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Eastern Phoebe


You know its spring when you have 68F degree temperatures and your nesting Eastern Phoebe returns to your barn!!!


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End of the week Highlights


End of the week we had some exciting birds arrive to the area. Had my first Rough-legged Hawk of the year (CHECK) and then Patty found our first of the year Turkey Vulture (CHECK).


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Deer and Turkey Expo


Getting Excited . . . . . Two weeks from today we are Going to the Deer and Turkey Expo http://deerinfo.com/ohio in Columbus Ohio. This will be my first big hunting expo thing I have ever attended. Anyone have any tips or suggestions on things I should be looking for or be asking at the show? I do plan on attending a seminar or two and excited to see all of the new products that are being offered. I kind of hope my new compound bow will be in by then. Any vendors want me to visit their booth?


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Great Blue Heron


Saw 2 Great Blue Heron’s yesterday (wasn’t a year bird, saw one in Jan) but it was great seeing them because this means they are starting to move back into the area. Spring might be getting a little closer . . . . which I am ready for.


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Eastern Mole

Found an Eastern Mole dead in the road today. I forgot how big these guys are. It has been a few years since I can remember seeing one.


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Red Crossbill (LIFER)

Red Crossbills feeding on salt in the road.
3 Red Crossbill’s in the road.

Today while driving along the roads near Quaker Lake (Allegany State Park) . . . . I saw a some larger birds feeding on the salt in the road. I slowed the vehicle down and needed to take a closer look at these guys. I realized they were crossbill’s and quickly grabbed my binoculars (which I luckily had in the truck) to discover they were Red Crossbill’s (CHECK) 45 species for 2013. This wasn’t any ordinary check this was a LIFER CHECK!!!
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Eastern Skunk


I have been smelling them and also been seeing their tracks but last night was my first of the year Skunk running around! We probably saw 3 different ones out on the roads last night! (CHECK)


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