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Old 09-03-2013, 08:49 PM   #871
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Great site for sounds, here's owls: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/browse_tax/55/


How close the the E Screech come to what you hear?
yeah a great site

was freakin the wife out with those calls-lol

sounded more like a barn owl shreak actually ....
but more of a whistle sound to it... very zippy.... kinda
it was so weird it woke me out of a sound sleep
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:27 AM   #872
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Maybe it was the North-Eastern Chubacabra?

You might check to see what nocturnal birds are resident to your area and do a search based on those results.

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Old 09-04-2013, 10:31 AM   #873
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Here's a quick result to my search:

Is something (or someone) keeping you awake these summer nights?

Many questions come to eNature about night birds calling and other weird and incessant noises in the dark. It seems that there’s a lot of activity taking place when most of us expect our birds to be resting.

What’s going on? And who’s making all that noise in the dark?

Depending on the kinds of calls, and the location in North America, they could be any of at least four bird species.

Whip-poor-wills and their relatives are famous for calling their names, over and over again, sometime into the thousands of times without stopping. Unless you like to fall to sleep to the call of the whip-poor-will, it can become annoying.

Northern Mockingbirds are well known night callers, especially if there is a full moon. Enthusiastic mockingbirds can stay up ALL night, mimicking every bird song in the book as well as other sounds such bells, whistles, and sirens. These are birds that can try the patience of the most committed bird-lover!

If the call is coming from a wetland, it is probably one of the two night-herons, the black-crowned or yellow-crowned. They make squawks and cackles, and sometimes scary noises that will wake the heaviest sleeper.

Owls make another kind of noise in the night, which can range from the hooting of great horned owls to the whinnyings of screech-owls.

All of these birds are protected by state and federal laws, and nothing can or should be done to disturb them, not matter how annoying they are. The best solution is to either enjoy them, or to put plugs in your ears.

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Old 09-04-2013, 12:31 PM   #874
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after much thought...
i believe it was a death shriek of a fur bearing mammal
that was just caught by my always around well fed wild Bob Cat
or a bird of prey that got lucky ... as it was more like a scream

none of the Owl sounds have even came close....
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:54 PM   #875
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I saw 7 small hawks in about 10 minutes time migrating at high speed and altitude yesterday with the clear blue skies.
They had to be flying 50 mph and after looking them up I identified them as
Peregrine Falcons.
They were flying east to west and I have a feeling they were migrating from NYC
as they have been making a comeback there for several years and like the high buildings. They say they can dive up to 150 mph. Unbelievable speed and a thrill to see.

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Old 09-20-2013, 12:14 PM   #876
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Nat Geo had a program this morning on Goshawks and Peregrines.
The Goshawks have telescoping eyes that can see up to 5 miles and produce a circular air current from their wings when flying, similar to a helicopter to hold them up. They will spend up to an hour hunting a single prey.
Unbelievable.

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Old 09-20-2013, 01:53 PM   #877
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to the south of me is some 200 foot tall pines
that are growing up on top of Rock mountain
the Hawk sits up there at the very top each afternoon to scope the
grassy valley below and to catch the last of the afternoon Sunshine
before the sun sets. Many mice and voles come out at dusk
and they'll descend to lower branches as the light fades.
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Old 09-20-2013, 05:00 PM   #878
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ok so i go over to pick up my daughter at her friends house which is very close to Lake Assawopsett and as we are getting in the car about 5:30 yesterday a bald eagle glides over us about 50 feet over the car. I saw it coming about a 1/4 mile away as they are in an open area with few trees. I thought it was a large buzzard but when I saw the white head I knew it was a bald eagle. Friggin awesome, majestic, gigantic raptor. I know we a few nesting pairs in town and have for years and have seen them before in town sitting along lake in bare trees in early winter or early spring and also way way up in sky above the lake but never that close as it faded off into some large pines where I guess they have a nest according to my daughters friends mother.

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Old 09-22-2013, 09:25 PM   #879
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That had to be a thrill to see one that close up, P.
About 5 years ago my wife and I put the canoe in at Poxono on the Delaware to fish at dusk.
As we came out of the cove, about 200 ft. away, a Bald Eagle swept down picked up a fish in his talons and slowly circled around upward along the side of the mountain and flew off. My wife caught the whole thing on tape. I haven't seen it for awhile and fear it was put in the attic, lost forever along with 1/2 the world stored up there.

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Old 09-26-2013, 10:23 AM   #880
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I love those impromptu up-close and personal sightings that we get from time to time.
I had taken my younger brother down to Nickerson State Park a few years after our father's death and wanted to show him why we enjoyd heading there year after year for a weekend fishing trip.

We were fishing one of the smaller ponds in the park when I heard the trill of a resident osprey and had recently dispatched a sunfish (they are way too numerous in this pond) and had tossed it out as food for the local birds. As the bird caught sight of the floating sunfish, it made its diving approach. I told my brother to keep his eye on the floating fish, at which point the osprey swooped down, picked the fish off the water and flew back to its roost.....all within 15 feet of our jonboat.

I then turned to my brother and said "You won't see that in the city!"

Now when I kayak on the local rivers and ponds, all just outside the route 128 belt, I see that stuff with increased regularity.

Man, you can't beat the great outdoors!

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Old 10-30-2013, 11:25 AM   #881
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Flock of Wild Turkeys

Flock of Wild Turkeys visited this morning. They just meandered through the back yard after coming out of the woods. I had a tough time getting pictures but here's what I got.
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:27 AM   #882
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:44 AM   #883
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Salty, I'd say "toss them some birdseed if you have any handy", but this time of year the males are in the "collecting hens" mode which makes them VERY aggressive towards other jakes/toms and any unfortunate person that tries to get too close.

