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Old 03-02-08, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by MTBLover View Post
Cool! That's about how far the pair we have nesting here in Philly are away from our house too. We don't get many ospreys up here but there are quite a few down the Jersey shore. Speaking of raptors, we do have a lot of red tails and an occasional red shouldered though- there's a cemetery nearby that's home to lots and lots of tasty squirrels, and the peregrines love the high-rise buildings- very effective rock dove management .

I can't wait for warbler migration to start- we routinely get at least 30 different species.

Red-shouldereds are rare here--I've only seen one in Washington State. Perhaps three or four reports a year on those. Lots of Peregrines to take care of those rock doves .

We don't get nearly as many warblers as you do . Lots of great birds otherwise, but warblers are pretty unremarkable.

On the other hand, we do have LOTS of nasty little empidonax to try to identify .

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There's one that's been on the side of my house lately that I have yet to actually see and identify. It's much easier to punch the wall than wake up at 5:30 and find out.
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There's one that's been on the side of my house lately that I have yet to actually see and identify. It's much easier to punch the wall than wake up at 5:30 and find out.


Believe it or not, you can actually tell what it is from the sound of the drumming.

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Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
On the other hand, we do have LOTS of nasty little empidonax to try to identify .

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Right- we don't get many different flycatchers here- please, the warblers are hard enough
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Old 03-03-08, 10:12 PM
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Originally Posted by MTBLover View Post
please, the warblers are hard enough
How is it that such brightly coloured little birds can be so* hard to identify ?

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we had a couple pairs of flickers and some doves last summer, occasionally I see a peregrine falcon, and one day an osprey landed in my neighbors front yard and casually ate the fish it brought. Lots of small birds in flocks (finches, warblers, others), some hummingbirds, crafty blue jays that steal cat food, and a bunch of crows live in my neighborhood. I've seen other woodpeckers besides the flickers, too, but not that frequently.
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we had a couple pairs of flickers and some doves last summer, occasionally I see a peregrine falcon, and one day an osprey landed in my neighbors front yard and casually ate the fish it brought. Lots of small birds in flocks (finches, warblers, others), some hummingbirds, crafty blue jays that steal cat food, and a bunch of crows live in my neighborhood. I've seen other woodpeckers besides the flickers, too, but not that frequently.
A lot of the smaller woodpeckers can't compete with starlings for nesting holes. The Northern Flickers and Pileateds are big enough not to be ousted by starling. Are you getting Stellar's Jays, or Scrub Jays? Both?

Ospreys and Peregrines are always fun to see!

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Went out at 6 am to let the dog chase squirrels and heard Woody or one of his progeny hammering away at the local flora.
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Went out at 6 am to let the dog chase squirrels and heard Woody or one of his progeny hammering away at the local flora.
At least he didn't wake you up!

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This is the culprit. Apparently known as a red bellied woodpecker.
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Very common around here. I love their coloration. Lately have seen owls and hawks in the neighborhood and even saw a kestrel not too long ago.
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Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post

This is the culprit. Apparently known as a red bellied woodpecker.
Beautiful! Don't get them here in Washington State . Anyway, he should stop drumming soon enough...

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Very common around here. I love their coloration. Lately have seen owls and hawks in the neighborhood and even saw a kestrel not too long ago.

What kind of hawks? What kind of owls? Come on man, don't tease the birders here .

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Are you getting Stellar's Jays, or Scrub Jays? Both?
not sure, they don't look exactly like the pictures of either I looked up.
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He's trying to attract a mate....

Hook him up with Match.com or something
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What kind of hawks? What kind of owls? Come on man, don't tease the birders here .

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Mostly red tailed or rough legged I think.

The owls are a pair of horned owls that have wreaked havoc upon the local rabbit populace. Have not seen them for a few months though. Heard them not long ago, but did not spot them.
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He's trying to attract a mate....

Hook him up with Hatch.com or something

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The owls are a pair of horned owls that have wreaked havoc upon the local rabbit populace.
Better that the owls do it than the local teenagers.
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Agreed. Add the added benefit of my lawn and flowers not getting rabbit damage is nice.
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BTW, there have even been reports of non winged predators in the hood. More than one neighbor has seen a bobcat. I have seen coyotes.
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BTW, there have even been reports of non winged predators in the hood. More than one neighbor has seen a bobcat. I have seen coyotes.
bobcats are amazing creatures....I love seeing them hunt...very silent and well, just amazing creatures.
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Wow, so much good stuff to answer and ask !

Randya--you're in Oregon, correct? Steller's and Western Scrub-Jays are the most common. There's also Pinyon Jay (rare) and Gray Jays...

jsharr--Horned Owls are fascinating. Unfortunately, they seem to have become scarce locally, although I see and hear Barn Owls. Reputedly there's a Short-eared owl resident just a few miles away in the Kent Valley, although I have yet to see it .

ModoVincere--I once went hunting pronghorns in Nevada and was busy stalking a herd. I was creeping along a gully, keeping out of sight. Just as I got to a point where I could have made a shot, I realised I was about two feet away from a bobcat ! We had both sneaked up on each other . I don't know who was more surprised, but that cat took off like a rocket. One of the coolest experiences of my life .

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Wow, so much good stuff to answer and ask !

Randya--you're in Oregon, correct? Steller's and Western Scrub-Jays are the most common. There's also Pinyon Jay (rare) and Gray Jays...

jsharr--Horned Owls are fascinating. Unfortunately, they seem to have become scarce locally, although I see and hear Barn Owls. Reputedly there's a Short-eared owl resident just a few miles away in the Kent Valley, although I have yet to see it .

ModoVincere--I once went hunting pronghorns in Nevada and was busy stalking a herd. I was creeping along a gully, keeping out of sight. Just as I got to a point where I could have made a shot, I realised I was about two feet away from a bobcat ! We had both sneaked up on each other . I don't know who was more surprised, but that cat took off like a rocket. One of the coolest experiences of my life .

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You're lucky it ran
30 lbs of pissed off and scared bobcat is not something I want to play with personally.
But they are some of the most beautiful creatures I've ever seen.
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You're lucky it ran
I was carrying a .270... .

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I guess they are probably scrub jays then. I see gray jays at higher elevations in the mountains when I'm XC skiing, they come around to beg snacks.
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