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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW!

I have seen 2 redheaded woodpeckers in 35 years around here. The last one maybe a month ago for 10 seconds...just long enough to get a good look. And one Goshawk and that was years ago in the spring migrating.

I have been heavy on the suet cakes this year, a lot of birds eat them. Also heavy on the corn. Keeps the squirrels, jays off the sunflowerseeds. Doves like it better than SFseed. I actually saw a male cardinal eating corn yesterday. Crunched it right up.

Got a lot of large hawks this year. I am on the edge of a wetland and have my pond drained out. A lot of mice and rabbits so I guess that is what they are after. Not gotten a goot enough look to ID, probably redtails which are most common around here. Lot of Kestrals, too.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kevin G emailed me 4 photos of a black bear raiding a bird feeder. Posted in "sharing" for all to see.

http://www.bois-blanc.com/phpBB2/album_page.php?pic_id=1525 begin here.

I have heard a bear described as a 300 lb raccoon, but more persistant.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kevin...where did you get these pics??

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 12:53 am    Post subject: Bear Reply with quote

Good Question Lisa .......

Kevin .. are you out there ???
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen those pics before on the Michigan Sportsman website. Many of the guys on there claim them to be photoshopped.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do Bluebirds go south for the winter? I saw three in my yard yesterday and didn't know if that was a sign to get excited about spring yet or not.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brad,

Yeah Bluebirds migrate. If you saw some in your yard, good sign.

Last year saw #1 robin on March 6. Days are getting longer and warmer. Walking around my yard yesterday. Lots of bird singing.

We are in the home stretch.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bknoll wrote:
I've seen those pics before on the Michigan Sportsman website. Many of the guys on there claim them to be photoshopped.


Interesting... I looked am them close. If it was a cut/paste there would be clues. Many more clues the photos are authentic. Light/shadows, angle of the rope in relation to how the bear is hanging on.

That would be a tough one to fake without a hugh amount of time and set up.

Susie, Lisa, what are your opinions?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen something similar in the past.. I can't remember where.. The picture look pretty authentic to me.. I'll see if I can get some info off the file.. They are funny shots though and worth laughing over.. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another good sign of spring getting closer---I heard the birds singing early in the AM the other morning. Was such a nice sound. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If they are photoshopped, they did a pretty good job. They would have to have had the bear in the same position as he is in...in another situation?
I just wanted to know who took these. If we have seen them somewhere else, then Kev did not take but foraged them from another site.
Very cool pics and if I was to take a bold step...real.


If you google "bear and bird feeder" in images, there they are!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kevin sent them to me in a > email. He didn't claim to have taken them. One of those fun things emailed aound
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course..all in fun.
When I saw those I thought...oh, my gosh! If Kevin had took these!
Thought that would be quite the story! Very Happy

Where is he anyways???
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the Michigan Sportsman thread on the pics....

http://www.michigan-sportsman.com/forum/showthread.php?t=155554&highlight=Bear+bird+feeder+pictures
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unpublished from the same series



Interesting read. Some very interesting stuff in Mi Sportsmans site. I used to spend a lot of time on it. Need to , again
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that is real, no doubt about it! That was my favorite!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sorta looks like me?? LOL!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 2:09 am    Post subject: birds Reply with quote

Kevin..
Did your red headed woodpeaker ever come back ????
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can see this thread has gotten a tad off track?

I guess the straits finally got a little snow? Here mid state we just got a years worth of winter in the past week. I estimate 17-20" on the level which is more snow that we have had the last three years combined. Unusual for this area. Reminds me of the winters we used to get. Lets just say the snomobiling is excellent?

Until last weekend, maybe 2" if that. I am doing the weather report simply to underscore that I think many birds had begun northerly spring migration and sort of hit the winter wall mid state The amount of activity at my feeders is unlike anything I have ever seen. ( Driving me broke as well but they are hungry and need the food, especially right now!)

Doves by the hundreds. Yesterday... I saw a flock of jays. 50-70? Never have I seen so many at once. Trees filled, all over my feeders, all over the ground. One interesting thing I saw: A female cardinal can kick a jays ***.

