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Old 02-06-2010, 07:39 PM   #321
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You did a fine job photographing your flicker.
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:10 PM   #322
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Alright, here's what I have;

-A bald eagle flying at Quabbin Reservoir
-Guinea Fowl mingling with Canadian Geese in a field at a friend's farm
-What is, I believe, a juvenile Sharp-Shinned Hawk on the back of a truck at the same farm.
-Turkey Vultures in a dead tree, again on the farm
-Blue Heron at Wachusett Reservoir

Having a friend with a 54 acre farm and fishing are both great ways to meet the natives!
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:19 PM   #323
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I think that's the first turkey vulture I've seen here. And look they're on a snag.
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:19 PM   #324
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Terrific photos! Now, don't take this personally, but
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Turkey Vultures in a dead tree
In a dead tree? Help me out, you all. It is a snag!
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:20 PM   #325
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Ha! I got it right!
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:20 PM   #326
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See, havalotta knows!
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:23 PM   #327
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Did you know Hedgerowe had held her very own contest for photos of snags a few months back?
It was a great success! She snagged a lot of us into a compulsive addiction to these!
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:27 PM   #328
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I hate to admit ignorance, although god knows I have plenty of opportunity, but, what is a snag?
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:45 PM   #329
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A snag, my dear, is a dead tree or part of a tree. It provides a home and food to wildlife, a perch for raptors and other birds, provides food for micro organisms, enriches the soil as it decays, and provides us with natural sculpture and myriad photo ops.
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:49 PM   #330
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You asked for it......

Briefly (according to The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds, Stephen Kress, p. 56), a snag is a dead or partially dead tree. Depending on "size, species of tree, and age since death...snags will provide homes for cavity-nesting birds, ranging in size from the turkey vulture to the prothonotary warbler. Snags also provide places for nesting and roosting, as well as homes for many forest mammals such as mice, squirrels, and raccoons."


Check this out! Bear in mind the contest has ended but it's chuck full of goodies for you to view.
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