against the law to feed the deer.  You will be ticketed if you are caught by a D.E.C. official.

But, I suppose if you were to put out cracked corn for the turkeys and the deer came in to feed, it might buy you a warning or two instead of a ticket.
I have heard that one place (local) has actually posted a sign stating "this feed is for turkey's, deer stay out" true or not, I can't say.  As if the deer can read!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 25, 2009, 07:18:48 am
With all the winter snow, compounded by alders leaning over some sections of our back roads there is bound to be bird casualties with snow removal equipment. This is not a bash on the snow plow operators. Just hate to see a good partridge go to waste. I know some of you folks might think it's getting rough around here when a guy has to go out and pick up road kill. ;D  :D

This bird was struck by a plow, as the plow passed by the alders and flushed him out. He was laying there most of the afternoon untouched.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_partridge-001.jpg)



(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_partridge-003.jpg)

I noticed this morning that the neighborhood fox made a nice meal of him in the night. ;D
Title: Hit One Too Many Windows ?
Post by: sprucebunny on March 17, 2009, 06:46:36 pm
This poor little thing ! It is all fluffy and confused. Had to go check each corner of the milkcrate and squeeze between the bars. I can get within about 2 feet of it before it notices.

I've seen other chickadees that had this "pigpen" look. I don't know if it's old age or they just have something slightly wrong with them.
 

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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 18, 2009, 07:10:41 am
I'm thinking disease, could be anything, west nile, avian, eye disease. I think I'd deliver the bird to your local vet for testing. Wear latex.  ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on March 18, 2009, 07:17:48 pm
Sometimes things like that happen when the bird accidently fly's into a window!

They are just dazed for a while and will usually recover.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 18, 2009, 08:58:35 pm
Could be, but if it's quite common you might have a bad glare on your window that the birds get confused about and fly into it. Seems you had a warbler last year that smacked into the window as well. When a  bird hits window he doesn't usually slump like that unless his neck is broken, at which point he wouldn't be hanging onto cage wire. Don't seem right.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on March 19, 2009, 10:04:09 am
What usually causes birds to fly into a window is when they can see straight through a house or part of it.
In other words, they see in one window and out another.  Looks clear to them and they don't know what glass is!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 19, 2009, 11:04:42 am
I don't know. I've been in a building before and couldn't even see a pain of glass petitioning two rooms and walked, smuck, right into it. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 21, 2009, 05:10:09 pm
Near as I can tell it's a Northern Shrike. It has a long tail, black on top, white underneath it. Has a black beak, a black eye mask, white breast, gray head and back, black wings. Seen him twice in last couple days. I rarely see them. They nest in the far north. Scope on the camera isn't really strong enough.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_northern_shrike.jpg)


Also seen a grouse today down by the brook walking under the alder bushes on the snow. I see them there all the time. There is a good grouse hunting road I try to get folks to hunt on in the fall, no one likes to walk much. Too much "Hollywood" hunting these days from pickup cabs. ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS (Tom turkey time)
Post by: beenthere on April 16, 2009, 05:07:03 pm
Caught one not looking today.  8)

Nice bird at 20#

While it hung in the tree, three other Tom's came up to check it out. One wouldn't let go of the neck, I imagine trying to get it down out of the tree.

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/1594/Tom.JPG)



Ten inch beard and 1" spurs,
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/1594/Tom_1.JPG)

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman on April 16, 2009, 05:20:25 pm
Around these parts most people shoot turkeys with a shotgun. I see you caught that one with a foot snare.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Burlkraft on April 16, 2009, 06:08:46 pm
Around these parts most people shoot turkeys with a shotgun. I see you caught that one with a foot snare.

 :D :D :D :D :D

I shot a tom out of a group of 6 once and 2 of the others attacked him when he hit the ground  :o  :o  :o
Title: Re: BIRDS (Tom turkey time)
Post by: Burlkraft on April 16, 2009, 06:09:52 pm
Caught one not looking today.  8)

Nice bird at 20#

While it hung in the tree, three other Tom's came up to check it out. One wouldn't let go of the neck, I imagine trying to get it down out of the tree.

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/1594/Tom.JPG)



Ten inch beard and 1" spurs,
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/1594/Tom_1.JPG)



Nice bird Kent  8)  8)  8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on April 16, 2009, 06:51:31 pm
Around these parts most people shoot turkeys with a shotgun. I see you caught that one with a foot snare.

 :D :D :D
Quieter that way.. :) :)
Actually was with .410 double barrel with one #4 shot
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 17, 2009, 06:31:07 am
The state of Maine is introducing them into Aroostook county, which is in NE Maine and next to where I live. There is lots of Red Oak on Mars Hill. I might have wild turkey in my freezer yard some day.  ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on April 17, 2009, 02:34:50 pm
I managed to download a short video onto YouTube of the Tom turkey attack (hope that doesn't put my name on the HSA list).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOMIRg_8FGA

Didn't realize uploading to YouTube was so easy.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Radar67 on April 17, 2009, 03:03:28 pm
BT, how did you get this bird in, call, decoy? Want to hear how you do it up north.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on April 17, 2009, 04:31:45 pm
This one was a surprise. I was out to set up a blind. Had the .410 double, a camo cloth and some stakes, and a decoy.

Just had set the stuff on the ground, gun against the tree, and clearing some brush to put up the camo. Getting ready to go out there the first thing this morning.
As I broke some brush, I saw two Tom's coming out of the woods and they almost raced to me, and I just had time to drop two #4's in the double, aim and wait a few seconds for one to get within 20 yards. Bam! All done.

Never had a chance to make a call, or to sit still for an hour or three, or to fall asleep waiting for some action. I was back home in less than 25 minutes.

Sorry, can't come up with a good "called-em-in" or "he-tried-to-jump-my-decoy" story this time.

 8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Radar67 on April 17, 2009, 04:54:31 pm
Blind luck makes just as good a story as any.  ;) ;D ;D ;D Nice looking bird.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 19, 2009, 08:50:00 pm
Sure wish I had a video camera today to show ya the action. I was sitting along side a road talking to a couple folks that were on their way to Montreal in an 18 wheeler. There was a morning dove being chased by a little Kestrel hawk. She had the dove by the tail so to speak. Feathers where flying. Wasn't one bit scared of us and they both nearly got run over as the truck was rolling along slow before he stopped. The hawk unhooked and went up into a tree, then as the truck rolled off again the dove emerged and flew off. One lucky dove.  ;D :D


Oh, and seen a turkey vulture, not far from home, sitting at the mouth of a drive way. Them things were never here when I was a kid. I'll take a raven over them ugly things. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on April 19, 2009, 09:42:18 pm
The turkey vultures are moving farther north every year.  Not sure if it's because there are more of them or adjusting to climate changes.  Ugly up close, pretty when they soar.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on April 24, 2009, 11:25:26 am
Caught this wild thing on camera, and he shows up near every day now. Maybe lookin for his buddy.  ::) ::)

Near the end you can see the "shakes" that he gets, which also makes a pretty audible hum. I could try to translate that a little better, but won't here.  ;D ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmKPVrRj6yo&feature=channel_page


Another clip at the same routine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDfXWYgZfmw&feature=channel_page
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on April 24, 2009, 01:14:09 pm
Wow.  I've never seen a wild turkey that got that big. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: ADAMINMO on April 24, 2009, 01:37:29 pm
Looks like good table fare to me!!! digin_2 food2 musteat_1
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on April 24, 2009, 06:27:48 pm
Wow.  I've never seen a wild turkey that got that big. 

Them would be babies here. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on April 24, 2009, 08:42:35 pm
Looks like the Wreath is going to stay up for a while longer again this year.  :)

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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Lanier_Lurker on April 24, 2009, 09:38:08 pm
Eastern bluebirds?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on April 24, 2009, 09:44:56 pm
Michigan State Bird.  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Texas Ranger on April 25, 2009, 12:47:38 am
These are just as tasty, they just don't go as far.




(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10007/hummer.jpg)

 smiley_turkey_dancing smiley_turkey_dancing
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 25, 2009, 05:48:01 am
Veery, robins and wood thrush have blue eggs to.  8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ironmower on April 25, 2009, 06:39:44 am
Spring gobbler opens on monday 8) Just secured another 70 acres to hunt 8) 8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on April 25, 2009, 07:41:56 am
This blue, would be Robin egg blue.  She won't stay still to get a photo in the nest asthe cabin is right straight out the back door and she scoots as soon as it opens.  She then sits in a nearby oak and scolds you for interrupting her work.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 25, 2009, 10:46:28 am
I have not seen my brown thrashers yet. I'm am right on the edge of the range. I had a pair last year for the first time that I ever knew of.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on April 25, 2009, 09:28:43 pm
Yesterday, on my bus route, I spotted a pair of Tree Swallows.  They're a little early this year.

SwampDonkey; I haven't seen Brown Thrashers here yet either!  There are normally a couple of pairs of them that frequent our back yard!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on April 25, 2009, 09:35:45 pm
Today was a first for me (maybe because I've not been paying attention  ;D ), and I had a flock of from 25-75 white throated sparrows in the yard. I noticed their high numbers at first, and then noticed the white top head stripe, alternating on the sides with black, then the white throat.  Not a sparrow fan, but these were more likable than the ordinary barn sparrows.

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/1594/White-throated-Sparrow-gr-bkgr-_H2D8290-McLeansville%2C-NC.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 26, 2009, 04:04:30 am
Yeah, I like the song of the white-throated sparrow. They've been here for a couple weeks now. It's one of those birds folks record a lot on those easy listening tapes along with the loon. Usually hear a fellow canoeing along a lake in the foreground.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on April 26, 2009, 07:09:16 am
Today was a first for me (maybe because I've not been paying attention  ;D ), and I had a flock of from 25-75 white throated sparrows in the yard. I noticed their high numbers at first, and then noticed the white top head stripe, alternating on the sides with black, then the white throat.  Not a sparrow fan, but these were more likable than the ordinary barn sparrows.

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/1594/White-throated-Sparrow-gr-bkgr-_H2D8290-McLeansville%2C-NC.jpg)


I believe this bird is a Crowned Sparrow. 
We have lots of them here throughout the summer, but they haven't arrived yet.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Lanier_Lurker on April 26, 2009, 07:27:37 am
I have not seen my brown thrashers yet. I'm am right on the edge of the range. I had a pair last year for the first time that I ever knew of.

What is the state bird of Georgia doing way up there? 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 26, 2009, 08:39:50 am
Eat'n bugs. ;D

White crowned sparrow doesn't have yellow eyebrows.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on April 26, 2009, 12:27:23 pm
As I understand, the crowned also doesn't have the white throat.
But suspect there are variations of each.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 26, 2009, 02:22:07 pm
About the brown thrasher, it says in my book it's rare up here and sometimes seen in Newfoundland. The map shows it here in western NB during the breeding season.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 26, 2009, 02:24:40 pm
As I understand, the crowned also doesn't have the white throat.
But suspect there are variations of each.

Yeah, my book shows a light gray throat on the white crowned sparrow.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on April 26, 2009, 03:19:04 pm
Yup, you're right, Pictured is the White Throated Sparrow!

The Crowned Sparrow doesn't have the yellow.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 05, 2009, 03:10:19 pm
I saw a couple brown thrashers today. One in my back yard and another 5 miles away in a neighbors back yard. They sound kinda like a weird robin, but out of key. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on May 05, 2009, 06:09:19 pm
I saw a pair of Brown Thrashers in our back yard yesterday.

I also saw some Barn Swallows and a couple of Ruby Throated Humming Birds yesterday.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on May 14, 2009, 05:25:34 pm
Winter Pheasant. Saw this bird last December on my way out hunting during the deer muzzel loading season.



(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10002/pheasant_winter1.JPG)



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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 15, 2009, 05:15:40 pm
We have a lot of pheasant along the river valley, once in a great while (quite rare) I see one near the house. Down to dad's they run all through town like chickens. No lie. They love peas and strawberries.  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on July 19, 2009, 05:00:07 pm
A Downy WoodPecker took up a Quaking Aspen behind our Camp as residence.  She had a few holes in it with a few Babies crying for food most of the day.  The holes were a little too high to view the babies but you sure could hear them.  Mama was working hard.

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Downy_Woodpecker.JPG)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on July 19, 2009, 05:07:22 pm
This Eagle picture was taken by our Cousin Mike who was up visiting with us.

 

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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Hilltop366 on July 20, 2009, 10:48:16 pm
Nice shot of the eagle!

Been getting this hawk hunting around the yard lately managed to get a couple of pic of it, it might be hard to see but it has a small rodent in its beak. I'm thinking it's a northern harrier aka marsh hawk ?

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/18975/IMG_6647.JPG)

lots of pheasants around here I got some video clips of them fighting in my front yard I'll have to find it and put it on youtube so it can be seen.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Lanier_Lurker on July 20, 2009, 11:08:56 pm
A Downy WoodPecker took up a Quaking Aspen behind our Camp as residence.  She had a few holes in it with a few Babies crying for food most of the day.  The holes were a little too high to view the babies but you sure could hear them.  Mama was working hard.

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Downy_Woodpecker.JPG)


The size of the beak in relation to the head and the more forward position of the red patch makes me think this may be a hairy instead of a downy.  I see them occasionally on my suet block here, but I have mostly downy and red bellied.

Nice picture.


EDIT:

I went back and checked my field guide, and I am wrong.  That is a female yellow-bellied sapsucker.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 21, 2009, 04:46:23 am
There's been a hawk harassing the robins here to in the yard. They sure put up a big fuss. Went out one evening just before dark and the hawk flew off my lead in wire to the house, things quieted down.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Lanier_Lurker on October 08, 2009, 06:08:04 pm
Unfortunately I have no pictures, but it has been an interesting year so far observing the activity on my suet block.  Once I figured out that I had to take it down every night to keep a stupid coon from getting it I have been much less frustrated.  All efforts to defeat him ultimately failed.  But, I have it rigged where it is easy to put up and take down so no worries.

Anyway, here is the list of what I have seen on it this year:

The Usual Suspects feeding on suet
--------------------------------------
downy woodpecker
hairy woodpecker
red bellied woodpecker
tufted titmouse
white breasted nuthatch
Carolina chickadee (they nested in my bluebird house)
unknown vireo

The UN-Usual Suspects feeding on suet
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blue jay
Carolina wren
cardinal
cowbird (I think)


The blue jays and the cardinals are funny to watch when feeding on suet.  My suet block is hanging from a dogwood limb so the only way they can get to it is to land directly on it.  Blue jays and cardinals are not creepers and climbers like the other birds, so they struggle a bit.  I know they would get frustrated watching the almost constant stream of downy woodpeckers coming in and eating very efficiently.  Finally the cardinals figured out they could land on top of the suet cage and just reach  over the side and get it, but their short beaks make it difficult if there is not a full size suet cake inside.  The blue jays would mostly fly up from underneath and hover long enough to jam their large bills into the cake and either get a chunk or knock a chunk off down onto the deck where they would then go get it.

The most amazing thing I saw was a mother cardinal with her two juvenile young.  She parked them on a nearby limb where they waited, and for 5 minutes she would fly over to the suet, grab a chunk, then take it over and give it to one of them.  That was when I needed a video camera.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on October 09, 2009, 04:05:16 am
Blue jays, like crows are pretty smart at figuring a way. When we used to feed birds here the blue jays were as thick as flies. I still have a lot of them and several hung out around the house all summer. This time of year I hear nuthatches all through the woods. Always a chickadee around. There are whisky jacks to, but usually around camp sites. They are like pack rats.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Bibbyman on December 04, 2009, 05:04:53 pm
I was out loading a load of firewood awhile ago and spotted a bald eagle soaring high in the bright blue sky.  He was heading south.  This is as early in the season as I can ever remember seeing them around here.  I guess he came in with the cold snap.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 04, 2009, 06:10:45 pm
I saw one today out over the river. They stay here all year. Scavenging buzzards.  ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on December 04, 2009, 08:37:07 pm
Out on the river fishing yesterday and had three of them go over about 100 feet up, rolling, chasing and fake fighting.  Bright, cold, sunny day and think they were just out playing.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Bibbyman on December 20, 2009, 11:35:12 am
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10034/wsbaldegale20090130.JPG)

I looked out our living room window this morning to see a bald eagle and two crows setting in a walnut tree about 50 yards from the house and about eye level.  I got out my camera and snapped a few pictures.  When I zoomed in,  I could no longer see the bird in the view screen so I got the picture off center.

Brooke got a better quality 8mp camera for Christmas but it was set on video mode and by the time I got it back on picture mode,  the eagle flew off.


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10034/wseagle200912.JPG)

He's BACK!

Big ole eagle came and landed in the same walnut tree just outside our front yard. Set there for half an hour and then took off to run some hawk off. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: HOOF-ER on December 20, 2009, 02:07:07 pm
Saw one out on the edge of the strip pits. He looked like he was interested in a road kill coon. Amazing to see them in places I have never before.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 20, 2009, 05:20:00 pm
Turkey vultures are becoming familiar here as they seem to be moving north. Never here in NB before to anyone's knowledge.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Bibbyman on December 20, 2009, 06:33:55 pm
I seen one fly over at least a month ago.  I pointed it out to a customer and we both agreed it was as early as we'd ever seen one in Missouri.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on December 26, 2009, 12:46:58 pm
Bluejay and female Cardinal sharing some bird feed.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/1172/Bluejay_and_Female_Cardinal_at_the_Bird_Feeder.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman on December 26, 2009, 12:58:51 pm
Excelent picture Glenn. 8)   On first glance I thought the Bluejay was holding a blue worm, but on futher inspection I think the blue worm is just a hook on the bird feeder.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on December 26, 2009, 01:52:43 pm
Here's a couple pictures of the handle/hook. ;)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/1172/Cardinal.jpg)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/1172/Bluejays.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 26, 2009, 01:58:46 pm
Looks like up in Maine.  ;)

Nice pictures indeed. A blue jay and a cardinal. We don't see many cardinals here and to get the two together at a feeder would be a real treat.  ;D Now if you could get the evening grosbeak, you'd have your yellow. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on December 26, 2009, 02:08:23 pm
They are from my BIL's front deck in Mountain City, Tennessee.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 26, 2009, 02:26:19 pm
Oh. Looked like a fall pic up this way with leaves off the maples and a few softwood mixed in the maples. Pretty nice just the same.  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on December 27, 2009, 08:26:18 am
Female Cardinals are my favorite!  Thanks!  Great picture
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: indiaxman1 on December 27, 2009, 08:44:27 pm
Great observations from all over....we get the nuthatch/wren/titmouse crowd..all the woodpeckers...and at night, this is the best, the flying squirrels..they love peanut suet..
One of the best aspects of all birds are the songs....someone mentioned the thrasher...they are bold...love those night whipporwills in spring/summer....but the BEST has to be the wood thrush....his various songs fill the forest...makes one smile
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on December 28, 2009, 08:28:21 am
My wife had a place about ½ hour from here.She had a pair of cardinals that would come to the feeder.Would hang around all summer and winter.He would go up in the tree right by the house and call for his mate at dusk.Have only seen a few here.That's just about the only thing she don't like here,no Cardinals.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on December 28, 2009, 12:06:20 pm
Ditto! to the cardinals being a favorite. Nice pictures.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on December 28, 2009, 06:00:19 pm
Here is another Cardinal. :)


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Cardinal2.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on December 29, 2009, 10:41:34 am
At our feeder, we have mostly Chickadee's, a few White Breasted Nuthatches, a few Red Breasted Nuthatches and a bunch of Gold Finches!

We used to get a lot of Evening Grossbeaks and Blue Jays.  I put chicken wire over the feeder about 3 years ago and that has pretty-much eliminated the Blue Jays.  Everything else can get through the chicken wire but those Blue Jays have a hard time of it!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on January 03, 2010, 11:41:16 am
An Osprey showed up this morning making a kyew, kyew, kyew racket.
He is perched on a Australian Pine branch that sweeps over the pond area.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/1172/Osprey1.JPG)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on January 03, 2010, 12:26:08 pm
Here is a short video of the Osprey leaving.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhdj6WgCQik
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WildDog on January 18, 2010, 05:28:44 am
On Friday I was inspecting some new area I am taking over at work in the north of the state and while I was walking along a creek I heard some deep thumping noises when I got up from the creek I found this pair. Its rough hilly country which isn't normally indicative of emu habitat, I am used to coming across them out west on the flat country.



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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 18, 2010, 06:39:39 am
Nice looking birds.

Not to color your post in a negative tone. But, they also remind me of a fellow who was going to get rich growing emu for meat. :D Kinda like one of them deals you get emails about. The guy selling the emu's to the fellow that got sucked in, is the guy making the profits.  ;D  Anyway, his emu's got away into the woods and never seen again.  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pappy19 on January 18, 2010, 01:56:24 pm
We had a neightbor about a mile away that did the "emu" thing and got stuck the same way. He got tired of feeding them and turned them loose. A few of them made it over to our neck of the woods. At first they were a novelty to see until they started chasing the kids. We don't have any emu problems any more.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on June 08, 2010, 06:35:38 pm
My wife set up the Feeder with some sugar water for da HummingBirds.
They were around before the feeder went up. :)
I love HummingBirds.
There was quite a few of them coming to it everyday.
She caught me sharpening da saw in da Bird video. ;D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3juTqM2T6Qo
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Burlkraft on June 20, 2010, 06:35:35 am
It seems waay too peaceful there   :D  :D

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 20, 2010, 10:07:40 am
The other day I heard this bird and others of it's kind around me making chatter. Turns out they are brown thrashers as I got a good look at one singing. I'm going to call them northern parrots from now on with all the weird noises they make. :D  Then this morning one of those alien sounding bitterns down in the wetlands, they don't even sound like a bird. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: indiaxman1 on June 22, 2010, 10:58:43 pm
Wood thrushes back...best singers bar none........had a rare Louisiana Water Thrush on deck....pink legs....bobs tail constantly...fudge ripple breast like the wood...2nd summer he's showed up
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Wick on June 23, 2010, 10:37:54 pm
I remember my dad had a pair of Emu's in a big pen. He got a call from work one day from the elementary school behind our property through the woods saying his Emu's were at the school chasing the kids around the playground. :D. And guess who got to corral them back to the pen? Watch out for those big toe nails!!!  >:(
 I had forgotten about that until this post. Now I can hear the never ending drumming sound again. :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on June 24, 2010, 08:33:31 pm
 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11566/57/Amish_insecticide.jpg)

Amish insecticide.  

The three swallow houses have a hinged side with a latch.  They are on pulleys so they can be lowered to the ground and cleaned out after the nesting is finished.  Each box will hold 14 nesting pairs.  These swallows were very active even though a storm had just passed.

The line you see is clothesline which runs from the porch on the house to the roof of the barn.  Pulleys are used there as well.  


Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 25, 2010, 02:49:48 am
What kind of swallows? Tree swallows here will not nest in colonies they get very upset. And barn swallows probably would, but they are scarce here since the freeze up in May 1996 that about wiped them out around here. The hydro wires where always lined with them in migration periods, hundreds. Also, there are not as many barns around for them to nest in, but just the same they would also nest in eves of old houses and build over window sills. Had one once in awhile nest over a light by the door, it was like going and checking for the mail when they were nesting, watching them hatch. :D

There are a lot of bugs them swallows down eat as well. As far as pest flies, bats eat way more.

I've never seen a bank swallow in years, they would nest in the sandy loam on a farm along the Nashwaak River where we used to fish salmon. They were swarming like mosquitoes. When the mayflies were out it was feast time.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on June 25, 2010, 07:41:02 am
They are Purple Martins and they're a lot prettier (and a lot less messy) than bats.  They really don't compete for the same insects that a bat will eat (such as mosquito's) because they are daylight hunters. 

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on June 25, 2010, 08:11:56 am
I just smiles at something that I love to hear.  :)

Every morning and evening I get to smile at something fairly unique to the north.  Our house is right under the flyway for loons going from their nesting lake to a feeding lake, and they announce their trip to us each time they go over head.   
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on June 25, 2010, 08:43:49 am
We just put up a new board & post fence along the South side of our yard.

I made some new birdhouses (for tree swallows & bluebirds) and mounted one on every third post in the line.

Ten birdhouses in all on the fence.  Then we put some around other places in the yard.

The new fence is along a flowing ditch and on the other side of the ditch is my brothers hay fields (80 acres), so, lots of bugs.

We can sit outside most nights and not be bothered with bugs.

Yesterday I timed a mom & dad Tree Swallow, and they would come in to feed the little ones every 3-4 minutes, all day long.

Makes one wonder just how many bugs they catch in a days time.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 25, 2010, 01:38:21 pm
Roxie we don't get many martins here. If you put a nest box up the tree swallows will take over and drive anything else off. We've tried here for 30 years.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 25, 2010, 01:51:06 pm
We don't hear loons handy to where I live. Our county only has one lake of significant size on the map, Williamstown Lake 10 miles to the south, the rest are ponds. It's about 5 miles long and 2 miles wide. Three or 4 small lakes are on the county line, with York County.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on June 26, 2010, 08:29:56 am
The family of Tree Swallows that had been using the birdhouse on the back porch flew away early yesterday or late the day before.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 30, 2010, 04:06:50 am
Shoulda had the camera today. Was driving into work on a good grouse road and found a hen in the road in a particular spot. Returned home and saw the babies and just down the road a small step was daddy grouse with his neck hackles all out and his tail all fanned out. The grouse are not so "wild" out there and they don't fly, but run like turkeys when spooked.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on June 30, 2010, 12:40:51 pm
 For the past month we've have a pair of adult Bald Eagles fishing in our lake. They sit in an old snag, waiting on a fish to surface then sail down and catch the fish, either they go off to their nest as they did earlier this month or they alight back up on the snag and begin eating. This last week they seem to sit at the lake feeding and loitering more each day. We're beginning to worry that their flegling didn't make it or, hopfully, just havn't left the nest just yet.

