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  • Need Help identifying this Hawk/Raptor ~ Vanity

    06/21/2015 6:09:41 PM PDT · by GraceG · 122 replies
    So across my street there is Hawk or big Raptor type bird that lives in a tree, well this spring it had some hatch-lings and now they are flying around the nearby house shrieking and raising a ruckus, think the momma bird tossed them out of the nest as they can now fly. Wondering if any freeples out there have any idea what sort bird this is, I managed to get some up close pics of them. I need a few questions answered. 1. Will they damage my property? 2. Will they kill the squirrels that actually do damage my...
  • The GOP Leadership Responds to Constituents concerns about amnesty & TPP

    06/13/2015 3:50:21 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    25 June 2014 | jrgdds
  • This Website Can Identify the Bird Species in a Photo

    06/08/2015 12:51:35 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 26 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | JUNE 07, 2015 | Michael Zhang
    If you’re interested at all in bird watching and photography, Merlin Bird Photo ID is a website you should add to your bookmarks. It’s a new website that can help you identify the species of the bird in your photograph.
  • Fresh air raids launched against ISIS amid fears ISIS will slaughter rare bird

    05/25/2015 4:46:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/25/14 | Corey Charlton
    Fresh air raids launched against ISIS close to ancient ruins in Palmyra amid fears ISIS will slaughter rare bird - reward offered in attempt to find bird Fresh air strikes have been launched against ISIS-controlled buildings in the ancient city of Palmyra amid fears ISIS will slaughter an endangered bird that is crucial to its species' survival. Prior to the city being overrun by ISIS last week, four of the exceptionally rare northern bald ibis were kept in a breeding colony. But three of these were abandoned in the fighting and a fourth - a female which knows the species'...
  • Incredible photos reveal how aircraft's nose COLLAPSED after bird flew into Turkish Airlines plane

    05/07/2015 6:03:12 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 51 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 6, 2015 | John Hutchinson
    These incredible photos show the damage caused by a bird strike to a passenger plane. The Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Nevehir in Turkey was on approach to land when it was involved in a severe hit with a unlucky bird. There were 125 passengers on board the Boeing 737-800, and there were not believed to be any injuries suffered on the landing on Tuesday.
  • Elusive new bird International discovered in China

    05/01/2015 7:07:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05/01/2015 | Provided by Michigan State University
    A Michigan State University professor was part of an international team of scientists that has discovered a new bird in China. The new bird, the Sichuan bush warbler, resides in five mountainous provinces in central China. The discovery, shared in the current issue of Avian Research, notes that the bird shunned the limelight by hiding in grassy, scrubby vegetation over the years. However, its distinctive song eventually gave it away, said Pamela Rasmussen, MSU integrative biologist, assistant curator at the MSU Museum and co-author on the paper. "The Sichuan bush warbler is exceedingly secretive and difficult to spot as its...
  • Memo Reveals Plan of U.S.-Funded Groups to Influence the Israeli Elections

    02/08/2015 5:55:28 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    IMRA ^ | 2-8-15 | Alana Goodman
    Memo Reveals Plan of U.S.-Funded Groups to Influence the Israeli Elections Nonprofits targeting populations, such as Arab Israelis, opposed to Likud BY: Alana Goodman - The Free Beacon February 5, 2015 3:30 pm http://freebeacon.com/issues/u-s-groups-funding-liberal-gotv-effort-in-israel/ [For copy of the memo: http://freebeacon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/APDF-GOTV-Arab-Community-MK-12-17-14.docx1-1.pdf http://bit.ly/1DMu8RV http://bit.ly/1AzUEzP http://bit.ly/1FebGCF http://bit.ly/1zo2zOR ] A coalition of U.S.-funded progressive groups has planned a massive get-out-the-vote effort to influence the Israeli elections, targeting communities that are most likely to vote against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-leaning Likud Party, according to a confidential strategy memo obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The U.S.-based 501(c)(3) group Ameinu sent out the...
  • VIDEO: Stunning Eagle's-Eye View of Dubai [Mini-cam attached to Imperial eagle w/sound]

