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  1. half-dutch

    Headed south???

    Got robins still, and the resident cardinal pair that stays year around is still in my yard in South Minneapolis.
  2. half-dutch

    Finally.... hummingbirds...

    Back in the day we had three huge honey locusts on the farm. Those were the real thing, too, with the thorns that would penetrate tractor tires and thousands of pods every year. Pretty unique trees, but the newer more colorful varieties, sterile and thornless, are a whole lot nicer. The folks who bought the farm from my parents cut those thorny trees down. Can't say I exactly blame them, although it is a bit sad.
  3. half-dutch

    Finally.... hummingbirds...

    Works fine for me also on my work computer, but takes a while to load. At home on my slow connection it would probably not play at all... But that is my connection and I have problems with all kinds of videos there. BTW that is not a Honey Locust that is Honeysuckle, perfectly suited to hummingbirds with the long tubed flowers.
  4. half-dutch

    Grackle problem

    My late mother had that problem pretty bad. The store she got her birdseed from in Sioux Falls had a type that the black birds didn't like, but everything else seemed to like it fine. The grackles went elsewhere but the rest stayed around including the gold finches at the thistle seed. She didn't need a period of empty feeders either. IIRC the place was Wild Bird Connection.
  5. half-dutch

    Metro loons

    I saw a turkey hen on Portland about 22nd S one evening last month. She just stood there in the middle of the street and forced the traffic to stop for her. I hear there is a flock that moves around on the near south side close to the River.
  6. half-dutch

    Metro loons

    Among other wilds that have moved into our urban areas, we can now add loons. There is a breeding pair on the lake formerly known as Calhoun, mostly staying on the west and northwest sides. But there is also a bunch of yearlings fishing the east side, numbering maybe six or seven and so unafraid that they come right up to the 36th Street dock and try to steal suckers being used for musky bait. Maybe the call of the wild is not really so alien to the South side of Minneapolis, but it looks like the loons have moved in and can be heard calling from time to time.
  7. half-dutch

    Grackles fishing

    So this is not a new thing! Interesting. I keep finding more and more complex behavior in so many of these "dumb" animals! So many of them are anything but dumb.
  8. half-dutch

    Grackles fishing

    Last Thursday on a visit to my sister in Rock Rapids IA, we made a circuit through the Island Park there. At the low dam just past the former railroad bridge which is now a walking path we saw a group of grackles fishing at the edge of the white water where it ran against the rocks at the shore line. There probably were a dozen or so all told moving back and forth and some on the rocks at the other shore line. In something like half an hour or less we saw various of the birds bring out minnows and eat them on the shore to a total of at least 8. They also contested for the better fishing spots and tried to horn in on other birds' catches; they would fly out to quite a bit up on shore with a catch to eat it there. I never expected to see grackles fishing. I never heard of that before, but then it wouldn't be the first time I didn't know about something relatively common.
  9. half-dutch

    Spring Is Upon Us

    I've seen deer there, too. I go by there on my way to work about 3:30 am S S & M.
  10. half-dutch

    Eagles in Minneapolis

    The webcam eagles are not doing so well around here this year. The male at Decorah has disappeared and the female is raising her three chicks by herself. She sorta has a new boyfriend, but she won't let him near the nest and the not so little ones. They are all three growing like pigs; so mama must be doing a pretty good job of soloing. She is getting some assistance from he new boyfriend even if she is holding him at an arm's length from the kids. She keeps getting intruders and he is helping her chase them off.
  11. half-dutch

    Spring Is Upon Us

    Quite a few duck and waterfowl species are in the openings in the ice on the Metro Lakes, but the oddest bird I have seen is a hen turkey stopping traffic on Portland between 22nd and 23rd in South Minneapolis. Then I hear that there is a known small flock already established inside the city on the near south side and this one is not so odd. Wild turkeys are going commensal it seems!
  12. half-dutch

    Eagles in Minneapolis

    The eagles on the DNR eagle cam have given up for this year. They lost all three eggs this year The eagles on the Decorah nest cam have hatched all three of their eggs and the eaglets are growing like weeds. The falcons on the DNR falcon cam have eggs and are incubating. Right now they are up to their knees and more in snow, with a whole pile that has blown into their nesting box.
  13. half-dutch

    Eagles in Minneapolis

    Looks like the DNR eagles are going to fail this year. Likely none of the eggs will hatch; already two of them have been discarded and the third is being left untended for extended periods. This year better to watch the Decorah eagles. They hatched all three of their eggs in the past week, and are feeding all three of the chicks. Cute little suckers, too.
  14. half-dutch

    Spring Is Upon Us

    First shypoke Sat evening flying down Minnehaha Creek toward Meadowbrook Lake.
  15. half-dutch

    Spring Is Upon Us

    This time of the year, as ice outs on Harriet and the formerly known as Calhoun, the migrators assemble. Some of the rafts are huge including upwards of maybe a dozen species (or so I have been told). I just love to watch them. I get an especial kick out of the antagonism between the loons and the much smaller grebes. The loons never seem to be able to catch the grebes and they never seem to be able to quit pestering the loons. Isn't this quite early for woodies? If you want pictures once they get back, there are always quite a few of them on Powderhorn. The crew residing my house has pretty much kept the wildlife out of my back yard, but I know it is spring, because the snow is almost gone and the garlic planted last fall is already pushing about 3" out of the ground, tall enough to row all the varieties. There have been a pair of cardinals in my shrubs all winter long, hopefully they come back once the crew is done, supposedly next Tuesday.
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