One of the eagles is much larger than its mate, both have white heads. I'm thinking my book says females are larger. They do not fear a tractor as I've  driven by their snag within 30 yds or so. But p/u trucks or ATVs or walking...they're outta there!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: jeffreythree on July 09, 2010, 10:29:40 am
Finally got around to putting up bird feeders at the house.  Put it where my wife can watch it from bed as she is on bed rest for 4 more weeks.  Seen house finches, house sparrows, mourning and inca doves, and some hummingbirds I have not identified yet at their feeder.  We have a bumper crop of grasshoppers this year and it has been fun watching the mockingbirds hunt them in the grass, hopping around with their wings half spread to spook the grasshoppers out of their hiding spots.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on July 10, 2010, 08:44:38 am
We've started getting visits to our feeder box by the Evening Grossbeaks.

Haven't seen many of those around here in a long time.  Used to be here by the dozens, 50-60 at a time.

Good to see them back.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on July 11, 2010, 08:58:30 pm
We've had a couple Hawks here all day preying on smaller birds.
They have been making a lot of noise.  I went out earlier with a dead camera battery and missed some good footage of a smaller bird antagonizing a Hawk.  Finally went back out a couple hours later as they were still yacking.  It was over a hundred degrees earlier today with the heat index. ::)
I'm not sure what kind of Hawk it is but am leaning towards a Sharp-Shinned or a Cooper's Hawk. 
The video starts off with it in a tree, then flys to another tree, then onto our grass and back on a tree branch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRosX7F9iDI
Title: Osprey
Post by: highlandeye on July 12, 2010, 12:39:16 pm
Hi, just thought I would share this with you all - last spring my wife and I were traveling North up the Strath river road , a narrow winding road even by Scotish standards , . There are places along this road - used for passing - where it widens for a short distance , anyway , I was towing along trailer behind the Landrover full of old Elm , it was heavy and slow progress was being made , my concentration was on the road , when , just to our left flying very low and slow ,my wife spotted what she thought was an Osprey . I pulled into the next passing place which fortunatly was very close to the river , we both got out and stood right up to the Landrover and never moved . Sure enough the magnificent Osprey was totaly concentrating on the river and his dinner (Osprey are fish eating large birds of prey)  He slowly , very slowly followed the river with eyes only for fish, which brought him closer and closer to us - when I could see every feather , when I could almost see my own reflection in his eye, he closed both wings and fell with total control down into the river where he dissapeard in an almighty turmoil of water , seconds later he emerged , strugling , realy strugling to lift out of the water with a huge Brown Trout in his tallons.We were both transfixed by this very awesome sight.  He climed with dificulty to around 40 ft. and then did the clasic thing - he turned the still strugling trout , in his tallons to reduce the wind drag , and flew of into the far woods .I have read about them doing this but to see it so close - We were privelaged indeed .  As for my camra which I always carry , it was safely locked in the boot.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 16, 2010, 02:49:54 am
Latest Maritime Breeding Bird Atlas Newsletter. (http://www.mba-aom.ca)


Also, in the French language. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on July 19, 2010, 06:32:31 pm
We had a visit from a couple Sandhill Cranes this past weekend.
They came in close.  Someone in the neighborhood is probably feeding them.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/1172/Sandhill_Crane1.JPG)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/1172/Sandhill_Crane2.JPG)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 20, 2010, 03:03:25 am
According to the Newsletter in previous post they found a nesting pair of sandhills in Chipman, NB. First time a pair have ever been found nesting here since record keeping of breeding birds have been kept.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on July 20, 2010, 07:04:11 am
Someone we know has reported seeing them in Northern Maine this year.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 20, 2010, 03:22:44 pm
Moose, apparently they have been in Maine and Northern New England for some time now. That's what the newsletter said anyway.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on July 26, 2010, 09:41:08 pm
We've had a barred owl hanging around the house the last couple of weeks, I see him every day or two.  This morning my wife spotted him on the ground, on a grassy spot up behind the house, had a mouse I think.  Then back up into a maple to watch the lawn again.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: nas on July 27, 2010, 10:38:07 am
Had a Kingfisher land on the kids trampoline.  We have one with the safety net around it.  The bird tried to take off toward the inside of the trampoline and hit the net on the other side.  It then panicked and dropped the 2" sunfish it had in its beak, leaving it on the trampoline.  I wonder what we would have thought of the fish if we had not seen the bird ??? ??? :D

Nick
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Magicman on July 27, 2010, 09:40:49 pm
I'm having Hummers showing up.  I guess that they are this year's hatchlings.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: terrifictimbersllc on July 28, 2010, 07:37:18 pm
Had a Kingfisher land on the kids trampoline.  We have one with the safety net around it.  The bird tried to take off toward the inside of the trampoline and hit the net on the other side.  It then panicked and dropped the 2" sunfish it had in its beak, leaving it on the trampoline.  I wonder what we would have thought of the fish if we had not seen the bird ??? ??? :D

Nick
Good there's no size limit on those you'd have trouble with that explanation.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on September 06, 2010, 04:32:03 pm
The Great Egret, takes off from the State owned marsh lands of Proud Lake in  southeastern Lower Michigan.This white heron holds its neck in a more open "S" than do other white herons.

This photo shows the ecosystem transition from the lake, to its adjoining marshland, to the adjoining lowland riparian area, to the white and red oak, cottonwood, and aspen woodlands on the adjoing higher ground.
 
 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10002/148/100_2154.JPG)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on September 11, 2010, 04:37:13 pm
Warblers of all types moving through now. Just here in my yard and farm I've i.D'd the Swainson's, Yellow-throated, Eastern Yellow, Black & White Warblers; not confirmed yet but fairly confident were the Orange-crowned, and Kentucky Warblers.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on September 20, 2010, 08:14:54 am
Warblers Part II..they left! 

Noticed one day last week all birds were excited as flying back and forth along the hedge row, some warblers chasing each other, lots of chirping and carrying on,  we even had at least a hundred collared doves shading in the cypress but sometime that very evening, they all cleared out to parts south!

The experts say warblers and other species mostly migrate at night especially if there's a northerly breeze to help them along. Hedge rows are favorites to rest and  roost; they know hedge rows have cover, insects, and other foods.

Most of these brushy old fence lines that were allowed to grow up, the plants were seeded likely from bird droppings. We have autumn olive, honeysuckle, privet, mulberry, sugarberry, sumac, possum grape, poison ivy, roughed-leafed dogwood, some grass, and Virginia pine that I planted, and actually idenified a pine warbler bugging in it last week!   
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on October 27, 2010, 04:31:37 pm
Well, I knew it wouldn't be long before I seen this scene. As sure is there will be another winter. ;D


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_grouse-001.jpg)


Ruffed grouse feeding on overwintering white birch male pollen catkins.  Nice plump bird to. :)

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Bibbyman on November 16, 2010, 08:24:36 am
I saw the first bald eagle of the season yesterday.  I went back out after our dinner brake and the sky was clear and bright.  There to the north was a good size bald eagle making small, lazy circles.  I stood and watched about 5 minutes as he drifted on north.  Cool! 

It seems a bit early as we’ve not had any real cold weather yet. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Phorester on January 18, 2011, 10:22:42 pm
DARK TALES OF DARK TIMES IN DARKNESS ALONG THE DARK RIVER

It was a dark and stormy evening, just before dark.  I was late coming out of the dark woods. Exhausted and chilled, I descended into  a steep, damp, dark  hollow thinking that my dark  truck would be waiting just over the top of the next dark ridge.  Being along the Dark River, it was getting foggy and darn dark as evening gave way to dark.  Quickly I was disoriented.  I began walking down the hollow hoping to come out along the riverbank.  I knew it'd be a tough climb up through the thick dark wet  underbrush on the steep slippery dark bank along the Dark River, but at this point I saw no other way.  As I stumbled down the darkening  hollow, slipping over dark rocks wet from the dark fog, I approached a grove of old decadent, dark hemlocks, half dead from the dark wooly adelgid and even darker than the dark woods I had been trudging through darkly.  My dark footsteps became almost silent as I walked along the thick dark carpet of hemlock needles, ducking and threading my way under and through patches of wet dark greenbriars and honeysuckle vines. A stifling, dark silence surrounded me. Dark moisture dripping from the dark low hanging tree branches seeped into my dark clothes until they were wet and heavy, chilling my exhausted body to my dark bones.

Suddenly I sensed there was movement in a huge towering dark  hemlock with upward sweeping branches as thick as whiskey barrels that loomed up ahead of me, where, of course, it was darker still.  Almost dark now, I approached the movement with dark feelings of trepidation, the dark hair on the back of my neck standing up in dark fear. A strange foul smell filled my nostrils and threatened to suffocate me.  Barely moving, I suddenly made out this huge, dark bird nestling down on one of the lower branches just a few feet off the dark  ground.  Slowly and carefully I pulled out my camera and got off several dark pictures.  Terrified that I would be seen by this strange, huge, and dark bird and have my torn and broken body join the pile of rotten dark flesh at the base of his tree, I carefully and slowly backed out the dark way I had come.  Finding my truck about midnight two dark nights later, I drove with wild abandon on the dark roads, once terrifying a group of dark nuns from a nearby dark monastery dressed darkly and out for a midnight stroll, who had wild, dark, beady glowing eyes and smelled strangely like the bird in the hemlock grove, until home. Most of the pictures were dark (imagine that), but I was able to lighten this one a little.  Amazing, simply and darkly amazing,  what you find in the dark Virginia woods on a dark night in a dark hollow surrounded by dark, dark hemlock trees along the Dark River...........  

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10014/pterodactyl.jpg)

If this picture is a little dark, remember that it was a dark and stormy evening.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on January 19, 2011, 07:52:53 am
That bottle of Old Phorester must be empty  :D.  After the first few lines, I turned out the lights and read your post in the dark . ;D.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: fishpharmer on January 19, 2011, 09:17:26 am
So that's what happens when a vampire bat has its way with a fish eating bird. :)

Site of it might leave a DARK spot in the britches of most folks. :)

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Autocar on January 20, 2011, 10:19:45 am
I cleaned out my Wren boxes this moring and one of them had a bunch of yellow jackets in it, they were alive but moved real slow.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: scottyblue on January 27, 2011, 03:51:46 pm
Here in London Ontario Canada,I'm seeing no birds.Normally I will have the usual winter suspects like cardinals and chickadees but no birds this year.

Based on what I'm reading,they have flown the coop.To be more exact,they have headed south to find food.These birds will normally over winter in my area but if there's not enough food they will migrate.They have no clear destination in mind.They will just head south until they find food.If it runs out,further south they will go.

It's been a quiet winter without them.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman on January 27, 2011, 04:20:36 pm
Welcome to the forum scottyblue. In your profile you asked this question "I know one end of a chainsaw from the other but what is that cord thing you pull out of it?"
That is the electrical cord you plug into the electrical outlet. :D If you have any other questions feel free to ask. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 27, 2011, 04:41:37 pm
Hello Scotty, I have a lot of chickadees here most anytime of the year. Lots this year to, buntings and goldfinch by the flock. Also blue jays are thick around here. Ravens are always around. We rarely get a cardinal up here, very seldom. Usually a juvenile is all I ever seen, not bright red. I don't feed the birds except bread scraps, they don't sit on the ground long. :D A chicken carcass will be picked over pretty good between the birds, skunks and foxes. Woodpeckers usually pass through, but them sapsuckers in the spring are a nuisance picking the yard trees.  >:(
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 28, 2011, 03:07:08 pm
Data collection for the Maritime Breeding Bird atlas has been completed. Here is a preliminary report.

http://www.mba-aom.ca/english/index.html

Take note of the top ten birds in this study versus the last one in the late 80's.


Here is the Fall 2010 news letter

http://www.mba-aom.ca/english/Newsletter_Fall_2010_English.pdf
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on January 28, 2011, 05:09:01 pm
Swamp-  that's interesting stuff to me.  Notice how the new top ten species have a much higher percentage of squares than the list from a decade ago  ( All birds on the top ten list are in 90% or greater of the squares now as opposed to the old list where no bird was documented in 90% of the squares.  A higher percentage of available squares was surveyed this time versus last ).  So birds on that older list have not necessarily declined, but may have been overtaken ( and thus knocked off the list ) by birds whose populations increased at greater rates.  Note that both swallow species dropped off the list.  Do you take part in the count?  Doctorb
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 28, 2011, 05:51:46 pm
Doc, I signed up and got the kit. This was at a time when I ran my own brushing crew and figured since I'm out there every day in bird habitat, why not. But I shifted gears and do the same thing, but more on the brushing side to, so work got in the way. But believe you me if you ever wanted to find birds and I mean hundreds of warbler and chickadee sized birds as well as lots of grouse, just work on a thinning block (clearing saw work). You would think the saws would drive every bird out of the woods. When you stop and fill up the saw and file, the birds sing even louder. I guess the gene to breed is stronger than fear. ;D I darn near cut the head off a grouse last spring. They'll sit right there on the nest until you step on'm. :D

Just after the last study, in May 1996 we had a cold snow that killed off the returning barn swallows. They can lay blame where ever they want, but when you see dead swallows on the frozen ground because the insects can't fly in cold, what would you conclude? ;) The wires the year before where black with barn swallows for several yards long. They were also that spring until the cold wiped them out. Been hardly a barn swallow here for 15 years. I did see a few last summer, they will work their numbers back up eventually. I mean those darn things were even in the deep woods around camps and bridges. :)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_Barn_Swallow.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on January 30, 2011, 08:07:15 pm
I saw the first bald eagle of the season yesterday.  I went back out after our dinner brake and the sky was clear and bright.  There to the north was a good size bald eagle making small, lazy circles.  I stood and watched about 5 minutes as he drifted on north.  Cool! 

It seems a bit early as we’ve not had any real cold weather yet. 

  Speaking of eagles, we've been treated all winter to our resident pair and and their fledgling feeding on fish on our lake. There's a healthy number of river otter using the boat dock for a dining table also. The young eagle is very curious of the otter and sits over the dock in a tall willow snag oggling the goings on.

Couple weeks ago the young eagle had just fed on a fish and sailed directly toward our house when, he pulled up and dropped down in a field wash for a few minutes before taking flight again out toward the river. Don't know if eagles have to have sand in their gizzards as many other birds do or not.

Then, last week about dusk we were coming home and driving down our long drive slow, as we were watching a hawk or owl glide over, we spied even a larger bird sitting in one of our yard trees; it was an adult bald eagle Obviously, wanting to roost but not liking our company, he flew out directly on to the river also. Very unusal but interesting nonetheless!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on January 30, 2011, 09:40:06 pm
Always interesting how some weather variatioin can have a huge and lasting effect on a species.  It's probably multifactorial, in the case of those swallows.  They may have already been overpopualted and thus competing harder for available food. Swamp, are you at the northern extent of their range?  If so, this "line" often waxes and wanes back and forth over time, again, dependent upon many factors.

Nice pic.  Have them every year in our boathouse in Ontario.  When they are rearing in the nest, they will fly directly at you from over the water, straight at your eyes, before veering off at the last second.  They often seem to put their nests in the DanGest of spots!

Had a very strange experience three days ago with a rough legged hawk.  I was watching out my kitchen window, when I saw this raptor in full glide, about 18 inches off the ground, headed toward me.  Beautiful to see.  He kept sliding along the driveway, and disappeared through my open garage door into the garage!  I went immediately to the door from the house to the garage, only to see him perched on one of my trash cans.  He startled and I spooked him.  He burst up and flew into the closed window pane on the side of the garage, and then wheeled out the door.  He landed on the lawn right next to the garage, and stood there for a time.  Wish I had my camera.  I assume he saw some rodent and was hungry!  We have 2 cats, both of whom were outside at the time, but they were on a porch on the other side of the house and were not tempting him.  It was cool.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 30, 2011, 10:02:43 pm
The barn swallow is near the edge here yes but extends up along the north shore of the St Lawrence and southern end of the island of Newfoundland. The others, the bank and the tree swallow go way north of here up into Labrador. Barn swallows were always thick here doc, no one remembered a die off like that. The cats around here were always targets for harassment by the swallows. I never saw one ever catch a swallow. But they would swoop in real close and make a chirp that sounded like they were clipping their ears as they passed. :D  The only time I saw a barn swallow on the ground was at mud puddles gathering mud for the nest and grass as well to weave the lining with. We always left big potato sheds open for the swallows to nest in, most were clean. They would take the baby poop sacks outside to drop. One once in awhile kept a dirty nest, not often.

My uncle had a white cat, it's fir was fine like a rabbit and short tail. One morning on the way to the barn to milk cows, an owl appeared around the corner of the barn and took the cat for lunch. I think it was a great horned owl.

Your hawk could have very well seen those cats while soaring and couldn't figure out how to make the attack plan work around the corner of the garage. I've also seen robins taken this way. Robin is there this moment, next blink of the eye no robin, just feathers floating in the air. ;D I've seen goshawks (chicken hawk) take grouse on my woodlot. Plantation rows are like hunting corridors for goshawks. You will often drive up on a goshawk cruising a narrow wooded road. Up here the woods roads have hares and grouse for the picking. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on January 31, 2011, 08:14:11 am
Every year during the winter we see more bald eagles. Just a bit earlier in the week I counted 14 of them feeding on a deer carcass south of the house. There's a small creek east of our place with tall trees they roost in. After feeding they perch in these trees digesting the deer meat.

I wish we'd get them to nest there though. Seems they are just wintering over and not staying through the summer. Hopefully with their numbers on such an upswing they'll start doing so.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 31, 2011, 08:40:30 am
We have them here year around like ravens. When the river freezes, that's the end of the fish'n. They scavenge like a raven. Many folks have nesting platforms for them along the river. Many times the Osprey get the platforms though. I see them down at mom's all the time near the river. They start nesting in late March. Their year round range is concentrated on the coast and major rivers/lakes. Take Maine for instance, they don't have a major river like the St John (head waters only) or Miramichi and the eagles are only year round on their coast. We have some large rivers, but also the Bay of Chaleur and Bay of Fundy.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on January 31, 2011, 11:26:04 am
I am sure that this has must have been mentioned before, but are you bird guys aware that Ben Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be our national bird?  The Indians called the bald eagle the "white-headed crow" because of it's scavaging behavior.  They believed the golden eagle was much more regal and held it in much higher regard than the bald eagle.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 31, 2011, 11:37:04 am
The west coast Indians held the raven in higher regard. ;) And there were a lot more Eagles around Prince Rupert than here. They had a phone book cover with a big old spruce with 30 odd eagles perched on it. :D The garbage dumps in Rupert and Charlotte city had bald eagles, ravens and seagulls by the hundred. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on January 31, 2011, 02:46:38 pm
Does Prince Rupert collect Odd Eagles?  You best tell the king to watch that fellow.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 31, 2011, 03:13:33 pm
Odd that prince, the King kicked him out of the country for a spell. But then, gave him half the New continent by charter. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: clww 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.
WVEC.COM
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom 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.  ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder 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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiohjIQhgMI
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 18, 2011, 04:46:07 pm
Song of the Bobolink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKmgkz7lQhk
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain 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. ???
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on March 15, 2011, 04:36:34 pm
 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10026/25/Buzzard411.jpg)

Some of the "pet" buzzards that play around here found reason to congregate in my front yard when a Tom Cat met his demise.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White 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!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman 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. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pigman 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.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10432/buzzard_op.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White 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. ;)





;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom 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
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sandhills 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom 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.  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey 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.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on March 17, 2011, 07:46:18 am
They may well be a protected species in some places making them illegal to kill.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on March 17, 2011, 08:11:20 am
I've only seen turkeys vultures here.Use to work outside with some guys.The old joke was when we would see a vulture circling over us we would tell one guy to start moving the vultures thinks you are dead.I don't think I've ever seen more than 3-4 at one time.Probably down to Decoster's hen barns would be many.Saw one in a tree just above the road one day.I had to stop and look at it.Never saw one that close before.It was some ugly looking.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: northwoods1 on March 17, 2011, 10:08:04 am
Walked outside this morning and I can hear the sandhill cranes are back. That is a sure sign winter is pretty much over :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: northwoods1 on March 17, 2011, 11:15:14 am
Now I walk outside and there are Robins sitting on my driveway, hurray!! :D
Never mind that the snowbanks are still 5' high.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 17, 2011, 12:01:50 pm
I expect to see robins here by Monday. They may already be here, it seems to be on the mild side of what remains of winter for here on out. It's almost 50 F here today and more rain expected for the remainder of the work week. The wicked witch of the west says, "I'm melting"  :D 8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on March 17, 2011, 12:12:46 pm
Bill, you know winter ain't done with you yet. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 17, 2011, 12:34:42 pm
Well, I don't want it to get too warm for a while. Can't build a shop fire then. :D A nice little fire keeps the moisture at bay in the shop projects. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 17, 2011, 03:41:43 pm
Mom said the robins had returned today on the hill, saw three.  56 degrees here now. 8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on March 18, 2011, 09:39:48 pm
So far, I've seen Redwing Black birds, Robins, Turkey Vultures, Killdeers, and today, I saw a pair of Blue Birds in the yard!

Yesterday I saw a large flock of Canada Geese flying NORTH.

Warm weather isn't far away.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on March 19, 2011, 09:41:26 am
Had about a dozen 'myrtle' warblers visit last evening. Can mostly tell of new arrivals, they come down from their flight and lite high in a tree then send their scouts down to see about possibilities of food, the whole bunch will soon come down in a apple or mulberry, the limbs quite bare, but the warblers are after insects, they had a feast yesterday as it was 72 degrees, the bugs were out.

A bird to watch for now is the Cedar Waxwing, they are my favorite of the migrants, often dropping in much the way the warblers do. But they want berries or fruits from junipers, cedars, hollies, or whatever is left from winter. The most interesting of habits the waxwings have is, they will line up side by side on a limb, the outside bird will then pick a fruit and give to the next bird in line and so on and on they give the fruit until the last bird in line is fed. Not always but notice they do this when fruits are plentiful.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 19, 2011, 02:35:58 pm
Cedar waxwings stay here year around. I have fed the juvenile waxwings pin cherry by hand. In winter they will fleece the high bush cranberries which overwinter on the twigs. We also get the Bohemian waxwing in winter, it's a western bird. Our cedars have cones since they are not junipers, but the waxwings will eat seeds. I herd on the radio last summer that robins don't eat fruit, but the person obviously has no clue. They eat apples, mountain ash, chokecherries and cranberries which adorn old orchards and fence rows in this country. I see flocks of them especially in the fall gorging themselves on them. The little kestrels will scout these orchards for a meal of robins and do it in groups. Everyone benefits in the harvest. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on March 19, 2011, 03:39:01 pm
Saw a Brown-Headed Cow Bird this morning trying to make up it's mind "which bird house to lay it's egg in"!

I hate Brown-Headed Cow Birds.  Too lazy to raise their own "kids"!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on March 26, 2011, 09:34:42 am
Got a fleeting glimpse of what I *think* was a hermit thrush the other day but there are still juncos around. It's been a tentative spring here for sure. Did see my second ever red shouldered hawk the other day which was exciting.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on April 03, 2011, 08:53:28 pm
Yesterday, April 2nd, here in the NW, had our first hummingbird show at the feeder.  A little female was first this year.  Usually a big male arrives every year but over five years old now and I think and maybe old age got him.  And we even had heavy snow for an hour to welcome them.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: clww on April 03, 2011, 09:42:51 pm
We have this wreath we hang on the front door after we take down the Christmas wreath. 2009 and 2010, we had finches nest in it. When they start, I take it down and put in in the corner on a 2X4 with a 2 foot piece of plywood and zip tie it in place so it doesn't fall off. This year, 2 hours after I swapped it out, there's a pair of doves building a nest. I moved it to the corner the next day. She sat on the nest from March 4th until the 25th when her two eggs hatched. The last 3 days, she leaving the nest for a bit several times a day and returns at night. I'm guessing they will all fly away by next Sunday. I named her "Miss Beasley" after the Bush's Scottie in The White House.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 04, 2011, 04:33:16 am
We have been seeing geese and ducks here now. The lower head pond of the Saint John is still iced over, but the mouth of smaller rivers and brooks that feed into it are open. Our little river nearby , the Presque Isle, has been ice free for a couple weeks.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Faron on April 04, 2011, 07:28:49 am
As I was driving home the other day, a big red tailed hawk swooped under a tree overhanging the road.  He made an attack on an English sparrow flying around and missed.  He wheeled in midair and spun to his left, and grabbed another bird in flight.  I have seen red tails catch lots of mice and a few rabbits, but this was the first time I saw one grab a bird in flight.  I've seen smaller Cooper's hawks catch birds, but not the big red tailed hawks.  He sure seemed to know how it was done.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on April 04, 2011, 09:26:29 am
As I was driving home the other day, a big red tailed hawk swooped under a tree overhanging the road.  He made an attack on an English sparrow flying around and missed.  He wheeled in midair and spun to his left, and grabbed another bird in flight.  I have seen red tails catch lots of mice and a few rabbits, but this was the first time I saw one grab a bird in flight.  I've seen smaller Cooper's hawks catch birds, but not the big red tailed hawks.  He sure seemed to know how it was done.

But what is strange, a red-tail will allow a couple of crows to dive bomb and harrass him all the way across a 1/2 mile field! Years ago when crow season was open throughout the year, we would set-up a electronic caller, usually on a pine ridge-top in a remote area. We had a tape called 'Battle cry' mimicking a fight between crows and a owl. We would add our own touch by blowing a red-tail hawk caller. In a minute or two after truning the caller on, down the crows would come through the pines looking for a fight! Weaving and darting this way and that and within 15' of the ground, this made for quick exciting action. After the initial attack, we would pull up and move over 3or 4 miles for further combat!

I've seen migrating red-tails come down in a soybean field that we were harvesting and kill every rabbit. After nine or ten kills I got sick of it and tried to run over a hawk with the combine, the old hawk just grabbed his prey in one talon and skipped across the rows out of the way.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on April 04, 2011, 09:41:09 am
We haven't seen any humming birds yet, they usually arrive around the end of the first week of May!

The Brown Thrashers will arrive about the same time!

