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Project by RAH posted 02-01-2008 09:57 PM 2544 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bird has been hanging around for a couple of days. I believe it to be a Golden Eagle, immature or fledgling. It was probably forced down due to storm and low snow we had recently. I have about five acres however it stayed next to the house trees, Pines and Redwoods, was in the Almond orchard for awhile. I could get within ten feet and take the pictures. It was not injured but it was sick or starving, it did pass away tonight a beautiful bird it was.

-- Central Valley California



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GrandmaT

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posted 02-01-2008 10:38 PM

Wow, to be able to get that close to an Eagle is indeed a gift. Very special pictures. Truly sorry that it passed on.

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-02-2008 05:02 AM

oh how sad :(

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Eklectic

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posted 02-02-2008 05:28 AM

We believe that she and her mate are the reason why we have less birds at the feeders this winter!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-02-2008 06:17 AM

that might do it.
but beautiful

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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GrandmaT

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posted 02-02-2008 07:48 AM

An OWL!!! How cool and majestic … and yes I can understand “less birds at the feeder”. In one sense how fortunate you are to have this type of wildlife to see and hear. Us “city folk” miss out …

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Eklectic

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posted 02-02-2008 09:11 AM

For you Gran..T Yesterday morning, before the storm!!


-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-02-2008 09:31 AM

oooooooh how wonderful!

here’s a couple I took this morning:

(photos taken through patio door)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Eklectic

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posted 02-02-2008 09:33 AM

Gorgeous!
Lucky!!!!
Ours are all gone!!
Probably because of the owls!!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-02-2008 09:38 AM

we had 4 cardinals at the feeder (well, waiting their turn), 1 blue jay and a bunch of junkos (I think that’s what they are)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Eklectic

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posted 02-02-2008 09:41 AM

We have a lot junco, blue jays, some finches but no cardinals!!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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GrandmaT

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posted 02-02-2008 10:24 AM

I LOVE THE PICTURES!!!! THANKS for the smile this morning gals!!!

With the windows open in the spring/summer I really enjoy laying in bed, early morning just after the sun comes up, listening to all the birds “singing”. Beautiful sound.

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-02-2008 10:49 AM

in the warmer months, Rick and I go out on the deck at about 5:30 and watch the birds wake up and start their morning routine. Best part of the day

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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gardenmentor

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posted 02-02-2008 12:00 PM

Thanks for sharing. Hawks should start showing up in Seattle soon. Periodically, bald eagles will fly through the city. A pair actually nests on one of the high rises in downtown. I’ll have to dig out pictures. I miss Cardinals; they don’t live here. The robins have been getting drunk on cotoneaster berries this week. Its a big party in the back garden. I’ll try to snap a photo soon!

-- GardenMentor, Seattle, WA, www.gardenmentors.com & www.gardenhelp.org

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scottb

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hardiness zone 5

posted 02-02-2008 06:31 PM

When I was 10, we had two red-tailed hawks. Our landlord would occasionally buy steaks for them. They tended to keep nearby anyway, as we lived on 76 acres, 71+/- was a pond. Was stocked really well, basically spoiled us for fishing.

We grew pumpkins there, and dad grew a ton of these huge “pole beans”. My sister and I HATED them. I usually ate whatever mom cooked, but these were big and stringy, and we had lots of them – and I feared for the rest of the summer. Mom must not have liked them either because we never had them after. 20 years later I still can’t quite bear to grow green beans. I may plant some beans to dry, even edamame, but not green beans.

-- southern NH. - smack dab in the middle of 5a and 5b - with lots of shade and full sun, in all the wrong places.

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Jason

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posted 02-02-2008 09:17 PM

Wonderful images! While it’s sad that the golden eagle died, it is a nice gift that not only did you get to see it, but also that it picked your gardens as its final place.

We’ve got a breeding pair of cardinals in our neighborhood, and I love chatting with the male throughout the seasons…he sure is talkative!

-- Living on the square...Metro Detroit

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-03-2008 05:55 AM

Scott.. reminds me of “white beans”... my brother tried them and vomitted so I hate white beans. Never did try them. His reaction was enough for me :)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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GrandmaT

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posted 02-03-2008 08:14 AM

Chuckling at those bean stories!!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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springwood

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posted 02-04-2008 12:48 AM

What beautiful, colourful birds. Apart from the Robins, Sparrows, Wrens etc we have a pair of Jays, that come to the feeder when the temperature drops.

-- Derbyshire------- English Countryside

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-04-2008 04:24 AM

Jays are gorgeous !!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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VeraJo

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posted 02-04-2008 07:24 AM

Getting back to the original post. The eagle…It mad me feel sad and pic 3, I saw it in his eyes…

-- Vera Jo in Elm Grove WV

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