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    Cool-blue Rhythm The Bird SHACK"

    This could be a long one but stick with me.
    My background I lived in upstate N.Y. as a kid until age 14. I then moved to Colorado and was there for a number of years. In my mid twenty's I moved to San Diego California where I stayed for 25 years. Well a little over a year ago I moved back to Colorado.

    My background has to do with this story. Very shortly after moving back to Colorado I started hearing a familiar bird squawking. I immediately recognized the squawk from my early childhood and camping in the Adirondack mountain's in upstate N.Y. I was like what the hell' that's an Eastern Blue Jay. They are not a bird found in Colorado so I was dumbfounded. The Colorado and western states have the Steller Jay. Which is all blue with a black crested head. The Eastern Blue Jay has white markings and much more attractive. And has a distinctive squawk and much smarter and more illusive. Many times you hear them squawk but never see them. They stay high in the trees.

    Anyway when I first heard the familiar squawking I was at my parents house. I turned and said "that's an,Eastern Blue Jay mom and dad". "The kind we saw in N.Y. all the time. "They aren't this far west but mainly in the east". My parents both said "we see them all the time". Me, "no, you see the Stellar Jay around here, the Eastern Bue Jay isn't here". They argued saying they see both species of Jay's and have for some time. I knew from years earlier when living in Colorado only the Stellar Jay was found here, which is a much different bird in looks and sound.

    So being way intrigued I grabbed the binoculars and headed out towards the familiar squawking sound. After some intense stalking and at least a half hour of trying to locate this illusive awesome bird. I finally got a glimpse of him. Holy crap I confirmed my suspicion. My eyes were locked on to an Eastern Blue Jay. "No way" "they were never here before. So I grabbed my trusted cell phone and googled Eastern Blue Jays in Colorado. Sure enough an article popped up saying the Eastern Blue Jay has slowly over the years moved west. Some small pockets have been reported in northern and eastern Colorado. I must be in a big pocket because since I moved back a little over a year ago I hear them every day. And see them periodically. Like I said they are often heard more than seen.



    This whole experience brought back fond memories of my childhood camping in the Adirondacks in upstate N.Y. where this bird is everywhere. It also is ironic because my mom said she named me after this loud bird.....Jay. Apparently I was a loud infant. And as I recently experienced seeing this bird and talking to my mom about it. She unexpectedly passed away six weeks after I moved back. So I now have that fond memory of her. Just last week I found an Eastern Blue Jay feather in the yard and kept it in her memory. I attached it to a framed photo of her and I together. Abybody else have any bird story's feel free to post them up. Here is a link to the Eastern Blue Jay which I now wake up to the squawking every weekend morning.

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    That's a rad story! Good vibes to you.

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    Yup--a good story Jay.
    They are all over here and play games with the dogs and antagonize the other birds at the bird feeders. I remember them as far back as possible as a child.
    part of the landscape.
    As aggressive as they are; there are times when they will munch seed on the ground along with doves, cardinals, finches, sparrows and chickadees.
    They are handsome birds and noisy--just as you say.
    I'm sorry for the loss of your Mom, but glad that you have fine memories.
    Best to ya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Settertude View Post
    Yup--a good story Jay.
    They are all over here and play games with the dogs and antagonize the other birds at the bird feeders. I remember them as far back as possible as a child.
    part of the landscape.
    As aggressive as they are; there are times when they will munch seed on the ground along with doves, cardinals, finches, sparrows and chickadees.
    They are handsome birds and noisy--just as you say.
    I'm sorry for the loss of your Mom, but glad that you have fine memories.
    Best to ya.
    Thanks Tude and OCtrailmonkey and Highdell well.....
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    Dang DJ, that story took me by surprise. Pretty neat, thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Thanks Tude and OCtrailmonkey and Highdell well.....
    it IS 'the bird' thread, no?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    it IS 'the bird' thread, no?
    Yes Highdell I got the joke and you get a for it. After all this is the O.C. and I'm as bad as the next guy that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Yes Highdell I got the joke and you get a for it. After all this is the O.C. and I'm as bad as the next guy that way.
    I will post a bird story that just happened (yesterday) where I live (Redding,CA)



    Bald eagle nursed back to health and released at the Sundial Bridge | Local News - Home

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    As to why they released here here in Redding vs. where she was hit (had a nest) - about 50 miles away is kind of head scratching... The only thing I can think of is that we have more people and that = more fanfare. Plus our 'sundial bridge' (also a fanfare) is in the same area as the local news 7 (1500' away ?)
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    I like that kind of cynicism.
    I'm afraid of heights so a 26'r fits me to a T.

