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Beautiful! Can't say I have... but I'm a simple backyard birder, totally lacking in any significant knowledge. I think Brian is your man! Brian?
Sure, I'll wade in on this one. Yes, you most likely saw a Pileated woodpecker. We have them up here in NH too. They are big (crow-sized, yup), loud as a jackhammer - leaving fist-sized (or larger) holes in trees as they search for bugs and grubs, and the coolest thing is to watch one fly through the forest. They wobble as they fly and emit a call like a drunken madman. Not sure if that's in your bird book for kids!
You rock Brian! I knew you'd know.
(09-10-2014 05:57 PM)BrianW Wrote: [ -> ]Sure, I'll wade in on this one. Yes, you most likely saw a Pileated woodpecker. We have them up here in NH too. They are big (crow-sized, yup), loud as a jackhammer - leaving fist-sized (or larger) holes in trees as they search for bugs and grubs, and the coolest thing is to watch one fly through the forest. They wobble as they fly and emit a call like a drunken madman. Not sure if that's in your bird book for kids!
Thanks Brian, I would love to see another one and observe it like you have, but I have moved from the Louisiana swamp land to southern Illinois, so I have different scouting grounds. I don't really go birding like in that movie "The Big Year". I am a casual observer of nature when I am a part of it as in a fishing or hiking in the woods outing Wink
Spotted what I thought was a Black Swallowtail fluttering in the leaves of the Vitex (cannibus looking leaves with spiking purple flowers all summer) shrub I planted two seasons ago. Upon close inspection I realized it was a hummingbird frollicking in the morning dew on the foliage. Couln't really make it out but it looked almost black. Any ideas what species it may have been?

Thought it may have been a finch but it was significantly smaller with a high FPM (flutter per minute).
Pretty sure the only Ruby Throated Hummingbird is the only hummer that summers in the northeast. Those irridescent feathers can take on a multitude of hues as they zip through the available light.

Black bear's been in the yard pulling down and eating the heads off my landlord's sunflower plants.
Thanks for that confirmation Brian. Black bear??!!
That would scare the dickens out of me!
We'll likely try and see the Sandhill cranes over in NW Indiana next month. (They congregate at Jasper-Pulaski Refuge). Last summer we saw this one individual for a few weeks while out riding our bikes!

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Heard my first Screech Owl out in the yard at heavy twilight tonight. The books say they're all around, but I've only seen one in the wilds of southern NH. I have better luck finding Great Horned and Barred owls. hoot hoot!
(10-30-2014 09:06 PM)BrianW Wrote: [ -> ]Heard my first Screech Owl out in the yard at heavy twilight tonight. The books say they're all around, but I've only seen one in the wilds of southern NH. I have better luck finding Great Horned and Barred owls. hoot hoot!

Nice! Have yet to see -or hear - one of those. It's on my list. I was cutting some buckthorn (invasive around here) today in the local woods and a nuthatch kept me company for a while. Also, have been seeing juncos arrive from up north.
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