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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by ARNIgal on Sat May 14, 2011 11:49 am

Cardinals seem to have two different calls. When I lived in Flint the first time, one of 'em would sit up at the top of the light post outside my bedroom window and would ALWAYS wake me up with the single loud note. That call seemed very different from ones that I would hear later in the day Smile
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by lovekitties on Mon May 16, 2011 4:41 pm

no, this bird has at least 4 or 5 distinctive calls.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Tue May 17, 2011 6:44 pm

Hmmmmm...................**trying to figure out what kind of bird it is**

I've been seeing butterflies! And a big blue heron flew over me yesterday, just above the telephone wires, so pretty close to the ground. And hummies!
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by lovekitties on Wed May 18, 2011 4:48 pm

Muskrat in Brooklyn!!!!!
We have had the beavers moving into a river in the bronx and now a muskrat has made the Gowanus canal it's home.
I personally would have it moved to a cleaner environment. The Gowanus is a toxic cesspool

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/muskrat_mania_Af7mlOYzHai3ArclSFOLbP
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Thu May 19, 2011 12:44 pm

I wonder why the muskrat moved into that pool when there are cleaner ones hopefully not too far away.....

My chickadee babies have hatched!!! Very Happy **squeal of excitement**
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by jimkr2t on Thu May 19, 2011 3:11 pm

I'm sure similar news is available from other cities, BUT - the Franklin Institute's hawks have hatched 3 hawklings! For those of you who like to look in on "family scenes", the web site is at: www.fi.edu/hawks/

The hawks have really made a comeback in the big cities!

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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Thu May 19, 2011 5:22 pm



Hey cities are a raptors paradise. If you think about it lot's of prime nesting spots and
very little competition for a meal.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by lovekitties on Thu May 19, 2011 5:41 pm

I know, we have at least 16 pairs of Peregrine Falcons in the NYC limits. , not to mention, ret tail hawks, etc. They nest on ledges on skyscrapers, and there are plenty of yummy (for hawks) things to eat, like pigeons, rats, etc

Fif, that muskrat is in a canal, not a pool. granted there are cleaner waters around, the canal empties into the east River, .Don't know where he came from, and I hope he stays okay.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by ARNIgal on Thu May 19, 2011 8:18 pm

Holy moly blue jays are MEAN little fighters. As I was washing dishes the other day, I suddenly heard one start a-squaking up a storm. Apparently it was having a squabble with one of the neighborhood ravens(?). All of a sudden, one of the blue jay's friends divebombed the raven they all flew up and both the blue jays pecked & pecked at the raven and all flew off in a squaking mess. I almost felt sorry for that big black bird!
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Fri May 20, 2011 12:39 pm

I've seen the crows here gang up and chase off the red tailed hawks!

The kestrels were everywhere this morning, I've never seen so many of them before, all over the neighborhood.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by ARNIgal on Fri May 20, 2011 2:53 pm

The starlings in the oak tree not have hatched Like a Star @ heaven I love you As I was outside having coffee this a.m., I would hear hasty chirping after mom and dad would come back with a meal. I wish I could see 'em like last year Smile
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Sat May 21, 2011 12:02 pm

I wish I could see my lil chickadees..........they raise such a ruckus when mom or dad comes with a morsel. Never thought something that tiny (they must be to fit in that tiny birdhouse of mine) could have such powerful lungs! Must be at least 4-5 of them in there from the noise. They start in around 5am.........and every 2-5 minutes thereafter. Hard to believe that in 2 weeks they'll be grown and gone.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by ARNIgal on Sat May 21, 2011 6:18 pm

A quick growing up period is probably a good thing in the urban wildlife world! In the case of the starlings, they are up in an oak tree that has either cable or telephone lead lines going through it. If my new neighbor needs the phone or cable at least a couple of those branches will have to come down if not the entire tree pale I told her about this and she says she's not even close to deciding, so that gives the starlings more time to grow up Smile
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by bpaquet on Sat May 21, 2011 6:51 pm

The barn wrens are all fledged and gone. Mom and dad seem to have abandoned the nest, so it sits there all empty and lonely. I mss them, but they were nice enough to let me watch them grow up. The only part I missed was the actual fledging and flying away.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Mon May 23, 2011 1:31 pm

I'm hoping I don't miss that, this is the 3rd time somebody has nested on my balcony, and the first shot I've had at them succeeding! Mom was sitting on the nest during that storm last night, keeping her lil ones safe and warm. Papa was nearby.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by Sue Short on Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:02 pm



That was a jaw dropping site. Thanks for posting
it.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:36 pm

My chickadee babies have left the nest for good, as of Sunday morning. I missed seeing the first three go but I saw the last 2 leave. Up into the birdhouse hole to perch a moment, then take off to the birdfeeder and tree below, then immediately the last one followed. Monday and Tuesday at least one of the babies came back for a brief visit, both times when the wind was really kicking up and it looked like a storm was coming. Perch on the balcony railing, look at me a moment, then into the birdhouse for a little while, then they'd look at me from the hole, then leave.

The birdhouse seems so empty, my balcony is too quiet..............
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by lovekitties on Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:18 pm

these guys are a little too big for your balcony, Fif

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/bridge-chicks-nyc-has-9-new-residents-_-a-bumper-crop-of-fuzzy-chubby-baby-falcons/2011/06/01/AGwlbeGH_story.html

FOUR CHICKS ALSO HATCHED AT THE 55 WATER STREET NEST NEAR WHERE i WORK
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:28 pm

They'd definitely need more space than my lil balcony could give them. Plus our lil songbirds would all be gone as lunch!
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by gbste on Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:52 pm

I don't think peregrines would care too much about songbirds. I read that when they first reintroduced them to New York highrises, they expected the falcons to eat pigeons, but instead they flew many miles in order to hunt ducks and other water birds. They had to bring in red tailed hawks to deal with the pigeons.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by lovekitties on Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:51 pm

the peregrines at 55 Water street have a varied diet, they eat alot of pigeons, as well as rodents, and other birds. , including woodpeckers. I remember being surprised last year when they were talking abaout the various snacks they were eating, saying to myself? woodpeckers? I didn't know there were woodpeckers in the Financial district!
I've watched them on the flaconcam tearing in to pigeons
I guess that they just had to get acclimated to eating an urban diet.

there are 16 nesting pairs in New York city, on several bridges, skyscrapers and in Greenwood cemetary.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by fiffur on Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:20 pm

I heard we have a nesting pair of Bald Eagles in Rockton's restored wetlands area just off the forest preserve. Told the village hall people we should have a webcam on them and put our lil village on the global map.
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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by jimkr2t on Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:08 pm

We had a wild tom turkey - NOT a turkey VULTURE but a real wild tom turkey - pay a visit to our church Sunday morning! The church has a great deal of property and the adjacent land is basically woods, so we get lots of deer - but this is the first time I can recall having a turkey pay a visit - there were three female turkeys around (I didn't see those) and tom was strutting, fanning his tail feathers, and bobbing his head right up against the building. The windows there were down pretty close to ground level, and it maybe that tom saw a reflection and was strutting to "prove his worth" to the females.

I don't know how big he was, but I would guess 25 to 30 pounds.

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Re: Urban Wildlife

Post by ARNIgal on Sun Jun 05, 2011 2:08 pm

We got turkeys in Lansing too and I remembered being REALLY surprised about it when I lived there. My building backed up to a "wooded" area. I put wooded in quotes since it was maybe a 20' wide strip...and that's really generous. On the other side of that was an auto repair stripmall on one of the main roads there... Question
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