Speaking of dive-bombing, I’ve had an interesting time the last few days. I’ve
been going down to Salt Point in the evening for a walk. When I get to the end
of the long straight path and turn to walk past the Osprey nest pole, for
several days in a row now, a RW Blackbird has started
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Very cool experience!
But, Barn Swallows aren’t always that great at what they do. Long ago in a
place not-so-far-away, when I was in charge of the Cornell bird and mammal
collections, I used to have regular contributors who brought in salvaged birds.
One person brought in a surprising number
I had a wonderful experience while sleeping in a field near a friend's
house about 30 yrs ago. Before dawn, I drowsily awoke to the strange
feeling that something was dive-bombing at my face & veering off at the
last second. I was in my mummy bag with only a bit of my face exposed. As
Anne I've had barn swallows nesting in a small shed on my property come way
up to the house and dive bomb my cat - and the cat was far from the nest
and no apparent threat! I love it when I'm out to mow and they go about
wake hunting as they catch the insects my mowing stirs up. It is a sad day
A red-tailed hawk just sailed over my house very low surrounded on all sides by
shrieking and Tees-zweeting swallows, both tree and barn and perhaps 20 total.
Looked like some slower flying, shorter tailed juv barn swallows in the mix.
They were really really committed to seeing the hawk off.
Yes, very cool to see Cedar Waxwings, whom we associate so strongly with eating
fruit, also go for aerial insects in Summer. I’ve seen this over the splashpool
at the base of Buttermilk Falls in Ithaca as they sally out from high in the
trees of the forest edge. Recently I saw another unusual
Arrived in the ash tree over the garden this
morning. Was just wondering if our pair had succeeded.
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Had a cool experience on the leg of the Ontario Pathways/Rt. 96 today near
Phelps; NY. I was standing on the second bridge from the road and
encountered a very big hatch of tiny insects over the stream. A number of
waxwings were perched in a tree over the stream and would fly into the
I've never seen a Northern Snakehead but it's the first thing I thought of when
I looked at this pic.
The Black Tern was flying West over Tschache this AM.
The canal and river have many species I've never seen, hoping someone can
ID this fish or discount Snakehead.
Rest in Peace Chuck.
On Wed, Jul 1, 2020, 9:53 AM Donna Lee Scott wrote:
> Some in this birding community may have known Charles (Chuck) Hetzel from
> Philadelphia who was an expert Birder & champion for good bird habitats
> Chuck, age 90, died early this morning near Media,
Some in this birding community may have known Charles (Chuck) Hetzel from
Philadelphia who was an expert Birder & champion for good bird habitats
Chuck, age 90, died early this morning near Media, Pennsylvania where he was
in assisted care near his daughter’s home.
In the 1990s Chuck, his
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