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Do any Ernsts enjoy birding here? Recently I've been getting into it. About two weeks ago I bought a cheap bird feeder at tractor supply and hung it in my backyard. At first nothing bothered with the feeder, but slowly a number of birds began to take notice. Now I have chipping sparrows, house sparrows, house finches, northern cardinals, and gray catbirds visiting the feeder. I also leave a bowl of water on the ground for american robins and european starlings, which I change every morning. Unfortunately, I do not have a decent camera so I cannot provide images of my backyard visitors. Here are some photos I found using google images.
No. 24063
Never been into it really, also, there are not many birds in the city where I live, due to all the concrete, glass and moving aluminium everywhere.
But I do see the charme of the hobby though. I guess it's not so much the birding itself but much rather the idea of a calm, relaxing acticity, alao kind of triggering our instinct to collect things and above all, you actually learn something about it. I have always been fascinated with niche hobbies, was thinking about buying a telescope and start getting into space shit for instance (did not because again, city -> light pollution) and I've sometimes been magnet fishing with a friend, autism/10.

My equivalent of birding might be classical music. I have acquired quite the impressive collection of some 140 GB worth of classical music, all sorted by period, composer, orchestra, conductor, year of release etc. It's fun to collect the music at first but also categorizing it and learning about the different variations ans interpretations of the same pieces. If one piece particularly impresses me I would also conduct further research on its history, musical theory etc. Sounds like the ultimate geek hobby but it keeps me busy, entertained and one day, maybe, I'll upload my perfect database somewhere as an homage to what I think is going to be Europe's civilization's heritage and gift to the world - the gift of classical music.
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By magnet fishing, do you mean looking for old coins and stuff with a metal detector? If so, that’s really cool. I would probably give that a go if I had more disposable income.

It’s interesting that you would compare the curation of a music collection with birding, but I think I see where you’re coming from. Both these forms of entertainment involve a kind of sensual immediacy, as well as the more abstract satisfaction of accruing a large catalog of experiences to reflect on later.

For a long time I didn’t have much interest in birds either, but I started paying more attention to them last summer, when I took care of a nestling chipping sparrow whose nest had been destroyed by the tree service. I was very impressed by the rate at which the nestling grew and matured. Then maybe a month or two ago I started going out to watch birds for fun, first with a spotting scope and later with binoculars.

Also, my mom and my grandpa both like birds, so this hobby provides me a way to connect with them over a mutual interest. In fact my grandfather used to carve wooden birds (especially owls) before his stroke.

Recently I saw one of these birds, an indigo bunting, in Tennessee with my mom. That was a good day.
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I don't have a bird feeder now, but there was one in the last place I lived. Just like your experience, I remember it took a while for birds to notice, but once they did it was non-stop activity. Here are a few pictures. I don't know what pic 1 is(cardinal, maybe?), and pic 2 is a bluejay. Pic 3 is a male red-winged blackbird, and I think pic 4 is a female red-winged blackbird. Those are very territorial, and when they came around they would chase off all of the other birds. You can see the feeder is full of black-oil sunflower seeds, which was supposed to help discourage them. It actually did. While one or two would still stop by for the sunflower seeds, they don't like them and would quickly move along. When the feeder was full of a mixed wild birdseed they would stay there all day, and no other bird would dare approach.
Additional information: This type of birdfeeder was squirrel-proof. The wire cage, where birds would perch, was supported by springs. If a squirrel tried to eat the seed, it's weight would lower the cage and those metal decorative leaves would block the food.

>I took care of a nestling chipping sparrow whose nest had been destroyed by the tree service.
I'm glad you were there to help. How long did you keep him?
No. 24071
I wanted to do this but with crows
No. 24074
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>How long did you keep him?

About a week. We soaked bits of dog kibble in water and fed this to him with tweezers. He grew so much in that time, and became so active, that we figured he had entered the fledgling stage and was ok to be released. No idea if that was the right thing to do tbh, but it's what happened. Too late now to correct any mistakes.

Red-winged blackbirds are ebin. Just last week at a wildlife refuge in Cape May I saw one chasing away an egret that had infringed on his territory. They're like pissed off little fighter jets. Luckily they don't seem to be very common in my neck of the woods, so I don't have to worry about these tyrants monopolizing my feeder.

On another note, I'd really like to see an owl IRL. I've noticed there are plenty of reported sightings of great horned owls in my area on eBird but so far I haven't encountered any. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place, or at the wrong time.
No. 24075 Kontra
I'm from NJ btw. I just like that picture of the GHO in the Sonoran Desert.
No. 24077
>I'd really like to see an owl IRL
Yeah, owls are cool. I've only seen owls in a zoo (Eurasian scops owls, Otus Scops; there were like six of them, and they were cute as fuck; they also have an adorable name in Russian, "сплюшка" ("splyushka", translates as "sleeper", but has nothing to do with sleeping and refers instead to the sound "splooo!" that their males sometimes make)), but it's actually not that uncommon to encounter them in the wild. My mom said that she saw one not so long ago in a tree near my dacha, and judging by the description ("small, ball-shaped and makes sounds like baby's crying") and the proximity to human dwellings, it was probably the little owl (Athene Noctua). I myself several years ago heard a specific cry, "oo-hoo", from the nearby forest; as far as I know, the only bird that makes that kind of low and loud sound in our country is the Eurasian eagle owl (Bubo Bubo).
No. 24079
Yeah I instantly could tell roughly the region you are from based on those birds. Blue Jay's, red wing blackbirds, so on. Figured it was somewhere in the northeast not far from the coast like New England/NY/NJ.
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Your post reminds me that I have not been entirely truthful: in fact, I've seen owls IRL. What I meant to say is that I have not seen owls in the wild IRL—but recently I saw many owls in captivity at a raptor sanctuary in Charleston, South Carolina, including a variety of species from the genus Bubo, and even an F1 Bubo africanus x Bubo cinerascens hybrid (as I understand, however, these taxa were only recently classified as separate species). In particular I was impressed by the otherworldly mien of the Ural Owl, Strix uralensis. The fourth file attached to this post is a picture of a baby spectacled owl, Pulsatrix perspicillata, from that facility. He was very sleepy and grumpy :DDDDDDDD

>I've only seen owls in a zoo (Eurasian scops owls, Otus Scops; there were like six of them, and they were cute as fuck; they also have an adorable name in Russian, "сплюшка" ("splyushka", translates as "sleeper", but has nothing to do with sleeping and refers instead to the sound "splooo!" that their males sometimes make)), but it's actually not that uncommon to encounter them in the wild.

What a cute name for the Eurasian Scops-Owl. They are definitely adorable.

>My mom said that she saw one not so long ago in a tree near my dacha, and judging by the description ("small, ball-shaped and makes sounds like baby's crying") and the proximity to human dwellings, it was probably the little owl (Athene Noctua).

tfw no dacha owl :DDD

>I myself several years ago heard a specific cry, "oo-hoo", from the nearby forest; as far as I know, the only bird that makes that kind of low and loud sound in our country is the Eurasian eagle owl (Bubo Bubo).

That's awesome. When I was a young child, I used to imagine the cooing calls of the mourning dove, Zenaida macroura, were from owls in the woods. I still find it soothing to hear them sing in the early hours of the day. Here is a video clip of a mourning dove calling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oNljd7R1f8
No. 24087
I think you might be interested in this YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwB1KTdX2PNgA4Q79PfOydw
It's by a woman who is an "aviation ornithologist": basically she patrols the premises of one of the Moscow's airports with her goshawk and scares off other birds so they don't crash into planes. She keeps several owls at her home and makes intredasting videos about them and other birds and animals. There are some English-subbed videos as well, but you should watch even the untranslated videos, simply for the sake of cute birdies.
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Closest I've seen to owls in the wild are frogmouths. They're closer to nightjars but are often colloquially called owls around here.

They're ebin and hide during the day by sitting dead still and looking like a tree branch. They are also very expressive pirds for mene value.
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Neat, I’ll check it out. Thanks for the recommendation.
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>They're like pissed off little fighter jets
Perfect description. I even had a red-wing blackbird chase me off once. I think she had her nest in a tree I had passed under, because that bird was not happy. I ducked my head, and kept moving, but she took a few more swoops in my direction before being satisfied I was leaving.

To echo >>24077, owls really are cool. I've only seen one in the wild, but it was too dark to identify the species. It was early, probably an hour before sunrise, and as I walked parallel to a wooden fence I noticed an odd bird perched atop one of the posts. My first reaction was a double-take, as I tried to identify what I was seeing. After that, I just watched it for a few seconds while I passed by. I must have been about a dozen feet away and it didn't even fly off. That made my list of strange bird encounters, along with the first time I saw a group of wild turkey crossing ahead of me on a bike trail.

Oh, and that bird in >>24066 pic 1 is a juvenile cardinal. I found a short video where it was being fed by a parent. I also found this other video of a bird feeder which wasn't squirrel proof. Squirrels are cool, too.

>the cooing calls of the mourning dove
I've heard that before, and always attributed the sound to owls. It turns out it was a dove.

10/10 faces. It's like they know something.
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Yeah we actually once had a pheasant when I was a kid, but it was one of my first introductions to cult-like or mafiaish mindset of keeping secrets just because, who was it DEC? Some government agency that makes it illegal to keep them along with birds of prey and such, but the pheasant was injured so my dad built a cage for it and nursed it back to health. I missed that pheasant, now come to think of it. We actually got to pet it. It was very smooth and silky and a bit scared but we nursed it back to health and released it after a week or two.
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Did you know that Russia has O-W-L? The world's largest extant species of owl, Blakiston's fish owl, can be found in the Russian Far East as well as parts of China and Japan.

Caprimulgiformes are definitely among the most ebin orders of pirds. I mean, frogmouths seriously look like props from a deleted scene of The Dark Crystal (1982); and while nightjars are slightly less preposterous-looking, even the Eastern whip-poor-will would not seem out of place in a Jim Henson fever dream.
No. 24118
>Blakiston's fish owl
They have a nice voice too. They're like Feodor Chaliapin of the bird world.
No. 24121
What a lovely call. He sounds so otherworldly and powerful. Marvelous creatures.
No. 24125
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i'm training my blackbird to troll the neighbourhood with all kinds of tunes.
it's fun because it's so unpredictable, some melodies he simply doesnt want to learn. other suddenly appear in his repertoire weeks or a year later.
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I am pleased with these binoculars, which arrived by Amazon courier yesterday. I had asked on Twitter what the best entry-level binoculars were at a price point under 200 USD, and a bird geneticist from Oregon recommended the Vortex Crossfire 8x42. For 140$, these seem to be an excellent optic (although I am not a binocular pro). In any case, they function much better than the pair of binoculars I had been using, which were borrowed from my grandpa.

Someday I will buy a DSLR for wildlife photography, but I don't intend to cheap out on something like that. I must say it is kind of discouraging how prohibitive the cost of such instruments can be, although I understand that quality lenses are not cheap to make.

Very ebin. Here is a cute video from Russia of a crow stealing a spoon :DDDD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpa1IUqvC6o
No. 24136
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Going to have to buy a Squirrel Buster brand bird feeder I think. My jury-rugged countermeasures are not working at all.
No. 24146
Rated great choice/10, with bonus points for doing proper research before purchase.

>My jury-rugged countermeasures are not working
Yeah, it looks like that squirrel has settled in there. Those little ninjas are hard to stop, especially with bird feeders in, or near, trees. Mine was on a pole, but it was jumping distance to a tree, so that's how I ended up with that squirrel video. After that we got the Squirrel-Buster kind of feeder.
btw, what countermeasures did you try?
No. 24149
We (mostly my mother) feed birds during winter with bird food mix and oats.

For the crows and sparrows we also throw breadcrumbs and chicken bones on the
garage roof. Sometimes a pair of wild doves and magpies are also visiting.

Recently there are less swallows, blackbirds and starlings to see here.

I'm by no means into serious birding but I enjoy watching them when they are around
No. 24150
I had taken two circular sandwich trays, drilled holes in the center of the trays, threaded them through the cord by which the feeder is suspended, and fixed the trays in place with knots so that they hung in series ~6” apart (the idea being that if a squirrel landed on one of these trays it would tip to one side and send the squirrel scrambling to the ground). The squirrels negotiated this obstacle easily. I feel like I’m playing a poorly balanced tower defense game against these crafty rodents.
No. 24161
Yeah they're basically evolved to do stuff like that physically but what is amazing is how clever they are. I wonder if there's some way to domesticate a pet squirrel by raising one from a pup. I'd love to have a squirrel friend. They're such awesome creatures. Them and washbears.

They're really super clever which partly is why I find them so endearing, but they make mistakes. I once was sitting on the patio smoking a cigarette while watching one not too far away from me. The little guy was climbing up thin trees and tried some maneuver of jumping onto another tree and crawling on a branch about 8 feet off the ground and he grabbed onto one that was too thin and it snapped and he fell straight down onto the driveway pavement with a loud thud and let out a little yelp as he hit the ground then scurried away in a daze. I couldn't stop laughing. That was some of the funniest stuff I've ever seen. He landed on his back too so I guess they're not like cats. Not sure why he even reached out for it because it was obviously too thin to stay up straight without bending or to not break off, but he did, and it was a vertical drop. I think it was the yelp that made it funnier. It was like he just had a very human-like moment and I got to witness it.
No. 24179
Today I went to the South Cape May Meadows Nature Preserve with my new binoculars and saw a bunch of least terns, a pair of American oystercatchers, great egret pairs with offspring, glossy ibises, loads of red-winged blackbirds, and probably 60 purple martins. Unfortunately it looked like many of the wading birds were being crowded out by Canada geese, which were present in large numbers. I’m not sure why they have not been culled because they clearly are not migratory. They should all be humanely euthanized IMO.