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    DJ, we also have the Scrub Jay out West. I'm sure you remember them from living in So Cal? Noisy 'lil bastages, lower elevation thrivers.

    Did I understand it right that your Mom passed away shortly after you moved back to CO? If so, I am terribly sorry to hear that. Truly.

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    Good one DJ. I love to bird watch, and when I'm camping I spend a lot of time with a pair of binos sitting at
    our camp site looking for birds and wildlife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    DJ, we also have the Scrub Jay out West. I'm sure you remember them from living in So Cal? Noisy 'lil bastages, lower elevation thrivers.

    Did I understand it right that your Mom passed away shortly after you moved back to CO? If so, I
    am terribly sorry to hear that. Truly.
    Hawg first off thank-you and everyone for recognizing my mom's passing. She was terrably sick for over a year but kept on trucking. The doctors never diagnosed her correctly. So for all that time she was miserable.

    One night she threw up blood and my dad took her to emergency. She never came out. She was finally diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. Her
    diagnosis came back after two days in and the very
    next day she passed away. Luckily my whole family
    flew in from around the country and we were all at
    her bedside as she passed. A very quick and unexpected tough time for the family.

    I Don.t want this thread to go in that direction, she
    just happened to ne a very important part of that
    bird story.

    Yes I remember the Scrub Jay in Southern Cal. and
    as most Jay's they are loud and quite similar
    looking to the Eastern Blue Jay without the crest on the head.scrub jay
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    But here in Colorado at higher elevation we have the Gray Jay. Another very loud and intruding bird.
    If you go up to Rocky Mountain National Park
    [which is right up the road from me] they feed
    right out if your hand. They compete with
    Chipmunks who akso feed out of your hand. They take advantage of the high volume of tourists. I
    googled for images of the Gray Jay and happened on this video which looked very familiar. Grey Jay likes apples - YouTube
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    I still occasionally use the term "naked as a Jay bird".

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    Anyone ever seen a Gooney Bird? They make a distinctive sound that sounds like they are shouting the word "WALK".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Anyone ever seen a Gooney Bird?
    Yeah, Tones posted in the 'Avatar/Face ' thread right?










    Sorry, I just OC'ed in this thread.


    Great Thread / Good read DJ. I'm always pointing out birds to the fam when were out or driving around. I need a good zoom lens for my Canon, We have lots of white ergets that root in a tree right downtown. About 30 of them are in it every night.
    Fishing at dusk, you'll see them fly in one by one. It's curious that almost the 300 people around never see them above. Just oblivious to their surroundings. I don't want my son to be like that so I'm constantly bugging him to look up from his video games.

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    Thanks Fishbucket and yes I remember in So. Cal. White ergret being very common. I used to jet ski at a mountain lake every weekend. There was a White Egret nest high up in a eucalyptus tree right next to our beach. I watched every weekend as the baby's got bigger and bigger. One weekend I showed up and the 3 babys were outside the nest flapping their wings. By the end of the day I watched them take their first wobbly flight. They were already almost as big as the parents. A very cool experience.

    Alright back to Hawgs Gooney Bird picture. That's not a Gooney Bird but rather some type of Stork. Here is a Gooney bird sound and everything. gooney bird area - Google Search<iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0Ab6WYNWzcQ?feature=player_detailpage" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    I dig birds, they have the ultimate gift from evolution: Flight

    I've raised baby Sparrows and Mocking Birds. We've had parakeets (have one right now!) and I had a mated pair of Lovebirds when I was a kid. I once rescued a large Great Horned Owl from sure death since it couldn't fly. My Grandfather (R.I.P.) happened upon a Kestrel that had been wounded. He attempted to pick it up and it locked onto his wrist causing serious wounds and bleeding. I've seen Ospreys grab fish from the surface of a lake many times and I've seen our majestic Bald Eagles perched high atop the forest trees overlooking Big Bear Lake, CA. I've seen the massive and nearly extinct California Condor soaring over Lake Pyramid, CA. I've had the joy of watching nesting birds hatch and raise their young in the wild and in captivity over and over again. I have hand fed Blue Herons the small fish I caught at Balboa Lake, CA. The joyful experiences go on and on.

