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I nearly hit a bald eagle Friday morning on the way to lunch. I was about a mile from the house approaching the first stop sign and as I slowed from 45 to about 20 or 25 a very large bird sprang into the air from behind a bush in a ditch. In the first instant as I jammed on the brakes I thought it was a turkey vulture the way it popped up from the shoulder. I was fully expecting the usual load of projectile vomit on the hood and windshield as it lightened its load.

As it got just in front of me at about windshield height it turned and flew just barely in front as I followed it to the stop sign. Still only 12 or so feet off the ground, it kept going across all four lanes and up into the trees, I turned right. What a beautiful sight up close, an adult bald eagle from 15 or 20 feet away.

We live about 10 miles or so SE of Richmond and about a third of mile from the James River so bald eagles are fairly common. Just not in your face. Now if I could find a way to keep the turkeys from coming into the yard and tormenting the dog. He coexists with the daily deer, but he does not like turkeys and purely hates great horned owls for some reason.
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Wood Ducks arrived in the creek today. Pretty much the same time as last year.
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andypanda wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:07 am I nearly hit a bald eagle Friday morning on the way to lunch. I was about a mile from the house approaching the first stop sign and as I slowed from 45 to about 20 or 25 a very large bird sprang into the air from behind a bush in a ditch. In the first instant as I jammed on the brakes I thought it was a turkey vulture the way it popped up from the shoulder. I was fully expecting the usual load of projectile vomit on the hood and windshield as it lightened its load.

As it got just in front of me at about windshield height it turned and flew just barely in front as I followed it to the stop sign. Still only 12 or so feet off the ground, it kept going across all four lanes and up into the trees, I turned right. What a beautiful sight up close, an adult bald eagle from 15 or 20 feet away.

We live about 10 miles or so SE of Richmond and about a third of mile from the James River so bald eagles are fairly common. Just not in your face. Now if I could find a way to keep the turkeys from coming into the yard and tormenting the dog. He coexists with the daily deer, but he does not like turkeys and purely hates great horned owls for some reason.
Wow - sounds very cool! So glad the eagle is ok. :happy
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPI9mWmmc7M

My MD eagles have had both eggs fail now. The second egg Pipped but never hatched ;-(
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_r0cM0I-aI

More trash being brought in ;-)

Interesting that the Osprey don't really sit on eggs till they are all laid....

Whelp, looks like she has started laying on the eggs, pretty sure only two came out :D
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Well my ruby throated hummingbirds appear to be gone back up north for the summer. It will be any week now my Indigio and Painted Buntings follow suit. Summer is coming to Eastern Central Florida way too quickly!
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BlackwaterPark10 wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:58 am Well my ruby throated hummingbirds appear to be gone back up north for the summer. It will be any week now my Indigio and Painted Buntings follow suit. Summer is coming to Eastern Central Florida way too quickly!
FYI, here is an interesting map for hummingbird sightings and spring migration patterns:

https://www.hummingbirdcentral.com/humm ... 21-map.htm
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I watch that map every year. Will put up my feeder in a couple of weeks.
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Dottie57 wrote: Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:30 pm
TnGuy wrote: Thu Mar 25, 2021 3:34 pm Image

We had a rafter (flock) of these up in the woods behind our house last night.


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Well their long distance cousins here in Minnesota woke me up last week with a loud chorus of gobbling. I thought it was a dream until I saw a rafter of turkeys strolling down the boulevard where I live. Turkeys in the first ring ‘burbs is interesting.
Here in the City of Boston we have lots and lots of turkeys. My daughter even photographed one in the middle of Harvard Square; so they have them in the City of Cambridge, too. Sixty years ago they were a rare sight in rural Pennsylvania.
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Arabesque wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 10:26 am Sixty years ago they were a rare sight in rural Pennsylvania.
Mid-Atlantic generally I think. I seem to recall that they were re-introduced in numerous areas.

Although not re-introduced per se, Bluebirds were much less prevalent a few decades ago until the extensive introduction of Bluebird boxes. Our local Audubon center alone has over sixty BB boxes maintained and monitored by local volunteers.
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jebmke wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 10:16 am I watch that map every year. Will put up my feeder in a couple of weeks.
I plan to do the same - around April 15 (even if we get some April snow storms......) :beer
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Took a walk at NJ's Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge yesterday. Pair of American Kestrels were hanging out in the still bare trees.
Numerous Eastern Phoebes and a lone Pine Siskin along the road into the swamp.

A pair of flyover Sandhill Cranes - magnificent in flight!

As others have mentioned - Eastern Bluebirds are plentiful here - they are jockeying with the newly arrived Tree Swallows for the nest boxes. Bluebirds won't nest next to each other but tolerate the Tree Swallows! Sometimes, the Carolina or House Wrens take the next-door-neighbor box.
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GG1273 wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:58 pm Took a walk at NJ's Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge yesterday. Pair of American Kestrels were hanging out in the still bare trees.
Numerous Eastern Phoebes and a lone Pine Siskin along the road into the swamp.

A pair of flyover Sandhill Cranes - magnificent in flight!