Least terns are much smaller than oystercatchers, which are in turn somewhat smaller than seagulls. They like to fly parallel with the shore ~30 yards from the water’s edge, patrolling until they spot lunch—whereupon they appear to hover in place, and then abruptly dive like torpedoes into the water at their prey. Very ebin. Black skimmers execute more of a skimming dive to catch small fish, as their name would suggest.
No. 24183
Yes squirrels are definitely ebin and quite clever. It’s amusing when they stand up and cautiously look around before attempting to raid my feeder, as if they were burglars trying to evade detection.

Smaller animals tend to be better at absorbing big falls; I think it has to do with their more favorable (higher) ratio of cross-sectional area to body mass, or at least that’s how Haldane famously explained it. Air resistance is proportional to cross-sectional area so it can better oppose gravity if you have a high cross-sectional area : mass.
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>it looked like many of the wading birds were being crowded out by Canada geese, which were present in large numbers.
That's unfortunate. We have a lot of great wading birds down here, probably because this whole state is basically a swamp with highways (Florida). My favorite are the sandhill cranes, because they're bold enough to walk amongst people without fear. Although they will give you a stern staring if you get too close-especially if their young are present. Like the great egret you saw, the cranes here are still travelling with their colts.
Oh, my least favorite wading bird is the limpkin. They have a loud territorial call, which they like to do in the middle of the night. Example attached. They can do that for hours.
No. 24207
Oh man I guess you can
Poor sonbasket squirrel
Oh man just look at this thing and apparently squirrels doing stupid shit and falling is more common than I thought

Hey yurop can I have one of your red squirrels and maybe a black squirrel or two too?
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No. 24248
Punk rock pird :-DDDDDD

Yeah there’s loads of content like this. Squirrels can be very amusing to watch, especially when they’re up to no good.

They look pleasant enough in the species illustrations from my Peterson field guide, but now that I’ve heard the limpkin’s call I understand your antipathy. Here’s an ebin story from this past Spring about Canada goose brood parasitism of a Sandhill Crane couple. You can also find more recent pics of the “adopted” gosling online.

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I like that bird.

The photographer who is documenting the crane/gosling family takes great pictures. She has one which showed the young cranes developing wing feathers, still covered in their protective sheath. Incredible detail. These images, which I took this morning, aren't nearly as nice. The lighting was poor, and I can't get very close to the birds. Even so, if that heron would have held still for another few seconds I know I could have taken at least one decent pic.
No. 24267
Saw an osprey and an American kestrel at a nature preserve today. Also loads of terns that I couldn’t identify.
No. 24268
Nice pics Ernst. I especially like the limpkin by the water’s edge.

Maybe this impression is only the result of recent trends in cinema, but it does seem to me like the quality of sunlight in Florida is somehow different from that of higher latitudes—more surreal almost.
No. 24275 Kontra
The roosting ibises and egrets is a great shot also. There are so many!
No. 24277
I've seen loads of wild ducks and a few Blue Herons which was pretty cool. Those are really graceful looking birds and their flight is so incredibly silent. Plus plenty of hawks and owls, although I'm kind of superstitious about owls and sort of see them as messengers of death at this point, especially if you can see an owl looking at you while it's still light out. Happened to me twice and I forget who or what died the one time but another time it was a classmate who was missing and we found out later she committed suicide.

Also I've seen plenty of songbirds but at this point I can kind of see how cats are getting to be seen as a pest at this point. When I was growing up we used to have so many amazing varieties of birds, and then I found a lost kitten and brought her back to the house, and somehow she got pregnant and we had barn cats ever since and barely any birds. The fucking things absolutely decimated the wildlife and even were hunting rabbits as big as themselves.

I mean, it's hard to hate a cat especially if it's your fault, and we liked the barn cats, but goddamn if they didn't kill fucking everything out there. They even took out frogs, along with the squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, and damn near every single bird except for the crows for some reason. Moral of that story I guess is that cats actually do need some kind of strict population control unless you want them to destroy all wildlife except deer in a mile radius.
No. 24279 Kontra
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I’m very jealous of your owl encounters. I’d love to see one in the wild, even during the day! Maybe the notion that owls seen in the daytime portend misfortune is a regional thing. Any idea what kind of owls they were?

I also saw a great blue heron today. They are indeed very impressive creatures, especially in flight. In particular I was struck by the length of the legs and the sheer bulk of the animal.

Cats are notorious pird killing machines. Luckily there are no outdoor cats in my area.

Polite sage because the thread has been bumped a lot today
No. 24282 Kontra
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Yeah Great Horned Owl, or at least I'm positive one of them was but I can't remember well with the other. I didn't mention that they were possibly both GHO because I didn't realize they weren't a regional thing.to this day I try to hide my state but it's harder to blend in with the fat here than it was on the KC.

You know what I'm actually not quite entirely sure just where the fuck I even got that idea from. I think it might actually even be a Native American type thing, but I've never known any of them and to the best of my knowledge it isn't a common thing. It's just another one of the peculiar superstitions I've got about things that apparently some others do as well, like finding out white actually does mean death, it's just not from my culture. Funnily enough I don't give a shit about white lighters and have specifically bought them to dry on them though, but I don't use white bed sheets or blankets for this reason.

Some superstitions just seem completely intuitive and natural to me and I often see them play out in reality in abject defiance of obvious logic and reason. Sighting an Owl in daylight not far from you strikes me as one of a messenger from the underworld sort of, or some such similar thing as the omen of a death for no obvious reason, but it's what I have experienced. Unless possibly you're going like birdwatching and birdhunting.

I feel bad for the mice though. You could sometimes find owl pellets on the forest floor filled with bones and hair which is a pretty brutaland metal af thing to think about happening to someone or something that feels fear and pain. Just minding your business at night looking for a nibble and then with no warning a silent death takes you.

>and the sheer bulk of the animal.
Owls are pretty f'ing small actually. What they can do is what many birds do which is puff out their feathers to look intimidating when they feel threatened, which is most of the time when a human encounters them, or fights over mating. When you get a bird wet unless it's a chicken or some kind of ground bird they're amazingly thin and tiny.

It's kind of a retarded video but you get the idea
They only look big. Keep in mind, these things have to fly, and do it silently. That means they evolutionarily can't afford to even add a gram of unneccesary weight.

>Cats are notorious pird killing machines. Luckily there are no outdoor cats in my area.
I know. It's only been lately thinking about it that I realize there is a pretty good point to complaining about people's damn pet cats especially the ones that get to wander outside. Makes me also feel less bad about obese cats, because the fat fuckers can't arse themselves to destroy our songbirds.

>Polite sage because the thread has been bumped a lot today
Yeah but it's a really good cozy one.
No. 24283
Yeah, I wish I had taken more pictures of the limpkin. I was much closer to him than any of the others, and probably could have squatted down without scaring him off. Next time, I guess. And one thing I can say for sure about the Florida sky, is that it changes quickly. Clouds seem to form and dissipate in the blink of an eye.

Thanks. To catch the ibises and egrets in those trees, you've got to be there right at daybreak. After that, they're all out looking for breakfast. It's quite a sight to see them all leave at once.

One more bump from me for the day. Polite sage politely negated X--DDD.
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>Owls are pretty f'ing small actually.

yeah I was talking about the great blue heron that I had seen
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Neat videos of lorikeets and cockatoos interacting (posted on Twitter by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology).
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currently i can observe a female redstart (phoenicurus ochruros) breeding. it's actually the second time this year and i'm fairly confident that it will be another success, since the location of the nest is chosen quite clever. it's not reachable for enemies such as martens, cats, racoons and so on. sqirrels shouldn't have a problem to get to it though, but it seems that they haven't noticed it so far. other birds aside from the usual local suspects (swallow, sparrow, blackbird, finch, raven, magpie, ducks etc.) i do observe frequently in the garden/wood or crossing my property in the air are woodpeckers, owls, jays, herons and different birds of prey, from which the pair of red kites i see everyday in the morning at the same time are probably my favorites. i've managed once to get close to the two (~2m) while they were on the ground eating. from short distance they appear much bigger than they seem in the air and of course they are very beautiful with their reddish feathers. i also like owls a lot, however when they are breeding the loud screeches of the young hungry owls and the barking of the parents is very annoying during nightime tbh.
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>great blue heron
They really do transform when they stretch out their legs and wings in flight, don't they? Pic related.

Is that cockatoo being playful, or aggressive? I would guess from the lorikeets perspective there isn't much difference between the two.

>the pair of red kites i see everyday in the morning at the same time are probably my favorites
I like it when I can identify the same birds day after day. It's like they become a part of the neighborhood.
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In bird related news this country does a lot of stupid shit, and I mean a LOT of stupid shit, but this one just amazes me
What could possibly go wrong?
No. 24361
>i also like owls a lot, however when they are breeding the loud screeches of the young hungry owls and the barking of the parents is very annoying during nightime tbh.

Wow I wish I had this problem. Do you live in a rural area? I’m from the suburbs and I’ve never really had an owl encounter, although sometimes I hear what might be Great Horned Owls hooting from the woods nearby.

Kites are incredibly graceful fliers. At a raptor sanctuary I visited recently, they had a kite trained to pluck meat directly from the trainer’s bare hand in mid-flight. If the kite had been even a little off it would have torn up her hand, but it never missed the mark.
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>Wow I wish I had this problem
young owls call for food in this manner for hours during nighttime. imagine there's a bunch of trees housing an owl's nest just a dozen meters away from your house and, most importantly, from your bedroom window... simply closing the window doesn't help, i need to put ear protection on i normally use when i'm cutting wood with the disk saw in order to get rid of the screeching and barking. all is forgotten though when i can observe the young owls leaving their nest, sitting on a tree looking around and making their first attempts at flying. that takes some luck though since they hide themselves well up in the trees.
>Do you live in a rural area?
yes, it's pretty rural. but certainly not as rural as those vast rural areas in the usa, i imagine.
>Great Horned Owls hooting
they are rather rare here, although a neighbour had one in the barn once. most common are long-eared owls (asio otus), which is the species i have to deal with from time to time, and tawny owls (strix aluco).
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Wow, now I understand why the vocalizations bother you. That would drive me crazy. Although I'd like to see a wild owl, I am not eager to lose sleep in exchange for this privlege.
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Two fluffy white chicks made their first appearance this week from a nest box erected almost five years ago outside Downpatrick, much to the delight of wildlife friendly farmer David Sandford and conservationists from Ulster Wildlife who installed it.

“About two weeks ago, I thought I heard snoring sounds coming from one of the nest boxes,” said Mr Sandford, who chairs the Nature Friendly Farming Network and has won awards for his sustainable farming work.

“This is a distinctive begging call made by hungry chicks, so you can imagine my excitement after years of occasional sightings. I contacted Ulster Wildlife immediately to take a look and was ecstatic when we found chicks.”

This now brings the number of active barn owl nest sites in Northern Ireland back up from two to three; a welcome addition to our tiny barn owl population, which is estimated to be fewer than 30 to 50 breeding pairs.

Conor McKinney, from Ulster Wildlife, said, “We are delighted for David whose wonderful farm is now home to a family of barn owls and pleased one of our nest boxes finallly attracted some special occupants. Barn owls are in serious decline in Northern Ireland caused by a lack of nest sites and suitable foraging habitat. Luckily, this pair couldn’t have chosen a more sympathetic farm to set up home with wild bird cover, meadows and mature hedgerows – holding plentiful mice and shrews for barn owls to thrive.”

The chicks were checked and ringed under licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency to help monitor their health and survival. During the process, a ring was spotted on one of the adults as it flew from the nest, which the charity believes may have been one of the chicks it ringed over the years from a neighbouring nest site on the Ards Peninsula.

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I photographed some birds this morning, using a slightly better camera than last time. Pic 1 is a great egret, which I identified by its dark legs. They are visually similar to a white heron, but heron have light colored legs. Pic 2 is a great blue heron. It doesn't have a head plume, and its bill is dark, which indicate that it is still immature (btw, this website was very helpful with identification: https://www.allaboutbirds.org)
Pics 3 and 4 show a pair of sandhill cranes and a white ibis flock. They were occupying a local baseball field.
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These last pictures of a tricolored heron and white ibises came out the best. By the time I found this trio the sun had fully risen, which provided great light.
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Your sep ibises are weird. I'm too used to the humble bin chicken to see actual wild ones :-DD

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Very cool. Your bin chickens look like the hybrid offspring of an american white ibis and a black vulture.
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Tbh, ours look more like the Sacred Ibis, so I think that the pink ones are the odd ones out.

The video is satire, by the way. They're just the White Ibis. They're something of a folk hero that the nation has a love-hate relationship with, hence why they're something of an icon while being referred to with such titles as bin chicken, tip turkey, dump duck, etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO-OpFjHRbE
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>a folk hero that the nation has a love-hate relationship with
I totally understand. That video had me going until the narrater mentioned the bird's fast metabolism: "one in-one out" XX--DD. Top rate; The deadpan delivery reminded me of that Clarke and Dawe "The Front Fell Off" sketch, where it takes a second to hit you.
No. 24590
We wuz egyptians and shit. Ayers Rock is a landing platform for ancient ayys like the pyramids.
t. knower of ancient australian secrets
No. 24600
I was almost attcked twise by Glaucous gull not long ago. Not best experience I have. Now when I hear this "kurly-kurly" sounds, I instinctively watch over at sky in case someone aiming at mine heda like WW2 plane.
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>I was almost attcked twise by Glaucous gull
You have my sympathies. I mentioned further up in this thread my encounter with an aggressive blackbird, but those are pretty small. I can only imagine what it's like to have something almost as big as a goose flying at you.
No. 24613
Were you guys born and raised in major cities or something? I just can't wrap my head around feeling intimidated by anything like that or why people run away from geese. The only birds that can actually really hurt are roosters and even then just because their spurs are great at hurting your kicking leg. The funniest thing is these kinds of creatures are all way more likely to attack you when you show fear. The only thing that tends to meet your aggression head on is roosters. Because they're right cunts is what they are.
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It's not than I'm afraid of a bird attack doing physical damage; short of an Alfred Hitchcock scenario, I know that most of them are fairly harmless. That being said, I still have this instinct to run withdraw whenever I sense a potential pecking or scratching. Tbh, I would have the same reaction if a squirrel started sprinting at me. There is just a lot of uncertainty in that kind of situation. If a bird flies aggressively in my direction, I have no idea how far it's going to go. All things considered, in moments like that a dignified retreat serves the interest of all parties.
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> Tbh, I would have the same reaction if a squirrel started sprinting at me.
Okay yeah you are definitely city folk. I even was going to make a joke about that exact scenario but felt it was being too mean, innaccurate, and demeaning. Like how I visited someone in a major city in the last couple years and was told point blank how I should be careful about them and how they act weird and frightened around even small dogs. I thought my friend was joking at first.

