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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #240 on: January 04, 2007, 12:19:40 am »
Just send the wife†witch up to keep an eye open for thm Bob. ;)

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #241 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
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #242 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.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #243 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. ;)

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #244 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
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #245 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.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #246 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.

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« Reply #247 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.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #248 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.


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            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
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #249 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)

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #250 on: January 19, 2007, 09:36:02 pm »
Standing in the river fishing yesterday, 34į 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.
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« Reply #251 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.

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« Reply #252 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

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Great Blue Heron Nests have been destroyed while building forest road
« Reply #253 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.

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« Reply #254 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!
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #255 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.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #256 on: February 03, 2007, 09:47:45 am »
Could that be the proverbial "odd duck"?

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #257 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.

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« Reply #258 on: February 03, 2007, 04:52:20 pm »
Gonna name this goose "Roxie"† ? ::)† † † † † † † † † ;D ;D
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« Reply #259 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 -5į F).

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




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