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Well no wood work or any kind of work for the next little while , it's time to sit back and watch the show. It started yesterday, the largest Raptor migration on the planet and it's all mine for the watching. The first to arrive from down south are The Golden Eagles, yesterday I counted 143 flying past my office window between the hours or 3:00 and 7:00 pm. During the next week their numbers will only increase as they head to their nesting grounds up north. The Golden's will then be followed by the Bald Eagles who being fish eaters for the most part have to wait for the ice on the rivers and lakes to breakup, they will then be followed by the lesser Raptors like the Red tailed and Sharp Shined Hawks and they in turn followed by the Falcons and Kestrels. Then between the first and the fifth of May will come the Vultures, sort of the cleanup brigade.

It's a good time of the year, the winters back is broken and these magnificent creatures herald the coming of summer with their arrival.

I live on the edge of a large valley and it's fascinating to actually be able to look down upon these fantastic birds as they ride the thermals traveling hundreds of miles in a day without a single wing beat. They are truly masters of the air and it's good to see then again.

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My brother-in-law and his wife would probably do just about anything to see what you are seeing. I have seen them pulled over looking at eagles or other birds of prey several times when we have driven down the the in-laws.

We have some around here, but I guess I don't look up often enough to notice the ones other people do. Have heard the scream of a rabbit in the middle of the night as something, assuming a bird got it.
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Ahh... the wascally wabbit didn't wun fast enuf!!

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The spouse is busy chasing the local hawk out of the yard already. The bird feeders have been vacant most of the winter as this predator seems to have settled into the neighbourhood. He tore something to pieces at the edge of our pond last year.
Then there was the heron that decided fishing in our pond was like bobbing for apples. He scared the crap out of my cats! I don't let the cats out unless I am out there with them. I don't trust that hawk.

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The spouse is busy chasing the local hawk out of the yard already. The bird feeders have been vacant most of the winter as this predator seems to have settled into the neighbourhood. He tore something to pieces at the edge of our pond last year.
Then there was the heron that decided fishing in our pond was like bobbing for apples. He scared the crap out of my cats! I don't let the cats out unless I am out there with them. I don't trust that hawk.
Out here where I live I get to watch the interplay of life and death on almost a daily basis, it can sometimes be painful to witness but it is what it is.I will tell you this, in a match up between an eagle or even one of the medium sized hawks and a cat it is NO contest. I have personally watched a Golden Eagle kill a 45 pound wolverine and thats about as nasty a piece of work as you would want to imagine tangling with. And even there it was no contest, the Eagle attacked it's talons clamped down and punctured the wolverines lungs, it was truly impressive . Keep your cats at home. And oh btw the hawk is completely trustworthy, you can trust it to kill and eat your cat. There's a certain irony there dontya think?

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