After that, we just wait for the Tree Swallows and later, the Barn Swallows!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on April 04, 2011, 12:46:43 pm
I think the number one bird attacking hawk around here is the Sharp-Shinned.  People with bird feeders often see sharpies sitting on a nearby perch, only to have some bird disappear off the feeder in a swoosh.  I agree, I have never witnessed a red-tailed hawk take a bird before.  Unusual.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on April 04, 2011, 09:00:40 pm
A few winters past, some friends and I were having coffee and sitting inside the coffee shop by a glassed atrium for added warmth, for we had a large snowstorm and frigid weather for a week. Suddenly a hawk flew down and lit outside the atrium and ran a few steps into a clump of monkey grass about three feet high. Soon, the hawk reappeared just next to the windows and I could clearly see not one, but two bands on his legs. One band was the regular aluminum type, the other band appeared to be a blue plastic; I could read a partial number off the blue band, '07' is all I can remember now.

The hawk stayed around for a couple of days and was quite an entertainer for others to enjoy. I informed our local conservation agent but after calling around the State, the only hawks that were under a hawk-banding program was the peregrine falcon and were only banded with aluminum bands.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Magicman on April 04, 2011, 09:11:55 pm
And when he grabs something, he will stand his ground.  I am within 5 feet of this guy with a pocket camera.
 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20011/2410/DSCN0317.JPG)
He probably had a mouse, but his eyes said "go away".
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on April 04, 2011, 10:26:50 pm
Our duck migration is just about over. There are still some shovelers and blue-wing teal here, but before long we'll only have the resident mallards and wood ducks about. Duck migration just happens too fast!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on April 05, 2011, 05:44:01 am
Our duck migration is just about over. There are still some shovelers and blue-wing teal here, but before long we'll only have the resident mallards and wood ducks about. Duck migration just happens too fast!

Missouri Audubon Society is reporting a first-ever nesting record of a pair of, "Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks" in Lafayette county, Mo. last year. This species is native to Central and South America; however, is also being reported in Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, and is under review in Illinois.

The ducks took up housekeeping in a woodduck nesting box.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on April 08, 2011, 08:49:55 am
I have head before that they were moving north but not for a while so thanks for the update. I hope to make a trip to south Texas this fall and hopefully see some there as I have never seen one. I did see tons of shovelers yesterday and a decent number of blue wing teal so there are still some ducks around as well as a bazillion coots. South of Havana the ditches along the highway are still flooded and the ducks and coots (aka mudhen, moorhen, water chicken) are in them and it's funny to see the coots picking in the grass right next to the asphalt and yes, some do get clobbered by traffic from time to time but no ducks and it makes me wonder if the ducks ever say 'Why did the water chicken cross the road?'  ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Burlkraft on April 08, 2011, 10:04:28 am
The migration was early here too.

We had big numbers of teal and woodies.

It's about over here too, but it was a good one.

I can remember when woodies were scarce and I had only seen a couple of canvas backs in 10 years.

Plenty of each were around this year  8) 8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: clww on April 09, 2011, 06:24:42 pm
I was working on an oak tree project today in a customer's back yard. I was 75 feet up, so a great view of all the surrounding back yards. I watched a pair of mallards fly by and go into a yard about 3 yards over. The female flew up from the ground into a tree and perched on a limb. They were quaking at each other the whole time. She stayed up there for about 5 minutes before she rejoined the drake back on the ground.
 I read somewhere a few days ago about someone else seeing a duck in a tree. A first for me, minus wood ducks nesting.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 09, 2011, 07:09:49 pm
I walked out the front door, and a yard full of robins is normal for spring time. I look under the front yard spruce and notice a kestrel dragging on something I assume was a bird it caught. I never got a good look at it's prey but the yard also has blackbirds of 5 kinds and chickadees, so it could be any of'm. Glad to see my first kestrel of the year was able to find his dinner. ;D

The robins are thick this year, I mean a lot.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on April 13, 2011, 09:40:53 pm
A baby Sandhill Crane and the Parents have been hanging out.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/1172/IMG_3079.jpg)

Momma feeding the baby some worms. :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtVuN8Xn0Kg
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 14, 2011, 04:39:20 am
Getting an early start.  ;D Nice.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on April 14, 2011, 08:13:43 am
You could rent those guys out for lawn aeration.  :D

The little guy is sure cute, never seen pictures like this before. Thanks!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on April 14, 2011, 04:47:15 pm
I wonder how they work on carpenter bees  :). 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on April 14, 2011, 07:38:54 pm
Or Termites?
If a Bird is breed to eat Fireants sign me up for a couple. ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 14, 2011, 07:54:54 pm
Well, if the birds won't get'n, freeze the buggers. Go north. ;) :D

Feels like I need a fire right now. brrr. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on April 16, 2011, 07:04:39 pm
Klamath National Forest listed as one of nation’s premier bird watching sites

A recent article in the U.S. National Forest Campground Guide has listed Klamath NF as one of the nation’s premier places for bird watching. The Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion is noted for having a diversity of geology and vegetation.  The area overlaps the Cascade, Sierra Nevada and coast ranges with plant communities representing each of these zones.  In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, the forest will sponsor a bird watching field trip Saturday, May 7, at the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area.  Local biologist and bird experts will lead the trip, which is open to the public.

The Chief's Newletter
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on April 29, 2011, 08:26:19 pm
Saw a pair of peregrine falcons yesterday over downtown Peoria. They have been regular visitors in recent years hanging around the taller buildings and bridges where they seem to make a good living eating pigeons, and about 5 years ago some tenant put up a nest box which has not been used yet. Anyway, yesterday I saw them flying seemingly in unison as in some kind of courtship flight, so maybe this is the year we'll get some nesting? That'd be cool!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 29, 2011, 08:34:19 pm
Tree swallows arrived here this week, still early for barn swallows up here.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on April 29, 2011, 09:05:11 pm
I've seen trees and barns already and pretty sure I saw rough winged when I was looking at the peregrines. We've had a cold snap here until today and I think a lot of the migrants are stalled south of here. I've heard a few parula warblers and seen hermit thrush and brown thrashers, but that's about it.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on April 29, 2011, 09:18:27 pm
Saw 2 pair of Tree Swallows on Tuesday and today we saw a pair of Rose Breasted Gross Beaks.

I think all we lack is the Hummers, Brown Thrashers, Barn Swallows.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Magicman on April 29, 2011, 10:52:41 pm
My pair of House Finches are busily building a nest in the hanging fern.  It's a yearly ritual for them.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 30, 2011, 05:36:21 am
I think we have a million robins this year, they are thick. That's why the kestrels are getting populated a bit to, they hunt in the yard. Lots of flickers around and juncos. I think the juncos stay here anyway, but there was none around the house this winter. I don't feed. Haven't heard the thrashers here neither. They only come to a small sliver of land in NB along the Maine border. Have not seen the phebes yet, that's unusual but it only warmed up this week. Been cold. Only a couple wheel barrels of snow left on the back side of the house (north), be gone today. Still a big drift on the line and blown in a breeze way off the field to the old garden.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on April 30, 2011, 08:58:52 am
Heard my first Wood Thrush yesterday morning at dawn.  One of the sweetest sounds I know.  I look forward to it every year.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Magicman on April 30, 2011, 11:14:11 am
We have a Mockingbird that sings to us every morning. That can be some crazy mixed up music.   :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 30, 2011, 12:00:12 pm
Catbirds are kind of oddballs to.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Magicman on April 30, 2011, 04:40:55 pm
Yup, and I had forgotten about them.  They are kinda rare to see here.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on April 30, 2011, 09:40:34 pm
The bird song I miss from when I was a kid is the meadowlark in Montana.  My favorite right now here in the NW would be the red winged blackbird.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on April 30, 2011, 09:49:14 pm
Found a Kill Deer so called nest with 2 eggs in it. I walked through the field 3 times before I found it.The way she was acting I knew a nest was near. She was making a racket for me to follow her. I need to mark it so the wife won't mow over it. I kept away from it,hoping my dog won't find it.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on April 30, 2011, 10:46:42 pm
Killdeer.  Now there's an unusual nester.  They love gravel, and often nest on gravel roads here in Maryland.  We had one nest on the gravel apron in front of my barn last year.  We have two cats who knew she was there.  So well hidden and camouflaged they never found the nest, and she raced away into the field when the chicks were large enough.  Boy, was I impressed.  Many is the time that I have driven down an eastern shore drive and come upon four pieces of firewood, laid out in a square on the gravel, marking a killdeer nest.  Nothing to do but drive slowly right over her head!  The display used to distract prey from the nest is truly remarkable.  One of my favorite birds.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 01, 2011, 06:33:18 am
I saw a nesting pair of killdeer here to, most welcomed sound in spring time. They nest on plowed ground up here before farmers start scratching it for planting. We used to work around them, but I doubt many practice that.

Kill Deeer Kill Deeer Kill Deeer
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on May 02, 2011, 08:15:59 am
Got some new migrants this weekend: white-crowned sparrow, northern oriole, black-throated green warblers and rose-breasted grosbeak
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 02, 2011, 04:20:15 pm
The woods are full of white-throated sparrow now.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on May 06, 2011, 08:45:01 am
Warbler sightings yesterday: chestnut sided, blue-winged, louisiana waterthrush, and I heard a nashville. Also saw an eastern kingbird.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: tyb525 on May 06, 2011, 10:40:29 am
Looking out my window right now, I can see a male & female cardinal, a few sparrows, a yellow-bellied sapsucker, a blue-jay, and a large brown hen :D all pecking around the bird feeder.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on May 06, 2011, 11:01:34 am
The ground is yellow, like spring flowers popping up, with goldfinches.

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/1594/Finches_a%7E0.JPG)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 06, 2011, 01:04:21 pm
Yeah we have those year round up here, but they loose their yellow plumage in winter. Mother calls them thistle birds.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on May 06, 2011, 01:36:23 pm
We don't see them too often in Florida.  Granddad used to call them a Canary.

I've seen only one or two on my place in the last 20 years.  With colors that bright, the hawks don't have much trouble finding them.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 06, 2011, 04:42:15 pm
You'll see them often in the Canada thistle after the seeds, that's why mother names them as such.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: tyb525 on May 06, 2011, 06:29:56 pm
We get them often in the summer, if we put out a finch feeder. They'll fight over positions on the feeder.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on May 08, 2011, 06:42:20 pm
Well, we finally sighted our first Ruby Throated Humming Bird around 6:00AM today.

We put the feeders up for them on Friday 5/6/11.

They usually arrive here between the 7th & 11th of May.



Overall, I think my favorite bird to listen to is the Whippoorwill.

We don't hear them around this area much anymore, just once in a while!

We had quite a few around the farm pond back when I was a kid!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 08, 2011, 06:53:40 pm
Hasn't been a Whip-poor-will up here since they began spraying budworms in the 50's. My mother and uncle can remember them long before my time.

I notice the barn swallows have returned, but very few numbers. Almost too cold for them yet. It sure is a slow spring warmth wise. They called for snow showers in northern Maine over the weekend. ::) Had a thunderstorm last night and now the NW wind is cold. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on May 08, 2011, 07:50:55 pm
If there was a bird award for persistence, I would give the gold medal to the Phoebe.  Thye love to nest up under structures, and one decided to nest In the shed where I have my outdoor stove.  They were pooping all over it.  As they had just started to build their nest, I decided to "encourage" them to construct elsewhere.  I would go out, twice a day, and knock down the mud/grass foundation they kept building up under the eaves.  They kept building, and every 12 hours, I kept dismantling.

In the end, I had to put up a ladder and nail a board across the support they had chosen, blocking it completely.  They moved one joist out toward the edge of the roof and started again.  As the straight drop from this new position did not include my stove, I left them alone.  They are sitting on the nest now.  I kind of like this friendly flycatcher, but I don't need the excrement on my stove.  Seems we have struck an acceptable bargain.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on May 08, 2011, 09:09:22 pm
I had one of them nest under the chicken coop eves. No way for me to see in there but I could reach up and put my hand in the nest.Went from empty to eggs,than soft and fuzzy and than empty. I did have fun checking on those critters.Would be real quit when they hatched but as soon as I would touch them,they would come alive and start chipping.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: metalspinner on May 08, 2011, 09:52:37 pm
Here are a couple of clips of nests we discovered this weekend...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xvvb1JefLjU&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmpWi_Kbfrc&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL


For those of you that can't upload the video, the first nest has been built in the boys' cedar shack.  Nick went to retrieve a small plastic tray with some rocks in it, but discoverd a bird had built a nest and layed some eggs.

The second video shows a momma bird defending her nest that she built down in the lifting arm of my shop crane.  She has 6 hungry chicks down in there that start chirping when they heresomeone coming near by. :)

Here are a couple of pics...





(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/12750/Birdnestopt1.jpg)




(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/12750/birdnestopt2.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Magicman on May 08, 2011, 10:10:38 pm
Blue spotted eggs could be house finches, but that is a healthy nest.  Maybe you can get a look and see for sure what they are.  Our pair of house finches are busily building their nest in the hanging fern.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 09, 2011, 03:10:17 am
I get phoebes here, but I have not seen any yet. Not warm enough yet for flies and bugs to be too active.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 09, 2011, 03:30:08 am
Chris if the nest is hooded, could also be an ovenbird. Not sure if they like buildings, they usually nest near the ground and enter the nest on one side. House finch sounds more realistic though.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on May 09, 2011, 06:57:32 am
That is one large nest for small birds such as a house finch or ovenbird.  I may be off base, but I am going to guess starling.  They will nest anywhere and bring in huge amounts of debris and stuff.  Look at the nest, there are leaves attached to some of those twigs.  I have had them nest in boxes in my barn before.  Very unusual with that sort of hood or tunnel entrance.

Well, have Nick spy on the nest for us to end this mystery.  Thanks for the pics and videos.

Doctorb
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on May 09, 2011, 07:08:21 am
I may have to retract my starling guess.  Their eggs aren't spotted.  Now I am more curious than ever.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: metalspinner on May 09, 2011, 07:16:09 am
I'm going to guess Carolina Wren.

http://www.sialis.org/nestscarolinawren.htm

These eggs are tiny - about the size of a jelly bean.  Not those Jelly Belly things, but the real jelly beans.  We'll keep an eye on it and see.

Maybe she's back there right now....
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on May 09, 2011, 08:29:01 am
The video made the eggs look larger.  I think that you are right.  I have seen intricate nests for these little buggers before, and in some very unusual places.  Most do not choose open boxes or tupperware, like this one.  They like holes in things, like barn siding or bluebird houses.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on May 09, 2011, 06:41:00 pm
Our phoebes have been around for a few weeks now. Traditional nest is above a yard light at the peak under the overhang of the gable end of the shed. Leaves the nest when I get a few feet from the shed door.

Today, three indigo buntings have joined a flock of 25-30 gold finches, along with cardinals, rose-breasted grosbeaks, chickadees, doves, and just in the last few minutes a pileated wood pecker.

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/1594/100_0174_%28Large%29.JPG)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/1594/100_0164.JPG)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on May 09, 2011, 07:11:58 pm
Heard swainson's  and wood thrush today. Like another poster said, the thrushes are among the best of bird songs.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 10, 2011, 03:41:01 am
Every morning it's like I'm in a robin rookery or something with the singing before daylight. Another thrush.

We have wood thrush around here, but mostly in the deep woods of mature forest. Never see one in the yard. I can here them most all day with the white-throated sparrow. A lot more shy than a robin.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on May 10, 2011, 06:59:46 am
The Kill Deer is gone. Only a few pieces of egg is left. I suppose a skunk,fox or whatever got the eggs. Have been looking at it with the binoculars but forgot about it until my friend came over with his both of his granddaughters.She would not get to see these things so down we went,to find it empty. Instead we went to throw rocks into the brook and see what the beaver had chewed off.
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Post by: SwampDonkey on May 10, 2011, 04:29:34 pm
Might have been hatched and moved off the nest. They will hide in the weeds and grass.  ;D
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Post by: thecfarm on May 10, 2011, 04:40:46 pm
I did not think they would be hatched all ready.I was checking on them. Unless they can just about walk when they are hatched. I thought it took a while for them to leave the nest.I probably checked on them 2-3 days ago. Has a ways to go to hide in the weeds and grass. This nest was kinda in the middle of our blueberry field or I should call it blueberry barren. Not much grows there accept for the blueberries. She probably headed for the woods with them if they did hatch.
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Post by: SwampDonkey on May 10, 2011, 05:02:40 pm
I think they leave pretty quick, maybe a few hours after hatching. I don't think they are naked like some birds, but more like a duck chick with thick down. I caught the little guys before, they run like road runners.
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Post by: WDH on May 11, 2011, 09:23:16 pm
Chris,

Any nests in those logs  :) ?  Sorry, could not help but notice the very nice logs ;D.
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Post by: metalspinner on May 11, 2011, 10:49:48 pm
Not sure, Danny.  But I have been watching what I believe to be a starling bringing huge sawyer grubs to her chicks.  They are probably coming from the pile. ::)  There's a little bit of everything in there - from ash to walnut.

Here's a little clip of the progress of the chicks in the shop crane..  :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhYPKU_hgIY&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
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Post by: SwampDonkey on May 12, 2011, 05:09:47 am
There was a robin's nest in a spruce tree I tied a strip line ribbon on yesterday. She was making her presence known and wasn't happy. :D
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Post by: Norm on May 12, 2011, 07:17:17 am
Saw my first oriole yesterday, a male and a female checking out nesting sites in our big red elms next to the house. Would of never seen him except his song alerted me to his presence.

One of my favorite song birds.  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 12, 2011, 03:37:40 pm
We have them here to, but I have not laid eyes on one for a long time. I thought I might have seen a brown thrasher perching in the white birch, tail and beak looked right. I was inside the house so I couldn't hear anything.
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Post by: miking on May 13, 2011, 05:54:41 pm
Saw my first ever lark sparrow yesterday. Not really a rare bird but far more common out west than in Illinois. Also of note, saw cliff swallows, yellow-breasted chat and cattle egrets among other migrants.
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Post by: Mooseherder on May 15, 2011, 11:53:53 am
The Baby Sandhill Crane is getting bigger.
They came to visit us today and let me video right out the front door. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd9VvlJQ73k
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Post by: Norm on May 15, 2011, 04:24:38 pm
Cool!

What are they after in the lawn?
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Post by: Mooseherder on May 15, 2011, 04:44:43 pm
I don't know how they find them but those are earthworms they are eating. :)
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Post by: beenthere on May 15, 2011, 07:50:31 pm
Now you should take a handful of earthworms out and see if you can get them to eat out of your hand.....  ::) ::)

 :) :)

Great vid, and close-ups too.
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Post by: Mooseherder on May 15, 2011, 08:06:03 pm
Anyone notice the Mahogany Trees? ;)
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Post by: Ron Scott on May 15, 2011, 08:11:05 pm
Great Video!
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Post by: WDH on May 15, 2011, 08:45:59 pm
They are aerating your lawn  :D.
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Post by: SwampDonkey on May 16, 2011, 04:02:10 am
If they run out of earthworms send them up here. Thousands come out in the rains.

I can't see the video, but I can imagine they are having a good time.  ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on May 16, 2011, 07:00:00 am
This little guy was insistent on wanting in.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1xHGqW6yKE

 
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Post by: doctorb on May 16, 2011, 07:22:10 am

Male orioles are famous for this behavior.  We had one do the same thing a few years ago.  Woke up my kids every morning for a week.

Some think that they see their reflection in the window and are being territorial.  To stop it, tape a piece of paper on the inside of the window.  It cuts down on the reflection from the outside and they go elsewhere.  One beautiful bird.  Thanks for that great video.
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Post by: Ron Scott on May 16, 2011, 09:01:51 pm
Ditto! on the great video of a favorite bird.
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Post by: treefarmer87 on May 17, 2011, 07:51:03 pm
pretty bird, never seen one in person, just pics :)
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Post by: doctorb on May 17, 2011, 09:17:34 pm
Just take in a baseball game at Camden Yards, you'll see a whole bunch of them. ;)
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Post by: miking on May 24, 2011, 06:24:58 pm
Had an odd sighting yesterday, two birds practically in the same binocular view that I had no idea of. My field guide bailed me out though, and I saw a pair of orchard orioles with the female confusing me and a female bobolink, which is nothing like the male. The bobo looked very streaky like a yellowish sparrow but I asked the landowner on a whim if there had been any around before and he said there had in previous years, so I had a good clue and then found it in the field guide The oriole looked like a large vireo but after seeing the male myself later I put two and two together and made the call. The thing is, I had good long looks at both and despite birding for many years, these two really had me scratching my head!  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on May 24, 2011, 10:02:44 pm
I, too, have racked my brain over an orchard oriole, both male and female.  It was the shape of the bird that finally gave it away, and I remember paging through Petersen until the match came to me.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 25, 2011, 03:50:24 am
Yes, the bobolink nest in the tall grass. They have one song phrase that everyone calls R2D2. ;D I've gone to a few sights looking for the song, but I can't find it like they sound up here. They are close, but seem more broken. I guess that there is a regional bird dialect like there would be with us. ;)

If you search youtube there is a "song of the bobolink" video. I think it has already been posted in this thread a couple pages back.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on May 25, 2011, 09:06:50 am
They have those Peterson cd's with the songs and calls on them and I like them a lot. My wife has a phone ap from Pete that has some too, but it's not real comprehensive. That bobo could well have been nesting in the grass as she did fly down there after I saw her on a limb. Neither bird called that I know of but the male oriole did after I saw him later. There were some yellowthroats down there as well.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 25, 2011, 05:38:23 pm
When you hear a boblink you'll not confuse it for any other bird. You'll think it short circuited. :D
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Post by: SwampDonkey on May 26, 2011, 04:00:56 am
You know a man should always carry a camera in car. I was eating lunch today in the car on a narrow plantation road and watching the spruce grouse come out on the edge of the trees by the road and pick around looking for bugs I assume, no berries yet. The softwood forests up here are full of those things. This looked to be a male with the red eye brows. I also thought I heard some vocals as well when I was crawling through the bushes. However, no camera for the grouse.  I doubt you could get a good photo of him in the shadows because they blend in so well. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 26, 2011, 01:22:00 pm
Today I was running a safety trail down through an old plantation to the block I was marking yesterday and low and behold I walk upon a spruce hen and 6 brown eggs in the nest. I practically stepped on her and she just walked about 5 feet away and sat still. I moved onward without disturbing her further. This was about 400 meters away from the male spruce grouse yesterday. They seem to like the older plantations and older softwood thinnings. The nest was under a 5 foot black spruce in a little opening where there was a spring.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sandhills on May 26, 2011, 03:08:00 pm
I did the same thing with a hen pheasant yesterday while I was fixing fence, didn't see the nest but she wouldn't go far so there had to be one right there.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 26, 2011, 06:36:15 pm
:D :D :D If you want to see humming birds in your face, just wear a red hard hat and a florescent yellow rain suit. I had to wave my arms at 3 of them buzzards the last couple of days. :D :D Plus I wear a set of screened goggles and half expect a beak with probing tong to enter. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on May 27, 2011, 06:13:04 pm
Saw my first summer tanager of the year today and had numerous looks at yellowbreasted chat, common yellowthroat, indigo buntings, and brief looks at a solitary vireo and a magnolia warbler.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on May 27, 2011, 09:42:38 pm
We've had an odd sequence of birds arriving this year, probably because of the late wet spring.  Gold finches already but no tanagers yet.  Varied thrushes much later then normal here.

But have a couple of baby robins just out our porch getting fed today for the first time.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on May 28, 2011, 09:37:29 am
Could the END be near? So far, twice this spring, a turkey vulture comes to sit around our farmstead! A month ago a vulture lit in one of our dead catalpa trees.....the trees have grown here for at least eighty years, suppose the drouth killed them last summer and vultures were never seen in this part of  Missouri until the last two years. :o

 But this morning, a vulture was perched upon top of our big barn. Some of the tin hs been torn off from the winds this spring and thought maybe the old buzzard was looking for a nesting or roosting site. Positive thinking..at its best!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 28, 2011, 09:51:00 am
Turkey vultures aren't native up here neither but I've already seen 2 this spring. They are new arrivals to this region and were not seen 6 years ago. I don't know how they compete with the crows and ravens. They are our native scavengers, as well as the eagles.

I'm surprised I have not seen Phoebes yet. I do see a few barn swallows more often so they once again growing in population. There used to be hundreds and the hydro wires would be lined with them on migrations coming and going.

There are so many different warblers in the woods I can't even begin to identify them. Most you can't even see, just here. Like being in a bird zoo. I saw quite bunch of northern parulas in the maples and birches in the yard last week. They seemed to be around the flowers, I suspect where the bugs were after nectar. Noisy little birds.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on May 28, 2011, 10:16:12 am
No doubt the Mississippi river flooding has altered some migration patterns of birds. I've stood in years past in the timbered river bottoms and witnessed hundreds if not thousands of migrating warblers of mixed species, along with several others only stopping briefly to rest to grab a insect, and move on. But this year many warblers have yet to appear and suspect they altered their routes somewhat as some flood waters were at least sixteen feet over the bottoms, covering many small trees and shrubs. This flood devastating to turkeys and deer.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on May 28, 2011, 06:15:35 pm
Can be several reasons for low warbler numbers, not the least of which is habitat loss for both breeding and overwintering birds.
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Post by: metalspinner on June 02, 2011, 02:53:07 pm
Nesting update...

3 of the 6 chicks from the shop crane nest made it and went out on their own.

Here are the chicks from the cedar shack...

