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2017-03-15 03:00:14 PM  
I've had an Oriole pair this year.  Returned three years in a row so far. They nest in a dogwood in the front yard.  There's a Great Horned Owl in the area also.
 
2017-03-15 03:09:18 PM  
My chickens, Sam and Ella, walked across my yard this morning.

It was exciting.

/and the Canadian Geese are returning to the reservoir just off my back yard.  Goddamn those nasty, loud bastards.
 
2017-03-15 03:10:06 PM  
We'll get the occasional southern wood crane and osprey.
 
2017-03-15 03:10:40 PM  
....egrets, we've had a few.
 
2017-03-15 03:15:56 PM  
Monty Python - Unladend Swallow
Youtube liIlW-ovx0Y
 
2017-03-15 03:18:44 PM  

optikeye: ....egrets, we've had a few.


Not around here. Too few to mention, anyway.
 
2017-03-15 03:26:54 PM  
Robin's haven't appeared yet, but the red tailed female has been out and looking grumpy, and I spotted a few kingfishers and a red headed woodpecker (as well as the ever present pileated.)
 
2017-03-15 03:32:53 PM  
The orange warghblrer has flown back and forth to Florida a few times this winter.
 
2017-03-15 03:33:56 PM  
Redwinged blackbirds are here eating all my sunflower seeds.
 
2017-03-15 03:35:51 PM  
Haven't seen them yet - and probably won't for a while yet, but I always looks forward to seeing the ducks and geese coming through.  Generally means that there is open water or bare feeding grounds in the interior, which is the best sign spring is actually here.
 
2017-03-15 03:39:19 PM  
We get the boring brown birds here in my corner of Arizona. But watching our two feral cats jump up out of the field and snatch them out of the sky is amazing. That is Discovery Channel shiat, and it's breathtaking. Those two stupid cats still do their job. (They're both fixed, but they're ferals.)

They keep mice out of the house. And that's why I feed them every day. Even when I went on vacation, I paid a kid to feed them every day.

We get the occasional lone egrets and herons on their way south, but none of the cats dare mess with them. I would pay to see that, though.
 
2017-03-15 03:42:23 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: We get the boring brown birds here in my corner of Arizona. But watching our two feral cats jump up out of the field and snatch them out of the sky is amazing. That is Discovery Channel shiat, and it's breathtaking. Those two stupid cats still do their job. (They're both fixed, but they're ferals.)

They keep mice out of the house. And that's why I feed them every day. Even when I went on vacation, I paid a kid to feed them every day.

We get the occasional lone egrets and herons on their way south, but none of the cats dare mess with them. I would pay to see that, though.


CSB: A neighborhood cat took down an bunny in my back years a couple years back.  Did you know that rabbits scream and that those screams sound like human screams?  Freaked me out.
 
2017-03-15 03:46:37 PM  
Waiting for the sparrows with Michigan helmets to migrate through.
 
2017-03-15 03:50:53 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: Waiting for the sparrows with Michigan helmets to migrate through.


You must have been disappointed the year they couldn't finish their migration because they couldn't get past Toledo.
 
2017-03-15 03:51:09 PM  
There were about two dozen robins in the plant taking over my neighbor's chimney.  The did not look like they were enjoying the massive snow storm.  Still waiting on the two cardinals to show up that come every year.
 
2017-03-15 03:55:05 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: We get the boring brown birds here in my corner of Arizona. But watching our two feral cats jump up out of the field and snatch them out of the sky is amazing. That is Discovery Channel shiat, and it's breathtaking. Those two stupid cats still do their job. (They're both fixed, but they're ferals.)

They keep mice out of the house. And that's why I feed them every day. Even when I went on vacation, I paid a kid to feed them every day.

We get the occasional lone egrets and herons on their way south, but none of the cats dare mess with them. I would pay to see that, though.


Feral cat vs. Canadian Goose.

/I've got $10 on the cats, if they're fast enough.
 
2017-03-15 03:56:06 PM  
I'm waiting for the Violet-green Swallows.

That is not a double-entendre.
 
2017-03-15 04:04:24 PM  
Btw, the Merlin bird ID app on the linked page can be used as an effective bird call for dozens of species, just in case you like to freak out birds.
 
2017-03-15 04:04:55 PM  
Love seeing the loons pass thru. Snowy owls have been seen in my area the last few years. Hope I get to catch a glimpse.
But nothing beats Costa Rica.
 
