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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by Lucky24Seven, Apr 27, 2019.
We have 3 pairs of them that regularly hang out , typically all as a group
Ended up renting down near Toccoa, but I'll be working in the forest up in that area
Chattahoochee Forest I assume?
Cardinals are one of the few species we get where females sing in addition to males
I'll definitely have to relearn my warblers again. Been years since I've really had to know them. Last time I really saw them in numbers was probably in grad school back in 2015.
I highly recommend The Warbler Guide book/app.
There’s an owl around here who does not shit the fuck up. No knock, I enjoy the sound. That said at night I obviously can’t find him but he usually goes until 10AM. Neighbors probably think I’m a crack head looking around everywhere.
If you have a Bluetooth speaker or something of that nature play his call back at him. That could draw him in. When I was in college I used to come home to my parents house and blast barred owl calls out their living room window because they had quite a few in their neighborhood. Usually got them going
I did this all summer, never had any luck here but I’m not close to remote. Probably a bit too much activity.
I would shit myself if I saw this. Absolutely stunning.
One good looking pecker
Owsley and others, what do you believe the chances of the Ivory Billed woodpecker still being around are?
I ask because I only recently learned one of the last alleged sightings was near the White River in Arkansas back in 2005. The White River Refuge is a place we have been fishing since I was a kid and I can totally see how something like the Ivory Billed could live out there undisturbed for many many years. But I also wonder how efforts to spot it and birds of the sort go, especially now with drone technology.
Totally. Maybe it’s not zero percent, but it’s just incredibly low. There’s just been so much time and resources dedicated to finding it in the past 80ish years, that I think if there was a viable population somewhere it would’ve been found. There was a Cornell article from either 05 or 06 stating it had been rediscovered in Arkansas, but there wasn’t anything definitive enough to truly get my hopes up. There have been expeditions throughout the southeast and Cuba, but until a clear photo or video is produced it’s really just hearsay. The theory is that these birds require huge tracts of mature, swampy forest for just a single pair, so population densities are bound to be low to begin with. These tracts are often incredibly difficult to maneuver in and quite inhospitable for all but the most determined scientists, with the caveat that these birds are also incredibly wary to begin with. So there’s a lot going on. I want to believe...
Yeah that's why I wondered about drones. Could reach harder to get places, but you'd still need something to go off of other than grainy video from 15 years ago.
Any other similar stories of birds with more promising results in recent history?
The Australian night parrot immediately comes to mind.
What do you do for a living?
I’m a biologist with a background in wetlands ecology and freshwater ecosystems. Most of my field work is related to these (wetland delineations and wetland plant surveys, fish electro-shocking, benthic macroinvertebrate collection, etc.) but I also get to do some other cool stuff like gopher tortoise/eastern indigo snake/eastern diamondback rattlesnake surveys, and bird surveys (predominantly shorebirds/seabirds and spring/fall migrations.)
Birding is probably my oldest hobby/passion, and some of my first memories are sitting in my grandpas lap (insert Rivals joke) watching his feeders and him teaching me how to identify all of the different birds that we’d see. I inherited all of his field guides and binoculars, which are some of my most prized possessions to this day.
Lots of birds today
Can I get a shout out for the cattle egrets?
It's gone. TONS of money poured into the ivory bills research etc after that recording came out of Arkansas and it was never found. Enough people looked for a long time that if it was there, someone would have found it
You guys just have no sense of wonder. I want to believe!
Private sector right?
Correct. I’d like to go back to the public side but it’s not in the cards for a while.
I've never worked private sector. Public sector ain't bad if you get a good office and can insulate yourself from the politics some. Job I took in GA is is with usda, hopefully thats a little better than DOI right now
Just had a group of at least 4 male cardinal in a tree above me
Waxwings are all over the place right now. Such a beautiful, unique looking, bird.
Band-Tailed Pigeons have been coming down from the mountains to feed. Pretty boring looking bird, other than the fact that they are massive. Like, the size of a crow.