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    Great story DJ, i really enjoyed that mate, birds are great, but some people have a morbid fear of them for some reason, but i like you love birds.
    Dont ever let the truth get in the way of a funny story....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    I dig birds, they have the ultimate gift from evolution: Flight

    I've raised baby Sparrows and Mocking Birds. We've had parakeets (have one right now!) and I had a mated pair of Lovebirds when I was a kid. I once rescued a large Great Horned Owl from sure death since it couldn't fly. My Grandfather (R.I.P.)
    happened upon a Kestrel that had been wounded.
    He attempted to pick it up and it locked onto his
    wrist causing serious wounds and bleeding. I've
    seen Ospreys grab fish from the surface of a lake
    many times and I've seen our majestic Bald Eagles
    perched high atop the forest trees overlooking Big
    Bear Lake, CA. I've seen the massive and nearly
    extinct California Condor soaring over Lake
    Pyramid, CA. I've had the joy of watching nesting
    birds hatch and raise their young in the wild and
    in captivity over and over again. I have hand fed
    Blue Herons the small fish I caught at Balboa Lake,
    CA. The joyful experiences go on and on.



    Wow Hawg great write up. And we have shared
    many of the same or similar experience's. I also
    have seen the Bald Eagles at Big Bear Lake. We
    recently just a couple months ago just a half mile
    from my house witnessed a pair of Bald Eagles
    frequenting a large tree in a pasture. They were
    there for a couple weeks. I never found the nest.


    I was with my dad one tme and I was visiting Colorado.We were out on a lake fishing and he asked if I would like to see an Osprey nest. Of course I resresponded, so we jetted across the lake. We get to the other side and sure enough way up at the top was an Osprey sitting on her nest. Low and behold I catch a glimpse of something a 100' to my left. And there at the top of another tree was a Bald Eagle. A way cool experience to see both at once. Glad we had binoculars.

    I've seen Goden Eagles on several occasions in So. Cal. and Colorado. All sightings were from far away except one. We were drivining up to Steamboat Springs to go snow skiing. When out in the middle of nowhere there was a Golden Eagle sitting on a fence post just 30' from the shoulder. I demanded my sister to stop. We stopped rihht next to him. He was huge much bigger than a Bald Eagle with bright yellow feet. We got watch him for about a minute before he took flight.

    I was hunting dove one time in Colorado. I was walking quietly through two lines of trees about 30 ' apart. When a Great Horned Owl swooped down directly in front of me. Heading straight at me. Holy **** I froze as this giant owl came straight for me. He veered ever so slightly to my right and just missed me within a foot to my right at waist level. I could have reached out and touched him. I felt the rush of air as she passed. They are the only bird that flys silently. Something about their feathers that make zero noise from the wind going through.
    OBiously a female protecting her young. Although
    it was the wrong time of year for babys. I don't know but she scared the crap out
    of me. They are the largest owl with a 4' 5' wing
    span.

    Speaking of owls as a kid in upstate N.Y. I
    was with my uncle and I was about 13 or 14. We
    went way up north with miles and miles of snow
    covered farm land. About 100' off the road sat a
    large pure white Snowy Owl on a fence post.
    Awesome sight and never again have I seen
    another one. I could go on and on. This thread got
    me thinking how many great bird encounters I've
    had. More memories to come in future posts.
    Sometimes it sucks being 51 but age does have it's
    experiences.
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    Got reminded I had an encounter with one of those egrets while fishing one day, I was flipping it some anchovies I had for bait.



    Didnt quite get it to take out of my hand, though he was get closer and closer.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    I still occasionally use the term "naked as a Jay bird".
    Lol... my dad used to use this term, still does. I find myself using it these days too.

