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Old 08-03-2012, 01:50 PM   #751
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I was explaining to a coworker today why I stop feeding the birds in our yard during the late spring into the fall.
You keep feeding the birds and they will focus on your offerings more than what they should normally be eating.

Our birds do a nice job with weeds and bugs, and it helps when you don't want to use conventional bug sprays.

With the variety of birds that visit our yard/neighborhood, most insects take their life into their hands if they cross our "no-fly" zones.

Now if I could only keep the squirrels out of our yard, I'd be content....
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:32 PM   #752
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no Blue Jays at all since B-4 winter in my back yard Wareham ,ma

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Old 08-06-2012, 12:36 PM   #753
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I got finches all over the backyard today. I don't know why they suddenly are back there. I don't put out seed and while that area is thriving with wildlife , its seldom finches. Today they are all over. Mostly they are down in the grass , so small you often lose them as they go in and out of longer clumps.

Fun to watch the animals!
In my backyard, we have a couple thistle plants that look like they've gone to seed. This heat is when a lot of the weeds seem to drop their seeds.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:11 PM   #754
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yeah,
i have a huge bush of catnip growing thats gone to seed
little tiny black ones the size of poppy seeds
and they seem to love that stuff....
i'm trying to harvest it tho, so since i bought expensive
finch mix at the feed store...i shoo them away often
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:28 PM   #755
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I never realized our territorial humming birds are.
they fight each other off for the feeder and hog it.
I don't know what kind these are but the males are cool looking.
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Old 08-19-2012, 06:52 PM   #756
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Eastern Goldfinch in my yard eating the flower seeds.
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Old 08-19-2012, 06:59 PM   #757
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Turkey Vulture that was by my car at work.
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:36 PM   #758
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he must be waiting for the meat raffle info from you .

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Old 08-19-2012, 11:55 PM   #759
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I never realized our territorial humming birds are.
they fight each other off for the feeder and hog it.
I don't know what kind these are but the males are cool looking.
usually ruby throats

i sometimes sit in the back yard and this ruby throated humming
bird is doing LAPS around the house at mach1
to keep any intruders from pilfering his stash.

when i sit in the front, the hummbird comes down to me and hovers
right in front of my face doing facial recognition i suppose
and stays there for a full 30 seconds before jetting back to his spot
almost as if to say.... thanks.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:08 AM   #760
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he must be waiting for the meat raffle info from you .
He was eying me up like I was the prize from a meat raffle. lol
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:18 AM   #761
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I came into work the other day and this hawk was sitting on our smokestack screeching.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:33 PM   #762
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Lots of hawks near me now. Route 295 has become their buffet now. Some days there are half a dozen patroling a 3 mile stretch from Lincoln to Attleboro.

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Old 08-24-2012, 08:52 PM   #763
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Close up of the young hawk at my office.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:08 AM   #764
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Must have 1000's of starlings in the trees surrounding the house! Send over the hawks.
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Old 08-29-2012, 05:27 AM   #765
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and just imagine

they're not native to this country

that there were only two....yep just 2 here in 1954

until some dumb as dirt biologists let them escape

in Texas: flocks are so big they block out the stars
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:11 AM   #766
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Rather than deadhead my coneflowers, I let them go to seed, because goldfinches definitely enjoy the seeds.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:09 PM   #767
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I was trimming shrubs early yesterday morning. Birds were singing, then the
Blue Jays started sqwaking and it became dead quiet.
I looked up and there were between 35-40 Hawks migrating south, high up on the thermals, just circiling in 100yd circles without moving their wings just riding the NW wind. Too far up to identify them, but one of the coolest things I've seen.
Nature is unbelievable.It was quiet for a long time afterwards.

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Old 09-24-2012, 02:39 PM   #768
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very interesting

i didn't know hawks mass migrated

i've seen turkey vultures in large groups but
never hawks.... hmmmm
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:43 PM   #769
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I had never seen it before either Rav, but there they were just
like I said. Wished I could of identified them, but they were way
up there. They looked to be about Redtailed size.
No they were not turkey buzzards for sure.

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Old 09-25-2012, 10:21 AM   #770
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A couplke of years back we had a massive crow roosting migration pass by our house. the trees were bare, except for the hundreds and hundreds of crows perched in them.
They would pass in waves, cawing loudly as each wave passsed.
There were probably well over a thousand in all.

Reminded me of the movie "The Birds".

The crows still pass by our house as part of thier seasonal migration, but nothing like that one time.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:39 AM   #771
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Whatever migratory bird that flys in groups has to start the journrey
somewhere. I wonder where they all meet to start the flight or do they
just pick up hitchhikers a few at a time?

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Old 09-26-2012, 10:36 AM   #772
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I looked up some info on Hawk Migration and it is not uncommon
to see what they call a "Kettle", which is a group of Hawks migrating by
circiling tightly on an air thermal.
Some types of Hawks migrate as far South as Peru.

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Old 09-26-2012, 09:57 PM   #773
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Found out some more info from a guy who counts migrating Hawks.
He told me these Kettles can be as large as 100 to 1000 Hawks. He said
there hasn't been enough Nortwest winds yet to push down the broad wing
migrators in really large numbers , but they will come,followed by the
smaller Kestrel hawks etc. and lastly the Golden and Bald Eagles.

I found 4 Hawk Watch areas and hope to take my Grandsons to see them
the next time we get a nice clear NW wind day.

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Old 09-27-2012, 06:52 AM   #774
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a Kettle of hawks
a murder of crows

everything else is just friggan flocks
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:39 AM   #775
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a Kettle of hawks
a murder of crows

everything else is just friggan flocks
And a gaggle of geese

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Old 09-27-2012, 08:55 AM   #776
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Great Horned Owl. I saw this at a outdoor expo.
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Found out some more info from a guy who counts migrating Hawks.
He told me these Kettles can be as large as 100 to 1000 Hawks. He said
there hasn't been enough Nortwest winds yet to push down the broad wing
migrators in really large numbers , but they will come,followed by the
smaller Kestrel hawks etc. and lastly the Golden and Bald Eagles.

I found 4 Hawk Watch areas and hope to take my Grandsons to see them
the next time we get a nice clear NW wind day.

Great source of info and place to watch, hawk mt PA:

Hawk Mountain Raptor Count | Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: Raptor Conservation, Education, Observation & Research

Given the diversity of the human species, there is no “normal” human genome sequence. We are all mutants.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:16 AM   #778
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that's my old hood. It was also was a great place to do teenager-type things

My eyes is goin' crazy!
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:37 AM   #779
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And a gaggle of geese
ya got me!
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now ya notice the color of that great horned owl's eyes _RED

maybe that's why the unknown creatures have those
to see better in the NIGHT to eat you
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