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    On the nest even.
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    M R Ducks...

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    M R not Ducks...

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    Not a Duck...In fact, I dunno what this is...

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    M R a Pen Swan and her cygnets.

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    That I believe this is a Starling. Hard telling without seeing a shimmer of green or purple on its side.
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    I think its a crow.

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    It's too big for a Starling. It about the size of a small crow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    It's too big for a Starling. It about the size of a small crow.
    He looks like an Alpine Chough. In the Black Bird family but it depends on where you saw him. The map doesn't jive with seeing him in the states.

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    Bingo! That's definitely the bird. Good find DJ!

    I had this encounter at Schilthorn just up the road from Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland a few summers back. Yes, this is mid-June

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    Always like a Bingo!

    Those shots need to be in the Landscape Thread.
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    outside my window, right now. 40 feet up a tree

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    outside my window yesterday

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    this little shit, off the end of my boat summer 2017
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    oh yeah, they have conferences
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    this pair of corn eating farts outside my window last summer
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    Optical illusion - a flock of birds flying into a building.


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    some lovebirds in my pistachio tree
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    my leghorn hen getting first dibs on food. She decided the best food is inside the feeder I guess.

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    Love Birds, very cool. And that must be Foghorns lady.

    Here’s a Redtail Hawk I saw the other day. He’s a lot bigger than he looks. He flew across the street in front of me at about 20’ above my truck and landed there. Excuse the photo, his perch was a bit far for the equipment I had.

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    Love Birds, very cool. And that must be Foghorns lady.

    Here’s a Redtail Hawk I saw the other day. He’s a lot bigger than he looks. He flew across the street in front of me at about 20’ above my truck and landed there. Excuse the photo, his perch was a bit far for the equipment I had. I also saw a Bald Eagle that same day out on the middle of a frozen lake. He was dining on a fish but too far away for a good shot.

    Edit: Just 15 minutes after posting this I was driving by that lake again. It’s on my way to work. Low and behold the same or another Bald Eagle was fishing in the same spot.

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    Today’s excursion into the mountains.

    One Bald Eagle sighting.

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    And a plethora of Canadian Geese. I also saw several Ring Neck and Mallard Ducks but they were too far away for a shot.

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    Came across this guy on the side of the trail...

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    ^^ Looks like a Clark’s Nutcracker to me. Great shots as usual.
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    Yeah, that's what I was thinking he was. They're usually pretty friendly.
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    Here's another pic, DJim. All the way zoomed in after I interrupted this lovely couple, as they zoomed away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Here's another pic, DJim. All the way zoomed in after I interrupted this lovely couple, as they zoomed away.

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    Ahh. . . a loving mating couple of hen and drake Mallard ducks. Good shot, new camera?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    Yeah, that's what I was thinking he was. They're usually pretty friendly.
    They look that way and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one. I do frequently see Grey Jays which are similar looking and also friendly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Ahh. . . a loving mating couple of hen and drake Mallard ducks. Good shot, new camera?
    Yup.

    *Just imagine their little webbed duck feet paddling away, lol!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Yup.

    *Just imagine their little webbed duck feet paddling away, lol!
    Now I shall look at all ducks and waterfowl differently. Kind of a Snapping Turtles perspective.
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    How did you know they were Canadian, did you ask to see their passports?

    Here is a photo of a Clark's Nutcracker I took two summers ago. The interesting part about that was afterwards I turned around with my big-monster-truck-small-penis super duper zoom lens (just kidding about the latter) and startled a grizzly bear standing 20 feet away watching me. My confident motion freaked it out, but that was only because I didn't know it was there... he ran away.

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    Great shot Mark. I’m assuming the Grizzly Bear story was sarcasm. I mean 20’ away, really? Not a 100 yards?
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    Oh ya it was 20'. He had been following us for a while, a curious adolescent. Then there was that other time when I woke up to one sniffing my face... that was 2' away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark_BC View Post
    Oh ya it was 20'. He had been following us for a while, a curious adolescent. Then there was that other time when I woke up to one sniffing my face... that was 2' away.
    Holy crappers! on both. Last I recall, you had a grizzly 100 yards away as your dog was pulling at his leash barking and trying to attack as you were trying to calm him down trying to avoid detection.
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    That was another time. She wasn't on the leash that time... I'm actually getting tired of worrying about grizzles camping up here. I don't get more used to it over time, I just get more freaked out because they always bother me. Mexico was nice, there is nothing there that can kill you except the chupacabras.
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    Lol, right.

