Striper Talk Striped Bass Fishing, Surfcasting, Boating

     

Left Nav S-B Home Register FAQ Members List S-B on Facebook Arcade WEAX Tides Buoys Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Right Nav

Left Container Right Container
 

Go Back   Striper Talk Striped Bass Fishing, Surfcasting, Boating Striper Chat - Discuss stuff other than fishing ~ The Scuppers and Political talk The Scuppers

The Scuppers This is a new forum for the not necessarily fishing related topics...

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 12 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
Old 01-26-2008, 01:56 PM   #1
basswipe
Registered User
iTrader: (0)
 
basswipe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: RI
Posts: 5,544
Backyard bird watching

Anybody here into it?

Jane has really turned me onto it.We have many feeders along with the fish pond so we have quite the little eco-system going.I've learned to identify many species.

The reason I post this now is that we've a very special visitor the last three days,a Cooper's or a Sharpshinned Hawk.We're not sure which yet.

The battery for the digital camera won't take a charge so I can't get a pic to post.Hopefully it comes in the mail today as I really want to get some pics of this hawk.

Cool stuff to say the least!
basswipe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2008, 03:53 PM   #2
thortum
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Bean Town
Posts: 466
Yes I like watching them. We put feeders out but get 90% sparrows and pigeons [rock doves to you serious watchers]. Very relaxing when we get other birds. I'm checking out all their feathers for fly tying.
thortum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2008, 04:39 PM   #3
justplugit
Registered Grandpa
iTrader: (0)
 
justplugit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: east coast
Posts: 8,589
Great fun, BW, having breakfeast and seeing the regulars come, and from time to time a rarey

. I get a Red Tailed Hawk who makes a good fly by at the feeders from time to time, but rarely connects as the feeders are set up near escape bushes. Cooper's are smaller and alot quicker.

" Choose Life "
justplugit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2008, 05:09 PM   #4
basswipe
Registered User
iTrader: (0)
 
basswipe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: RI
Posts: 5,544
Quote:
Originally Posted by justplugit View Post
Great fun, BW, having breakfeast and seeing the regulars come, and from time to time a rarey

. I get a Red Tailed Hawk who makes a good fly by at the feeders from time to time, but rarely connects as the feeders are set up near escape bushes. Cooper's are smaller and alot quicker.
Yes it is.Coffee while sitting on the stool by the back window and the binocs right there.It fills the void when I'm not fishing in the off season.

He(or she) didn't show today but we were out and about today and the activity kept the birds away.I really want to get some decent pics so we can figure out if its a Cooper's or a Sharpie.
basswipe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2008, 06:21 PM   #5
Raven
........
iTrader: (0)
 
Raven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 22,690
Blog Entries: 1
rock doves = mourning doves

the cooper hawk is most anxious to score a small bird to eat during a very windy storm approaching....and thats when to look for them.

so when the flurries start blowing sideways they are sure to appear.

My parrot would square off with him in the tree and shriek sometimes being chased around from tree to tree (in summer) with the cooper hawk 1 foot away from sinbad the parrot's tail feathers ...with him screaming bloody murder the whole time even though they were equal in size.

i go thru 50 pounds of black seed per month...but i have found i attract more birds offering suet than seed and i buy both types;
the natural beef suet thats white and pink and the suet cakes
you can buy at most stores although the cheapest source is the christmas tree shops at 79 cents each and never pay more than a buck each.

i like feeding the red belly wood peckers and of course the nuthatches and the downy woodpeckers too.
cardinals love safflower seed the most........

i have cardinals every day( two pair) ...and if you have thistle seed you'll get the purple finches and the gold finches by the dozen.

i attach boards to my deck railing with a lip on the edge so they have a landing perch but they favor the branches i screw down to the railing to land on the best.
Raven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2008, 07:30 PM   #6
justplugit
Registered Grandpa
iTrader: (0)
 
justplugit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: east coast
Posts: 8,589
Question

Rav, have you reproduced that outragous feeding system you had on Pleasant Mountain on your new farm.

That was awesome.