Like what the fucking hell? But then again I probably get the same reactions from city folks when I'm clearly apprehensive being around a metro.

> If a bird flies aggressively in my direction, I have no idea how far it's going to go. All things considered, in moments like that a dignified retreat serves the interest of all parties.
Well it probably does I guess, but then again I guess this shit could probably cause a lot of people to back down too. I normally have a fight instinct rather than flight. Truth be told I am surprised this shit hasn't gotten me in more trouble than it has in the past. The only thing I ever actually was intimidated by was seeing what looked like a large blackbear's eyes glowing in the brush about 8-10 feet from me while walking someone's dogs at night, and that was mostly just because well I was alone at night with a damn bear and for some obscure reason only had a tiny 3inch pocket knife at the time rather than a large hunting knife like I usually carried back then. But even then, first of all a knife wouldn't fucking do anything in that situation but be a psychological prosthetic dick to calm your nerves while actually only pissing off the bear if you had to use it, and secondly, all it's going to do is piss off the bear if you try to use it. Plus it's just a black bear I'm pretty sure, and those things are docile as hell.

Otherwise I have never known an animal to trigger that instinct. But, funnily enough, you're probably the more likely survivor in the long term due to disease. Maybe you'd flee from the seagull but I'd probably get that tiny scratch that gives me some kind of bird pox. Or catch rabies from something.

Speaking of rabies, did you know the whole bat population is being wiped out? Some fungal infection that started in the NE has made it's way to Northern Cali and is killing bats there too. Not entirely bird related but well it flies at least. I don't mind bats, other than the whole being Nosferatu tier ugly fucks carrying 100% fatal incurable disease and all.
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>I even was going to make a joke about that exact scenario but felt it was being too mean, innaccurate, and demeaning.
I appreciate the restraint even though your assessment of my fortitude was surprisingly accurate X/DDD.

>Some fungal infection that started in the NE has made it's way to Northern Cali and is killing bats there too.
No, I hadn't heard about this. And apparently it's only affecting American bats because European and Asian bats have evolved to coexist with the fungus. So someone, or something, must have accidently transported the pseudogymnoascus destructans spores from a population which was immune to one that wasn't. Isn't that how end of the world stories begin? X<DD. Well, this article provides a bit of hope:


A number of different treatments are being tested, including a lickable vaccine gel, a pineapple fungus which inhibits the growth of other fungi, and ultraviolet light. It seems their goal is to prevent bat colonies from completely collapsing, and then allow the stronger surviving bats to reproduce and spread their natural resistance to this white-nose syndrome.

>I don't mind bats, other than the whole being Nosferatu tier ugly fucks carrying 100% fatal incurable disease and all.
Yeah, I like bats too. They're essential for controlling those plague spreading mosquitoes, which more than makes up for any disease the bats might harbor. To that end, we even have bat boxes hanging in a local park.
No. 24633
I live in a city, where absolute majority of bird population of cource Sparrows and Pigeons. Of cource at summer there a lot of glaucous gull however it was first time they attacked me. Fieldfares, crows or picas never attacked me. And I guess guys like tits, eurasian bullfinchs, black-headed gulls and so one are too small to be a real treat.

Of cource, I spend a lot time of my life in god's forgotten village in middle of nowhere, and seen birds like peregrines, storks or rooks, but was never under attack from them. I dunno, maybe if you live somewhere in US midwest or south, or in Australia there might be thing with constant danger and every time you go outside of house you need to wear a medival helmet and protect yourself with an anti-aircraft machinegun, but this is was not the case in places where I was around, and I was generally around many places of russian north-west federal district.
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There are only a few really aggressive birds here and it's something of a misrepresentation of them. Plovers are just ballsy as fuck and will nest at an airport and have standoffs with taxiing aircraft, let alone swoop the occasional hooman. I've also seen them stand in front of cars trying to leave a parking lot and not budging even to revs and horns, forcing the car to just go to another exit :-DDD

Magpies are more notorious for swooping but it's only about 10% of males that do it during breeding season, they are known to split hedas open though if they get you good, and will throw themselves into your face and claw at your eyes if they're particularly threatened :-DD

t. australia pro
No. 25242
Just saw a red tailed hawk soaring over my neighborhood. He was rather small so I think he might be a juvenile: it's the right time of year, anyway.

I've been trying to get back into drawing and lately that's meant ink sketches of scops owls. Feathers are tough to draw because, like hair, you must lean heavily on your ability to perceive and reproduce value. I think I may start drawing birds in graphite until I get the hang of representing feathers.
No. 25335
>why people run away from geese
geese can bite and hit harder than roosters, so when coming near a bunch of geese in a bad mood choosing to avoid a close encounter is not a stupid decision, especially when kids are around. also, geese can serve fairly well as sort of a lightweight guard troop against unwanted humans, they have no chance against even small predators (fox etc.) though.
No. 25342
I feel like picking a fight with a goose just to prove you wrong. They have no hard parrot or rodent like mandibles, no claws, no spurs or spikes anywhere, no horns, just a big stupid bird that tries to beat you with its wings while trying to look big and threatening. They're the New Jersey Italians of the bird world but with less cologne.
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>geese can bite and hit harder than roosters,

I doupt that. Those roosters breeded for rooster fights are really powerfull animals.
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reckon I could heem a goose easily
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>They're the New Jersey Italians of the bird world but with less cologne.

Sta ta zee, you walking on very thin ice.
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pick a fight with at least 5 goose at the same time. i said "a bunch".

you just need to catch him, then it's over. also standard roosters usually flee, goose on the other hand often go unprovoked into attack mode.

angry swans are also no fun, by the way.
No. 25777
Spending the weekend in rural PA (Luzerne county). Heard several Great Horned Owls hooting last night but failed to find any roosting in conifers during my morning walk. However I did see a kettle of three red-tailed hawks about 15 minutes ago. Also, yesterday there were a bunch of eastern bluebirds hanging out in the orchard, as well as a yellow warbler and what I think was a hairy woodpecker. Plenty of barn swallows and chipping sparrows around too.
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red kite footage:

12 birds of prey and their voices. these are the most common ones in germany.
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Great Horned Owl at a sanctuary assuming a defensive posture in response to my dog’s presence. Many of these birds are unreleasable owing to injuries sustained in car collisions.
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You can often find owls more easily shortly after dusk I think. During the day they're usually hiding.

I have also just discovered a bird called a Kakapo. It seems like it would make a fantastic dog tier family pet. Does Australia have any similar birds that aren't critically endangered?
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While I was helping someone move this past week, a brief rain left puddles around the truck. A few Muscovy ducks came out to enjoy the fresh water.
No. 26823
Very nice. I would like to keep pet ducks someday, maybe when I have a house out in the country. One of my dad’s friends in upstate Pennsylvania has several Swedish Blues and Muscovy ducks.
No. 26825
Thanks. Even though I'm only 20 miles away from that place, I've never seen any Muscovy in my neighborhood, let alone been that close to them. It was quite a sight, and I'm glad I took a few pictures. They're beautiful birds, and surprisingly large.
To keep pet ducks do you have to set up a coop, like chickens? Or will they stay if you just provide the food?
No. 26827
You absolutely need a coop. Possums, washbar, various weasel family types and foxes among others will all go after your ducks, as will things like wolves and mountain lions if you have them. You also need solid wire fence not that flimsy mesh and to bury it no less than 6"-12" deep so the smarter and stronger animals dont get in there and tear them up.
t. Not him
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Now that you've pointed it out, I can't believe I forgot about predators. Without providing protection, you would have to constantly worry about which of your pets would survive. That's not a pleasant thought. You're right, ducks absolutely need a coop.
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No. 30010
I received a squirrel buster classic bird feeder for my birthday. Although I hung it three days ago I still haven’t seen any pirds visiting—which is normal I think since it usually takes them a while to find new feeders. Yesterday while walking around my neighborhood looking for stylopized paper wasps I saw a group of four blue jays, a red-bellied woodpecker, and a cute little chipmunk scurrying around. In particular I was happy to see the chipmunk: I used to see them frequently but this has changed in recent years.
No. 30025
I like birds and also feed birds
No. 30052
I hate birds. When I was a kid i was attacked by geeses and severly bitten in face and arms. Since then I spread poisoned breadcrumbs. I am not a man who likes to be afraid of birds.

Moral - You should think about the birds first.

Moral - You are not a man who likes to be afraid of birds.

Moral - Don't throw poison breadcrumbs at a bird unless you are a very brave man.

The moral I will leave with you, is do not throw the bird. If you do so be careful not to be hurt too badly either as your own fingers or claws or the bird's face.

The moral I find more interesting, is when people are out for a walk or an evening stroll. Many times people have got very lost on road, and they are attacked by a very scared, very angry bird. Often they end up being bitten and scratched by birds, and the person who did this is often left with a very nasty scar, which is a terrible shame.
No. 30081
i like ornithology, but I believe his work in ornithology is not unique. I thought this was the only "classic" book about this bird - well now I don't know. I'm surprised that he thought the two books were different.

One of the reasons I did this project was to try to understand the relationship between the ornithologists of old and the avian biologists of today, and I think this study shows that some of us (myself included) just don't get it.

For example the most well-known study was that of the American alligator, which is often described as a carnivoran, and this is not entirely correct. The most well-known non-carnivore is the Asian carp. Anecdotal evidence is showing their importance in fisheries, and the Asian carp are more or less an aquatic equivalent of the American alligator, for reasons we will explore eventually. This study is a bit more in-depth, but is certainly not definitive.
No. 30087
Lol this is pasta right? Resident (non-migratory) geese in public parks and retention ponds are a nuisance, I agree, but spreading poisoned crumbs is not a reasonable method of culling geese. Also I’m not sure how you would go about poisoning bread crumbs anyway.
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Dissolve laxatives or rat poison and infuse breda with it.
No. 30093
There are lots of birds in my backyard, but most of them are in the trees so I don't really get to interact with them. One of the few I get to approach often is this https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furnarius_rufus (I'm posting the article in spanish because it has a map with its distribution)
Sometimes I also see a woodpecker and another bird who must be about the size of my torso, but I don't know its name(it seems to fight with opossums though)
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And what about all of the non-goose critters that consume the poisoned bread?
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That's a funny bird
No. 30104 Kontra
Also, what about the scavengers that consume the poisoned goose corpses?
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Chipmunks are cool, but I don't really see them down here. I did spot a few while visiting NY/NJ, and their scampering reminded me of high energy kittens.

I've been hearing a lot of mourning doves lately. I see them too, on wires and such, but they never make their distinctive call when I'm passing by. I've noticed hawks are the opposite. Every time I walk near one perched on a pole or fence he starts screeching. I figure he's angry that my presence is scaring off his prey.
I'm also still trying to get a really great picture of a Limpkin. I came across this one in a retention pond a few days ago, but my camera phone isn't very good.

Pasta, or maybe just a bit of random words on the thread topic like >>30081. I question the sincerity behind some of these new posts, and while it may be connected to recent board events, find the effort is at least creative and even a bit interesting. Either way, don't take them too seriously.

>another bird who must be about the size of my torso
It's amazing how large birds can get. We have a lot of really big cranes that walk on the sidewalks like people.
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>I question the sincerity behind some of these new posts,

They are autogenerated spam from kohlretards
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No. 30358
What kind of pirds do you encounter frequently in Israel?
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Wait, kohl isn't dead? Don't bully I don't know about any secret boards.
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If true, bots make better posts then those retards.
No. 30421
today I saw a yellow rumped warbler, downy woodpecker, blue jay and northern cardinal while walking around my neighborhood

however, I still have not seen any pirds visiting my feeder
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Are there golden oriols in the States?

It is my favorite bird. But almost extinct in Germany now, because of grave overpopulation in Germany.
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>grave overpopulation in Germany.

human overpopulation, I obviously meant.
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>golden oriols
We have several different oriols, and a major league baseball team is even named after one species(Baltimore), but we don't have the golden oriol. They're beautiful birds, I hope you don't lose them.

I was able to get pretty close to an Anhinga this morning, and captured these pictures. It's funny, because I just mentioned this bird in the Today thread last week. They're usually either swimming underwater, or on the opposite side of a pond too far away to get a good look at. This one was only a dozen feet away, and didn't move even after another nearby bird flew off. As you can see, he was holding his wings out to dry, but also moving his neck in a serpentine way(they're sometimes called the snakebird). I don't know if that motion means he had just swallowed a fish, or if there is another reason they do that.
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while collecting mushrooms a couple days ago i encountered a kingfisher who was following a creek with lightspeed. i've never seen one in real life this close. the footage i just checked on youtube does not do them justice. ofc i can't describe the experience better (even less so in a language that is not my native one). anyway, when they are sitting on a perch they shimmer blue-metallic but in flight the light and shadows of the trees and the reflecting surface of water make them look like chrome. they are super fast and their flight resembles the flight of a missile or aircraft.
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Sounds like an ebin afternoon. Thank you for sharing this experience with us Ernst. I hope to see this pird IRL someday.
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This particular one doesn't look too healthy, but still you have to love this marvelous species. although this one is Indian one and not a Western Eurasian golden oriole.