    03/15/2015 5:32:39 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 21 replies
    Darshan the eagle flew from atop the 2,722 ft. Burj Khalifa in Dubai on Saturday, setting the world record for the "highest recorded bird flight from a man-made structure."
  • The girl who gets gifts from birds

    02/27/2015 12:53:34 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 43 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 February 2015 Last updated at 17:09 ET | Katy Sewall
    Lots of people love the birds in their garden, but it's rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl in Seattle is luckier than most. She feeds the crows in her garden - and they bring her gifts in return.
  • When is a bird in the hand worth two birds in the bush

    01/21/2015 6:23:59 PM PST · by MosesKnows · 1 replies
    1/21/2015 | MosesKnows
    When is a bird in the hand worth two birds in the bush I think it would depend on how you acquired the bird in the hand. Did you apply yourself and work hard to get the bird in the hand or did the government give it to you after first taking it from your fellow citizens? Ross Perot said it as well as anyone could say it. There is no shortage of good sounding ideas in D.C. The problem is finding a leader who can implement the idea. I have an idea to solve poverty. Everyone earning less than...
  • Sage grouse's fate shaping energy development in US West

    12/04/2014 1:00:37 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Standard Examiner ^ | December 04, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN and MEAD GRUVER
    Sales of leases on 8.1 million acres of federal oil and gas parcels — an area larger than Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined — are on hold because of worries that drilling could harm greater sage grouse... the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s delay on the parcels underscores just how much is at stake for an industry that finds its future inextricably intertwined with a bird once known primarily for its elaborate mating display. The grouse’s huge range, covering portions of 11 states and an area more than four times as big as New England, includes vast oil, gas and...
  • Study: Fossil soaring bird had huge wingspan

    07/08/2014 8:57:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2014 3:12 PM EDT | Malcolm Ritter
    A fossil found in South Carolina has revealed a gigantic bird that apparently snatched fish while soaring over the ocean some 25 million to 28 million years ago. Its estimated wingspan of around 21 feet is bigger than the height of a giraffe. …
  • Old man takes his Bird for a walk [video]

    06/07/2014 1:02:10 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 22 replies
    Liveleak ^ | June 5, 2014 | roxid
    I never saw anything like this before.
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Killing One Type Of Owl To Save Another In Northern California

    05/22/2014 9:53:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 21, 2014
    Killing one species to save another sounds like a drastic solution, but that’s exactly what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing in California to protect the Spotted Owl from a predator that happens to be its distant cousin, the Barred Owl. On the Hoopa Indian Reservation near the Oregon border, it’s owl country, but not the kind Mark Higley wants to see. The tribe’s resident biologist is tracking an invasive species from the east called the barred owl. “Up to the ridge line we have been getting barred owl responses,” he said. At first the birds were a...
  • Illinois spending $1,166 per bird to bring in prairie chickens

    05/19/2014 5:50:37 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    fox ^ | 5-19-14 | Scott Reeder
    The cash-strapped Illinois government has found a new use for its fleet of aircraft – flying birds into Illinois. I kid you not. State aircraft are flying to Kansas and transporting prairie chickens back to the Land of Lincoln. And at a time state lawmakers are looking at raising the state income tax, Illinois state employees have been hiking across Kansas trapping these chickens. Talk about fowl fiscal deeds.
  • Redneck Road Rage / Instant Karma [video]

    03/28/2014 7:22:34 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 246 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 3-26-2014 | Florida Driver
    This happened to me on SR 41 in Tampa on Monday March 24th. This pathetic excuse for a human being tailgated me for about three minutes. After about a minute, and me shaking my head, I pulled out my phone and started recording. I couldn't move over because there were trucks in the right lane, and I sure as heck wasn't going to speed on a rainy day with the roads being as slick as they were. I was turning left in about a half-mile when this happened. Now bear in mind, that this guy had already passed a truck...
  • NYPD Beat Family and Killed Pet Parakeet in Own Home, Lawsuit Says

