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Main Discussion Area => Around the Campfire => Topic started by: BowEd on January 12, 2019, 05:58:55 am

Title: Flying pig
Post by: BowEd on January 12, 2019, 05:58:55 am
A fresh 6" of snow this morning.
(https://i.imgur.com/j2wL9vE.jpg)
Some of the red birds around.
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Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: osage outlaw on January 12, 2019, 06:23:56 am
We got about 4" from the same system I think. 
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: Outbackbob48 on January 12, 2019, 10:56:18 am
We got about 14" a couple of days ago, and was windy enough to fly a pig, Holed up in the garage and got a couple hides softened. Bob
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: BowEd on January 12, 2019, 11:45:45 am
Yes this 6" was without a whole lot of fanfare.Think a couple more inches fell since then.Not much wind which makes it more pleasant.Rather pretty really even shoveling all morning.I've been through some real dillies in the past 70's and 80's and 90's though while farming keeping a lot of livestock alive.No time for hobbies inside then.Move snow for 2 days just to maintain normal order.Then the wind turn the other way in a couple days and blow harder and do it all over again.
It seems in a lot of places all over the country the trend is wetter.
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: JEB on January 12, 2019, 06:49:49 pm
Not sure where you are at Ed but we are in Rochester, Mn for a period of time and haven't had snow for a month.  Our son lives in Michigan and he has yet to plow his drive.  Good deer winter in Michigan so far.
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: Hawkdancer on January 12, 2019, 07:36:02 pm
Neat pig, btw!  We got some rain here, enough to make mud for the dogs to track in!  Not much snow north of Denver, quite a bit n the southern mountains, we need more, preferably not all at once!  But any way we can get it, works.
Hawkdancer
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: BowEd on January 13, 2019, 02:26:32 am
Yes not everyone is getting a lot of moisture lately.I did'nt mean that everyone did.Especially places like California too with the fires.Previously here in southern Iowa the last 2 winters we have had virtually no snow.Snow blower sales were very low.I never did start the tractor to plow snow.Late last summer the trend has changed here.It goes in trends like that.
Our deer are doing pretty good yet really but I'm sure this snow lately will put some stress on them.It hurts the birds like pheasant and quail more so really.
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: PaulN/KS on January 13, 2019, 04:10:28 am
Got 4-5 inches here in NE Kansas . Huh, an eagle just flew by the window... cool.
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: bjrogg on January 13, 2019, 05:10:25 am
We had snow earlier but it's almost all gone now. Like Jeb said. It's been a easy winter for the wildlife here so far. Crops came off late, some still out and very little snow. That could all change any day though. Nice working in the woods right now.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: osage outlaw on January 13, 2019, 07:56:16 am
We got another round of snow last night.  Worse than the previous night.  That made for a white knuckled 2 hour drive to work this morning. 
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: Knoll on January 13, 2019, 07:25:13 pm
Yeah, Clint, you're getting similar weather as us about 24 hrs later.
The Wife hopped plane to Ft Lauderdale about 12 hrs before it started snowing here at home.

(https://i.imgur.com/iHXzNF4.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ifOib6K.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/C7JUT1c.jpg)
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: osage outlaw on January 14, 2019, 04:53:23 am
The Wife hopped plane to Ft Lauderdale about 12 hrs before it started snowing here at home.


I'd say your wife is a little smarter than you Knoll  ;D
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: BowEd on January 14, 2019, 05:12:36 am
I'd say you got your fair share there Mike.Someone has to hold the fort down...HEH!!No grilling today....Ha Ha.Your wife just got out of there.
I started tractor and moved snow here.Got my neighbor out then too.Mailman did'nt deliver saturday here.
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: JW_Halverson on January 14, 2019, 09:14:19 am
I spent most of a winter working in Iowa in the late 80's. One of my favorite memories was a snowy morning with a dozen cardinals and a few blue jays at a bird feeder.  They were so brightly colored it almost hurt to look at them.

