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Dave Gray
05-01-2009, 02:59 PM
I've been enjoying working from home. Yesterday I engaged with a running war with a squirrel over where the bird feeder should be sited. I think I won that one but we shall see, perhaps it went to find easier pickings. Maybe it did an McArthur and is saying, "I'll be back".

Today a small hawk landed on my fence and surveyed the back yard. It was either a merlin or a sharp-shinned, hard too tell since I was edging slowly out to get the camera and it was gone when I came back (damn!).

05-01-2009, 03:04 PM
I am enjoying working from home also.

I have 2 hummingbird feeders and at first they polished off the first one while hardly even touching the other.
I refilled it and now they wont touch the refilled one and have the other one that they wouldnt touch before almost dry.
I wonder why.

John of Phoenix
05-01-2009, 03:19 PM
I wish I'd had a camera yesterday too. A pair of dove were just hammering a hawk that had to be three times their size. The hawk was flying as fast as it could and the doves were merciless. Feathers fluttering everywhere. Amazing to see.

An interesting change in roles.

05-01-2009, 03:28 PM
must have been catholic doves :)

05-01-2009, 03:39 PM
Could have been a Cooper's Hawk. They are also comfortable hunting the visitors to bird feeders.

05-02-2009, 06:00 AM
Might sound nuts, but I rarely leave the house without my camera in my backpack. Haven't ever quite turned around, when I realized I've forgotten it, but I felt nekkid without it. At home, it's usually fairly handy. Unfortunately, the memory card is usually stuck in the card reader. Gotta get more of those, they're cheap.

05-02-2009, 08:20 AM
Here's a couple of (I think) Red-Shouldered Hawks in my backyard a few days ago. Two years ago they were nesting in the pine trees behind the maple they're sitting in here and their chick learned to fly in the backyard. Pics aren't the greatest quality with this digital camcorder, takes lousy stills with the zoom.
I can hear them out there now, flying around the neighborhood squawking at each other.

05-02-2009, 11:21 AM
Red Shouldered Hawk from work the other day. Last year, one flew into the shop one day after a pigeon. The pigeon flew under my work bench and landed about 2 feet from the dog and the dog was completely unamused. After closer inspection I noticed the pigeon had a band on it's leg so it must have been someone's homing pigeon. We were afraid if we startled it that it may get into the roof ventilator fan.


I really didn't have time to get good photos as mocking birds were harassing this one repeatedly. I really just pointed without really looking and squeezed the button.