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    Fishbucket those are some great shots and actually pretty funny. You can tell he's not quite trusting enough to take it out of your hand. He has that "look"

    Reminds me of when I would make a weekly trip making a delivery out at the end of San Clemente Pier. Every time the same Grey Pelican would be protecting his pole about at the half way mark on the pier. I got to the point where I would get some bait fish off the fisherman on the pier just to feed him. I never could grt him to feed out of my hand but within 5 feet. Another cool bird. I loved to watch the Grey Pelicans flying parallel to the beach. Just a foot or so from the surface in the curl of a wave. Apparently they are scanning for schooling fish.
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    DJ, those are Brown Pelicans. That's what type we have here in Cali and I believe that they are now listed as Threatened. I have seen the White Pelicans seasonally migrating through which is quite a sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    DJ, those are Brown Pelicans. That's what type we have here in Cali and I believe that they are now listed as Threatened. I have seen the White Pelicans seasonally migrating through which is quite a sight.
    Hawg I would have to sadly say your right. They are Brown Pelicans I don't know where I go grey from. But it's hard to believe they are a threatened species, as you know they are everywhere up and down the So. Cal coast. Protected maybe as a key player in the eco system. The White Pelicans are pretty common in Colorado. They are all white with black tipped wings. A very cool bird to watch. I have seen them in California in large flocks flying but never landed and hanging out. They must migrate through.
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    I had another encounter with a common Blackbird... I was at an In-N-Out and was flipping french frys out to the sparrows and blackbirds. I was tossing them on the hood of the truck, watching them take the frys. I held one out the window watching one getting closer to get it. Then another flew down and snatched it. I'd feed them once a month. and always the same one would take from my hand on the wing.

    Honest story: I caught a Chucker once in mid air....Was coming right at my head. After some other guys in another field flushed it from a tree at the hunt club. Wish my buddy had a go pro back then. I had 2 guys in the parking lot and my buddy as witness..

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Hawg I would have to sadly say your right. They are Brown Pelicans I don't know where I go grey from. But it's hard to believe they are a threatened species, as you know they are everywhere up and down the So. Cal coast. Protected maybe as a key player in the eco system. The White Pelicans are pretty common in Colorado. They are all white with black tipped wings. A very cool bird to watch. I have seen them in California in large flocks flying but never landed and hanging out. They must migrate through.
    The Browns are dying at an alarming rate. As a coastal fisherman, I can say with certainty that there are fewer of them every year. It's thought that chemicals and global warming are playing a part in their demise. Really sad cuz Pelicans are truly unique.

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    The Bird Thread...

    I still adjusting to the birds in MN. We get many migrant birds -- bird I never would see in SC. I miss the pelicans and sea gulls here. But we have bald eagles in exchange.

    They cook up so tasty!!!
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    The Bird Thread...

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    The Bird Thread...

    One of the coolest chickens I've seen. Don't know the breed, but it is adapted with a thick coat of feathers to survive the winters here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    Honest story: I caught a Chucker once in mid air....Was coming right at my head. After some other guys in another field flushed it from a tree at the hunt club. Wish my buddy had a go pro back then. I had 2 guys in the parking lot and my buddy as witness..
    Chukers fly pretty straight and are not very maneuverable with those short wings they've got. Not that it wasn't quite a feat to catch a bird that size out of the air!

    Have you named your Blackbird yet?

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    heyyall, that's modern evolution you are witnessing! Very cool!!!

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    Hawg I think Heyyall may have over did it physically over the last coule days. It's effecting his mental state. I'm watching Mermaids stop interrupting it. Actual Mermaids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Hawg I think Heyyall may have over did it physically over the last coule days. It's effecting his mental state. I'm watching Mermaids stop interrupting it. Actual Mermaids.
    Hahahahaha DJ! That is truly the dumbest show to ever hit TV. Rivals Honey Boo Boo and Looking for Bigfoot. Oh, brother. Sweet dreams. Hope she's a redhead mermaid, and not a Tone's Merman.

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    Hawg I think Heyyall may have over did it physically over the last coule days. It's effecting his mental state. I'm watching Mermaids stop interrupting it. Actual Mermaids.
    You didn't like my eagle joke? Sadly, I deleted all the pictures of cooked blue jays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Hahahahaha DJ! That is truly the dumbest show to ever hit TV. Rivals Honey Boo Boo and Looking for Bigfoot. Oh, brother. Sweet dreams. Hope she's a redhead mermaid, and not a Tone's Merman.
    Animal Planet they actually think there are Mermaids. Pretty stupid but intriguing, check it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    You didn't like my eagle joke? Sadly, I deleted all the pictures of cooked blue jays.
    I'm still on the fence on that joke. Ironically I'm sitting next to a couple pigeons.
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    DJ, you gonna watch the encore presentation new episode after the mermaid show?

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    DJ, you gonna watch the encore presentation new episode after the mermaid show?
    Ha,ha good one Hawh. I only watched 5 minutes of the first one. As you said one of the stupidest shows out.
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    Beautiful story DJ. Sorry to hear about your mom's passing.