    12/10/2013 8:45:21 AM PST · by steelhead_trout · 42 replies
    DNAinfo New York ^ | 12/10/2013 | Nicholas Rizzi
    ST. GEORGE — A Staten Island woman has sued the city claiming police entered her St. George home without a warrant, beat her family and killed her beloved pet parakeet, according to court documents. Last year, Evelyn Lugo's bird, Tito, was thrown from his cage after it was knocked off a dresser as cops came into her Corson Avenue home, the Daily News first reported. The officers then stepped on the bird intentionally, killing it, court documents say. Officers also beat two of Lugo's sons, her daughter and a family friend, the lawsuit claims. According to court documents, police entered...
  • Minnesota turkey makes governor's office appearance (photo )

    11/26/2013 3:22:15 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-26-13 | TZ
    With two other turkeys ticketed for a presidential pardon at the White House, their brother met Minnesota's governor Monday at a state Capitol ceremony featuring much of the same upbeat pageantry ahead of a far gloomier fate for the bird. Jokingly dubbed "Delicious" by a farmer traveling with the 20-pound gobbler, the unfortunate turkey enjoyed only a brief stay of execution - not a reprieve - during a ceremony laced with gallows humor at Gov. Mark Dayton's Capitol office. The next stop for the pink and white bird: a trip to the St. Paul Salvation Army and, eventually, dinner for...
  • Man buys house next to ex-wife, erects giant middle finger statue

    11/16/2013 12:53:09 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 71 replies
    FoxDetroit.com ^ | 15NOV2013 | Randy Wimbley
    <p>Nothing quite communicates the wrath of a scorned lover like the middle finger. But in Bloomfield Hills, this middle finger is loud and proud - in the form of a near 12-foot high statue one man erected next door to his ex-wife.</p>
  • STRAWBERRY BIRDS

    08/21/2013 11:05:13 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 47 replies
    ME | August 21, 2013 | swampsniper
    Doctors appt. today, got a few shots while waiting for the bus ride home. Most of these Roseate Spoonbills are young birds, the adults were at the other end of the pond where I couldn't go today.
  • H7N9 bird flu in likely China spread between people, researchers find

    08/07/2013 12:54:31 AM PDT · by null and void · 9 replies
    NBC ^ | 8/7/13 | Kate Kelland
    LONDON - The first scientific analysis of probable human-to-human transmission of a deadly new strain of bird flu that emerged in China this year gives the strongest evidence yet that the H7N9 virus can pass between people, scientists said on Wednesday. Research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) analyzing a family cluster of cases of H7N9 infection in eastern China found it was very likely the virus "transmitted directly from the index patient (a 60-year-old man) to his daughter." Experts commenting on the research said while it did not necessarily mean H7N9 is any closer to becoming the next...
  • Birdwatchers flock to see rare bird, then watch it killed by wind turbine

    06/30/2013 3:13:21 PM PDT · by Twotone · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 28, 2013 | Staff
    There hasn’t been a sighting of a White-throated Needletail in the United Kingdom for 22 years, so nearly 80 birdwatchers flocked to Scotland this week to get a look, the Telegraph reported. But instead of enjoying the world’s fastest flying bird soaring, they watched it fly into the small blade of a wind turbine and die.
  • Taiwan confirms first H7N9 bird flu case outside China

    04/24/2013 9:28:20 AM PDT · by null and void · 29 replies
    France24 ^ | 4/24/13
    AFP - Taiwan on Wednesday reported the first case of the H7N9 bird flu outside of mainland China. The 53-year-old man, who had been working in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou, showed symptoms three days after returning to Taiwan via Shanghai, the Centers for Disease Control said, adding that he had been hospitalised since April 16 and was in a critical condition. A passenger (right) has her temperature checked by a Centers for Disease Control staff member at the entrance of Sungshan Airport in Taipei on April 4, 2013. Taiwan on Wednesday reported the first case of the H7N9...
  • It started with a cough: Deadly China bird flu outbreak raises fears of pandemic

    04/14/2013 4:41:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:47 PM EDT | Li Le and Ian Johnston, NBC News
    Around the world, scientists are now beginning to examine samples of the virus with a significant question in mind: Could this strain of the disease cause a global pandemic? This international network of scientists keeps constant watch for good reason. In 1918 and 1919, a flu pandemic killed between 20 million and 40 million people, more than the total death toll of World War I, more in a year than the Black Death of 1347 to 1351. More recently, an H1N1 swine flu pandemic was blamed for more than 284,500 human deaths worldwide between April 2009 and August 2010. So...
  • SPRING HAS SPRUNG! Down here anyway.

