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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by LadyDraco, Dec 17, 2008.
Awwww Thank You so much Mark
LOL I'm catching up to ya …
Happy! Birth! Day!!!!!!
Happy New Year too :) That’s Georgi and Sam ice skating
Thank You B !
Awesome Photos !!
How about a bird story ….. This is going to be longgggg...…..
This is from the old farm back in BlueGrass..
HB had gone deer hunting, I had packed his dinner for him ta take...
It was like 4 am... He left with a mate of ours.. I waited till daylight and went out ta do chores...
I was just about finished with the farm chores ,and I noticed the 3 cats and the 9 older Geldings acting oddly ..
At that time we had about 40 horse herd and 20 Angus cow seed stock herd.
Geldings and mares are separated... in two different pastures..
Back to the Kestrel … I walked to the area that the critters were being odd...
I see a bird on the ground not moving! I'm thinking crap ,how did the cats kill this tiny hawk..
That we have always enjoyed watching..
I kneel down and it's alive Kestrel.. I had gloves on already ,so I pick her up.
Gave her a quick look over . NO blood anywhere . Cool ..
So I take her to the house . Get a box and put her in it..
We have 5 cats at that time..
I do a few house hold chores checking on the bird. HB stops back with our mate .
I show them my find tell them how I found her. They head back out hunting..
I knew there was a raptor center in Weyers Cave VA. So I start making calls..
The center couldn't send anyone out to pick up my bird.
And this was also a time when we didn't own a vehicle.. We had a big tractor..
But no cars or bikes...
I'm still making calls to get someone to help me with the bird... I finally find someone who works
by the center and can take my bird . He picks it up in the box. I call the center so they know she is on the way , it's about a 2 hour drive..
They call me ; she has arrived … And they could not find anything wrong with her.
They will keep her for observation, at that time they asked does she have a mate ?
I tell them yes she does .. They lived in our old skeleton maple trees...
The senior bird vet tells me ,he thinks " she has knocked her noggin"..
Yes that's the very words he used ! And they will NOT release her till she makes a kill..
They would called me every week for 3 weeks ; letting me know what she has been doing .
Finally I get a call ; She has made a KILL !! Come pick her up...
I said give me a day or 2 if that's OK …
I barrowed a car. Pick my bird up .. And which there was NO charge .
I gave a donation and thanked them for the great care that gave my bird.
We bring our girl home … We see the male flying around .. HB was with me when we released her .
The male swooped down to greet his long lost mate . They flew together doing some great swoops .
And to their favorite tree limb...( I bet she told him her story about what happened )..
I called the center and told them about her mate and that all was good.....
We watched them and their fledglings for years..
Another cool bird story ...From the old farm..
Back at the old Farm back in BlueGrass VA. We lived there for 20+ yrs..
We were in the middle of a big snow storm..
HB had been grilling that night in the webber.(that we still have and use)
The same one ya'll see in many of my photos...
Well we went out around midnight , ta watch the snow fall.
And deciding should we go out a feed the stock again and plow..
Well this Screech in a brown phase was warming her feet on the grill !
Yes she was on the roundness of the lid..
She sat there while we watched her. And chatted about her lack of fear .
Then she stepped to the handle ,and watched us.. She was so cool about it turning her head.
In only the way owls do...
She then flew to the porch swing beam , that was right above us and ta the left ,
She then looked down at us . Like do you mind ! I was warming up ! On this cold wintery night..
We had gotten 20" of snow that night and it was -4*.
I have a pic of her in my disks some where...
Owls are very special for me...
Others feel they are a bad omen ,the bringer of death..
The snowy is a totem .. That's all I'll say about that and here....
My wife and I have been bird watchers so to speak for our life together and I have always been a boy on a farm with a fascination for all living things, bugs under rotting logs, reptiles, everything.
We especially like raptors, I found a fuzzy screech owl on the ground after a storm and brought it in the house, my daughter was 8 and very interested in the fuzzball, I sent her out on the porch to find some moths to feed it, as it set on my finger I took some tweezers and held a moth up to it, I guess when they get excited they squeeze there tallons, because those little needles sunk into my finger when it saw the moth, we gave it a few and put it in a box, the next morning we found the nest and 2 more babies and got them back in.
I feel like my kids and now grandkids have a little bit better grasp on life growing up with an appreciation for nature and the circle of life, be it happy or sad........they are not snowflakes and know a cow dies to eat a hamburger, and a pig dies for some bacon, but they are living things to be taken care of as best we can until the end.
interesting stories......thx for sharing....
I had posted these in the basement ,But I know some of ya's don't tread down there ...
Yesterday I had an AWESOME encounter … with a Sharp shinned Hawk !
It was tapping the sliding glass door and clinging to the screen !
Not the best pic's but cool none the less . She was on the ground too ,walked under the
wood box lol.. Crazy .. I thought she was hurt .. But nope she was fine .
OK Here the pic of her at the door , she was not holding still for the camera.
And my Nikon is just not super fast. As I didn't have it on multi setting.
I was really torn on if it was a SharpShinned or Broadwing…
I really believe it's a Sharp ,as the other one is a Sharp..
She also was on the smoker. But the shots didn't come out.
After she walked under the wood box she flew to the shop.
This will show ya where the shop is to the kitchen . It's connected to the house.
I think I disturbed her hunt . She makes eye contact ..
It's pretty cool out 16* when I too theses photos..
I did follower her to the other shed ,running out in my robe and pacboots . with camera in hand..
I like this pic, it's a tad artsy look …
I just had ta ran to that shed just ta make sure she could get out of there ..
And yes it was opened .. It use ta be closed off.. I guess the wall fell down.
Then 2 hours later this fella showed up … He is above the bird feeder ..
Sorry it's a little fuzzy and I cut his head off a tad.. I hit the zoom.. Oops
I'm still all about it..
And the photos don't show how long and special the other part of the encounter was....
As I didn't have the camera very handy...
I hope you enjoy seeing the photos...
Till next time...
nice write up!
Thank You pops..
Nice.......I don't think we have Sharps in Alabama. We have the larger Coopers and Red Tails. That second bird you shot doesn't look like a Sharp...maybe a Red Tail ?
The grey backed is a Sharps adult . But can be confused with Coopers and Broad wings . The size gives a way ..
Side note: They do winter down by you.
According to the map .They breed and winter in my area..
We see these all the time here.. As well as Broad wing, Redtail's and coopers, and many more