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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:31 pm



A family fo sparrows have built a nest in an opening between the floor of the
upstairs porch and the ceiling of my porch. It's hard to describe the eggs have
hatched and I can hear the nestling peep in my sitting room.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:49 pm

I've seen some baby birds too. The blue bird outside our living room seems to have gone inside. She must be sitting on eggs.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by lovekitties on Mon Apr 25, 2011 5:42 pm

yesterday morning I was lying in bed around 6am and started hearing peep peep, then peck peck peck then caw then chirp chirp chirp
befor fifteen minutes were up the dawn chorus was deafening with about 10 different species singing away (and the woodpecker pecking)

great horned owl in queens
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/04/24/2011-04-24_owl_have_you_know_dear_sis_this_here_is_my_tree.html

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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by WarriorNY on Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:27 pm

Those baby owls are adorable!
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:46 pm

Very cool! We have a huge horned owl that swoops around the yard in the dark of night. It's kind of freaky to hear him -- you never SEE him. I have seen a whitish owl swoop out of the trees along our street, but I don't know what kind it is. A barn owl? Not sure.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:57 pm



Very cool indeed. They are the owners of the night.
Rita Mae Brown has owls in her novels.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:32 pm

They are cute. We have lil screech owls here, we hear them more than we see them though.

I saw a red tailed hawk and a blue heron this morning by the library, both by the river.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by ARNIgal on Sun May 01, 2011 5:37 pm

Wow...even in Flint, the critters are all 'hood. Yesterday me and Beans were out on the stoop with the new neighbor in the back apartment and all three of us got to watch a starling successfully defend its nest. All of a sudden, there was a commotion in the nearby oak tree where the starlings were last year. We all looked over to see both a squirrel and a starling heading down the trunk head first with the starling pecking at the squirrel's tail. Needless to say, that was the first time Beans has seen a squirrel while she was outside. Now I think she's been hooked & I think my kitty will be chasing 'em whenever I have her outside Smile
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Post by lovekitties on Mon May 02, 2011 6:06 pm

saw a starling in a neighbor's yard yesterday, just pecking away at the ground. I didn't know what king of bird it was so just googled starling and there it was! I love the iridescent green on the wings
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Mon May 02, 2011 8:10 pm

I saw a sandpiper doing the same thing in our yard. They don't have fancy coloring. Nice, brown birds with some white stripes on their heads and wings. But, they are fun to watch.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Tue May 03, 2011 12:27 pm

Saw the seagulls this morning by the village hall and the river.
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Post by lovekitties on Tue May 03, 2011 6:02 pm

I wish I had had a camera the cold gray day I was walking by the basketball court in the park and the ground was literally coverd in seagulls- the whole court. Never seen anything like it before or since
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Post by bpaquet on Tue May 03, 2011 7:52 pm

The coolest seagull thing I ever saw was what seemed like millions of them following the ferry I was taking across the James River. I don't think I've ever seen them completely covering the ground. That sounds really cool.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Wed May 04, 2011 12:15 pm

I've seen them around here before, and in Beloit too. We seem to have several smallish flocks of them, usually near some stream since we don't have lakes here. Funny, until about 10 years ago I never saw them at all here.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by lovekitties on Wed May 04, 2011 5:52 pm

found this website about crows vs ravens. Still not sure of the identity of the birds roosting on the roof across from me., except they are big and black and make a racket.

http://www.debbyporter.com/crows-caws/crows-caws.html
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Thu May 05, 2011 1:00 pm

based on the pics, I have to say what we have a huge crows. The beak isn't right for a raven. But these crows are bigger than some chickens I've seen in the grocery store!

Red tailed hawk was hunting by my workspace this morning, soaring high and low in big sweeping arcs. I wonder if he found anything, I'm pretty sure they're nesting by the river. I didn't see his mate.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by lovekitties on Fri May 06, 2011 6:21 pm

I don't know what it is, all of a sudden New York City is becoming a haven for seals!
first, the Bronx and Orchad Beach, then Staten Island, and now Manhattan!

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/seal_of_the_city_of_new_york_ELGaij2QI9i4wPTOtxNNPJ

And we now have a healthy whale population. We don't have to go whale watching in Massachusetts anymore. LOL

http://www.metro.us/newyork/local/article/851095--a-whale-of-a-neighbor-moves-to-ny
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Sat May 07, 2011 11:42 am

COOL!

I saw the gulls again this morning circling by the library (the creek isn't very far from here). I rescued a bumblebee from my hallway yesterday afternoon. Poor little thing was buzzing at the window at the top of the stairs trying to get out. Reminded of Bee Movie, where he keeps hitting the glass saying "this time, this time, this time" and getting nowhere. Mr. Bee wasn't very happy being in a plastic bag net, but seemed happy enough when I released him in the garden patch in front of my building among the flowers. Told him "Go pollinate something".
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by lovekitties on Wed May 11, 2011 5:22 pm

I've got to check out whether the verrazano bridge has a pedestriam crossing. If so I might take a walk out there and whale watch. LOL
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Post by fiffur on Thu May 12, 2011 12:50 pm

Saw two butterflies this morning on my way to the library! And 3 red tailed hawks hunting over my workspace, plus a couple kestrels on the prowl, this morning at the school's new field. Another bumblebee was in the stairwell yesterday but managed to find his own way out without my assistace.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by ARNIgal on Thu May 12, 2011 7:10 pm

Ohhh my goodness guys...I saw a momma possum and her babies this a.m. Before I figured out what I was seeing, I thought mom had gotten tangled in an early "blooming" of the cottonwood trees in the area. When I finally realized I was seeing very chunky babies clinging to her back, she started waddling away from me and I couldn't count 'em all with certainty...I think there were maybe four or five on her back I love you
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Fri May 13, 2011 12:06 pm

That's a good sized family for a possum.

I rescued my first hallbird of the season (in the building across the parking lot this time): a fullgrown male robin. Mr. Robin was grateful to get outside again. I got to hold him in my hand for a minute, checking him over for injuries, before I let him go. Word is getting around to my neighbors in other buildings in the complex that I do rescues like this.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by lovekitties on Fri May 13, 2011 5:32 pm

every morning I'm wakened by the "dawn chorĂ¼s" I can make out some of the calls as sparrows, pigeons,(they love my window sill- I think they've got a nest going next to the defunct air conditioner) mourning doves, the crows (or ravens), but there is one bird that is very LOUD and has at least 5 different calls. I've tired peering out the window but can't tell where he/she is calling from.

There was a peacock running around in the bronx the other day- an escapee from the bronx zoo. it was captured and returned to the zoo. The zoo peacocks are allowed to roam free in the zoo, unlike all the other animals, and sometimes they take a walk on the wild side but they usually return on their own.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by ARNIgal on Fri May 13, 2011 9:29 pm

Yeah, I've heard that about peacocks...and they tend to be territorial...
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Sat May 14, 2011 11:43 am

If that bird is VERY loud, with one call that sounds like a single loud note, that would be a cardinal. The cardinals here do that before the sun comes up, and wakes up all the other birds. Then nobody can sleep........
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