    04/01/2013 10:23:29 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 32 replies
    Me | April 01, 2013 | swampsniper
    Doctors appointment today so I made it into town. The tide was low so most of the waders were on the saltwater flats. This is the big freshwater pond near Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine. These Mallard ducklets are pretty independent, momma was around but not really herding them. The White Ibis is one of last year's chicks, the white plumage is coming on strong. The Double Crested Cormorants feed in this pond but they were napping this morning.The flower is a Tradescantia, or Spiderwort.
  • HUNKER DOWN

    11/14/2012 10:50:18 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 24 replies
    self | November 14, 2012 | swampsniper
    Grey and gloomy day, chilly wind driving intermittent drizzle. The tide is way up driven by the wind. The sea and marsh birds tend to hunker down on days like this and sheltered fresh water ponds are favorite places for them.Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, White Ibis, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, Little Blue Herons and Tri Color Herons were in clusters in this pond. The Osprey was just chilling out.
  • More Strawberry Birds

    09/15/2012 9:57:17 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 39 replies
    self | Sept 16. 2012 | swampsniper
    I got these Thursday after a doctor's appointment. Not much time, just one pass along the water and I had to head back to catch the bus.The Roseate Spoonbills with white feathered heads are the young birds, breeding age birds develope the bronze helmet look.
  • GRAY AND GLOOMY

    09/09/2012 10:50:25 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 28 replies
    self | Sept 09. 2012 | swampsniper
    Got out for a while, low tide, birds should have been in the saltmarsh but weren't.I found an Anhinga so stuffed with fish it couldn't swallow the last one, watched an Osprey catch a fish and carry it to a light pole, and then I found a democrat rally going on at the Publix dumpster enclosure.
  • Bird visits Blue Grass Festival...

    07/29/2012 3:12:29 PM PDT · by Doogle · 15 replies
    YT ^ | 06/07/11 | KeeneValleyGuy
    Surprise visitor (at about 1:30) during performance by Josh Williams at the Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival at Denton Farm Park in Denton, NC on May 5, 2011.
  • And The Patriot Of The Year Is...

    07/08/2012 10:56:31 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 20 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 8 , 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    This guy in Ohio! American Revolution 2012 via Government Mess
  • STRAWBERRY BIRDS

    07/05/2012 11:48:27 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 19 replies
    self | July 06, 2021 | swampsniper
    From a retention pond on the Flagler Hospital campus, St. Augustine Florida. The little Cypress trees were full of Roseate Spoonbills and Common Moorhens were all over the place. The Moorhens saw me coming and hid the chicks before I could get a decent shot. One squawk and all the little ones head for cover.
  • ROOKERY BIRDS

    06/10/2012 7:34:22 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 28 replies
    self | June 10, 2012 | swampsniper
    More from my Easter Day shoot.The Roseate Spoonbills have gone from scarce to fairly common in recent years. This one was gathering Red cedar for nest material.The little Snowy Egret was very carefully checking out eggs.
  • Who’s up for lunch? A Gull-eating Octopus in Victoria, BC

    04/30/2012 5:14:59 PM PDT · by Theoria · 18 replies
    BirdFellow ^ | 27 April 2012 | Ann Nightingale
    One of the great things about being a nature lover is that your powers of observation seem to improve. While others are walking by, oblivious to the activities going on all around them, naturalists notice the creatures and the behaviors, especially if they are out of the ordinary.   The Ogden Point Breakwater is a popular spot with folks out for a weekend stroll. (Photo by Craig Spence, sourced online at Flickr.com) Such was the case on March 24, 2012, a sunny Saturday morning, when Ginger Morneau, her husband Ken, and brother Lou Baker were walking along the Ogden Point...
  • SUNDAY BIRDS

