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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #200 on: September 05, 2006, 12:05:22 AM »
WOW :o He has some fantastic shots. I'm jealous :D :D :D
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« Reply #201 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! 


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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #202 on: September 25, 2006, 02:36:53 PM »
My Mother was always afraid that an owl would get our cat.
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« Reply #203 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.  ::)

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« Reply #204 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!
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Great Blue Heron Nests have been destroyed while building forest road
« Reply #205 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.

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Fall Crow Migration
« Reply #206 on: October 06, 2006, 06:26:13 PM »
The crows are gathering for another trip south toward warmer climate.  ;D






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Great Blue Heron
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Photos taken 20 minutes ago today after he scared the daylights out of me. ;D

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Geese in the back yard
« Reply #208 on: October 08, 2006, 10:49:08 AM »


These guys landed in the plowed field behind the house an hour ago.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #209 on: October 08, 2006, 01:20:00 PM »
This Red Tail Hawk was on the prowl for field mice.


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Re: BIRDS (Pileated Woodpecker)
« Reply #210 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.




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.



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« Reply #211 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.  ::)

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« Reply #212 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.
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« Reply #213 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". 
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« Reply #214 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. :)
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« Reply #215 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.

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« Reply #216 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.

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« Reply #217 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.


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« Reply #218 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.






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

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« Reply #219 on: December 10, 2006, 03:39:28 PM »
That is a lot of T-day and Christmas dinners. :D
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