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/12750/birdnest_opt_3.jpg)

I think I see 5 little beaks in there? :D  They are quiet as a mouse and didn't make a move when I snapped the pic.
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Post by: SwampDonkey on June 02, 2011, 04:31:14 pm
That dish is pretty full. :D


Today off to work I came across two male grouse in the road. They are not all the shy in the deep woods and I had to toot to get them to run off into the bush. Saw another moose today to.  There is a wet area along the highway (well many of them) I always watch for them at this spot. I've seen 3 at a time there before. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on June 05, 2011, 10:04:23 pm
Looks like the migration has passed here. No new sightings in a week and resident birds are rearing young. Even the woods are quiet except for some robins and cardinals. Look forward to the nighthawk show every night though!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 06, 2011, 05:37:21 am
Thursday I could here the nighthawks, but not their flying display. This was in the deep woods not near home. There were lots of flies for'm.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: metalspinner on June 07, 2011, 08:23:17 am
The cedar shack clan has flown the coup!  It looks like they all made it out , too. 8) 

My son is happy because now he can get back in there for his continuing research on the amount weight that can be  added into this tiny little building - one pocketful at a time. ::) :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 07, 2011, 04:21:00 pm
Spooked a ruffed grouse from his log, heard a red breasted grosbeak or two, countless wood thrush, and tiny warblers of all kinds I couldn't begin to name. Robins all along the dirt roads.

Oh, what the heck: two moose, doe and fawn together all on roads.  Frogs down in a beaver pond. ;D
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Post by: Roxie on June 07, 2011, 05:06:00 pm
and a partridge in a pear treeeee    smiley_singsongnote02
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Post by: SwampDonkey on June 07, 2011, 05:24:31 pm
All in a days work. :D
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Post by: sandhills on June 08, 2011, 12:54:24 am
Sure helps to make the days work worthwhile doesn't it?   :)
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Post by: Mooseherder on June 08, 2011, 07:07:48 pm
Had a visit from a Peacoock when I started the grill tonight.
He liked the sliver of smoked sausage I offered him and that was my first mistake.
Our dog run him up the tree shortly after I had to scoot him away from the food because he was ready to grab it.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/1172/Peacock1.jpg)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/1172/Peacock2.jpg)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/1172/Peacock4.jpg)
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Post by: WDH on June 08, 2011, 10:39:36 pm
I have never had BBQ peacock  :).
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Post by: beenthere on June 08, 2011, 10:50:23 pm
Yep, let us know how that one cooks up on the grill.

Might be real good too, and maybe a steady supply that will keep coming. :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 09, 2011, 04:39:14 am
Do they release them to the wild down there, like they release pheasants up here?

He knows where the grub is at. ;D
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Post by: Mooseherder on June 09, 2011, 05:33:07 am
Probably taste like wild turkey. :D
We usually hear them down the street but that was the first time one hung out here.
He was used to humans.  I had enough of him when he jumped up on the side bricks.
I have seen some local news stories in the past where they have been considered a nusiance and neighbors wanted them gone but I think they may be protected.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Tom on June 09, 2011, 06:31:23 am
Wouldn't that just be the pits?  Here you have an invasive species, feral in the wild, and some bureaucrat put it on the endangered species list?   Go figger.

We have them, now and again, in this community and they sound like a woman in dire need of assistance.  For some reason they don't last too long after their "pet" classification becomes old hat. :-\

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on June 13, 2011, 10:27:15 pm
Saw the "chat dance" today. Yellow-breasted chats do a courtship flight with with fast but short wing beats and legs dangling, and is just hilarious to watch. Also saw orchard and northern orioles, yellow-billed cuckoo, sharpshinned hawk, eastern kingbird and my first purple martins of the year. A banner day!
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Post by: Burlkraft on June 14, 2011, 10:22:08 am
I just got back from vacation and as I was filling the bird feeders this morning I noticed that a pair of Bluebirds have nested in the new house I put away from everything else   8) 8)

We have not had a successful nesting nesting in the 11 years I have been here.

Thanks Doc for the advise. It seems to have worked great!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on June 14, 2011, 01:14:02 pm
miking-  I want to live in your back yard.  You see some great birds!

Burlkraft - Glad the advice was productive.  Wait for them to leave the nest and immediately clean out the box.  Sometimes they build nest upon nest, filling the box.   When it gets too full, they just stop using the box.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on June 14, 2011, 07:10:39 pm
miking-  I want to live in your back yard.  You see some great birds!

Ha ha, I cheat. My work is in natural areas restoration and management and I get to spend all day in some high quality birding areas. Never hurts to keep your eyes peeled all the time though, with some binos close by.

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 14, 2011, 07:14:08 pm
I haven't heard any bitterns this spring, but I was not out on the woodlot that early, and when I was, I was sawing. Usually hear them every spring, weird sounding bird.

The deer flies are something fierce right now, do they count as birds? :D

They just completed a 4 year bird study here for the breeding bird atlas of the Maritimes. I signed up for it, but was too busy to participate. I get the news letters.

I think our barn swallows are starting to recover just from the numbers I am beginning to see. They have a ways to go though. They used to be thick for decades around here, then a cold spring wiped them out with snow and cold for several days in May. It wasn't disease, they starved. Those that didn't observe this event were just guessing at the cause.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on June 14, 2011, 11:06:26 pm
It's funny you brought up bitterns. I *may* have heard one the other day deep in some cattails. I never saw anything despite watching a long while through my binos, but the red wing blackbirds were mobbing something in there and once I heard something pushing aside the dense vegetation. A few times too I heard the deep "galoomp" sound they make from in there but it was only a single note and not the characteristic pattern of theirs. Could have been a lot of things and I guess I'll never know ...
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on June 15, 2011, 07:21:43 am
I saw one of those a few weeks back. I had to look it up to see what it was. Never seen one before.This was down by the brook and meadow.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on June 15, 2011, 07:51:38 am
This is a great time of year for bird watching in our area. So many that we only see for a very short time as they migrate through. I think we may finally have bald eagles nesting along our crick line. It's too weedy and buggy for anyone to be in the area so I'm hoping the eagles I've seen lately are nesting there.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 15, 2011, 12:47:02 pm
Boblinks seem to be more plentiful this year. The trouble with them is no one grows timothy hay much on these big farms. Just short crops like clover and other grasses that they cut for silage. They have to have tall grasses. They sound like they have short circuited when singing.  :)  Lots of red wings out near the beaver ponds these days. Might even be the odd rusty black bird to.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on June 28, 2011, 07:09:54 pm
At long last, a pair of eastern bluebirds have begun nesting in our yard bird box this last couple of weeks! I was showing the bird box to our 5yr. old grandson when out flew the female, I had no clue the birds were there. First ever. ;D

Eagles are back fishing the pond morning and evening, when will they bring out their fledglings? Last year seems was late July.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on June 28, 2011, 09:04:51 pm
Having lunch break in my car and catching up on the Forestry Forum when this Egret came by for a visit. :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYvXxkGKUPc
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on June 29, 2011, 06:34:35 am
That must have been a Watch Egret bent on keeping you from trespassing  ;D.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on June 29, 2011, 02:31:19 pm
He also didn't want to leave the comfort of my car as I was driving off. :D
I'll post a link of video with him riding on my hood when I get home later.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on June 29, 2011, 05:01:45 pm
Egret Take Off.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SkH5iiSU9s&feature=related
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Post by: SwampDonkey on June 29, 2011, 05:25:19 pm
That must be the new model Boeing is working on. :D ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on July 01, 2011, 08:29:28 am
It's a cattle egret. I've seen then resting on the backs of cows, watching for bugs to get stirred up by the hooves. They are one of the few egrets to be seen reliably quite some distance away from water.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on July 01, 2011, 12:06:49 pm
Unfotunately, as pretty as egret are, cattle egrets are a bit like starlings.  They are an overpopulated non-native species from the middle east ( I think).  They in no way compare to the grandeur or beauty of our two native egrets, the Snowy or the American egret, IMO.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 01, 2011, 04:09:54 pm
This sparked a little comment from me. Our native Canada geese that are very few in numbers fly north to nest, I mean way north of here. Now, about 20 years ago we had a premier in this province that took in troublesome/nuisance Canada geese from Ontario. Mostly around Toronto, if I recall. Now what we have around here are those darn blasted things nesting here in our province and now the town of Nackawic has to kill off a huge flock of the things because you know how geese can soil a place up. They have to destroy over 300 of'm and they had to get permission from the Canadian Wildlife Service with a special permit. Now just as bad, is those same line of geese feeding on crops in farmers fields. Farmers fields aren't meant to be wildlife food plots up here, that is rarely ever done up here. Don't mess with mother nature.  >:(
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on July 01, 2011, 04:49:59 pm
Farmers fields aren't meant to be wildlife food plots up here

I wish our DNR understood that. We get the pleasure of feeding them so they can sell licenses to make money, same with whitetail deer.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on July 01, 2011, 09:09:43 pm
Unfotunately, as pretty as egret are, cattle egrets are a bit like starlings.  They are an overpopulated non-native species from the middle east ( I think).  They in no way compare to the grandeur or beauty of our two native egrets, the Snowy or the American egret, IMO.

I have some literature that says they are native to Africa, were brought to South America and got here on their own. I didn't see them here until a couple summers ago and have seen them more and more, which is never a good sign with exotics.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on July 01, 2011, 09:59:23 pm
They have been here for as long as I remember being interested in birds.  I never see any other egret a distance from water.  Makes them seem out of place to me.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on July 03, 2011, 09:05:05 am
They also seem to flock more tightly than other egrets and herons
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on July 06, 2011, 06:31:04 pm
Saw and heard a black-billed cuckoo today. First one in a long time. The yellow ones are far more common here.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on July 12, 2011, 06:31:46 pm
There is a spot on the Indian River in Sebastian I go to once in a while to eat my lunch.
As I was pulling in today, there was a Snakebird aka Anhinga that just speared a fish and was trying to position it for swallowing.  The video isn't the greatest because I was hurrying and still rolling into the scene but if you can look at it in full screen it's okay. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RBaATMaH6s
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on July 14, 2011, 12:11:23 am
Always wanted to see an anhinga but so far I haven't. There was a report of one about 40 miles north earlier this year from me though but there are a lot of cormorants around too, and they are pretty similar at a distance even with a scope. Today I saw a green heron and a kingfisher, but the highlight was 5 otters which I had not seen in the wild before.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 14, 2011, 03:02:00 am
The otters are more common here, but always seen them in the main river. They have been coming up the creeks by home off and on after the beaver and fish. Since they will kill the beaver, they are welcome to it. I've tracked them on the snow to beaver lodges in winter. They go under the ice in the creeks, most don't freeze up shore to shore like they did years ago. Well, I suppose there was always open spots, but these last few winters you wouldn't catch me walking on creek ice.

That being said, I've been seeing a lot of grouse this season with young. The hens whimper like a dog to distract you from the chicks. They are about quail sized now and can sure fly. Most places I'm in it's too thick to see much, all you hear are the chicks taking off in flight one at a time. Crazy darn timber chickens. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on July 14, 2011, 10:00:12 pm
They did a big release of the otters in the late 90's here and I have heard they have done well. Too well, according to some as they have munched fish out of a few local farm ponds I've heard. I was with a IDNR biologist at the time and they were the first she'd seen as well, so apparently they aren't as common as some would have you believe around here.  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 15, 2011, 02:51:38 am
The biggest complaint here the neighbor had was with the blue herons. There was one around his ponds all the time as we have a lot of herons around.

Today I saw a couple old ravens beside the road. These are a larger bird than the common crow, sitting side by side the raven is a huge bird and sounds a lot different. They have a scruffier face, because the feathers aren't slicked back like a crow, and thicker beak. They are smart buggers to. They are always present it seems when your in the bush and you can here them calling for a long way off.

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on July 15, 2011, 10:24:50 am
The otters are more common here, but always seen them in the main river. They have been coming up the creeks by home off and on after the beaver and fish. Since they will kill the beaver, they are welcome to it. I've tracked them on the snow to beaver lodges in winter. They go under the ice in the creeks, most don't freeze up shore to shore like they did years ago. Well, I suppose there was always open spots, but these last few winters you wouldn't catch me walking on creek ice.

That being said, I've been seeing a lot of grouse this season with young. The hens whimper like a dog to distract you from the chicks. They are about quail sized now and can sure fly. Most places I'm in it's too thick to see much, all you hear are the chicks taking off in flight one at a time. Crazy darn timber chickens. :D

Around here, the otter-beaver seem to co-exist quite well. I put my own quota on the beaver and otter @six each per trapping season. The beaver soon got out of hand, the otter held their own but the last year I trapped caught 12 beaver and six otter out of a 25acre pond area. The otter like to stay in beaver lodges in winter but this one lodge had about six beaver residing in it. There was some otter scat up top of the lodge. Some beaver stay in dens along a steep bank and are very cautious. The otter move out about the first good warm-up in spring and go fishing for yum-yummy crayfish, but I can see a large otter killing a baby beaver for sure!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 15, 2011, 04:34:55 pm
Yesterday I saw an osprey on the river, he caught a fish. Two eagles, one was a juvenile, both harassed the pour osprey until he had to drop his fish to get air speed from those darn things. I know it's nature, but if eagles are suppose to be such great fishers, then fish on their own. I used to see it on the river during salmon season to. An eagle is just a glorified crow with white head and tail.  :-X >:(
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on July 16, 2011, 10:58:38 am
Yesterday I saw an osprey on the river, he caught a fish. Two eagles, one was a juvenile, both harassed the pour osprey until he had to drop his fish to get air speed from those darn things. I know it's nature, but if eagles are suppose to be such great fishers, then fish on their own. I used to see it on the river during salmon season to. An eagle is just a glorified crow with white head and tail.  :-X >:(

I've always heard Nebraska eagles were..uh..different. But our Missouri eagles, how proud, how strong, and swift of wing they are, always guarding our National Treasures.

You can have all the red-tails and buzzards, don't send them south in the fall! ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 16, 2011, 11:10:02 am
NB is not the abbreviation for Nebraska. ;) But, in the mean time if a national emblem is a scavenger, so be it. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on July 16, 2011, 02:49:01 pm
My most sincere apologies! Joke's on me. Funny, but now I think I remember Ne. Nebraska? :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: DouginUtah on July 17, 2011, 11:41:54 pm
 
When the male can't stand it any longer...







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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sandhills on July 18, 2011, 01:29:48 am
Ya, but in this household it'd probably be the other way around  ;).  Can't say I blame her though.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on July 19, 2011, 07:20:17 pm
Saw 2 common moorhen today with about 10 chicks. I've seen about a bazillion coots but no moorhen until today. Even the chicks have red bills.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on July 25, 2011, 03:58:39 pm
At long last, a pair of eastern bluebirds have begun nesting in our yard bird box this last couple of weeks! I was showing the bird box to our 5yr. old grandson when out flew the female, I had no clue the birds were there. First ever. ;D

Eagles are back fishing the pond morning and evening, when will they bring out their fledglings? Last year seems was late July.

I know everyone must be on pins and needles awaiting the annoucenment of our latest addition to our new bluebird family. Sometime last Saturday one fledgling left the box, apparently one was all they were able to propagate.

From the box to an autumn-olive, to a cypress tree and on to a half dead apple tree the little blue bird was escourted; the parents brought him worms throughout the day and guarded from molesting young mockingbirds. Yesterday [Sunday] the little bird was able to fly fairly well as he headed to a thick cypress just before a thunderstorm hit.

Other than the eagles coming to fish in our lake the bluebirds are the most surprising of all and most welcomed of birds! ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on July 25, 2011, 07:58:01 pm
Michigan's Kirtland’s Warbler benefits from Arbor Day Foundation Grant. The Department of Natural Resources has planted 500,000 trees in the
Roscommon, MI area this spring with funds provided by the Arbor Day Foundation.
The trees will form habitat for the federally endangered Kirtland‟s Warbler, which nests in young jack pine stands.The planting project covered about 850 acres.

DNR list server

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on July 26, 2011, 05:46:34 pm
I trust they planted jack pines?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on July 26, 2011, 08:48:58 pm
Yes, only jack pine on large clearcuts.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: ely on July 26, 2011, 08:58:37 pm
we have a small wren that built a nest in a potted plant on our front porch. when we spray water in it the bird flies out.... when the wife waters she does it from the porch and the wren flies into her face everytime... loads of fun right there... maybe i should have posted that in the simple pleasures thread :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 27, 2011, 05:12:11 am
I'm wondering if tree planting density is a factor for the birds. Wild jack pine regeneration after fires around here are wicked thick. Plantation jack pines I see here usually result in very brushy/limby trees.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on July 27, 2011, 04:23:47 pm
The Kirtlands Warbler only nests in young closely spaced jack pine stands up to 7 feet tall.  The management program for it are jackpine clearcuts up to 570 acres, then prescribe burn for slash removal and new jack pine regeneration and planting at a 6x6 spacing. Young stands of jack pine in northeastern Lower Michigan near Mio, Harrisville, and Tawas on the Huron National Forest and State Forest lands are the primary nesting area of the Kirtlands. They then winter in the Bahamas and return to Lower Michigan to nest each spring.

Bird watchers come here from all over the world to get their "card punched" for a Warbler sighting.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on July 27, 2011, 04:35:37 pm
One can only wonder what those birds are costing us each (per bird and per person).
I recall when there was a prescribed burn for these warblers, and it got away and burned many, many more acres than planned. I figured that must have shot the bird count up by a similar factor if burning was really effective. Sorry to sound negative here. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on July 27, 2011, 04:57:41 pm
Does the jack pine have any market value when it is older?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 27, 2011, 05:23:55 pm
Interesting warbler non-the-less, to be confined, or to be found only in MI during breeding when there are millions of acres of jack pine forest further north. ;)

Jack pine is part of the SPF stamped on lumber in the east. It's also pulped. Quite a bit has been planted here where it was not growing naturally. It's native here in NB but further North and East  from the head of the Mirimachi River toward to NE. They show it being all over NB, but it's not true. Here in NB it's typically growing in with black spruce, white pine and white birch. It would never grow in a hardwood forest type around here. In NB, it likes that brown glacial sand the best with a thin reddish top soil. Doesn't seem to like the igneous sand so well though. Most of it in plantations I've seen around here might just as well be burnt. Needs to grow thick to be straight and self prune well. My grandfather commented on the quality of the plantations 30 years ago. He wasn't too impressed. I've seen some nice old stands of wild jack pine, straight and tall and well pruned.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on July 27, 2011, 08:29:20 pm
Yes, we have a lot of good jack pine in the warbler areas that goes for pulpwood, the rest is chipped for cogen fuel.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on July 27, 2011, 08:49:56 pm
Many years ago, I traveled to MI to see the Kirtland's.  I'd go back again.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on July 28, 2011, 08:05:57 pm
Did you get to see one? We've gone from a low of 100 pairs back in the early 1960's to now over 1000 pairs which was our planning goal for a viable population.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 28, 2011, 08:53:43 pm
I was just checking on some prices for jack pine: pulp is $35.56 a short ton, studwood is $44.45/ton, sawlogs grade 2 $53.35/ton. Spruce logs are always worth more, probably $5-10/ton more. JDI is the only buyer of jack pine around that I know of. Most of our pricing up here is zoned by mileage from the mills.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on July 28, 2011, 10:44:40 pm
Not a bad price for the pulpwood.  It is a good bit lower here, but our production costs are a good bit less than in the frozen north. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 29, 2011, 06:18:41 am
Roads can be cheaper up here if you only have to stump them and drive over the top on frozen ground. ;D ;) Just don't get caught on a block in late spring, it could turn to a soup mess or frog pond. :D I would think the differences are probably fuel, average piece size and intensity of establishment silviculture. But forest companies get a lot of fringe benefits from the government. Can't pull them machine leavers any quicker than we can. ;) We cut an awefully lot of small second growth.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on July 29, 2011, 07:30:05 am
The cost difference is mainly in the equipment cost.  Processors, forwarders, and debarkers are much more expensive than skidders and knuckleboom loaders.  You can buy two fellerbunchers for the cost of one processor.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 29, 2011, 07:47:35 am
Machinery cost up here, no matter which you buy is a good 30-40% higher in price. Even if you compared buncher to buncher.

Even a pickup truck will likely be $8-10 grand more. And to think my grandfather could buy a new Ford F150 for $7000 every other year in the 1970's. Pension cheques went a heck of a lot further back then.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on August 11, 2011, 09:59:45 pm
Today I was sitting in the car for a spell on the edge of the plantation I'm thinning. Along a corner of the field road and highway, as you enter the block, it musta been prime bird real estate. I'm talking of an area that would be 20 feet wide by 20. I saw 2 pairs of cedar wax wings, a pair of chipping sparrows, 2 pair of robins, a wood thrush, 2 pairs of black pole warblers and a couple pairs of really small sparrow like birds (vesper sparrow ?) and a couple humming birds.  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on August 12, 2011, 08:10:54 am
A few weeks back Patty and I were out checking on the oats that had been recently swathed. I noticed 4 huge birds feeding in the field and couldn't believe it when I saw they were sandhill cranes. I've never seen them in our area before although I've seen huge flocks while in Nebraska. Figured they were just passing through but yesterday I saw them in the alfalfa field we had just baled. Then last night they flew low past our saw shed heading over to the oats field again. What a beautiful bird and the sight of four of them flying by was awesome. Sure would be nice to see them start nesting in our area more.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on August 12, 2011, 08:19:17 am
We are at the cabin and I spent 13 hrs Bush hogging yesterday.
This huge Raven followed and was around me all day being opportunistic on field mice scurrying away from the tractor.   I hope he gets his fill. ;)

Norm,  The Sandhills make a very distinctive call.  I call them Taradactles. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on August 12, 2011, 02:13:03 pm
They are now found here in New Brunswick nesting. Never seen here before 2010.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ06xI4pCEo
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Woodcarver on August 13, 2011, 11:14:11 am
The sandhills are fairly common in this area.  There numbers seem to be down this year for some reason.  We aren't seeing or hearing them as often as we usually do.
Not a very scientific but the change is certainly noticeable. As Mooseherder said, their call is distinctive.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on August 16, 2011, 06:08:41 pm
Here is the Raven that was hanging out with me for a couple days pickin' off the field mice. :)
He is one of the biggest I've had around me.  You may want to turn the volume down because I am in the tractor.
I was crawling along because the field was high, wet and full of tall brush.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMXVito6AnQ
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on August 16, 2011, 06:30:35 pm
Our ravens up here seem a lot bigger than those in Michigan and those on the west coast.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on August 16, 2011, 06:50:36 pm
That's nothin'!  You should see the Baltimore Ravens!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on August 17, 2011, 07:53:16 am
 :D :D  I have! 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on September 04, 2011, 09:41:39 am
Just had a migrating ovenbird clank the window. I don't think he's gonna make it ...  :(
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on September 22, 2011, 07:36:51 pm
I don't have a bird photo tonight, but I'm hoping to have several soon. :)

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/2400/IMG00119-20110922-1915.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on September 23, 2011, 03:10:16 am
Ever notice any bittern up at the camp. They like marshy areas near wet woods. They blend in with the cattails and rushes. You won't even see the until you almost touching them. Scar the begeebers out of you when you see a lump of cattails with eyes. :D

Bluejays have been busy here sacking stuff.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on September 25, 2011, 09:25:37 am
We're getting a few birds back. Actually, fall migration has been going on for some time, but it is far less obvious here than in spring. Notables yesterday were about 20 American widgeons which I had not seen since spring as well as hearing a sora rail, which likely was here all summer.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on September 25, 2011, 09:47:51 am
Well, my outhouse cam pointed at the highbush cranberries resulted in almost 100 video clips of berries waving in the wind, and some dude on a quad with a log arch taking off and parking every once in a while.  The last video is of me looking up at the camera in the dark last night giving it what for for taking an infrared video of me.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on September 25, 2011, 10:22:53 am
Was the guy on the quad in need of some Flomax? ;D :D  Sounds like he was making some frequent trips!

What do you mean by a "long arch"?  I hope your not referring to his anatomy or his ability to pee!  I mean....it is an outhouse cam!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on September 25, 2011, 10:27:00 am
log arch.    :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on September 25, 2011, 12:23:17 pm
Yes, I even had my reading glasses on!  My bad!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on September 25, 2011, 01:38:30 pm
Although not a bird this little guy was zooming around feeding on my wave petunias.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10427/212/IMG_1334.JPG)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10427/212/IMG_1338.JPG)

We've also had a bunch of hummingbirds moving through recently feeding on them also.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on September 25, 2011, 05:21:25 pm
Those moths are really cool. Just like the real thing.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on September 25, 2011, 05:26:13 pm
Yes they are. Jeff took videos of some just before the 2010 Pig Roast. I never see them here.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on September 26, 2011, 12:21:04 am
We saw one last summer feeding on petunias very much like those except there were some white ones in with the pink ones, and the moth definitely preferred the white ones. It was maybe 80/20 pink petunias and we watched him for maybe 10 minutes and he was obviously selecting the white ones almost exclusively.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: red on October 27, 2011, 04:13:43 pm
just had a break in the rain then heard the birds so i went out and filled the feeder  not 5 min later must have been 20 bluejays 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Autocar on October 27, 2011, 07:14:36 pm
I haven't started feeding the birds here yet. The price of sunflower seed may hamper this years feeding till the weather reaily goes to crap. The last two years we always got 25 or more purple finches and they seem to waste more then was eaten.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on December 14, 2011, 08:55:26 pm
I drove out to Samish Island this morning to buy oysters and pickled herring for Christmas.  This is a little semi-island about 70 miles NW of Seattle.  The Samish River hits the sound a few miles from here and has a run of king and chum salmon.  There is a old farmstead nearby with a stand of big old trees and this morning I counted 17 bald eagles sitting up there and a couple out flying nearby!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on December 15, 2011, 05:47:01 am
That is really pretty country too. I was based out of Bothell and really enjoyed just bumming around on the weekends while out there.

