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Sat Mar 10, 2012, 07:40 PM

Wow! I came home from the grocery store and there

were ******* 2 ******* Bald Eagles circling my chicken yard plus another large raptor! Then they sat in a tree to look things over for a few minutes. The chickens were all in the hen house- this batch won't come outside if there is any snow on the ground at all! Last fall the raptors took off with about 20 of my birds in a single day, (we weren't home when it happened) so I've been a little worried about the Spring migration season, but WOW! 2 BALD EAGLES!




Oswego County, NY

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hedgehog Mar 2012 OP
Akoto Mar 2012 #1
hedgehog Mar 2012 #2
HopeHoops Mar 2012 #3
hedgehog Mar 2012 #4
HopeHoops Mar 2012 #5
greendog Mar 2012 #6
HopeHoops Mar 2012 #7

Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 07:44 PM

1. Cool! My dad loves Oswego by the way.

He is from Ilion and spent many years around Oswego before moving here, to South Florida. That was before I was born, but he's always going on about the "good land."

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Response to Akoto (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 07:51 PM

2. I hate, hate, hate the snow, but I wouldn't live anywhere else.

In point of fact, the snow isn't really a problem as far as getting out and driving is concerned. Our roads are generally down to bare, dry pavement. But to try to walk my dogs out back in 3 foot drifts is getting beyond my abilities!

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 07:54 AM

3. I've never seen two at once. They're fucking HUGE BIRDS!!!

 

We get a lot of hawks and falcons, but not many eagles. We also have a lot of egrets and cormorants. The egrets are usually alone and the cormorants in pairs, but one time we saw an egret migration and it was like something out of the opening to "The Lion King". There were hundreds and in groups of five to twenty at various altitudes. I've only seen that once, but it was amazing.

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 08:00 AM

4. My favorite bird story - I was driving through

a ground level snow squall - I couldn't see much past the hood of the car, but there was blue sky straight up overhead. I heard all this honking overhead and glanced up to see - what else ? - a flock of snow geese headed north!

I was shocked and when I got home, double checked in my bird guide to find out that yes, indeed, they do migrate through here!

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 08:33 AM

5. A few weeks ago I was on I-81 and a hawk skimmed a semi by about a foot.

 

I was certain it would get hit and end up coming through my windshield like a frozen turkey. I think it was just drafting for kicks. It seemed to know the gig. Scared the SHIT out of me!!!

We have a humming bird that likes the mimosa tree outside our bathroom window (didn't know there was anything to eat in those). She's really cute.

I was sitting outside in the garden area and a catbird landed on my knee. It looked up with a "HOLY FUCKING SHIT!" expression and flew off to the lilac bush - three feet away. We have bluebirds everywhere and I talk to them in their language. They love our garden because there's more than enough food for everyone. The catbirds mostly show up when the blueberries and strawberries are in season. Robins are a year-round constant and so are the finches. Our yard is a bird, bee, and butterfly sanctuary and we don't poison it like most of the other neighbors.

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 08:53 AM

6. When I drove OTR I had hawks do that a few times!

Dive straight for the windshield and throw their wings open for cheap thrills. Crazy birds!

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Response to greendog (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 09:37 AM

7. They love the highways because the median strips are a buffet.

 

But the games they play with vehicles are disturbing at the least. I'm pretty sure they do it for fun. If you live on a highway, what else is there to do? They can't play Uno or anything like that.

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