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    Likely mixed flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, Brown-headed Cowbirds and European Starlings, or come combination thereof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    I saw my first red-winged blackbird in quite some time yesterday. I am unaware of their migratory practices. I guess they don't stick around in western PA.
    I usually see them in the grassy wooded wet sections around the on and off ramps of the beltway here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    I saw my first red-winged blackbird in quite some time yesterday. I am unaware of their migratory practices. I guess they don't stick around in western PA.
    Now that you mention it, I haven't seen one in months.

    We have a hawk hanging around our house. I've seen it sitting on the fence watching our feeder a few times (feeder is in the front yard), and my husband has seen it hanging out in the back yard. We're still undecided if it's a Sharp-shinned or a Cooper's. I think a Cooper's, hubby thinks Sharp-shinned. We need to get another good look at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverAutumn View Post
    Now that you mention it, I haven't seen one in months.
    RWBL will be back in Canada soon. Spring is coming!

    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverAutumn View Post
    We have a hawk hanging around our house. I've seen it sitting on the fence watching our feeder a few times (feeder is in the front yard), and my husband has seen it hanging out in the back yard. We're still undecided if it's a Sharp-shinned or a Cooper's. I think a Cooper's, hubby thinks Sharp-shinned. We need to get another good look at it.
    Cooper's Hawk - Dark cap, flat head, rounded tail when perched, tail also has a white terminal band, head protrudes out from the shoulders in flight
    Sharp-shinned Hawk - Dark cap and nape, rounded head, squared-off tail when perched, head does not protrude much from the shoulders in flight

    Cooper's Hawks are larger, but you can't go by size along unless you have something else nearby to compare it to.

    Get a pic!
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    It won't be long before I'm already sick of the red-winged blackbirds, especially during mating season when they are dive-bombing and pecking at my head!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    Spring is coming!
    The last couple of years our house has been a stop-over for Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks during spring migration. We had about eight of them, both sexes, for about two weeks last year. I've bought a better camera since last spring so I'm hoping to get some good pictures this year.


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    Get a pic!
    I've tried. He doesn't want to still long enough for that to happen! Birds are very annoying that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    Cooper's Hawk - Dark cap, flat head, rounded tail when perched, tail also has a white terminal band, head protrudes out from the shoulders in flight
    Sharp-shinned Hawk - Dark cap and nape, rounded head, squared-off tail when perched, head does not protrude much from the shoulders in flight

    Cooper's Hawks are larger, but you can't go by size along unless you have something else nearby to compare it to.
    Thanks for the great info - we have seen both here I believe, but have never been certain which was which. This will help a lot (and I'll try to get a pic as well).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    RWBL will be back in Canada soon. Spring is coming!
    Cooper's Hawk - Dark cap, flat head, rounded tail when perched, tail also has a white terminal band, head protrudes out from the shoulders in flight
    Sharp-shinned Hawk - Dark cap and nape, rounded head, squared-off tail when perched, head does not protrude much from the shoulders in flight

    Cooper's Hawks are larger, but you can't go by size along unless you have something else nearby to compare it to.

    Get a pic!
    I had a Coopers Hawk in the tree right outside my home office window on Thursday - first time I've ever seen a raptor in my yard.

    I grabbed my phone, but couldn't get a decent pic because the blinds were in the way - and by the time I lifted them, it had flown away.
    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan Glenday View Post
    I had a Coopers Hawk in the tree right outside my home office window on Thursday - first time I've ever seen a raptor in my yard.

    I grabbed my phone, but couldn't get a decent pic because the blinds were in the way - and by the time I lifted them, it had flown away.
    I have either red tail or red shoulder hawks in the trees or flying overhead all the time. It must be mating season because they are screeching while flying around. If you want to find a hawk just look for a tree full of crows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverAutumn View Post
    Regards,

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    That would be me!

    The migrants are on the move! I had a Palm Warbler this weekend! Keep your eyes peeled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    I have either red tail or red shoulder hawks in the trees or flying overhead all the time. It must be mating season because they are screeching while flying around. If you want to find a hawk just look for a tree full of crows.
    Is it the screech that you hear in commercials wrongly attributed to Bald Eagles or is it a repeated "keeya keeya"? First one would be Red-tailed, second would be Red-shouldered. We had two RSHA in our neighborhood yesterday making a racket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    Is it the screech that you hear in commercials wrongly attributed to Bald Eagles or is it a repeated "keeya keeya"? First one would be Red-tailed, second would be Red-shouldered. We had two RSHA in our neighborhood yesterday making a racket.
    For reference, if you ever watched The Colbert Report, the Eagle screech at the start of his show was actually a red-tailed hawk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    Is it the screech that you hear in commercials wrongly attributed to Bald Eagles or is it a repeated "keeya keeya"? First one would be Red-tailed, second would be Red-shouldered. We had two RSHA in our neighborhood yesterday making a racket.
    One of the most haunting sounds you'll ever hear:

    The African Fish Eagle. It's like a first cousin to the American Bald Eagle - the main differences:
    - Bald eagle is about 3 inches taller
    - Fish eagle's white extends part way down its chest and back.

    Their habits and behaviors are almost identical.

    But for those who've spent time in Africa, the Fish Eagle's cry in THE sound of Africa, and once heard, rarely forgotten.

    Regards,

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    That African Fish Eagle call is cool - not too dissimilar to our Bald Eagle - but it's nothing compared to a Barn Owl from a haunting/terrifying standpoint!

    Chad

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    My neighbor's son's wife has been posting pictures and video of this robin going nuts at her house. The bird pecks at the windows. She has been blocking the windows with with cloths and colored papers but just going to another window. Now the bird is knocking on the front door. I know we raised a female cardinal years ago and it would come back to the house at night and I would let it in until we decided it was better off just staying out.
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