As others have mentioned - Eastern Bluebirds are plentiful here - they are jockeying with the newly arrived Tree Swallows for the nest boxes. Bluebirds won't nest next to each other but tolerate the Tree Swallows! Sometimes, the Carolina or House Wrens take the next-door-neighbor box.
I envy having bluebirds around. Hope I see one someday.
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looks like we are now in sitting phase, three eggs laid. We have had strong winds, looks like LOTS OF TRASH got blown out. So will be interesting to see what new pieces come from dad :oops:
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BlackwaterPark10 wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:58 am Well my ruby throated hummingbirds appear to be gone back up north for the summer. It will be any week now my Indigio and Painted Buntings follow suit. Summer is coming to Eastern Central Florida way too quickly!

They are on their way to my house. 😁
Not to worry, I take good care of them.

:D
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GG1273 wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:58 pm

As others have mentioned - Eastern Bluebirds are plentiful here - they are jockeying with the newly arrived Tree Swallows for the nest boxes. Bluebirds won't nest next to each other but tolerate the Tree Swallows! Sometimes, the Carolina or House Wrens take the next-door-neighbor box.
My Bluebirds are jockying with the Chikadees for the house. I enjoy having them both so Im not really rooting for one or the other. Maybe they will take turns.
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After putting it off all winter, I just filled the birdfeeder with sunflower seeds yesterday.

Already seen:

Northern Cardinal
Bluejay
Eastern bluebird
American goldfinch
House finch
Carolina wren
Carolina chickadee
White breasted nuthatch

Edit:
Mourning dove
European starling :x
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Vtsax100 wrote: Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:53 am
BlackwaterPark10 wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:58 am Well my ruby throated hummingbirds appear to be gone back up north for the summer. It will be any week now my Indigio and Painted Buntings follow suit. Summer is coming to Eastern Central Florida way too quickly!

They are on their way to my house. 😁
Not to worry, I take good care of them.

:D
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Morning temps are above freezing and the days warm into the 50s. Spring in Northern Arizona. New calves run and romp like big puppies amongst Free Range cattle. and mornings previously silent and still with new snow are filled with the sounds of songbirds enjoying the warmth of sunrise.

Time to put up the “hummer” feeder,,,,🌺

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Didn't see Robins this winter - we did have a lot of snow.
Front yard had 14 this morning after rain yesterday - plenty of worms around
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GG1273 wrote: Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:09 pm Didn't see Robins this winter - we did have a lot of snow.
Front yard had 14 this morning after rain yesterday - plenty of worms around
I've started to see robins in the last 3-4 weeks. I also saw my first American Goldfinch (male) a couple days ago.
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Bluebird nests started in both boxes. Need to watch for egg drop - should be soon after first nest is built. Ospreys really active this week repairing nests downstream. A lot of fish in the creek so I see the Ospreys fly by with a fish pretty regularly.
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Add Northern mockingbird to the list
This area is crawling with robins (seriously they are everywhere) but I've never seen one actually using the bird feeder.
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Robins are generally insect eaters this time of year.
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Not an experienced bird watcher here, but I recently hung a suet cage in my front yard. So far, I've seen downy and red-bellied woodpeckers, red-winged blackbirds, grackles, and a tiny bird that I think is a nuthatch (not sure). Lots of robins hopping around but they don't touch the feeder.
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mindboggling wrote: Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:23 pm Not an experienced bird watcher here, but I recently hung a suet cage in my front yard. So far, I've seen downy and red-bellied woodpeckers, red-winged blackbirds, grackles, and a tiny bird that I think is a nuthatch (not sure). Lots of robins hopping around but they don't touch the feeder.
White Breasted Nuthatch - common here in NJ

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Whi ... uthatch/id
They sound like someone sneezing through their nose

Red Breasted Nuthatch - looks to have a range to NY State
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red ... h/overview
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Stopped by NJ's Great Swamp NWR today and got great looks at a pair of Kestrels who've been hanging out over the fields on the entrance road for a few weeks.

Also - full adult Bald Eagle, they nest here as well.

Non-bird, a River Otter was on the bank of one of the ponds this morning...
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Had a Palm Warbler in the yard today foraging in the leaves that I have to pick up :oops:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Palm_Warbler/id

Made a nice contrast with the Slate Colored Juncos who should be heading back to Canada soon.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Dark-eyed_Junco/id
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A Canadian crested warbler
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I am seeing a Robin everyday for a week. Flying into my palladium window...for 7 or 8 hours..a..day.
Driving my wife and I crazeeee. :twisted:
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livesoft wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:10 am I thought some of you would enjoy this photo that I took:

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Awesome! I've never seen one. This says they mostly breed in Australia.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3HDROQc2eU

all I'm going to say is WOW, Just WOW.

Who would have Thunk building a nest here?????????????????

This one will be cool watching the feeding once they hatch! Rescind that, they have hatched !

below is story of the nest build
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRNCQph-gkg
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f35phixer wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 1:59 pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3HDROQc2eU

all I'm going to say is WOW, Just WOW.

Who would have Thunk building a nest here?????????????????

This one will be cool watching the feeding once they hatch! Rescind that, they have hatched !

below is story of the nest build
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRNCQph-gkg
This is great! :happy
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FYI:

Birding festivals posted by The Cornell Lab (North America & several other countries):

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/bird ... -320277057
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Here in NE Oklahoma:

So many cardinals - living as family and their sweet sounds
Lots of robins
Doves
Pigeons
Many kinds of finches
Hawks :shock:
Blue jays :x beautiful but don't play nice with others
European starling invasion :x rats of avian world
Woodpeckers
Old world sparrows
Brown trasher

We live in urban area so the variety is limited
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