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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. 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. Mainly it 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 swore 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 in the west, which is a much different bird in looks and sound.

    So being intrigued I grabbed the binoculars and headed out towards the familiar squawking sound. After some intense stalking and at least a half an 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 ran inside 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.

    Anybody 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.
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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....:cool:

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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 shit 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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    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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    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
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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.

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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.

    This is Pete with his one leg, his girlfriend behind him and a rival male in the background
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    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.


    Awesome for you to see the Cali Condor they are so big. I know since their reintroduction many
    have dyed from electical wires. The Andian Condor was introduced, I wonder if I have seen one but
    mistook it as a Turkey Vulture.

    It's amazing how many wild Parrot sightings I've had in So. Cal. I used to get up in to Costa Mesa / Newport and I saw some good size flocks of those Green Parrots you were talking about. What's cool
    with parrots is they constantly suawk so they are easy to locate in the wild. The Macaws I was
    talking about were in constant suawk mode as they flew. I would hear them coming and if I was quick enough make it to my deck just as they passed overhead.
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    Awesome for you to see the Cali Condor they are so big. I know since their reintroduction many
    have dyed from electical wires. The Andian Condor was introduced, I wonder if I have seen one but
    mistook it as a Turkey Vulture.

    It's amazing how many wild Parrot sightings I've had in So. Cal. I used to get up in to Costa Mesa / Newport and I saw some good size flocks of those Green Parrots you were talking about. What's cool with parrots is they constantly suawk so they are easy to locate in the wild. The Macaws I was talking about wwre in constant suawk mode as they flew. I would hear them coming and if I was quick enough make it to my deck just as they passed overhead.
    The Condor is far bigger than any vulture. You will know without a doubt if you ever see a Condor. In fact, you might even think it's a small plane at first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    The Condor is far bigger than any vulture. You will know without a doubt if you ever see a Condor. In fact, you might even think it's a small plane at first.
    That's why I'm questioning what I saw up that way. I saw a couple huge black birds soaring way far away. Not big enough for them to be California Condor's but possibly an Andian Condor. I was like they are too big for Turkey Vultures but they were too far away and I didn't have my binoculars to confirm what I was seeing. I was unaware they introduced the Andian Condor to Cali pretty cool.

    Damn I didn't realise how much I liked birds until this thread. Could I possinly be a future birder in my nintys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    That's why I'm questioning what I saw up that way. I saw a couple huge black birds soaring way far away. Not big enough for them to be California Condor's but possibly an Andian Condor. I was like they are too big for Turkey Vultures but they were too far away and I didn't have my binoculars to confirm what I was seeing. I was unaware they introduced the Andian Condor to Cali pretty cool.

    Damn I didn't realise how much I liked birds until this thread. Could I possinly be a future birder in my nintys.
    Birds are fargin awesome DJ!

    The Andean Condor is not much smaller than the Cali Condor compared to a Turkey Vulture. Both look like small planes at first glance.

    In the pics: Cail above, Andean below
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    Well after some review of those pictures I'm convinced what I saw were Andian Condors. You know as well as I how common Turkey Vultures are in So. Cal. They are pretty common in Colorado as well. But the size difference is huge. Those two I saw were as I said aways away and their size was definitely not that of a Turkey Vulture. Condors are huge and they remind me of something from the Jurassic era.
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    Turkey Vultures do not have white on their head/neck either, that's a tell tale sign.

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    It's hard to soar like an eagle when you fly with turkeys.

    Just thought I'd throw that out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26 View Post
    It's hard to soar like an eagle when you fly with turkeys.

    Just thought I'd throw that out there.
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    So, standing in the kitchen making the kids school lunches and who should drop in for an early breakfast?

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    emu, do you think that bird would make a good pet?

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    I doubt it very much, they need their space

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    They must know we are talking about them. Just missed getting the second one scurrying into the hole and yes, I need a better camera than my F717.

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    Emu26, Once again great shots. For those unfamiliar of the awesome sounds a Kookaburra makes. Go here. Laughing Kookaburra - YouTube
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    Wow, nobody has mentioned Hummingbirds! Those little cuties migrate into my area every Summer and it can be really hectic trying to watch them fight for drinking holes on the feeders. I've got a few clients who have so many buzzing around, that it looks like a bee swarm.

    Got Hummers Down Under, emu???

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    Thanks DJ, I long for a camera with a bigger lens but what bloke doesn't?

    Hawgs, we're lil' 'merica, of course we do

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    as for the ones that fly, officially no we don't but there are a few bird forums where people claim to have spotted them locally

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    Good call Hawg / Hummingbirds.
    I thought about that the other day and was going to post about them but got distracted and slipped my mind. Age sucks

    Yeah I've always had a hummingbird feeder up but have slacked since moving back to Colorado. Which has plenty especially in the high country. But So Cal. is Hummer central. I've had 8 feeding and fighting over a feeder at once. There is always a dominant male who guards the feeder. He will come in and feed then land about 20' away. He let's females come in to feed but any other male it's full on war. And when they fight in mid air you can hear their beaks slapping. They are like miniature fighter jets. Just an awesome bird. They always feed early morning and big time at dusk. I have heard that if they don't get enough food before dark they can die in their sleep. They go
    into a mini hibernation every night. I had one slam in to my window once and it got knocked out. I could tell it was still alive so I grabbed a 10 gallon aquarium with a heat lamp. I put him in there and I went to bed. When I woke he was buzzing around so I let him go. Pretty cool! Check out this video I googled. Hundreds of Hummingbirds at Bird Feeder! (in HD) - YouTube
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    My clients who have feeders out have that exact thing going on. There's dozens of them buzzing around in a swarm. They each have about 6-8 feeders and they've all said that in the peak season, they are refilling every feeder twice daily! I've asked one of my clients to share some of her pics. She takes fabulous pics of them and it's gonna be a real treat when she gives me the green light to post her pics. We have one feeder out on our balcony. The same pair returned every year until this Spring when I found a dead male behind our home. Now we have a new male and he has 2 females with him.