    More photos and stories are highly welcomed here.
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    This morning.

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    Not sure why this Redtail Hawk was on the nest at this time of year. Every spring I catch her here but this was weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    This morning.

    Not sure why this Redtail Hawk was on the nest at this time of year. Every spring I catch her here but this was weird.

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    It must be more evidence of global warming...but, don't tell the Meat or Boris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCTJ View Post
    It must be more evidence of global warming...but, don't tell the Meat or Boris.
    LOL - Seriously!
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    Couple of Owl shots

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    Both amazing shots. The Snowy Owl shot is epic.
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    I've been wanting to get some bird feeders set up at the new house ever since I moved in. But the stuff I wanted was expensive. The bird song around my place has increased substantially in the past week or two and with temps breaking 60F yesterday, it seemed like a good day to take care of that priority. First observed visitor this morning was a tufted titmouse.


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    Ever since I saw these pole systems from Wild Birds Unlimited last summer at the nature center where I worked, I've wanted them. They're modular with all sorts of brackets and stands to mount them to nearly anything, or just set them on a patio.

    My deck is a good 10+ft up, so if I wanted to actually see any visitors, I needed a deck mounted option. At first, I didn't think squirrels would be much trouble, but not too long ago, I saw one walk right up the stairs, and I didn't have any sort of food up there yet. I decided not to take chances, hence the squirrel baffle and the angled pole segment.

    I'll probably be installing another pole later in the summer so I can separate feeders based on the type of food I'm providing. I'll also be adding some hummingbird feeders.

    Not shown in the pic is a water garden on the deck. I also have some potted plants that will be getting put out as things warm up, and they'll help with offering the feeder visitors some shelter. It gets damn hot on that deck.

    Eventually, I'm thinking about installing a small pond in back (the water you see is only a couple inches deep, and it's only there because it's been wet this week), but that's going to have to wait for awhile. The previous owners of this place did almost nothing to the house and the landscaping while they lived here. From what I hear, they were almost never here, and worked a ton. So I've got a backlog of landscaping projects. Big ones for this year include cutting down a big, dead oak tree that's right next to the house (I'd leave it if it wasn't so close, since the woodpeckers love it) and terracing the steep hill that leads up from the front of the house to the street.

    While I was working on the feeder install, I'm pretty sure I saw a broad winged hawk migrating back north.

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    Looking good Harold. Looks like you’ve got a nice sanctuary going without neighbors out back. The squirrel baffle I have my doubts it will do the job. Those squirrels are smart tenacious critters with human like hands. If they don’t master the baffle, I bet they’ll find another weakness in time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Looking good Harold. Looks like you’ve got a nice sanctuary going without neighbors out back. The squirrel baffle I have my doubts it will do the job. Those squirrels are smart tenacious critters with human like hands. If they don’t master the baffle, I bet they’ll find another weakness in time.
    The baffle is there to only prevent them shimmying up the pole. The sole connection to the deck. It's not going to stop them leaping from the deck railing.

    BUT, that deck railing is at least 15ft above ground level. So if they leap to a feeder and miss, there's some negative feedback to convince them not to try again. And even if they don't miss, it's not like leaping from a swinging feeder back to the railing is going to be easy...they'll probably have to drop all the way down to the ground until they figure that out. My main squirrel defense is the distance above ground and the spacing out away from the deck railing. I don't think I could space out any further. As it is, I have to use a pole to retrieve the feeders for refilling.

    One thing I like about Wild Birds Unlimited is that they have hot pepper-infused food that squirrels don't like but birds don't care about. The round cakes have some heat as protection from the squirrels. The suet doesn't, but if the squirrels become a problem there, then I can just buy hot pepper suet next time. The cylindrical feeder is full of straight nyjer, which squirrels don't really go after too strongly in the first place. Seed selection is my second defense against squirrels. I know that many birds really go for whole peanuts, and black oil sunflower seed is popular. But squirrels really like both of those, so I'm not going to put that stuff out unless I can better protect them from raids.

