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  •  I loved every minute of this diary! (4+ / 0-)

    I have never seen one of these woodpeckers in person, we do have woodpeckers and flickers here, tho. Our most common visitor is a red shafted flicker pair, they are show-offs.

    It seems like all our feathered friends have been overrun by mourning doves, we have them in the hundreds everywhere. They have even driven off the red wing blackbirds and starlings! In the 22yrs I've lived here I have never seen anything like this.

    "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

    by high uintas on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 03:39:11 PM PST

    •  Thanks high! (2+ / 0-)
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      We're even, I've never seen a red shafted flicker, We have the yellow shafted ones here though.

      Curious about the dove explosion. Where abouts are you located ? Can't imagine enough doves to drive off blackbirds and starlings! Any ideas why they are there in those numbers?

      Just give me some truth. John Lennon--- OWS------Too Big To Fail

      by burnt out on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 03:45:32 PM PST

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      •  I live about 30 miles wsw of (4+ / 0-)

        Salt Lake City. I have no idea on the doves, we've always had them but never in these numbers. We have a number of shrubs and vines that grow around here that produce berries, in fall they are usually covered with the red wings and starlings, the last two years it's been sparse with doves everywhere.

        Another Kossack told me that mourning doves can reproduce more than once in a season, lay their eggs damn near anywhere...I've seen that behavior. Maybe their natural predators are out of balance. I don't know. Time for an expanded dove season, IMO.

        "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

        by high uintas on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 04:03:43 PM PST

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        •  That's a puzzler. I can't think what would (3+ / 0-)
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          cause a dove explosion. Never heard of it before. We have them here too and their numbers actually seem to be down a bit this year. Of course we're a thousand or so miles apart so that doesn't mean much, it's curious though. Thanks for your reply.

          Just give me some truth. John Lennon--- OWS------Too Big To Fail

          by burnt out on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 04:32:48 PM PST

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