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    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    This is one of my locals, the California gnatcatcher which are quite rare. They jump and twist through the air just above the ground when feeding.

    They are beautiful, but wreak havock on real estate deals, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    I know out west, your jays are much more colorful than our blue jays.

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    In the mountains perhaps.


    But around here we just have the Stellars jay.

    One used to hang out at the starbucks drive through trashcan.


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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    Male rubies can indeed be colorful. They turn the red on/off at will.

    Also...they're total ass*oles. Are your varieties also aggressive?
    I wouldn't say so. The8y are purpose driven.

    Other birds don't bother them and they go about their way.

    As its getting dark, I don't see them at feeders, but perching in trees 8 to 10 feet up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    I WISH we had owls, although they're known for taking cats at night. I see them on occasion while driving the back roads at night. They're huge.

    I'm fascinated by all raptors. I feed eagles in the winter while ice fishing. They've learned that if they wait in the trees, we'll leave fish for them. This pic. is cropped quite a bit, but you can see the fish I left on the ice.


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    Sometimes, they show up when I'm working just to remind me that I should be fishing!

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    Raptors are awesome.

    Last place I lived (6 acres adjoining a nature preserve) my landlord had a raptor rehab facility.

    He specialized in ravens and hawks.

    I got to feed them from being newborns, every few hours.

    As they got older they got squirrels and rabbit.

    A guy came out to teach the hawks how to catch game, and it worked.

    Its called falconry and I'd watch a hawk leave his arm swoop down and grab a squirrel, and land on the 3rd story porch to eat it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    And they eat really fast. I once saw a presentation by a guy who had a variety of raptors. This vulture devoured a chicken leg in about 3 seconds. Interesting...they're so ugly because they have no feathers on their heads. This is so bacteria cannot grow after they've had their head inside a carcass.

    The 'bald' head allows the U.V rays from the sun to kill the bacteria.
    Cool fact hit there, thanks.
    Apparently there are California condors around here.

    Never seen one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by countryboy View Post
    They are beautiful, but wreak havock on real estate deals, lol.
    So does the "kangaroo rat" around here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by countryboy View Post
    One of my favorite avaians is the turkey vulture, I catch heck for it, but I don't care. A more magnificent flyer, you'll never find.
    You often catch them 'playing' in the wind on the days when the warm air is rising. They have a bad rep because they're so freekin ugly, but they do pull off some interesting moves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    In the mountains perhaps.


    But around here we just have the Stellars jay.

    One used to hang out at the starbucks drive through trashcan.

    Probably because I'm tired of the nuisance blue jays, but I find that the stellar jays look much more interesting. They're all really smart, and a pain in the ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    I wouldn't say so. The8y are purpose driven.

    Other birds don't bother them and they go about their way.

    As its getting dark, I don't see them at feeders, but perching in trees 8 to 10 feet up.
    The rubies tend to waste so much energy fighting over the feeders...no matter how many I put out. All day. They'll sit in nearby trees or power lines and guard the feeders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Raptors are awesome.

    Last place I lived (6 acres adjoining a nature preserve) my landlord had a raptor rehab facility.

    He specialized in ravens and hawks.

    I got to feed them from being newborns, every few hours.

    As they got older they got squirrels and rabbit.

    A guy came out to teach the hawks how to catch game, and it worked.

    Its called falconry and I'd watch a hawk leave his arm swoop down and grab a squirrel, and land on the 3rd story porch to eat it.
    I had a buddy too who rehabbed raptors. You need a license around here. They're fascinating. I've seen shows on raising very young orphaned eagles. They use a glove that looks like an eagle, so that the birds don't get imprinted to be fed by humans.

    They claim it's necessary in order to be able to turn them loose in the wild.


    I've seen falconry shows in person where a guy calls to a bird that we didn't even know was sitting way up in a tree. After 9/11, it was common to end the Anthem with an eagle flying in from the upper level of the stadium before a baseball game.

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