2017-03-15 04:07:55 PM  

Skyd1v: Haven't seen them yet - and probably won't for a while yet, but I always looks forward to seeing the ducks and geese coming through.  Generally means that there is open water or bare feeding grounds in the interior, which is the best sign spring is actually here.


I notice all the residents are singing  and flocking a lot more, but no migrants in South Central yet.
 
2017-03-15 04:50:01 PM  

optikeye: ....egrets, we've had a few.


You go to your room and think about what you did. NOW Mister.

Don't know if they're migratory, but we had a nice cardinal visit during yesterday's storm.

img.fark.net
 
2017-03-15 04:53:27 PM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Btw, the Merlin bird ID app on the linked page can be used as an effective bird call for dozens of species, just in case you like to freak out birds.


Well, I know what I'm doing when I get home.
 
2017-03-15 05:10:23 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: ecmoRandomNumbers: We get the boring brown birds here in my corner of Arizona. But watching our two feral cats jump up out of the field and snatch them out of the sky is amazing. That is Discovery Channel shiat, and it's breathtaking. Those two stupid cats still do their job. (They're both fixed, but they're ferals.)

They keep mice out of the house. And that's why I feed them every day. Even when I went on vacation, I paid a kid to feed them every day.

We get the occasional lone egrets and herons on their way south, but none of the cats dare mess with them. I would pay to see that, though.

Feral cat vs. Canadian Goose.

/I've got $10 on the cats, if they're fast enough.


I would take that bet.

The buzzards have NOT returned to Hinkley yet so 4 more weeks of winter, or something like that, here in Ohio.
 
2017-03-15 05:15:26 PM  

optikeye: ....egrets, we've had a few.


I egret nothing.
 
2017-03-15 05:16:16 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: optikeye: ....egrets, we've had a few.

You go to your room and think about what you did. NOW Mister.

Don't know if they're migratory, but we had a nice cardinal visit during yesterday's storm.

[img.fark.net image 850x587]


Lovely plumage.
 
2017-03-15 05:19:02 PM  

Atomic Jonb: Grand_Moff_Joseph: ecmoRandomNumbers: We get the boring brown birds here in my corner of Arizona. But watching our two feral cats jump up out of the field and snatch them out of the sky is amazing. That is Discovery Channel shiat, and it's breathtaking. Those two stupid cats still do their job. (They're both fixed, but they're ferals.)

They keep mice out of the house. And that's why I feed them every day. Even when I went on vacation, I paid a kid to feed them every day.

We get the occasional lone egrets and herons on their way south, but none of the cats dare mess with them. I would pay to see that, though.

Feral cat vs. Canadian Goose.

/I've got $10 on the cats, if they're fast enough.

I would take that bet.

The buzzards have NOT returned to Hinkley yet so 4 more weeks of winter, or something like that, here in Ohio.


Oo. Dick Goddard flashback.
 
2017-03-15 05:23:40 PM  

The_Y2P_Problem: JohnAnnArbor: Waiting for the sparrows with Michigan helmets to migrate through.

You must have been disappointed the year they couldn't finish their migration because they couldn't get past Toledo.


OK, that there is funny, folks.  (I'll allow wrong time of year.)
 
2017-03-15 05:30:16 PM  
Lots of robins and red-winged blackbirds today. Many hawks seen on the interstate looking down from the light poles.

I'm really waiting for the blue birds that Nest at one of the train stations nearby. They are the ones with the pink tummies and the split tails. They are normally very reclusive but these will actually come and sit on the hand railings leading into the station and Chirp at you. They are adorable.
 
2017-03-15 05:52:57 PM  
Finally heard some flickers the other morning.
 
2017-03-15 06:39:06 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: but we had a nice cardinal visit during yesterday's storm.


We get 'asshole cardinal' in the spring time. Bastards attacks the window in the morning at day break.
Sits outside and just pecks at the thing.
Asshole cardinal.
 
2017-03-15 06:57:58 PM  
A pair of Great Horned Owls wintered in the woods next our place this winter, which was cool.  We've been getting a lot of sparrows, but I've seen a few Mourning Doves recently, and some Robins.

I can't wait for the hummingbirds to get back.  We've got a little window-mounted feeder for them.

You practically don't need TV if you have a hummingbird feeder, they supply all the drama you could ever want.
 
2017-03-15 10:56:48 PM  
The local mockingbird that runs all night has unfortunately picked up the sound of locomotive horns blowing as they pass a local railroad crossing.  It's played back the customary three times in a row during the about 10 minute cycle of noise and song, about halfway across from the sequential car alarm noises.
 
2017-03-16 01:20:36 AM  
We have had some hairy chested nut scratchers.
 
