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Thread subject: No more eagle activity
Name Date Message
Melanie 12/09/11 10:06 am I enlisted a few dog walker/birder neighbors and none of us have seen any BE activity on my creek since just before Thanksgiving. Bummer.
martyc35 12/09/11 02:26 pm Awww, that's too bad, but then the eagles must have decided that wasn't the right spot, and they've been doing this for a long time. Sorry, Mel.
Lori 12/09/11 10:31 pm darn! There go my Christmas plans ;p
Melanie 12/09/11 11:04 pm But Sweeney and I will still be here! Along with several million Canada and Snow geese and Tundra swans
martyc35 12/10/11 02:25 pm While wondering what had happened to Mute Swans in your neighborhood, Mel, I came upon this ARTICLE, and I see they are still a problem in MD. From the sound of it, you could use a moose or two to compete for their food sources. I'm sure eagles and ospreys won't scare them.
Melanie 12/10/11 09:42 pm Mute swans are still here and there are still people who are doing everything they can to block addling the eggs, although they have been able to put a dent in the population. They are beautiful but destructive and belligerent. I have a friend who says her Chesapeake Bay Retriever would rather go 10 rounds with a dumpster than encounter a mute swan.
Pam 12/11/11 06:10 am I really hate the fact that eggs are addled. I know that Canada geese are a problem at Race Rocks but every year I plead with the guardians not to destroy the eggs. This year I watched a goose lay about half a dozen eggs. They left ONE....and whether that hatched or not I don't know. Seldom have I seen goslings but sometimes a couple of geese seem to evade the saboteurs and manage to hatch a clutch of eggs!!! Maybe I would feel different if the nuisance was in my own backyard though.
martyc35 12/11/11 02:26 pm I know from experience that I could not find it in my heart to think of a Canada goose as an urban rat, as many Americans do, Pam. We had them as year-round residents at all the man-made golf courses in Sonoma county, where the agricultural diversion to one source (monoculture) for income, wine growing, led to the loss of habitat for the migrating birds and the squatters.I just had to ask, who was here first, the birds or the greedy grape growers? I like the birds more.
Melanie 12/12/11 03:59 pm Take it from someone who's backyard they are in. The problem with with Mute Swans is that unlike other waterfowl, they nibble the grasses right down to the root so there is nothing left to produce shoots. Those grasses are the last line of defense against shoreline erosion so wherever Mute Swans set up shop there is erosion - not to mention the fact that they are aggressive and have literally bullied other species out of their breeding territory. Were they left unchecked all we would have on the Chesapeake is Mute Swans. I have no problem with addling or just simply killing them. They are not a native species, they were brought in from China to decorate some idiot's property, they escaped and they are causing millions of dollars of damage on the Bay.
martyc35 12/12/11 04:49 pm Oh, I agree with you on the swans, Mel. Not so sure that it's the right thing for a Canada Goose, though, as they are native and it's the humans who are meddling with their habitat. I have the same problem with deliberately imported invasive plant species here on the west coast. I'd be happy never to see Pampas Grass or Eucalyptus trees here again.
Melanie 12/13/11 10:15 am Canadas are another issue - we have resident and migratory geese here. The migratory are not the issue - it's the resident geese who stay here year round. There are many passive deterrents to them to get them to move on to someone else's region. The migratory population (who breed in the Arctic) is actually making a comeback thanks to hunting restrictions - for a while they were overhunted here and their numbers here on the Bay dropped to 29,000 pairs. Hunting was banned completely in 1995 for one year and after that restrictions were placed on the number you could take. Their numbers have been bouncing back ever since. OK - I'm off my soapbox for a while.

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