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Old 01-25-2013, 05:21 PM   #61
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...and would somebody PLEASE rid me of that pantyhose princess title!!!
You know I would if I could. I know you hate it.

My only fear is it will be replaced with something you hate more!
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:23 PM   #62
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Black-billed Magpie in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains outside of Wenatchee. Sagebrush, bitterbrush and Western Serviceberry are some of the flora. Taken on a hike today.
Nice capture. I've heard of magpies.
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:56 PM   #63
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Nice capture. I've heard of magpies.
Magpies used to be under bounties, including Washington. They are considered to be very intelligent, and have shown both self-recognition and human recognition. The European Magpie is still occasionally under bounty.

Kenai Fjords National Park had a nice summation as to why...

A century ago, magpies were known to kill barnyard fowl and so a bounty was placed on them in many states. In Idaho alone, over 150,000 magpies were poisoned or otherwise destroyed in response to the bounty. Today, those who rant about magpies usually charge them with the death of songbirds. They are known to eat other birds' eggs and chicks, but more typically magpies act as scavengers. Magpies are quite helpful cleaning up carrion, eating insects, and catching rodents. In places where ticks exist, magpies can be seen grooming ungulates that don't seem to mind their presence.

When Bison herds used to roam the Magpies would follow then eating ticks.

Thanks for the comments on the shot! My camera only has a 5x zoom making wildlife captures tricky. I would like to get a 30x with a tripod.
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Ok, let's see if I manage to post this correctly...

For my first entry into the POM contest:

This ladder-backed woodpecker felt right at home sipping from a hummingbird feeder near Whetstone, AZ. Photo was taken on New Year's Day (1/1/08). Woodpeckers are one of my favorite families of birds. It was a "lifer" for me, too.
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Interesting....I never knew they sipped nectar.
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I didn't, either. I've seen downies and red-bellies take sunflower seeds, but never nectar. Great shot, too!
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...would somebody PLEASE rid me of that pantyhose princess title!!! [/FONT]
I just noticed (on another thread) that you have a new title! Yay!

I like it much better. Don't you, Official Plant Nerd?
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Magpies used to be under bounties, including Washington. They are considered to be very intelligent, and have shown both self-recognition and human recognition. The European Magpie is still occasionally under bounty...

When Bison herds used to roam the Magpies would follow then eating ticks.

Thanks for the comments on the shot! My camera only has a 5x zoom making wildlife captures tricky. I would like to get a 30x with a tripod.
Very informative. I'm always amazed about studies on animal intelligence.

Sad to hear about the bounty...years ago after reading that bluejays are known to raid birds nests for eggs, I began to really dislike the,...however, they are a native bird doing what is I their nature. I've warmed up to them a bit more lately. There are many behaviors in nature that I don't like, but it is nature. If the magpies are part of the natural ecosystem, it doesn't seem right to single them out for destruction.

?.. In places where ticks exist, magpies can be seen grooming ungulates that don't seem to mind their presence.

That makes me picture nature shows depicting African wildlife.
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Thanks for the comments on the shot! My camera only has a 5x zoom making wildlife captures tricky. I would like to get a 30x with a tripod.
I'd love to have a telephoto zoom--someday maybe--so I feel your pain. However, it was nice to see the background in your photo to see the environment where the magpie was encountered.
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Ok, let's see if I manage to post this correctly...

For my first entry into the POM contest:

This ladder-backed woodpecker felt right at home sipping from a hummingbird feeder near Whetstone, AZ. Photo was taken on New Year's Day (1/1/08). Woodpeckers are one of my favorite families of birds. It was a "lifer" for me, too.
Great shot, kchd! What a beautiful bird in an unexpected place!
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