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svk

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A neighbor about a mile away was setting up a ground b lind for deer hunting when he saw a bear close by. He tried chasing it off an when he thought it was gone he headed back to his house to get his 4wheeler. The bear had followed him home and wouldn't leave. The neighbor had a loaded crossbow with him so feeling threatened, he shot the bear. He called the DNR to report it and they came and got the bear and were going to have it tested. They suspect something may have been wrong with the bear not to be afraid of humans. Makes me think I should be armed when working in the woods.
In this day and age it never hurts to be armed at all times....

We have a lot of bears and wolves in the area here. If I go into the woods I carry an axe if I am not carrying a gun. Not that an axe would do all that much but in the very rare instance that wolves would attack, I would take at least one of them with me.
 
Husky Man

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I’ve seen videos of over 100 swarming some feeders, :surprised3: but if we get 2 at a time, they chase each other off Relentlessly :(

My Wife picked up a couple feeders at a yard sale, and we have Really Enjoyed watching them, they are getting a bit more comfortable around us, but up wood cutting, around 5,500’ I didn’t expect to see any, I practically had one land on my shoulder :confused::)

It looks like we will have a couple “Winter Over”, it’s Thanksgiving, and we have already had a couple light Snow Falls and they are still hanging around, so we will have to make sure the feeders stay filled and Thawed

This will be our first Winter feeding them, I am curious how many stick it out through the winter. I have read that a few species, the Ana’s in particular will Winter Over if they have a reliable food source.

They have been Entertaining so far, it will be cool to watch them in a Snow scape scenery


Doug :cheers:
 
Cowboy254

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Not sure if this counts as morning visitors...

My old man told me a story a couple of weeks ago of when he was a teenager. A mate of his whose family had a farm has Dad up for a visit and says to him, lets have some fun. They bait some magpies - a bird, maybe up to a foot long which has a long sharp beak and is very protective of their young while in the nest. Magpies will swoop anyone they perceive to be a threat. So they throw rocks at this magpie then turn their back and when they hear the whooshwhooshwhoosh of the wings, have a swing at it with a golf club. They missed every time.

But magpies are quite intelligent and never forget. Dad decides to go out for a run across the farm the next morning and is climbing carefully through a barbed-wire fence. Whoosh-BANG! The magpie hits Dad and opens up a 2 inch gash in his scalp. Dad is rolling around on the ground, holding his head, then stands up to see the magpie, hovering a metre away from his face, malevolent eyes glowing. Dad walks backwards all the way back to the farmhouse. I don't think he ever did it again.

We feed the magpies on our property sometimes and they don't swoop us, though they chase every other bird away in nesting season.
 
Husky Man

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Not sure if this counts as morning visitors...

My old man told me a story a couple of weeks ago of when he was a teenager. A mate of his whose family had a farm has Dad up for a visit and says to him, lets have some fun. They bait some magpies - a bird, maybe up to a foot long which has a long sharp beak and is very protective of their young while in the nest. Magpies will swoop anyone they perceive to be a threat. So they throw rocks at this magpie then turn their back and when they hear the whooshwhooshwhoosh of the wings, have a swing at it with a golf club. They missed every time.

But magpies are quite intelligent and never forget. Dad decides to go out for a run across the farm the next morning and is climbing carefully through a barbed-wire fence. Whoosh-BANG! The magpie hits Dad and opens up a 2 inch gash in his scalp. Dad is rolling around on the ground, holding his head, then stands up to see the magpie, hovering a metre away from his face, malevolent eyes glowing. Dad walks backwards all the way back to the farmhouse. I don't think he ever did it again.

We feed the magpies on our property sometimes and they don't swoop us, though they chase every other bird away in nesting season.

I think that may fall under the “ Karma is a Biotch” category ;):surprised3::)


Doug :cheers:
 
Husky Man

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Well, at least you got A Visitor, I put up our Christmas Lights Saturday, and Sunday not a single one of our little Kamakazies showed up :confused:o_O:(:(

The Icicle Lights hang above their feeders, but I didn’t think close enough to bother them, but I may have been wrong :eek::surprised3:

My Wife called and said that two did show up today, but weren’t on the feeders near as much as normal

Hopefully, they will get used to the Icicle Lights, if that is what the problem is

The little Maniacs have got to be getting Hungry. I have read, that Hummingbirds are rarely more than hours from starving, they have so little fat, and such small stomachs, that they can’t store enough calories for the rate they burn them. From what I have read, their metabolism slows to a practically semi hibernation state while sleeping.

Hopefully they will adapt, we enjoy some morning coffee on the sofa watching them on the weekends


Doug :cheers:
 
Husky Man

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Our little maniacs seem to have adjusted to the Icicle lights, and have been back as usual :)

Stihl the same little Kamakazies as before, 2-3 ounce birds buzzing and dive bombing a 6’ 265# man, if I get too close to THEIR Feeders :laughing:

I had to clean the gutters above their feeders, and they did Express some Displeasure ;) about that. They are getting more confident around us though I wasn’t more than 4’ from the feeders when they started feeding again. Maybe next year they will get comfortable enough to feed from our hands.

I do admit to antagonizing them a little sometimes, I will go “Adjust “ the feeders and they will try to chase me off:D

They are Entertaining too watch, I enjoy my weekend mornings coffee watching them



Doug :cheers:
 

svk

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Our little maniacs seem to have adjusted to the Icicle lights, and have been back as usual :)

Stihl the same little Kamakazies as before, 2-3 ounce birds buzzing and dive bombing a 6’ 265# man, if I get too close to THEIR Feeders :laughing:

I had to clean the gutters above their feeders, and they did Express some Displeasure ;) about that. They are getting more confident around us though I wasn’t more than 4’ from the feeders when they started feeding again. Maybe next year they will get comfortable enough to feed from our hands.

I do admit to antagonizing them a little sometimes, I will go “Adjust “ the feeders and they will try to chase me off:D

They are Entertaining too watch, I enjoy my weekend mornings coffee watching them



Doug :cheers:
What kind of birds are these
 
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