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Local wildlife this weekend. He did not like the rain. Super impressed with our Olympus (m4/3) cheap $150 telephoto. You can just see a drop of rain on his claw.

very rare sighting.  we might never see these in the wild...  

Earlier, I told of a bald eagle taking a sea-run cutthroat from an osprey on my beach. On a lake on this island there are 4 ospreys and 2 bald eagles.  The eagles would also take fish from the os

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We were gone for a week, visiting our daughters in Chucktown, SC.  A friend came by twice a day to feed the cats, and fill the bird feeders.  In one week the fucking squirrels went through a $30, 25 pound bag of sunflower hearts.  I am now mixing them with shelled sunflower seeds to minimize the excessive costs,  Hate the shell waste on the ground below, but such is compromises of life.  I nailed a couple of squirrels with the BB gun yesterday, but that doesn't discourage them, or their mates for long.   Ultimately I need to reconfig these 2 "squirrel proof" feeders, onto posts with a large funnel below, instead of hanging from shepherd hooks, as they are now......

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What is this?  It looks like a yellow-winged or yellow-shouldered blackbird, except their ranges are Puerto Rico or South America, not NW Washington State?  The photo is from the interweb.  It's been to my feeders several times, and I have seen it fly from above with only a bit of yellow on the shoulders.

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14 minutes ago, view at the front said:

 their ranges are Puerto Rico or South America, not NW Washington State

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If you werre stuck in poeste Hurricane Maria PR the laste fiew yeares youde leave to............                   :)

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On 5/7/2020 at 8:41 AM, Snaggletooth said:

N seedes allwayes populare.  Theires a parke oute easte wherre you gette chikadeese, tittemice, and nuthatches(rare) to landen you hande forre N seedes.               :)

 

Now, I have to take all 6 feeders inside, at night. and block the screen porch doors with metal tables on their sides, or nocturnal critters try to rip through the screens late at night to get at the bird seed.  First it was just the sunflower heart feeders.  Then the other feeders were emptied at night.  Last night some critter(s) jumped on the thistle feeders, chewed holes in them, and knocked one down to the ground a floor below, where they could eat them, and the other one did'nt fall down but has nasty teeth marks in it.  Fortunately, the Walmart thistle feeders are only 3 bucks, which is about the cost t refill the seeds....

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I got my four small hummingbird feeders out now because I saw a ruby-throat male at the lake yesterday, and this afternoon the strangest thing, a Baltimore oriole handing upside down on one feeder sucking all the sugar water out of it. Refilled it and he is back at it! Not only have I never had an oriole in the garden before, I've certainly never seen this behavior. BUT, lots of other folks have, apparently when spring is cold, which ours is now.

https://www.courierpress.com/story/news/local/2018/05/09/birds-why-we-seeing-orioles-hummingbird-feeders/597286002/

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We went to visit an exchange student and her family in Chile.  We visited their ski cabin at Portillo and talked with her grandfather.  He said that he and another elderly friend fell asleep while taking a break hiking on a ridge.  They were startled awake with 2 condors flapping their wings directly above them.  BAIT???  

We saw 10-12 condors soaring above.

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a couple of things ...   scissor-tailed flycatchers are out and about, I like to watch them go after the insects... 

a young bald eagle  flew over the club for a few minutes,  we don't get many of them, but it seems a couple have setup shop nearby..

and took this the other day...  attack of the purple martins

 

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9 hours ago, See Level said:

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Funny, but they don't kill, they just feed on the already dead...

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