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Old 02-03-2012, 12:24 PM   #61
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The marauder returns

This guy doesn't stay in one place for very long. So, through blinds, two panes of glass, and with a pocket camera, this is the best I could get.

Sharp Shinned Brdofpray? Rounded tail feathers, no notch?
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:33 PM   #62
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Wish there was something to be able to judge the size. But I would concur with your identification. Feeding on small birds from your feeder?
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Wish there was something to be able to judge the size. But I would concur with your identification. Feeding on small birds from your feeder?
I cant catch him with something good to compare for size. Smaller than a crow I'd say. From my research, smaller than a Coopers. He usually swings through once a week and has a sparrow or two, but have seen this same type of hawk take down a large Eurasian dove in the yard last winter.

Edit to Add that he's about 8 feet from the window in this pic.
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:56 PM   #64
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no birds...just 16" of snow.
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Sharpies are pretty cool. For a little guy, I've seen one hold its own while being mobbed by crows. Not many hawks can put up with that,
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:56 PM   #66
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I've always heard that the sharpies, the coopers, and the goshawks (accipiters) are the "Top Guns" in the bird world. Short wings, long tail for high speed, maneuverability through the woodlands. Little birds, and big beware.
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I cant catch him with something good to compare for size. Smaller than a crow I'd say. From my research, smaller than a Coopers. He usually swings through once a week and has a sparrow or two, but have seen this same type of hawk take down a large Eurasian dove in the yard last winter.

Edit to Add that he's about 8 feet from the window in this pic.
Smaller than a crow? Definitely a sharpie. Full adult too - red breast, red eyes.
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:33 PM   #68
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I thought this might fit here.

An Eagle Owl landing filmed at 1000 frames per second.

Amazing nature - The Eagle Owl
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Bluebirds starting to scope out the houses. We fledged 13 last year with two houses. A third house installed in the fall. Should be more this year.

Went down to our local National Wildlife Area last week. Red-shouldered hawk and many kestrels. About 15 eagles. 30,000 snow geese.
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I thought this might fit here.

An Eagle Owl landing filmed at 1000 frames per second.

Amazing nature - The Eagle Owl
Thanks for the link. That was SPECTACULAR!
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Wow - what a great thread. This is exactly how I see myself in retirement. Going to parks, watching birds do what they do ... not just spotting them, but actually WATCHING them.

Amazingly I see LESS species here in Florida (tampa bay area) then I do when I lived in lower NY state. I miss the Chickadees for sure.
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We had a rare (for the east) Virginia's warbler at the local Audubon refuge this week. Multiple sightings on a nice warm day. Bonus - two golden eagles perched high in the oaks at the edge of the fields. Baldies are everywhere around here but the golden eagles are not as easy to spot.
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Yesterday I was sitting on my back porch. I heard a bird that I thought I should know. Frustrated, I grabbed my Iphone and camera and walked into the woods. I opened my bird App on my phone, and began playing songs from likely suspects. When I played the pine warbler's song, this little guy showed up. He was looking for the bird in my phone. I quickly began to snap some shots. (one note: If you do this, stop playing the song after the bird arrives. Too much repetition may drive your bird from the territory, when they can't find the competing bird they had just heard. And yes, they are called birdbrains for a reason!)
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Within the past week hummingbirds have arrived back in the eastern US along the Gulf Coast per maps at http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html
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Within the past week hummingbirds have arrived back in the eastern US along the Gulf Coast per maps at Hummingbird Migration Maps
This past weekend, I received a reliable report they were in the Upstate of South Carolina.
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Yesterday I was sitting on my back porch. I heard a bird that I thought I should know. Frustrated, I grabbed my Iphone and camera and walked into the woods. I opened my bird App on my phone, and began playing songs from likely suspects. When I played the pine warbler's song, this little guy showed up. He was looking for the bird in my phone. I quickly began to snap some shots. (one note: If you do this, stop playing the song after the bird arrives. Too much repetition may drive your bird from the territory, when they can't find the competing bird they had just heard. And yes, they are called birdbrains for a reason!)
Yeah, it's pretty amazing how responsive some of these little guys can be to their song! Nice photos! But you're right, you don't want to play recorded bird songs much, particularly when they are establishing territory and raising young as it can interfere. A little bit, however, is just like a rival passing through.

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Today I had a FOS (1st of season) Black-chinned hummingbird. This is the most common breeder where I live, and is about 2 weeks earlier than normal.
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Yesterday I was sitting on my back porch. I heard a bird that I thought I should know. Frustrated, I grabbed my Iphone and camera and walked into the woods. I opened my bird App on my phone, and began playing songs from likely suspects. When I played the pine warbler's song, this little guy showed up. He was looking for the bird in my phone. I quickly began to snap some shots. (one note: If you do this, stop playing the song after the bird arrives. Too much repetition may drive your bird from the territory, when they can't find the competing bird they had just heard. And yes, they are called birdbrains for a reason!)
Great thread. Good idea the bird app. DW and I love birding. The only exciting thing recently is that I heard a Grouse "thumping" in the distance. I sure sign that spring is near up here in PA.
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