" Choose Life "
justplugit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2008, 08:01 PM   #7
saltfly
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: rangeley me. nixed c. cod
Posts: 821
I have 5 feeders outside my double window where my tying table is located.This year I put a heated bird bath in the yard and it's the nuts!The birds are loving it.It cost about $65 the heating element is inside and very easy to clean.
saltfly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2008, 09:26 PM   #8
Raven
........
iTrader: (0)
 
Raven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 22,690
Blog Entries: 1
Talking yep

Quote:
Originally Posted by justplugit View Post
Rav, have you reproduced that outragous feeding system you had on Pleasant Mountain on your new farm.

That was awesome.
that was one of the first things i did..........

i will be growing allot of sunflower seed this season to be sure...

after that i'll be planting many types of berry's and growing vines

creating habitat , bird houses, bird condos , until i have so many wildlife biologists will be calling me... and then perhaps i'll have the perfect solution for bugs,,,ahhh ha ha ha - eatem up birdies lol
Raven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2008, 09:43 PM   #9
basswipe
Registered User
iTrader: (0)
 
basswipe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: RI
Posts: 5,544
Quote:
Originally Posted by Raven View Post
the cooper hawk is most anxious to score a small bird to eat during a very windy storm approaching....and thats when to look for them.

so when the flurries start blowing sideways they are sure to appear.

My parrot would square off with him in the tree and shriek sometimes being chased around from tree to tree (in summer) with the cooper hawk 1 foot away from sinbad the parrot's tail feathers ...with him screaming bloody murder the whole time even though they were equal in size.
i go thru 50 pounds of black seed per month...but i have found i attract more birds offering suet than seed and i buy both types;
the natural beef suet thats white and pink and the suet cakes
you can buy at most stores although the cheapest source is the christmas tree shops at 79 cents each and never pay more than a buck each.

i like feeding the red belly wood peckers and of course the nuthatches and the downy woodpeckers too.
cardinals love safflower seed the most........

i have cardinals every day( two pair) ...and if you have thistle seed you'll get the purple finches and the gold finches by the dozen.

i attach boards to my deck railing with a lip on the edge so they have a landing perch but they favor the branches i screw down to the railing to land on the best.
We go through a fair amount of seed ourselves.Jane has started to show me how to make homemade suet(bacon fat and peanut butter!)

We have three pairs of Cardinals I can certainly id by pair.We also get a Downy woodpecker too.Lotsa tufted titmice and black-capped chickadees.Nuthatches and blue-jays and of course sparrows,starlings,doves and finches.And other seasons bring a whole host of other birds which in Spring brings the damn grackles!

There really is nothing like seeing that hawk though.It really is awesome.
basswipe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2008, 10:09 PM   #10
gone fishin
Registered User
iTrader: (0)
 
gone fishin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Burlington
Posts: 2,290
And lots of squirrels .. feed em 5mm lead!

low & slow 37
gone fishin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2008, 11:08 PM   #11
basswipe
Registered User
iTrader: (0)
 
basswipe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: RI
Posts: 5,544
Quote:
Originally Posted by gone fishin View Post
And lots of squirrels .. feed em 5mm lead!
.177,.20,.22 or .25.As long as it comes from a quality pellet rifle!At least when that used to be doable.Grain fed squirrlies are nice but the neighbors might not like the "scene" so to speak.Not anymore.I've learned to live the buggers.The right food along with the right feeders,the birds and squirrels are fine.
basswipe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2008, 11:29 PM   #12
Clammer
Registered User
iTrader: (0)
 
Clammer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Warwick RI,02889
Posts: 10,452
I,m gaiving aball beweet beed feeders & birdhouses ;;


great time :;I,ll be selling most of my fishing gear >so I can spend more time checking these little peckers out :;

What has worked for me with squirrals & coons >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Is I have loaded the base of a couple of stands & make sure they are toooo far from a place that they can fly from > with axle greese >>> works awesome /they dob,t even attempt to get to them any longer

ENJOY WHAT YOU HAVE !!!

MIKE
Clammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2008, 05:45 AM   #13
Raven
........
iTrader: (0)
 
Raven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 22,690
Blog Entries: 1
what?