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    Hey here is another awesome bird that you desert people will recognize. I have seen several in So. Cal. The" Roadrunner" Such a neat bird and so similar to the cartoon. Like there name implys they run like hell. I don't even know if they actually fly. I remember when I first moved to So. Cal. and saw my first one. It was in Fallbrook and I was working on a construction site. Several guys and myself
    were hanging eating lunch. And one ran right in
    front of us. I was like "what the heck kind of bird is that". All the guys laughed being So. Cal natives and me a green out of stater. They all laughed and said "it's a Roadrunner " Me "what are you kidding
    " I never knew there was an actual Roadrunner
    besides the cartoon, duh! / Many years ago.
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    Roadrunners are members of the Cuckoo bird family. I learned their mating call at Lake Havasu a few years back and now any time I hear one making that sound, I swear to you I can call them in. I had one walk all the way up to my feet once. Horny lil bastages, LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Roadrunners are members of the Cuckoo bird family. I learned their mating call at Lake Havasu a few years back and now any time I hear one making that sound, I swear to you I can call them in. I had one walk all the way up to my feet once. Horny lil bastages, LOL!
    Ha,ha that's hilarious. I used to go jet skiing out on the Colorado river. We would go to Yuma on the Arizona / California boarder. Many a Roadrunner sighting but I can't recall sending out mating calls for them.
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    Hey Hawg after your mating call you didn't do this fancy dance did you. Just kidding check this out. RoadRunner Mating Dance - YouTube
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    Jet skiing on the river, that was always fun. Spent a lot of time
    at Imperial Dam.

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    Jet skiing on the river, that was always fun. Spent a lot of time
    at Imperial Dam.
    That's exactly where we went at Hidden Shores campground right next to the dam. Maybe we jet skied together. I was always with a large number of stand up riders. Mostly freestyle trick skiing. I rode there from 91' - 2003'. We probably know eachother or at least some of the same people.
    Check out the bird watching binocular adds to the right >>>> coincidence because of this thread I doubt it.
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    Hey Hawg after your mating call you didn't do this fancy dance did you. Just kidding check this out. RoadRunner Mating Dance - YouTube
    Ya know, I do that same dance for my wife when I'm trying to court her...and she runs away every time just like that female Roadrunner! What gives?!

    Here is a RR making the clicking call I can simulate to call them in. Works like a charm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    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.
    My Brother in Law has that morbid fear... I don't get it myself. My sister once took him on holiday down in Oz, and for some reason she booked a few days on Bird Island in the barrier reef. When the boat dumped em off there, and he saw what was waiting, he ran to the hotel room and didn't leave for 3 days!

    I have never seen a Jay here in Tucson, but would like to. We have bird feeders out back, and get all kinds, but never seen Jays. We get a lot of hummingbirds, and they are so cool, they make a high-pitched whistle sound which sends the cats crazy! We have also been getting some Hummingbird Moths lately on the Mexican Birds of Paradise flowers. Not birds at all, just a really weird moth that hovers like a hummingbird while drinking the nectar... Google em, I had never seen them or heard of them before they came to visit last week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    My Brother in Law has that morbid fear... I don't get it myself. My sister once took him on holiday down in Oz, and for some reason she booked a few days on Bird Island in the barrier reef. When the boat dumped em off there, and he saw what was waiting, he ran to the hotel room and didn't leave for 3 days!

    I have never seen a Jay here in Tucson, but would like to. We have bird feeders out back, and get all kinds, but never seen Jays. We get a lot of hummingbirds, and they are so cool, they make a high-pitched whistle sound which sends the cats crazy! We have also been getting some Hummingbird Moths lately on the Mexican Birds of Paradise flowers. Not birds at all, just a really weird moth that hovers like a hummingbird while drinking the nectar... Google em, I had never seen them or heard of them before they came to visit last week.
    Those are Sphinx Moths. Common in the Summer months and into fall.

    For anyone whose grown tomato plants, I'm sure you're familiar with the large green horn worms that eat the plant? Those are Sphinx Moth caterpillars. My daughter and I gather them from our area every late Summer/Fall and we watch them go through metamorphysis. Really cool!!!

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    My Brother in Law has that morbid fear... I don't get it myself. My sister once took him on holiday down in Oz, and for some reason she booked a few days on Bird Island in the barrier reef. When the boat dumped em off there, and he saw what was waiting, he ran to the
    hotel room and didn't leave for 3 days!
    I have never seen a Jay here in Tucson, but would like to. We have bird feeders out back, and get all
    kinds, but never seen Jays. We get a lot of
    hummingbirds, and they are so cool, they make a
    high-pitched whistle sound which sends the cats
    crazy! We have also been getting some
    Hummingbird Moths lately on the Mexican Birds of
    Paradise flowers. Not birds at all, just a really
    weird moth that hovers like a hummingbird while
    drinking the nectar... Google em, I had never seen
    them or heard of them before they came to visit
    last week.

    Funny you mentioned a Hummingbird Moth. I have onky seen one and it freaked me out. I was at a nursery in San Diego at night. Outside under the
    lights looking at plants. When one of those dive bombed my girlfriend and I. It flew like a
    hummingbird and was actually bigger. I Didn't
    know what the heck I saw. So when I got home I
    googled moth species and found the Hummingbird
    moth. Yep that's what I saw, pretty cool. Hey
    Rocker there is lts of Hummingbird talk at the end of this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Those are Sphinx Moths. Common in the Summer months and into fall.

