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    Quote Originally Posted by rumination View Post
    Good on you for giving him refuge during a storm.
    He was one tired bird, it was a hell of a storm. Lucky for him he found an aircraft carrier!
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    We have these Black Kites all over. Birds of prey that are cool to watch soaring on the thermals. Pretty impressive to see on the electric lines with their wings spread wide to dry after a rain.
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    Thats pretty cool Butch. That bird musta figured "screw it". Not too many choices left.

    Jay, we have a deep coulee on our place that must have some really good wind currants, I will often see a Bald or a Golden Eagle shoot straight out of it, from out of nowhere when I drive by.

    Been seeing a lot of these guys around now that it is spring. They get pretty cocky during mating season. Always have one sitting on the post next to my turnoff and he is always singing, while trying to stare me down. I always thank him for the song anyway.


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    Western Meadowlark.

    (Eastern Meadowlark looks the same but does not have such a pretty song)
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    Here we get several Hawks... Swainsons, Red Shoulder, Red Tail , Gosshawks are the regulars...more during migration. I love watching flight and hunting. Some Bald Eagles nest on a lake in the next town which is cool though just this Spring there is a nesting pair on the very next hill over from me, though people love Eagles I am concerned about them pushing out some Red Tails.Ospreys too are cool to watch, specialists as they eat nothing but fish. Have seen them pull ten inch Suckerfish out of pretty small steams.

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    Jay, the black kite Milvus migrans is interesting, because it is one of the only trans global birds. It is, far as I know, found on every continent ( except antarctica).

    I once stood at the rock of Gibraltar and watched the northern migration of kites from Africa to Europe in spring.
    Like watching evening traffic on a 16 lane freeway out of L.A. Just a continuous broad band of kites stretching across the mediterranea, flying "bumper to bumper".

    Jim, when I worked in Idaho, I used to love listening to the meadowlarks. They are a good example of how settlers would name birds in their new homeland for something they resembled in the old country. It is not in the lark family at all, but the song reminded them of the meadowlarks here.
    Just like your robin isn't a robin, but a thrush, but has a red breast like the European Robin, so a robin it was called.

    This is a great hread, it brings so many fine memories back for me.

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    Wow, Fun. Birds are awesome.

    We get the Ruby crowned kinglet here....

    Hooded orioles, Wilson Warblers are my latest... I just found some baby robins in a nest today.
    White crowned sparrows seem to dominate the park just more so than song sparrows.

    Our resident hummingbirds are the Anna's and Allens...... ZzzzzzzzzChup!

    Mainly Red tails and Red Shoulders...... and little Coopers.....

    Birds.

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    We watch as well my wife loves her feeders. Currently have a pair of wrens with three just hatched eggs, amazing how much a pair can feed them in a hr, more than 20 caterpillars. My favorite is the pileated woodpecker next to owls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bermy View Post
    Learning the birds in Tasmania now, the blue wren is one of the cutest and most colourful.
    A favourite with just about everyone, hard to get a good picture of one because they're pretty quick. They change colour a bit, we don't get the dark blue only see this one around here.

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    That's if I see one at all, they used to be everywhere but the asian miner has wiped out a lot of natives. http://www.abc.net.au/science/articl...08/2044900.htm

    Haven't used this since Che was around, she got a kick out of some of them. Blue Wren sound file. http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/site...us-cyaneus.mp3

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    If you've got a bush yard like me the Noisy Miner will take over and drive out the asian miner, sometimes he need a bit of help though.

    They gang up on any predators and can make a racket. http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/site...anocephala.mp3

    I was on a job a few years ago and one kept swooping on me, she kept at it till I looked in the chipper chute. I'd put her nest in there and a baby, it couldn't get out because it had a bit of cotton around it's leg. Cut it loose and off they went.

    A couple of locals.

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    Being a soaring pilot, I tend to love soaring birds. I shared many a thermal with red tails and turkey vultures. Twice with a bald eagle. Nothing like twisting it up in a thermal and looking down on the symbol of freedom.

    I see many swallows at 4000-5000ft above the ground. Odd to see a little bird so high whiz past you.

    Other birds just boggle my mind. The Alpine Swift for example spends 6 months of the year in the air without landing.....ever. http://www.livescience.com/40268-alp...y-nonstop.html

    Or the Godwit that makes a 7000mile migration non-stop.

    I'm not a birder but if I'm blessed enough to take up the rocking chair someday, I plan on taking it up as a hobby.

    I'd love to go see the sandhill cranes in their big flocks at the bosque in New Mexico. Maybe I could catch Leon on his migration as well and grab a beer.....
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