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Sat Mar 19, 2016, 01:07 PM

He was in a tree by the highway in IA this morning looking for his breakfast in spitting snowfall

Last edited Sat Mar 19, 2016, 04:13 PM - Edit history (1)


We went over to Iowa this morning for breakfast. Marta spotted this hawk sitting in the tree. This is taken with her phone.



Now that we have a microphone aimed at the feeders we can hear the birds calling to be fed before we get out there in the AM. A flicker. A woodpecker yesterday morning. We are adding a web cam this afternoon. So we will see and hear them from the family room.



The new web cam view just went online.

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Reply He was in a tree by the highway in IA this morning looking for his breakfast in spitting snowfall (Original post)
Omaha Steve Mar 2016 OP
femmocrat Mar 2016 #1
Runningdawg Mar 2016 #2
rhett o rick Mar 2016 #3
pnwmom Mar 2016 #11
rhett o rick Mar 2016 #13
stonecutter357 Mar 2016 #12
Hekate Mar 2016 #19
yardwork Mar 2016 #23
malaise Mar 2016 #4
TexasProgresive Mar 2016 #5
eShirl Mar 2016 #6
Omaha Steve Mar 2016 #9
eShirl Mar 2016 #10
ejbr Mar 2016 #7
Overseas Mar 2016 #8
stonecutter357 Mar 2016 #14
Omaha Steve Mar 2016 #16
pasto76 Mar 2016 #15
1monster Mar 2016 #29
Dont call me Shirley Mar 2016 #17
Hekate Mar 2016 #20
Dont call me Shirley Mar 2016 #25
Jim Beard Mar 2016 #31
Hekate Mar 2016 #33
Dont call me Shirley Mar 2016 #35
SoapBox Mar 2016 #18
Hekate Mar 2016 #21
1monster Mar 2016 #22
Bernardo de La Paz Mar 2016 #26
1monster Mar 2016 #28
Bernardo de La Paz Mar 2016 #34
yardwork Mar 2016 #24
demigoddess Mar 2016 #27
diverdownjt Mar 2016 #40
swilton Mar 2016 #30
Hekate Mar 2016 #32
Brother_Love Mar 2016 #36
bemildred Mar 2016 #37
CrispyQ Mar 2016 #38
panader0 Mar 2016 #39
diverdownjt Mar 2016 #41
montana_hazeleyes Mar 2016 #42
saidsimplesimon Mar 2016 #43
Duval Mar 2016 #44

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 01:08 PM

1. Beautiful!

Thanks!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 01:18 PM

2. Last spring we had WP chicks

in the park across from my house. I spent hours over there watching. The cutest thing ever was to watch the young ones trying to figure out WHAT to peck on...telephone poll, wooden bench, chain link fence pole, plastic playground equipment, brick BBQ. It seems the whole family moved on after the chicks got the pecking thing down.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 01:35 PM

3. This post was alerted on and it made me realize that this wasn't the place for my comment.

 

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A pm would have been more appropriate.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:23 PM

11. It won't be Steve, that's for sure. Steve -- thanks! And please keep posting.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:29 PM

12. bull .

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:48 PM

19. You just had to bring that to this thread about birds. smh

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:57 PM

23. You know, it's not nice to pick on Steve. Really.

He doesn't need posts or PMs attempting to scare him for no reason. Why would you do that?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 01:40 PM

4. I can imagine the beautiful sounds around your yard

Thanks for these

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 01:42 PM

5. Great bird pics, Steve

The birds here certainly think it's spring. Mockingbirds claiming everything as usual singing everyone's songs, doves cooing, cardinals fighting and my pride; Mr. and Mrs. bluebird took up residence in the bluebird house I put up. I can see it from my kitchen window.

Our feeders have been taken over by titmice wrens and sparrows. They line up so close no one else can get in.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 01:54 PM

6. How could I go about aiming a mic at our backyard wildlife?

I just had to close the window because the temp's in the 30s, but there's some beautiful cacophony going on out there!

Reminds me of walking home from grade school in the spring a few years (decades) ago.

PS: will your webcam have sound?

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Response to eShirl (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:21 PM

9. Here is an option or two


This is NOT the unit we have. We bought a used bird bug. The company went out of business back about 2010. We were having a new sealed shut window installed Thursday in the laundry room so they caulked the line in with the frame. The (40 foot?) line was perfect for mounting on the deck and reaching the bar in the family room. We do love it.

