Fishing and Ornithology

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Go Fish, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. troutcatcher6

    troutcatcher6 New Member

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    I have seen yellow headed blackbirds at medical lake, and I have seen a gray jay while camping once. cool little bird. look it up.. :cool:
     
  2. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Rarest for me has been a Snowy Owl & a pair of Loggerhead Shrikes . . . saw all of these on the Hanford Reach. Watched a couple Ravens one time in the fall after an early wet snow . . . grasshoppers had taken refuge in a pasture under cow pies. The Ravens would flip the pies over & gobble-up the sluggish hoppers . . . ate so many they could hardly fly. When I lived on Oyster Bay in Bremerton, Gulls & Crows would regularly catch clams at low tide, then swoop upwards over my concrete retaining wall & drop the clams to break the shell. Just finished watching a pair of Robins in the back yard dining on nightcrawlers . . . they seem to know my watering schedule . . .
     
  3. Preston

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    The gray jay, more commonly known as the camp robber, can be a real nuisance. When I used to do a lot of backcountry skiing, a lunch break, even in the dead of winter, would usually draw anywhere up to a dozen of these hungry little thieves who, given the opportunity, would try to snatch food right out of your hand.
     
  4. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    . . . so named for good reason. Like crows & magpies, they also have a fondness for shiny objects & have been known to spirit small items such as keys, brass shell casings, lures, etc off to their nest.
     
  5. Matt Burke

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    I've known people that imitate a lot of calls and recognized by ear, a ton more. Ive been trying to catch more on the vid, but it's a tough gig. Great photos Preston.
     
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    I almost forgot these two, both taken at the Sound.
     
  7. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Riseform, those are great. I especially love the bad ass 'fro on the Kingfisher.
     
  8. rattlesnakeflyguy

    rattlesnakeflyguy Harrison

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    riseform, these are amazing photos. I really like them...thanks for sharing with the rest of us nutballs.
     
  9. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    So, this weekend, the peregrines put on a real show for those of us lucky enough to be in the right spot. Day one, a peregrine picked off a smaller bird, possibly a RWBB, and took it back to the cliff area. This is typical of a mating pair, where the male (tercel) takes an offering back to the female (falcon) and they get pretty darn vocal with the "kekking". Second day, A small duck (bufflehead?) over the water. Hit the bird, took it to a rock wall just up from the water, repositioned the kill and flew off with it to the cliff. In both cases, it sounded like a jet while in the stoop. You actually heard the whoosh before you saw the bird.

    MB
     
  10. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    In September when I fish the Willapa River, I often see what i think are Green Herons walking along the bank or perching in the streamside trees. I haven't gotten any pics of them.
     
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    Not so much an odd bird to see around here, but an odd location. I was about 10-15 miles offshore from Neah Bay when I had a hummingbird follow my boat for about 5 minutes. Had me surprised.
     
  12. Trout Master

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    when I'm out fishing with Scott Salzar it is great to use his info about all the different birds. He is a encyclopiediya birdtanica:thumb:
     

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