Nice story. Kingfisher are really hard to spot. Where in Germany did you spot it?


They are really crazy bird. Great that you see one that close in wild nature.
No. 30704
A flock of around a hundred common grackles landed behind my house an hour ago. I think they are migrating.
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today I saw white-throated sparrows and cedar waxwings for the first time
No. 30964 Kontra
it would be more correct to say I identified these birds for the first time. of course I've seen and heard them before
No. 30971
I appreciate your dedication to precise language :D.
I think I know how the waxwing recieved its name; they're so smooth it looks as though they're made of plastic. Were you out bird watching, or did you get lucky and have them cross your path?
I had that happen the other day, when I spotted a really small yellow bird just darting from tree to tree. I couldn't identify it, but it wasn't one of the usual neighborhood birds. You know how you get used to seeing certain species all the time? And them one day there is a new one passing through. I guess there are a lot of different birds back in the wooded areas, and for the most part I only notice the ones which venture out. I think the reason our wading birds don't hide is because there are so many retention ponds near the roadways.
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>I think I know how the waxwing recieved its name; they're so smooth it looks as though they're made of plastic.

That’s a good guess, but I think their name comes from the red waxy secretions that cover the tips of some of their secondary feathers. There are a number of theories regarding the function of these waxy tips. I’m not sure which is most widely accepted presently, but I’ve heard there is a positive relationship between the age of the bird and the quantity of tips, and that this may be used in mate selection (older birds are more experienced and tend to rear more young in a season).

>Were you out bird watching, or did you get lucky and have them cross your path?

I was out birdwatching in my neighborhood with my vortex crossfire 8x42 binoculars (it’s a cheap entry level optic). There are wooded sections and thickets in my neighborhood because it’s a circular suburban development with an undeveloped buffer area in the center, so I can see a decent number of birds just walking around here near my house. I often see blue jays without looking for them while walking to class however.

>I couldn't identify it, but it wasn't one of the usual neighborhood birds. You know how you get used to seeing certain species all the time? And them one day there is a new one passing through.

I love it when this happens, because it means I get to learn about a new pïrd :-DDD

>I think the reason our wading birds don't hide is because there are so many retention ponds near the roadways.

You’re the Florida Ernst, right? I enjoy your pictures of wading birds. Makes me want to visit the state again.

Attached is a pic of waxwing feather tips
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>That’s a good guess
Yeah, I thought I had that one figued out :D. Now that you highlighted the wax secretions, I can see them on the first pic. If those don't serve any other function, it makes sense they would be for mating selection. I remember seeing a nature special on a bird which makes an elaborate ground nest, but not to raise young in. The only purpose was to impress females......I looked it up, the bowerbird. I wonder if the older bowerbirds get better at building; that way the more intricate structures could indicate age, like the waxwing.

>undeveloped buffer area
We have the same here; small areas which have been set aside for wetlands/migration protection.

That's me; I'm glad you like the pictures. I don't have my phone(camera) with me very often, but when I do there always seems to be something interesting to share. It was incredible to stumble across that Anhinga. Incidently, after they remove the fish from their beak(as seen here >>30674), they have to toss it up and catch it headfirst. I learned that to perfect this tricky maneuver, they practice by playing with sticks.

No. 31066
I moved my feeder this morning after weeks of no takers and now loads of chickadees are visiting! I'm so happy
No. 31115
That anhinga video is pretty neat. It’s very interesting IMO to consider the behaviors which pirds much learn in the wild. For instance, captive songbirds may have stunted repertoires of calls if they are not socialized among others of their kind during a critical window of song practice and acquisition. I also once read that, according to some ornithologist from the early 20th century, great horned owls raised in captivity and fed by humans are not capable of hunting live prey.
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>loads of chickadees are visiting
Excellent! Did you move it to a more open/visible spot? Or is the new location basically the same, and the birds were just being picky?

With so much learned behavior, it's hard to believe they're so closely related to lizards. I imagine evolving towards flight forced them to develop more complicated brains. Our cranes will let you get pretty close to them, and to me it seems they're calculating when it's safe, and when they should flee(it's usually safe; cranes are protected. We're legally not even allowed to feed them). Since that species lives so closely with us, that's probably another example of a behavior that comes from experience, rather than just instinct. I know their colts start out pretty timid, but get more comfortable as they age.
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>Excellent! Did you move it to a more open/visible spot? Or is the new location basically the same, and the birds were just being picky?

The former: I moved the feeder from under a tree, where it was kind of hard to see, to a spot with better visibility. So far it has just been carolina chickadees actually eating from the feeder, but a few blue jays have investigated the spot also, and a carolina wren was hanging out underneath the feeder for a while. The next time I go to tractor supply I think I will buy a suet cage: it's pretty easy to make suet cakes if you have bacon grease and bird seed on hand. Perhaps with suet I can attract some of the red bellied and downy woodpeckers in the area.

>With so much learned behavior, it's hard to believe they're so closely related to lizards.

Causal understanding of water displacement by a crow

No. 31155
It's good to hear your feeder is getting busy. You tried being patient with the old location, but you have to be smart enough to know when it's time to change your approach. If you set up a suet cage, make sure you have a way to keep those squirrels from raiding it.

>water displacement by a crow
That video is incredible; I knew crows were intelligent, but had never seen it so clearly demonstrated.
No. 31277
I was talking to my biochem professor last night and he said he buys suet cakes with red pepper mixed in which deters squirrels but apparently has no effect on birds. I might try this product once I get a suet cage.
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update: I bought a suet cage and a suet cake at tractor supply but it is raining heavily so I have not yet hung it outside
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Good luck with the suet cage; drawing some woodpeckers would be awesome. To me those have always seemed like an exotic species.

Someone in my neighborhood has a hummingbird feeder, which I just noticed this week. I must walk with my head down a lot, because it's bright pink and hard to miss now that I know it's there. I've never seen a hummingbird, and apparently spotting them is rare even though we have them most of the year.
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little Berndbirds :-)
No. 31784
I see them all the time around my parents' home. Then again, it's in a small suburban island surrounded by coastal wilderness, and the development has lots of hummingbird-friendly flowers planted all over.

Truly they are the best birds. You can see why Mesoamericans were so obsessed with them. They're truly like little flying jewels, far surpassing any work of art that can be made by man.
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I’m a pird oligarch now
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>the development has lots of hummingbird-friendly flowers planted all over.
Yeah, the right flowers make all the difference. Most of the gardening/landscaping in the area is composed of palms and evergreen shrubs-very low maintenance stuff, but not much of a hummingbird draw. My best chance for seeing one will probably be to catch them at that feeder, or on a bottlebrush or hibiscus tree. We have a fair amount of those, which I assume is because Lowe's sells them cheap and they don't die. Tbh, given the terrible soil and brutal sun, not dying is probably the biggest factor in neighborhood plant variety; I know that right now the front yard isn't full of first choices, but has the things that lived.

>pird oligarch
That didn't take long, and you even pulled in those woodpeckers.
No. 31834
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Hey I saw this and thought of you. Also really cool to see IRL are hummingbird moths.

You know what cats really are a bunch of rats. Ever since those barncats moved in we went from lots of wildlife to basically just a bunch of shitty cats.
t. Decidedly not a cat person after all
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I have no idea how that guy kept his finger so steady. Absolutely amazing video, thanks for posting.

>hummingbird moths
When I finally do see a hummingbird, I'll have to double-check that it has a beak-it might actually a moth :D
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A bald eagle actually flew over my neighborhood this morning. Should I use an exclamation point for that? I never know when to use those. I couldn't believe it. He/she was flying low, and I saw it for an instant before a roof blocked my view, but when it appeared on the other side there was no mistaking it. I was hoping that meant one might have moved into the area, but it turns out their daily range is huge-up to 10k acres(15sq miles). Still, if I saw it once, there's a chance I might see it again- especially if the changing seasons have affected the food supply. Of all the days to not have a camera. Well, I guess I'll just have to post some live bald eagle nest-cams:

Northeast FL Bald Eagle Nest Cam

Southwest Florida Eagle Cam
No. 32137
Haussparrow is a typical Berndfokel .

they always turn up when Bernd has cookies in the garden
No. 32139

House sparrows are considered pests in North America, but I think they are cute. Those who put out houses for our native purple martins must evict house sparrows periodically because otherwise the sparrows will take over the entire birdhouse.
No. 32140
You definitely need an exclamation point when saying "Dog bless Ameriga!" in response.

No. 32181
We actually see them pretty frequently-ish now because of conservation efforts although you still get the occasional asshole hunter taking one out. Iirc the last time I saw one was a year ago and I don't live in a rural area either.
t. Not ornithology guy
No. 33294
I saw two northern flickers over the weekend. Also the juncos have arrived.
No. 33638
just caught a red tailed hawk eating an american robin in my backyard!
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No. 33641
My God, I've never seen anything like that. Did the hawk eat everything but the feathers?
No. 33643
I think the hawk probably carried what was left of the corpse with him when he flew away, and the feathers on the ground were those that had been dislodged earlier as he was consuming the robin.

I’ve seen hawks swoop at flocks of robins behind my house before, but this was the first time I saw one with a kill.
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It's almost winter, so all the hoopoes have gone south. Sad!
No. 33646
I wish we had such ebin pirds here. I love their song.
No. 33647
Yeah, I guess it makes sense he would eat fast, and then finish somewhere else. Thanks for the images. The hawks I come across are usually idle, just perched high and screeching, but when they strike they really do make a mess.
RIP robin.

Beautiful. I'm contiunally amazed by the variety of bird species in the world.
No. 33659
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>Thanks for the images.

I wish I had a better camera. Here's a video I managed to take just as he took off.
No. 33661
I was just watching a documentary clip from PBS on how this guy used to expound the violent ape theory until it was relatively proven that our Australopithocine ancestors did not in fact form a highly vicious society of apex predators but had in fact been preyed on by numerous animals including birds of prey, at least on the younglings.

Yeah birds of prey tend to snatch and fly away away, sometimes after disabling in the ground sometimes not, to eat them elsewhere. Out in the country every once in awhile someone would lose their cat or small rat dog to an eagle or hawk. They're not terribly discriminating. They tend to pick off chickens too.
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I do live in a place where there's lots of african pirds that migrate here during summer
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P-please visit Algarve, we have lots of birds even during the winter, cheap prices, too!
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These last few weeks I've been seeing a lot of limpkins. Here's one I came across yesterday. As you can see, he didn't trust me and quickly flew off to another pond.
Prior to the that, I saw this Great Blue Heron. He looked really cold sitting in that water. It was just after sunrise, and the temperature was about 55°F(13C).
No. 33934
Nice pics
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Thank you. Here's another one of the heron, with some cool lighting effects created by the sunrise.
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Wait oh fuck we're down to only 147 left on earth??
Well never mind then. Fuck. That is incredibly sad news indeed.
>In the hopes of more smiley faces getting wings and fewer getting Xs, a team of scientists, rangers, and volunteers are working around the clock during the current breeding season, using 3D-printed smart eggs, activity trackers, and a sperm-toting drone nicknamed the "cloaca courier" to turn a record breeding year into a repopulation milestone and help this beloved bird step back from the brink.

>At the core of the program this year are activity-tracking smart transmitters worn by every bird that loop around their wings like a backpack. Even without rangers spying in the woods, the system can report which kakapo have mated, with whom, and how vigorously, and sensors outside each nest send alerts when mothers come and go. Fertile eggs are removed from the nests and incubated in a dedicated room on each island to be hatched in captivity, while the mothers sit on 3D-printed smart eggs that make noise to prepare them for the return of fluff-ball chicks. Some hatchlings are being hand-reared to induce females to nest again this season.

>A project recently sequenced the genome of every kakapo, so Digby is also performing artificial inseminations, taking semen from genetically important males and using a drone affectionately called the “cloacal courier” to fly it across the island to waiting females. (The cloaca is the cavity at the end of the reproductive, digestive, and urinary tracts.)

>At night, workers camp near the nests, monitoring eggs, making nest renovations, and checking on vulnerable chicks. “We’re working days and nights at the moment,” says Digby. “When there’s only 147 adults, we have to be in this intensive care phase. We can’t afford to lose any more kakapo, and we need to make as many as we can.”
Well I hope that modern technology can help but honestly one would hope some kind of genomics program would be much more involved. You'd think we are nearing the time where we can bring back the wooly mammoth so why not try to go to any ends in order to save this bird?
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I saw these Wood Storks feeding this morning. They wade through the water with their bills submerged like this, and when they feel a fish or other small prey their bills will snap shut. As you can see, they all stick close to each other as they sweep through the pond. Whatever fish are in there don't stand a chance.
No. 35490
That one on the far right is my Crossout spirit animal

>fuck this I'm going over here to do my own thing
>hey stay away from me you cunts
>oh yeah how about I get all up in your shit huh how about that
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That one sort of reminds me of Moe from The 3 Stooges. He's just trying to get some breakfast, but has to tolerate the other storks because they're family :D.

I actually don't know if they stick together like that in order to hunt more effectively, or if they do it to stay safe from predators. Keeping their beaks close creates a larger web to catch prey, but it's also true that if they encounter an alligator it's better not to be the bird on the outside. So it's probably a little bit of both.
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Here's a dark-eyed junco resting for a moment on the maple in my backyard. This was taken right before dusk: the junco flock tends to show up at the feeder around this time of day.
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Have you noticed any changes at the feeder as we move into winter? Are more birds showing up as other sources of food disappear?
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It’s hard to say whether activity has been trending up on account of the winter or because my feeder is a relatively new source of food (I got the SquirrelBuster in late September and the suet cage shortly after). Either way, I’ve certainly noticed more activity, although I do not keep the sort of records I’d need to quantify this. For instance a mated pair of house finches has been showing up regularly for weeks, as well as a flock of juncos. The Carolina wrens come by more often now too. I intend to buy a roosting box for them soon.

