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Re: Look! A bird!
« Reply #705 on: August 14, 2022, 07:52:10 AM »
I had a hawk get trapped on my screened porch this morning after crashing through a screen. Fortunately I was able to prop the door to the outside open and herd him out by walking around the perimeter until he found the door.
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Re: Look! A bird!
« Reply #706 on: August 18, 2022, 10:25:52 AM »
Yesterday's delight: the swan family was back, with the cygnets nearly 3/4 their probable adult size.

They're still dark grey, and they're still lined up between their parents--cute little 4-swan defile' there--but it was nice to see them back again. I gather the downriver area they moved to suits them well.

They'd also apparently gone up on the beach earlier, there were a number of white feathers all over the place on the path.

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Re: Look! A bird!
« Reply #707 on: August 18, 2022, 02:48:08 PM »
Two parakeets visited my neighbors suet feeder this morning. I've posted on Nextdoor but so far no one has reported them missing. I'm sure they are having the adventure of a lifetime right now, but the poor things can't survive a winter outdoors here, and more immediately are probably not being to savvy about evading the local Coopers hawks.
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Re: Look! A bird!
« Reply #708 on: August 19, 2022, 07:47:46 AM »
This must be a season for escaped domestic birds.  Early this morning I saw a stray hen chicken at the city park.  She was heading down toward the pond, seemingly at a loss what to do next.  I heard a rooster crowing nearby, and found him perched in the bushes beside a fence a couple minutes' walk farther along. 

People keep chickens here and there in town, so it wasn't a huge shock.  The runaways still somehow managed to travel the equivalent of several blocks and cross at least one street to get where I saw them.  That's quite a distance for a yardbird.  Still not as impressive as the one that I once saw that had somehow managed to get all the way across to the other side of the pond.

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Re: Look! A bird!
« Reply #709 on: August 19, 2022, 08:46:25 AM »
This morning I got some lovely backlit photos of the heron by the river.

I also got a shot of an urban turkey feather on the sidewalk where I saw the (?turkeyhen) and her 3 chicks a week or so ag--so they're back, too.

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Re: Look! A bird!
« Reply #710 on: September 01, 2022, 07:09:44 AM »
I got about the closest approach I've ever managed to the great egret that sometimes hangs around the city park.  Not long ago I had a more distant view of two of them.  I've also continued intermittently seeing grey herons there.
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Re: Look! A bird!
« Reply #711 on: September 01, 2022, 07:13:44 AM »
I have it on good authority that one of the two large waterbirds I saw yesterday was a night heron, which I mistook for a hawk (given its hooked beak and flight pattern), or (rather unlikely, really, no blue on it) a kingfisher.

The other was the same, persistent, consistent, lonely juvenile heron--the last of four larger birds seen over the past two years--I keep wondering where the others got to.

No swans, a few ducks; I saw the geese later: they were all in the ball field, on my way home. 

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Re: Look! A bird!
« Reply #712 on: September 11, 2022, 05:54:08 PM »
It's been a good couple of weeks for bird sightings.

Yesterday, on my way home after a bird walk, I came upon a great blue heron (one doesn't "see" birds; rather, birds decide to make an appearance) standing quite majestically on the shore of the small lake in the park. He seemed unfazed by the people taking his/her picture. A week earlier, on my drive home on Labor Day, sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, a great blue heron flew quite low across the expressway. That weekend I saw yet another great blue in the bird sanctuary, standing in the pond, and then slowly wending his or her way upstream, looking for fish.

Bird sightings last weekend in the bird sanctuary yielded in addition to the usual cardinals, bluejays, red-winged blackbirds, grackles, catbirds, and other familiar birds, some green herons, wood ducks, a warbling vireo, a belted kingfisher, a solitary sandpiper, a pileated woodpecker, Eastern wood peewees, and common yellowthroats. On one of those days I also saw a red-tailed hawk fly just over the top of my car as I was parking in the sanctuary.

During the same weekend, I was sitting on the porch in a rural part of the state when I heard a buzzing by my ear. It was a ruby-throated hummingbird, saying "pay attention to me". After hovering in front of me for a few minutes, he flew off into one of the trees in the yard. The other highlight of that weekend was seeing an osprey in yet another nature preserve; I heard the calls first, and then saw the bird swoop down to settle on the platform.

On the bird walk yesterday, we saw several American redstarts, northern wood peewees, a red-bellied woodpecker, a downy, a northern flicker, a few chestnut-sided warblers, a Cape May warbler, a northern waterthrush, a very, a black and white warbler, and assorted other birds. There were also three or four raccoons leisurely climbing down a tall tree.

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Re: Look! A bird!
« Reply #713 on: September 16, 2022, 12:29:25 PM »
Besides the shy, feathery-headed, neck-bobbing duck-like creature I saw this AM while walking at one end of the brook, I was startled by the night heron giving a "squawk" under the bridge at the other end, near the confluence.

He didn't quite get the timing right--the old blue heron with the huge wingspread would do it just as he was in the middle of the passage, so it really echoed--first time I heard it I jumped--but it was a reasonable attempt and I was glad to see him again.

He turned downriver, though, and took off, so I didn't get to confirm it was him, that's just been his 'spot' for the last few days, so I guessed it was and went on.

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Re: Look! A bird!
« Reply #714 on: September 17, 2022, 06:02:44 AM »
Perhaps the “feathery-headed, neck-bobbing duck-like creature” was a merganser?

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Re: Look! A bird!
« Reply #715 on: September 17, 2022, 09:00:11 AM »
I'll look that up, thanks!!

Without knowing where to start, I didn't try to figure it out.

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