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ElPrado2
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Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:06 am

I have 2 great horned owls bickering across the street from each other from opposing trees. That lasts till daylight. For the last half hour or so the mourning doves start to get tuned up. Totally different voices. Some over eager baby dove tried to go flying yesterday. I have a Jack Russell. She stood 5 feet from it, it's mom and dad while they sat in a flower box yesterday morning, completely oblivious. If it isn't a rodent or an insulting lizard, various animals can hold the Mad Hatter's Tea Partyon the front lawn. She figured out about birds flying a long time ago.She looked right at them and barely twitched her ears. She was more interested in sniffing the morning news on the median strip.
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Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:26 am

I don't know if you ever watched Frasier, but Eddie the Jack Russel developed a 'friendship' with a pigeon, in one episode. It was injured, so Niles and Martin brought it in to nurse it back to health. Eddie grabbed the wounded pigeon and ran off and ate it.

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Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:25 am

I saw my first Swallow Tailed Kite yesterday. Unmistakable.
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Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:51 am

Something else I've seen for the first time. Two bald eagles playing in a cloud together. Swooping in and out of an early thunderhead. They swoop in, disappear for a moment, then spiral back out. Looked like lots of fun.
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Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:54 am

Saw my first live Rose-breasted Grosbeak the other day.
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Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:12 pm

This is a completely mundane sighting, but... my 4th/5th summer school kids today saw a mama duck hidden in the ivy at the foot of the fence where we went to line up for our fire drill today. It's sad/amazing to see how excited they were, and to realize that it might have been the first time they'd seen an actual live duck.

They were so excited and outnumbered me 28-1 and I was trying to keep them back enough not to freak mama out and get my head count (not that anyone ever verified we were all accounted for, LOL) and I had just about managed it when mama made a break for it, followed by what seemed like a clown-car endless line of wee fuzzy yellow-and-brown ducklings. They just. kept. coming.

Of course THAT sent the kids all off into paroxysms of amazement and glee, but mama stayed calm and level-headed and just led the parade down the fence line to another patch of ivy.

I am so earning every cent of my summer school pay, I swear. :shock:
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Fri Jun 17, 2016 1:34 pm

serenassong wrote:Saw my first live Rose-breasted Grosbeak the other day.
They are beautiful birds and their songs are lovely. They kind of sound like a robin but a much better singer.

We were working on my house the week before Memorial Day and the male Grosbeaks would sing to us and then make a mad noise because we were to close to the feeder. Then they just started coming down, regardless of where we were. The female was especially unafraid. I can't wait for when they bring their babies to the feeder.
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Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:19 pm

Now I have something very large and very green living in a clump of oaks south if me. I saw it landing yesterday. Saw it flapping around this afternoon. I figure it for an escaped Military macaw. It definitely is equipped with a tail. In this area it can make plenty of veggie and fruit farmers pissed to the gills. You get a lot of escapees down this way. Lots of bird breeders. There's thousands of acres of strawberries in flying distance to the west. Oranges are just west of me. This is Fruit Salad USA.
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Sun Jun 19, 2016 4:36 pm

I left my screen porch door propped open because during the non-buggy months, it's just easier to let the dogs out if the screen door is already open--they can go straight to the yard from the house instead of waiting impatiently on the porch for me to open that door, too.

A pair of little brown birds has sneakily made a home inside one of my wall-mounted candle lanterns ON my porch, so now I can't close the screen door until they're done. Moving the lantern involves a bunch of unmounting hardware, and mama is sitting on her eggs all the time--afraid if I move the whole thing they might abandon it, or not realize where I moved it to.

My dogs saw one of the birds fly into it the other day, so now they're obsessed with the lantern. This is turning out to be a giant pain in the ass over two little birds the size of salt and pepper shakers.
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Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:40 pm

Awww, but you are good to let them stay. Little brown birds FTW! <3
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Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:29 pm

They're probably House Wrens. They tend to nest in very odd places.
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Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:38 pm

PONYRCR wrote:They're probably House Wrens. They tend to nest in very odd places.
Thank you! Just looked them up, that's exactly what they look like! It was impossible to just search for "little brown bird" haha, and it's also nearly impossible to get pictures of them because they're in and out so quickly.

