Eagle Nest Web Cam

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by RB, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. RB

    RB Founding Member

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  2. Doober

    Doober Original Member

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  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Thanks for the link. I'm a big softee when it comes to critters (except for fire ants). I cringe every time a butterfly hits my car window.
     
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  4. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    I'm a softy too...I stopped to help a sparrow who hit my windshield but sadly it was too late. Off topic but I came across at least 8 Canada geese slaughtered while walking across a residential road...who does that?

    Btw, Minnesota has a great eagle cam I became addicted to until one of the chicks fell out of the nest. So sad and of course the other viewers named the two chicks which made the loss even sadder. :(
     
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  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    A college student in the southeast recently did a study on turtle fatalities on highways using rubber turtles. He discovered that drivers will actually swerve to hit the turtle.

    I've had the article queued up to post here in my "spare" time if I can find it again.

    As for the geese, remember that they are so plentiful here in the Twin Cities they are referred to as "yard rats" and at one time (not sure if they still are) were rounded up & processed for the food shelves.
     
  6. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    I'm sure you would agree that using them for food versus letting them rot on the roadway is the better plan. Besides just mowing them down with a car is just cruel.
     
  7. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I stop if possible and carry the turtle across the road.

    I have had nesting Blue Birds for the last several years, lots of Purple Martins, and although no residents so far have a bat house ready for any visitors.

    I also have some ducks that visit my yard during spring and summer that think I'm the grocery store. They teach their babies to come over and chow down until they are grown. About a 500 yard walk from the nesting sight but for the last several years the parents bring that years brood over to feed.

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  8. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    ^^

    During a heavy wooly bear caterpillar season, I often weave down the road trying to miss the darn things.
     
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Around here they're often snappers. I once helped one out of a parking lot using a snow shovel, but he didn't seem particularly grateful.
     
  10. We have stellar jays that come to our deck and ask for peanuts. They eat a couple, and then hide the rest all over the yard. I try to get pictures, but they whip around so fast the pictures are never any good. Then sometimes the magpies see what's going on and come ask for peanuts exactly like the jays.

    Once a young stellar jay must have gotten confused and ended up literally on our doorstep. He seemed like he was asking for help, so I brought him inside in a cat carrier, and was even going to take him to the bird rescue in the morning, but then I found a webpage that if he could flutter around you should put him in a nearby tree and watch to make sure his parents come get him. They did.
     
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  11. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Gotta be careful to stay out of reach.:oops: Not normally snappers that I see. I think mostly box turtles although I believe it's actually a tortoise. Whatever, if others vehicles aren't a threat I try to move them on across the road.
     
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  12. RB

    RB Founding Member

    No Stellar's Jays here, just Blue Jays although I haven't seen any in my neighborhood. Did have a pair of woodpeckers or sapsuckers the other day, didn't get enough of a view for a positive ID. Have a Sharp-shinned hawk that hangs around the yard fairly often, probably after the doves that feed here. Has been coming in for the last couple of years, sits on a feeder about 6 feet from my back porch. Have also had scissor-tail and mockingbirds nesting around the house. My favorite are the hummingbirds during the summer. I keep several feeders out for them.
     
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  13. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    They are also the most aggressive critter per pound in North America.
     

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