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Re: Non-Resident Sightings - 2008
« Reply #15 on: October 19, 2008, 19:52 »
I had a very cool encounter with a large bird of prey yesterday. I was driving North out McPhillips just at the outskirts of town when a large bird dropped out of a tree onto the ground right beside my car. I did a quick u-turn at the next curb cut and went back. There was another curb cut between the lanes of traffic right where I had seen the bird so I pulled in there and watched for a while as the bird was still on the ground ripping at something. I was only 2 lanes of traffic away from it and could take in the detail. I swear it was a young peregrine. I had no camera and no binoculars in my car (drat) and my cell phone takes terrible pictures. I finally decided to cross over to take a better look and of course the bird took off. I lost my chance to watch further but got to see the bird from underneath. I am still convinced it was a young peregrine even after consulting my Sibley book when I got to the lake (I felt like I must be imagining it). Is it possible that there are young peregrine falcons migrating through this area?

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Re: Non-Resident Sightings - 2008
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2008, 07:49 »
Very cool encounter indeed  8) 8)

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Re: Non-Resident Sightings - 2008
« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2008, 09:43 »
Hey BirdCamFan,

Unlikely to have been a juvenile peregrine, they tend to avoid trees, risk of injury kind of high the way they fly and hunt - that's not to say they don't, just rarely.  And at this point, it looks like all our peregrines have vamoosed, the young ones going before the adults.  So even more unlikely it was a peregrine.  (Sorry  :'( )

There are two species it could have been ...

First is a merlin, smaller than a peregrine but their plumage is almost the same as a juvenile peregrine.  And they are woodland specialists so you you see them in/out/around/through trees all the time.  Particularly in urban areas like Winnipeg where they are regular nesters at this point and there are more than a few pairs in the area you described.

Second is a Cooper's Hawk - size of a peregrine but the juvenile plumage isn't so similar to a juvenile peregrine.  This year I have had more calls about Coopers than I have ever had before, they are everywhere this year.  And they are more falcon looking in their head/beak shape than any of the other "hawks".

Regardless of what you saw, it was a good catch considering you were driving AND where you were driving!  Congrats!

TPC

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Re: Non-Resident Sightings - 2008
« Reply #18 on: October 20, 2008, 16:34 »
Thanks TPC. It was for sure not a merlin (WAY too big) as I am very familiar with them. Looking at the Cooper's Hawk...could have been a big female. I would have loved to have had my camera with me as I could have obtained a great shot from where I was. Still...closest I've ever been to a huge bird like that. It put my heart into my mouth!

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Re: Non-Resident Sightings - 2008
« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2008, 16:15 »
Migration is moving fast now ....

At Oak Hammock Marsh north of the city on Friday last week (and for the last couple of weeks, daily counts have been in the 200-300,000 range for geese (Canadas & Snows) and ducks (you name it, it was counted).  Today's count is 80,000 all combined.  Yesterday I saw flock of more than a couple of thousand female yellow-headed blackbirds (the females don't have the yellow, only the males) but almost none this morning.

And haven't seen any of the peregrines at all for about 10 days now ... guess its time to reset the countdown timer ...  ;)

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Re: Non-Resident Sightings - 2008
« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2008, 21:22 »
...just my two cents worth.
Have been out that way many times...re: GHO nest, Swainsons,Redtail and Northern Harrier have all be seen perched/hunting just before the perimeter. All are about the same size...large.
Really hard to ID without a photo...but lucky you Birdcamfan to see the raptor up close.
Cheers !
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Re: Non-Resident Sightings - 2008
« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2008, 07:06 »
Big Frank has had some great updates done to his site and there is alot of new content if you haven't checked it out in awhile.  A few days ago they saw a juvenile bald eagle and have some great pictures of it if anyone is interested in checking it out.

http://raptorwatch.blogspot.com/

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Re: Non-Resident Sightings - 2008
« Reply #22 on: November 25, 2008, 07:13 »
Well isn't he just gorgeous !.. and that's awfully close to home isn't it?  Have to look 'up' more often when i'm down there... how wonderful for them to capture him on film.. very lucky indeed.


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Re: Non-Resident Sightings - 2008
« Reply #23 on: November 28, 2008, 21:48 »
Had a great view of a mature bald eagle from the office this week, soaring about over downtown Wpg.....

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Re: Non-Resident Sightings - 2008
« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2008, 22:24 »
For folks jonesing for a raptor fix, there were 5-6 bald eagles (adults and juveniles) at Oak Hammock Marsh last week along with a couple of snowy owls and a Northern Harrier!