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February 2013

Rob Fanning Reports: Eastern Phoebe @ CF

Rob Fanning writes:

Had great looks at the EASTERN PHOEBE along the trail in the "dead zone" Monday morning. A Phoebe has been reported at CF for the last few days--and I presume this is the same bird. This represents the first FEB. record for the preserve.
Whether or not this is the same Phoebe present just before the Christmas count that somehow successfully over-wintered, or a very early migrant is anyone's guess.
2 singing Winter Wrens were a pleasant surprise to hear as well.
Full list below... (Thanks, Rob!)

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Nifty Story on Owls in The N.Y. Times

The N.Y. Times has a nifty story on owls today. Here's a sample:

"In the Western imagination, the owl surely vies with the penguin for the position of My Favorite Bird. 'Everyone loves owls,' said David J. Bohaska, a paleobiologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, who discovered one of the earliest owl fossils. 'Even mammalogists love owls'

"Owls are a staple of children’s books and cultural kitsch — here wooing pussycats in pea-green boats and delivering mail to the Harry Potter crew, there raising a dubiously Wise eyebrow in the service of snack food.

"Yet for all this apparent familiarity, only lately have scientists begun to understand the birds in any detail, and to puzzle out the subtleties of behavior, biology and sensory prowess that set them apart from all other avian tribes."

The link is here.

Monday Morning Mystery 022513

IMG_0097Bob Budich writes:

"We have had a winter bird-feeder up for many years.  Our yard is only about 1,000 sq. ft. 

"Two seasons ago, for the first time, an aggressive wintering mockingbird took over the feeder and kept all the other birds away.  He would even perch on top of the feeder to protect his 'private property.'

"We were hoping that he would not return this winter, but ....

"My mockingbird is still here and constantly chasing any bird that tries to come to the sunflower kernel feeder.  He does eat the seeds himself. 

"He does the same thing with the heated birdbath that is near the feeder.  This is his empire and he wants for nothing. 

"Unfortunately, I will have most of my bag of seed left at the end of the winter feeding period.  (The mockingbird cannot eat that much.)  I guess the squirrels will have a feast when I throw the old seed out.

 "Do you have any suggestions?  The yard is too small to put a second feeder out to 'share the territory'." (Thanks, Bob!)
Has anyone else had this problem? How did you solve it? It sounds like a different version of a teaser from 2009, posted here.