The eagles are thick in our area right now. It's nothing to see several soaring overhead while out hunting. I was dressing out a deer by the house and looked up to see 2 flying right above me. I'm guessing they must have a really good sense of smell.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 15, 2011, 07:02:39 am
There was a moose shot in a field out of season this fall and gutted in the field. There was one adult and an immature eagle that hung around a couple days as well as 20+ ravens. I have not seen that before around here, so they are getting more common. We have eagles, but never see them on a carcass. Out in Prince Rupert they were as thick as seagulls and hung out at the dumps.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on December 15, 2011, 07:11:55 am
Again, the indians called bald eagles "white headed crows".  Majestic as they are, their behavior tends a bit toward scavaging versus predator.  See them occasionallty at my place, and commonly in the salt marsh conservation areas of the Delmarva pennisula.  Always a thrill.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Magicman on December 15, 2011, 12:39:58 pm
Bald Eagles are scavengers which is why Benjamin Franklin suggested that the Wild Turkey be adopted as our National Bird.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on December 15, 2011, 01:08:21 pm
Are you sure he wasn't referring to the bourbon as our national drink?  My understanding is that George Washington is incorrectly named as the "father of our country".  Some history books record that Ben Franklin fathered over 20 children.  Don't tell me that Wild Turkey didn't have something to do with that!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 15, 2011, 03:34:57 pm
I think there is a debate on whether Canada's national bird should be the loon or the red tailed hawk. I'm not near much water here, so I here more red tailed hawks soaring high up. But, I think I would prefer the loon as a national bird. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Magicman on December 15, 2011, 04:44:09 pm
And then the Continental Bird could be a Loonie Bald Eagle drinking Wild Turkey.   :o
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on December 15, 2011, 04:45:51 pm
I saw one of those last night!   :o
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on December 15, 2011, 06:00:33 pm
SD

I agree.  There is nothing more haunting, and Canadian, than a bunch of loons sounding off after dark.  I love the Red-Tail, but the Loon is a special character, like most Canadians I know. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 15, 2011, 07:41:12 pm
If you ever get up to Jeff's place, you can here one or two loons in the lake nearby.  ;)

My uncle lives nearby the head pond of the river and we here them (usually one) early in the mornings during the summer.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on December 18, 2011, 08:30:33 am
Made a reservation for a birding tour in Kingsville Texas yesterday for my wife and I. Anybody been on this trip or done any south Texas birding?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on December 18, 2011, 01:12:30 pm
If you ever get up to Jeff's place, you can here one or two loons in the lake nearby.  ;)

My uncle lives nearby the head pond of the river and we here them (usually one) early in the mornings during the summer.

We are surrounded by lakes, and our home is under several flyways between some of the lakes. Pretty much every morning and evening while the Loons are north, you will hear them, and see them if you look, as they fly directly over the house. When ever I hear a loon, I think of the movie "On Golden Pond" and Katherine Hepburn's imitation of the loons.  :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yTwD7U_XV4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWCZ2mqGfIE
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 18, 2011, 02:15:24 pm
I think of "The Great Outdoors" for some reason.  ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on December 18, 2011, 05:07:44 pm
Speaking of birds!

I looked out the back window this morning and in the back corner of the little field behind the house there was a Blue Heron hunched up in the tree-line absorbing what little heat he could from the sun.

We had +4°F at 7:00 AM.

We went to town this afternoon and when we got back the Blue Heron was gone.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 18, 2011, 05:16:14 pm
I see them here until mid November, then they pack it in and head south. The last one I saw was 3 weeks ago on the shore of a brook.

Got down to 2F here this morning. That's quite a drop from the 30's and 40's we had for weeks.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: nas on December 18, 2011, 08:44:50 pm
SD

I agree.  There is nothing more haunting, and Canadian, than a bunch of loons sounding off after dark.  I love the Red-Tail, but the Loon is a special character, like most Canadians I know. ;)
Hey!! I represent that comment >:( :-[ :-\ 8)

Nick
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on December 18, 2011, 11:00:22 pm
Made a reservation for a birding tour in Kingsville Texas yesterday for my wife and I. Anybody been on this trip or done any south Texas birding?

My bird adviser [bil] advised me he and his son had toured down near Harlingen, Brownsville, Rio Grande Valley area several years back. He says a great area for rare Central American species as well as western U.S. birds. He mentioned seeing a 'Crane Hawk' and the Vermillion Flycatcher, alias.. 'little coal of fire'. Have a great time & Merry Christmas!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on December 19, 2011, 08:16:59 am
I have 4 ponds close by me,that can be seen from the road common to see a couple loons in any of the ponds. We lived close to one growing up and my brother could do a good loon call.
I put out some bird food a good month ago and have not seen a bird come to it,no chickadees,finches,nut hatches,nothing. Just like there is a blanket over The C Farm feeder. We always use to get a steady flow of something.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on December 19, 2011, 08:37:16 am
Made a reservation for a birding tour in Kingsville Texas yesterday for my wife and I. Anybody been on this trip or done any south Texas birding?

My bird adviser [bil] advised me he and his son had toured down near Harlingen, Brownsville, Rio Grande Valley area several years back. He says a great area for rare Central American species as well as western U.S. birds. He mentioned seeing a 'Crane Hawk' and the Vermillion Flycatcher, alias.. 'little coal of fire'. Have a great time & Merry Christmas!

Thanks. I got a few birding brochures from the Kingsville area talking about the great stuff we will likely see, but all brochures say that, lol. I do know that there are several border-area-only hawks I would like to see and a bunch of songbirds as well as the whooping crane festival just north of Kingsville in Feb. We'll be early for that, but the birds should be there anyway.BY the way, there were 5 whooping cranes sighting just north of me last week.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 19, 2011, 11:04:55 am
With an open mild fall there seems to be lots for the birds to eat. I see lots of chickadees, blue jays, doves, buntings, finches, junco and so on in the yard and I never feed the birds. I saw a robin a week ago.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sandhills on December 19, 2011, 07:15:38 pm
SD, what kind of doves?  We have mourning doves or "turtle doves" around here but they usually disappear with the first frost, I'm suprised you'd have them this late in the year.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on December 19, 2011, 07:54:24 pm
As for as doves go we have more and more Eurasian-collared doves each year. They're more hardy than I ever thought they could be and tough it out during the ice and snows staying around nearly all winter. The mourning doves will, on occasion, get caught in a long, sub-freezing spell and die by the hundreds.

I've been feeding several with cracked-corn and sunflowers, they're a beautiful dove.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 19, 2011, 10:08:58 pm
Sandhills, we have morning doves year around as well as rock doves. Put out a bird feeder around here and both will show up. I see the doves on the gravel shoulder of roads all winter. The morning doves roost in the spruce behind the house, they are in pairs. Starlings stay here all winter to, wish they would go extinct.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sandhills on December 20, 2011, 01:25:38 am
We have had a new dove move in in the last couple years, I wonder if it's the eurasian-collared dove that you are talking about chain, looks a lot like a mourning dove (maybe a little lighter colored) but about the size of a pigeon ???  They stay here year around, SwampDonkey, you seem to think the same of starlings as I do  ;) we get them by the millions during the winter, especially around feedyards.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Kansas on December 20, 2011, 04:16:05 am
Its quite a sight to see starlings around a feedlot. Friend of mine that has one once tried to poison them. K State university told him how much they were eating in feed a year. He finally gave up; with other feedlots in the area, if he did kill his, all the others would move in. Kind of sad when I go out there and you might see a 1000 lb fat calf sitting down, with half a dozen starlings sitting on him, including one perched on his head. They have also gotten so thick that 2 or 3 times a year they sit so close on the power lines to his feed mill that they short across where the transformer is, and pop the line fuse.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on December 20, 2011, 08:05:48 am
We have had a new dove move in in the last couple years, I wonder if it's the eurasian-collared dove that you are talking about chain, looks a lot like a mourning dove (maybe a little lighter colored) but about the size of a pigeon ???  They stay here year around, SwampDonkey, you seem to think the same of starlings as I do  ;) we get them by the millions during the winter, especially around feedyards.


The collared dove will have the tell-tale dark,"ring-around-the collar" of his neck. MDC has included these doves in the bag limit as well as white-winged and common turtle dove.

Speaking of nusiance fowl, we have tens of thousands, even maybe hundreds of thousands of 'Sky Carp' feeding in all the flooded rice-fields..sky-carp..are snow geese, looked upon by most wheat farmers as a nusiance, almost unlimited bag possession on them as in early spring the geese turn to the wheat pulling it up by the roots. But on the plus side, a farmer may have tens of thousands of geese feeding in his field..that's alot of free fertilizer! ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Autocar on December 23, 2011, 04:49:15 pm
Sence were not feeding sunflower seeds this winter are bird feeding is pretty sad. Ive been buying regular bird seed and have seen a couple of nut hatchers bluejays woodpeckers but mostly regular old barn sparrows. I blame alot of it on our farming country, all the fence lines are gone and cover is getting to be something of the past. I rather have the tree lined creeks and fence rows but Iam afarid its all but over around here  :(
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on December 24, 2011, 09:23:31 am
Same here. I went on our Christmas bird count last weekend and we only came up with ~ 40 species, none of them particularly unusual and I was counting in rural country. Mostly we picked up crows and starlings with surprisingly few house sparrows. We are starting to seed more Eurasian tree sparrows here as well as collared doves although I saw none on the count. Your comment about fence rows reminded me about bobwhite's, which we haven't seen or heard around here for years.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Autocar on December 24, 2011, 02:16:48 pm
We lost almost all game birds and rabbits in 1978 from a blizzard and they never did come back. Pretty sad but not alot a fellow can do about it.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Patty on December 29, 2011, 07:08:25 am
We have lost our pheasant due to harsh winters these past 10 years or so. Back in the 70's & 80's, pheasant were plentiful....but the winters were very mild back then. This year we are having a very mild winter, temps in the 40's F and no rain or snow. This should help the pheasants unless we get a lot of rain in the spring.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on January 04, 2012, 11:18:43 pm
Another email from my Sister, north of Ketchikan:

"the big news here is i watched an eagle/octopus battle a couple days ago. i looked out the window and saw an eagle at tideline right up to the beach with something he was picking at. got the binoculars and it was an octopus! and a big one, orange, arms maybe the length of my mine. when i moved to the window the eagle must have spotted me, spooked and he eventually flew off. then the octopus kind of re-grouped, got himself right-side up again and moved on. i suspect he had a headache from the eagle's pecking. octopus (octopi??) are common here at depths, but i've never seen one in the shallows." 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sandhills on January 05, 2012, 10:16:41 am
Well now, there's something you don't see everyday, especially in Nebraska  ;D.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on January 06, 2012, 08:05:21 am
Eagles really aren't accustomed to killing things as they typically just find dead fish to eat. I suppose he just gave up when the octopus fought back for a while.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sandhills on January 06, 2012, 01:47:23 pm
The salmon were running while I was in Alaska and I can say first hand that eagles are excellent fishers, they weren't dead fish either, but I'm sure scavaging? is one of their strong suits.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WildDog on January 07, 2012, 03:08:01 am
Our Wedgetail eagles down here are both predators and scavengers especially on road kills. They are a big eagle with a six ft plus wing span, regularly taking live lambs, my mates weaning rate this year was only 40% due primarily to "Wedgy" eagle predation. We only get a breeding pair here each year and they don't cause any problems unlike the crows, we would of lost 50 goat kids to crows this season.

In 2000 my old partner and I were driving a truck load of 16 prisoners in the outback from the station to jail and a Wedgtail was feeding off roadkill, it was early morning and the eagle couldn't get altitude quick enough, he got caught between the mirror and the window. My partner was driving with the window down and got this big screaching head in the cab :D funny now but not at the time.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 09, 2012, 05:42:49 am
No pictures, but for years I have noticed a little flock of 6 or 8 wild ducks spend the winter at the mouth of Hartley Brook where it dumps into the Presque Isle River. The little brooks here never seem to freeze over solid like years ago.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Magicman on January 09, 2012, 08:13:35 am
Maybe the Winter has been too mild, but I have only seen one flock of Wood Ducks, and no geese.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on January 11, 2012, 07:47:15 pm
MM, your geese are still up here. Thousands flying around last evening.

Wanted to share a video brought to my attention. The slow motion parts provide some real insight to the way birds move through the air.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CFckjfP-1E&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Magicman on January 11, 2012, 10:12:05 pm
That is amazing.   :o
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 12, 2012, 04:53:26 am
Those things hunt in my plantation corridors for grouse and I suppose rabbit. I have seen them catch grouse. I see them in winter.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on January 13, 2012, 07:44:02 am
It looks like a good way for him to eventually break the bird's wings.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on January 13, 2012, 07:46:28 am
Don't care for that anymore than I do circus animal tricks.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on January 13, 2012, 02:32:55 pm
I think that video is pretty informative.  I've seen these hunt in the forest. Those openings are child's play for that magnificent animal.  They are built for attack and capture in tight places.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 13, 2012, 03:48:39 pm
After we get over this storm and it gets cold this weekend, I need to take a journey up to my woodlot to see what I'm missing. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on January 13, 2012, 05:17:04 pm
Don't care for that anymore than I do circus animal tricks.

You got it! I mean, it's amazing for sure but sooner or later the bird will pay for it.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Magicman on January 13, 2012, 08:18:38 pm
But the fact is their eyes and reflects are so in tune that their prey catching abilities are uncanny.  It was amazing how it adapted and changed it's flight pattern to adjust for different size and shaped obstacles.

Hawks and other birds of prey make those adjustments every day in the wild.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 13, 2012, 08:33:44 pm
Should see ravens, they'll fly upside down and rotate in play with one another. They'll drive an eagle nuts making play.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: submarinesailor on January 13, 2012, 09:35:18 pm
Back on the 2nd, I was down in the Syria house I heard something outside.  Looking around I saw this guy flying around.  The first 3 images are at what I thought was the max zoom on my new camera I received in June.  After watching him for a few minutes I noticed that the zoom indicator wasn't all the way over.  So I held the zoom switch over for a few more seconds and boy was I surprised.  Man did it zoom in some more.  He was about 280-300 feet for me.

I think I'm going to like this camera.



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Bruce
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Magicman on January 13, 2012, 10:16:32 pm
It must have gone from optical to digital zoom.  Hold it still and as you see, you got some nice shots.   :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Migal on January 13, 2012, 10:28:45 pm
You have to admit is amazing. now put some whiskey in her and she how she flies.   jk :P
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on January 13, 2012, 11:26:07 pm
Nice catch. On the camera too. :)

Nice bird to have around the woods. And not the easiest to get a pic of such as yours.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 14, 2012, 04:56:59 am
I have to drive them from the yard once in awhile, they are at an old maple that the power company is suppose to take down since Nov 2010.  ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on January 14, 2012, 07:30:30 am
I know they can do it in the wild but that's at their behest not for the camera staged.

Bruce great pictures, what camera are you using? I remember the first time I ever saw one or rather heard it first. Very cool bird.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on January 14, 2012, 07:53:06 am
Nice pictures. By the time I see one,they fly off. I have a few around here,I can tell by the mess they leave.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 14, 2012, 08:47:52 am
You can tell when your balsam fir is no longer any good, they will move right in and peck the buts full of square holes.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on January 14, 2012, 11:02:58 am
Nice pictures. By the time I see one,they fly off. I have a few around here,I can tell by the mess they leave.
The pileated woodpecker has a very distinctive and frequent call and it is rare when in my woods that I don't hear one. Ours are pretty obvious as they seem to call often, usually as they are flying tree to tree. Not as often to see one or hear one tearing into a tree, but common to see the wood debris or the holes they leave. Have had them around the 40+ years I've been here.
When one would almost disappear into a big white oak near my house, I decided it was time to drop that tree if it had that much internal decay.

Here is a recording of a pileated woodpecker call.
http://www.pileatedwoodpeckercentral.com/audio.htm
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: miking on January 14, 2012, 12:51:40 pm
I never get tired of watching pileateds.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 14, 2012, 07:45:00 pm
Those buzzards may not be as thick as blue jays, but there is lots of'm around.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: submarinesailor on January 14, 2012, 10:32:40 pm
Norm,

Sorry I didn't back to you sooner.  Been putting new tie rod ends and shocks on my daughter's truck so she can go back to Ithaca on Monday.

It's a Nikon COOLPIX P500.  It is suppose to have a 34X zoom on it with image stabilization.  Take my word for it, at the 34X you need a tripod.  For these pictures I was using the door frame edge to hold it.  Before I purchased it a Costco I did a little research on line and found out that it is a battery hog.  So, I went by Best Buy and picked up an addition battery, an EL-5 I think, and a separate charger.  An outstanding idea on my part because it "saved the day" over Christmas because I had the extra battery in my pocket.  I do really like it and have enjoyed getting back to photography after being out of it for some years.  Wish I could show you guys some of the pictures I took while I was the ship's photographer when I was on my last submarine.  Always, I believe that it is an outstanding camera.  Lots of operating modes.

Bruce
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 15, 2012, 04:58:42 am
I agree Bruce, for the high zoom a tripod is needed. I used mine on the moose frolic. They were almost a 1/2 mile away.  ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on January 15, 2012, 07:12:53 am
Thanks Bruce, interestingly enough I have a Nikon Coolpix but an older model than yours.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on January 31, 2012, 08:48:54 pm
Often see varied thrush in our winters, more then normal this year it seems.  Hiking in the woods today, half snow, half melted ran into what I thought was a thrush.  Turned out to be the first robin of the year.  Not sure if he forgot to migrate or is returning.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on February 10, 2012, 05:49:23 pm
The honking birds are here! 
They come from all over and usually migrate to South Florida and the peak time is right about now.
You hear them more and more at intersections because it may be a custom to where ever they came from.
It does get irritating because the feller next to you might think your da honking bird honking at him and give you a dirty look or flip da bird because he thought you was honking all the while it was da honking bird 2 cars behind you.   Hopefully some looney bird doesn't get out of his car with fists or weapons of rage. ::)
I make my living amongst the honking birds so it is a mixed blessing to see them come and to see them go.  When they leave it signals me to start thinking about my migration to the great north Woods.  ;D :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on February 11, 2012, 08:16:03 am
I liked that, Moosehereder! :D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 11, 2012, 08:21:16 am
I could never understand the philosophy behind it, because the house back home still needs to be heated and electric maintained. There's no savings. A lot of those birds just sit around down there doing nothing, can do that home. I'm like grandfather, I think they're all crazy in the head. ;) :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on February 11, 2012, 08:32:27 am
As long as I can take care of myself I'm dumb enough to stay here through the winter.  ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on February 11, 2012, 10:58:20 am
I could never understand the philosophy behind it, because the house back home still needs to be heated and electric maintained. There's no savings. A lot of those birds just sit around down there doing nothing, can do that home. I'm like grandfather, I think they're all crazy in the head. ;) :D

SD
Don't be jealous. ;)
They maybe like the heat and the humidity.
And they can do it as they have the money to spend.
And FL enjoys the money they spend.

That life wouldn't be my choice either.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 11, 2012, 12:04:26 pm
 :D :D Jealous is one thing that I ain't. Foolishness is what it is. Of course it's just my opinion. :D

I'm not so sure there is much spending other than day to day living. At least that's what I hear from some that go down. Maybe flea market spending or a game of golf I suppose.

A lot flock to Cuba and Mexico from Canada, I wouldn't be the least bit interested. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Shotgun on February 11, 2012, 12:14:13 pm

A lot flock to Cuba and Mexico from Canada, I wouldn't be the least bit interested.

Well, my wife (of 55 years) and I are two of those birds.  In addition to heat and electricity, there are taxes & insurance on two places, maintenance fees, lawn care and watering, snow plowing our private road and our drive, and the travel costs to go back and forth, so it's even worse than you thought, eh?  But so what? I play can play tennis and golf all winter, walk the woods and trails, or whatever.  I'm retired and we can afford it. Guess I don't see the problem, Swamp.  To each his own...   ;D
 
Norm
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 11, 2012, 12:20:10 pm
Shotgun it's fine and dandy if anyone wants to do it. It's just not my thing. I won't hold it against ya. You at least know where I stand on it, so don't invite me. ;) :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on February 11, 2012, 12:45:46 pm
If I had a 500 foot lot I could leave it behind for the winter and enjoy warmer temps,but I have 170 acres to play on all winter long. Just means too much for me to live it behind. I even miss it when we are gone for a week.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on February 11, 2012, 02:58:36 pm
Shotgun it's fine and dandy if anyone wants to do it. It's just not my thing. I won't hold it against ya. You at least know where I stand on it, so don't invite me. ;) :D

But SD, it being fine and dandy isn't what you implied in this statement.  ::) ::)
Quote
I could never understand the philosophy behind it, because the house back home still needs to be heated and electric maintained. There's no savings. A lot of those birds just sit around down there doing nothing, can do that home. I'm like grandfather, I think they're all crazy in the head.

But you can back away, that is ok. ;)

My friends come back up north to rest up before they go back. :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 11, 2012, 04:32:58 pm
Nope, I still think it's crazy and wouldn't do it.  But it's still fine and dandy and won't hold it against ya. :D Being on the internet, I guess you can read anything into it if you want to be contrary Mary. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on February 11, 2012, 04:43:22 pm
That's telling him!  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on February 11, 2012, 09:30:27 pm
As long as I can take care of myself I'm dumb enough to stay here through the winter.  ;D

Just take a little extra grain along with the hay and that will keep your coat shiny and the eyes bright  :D.

thecfarm,

If you ever do any snow birding, you had better stop in and see me, and I would hide all the grits away so that you would not get spooked  ;D.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Magicman on February 11, 2012, 10:31:44 pm
Or be slipping into the kitchen late a night and cooking up a batch.  There are probably some Northern Grits Eaters that are still in the closet.   food1
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on February 12, 2012, 04:42:01 am
SC is the furthest I made it away from my home base. WDH,I would even try some of those grits if I ever make it down your way.  Never know with me. Would only be gone for a week. We call the snow birds the ones that put thier tail between thier legs and head south for the winter.  ;D
MM,probably there are. Them closest people are everywhere now a days.  :D Not in my house. I sleep through the whole night. I'm tied to a machine at night to help me sleep.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on February 12, 2012, 08:52:06 am
Twelve degrees this a.m. but birds singing like 'twas breath of spring. Big ice storm four years ago, when it thawed on Feb. 10th sparrows began nesting, earlist I've ever witnessed [nesting]in this locale.

Heavy snow expected Monday night.
Title: favorite birds?
Post by: hisliptree3 on February 13, 2012, 09:18:00 pm
just wondering if anyone has a favorite bird. myself i prefer walking in the woods or snowshoeing, and looking up and seeing the perfect ruby red cardinal in a white snow covered birch tree. so any favorite bird types?
Title: Re: favorite birds?
Post by: Magicman on February 13, 2012, 09:44:27 pm
Mine has to be the Mocking Bird.  Not for their plumage, but for the crazy songs that they sing.  You just never know what the next note will be.    smiley_headscratch smiley_huh2
Title: Re: favorite birds?
Post by: Autocar on February 13, 2012, 09:53:46 pm
Blackcap Chickadee but I like them all ;)
Title: Re: favorite birds?
Post by: Ironwood on February 13, 2012, 09:54:41 pm
  Either Pileated Woodpecker or Oreial. We have ALOT of Pileated around and I love to see/ hear them. Kestrals are COOL too.
   I have spotted rose breasted grosbeaks, Scarlet taneger as well. I like the Pheobies, and Barn Swallows  too. I enjoy pretty much all nature has to offer. I have good "hand only"  loon call that I was taught by world class loon caller on Blue Mtn Lake (ADK's) about 15 yearsw ago. I called a mating male in one time while on a Canadian canoe trip with some troubles teens, they were AMAZED, "Mr. C can talk loon" , that night around te camp fire the other staff member called in a Bard owl, he swooped us while around the campfire. No doubt we created some memories on that trip.

 Ironwood
Title: Re: favorite birds?
Post by: WDH on February 13, 2012, 09:56:47 pm
There is already a nice "Bird" thread on the Forum with 52 pages of posts. 

http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,9619.msg814455.html#msg814455

Lets not start another one.  I merged the two topics.
Title: Re: favorite birds?
Post by: DDDfarmer on February 13, 2012, 10:10:10 pm
Canada jay, whiskey jack, camp robber whatever you like to call them.... watching one occupy the dog while the other comes in and steals the dogs food....

Yet really the best bird is cooked and on the table
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on February 14, 2012, 06:21:33 am
My favorite, the female Cardinal. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on February 14, 2012, 06:58:20 am
Eastern Blue Bird. Not many around here. I usally get a pair to nest. I would have more but the sparrows drove them off.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 14, 2012, 06:58:50 am
Kill deer and robins in the fields and white throated sparrow and chickadees in the woods. Snow buntings in the winter.  ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on February 14, 2012, 07:42:32 am
In no particular order...cardinal, blue bird, oriole and one that's recently moved into our area the bald eagle.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on February 14, 2012, 08:18:06 am
At home:  bluebird followed by the oriole

At the seashore:  glossy ibis followed by the skimmer

In Canada:  what else?  the common loon
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Riggs on February 14, 2012, 10:44:41 am
wild turkey, red tail hawk, eastern blue bird.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sandhills on February 14, 2012, 10:53:59 am
The sparrow hawk (I'm using that very generically) that was in the sale ring at our sale barn last Saturday  ;D, it got the attention of more than a couple people sitting in there.  I have know idea if they actually go after sparrows or not but my boss said as soon as it left one rafter was lined with sparrows.  The ring is heated during sales and Saturday was one of the first cold days we've had in a long time so you really can't blame 'em  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: OneWithWood on February 14, 2012, 01:14:14 pm
The Pileated is my favorite to watch but for song I think I have grown to like the various songs of the Tufted Titmouse the best.  But then again, there is something about the call fo the Sandhill Cranes flying high overhead.
There is one bird song that is a simple two tone song that reminds me of the communication device used in Star Trek.  I have yet to positively identify the bird making the song.  My best guess to date is a truncated Titmouse song.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on February 15, 2012, 07:44:24 am
Our favorite is  a bird we never see nor hear anymore, the Bob White[quail]. I've failed, in quail management.

