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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2010, 07:44:57 PM »
  This was so exciting for me today, I walked by our courtyard at work and saw this bird in the tree. It was very unfamiliar so got my camera and took some pictures.  I was able to get a number of people to see it but was not sure what kind of bird it was.  Some great people here have helped identify it as a coopers hawk.  So strange to see it in town.  It was watching me as I was so intrigued by it.                     
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2010, 07:50:13 PM »
gmadeb3, those are wonderful pictures!  The hawk looks as if it's as interested in you as you were in it!   :eclove  Thank you for posting it here for all of us to enjoy.   :thumbup:
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2010, 08:28:49 PM »
GREAT pictures, gmadeb!  That hawk looks ... well fed.


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« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2010, 08:41:02 AM »
 :thumbup: She appears to have a brooding patch, keep your eyes out gmade there may be a nest close by.

http://www.stanford.edu/group/stanfordbirds/text/essays/Brood_Patches.html

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/81155/brood-patch

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2010, 09:01:06 AM »
I noticed that too passerine, and wondered whether it was early for egg-laying?  I guess it would depend on location, but even so, it's not even winter yet ...

Wonderful pictures, gmadeb3 - such detail!  I am guessing that the puffed up appearance is because it's pretty cold?
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #20 on: December 14, 2010, 03:33:58 PM »
Thanks for all of your comments.    The rest of the story... so today looking out in the courtyard there are feathers and then I found the remains of a bird (pigeon).  So guess what was for lunch, I am sure that is why it didn't leave when I went out there because it was not done eating.  We have been pretty cold and this is located in town so strange to see.  Will keep an eye out, do you think they would stay in an old building? 

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #21 on: December 14, 2010, 09:07:29 PM »
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 Will keep an eye out, do you think they would stay in an old building? 

No gmade, i imagine they would feel somewhat trapped.

Cooper’s Hawks build nests in pines, oaks, Douglas-firs, beeches, spruces, and other tree species, often on flat ground rather than hillsides, and in dense woods. Nests are typically 25-50 feet high, often about two-thirds of the way up the tree in a crotch or on a horizontal branch.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Coopers_Hawk/lifehistory#at_nesting

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #22 on: March 17, 2011, 09:35:30 PM »
A short video of the sandhill cranes that migrate through Nebraska 
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #23 on: March 17, 2011, 10:18:23 PM »
Gmadeb3, that's a very nice video of the cranes.  Thanks for sharing it with us!   :eclove
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2011, 10:32:53 PM »
Cool Gmade, did you take that video & get to watch this?  Would love to see that in person, they have neat vocals. :ecsmile

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #25 on: March 18, 2011, 10:49:59 AM »

What a great video Gma!
Those birds look HUGE!
How tall are they?
Was the one *dancing* at the end a male, trying to impress the female?
wooohoooo!

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #26 on: March 18, 2011, 02:45:47 PM »
Very nice time of the year with the migration of all the birds.  Was kind of windy so difficult to hear them clearly.  Yes the birds impress the other with their show off dance.  They are about 3 ft tall and stay in their group families also.  Glad you liked the video, so glad I was able to share this on here.  Think I will post a snap shot also. 
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #27 on: March 18, 2011, 05:12:25 PM »
  getting ready to jump in the air                                                           Crane Dance
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #28 on: March 18, 2011, 05:28:17 PM »
What interesting photos and videos gmadeb3.  I find them quite fascinating.

You may not have discovered it yet, but we have a section in our forum where you can post information and pictures of Fauna Native to your Area.  Check HERE.  I do hope you will be able to contribute to that thread too.   :eclove 

If you check our Index page, it is found under Nature's Wonders --> Wildlife - Flora and Fauna.
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #29 on: March 18, 2011, 06:04:55 PM »
Thank you for directing me to that section
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