Dave f18 musta snuck over to Clammers puter.... me thinks

`~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
this year i intend to encircle my long feeder in green chicken wire
forming a big tube.....
so only the smaller birds can get in

and then the 12 bluejays and flocks
of grackles and starlings will no longer have access except
for what the little one's drop... my preference is for birds that sing..
especially the wrens and the fox sparrow and song sparrow and or Finches

squirell's tend to bloody up the snow and make a huge mess
when you shoot them which i learned as a kid...

i am going to buy an electric fence cow zapper
and shock the HELL out of them instead ..............
ZZZZZZZZZAPPP !!
Raven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2008, 06:00 AM   #14
Raven
........
iTrader: (0)
 
Raven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 22,690
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by justplugit View Post
Cooper's are smaller and alot quicker.

the thing about Cooper hawks....is their ability to cork screw thru
any type of cover
because of their wing design........ sand sharks of the air....

like a larger version of the barn swallow and due to their smaller wingspan they can maneuver between branches and still grab their intended target .

in Spring:
i'll be building several Owl boxes out back until i get a nesting pair... including one inside my barn (make six inch holes)

that and the bat boxes (anti mosquito plants) will help alleviate some of problems.
Raven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2008, 12:54 PM   #15
justplugit
Registered Grandpa
iTrader: (0)
 
justplugit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: east coast
Posts: 8,589
Quote:
Originally Posted by Raven View Post


i'll be building several Owl boxes out back until i get a nesting pair...
I had a pet Screech Owl and a Crow at one time. Natural enemies, but they tolerated each other.


Kept the owl in a nice large cage and fed him, along with the crow who was free but never left the neighborhood, hamburger meat.

The crow became a real menace as he would find anything shiny,

along with picking clothes pins off the neighborhood clothes lines and drop them

in the gutter spouts. Neigbors weren't too happy.

When i left home i gave them both to the County Park where they had an aviary and the Screech Owl lived for at least 20 years.

Cool birds.

" Choose Life "
justplugit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2008, 01:37 PM   #16
mackenzie
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: weymouth,ma
Posts: 101
We used to have 7 feeders at the back of the house. Have a wooded lot behind us.Had to fill them morning and afternoon. In the mornings all the tube feeders were on the ground-empty-from raccoon raids. We started to get rats"visiting" on a regular basis so we had to stop with the feeders. Think they came from an old school that was demo-ed in the area. We really miss the crew that used to congragate out there, squirrels included. Feel guilty about it but the wife won't tolerate the rodents with the bare tails. Read in some bird watching pamphlet that if you've got hawks/falcons showing up for a meal you've reached the pinnacle of backyard habitat.
mackenzie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2008, 01:49 PM   #17
ProfessorM
Uncle Remus
iTrader: (0)
 
ProfessorM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Lakeville Ma.
Posts: 14,419
I enjoy it. I also watch the flying squirrels at nite come to the feeders. A good 6 to 10 of them, but my neighbor had a logger come in and cut down all the large trees in her yard, a good 5 acres of them, so I have not seen any rocky's lately. To far for them to glide to my property. Kind of screwed up our little ecosystem
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	000_1487.jpg
Views:	279
Size:	156.6 KB
ID:	25514   Click image for larger version

Name:	000_1492.jpg
Views:	274
Size:	149.0 KB
ID:	25515  

"A beach is a place where a man can feel he's the only soul in the world that's real"
ProfessorM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2008, 01:50 PM   #18
ProfessorM
Uncle Remus
iTrader: (0)
 
ProfessorM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Lakeville Ma.
Posts: 14,419
She is making more room for her pets
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	000_1491.jpg
Views:	220
Size:	135.6 KB
ID:	25516  

"A beach is a place where a man can feel he's the only soul in the world that's real"
ProfessorM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2008, 03:32 PM   #19
basswipe
Registered User
iTrader: (0)
 
basswipe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: RI
Posts: 5,544
We had a real crowd at the feeders today.The snow really brings them in.
basswipe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2008, 04:21 PM   #20
basswipe
Registered User
iTrader: (0)
 
basswipe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: RI
Posts: 5,544
We're now sure its a Cooper's,but two.The kicker is both an adult and a juvenile.They took three shots at grabbing birds at the feeders over the past hour.Very cool to see!!!!!!

