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Wow! Those photos were AWESOME! What a privilege that he was able to witness all that.

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Cool squirrel story. If they weren't such pests, I would feed them. Since they want to break into my attic and wreak havoc, I don't.

Here's one of the better bird photography and videography clips I've seen lately. The guy is a little dramatic, but I'm amazed by the picture quality which makes me want to take my similar Nikon out for some video clips which will be new to me as I've only shot stills in the past:

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Soooo. last week I got The Squirrel to take a peanut directly from my hand. He came back again and again. The next day we continued. With ME, a bit nervous just waiting for an attack. and HE, just waiting for me to kill, skin and eat him.
I was always nervous that one of the kids would come flying out the door and startle him and that he would attack my face or something. (my hand can only get so far from my face, ya know).

Well, that second day, he came over again and was JUSSSSST about to take it, when someone set a FIRECRACKER off! lol.

I remained calm. And HE remained calm.....but ohhhhh the possibilities.....phew!
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I had no idea Dave. Thank you for the orinthology lesson. That's awesome. You're basically telling me I have three types of mimicing birds to wake me at 6am and annoy me?

The hawk/eagle combat I viewed was at the end of my drive way. I saw a decent size bird going after a bigger bird. Looked away, looked back. What in the world?! Is that? Could that be? Oh my that's an eagle! The hawk was ticked and although a very acrobatic flier, holds nothing to the eagle. This bird was gracefully and seemingly without much effort, doing maneuvers in the sky that make top gun look like kindergarten,

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The mimics are interesting. Everybody knows the Mockingbird. The Brown Thrasher and Catbird were the other two I've known for many years, but the one that surprised me is the Starling. I was hearing all these different sounds one day as I came out of a drugstore that overlooked a railroad track that had utility lines running next to it and I was hearing all sorts of bird sounds including the cry of a hawk. Problem was that there was nothing around but six or eight starlings sitting on the wires. I determined that the sounds were coming from them and later looked up the starling and lo and behold they are an accomplished mimic, which I never knew. I've always said they should add the starling as the second national bird. You have to go out of your way to see an eagle, but everybody has seen a starling.

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Wow, what great responses. I really enjoyed reading the posts. I hope you all did as well. I had to look up catbird and one other, which I don't recall now which one it was.

We have hummingbirds, crows, (more than we have in the past unfortunately), various sparrows, woodpeckers (sap suckers), various hawks, an eagle, (aerial combat with a hawk; it was amazing), yellow finches, robins, blue jays, oriole, bluebirds, indigo bunting, (this is my first year seeing them), wild turkey, brown thrasher, cardinals, geese, ducks, swallows, tufted titmouse, mockingbirds, (recently the ones near my house have been copying my whistle and the lawnmower), wrens, warblers,bats, the occasional heron and stray seagull. Oh yes, and two mourning doves. I know I'm forgetting some and the birds 1.5 hours north of where I currently live were varied a bit. I'm sure we have owls, but I haven't seen them.

Once in California, I was at a red light and I saw an owl fly into the intersection, capture another bird and take off! And in another city in Cali, an owl decapitated a seagull and left it in my yard. Nice.

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I didn't know about the small birds chasing the larger ones.

I wish we had the variety of birds that all you seem to have. We used to have blackbirds (not crows), sparrows, wrens, robins. I have seen one robin the beginning of last spring and a couple wrens this year. No sparrows anymore.

One of my neighbors has a black car and was having problems with the crows a few years ago. He had to clean his car off every day. Then one day he caught one of the crows lining up droppings along the side of his car. I don't think he has that happen anymore. at least I don't see him washing it every day. He has a bird room at the back of his house, so we hear different birds a lot.



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We have the usual birds - robins, sparrows, cardinals, pigeons, seagulls for lack of whatever they are, not as many blackbirds as in the past. We have what we think is only one but maybe two woodpeckers. Been coming back to our tree for many many years. that's when we know spring is here. We live less than a mile from the quarry so we get a lot of hawks.

We also bats and killer squirrels.

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We have a hawk in our neighborhood these past couple of years. I just snapped a picture of a smaller bird flitting around the hawk who was sitting at the top of a tree.
We have crows, cardinals, sparrows, robins, finch...rarely a blue jay.
Usually pigeons stay up on the telephone wires, but he was in our garden the other day. Looked funny.

Sometime last year I looked out and saw two wild turkeys in my back yard, right in the middle of town!

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We have the usual selection for the mid-Atlantic states. Robins, blue jays, catbirds, cardinals, sparrows, juncos, mockingbirds, starlings, blackbirds, pigeons, doves, kingfishers, great blue herons near the water and seagulls in the spring, rarely hummingbirds, a now and then hawk visits our feeders (not for seed but for smaller birds), vultures and there's at least one nesting pair of peregrines in town which I have seen a time or two (there's a story there, too). I'm sure I'm missing some, but that's the most common varieties.

Darlene, that's pretty common behavior with smaller birds chasing bigger ones, especially in the nesting season. Something I haven't seen in a while is cowbird baby being raised by a smaller bird like a sparrow. Cowbirds lay their eggs in the nests of other birds and then leave with comical results quite often. It's called parasitism and I think the cuckoo does it as well.

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Mostly crows. A couple of hawks, magpies and flickers. Sometimes a smaller bird like a wren. The crows chased off most of the small birds. I haven't seen the hawks this year, but have heard them.

Last year I saw a funny sight. A smaller bird like a sparrow was chasing the hawk.



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mocking birds, several types of egrets. ground doves and barded owls.

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Hawk's, eagle's, and woodpeckers in the area along with your comon bird's. I wish I'd see the eagle more often the hawk is a daily sighting

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Gambel's quail play freely sometimes just a few, but other times with all their friends. Road runners, singly, take a shortcut through our yard. A few hawks will sit atop the fence dividing our property looking for mice that are not there - lots of humming birds at their feeder, and my suet cake is filled with small birds until the cardinals arrive, and they get chased by the flickers.

I love all the activity in our yard...

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We had a hawk fly down and land on the street and picked up a dead sguirrel some years back but just the regular small types or birds...


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Occasionally a wild turkey.

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What wild birds do you have in your yard/area?

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