    For anyone whose grown tomato plants, I'm sure you're familiar with the large green horn worms that eat the plant? Those are Sphinx Moth caterpillars. My daughter and I gather them from our area every late Summer/Fall and we watch them go through metamorphysis. Really cool!!!
    Hawg although the Spinx is cool and common it's not the same as a Hummingbird Moth. Once you see this video you will see what I'm saying. They're a trip I thought at first I was seeing a hummingbird but soon realized it was some type of moth. My post below explains my one and only Hummingbird Moth experience. Check out this video. Hummingbird moth - YouTube
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    DJ, that is exactly what I am talking about. We have those here in Los Angeles at certain times of the year. I've seen them do the same thing, including hovering on me!

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    Years ago I was standing in my parents front yard talking to a neighbor who wanted to buy my Honda Nighthawk. All of a sudden two Ruby throated hummers wizzed by. The foremost one smacked right into my Mom's bay window. Knocked itself out cold! I walked over picked it up and about a minute later it started coming to. The amazing thing was it didnt just fly away. Its started trying to and it was going bizzz --- bizzzzz bizzzzz, bizzzzz, bizzzzzz, bizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz till it finally flew away. It sounded just like a small RC plane trying to get its engine running!

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    DJ, that is exactly what I am talking about. We have those here in Los Angeles at certain times of the year. I've seen them do the same thing, including hovering on me!
    First off ignore my p.m. I didn't see this post. [Per coverrsation on page one] So you are saying the Hummingbird Moth and the Sphinx Moth are the same moth. Hummingbird moth - YouTube<iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/i21A5gNl3N4?feature=player_detailpage" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    RockerC. mentioned a Hummingbird Moth earlier.I have only seen one and it freaked me out. I was at a nursery in San Diego at night. Outside under the lights looking at plants. When one of those dive bombed my girlfriend and I. It flew like a hummingbird and was actually bigger. I Didn't know what the heck I saw. So when I got home I googled moth species and found the Hummingbird moth. Yep that's what I saw, pretty cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis;
    There are many type of sphinx moths. Some look more like hummers then others...
    So Hummingbird Moth is a slang term for Sphinx Moth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
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    My late Tomcat specialized in eating those moths. He had been semi-feral for a while before he came to live with us, and to enjoy regular food again, but whenever one of those moths came around he would swat it and gulp it down in seconds.
    I got the feeling that living wild in the canyon, and fending off raccoons and the occasional coyote, food was pretty much hard to come by for him, so insects became a fairly common item on his menu. It couldn't have been too bad for his health.....he lived to be 19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    So Hummingbird Moth is a slang term for Sphinx Moth.
    Yes and no.. Some people call any of them humming bird moths but there are ones with humming bird in the name like the hummingbird hawk moth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
    Yes and no.. Some people call any of them humming bird moths but there are ones with humming bird in the name like the hummingbird hawk moth.
    Well that's makes sense then. Because the one time I saw one around 10 years ag I googled it and came up with Hummingbird Hawk Moth. That was the one I saw. Definitely an interesting bizarre moth.
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    I'm surprised nobody has brought up woodpeckers. (for more reasons than one)

    We just started getting red-bellied woodpeckers in Maine. Kind of like the Eastern Blue Jay moving west, we never saw them until this year and now they are fairly common. It's always fun to see the gangly and pretty shy palliated woodpecker on the feeder too.
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    bluejays are pretty birds....but they SUCK when it's early morning and you're trying to sleep!
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    Are we done with the moth talk around here now?! Back to BIRDS!!!

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    Can we talk about boobies and tits?



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    Those are a coupla pairs of REALLY NICE TITS!
    The boobies ain't bad either.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I'm surprised nobody has brought up woodpeckers. (for more reasons than one)

    We just started getting red-bellied woodpeckers in Maine. Kind of like the Eastern Blue Jay moving west, we never saw them until this year and now
    they are fairly common. It's always fun to see the
    gangly and pretty shy palliated woodpecker on the
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    Oh yeah woodpeckers are pretty cool!
    That's great that the Red Bellie has expanded it's range to your area. I have seen several different species of woodpeckers from the east coast to the west coast. But one that has always fascinated me since I was a kid. Having only seen it in books is the Ivory
    Billed Woodpecker. It's one of the largest in the world and is almost extinct. Only found in the swamps of the south U.S A. There are only a couple confirmed mating pairs left. Here is some very rare footage. IVORY BILLED WOODPECKER FILMED IN SANFORD FLORIDA - YouTube <iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JcsWztN-u5M?feature=player_detailpage" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    Spring has sprung,

    not that Sydney really had a winter this year but my birds are back.

    I noticed the newest male king parrot in the trees so put some feed out and waited for him to come. The lorikeets were around, despite being about a 25% the size of the kings they are very aggressive and will chase the larger birds away. After a few minutes he came closer

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    I eventually coaxed him down onto the table to feed but as usual my crappy camera skills failed me and he is nothing but a blur. Then the lorikeets came in for a feed.

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    The kings partner was in the trees but the females are much more timid and she wouldn't come down. She got close a few times but was chased off each time. As I turned to go inside there he was, Pete my one legged friend. First sighting of the season sitting calmly on top of the glass pool fence. In to grab a hand full of seed and straight over, he didn't even flinch but let me walk straight up to him (the closest I can get to the other male is about 3' or a metre for the rest of us. I stood there with my hand on the top of the glass and Pete just happily eating away. I moved my hand out of reach and again without hesitation he hopped up onto my arm and starting feeding. He is slightly more nervous when he is actually sitting on my arm and it didn't take much for the some fast moving minor birds to scare him off, they were dive bombing a crow. Anyway, I missed the shot of him on my arm but got this one for you. Let me know when you are getting sick of seeing my messy back yard.

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    There is something about hand feeding "wild" native animals that really puts a smile on my dial and lifts an otherwise ordinary day.

