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  1. Snowy Owl in the Metro

    The big hawks I have been seeing around this winter, I think are redtails that are hunting metro pidgeons. I have not personally see the snowy owls myself.
  2. Id

    Feral black Swedish hen
  3. Eagles in Minneapolis

    The Eagle Cam is working and the eagles are starting to visit the nest.
  4. Hawk hunting pigeons

    At the KMart at Nicollet and Lake in Minneapolis, there is a flock of pigeons that numbers several hundreds. Last Thursday going home from the Super Market I saw a large hawk make a strike at one, but missed. This was a pretty dark bird overall and much bigger than a Coopers or a Sharpshin and heavy bodied not at all slender. The attack was a straight line shot from a street light roost on a bird sitting on the shorter parking lot light post. It seems to me that the attack was launched from a perch about a block away. The target flew off and there was no chase, the attacker just returned to its previous roost. I could not get over into the turn lane and go into the parking lot to get a closer look. The main flock of pigeons didn't actually seem to notice, and there were even some stragglers. Is it possible that goshawks are starting to come into the city in the winter? From a goshawk I would have expected a chase. There are certainly plenty of pigeons, and the local falcons have gone south... I know they are supposed to avoid human concentrations, but then so are loons and they are now common city residents and rest here when passing through in the spring. We are getting all kinds of wild life in the Cities these days and not all of it goes around just on two legs.
  5. Snowy Owl in the Metro

    About local birds of prey in the Metro, I know we have the falcons (my buddy and I got buzzed by one down by the Mill Ruins one evening), also coopers and sharpshins in the summer, but lately I have been seeing a large hawk (but definitely smaller than the eagles) that seems sort of brownish, but never seen in full light, mostly in shadow; so more or less brownish or grayish, but quite a chunky, robust type of bird. Do we maybe have goshawks coming into the Twin Cities like we now have loons doing from time to time? A friend lives on the 16th floor up on north Central and I have looked down on this bird a time or two but never at it from underneath. The back seems to be a pretty solid color, but like I said, I have never seen this bird in full sunlight. It strikes me as quite robust in part because I remember it having relatively short wings and it did not waste any time soaring either. I am not really a birder; so I am only guessing here.
  6. Snowy Owl in the Metro

    My weekend UPS pickup driver reports having either seen three Snowy Owls or one three times this winter already around the Minneapolis/St Paul international Airport. If the temp weren't enough, that is additional sign that winter is here.
  7. Eagles in Minneapolis

    Looks like the Twin Cities bald eagles are courting already. They lay their first eggs before the end of January. We saw them yesterday over the Mississippi River on HWY 35W. Looked like they were playing chase. The new camera has been installed for the DNR Eagle Cam.
  8. Bird Feeding Newcomer

    @JB, Once deer find your bird feeders they will visit them nightly, and will be almost so prompt that you could set your clock by them. They can easily empty many types of bird feeders in a single night. One can almost go broke trying to keep up with their appetites for bird seed.
  9. Hummingbird Migration

    This looks like the males and the females migrate separately from each other; that so?
  10. See ya chippie

    Looks like a Cooper's to me, but sounding like a broadwing, maybe you got both hanging around? Definitely not a falcon though. The mass migration of the broadwings is really something to see. Years ago had one go over my city bus route in SE Iowa; I lost count in the midhundreds in the air all at the same time, soaring on the thermals and I wasn't half done. I never saw anything quite like it since. The hawk migration south has definitely begun for this year, too. On the road this past week, I saw quite a number of them on fence posts and soaring. Still some turkey vultures around, but they should be leaving very soon, too. It seems to me that years ago they didn't come quite this far north, at least not in the numbers we are seeing now.
  11. Is this a cowbird?

    From the picture it is a male yellow headed blackbird; IMO there is even a faint white bar on the wings which may be what you describe as "the ring on its back" and the black smudge under and behind the eye. I can't tell about the bill, but on a cowbird the bill is quite heavy; not nearly so stout on the YH blackbird. Immature male yellow headed black birds are not so bright yellow as the adults, and there should definitely be some young of the year fledged by this time of the year. If the picture is not accurate then we will need a better photo to do better than that. IMO This picture does not show a brown headed cowbird. Most cell phones will take a better picture and if it is tame enough please post another or even better a couple more. The more different poses the better. Yellow headed blackbirds are almost invariably connected to swampy areas, especially those with cattail fringes. They also tend to be around in groups, especially groups nesting in the same swamp not mixed in with red winged black birds. The females of both species are quite drab, and quite distinct from those of the cowbirds.
  12. MN dnr Bremer Bank Falcon Nest cam

    In the past week all three falcon chicks fledged and flew off.
  13. Jackrabbit Mystery

    Used to see them all the time in NW Iowa when I was a kid (50s and 60s) - they seemed so big when all white in winter pelts. Also burrowing owls were around then, too, but the owls are gone for sure and the jacks are rarely if ever seen. No more fence lines or permanent pastures much any more are what I guess. Loss of habitat for sure. Lots fewer pheasants now too for the same reason.
  14. Loon's

    I have seen loons take suckers hooked up as musky bait more than once. One time the loon dropped the sucker and was not hooked. Another time the loon was hooked deep and almost certainly died.
  15. Three of the four eggs have hatched