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PostFri Nov 24, 2023 11:10 am 
More on renaming birds: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/interactive/2023/bird-names-racism-audobon-satire/?itid=ap_alexandrapetri

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PostSat Jan 27, 2024 4:54 pm 
Some drama today. A flicker was hanging around for quite a while, was feeding on something, kept poking its bill into the ground. Was out there more than an hour, moving around various different spots. I thought it finally left. Then a little bit later I heard a terrible noise. A hawk got it, sharpie or Cooper's. I accidentally scared the hawk away, the flicker went into some brush. Can't fly. Probably will die of its injuries. The hawk came back for a while, sitting on a fence post, but couldn't see its prize. Nature red of tooth and claw, right?

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PostSat Mar 16, 2024 11:56 pm 
The first rufous of the season showed up at the feeders this morning, spring is springing!

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PostThu Apr 04, 2024 6:58 pm 
A raptor caught a pigeon outside of QFC. Can anyone help with the ID? It doesnít seem to be either a sharp-
shinned or Cooperís.

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PostThu Apr 04, 2024 7:50 pm 
My guess would be a peregrine, but I'm most likely incorrect, heh dizzy.gif

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PostThu Apr 04, 2024 8:44 pm 
^^^ Looks a lot like a juvenile merlin (Falco columbarius), once known (coincidentally) as a pigeon hawk. There's a photo of a juvenile partway down the Wikipedia page.

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PostFri Apr 05, 2024 7:03 am 
Thank you for your help with the Merlin ID. The common name of pigeon hawk was quite appropriate with my encounter.

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PostFri Apr 05, 2024 10:19 am 
Red-Breasted Sapsucker

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PostFri Apr 05, 2024 7:42 pm 
Logbear wrote:
Red-Breasted Sapsucker
Killed 3 of our birches and a mountain ash. Working on killing the fatsia but that hard freeze last winter didn't help either. This reminds me, I gotta spray cayenne pepper on the remaining birch. Anybody have a better idea?

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PostFri Apr 05, 2024 8:18 pm 
mike wrote:
I gotta spray cayenne pepper on the remaining birch. Anybody have a better idea?
Spraying pepper might keep squirrels and other critters from chewing, but it won't deter birds from working on your trees. Birds can't taste pepper. Wild Birds Unlimited sells many pepper-impregnated bird foods to keep the four-leggeds away from the birdie treats.

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PostSun Apr 07, 2024 6:16 pm 
What I need is something to keep the sapsuckers from ringing my trees. Something I can spray on the bark that is distasteful.

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PostSun Apr 07, 2024 7:18 pm 
Mike - The U of Maryland Extension has some ideas. Mostly physical barriers.

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PostMon Apr 08, 2024 8:38 am 
There is not really an effective solution to birch dieback. Cut down and replant.

Between every two pines is a doorway to the new world. - John Muir
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PostMon Apr 08, 2024 9:28 am 
Sculpin wrote:
There is not really an effective solution to birch dieback. Cut down and replant.
Been there, done that. But not really dieback. More like murder. Just trying to protect the new ones. They are already being ringed. frown.gif

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