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Visitor to my bird feeder tonight

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by CalvinMD, Dec 29, 2010.

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  1. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    My favorite feathered friend..he has an almost exclusive preference for pidgeons and a squirrel every now and then!
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  2. Frank C

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    Kinda cuts down on business huh!
     
  3. Setterman

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    And he looks pissed!
     
  4. g7777777

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    The pet feed store wont appreciate that as a poster

    The amount of bird feed sold will fall to new lows

    Every now and then we have eagles that are around here- right in the center of Iowa- it is amazing to see them- I can only imagine an eagle sitting on that feeder

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  5. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    Great photo Calvin, hope you are feeling better. I have a squirrel feeder and about 200 or so squirrels that frequent it. One is crippled. Not sure what happened to him but he acts like a head injury patient. He cannot stnd up long, just falls over so when he goes down the fence to get to the feeder, he hangs on sideways. A Hawk just like the one in your photo is stalking him. I know it is nature and thats how they live but I am tempted to shoot at him with the BB gun to scare him off. The Crip as we call him has become our friend, he waits for me to come out so the other squirrels leave and he goes in the feeder. He will eat from my hand also
     
  6. short shucker

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    I've got a Cooper's hawk that hangs around here year round. He does really good on the unsuspecting critters. I'll throw a little seed out every once in a while to keep him healthy in the cold months. He keeps my area rodent free and doesn't fuss with anything else.

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  7. Auctioneer

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    Mine is not as big but just as good in getting rid of the trash. LOL
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  8. southjblue

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    YA---They got rid of all my trash---Quail---Rabbits---Pheasants--- If I had my way they would be my trash---Wonder if they are good eaten---I'd have them as a side plate on Thanksgiveing----JMO----MYSTIC---
     
  9. skeezix

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    Late Christmas Eve my son-in-law stepped outside for a smoke. Sitting on the window box outside our kitchen window was a Northern Pygmy Owl. Louis said the little fellow sat there for about 45 minutes. I had no idea there were any around here.Bird books say they are about 7" tall and weigh a wopping 2-1/2 ounces.

    John
     
  10. Recoil Sissy

    Recoil Sissy Well-Known Member

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    CalvinMD:

    I have what I believe to be a juvenile Coopers hawk as an occasional visitor to my feeders. I'm not sure about the identification because Coopers and Sharp Shinned are both common in my area. They look much alike, their sizes overlap, and they share similar hunting styles and habits. What I know for sure is that my visitor likes doves.

    Unfortunately, I haven't been successful getting clear photos - too many shadows and tree limbs. Thanks to you and Auctioneer for sharing yours.

    sissy

    PS: Among the distinguishing characteristics for Coopers and Sharp Shinned are the feet and legs. In Auctioneer's photos (particularly the last one) the bird's legs look long and thin. That would suggest a Sharp Shinned. The bird in your photo appears to have shorter legs and heavier feet. That would suggest a Coopers. But I'm still just guessing... : )
     
  11. FIB

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    I really enjoy the comeback of all the raptors in the midwest. I'm 46 and can remember when it was rare to see a red tail hawk or a bald eagle. Beautiful animals. I have a bird feeder and every so often a cooper's hawk will zoom by and kill a bird. To him my feeder is a drive through.
     
  12. skeeljc

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    They like doves too.

    Jim Skeel
     
  13. Ithaca$$$Grade

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    This is across the street from my back yard in Bloomington Minnesota. I heard a bunch of crows making a racket and when I looked there was this eagle. I went and got the camera and got within 15 feet of him. We have some white squirrels in the neighborhood and he got one of them. He proceeded to pick it apart until he had enough, gripped in his talons and flew off down the road toward a county park. I have about 30 pictures of him. It was pretty exciting.

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  14. Auctioneer

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    We have a Red Shoulder hawk come in to the feeder and what I thought was a Cooper Hawk. They like to come in and grab and or have the Doves hit the window. Easy meal then. LOL

    We had a deer hit by a car one day and I put the deer in a field where I could watch it. We had a young Bald Eagle come in the next day that was going from its brown feathers to its black and white feathers. People were stopping and or turning around to look at it eating the deer.

    We have also had a adult eagle sit in our yard tree for about 55 min. We are having the eagle's making a nice come back in our area. We enjoy seeing them in our area.
     
  15. ivanhoe

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    Just for the fun of it these are a couple of photos of different Hawks.



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    One is a Coopers the other is a Redtail.


    Bob Lawless
     
  16. ksaul1

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    Great pictures!
     
  17. School Teacher

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    We get a lot of Red Tail Hawks around our several bird feeders. My wife gets up set when they take a bird but the Hawks need to eat and feed their babies too.

    They are very graceful and fast when they fly and will snatch a bird out of a bush or off of the ground in a heartbeat.

    The hawks are death on chip monks which is sad as my wife really likes them.

    Last Spring a big Red Tail chased a ground hog around the yard. The ground hog ran under a coup;e of vehicles and our back porch and finally made it to safety. The hawk would sit on top of the garage but the ground hog was either too fast or heavy for the hawk.

    My wife likes it on the rare occasion that a hawk gets a snake. The snake will writhe away in the hawk's grip as the hawk flies away.

    I wish that the hawks would clean out the several feral cats that hang out around the feeders.

    Ed Ward
     
  18. cubancigar2000

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    Keep the photos coming
     
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    Great pictures, wish I could have seen them live.

    Bill
     
  20. ivanhoe

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    willing

    I am not trying to deceive anyone I didn't take those pictures. I attempt to take pictures of that quality but I don't quite seem to be able to get the same detail as I would like.

    Those pictures came off the web. The first photo is an immature Coopers Hawk the Second photo is a mature Red-tailed.

    Bob Lawless
     
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