Back in 2002 or so we had a wireless that used FM. That company went out of business too.

If there is a sheltered area from weather, some people use a plain cheap baby monitor.

Our web cam today will be an inside security cam. It won't have sound. We are considering a ring security camera to cover the bird area. It has infrared (we have plenty of night life in the backyard) & sound: https://ring.com/stickupcam

This unit appears to be made in the USA: http://www.tmbstudios.com/proddetail.asp?prod=Nature%27s+Window+3+Outdoor+Sound+Monitor

That was just a quick search. They may be others or bird bugs on E-bay.

Looks like info for the serious bird listener here: http://www.wildlife-sound.org/equipment/newcomersguide/microphones.html

OS

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:22 PM

10. thank you!


I'll look these over

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:01 PM

7. Eh...

This post is for the birds

Nice job!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:20 PM

8. K&R. Lovely!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:31 PM

14. K&R!

is that a Yellowhammer?

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Response to stonecutter357 (Reply #14)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:36 PM

16. Yes


http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/symbol/alabama/state-bird/yellowhammer-woodpecker

Official State Bird of Alabama

The "yellowhammer" was designated the official state bird of Alabama in 1927. The yellowhammer (correct name: northern flicker) has been a symbol of Alabama since the Civil War (The Yellowhammer State is one of Alabama's nicknames). Alabama is the the only state that chose a woodpecker as their official state bird.

Northern Flicker Facts

Northern flickers (Colaptes auratus) range throughout the USA (red- shafted in the west and yellow-shafted flickers in the east, with interbreeding between these two color variations in between).

The northern flicker is a common species present year-round in Alabama, but bird surveys show that flickers are declining in numbers (particularly the eastern yellow-shafted flicker). Possible reasons: use of pesticides on lawns and other feeding areas, and diminishing eastern forests.

Unlike most woodpeckers, northern flickers forage primarily on the ground, eating ants, termites, caterpillars, grasshoppers (and other insects), spiders, seeds, nuts, and berries (including the berry of the poison ivy plant). The yellowhammer does not have the super- hammering ability of most woodpeckers and seeks out rotten or hollow trees, fence posts, and occasionally earthen banks or nest boxes for nesting. All State Birds

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:34 PM

15. flickers are the shit

distinct vocals. my wife hates the holes they have drilled in the front of the house. I cant help but laugh. I like being awoken by their drumming.

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Response to pasto76 (Reply #15)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 03:16 PM

29. We have red crested woodpeckers around here. I used to hear them

ratatatat-ing on the house (really loud).

But since we replaced the siding on the house with concrete fiberboard, I don't expect they will be doing that anymore...

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:38 PM

17. Hawks are the Messengers. I'm hoping he's bringing you a good message.

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Response to Dont call me Shirley (Reply #17)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:53 PM

20. We've got one that nests at our local (smallish) aiport, in the vines above an entryway...

She attacked the top of my head once when I was passing through, just a quick beak strike. Fortunately I had recently read about her, so I was startled but not totally freaked.

Why build a nest there? No one knows.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #20)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 03:03 PM

25. We've had a family which keeps nesting in the same dead tree across the arroyo. They stalk our

Desert Tortoises (actually are turtles). So we put a lot of hiding places in the garden for the turtles. They would be a tasty treat for those Hawks.

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Response to Dont call me Shirley (Reply #25)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 03:24 PM

31. I understand about the protections.

 

I hope they have a barrier at the base of the tree to keep cats away. I farm on the Great Plains and there is not an abundance of wildlife. One while plowing I kept noticing a very young Cotton Tail rabbit that was barely staying ahead of me as I plowd. Why it didn't just hop back over to the ground I had plowed, I don't know but there were a couple of rounds of plowing that I waited for it to clear my path. I was enjoying the rabbit but all of a sudden a Hawk swooped down and clutched the rabbit.

So much for being compassionate.

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Response to Jim Beard (Reply #31)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 03:29 PM

33. Sometimes the Circle of Life stuff just sucks, doesn't it? nt

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Response to Jim Beard (Reply #31)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 03:42 PM

35. Aw...



The turtles actually catch birds to eat. They have enclosed tunnels to get from their enclosed burrow to the covered pond, lots of foliage to hide among, and quick escape areas. We have a 6" high cinder block wall around our yard, keeps out the skunks and coyotes. We do have bunnies though, how they get in I'll never know!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:45 PM

18. Great pics OS.

Thanks!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:54 PM

21. Thanks for the pics and stories. I love the idea of using a baby monitor to listen in!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:55 PM

22. My husband has taken to feeding nuts to squirrels in our back yard.

One of the squirrels sits on a fence post and watches through the French doors till he sees DH. The squirrel starts chittering, chattering, and dancing around until DH goes out with some peanuts (or whatever nut is available). Then s/he makes short work of them.

