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May 11, 2014 20:01 |  #16

CaptBob wrote in post #16897618 (external link)
great captures- wonder why they are in trouble. maybe these will resettle your area

Dear CaptBob,

They are in trouble because hay gets cut much too early when they are nesting in the NE USA and the eastern Canadian provinces. They nest in hayfields and back when everyone rode a horse there was plenty of hay and plenty of places to nest.

Nowadays it gets cut and barned for later and then it's back to raising more hay for later to store in the barn.

We are way behind this year so maybe they got a chance to nest and fledge their young this year?


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May 11, 2014 23:04 |  #17

Fantastic set of a bird I have never seen before Ian.

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May 11, 2014 23:22 |  #18

Really love the pattern, nice series for sure!


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May 11, 2014 23:23 |  #19

Mel-S wrote in post #16897610 (external link)
Do any of you have any whip-poor-will's ? I haven't heard those since I was very young in northern Michigan back in the '50's.

I live in SC. I remember hearing them growing up (90s and early 00s), but can't say I have lately.

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May 11, 2014 23:24 |  #20

Gorgeous set!

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May 12, 2014 01:37 |  #21

Such a shame that this beautiful bird is in decline, many birds in the UK are suffering due to loss of habitat. Winter crops now replace the stubble fields that supported them during the cold times. Hedgerows are dug out to create larger fields. Pest sprays denude the insect life, its little wonder that birds are struggling.

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May 12, 2014 08:38 as a reply to  @ cannylad's post |  #22

Thanks all for the comments. They are beautiful birds, related to blackbirds and orioles, and rarely seen. I saw one two years ago, and this trio was the first since. For some reason, Cornell describes them as "Least Concern", but they do comment about their declining numbers. I did enter this sighting in eBirds, which stated they are a rarity. In any event, let's hope their numbers rebound, their song is so amazing. You can hear it here. (external link)

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May 12, 2014 19:58 |  #23

Beautiful, Ian, and thanks for all the info.

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