Each of the past three or four winters, we have a Pileated Woodpecker that infrequently visits our Shubert cherry tree in the front yard. I have yet to catch the rascal on camera, but it is not from lack of trying. It is just too quick. By the time I notice it in the tree and grab my camera, it is gone.
I am not sure that intelligent describes these birds
Actually bird intelligence is being re-evaluated. The fact that they live in a three dimensional world alone requires a level of intelligence humans don't have. I've owned wild birds before that I've rescued - a staring and a robin and their intelligence is quite astounding. Bird brain may take on a whole new meaning. [img]smile.gif[/img]
Cameo - it's easy. Just go to http://www.fotopages.com/ and sign up for a free account. Upload your pictures there then at the site, click on the My fotopage link at the top navigation then click on the picture you'd like to post. Right click the picture and select properties. Copy the URL. Come back to ehmac, post and select the Image button. Paste the URL in the image dialogue box.
Hope that helps - I want to see your bird pictures! [img]smile.gif[/img]
All birds have a place in nature, even if you don't "like" them.
Sure Magpies are raucous and noisy, but they are also cunning and funny.
I sit and watch them torment the neighbourhood cats for example. They are relentless in teasing them until the cat heads for home. And given that three of my neighbours allow their cats to use my yard as a toilet, I appreciate the efforts of the Magpies that much more!
"used to think about what it would be like to soar like a hawk
There is nothing stopping you. I've had a hawk sit off my wingtip while we both were in a thermal. I would be about 25' away and 1/2 mile up.
I've eaten lunch loafing around a mile and half up right here in Ontario. Chasing seagulls was such fun.
There are two good clubs and it takes two dedicated weeks ( recommended) or a on and off summer ( not recommended ) in this area of Ontario to get your solo licence.
At very least take a demo ride during hawk migration season at http://www.sosaglidingclub.com/ SOSA out by the Lion Safari. The best $30 you'll ever spend and you'll fulfill your dream.
Pick a clear light wind from the north day on a weekend and get there early.
Speaking of chickadees. . . Last spring I took my Cub pack to Wye Marsh near Midland, Ont., which is known for its efforts to re-establish the trumpeter swan. We have some nesting in Callander near North Bay now, but these were at Wye Marsh.
Beautiful birds and I'm sorry I didn't get closer. But the Cubs were more impressed by the Chickadees which have become so used to people feeding them, that they willing fly into your hand for a feast of seeds.