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Recent content by James Riley

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    Merlin

    I'm going to try to attach 2 pics, one front, one back. I have video too, pretty cool, but I don't know how to do that. Interesting: The Merlin opened the dove up from the back, picked away at the back ribs and took some visceral, but not all. Surprisingly, left all of the breast (which is...
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    Merlin

    We have a Merlin in the back yard that just killed a European Dove (?). She's back there chowing down now. She can kind of see me through the window but I move slow, so she's continued eating. Then she hunkered down over the dove now, frozen, she quit eating and started looking up from her...
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    Roadrunner question

    Thanks, etudiant. I did as you suggested and contact the Arkansas River Valley group. Haven't heard back, but it was more of an FYI for them. All the best.
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    Roadrunner question

    We are on the Arkansas River near Cotopaxi. After 21 years, we have our first Roadrunner hanging around. We've read up on what they eat, thermoregulation, social habits, etc. The bird is getting brave and starting to come closer to us when we are out working. We think it might be a new...
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    Wilson's Warbler, maybe?

    I want to thank you all for your replies. My wife and I went back down to the river, sat and watched. We saw what I *think* are Wilson's Warblers, though they are thinner than those in the photos on the link provided here by njlarson. It may be that we are looking down on top of them. They...
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    Wilson's Warbler, maybe?

    I was just down on the river that runs through my place (Arkansas river, south-central Colorado mountains) and saw a little bird that was a golden-green, pecking around the mud at water's edge. The closest I could come in my bird book was a Wilson's Warbler. However, the golden stripe over the...
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    Dove observation

    When I first observed this, I thought the same thing, especially since I was sitting inside, looking out a window. When I pointed it out to my wife, she said it was probably a Mourning Dove making the noise off to left and out of view. Then, three consecutive days we were sitting on the back...
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    Dove observation

    Is it possible they are starting to use the Mourning Dove Coo? Or did they always have that in their repertoire?
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    Dove observation

    I'm just here to share one observation. I grew up in CO with Mourning Doves. They have the gentle, mourning coo sound. They are petite, with no ring on the back of their neck. Flash forward to today. There has been a larger dove, with a more obnoxious call, and they have a ring on the back...
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