Now, they say, I need to have a controlled burn, brings out more legumes and creates bare soil....and shrubby cover, etc.
Prescription management. :P

My prescription is knocking out dozens of various critters that feed upon eggs, chicks, and mature birds; they want them protected[critters],  too many "Friends of chicken hawks" :-\
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sandhills on February 15, 2012, 11:34:30 am
chain I think you're on the right path.  Between the chicken hawks, coyotes, and feral cats around I'm amazed any live, we still have a few coveys of quail around the farm but nothing compared to what you used to see.  My now deceased neighbors/landlords who I miss dearly found a quail egg one time and put in an incubater, it was the cutest little thing and was basically raised by the "wild" turkeys which they also helped get started around us.  It was funny as heck watching that tiny little thing running around with those big turkeys.  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Burlkraft on February 20, 2012, 07:13:28 am
We have this group of 4 tom turkeys that are regulars at our bird feeders.
They have been hangin' here since they were youngins'
One of them has an obsession with his reflection in my truck bumper.

 

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He just paces back and forth, occasionally pecking at my bumper while the others are eating up all the corn!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on February 20, 2012, 11:10:14 am
Quit spit-shining that bumper and he might stop.  ;D

 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 20, 2012, 11:26:28 am
We have individuals or maybe groups up here introducing wild turkeys, which is not a native bird to NB and considered illegal. Authorities are concerned they compete with grouse. One fellow down near St Stephen, near Calais, Maine says he has 20 or 30 coming to his feeders and has seen up to 12 roosting in the trees near dark.

Recently the DNR have begun a crack down on illegal white-tail deer farms, they issued notices that the deer have to be gone by June.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Autocar on February 21, 2012, 05:06:29 pm
Our mild weather here in Ohio this winter theres something wierd going on. In past years on late winter days when you would get a break in the weather you would see and hear robins singing. Here it's almost the end of Feb. with a very mild winter and I heard one robin. Sure hope they don't know something we don't  :D.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on February 21, 2012, 05:21:26 pm
I don't know.  I have yet to see or hear a robin, but the doves are all paired up.  The bluebirds never left and the juncos are still here.  I am in "bird go-figure" mode, because I have never seen a winter, or a lack of winter, like this.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 21, 2012, 05:37:24 pm
The robins have been here in NB all winter, they are just down in southern New Brunswick like Sussex and St John. They were in Fredericton in January I know. None up here since around Christmas. I won't see any until April, maybe end of March, but a big maybe.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Riggs on February 21, 2012, 05:49:14 pm
We had Robins here several weeks ago, but I haven't seen them lately. I'm with Autocar, I hope they don't know something we don't. ???
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on February 22, 2012, 10:08:04 am
I just saw 2 bald eagles on the ice yesterday. Took me a few seconds to figure out what they was. I don't see many around here. Still no birds coming to the feeder for bird seeds. The wood peckers are working on the suet.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on March 17, 2012, 09:45:07 pm
I saw an Amazon King Fisher today, although they are not supposed to be north of Texas.  There is no mistaking the size, head crest and beak.  It was mostly gray and white, and when it flew, there were white stripes on the underside of the wings.  It was near a creek in a wooded area. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on March 23, 2012, 08:40:51 am
Yesterday morning I  looked outside my kitchen window and next to the LP tank was a bird I thought was extinct in these parts....a female quail. The last one I saw was 8 years ago. Sure hope she's able to nest successfully!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Magicman on March 23, 2012, 09:35:27 am
I miss hearing their "bob white" call.  I often wonder if they would reestablish if I bought and released a couple of dozen birds.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on March 23, 2012, 06:24:46 pm
While driving on curvy Route 1 along the California coast yesterday,  I came around one of many "blind" turns in the road and startled a Golden Eagle.  He was feeding on something right next to the pavement.  He launched upward, barely clearing my windshield.  Quite a sight!  If my window had been rolled down I could have touched his tail feathers!  What a view of a beautiful predator!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 23, 2012, 10:18:53 pm
Mother says she sees golden eagles here once in awhile. Mostly along the river. I never seem to see them.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on March 24, 2012, 04:29:16 pm
SD -

Our Ontario cabin is on the same lake as a Queen's university biologic station.  They've got some very informed naturalists there.  They tell me that Golden Eagles are uncommonly seen in that area, and the sightings usually occur during the winter months.  I have never seen one in eastern Canada either but I'm not there during hard water time!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 24, 2012, 05:13:36 pm
According to my map we have a tiny isolated wintering population here along the Maine/New Brunswick border in the St John River Valley. And a small pocket up on the tip of the Gaspe, Quebec that is year round. Most of the eastern range is far northern Ontario, Quebec and Labrador.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Den Socling on March 30, 2012, 05:10:15 pm
Pine Creek, which runs through the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon runs through our front yard. We see a lot of Bald Eagles but we are pretty far downstream from the canyon. They usually show up down here late in the summer. More fish down here when the creek is shallow up stream, I guess. Anyway, we saw one in the front yard the other day. Very unusual.

One time while camped in the canyon, I walked down to check the canoes early one morning. I saw a Bald Eagle sitting in a tree across the creek. I watched him while I drank my coffee. All of a sudden he jumped off the branch, flew in front of me and hit the creek with a loud splash. He missed his fish. When he got a couple feet in the air again, he shook like a dog. I never imagined.

Another time, we had climbed a steep mountainside. We climbed out on a big rock that overlooked the creek. All of a sudden there was a Bald Eagle in our face. He came in lower than the rock and swooped up to land where we were sitting. He spread his wings to apply the air brakes. That was awesome.
Title: One strange bird
Post by: Den Socling on April 20, 2012, 11:08:31 am
Check out the chainsaw at the end. Fascinating but kind of sad that a saw is part of his vocabulary.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSB71jNq-yQ
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on April 20, 2012, 12:20:15 pm
I got the strange feeling the chainsaw sound was dubbed in for the "enviro" effect. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Den Socling on April 20, 2012, 12:49:26 pm
You can't be serious. Would David Attenborough cheat? I think not!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 20, 2012, 07:05:32 pm
I have to watch the barn door this time of year to keep it closed because the birds will get in and get trapped up stair and head to the windows to get out but can't. The other day heard a phoebe in there chirping and sure enough up in one of the windows. But I drove the bugger out.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on April 20, 2012, 09:47:20 pm
David Attenborough is one of my favorite Naturalists.

Every time that I see this thread, I smile and think about Bro. Noble.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Norm on April 21, 2012, 10:05:17 am
We have a large population of bluebirds at our place this year, seems they've shown up earlier than before too. Patty's little bluebird house has a nesting pair in it which is a first too. They have to be one of my favorite birds.  :)

Me too Danny, seems to be a fitting tribute to a great guy.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Phorester on April 21, 2012, 07:03:07 pm

Owls Take No Prisoners

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10014/Owls_Take_No_Prisoners.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on April 21, 2012, 09:32:46 pm
Quote from Briscoe Darling on the Andy Griffith Show, "What a owl does is a owl's own business). 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Don K on April 21, 2012, 11:24:38 pm
I did not get a picture last week but was treated to a once in a lifetime bird sighting. There were 7 wood storks roosting in a big dead pine at my grandaddy's home site. They are quite ugly birds and my neighbor looked them up on the web and say they are rare in our parts. I guess they were migrating through.

Don
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 03, 2012, 04:18:54 pm
Saw a few partridge this week (ruffed grouse) and took a video of a hen crossing the road. Just left her and went a few yard and there was the rooster on the side of the road. In the outback the grouse are not skiddish like near the settlements. More tame than chickens. ;D

I also took a video of a bald eagle sitting in a red spruce. Quite a long ways from a big body of water, but some small rivers near by.

Also saw a northern harrier hawk with a snake for a meal. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 08, 2012, 04:03:56 pm
No photos, as the GPS doesn't have a camera.  ;D But while marking off strip lines in thinning I walked right up to two woodcock nests, on separate lines. We have a color of ribbon to mark trails and safety concerns, I marked the nest locations. I would imagine the young leave the nest quite early like grouse do anyway. But those woods were full of woodcock today.  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Texas Ranger on May 08, 2012, 04:43:38 pm
I am with Danny, hard to see Bro Nobles name and not go back and read the thread.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Stephen Alford on May 15, 2012, 08:31:53 am
   Just wanted to make a small contribution.  This guy showed up while I was having lunch.  He may have owned a skidder with a detroit in another life.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/12754/Flicker_a1.jpg)
 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/12754/Flicker_b2.jpg) He  was unsure where the sound of the camera was coming from and had a slow moving vechicle sign on the back.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/12754/Flicker_c3.jpg) He was definately not happy with a photo op while he was doing his wood work.   :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on May 15, 2012, 08:41:40 am
In contrast to those nice pics, what confounds me about Flickers is the amount of time this woodpecker spends on the ground.  I know of no other that has this habit.  My cats have taken more than I would like to admit, and I have no way to stop that.  :(   Their feathers on the ground are unmistakable.  Fortunately, there seems to be no shortage of this species in my neck of the woods.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 15, 2012, 10:04:11 am
At times the flicker seems to be as thick as robins and other times they must be off doing their thing. But robins are like that to. There is a spell that they are mainly in the woods and other times they take to the fields and yards.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: terry f on May 15, 2012, 03:32:35 pm
     Flickers get a bad rap around here, they seem to be the only woodpecker that has a taste for houses, but one of my favorite birds. Anything looking to eat bugs all day, can't be all bad.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on May 18, 2012, 08:13:36 pm
Speaking of birds, rec'd this today.

Unbelievable craftsmanship!!!!

Singing-Bird Pistols-Very Rare
 
This is a short video on a pair of almost 200-year old mechanical singing-bird pistols; whether or not you are an antique or fine art aficionado, you'll be glad you took a moment to watch this one-of-a-kind object of pure fancy. I thought I had excessive time on my hands........

http://www.christies.com/features/singing-bird-pistols-en-1422-3.aspx
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Hilltop366 on May 19, 2012, 08:31:49 am
I wonder how long it took to make them?

Sold for 5.8 million, a little out of my price range.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on May 19, 2012, 08:42:05 am
Should have been a Forestry Forum auction item!  Would have sold for less than the axe!

Pretty cool, though.  Thanks for the post, beenthere.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Cypressstump on May 23, 2012, 11:06:45 am
Down here we don't have as many flickers as I used to see as a kid in the woods. Have a mess of the red headed woodpeckers and as of late the pilated woodpeckers have made a very strong comeback. I have a nesting pair on my property. The young are oblivious to humans, and very curious. They'll fly down on a tree trunk at eye level and check you out sometimes. Very large birds. They will make a complete mess of any unpainted /treated wood that borer bees have laid egss/larvee in. They've torn up some exposed rough cut pine rafter ends on a out building, in search of the larvee. They also will wake the near dead from a sound sleep when hammering on those doggone rafters.... >:(  They must have a continous headache throughout their lifes... :)

Sunday while sitting on my dock having a cold adult beverage watching the boat traffic go by, during a break in traffic, an Osprey came overhead, folded up tight with his wings behind his back, feet extended and dove into the water after a fish. He was successful, and naturally a crow got after him, attempting to rob him of his dinner.

Stump
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: terry f on May 23, 2012, 11:59:15 am
     Like you Cypresstump, I always wondered how those birds heads could take that beating. Those pilated can sure throw some chips.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Den Socling on May 23, 2012, 02:35:26 pm
You can say that again. I had a downed tree behind the shop and the Pileated woodpeckers tore it apart. It looked like it was done over with a stump grinder. Woodpeckers are amazing. It's a wonder their heads don't come off. The reason they don't suffer brain damage may be because their brains are small and packed in their skull tightly. They also hit straight on and that avoids twisting the brain. Or so I've read.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Cypressstump on May 23, 2012, 03:05:49 pm
I saw a documentary where woodpeckers were a topic. It was said that they have an extraordinary thick skull and their brain is encased in a substance that is thicker than in  other birds or animals, the stuff acts as a shock absorber Their brain is proportionately smaller to their size than in other creatures, they have a special muscle that absorbs the impact given the fact their brain is located above the centerline of their beak. An like Den mentioned the blows are intentionally straight forward to keep torsional forces minimized. On top of everything else they have a tongue that is barbed to help retrieve insects from their burrows. And they look freaky when you think about it..
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on June 13, 2012, 09:58:16 pm
Our bluebirds are back and nesting in the yard box. Last year was a first ever for nesting bluebirds here, also in June. Think I've figured out why they are nesting late here is..because we have so many sparrows and starlings that nest earlier and compete with the BBs, but at this late date the other birds have raised their young and flown the coop!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 14, 2012, 04:26:24 am
The tree swallows here take over any nest box and they are kind of territorial so any other nest box near by gets guarded to. Mom has seen blue birds for the last few years, but no one she has talked to have them in nesting boxes. I guess they much just nest in the thickets instead. We have small birds here that nest into early August. The woods are alive with little birds, some I don't know because you can't see them in the thickets.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 14, 2012, 04:35:56 am
In areas of NS they have found a few bald eagles getting sick or dying from lead poisoning. It is believed to be from lures in fish and lead shot in animals that they consume.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on June 14, 2012, 07:45:40 am
Saw a  hummingbird perched on the telephone line. I have a nest on top of 2 boxes of chains for my chainsaw. I have the boxes hung on a nail in the tractor shed. The Pee Wees are just about ready to leave the nest i would think. One of my friends Granddaughter heads right over there every time see comes over. I think Mama got after my dog the other day. I heard a yelp and kinda saw her fly away from her. I had a canadian goose in the field the other day. We hear them down at the pond alot.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 14, 2012, 03:49:43 pm
The hummers like to buzz my red hard hat in the woods. You don't think of hummers in the woods maybe, just around the yard. But the woods has lots of hummers.  ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Autocar on June 14, 2012, 08:18:51 pm
Today I heard a racket down by the shop and made a mad dash in time to grab a baby Baltimore from a cat. Mom and Dad was flying around raising cane plus the baby was screaming bloody murder. My wife heald the baby while I cut a two pound coffee can lower then I nailed it to the twelve foot stick and put the bird in the can and C clamped it to the side of the burn barrel  :D Next thing the darn thing jumps up on the edge of the can and glides off and crashes. I catch him again and set him on a limb and he repeats the whole jumping off routine. By now every cat within hundreds is lurking around, I get him again and set him up on another limb . Mon and Dad is still screaming bloody murder and I turned  and walked away  :-\ Not sure how it turned out but hope he made it.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Cypressstump on June 15, 2012, 02:15:17 pm
I had started another topic not realizing this thread was actually in reference to favorite birds as well......
here's mine -


Mine favorite bird would be the little House Wren. It seems they are very much like myself, tend to never have the time to stop,,,,,

They are very industrious little guys. Very inquisitive, not overly spooked of humans, seems to cohabitate with us very well. At times the ones around my mill are very curious. They'll flirt around all the stacks of fresh cut and love to hunt and explore in the piles of flitches tossed off to the side. They'll fly right up to me at times If I happen to be setting still long enough, and do that little up and down squatting movemnet thing they do while staring at me while determining their next move.

Also they are the first bird in the morning to begin their wake up call at my place. I love to hear them start off in the mornings.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on June 16, 2012, 06:41:11 am
The pee wees have flown the coop. I was working on the veggie shack when a peewee just about clipped me at the knees. I went right over and checked,all gone. One was dead on the ground. I did not tell the Granddughter about that one. But she came over and was bummed out that they was gone. She enjoyed seeing them.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on June 26, 2012, 09:16:19 pm
I was standing in the yard talking to a customer and saw a pileated woodpecker fly out of the woods. Don't see many of them but hear them often. He did not get far when a good size limb fell to the ground. I went over after they left and looked at it. Seemed like he was eating supper on it and it break off.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Migal on June 26, 2012, 10:31:09 pm
 :) seems like the woodpeckers don't mind the heat as much as some new millers  8)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: wdtik on July 01, 2012, 11:27:03 pm
I enjoy hiking in the woods anytime of the year, usually with
my wife.  Generally I have a camera handy for any wildlife  opportunities I happen upon.
I was in elk hunting mode, working down a steep lodgepole mountain side and
low and behold I spotted a fledgeling owl.  We spent some time stalking
and shooting  pics tho the baby pics were kinda dark and fuzzy, but the
one of mama came out pretty good.. Great horned owl.
 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/21709/grol.JPG)

Who--whoho :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 02, 2012, 03:58:23 am
Nice picture. You know we have a fellow member here who takes fuzzy pics of his carvings of owls and places the carvings in his barn loft for a laugh. :D

I don't see owls often, but here them around. I might see a couple a year. One cross road near here I keep seeing a barred owl in the winter. The spot is old farm that grew up and was cut and some apple trees around. See deer there to in early winter around the apple trees. Some apple trees are what we call winter apples, the fruit stay on the trees until about Christmas.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: wdtik on July 02, 2012, 07:42:03 am
Yea, I saw the owl post on the carving, that would work pretty good
for keeping the trash birds out of your garden.

We live in a small mt valley and in Feb the owls get to hooting back and
forth at night-- mating season hooting at times, we hear them from in the
house...there were 3 fledglings in that group, nice to see.

Each owl will eat a couple of pack rats a day.  I set traps for pack rats
in the wood pile and get a few.  When I do it gets set out for the owls
on a big stump.  I've had owls wake us up when they eat the offering
sometimes making the strangest chirping noises...afterwords they
go to hooting... I feel blessed to be able to have owls around..CBD
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on July 02, 2012, 02:28:39 pm
Where in Montana?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: wdtik on July 02, 2012, 07:58:59 pm
E. Powell Co, Little Blackfoot River/MacPass area---AKA heaven...
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Cypressstump on July 23, 2012, 10:22:08 am
This past Friday we were expecting a serious thunderstorm to pass thru the area. It was making for a gooden' too,,, skies blackened, windy and had just begun to shower moderately.
As I was sitting on the steps of the old camp on my property, pondering whether or not to try and pull up and old sinker log nearby, there appeared three little house Wrens flirting about. In the old pump shed, there’s an last year Wren nest, that’s visible from where I sat. Within 10 minutes of the Wrens arrival, all three had disappeared into the nest, occasionally peeking out for a gander.

Within another 10 minutes the bottom fell out of those dark clouds, dumping 8 inches in 3.5 hours. From now on, I think I’ll plan any wet day activities around the movement of the Wrens… ;)……. Even they know when to stay indoors.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on August 06, 2012, 04:41:43 pm
An auction of original Roger Tory Peterson drawings / prints is to take place on September 8.  I can't imagine what these will go for, but here is the info for any that may be interested.

http://guernseys.com/Guernseys%20New/peterson.html
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on August 06, 2012, 08:45:09 pm
Friend gave me his bird book at a bookstore signing, signed by both he and his wife.  Have used it for 30 plus years.  What an auction that would be!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on August 10, 2012, 09:30:36 pm
Lots of bird books in the Peterson style. Gotta think there are lots of talented artists that draw birds. Never know what stuff will fetch at auctions. Sometimes it's just hype around a name, sometimes it's more about talent. I word it this way, because I've seen some spendy art, that in my eyes, belonged on a bonfire. :D ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WmFritz on August 11, 2012, 08:33:06 pm
       I pulled into my driveway yesterday about noon and saw this hen in my front yard. I stopped about 50 feet away and watched her. It was odd because 1. She stood there with her wings spread and 2. She wouldn't shy away like normal. Then I realized; it was raining softly and she was using her wings as an umbrella for a half dozen poults.
       I wish I'd had my real camera. 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/29968/2012-08-09_13-03-24_127.jpg) 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/29968/2012-08-09_13-03-31_619.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on August 11, 2012, 08:47:08 pm
Reminds me, I saw a hen with a bunch of chicks in the UP of Michigan on the way north to the Soo. I think it was just a bit north of Pickford. There were also a bunch of geese to one side of them. Geese were all over the fields up there. Also saw a few sandhills.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: clww on August 12, 2012, 10:29:02 am
I just watched the closing "Moments in Nature" on CBS Sunday Morning. They were showing the Burrowing Owls in Arizona. Cool, little guys. :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: submarinesailor on August 21, 2012, 06:34:26 pm
Ran across this big boy yesterday on the way home from the doctors.  Nice ending to a ugly morning.  These were taken from a 300 yards using all the zoom I could.  I have always wanted to get some Bald Eagle pictures.  Wish these were a lot closer, but at least I catpured him on film/digital image.
 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11249/Eagle12C8-20-2012.jpg)
 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11249/Eagle22C8-20-2012.jpg)


 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11249/Eagle32C8-20-2012.jpg)
 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11249/Eagle42C8-20-2012.jpg)
 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11249/Eagle52C8-20-2012.jpg)

Bruce
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Migal on August 21, 2012, 10:22:27 pm
Majestic!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WmFritz on August 22, 2012, 02:59:44 am
    Beautiful shots, Bruce. Nice of him to hold the poses for you. lol
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on August 22, 2012, 03:49:51 am
I took a short video of one sitting on top of a red spruce. I tooted the horn to make him fly at the end. It was near a small river (Taxis).
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WmFritz on August 23, 2012, 02:06:16 am
     I came across this pair a couple years ago snowmobiling on Mackinac Island.

 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/29968/Bald_Eagles_1_-1.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Migal on August 23, 2012, 11:04:57 pm
We have a family that lives here at the Lake but yet to catch them posing like that!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on September 04, 2012, 11:31:53 am
Sitting in our great room playing cards on Sunday, when a loud thud and flying feathers turned everyone's head. Looked and a Pileated woodpecker lay in the flower bed. He didn't set there long before fluttering to this maple tree a short distance away. Stayed there for a good 30 minutes, prolly shaking the head to get some smarts back. Left a big dust print on the glass. Appeared to be a young one, as not yet full size.

 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10180/pileated_window.JPG)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on September 04, 2012, 12:33:44 pm
Just getting its wings and survived the first crash. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: clww on September 04, 2012, 02:05:56 pm
There was a picture in our Highland County paper, "The Recorder", last week of a Bald Eagle eating a groundhog it had caught out in a field.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on September 04, 2012, 07:54:15 pm
That woodpecker sure looks a little worse for wear  :).
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: terry f on September 05, 2012, 12:32:42 pm
    Pileateds have to be the loudest fliers in the woods. You can hear them comeing, but after they land the real noise starts.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Magicman on September 10, 2012, 07:49:58 am
They occasionally whack the glass beside me here in the sun room.  I do not know which of us is more surprised, and as yours did, sometimes they will sit and shake their heads for a while.   smiley_dizzy
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Den Socling on September 11, 2012, 03:11:06 pm
I looked out the bedroom window a couple mornings ago and there was a Red Headed Woodpecker on the side of a tree. They are beautiful birds, too. One of those times that I wished I had a camera. My son wood have pulled out his cell phone. I tell you I've seen him do everything with that phone except talk on it!  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on September 12, 2012, 08:13:46 pm
Warblers really moving through in southern migration right now, hummingbirds are gathering, several others including a Barn owl I had flushed out of a grain bin today.

I did some habitat management last spring, burning and deadening and some clearing of the swamp-type plants and trees. My BIL visited last month, he is what I consider a pro-birder, even he was impressed with numbers of various species.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on October 08, 2012, 08:05:18 pm
Last week while mowing an Egret flew in and stalked me closely until a frog jumped out of the path of the mower.
It was a good size frog and he worked hard getting it down the hatch.
Today while mowing, I was almost done and he showed up again so I came in to get the camera.
He got a smaller frog and there was one sacrificed in the making of this video.
I did have a hard time getting the video out of my pocket and zoomed in but got most of it.
Before you feel bad for the frog you should know we have plenty more.
One morning when I opened the front door to leave for work in the dark a dozen or so baby frogs jumped in my house making me scramble to catch them.  I know I didn't get them all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsvjhCYHyug&feature=plcp
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Autocar on October 09, 2012, 04:10:12 pm
Its been a number of years ago but I was walking down to the the shop and on the side of the drive a snake had a frog about swallowed so I took a Y stick and held the snake then pulled the frog back out and turned him lose. He looked back and for a minuite I thought he was going to give me one wish  ;D.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on October 16, 2012, 07:41:43 pm
My wife caught this Hawk on my daughter's camera.
That is why it is better than my pictures. ;D
He has been hanging out here for over a month. 
I hope he is eating snakes and frogs and leaves my lil' dog alone.

 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13635/Hawk2.JPG)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on October 17, 2012, 04:51:19 am
I don't know about little dogs for a meal, but my uncle had a white cat. As white as a hare in the winter. It's hair was even real fine like a hare. Anyway, my uncle had noticed a big old owl around the barn in the early mornings before daylight when he was after the cows for milking. One morning the owl got himself a white cat for breakfast. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: semologger on October 17, 2012, 10:28:14 pm
 a hawk got my cousins mini yorkie that was a sensitive subject for awhile. I found a hawk the other day sitting in the middle of the road. Nothing i could do popped over the hill and he had its back torwards me. I hit the brakes but to late. But  no damage to the car. But the week prior i was in the truck same road and a deer ran out it did 3 grand worth of damage to my truck. But the mini cooper that was in the other lane comeing torwards me wasnt so lucky. I hit the deer knocked it in her lane. It totaled out her car. 1 deer hit 2 vehicles in 2 seconds that done happen very often.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on December 06, 2012, 09:06:20 pm
I was able to get this brief shaky video of two young eagles. One took off just as I took the camera off them and flewaround a wood edge and landed with a third. I'd been watching the adults over the summer fishing along lake Huron and noted the young birds a month or so ago. This is the first time I had a chance to film them (such as it is), and I didn't see mamma and pappa anywhere this time. I love da U.P. :)

http://youtu.be/vYbrct-fDVY

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on December 06, 2012, 09:16:33 pm
Thanks for the video.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on March 01, 2013, 05:05:11 pm
Another video I ran across, and this is about the amazing Bird of Paradise.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTR21os8gTA&feature=player_embedded#!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: clww on March 01, 2013, 06:29:04 pm
Wouldn't it be cool to have a flock of them (several different varieties) in your yard each spring? :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Sonofman on March 08, 2013, 08:29:39 pm
Quote
Pileateds have to be the loudest fliers in the woods. You can hear them comeing, but after they land the real noise starts.

It gets real noisy here when one mistakes the aluminum downspout on my gutters for a tree. The gutters are brown but I still think that is a pretty stupid bird.

