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About half-dutch

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  • Birthday 10/17/1948

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    Minneapolis, MN
  1. Inline reel reviews

    I have three Eagle Claws that I use jigging around docks for crappies on a 4' micro rod all summer for the last couple of years. With tungsten jigs and 1" plastic minnows on 2# line going down 20-25' is no problem and that eliminates jig spin completely. For the price I am well satisfied. I cast with the spinning reels, but for jigging the free spool on the Eagle Claws works just fine for me.
  2. 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.
  3. Hummingbird Migration

    This looks like the males and the females migrate separately from each other; that so?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. MN dnr Bremer Bank Falcon Nest cam

    In the past week all three falcon chicks fledged and flew off.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Three of the four eggs have hatched
  10. Eagle cam

    The eagle cam broke and is off line for the rest of the season, but according to the DNR it looks pretty certain that this pair is going to raise all three chicks to fledging again this year. They must be good parents.
  11. Eagle cam

    All three eggs have now hatched.
  12. Eagle cam

    Last year this same pair also laid three eggs and proceeded to raise all three chicks to fledging. Very good parents apparently.
  13. Eagle cam

    This is a screen capture from the MN Eagle nest cam. The three eggs are showing. There should be hatching in about a week or less.
  14. Cardinals

    The MN DNR Eagle Cam pair already has three eggs and is over half way done incubating them.
  15. Cardinals

    I had a whole bunch of pairs of cardinals chasing each other around my backyard, Friday. Sorta like there was an empty nesting territory being bid on. Interestingly I have had a pair around the yard all winter; so I thought that the territories were all set up.