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Bird watchers....

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    Sundancer7
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/02/25 12:16:13 (permalink)
    Thanks for sharing:  I have osprey nesting very close to my house and I see them almost daily.  I see bald eagles quite often and they have landed on my trees several times and at Mamaw Smith's next door.  I see a lot of waterfowl at my residence.
     
    Birding has been one of my hobbies for better than 45 years.
     
    Paul E. Smith
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    mar52
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/02/25 12:47:28 (permalink)
    I love seeing birds.  I hope to see a bald eagle in flight some day.
     
    I'm lucky to be close to an area (marsh) where a lot of different shore birds stop on their migration.
     
    Haven't been there since last June when someone broke in to my SUV.  It's time!
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/02/25 13:00:50 (permalink)
    mar, if you want to see eagles, go to Alaska!  We had a pair of nesting eagles next to the boat in Whittier.  The nest was estimated to be 2,000 lbs. seeing as how they nest for life.  Then the male would swoop down into Prince William Sound and come up with a salmon in his talons.  Beautiful.
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/02/25 13:57:31 (permalink)
    We have had nesting bald eagles in our town for the past 3 years and see them frequently in flight around the area. Last year a really bad storm blew the 2 young down to the ground before they fledged. Fortunately the caretaker of the property (it's private) found them the next day and turned them over to a wildlife rehab place nearby. They were raised in rehab until flight and then taken down to the Illinois River near Starved Rock where a sizable number of eagles live year around. The eaglets have done well nd survived. A man made nest was built nearby last spring but happily, 2 adult Bald Eagles have returned to make a new nest in a neighboring tree and are seen in the area daily right now. They are off of a very busy road but the park district has made a nice observation spot across the 4 lane road from the nest for people to watch from. All this 45 miles west of Chicago in an ever urbanizing land. Cool!
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/02/25 14:12:27 (permalink)
    That is so cool!
     
    Lisa, Alaska is also on my list but I'm not so keen on cruise ships.... speakng of lists.
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/02/25 16:54:42 (permalink)
    We have bald eagles everywhere here in Minnesota. They regularly fly over our house. One of the best places to watch them are about this time of year on the Mississippi River at Wabasha, Minnesota. The National Eagle Center is located there. The University of Minnesota has a Raptor Center where they care for raptors brought in that have been found injured and release them when they can.
     
    Another great location for seeing eagles is Homer, Alaska. We plan to go there this summer.
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/02/25 17:00:07 (permalink)
    If you want to see eagles go to Ohio. We have nesting pairs in several areas of the state -- especially along the Lake Erie shore.
     
    My closest encounter with a bald eagle occurred on Shagawa Lake at Ely, Minnesota. While fishing I tossed an undersized perch back into the water and just as it hit an eagle swooped down and grabbed it before it could get underwater. That was within a paddle length of the canoe.
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/02/25 18:32:00 (permalink)
    Birding is the cheapest lifelong hobby I have ever had.  It is something that I have done almost every day in the last 45 years.  I must have a dozen binocs around the house and cars and mamaw Smith's house.  You never know when you will need them.  Warblers will start migrating through in about a month.  Osprey's are building a nest across the lake and great blue herons are already nesting on a rookery on a island about 1/4 mile south of my house. The only thing I do not like about the great blues is that they leave racing stripes on my boat dock as they fly over.  I have narrowly avoided the aerial bomb myself as they flew over.  Actually a kingfisher nailed me about a year ago.  Roz laughed and I took a quick shower.  I hAve mallards and geese both nesting my property and Mamaw Smiths.
     
    I want to upgrade with some Canon 18 X 50 image stabilizer binocs.  They are about $1100 and I cannot find them any cheaper.  I was hoping they would drop the price but not yet.
     
    Paul E. Smith
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/02/26 14:37:14 (permalink)
    Last spring we hit the Sandhill Crane migration just right near Kearney, Nebraska at the end of March.



     
    Near Monticello, MN northwest of the Twin Cities there is open water on the Mississippi River where Trumpeter Swans stop in January on their migration north.

     
    If you ever get a chance to drive the Great River Road (Mississippi River) near Wabasha, MN then stopping at the National Eagle Center is a must. This time of year you might also see bald eagles in flight and as many as you can count in the trees across the river. We counted over 50 once.

     
    Not far from our house there are nesting pairs of bald eagles on Big Island on Lake Minnetonka. In years past we have snowshoed and kayaked (obviously depending on the time of year) to check their status.

     
    Two years ago this bald eagle was stalking us and hanging around up on the Gunflint Trail in northern Minnesota. Did he/she know we had a cat in our RV?

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    Sundancer7
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/02/26 15:02:37 (permalink)
    Davydd:  Great pics.  We have the sandhill cranes (10,000+) which is nothing like they have in Nebraska. This was at Hiwassee wild life refuge which is about 50 miles south of Knoxville.  This year we had a few whooping cranes and somehow a Chinese hooded crane got about 25,000 miles off course and ended up here.  We had birders from all over the USA wanting to see this very rare bird.
     I had a friend who was lockmaster on the dam just north Rock Island Illinois on the Mississippi.  It was a cold January and the river was froze over except for a mile just below the dam.  There was a huge congregation of baldies.  Every tree was full and they were constantly diving in the water for lunch.  I saw one baldie dive on some type of fish and it was at least a five pounder.  He or she could not get airborne and finally drug it to a ice formation and pecked it to death and had a nice lunch. 
     
