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Post by ElaineB on Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:10 pm

I just saw a hawk dive bomb my back yard so thought a thread about nature sightings or things of interest would be good. Didn't get a picture, sorry.

We had the unfortunate circumstance a while back where my wife watched a hawk eat a bird in the yard (we have bird feeders out and get quite a clientele). She did get photos of that, pretty blurry, but maybe I'll post one. Anyway, when I went out later, I discovered to my sorrow that it had been a male cardinal the hawk was eating (we were hoping for a pigeon or starling!). There's still a male in the area, so hopefully we'll see more babies this summer.

But today, I heard blue jays screeching--that's a good sign that there's a cat or hawk around. So I go to the window to look out and suddenly this big brown bird swoops down (I'm on the second floor) and across the back yard, landing in a tree a couple houses away. Didn't catch anything (good job, Jays!).

Not sure what kind of hawk. Maybe Cooper's.

Very exciting! :bounce:
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Post by Athena on Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:15 pm

Cool idea.
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Post by Deej on Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:32 pm

Very cool.

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Post by Lilien on Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:18 pm

It is really fascinating how you can distinguish all kind of birds. Bird watching doesn't draw me at all, it never did. I am ashamed to say but all I know is Sparrow and Pigeon. But I always enjoy when I hear you talking about birds and their habits.
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Post by ElaineB on Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:26 pm

I like to stare out windows. It beats writing (or working).

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Post by Dyb on Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:47 pm

I've got a bird feeder in the tree in front of my window. I buy the food that is supposed to attract the colorful songbirds (and the food is quite pricey, I might add), but all I seem to get are grackles and squirrels. I suppose it entertains the kitties at least...
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Post by Deej on Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:53 pm

Did you put a welcome sign up?

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Post by Dyb on Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:57 pm

Ah hell. I knew I forgot something.
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Post by ElaineB on Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:29 pm

Grackles are coming through our area now. I hate them, but red-wing blackbirds travel with them and I like those. It's a dilemma.

I put out corn to keep the squirrels happy and have a baffle on the bird-feeder pole that they can't get around. They do chow down on the suet, so I moved one of those to the bird-feeder pole. Grackles eat anything not tied down.

Cardinals are ground feeders and like safflower seeds. Supposedly squirrels don't, so should leave them alone. Haven't really confirmed that.

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