The pic of the female downy woodpecker is from a few minutes ago btw. She was trying to grab some suet before the storm I think.
No. 35521
Great pics; it's nice to see your feeders in action. Good luck with the roosting box. After that cozy addition, you will definitely be a pird oligarch :D.

>female downy woodpecker
Very cool bird. I still hear a woodpecker regularly tapping away in the woods, but have yet to properly identify his species by sight. It's the steady drum beat tapping that I'm pretty sure is a warning for other birds to stay away from his territory. Nevertheless, if he doesn't come out to the trees near the road, I'm going to have to go in there and solve this mystery :D.
No. 35554
I wrote a long reply yesterday but it got wiped out by the captcha so here goes attempt 2:

I hope your woodpecker reveals himself soon. Maybe it would help if you tried listening to recorded calls of common North American woodpeckers. Red-bellied woodpeckers in particular have very distinctive vocalizations.

Yes, I hope the wrens take to the roosting box. They’ve quickly become some of my favorite birds with their wary little hops and that bobbing dance they do.

Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. These pics were all taken through my spotting scope with my phone. Hopefully someday I will own a real camera but until then this technique does the trick.
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new pird spotted
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>listening to recorded calls of common North American woodpeckers
After going through the library on Allaboutbirds, I'm 75% sure it's a Downy Woodpecker. The drumming matches, and I know I've also heard that call before.

Man, what a nice shot d( ̄◇ ̄)b. The spotting scope is a great trick. Are there pepper flakes in that suet?
No. 35614
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I was actually able to record some audio of that bird this morning. As I heard it, I remembered "Hey, you know that mp3 player you're listening to? It aslo has a voice recorder" So I figured, why try to analyse it on-the-spot, when I can take a sample back to the lab :DD. Now I'm certain it's not a Downy Woopecker, because the call is way off.(I must have heard that somewhere else). After toggling back and forth between sound clips, I now believe it's a Pileated Woodpecker. Of course my identification/guess assumes that both the drumming and vocalization I'm hearing are from the same bird. It's also possible there's another unknown bird making the call and confusing everything. I don't think that's the case, though.
The first recording has drumming at 2 and 27 seconds, and a call at 17 seconds. The second recording has two calls. I had to amplify these quite a bit on Audacity, but luckily the noise reduction filter took out most of the static.
For comparison:
No. 35615
>Man, what a nice shot d( ̄◇ ̄)b. The spotting scope is a great trick. Are there pepper flakes in that suet?

Thank you. No pepper flakes yet: I'll have to order the pepper suet cakes online when I get around to it. The cake that's in the cage in the photo is just regular beef suet from Tractor Supply Co.

Very nice recordings. I think you're right: it sounds like a pileated woodpecker. Hopefully he will reveal himself sooner rather than later. Would make for a great photo.

Is that a Carolina wren in the middle of the first recording? Such a noisy little bird.
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When he pokes his head out, I'll be sure to post pics. If I don't have a camera, I'll do my best to paint a vivid picture with colorful adjectives :D.

>in the middle of the first recording
Yeah, I think you're right. The vocalizations at 12, 18, and 24 seconds sound like a Carolina Wren. I know you've been seeing a lot of these guys, but that's still a really good ear.
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Red bellied woodpecker came for dinner again today. This is the first time I've been able to photograph him.
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You may notice the suet cage is now hanging from a cable rather than a chain. This is because the lardass squirrel broke the chain :DDDDD
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Another great picture; woodpeckers really do love suet. btw, how strong is your spotting scope? My best magnifier is a point-and-shoot camera with 3x optical zoom. With that, I took this picture of a Northern Mockingbird from about 15 feet away(including tree height). The resolution and detail are decent enough, and I mainly need to worry about proper lighting and a steady hand. Getting even closer is possible too, in rare circumstances. Like when the stars align, and an immature Yellow Warbler decides to perch a mere 2 feet in front of me-tilting it's head and demanding to be photographed. Of course when something that unlikely happens, you can be sure I'll misalign the camera frame :D.
No. 35660
Try to find a used Lumix DCTZ202. It is small, has 15x and a 1" sensor.
No. 35915
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New bird in the yard this morning: juvenile yellow-bellied sapsucker. Red-bellied woodpecker (male, juvenile) and downy woodpecker (male, adult) were also here, as well as a flock of juncos, our resident Carolina wren, and a pair of Carolina chickadees. Two male house finches were fighting over access to the SquirrelBuster. The free sample of Bark Butter I smeared on the suet cage yesterday has quickly become popular with the wrens and woodpeckers.
No. 35916
I enjoy the lighting on the mockingbird in that picture. And regarding the warbler, at least you got a decent shot of the rear half.

My scope is a 30x Bausch&Lomb that my dad bought second-hand at an auction.
No. 35930
Have you noticed a massive drop in the number of birds around? Because both the quantity of members and diversity of species I have seen drop since childhood pretty drastically.
No. 35934
Tbh it’s hard to say because I never paid much attention to birds until this year. As a child I knew what cardinals, blue jays and robins were, but that was pretty much it.
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>The free sample of Bark Butter I smeared on the suet cage yesterday has quickly become popular with the wrens and woodpeckers.
Free samples are the most ingenious marketing tactic ever devised :D. Do you think you'll end up buying more? Or maybe making some?

>at least you got a decent shot of the rear half.
True. If I had been off one more degree, I would have missed him entirely.

I saw a woodpecker today, but amazingly it wasn't the Pileated Woodpecker I've been stalking. This was a Red-Bellied Woodpecker(like this >>35636), and I came across him ~50 yards from my front door. Since I didn't have a camera, I very politely asked him to stay put, and raced to get one. Pics are the result. Getting a good angle was tricky because he was hopping around, keeping the branches and leaves between us. My best opportunity was, once again, ruined by poor framing(pic 2). Although I actually like how that one turned out, so I decided not to do any cropping. It seems kind of artistic.

>According to research published Sept. 19 by the journal Science, the total breeding bird population in the continental U.S. and Canada has dropped by 29 percent since [1970].

I can't say that I've noticed a change, but the people who do the counting have.
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Some Australian Magpies mimicing sirens. The first video is the one which has been in the news these past few days, because he's mimicing a fire truck. The others are similar examples of this behavior, where the birds are mimicing police sirens and car alarms.

They're very cool birds, but also very territorial. They can guard the same small patch of land for decades.

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I think this may be the mate of my Carolina wren. I hope they nest in the roosting/nesting box I set up this year and not inside a lawn tractor or something.
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Have you noticed any activity near the roosting box yet?

I saw a barred owl this morning. He(?) was perched at the top of a tree, before being chased off by crows. Luckily, he decided to fly in my direction and landed on a limb about 50 feet from the sidewalk. He remained there for several minutes, sporadically hooting, which allowed me to get a good look at him(well, as good as you can hope for under a tree canopy in the early dawn light). They're surprisingly large birds, and I could clearly see him jutting his head and neck out as he vocalized. Unfortunately I didn't have a camera, but was able to capture some audio. There were at least two barred owls in the area, as I could hear one call in the distance, before this owl would respond. The attached mp3 is my best sample of this. You can also hear those crows, and what I'm pretty sure is a wren.

The Barred Owl

Barred Owl Pair Calling
No. 37296
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I kind of feel sad not posting in this thread. I love birds and love to observe them, but with my phone and skills I can't het hood photo of them. For example right in front of my window Crows made a Stash in snow on tree and reguallry visiting it. But I don't go close to window or try to remove tulle in fear of scare them, so I can't make proper photo.
Or for example now, on road to an airport which is quite far from city in forest I seen this bird. I seen them in city once year or two ago, this is clearly not Fieldfare since it bigger, fattier and have different colors overall, but it also like to eat Sorbus berries since it what he did while I tried to photo him on mine crappy Samsung galaxy s4 camera. Can't get better pic of it, thought he or she obviously was not scared of me - but snow there was too deep and there was -30C with humidity and wind so yea, don't wanted to spend much time here with naked hands holding phone.
No. 37344
Thanks for braving the cold and snow to get this picture. That bird really does look plump, which makes it more difficult to identify his species. Each time I find a candidate with the correct markings, the size doesn't quite match. For a minute I thought it could be either a Redwing, or a Dusky Thrush, but those species are too small.
Well, even though they didn't provide an answer in this case, these sites are still really good for identifying birds:

No. 37507
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Some birds spotted behind a strip mall on a Sunday morning: a wood stork, a pair or mottled ducks, and a few which I can't identify. Since they look like ducks, and are black, they're probably american black ducks. There is also a small chance they are some type of cormorant. Additional information: I did see either an anhinga or a cormorant swimming underwater, and following his course led me to this group. It's too bad they took flight so quickly.
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I’ve noticed several pairs of Eastern bluebirds visiting my yard in the afternoon lately. They seem to be checking out the nest box (actually it’s convertible roost box / nest box—I’ll need to switch it over soon I think).
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Whoops, looks like I uploaded the preening picture twice. My bad.
No. 37864
Nice pic. Thanks for braving the cold to share it with us. Regarding identification, I have no idea what it might be.

Neat. I don’t think I’ve seen American black ducks IRL yet (or if I have, I haven’t noticed).
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You took some great shots of those bluebirds, and it was nice to see that the box has been getting some attention.

I have an update on these birds >>37507, and it seems they're not American black ducks after all(so I guess neither of us has spotted those, yet). I went back to the same spot as before but, knowing they were shy, approached slowly, hoping they would be there again. Sure enough, they were- and they didn't fly away this time. I was able to observe them clearly for quite a while, and can now identify them as double-crested cormorants. I took some more pictues, but they don't show up very well agaist the dark water(not to mention how far away I was). The videos turned out a bit better. I even managed to capture them diving underwater-hope you don't mind my shaky camera work on that one.
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Direct to you from Ernst's front yard. Can you spot the two (2) frogmouths?
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This juvenile yellow-bellied sapsucker stayed in the same area on the trunk of our maple for about four hours this afternoon. In fact it scrapped with our red-bellied woodpecker a few times for the right to occupy the spot.

Neat videos and photo. Sorry, I had tried to reply like a month ago but the system ate my post and I got frustrated.

I also misidentified some mallards as American black ducks while I was in Cape May once, but a more experienced birder corrected me.

Wow, very nice. I love those goofy muppet birds.
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The birds were all having a party this morning, which of course ended as soon as I showed up high school all over again :D. From the front: A black vulture, a tricolored heron in the water, followed by two double-crested cormorants(yes, probably the same pair as before), then we see a little blue heron on the grass, and finally a great blue heron in the back.
And don't worry, the little blue heron stuck around to keep me company, and eventually the tricolored heron decided I was cool after all, and came back, too. Here's a fun fact about tricolored herons: they sometimes follow cormorants to snatch the fish that they stir up. Smart.

I love those large eyes looking directly at you. I'm curious if they flew off, or if they tolerate being near humans? I notice the flight zone varies by species, even when birds are of similar size and speed. Limpkins are very timid for instance(getting within 20 feet is a major accomplishment), while white ibises are much more comfortable around us(6-8 feet is easy while they feed in the grass).

I saw a picture of a female mallard and an american black duck next to each other, and they can look remarkably similar; that old birder knew his stuff.
No. 38933
Excellent footage and pics. Makes me wish I were in Florida right now.
No. 38934
Thank you.
And I just noticed that I missed a bird in the second photo. It looks like a bluejay actually hopped into the frame on that one(in the upper right corner). He must have been fast, because he doesn't appear in the preceding shot, nor in the one which follows.
No. 38944
For a long time there was a woodpecker in the garden behind our house. Now there are two of them.

Recently a neighbour has started working on his roof, which can be quite loud and annoying. But it also made me realize something: The sound of the woodpecker is surprisingly soothing compared to any man-made "hammering" sound. Just trivia, but for some reason realizing this surprised me.

I any case, I can't actually see the buggers, just hear them. Will try to keep watch next time I hear the sound, though and maybe I can manage to take a picture.
No. 38976
>Now there are two of them
If you're lucky, you'll soon hear a few more little baby woodpeckers. Who knows, you could become woodpecker rich like >>38604 :D (the yellow bellied sapsucker is another great shot, btw. He actually looks tense, probably from that fighting).

Speaking of birds pairing up, I actually saw two Osprey starting a new nest on top of a utility/telephone pole. I'll keep an eye on that, but it didn't look like it was going well. A lot of branches were dangling down.

>I any case, I can't actually see the buggers, just hear them.
Same. I hear them drumming in the woods nearly every day, and always turn my head and scan the trees, but have only seen the red-bellied woodpecker a few times. And I've never spotted this pileated woodpecker >>35614 but I know he's out there.
Good luck watching, ernst.
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Вася - Ворон :З
No. 39031
Some months ago my neighbours in the flat above me were ripping apart the toilet for some reason. I think they used an impact drill or something because it's always been so fucking loud. Worst thing was they exactly always took the days after my nightshift so they'd always wake me up after roughly 3hrs of sleep. It was terrible.
No. 39032
Adorable. Ravens are so cool
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>I'll keep an eye on that, but it didn't look like it was going well
I have an update on the Ospreys and their nest: They have abandoned the location. I guess they decided it wasn't such a good spot after all(building on utility poles can sometimes be dangerous for the birds). The first three pics were taken last week. The fourth is how it looked this morning, and you can see they didn't get very far in the construction process. There are only a few sticks up there, along with some Spanish moss. Oh, here's a fun fact on Spanish moss: It's not moss, but is actually a flowering plant. I've never noticed the flowers, tbh. I should pay better attention, because that stuff is everywhere.
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I started to get into birding some months ago. I have nothing much to show for now, I'm just watching the bird from my window with binoculars and trying to identify them. Before the quarantine I also regularly went to a local park to look for more bird species.