One sure could have worse scenery out the window, Ed.
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: BowEd on January 14, 2019, 10:17:58 am
It's my cheapest form of entertainment I guess a person could say.All those birds can drive the hawks and owls nuts.What kind of hawk would this be?I know it's not a red tail or even an immature one.I'm guessing it's a northern gos hawk?
(https://i.imgur.com/XvOhpZG.jpg)
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: Hawkdancer on January 14, 2019, 08:39:26 pm
If it isn't real big,( pigeon size) it is possibly a sparrow hawk,(or kestrel). 
Hawkdancer
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: Hummingbird Point on January 15, 2019, 09:15:04 am
Looks like a red shouldered hawk to me, but hard to say.

My youngest is almost 13 but I still have dozens of nursery rhymes stuck in my head from reading to the kids when they were little.

Hickory dickory dare
A pig flew up in the air
The man in brown
Soon brought it down
Hickory dickory dare
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: BowEd on January 15, 2019, 10:08:43 am
My second guess was a brown shouldered hawk too.The hawk is a shade smalller than a red tail hawk so it's definitely not a sparrow hawk.I see those a lot around here too.Both red shoulder and northern gos are native to Iowa.
Anyway it's winter and it's slim pickens for these raptors.Except for scavaging on road killed deer and other anilmals.The DNR has put a stifle on the road killed deer too testing them for CWD then pulling them off the road.
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: DC on January 15, 2019, 10:21:19 am
Goshawks are quite skinny with long legs but all huddled up in the cold like that it's hard to say. I would guess that it's not a gos. Immature colouring can mess with your guesses this time of year too.
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: BowEd on January 15, 2019, 11:48:44 am
Yes I realize that about immaturity.Especially on red tailed hawks and have seen those before.I'm sure it's not an immature red tail though because the the tail feathers are barred.This birds legs are longer and skinnier than a red tailed hawks is too.Overall the bird is smaller boned than a red tail.
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: JW_Halverson on January 15, 2019, 03:50:27 pm
Yup, she's a red shouldered hawk. Great mousers.  The red on the shoulder (that is really the wrist) is a dead give-away, and so is that lovely banded tail. Your photo also shows the third give-away...long skinny yellow legs!  Lotta times photos don't always catch the details that are the best for identifying raptors, but this one nailed them all.

They will sometimes make a run on blue jays, pigeons, doves and the like, but aren't generally fast and agile enough to make this their usual diet.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-shouldered_hawk
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: BowEd on January 16, 2019, 03:37:39 am
Thanks JW.My intuitions were right then.
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: JW_Halverson on January 18, 2019, 09:16:34 am
You nailed that one, Ed.

Last time I went to the Tennessee Classic, I saw them everywhere on the way back. We have them here in South Dakota, but only in the very bottom eastern corner. 
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: upstatenybowyer on January 18, 2019, 02:25:20 pm
Cool bird Ed. I don't think we get the red-shouldered hawks up here. We are, however, gonna get the leftovers from that storm that hit you. They're forecasting 12-18" by Monday.  (S)
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: bjrogg on January 18, 2019, 02:47:32 pm
We're still snow free. Just a slight dusting. Supposed to get a inch or two. Sure makes winter easier but I kinda miss it just a little. Not a real lot though
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: JEB on January 19, 2019, 02:51:19 am
We got a light dusting her in Rochester last night. First snow in a month. It is only a 3 block walk to the Mayo building. Son back home in Michigan says he has yet to plow his drive.
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: upstatenybowyer on January 19, 2019, 07:54:26 am
JEB, that's not Rochester, NY is it?
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: JEB on January 19, 2019, 10:59:06 am
No, wife  is in the Mayo hospital in Minnesota .
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: upstatenybowyer on January 19, 2019, 12:43:29 pm
Gotcha. When it comes to primitive archery it's pretty lonely around here, so I just thought I'd ask. My best to you and the Mrs.  :)
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: bjrogg on January 19, 2019, 12:47:40 pm
Got a little snow here now Jon. I have a cousin not far from Rochester. This one just seemed to fit the snow.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Flying pig
Post by: Hawkdancer on January 19, 2019, 07:54:16 pm
JEB,
Hope your wife is doing better!  Mayo is a great facility.

BJ, nice point, what breed of rock is that?
Hawkdancer