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    Emu once again great shots and great write up. You are so lucky to have such exotic birds as native birds right outside your door. Exotic to us anyway normal to you. The King Parrot looks a lot like the female Eclectus Parrot. The only species of parrots that the male and female are completely different in color. The male is all green with a bright yellow beak. The female is red with some blue and a black beak. I had a male for awhile but it got sick and we returned him. Great parrot though very smart and able to talk. BTW keep up the good work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26 View Post
    not that Sydney really had a winter this year but my birds are back.

    I noticed the newest male king parrot in the trees so put some feed out and waited for him to come. The lorikeets were around, despite being about a 25% the size of the kings they are very aggressive and will chase the larger birds away. After a few minutes he came closer

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    I eventually coaxed him down onto the table to feed but as usual my crappy camera skills failed me and he is nothing but a blur. Then the lorikeets came in for a feed.

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    The kings partner was in the trees but the females are much more timid and she wouldn't come down. She got close a few times but was chased off each time. As I turned to go inside there he was, Pete my one legged friend. First sighting of the season sitting calmly on top of the glass pool fence. In to grab a hand full of seed and straight over, he didn't even flinch but let me walk straight up to him (the closest I can get to the other male is about 3' or a metre for the rest of us. I stood there with my hand on the top of the glass and Pete just happily eating away. I moved my hand out of reach and again without hesitation he hopped up onto my arm and starting feeding. He is slightly more nervous when he is actually sitting on my arm and it didn't take much for the some fast moving minor birds to scare him off, they were dive bombing a crow. Anyway, I missed the shot of him on my arm but got this one for you. Let me know when you are getting sick of seeing my messy back yard.

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    There is something about hand feeding "wild" native animals that really puts a smile on my dial and lifts an otherwise ordinary day.
    Wow the colors on both of them are amazing! I'm really surprised that these aren't common domesticated pets in America!

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    I love this thread DJay! Singlesprocket and I are interested in birds too. We try to keep our cameras handy

    On our rides we hear and sometimes spot woodpeckers
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    During the winter, we leave suet for the chickadees and winter birds at a favorite riding rest spot
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    A rare sight tree full of mourning doves
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    it's difficult to see but there is a crows nest left hand corner on the rung of this hydro tower. We only discovered the nest when we spotted 2 crows circling over head
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    And for something different. Chain saw sculpture demo at the bike park
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    Wow, Emu26. We mostly only get birds that colorful in pet stores around here. I've tried feeding some of our wild birds by hand but they ware a little too skiddish. They will let me get within a few feet.

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    Speaking if Sphinx Moths, This Hornworm Caterpiler was in my garden. I left him alone to eat my tomato plant leaves, I figuer what the hey, i'm not eating the leaves anyway.
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    Does anyone know if there is a bug/ insect thread on here?

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    ^^Um, they don't just eat the leaves. They will eat the whole plant and take big chunks out of the fruit in a matter of days, repeat for all your tomatoes and peppers. KILL IT. (Just a recommendation)

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    I dont mind losing too many tomatos, they are cherry tomatos, alot go to waste as it is. Now my chilli pepers are a differnt storry, If i ketch them eating my pepers they might be chicken feed. I should probly get rid of the worms but I really hate to just kill them.

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    They will eat your chili peppers. If you have chickens that solves 2 problems, feed the worms to the chickens AND chickens are birds so it gets this thread back on subject.

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    There ya go! Future Sphinx/Hummingbird Moth right there and from the looks of it, it's gonna be a BIG one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neohio ray View Post
    does anyone know if there is a bug/ insect thread on here?
    start one

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    humming bird at my feeder on my porch. I guess it is a feeder, sugar water and red food coloring, such trickery, poor birds.
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    Murder on my front steps.

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    Caught red handed

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    Some great contributions in here with some good humor to boot. An OC tradition, keep em coming. And Cyclelicious I was waiting for you to chime in, and chime in you did in a big way. I had a feeling you and SS had a bird passion. And I might add some very interesting shots, and ideas leaving food along riding trails in hopes of a sighting upon your next ride. That is a great idea and one I may try myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NEOHIO Ray View Post
    Speaking if Sphinx Moths, This Hornworm Caterpiler was in my garden. I left him alone to eat my tomato plant leaves, I figuer what the hey, i'm not eating the leaves anyway.
    I bet those would be tasty on the grill!

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    A little bit off topic but I need some advice re cameras. Thread started here

    Thanks, now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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    I dont know about the worm on the grill but i could go for a worm in some tequila, maybe some scorpions on the grill, that would be good.



    staying on topic, tow path duck
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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26 View Post
    A little bit off topic but I need some advice re cameras. Thread started here



    Thanks, now back to our regularly scheduled program.
    I hope you pick thr best one so you can continue posting these great bird shots.
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    Sorry DJ, this is for a present for my eldest daughter, that said, I'm sure it might get tested once or twice while she is at school

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    Ospreys nesting

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    Here's a few hummer pics from a client
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    Great closeups! What state was this taken in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
    Great closeups! What state was this taken in?
    So Cali!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    So Cali!
    That's what I thought. Is the one with the black head a a black chinned hummingbird? I cant tell from the pic, they normally have bright purple on their throat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
    That's what I thought. Is the one with the black head a a black chinned hummingbird? I cant tell from the pic, they normally have bright purple on their throat.
    Yes. We have those and Anna's and Allen's here, too.

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    Hawg great shots thank your client for us.
    I have seen so many different kinds of Hummers in So. Cal and Colorado. You got me curious and I found this great site for ya to check out. It goes Hummers by state. Hummingbird Checklists by State (U.S.)
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    Nene

    I took these pics of another indigenous endangered bird here. It's called the Nene. It's also our state bird. This is actually the most rarest goose in the world. They are highly protected. I read somewhere that they almost disappeared back in the 50's.


    I was headed up to a very remote substation when I snapped these pics at the check-in station. So again I had my good work camera with me.

