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1 minute ago, Aidan B said:

Nice shots! LISP aren't easy to get good photos of.

Thanks! These were in my yard, so it’s used to me. I just setup a perch and it goes to it. It loves the cracked corn I put out for it! But, in the field, they’re very secretive. 

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Here's some big goofy Pelicans from a couple weeks ago.  I kept waiting for them to make more majestic or dignified poses, but alas.  Anyway, Pelicans might be my favorite type of bird.

By the way, the bird on the left has a tag on it (168).  I reported it to reportband.gov.  Are they going to tell me about the bird's history, if they can?  If not, is there anywhere else I can learn about a tagged bird?

 

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1 hour ago, GracesWarbler said:

Here's some big goofy Pelicans from a couple weeks ago.  I kept waiting for them to make more majestic or dignified poses, but alas.  Anyway, Pelicans might be my favorite type of bird.

By the way, the bird on the left has a tag on it (168).  I reported it to reportband.gov.  Are they going to tell me about the bird's history, if they can?  If not, is there anywhere else I can learn about a tagged bird?

 

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You’ll get a certificate like this:

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Which doesn’t tell you a whole lot, but it is neat to see how old it is and where it was originally banded. 
It will also give you a little map online and show you a line connecting where it was banded and where you reported it. My chickadee was banded at the place I reported it, so it wasn’t too exciting haha. 

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Ferruginous Hawk.  If you like birding and can get to Arizona in January, take a look at Wings over Willcox.  It is a birding and nature festival in a small city about 100 miles east of Tucson in the Sulfur Springs Valley.  We did a "Hawk Stalk" on one visit where 15 passenger vans toured around the valley searching for hawks.  Our van saw 62 in four hours.  This hawk was one of the rare ones, but not the most rare.  Bigger than a Red Tail and smaller than a Golden Eagle, it can be found where you would find Red Tails, but also on the ground sitting next to a burrowing animal hole.  When people ask me how to find them, I tell them that if they see a big mostly white breasted hawk on the ground sitting out in the middle of a mowed over field, it's probably a Ferruginous.  Regarding Wings over Willcox, the tours fill up almost immediately.  It is popular.  And, I hear that after not having the festival because of the Covid 19929225183_FeragunousHawkcopy.thumb.jpg.f1072bbe788968a008a8c9f51e634b12.jpg, a they will start again in 2022.

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On 11/9/2021 at 6:04 AM, smskelton said:

Almost anywhere in the world you can get to, there are interesting birds.  One such place is New Zealand.  Both the North and South island are great, but the Southern Alps on the South Island are spectacular.  If you get a chance to go there, don’t miss the chance to visit Milford Sound.  It is a fiord about 25 miles long that cuts into the Alps from the Tasman Sea and you will probably see Blue Penguins swimming around the boat.  There are many permanent waterfalls in the fiord, but after a rain there about a hundred huge waterfalls.  To get there it’s about a two hour drive from Te Anau and you have to drive through a one way tunnel, the Homer Tunnel, to get from one side of the Alps to the other.  Here is where birds come in.  As the tunnel is one way and just under a mile long and you have to wait your turn to go either direction.  On the east side of the tunnel as you are waiting, Kia parrots come over where they have been waiting in the rocks and do their best to wreck your car by chewing all the rubber and antennas they can pry off.   You can look on Youtube under “Kia destroying police car” to watch the birds in action.  Tourists start by thinking it really cute until they see the Kias get down to business. These are not the greatest pictures, but these little parrots don't do a lot of standing around and posing.  They are more interested in vandalism.IMG_1405.thumb.JPG.e0e591e58fb3247f0c046099231f629a.JPG1134668624_HeadShot.thumb.jpg.28e5e75ce11f30b5c57304d010b9f5c3.jpg

Update to this post:  My son found this video link and forwarded it to me.  It documents the intelligence, and destructive power, of smart birds.  

 

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