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RE: raptors was: NOW mini-mansions and disgust

I agree about the turkey vultures, Marge.  Glorious when they're in the
air.  For some reason we've had a large flock in our area lately.
Husband counted 21 overhead the other day when he was out walking the
dog and we've been treated regularly to their slow, lazy circling while
out in the yard the last couple of weeks.  It's always a shock to see
how large they are when they pass overhead just above the house.

Zone 7 - West TN

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Marge Talt
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2004 2:53 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] raptors was: NOW mini-mansions and disgust

In the dim recesses of what passes for my brain, I seem to recall a
program in DC to introduce falcons to reduce the pigeon population, but
I can't remember what happened to them or it.

I have a couple of red-tailed hawks living somewhere around here. 
They are magnificent birds; had one get a starling one winter on the
deck about 5 ' from where we were looking out the window; held it's
wings over it while dining so nobody else could steal it.  Anyway,
yesterday, one of them spent the day on a branch in a tree near the
'back deck' side of the house.  Not a squirrel at the bird feeders all
day; the small birds and current chipmunk had a ball:-)

We also have turkey vultures around here.  Sometimes, when I put the
Xmas turkey carcass out on the slab for the foxes and other critters,
they come to get it. The crows don't like that and create quite a fuss.
They're huge birds (the turkey vultures), really.  Not beautiful up
close, but majestic soaring in the air.

Also have barred owls; again, magnificent critters.  I love to hear them
calling of a summer's night.

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: Bonnie Holmes <holmesbm@usit.net>
> We don't have a program but the raptors have moved into the little 
> Knoxville downtown where there are actually a handful of taller
> to eat the pigeons...the papers have featured them once or twice.
We live
> around 26 miles from there along the TN River, which is also Fort
> Lake.  Frequently, we see a flock of around 50 turkey vultures.
> they roost in one of the larger trees...makes a wonderful picture
in deep
> autumn...or, we see them catching wind drafts...beautiful.
> we also see a hawk or two.  A few years ago, we actually had eagles
on one
> of the river bluffs but there has been so much building, retired
snow birds
> who can afford these huge homes, that we don't see them anymore.
> Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN
> > [Original Message]
> > From: Melody <mhobertm@excite.com>
> > re: raptors...
> >
> > For those of you who live in more urban areas, do any of your
towns have
> > peregrine falcon restoration programs? Seems cityscapes are ideal 
> > habitats for these birds to adapt to as the tall buildings
> > simulate cliffs and there is usually enough of a rodent
> > around to keep them happy. Iowa City did this about a decade ago
and our
> > county now has a thriving population of nesting pairs and 
> > offspring...they are truly magnificent to watch!
> >
> >
> > Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

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