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« Reply #100 on: March 29, 2012, 08:48:30 PM »


Well, it's easy seeing the whites of the eyes in the rear view mirror of an FJR  when I am about to pass them on my Guzzi.


That comment actually made me look at the thread topic. Thought I was in the bad joke thread.
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« Reply #101 on: March 29, 2012, 09:00:10 PM »

...And for the record, she didn't classify owls with raptors.  Headscratch


I'm not an ornithologist but: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_of_prey

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Birds of prey are birds that hunt for food primarily on the wing, using their keen senses, especially vision. They are defined as birds that primarily hunt vertebrates, including other birds. Their talons and beaks tend to be relatively large, powerful and adapted for tearing and/or piercing flesh. In most cases, the females are considerably larger than the males. The term "raptor" is derived from the Latin word rapere (meaning to seize or take by force) and may refer informally to all birds of prey, or specifically to the diurnal group.[1] Because of their predatory lifestyle, often at the top of the food chain, they face distinct conservation concerns.



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The common names for various birds of prey are based on structure but many of the traditional names do not reflect the evolutionary relationships between the groups.


Variations in shape and size
Eagles tend to be large birds with long, broad wings and massive feet. Booted Eagles have legs and feet feathered to the toes and build very large stick nests.

Ospreys, a single species found worldwide that specializes in catching fish, and builds large stick nests.

Kites have long wings and relatively weak legs. They spend much of their time soaring. They will take live vertebrate prey but mostly feed on insects or even carrion.

Hawks are medium-sized birds of prey that usually belong to the genus Accipiter (see below). They are mainly woodland birds that hunt by sudden dashes from a concealed perch. They usually have long tails for tight steering.

Buzzards are medium-large raptors with robust bodies and broad wings, or, alternatively, any bird of the genus Buteo (also commonly known as "hawks" in North America).

Harriers are large, slender hawk-like birds with long tails and long thin legs. Most use a combination of keen eyesight and hearing to hunt small vertebrates, gliding on their long broad wings and circling low over grasslands and marshes.

Vultures are carrion-eating raptors of two distinct biological families, each occurring in only the Eastern Hemisphere (Accipitridae) or the Western (Cathartidae). Members of both groups have heads either partly or fully devoid of feathers.

Falcons are medium-size birds of prey with long pointed wings. Unlike most other raptors, they belong to the Falconidae, rather than the Accipitridae. Many are particularly swift flyers. Instead of building their own nests, falcons appropriate old nests of other birds, but sometimes they lay their eggs on cliff ledges or in tree hollows. Caracaras are a distinct subgroup of the Falconidae unique to the New World, and most common in the Neotropics their broad wings, naked faces and appetites of a generalist suggest some level of convergence with either the Buteos or the vulturine birds, or both.

Owls are variable-sized, typically night-specialized hunting birds. They fly almost silently due to special feather structure to reduce turbulence. They have particularly acute hearing.


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« Reply #102 on: March 29, 2012, 09:19:47 PM »



I'm not an ornithologist but: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_of_prey



from the same article you linked too:

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Using this cluster of anatomical and behavioural features, the species listed below are usually known to be birds of prey in ornithology. They can be divided into species that hunt during daylight, the raptors, and into species that hunt during the night, the owls. The raptors and the owls are distantly related and are classified in separate orders; however, their evolution has been convergent, both groups of birds adapting to a predatory lifestyle.


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« Reply #103 on: March 29, 2012, 09:29:13 PM »




That comment actually made me look at the thread topic. Thought I was in the bad joke thread.


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« Reply #104 on: March 30, 2012, 06:16:46 AM »




I'm not an ornithologist but: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_of_prey









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The term "raptor" is derived from the Latin word rapere (meaning to seize or take by force) and may refer informally to all birds of prey, or specifically to the diurnal group.[


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The diurnal birds of prey are formally classified into five families (traditionally of the order Falconiformes, a classification currently[vague] in flux):
Accipitridae: hawks, eagles, buzzards, harriers, kites and Old World vultures
Pandionidae: the Osprey (sometimes classified as subfamily Pandioninae of the previous family)
Sagittariidae: the Secretary Bird
Falconidae: falcons and caracaras
Cathartidae: New World vultures including condors.



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The nocturnal birds of prey the owls are classified separately as members of two extant families of the order Strigiformes:
Strigidae: (typical owls)
Tytonidae: (barn and bay owls).


So maybe she's right. Shrug
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« Reply #105 on: March 30, 2012, 11:14:08 AM »

 Lol


I hereby refer this issue to the EoE Forum...
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« Reply #106 on: March 30, 2012, 12:22:27 PM »


 Lol


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« Reply #107 on: March 30, 2012, 12:38:39 PM »


Pardon the intrusion. I thought a brief video of what this thread started as might be nice.




Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww poor little guy.

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« Reply #108 on: March 30, 2012, 04:13:07 PM »


Pardon the intrusion. I thought a brief video of what this thread started as might be nice.




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« Reply #109 on: March 30, 2012, 07:36:58 PM »

"The Owl Whisperer".   Bigsmile
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« Reply #110 on: March 30, 2012, 07:52:11 PM »


"The Owl Whisperer".   Bigsmile


At work, by some I am the called the bird man of FlexCon.

I sit behind my tree and feed all the birds on my breaks and lunch.

A few seconds at work today.



I have had chickadees land on my feet and look at me as if to say, "make with the seed, bitch".
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« Reply #111 on: March 30, 2012, 07:55:56 PM »

On the farm we used to feed the chickadees out of our hands a lot.

 I just filled our birds feeders again with my daughter.

I like chicken.

My dad is buying some more Guinea fowl for the farm.  Those things crack me up.  They taste good too.

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« Reply #112 on: March 30, 2012, 07:57:22 PM »

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« Reply #113 on: March 30, 2012, 09:08:22 PM »


I just filled our birds feeders again with my daughter.


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« Reply #114 on: March 30, 2012, 09:19:49 PM »




Man, you must have a powerful blender.




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« Reply #115 on: March 30, 2012, 09:33:50 PM »

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« Reply #116 on: March 31, 2012, 08:05:21 AM »




Man, you must have a powerful blender.


 rofl  The birds love her.   Bigsmile
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« Reply #117 on: April 01, 2012, 08:34:06 PM »

Ptops for the save. Got a little owl of some sorts hunting field mice and such in the clearing behind the house. Looks to be maybe 10 inches tall. I've seen nothing more than a silhouette with the setting sun once behind and a grey streak through the darkening night several times. I haven't heard any hooting, so maybe it has a different kind of call.
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« Reply #118 on: April 01, 2012, 10:05:44 PM »

Screech owl I bet.   Thumbsup
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« Reply #119 on: April 02, 2012, 08:12:55 AM »


Screech owl I bet.   Thumbsup


That'd be my guess, too!

KenH, check out this link and listen to the sound clip. Does any of that sound familiar?

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Screech-owl/sounds
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