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« Reply #2360 on: December 01, 2022, 06:47:52 PM »
  I was wondering if they have a Bluebird BNB listing somewhere that tells them where they can stop over for a few days on their travels south. :D We are glad to have them. I love my bluebirds.
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« Reply #2361 on: December 01, 2022, 08:20:34 PM »
Last winter there were bluebirds all over my area. I see them year round. In winter a good place to see them is around stands of Staghorn Sumac, the seeds of which are an important cold weather food source for many birds. The seed clusters are up out of the snow. I've seen turkeys during harsh winter conditions up in the sumac eating the seeds, spindly  branches swaying. The smarter turkeys were on the ground eating the seeds that fell down. Adult bluebirds will return to nest where they nested successfully the following year. Usually, young birds disperse and do not return to where they were hatched. I once banded a female and the following year she nested in the same box. They also eat a lot of wild grapes and other fruit in winter. It's a little pricey for me but stores sell suet bricks which, I think, have corn and peanut butter mixed in that bluebirds really go for, according to my son and his wife.

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« Reply #2362 on: December 09, 2022, 07:08:08 PM »
A few days ago 6 female Evening Grosbeaks came into my feeding area for sunflower seeds. This was a common thing in the 70's and 80's; much less common in recent years. The arctic breeder Canada Geese have been moving through and yesterday a flock of about 250 Snow Geese went over. A sure sign that winter is about to lower it's boom. This is a time to keep an ear to the air; you might even see/hear Sandhill Cranes, which are at the Eastern edge of their range. 

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« Reply #2363 on: December 15, 2022, 02:25:54 AM »
Out on the mail run today. 



 

We had turfed out the nest a couple of times, but those starlings were persistent. There is about 5 chicks in there now. Fortunately the address has two mail boxes, so we are just chucking stuff in the other one. 
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« Reply #2364 on: December 15, 2022, 08:16:09 AM »
   Maybe they want to go "Air Mail" :D'.
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« Reply #2365 on: December 20, 2022, 05:59:38 PM »
This one was even closer to home.  Stopped on the bridge over the river to get this shot.  As I was taking the pic another eagle flew by.  I was hoping it would land in the  tree too, but it continued on down the river.


 
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« Reply #2366 on: December 20, 2022, 06:11:16 PM »
Very Majestic
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« Reply #2367 on: December 20, 2022, 06:18:09 PM »
FFOTS,

   Around here the eagles are starting to lay their eggs. The chicks will hatch in January and February per my understanding.
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« Reply #2368 on: December 20, 2022, 08:03:17 PM »
Interesting. I thought they hatched in later winter.  As far as I know, the nearest nest to here is about 15 miles away as the eagle flies.
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« Reply #2370 on: December 21, 2022, 08:21:39 AM »
Thanks Beenthere, I found that same article when I searched about it.  It doesn't list Missouri or anywhere close in the list of times that they hatch.  I guess they don't think eagles nest in MO.  I found a different article which suggests that eagles in MO don't lay eggs until March or April.  If incubation time is about 35 days, hatching in MO should be April-May.
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« Reply #2371 on: December 21, 2022, 09:08:07 AM »
    We have a nest in a big sycamore tree here locally on the tip of an island in the New River along route 20. It is right below a scenic overlook and you can pull off and look down into the nest and see the adult birds head sticking up. When the chick(s) hatches you can look down and see when it/them reach up for food. My wife set up one day there with her camera and tripod several years back and got a neat shot of dad flying home with a 4-5 ft long snake it dropped in the nest. Often you will see the adults sitting on nearby limbs.
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« Reply #2372 on: December 21, 2022, 01:50:12 PM »
WV, That's great to have that view at a public overlook. Did you know that New York did a Bald Eagle restoration program in the 1970's ? They got eagle nestlings from nests in Alaska, put them in artificial nests (cages on tall poles), fed them without imprinting on humans, then released them at the appropriate age. Fish were put out for them after release until they were hunting on their own. There was no net loss of eagles in Alaska because most nests would start out with 2 eggs/2nestlings, but usually only one lived to leave the nest. Taking one actually meant more food for the other. Win-win.

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« Reply #2373 on: December 21, 2022, 05:19:45 PM »
   I knew they have "Eagle cams" around the world and sometimes school classes log on to watch them in science class and such. All is great while the adults bring in fish or rats or snakes but when the eagles bring in a cute baby rabbit or even worse, a fluffy kitten, the grammar school kids can be very traumatized. ;) 
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« Reply #2374 on: January 18, 2023, 10:07:42 AM »
Had some crows harassing a eagle yesterday.



 

 

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« Reply #2375 on: January 18, 2023, 10:59:52 AM »
Some years ago a bald eagle was found dead in a park in Kirkland, across the lake from Seattle.  When they examined it they found the remains of 6 crows in it.  Kind of understand why they hate the eagles so much.
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« Reply #2376 on: January 19, 2023, 08:36:48 PM »
I read recently that in some areas, Northern Goshawks prey on crows for much of their food.

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« Reply #2377 on: January 25, 2023, 04:12:55 PM »
The Duke Farms Eagle Cam is showing two eggs already this year 
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« Reply #2378 on: January 25, 2023, 04:26:21 PM »
I read recently that in some areas, Northern Goshawks prey on crows for much of their food.
They do ruffed grouse for sure, seen it in real time. They'll eat your chickens to. Thus the name chicken hawk.

A year ago I saw a large hawk with a young turkey, must have been a red tail.

Have lots of large hawks around here we watch. Eagles fly by the porch every once in awhile. When someone had shot a moose in a field and abandoned it, the eagles moved in, the ravens and crows kept their distance. Our ravens here are big birds. We toss stuff out for the crows here almost daily. They never touch a garbage bag on garbage day here.
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« Reply #2379 on: Yesterday at 02:39:23 AM »
Ravens don't come for scraps at all and the crows are very skiddish, they even watch the windows to see if you're around. Most other birds don't look in windows, or not scared of what they see anyway. :D
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