2017-03-16 02:11:45 AM  
Our Moluccan Cockatoo just migrated to birdy heaven today.  :o(  Sweetest old man you'd ever meet.

/Rescue took a turn for the worse and had to be euthanized.
 
2017-03-16 03:24:31 AM  

dickrickulous: We have had some hairy chested nut scratchers.


My feral male scratches the memories of what his nuts were every day. And he still manages to pee on my tires to mark his territory.
 
2017-03-16 06:10:00 AM  
Just saw my first swallow tail kite.
They love to eat snakes, so the garden hose brings them in for a better look.
Coolest bird ever.
 
2017-03-16 06:19:31 AM  

optikeye: Eddie Adams from Torrance: but we had a nice cardinal visit during yesterday's storm.

We get 'asshole cardinal' in the spring time. Bastards attacks the window in the morning at day break.
Sits outside and just pecks at the thing.
Asshole cardinal.


Self hating cardinals. I have video of one beating his own ass on my driver side mirror. It's been years, but I think he knocked him self out.
 
2017-03-16 12:53:24 PM  
Osprey coming back soon. They capture brown fuzzy creatures and land on the street lamp 50 feet from me and level. Picky bastard flings off pieces it doesn't want to the bicycle path below. Do not want.
 
2017-03-16 01:02:10 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: ecmoRandomNumbers: We get the boring brown birds here in my corner of Arizona. But watching our two feral cats jump up out of the field and snatch them out of the sky is amazing. That is Discovery Channel shiat, and it's breathtaking. Those two stupid cats still do their job. (They're both fixed, but they're ferals.)

They keep mice out of the house. And that's why I feed them every day. Even when I went on vacation, I paid a kid to feed them every day.

We get the occasional lone egrets and herons on their way south, but none of the cats dare mess with them. I would pay to see that, though.

Feral cat vs. Canadian Goose.

/I've got $10 on the cats, if they're fast enough.


Goose. It didn't end well for the cat, who snuck up behind and did sort of a jump/bear hug thing. Goose stood up, spread wings, cat did an involuntary solo flight.
 
2017-03-16 01:07:08 PM  

yuthinasia: Grand_Moff_Joseph: ecmoRandomNumbers: We get the boring brown birds here in my corner of Arizona. But watching our two feral cats jump up out of the field and snatch them out of the sky is amazing. That is Discovery Channel shiat, and it's breathtaking. Those two stupid cats still do their job. (They're both fixed, but they're ferals.)

They keep mice out of the house. And that's why I feed them every day. Even when I went on vacation, I paid a kid to feed them every day.

We get the occasional lone egrets and herons on their way south, but none of the cats dare mess with them. I would pay to see that, though.

Feral cat vs. Canadian Goose.

/I've got $10 on the cats, if they're fast enough.

Goose. It didn't end well for the cat, who snuck up behind and did sort of a jump/bear hug thing. Goose stood up, spread wings, cat did an involuntary solo flight.


Yeah, my money is on the goose, too. Sometimes cats mess with things they shouldn't.
 
2017-03-16 02:20:32 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: yuthinasia: Grand_Moff_Joseph: ecmoRandomNumbers: We get the boring brown birds here in my corner of Arizona. But watching our two feral cats jump up out of the field and snatch them out of the sky is amazing. That is Discovery Channel shiat, and it's breathtaking. Those two stupid cats still do their job. (They're both fixed, but they're ferals.)

They keep mice out of the house. And that's why I feed them every day. Even when I went on vacation, I paid a kid to feed them every day.

We get the occasional lone egrets and herons on their way south, but none of the cats dare mess with them. I would pay to see that, though.

Feral cat vs. Canadian Goose.

/I've got $10 on the cats, if they're fast enough.

Goose. It didn't end well for the cat, who snuck up behind and did sort of a jump/bear hug thing. Goose stood up, spread wings, cat did an involuntary solo flight.

Yeah, my money is on the goose, too. Sometimes cats mess with things they shouldn't.


I once saw a cat get its ass kicked by a squirrel.  Cat went into stalk mode on the front lawn of my house, trying to sneak up on it, and the squirrel must of caught wind of it.  The squirrel turned around as quick as anything I have ever seen, did this jump/run thing at the cat, landed on it and beat the shiat out of it with its legs.  the cat fought like hell to get away from it, and never bothered the squirrels on my lawn again.

City squirrels, not even once.
 
2017-03-17 01:57:55 AM  
when the swallows come back to capistrano
http://www.b99.tv/video/swallow-leader/
 
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