You want something to do when you can't fish?Put out feeders,a water source and get set of binoculars.I'm absolutely hooked on backyard birdwatching!!!
basswipe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2008, 09:37 PM   #21
thortum
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Bean Town
Posts: 466
You must have been in the"TWILIGHT ZONE" when you took those pictures. 8/1/08 [Aug.1,08] hasn't arrived yet.
thortum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2008, 09:50 PM   #22
ProfessorM
Uncle Remus
iTrader: (0)
 
ProfessorM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Lakeville Ma.
Posts: 14,419
WTF , never noticed. That being said I am in the twilite zone most of the time

"A beach is a place where a man can feel he's the only soul in the world that's real"
ProfessorM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2008, 09:52 PM   #23
justplugit
Registered Grandpa
iTrader: (0)
 
justplugit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: east coast
Posts: 8,589
Wink

Quote:
Originally Posted by thortum View Post
You must have been in the"TWILIGHT ZONE" when you took those pictures. 8/1/08 [Aug.1,08] hasn't arrived yet.
P. is always waaay ahead of us, waaay ahead.

" Choose Life "
justplugit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2008, 09:57 PM   #24
ProfessorM
Uncle Remus
iTrader: (0)
 
ProfessorM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Lakeville Ma.
Posts: 14,419
So far ahead I'm coming up behind yeah

"A beach is a place where a man can feel he's the only soul in the world that's real"
ProfessorM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2008, 05:05 AM   #25
Raven
........
iTrader: (0)
 
Raven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 22,690
Blog Entries: 1
oh my GOD !!!

then this means......


that Paul has come full circle


eeee gads...
Raven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2008, 12:03 PM   #26
FishermanTim
Registered User
iTrader: (0)
 
FishermanTim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Hyde Park, MA
Posts: 4,032
In addition to cardinals, yellow finches, chickadees, slate colored junkos, tufted titmice, nuthatches, starlings, purple finches, sparrows, red headed woodperkers, common flickers and one turkey.
During the spring we await the return of the Baltimore/orchard orioles.
I've made a number of simple birdhouses over the years, and we have a number of returning birds from a number of generations over that same timeframe. We love listening to the birds and by keeping them fed during the winter, they return the favor by revouring mosquitos by the truckload. If you have the chance, watch the sparrows during the nesting season, and you'll see them fly back to the nest/birdhouse with their beaks loaded with bugs for their young.
FishermanTim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2008, 12:21 PM   #27
Raven
........
iTrader: (0)
 
Raven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 22,690
Blog Entries: 1
kids like them

especially when you tell them they are related to dinosaurs

i often marvel at the way nuthatches hide seeds

similar to the way squirrels hide acorns


this one nuthatch would tuck a sunflower seed up under the roof shingles at each cut in the shingle until every space was occupied
for leaner times.... fairly ingenious if ya ask me...
Raven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-2008, 03:41 PM   #28
Raven
........
iTrader: (0)
 
Raven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 22,690
Blog Entries: 1
I don't waste them

when i find these huge wood eating grubs
as i split wood...
i take them and put them right into the log feeder
out on the back deck




I waited like 5 minutes thinking a woodpecker was gonna get happy
then a titmouse grabbed it (the worm) and flew off before i could snap a pic. lol
he was a little faster than the man with the camera today
Raven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-2008, 04:26 PM   #29
ProfessorM
Uncle Remus
iTrader: (0)
 
ProfessorM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Lakeville Ma.
Posts: 14,419
Craig you drinking tequila again

"A beach is a place where a man can feel he's the only soul in the world that's real"
ProfessorM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-2008, 11:14 PM   #30
RIJIMMY
sick of bluefish
iTrader: (1)
 
RIJIMMY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: TEXAS
Posts: 8,672
I love watching Bird


making s-b.com a kinder, gentler place for all
RIJIMMY is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:38 AM.


Powered by vBulletin. Copyright 2000 - 2008, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Please use all necessary and proper safety precautions. STAY SAFE Striper Talk Forums
Copyright 1998-20012 Striped-Bass.com