I always liked birds but didn't realize they were a constant source of joy until I had the opportunity to watch a blackbird bathing into a puddle. When the quarantine will be over I'll buy one of those cheap macro lenses to take photos of dem birbs.
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In Hungary the utility company insulates the poles and places nest-baskets on poles that are frequented by birds (especially storks), to reduce the risk of electrocution. I might add that it was a long struggle by ornitologists and environmentalists to achive this.
No. 39392
When my neighbor did this I first tried to reason with him to at lest let me sleep, wich worked for a while, but after a while - becouse the fucker did his thing for almost a year, and still didn't finish it, he stopped giving a fuck. My response was that I recorded his noise, and then played it back to him at full volume at the next ocasion. It was especially effective when he had workers with him. Also all the other neighbors attributed my playback to him too, so everyone got even more mad at him than they otherwise would.
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>In Hungary the utility company insulates the poles and places nest-baskets on poles that are frequented by birds
I didn't realize this before reading your post, but after looking into it I discovered that we do that here for our Osprey, too. They're a protected species now, after a lot of them died in the 20th century due to hunting and chemicals. The birds like to build their nests in locations with a 360° view- which means they often try to use utility poles. To solve that problem, power companies install nest-boxes a safe distance away from the wires-similar to the ones in your pics.
I haven't noticed any nearby Osprey nests that use nest-boxes like that, but I have seen a few which the birds have built on top of lighting fixtures. Here is a one which I spotted in a Walmart parking lot. The last pic is what those lights look like without the nest. It's no wonder the Osprey chose this spot, that light makes a really great platform.
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On the Germany they habitate the roofs like kings!

Actually we're building dedicated poles for them and have not many above ground power lines.
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I think our power lines are a little too high for storks. They are hunting on the ground level anyway.
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Some birds spotted this morning.
Pic 1 is a juvenile double-crested cormorant. Since he wasn't swimming on the water impersonating a duck-like the other cormorants I encountered- I used his hooked beak to clearly distinguish him from an anhinga. Anhingas have pointed beaks. Oh, in case you can't see that hook, it shows up much better in a different picture, but I posted this one because I liked the composition.
Pic 2 shows a large number of roosting wood storks. I had to ignore a 'No Tresspassing' sign to get this close to them, but it was a Sunday morning, so nobody cares, right?
Pic 3 is a brief video of a downy woodpecker-posted with sound to demonstrate his tapping. I wasn't sure if he could be a hairy woodpecker, but the hairy woodpecker has a much longer bill.
Pic 4 is the same bird, and this shot reveals a very short bill. So it's a downy woodpecker.
In that video you can see another woodpecker(?) briefly fly into the frame and perch. Unfortunately I don't have any better pictures to properly identify him.
It was a fun morning, I hope you enjoy the pictures.
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It's spring again, which means our breeding sandhill cranes are now accompanied by their growing colts. I've spotted a few families, but this one had the youngest colt by far. He's just a tiny yellow puffball. You can see him run in the video, and it's adorable.
That's his father in the video, or at least I assumed that, based on his size. The mother is a little smaller, and can be seen on the far right of pic 1. It's difficult to see here, but she's missing her right foot. Last year, at this same pond, I used to see a young sandhill crane who was missing a foot, and I'm fairly certain this is her. That one was older than a colt, and was nearly full-grown, but still had the rust colored head of an immature bird.
Sandhill cranes are with their parents for about a year and then, after being chased off, form groups with other immature/single birds until they mate. So if she was 1-2 years old last year, and if this is the the same bird, then this would be her first brood.
No. 40535
Lovely! Thanks.
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Chipping sparrows are back

Love the cormorant pic

Wow the colt is so cute
No. 40537
You're welcome. Sandhill cranes are my favorite wading birds, and I'm happy to share them with ernst.

>cormorant pic
Thanks. I took a lot of pictures of a different cormorant, on the next utlity pole over, and then decided to take a few of this one too. I'm glad I did. It's also funny how different cormorants appear when looking up at them from this low angle.

Beautiful chipping sparrows. In the first pic, are they cleaning up seeds which had fallen out of the bird feeder?
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> Beautiful chipping sparrows. In the first pic, are they cleaning up seeds which had fallen out of the bird feeder?

Thank you. Yes, the chipping sparrows often hang out under the feeder and seem to enjoy the millet tossed aside by the house finches as they search for sunflower seeds. In this sense they’re much like the juncos.
No. 40555
Really amazing photos lad. How'd you get so close?

Also I have never figured this one out but why do seagulls congregate in Walmart parking lots? I'm not talking about in places close to the sea I mean pretty far inland. I just don't understand why they'd all be so attracted to parking lots.
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It's nice that the birds each have their place in the chain. At my old bird feeder, I recall there were doves who would handle the seeds which fell to the ground.

>How'd you get so close?
Tbh, that part came as a pleasant surprise. I had initially stopped to watch them from a comfortable distance of ~30 feet, but as I waited-remaining still, and lowered down to one knee- the male slowly walked closer, eventually coming within 10-15 feet. So I think that's the trick: pick a spot, and then be patient-and motionless- letting them approach you instead of the other way around.
He did eventually react to my presence, when I stood to leave. I recieved the trademark Sandhill Crane Stare, at which point I thanked him for his indulgence and left them all to their day.
You know, I was thinking about how good this stay-at-home order will be for Sandhill Cranes. Cars are their biggest threat, and with empty roads there will be fewer for them to worry about.

>why do seagulls congregate in Walmart parking lots?
Maybe they're looking for food, like discarded french fries and such. Anywhere you find cars, you're going to find crumpled bags from McDonald's.
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I saw this >>40533 same family of Sandhill Cranes this morning. This time I'm not as close as I appear to be, as I had the benefit of a small optical zoom. It's been nine days since the first pictures, and you can see how much the colt has grown. He seems a bit braver as well, looking more at ease moving between his mother and father. You can also see in the video(3rd pic)that his mother is one tough bird. She's in the grass on the left side, and even without her right foot she carries on, keeping up with the male and colt.
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YES! I can't believe how fast that worked. Only yesterday evening I put up one of those suet bricks and already right now I was watching a woodpecker at it. I also saw a pair of cardinals marching along on the ground hopping towards the feeder cluster out back, and a chickadee was now using the seed feeder. I'm glad I finally got around to grabbing a bunch more thistle seed because my feeder had been out for awhile and I was wondering if all the gold finches would move on. Well they haven't and that one male appeared to come back with two females. Later on the second male came back too. I have no cats to worry about around here afaik thankfully which means the birds should be able to have a large hive of them throughout the spring. Just lying here in bed without a care in the world, watching muh birds. This is nice.
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Whoa wait a minute holy shit Starlings can talk?
Why did no one tell me you can teach Starlings to talk
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Some more pictures of sandhill cranes. I don't recall ever seeing a young family as regularly as I see this one, and so I'm trying to take advantage of the opportunity to document their growing colt.
Once again, I picked a spot that was a comfortable distance away, and then waited. Luck was on my side, and they turned in my direction. I also think they may be getting used to me, as they walked closer than ever. Even the male came near enough to touch without reacting. That video didn't turn out very well, as I was directly facing the sun, so I'll post a better shot of the male which I took after he passed and the sun was at my back.
The colt followed his father's path to the pond, and in the third video you can see him hesitant to step down the small gap to the water's edge. Very cute. And the last video features the colt drinking, and a surprise appearance by his mother. Yeah, you may think it can't be a surprise if I tell you in advance, but I'm pretty sure you'll still be surprised.

We have a number of cardinals in the area, and they're great singers. I've also noticed that they're the first birds up every morning.

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How do you keep managing to get so close?
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>How do you keep managing to get so close?
A combination of patience, luck, and maybe-just maybe-they're getting used to me.
In general, sandhill cranes tolerate humans well, as they spend their lives around us. If you move too close they'll let you know-first by staring, and then with wing flapping and this odd stepping dance. But if you're patient, and don't move, then I've found that they won't feel threatened and will approach.
In this case, I was standing still ~30 feet away for about 10 minutes before they turned in my direction. And there have been times I've stopped to take pictures, but they walked the other way. That's where luck comes in; if they turn away, I never pursue because I want them to feel safe. Oh, I also talk to them, which is why I mute my videos :D.

I might as well post the video of the male which I mentioned. Well, the whole family is there, ofc, but he's the closest. Just be aware that there is a lot of lens flare, as well as some shakey camera work. On the positive side, I like how the colt's feathers appear to glow in the direct sunlight. The video also gives you a good sense for how big he's getting.
I also made this collage of the colt running by the water. That's his mother on the grass.
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The northern mockingbird has an amazing repertoire of songs. This morning I was watching as one impersonated an entire forest full of birds. I think he was even mimicking a frog at one point.
I recorded a sample. Thirty seconds into this cut, he gives us his best hawk screech, which I loved seeing up close. It's like watching that above video of a starling talking, where the sound is so out of place that you can't believe your eyes.
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I have no idea what kind of bird this is and figured maybe some birding ernst could help because I've never actually seen one of these before. It looks a lot like the guy in pic related except he's got more of a mourning dove brown/tan/cream coloration, same size, and a much longer almost woodpecker like beaks. I saw him hopping around the gross picking at worms or bugs like a Robin would. The back of his neck has this kind of red coloration almost like certain kinds of woodpeckers except he's got the overall shape, size, and coloration as a dove with a, almost like a waterfowl kind of beak I guess. Wait a minute waterfowl maybe I can find it that way
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Kind of looked like this or had a beak more like this at least but with a woodpecker red nape of the neck. I started looking at terns and sandpipers too but no luck yet. I have no clue what I just witnessed.
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>I have no clue what I just witnessed
Spotting a rare bird... that's can simultaneoulsy cool, and frustrating. I recently saw something that looked like a limpkin, but was an iridescent red. I eventually figured out it had to be a glossy ibis.
Your mystery is a bit more difficult...The red neck and long beak keeps bringing me back to woodpeckers. Could it be a northern flicker? They eat grubs and such off the ground. Here's a pic I grabbed from google.

These sites may be also be a good starting point to find similar birds based on size/shape/color:


No. 41629
Holy fucking shit you're good. Well I'm pretty sure it was that with the sole exception that it wasnt barred iirc and had more like a mourning dove pattern of a light brown/cream color that was mostly solid, but at this point I'm pretty sure I can chalk that up to some type of variation or age. Some of the pics online look a lot more similar and given your description of its behavior I'd say yeah it probably was that bird.

Yeah looking through more pictures that is definitely what that was. I didnt recall seeing more than a few black spots and it was pretty much solid iirc but even right down to that grey marbling mixed in with the tan. I'm actually kind of curious what brings this bird out. Maybe because there's not tons of cats around here?

Actually on a not entirely related note I keep thinking what impact the lockdowns are having on wildlife and whether they come out more because we're all inside. I think I mentioned my incredible sadness and butthurt at finding a newly dead owl last week. The animals around here don't seem to care about me beyond the birds being skittish.
No. 41633
Glad I could help.

