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    Re: The thread for birds and birding

    That is cool!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    Had an "all things great and small" morning out the window today:

    At the liquid feeder (suction cup mounted on my picture window) was a hummingbird; behind that, on top the pole feeder 40 feet away was a great horned owl.

    I got some awesome photo opportunities, but only had a cell phone at hand.
    Very cool.

    I have two hummingbird feeders outside the window to my new office. I have a ton of hummingbirds at them. I have to fill them at least three times a week right now.

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    Have 3 different birdbaths. 2 on the deck and one in a Garden next to deck are almost always full to the brim an get plenty of action. Have another one under the vibernum in the front. It was almost empty d/t drought. Filled it this AM and went out on an errand. Just came home. It is like a super highway. At one time- 2 flickers, a blue Jay, 2 Robins, and a catbird. Underneath, trying to get at it, a pair of goldfinches, some type of sparrow and another type of finch. As I sat there also saw 2 hummers feuding over the tall red sage (grows to bush like proportions), a few chickadees, some type of thrush, a wren, and a flock of grackles. Pretty cool. Finally opened the car door to go inside and it was like someone dropped a bomb. They all took off at once and scattered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    Had an "all things great and small" morning out the window today:

    At the liquid feeder (suction cup mounted on my picture window) was a hummingbird; behind that, on top the pole feeder 40 feet away was a great horned owl.

    I got some awesome photo opportunities, but only had a cell phone at hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    Man, that is great.
    My chipmunks and squirrels may disagree with you.

    I've also seen a bald eagle recently over my place.

    And in some sort of message to a North Dakota fan, I've seen either a Cooper or sharp-shinned hawk lately. Pretty sure it's a Cooper because it's more crow sized than blue jay sized (and I have both of those also).
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    I've also seen a bald eagle recently over my place.
    This dude is back today.
    He's been around (soaring) since about 11 AM.
    I just went to get the mail and with the low ceiling he was pretty low (say <80 feet) and let me say those things are rather large.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    This dude is back today.
    He's been around (soaring) since about 11 AM.
    I just went to get the mail and with the low ceiling he was pretty low (say <80 feet) and let me say those things are rather large.
    I think they average a 7ft wingspan. My buddy used to run a raptor center for the U of Iowa, helping raptors get back into the wild after suffering an injury. They had a bald eagle when he took me on a tour, and the thing looked vicious even behind the cage barrier. It shrieked as we went buy, eyeing us the whole time. That beak and those talons are not easily forgotten.
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    I just talked to my neighbor about the bald eagle that's been hanging around.

    He asked me, "What's bigger, that or the soul stealer?"

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    Him: Make eye contact with one of the great horned that are hanging around and it'll feel like it's just staring through you and stealing your soul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    I just talked to my neighbor about the bald eagle that's been hanging around.

    He asked me, "What's bigger, that or the soul stealer?"

    Me:

    Him: Make eye contact with one of the great horned that are hanging around and it'll feel like it's just staring through you and stealing your soul.
    Our bedroom is on second floor above a walk out basement, so basically third floor with a big silver maple right outside. I've walked into the bedroom at dusk and been startled by a Great Horned sitting on the branch about 10' from me. They're big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldy_331 View Post
    Our bedroom is on second floor above a walk out basement, so basically third floor with a big silver maple right outside. I've walked into the bedroom at dusk and been startled by a Great Horned sitting on the branch about 10' from me. They're big.
    I had a mating pair this summer that had two "chicks". The picture I posted earlier in this thread was one of the "chicks" from this spring.
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    We've had a half dozen pelicans hanging in our pond the las two days. I've never seen pelicans on this pond since 1958 when my family moved here. We've had lots of duck and goose species, herons and shore birds, even the occasional loon, but never pelicans before.

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    Re: The thread for birds and birding

    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    Had an "all things great and small" morning out the window today:

    At the liquid feeder (suction cup mounted on my picture window) was a hummingbird; behind that, on top the pole feeder 40 feet away was a great horned owl.

    I got some awesome photo opportunities, but only had a cell phone at hand.
    Remember this?

    Well, I have a cardinal, a pileated woodpecker, and a bald eagle all hiding out from the eastern ND blizzard in my back yard right now.
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    Re: The thread for birds and birding

    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    Remember this?

    Well, I have a cardinal, a pileated woodpecker, and a bald eagle all hiding out from the eastern ND blizzard in my back yard right now.
    Eagle eyeing that woodpecker like it's snack time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SonofSouthie View Post
    Eagle eyeing that woodpecker like it's snack time.
    That pileated is about the size of a crow or chicken. <-- Winner winner chicken dinner?

    The eagle is sitting over some of the (very little) open water of a river: fishin'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    That pileated is about the size of a crow or chicken. <-- Winner winner chicken dinner?

    The eagle is sitting over some of the (very little) open water of a river: fishin'.
    Pretty cool pic. That's about as close as I've ever been to seeing an eagle.
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    Re: The thread for birds and birding

    cool stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Clown View Post
    I think they average a 7ft wingspan....
    That's about right. One of the guys on the hawk watch where I count calls them "flying doors" since the wingspan of an eagle is a little more than the height of a standard door.
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