    I was out working one day and I could hear some rustling up in the trees. As I got closer I could see leaves falling. Low and behold it was an I'o, aka Hawaiian Hawk, feasting on a little field mouse. They are a Endangered species so it is always special to see them in the wild. I believe you can only find them here on the Big Island now. I actually had a nice camera on hand since I was doing inspections for work. So I was able to get some zoomed in shots.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazukea View Post
    Beautiful story DJ. Sorry to hear about your mom's passing.





    I was out working one day and I could hear some rustling up in the trees. As I got closer I could see leaves falling. Low and behold it was an I'o, aka Hawaiian Hawk, feasting on a little field mouse. They are a Endangered species so it is always special to see them in the wild. I believe you can only find them here on the Big Island
    now. I actually had a nice camera on hand since I was doing inspections for work. So I was able to get some zoomed in shots.
    Thanks brother! I haven't seen you around these parts for awhile, hope everything is alright.

    You know I've always been in to wildlife and I
    thought I knew of pretty much all species. But you
    stumped me on this one. I have never heard of
    that hawk before. You are so lucky to have seen
    him and get such good shots being as rare as they
    are. And you should contact Fish & Game and let them know exactly where and when you saw him. I know with rare species like that they try the best that they can to track them. And figure out their movements to determine how many are left. And to help preserve the population.
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    I'm surprised the Brown Pelican is considered threatened. The beaches of San Diego
    have tons of them.
    The last time I was at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon I saw a Condor. That thing
    looked like a B52. Even far away it was big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    I'm surprised the Brown Pelican is considered threatened. The beaches of San Diego
    have tons of them.
    The last time I was at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon I saw a Condor. That thing
    looked like a B52. Even far away it was big.
    John that's what I thought about the Brown Pelican. But apparently they are dying at an alarming rate, sucks. And man a Condor would be a sight to see. I'm surprised I've never seen one out west. Have you ever hiked up Stone Wall outside of San Diego? You should. At the top you are above the trees and Turkey Vultures circle below you. It's bizarre being above them and looking down on them.
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    I've never done Stone Wall, I'll have to do that sometime. Thanks for
    the info, sounds like fun.

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    I'm glad I could share a new and beautiful bird with you. I really don't expect anyone outside of Hawaii to know about the I'o. It's indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands, but I heard that they can only be found on the Big Island now. I've lived here my entire life and I've probably only seen this bird about several times. Usually its when I'm driving and they pass overhead. This was the first time actually seeing it perched up in the trees. I'm sure he was just hanging out cause he just devoured a mouse. I can barely move too after a big meal. lol.

    As for me, I'm doing great. I've just been so busy with life and work that MTBR was the last thing on my priority list. I started to miss the guys and gals of the OC so I've decided to pop in every now and then.
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    DJ, can I start by saying how sorry I am to hear of the unexpected loss of your mum. Mine died many years ago after a life long illness and many, many months in and out of ICU's and respiratory wards. In a way we were fortunate in that we knew her passing was coming so we did get to appreciate her that little bit more. Her last stint in hospital was a long one and she nearly passed away several times, one day I had a feeling she would not make it through the night so decided to spend the night by her bedside with my dad, almost by some kind of blessing she woke very briefly when my Dad was out of the room and we got to share a few final words. To my surprise she made it through the night so I went home in the early hours of the morning, only to get a phone call a few hours later saying that she had finally moved on. Even though for us it was expected and in many ways a great relief that she was no longer suffering, it never really makes the loss any easier, I can only imagine that sense of loss when it is totally unexpected.

    Now onto happier places.

    I grew up in the eastern suburbs of Sydney so never really had any encounters with exotic birds but my great aunt, a woman that raised my mum, lived on Mount Pleasant, just west of Wollongong on a semi bush property. I always remember going down to see her and there were kookaburra's everywhere, sitting on her clothes line waiting for something to move. I remember one time that we saw one catch a small snake on her drive, awesome stuff watching them crack there heads violently in an effort to snap the snakes neck and kill it. About 5 years ago we moved into a place about 2 blocks from the bush, its a small "peninsular of suburbia" that is surrounded on three sides by National park and council reserves. The bird life here is incredible.