A few days ago, my son looked out the window and saw that squirrel patiently watching. His exclamation: "MY WORD!!! What a FAT squirrel!"

I guess we should invest in lower calorie nuts?


PS: Love the photos. We always know when hawks turn up in the spring here. All the other birds set out an alarm and the cacophony is deafening.

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Response to 1monster (Reply #22)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 03:05 PM

26. Please feed Trump to the squirrels, and Cruz & Kasich & Palin & . . . . nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #26)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 03:11 PM

28. Those nuts are definitely NOT low calorie! And they are very much

lacking in nutritional value!

Besides, I deeply disapprove of poisoning animals, wild and domestic, of any kind. Those nuts are seriously poisonous.

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Response to 1monster (Reply #28)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 03:40 PM

34. Good perspective :)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:58 PM

24. Thank you for this lovely post.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 03:07 PM

27. if you feed them, they will come

we used to have flickers, downies, pielated, and all kinds of birds in our yard. I loved seeing two pairs of Robins taking a bath in our bird bath and then a sun bath in the warm rocks below. The males stood watch while the females had their baths and then the males did theirs when the females were safely on high limbs of trees. I also got to see crows bring their babies to the feeder and saw all sorts of great behavior from the birds. Even had a crow purr at me once when I was in the yard, sounded like a thank you from him.

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Response to demigoddess (Reply #27)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 10:53 AM

40. Just alittle water will do too....

Every year we have adult woodpeckers,camp robbers,stellar jays, bringing their babies to the
watering hole(bird bath). You can see the pecking order as they all line up according to size
and species. The woodpeckers are kings then the stellar jays, on down to the little guys
whom I'm not that familiar with. They wait their turn mostly until the big guys show up
and then all bets are off. When they are gone everyone resumes the the passion play as before. I'll try and get some photo's to show you the big drama...

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 03:23 PM

30. Lovely!

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 03:28 PM

32. My friends and I saw an Osprey hulking in a tree near the slough by the beach. I had a Tanager...

...in my back yard. Trying to identify them made me get my California bird books out again, especially the very local "Birds of Lake Los Carneros." The Mockingbird is back, and one morning while he was entertaining us from the tip-top of the (then bare, now leafed-out) apricot tree across the fence, I caught the incredible ruby flash of an Anna's Hummingbird, twice.

The best time for me to see the birds in my backyard is before the trees leaf out, because after that I can't tell the birds from the leaves no matter how many times my farsighted husband points just there.

The crows mobbed a pair of hawks -- really, I was rooting for the hawks. I hope they got away. Other times mockingbirds will chase crows away, though admittedly not an entire mob of crows at once.

Anyhow, I got my first two bird books when I worked at the University 30 years ago. Part of it is on the bluffs overlooking the ocean, and part is at sea level with a big lagoon that attracts myriads of birds. I used to walk around the lagoon at lunchtime and spot pelicans, herons, egrets....

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 05:43 PM

36. Nice.

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 09:14 AM

37. And in their element, completely at home there.

It must be pretty safe for them that time of year, as long as they can find enough to eat. And we can see there is plenty for them there.

"Hey Buddy. Get out here. People are hungry. People have a long way to go."

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 09:15 AM

38. Fab pics of the woodpecker!

What a beautiful bird!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 09:35 AM

39. I love your bird posts.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 10:55 AM

41. Thanx Steve for the wonderul post....n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 11:08 AM

42. Thanks for the pics Omaha Steve.

I just love birds. I've never seen a Flicker... Beautiful. Where I live we don't have the range of colorful birds other parts of the country do. I would love to see Cardinals in person. I've read that they are the state bird of seven states. They are such gorgeous, darling songbirds.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 11:09 AM

43. Beautiful photos, thank you, Steve

I opened this thread while listening to the birds in my courtyard. A wonderful way to start the morning, sunrise, a cup of coffee and warm, desert weather here.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 11:54 AM

44. Delightful!

 

I saw a Robin yesterday, and the geese in our lakeside townhouse have begun pairing up, looking for places to build their nests, and honking their hearts off! Happy First Day of Spring!


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