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Re: birds and other critters

Marge, it's not so much open fields - we do have an open area but it gets 
smaller and smaller as trees close in.  We are fortunate to have a small pond 
(shared with the neighbor behind us) and to be adjacent to a wooded area of 
the Blue Mountain Reservation - a county property.  The pond is small - less 
than 1/2 acre - but the mallards come every year and the kingfishers seem to 
find it very attractive.  I forgot to mention the Canadas that also come - I 
always hope they won't stay because they make such a mess.  They usually 
decide not to nest here, and after a week or so of hanging out in the spring, 
they move on.  One year a pair nested beside the pond and were very defensive 
- wouldn't let us go that way at all - but something disrupted the nest and 
there were no little Canadas.
Also, I didn't mention that we have, on occasion, seen an eagle.  They are 
definitely in the area - local papers have been picturing them this winter, 
but we've been seeing them for several years now.  
We're really very rustic even though part of the great "metropolitan sprawl." 


In a message dated 02/17/2003 11:55:44 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
mtalt@hort.net writes:

> That is remarkable, Auralie.  You must have some open fields and
> water near you to have red-wing blackbirds, kingfishers, mallards and
> heron.  I get a flock of Canada geese flying over every evening on
> their way to the Potomac River, but can't claim them as they never
> land here:-)  I've never seen a scarlet tanager; lucky you! 
> When we first built here and things were a tad more open, we had a
> few red-wings, but they don't like woods, so don't come now. The
> mocking birds aren't as numerous as they were for the same
> reason...they like more open areas best; actually, same with the
> starlings.  Used to have a resident family, but only see them in
> flocks in winter now when snow covers everything as they like grassy
> areas to hunt in.  I have seen red tailed hawks, but not on the
> property...we seem to have a resident pair of red-shouldered hawks as
> they are seen pretty regularly sitting in trees looking down for
> rodents (they can have all they want...I encourage them...'catch
> voles...catch voles'...all I can:-))  Not so thrilled when they
> decide to hunt at the feeders!  But they are magnificent birds.

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