The lantern they've nested in has a frosted glass door, but the top is open (it's made for candles)--I can see shadows of them moving around inside, but I can't see into the nest unless I stand on a chair and look into it, so I'm leaving them totally alone. I've tried to strategically place my furniture around the base of the thing so that my dogs can't get near it, and hopefully they'll forget after awhile and just ignore it. I guess I'll need to leave my screen door closed from now on, or take the lanterns down :?
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Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:39 pm

In my house, they shall be known as Porch Wrens until further notice :lol:

Oh yeah, and they scoured my porch for gobs of hair from when I brushed my dog out (he's a Husky mix), so their nest is lined with my dog's butt fluff.
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Mon Jun 20, 2016 1:11 pm

Your dogs should be grateful that the birds picked up the fur AFTER it had been brushed out. I've seen a hilarious vid showing a determined bird plucking fur out of a dog's butt....over and over and over...all while the dog slept. You have to wonder how the bird ever discovered that method of nest material acquisition. :o
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Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:41 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Your dogs should be grateful that the birds picked up the fur AFTER it had been brushed out. I've seen a hilarious vid showing a determined bird plucking fur out of a dog's butt....over and over and over...all while the dog slept. You have to wonder how the bird ever discovered that method of nest material acquisition. :o
I've seen a few, and it appears to always be the same type of bird!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRLa01ICZqg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97ds9abvYIM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQIH4f7eowE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJti4bIkAvs
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Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:11 am

OK, another bird story.
Last night, I'm sitting on the porch, 4 AM. I don't sleep well. I heard something. I look around the yard, nothing. Look at the roof next door, nothing. They have a funny disc shaped antenna, I finally look at that.
There is a great horned owl sitting on it holding a rattlesnake that is still twitching. It sees me watching it, reaches up and takes it from it's beak. Then I think it told me a long story about how brave he was, what a mighty hunter he was, really loud. Great big hoots. Sounded like hoo HOO hoo hoo. 8 or 10 versions. It puffed up several times and smoothed back down. Then I went back in.
Just before daylight I go back out with my coffee. I'm sitting in the same chair. Then I hear some more hoots, higher pitched. Just hoo Hoo, hoo Hoo. He roosts just south of me. I think he was saying good night.
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https://explore.org/livecams/bald-eagles/decorah-eagles

I love watching the Bald Eagle live feed cams. Full nests at Decorah, Iowa, The Channel Islands, Frasier Point Channel Islands and West End Catalina Island.

There has been tragedy, death and drama this year but it's getting time for them to fledgling. Probably in the next week or two. A lot of people have been particularly interested in the Decorah gang of 3 since the North Nest Decorah babies didn't make it. I like the boy at West End Catalina to be the first to fly. He's my pick. He lost his sibling but Mom and Dad are usually right near by. When they were banding him I thought the parents were going to knock them off the cliff. It's quite a video.

I don't know why I like watching this every year for the past 4 years. With all the shit people are doing to each other and to the world this makes more sense to me. It seems pretty basic and correct. Even the bad stuff that happens.
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Wed May 30, 2018 7:49 am

I started watching the Mr. President and First Lady recently:

dceaglecam.org

I will check out the other eagles, too.

ETA: I don't see a baby at the West End Catalina cam??? Both parents were there and one flew off.
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Forry Cow How wrote:I started watching the Mr. President and First Lady recently:

dceaglecam.org

I will check out the other eagles, too.

ETA: I don't see a baby at the West End Catalina cam??? Both parents were there and one flew off.

I think he is flying.
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Wed May 30, 2018 10:59 am

Spahny wrote:
Forry Cow How wrote:I started watching the Mr. President and First Lady recently:

dceaglecam.org

I will check out the other eagles, too.

ETA: I don't see a baby at the West End Catalina cam??? Both parents were there and one flew off.

I think he is flying.
Actually the cam may be down. They are showing highlights. Not sure what is going on.
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