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    It's 21 degrees outside and I just saw two bluebirds outside my window.

    I thought they migrated south during the Winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    It's 21 degrees outside and I just saw two bluebirds outside my window.

    I thought they migrated south during the Winter.
    They may have been confused by the previous warmer weather. Here in the Desert Southwest, our trees don't turn color and drop their leaves until our first cold snap. In some years, that's happened as late as February.
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    Nope. Eastern Bluebirds are around all year long PA.
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    Tons of robins in my yard this week in sub-20 temps. I thought they were migratory.
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    Here in Kissimmee, FL, the Limpkin:
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    Several water birds:
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    Had about a dozen wild turkeys in my yard this morning, half of which were in my crabapple tree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    Had about a dozen wild turkeys in my yard this morning, half of which were in my crabapple tree.
    Speaking of turkeys, turkey vultures were taking over a trail:
    On the verge of indecision
    I'll always take the roundabout way

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    And:
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    I'll always take the roundabout way

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    ^^ Were you on a scavenger hunt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    Tons of robins in my yard this week in sub-20 temps. I thought they were migratory.
    A couple dozen in my yard again yesterday. What's with that? I notice they've been showing up early in recent years, like February. But I don't ever recall seeing them in January like this.
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    A few friends of mine and I drove to Maine last weekend to search for the Steller's Sea Eagle. We were first on the bird at 7:50 am. It was 4F in Boothbay Harbor, Maine and felt like -14F. We saw it flying northwest at sunrise from the Spruce Point area towards the Southpoint Bridge, but it went across a tree line and out of sight. We decided to drive to where we thought it went and eventually found it perched in a pine stand along a creek. The bird remained on its perch for four hours basking in the sun before taking off and flying up the creek.

    The Steller's Sea Eagle has been making headlines lately due to its near-endangered status (less than 4,000 left in the world) and the vagrancy of this individual (it is native to Russia and Northern Japan). It was seen in Alaska last year, then Texas, then Nova Scotia. It recently made a trip down to Massachusetts and has now been patrolling the Boothbay Harbor area of Maine for a few weeks. The bird is significantly larger than a Bald Eagle and has a wingspan as long as eight feet. On average, it is the largest and heaviest eagle on the planet. If you are anywhere near Maine, I would highly recommend trying to get a glimpse of this bird. It's quite the sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    A couple dozen in my yard again yesterday. What's with that? I notice they've been showing up early in recent years, like February. But I don't ever recall seeing them in January like this.
    Not all robins migrate. Many of them stick around all year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    A few friends of mine and I drove to Maine last weekend to search for the Steller's Sea Eagle. We were first on the bird at 7:50 am. It was 4F in Boothbay Harbor, Maine and felt like -14F. We saw it flying northwest at sunrise from the Spruce Point area towards the Southpoint Bridge, but it went across a tree line and out of sight. We decided to drive to where we thought it went and eventually found it perched in a pine stand along a creek. The bird remained on its perch for four hours basking in the sun before taking off and flying up the creek.

    The Steller's Sea Eagle has been making headlines lately due to its near-endangered status (less than 4,000 left in the world) and the vagrancy of this individual (it is native to Russia and Northern Japan). It was seen in Alaska last year, then Texas, then Nova Scotia. It recently made a trip down to Massachusetts and has now been patrolling the Boothbay Harbor area of Maine for a few weeks. The bird is significantly larger than a Bald Eagle and has a wingspan as long as eight feet. On average, it is the largest and heaviest eagle on the planet. If you are anywhere near Maine, I would highly recommend trying to get a glimpse of this bird. It's quite the sight.

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    Wow! I've been following this story - fantastic that you were able to see it!
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    Brownie Wise Park contains a conservation area for Eagles. When I first saw this black creature I was stunned, until my friend told me the bird was the juvenile Bald Headed Eagle. Was here near Kissimmee last year and they didnt have these stands with perchs. Cool place on a peninsula in a large clear water lake.



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    I saw what looked like a blue heron a few weeks ago down by a stream while I was driving. I never seem to have a camera when I need one. Keep posting these cool pictures. Love the eagles pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fracktured View Post
    I saw what looked like a blue heron a few weeks ago down by a stream while I was driving. I never seem to have a camera when I need one. Keep posting these cool pictures. Love the eagles pictures.
    Don't you have a camera on your iphone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Man View Post
    Don't you have a camera on your iphone?
    Yes but its not all that great. I have an old phone. Plus its not too easy taking pictures while youre driving. I guess the newer phones have a lot better cameras. Ive tried taking some pictures but taking a picture of a small bird at 40 feet away doesnt come out very good. Id like to someday purchase a really good camera and lens to take some great pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firth View Post
    Brownie Wise Park contains a conservation area for Eagles. When I first saw this black creature I was stunned, until my friend told me the bird was the juvenile Bald Headed Eagle. Was here near Kissimmee last year and they didn’t have these stands with perchs. Cool place on a peninsula in a large clear water lake.
    Your photos are:
    1. Snail Kite
    2. Bald Eagle (adult)
    3. Snail Kite
    4. Osprey
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    Just heard a short segment on NPR about the Steelers sea eagle. Cant believe I heard that after reading Chads post. Sounds like one amazing bird and must have been a chance of a lifetime to actually see it. If you google NPR Stellers sea eagle you can bring up the piece and listen to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    Your photos are:
    1. Snail Kite
    2. Bald Eagle (adult)
    3. Snail Kite
    4. Osprey
    I thought Snail Kite as well, at first. My friend said that it was a juvenile bald eagle and the juvenile bald eagle in stock photos match these bird. As to calling 4 an Osprey, we saw the bird flu from one nest to another nest across the park. Not many Ospreys here yet because they migrate up from South America. My friend whose father lives an hour south starts seeing many Ospreys by early Feb. She says they are eagles and this park is specifically an Eagle nesting site. The Snail Kite is very common at the north side of the lake and shown with other local birds on a display board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firth View Post
    I thought Snail Kite as well, at first. My friend said that it was a juvenile bald eagle and the juvenile bald eagle in stock photos match these bird.
    Juvenile Bald Eagles are twice the size, have a larger bill, yellow legs and do not have a hooked bill to that extreme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    Juvenile Bald Eagles are twice the size, have a larger bill, yellow legs and do not have a hooked bill to that extreme.

    Bald Eagle (juvenile)
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    Snail Kite
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    After looking at more stock photos of the Snail Kite, I confirmed your post on the snail kite. The eyes of the snail kite appear red in my photo and the stock photo I looked at. We are very certain that 4. Is a Bald Eagle and not a Osprey because we saw it fly to that location after I got too close to its previous location. I need a better lens. The iPhone 12 Pro is amazing but my Z6 has more spatial resolution and pixels.
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