    04/22/2012 3:47:15 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 29 replies
    self | April 22, 2012 | swampsniper
    More from the rookery.
  • ROOKERY BIRDS

    04/09/2012 4:03:45 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies
    self | April 9, 2012 | swampsniper
    I'm gradually getting some work done, my short naps are using up a lot of time lately.
  • ROOKERY SEASON 2012

    04/08/2012 11:26:20 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 31 replies
    self | April 8, 2012 | swampsniper
    Daughter Mary and I made a quick run through the gator farm rookery. It's still winding up but when it gets hotter I won't be able to handle it. I got enough for several posts, these are all I had the energy to process today, gonna take a nap now.This was the first outing for my Sony since it got back from the repair shop. No problems so far!
  • FLIGHT

    02/25/2012 4:28:13 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 54 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Feb 25, 2012 | swampsniper
    Playing with Windows Movie Maker, the version in Win7. All these shots are with my Sony A200, Vilano Beach, St. Augustine.
  • From the Swamp

    01/28/2012 10:27:44 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 35 replies
    self | Jan 29, 2012 | swampsniper
    No new stuff, these are from the archives, some going back several years.Various cameras, I've worn out several. I believe they were made to be used
  • Russian newsreader Tatyana Limanova makes insulting gesture at Obama

    11/23/2011 8:45:15 AM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 11-23-2011 | Andrew Osborn
    A top Russian female newsreader has caused a stir after appearing to offensively show US President Barack Obama her middle finger during a live newscast. Online footage of the incident, which occurred earlier this month during an afternoon news bulletin on the privately held REN TV channel, is being avidly viewed in both Russia and the United States. In the footage, Tatyana Limanova, an award-winning senior newsreader at the channel, can be seen briskly reading out an item about how Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has just assumed the rotating chairmanship of the Asia Pacific Cooperation organisation. She is then heard...
  • The birds which cannot cope with the demise of Communism (Having small brain has consequences)

    10/22/2011 8:33:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10/22/11 | Jasper Copping
    The birds which cannot cope with the demise of Communism Several bird species which live behind the former iron curtain have been unable to adapt to the demise of Communism, scientists have found. Jasper Copping 9:30PM BST 22 Oct 2011 A study has identified several species of songbirds which have suffered following the demise of the Soviet Bloc after being unable to cope with the consequences of the changes it unleashed in eastern Europe. While some birds have thrived after adapting to socio-economic changes affecting their habitats – such as the regeneration of eastern bloc cities and the emergence of...
  • Woodpecker-Saving Daughter Costs Mom $500, Possible Jail Time (year in jail)

    08/02/2011 10:21:08 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 37 replies
    WUSA TV | August 2, 2011 | Kristin Fisher
    Title and link only -- Gannett stationhttp://wusa9.com/news/article/161065/158/Woodpecker-Saving-Daughter-Costs-Mom-500
  • SEVEN YEARS OF FREEPING!

    07/16/2011 4:03:12 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 109 replies · 1+ views
    self | July 16, 2011 | swampsniper
    In 4 hours and 15 minutes I will mark my 7th anniversary oN Free Republic.JimRob and all of you, you are part of my extended family now and I am deeply honored to know you.And, THE RAIN CAME AND FILLED UP THE POND AGAIN!!!
  • FLORIDA BIRDS

    06/04/2011 12:11:06 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 32 replies
    self | June 04, 2011 | swampsniper
    I got out early today, got to beat the heat. This years new birds are starting to show up, the young Yellow Crowned Night Heron looks to be right out of the nest.Yellow Crowns aren't uncommon, they're just shy and wild so they aren't seen as much as the other herons and egrets. Tricolored heron, Egretta tricolor Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Nyctanassa violacea, immature, just out of the nest Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Nyctanassa violacea Great Egret Ardea alba Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Get off my patch ! Astonishing moment an angry hippo came face to face with a grumpy croc