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    Not a great picture, taken thru my back window with a crappy camera... This guy comes to visit a lot, he can cool his toes and size up his next meal...

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    It's all Here. Now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    Not a great picture, taken thru my back window with a crappy camera... This guy comes to visit a lot, he can cool his toes and size up his next meal...
    Great shot RC looks like a Prairie Falcon which I see around my area as well. I don't think I've had the joy of one up so close and personal though.
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    finally got a decent shot of the younger males partner, she must have been hungry to let me get this close and keep eating.

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    My brother is in town for my sisters wedding tomorrow. We were out driving and I forgot that just a half mile from my sisters place is a man built platform. Specially built for Ospreys to build a nest on. Sure enough we stopped and watched an Osprey near the platform. And then circling the small pond hunting for fish, I wish I had a good camera because we were within 50' of where she kept landing next to the platform.
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    I love birds I wish I had a good camera. I see all kinds on my rides especially when I stop to rest and take all of what nature has to offer in.

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    And now, introducing a rare little nugget of a find, the Costa's Hummingbird!
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    How do you guys get such good close ups of the humming birds. The second i think of pull the phone out, they fly away. Also i have been seeing alot of bald eagles in PA lately, they must be doing really well now i guess.

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    And now, introducing a rare little nugget of a find, the Costa's Hummingbird!
    That is a rare hummer. Where did you see him Hawg? I've seen a lot of different hummer species but never that one. Pretty awesome!
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    That is a rare hummer. Where did you see him Hawg? I've seen a lot of different hummer species but never that one. Pretty awesome!
    One of my clients shot it on one of her feeders. She said she's only seen a few of them over the years.

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    Anyone ever seen a Gooney Bird? They make a distinctive sound that sounds like they are shouting the word "WALK".
    That's not a Gooney Bird you dork.

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    Gooney birds, showing why there called gooney. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ab6WYNWzcQ
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    That's not a Gooney Bird you dork.
    Oh yes it is and I can get hundreds if not thousands of So Cal coastal fisherman to agree in writing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    One of my clients shot it on one of her feeders. She said she's only seen a few of them over the years.
    Awesome shot keep them coming.
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    Wow great shot, I somehow missed this photo. I have been seeing Ospreys as well but their nest is on a man made wooden platform. It's nice to see a natural made nest way up in the tree. Where is that by the way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Wow great shot, I somehow missed this photo. I have been seeing Ospreys as well but their nest is on a man made wooden platform. It's nice to see a natural made nest way up in the tree. Where is that by the way?
    Its on the coast of Virginia.. Took the shot on a biking trip.. I felt like I was in prehistoric times with that huge nest and birds flying over head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
    Its on the coast of Virginia.. Took the shot on a biking trip.. I felt like I was in prehistoric times with that huge nest and birds flying over head.
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    Here's a treat for you DJ from a client's backyard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Here's a treat for you DJ from a client's feeder. >
    Pretty awesome Hawg thank your client for that. Hummers are amazing. Like I said I've had up to 8-10 feeding at the same time. But some of these videos out that show 50 or more is quite a sight. My experience with feeding them is there is always one dominant male that protects the feeder. He will allow females to feed but males get full on attacked. They fly off and you can hear their beaks slapping together, pretty wild. But when a bunch come in to feed the dominant male is overwhelmed and all just vie for feeder position. This always happens just before dark. They have to feed and get enough to make it through the night. I know I'm preaching to the quire and you already know this. Some may not.
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    What do you do when bees take over the feeder? We have had a feeder for well over a decade, and for the first time yesterday, it was covered with bees! The bee info center told us it is because the bees are hungry....starving for lack of nectar-producing flowers. We're told that there are bee-proof bird feeders, and intend to look into them today.
    When the bees don't have enough to eat, it doesn't look good for everybody. Hummers included.

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    I was seeing a pair of Bald Eagles last spring about a half a mile from my house. But they left for the summer. I just saw them again in the same area yesterday. They tend to hang out in a group of large trees in the middle of a horse pasture. I assume a pond not too far away is their hunting ground. Pretty awesome sight to see them in larger numbers compared to years gone by.
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    Saw all kinds of birds today at Puddingstone lake on a bike ride. Lots of water fowl and a bunch of turkey vultures feeding on dead fish. Yumm!

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    Saw all kinds of birds today at Puddingstone lake on a bike ride. Lots of water fowl and a bunch of turkey vultures feeding on dead fish. Yumm!
    Cool! Did you see any Western Grebes? I bet Puddingstone has them. We used to go jet skiing out at the Colorado River outside of Yuma Arizona. And we would see these birds "running" on top of the water. Pretty awesome sight, be sure to watch them "run". Not my videos I found them to show what i am talking about.

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    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 squawking is your mom. She's with you, where ever you go. I'll tell you a similar story later when I get home, along with a picture.

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    Here's one about a bird that I never actually saw, but it greatly impressed me any way.
    We live on seven rural acres, about 5 acres of it wooded. Late one one cold winter night a few years ago I took the dogs out and as I was standing there, a few feet from a big spruce, an owl let out two hoots that were so loud and close that I nearly jumped out of my boots. I looked up in the spruce but couldn't see it, but I heard it a few more times that night.
    The next morning my wife let the dogs out and they went running over to one side of the yard and were sniffing at something hanging over the fence right under a large branch about 10 feet above it. She went to see what it was and found a rabbit pelt, somewhat shredded, but still in one piece and picked completely clean except for the very ends of the toes of each paw. She left it for me to see when I got home from work, and in terms of an efficient predator, it was pretty impressive. It was clean enough to be tanned.
    We normally don't have any birds around big enough to take a rabbit, so I figured that Great Horned owl caught a rabbit and took it up into the tree to feed on it. When it finished it probably let the skin drop and it happened to land on the fence where we found it.
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    Ric426 what is that a HEMI? ^^

    That's kind of strange because what I have known and experienced is an Owl will eat everything. Then they regurgitate whatever doesn't digest. Bones and fur come out in a neatly formed pellet chunk. We had an owl in our back yard of San Diego. And our yard backed up to a canyon so there were many field rats and mice. The owl used our rear deck overhang as a perch to hunt from and to return to feed. I used to find these disgusting preformed bones and fur pellets below his perch.