    When I walked out to refill my coffee, I did see a squirrel sitting on the deck railing scoping out the feeders. It did not make an attempt at them. It went back down the steps without trying. It probably saw the titmouse visiting the feeders and came to investigate. I imagine it will get more motivated to try when more birds figure out I've rung the dinner bell.

    And yeah, I love the location of this house. There are neighbors behind me, but there's a buffer of "community" land. The edge of the brush is my back property line, which is a bit fuzzy to the left of the pic where there are a bunch of trees The builders and/or the previous residents dumped a lot of scrap wood back there that I'll be clearing out and burning in my firepit. The retention pond is on that community land, and the grassy field beyond it is where the community well is that serves most of the homes in the neighborhood lower on the mtn. The treeline to the right is a creek, and on the other side of it is more community land. There's a walking path that heads to a playground. There's a cul-de-sac you can just barely see the edge of down there with 4 houses on it. The white buildings you see past the trees are greenhouses on a farm. Past the farm with the greenhouses is another farm with a pretty decent herd of cattle. Lots of calves running about right now. The community land wraps all the way around my lot, so I've got a nice buffer to the neighbors on either side. I have a half acre lot, which is much wider than it is deep, so there's even more space between my house and my neighbors'. The closest homes to mine are across the street.

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    Pepper infused food? No problem for our squirrels. EEEEHOLAY!!

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    LOL ^

    Sounds like a great location Harold.

    If you have never watched any of the squirrel obstacle course videos, you may get a kick out of it. There’s not much they can’t figure out. The hot food thing may be the ticket though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    LOL ^

    Sounds like a great location Harold.

    If you have never watched any of the squirrel obstacle course videos, you may get a kick out of it. There’s not much they can’t figure out. The hot food thing may be the ticket though.

    Oh yeah, I've watched some of that stuff. I built my own "squirrel buster" bird feeder in college and got plenty of entertainment from watching squirrels try to beat it. It was a simple platform feeder with a tippy roof on top. Squirrels would drop down onto it and then the roof would dump the squirrels onto the ground. great entertainment.

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    Not my shot but too cool not to share.

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    Thanks boys, this was just 1/2 mile from my house. I was filming the elk and as he entered the water the ducks came swooping in and landed in the water next to him.

    Or maybe I was filming the ducks first, not sure.
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    Mallards are very social ducks compared to the rest of the duck population. I have had them bomb into a spread of decoys right next to my Labrador that is returning to the duck blind with a mallard in his mouth!

    There are Duck Tolling Retrievers (Nova Scotia), dogs trained to run and frolic in the water for the sole purpose of luring curious waterfowl. Ducks are kooks.

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    Looking good Harold. Looks like you’ve got a nice sanctuary going without neighbors out back. The squirrel baffle I have my doubts it will do the job. Those squirrels are smart tenacious critters with human like hands. If they don’t master the baffle, I bet they’ll find another weakness in time.
    Watched a squirrel try to work out a solution to this over the course of several minutes while I made lunch. It climbed out on the feeder support pole right to the base of the squirrel baffle several times, and then go back to the deck railing, where it would pace back and forth, sizing things up. I did not observe the squirrel attempt a leap of faith from any position. It seems pretty well aware of the consequences of a failed attempt. It eventually gave up for the time being and went back down the deck stairs.

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    Watched a squirrel try to work out a solution to this over the course of several minutes while I made lunch. It climbed out on the feeder support pole right to the base of the squirrel baffle several times, and then go back to the deck railing, where it would pace back and forth, sizing things up. I did not observe the squirrel attempt a leap of faith from any position. It seems pretty well aware of the consequences of a failed attempt. It eventually gave up for the time being and went back down the deck stairs.
    LOL, he'll be back. Tenacious and smart with human like hands makes for a deadly adversary.
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    LOL, he'll be back. Tenacious and smart with human like hands makes for a deadly adversary.
    One of these days, I'll have my phone with me so I can snag some vid of future attempts.

    Later on, I managed to steal some pics of goldfinches, still in winter plumage.


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    I was out cleaning my chicken coop and watched a Harris Hawk come down and take a pestering squirrel. 1 down many more to go.....
    We have a ton of these guys (Phainopepla) or Black Cardinals. The are a lot of fun to watch. they are very active. along with the woodpeckers and Curved billed Thrashers the smaller birds are very entertaining in our area.
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    Seems relevant...

