19 total posts
There are a couple bald eagles
about 2 km from my house. They are nesting on top of a power transmission tower.
They've made a comeback even further S
in North America, they say.
So, now we have
Decades ago I was stationed in the Aleutians
where the military and the wildlife folks co-existed. Bald eagles on every power pole. They are impressive flyers. Sorry about the gulls- you would think they would be smarter about winds.
From your link:
When asked why he had done it, he replied, "Well, I don't know eagles are bad birds aren't they?"
Education has helped. We have a similar problem here with rattlers, which are dangerous to people and pets. The trick is to relocate, not kill- especially the mass kills that still happen.
There is a surprisingly large urban population of bald eagle
s in Vancouver and its surrounding communities. When I last looked it up a couple of years ago or more it was in the high 30 pairs, and was referred to as the largest urban population anywhere. The Fraser River is a huge spawning conduit for salmon and it runs right through Vancouver, plus there are other more minor watersheds for salmon and other fish as well.
I would assume that Washington State and Oregon are doing reasonably well so long as the watersheds don't get polluted from excess logging on steep slopes (the earth runs down into the rivers and covers the clean gravel spawning grounds eliminating spawning and therefore the population of fish, and therefore the eagles).
Discovery Channel recently ran a series called Ax Men about logging in Oregon or southern Washington state, and they were logging slopes that were very steep and where the soil was being held in place by the tree roots. Should never have happened, in my opinion, however fascinating and admirable the men involved were.
If anyone recalls, I had the "bejezzzz" scared out of me when an eagle flew low upon taking off from a tree behind the house. Every now and then the eagle flies around and I'm sure the cat isn't too happy about that! However, driving around there appears to be alot of "red tail hawks" and they're bountiful at least around here. They are seen usually on fence posts or telephoner poles or any pole for that matter. All too often if seen on the ground, they have something getting there attention. They too are a beautiful creature to see and fly about. of course the buzzards are back in Ohio and they have a "roost" smack dab in the middle of town on an old tall tall pine that's been pruned too often for power lines. -----Willy
Red-tails are among the most common,
The buzzard is a scavenger of dead things! How dare you mention it in the same post as the Noble Eagle ... a scavenger of dead things.
Makes no difference to me
Those buzzards got a job too and they provide natural service that's obviously needed. They soar too and seeing so many makes me wonder just what is dying out there besides road kill. As for the bald eagle, I rarely see him from time to time, so the buzzards provide yet another service, allowing me to see yet another large bird flying about to quell my bird watching envy. -----Willy
All those large birds look impressive in the air.
My candidate for Ugliest Bird- since you didn't ask- is the baby condor. Ug-leeee! Saw one at the San Diego Zoo some years ago, where they have a rebuilding program. But the adults are impressive and graceful flyers.
I of course logged on at 8:00 where the video was black, but
the sounds of frogs and other wildlife was most pleasantly.
Wonderful view, despite the bird's back. Teriffic bird song
s unfortunately being an Easterner, I don't recognize Western birds when I hear them.
I meant to say Thanks JP for a great site. Rob
I wish I could provide pictures of this
but there's been an effort to restore the population of peregrine falcons in my state and others. These birds will nest on tall city buildings in the spring. Wildlife people will make nesting boxes filled with gravel which seems to be a construction material of choice for these birds. There are several live web cams focused on such boxes. Males and females share the incubation time on the nests. One image I remember quite vividly was one of a winter storm that happened after eggs were laid and a the falcon lying still on the nest with wings apart as if dead. I believe it was 2 or three days this way but most of the eggs did hatch and the bird survived. Amazing survival instincts.....
Three cute little demanding eaglets and Mom or Dad
feeding them bits of something. Very cute, very noisy, very demanding. I have this peculiar desire to touch things, castles, pithoi from Classical Greece, tigers in the Zoo, or those wonderful birds both small and large. I've stroked the breast of a Great Horned Owl which was on the fist of his keeper at one of the Conservation areas up here, and I have embraced a greek storage jar (pithos) about 2700 years old at the Kelsey Museum at Ann Arbor (they were reorganizing the display and I was well known and had friends in the department, the secret is thin cotton gloves to prevent skin oils being absorbed by the material you're touching). I even am guilty of owning a 3200 year old horse shaped bronze pin from Luristan which is in northern Iraq, and various signed books.
What a great chance to watch the kiddies grow up.
They're coming along nicely........
...a few weeks ago I thought one of them looked a lot smaller and might not make it.
They can "prepare" their own food now as long as big bird brings the food to the nest.
They 'squirted" on the webcam