    Here I found what I was talking about.
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    I found something quite interesting. A Bald Eagle versus a Great Horned Owl. Both large rapters and preditors one ends up as food.

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    Bird thread or Raptor Thread!?

    Posted this in the Wildlife thread and it was suggested to post here...Thanks Dirtjunkie I think it belongs...The Bird Thread...-20130918_180305.jpgThe Bird Thread...-20130918_180142.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    That squawking is your mom. She's with you, where ever you go. I'll tell you a similar story later when I get home, along with a picture.

    The Ranch that I grew up on in So. Cal. only had the blue and white Jays. Iv'e never seen a blue and black one.
    Ok, here's the story I promised.

    So, my girlfriends cousin, Johnny, installed her water heater, like 20 years ago. About a year ago, I took a shower in the morning and no hot water. Damn, that water heater finally broke down. About an hour later, my girlfriend got a call. Johnny just had a massive heart attack and dropped dead. That is just to bizzare to be a coincidence. Now, Johnny, a big manly plumber, liked butterflies. And, he and my girlfriend and her familily went to Yosemite, like once a year for many years. So, a couple months later my girlfriend went to Yosemite. She was making her way up to Vernal Falls. She saw a butterfly and she knew right away it was Johnny. The butterfly landed on her hand and it stayed there long enough for her to take a picture of it. I don't believe in religion. I don't really believe we go anywhere when we die. But, for some reason, I can't help but believe in stuff like this.

    So, see, that Jay squawking is your mom, letting you know that she is ok.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    Ok, here's the story I promised.

    So, my girlfriends cousin, Johnny, installed her water heater, like 20 years ago. About a year ago, I took a shower in the morning and no hot water. Damn, that water heater finally broke down. About an hour later, my girlfriend got a call. Johnny just had a massive heart attack and dropped dead. That is just to bizzare to be a coincidence. Now, Johnny, a big manly plumber, liked butterflies. And, he and my girlfriend and her familily went to Yosemite, like once a year for many years. So, a couple months later my girlfriend went to Yosemite. She was making her way up to Vernal Falls. She saw a butterfly and she knew right away it was Johnny. The butterfly landed on her hand and it stayed there long enough for her to take a picture of it. I don't believe in religion. I don't really believe we go anywhere when we die. But, for some reason, I can't help but believe in stuff like this.

    So, see, that Jay squawking is your mom, letting you know that she is ok.

    Ahhh yes because butterfly's never land on people unless they have someones soul in it. Thanks Phoebe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nods Dad View Post
    Posted this in the Wildlife thread and it was suggested to post here...Thanks Dirtjunkie I think it belongs...
    Yes it does and some great shots of a beautiful Red Tail Hawk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Ric426 what is that a HEMI? ^^

    That's kind of strange because what I have known and experienced is an Owl will eat everything. Then they regurgitate whatever doesn't digest. Bones and fur come out in a neatly formed pellet chunk. We had an owl in our back yard of San Diego. And our yard backed up to a canyon so there were many field rats and mice. The owl used our rear deck overhang as a perch to hunt from and to return to feed. I used to find these disgusting preformed bones and fur pellets below his perch.

    Here I found what I was talking about.
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    Yep, I'm familiar with owl pellets and have found a few from smaller owls that we normally have around here. I looked around for bones or other remains, but didn't find any.
    Maybe there's another explanation for what ate the rabbit (alien abduction?), but there was definitely a Great Horned owl in the area and I don't know of any other predators around here that could have caught a rabbit and taken it up in a tree to eat it. I don't think the coyotes around here are that ambitious and they're pretty sloppy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ric426 View Post
    Yep, I'm familiar with owl pellets and have found a few from smaller owls that we normally have around here. I looked around for bones or other remains, but didn't find any.
    Maybe there's another explanation for what ate the rabbit (alien abduction?), but there was definitely a Great Horned owl in the area and I don't know of any other predators around here that could have caught a rabbit and taken it up in a tree to eat it. I don't think the coyotes around here are that ambitious and they're pretty sloppy.
    A bunny went missing, are they filming Fatal Attraction 2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ric426 View Post
    I don't know of any other predators around here that could have caught a rabbit and taken it up in a tree to eat it.
    You mean like bobcats, fishers, raccoons or the most likely culprit a grayfox. All of which climb trees. Grayfox climb trees like a cat and also will head up a tree so they are safe from larger predators.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
    You mean like bobcats, fishers, raccoons or the most likely culprit a grayfox. All of which climb trees. Grayfox climb trees like a cat and also will head up a tree so they are safe from larger predators.
    Except the only one of those that we have around here would be racoons, and the local ones are so fat and sluggish that I'd have to actually see one catch a rabbit to believe it.

    I didn't intend to start a debate on predator behavior. What I saw was either the result of a Great Horned Owl or it wasn't. Given the conditions, I still think it probably was, but it's not that important to me to prove it one way or the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ric426 View Post
    Except the only one of those that we have around here would be racoons, and the local ones are so fat and sluggish that I'd have to actually see one catch a rabbit to believe it.