    Obviously the female of the species.
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    I was out cleaning my chicken coop and watched a Harris Hawk come down and take a pestering squirrel. 1 down many more to go.....
    We have a ton of these guys (Phainopepla) or Black Cardinals. The are a lot of fun to watch. they are very active. along with the woodpeckers and Curved billed Thrashers the smaller birds are very entertaining in our area.
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    I’ve had a couple Black Cardinals sightings in east San Diego / desert regions. Hard to get a close up look though, always taking off before I could.

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    A local squirrel has figured out my jungle gym.

    Seems to be JUST tough enough with a minimal enough reward that it does not apppear to visit every day. It has only gone after the suet, but has not destroyed it. Definitely is not going after the seed cakes soaked in hot peppers. And doesn't care about the nyjer.

    I can be happy with that, honestly.

    Have counted as many as 10 goldfinches on the nyjer at once.

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    A local squirrel has figured out my jungle gym.

    Seems to be JUST tough enough with a minimal enough reward that it does not apppear to visit every day. It has only gone after the suet, but has not destroyed it. Definitely is not going after the seed cakes soaked in hot peppers. And doesn't care about the nyjer.

    I can be happy with that, honestly.

    Have counted as many as 10 goldfinches on the nyjer at once.

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    Nice! And the male Goldfinches are quite a sight. I used to see them a lot back east as a kid. Out west only occasionally. My last encounter was a couple of years ago on a ride. I pulled over to take a break and found a trickle of a stream. Sat down to eat lunch and a male Goldfinch flew down only 4' from me and landed on the edge of the water. Next thing I know he’s taking a bath. I reached for my cell phone for a shot and he flew away. It was such a cool sight I sat there for a half an hour hoping he’d return, no luck.
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    Nice! And the male Goldfinches are quite a sight. I used to see them a lot back east as a kid. Out west only occasionally. My last encounter was a couple of years ago on a ride. I pulled over to take a break and found a trickle of a stream. Sat down to eat lunch and a male Goldfinch flew down only 4' from me and landed on the edge of the water. Next thing I know he’s taking a bath. I reached for my cell phone for a shot and he flew away. It was such a cool sight I sat there for a half an hour hoping he’d return, no luck.
    They are not in breeding plumage yet. The males are a dull olive greenish yellow color for now.



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    Oh yeah it’s winter, after the spring molt the males are stunning bright yellow. The time frame in the story above was in the spring and the one I saw was so bright he had just molted. Perfect timing for a bath.
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    Oh yeah it’s winter...
    You'd never know it by the weather the past couple weeks. Highs in the 60's and 70's. Lows not really any lower than 40. Been pretty damp and springlike, but there have been some pretty nice riding days, too. Temps have been so consistently high that I went ahead and put my kumquat tree outside on the deck for the sunshine and the moisture. This is about the time of winter it starts getting a bit sad, even with supplemental grow lights. So it's nice to be able to put it out for awhile. The fruit on it still isn't ripe yet. But avg last frost is still about a month and a half out, so I have to be ready to bring it back in or at least cover it up. It's hardy enough to handle a light frost, but hard frosts and freezes are a bit much for it.

    The birds have been EXTREMELY active, and I'm pretty sure I've been catching some migrants. I think I saw a migrating broad-winged hawk last week. They're a very early, but very slow migrant. I had a few dozen robins hanging out in my yard last week, too. Been trying to identify the songs of the various unfamiliar birds that stay in the trees, too. I've taken to recording video when the songs are clear enough against the other background sounds, but my phone has a stupid tendency to corrupt pictures and videos. That, more than anything else, makes me want to buy a new phone.

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    Awesome!
    The Crow is so smart he feeds the rat a small portion to keep him away from the mother load, prize. Too bad someone or something spooked the Crow. I would have liked to see if the Crow kept the process up. Smart birds.
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    A couple of Harris Hawks showing off in the Sonoran Desert park in Tucson last week:

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    Yeah, that’s a confusing shot.
    there were 4 of them working together but the best I could do was capture 2 of them.

    impressive to see them work together and maintain pecking order for the top perch.


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    there were 4 of them working together but the best I could do was capture 2 of them.

    impressive to see them work together and maintain pecking order for the top perch.


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    Is actually a great shot. When I first looked at it, it appeared the one had the other by it’s wing. I see now that one was perched and the other was swooping by. The timing of the shot was perfect to create an optical illusion.

