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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:27 pm 
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Still trying to ID this bird. Its small, as you can see it in relation to those rails. It didnt look even a foot tall.

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Sharp Shinned vs Cooper's Hawk

Its coming around because I now have a dozen fat quail feeding in the yard.

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:36 pm 
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I finally had a close encounter with the Hawk. I just now went out to put up the hummingbird feeder when I heard scolding and there was Hawk sitting on the railing 10 feet away from me. It didnt even fly off right away so it heard me reprimanding it then it took a big dump in response.

This was from this morning. I can say it has very yellow legs, and is rather small. It couldnt be standing more than 9 or 10" if that.

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(Finally taken with my old digital camera not the crappy iPhone)

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I conclude it is a juvenile Sharp Shinned Hawk, per the Cornell comparison page on their Great Backyard Bird Count site:

Heavy, bold (reddish) streaks on underparts, especially on lower breast and belly;
brown back
Yellow eyes (adults have red eyes).
Pale stripe above the eye

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:45 pm 
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This handsome specimen was resting in our backyard this evening for about 45 minutes. He hangs out at the hospital across the street and enjoys eating their lawn!

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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Saw a Golden Eagle up at Mt. Pinos yesterday, they are rather majestic even from a distance of 40 feet maybe closer.. last one I saw was up at San Jacinto years ago.
Btw lots and lots of chipmunks getting ready for winter; I guess the Golden as well...
I know no pics..it was a real nice day.

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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This is a Harris' Hawk. He works for a living in native W MEX chasing blackbirds and pigeons away from the resort palapas. Good gig if you can get it. Sent to me and Im sharing a cool bird.
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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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Have been hiking in Eaton Canyon for many years. Today we saw a bear there for the first time ever, then 5 minutes later saw another one!
Only go a pic of the second one. He was tagged in both ears.
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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:00 pm 
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Not all Mammoth bears hibernate! :o

Taken this morning (12/7/17) in a second homeowner friend's driveway when I went over to turn up their heat. (We have winter hares, too!)

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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Youre a winter hare.
These last two are why Aussies think we're crazy camping out.


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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:11 pm 
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Skien wrote:
Have been hiking in Eaton Canyon for many years. Today we saw a bear there for the first time ever, then 5 minutes later saw another one!
Only go a pic of the second one. He was tagged in both ears.
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Altadeans better get bear proof trash cans and dont feed our bears stickers from Mammoth!


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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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Skien wrote:
Have been hiking in Eaton Canyon for many years. Today we saw a bear there for the first time ever, then 5 minutes later saw another one!
Only go a pic of the second one. He was tagged in both ears.

After the Station Fire I went hiking along the Arroyo Seco trail by JPL. There were fresh bear prints in the ashy sand in the stream bed.

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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2NAKLLR wrote:
Youre a winter hare.
These last two are why Aussies think we're crazy camping out.

I'm fine with camping in black bear territory but get the willies just hiking in Grizzly country. The only wildlife I don't want to see around here is a mountain lion, that would definitely spook me, or maybe a twerking rattler..


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