    I didn't intend to start a debate on predator behavior. What I saw was either the result of a Great Horned Owl or it wasn't. Given the conditions, I still think it probably was, but it's not that important to me to prove it one way or the other.
    If you fell compelled to pick apart an anecdotal story, have at it.
    Well sorry to spoil your fairy tale reality but when you post something on a discussion forum people are going to discuss it. The only way to avoid that is to not post. The fact is it was not an owl.. Owls do not have teeth to cleanly remove meat from the hide. So they eat the hide with the meat. You may believe those animals are not around you but if you have Raccoons and Great horned owls then you definitely have most if not all the other predators I mentioned.
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    Except the only one of those that we have around here would be racoons, and the local ones are so fat and sluggish that I'd have to actually see one catch a rabbit to believe it.

    I didn't intend to start a debate on predator behavior. What I saw was either the result of a Great Horned Owl or it wasn't. Given the conditions, I still think it probably was, but it's not that important to me to prove it one way or the other.
    If you fell compelled to pick apart an anecdotal story, have at it.
    I don't think anyone is picking apart your story. I think we are all just trying to determine what it
    was. I think for the most part we all agree the owl
    wasn't the culprit. You live in Michigan and all the
    critters that RossJamis mentioned are all in your area. Even though you don't see them that doesn't mean they're not there. As stated a Gray Fox will climb a tree as well as a Red Fox which is also in your area. My opinion is that it was a Red Tailed Hawk. They eat exactly like this and are a very common large hawk found throughout the u.s.a. including your area.

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    You mean like bobcats, fishers, raccoons or the most likely culprit a grayfox. All of which climb trees. Grayfox climb trees like a cat and also will head up a tree so they are safe from larger predators.
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    That is very cool! Especially mirrored to the 60".

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
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    Great video! The only thing that would make it better is if the eagle swooped down on a rabbit.
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    "Flying Eagle Point Of View"
    Very cool video. Cyclelicious, I like how in a couple spots you can see the eagles shadow on the ground.
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    I couldn't find a story how they did it, But it has all kinds of awesome

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
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    That was cool but how come it sounded like there was metal rattling in the back ground?
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    A RedTail Hawk up in the tree.

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    Mountain Cycle Shawn, your girlfriend's cousin Johnny wasn't actually a girl was he? Because that butterfly in the picture is a California Sister.

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    Great thread I lLove the birds. I saw a big hawk today. Not sure what it was though.

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    Mountain Cycle Shawn, your girlfriend's cousin Johnny wasn't actually a girl was he? Because that butterfly in the picture is a California Sister.
    Lost me there Hawg, care to explain.
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    Lost me there Hawg, care to explain.
    Really?! Johnny was a man. The butterfly is named after a girl. They believed that the butterfly was Johnny's spirit or something to that effect.

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    I forgot I had these photo's. This is a hummingbird nest in my brothers back yard in San Diego. These were taken about 7 years ago.
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    Here's some shots of a Cooper's hawk from a friend's backyard.
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    Great shots Hawg we had. Coopers Hawk attempt to take our pet rabbit.
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    I'm eating breakfast and I took the power animal quiz and discovered I am a crow. Not even 10 minutes later I hear caw,caw and I look out the window and there's 3 crows out ther. Sign …maybe or just maybe I see them every day here. No photo sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinDirt View Post
    I'm eating breakfast and I took the power animal quiz and discovered I am a crow. Not even 10 minutes later I hear caw,caw and I look out the window and there's 3 crows out ther. Sign …maybe or just maybe I see them every day here. No photo sorry.
    ...they are following you...everywhere you go...waiting, patiently...before they strike...

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    Hawg is up before daybreak this sunday, stalking the owls of the night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boyonadyke View Post
    Hawg is up before daybreak this sunday, stalking the owls of the night.
    Early to bed/early to rise.

    "Early bird gets the worm"

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    Scrub turkey from todays' ride.

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    Yum! ^^

    Wild Turkeys in the U.S.A. have really made a huge come back in population. I had several sightings on rides. One time in the mountains outside of San Diego I was on a single track that was going through a meadow. The grass was a couple feet tall. All of a sudden I see several heads running along side of me. I was like.what the and hit the brakes just in time. Several baby Wild Turkeys ran out on to the trail in front of me. It was the funniest thing they were the size of a full grown chicken. They were running pretty fast down the trail and then hung a quick left off into the grass again. That's when I saw the mother hen turkey running along. Ha,ha it was a hilarious and cool experience.
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    Dirtjunkie I have been told these are as tough as an old boot so I'm not sure about the yum factor.

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    Dirtjunkie I have been told these are as tough as an old boot so I'm not sure about the yum factor.
    Have you ever tried an old boot boiled in hot chicken broth? It's pretty darn good mate!

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    Well my dad has shot several of the Wild Turkeys found in the U.S.
    And I can vouch that those ones are perty tasty.
    Hawg you must have had Wild Turkey sightings, they're all over So.Cal. mountain regions.
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    Here's a good bird story from today.

    I was in the middle of my work day sitting in my car killing a few minutes before my next appointment when all of a sudden I hear a loud thump on the front passenger window. I immediately look to see a woodpecker floundering as it slide down and took hold on the bottom of the window frame. We made eye contact and then it flew into a nearby tree. I watched it for a while because it was clearly knocked senseless to some degree but it was fine shortly there after. How many times can you say that something like this has happened in a lifetime???

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Well my dad has shot several of the Wild Turkeys found in the U.S.
    And I can vouch that those ones are perty tasty.
    Hawg you must have had Wild Turkey sightings, they're all over So.Cal. mountain regions.
    Many times, DJ. Those things are massive, too. I've also gone quite a few rounds with Wild Turkey 101 in my time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Here's a good bird story from today.

    I was in the middle of my work day sitting in my car killing a few minutes before my next appointment when all of a sudden I hear a loud thump on the front passenger window. I
    immediately look to see a woodpecker floundering as it slide down and took hold on the bottom of the window frame. We made eye contact and then it flew into a nearby tree. I watched it for a while because it was clearly knocked senseless to some
    degree but it was fine shortly there after. How
    many times can you say that something like this
    has happened in a lifetime???