    Great experience, I don’t think I’ve ever seen multiple Harris Hawks together.
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    Sirocco is a parrot—but not just any parrot. He’s one of just 154 members of the critically endangered kākāpō parrot species, found only in New Zealand on a series of secluded islands. And even in that rarified group, Sirocco is unique: In 2010, former Prime Minister John Key dubbed him the nation’s “official spokesbird for conservation.” You may recognize the avian advocate from his breakthrough moment the year before, when he was caught on camera trying to mate with zoologist Mark Carwardine’s head.



    Head-mating is a common theme with Sirocco. He has tried to mate with heads so often that scientists once fashioned an “ejaculation helmet” for volunteers to don. The rubber headgear features an array of dimples to collect semen—essentially, a hat of condoms. It never worked, as kākāpō are intense at intercourse, doing it for close to an hour while most birds require just a few seconds. The helmet now resides in Wellington’s Te Papa Museum, next to “Chloe,” a motorized, decoy female kākāpō who was another failed breeding booster.

    “I haven’t met anyone with the stamina or patience to let Sirocco continue for the normal kākāpō mating period,” says Daryl Eason, the recovery program’s technical advisor. “Sirocco has been the most difficult kakapo to collect semen from. He doesn’t volunteer it, and he resists the massage method that works well for most other kākāpō.”
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    Wasn't sure if this should go in this thread, "Weird & Wacky News" or the "Sticky threads."
    Oh great, parrot porn. Did you not read the rules of engagement.

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    Saw a Bald Eagle today but he was too far away for a good shot. I did see this Black Billed Magpie pretty close up though.

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    Says the guy tucked up in his shell.
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    A couple from today on the feeders:


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    American goldfinches just starting to get their summer plumage and a pine siskin. Not sure how much longer the pine siskins will be here, since they nest up north along the US/Cad border, and into S. Canada.


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    First time I've been able to get a pic of the male and female downy using the suet at the same time. Usually it's one or the other. I occasionally get a red-bellied woodpecker in the morning, but haven't managed any pics of it yet.

    I put up a bluebird nest box a couple weeks ago, and just the other day started seeing a male bluebird checking out the box. He's been coming to the box pretty reliably in the mornings for the past 3 days or so. Usually don't see him after about 9:30am or so. No pics yet. Wife and I got some dried mealworms to try to attract the bluebirds a little better, but they're still pretty skittish. Still, it seems that our nest box is getting some attention, so we're going to be keeping track of it. I think it's pretty good that it's getting that attention so soon after installing it. I wasn't sure it would be used this year at all. I also think it's funny, as my neighbor says that bluebirds are rare in the area. Nah. I've seen a number of them scattered around, and the farms near my neighborhood are ideal habitat. There's a really nice meadow immediately behind my house with a creek and a stormwater retention pond. Plus there are lots of dead trees and plenty of woodpeckers, so I doubt that there's any shortage of bluebirds or places for them to build nests.

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    I wish I could get a pic of the two woodpeckers out my office window. they must have a nest in the saguaro. they are just chasing each other round and round and round it. they have been doing that for a week now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    A couple from today on the feeders:


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    American goldfinches just starting to get their summer plumage and a pine siskin. Not sure how much longer the pine siskins will be here, since they nest up north along the US/Cad border, and into S. Canada.


    IMG_7319 by Nate, on Flickr

    First time I've been able to get a pic of the male and female downy using the suet at the same time. Usually it's one or the other. I occasionally get a red-bellied woodpecker in the morning, but haven't managed any pics of it yet.

    I put up a bluebird nest box a couple weeks ago, and just the other day started seeing a male bluebird checking out the box. He's been coming to the box pretty reliably in the mornings for the past 3 days or so. Usually don't see him after about 9:30am or so. No pics yet. Wife and I got some dried mealworms to try to attract the bluebirds a little better, but they're still pretty skittish. Still, it seems that our nest box is getting some attention, so we're going to be keeping track of it. I think it's pretty good that it's getting that attention so soon after installing it. I wasn't sure it would be used this year at all. I also think it's funny, as my neighbor says that bluebirds are rare in the area. Nah. I've seen a number of them scattered around, and the farms near my neighborhood are ideal habitat. There's a really nice meadow immediately behind my house with a creek and a stormwater retention pond. Plus there are lots of dead trees and plenty of woodpeckers, so I doubt that there's any shortage of bluebirds or places for them to build nests.
    Nice shots, one of my favorite local ride spots gets a good size migration of Bluebirds that come through in late spring early summer. As I’m riding I see several small flocks of 10-20 birds per flock. Always hanging around the scrub brush just on the edge of the trail. I have stopped many times to try to get a shot with my cell phone, but they are very skittish and fly off out of range before I can get the phone out and click one off. Very frustrating, and the seasons coming up when they’re here pretty soon.

