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Ken Nielsen

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  1. 8 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

    All the birds in the photos are Red-winged Blackbirds of different ages.  I don't know enough to be able to tell you their ages, though.

    Then that is it! Thank You, I don't need to know ages and will assume that more markings on the feathers are younger birds and as they get older or mature then they become the full black... I don't know this for sure but is my guess. Thank You for your help on this Bird Nut! - Appreciation!

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  2. 15 minutes ago, MWM said:

    Red-tailed Hawk, think it's a juvenile. A northern harrier juvenile would be very orange underneath (males turn  gray, females stay brown on top, orange under with streaking). Nice Pic.

    Whew, I need to name these photos and I'm off practically every time. Thanks for your help with this so I don't pass on mis-information. Appreciation MWM. Moments later this guy appeared and I'm not going to mis-guess again but this bird has a more orange underneath so is this one a Northern Harrier Juvenile? 

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  3. On 1/22/2022 at 2:20 PM, Charlie Spencer said:

    While defending the family is ONE reason smaller birds strafe larger ones, it isn't the only one.  I think Yellow-rumpeds don't start breeding for several weeks yet.  I could have been trying to run off a potential threat in self-defense.

    Nice shot of the tactical retreat!

    Thanks for filling in on the other 'more possible' reason for the 'strafe' and learning a new word there also. Good group. Thank You!

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  4. On 1/22/2022 at 2:21 AM, Charlie Spencer said:

    Compare this one with your Red-tailed from earlier.  This one's darker overall, and that bill is massive.

    Nice job getting the future bird!  :classic_blink:  If the rest of us go to that spot next month, will we be able see it then?  

    Got me, and now I cannot edit this, apparently there is a time frame for editing. I'll watch it more carefully and don't know how this one got by... Thanks for the heads up!

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  5. 10 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    Birds often attempt to drive off potential threats, including larger birds.  Sometimes individual birds will do it, often smaller birds will 'mob' a larger one.  It's quite common during breeding, when the smaller bird is defending the territory around its nest.

    Does anyone else think the smaller bird is something other than a sparrow?  @Ken Nielsen, did you get a better look at it than what these photos show us?

    Yes, I will post a better picture, not perfect, but better than the small shown here...

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  6. 1 hour ago, BigOly said:

    I wish that I had my camera with me the day I saw a hummingbird chasing a turkey Vulture across my yard here on the Oregon Coast.  Lots of birds , big and small chase each other. Nice photo you have there. 

    Okay, I was suspecting... Both Eagles in a pair took off when the sparrow started hovering and then getting closer... like it was bugging them, just being a pest. Even after the Eagle takes off the sparrow continues to 'be a part of' what is going on...

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  7. I was taking pictures of an Eagle pair in a tree today, not near their own nest but out and about hunting I suspect. All of a sudden a sparrow came close and started 'hovering' nearby. Then the sparrow started flying right into the Eagle pair and the Eagles decided to leave. In this picture, the sparrow is flying right past the Eagle's head. After this picture the Sparrow stayed with the top Eagle for quite a distance as they two flew away. Taken today, January 21st at Southwest Washington State at the Ridgefield Wildlife Preserve. Does anyone have any comment or idea of what goes on with this behavior? The Sparrow was not attacking but I don't really know what was going on... Thanks for any insight into this behavior...

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