    About a month after we moved in we discovered that we had more or less inherited a a young male, one legged king parrot. He would take seed from out hands and come around regularly for a feed. We called him Pete after the Peg Leg Pete the pirate. We may only see him a couple of times over the winter months but he always comes back around spring. 2 years ago he started showing up with a female king parrot and last year they came back with a young male. We have another pair that also come around, hopefully this year they will be back with their young. We have nesting rainbow lorikeets in a gum tree in our yard, they live in a small hole that was once the start of a branch. Recently we have also been getting some Galah's coming down and feeding but best of all is the kookaburra's. We regularly have them sitting on our pool fence or up in the trees just waiting for that worm to stick up its head. There is a nesting pair in a hollow in the gum across the road from my front door, they come back every year. We've had up to 5 in out yard at one time and every time I see them it reminds me of time at my Great Aunts place. At the risk of being cheesey it's priceless.

    So what's a long winded tale without pics, just a something no-one ever reads.

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    Emu26, Thank-you and sorry about your loss as well. Expected or unexpected it's a tough tragedy in one's life when they lose their mother.

    Well you are lucky to live in Australia they have an amazing aray of wildlife. And some of the most exotic bird species in the world. Your story is awesome and the Kookaburra has always been one of my favorite birds. Their distinctive sound to their clownish looks. How can you not find them intriguing.

    When I lived in San Diego I had many Parot sightings. People let them lose and they find eachother and before you know it you have wild populations surviving in an almost ideal climate. I lived in Lamesa a small town just east of San Diego. I lived in the same duplex for a number of years. I had a flock of 20 or more Yellow Head parots living in a group of trees right behind me. Pretty cool until you want to sleep in. Man they are loud.

    The most amazing experience living there was seeing two Macaws in the wild. One evening I hear a different squawking sound off in the distance and it's getting closer. I run out to my deck just in time to see 2 giant Blue and Gold Macaws flying over just 20' above my head. Holy crap I couldn't believe what I was seeing, after all I'm in San Diego not South America.

    Well the next morning at 8 a.m. I hear the same squawking sound coming from the opposite direction and it's getting closer. So I run out to my deck just in time to see the same two Macaws flying over going in the other direction. It then dawned on me tme that they were roosting at night way up on a hill in the distance and flying every morning to feed in some fruit trees who knows where. This went on every day from that point like clockwork. Every evening around 6:30 p.m. and every morning around 8 a.m. they would fly over. It was my own little exotic nature show happening every day outside my back door.This went for about a year and a half, some day's I Wouldn't see them at all but then they would return like clockwork. Then all of a sudden there was only one flying the routine. I was so angery and sad that the one lost it's mate. After all these giant Macaw live to be over 100 years and they partner up with the same mate for life. All I could think of was some S.O.B. caught the one to sell it. As you know here in the U.S.A. they cost a small fortune.

    So now the one Macaw is making the journey over my house on the same schedule for about six months. Then all of a sudden I stopped seeing him. WTF someone caught him as well or they both dyed, I will never know. But I am thankful for having such an experience for so long. Another exotic bird story from San Diego. My brothers girlfriends parents lived in Point Loma for like 30 years in the same house. Pretty coastal area and they had several pet parots. In one room they had two Love Birds. One dyed so for awhile they only had one. This species of bird mates for life as well. Well a Love Bird from the wild started showing up at the window every day. So they put their pet Love Bird in It's cage and left the window open. Sure enough the wild one came in and the rest is history..
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    Well This Just Biew My Mind"

    After writing up my story above about my experience with a pair of Blue and Gold Macaws in the wild in San Diego. Which happened to me about 12 years ago. I got thinking to google wild Macaws in San Diego. Check out what popped up on Google. I can't help but think, could this be the same pair of wild Blue and Gold Macaws. Crazy coincidence most likely. And as you see in this story a guy poses as a wildlife expert to steal the valuable eggs from the nest. Macaw Parrots Species
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    Spectacular birds and great story behind them emu!!!

    DJ, we have a colony of wild green parrots that fly between my area and a few cities over every single day of the year. You can hear them coming a long way off in the morning. Their squack is high pitched and LOUD. Noisy lil buggers, they are.

    On my ride this morning, I saw multiple Scrub Jays, several Towhees and some other smaller misc birds.

    Aside from the Cali Condor, I've also seen Andean Condors here. Not sure why, but they were introduced a number of years back and they are sticking around. Up Interstate 5 in the mountain ranges between Los Angeles and the Central Valley.

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