Wisconsin Falconer Legally Traps Snowy Owl

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” That winter birding lull that plagues listservs and online groups with arguments seems to have reached new levels this winter as people debate not only how close one should get to an owl, but if feeding them ok (cause someone started a website on how to feed snowy owls ) to a direction I didn’t expect when a Wisconsin falconer live trapped a first winter snowy owl last week near Freedom. I haven’t always had such a high opinion of falconers.

Kamikaze Pigeons and a War to Extinction

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Two Feral Pigeons. Three Feral Pigeons. One more Feral Pigeon. I am inside the city of Belgrade, checking the theoretically possible Peregrine Falcon site. One Feral Pigeon. Yet, not a trace of a falcon. ” Falcons do hunt pigeons, we all know that, but what is a Kamikaze pigeon? That is why Belgrade is not proud of its falcons and why I am not telling you more about them. Conservation Peregrine Falcon poisoning Serbia Switzerland

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Falconry – Bloodsport or Alternative Form of Birding?

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But after spending time with experienced falconers in the field I have come to respect and admire the responsible practitioners of this, the sport of kings. It is only due to the strong bond (and association with food) between falconer and raptor that the birds return after a hunt. Falconers are the primary reason why the Peregrine Falcon was brought back from the brink of extinction – by supplementing the dwindling wild population with captive birds.

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Fancy Pigeon Blues

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Do much birding in the city, and your thoughts will turn again and again to feral pigeons. Introduced as they are over much of their range, they’ve nevertheless become a crucial part of the urban ecosystem, recycling discarded french fries into tasty meals for falcons in a way that surpasses human ingenuity (although there are few stats on the rate of clogged arteries among the falcons in question.).

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Bird vs. Reptile in Key West

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Last year, 4,000 young Peregrine Falcons swept through the Keys on their way north. KWWC also has a thriving feral chicken sideline. Here’s something you don’t see all the time. “We We had a call one morning about a snake and a hawk,” says Tom Sweets, the executive director and chief rescuer of the Key West Wildlife Center , located at the very tip of Florida.

There’s a bear! There’s a bear!

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At the same time, a Peregrine Falcon flies across the valley. Feral Pigeon – Columba livia dom. Peregrine Falcon – Falco peregrinus. In the most of Europe, Brown Bear is a mythical creature that lives only in mediaeval tapestries and folk tales. It has become extinct, one may say, but such formulation hides the gruesome fact: it has been exterminated. By us.

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Help me Choose the Bird Specialties of Belgrade

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At this page you can find what was recorded in Belgrade mostly in the last few years (ignore those with Domestic type or hybrid in a bracket next to the species name, plus the introduced Ring-necked Pheasant or the feral Rock Pigeons and Ruddy Shelduck that were reported; as well as the Yellow-legged/Caspian/Armenian Gull reported by mistake instead of some hard to ID Yellow-legged/Caspian Gull). These days I am busy with something called the “avitourism product“ of Belgrade, Serbia.

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Lake Indoon

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Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes , a Rufous Whistler , Mistletoebird and Brown Falcon were soon added to the list and we had soon returned to camp to venture off for the day. You also need to be aware of feral bees that may harm you, but of course there are ample warnings about all of the dangers in the area! Feral bees.

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The first Pied Oystercatcher chicks of 2018

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There are several birds of prey in the area including Black Kites and Brown Falcons. Feral cats have been an issue in previous years and continue to be a problem along the length of Cable Beach that we monitor. Two weeks ago I introduced you to two pairs of our Pied Oystercatchers that were early egg layers this year and this week the eggs have hatched out after twenty eight days of incubation.

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Collaborative List ? May 2020

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You may notice a few non-commital “sp” entries and/or a few domestic/feral/hybrid forms. Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus). This was the month we (in the northern hemisphere) had all been waiting for, but what a strange month May 2020 has been.

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I screamed: Ural Owl!

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Feral Pigeon – Columba livia. Peregrine Falcon – Falco peregrinus. I screamed “UralOwlUralOwlUralOwl!!!”, all the time pointing with my right hand while holding the steering wheel with my left, and the hardest thing, keeping my eyes on the road. Fortunately, B. managed to see it, his largest owl ever.

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The Rose-ringed Parakeets of Heidelberg

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It is commonly kept in captivity and has therefore established many feral populations world-wide originating from escaped / released cage birds. The Rose-ringed Parakeet’s European (=feral) range is surprisingly coherent for an introduced bird that is dependent on large metropolitan areas, and the species occurs in very decent numbers from UK’s London throughout the Netherland’s large cities all the way up along the Rhine to Germany’s Heidelberg.

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ABA Field Guides to Birds of Colorado and Florida

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The binding also appears to be strong; I’m able to open to Prairie Falcon in Colorado , pressing open the pages so they lie flat, without fear that I will crack the spine. (It’s Pranty had a particular challenge for Florida, where exotics and feral forms of species like Mallard are seen throughout the state, especially in the southern peninsula.

Hawks At A Distance: A Field Guide Review

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Sure, they’re beautiful and powerful, a reminder of the feral freedom of the skies. There are photographs of buteos soaring overhead and harriers gliding low, of eagles coming at you head-on and flying away with only the tail in focus, of falcons backlit and kites in shadows. I confess, I don’t always love hawks. They’re also confoundingly difficult to identify, the eternal inscrutable spot in the distance.

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Collaborative list – December 2019

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Barred Forest-Falcon – Micrastur ruficollis. Collared Forest-Falcon – Micrastur semitorquatus. Laughing Falcon – Herpetotheres cachinnans. Bat Falcon – Falco rufigularis. Peregrine Falcon – Falco peregrinus. They came home exhausted.

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Road birding in New Zealand

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Easily separated from the New Zealand Falcon by its size and wing shape, and the fact you rarely see falcons while driving. Feral Turkey are also quite common. Of all the dangerous sports birders risk their necks in in the pursuit of birds, birding while driving is perhaps the most common threat to the life of a birder of all.

A Christmas Day list

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A Spotted Harrier made an appearance and the Brown Falcons that had eluded us all day were suddenly everywhere! We were not too happy to see a feral cat in the middle of the day eyeing off the shorebirds on the edge of the lagoon. Whenever possible we have used our Christmas Day to see how many bird species we can get in our local area and this year was no different.

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Jochen’s 2014 Year List

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Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus : Leimen, BW, Germany, 8 Jan. Feral Pigeon Columba livia f. Outlook and goals for 2014. Repetitions, repetitions, repetitons. In a funny twist of fate, it seems that 2014 will be much the same as 2012 and 2013 have been, with family trips to somewhere in France and business trips to Indonesia and Kazakhstan.

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Duncan’s 2014 List

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Rock Dove, or Feral Pigeon, ( Columba livia ); Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, 2 January. FALCONIDAE (FALCONS). Peregrine Falcon ( Falco peregrinus ); Mount Kinabalu, Borneo, 7 January. 2013 was a strange year for me, staring in the UK, ending in Borneo and spending large tracks of the year not really seeing many birds in New Zealand.

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