    I have driven the river road from Rock Island to Minneapolis many times.  A beautiful drive the entire way.
    http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/jan/07/marcia-davis-sandhill-crane-festival-is-hiwassee/
     
    Paul E. Smith
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    mar52
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/02/26 15:22:04 (permalink)
    Outstanding!  I'm in awe.
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/02/26 17:33:53 (permalink)
    Beautiful pics and I wish I had that type of camera.
     
    Paul E. Smith
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/02/26 20:22:17 (permalink)
    I'm only a very casual birdwatcher, but I thoroughly enjoyed the movie "The Big Year".
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/02/26 22:45:46 (permalink)
    We will probably make a return visit to Fairbanks, Alaska this summer and visit Creamer's Field where the Sandhill Cranes go in the summer. I understand the Arctic Audubon Society has a Sandhill Crane Festival there in July. http://www.arcticaudubon.org/crane.html
     
    If that is a bit far to go, The International Crane Foundation, located between Baraboo, WI and the Wisconsin Dells has almost every variety of cranes from around the world on display. They were instrumental  in restoring the Whooping Cranes. http://www.savingcranes.org/

     
    I generally set up in my back yard or just through our back window to capture these cardinals, barred owls and crows. The owls put us to sleep at night and wake us up in the morning. During the day the crows do their best to chase the owls away.

     

     

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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/02/26 22:58:09 (permalink)
    WOW!
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/02/27 18:01:19 (permalink)
    Davy certainly has found his nitch ! Those bird photos are beautiful. We have many of the same species and enjoy their visits to our feeders. The Cardinals are with us year round as are the various Finches.
    We do have large numbers of Hummingbirds during the warmer monthes.  Here are a couple of Hummingbird "clusters" taken a couple of years ago from our living room window.


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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/02/27 21:04:46 (permalink)
    We had almost no winter birds this season - normally I would buy a 20 lb. bag of seed every other week - I bought only one back in November- we had some doves and that was about it - not at all like it usually is with birds.
    We've been getting our Martin and Bluebird houses ready - and even though it's not even March - I'm ready to put the hummingbird feeders out.  I'm more than ready for spring.
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/03/05 11:03:53 (permalink)
    Here is my latest taken just this morning of a persistent cardinal attacking himself in our window. I shot this one with my Canon S95 point and shoot and did some minor enhancement in Mac iPhoto (contrast and shadow) and then cropped it.

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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/03/05 12:08:08 (permalink)
    This past summer I had an adult Coopers Hawk and 2 fledgling young live in my backyard. I have a LOT of chipmunks so the young had easy hunting lessons and would frequently sit out in the open waiting for the chippies walk by. I hope this works, I haven't posted a photo in years. 
     

     
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/03/05 13:49:43 (permalink)
    Wow Al, that is some crop of hummingbirds! What do you do put bacon in that nectar?? This guy kept my bird count low this winter!
     

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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/03/05 19:01:18 (permalink)
    Tony, Al, Davydd:  Great shots:  All of you are great photographers.  I am fortunate that I have a huge amount of waterfowl and birds at my residence.  I post it mostly on Facebook.
     
    Thank you all for your posting.
     
    Paul E. Smith
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/03/05 19:46:59 (permalink)
    Sundancer7

    Tony, Al, Davydd:  Great shots:  All of you are great photographers.  I am fortunate that I have a huge amount of waterfowl and birds at my residence.  I post it mostly on Facebook.

    Thank you all for your posting.

    Paul E. Smith
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    I may not chime in to say so, but I enjoy your facebook photos. You have a real natural paradise in your backyard!
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/03/05 20:07:19 (permalink)
    Guess I'm going to have to "friend" Paul on Facebook.
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/03/05 20:09:45 (permalink)
    Do you know how many Paul E. Smiths there are?
     
    Going to go through Tony now....
     
     
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/03/08 17:23:29 (permalink)
    This guy helps keep down the rabbit population in my yard.

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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/03/08 17:38:49 (permalink)
    mar52

    Do you know how many Paul E. Smiths there are?

    Going to go through Tony now....



     
    I wish I could tell you have to find me but I do not know how.  Perhaps you could email me and give meyour name on facebook and I could make you my friend.  You will get to see pics of Mamaw Smith who I have mentioned hundreds of times on Roadfood.
     
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/03/09 09:11:58 (permalink)
    Extreme Glow

    This guy helps keep down the rabbit population in my yard.
     


    Some years ago I shot a squirrel and was walking to it when a big red-tailed hawk landed.  It put one foot on the squirrel and looked directly at me, and I got the message loud and clear. 
      
    The hawk spent probably the better part of 2 hours working over the carcass, flying off with bits of meat, and returning.  We watched from the living room picture window and even though my kids were much younger at the time they weren't at all put off by it.
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    Re:Bird watchers.... 2012/03/09 09:41:52 (permalink)
    Raptors have to eat.   We have hawks in our neighborhood but it is the owls who dominate our yard. There is no worse sound than a rabbit squeal in the middle of the night. You know an owl got its dinner.
     
    Everyone has a URL address on Facebook. Just go to your Wall and copy the address. Mine is http://www.facebook.com/Davydd
     
    If you hadn't selected a custom name your address might just be a number following facebook.com/ Sundancer's address that I see is:
     
    http://www.facebook.com/p...php?id=100000574276248
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