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Old 03-28-2013, 06:12 PM
 
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This morning I let the dogs out and noticed a big old barred owl sitting on a branch no more than 15 feet from my back door. He must have been 18 inches tall. We stood there staring at each other and after about 20 seconds he lit out after after a blue jay. I would not have wanted to be in the shoes of the latter.

Last week we had a pileated woodpecker hammering away on one of our oak trees. What a racket! They're building a house around the corner and I was about to go out there and holler at them to hold it down when I realized who the true culprit is.

We also have more hawks than I recall seeing before. Are they cool or what? They look like B-52s cruising around up there.

In addition, we had a gaggle of geese that decided to start honking outside our window at about 5:30 am.

And of course there are lots of smaller birds. My personal favorites are the little bluebirds, and the nuthatches that can walk straight down a fence post.

This isn't my owl but he looked almost exactly like this:


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Old 03-28-2013, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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We have barred owl and a screech owl that fight for territory in the old oaks and pines surrounding our house...crazy noises! Tons of hawks (red tail and I believe a Coopers Hawk), the occasional heron, a falcon or two, and crows that fly over from Greenwood Cemetery to wage war on the pigeons along the main road. My neighbor has a redheaded woodpecker that likes to sit on top of the purple martin house.

We have lots of songbirds/smaller birds too- bluejays, cardinals, gold finches, bluebirds, mockingbirds, chimney swallows, chickadees, mourning doves, thrashers, and the little brown finches. And I have pet doves and button quail.

I think we have more birds at our house in the city limits than my parents do in the outer burbs!
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Canada geese... sooo many Canada geese
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Orange, California
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When I lived in Decatur, we had a wooded parcel of land behind our house and we used to hear an owl hooting most nights. I never saw it (despite looking for it) but I LOVED going to sleep hearing the sounds. The house was six miles from downtown Atlanta, but it felt like a cool little piece of wilderness.

Goodly amount of red-tailed hawks in metro Atlanta, but that is not exactly a rare bird.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:39 PM
 
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I don't see the owls, but I certainly hear them. We had a horned owl a few years ago, which was wonderful. The gentle hooting lulled me to sleep. Two years ago, we had barn owls. They make awful sounds. When I would walk my dog at night I thought I was in a horror movie...it literally sounds like a baby crying. I hope this year we get the horned owls and not the barn owls!

We also have ducks, Canadian geese honking all the time, tons of American robins, and assorted other little birds. We are also lucky to have a great blue heron and my personal favorites: hummingbirds.

Also, I never see them, but occasinoally I will hear the sonar of bats. I know they aren't birds, but close enough.
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:01 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Saved a Barred Owl a few weeks ago when a family pack of Ravens that I have living on the property decided to down it and were about to kill it. Broke it's wing from what it looked like, but animal control came over and said they would take it (hopefully) to the 24/7 animal emergency place in Cobb near the Big Chicken. They have an "Owl guy" as they call him who comes by and works with injured Owls. There's also another very large Owl that patrols my yard at night but I'm not sure what type -you just see a shadow fly by.

Then there is that family of Ravens - incredibly smart. I feed them peanuts every day. I call the leader "Big Bird" because he's huge, and if I wait too long to toss the peanuts out into the yard, he's been know to come up to my window and peck at it, then squawk. lol

Also a variety of Hawks, an as-of-yet unidentified Eagle, and some Turkey Vultures.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:27 AM
 
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There are some wild turkeys in Kirkwood
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:32 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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When I lived in Decatur, we had a wooded parcel of land behind our house and we used to hear an owl hooting most nights. I never saw it (despite looking for it) but I LOVED going to sleep hearing the sounds. The house was six miles from downtown Atlanta, but it felt like a cool little piece of wilderness.

Goodly amount of red-tailed hawks in metro Atlanta, but that is not exactly a rare bird.
Goozer, you sparked the memory of an owl that lived outside my window when I was growing up in Druid Hills. His eyes would sometimes catch the light and glow in the darkness. His presence was creepy at first, but after a couple of years I found it comforting.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Grant Park
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Two migrants I watch for are the American Goldfinch (small, yellow song bird that feasts our cone flowers once they've gone to seed) and the wood stork (the only reproducing stork in North America, just passed overhead a month back - way, way up in the sky.)
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:08 AM
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There's a heron that hangs around the pond in Springvale Park in Inman Park.
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