Not so daily critter report

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  1. jodiFL

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    :yikes: rattlesnake under the garbage can bin next to the street yesterday late. Not small either.
     
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    How amazing! Such magestic creatures.
     
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    Please Jodi, you didn't...
     
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    Franny, the pink flamingo is native to TN now! :lol: We bought it at Shady Oaks Antiques when we were down there in August. We also have a native to TN hippo also. :lol:

    I do wish I could have gotten a picture a few weeks ago of the owl that was in the tree above me by our side porch. I did not even know he was in that tree until I saw him fly out across our backyard. And of course I didn't have my camera outside with me. :bang:
     
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    What? crap my pants? scream like a girl? run?
    :Dyep...all of the above (kill it? no.)
     
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    You're my new BFF!
     
  7. TreeFrog

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    OK, I know this isn't as much fun as the arguing over the presidential race, but this is the Politics, Environment, and Social Issues section.

    I finally got a photo of the Bald Eagle. :D

    It was near the Watersound West boardwalk at Little Deer Lake yesterday. What a great place, I'm not looking forward to it getting built out/locked up/full of people/run off all the critters.

    Wish I had a tighter zoom, but we were just carrying a little pocket camera. There were two other birds chasing it, but it pretty much ignored them.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Very cool.
     
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    It's so thrilling to see Bald Eagles isn't it? We saw one just sitting on a lake iced over (N.Y) for an extended period and were just in awe of how majestic, and huge they are. These birds are very adaptable. There are many of them, along with hawks, living in New York City believe it or not surviving on rats and pigeons.
     
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    It is thrilling! I've only seen one in the wild-down in the Hill Country around Austin. I have pics somewhere. I love birds of prey. I've almost wrecked several times going to and from work watching hawks diving for prey.
     
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    Me too, but you already knew that. :D
    Speaking of hawks, I've seen so many this year, and so have others and so we are thinking that perhaps they know something we don't, like it would be a mild winter or an early spring this year?
    Next weekend, MANgo and I are going on an Eagle watch cruise. They migrate from Canada to CT and can be seen January-March.
    http://hartford.about.com/cs/daytrips/a/aaeaglewatch.htm

    Will take pics. :wave:
     
  12. TreeFrog

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    For everyone who would like to see a Bald Eagle, I don't think this one is just passing through. Some out-of-town visitors saw one diving in the gulf for fish off the beach just east of Eastern Lake in October. I saw one soaring with a Turkey Vulture back in November, I think, over 30A at Watersound. Now it was over by Little Deer Lake. I think it could be the same one and that it's been here all winter. If it's not actually roosting in the Deer Lake area, it sure comes back regularly.
     
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    Oh man! Wish I was going! This reminds me of YEARS ago, in another life, we went on the Vanishing Texas River Cruise. We were "supposed" to see eagles. Didn't see a damm one. Drank a lotta beer though. :D
     
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    Mrs. Singinchicken and I caught this guy in a tree below the bridge going across Deception Pass above Seattle back in May of 06. Very impressive! Absolutely amazing when it took flight...
     
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    Color me green. :D
     
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    One flew across 98 near the Fabrice stretch of road- he was low enough that we could see that he had some sort of fishing line or string hanging from his leg.:sosad:
     
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    I guess better late than never! So actually the pinkie is a sowal bird!:D
     
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    Cooper's Hawk

    It's been a while since I posted an update to the critter report. I saw a Cooper's Hawk late this afternoon, perched on a post in my neighbor's yard. It was a little too far for the zoom on my cheap pocket camera, so here's Wikipedia's photo. When it flew off, a mockingbird went after it, scolding and chasing. Understandable, since Cooper's prey on other birds.

    It has striking red eyes, yellow legs with serious looking claws, and a pale mottled chest, not all gray as this photo suggests. About 16" beak to tail.

    [​IMG]

    Oops, somehow I posted a thumbnail of the photo. Clicky on it for the bigger picture.
     
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    These little guys are cute and pretty easy to catch with your hand if you can get close enough! We practice catch and release. Try going after dark, that's when they seem to be most active.
     

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