We do not have eagles around here, but I have been to Hanes Alaska. We have a friend there that is the talker on the tour bus when one comes through, she knows all the places where they are. She took us around, so I have lots of pics.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/31676/IMG_2517.JPG)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 09, 2013, 04:53:17 am
The eagles seem to stay around near here most all year. A year ago, a moose was shot out of season just up the road and the carcass was left. The eagles came and ate on it, two actually. An adult and a juvenile is what I noticed. The woods was also full of ravens, but they did not come near the carcass as long as the eagles were on it.

This fall on my woodlot I saw a carcass of some critter that the bears had hauled into a hardwood thicket to feed on. It was just bones left in a  pile.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: red on March 12, 2013, 04:07:39 pm
saw my first robin today
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 12, 2013, 04:18:53 pm
Been seeing a few ducks around. My guess is teal, they aren't big ducks.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Sonofman on March 12, 2013, 07:31:27 pm
red, I started to post something else, then I saw where you are. We have robins here all year, as well as bluebirds, mockingbirds, and canada geese. About the only ones that leave that I wish they did not are the purple martins.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WmFritz on March 12, 2013, 07:58:01 pm
Saw my first Robin today too and it was snowin. I thought the little guys probably thinking he may have jumped the gun a bit. :snowball:
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 13, 2013, 05:26:57 am
Robins don't often hang around in northern New Brunswick, but in the south of the province they stick around all winter. I've been to my aunt's in winter at Sussex and they were in the back yard milling around. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: clww on March 26, 2013, 09:08:09 am
Spring may be headed our way. We have a wreath on the front porch at the house in VB. It used to be on the door until birds started nesting in it several years ago. I took it off the door and attached it to a 2X4 with a piece of plywood for the back, and leaned it up in the corner. My wife told me that three days ago, there were a pair of doves fixing up the nest. This morning, she's laid her first egg. Last year, the doves produced four little ones.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Sonofman on March 26, 2013, 08:57:49 pm
Last year, when we went from winter to summer in about 1 week in March, my purple martins arrived the end of Feb. They have not gotten here yet this year, so does that mean we still have some more winter. I did see the scouts checking out the gourds about two weekends ago.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 27, 2013, 03:58:09 am
In 1996 when they arrived in May as usual, the weather turned cold with snow and wiped out the barn swallows. They have never been back in great numbers like they were decades before. We used to have hundreds. They would gather on the power lines and perch when they arrived in May and when they got ready to leave in August.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on March 27, 2013, 10:51:39 am
We often see Robins here in the winter. Lots of people around us have bird feeders, so they stay. I've always considered the Red Wing Blackbird as the real harbinger of Spring here.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: terry f on March 31, 2013, 10:27:44 pm
    Went up to see how things survived the winter, too early for the deer and elk to come back, but saw a few turkeys and two pileated woodpeckers. Seems early, but I'm not sure how far they move, or even if they do. I don't know if it was a pair, or if the male and female look different.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 01, 2013, 03:33:16 am
I did spook a grouse the other day on my trek to the woodlot. I also found a spot where one had spent an evening in a snow nest. Saw a couple moose and also where they spent the night bedded down. They spent the winter on the woodlot, moose piles all over.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on April 01, 2013, 04:59:20 am
Timberdoodles! Not one but two woodcock observed so far this spring in our woods. It's been a long time, maybe twenty years or so since the last woodcock was witnessed.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 01, 2013, 05:21:59 am
Haven't seen any yet. But last spring I was on a plantation, that was actually hardwood ground. I saw several nests of woodcock with eggs. This was on a 30 acre plot. I tied a ribbon by several nests. No robins up here yet either, but those birds don't normally arrive until this month.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: OneWithWood on April 01, 2013, 01:38:17 pm
For the first time in over 30 years I have observed red-headed woodpeckers in my woods.  They seem to be very territorial.  I hope they can live with the pileated woodpeckers.  As much as I am enjoying seeing the red-heads again I do not want to lose any of the many pileateds.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: RynSmith on April 01, 2013, 03:25:12 pm
My guess would be that they may coexist just fine, given the size difference .  Time will tell... :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 01, 2013, 03:38:21 pm
They may have their unique way to make a living that doesn't make them compete so much. There are quite a few species of woodpeckers up here, some prefer softwood, some mixedwood, some aspen and hardwood. Some pick at the tree buts, some are way up high, some might not have a preference.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: terry f on April 01, 2013, 05:13:06 pm
    After a little reading, looks like they don't migrate, are territorial with just a pair, look similar, the males have a red face patch. Always fun to see.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on April 01, 2013, 05:47:55 pm
My impression, having observed them over the years, is that they move around a lot.  You see them for a bit, and then they disappear for sometimes a great while.  One of my favorite birds because I think they are very distinctive and I see them so infrequently.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: terry f on April 02, 2013, 04:44:04 am
   Hard to believe they don't move out in the winter, but thats what the book says. I see the pileateds near the ground alot, might have to leave a few good size white fir logs laying around the forest floor for them.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 02, 2013, 04:57:32 am
They are here all winter Terry, I see them fairly often. The only pole buzzards that migrate here are the flickers and sap suckers, possibly others that we don't normally observe around houses like the 3 toed. Pileated eat lots of carpenter ants, so if they get at a colony of them, lots of eat'n and they can't run away when froze up. Old larger diameter balsam fir trees are ant hotels. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: pineywoods on April 02, 2013, 10:44:54 am
Hummers are back !! Filled up the feeder again yesterday. They must have had a rough trip, they went through a pint of sugar water the first day.. I have a feeder hanging by the window so the wife can sit and watch them.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 02, 2013, 10:52:40 am
First robin today, and the ground and water is froze solid. Only in the 20's.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on April 02, 2013, 09:13:06 pm
I got some footage of Sandhill Cranes with their 2 babies on Sunday.
Pappa let me know I was too close after a while and came after me.
I cut out the portion where he made me retreat like a little girl. :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OhkW8Gx7Og
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on April 03, 2013, 08:33:41 am
What do you name a sandhill crane male baby?

Derrick.     Sorry :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on April 03, 2013, 05:57:01 pm
We deserved an apology for that one. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: OneWithWood on April 05, 2013, 01:21:56 pm
No apology needed.  I chuckled.   :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on April 05, 2013, 10:41:14 pm
I pulled the game cam down from the palm tree it has been hanging on for a few weeks and really couldn't believe it took another 350 pictures with low batteries.  Sure was happy about that because it got some good footage. :)  I had changed the direction of view from my pond to my neighbors pond after they decided to bait and catch their 2 Gators.  For sure I thought they would just come back in my direction.   I did manage to get some shots of their hired guns catching a couple lil gators and some other comical stuff.  My neighbor is infatuated with his lawn and yard.
He also like pacing everyday while on the phone in his yard along with a regiment of other yard duties.  I feel like posting the pictures just so I could put some captions to go along with them.  Is this wrong? :D

These Sandhill Cranes have been hanging around everyday and they walk by the camera thankfully onto Wayne's yard. ;D

 

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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: OneWithWood on April 06, 2013, 05:58:19 pm
I love sandhill cranes and great blue herons.  It always makes my day when they pay us a visit.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on April 06, 2013, 06:46:06 pm
A few more Bird pictures from the cam by the pond.
Egrets, Blue Herons and another Sandill Crane.

 

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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 06, 2013, 07:41:00 pm
Those game cameras sure are great. Love the birds Moose. Only in recent years have sand hills been found up this way. I've only seen them in the UP of MI when visiting Jeff's. It's funny, when I come out that way to the Brokaw's, I'm also visiting another friend Jeff and his family at the Sault, Ontario.  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on April 06, 2013, 08:08:17 pm
I saw them in Maine last year and thought that was odd.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 06, 2013, 08:19:38 pm
Was just looking at my bird book here, and besides nesting along the Quebec/Ontario border, the only other nesting colony it shows on the map is in Lac St Jean in Alma,Quebec. It's a huge lake and a large farming area north of the St Lawrence. The Sagueny River comes out of there. Two hours north of Quebec city to Chicoutimi, and then it's up river from there a ways. Just shows a dot on the map.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: OneWithWood on April 07, 2013, 06:47:15 pm
Sandhills are making a big comeback.  A large part of the comeback is the Goose Hollow preserve in Southern Indiana.  Sometimes we do something that has a major positive payback.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 07, 2013, 06:55:33 pm
Yes, most of the nesting range is west of Quebec and into the far north of Canada. Mostly what we would call Hudson's Bay territory. Water that flows to the Arctic and Hudson's Bay.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on April 14, 2013, 11:02:35 pm
The Sandhill Cranes came by for a visit today.
The babies are getting bigger.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B65tL5JD1CA
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Autocar on April 22, 2013, 04:58:53 pm
We have had nesting eagles all around us but its the first time we have had one in Auglaize Cty. Always fun to see them, yesturday one of them had a fox squirrel. Here setting at the computer I have a robin setting on a nest and the next tree a little higher is a blue jay setting on her nest. I don't think they have eggs yet but not sure they sure like to dive bomb each other.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on April 22, 2013, 06:05:47 pm
I think robins breed like rabbits. As soon as they arrive here they set up boundaries to their territory. And the squack'n starts when another comes into their space. :D I have seen little sparrows, might be chip'n sparrow, but they sit on the same exact trees when I go for a walk. One is one a cedar and other on a willow about 1/2 mile apart. But I have walked by them several times and they are always in the same trees. ;D

An eagle flew by the house a week ago. A moose was shot a couple falls ago and the guts left in a field, a couple ate on that for a few days. The ravens made an awful time but never came near as long as the eagles were there.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on May 07, 2013, 05:27:22 am
The Sandhill Cranes have been here everyday.  It is sad one of the babies didn't make it.
This is the case most often when the parents have two.  A preying animal or car hit it because they are always crossing busy roads.
The first part of the video, they are laying down in some Mahogany branches I had trimmed on Saturday.  The second part is from Sunday  I was in front of the garage working on a project and they came up to me.  One pecked at some pecan planer shavings off the infeed table.
I went in to get my camera and my wife had got some footage of them coming up to me from inside the house from my daughter's camera.
I'll have to get that footage later.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ynk4MKdRdjo
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 07, 2013, 05:40:26 am
Nice birds.

I have been hearing the bitterns looking for a mate, the snipes doing their thing, ducks on the beaver ponds. Man those beavers have a lot of woods flooded around here.  ::)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on May 07, 2013, 07:39:53 am
They must have heard that you had some pecan.  They look disappointed that there were not any nuts.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on May 07, 2013, 11:31:11 am
You've made some great friends.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on May 07, 2013, 11:41:17 am
I'm disappointed the pecans are all gone. :D
They were so good that they were gone in no time.
The planer was putting off a sweet aroma though.
I think other humans in the neighborhood are feeding the critters getting them used to handouts. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on May 07, 2013, 07:47:26 pm
From a birds perspective, not a bad way to raise a family. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: isawlogs on May 16, 2013, 07:48:02 am
  While driving down to the field earlier this week, I saw this guy or gal perched in a tree just off the raod.

 

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  I fired off an email to a friend and told her about seeing a Long-Eard Owl attached was a pic ...  She promptly replied that its was a Great Horned Owl.....  Well, we have a debate  :D   
   
 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sandhills on May 17, 2013, 06:47:14 pm
Never saw one like that, who won the debate? 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 17, 2013, 07:25:23 pm
I must be loosing it. I thought I posted in here about your owl Marcel. :D I was only saying that I don't see many owls, but hear them often. The last owl I saw was a barred owl a couple years ago sitting in a maple. Not much for large cavity trees around.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on May 17, 2013, 08:01:25 pm
Here is a (not very good..) scan of the two owls on a National Audubon Bird book page.
 

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The shape of the eyes on Marcel's owl looks like the great horned. I don't know if the shape of thier eyes changes with thier mood  ;D

I think it's a young great horned


Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ken on May 17, 2013, 08:09:48 pm
I love this time of year in the woods.  Lots of birds singing although I can only recognize a handful by their call. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 18, 2013, 03:56:09 am
Especially in hardwood thinnings. Couldn't even begin to name all them warblers or remember the names. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on May 18, 2013, 10:18:15 am
A bird guy I know calls them LBB's, (little brown birds.) ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ianab on May 24, 2013, 04:46:46 am
Walking through one of the town parks this afternoon, on the way to pick up Lara from school, and there was this funny looking duck by the pond. Got a bit closer, and...

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/IMG_8366crop.JPG)

You see them occasionally in the country, but I've never seen one in town before  ???

Ian
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 24, 2013, 06:27:12 am
Where the folks live is a housing development, and there are a lot of wild unkept lots there with tall weeds and young thick growing trees for cover. There are lots of pheasants there that raid everyone's garden. See them all the time. See hens with chicks all summer long. However, I was surprised a couple weeks ago though, to hear one near the edge of the woodlot crowing. There are areas near the cleared fields that have tall weeds, so I suppose enough cover for the pheasant to call for a mate. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on May 24, 2013, 06:28:29 am
Canadian geese. Never had any around here,that stayed all summer. Had a pair in the field 4-5-6 years ago. Kept seeing one pair for those years. 6 flew over last night,just about tree top height and I suppose heading for the pond.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 24, 2013, 06:54:11 am
Thank our Premier McKenna for that, for bringing in nuisance geese from Toronto. Share and share alike I guess.  ::) And as I type this I'm listening to his rhetoric on the radio.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: OneWithWood on May 24, 2013, 11:21:49 am
 ;)
Heard this correction on NPR the other morning:

They are Canada Geese.  They have no passports and are not recognized as citizens of the country.

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ianab on July 04, 2013, 11:53:43 pm
Today's sighting.

Small kowhai tree on the neighbours front lawn. Look in the top centre of the tree.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/IMG_9227.JPG)

A Kereru / Wood Pigeon.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/IMG_9243crop.JPG)

It's winter and food is a bit scarce, so it was chowing down on the tender leaves at the top of the tree. Just picking them off and eating them.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/IMG_9228crop.JPG)

It's quite an impressive bird, about the size of a small chicken.

Ian
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: POSTONLT40HD on July 05, 2013, 12:11:06 am
Great pics Ian!  smiley_thumbsup
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: submarinesailor on December 26, 2013, 11:14:17 pm
 Ran across this guy during my last visit to Ithaca, NY.  I have always had a thing for Blue Jays.   i can remember as a kid we always had them in the woods. Than they just went away. Now it appears that they are turned to the northern Virginia area.


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Bruce
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 27, 2013, 03:34:26 am
Yes, they are very common around here. Put out a feeder and you'll have 30 or more by the end of the week. One year there was sunflowers growing up in the potato field. Those darn 'gorbys sack'n and hiding the seeds. Dropping a lot too it seems.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on December 27, 2013, 03:58:25 am
The Bluejays harvest our Live Oak acorns every year.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: clww on December 27, 2013, 05:11:22 am
We had at least three different pairs that had babies on our cabin property this spring. Pretty to look at, but they are bullies to the other birds.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on December 27, 2013, 10:04:50 am
One thing I've noticed about Blue Jays.....

While they are stiking in appearance, they have garnered a reputation in the east as an undesirable bird by some people because they can be loud, squawking, and aggressive.  They are often taken for granted by most non-birders.  What I have noticed on several occasions is that, when people from out west come east and see our Blue Jay, they marvel at its appearance and think its one of the most atractive birds they've ever seen.  Further, the same thing happens in reverse.  When easterers head out west, they see the Stellar's Jay and comment on how beautiful the bird is, while the people out west think its a pest. 

The grass is always greener......
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: RynSmith on December 27, 2013, 10:10:19 am
They're not my favorite Corvid, but I think they're only bullies in the sense that they're smarter than your average songbird...   ;D

And Doc, you're right!  I still think Stellar's jays are beautiful when compared to blue jays, eight years after my westward migration.  Familiarity breeding comtempt?  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 27, 2013, 11:14:59 am
They are intelligent birds and look after their sick and old family members. I've seen it lots of times. They will bring food and watch over the injured ones. When we hear them fuss, it is a sign of a pending storm coming. One of my favorite birds.  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Road Runner on December 27, 2013, 11:27:47 am
Blue Jays are important for genetic diversity of eastern oaks.  They will collect and bury (plant) acorns away from the parent trees.  Squirrels do the same thing, but usually under or closer to the parent oaks. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on December 27, 2013, 11:35:32 am
We had snow buntings here yesterday. Family was here for Christmas and there was 3-4 birds on the ground under the feeder. DIL saw me looking hard and came to look too. She had no idea what they was either. Out came the bird book and she found what it was.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 27, 2013, 03:47:05 pm
We have the snow buntings here to. They have been here since the end of October. I never see them around a feeder though, they are very timid and stay in large flocks around here. They look similar to wintering goldfinch, only a lot more white.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: chain on December 27, 2013, 07:05:27 pm
Blue jays, like the crows are sort a rarity here. I've even missed them in our timber while hunting, when they spy something like a bobcat, coyote, or fox, hawks and owls, they really put up a fuss!

We had a crow nest in a pine several years back. I had stepped outside and heard an awful squawking, four or five jays had attacked the crow nest killing one young crow and knocked the other crow down to the lower branches where I captured the little fellow and fed it earthworms for a few days and allowed it to fly away.

.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 27, 2013, 07:19:57 pm
Crows are pretty well off up here. We have lots of'm. Just toss a chicken carcass out the back yard and see how quick you see crows. Usually as far as nest robbing and harassment, it's the crows doing it. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: ancjr on December 27, 2013, 07:54:02 pm
I saw a few crows really doing a number on a squirrel once.  He was dragging a piece of field corn through the back yard.  The crows came down out of the trees and surrounded him.  A crow would sneak in on him, and the squirrel would attempt to defend his corn by snapping at the advancing crow , but this was only a ruse.  The other crows would nip the cob behind his back.  They all did this in turn, nipping at the squirrel until they flew away, leaving him with an empty cob.   :/
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: terry f on December 28, 2013, 04:15:08 am
    Most people around here call steller's, blue jays, just like they call western larch, tamarack. People don't like to be corrected, so I try to use the correct names, but am guilty as most. Steller's and gray jays seem to know when you're eating lunch, almost tame if food is involved.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 28, 2013, 05:03:37 am
When at fishing and game camps in my younger years I could feed gray jays (whiskey jacks) bread from my hands. They are very friendly. We do not see them in the settlements, the cats would probably have lots of jays for lunch. The blue jays would also be around and steal the jack's stash. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on January 11, 2014, 08:09:58 pm
We've got a clump of cottonwoods next to the highway about 4 miles west of town where two bald eagles use almost every January for a month or so.  But yesterday I came up the valley mid-day and spotted 7 of them sitting in "their" tree.  40 feet off the highway, 50 feet in the air.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: RynSmith on January 11, 2014, 11:31:22 pm
There's an eagle tree I drive by often and the last time the pair was sitting up above their nest by ~ 15 feet - wish I had a camera for that one!  Nesting soon...
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on June 05, 2014, 10:15:07 pm
Here's 2 geese in our field. They show up off and on all summer. Will see the gosselins behind the parents in the pond. Most times at early evening,I can hear the pair honking,coming back to the pond.

 

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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on July 09, 2014, 12:21:43 pm
Anybody know this guy?

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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on July 09, 2014, 12:53:53 pm
Real hard to tell with the lighting of that pic of that Buteo.  Large wing span.  Could even be an eagle. I'm interested in others opinions as to which species it is.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 09, 2014, 01:30:59 pm
I don't know. But been seeing the ospreys here taking some pretty big fish from the water, at least 3 lb fish.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on July 09, 2014, 02:48:58 pm
I can tell you they like to soar, then will do a power dive from 400ft to hit their target. There is a pair of them and they have driven off the redtail from the saguaro hill. They are a bit shy and very quick, so hard to get a really good picture. I'll keep trying.

I've seen ospreys and it isn't that. We thought it might be a black shouldered kite, but this is sort of out of their range. Still trying to figure it out....
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: RynSmith on July 21, 2014, 04:34:01 pm
Goshawk?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on July 21, 2014, 04:36:27 pm
We have been watching the pair which are close to redtail hawk size. Actually they drove off the redtails. We are thinking they are Northern Harriers at the moment. They don't hang around all that long usually and I haven't had my binoculars along.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: clww on July 21, 2014, 09:02:21 pm
Got to see an immature Bald Eagle when I pulled in at the work site this morning. Great way to start the new week. :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: OneWithWood on July 22, 2014, 02:45:47 pm
The rough shouldered hawks and the red tails are constantly sparring for territory here.  Currently the red tails appear to rule the sky - that is until the bald eagles decide to make an appearance.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on July 23, 2014, 05:15:39 pm
I hear a red tail once in awhile when out on a block, he/she screeches as he sores in a circle. There are a couple places along roads where I also see a hawk most every time I drive bye, so I assume a nest is near.

I came upon a goshawk today sitting on the road. There are lots of rabbits and partridge this year along the roads, the goshawks like to fly the road corridors.

Osprey here are almost pets, they nest on platforms people erect along the river and power lines.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on August 07, 2014, 02:00:34 pm
Beep! Beep!
 

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Note the open beak. Even the desert natives are looking for shade.

Ramadas are cool. ;D 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) :snowball:
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: red on November 01, 2014, 05:11:50 pm
Them Snow birds were just spotted headed South !
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on November 01, 2014, 08:11:14 pm
Haven't seen too many of them yet. More after Thanksgiving and another large flock following Christmas/New Year's. fly_smiley super-smiley
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on November 01, 2014, 10:52:21 pm
Had a grouse hit a window in the laundry room yesterday, same one they broke at this time of the year last year.  Both survived, this one at least didn't break it this time.  Must have something to do with them moving down the mountains this time of the year.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on November 02, 2014, 09:59:03 am
Just put up hummingbird feeders last week. Now the broadbills and the anna's are at war. ;D 8) 8) 8) :snowball:
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on December 14, 2014, 08:32:44 am
Sandhill Cranes aerating the lawn.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8OHRpIik-E&index=1&list=UUoK01ereAGdikRqDj00MmYA
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on December 14, 2014, 08:30:27 pm
At least the treatment was free  ;D.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sandhills on December 15, 2014, 09:58:56 pm
So what's my cranes doin' in your yard?  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: POSTONLT40HD on December 15, 2014, 10:04:29 pm
So what's my cranes doin' in your yard?  :D

 :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on December 15, 2014, 10:24:59 pm
 :D :D :D :D

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Hilltop366 on December 21, 2014, 08:22:10 pm
There was a odd looking bird flying around the yard today sometimes being chased by a flock of crows, It was quite far away so the pictures could be better. The best guess I could come up with is a mostly white red-tailed hawk.
 

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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on December 22, 2014, 12:54:11 am
Cool. ;D :snowball: :snowball: :snowball:
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 22, 2014, 04:31:23 am
Sure looks cool. What are the chances? ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on December 22, 2014, 08:18:07 am
Nothing to compare the size with, but it looks like an Osprey to me!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Hilltop366 on December 22, 2014, 09:06:15 am
When I google "white red tail hawk" and click on images I get quite a few pictures the look very similar, The tail feathers are about the same colour as a regular red tailed hawk.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 22, 2014, 09:31:34 am
Osprey don't winter up north here. Frozen water is hard to fish in with talons and feathers. :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on December 22, 2014, 09:35:50 am
It doesn't look familiar to me. We have lots of Osprey around here and it doesn't look like ours.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on December 22, 2014, 09:44:03 am
It is a white / albino Red-tailed Hawk.  Great Pics!!!!  Thanks

https://adlayasanimals.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/red-tailed-hawk-buteo-jamaicensis/

Check out this site.  Scroll down to picture of same.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on December 22, 2014, 10:46:46 am
Sure looks cool. What are the chances? ;D

I believe it is the square of the gene frequency. ;D :P :P :P :snowball:

If you look closely you can see the hawks in question have dark eyes. They are not albinos, which have no pigment. This looks more like a gene affecting only part of the coloration that is pigment defective, producing no color there. Think of things like black spotted cats and dogs as something similar. Or Holstein cattle. Seems these hawks have the same pattern of colored tails. Likely one gene of very low frequency in the population.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 22, 2014, 06:34:39 pm
Happens here with our brook trout. We have the regular brook trout that everyone up north has seen. Then we have "sea run" that is only 1 gene difference and it goes to sea, just off shore not like salmon that go far off. Looks about the same with the colors, but it's scales have a more silvery fleck.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: POSTONLT40HD on December 22, 2014, 06:36:34 pm
It is a white / albino Red-tailed Hawk.  Great Pics!!!!  Thanks

https://adlayasanimals.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/red-tailed-hawk-buteo-jamaicensis/

Check out this site.  Scroll down to picture of same.

Good info Doc! Thanks.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Hilltop366 on December 22, 2014, 08:33:03 pm
Thanks for the link doctorb.

Perhaps it is a contagious and the hawk caught it from the deer. :D

 

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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on December 22, 2014, 11:07:02 pm
It's a piebald deer, and images of piebald redtail hawks show up very similar to the ones photographed.

https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/gallery/Sorenson/rtha_2.html

Don't see it as an albino however.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on December 22, 2014, 11:31:33 pm
Broad billed hummingbird. ;D 8) 8) 8) :snowball:

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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on December 24, 2014, 04:52:31 pm
There used to be a blue jay around home a few years ago that was mostly white. It would come to the feeder with 30 other regular colored ones.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Jeff on December 26, 2014, 03:55:30 pm
I just had a few exciting moments in the backyard. I was witness to a very cool aerial pursuit of a small unidentified bird by a Goshawk. It took place just a little over head high, weaving and banking in and out and around the trees in our yard until the small bird gave the Goshawk the slip. The Goshawk then lit just above the roof of the little cabin in our back yard just long enough for me to give him a real good look. A moments rest and it was off in the same direction in which its intended prey had disappeared. I've no pictures other than that which hopefully, will be forever imprinted in my minds eye.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on December 26, 2014, 04:29:55 pm
The fox runs for its supper. The rabbit runs for its life.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on December 26, 2014, 05:15:55 pm
I saw several Giant Hummingbirds while in Peru earlier this month.  Sort of like a long billed swallow hovering on amphetamines.  They are large enough that their wings do not beat as fast as the standard sized hummingbirds, so you do not hear the pronounced hum.  But man, they are impressive doing what they do at their size.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on December 26, 2014, 05:45:07 pm
This Marsh Hawk was bothering the other birds in the yard on Wednesday.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bClmwhcGB_0&list=UUoK01ereAGdikRqDj00MmYA
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: POSTONLT40HD on December 26, 2014, 06:18:48 pm
Good Video Glenn….beautiful bird. Did he ever move.  ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on December 26, 2014, 07:04:13 pm
He was causing a ruckus out there and the noise is what got my attention.
By the time I started to video he was on a break. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: POSTONLT40HD on December 26, 2014, 07:15:00 pm
He was causing a ruckus out there…...

