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Old 04-03-18, 10:21 PM
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heres from my commute yesterday.. not to spring looking but no snow....until Friday apparently.
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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
Spotted a Peregrine Falcon in a tree on my street. Not all that uncommon. They nest in the tall buildings in the downtown area.

That's a good shot! What I think you have there is a Cooper's Hawk...one of my favorite hawks. We have a couple regulars that pick off song birds from the feeders in our neighborhood. Those guys are really something. They can hit a tree line flying 35mph and not ruffle a feather. I'm not lucky enough to have ever seen a Peregrine in person.
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Old 04-04-18, 11:44 AM
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We were hit with a big storm dumping a foot of snow and high winds. Here is the drift on the front deck and ice on our lakefront.
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Originally Posted by simmonsgc View Post
That's a good shot! What I think you have there is a Cooper's Hawk...one of my favorite hawks. We have a couple regulars that pick off song birds from the feeders in our neighborhood. Those guys are really something. They can hit a tree line flying 35mph and not ruffle a feather. I'm not lucky enough to have ever seen a Peregrine in person.
I believe you are correct - wasn't 100% on the ID.

Hawks and many other species have made a comeback in the Chicago area - always thrilled to see them up close.
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Crocus flowers popping up at the front walk. Brisk and breezy ride today, headwinds the whole way.

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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
We were hit with a big storm dumping a foot of snow and high winds. Here is the drift on the front deck and ice on our lakefront.
wow, just wow
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Old 04-05-18, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
Spotted a Peregrine Falcon in a tree on my street. Not all that uncommon. They nest in the tall buildings in the downtown area.
As an avid bird watcher I feel compelled to inform you that that's actually a mature Cooper's Hawk or Sharp-Shinned Hawk (both accipiters with very similar features, mostly distinguished by size). I can't tell for sure without seeing the head from a different angle. There species are both commonly referred to as "Chicken Hawks" and other rather uncouth names reflecting the fact that they hunt by stealth, usually preying on smaller birds or rodents.

At first I thought it was a Red-Shouldered Hawk and had to edit my post, but the tail is definitely too long! One of the distinguishing features of the accipiters is the long banded tail-feathers.

http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/coopers-hawk

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Thanks for giving me the bird (information)
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morning dove built a nest & laid an egg in our front roof rain gutter. 2 weeks to hatch? then 2 more weeks to fly away?
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Since we're birding here, I'll share this extreme closeup of a hummingbird I spotted in my new greenhouse yesterday. Unfortunately, I can't claim to be a dab hand at wildlife photography, the poor thing was dead and therefore sat still for me very patiently



It had to have flown very low to the ground to get in there; there's only a couple gaps down in the dirt where I haven't completely sealed off the back wall. Everything else is pretty tight.

Not sure why it died.
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First commute for me today. Photo courtesy of another BF member that works in the same building, here's my Sports playing hide-and-seek with a Grand Sports.

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False morels (Gyromitra spp.) are popping up:


With luck, real morels will be up in a week or two around here.
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My wife and I had a nice mixed surface ride last Saturday. Good thing, snowing here today.

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Old 04-16-18, 06:19 PM
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There were heavy "April showers" earlier in the day. It cleared up by mid-afternoon. I wasted no time in getting out on the road!
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Originally Posted by cog_nate View Post
False morels (Gyromitra spp.) are popping up:

With luck, real morels will be up in a week or two around here.
Keenly watching the woods here...probably a month out in Chicago.
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
Not sure why it died.
It may have starved if it had been trapped inside for too long. Hummingbirds have a high metabolism and need to feed frequently.
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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
Spotted a Peregrine Falcon in a tree on my street. Not all that uncommon. They nest in the tall buildings in the downtown area.

As others have stated, either a Coopers or Sharpshinned. It can be difficult to distinguish a male Coopers from a female Sharpshinned because the female is larger than the male in both species.

Here is a link for Peregrins.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Peregrine_Falcon/id
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Keeping with the bird theme; here's a video of Peregrins hunting Starlings in Europe.
https://vimeo.com/210793473
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
Since we're birding here, I'll share this extreme closeup of a hummingbird I spotted in my new greenhouse yesterday. Unfortunately, I can't claim to be a dab hand at wildlife photography, the poor thing was dead and therefore sat still for me very patiently
That's a pity. Almost certainly died of hunger. They are very hard to photograph in flight, and rare to find in low-lying branches. I've been fortunate enough to snap some photos of Anna's Hummingbirds resting on vines here in the San Joaquin, and I did a sketch of a similar little guy to yours recently based on a photograph (it looks like an Allen's hummingbird to me). Cheers!

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Great illustration - what media was used?
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Great illustration - what media was used?
Just a few colored pencils. You can see my work on my Deviant Art profile:

https://gerhard-von-liebau.deviantart.com/

Most of it's crafty stuff, but there are about a dozen bird sketches in the gallery section.
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We only have the Ruby Throat in Maryland, but when my in-laws were alive in Campbell CA they had at least 4 species of Hummingbirds. I can watch them for an hour.
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Originally Posted by cog_nate View Post
False morels (Gyromitra spp.) are popping up:


With luck, real morels will be up in a week or two around here.
False spring:



Last week at this time, the daffodils were starting to bloom and the grass was turning green.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
False spring.
you're gonna need a bigger shovel
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