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Bruce Lord
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey do you guys ever get Mocking Birds up that far, they are one of the most fun wild birds ever. I have a Jack Russel and they attack her and run missions at her all summer long, they even hide in trees and wait till she walks by to scare her, funny as heck! I will try to get some of that action on film.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hey do you guys ever get Mocking Birds up that far, they are one of the most fun wild birds ever. I have a Jack Russel and they attack her and run missions at her all summer long, they even hide in trees and wait till she walks by to scare her, funny as heck! I will try to get some of that action on film.


I'd like to see that!

I have never seen a mocking bird this far north. I think maybe once in a while way down state?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK Conis I lived traped two black squirrels and put a little spray paint on them so I could tell them and I took them about 2 miles away and let them go. They were back at the feeders within an hour. I think I will try the other side of the river next time and about 10 mi away.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kevin,

Swamp angel says she would follow you back to your place to feed too if the accomadations are as fine as the huntin hunts!!!

Steaks on the way for April 27, 28th, are you in??? We will have a group of hunters, ironworkers, and coaches up that weekend, should be a SAFE trip...EH!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kevin Gibbons wrote:
OK Conis I lived traped two black squirrels and put a little spray paint on them so I could tell them and I took them about 2 miles away and let them go. They were back at the feeders within an hour. I think I will try the other side of the river next time and about 10 mi away.


Paint them with that paint that glows in the dark, I guess. I have the same problem. Been taking them 2 miles and keep on trapping? Coming back?
Sitting here typing and hear the live trap rattling on the deck upstairs. 4 today. Burned half a tank of gas in my pickup doing squirrel transports to BFE. Getting old.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Terry...On your trips out to BFE, have you noticed any squirrels heading back in the opposite direction towards your house while at the same time, pointing and giggling at you??
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm in on the steaks and tell the swamp angel that she can follow me back to my house anytime. Or any where else.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hey Terry...On your trips out to BFE, have you noticed any squirrels heading back in the opposite direction towards your house while at the same time, pointing and giggling at you??


Not giggling. Snarling and flipping me off. Sort of a V shaped attack formation.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's my find from this morning. His mate was on the other side of the trunk. Kate, Claire and I watched them frolic for quite a while this morning. Round and round, up and down the tree trunk in the woods behind grandma's house. Very Happy


Here's a crop from a zoomed, dark pic that shows both.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW. Thanks for sharing.

Pretty hard to sneak up on those. Even more unusual to see a pair!

Some Time ago, I rememeber standing in the woods and a Pilleated lit in the tree maybe 50' away. Stood dead still. Every time it got around the back of the tree, I would move 5' closer. I eventually got pretty close doing a tree imitation. No camera (of course) but enteraining...

I think they see motion but don't discern form?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Entertaining to you or the woodpecker?
LOL!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:17 pm    Post subject: Fox Sparrow Reply with quote

With the recent winter storm in April has come tons of migrating birds. A cruel joke on them. My feeder is full of Juncos and sparrows. One sparrow stood out from the rest. I looked them up and found out they are Fox Sparrows. They have a rusty (red fox) colored tail. they scratch like chickens and make the dirt fly. Very cute. See pic:

http://www.bois-blanc.com/phpBB2/album_page.php?pic_id=1583
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a pair of ruby breasted dweebs hit my feeder this morning, Migrating from the north pole to Argentina. Very rare and endangered, Not very good to eat either. Taste like kentucky fried chicken... with cheese...

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think those dweebs are distant relatives to the red headed matress thrasher.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Towhee spotted this morning w/ icicles on it's beak.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:15 pm    Post subject: post Reply with quote

I like this idea of posting pictures along with the story..just telling me about it just does not get it ...
this does !!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the feeder today, a Carolina Wren. Eating the suet. Beautiful little creatures!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Towhee is gorgeous. Check out those eyes. So this is a Carolina Wren? We have them at our feeder also. We grew some gourds (sp) last summer and my husband made bird houses out of them and the little chickadees were checking one out today. And by the way, it was beautiful today. Warmer and the sun was shining. Snow has disappeared.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am getting the pics off the cornell.univ site just for show and tell so folks can ID the birds. By the time I get my camera out GONE.

LOT's of towhees now.

I have phoebes nest under the eves of my garage every summer. They were here but not seen them since the cold. They are insect eaters and catch them in the air. Beautiful song, Photo below



Waiting for the tree swallows. Then spring is HERE.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 2:57 am    Post subject: Great Reply with quote

Conis .. Great idea !!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We saw a whole flock of robins on the West End of the island on Wednesday. I wonder where they holed-up once the snow started flying!?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Conis Said:
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I am getting the pics off the cornell.univ site just for show and tell so folks can ID the birds. By the time I get my camera out GONE.


This is an artist rendering of some of the wood peckers in my yard.



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got some good pictures of the sandhill cranes I was talking about but haven't posted them yet. The pictures of the pair are from about 2 1/2 weeks ago. Since then, I have only been seeing one of the cranes. I'm a bit worried about the other one. Do you think the female may be on the nest somewhere and it's been the male I've been seeing?
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2007 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wrens and Tree Swallows and back.

This morning, first Rose Breased Grosbeak. To, me... This is the most amazing thing...With out fail for as long as I can remember, they ALWAYS show up on May 1st or 2nd. ALWAYS. Length of day?

The Oriels and Tanagers will be here this week, just like clockwork as well, 3-5 days behind. I put some orange halves out this morning.

Rose Breasted Groesbeak


Scarlet Tanager. These are difficult to spot because they are evasive and stay in thick underbrush. Likely confused with an Oriel if you only get a brief glimpse. They will come to an orange on a feeder if habitat is close by.

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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2007 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW !!!!!
Beautiful Pictures !!!
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