>Actually on a not entirely related note I keep thinking what impact the lockdowns are having on wildlife and whether they come out more because we're all inside.
For the one who mainly run from us, like squirrels, I imagine they must. Except for pidgeons who rely on our handouts, I think this lockdown has generally been good for wildlife. Our parks have been emptied, which means more uninterupted roaming. Vultures may be suffering a bit because of less roadkill, but the other side of that coin is great news for armadillos, squirrels, possums, and raccoons. And I usually see vultures in dumpsters anyway, so they have alternate food sources. And I mentioned before how cars are also the biggest threat to sandhill cranes. It's mating season for our alligators, which means they're now on the move and crossing roads. That's a lot safer now. The deer stand to be big winners, too.
For the older animals, I wonder how they interpretted this change. After a lifetime of human noise, it suddenly became much quieter. They had to notice, right? For larger animals that were already tagged and monitored, it should be easy enough to determine if there were any new patterns of movement and such. It will be interesting to see if any quantifiable data comes out of this. Both in movement, and also in the number of observed wildlife if their populations increase/decrease as a result.
Omg, I just realized it's lovebug season. Car windshields usually kill a lot of them(they're attracted to exhaust fumes as well as sunlight reflecting on the road). Now I'm thinking that their numbers are definitely going to increase.
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You'll never believe who I bumped into today :D. Just look how big this guy is getting(Sandhill crane colts can grow as much as an inch a day). As you can see, he's getting his grey feathers, too, but still has that bit of yellow on the crown which looks like a cool spiked haircut.
I also came across this family of mottled ducks feeding at the edge of a pond. There are eight ducklings there, along with the mother.
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The anhingas were out in force today. I caught a few pictures of this beautiful bird just sitting on a rock by the water. Note the sharp pointed beak; that's the easiest way to distinguish this species from the cormorants I posted earlier. The anhinga is a spear fisher, and has muscles which are attached to their neck in such a way that they can quickly strike forward when they see prey underwater. Very cool, unless your a fish ofc.
Btw, I'm not sure if my pics are of a female, or an immature bird, since either of those have similar light/brown coloring on the neck and chest. I even noticed some reference photos on my go-to site(allaboutbirds.org)use 'female/immature' as a descripion in the caption(which was a bit surprising and frustrating, tbh). So I know for sure this isn't a mature male or a juvenile, but beyond that I can't really tell.
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God you know what Ernst I had a really fucking unhappy childhood but the one redeeming feature was the ducks. Well there was other redeeming features but having a baby duckling to follow you around all day as a kid is a truly magical experience I don't think city folk can ever truly appreciate. Even if you're all grown up you should at least once get to play with baby cows and ducklings before you die.
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I used to see a small group of ducks behind a Home Depot everyday, and this went on for-oh, it had to be close to a year. I would chat with them as I cut through the parking lot behind the store-where the blacktop backed up to a retention pond. There were no ducklings, but it was still a nice routine while it lasted. I usually carried some crackers in my pocket to eat, but on the days I wasn't hungry, I gave them to the ducks. I still have a nice white feather which one of them once shed. It's pressed in the pages of one of my books.
And you'll be happy to know that this >>41772 family of mottled ducks is still intact. I saw all 8 ducklings following their mother this morning. She's the one in the back(upper right). While she's not much larger than her offspring at this point, she was much more attentive, watching everything cautiously-including me :D. So I only stopped for a few seconds, to snap this picture.
The ducklings' different beak coloration really stands out in this shot. As adults, the males will end up having the brighter color, so I'm not sure if this means that the ones that are still brown are females and will gain their color more slowly. You can see that 4 of them already have beaks that are as bright, or brighter, than their mother.
Also, here's an updated look at our favorite family of sandhill cranes. Well, at least it's a look at the father and colt. The mother was a little ways off, in the grass. I guess she was trying to teach her colt to stay out of the road, but the father had other plans :D
No. 42856
Wow what a beautiful animal nice photographs
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You're never on Steam
No. 42862
ehhh... senpai it is another quebec resident who has abused your friendship
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Whooper swans around central parts of mine region.
No. 42873
Nice pirds. You must live way out in a rural area by the looks of it. What do all the typical Russian birds look like?
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It's not my photo, sadly. They was seen in farmls near Apatity.
I also seen them wen was on a family ride to one fores stream, but it's really hard to photo them on phone when they moving and far away.
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>What do all the typical Russian birds look like
I guess it's impossible to count looking at size of russia :/
However in my city constant dwellers of cource Сommon pigeons and Sparrows, great tits, grey crows and magpies that exists probably everywhere. During winter time appear bullfinches, during summer and fall it's Fieldfares and all types of sea and lake gulls, different ducks, nothing our of ordinary. Problem with "out of ordinary" pirds is that it's really hard to get close to them or identify. I'm not a pird pro, so when there some unusual stuff appear during winter to eat rowanberies, I don't really know what the hell it is. We have shit in region like snowy owls, but to my shame I seen them only in Zoo.
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Speaking of which these seem like it'd make an awesome pet or companion animal, provided you had room and time for it
I'd imagine one could find plenty of videos of Russians taming and adopting them right?
>part of Russia
Well yeah I probably should've implied that much better, although one wonders what are some common ones. We of course have many regional birds but there's quite a few that are continent wide afaik like Bluejays or most of the continent like Canadian Geese.
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It seems I interrupted this limpkin's breakfast. He left, and took the snail with him :D. While the bird was annoyed at my intrusion, that snail probably wishes I had come along a minute sooner.
Limpkins occasionally eat other small prey, but snails like this are their primary food source. They use the tip of their bill to cut them out of the shell.
No. 43854
Why does New Zealand have all the best birds?
The Kea, the Kakapo, the Kiwi actually I just realized they all have similar name constructions. They've got all these really smart adorable ground birds there and it's been making me increasingly unsympathetic to any horrific fate that awaits NZ cats and black rats there. This isn't even touching on all the other cool birds and other animals they have there.

I just hope they can save these various endangered species. The world would be a lot poorer for it. Apparently the useless people who live there were slaughtering them in the 60s 70s and 80s for some reason. Thankfully they have lots of protections now.
No. 43871
The Kea flies, not a ground bird. They have similar sounding names because they are from the same language in which Ke and Ka and Ki etc. are extremely common phonemes. The reason for the weirdness is the same as Australia. Isolation.

Lead are plentiful, their cousins, the Kaka are pests in some places, Kiwis aren't going anywhere despite being threatened and Kakapo are probably fucked because of their stupid breeding cycle that kicks into gear under hardship and not under plenty like most animals. Means that preservation measures are in many ways running against their long term survival.
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I spent yesterday afternoon at a park where I discovered the local white ibises had become accustomed to receiving food handouts. They weren't aggressive like gulls, but more like pigeons who circled, jockeying for position amongst themselves. Their behavior was quite a departure from the flocks I'm used to, which spend their day near us as they scour the grass for insects, but who won't tolerate a human presence closer than a few paces before flying off. . These guys will come right up to you. It reminds me of Australia's ibises, which adapted to the urban environment and became beloved bin-divers :D. Anyway, I did toss the birds a few crackers. There were no posted signs advising against that, and I just couldn't say no to those faces.

What I found most impressive was that they learned by observing how other birds solved things. Seems like that takes more intelligence than simple trial and error.
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After the crackers had been devoured a number of the ibises retreated to the water. Their sudden presence seemed to agitate a family of moorhens. Moorhens can be loud, and these ones were, but settled down after a few minutes. The female and three chicks remained in the nest(built in a tangle of reeds), while the male spent his time gathering food and running it up to them. You can't see much in that third pic, but trust me, the chicks are in there if you look closely. I saw a much larger juvenile moorhen earlier in the day. He(?) was still accompanied by his parents, but was old enough to wander off on his own. Again, there isn't much detail in this pic either, but the scenery turned out decent enough :D.
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>What I found most impressive was that they learned by observing how other birds solved things. Seems like that takes more intelligence than simple trial and error.
That's actually one of the biggest hallmarks of intelligence and probably the fundamental keystone for culture.

Birds are kind of weird. They seem to run from being the stupidest of animals on the planet to among the smartest. There's numerous things which birds have been found to do that otherwise are generally considered the sole territory of the great apes.
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They are actually bin chickens, not bin divers, and it's a love hate relationship. Some people like their antics, some people still think they're filthy vermin.
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I recently made a trip to a small lake which is known for its swans. I had never seen those up close before, and they're uh...big. Swans are big. And beautiful of course. This park had a variety of swan species(black-necked swans, black swans, even a swan goose :D) but mute swans were the most numerous-and the largest. Mute swans aren't native to Florida, and this population dates back to the 1950's. That was when the last of a previous group died out(alligators/illness). Following that, Queen Elizabeth II donated a pair to the city, and some of these birds are direct descendants of that gift.

Fascinating swan trivia:

Why the Queen Owns All the Swans in England
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A few more.
The park had a number of areas which were fenced in. The fence extended into the water, and about 15 ft onto land. I don't know the purpose of that, but in pic 1 you can see a juvenile mute swan in the enclosed area. There were also a lot of juvenile moorhens running around, and I was surprised they were looking for hand-outs. I expected that from the ducks, and ibis, but not from moorhens, and definitely not from ones so young. They learn fast :D. There was a coin operated machine to purchase food for the birds, but I didn't have any coins.
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I scared a pukeko during my morning walk into the centre of town. Poor thing had been foraging through a clump of flax, and hadn't seen or heard my footsteps along the grass field.
Never before had I seen one that alarmed it violently squawked and flapped its wings into the open field until it took off to D-g knows where.

Still, my favourite groundbird in NZ that I've come across has to be wekas. They're rather mischievous and often times are very social around humans and roads, being a complimentary squashed adornment on many rural roads. Very cute and they're often heard around full moons to mate. Too many times they've tried to steal my food or get close enough that I could grab them, and possibly eat them.

The famous kiwi still eludes me on my trail walks. I have heard their calls at night, sadly my eyes haven't come across them. My main goal in NZ has been to spot one and hang out with it for a while, maybe feed it some worms I've dug up.

I also met a hunter who visited Stuart Island (the anchor of Maori mythology, South Island being the boat), who shot many feral cats on Stuart Island and ever since I've thought about helping conserve these lovely pirds for the greater good of their survival.

Regards, nz pird watcher.
No. 45632
Stuart Island is fucken sick. If you can land work there, take it.
t. lived next door in Bluff/Invercargill for 10 years
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If the ferry was open at the moment, I could apply to work on their salmon and mussel farms. An American who tried to rut me during lockdown worked on Stuart Island and I was quite jelly. The place sounds like heaven, and I would probably help remove feral kots.
No. 45662
Hope you're good at boats if you take the ferry or else you're in for a bad time. Foveaux Strait is proper shallow so it's real fucken rough. Even those usually okay at boats sometimes hurl all the way across :-DDD
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There is poor pictures but above road there was Hawk or Falcon idk
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i've finally managed to capture flying red kites using my old smartphone. i apologize for the real bad quality of the footage, it's very shaky, but it's at least something and i wanted to share it with ernst after a number of completely failed attempts. unfortunately the camera lens put them into a greater distance than in reality, the last one came about 7-8 meters near me, maybe even less. i think with a decent camera and a tripod i could've captured a lot of details.

also, mushroom season has begun :-DDD
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Has begun? I picking them in vologda and karelia for last month!
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>unfortunately the camera lens put them into a greater distance than in reality
The same thing happens with most of my pictures, especially when using my phone. Luckily, I can compensate for that by photographing very large wading birds :D.
Thanks for sharing.

How do you guys eat all of those mushrooms? I mean, what dishes do you make? I rarely eat mushrooms, and when I do it's only on pizza.
No. 46219
Different types mushroms beter for different things. Some goes fried with potato, others "salted" and then ready for different types of salads and cold snacks, other for long keeping may be dried up and then used for different mushroom soups.
It depends of mushroom types. German ernst have different species of mushrooms from what I can see. Mushrooms that look like that in my regions is bad poison ones for example.
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i imagine far up north the season is a bit different than here due to different climate, different environment and different prevalent mushroom species? if i'm not mistaken there's leccinum versipelle, boletus edulis and cantharellus cibariu in your basket though, which are common here as well. the latter two are actually my favourite mushrooms besides agaricus campestris, which you can see in the pic above. agaricus campestris is fairly easy to identify and their inedible/poisonous variants are quite rare, have a different color on the stem and smell different. however, people who never have picked mushrooms before and go for them may mistake them with amanita phalloides and die within a couple days. the poison quickly dissolves the liver.

i just like to cook them with butter, onions, herbs, season with salt & pepper and eat it together with a loaf of bread, grilled potatoes or an omelett. mushrooms can be put into the freezer, but i prefer to eat them fresh right after i've picked them.
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Thanksgiving week? Check. Wild turkeys invading the suburbs? Double check.
They're probably hiding out from Elmer Fudd :D
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Having grown up in the country I can tell you there is little more obnoxious than fuds
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A snowy egret I encountered last weekend. My timing for that first picture was perfect, and also completely accidental. I like the feathers these birds develop on their heads. It always looks like they have long hair.

The northern mockingbird in the third pic was extremely patient with me. I followed him(?) from one tree to another. He watched closely, but didn't seem frightened, irritated or angry (quite a difference from red-winged blackbirds, who are always irritated and angry :D). Someone else passed on the sidewalk, we spoke briefly and the bird still stayed put, quietly cocking his head.

Last picture reveals a group of black vultures in their native habitat. A dumpster corral. (Well, Dumpster is a brand name. This may may have been a generic waste disposal unit :D). Also, you can see how bright this picture is compared to the others. It was a cloudy day which, coupled with the rising sun, provided a wide variety of lighting conditions from one minute to the next.
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I've stumbled across this and thought it might amuse or interest some of you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ksh1XOPNi5s

Not just this particular video, which is more of a behind-the-scenes, but his other stuff as well.
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Oh wow you're right dumpster is just a brandname. I never even knew or thought about that. Really makes me think what magnitude of Dunning Kruger tier blank fill in my brain just does with everything. I never even thought to question if it was a brand because I literally didn't know any other name for it. If you only have one word for a thing, does it mean you have only one perception of a thing and thus no ability to question it?
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>What's so interesting about birds?
Putting aside subjective arguments, which vary from person to person, birds are the wildlife we can all most readily witness on a daily basis. Sure, there are squirrels, raccoons, deer sometimes, rabbits if you're lucky, but these all actively avoid us. Birds don't. They live their life in the trees and water, just out of reach but sharing our outdoor space.

I love that. No matter where I go, there are birds nearby doing something. Hopping on shopping carts, sitting on power lines and road medians, digging for food in the grass. They bring life, and their own soundtrack, to our neighborhoods. Beyond that, there is the endless variety of bird species, with their unique calls and behaviors. This, again, sets them apart from other wildlife and broadens their appeal.

I see he did an album with bird calls. Will investigate, thanks.

>dumpster is just a brandname
One of the things I learned watching The Simpson's. A lot of wasted hours punctuated with nuggets of trivia :D.
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Lovely pics Bernd. I’m a big fan of the red squirrels you’ve got over there in Germany. They’re much cuter than our grays with their ear tufts. A friend of mine living in Berlin posts nice pics of red squirrels running around a graveyard there sometimes.
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Thanks :3
I guess I never realized our squirrels always have tufts and American ones don't, also I didn't know they can mis-jump as described ITT.

On New Year's Eve, I was sitting at home enjoying this here thread I had just found (thanks to everyone for sharing your pictures), and when I took a break and looked out of my window, where it's usually just pigeons and gulls, I saw a bird of prey. And yesterday, I got even better pictures (>>50427). I hardly know anything about birds, but I really enjoy being able to watch animals and birds from the comfort of my flat, with more diversity than I would've expected for a neighbourhood as lacking in green areas as mine. Can anyone tell me the species? I guess >>50427 is a buzzard, but is >>50425 simply a young buzzard? And what is pingpong.jpg?

>owls in the wild IRL
I've also hardly ever seen one, although before moving here, I'd often hear what I think was probably Strix aluco just outside the window, but far from the kind of nuisance >>24362 described. It sounded so strange that I only realized it must be a bird when I noticed the sound was coming from up a tree and moved between trees faster than a marten could, and then I used Xeno-Canto to determine the species. Then, last year, I was strolling through a nature reserve when I saw other visitors looking up a tree because Bubo bubo nested in it, so I was able to take pic related. Because their tree was right next to a road, and because of the other humans before and after me, I didn't worry much about disturbing the birds. Apparently, the parents didn't think it was too bad, either, as I've heard they nested on the same tree again in 2020.