But not enough to go to the Wood Shed.  :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on January 04, 2015, 09:18:49 pm
Costa's hummingbird. ;D

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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: tule peak timber on January 04, 2015, 09:42:32 pm
Great picture Russ......We are having to thaw/ heat our feeders daily to keep the local guys going.  Rob
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on January 04, 2015, 10:55:46 pm
Ours have frozen for a few hours for the last few days. :(
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 05, 2015, 05:16:41 am
The ice is creeping southward.  :snowball:
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on January 05, 2015, 08:34:50 am
 :(
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on January 05, 2015, 12:01:20 pm
Great hummingbird pic!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on January 05, 2015, 08:15:20 pm
With the faint grinding sound of the glaciers moving inexorably south, the Birds fly South  :). 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: POSTONLT40HD on January 05, 2015, 10:12:10 pm
With the faint grinding sound of the glaciers moving inexorably south, the Birds fly South  :).

...and later on with the faint grinding sound of Grits, the birds fly North.  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on January 06, 2015, 06:20:11 pm
Oh, you wanted to see a take off. ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en8LYKC6o-E&list=UUoK01ereAGdikRqDj00MmYA&index=2
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: dgdrls on January 06, 2015, 07:49:59 pm
This one was sent to me recently, Ospreys are my Favorite
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=nA3LtXnNIto
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on January 07, 2015, 11:08:45 am
I didn't notice until today that there is a second hummingbird sitting on the feeder. That one is an Anna's.

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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 07, 2015, 02:06:04 pm
I don't have a photo but a bird of prey took a hare in an open trail in the last couple of days. I am saying goshawk because I have seen them catch grouse. There were rabbit tracks and no ground predator track. There was an impact area on thin crusted snow and lots of fur in small chunks around. So it was lifted off the ground to where ever for someone's lunch. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Warped on January 07, 2015, 06:18:57 pm
Thanks for the link doctorb.

Perhaps it is a contagious and the hawk caught it from the deer. :D

 

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Here's a link to white whitetail deer
http://senecawhitedeer.org/
As a past meatcutter I processed one of these in the late eighties, only one I've ever seen. Back then they suspected it may have been from past shelling practice by the Army, not sure if it's been clarified now and didn't have time to read it.

Well, that didn't take long:
http://thedreamyidealist.com/2013/09/30/whitedeer/
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 07, 2015, 06:34:40 pm
My grandfather shot 2 or 3 albino white tails. I have a photo of one hanging with some regular deer at his hunting camps on Serpentine Lake. Camps are still there after 60 years.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Warped on January 07, 2015, 06:55:46 pm
My grandfather shot 2 or 3 albino white tails. I have a photo of one hanging with some regular deer at his hunting camps on Serpentine Lake. Camps are still there after 60 years.
Love to see the pics........probably a hassle, surely they're not digital   lol
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on January 07, 2015, 08:08:36 pm
Warped-

My hunter friend - who I know well and is the only hunter permitted to hunt on my property - told me he once shot an albino deer.  This was not on my land, although I did see an albino deer a few years ago.  Anyway, he said that the meat was very atypical for a whitetail and it did not have the usual taste of deer.  Has that been your experience?

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on January 07, 2015, 08:32:09 pm
All white meat?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WmFritz on January 07, 2015, 09:37:21 pm
All white meat?

 :D :D :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Warped on January 08, 2015, 12:53:37 am
Warped-

My hunter friend - who I know well and is the only hunter permitted to hunt on my property - told me he once shot an albino deer.  This was not on my land, although I did see an albino deer a few years ago.  Anyway, he said that the meat was very atypical for a whitetail and it did not have the usual taste of deer.  Has that been your experience?
To be honest, I don't eat much venison, maybe try a piece every few years. Just a weird hang up, also pass out giving blood 70-80%, bet on it. I've also never actually field dressed a deer, but I've done plenty on the cutting block. I swear some guys used a chain saw! Corn, turds, full bladders, and various other things that I guess just turned me off.
     With that said, it was a doe, and once the hide was off there was no difference visually, in texture or smell. I remember the guy's and their young son who brought it in said it ate the same as any. They shot them often, so I'm guessing they tasted the same. They're actually in a fenced in area where you needed special permit to get in. A lottery, maybe? While it was certainly white, it wasn't as snow white as the ones in that I linked to. Could of been from what they dragged it through. Just to be clear though, they aren't albinos, I've never seen one of those.
     Just to redeem myself that I'm not a complete sissy, I remember this one deer around 1992. Often, when they take a slug in the torso they get down and rub it in mud, grass and dirt (so I've been told) to pack the wound. Well, when I dropped the hide, which had no hole, I found one of these healed over messes. The smell! Almost knocked me over. Then you have the healed over broken legs that look like clubs and a rusty broken off broad head in the hinds once. Poor guys go through a lot. But, I still hunt and take my son who loves it........I'm just very careful to never shoot one! LOL!
    Sorry for the long post but I've been down and under the weather.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Warped on January 08, 2015, 01:05:39 am
 
All white meat?
:D :D
and taste li.........oh nevermind
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on January 10, 2015, 10:41:36 pm
Here's lookin' at you kid.

 

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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on January 11, 2015, 07:48:56 am
That sure is a beautiful yard, and you always have amazing visitors! 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on January 11, 2015, 11:27:03 am
Looks just like a new avatar for POSTON. ;D 8) 8) 8) :snowball:
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: red on March 21, 2015, 07:55:11 am
Black Birds were in all the tree tops this morning.  . . To many to count making lots of Noise.  . Must be because it Snowed on the first day of Spring and they are hungry.  . . It will be 50 this afternoon and they will be happy
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on March 21, 2015, 11:28:52 am
First hummingbird showed up yesterday and had our first band tailed pigeons a few days earlier. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on March 22, 2015, 10:29:05 am
Mourning Doves are cooing.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sandhills on March 22, 2015, 11:53:59 am
My wife opened a bedroom window last night, why not it only gets down to 30  :D, but did wake up to a pair of cardinals talking, oh and a slight chill.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: TimRB on April 08, 2015, 03:16:50 pm
Currently have drama going on in the front yard--cat vs solo turkey.  At first there was stalking, then the cat came to its senses.  Now following.

Tim
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sandhills on April 09, 2015, 10:36:29 am
 :D :D :D  That's funny!
I watched a small hawk, I don't know what kind but about half the size of a chicken hawk the other morning.  He'd caught a meadowlark and was trying his hardest to hang on to it as I was getting closer with the tractor, the meadowlark got free so I watched and within a 1/4 mile or so the hawk got him again in mid air.  Nature can be cruel but it was pretty neat to see that.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 11, 2015, 09:24:23 pm
Got up this morning to find a turkey gobbler strutting around in my pasture a couple hundred yards from the house. Good sign as our spring season starts later this month. They had a hard time with about 4 weeks when the ground was covered with snow and ice.

Later went up to my son's place and found a pair of Killdeers in his yard. Evidently they were starting or had already established their nest as they started trying to lead me away. Last year the had a nest and put on some remarkable shows. My wife is a photographer and had a blast watching their broken wing act. We had a turkey hen here at the house also try to lead me away like that. I'd had quail and the killdeers and even cranes in Mongolia and ostriches in Africa do that but was first time I ever saw a turkey try to lead me away. Ain't nature grand!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Magicman on April 13, 2015, 08:56:47 am
Yup, nature has many lessons to teach, if we will only pause to learn.   :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on April 14, 2015, 07:51:52 am
The Tree Swallows arrived here, first thing this morning.

Now they're just squabbiling over "which birdhouse" this year.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on April 15, 2015, 07:39:09 am
First Eastern BlueBirds here this morning!

They just entered into the mix with the Tree Swallows over birdhouses!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sandhills on April 15, 2015, 10:44:15 am
Now I'm curious Chuck, we call them barn swallows around here, wonder if it's the same bird?  Ours haven't showed up yet and I'm a lot further south?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Shotgun on April 15, 2015, 01:07:00 pm
Tree swallows and barn swallows are two different species.  You might want to look them up.  Google them.     ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on April 15, 2015, 05:43:30 pm
In this area we have 3 species of swallows that I know of, they are the Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow & Bank Swallow.

The Tree Swallow resembles the Purple Martin and likes to live in birdhouses, and the Bank Swallows nest just under the lip of gravel pits or any other type of sharp embankment, just dig a burrow back into the bank about 1 1/2 feet.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Den Socling on April 15, 2015, 08:14:02 pm
When I was a kid, I liked the swallows in dairy barns. They just made themselves at home like they belonged there.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sandhills on April 18, 2015, 01:39:42 am
Thanks guys.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Bibbyman on April 27, 2015, 12:46:45 pm
http://youtu.be/JnCZQoxcad8

Mary spotted a pair of giant woodpeckers going around and around a walnut just outside the yard. Although the birds are very elusive,  I was able to get the cam-corder out and crack the door to get them on video.  They finally moved from this tree and leapfrogged to a couple of others in the yard before heading back into the woods.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Den Socling on April 27, 2015, 12:56:40 pm
They are pileated woodpeckers. They are magnificent birds.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Bibbyman on April 27, 2015, 01:18:44 pm
I have been doing some research and the male and female look very similar.   I thought they may be male and female or two male but looking at the video, it looks like two female birds.  Territorial dispute? 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WV Sawmiller on April 27, 2015, 01:21:12 pm
We have lots of the pileated woodpeckers here and they are one of my favorite birds. I think they are the ones called wood hens here. We got some pictures a few weeks ago of a pair in the snow pecking the bark off an old locust. They tend to nest in old locusts and such around here. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: wwsjr on April 27, 2015, 01:48:51 pm
First hatching of Eastern Bluebirds this weekend, look like at least 5 in nest.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: doctorb on April 27, 2015, 03:39:33 pm
This time of year I would have to believe that's a male and a female.  I cannot tell the gender by appearance in this bird.  Very nice video Bibby.  Thank you.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on April 27, 2015, 04:43:19 pm
Excellent video capture of the two pileated woodpeckers. Rare to get them to stay in one place long enough for that length of time. We have had them all the 50+ years in our woods, usually hear them and then see them moving about. But correct that they are a pretty shy bird.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on April 27, 2015, 06:36:24 pm
My wife captured some video of this Pileated Woodpecker about a month ago.

http://youtu.be/aiPnQypFgcA
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on April 27, 2015, 08:55:14 pm
Their calls are very distinctive. 
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Straightgrain on April 28, 2015, 08:40:12 am
Great thread;

Wild Turkey (Spring)
Quail
Morning Dove
Ruffed Grouse
Chickadee
Towhee
Wren
American Gold Finch
Sparrow
Thrush
Warbler
Stellar Jay
Grey Jay
Rufus Hummingbird
Starling and crow
Barn Swallow
Grosbeak (several types)
Cardinal
Woodpeckers



Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: John.Howard on April 28, 2015, 05:45:49 pm
Nice video of two beautiful woodpeckers. I see green woodpeckers pretty much everyday just outside here. Last week, I stepped outside and saw one. Then, just as I started driving down the lane, a weasel ran across the road (I probably only see about one a year, usually running across the road!). This seemed a bit suspicious because recently someone took this crazy photograph of the same two species:

 

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Have you seen it yet? Apparently the woodpecker managed to get away.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ron Scott on April 28, 2015, 05:47:46 pm
Good videos of the pileated woodpecker. i had one in my backyard in town last week though they are a featured species of old growth timber. ;)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on May 03, 2015, 08:52:14 pm
We're still waiting for the Ruby Throated HumingBirds to arrive, they're usually here between the 7th & 11th, but thought they'd be a little early this year because of the nice weather.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on May 04, 2015, 06:30:39 am
Thanks for the woodpecker video, Bibbyman. I have been trying for years to get a good shot of them… even just bought a better camera !!!!

Last Thursday there was a Chickadee "trapped" in the 3 sided garage attached to my house. It had been flapping up against a window and was too dumb to fly back out the door. So I grabbed it in my hand and put it outside !
Same thing happened to a Junco on Friday ! Also caught in my hand and put outside. Feels pretty cool to have a real live little bird in your hand  :)
I have hung the tarp different over the door so they won't think it's a shortcut.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on May 04, 2015, 06:41:30 am
John.Howard,if that is true,THAT is a picture. And than some.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on May 04, 2015, 05:42:51 pm
Chuck, I saw my first hummingbird this afternoon.  They're on the way!   fly_smiley
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ianab on May 04, 2015, 06:16:40 pm
Had some of these guys in the garden yesterday. They are tiny things, and hyperactive. Hard to photograph as they NEVER stay still. They hunt small insects on the wing, so they don't even fly in a straight line!!!

Anyway, it's sign of winter when they come down from the National Park and start hanging out in town gardens and farmland. They like to follow people and animals around to catch any insects you stir up. When we were winter feeding herds of cattle you might have 5 or 10 of them fluttering around the herd, sitting on cows, and swooping around your knees to grab something you never even saw.

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Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on May 06, 2015, 05:21:33 pm
Well, I saw the season's first (for this area) Ruby Throated HummingBird about an hour ago.   :)

The little bugger went around and around the house and checked out all 6 of the feeders.

Won't be long and they'll be buzzing everywhere.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: John.Howard on May 06, 2015, 06:15:37 pm
thecfarm, the picture is real. They guy took a few but that’s the amazing one. I think he was lucky enough to see a weasel riding a woodpecker but to get a photograph and in focus too is crazy!

There is a robin nesting in the bolt box in the workshop. Made 4 nests in different compartments. The male is bringing her food. She just looks at you if you need to get a bolt. One of them spent pretty much the whole winter in the workshop. They don’t seem bothered by us. We’ll have to buy some more 1/2” nuts!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: beenthere on May 06, 2015, 06:24:54 pm
Story about the weasel riding the woodpecker.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31711446
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Hilltop366 on January 28, 2016, 08:27:02 pm
The red tailed hawk came back that I posted about a year or so ago (or it is another one) so got a few more pictures.



 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/18975/DSC_0109.jpg) 

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/18975/DSC_0102.jpg) 

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/18975/DSC_0090.jpg) 

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/18975/DSC_0080.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Roxie on January 29, 2016, 06:17:02 am
That last picture is outstanding!!   :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on January 29, 2016, 06:36:47 am
Nice pictures.
We was going somewheres the other day and looked where we feed the deer. Most times there is at least gray squirrels,crows,small birds eating there among the deer. Not a critter was there.Than Brenda saw the eagle up in the tree. I drove down so she could get a picture. The eagle flew off before she could,but what a sight to see it fly away.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Hilltop366 on February 21, 2016, 06:19:51 pm
Thanks, but wait there's more!
 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/18975/DSC_0082.jpg)

 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/18975/DSC_0084.jpg)

 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/18975/DSC_0083.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on February 22, 2016, 12:01:57 am
Great shots. ;D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on February 22, 2016, 06:59:45 pm
I've seen a few European Starlings over the past couple of weeks!

I don't mind a few, but if they get to thick, they become targets!  fudd-smiley
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: red on February 24, 2016, 09:09:51 am
Just saw Robins and not just one or two about 75- 100
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on February 24, 2016, 04:14:28 pm
That constitutes a whack.   
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on February 24, 2016, 05:03:29 pm
A couple few bunches.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: POSTONLT40HD on February 24, 2016, 06:41:55 pm
That constitutes a whack.

How many Glugs in a Whack?
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on February 24, 2016, 08:40:34 pm
300
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: POSTONLT40HD on February 24, 2016, 10:43:37 pm
 :D :D :D :D :D :D :D I wasn't thinking.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: red on February 24, 2016, 11:08:09 pm
Just like bowling 300 is the Magic Number
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 06, 2016, 08:37:55 am
Yeah, I've seen robins here all winter this year.

Lately, the waxwings have arrived for their annual feast on our highbush cranberry bushes.  ;D

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/cedar-waxwings1.jpg)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/cedar-waxwings2.jpg)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCWXaY4aD-0


Look at this guy feeding them apple from his hand. ;D

https://youtu.be/0mS4HS1v1wM
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on March 06, 2016, 12:53:55 pm
We got some visitors this morning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHUFY79M89s&feature=youtube
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Yoder409 on March 06, 2016, 03:12:54 pm
Bunch of great stuff !!!

Was gonna add a few I have.  Buy I guess I have some uploading to do.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Hilltop366 on March 06, 2016, 04:31:40 pm
Chickadees @ the feeder.

 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/18975/DSC_0074.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on March 06, 2016, 06:10:42 pm
I love waxwings ! Thanks.

New flock of ? has joined the chickadees, nuthatches, juncos and goldfinches at my feeder. The new ones are aggressive and won't share the perch.

Lots of new bird voices in the yard.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 06, 2016, 06:24:32 pm
The back two bushes are completely bare after a couple days of feeding. They still have one more bush to visit out front.  :)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on March 06, 2016, 07:40:25 pm
We have quite a few Cedar Waxwings here, but usually in July-Sept.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on March 07, 2016, 04:00:59 am
These ones we believe to be the western bohemian waxwing because of the wing bars and color under their tail. But our cedar waxwings overwinter here to.

I have fed cedar waxwings by hand, some wild cherries. These ones are more timid.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Mooseherder on April 17, 2016, 02:26:04 pm
Snuck up on a Roseate Spoonbill that was fishing in the canal behind our house.  Trying to zoom in makes for blurry mess but got a short video on it.  I had never seen one before and had to look up what flavor it was. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB6jN2mYn7k
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: WDH on April 18, 2016, 07:30:57 am
Dude was a little camera shy.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: POSTONLT40HD on April 18, 2016, 07:30:52 pm
Dude was a little camera shy.

He knows Glenn likes to cook.  :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on April 21, 2016, 10:17:27 pm
Forwarded from my Sister in Ketchikan today:

 http://www.krbd.org/2016/04/19/tens-of-thousands-of-geese-fill-ketchikan-skies/
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on April 26, 2016, 12:52:24 pm
Is this early or what? Just curious. :)
Title: Eastern Blue Birds Arrived
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 01, 2016, 07:57:26 am
Just now we have our first blue birds for the year. Both male and female have arrived to this nest box.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_easternbluebird.jpg)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_easternbluebird2.jpg)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_easternbluebird3.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: DelawhereJoe on May 01, 2016, 08:07:52 am
I've had a cardnal beating his face into my dining room window for the past several days now, man does that get annoying. Foxes and hawks just ate all the baby geese around my ponds, there one day and gone the next. Sad really, I enjoy watching the baby geese grow up and leave the nest.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on May 01, 2016, 08:18:22 am
Nice pictures swampdonkey.
Title: Re: BIRDS - White robin in WV
Post by: WV Sawmiller on May 05, 2016, 11:48:57 am
   Saw our community white robin today. David, our neighbor saw my wife in our local hardware store 3 years ago and said "Oh, you're a photographer. I've been looking for one." My wife is a free lance photographer with pictures from all over the world from our travels. David said he had a white robin hanging around his place and had the biologist from one of our big local state parks verify it. David told Becky about the bird and when we returned we stopped and spotted it. Over the next several days she got several good pictures of it, the best being it feeding on wild grapes in a big sycamore tree. That was in the late summer or early Fall. Becky printed David an 8X10 and he showed it all over town.

   We saw David a few weeks ago and he said the bird has been coming back every year. I saw it fly past as I drove by so turned around and went back. Stopped and he came back pretty soon and lit on the power line then pitched down in a fresh plowed garden plot. he hopped around in typical robin fashion. I called Becky and let her know where he was but she could not come back and get more shots but may in the next few days. The robin must have a nest nearby. The first time I saw it fly by it looked like it had a twig in her beak.

   Its not a true albino with pink eyes and complete white body. It has a few black feathers and such. I am surprised it has lived this long and returned to the same place but it is neat to see it.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 07, 2016, 05:35:02 pm
More "blue" birds. This time a nesting pair of blue jays in a mixed row of spruce and pine in the yard. Sitting in a yellow birch.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_blue-jay.jpg)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: mesquite buckeye on May 11, 2016, 09:05:26 am
Had a little wild kingdom action while milling mesquite. A family of horned owls was fledging and a raven and a red tailed hawk decided a little owl veal would make a nice afternoon snack. Wasn't able to get the dive bomb passes in a photo, but here is mom with 2 of the three babies huddling next to her.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/31219/IMG_3124.JPG)
Mom was a good fighter, and the hungrys eventually gave up...
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on May 11, 2016, 10:41:35 am
Nice pic, rare scene to catch on film.

We have a few Humming Birds back from their Southern vacation!

They'll never learn not to fight!  They're very territorial.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 11, 2016, 03:08:59 pm
I was about 10 feet today within a black duck nest with a ribboned line. I marked it with a safety ribbon for anyone coming upon it with a brush saw. They will probably be hatched and waddled down to the beaver pond before the place gets thinned.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sandhills on May 12, 2016, 11:11:33 am
Saw a pair of mallards and a pair of teal on one of our pasture dams the other day so hopefully they've started nesting there and hang around, I enjoy watching the little ones through the summer.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on May 12, 2016, 02:37:04 pm
I also noticed yesterday that some of the Barn Swallows are back, they're a little early!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 12, 2016, 02:42:15 pm
We don't get many barn swallows any more. But the tree swallows have been around for almost 3 weeks now. We have a couple nest boxes in the yard, and 4 pairs of swallows fighting for one, the other occupied by blue birds.  ;D

Generally, we kept track of the barn swallows when they were in large numbers, up until 1996 when they died off from unusually cold late May weather. They would arrive around May 20.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: sprucebunny on May 12, 2016, 05:36:50 pm
Rose breasted grosbeak. Haven't seen one for a couple years.
 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11412/SBgrosbeak516.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1463088987)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 12, 2016, 05:58:52 pm
Not many of them around for sure. Nice birds. I see a few, not many, mosty hear them. They kind of sound robin-like. The first time I noticed them was on the woodlot a few years ago. Never noticed them before.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on May 14, 2016, 07:10:26 am
We have several pairs of Rose Breasted GrossBeaks here.

They are everyday visitors to our window feeder box to get their dose of blackoil Sunflower seeds!

We used to have lots of Evening GrossBeaks, but since we started having milder winters in this area, we rarely see them anymore!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: thecfarm on January 01, 2017, 06:27:32 pm
We have been seeing a cardinal at the feeder, Well the platform one,just about a foot square,flat. First one here. I know others get them about 10 miles from me.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: SwampDonkey on January 02, 2017, 05:02:02 am
We have them here year around, but they are very few, not like flocks of robins.  ;D :D
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Onthesauk on January 02, 2017, 11:10:09 am
We've moved back into the city but have a green belt and creek that runs through the development.  A week or so ago I had a barred owl wake me up about 4:00AM in the morning.  Then last night had two of them hooting, just after 4:00AM.  Have never heard two of them together like that before, even when living in the woods.  Have heard that it is how they define their territory so unusual to hear two of them.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ianab on June 05, 2017, 01:00:01 am
A couple of locals taken up winter residence the garden this week. They seem to move down from the forest around the mountain when it gets colder, and hang out in town gardens and farmland.

First is a Waxeye.
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/IMG_2685c.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1496638250)

And a fantail or Piwakawaka
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/IMG_2697c.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1496638260)
These guys are infuriating to try and photograph as they never sit still. They are very tame and will fly within a few feet of you chasing insects you might disturb, and catching them on the wing. But next second they are 50 ft away  :D

Have Tui, Bellbirds and Kereru hanging around too, which are larger birds, but they are a bit more wary, so more of a challenge to get a good shot of.
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: runmca on September 03, 2017, 09:22:26 pm
This hawk was just perched in our backyard. At first we thought is was protecting something because it wouldn't take off as we got closer. After we got the dog inside it just hobbled around the yard and we realized it had an injury on the left side. Unfortunately none of the raptor rescues in our area were able to come out until the next day and we couldn't keep it contained in our yard.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43657/DSCF1141_28129.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1500997476)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43657/DSCF1152_28129.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1500997476)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43657/DSCF1165_28129.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1500997476)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43657/DSCF1184_28129.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1500997477)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/43657/DSCF1207_28129.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1500997477)

Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Chuck White on September 05, 2017, 04:26:12 pm
Always sad to hear of such injuries, but you got some real nice pics!
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: tule peak timber on September 05, 2017, 05:16:22 pm
A visitor last week 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/35190/DSCN1607.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1504646088) 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/35190/DSCN1606.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1504646125) 

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/35190/DSCN1608.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1504646163)
Title: Re: BIRDS
Post by: Ianab on September 12, 2017, 12:31:25 am
These birds are known as Tui, They are a type of honeyeater, but quite a large (about 12" long), vocal and boisterous one. Every winter they seem to move down from the native forest in the National Park, and hang out in the parks and gardens around town, where there are various introduced trees that flower or fruit. Once the weather warms up a bit they all seem to migrate about 10 miles the road into the forest and make their nests there. The pictures are shot around the girls school, they are quite proud of their birdlife, and have maybe 30-40 of the birds in around the school at the moment.

This guy was feeding in a small flowering cherry tree just outside Taylors classroom.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/Tui01.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1505190206)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/Tui02.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1505190206)

And another one at their favourite food this time of year, Kowhai. Being a large bird they can't hover like a hummingbird, so they just do whatever acrobatics they need to reach the flowers and nectar.  :D

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/Tui03.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1505190220)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/Tui04.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1505190221)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/Tui05.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1505190231)