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    I wish I could get a pic of the two woodpeckers out my office window. they must have a nest in the saguaro. they are just chasing each other round and round and round it. they have been doing that for a week now.
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    I tried sharing this yesterday, but my computer is dying and I won't be able to have the replacement up and running until Friday.

    I can't remember if I ever shared this one. It's from my backyard when I was in Indianapolis. I THINK this is a sharp-shinned hawk, but next to that cat-sized fox squirrel, it's possible it could be a Cooper's hawk. I did not have any feeders up at this house (too many damn starlings and English sparrows), so this was just some incidental activity.


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    After days of trying, we finally managed a picture of one of the bluebirds visiting. He brought by a lady friend to check out that nest box. No nest-building occurring yet, but if they want the box, they'd better get at it. A brown-headed nuthatch was checking it out later on.


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    Got some nice pics of the visiting red-bellied woodpeckers, too.


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    Carolina Wren


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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Great shots, Harold, love those little woodpeckers!
    There are pileated woodpeckers in the area. I've seen them foraging on the ground in my yard, and then they'll fly up into the trees nearby, usually on the opposite side of the trunk from where I am. They've been exceedingly difficult to photograph. I got the larger, double height suet feeder in hopes that they might visit my feeding station, but that hasn't happened yet that I've seen. Lots of crows in the area, too, but they generally keep their distance.

    Really haven't seen much of the squirrel for awhile. I occasionally see it in the trees bordering my yard, but no evidence it's been returning to the feeders. It usually leaves a deposit on the deck railing when it stops by. I have to wonder if my feeder offers such little reward, that it's not worth the effort, considering there are plenty of large nuts in the woods nearby. I'll accept that.

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    Pileated is one of my favorite birds to watch fly. They're so dense and head heavy you can tell they spend a lot of energy manging flight. I'd guesstimate they fall about 7-12' out of the sky between 2 short wing bursts so mostly their wings are providing loft. They appear to go forward merely by directing their body between flaps like a lawn dart. They do very little veering as well, arrow straight. Very distinct call. Nothing better to wake up camping in a patch of old growth forest populated by pileated calling back and forth to each other...so cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Pileated is one of my favorite birds to watch fly. They're so dense and head heavy you can tell they spend a lot of energy manging flight. I'd guesstimate they fall about 7-12' out of the sky between 2 short wing bursts so mostly their wings are providing loft. They appear to go forward merely by directing their body between flaps like a lawn dart. They do very little veering as well, arrow straight. Very distinct call. Nothing better to wake up camping in a patch of old growth forest populated by pileated calling back and forth to each other...so cool!
    I agree, very interesting birds.

    Great shots Harold, keep us updated on your new backyard bird sanctuary.

    Speaking of woodpeckers. I see different species pretty frequently. Here’s a ride where I caught a Northern Flicker going to town on an old dead tree. A wildfire went through and decimated this area about 6 months prior. I think it helps the woodpeckers in finding bugs in the old growth remaining burnt trees.

    Listen up, I found humor in it.

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    I have northern flickers, too. They have not come to the feeders, though generally speaking, they are known to use them.

    Anything that kills trees will boost woodpeckers. Esp anything that also boosts bug populations.

    In the midwest, there is anecdotal evidence that hairy woodpecker populations have increased alongside that of the emerald ash borer. They appear to feed heavily on the beetle grubs in the ash trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    I have northern flickers, too. They have not come to the feeders, though generally speaking, they are known to use them.

    Anything that kills trees will boost woodpeckers. Esp anything that also boosts bug populations.

    In the midwest, there is anecdotal evidence that hairy woodpecker populations have increased alongside that of the emerald ash borer. They appear to feed heavily on the beetle grubs in the ash trees.

