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    Posted: 09-Jun-2009 at 22:40
Eaglecap, you were right in identifying the bird as an Arizona Cardinal, though. I just googled it, & it turns out that there actually is a subspecies of Northern Cardinal in Arizona that's slightly larger than the Northern Cardinals in the rest of the country. It's known as Cardinalis cardinalis superbus.
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The unnamed owl in the post two posts above this looks like it could be a Great Horned Owl.  But it's an awesome picture.
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Here is a little film with the Eurasian Eagle Owl (Berguv in Swedish) in the province of Halland in the southwestern part of Sweden:
 
 
Here you can hear the lovely song of our national bird, the Common Blackbird:
 
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And here is one of my favourites, the male of the big Wood Grouse (Tetrao urogallus) a magnificent bird that I a couple of times have been lucky to meet in the forest:
 
 
 
 
Tjäder ((Tetrao urogallus)
 
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Originally posted by eaglecap


I think we have grackles. They are large birds but not as big as a crow but with a yellow beak and they make funny noises.

The crows in Istanbul looked like our crows but most of their bodies are gray with black wings.

We have numerous species of black birds but recently I saw a flock of them eating something by the dairy cows down the road. They had black bodies but a bright yellow head and looked very strange.


Yes, those are grackles. They are actual related to crows. As for the Istanbul crows, I find that interesting, the geographic variation of a species. Maybe those black birds were orioles (there is a species of orioles that are black with a yellow head, I saw them in Maryland a few years ago).

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Originally posted by Windemere

Eaglecap, you were right in identifying the bird as an Arizona Cardinal, though. I just googled it, & it turns out that there actually is a subspecies of Northern Cardinal in Arizona that's slightly larger than the Northern Cardinals in the rest of the country. It's known as Cardinalis cardinalis superbus.


The red cardinal- I have not seen one of those yet in my yard but I have seen the following; cactus wren, road runners, white and red crowned sparrows. turkey vultures, grackles, ugly English sparrows, crows, oriels, some unknown hawks possibly red tail, but some I do not know their names like-
there is a big gray bird that looks like a cardinal and has a bright red chest and some other small dark bird with a funny crest. I need to get an Arizona bird book. I have not seen any Oregon juncos here but oh yes some type of thrasher which has a long beak that points downward and they forage around in the bushes looking for critters to eat which probably include insects and small lizards- plenty of those here.

Cactus wren- I see a lot of them in my yard. I gather it is the Arizona state bird.


sdakotabirds.com
the Curved billed AZ thrasher

gimlack flickr.com

Road runner: I see them all the time.

Swanee 3 flickr.com
Turkey vulture a common sight soaring in our all too blue skies.

Ardeola flickr.com


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Bird watching - different

Look, a dead bird !                                      Where?

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Then we of course have the beautiful cranes that every spring congregate at Lake Hornborga in the province of Västergötland. It´s a fascinating spectacle to see and hear thousands and thousands of these birds in one place:
 
 
 
Cranes (Grus grus). This year 18 500 cranes aggregated at lake Hornborga.
 
 
 


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Originally posted by Carcharodon

Then we of course have the beautiful cranes that every spring congregate at Lake Hornborga in the province of Västergötland. It´s a fascinating spectacle to see and hear thousands and thousands of these birds in one place:
 

 

 

Cranes (Grus grus). This year 18 500 cranes aggregated at lake Hornborga.

 


 

 


Now I would love to fly to Sweden just to see that!! I know the Turnbull wildlife refuge, near Spokane, had a lot of water fowl and I use to love to go out there and bird watch via my mountain bike.
I am amazed how some bird here land on the cactus to feed on insects with getting injured at all. Many of them have barbs which hook right into your skin. see cactus wren above I still have not found out the name of that bird I see here that resemble a cardinal but is mostly gray with a bright red chest. We also have a lot of turle doves here which I think are beautiful birds and taste good also-

we have lots of quail also

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Now they do taste good!!!
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Nice looking birds. Nearly to nice to eat LOL
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By the way here is a video with the Cranes at Hornborga lake. this day there was only 13 200 cranes at the lake but later this spring they would reach the number of 18 500.
 
It seems that the weather was a bit rainy and grey the day this video was filmed. That means that the brilliance and colours of the birds doesn´t show fully. When the sun is shining the spectacle is really overwhelmingly beautiful.
Beides the cranes there are many other species of birds at Lake Hornborga, for example a lot of Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) the large white birds you can see here and there among the cranes.
 
 
 
Here you can read about, and see many amazing pictures from, Lake Hornborga:
 
 
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           Panoramic picture from a channel at Lake Hornborga:
 
Crane © 2008 Fraser Simpson
        
                 Flying cranes at Lake Hornborga 
 
               Cranes © 2008 Fraser Simpson
 
 
 
               Close up of a crane
 
Eurasian Crane, Hornborgasjön (Lake Hornborga), Sweden © 2008 Fraser Simpson
 
 
 
 
 
 
                   Pics from: http://www.fssbirding.org.uk/sweden2008trip.htm
 
 


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I too also have to admit to a strong "attraction" to birds.LOL
 
Some of my favorites are Evening Grossbeaks, Rufous Hummingbirds, Mountain Bluebirds and Western Tanagers.
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Originally posted by DukeC

I too also have to admit to a strong "attraction" to birds.LOL
 

Some of my favorites are Evening Grossbeaks, Rufous Hummingbirds, Mountain Bluebirds and Western Tanagers.


Canada is incredible for bird life. I use to live just two hours south of BC and did a lot of wilderness trips there. We have an area owned by the Nature Conservancy in the Huachua moutains, on the edge of Coronodo National Forest, that I think has over 300 species of birds. I think it is the largest concenstration of song birds in the USA. It is mostly dry oak forests with cactus and a nice year around creek. I hear those grackles everyday from my house and some pretty birds sit by my window most every morning and sing.
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Sounds like heaven.
 
One of my favorite places was the Stanley Park seawall in Vancouver for the seabirds like Oyster Catchers, Pelagic Cormorants and Harlequin Ducks. It's amazing to watch a seagull swallow a starfish whole.


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Originally posted by DukeC

Sounds like heaven.
 

One of my favorite places was the Stanley Park seawall in Vancouver for the seabirds like Oyster Catchers, Pelagic Cormorants and Harlequin Ducks. It's amazing to watch a seagull swallow a starfish whole.


hmmmm that would hurt!! I have been to Vancouver, WA but never to the BC version but I have come close when I backpacked in Manfield Provincial Park down the Pacific Crest Trail intto the Pasaytan wilderness on the Washington State side, awesome country!!

Yesterday I saw five turkey vultures soaring in the sky but then I saw the road kill they were eating. It is part of their niche in nature I suppose- yuck.

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No vultures up here, but the ravens and crows fill in for that niche.

The Similkameen country where you hiked is pretty spectacular, but can get very hot in the summer. Not far to the east around Ossoyos is a small desert and the only scorpions found in Canada IIRC.
 


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