    This is the type of woodpecker it was:
    Cool story Hawg and I don't know how I missed this post. It is a rare event although I have had a
    couple similar experiences and both were
    hummingbirds. Once one flew into my sliding glass
    door and was knocked out. And the other I was
    dropping my girlfriend off at her hairdresser and
    as she was walking in a hummingbird crashed into
    the larege window. Same thing it was knocked out but you could tell theu were both alive. Both birds
    I put in aquarium [no water] and put a towel and a
    heat lamp in to keep them warm. And both were a
    success story. Both within a couple hours woke up. And within a couple more hours were buzzing around the aquarium. Both were released and buzzzzzzzzed away.
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    saw lots of birds this weekend at Lake Havasu. Here's what comes to mind:

    Mallard Ducks
    Ospreys
    Mockingbirds
    Grackels
    Blackbirds
    Gamble's Quail
    Western Grebes
    Other water fowl
    Great Blue Heron
    Egret
    Red tailed Hawk
    Screech Owls
    Sea Gulls
    Mourning Doves
    Pigeons
    assorted small birds

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    I got this idea from another thread. Finch Patt is a bird so his mug shot goes here.

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Size:  21.4 KBWish I had a camera.. Went for a short ride tonight and I cut down a deer path between two cornfields. Well I almost ran over a woodcock and it flew up in front of me,, Well the crazy part was it kept flying straight in front of me. I had just started going downhill and it was not going much faster then me so I was right on its tail.( Pun intended)
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Size:  21.4 KBWish I had a camera.. Went for a short ride tonight and I cut down a deer path between two cornfields. Well I almost ran over a woodcock and it flew up in front of me,, Well the crazy part was it kept flying straight in front of me. I had just started going downhill and it was not
    going much faster then me so I was right on its
    tail.( Pun intended)
    Very cool! I haven't seen a Woodcock since my childhood in upsate N.Y.
    They live in the thick woods and hunker down in the leaves. You can walk right up on them and never see them until they explode in flight. They fly almost straight up and maneuver through the thick woofs with ease. My father used to hunt them back there. And they are very tasty but it takes several to make a meal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Very cool! I haven't seen a Woodcock since my childhood in upsate N.Y.
    Where in NY? I am also from upstate Ny but live in PA now..
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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
    Where in NY? I am also from upstate Ny but live in PA now..
    Born in Rochester and left at age 14. I was lucky enough that my family did a lot of outdoor activities so I got to see most of upstate. Hunting, fishing, boating, camping, snowmobiling,
    motorcycling, snow skiing. Quite a bit of time spent in the Adirondacks doing all of the above. What's your story?
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    I lived in a small upstate town named Owego most of my life. Transferred with my job to Pa about 10 years ago. Job has long since ended and we are looking for a way out of here. N.Y. is great for outdoorsmen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
    I lived in a small upstate town named Owego most of my life. Transferred with my job to Pa about 10 years ago. Job has long since ended and we are looking for a way out of here. N.Y. is great for outdoorsmen.
    Yeah upstate is definitely a beautiful place. And if it
    wasn't for the harsh winters would be ideal. Good
    luck with your P.a. desertion quest. From what I've seen of there I don't blame you for wanting out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Yeah upstate is definitely a beautiful place. And if it
    wasn't for the harsh winters would be ideal. Good
    luck with your P.a. desertion quest. From what I've seen of there I don't blame you for wanting out.
    Harsh winters? You've been away to long it ain't harsh its just winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
    Harsh winters? You've been away to long it ain't harsh its just winter.
    No I haven't been away long enough.
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    I see at least one bird a day, every day, first thing in the morning and throughout the day from time to time. It's our noisy ass, endlessly chattering, continuously screeching, forever churping parakeet. I wish they made shock collars for parakeets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26 View Post
    Dirtjunkie I have been told these are as tough as an old boot so I'm not sure about the yum factor.
    Just read yer posts on turkeys in San Diego, and I am THE authority. Yes, it's totally worth going out, in the dark, in freezing temps, and hunkering down in a blind with so much camo on that you look like a nut-case militia guy. And waiting, shivering in silence , until dawn.....

    And what makes it even more worthwhile is that aside from the regular field dressing, you gotta get ALL the feathers out, including those tiny goddam pin-feathers.
    In the end your family gets treated to a nice, 'gamey' Thanksgiving dinner, and nobody will look you in the eye for a couple of days.

    I did this twice, and I'll never do it again, even though turkeys are actually an invasive species here in SD county, that were introduced years ago by a Ramona rancher. Now they infest the entire Cuyamaca State Park, and as of a few years back they crossed over to the Lagunas, where there's too goddam many of them. The bobcats, mountain lions, and coyotes eat them, so they are good for something, but on the other hand, they are eating food sources out there that would have been eaten by indigenous species, so I think of them as vermin.

    I had it easy, too. I was allowed to shoot the turkeys on private property up near Julian, form the relative comfort of a trailer on a friends' land, where they came through every AM. It's legal to take Turkeys in CA with an air rifle in .20 caliber or bigger, and I have a very accurate Korean hunting air rifle that is, as they say in the business, 'mouse-fart' quiet. So, 2 quiet head shots, and two turkeys from 30 yards away. The second went to my friend, and he had to do all the pin-feathering on that one. I'm done killin' turkeys.

    I still hunt for turkey, but I've found a spot just down the hill from me in Point Loma out at the coast, where I can almost always bag me a MUCH better-tasting smoked butterball, every year! In fact I'm just now getting ready to go out and do a bit of 'recon' for this years' 'hunt'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    I see at least one bird a day, every day, first thing in the morning and throughout the day from time to time. It's our noisy ass, endlessly chattering, continuously screeching, forever churping parakeet. I wish they made shock collars for parakeets!
    I hear ya we used to have one and they are irritating although can provide endless entertainment when not on mtbr.
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