With all that said...There was discussion earlier about fox squirrels, grey squirrels, grey phase fox squirrels, mutant squirrels... Things been pretty squirrelly around here. I don't know where they all came from. I do know the nut bearing trees (ie acorns/hickory) were zippo this year.

My current inventory stands at 14 fox squirrels, 6 grey mutants and one black, 3-4 red-pine . Probably more than that. These were the ones I counted in the front and back at the same time. "He's making that all up" you say. Keep reading.

The fox squirrels are getting so tame and bold they run AT ME when I am hanging up a filled feeder. Should I carry a sidearm, just in case they get organized and get into attack Formation?

As A kid, I use to tame them with peanuts. Its all fun and games until one climbs your leg while another watches, gets the idea and joins in, up the other leg. Ending up with a territorial squirrel fight on your back. I am not making this up either. It isn't that much fun. Trust me there. They will get that bold if you encourage them... and they are hungry enough.

I have two large males that hog the feeders and otherwise rule the roost. Couple days ago, after one of them had been hogging on the feeder for an hour (birds get hungry too) . Opening the door and going out there doesn't work. Yelling doesnt work. Approaching the feeder doesn't work. If they could flip me off, they would. I had to take broom to one get it off the feeder. Now they see the broom and they scatter. (I think they had a conference about "the broom", after that episode).

Actually, I am thinking about turning my garage into a Squirrel B&B, I have a couple taking residence in there any way. Kind of like a homeless shelter for wayward squirrels. Put up some cots, nice bowl of warm corn every morning. Wide screen TV with lots of nature programs. They have made themselves at home. I'll just go with the flow and mortgage the house to pay the corn bill.

At least they are all getting along, being of assorted species and all. Even the little pine squirrels seem to fit right in. Normally the fox squirrels think they are better than all the rest and will run off all others.

Heres something you seldom see. 4 foxes, a black and a grey, all in a 6' area. No fur flying... hunky dory. This was on my deck. There were 3-4 more but by the time I got the camera out... (not photoshopped)




A shot of "Blackie" He's not as tame as the foxs. He does like to hang on the window screens and look for me inside. He spends hours trying to get in the sliding door. I am not sure what his problem is except he knows where the food comes from and tht I have something to do with him getting it?



And lastly. A shot of a grey-mutant. Its not the best picture but good enough. These DO NOT resemble the grey squirrels I have always seen around northern michigan. It has been suggested they might be a grey phase fox squirrel? Experts claim Blacks and Foxes do not interbreed.

Can you see the red in it's face, ears, side and tail? I will try and get a better photo (as in use a tripod).



That's it for this report. Have a squirrely day. I know I will.

Kevin, I am trying to get a good shot of my redbellied w'pecker. Still seeing yours? BTW, two pairs of Hairys this year, also unusual. I wouldn't have believed it had I not seen both pairs on a tree at the same time.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 2:02 am    Post subject: bird Reply with quote

Conis..
Love all the birds ..
There is nothing better then having pictures to go along with the story ...!!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have two red bellied woodpeckers they are there every morning and I just got 2 cardnals in this morning but the red headed wood pecker is gone and juncos are gone and the groosebecks are gone. Lots of goldfenches and chickees and 4 different kinds of wood peckers and two kinds of nut hatches and a lot of morning doves and a dozen tit mouses. I love all the cardnals that you have though
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:50 am    Post subject: birds Reply with quote

Kevin..
Sounds like you have quite a family of diffrent colors ...

What is a tit mouse ???
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I was hopeing that conis would send you a link on the tit mouse. It is a small bird a little bigger then a chickee. They just started comming up here a few years ago. I'm sure that someone will send you a picture of one. I would but I don't know how. I talk Susie into doing my pictures or I have to call her and say help. I'm lucky to know how to turn this darn thing on. And I can't keep replacing the front window in my office.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very common mid state, moving north in their range.
Tufted Titmouse.

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/BOW/TUTI/
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 5:00 pm    Post subject: tit mouse Reply with quote

Thanks Conis for the site !! now i know what a tit mouse is

Kevin .. I do not now how to do much of anything on this site ...
i can not resize pictures
.so we have one more thing in common ha ha !
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