I like how thanks to our wise ancestors, I can now walk around virtually anywhere without having to worry about being attacked by anything bigger than an insect or a tick.
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>last year
in 2019
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I really like your European squirrels. Our squirrels are grey, fat, clever, greedy, and boring. Those little guys just look so whimsical.
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Great pics. I'll add another American vote favoring your red squirrels over our grey. Both are cute, but those ears put red over the top.

Pingpong.jpg looks like a eurasian magpie and a common buzzard(I find it strange when they put 'common' in bird names, like common ground dove. I know it's simply an adjective, like using color in a bird name, but its use also feels somehow pejorative. Similar to how the word 'commoner' is frequently pejorative.)

>>50425 birb on branch.jpg is also a common buzzard, but the identification was a little tricky. Apparently these birds have three distinct 'plumage morphs'. Found pic 1 on researchgate.net.

Oh, fun fact regarding buzzards in North America: in casual speech we use the words "vulture" and "buzzard" interchangeably, even though they are very different birds. Blame the colonists:

>When European settlers first colonized New England and other parts of North America, they gave familiar names to unfamiliar birds in an effort to remind themselves of home. This is how the American robin got its name, as its orange-red breast is similar to the coloration of the European robin, even though the two birds are not closely related.

>Early colonists called the large, soaring birds they noticed in North American skies “buzzards” because they looked similar to the flight patterns of the buzzards in Europe. The birds those colonists were really seeing, however, were not buteo hawks but were turkey vultures and black vultures, which are widespread in eastern North America. The name stuck, and even today the North American vultures may still be commonly called buzzards, turkey buzzards, or black buzzards.

What's the Difference Between Buzzards and Vultures?

>Our squirrels are grey, fat, clever, greedy, and boring
I spotted this guy last year. He made me laugh, so I won't call him boring, but the other adjectives clearly apply :D.
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Grey squirrels are a neozoon in Europe, I think in the UK they've already mostly replaced the red ones and I think they're around somewhere in souther Europe, too.
I am actually considering having a slingshot on me when walking through the woods to be able to quickly dispatch one when I encounter it.
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YOU are a neozoon in Europe, how would you like if I quickly dispatch you when I encounter you? Actually, why don't you do that yourself if you don't like neozoons?
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This is only true if he's Syrian or Turkish. It's interesting to think about my own reaction which was immediate disgust at planning to find squirrels to kill, with the more coldly rational part that says if you know the red squirrel would go extinct it's justifiable to pick off those fat grey cunts wherever you see them. And they actually are cunts btw you just don't have to deal with it because you're not a squirrel. I was disappointed in how cuntish my summer chipmunks were to each other to the point this one literally fat fuck kept trying to chase another off from bird seed I was feeding them despite how plentiful the piles were. Hopefully they both make it this winter and that one cunt is taking super soaker blasts this year the minute he acts like a cunt to the other. I pay your food bills you bucktooth cunt you can both share or both starve.
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Why so hostile? Are you also one of those people who think racoons are cute and therefore should be lured into settlements and treated like pets? Invasive species need to be eradicated as soon as they are encountered. Go ask the Dodo.
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Thank you for your compliments and for identifying the species.

Because you triggered my precious feelings. But I'm willing to learn here. Perhaps I have not considered this well.
>Invasive species need to be eradicated as soon as they are encountered.
For the sake of argument, let's assume this is true. I'd say it's a stretch to argue that shooting at random græy squirrels, even if done in a coordinated, organized fashion, furthers this goal. But more importantly, even if it did, the effectiveness of this method would still have to be weighed against the extreme discomfort you'd be causing in your victims compared to presumably less painful methods (like, I don't know, perhaps trapping and euthanizing?) or even to taking a kannmannixmachen.jpg attitude.

Unlike plants, these invasive animals can feel pain. So if you can't stop them without causing lots of suffering, it's probably not worth it, even in cases where biologists expect a takeover of newcomes to cause the extinction of several indigenous species.
The "amount" of pain inflicted before your method would appreciably slow down – let alone reverse – the undesired change of an environment would be so much that it wouldn't be worth it. Especially because the squirrel displacement currently under way is happening so slowly and – compared to your method – pain- and bloodless that it's not like you're stopping a terrorist group from torturing children to death. It's just one tribe of cute gatherers (and occasional bird killers) disappearing because a slightly less cute newcomer tribe of gatherers (and occasional bird killers) has "unnaturally" entered an environment that's already far from its "natural" state before the arrival of humans. It's not something that would justify what you've considered doing.

>Are you also one of those people who think racoons are cute
>and therefore should be lured into settlements and treated like pets?
No, and I don't think anyone says that should be done, but I don't understand what that has to do with this. I'm not asking anyone to lure invasive squirrels into settlements and treat them like pets because I think they're cute.

>the more coldly rational part
I don't understand what "rational" means here. What's "rational" about painfully killing someone because they are (while unaware of it) part of a change you don't like, a change that doesn't threaten you in any way? How is violently taking up the cause of red squirrels against a competing squirrel species something "rational" for a human? This doesn't sound any more "rational" to me than would, say, a human feeding (or shooting) græys or raccoons to relieve stress (nothing of which I'd advise), or a human deciding to stop tying their happiness to the degree of stasis in a biological environment unless it affects their own survival.
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You some kind of hippie or what?
But I see where you are coming from. Maybe I should elaborate more.

>But more importantly, even if it did, the effectiveness of this method would still have to be weighed against the extreme discomfort you'd be causing in your victims compared to presumably less painful methods (like, I don't know, perhaps trapping and euthanizing?) or even to taking a kannmannixmachen.jpg attitude.
That is simply not true. A slingshot - a proper one, with the according BBs - will hit the squirrel like a cannonball. I mean, you could also take a strong air rifle or a .22 and shoot them with, however, that will instantly get the heat on my ass. A slingshot is discrete, silent and for an animal of that size, absolutely deadly. So no, no discomfort. It won't even know what hit it when it is instantly dead.
Trapping on the other hand causes the animal a lot of discomfort. I mean, it's trapped, in a small cage. And how would you "euthanize" the animal? Take it out and break its neck? Gas it? In Germany animals caught by traps are usually simply shot. Of course you shouldn't do it like those in idiots in that recent cat trap video that's all over the news, which is actually a pretty good example how to NOT do it.
So in short, no, it's not painful at all.

>Unlike plants, these invasive animals can feel pain. So if you can't stop them without causing lots of suffering, it's probably not worth it, even in cases where biologists expect a takeover of newcomes to cause the extinction of several indigenous species.
That doesn't have anything to do with anything. But if we want to argue about this - do you know HOW the grey squirrels replace the red ones? They don't simply steal their food, they are plague bearers. They can carry a disease that kills reds, while the grey ones are immune. Dying by disease, not a nice way to go. Plus, animals certainly don't feel pain like humans do and plants actually DO react to their environment, to bugs trying to eat them or to getting hurt.

>It's just one tribe of cute gatherers (and occasional bird killers) disappearing because a slightly less cute newcomer tribe of gatherers (and occasional bird killers) has "unnaturally" entered an environment that's already far from its "natural" state before the arrival of humans. It's not something that would justify what you've considered doing.
And here we are turning in circles. Because humans initially introduced them, but suddenly they shouldn't do anything about it anymore? That's not how it works. So imo, it is definitely justified. It has ALWAYS been harmful to introduce new species anywhere, and all of history agrees with me. You just can't extrapolate the long-term consequences introducing a new species will have.

As for the racoon thing, for example in Berlin they are bound to become a huge plague because people exactly CONSIDER them pets and feed them, all the while they eat all the birds' eggs and carry diseases.
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It reminds me of the same trashy bydlo I just saw on a video. This guy in lousiana was shooting all these swamp rats because he's complaining they're making him lose tons of acres of his land. These are exactly the same dumb bydlo who insist climate change is not real, and who wholly support policy and technology that will leave 100% of his land under the ocean. As of 2020 I've zero tolerance for people anymore. Guys like that who also go out shooting wild boars unironically try to make the argument that they're poaching gators to "help save and conserve the alligator population." It's a flagrant lie and they kill things because they enjoy it and are hoping you're actually dumb enough to go along with their reasoning. No retard with a slingshot is going to have an appreciable impact on rodent populations.
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>No retard with a slingshot is going to have an appreciable impact on rodent populations.
It's obvious that a SINGLE person can't do much in such a case. IT would be more of an "insurgent" measure, and by law it's highly illegal anyway.
Of course when the greys arrive in Germany (and they will, eventually), swift action by every single hunter is called for. A massive pushback. Although how I know our politicians, there will be a year long debate and whatnot before they allow you to shoot one per week or something like that. And then the red squirrels will vanish and people like you will stand there and say "eh, whatever". But then again, your country was founded on displacing the original population, what else would I expect?
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Leave the washbears alone
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I will when they leave the birds alone, stop replacing our own varmint and stop spreading diseases.
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trying to draw pird. feathers are hard
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i've observed this green woodpecker working and picking the ground there several times and thought it's his winter cache with food. after some reading it turns out that he's apparently searching for his favorite diet (ants), which is quite a hard task during such a cold and snowy winter.
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You could buy a bag of mealworms and hide it in the snow. Not sure what word is in German. Superworm? It is those hard shelled beetle larvae that gets added to some bird food.
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i'll make a ball of goose fat and sunflower seeds for him, put it in the hole, cover it with snow and hope blackbirds, finks, squirrels etc. don't find it before him. i've got a feeding station filled with seeds, nuts and fat rings under the trees about 50m away from this hole, which is well used by all sorts of smaller birds. the green woodpecker however seems to avoid it.
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mealworms are called "mehlwürmer" in german, i don't have those though. woody will have to settle with goosefat + seeds.
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I spotted this bird in our garden. But I fail to recognize it. Slightly larger than a blackbird, since it shooed one away soon after. And smaller than a dove.

It was shooed away before by a crow and then sat in the firethorn bush.

Some hours later a flock of throttles (at least 50) invaded the garden and ate all berries. They looked all considerably smaller.

So I hope someone can help identifying this bird which I have not seen again though.
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I've been seeing a lot of grey catbirds, but haven't managed to get a decent picture. So here's a bad one.

>i'll make a ball of goose fat and sunflower seeds for him


>help identifying this bird
It looks like a fieldfare. I can see a light brown/reddish patch accross his breast which isn't as bright as on other fieldfare pics, but other than that it's a match. The size is right, as well.

THREE THRUSHES IN THE SNOW – Redwing, Fieldfare and Song Thrush
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ernst schließt sich >>51907 an. es dürfte sich um eine wacholderdrossel handeln. von der singdrossel unterscheidet sie sich durch die graue haube.
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Thanks a lot, it matches perfectly. I guessed it fluffed up the feathers because of the cold and looked bigger and fatter this way. The other thrushes (red wings) came in a big flock and were a lot smaller.
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Not quite a bird but I enjoy watching this fat squirrel who raids my bird feeders sometimes
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Squirrels are definitely one of the more people-like animals bumbling around. Also raccoons. I know this might be controversial but I legit see cuttlefish as people to an extent. There's something about their kinestheseology that reminds me of the way people move, although I'm using "people" here both as synonym for human and as synonym for rudimentary sapience.

I'm planning on interacting with crows this summer. I'm already debating what food and shiny objects to leave out for befriending them.
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Complex woodpecker society
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It's spring, and the sandhill cranes are once again walking around with their colts. These birds usually lay two eggs and this pair has done well to keep both safe. Seeing the little ones run is always adorable. I should have switched to video mode when they were approaching.

Great video.
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Saw a bunch of magpies. There was even a fifth, but it wouldn't hang out with the others.
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Why are they so attracted to shiny objects?
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Well, what in nature is naturally shiny besides water?
Otherwise, it could just be a weird evolutionary quirk that wasn't stress-tested until humans started making a ton of shiny things.
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More sandhill crane colts. First pic is a family I spotted in a busy parking lot. The second pic shows the same family I posted here >>52728. They do grow fast. Also, the cars all stopped so they could make it across the road safely.

The third pic shows the same female which I followed last year. She's easy to identify, since she's missing her right foot. I'm not sure when they chased off their last colt, but she has a new one now. I recall seeing a large juvenile group a few moths ago. After colts are chased off by their parents, they flock to other juveniles. After that, they pair off.
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Good shots. Do they normally just wander around roads like that? Don't they get hit by cars?
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Sandhill cranes cover a lot of ground looking for food- they walk, stop to peck at the grass for a while, then walk somewhere else. So, yeah, they do end up crossing roads regularly. Drivers are good about stopping to wait for them to cross, though. Some people honk their horns to speed the birds up, and I've seen people try to slow roll up to them hoping to encourage the cranes to move faster. I hate that. They always move, if you give them time. It's not much different than a line of ducks crossing the street. Usually they take a straight line and are only in the road for a minute or two.

So they don't get hit by cars often, but it does happen. Side streets like this one are a lot safer than the main road. You can see the speed tables. Those keep the road racing to a minimum. Even so, a couple times a year I hear about a neighborhood crane getting hit. It's sad, and usually followed by angry social media posts looking for the driver. One time a guy hit one, and got into a public back-and-forth about whether it was his fault or not. He had some kind of Youtube channel, so his car was somehow known. On those occasions when sandhill cranes are hit, there are local rescue groups that come in to help if they can. They're not left to fend for themselves.

Here are a few older pics I took of sandhill cranes crossing various roadways.
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Mallards were an unusual site back in Florida but dominate Buffalo's duck scene. The only large wading birds I've seen thus far are grey herons. They fly about but never stop to chat, so no pictures.

Necro bump.
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I discovered ernstchan by stumbling upon this thread, glad it's still around. I need to up my birding game, I just have a pair of 8x40 binoculars, no idea if it's optimal for observing the little critters