They have spurs for a reason, and they know very well how to use them!

Now if this were spring, I would be more apt to feed them for a photo op. Actually, I have in the past. We have a family of turkeys that visit our cul-de-sac frequently during the year. Some of the adults were chicks from prior years that know our area as a "potential" feeding stop.
(I don't feed them all the time, so that they won't become to comfortable around people.)

I was able to get within 4-5 feet from the mother while the chicks hid behind her. When I withdrew they would come out and feed.
The funniest part was that the mother knew what I was doing from 50 feet away when I tossed sunflower seed on the lawn and she and the chicks made a b-line for them at full sprint.

But of course this was spring/summer and not during the fall.
You NEVER get involved with any animal when they are in the rut. It never end well. (unless you are legally hunting them, then all bets are off!)

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I only got about 6 in the group picture but there were about 15 total. I wasn't going out there for a picture in that gang of brutes!

I tried to open the slider just a few inches so I could get some pictures not through the window glass but at that slight noise they bolted to the other side of the lawn , flocked up and headed back into the woods. Fun thing though. There were some just 2 feet the other side of the glass but on those pics the reflection back from the window was all I got.

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Tim is Right
when i lived next to the state land
i could step outside and toss bird seed
and the flock of Turkeys would run towards me
to eat....like a flock of chickens
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:49 AM   #886
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noticing what Dave JPI was seeing down south
in the land of milk and honey

not to many TIT mice this year ....sad to see
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:19 PM   #887
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Plenty of Tit Mice here Rav, it's the lack of stripers.
I'm putting myself on suicide watch.

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Old 11-15-2013, 07:56 PM   #888
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Talking A SUICIdE WATCH ?

time to go fishin! time to go ...

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Old 11-22-2013, 01:28 PM   #889
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Almost Bluebird time ....

BLUEBIRD TIME
this is the time of year to prepare for them!!!
and their arrival.... you probably think i'm nuts
but Nope when we get our first blowing snow storm
they show up out of NO where.....
they see the feeding birds and come investigate

if you have beef suet ready and waiting in your fridge
you can slice it like carving a turkey then cut it into cubes
they can swallow.... down the hatch... they go
and then they're hooked hook line and sinker
one pair will attract several other Pairs....

block suet cakes kinda suck unless its above 40 degrees
as they harden into cement
but the while whole solid chunk beef suet that you buy
at the meat markets (when they have it) is what they really want
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:32 PM   #890
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Yes Rav, that will work.


Anyone find a good price on grey striped sunflower seeds this year?

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Old 11-25-2013, 09:40 PM   #891
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Yes Rav, that will work.


Anyone find a good price on grey striped sunflower seeds this year?
good price? ....dunno bout that...but the only place I've seen the gray or striped seeds has been at either wild bird-food places
or at feed stores. I think the price was $49.00 for 50 pounds.

I also stopped by at Loews and picked up a second Bluebird offering....that being freeze dried meal worms.
the Carolina wrens enjoy those too. found the Beef suet @ stop and shop meat section

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Cool don't forget the birds on xmas

just picked up my third 50 lb bag of black oil sunflower seed
and filled all the feeders up... each one holds 5 pounds volume
and set out a bunch of suet in various baskets mounted on the
posts ,,,and BIG RED (woodpecker) was out there Fueling up....
screwed a 24" section of old cedar gutter on the wooden structure
kind of like a football goal post in size but without the tall uprights
and placed some half cakes in it thinking bluebirds will show tomorrow

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Old 12-14-2013, 06:15 PM   #893
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Banner year for migrating birds - there are 7 reported snow owls on Plum Island - Parker River Reserve. One has taken residence fairly close to the PI Turnpike. They are trapping them at logan and trying to relocate them to the reserve. The one I was watching stands about 3 feet tall and is majestic. The rangers on the reserve are asking that people do not try and approach the birds. ( Cannot blame them, there is an army of birders with million dollar scopes looking for position).

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Old 12-14-2013, 08:26 PM   #894
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A shame they were shooting them in NY airports but I guess the outrage got them to trap them. Never seen one in the wild. Must be cool

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Old 12-15-2013, 08:28 AM   #895
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Found a great way to keep the squirrels off the feeders,crack open a pumpkin and put it under the feeder.They can't resist pumpkin for some reason,its long lasting but still temporary.Been looking at the Droll Yankee Flipper but spending a $100+ on a feeder ain't in the budget right now.

Finally got some pics of the Sharpie that's been coming by.Will post some when I transfer them from the camera.
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Banner year for migrating birds - there are 7 reported snow owls on Plum Island - Parker River Reserve. One has taken residence fairly close to the PI Turnpike. They are trapping them at logan and trying to relocate them to the reserve. The one I was watching stands about 3 feet tall and is majestic. The rangers on the reserve are asking that people do not try and approach the birds. ( Cannot blame them, there is an army of birders with million dollar scopes looking for position).
i'd love to have one down in my neck of the woods
and that would be a hoot.
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Here's the best pic of the Sharpie.
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yellow on the beak is a good feature to look for
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this is cool

eagle steels the camera

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/vi...ralia.hln.html

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birds need suet to survive these temperatures
and not the store bought square cakes that cost $1.00
-1.49 each

I'm talking the cut off of a cow type found in your meat market
it sells for a dollar something...some people make bread pudding with it
but that stuff doesn't FREEZE hard as a BRICK
it stays soft even at single digit temperatures
IF your meat market doesn't carry it ask about it (see butcher)
called simply beef SUET.......
Stop and Shop usually has it for sale
then you thin slice it like you do a turkey
then cut it opposite way for real small pieces
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