    05/29/2011 12:51:04 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 26 replies
    After hours waiting beside an African river, Arnaud Germain thought he finally had the perfect shot of his favourite bird. But as the wildlife photographer trained his lens on the colourful kingfisher, he got a rather different snap than he was expecting. All of a sudden, a crocodile and a hippo burst from the tranquil waters straight in front of him, locking jaws in ferocious battle. Arnaud desperately tried to refocus his camera on the river monsters as they fought on the banks of the Shire River, in the Liwonde National Park, Malawi. After hours waiting beside an African river,...
  • The Bird man of prison

    05/14/2011 3:25:32 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement
    Boston Globe ^ | May 13, 2011 | Stan Grossfeld
    HOLDENVILE, Okla. — Just about everyone thinks Eric Torpy is a birdbrain. In October 2005, Torpy asked an Oklahoma County judge to tack on three more years to his 30-year prison sentence for armed robbery and two counts of shooting with intent to kill. “He said if he was going down, he was going to go down in Larry Bird’s jersey,’’ Oklahoma District Judge Ray Elliott told the Associated Press back then. “He was just as happy as he could be.’’
  • Zippity Doo Dah

    03/26/2011 2:13:07 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 59 replies
    CABBAGE HAMMOCK, FLORIDA | March 26, 2011 | swampsniper
    Zippity Doo Dah Zippity Ay My oh my What a wonderful day. Plenty of sunshine Comin' my way. Zippity Doo Dah Zippity Ay Mr. Bluebird on my shoulder, It's the truth; It's actual; Everything is satisfactual. Zippity Doo Dah Zippity Ay Wonderful feeling, Wonderful day!
  • CATCHIN' CRABS

    03/24/2011 2:31:23 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 46 replies
    SELF | March 24, 2011 | swampsniper
    At low tide the mudflats of the saltmarsh will have large areas covered by colonies of little Fiddler crabs, the males busy waving the larger of their claws to lure females to his burrow. Fiddler crabs dig down a foot or so, the burrow curves as it descends.The White Ibis has a curving beak, how convenient is that?It was about high tide when I got to the marsh, this White Ibis was the only moving thing in sight. It was putting down those Fiddlers like popcorn. The Ibis are pairing off ready to nest now, but this one was all...
  • THE SWAMP IS COMING ALIVE AGAIN

    03/09/2011 2:26:38 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 41 replies
    SELF | March 09, 2011 | swampsniper
    A little bit of rain and a lot of sunshine makes things start happening around here. A Great Egret was fishing the lake when I got there but the Great Blue Heron chased it off. They are about the same size but the Great Blue is a lot more aggressive, they will claim and dominate a stretch of water. They make exceptions, the Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Herons and Tricolor Herons don't eat the same diet as the Great Blue so they are often tolerated.The Red Shouldered Hawk is a little late this year but it's likely one of the...
  • TIDE CHANGE

    03/01/2011 4:52:18 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 31 replies
    SELF | March 01, 2011 | swampsniper
    I got to the little pond just as the tide was starting in, nothing there yet but the Great egrets and Snowy egrets were fishing way out in the marsh. Nothing came in close but one Great egret. I moved back toward the pond and the White ibis came busting in. The Ibis feed further up in the cordgrass and Spartina than the egrets, they seem to wait until the tide gets up in the vegetation some before they feed. There is a cold front coming in, gray skies and spitting rain all day.
  • FLORIDA SNOW

    02/22/2011 3:44:28 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 27 replies
    SELF | Feb 22, 2011 | swampsniper
    There is water in the pond and the Snowy Egrets can bathe again. From the look of their plumage pairing off and nest building time is almost here. The yellow lore ahead of the eye will turn crimson when hormones reach a peak, some red is starting to show now.I've missed my little pond, it's been dry too much this winter. The birds could ice skate on it last year, nothing but frozen mud on the cold days this year.