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Old 4th February 2014, 01:27 PM   #134382  /  #176
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Possible unhappy consequences of a too successful project to help Bald Eagles in Nova Scotia:

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The free chicken feast began in the early 1960s when a few extremely cold winters hurt the province’s bald eagle population. Younger birds weren't able to get food during the harshest part of the winter.

A farmer in the area decided to help them out by putting his dead chickens out for the eagles to eat.

Now people flock to Sheffield Mills in the Annapolis Valley every winter to watch the eagles being fed.

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The long-time bird watcher says that's making a difference even in the Bird Islands of Cape Breton.

“For the past seven years young and non-breeding bald eagles have been camping out there for the entire breeding season, in large numbers 50 to 80 birds, eating every single young kittiwake, young great cormorants and now they’re eating the young gulls, the herring gulls and great black-backed gulls,” he said.

“None of these birds are raising any young at all. They are starting to abandon the colonies.”

He said the practice of dumping chicken carcasses for eagles should be studied.

Maybank also said the eagles have been usurping osprey nests and preventing them from producing young.

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This is my home territory, esp. Cape Breton. Bald Eagles are now so numerous as to be commonly seen every day. If you go for a drive anywhere, you'll see lots of eagles, especially anywhere there's a stretch of water, like along the Bras d'or lakes.
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Old 4th February 2014, 01:39 PM   #134387  /  #177
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... and now they’re eating the young gulls, the herring gulls and great black-backed gulls,” he said.

“None of these birds are raising any young at all. They are starting to abandon the colonies.”
Jesus but we need some bald eagles here - my city is drowning in herring/lesser black backed gulls.
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Old 4th February 2014, 01:48 PM   #134389  /  #178
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There've been transfers of Canadian Bald Eagles to the US before, to shore up the populations there.

Black-backed gulls are becoming way less common to see here, from personal observations.
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Old 4th February 2014, 03:04 PM   #134407  /  #179
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Old 4th February 2014, 03:22 PM   #134408  /  #180
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Lol!

Several gull species here suffered a setback over the last several decades. First the cod-fishing moratorium, so less nummy fish guts, then the move by municipalities to food composting so not much to eat at all the local dumps. They're all working for a living now, except the ones that hang out at McDonalds and Tim Horton's.
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Old 6th February 2014, 04:52 PM   #135148  /  #181
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One of these beautiful dinosaurs was making holes in spruce trees near the house yesterday.



We're lucky pileated woodpeckers are fairly common around here. Photos rarely do them justice. Their dramatic stripes never stand out enough and their shiny feathers always look duller in images.
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Old 6th February 2014, 11:21 PM   #135198  /  #182
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i'm fascinated by woodpeckers. i'd love to see the family tree that links all the different paint jobs

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Old 6th February 2014, 11:24 PM   #135199  /  #183
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Old 7th February 2014, 02:14 AM   #135247  /  #184
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Looks like a flicker of some kind.

We have these big yellow shafted flickers, they mostly feed on the ground.



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Old 7th February 2014, 12:11 PM   #135339  /  #185
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Flicker pecker? I'm telling Mom.
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Old 8th February 2014, 06:18 AM   #135500  /  #186
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It appears to have a tiny range if this is correct in Wiki.

Actually that map is misleading as the larger southern block is the Ngarkat / Big Desert complex, and that is where the bird is now almost if not completely extinct.

The northern block is the emu-wren's last stronghold which is why it's now so vulnerable, as within that range it only survives when the Triodia is present in the understory.

The birds have become gradually disappeared from smaller blocks of bushland - e.g. the map shows a tiny spot to the east of the main northern block: that's Annuello Flora & Fauna Reserve, and those with local knowledge (including my Dad) are pretty certain there are none left there. They are lost after fire, and without reservoir populations in adjacent areas, they can't recolonise once suitable habitat regenerates.

Mallee emu-wrens would once have been distributed all through the Mallee in suitable habitat, but most of it has been cleared for farmland.

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Malleefowl seem to have a much greater range - from here



so I guess in less immediate danger?
That malleefowl distribution map is also quite misleading. It represents the bird's historical range, but it has disappeared from many parts of that range, again due to land clearing and habitat loss. This is a better representation, with recent records shown as red dots overlaying the historical distribution in grey.

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Old 22nd February 2014, 03:16 AM   #136538  /  #187
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eta keep an eye out for the interpretive dance pigeon
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Old 28th February 2014, 12:16 AM   #136894  /  #188
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Yesterday I saw a bird that needed to be put out of its misery and I felt helpless to know what to do about it. It's still bothering me a lot. I'd like to know what I could do next time I see something like this.
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Old 28th February 2014, 12:24 AM   #136898  /  #189
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Always a horrible thing to face.

Gross as it is to say let alone do, if it's a small bird (or mammal or anything) quickly crushing its skull is fast, especially if you aren't comfortable trying to wring its neck or anything else.

I've had to do that a couple times with mangled rodents.

A heavy rock is a good tool.
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Old 28th February 2014, 12:35 AM   #136899  /  #190
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That's what I wished I had the guts to do - to just go and stomp on it or break its neck. It was a type of pigeon. Something that also got to me was that people were stopping and talking to it like it was cute and friendly and a lady threw it a chip - but it was very sick an something was wrong with its eyes.
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Old 28th February 2014, 12:39 AM   #136900  /  #191
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It was a Spotted Dove
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Old 28th February 2014, 12:48 AM   #136901  /  #192
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If you could gather it up in a towel or coat or something and take it to a vet, they'd do the deed, I'm sure.
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Old 28th February 2014, 12:48 AM   #136902  /  #193
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If it was just sick a wildlife rehab would be a better option. Birds get sick and recover depending on the disease.
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Old 28th February 2014, 12:49 AM   #136903  /  #194
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True .. I was thinking city bird, city options .. there could be a wildlife place there, though, I guess.
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Old 28th February 2014, 12:59 AM   #136905  /  #195
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Could likely find a vet faster in a city, yes.

Where I am a wildlife rehab is closer. Also here depending on the critter Natural Resources gov't wildlife people will come and rescue injured animals. One of my cats brought home a baby otter once. When I realised it was not critically injured I called them, they came and drove it to a wildlife park that had the resources to raise it and release it.
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Old 28th February 2014, 06:52 AM   #136914  /  #196
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spotted turtle doves are feral here so a feathered rat, essentially. but still should be able to die without suffering
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Old 1st March 2014, 03:04 AM   #137014  /  #198
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I've eaten doves. A long time ago. I remember them being pretty tasty. If this was a rural bird, I would have eaten it. In a way, I kinda feel like it is a matter of respect.

I eat pretty much anything that needs disposed of that is edible and isn't likely to be contaminated in some way.
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quite small and not much meat on, and I wouldn't eat one from an urban setting, but I agree in principle



quite pretty birds - native to Asia, and not nearly as obnoxious as the feral pigeons (rock dove, Columba livia) ubiquitous to cities around the world
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