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    Yep, makes sense. The bugs that live usually have deep embedded nests in the trees that were burned. A perfect hunting ground for woodpeckers. Ya gotta love those guys. It’s amazing to me that they peck away like a jackhammer on wood with their head. Of course Mother Nature made that possible for them to evolve in a physical form. Air pockets in their skull provide a shock aborbsion [like a Fox shock] would on the back of your ride.

    Love em’. Fascinating birds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Yep, makes sense. The bugs that live usually have deep embedded nests in the trees that were burned. A perfect hunting ground for woodpeckers. Ya gotta love those guys. It’s amazing to me that they peck away like a jackhammer on wood with their head. Of course Mother Nature made that possible for them to evolve in a physical form. Air pockets in their skull provide a shock aborbsion [like a Fox shock] would on the back of your ride.

    Love em’. Fascinating birds.
    Yes, I read an article on the incredible amount of force their heads receive and how they are able to do so.

    I was trail running once and came to a real wet, muddy spot. I was picking my way through/around it walking and came around a tree at a corner and found a Pileated Woodpecker on a log on the ground about 10 feet away from me. We both just froze, looking at each other. Then, as I slowly reached for my phone, I could see him rolling his eyes looking for an escape route. Unfortunately, he found one and took off before I could get my camera out for a picture. Great encounter, though.
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    woodpecker brains are prompting lots of research in other topics.

    For example, with regards to brain injury prevention in people:

    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jam...?redirect=true

    https://search.proquest.com/openview...l=18750&diss=y
    (side note - the table of contents for my master's thesis was 15 pages long....the whole thing was about 250+...I feel cheated)

    And also age-related amyloid deposits in brains (related to alzheimer's research)

    http://www.neurobiologyofaging.org/a...004-4/abstract

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    Spotted this evening - Canadian Geese

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    Are you SURE they're Canadians? Did you ask them?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    Are you SURE they're Canadians? Did you ask them?

    Customs and Border Patrol wants to see their passports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Pileated is one of my favorite birds to watch fly. They're so dense and head heavy you can tell they spend a lot of energy manging flight. I'd guesstimate they fall about 7-12' out of the sky between 2 short wing bursts so mostly their wings are providing loft. They appear to go forward merely by directing their body between flaps like a lawn dart. They do very little veering as well, arrow straight. Very distinct call. Nothing better to wake up camping in a patch of old growth forest populated by pileated calling back and forth to each other...so cool!
    So where do you live with old growth forest?

    The neighbours had a woodpecker rattling the metal chimney the other day, pretty funny. Most people have spikes to prevent it, not a pleasant way to wake up in the morning. Those are the northern flickers, city dwellers up here.

    At my mom's property on the island I am cutting down some alders that are going to get shaded and die, I'm cutting them down for firewood. If I don't cut them they will just fall over. So I am leaving 6 feet of stump behind for the woodpeckers. It's a bit scary though when those things let go, one shot straight down into the ground rather than falling over.

    I love pileated's, I had a few cool encounters on my kayak trip up the coast. I should dig through my old photos and post.
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    I didn't check their passports but, Wikipedia says that these birds are always Canadian, even if they weren't actually born in Canada. Crazy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_goose

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark_BC View Post
    So where do you live with old growth forest?
    That particular experience was in the McKenzie valley literally about 50' off the famed McKenzie River trail OR. We have a spot we've been camping in for years that's just gorgeous. A ring of about 15 old growth trees (some huge 10' diameter) we found that make a near perfect circle and we camp in the middle. Enchanting when lit up by fire light at night.

    I had never seen a Pileated there untill this one time & I started to pay attention. It's interesting they move through in troups. One lands on a tree circumnavigates it pecking around then stops, calls out, waits for a return call, usually two, one from where it's headed and one from the next bird to come up. Then flies off about 100 yards to the next tree and the next one lands on or by the same tree and the process repeats. I also think they do this in a large circle, tightening the circumstance each pass as to not miss a tree. The calling out communication process must help them acheive some kind of efficiency here.

    I'm always up predawn for a tromp through the woods with binoculars in hand to see what I can find and enjoy the rising sun while everything comes to life. On this particular trip the Pileated were just getting started. Faint sun beams illuminating the lifting forest fog in an old growth forest with sounds of a rushing river and a troup of Pileated getting fired up for some bug eatin is a carnal experience lemme tell ya.
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