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TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jun 3, 2014 - 08:05am PT
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/06/02/woman-knocked-out-cold-by-aggressive-hawk/
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 3, 2014 - 09:35am PT
Ha! Very timely Wendell! I was about to post the latest on 'my' Coopers but I'm having major
Puter issues so no pics. But suffice it to say Mrs Cooper has the hood majorly terrorized! The
people closest won't leave their front door without brollies! LOL! Mrs Cooper has drawn blood
on at least two people and bonked at least three others! She has come for me half a dozen
times but I fend her off with the 300mm. It is sooo freaking awesome to see her coming
straight at you'!!!!!!!

Interestingly, Mr Cooper doesn't seem to fly cover. He is around and I think he is helping to
put the bacon on the table but it is only the missus that does the strafing. Perhaps he is the
High CAP (combat air patrol).
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Jun 3, 2014 - 09:41am PT
Why why why THAT NEST MUST BE REMOVED!!!!1111111

(people are idiots)

DMT
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 3, 2014 - 09:58am PT
Stand down DMT! Of course you're right but thankfully we still have the
Migratory Bird Act of 1918. The 'Brollie People' did call Animal Control
who informed them of a higher power and advised them to break out the brollies.

Here's the missus just after she strafed me - she really laid into me for
being a pussy and ducking. I told her that trash talkin' was for SuperTopo.
Then I ran like a girl. See that hind claw? Yikers!!!!!!!
]
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 3, 2014 - 10:54am PT
A few from the past week. Great shot Reilly.

Greater Roadrunner
Greater Roadrunner
Credit: Bob D'A

Painted Redstart
Painted Redstart
Credit: Bob D'A

Crissal Thrasher
Crissal Thrasher
Credit: Bob D'A

Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Credit: Bob D'A

Black-throated Gray Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Credit: Bob D'A
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 3, 2014 - 12:35pm PT
So I'm sitting here all mellow and I hear a truck pull up across the street.
I look out there...WTF?


The Coopers' nest is just behind the truck, in the public median! The
house in the picture is The Brollies'. The dad is a real jerk, all the
neighbors have had run-ins with him. His wife is nice but I'm like,
"Oh no you don't, you fat phuk!"

I get on the horn to the Monrovia PD and fill them in on the subtleties of
the Migratory Bird Act and that they had better show up tout de suite or
I'm throwing it down big time with the tree trimmers. They're all, "Well,
you need to call the Pasadena Humane Society." So I call them but that
is like calling a wall but I did get them to say they would send someone as
well as call the MPD to reinforce the seriousness of violating the MBA. By
now, ten minutes later, the tree trimmer is all kitted up and nobody has
shown so I get in his grill and tell him in no uncertain terms that he ain't
goin' up that tree. He is being a real jerk and being very vague in his
Spanglish. So I get on the horn with the LA office of the US Fish and Wildlife
Service. OMG, their receptionist is why government does not work. Do
the terms 'dumber than dirt' and 'when does my pension start?' have any gravitas?
After I finally make her aware of the situation she said 'they' would call
MPD to further clarify the MBA and that they would send an agent. By now
some more neighbors, of the good ilk, are out and the tree trimmers are
looking kind of insecure. The nice lady upon whose median the tree actually
grows comes across the street to my side and Mrs Cooper nails her in the face!!!!!!!!!!
Right then the MPD shows up



and they get freaked so they call the MFD!



The MFD medics proceed to freak her out to the point she is about to climb
into the meat wagon!



Granted, Mrs Cooper did get her right in the forehead but, rabies, really?

So the MPD guys get calmed down, but one of them almost got nailed, and they
get the tree trimmers to move their truck down the street and say they won't
use the chipper. I'm good with that!


Oh, did I mention they then claimed they were only going to trim the trees
in the back around the Edison lines? Why didn't they tell me that when I
was inches from decking them? I know Rudi Brollie called them, this is
way too much of a coincidence. I might go deck Rudi just for good measure.


So things calm down and finally Fish and Feathers shows up...



She tells me it is OK if they use the chipper and that they could even trim
the actual tree as long as it isn't the limb the nest is on. OMG, whose side
are you on? Last time I call them. I think the best thing was getting the
three neighbor ladies out; thems my Krew!

Pasadena Humane never did show up. They're like tits on a boar hog.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Jun 3, 2014 - 12:43pm PT
Damn Reilly yer such a drama queen!

Cooper nailing your neighbor in the face is a riot.

DMT
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 3, 2014 - 12:45pm PT
DON'T PHUK WITH MY BOIDS BRO!

Actually, she missed having an eye put out by a hair more than ONE INCH!
The sad part is that she is #2 Boid Luvver!

signed,
The Unrepentant
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Jun 3, 2014 - 12:47pm PT
Actually, she missed having an eye put out by a hair more than ONE INCH!

Well that could mean 7-miles now couldn't it? See what I mean by Drama Queen? :D

Thanks for the Good Fight btw.

DMT
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jun 3, 2014 - 01:02pm PT
Wow, bird drama in the Reilly hood! Pretty wild scene out there, glad the neighbor didn't lose a peeper and the tree dorks didn't take down the nest area branches. Them Coops is serious eh?
Credit: BrassNuts
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 3, 2014 - 01:41pm PT
Great drama Reilly.

Phainopepla
Phainopepla
Credit: Bob D'A


Hepatic Tanager
Hepatic Tanager
Credit: Bob D'A
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 3, 2014 - 09:55pm PT
A few more from Portal, AZ

Yellow-eyed Junco
Yellow-eyed Junco
Credit: Bob D'A

Mystery Bird. :-&#41;
Mystery Bird. :-)
Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 4, 2014 - 01:12pm PT
A few more from my trip.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 5, 2014 - 08:38pm PT
Reilly, you're my hero! Awesome stuff!!!


I didn't know Souptope was back up, I was stuck in pre-delete history land.

I've got a giant photo backlog. Prepare yourselves for a catch up slew of bird photos from me. Some might even be good.

Bob, that may be a rare Red Phainopepla.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 5, 2014 - 09:05pm PT
Last weekend I was desperate for a good bird walk and downloaded the June Wandering Tattler. I saw there was a walk at Santiago Oaks at 7:30 on Sat. with Linette Lina leading. She is one of the best. I was stoked and showed up early to find an empty parking lot. WTF? So, I hiked around anyway, the birding wasn't too good until the end. Later I got home and discovered I had downloaded and printed a Tattler from 2012. Duh!

I have been trying for months to get a decent Bushtit shot. Some of the really plain/mundane birds have been becoming more beautiful to me lately. I don't know why.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Later I saw this Clown-faced Woodpecker fly into his cavity nest and waited for quite a while.

Credit: dee ee

Another plain bird that is pretty cool (this time of year).

Credit: dee ee

Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jun 6, 2014 - 10:28am PT
Tomorrow is the fifth annual Lake Tahoe Bird Festival, held at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center in S Lake. We also have a couple of free guided bird walks at Spooner Lake and Blackwood Canyon. Come on out and say howdy!! More info at www.tinsweb.org.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 6, 2014 - 10:36am PT
Great photos Dee. I liking the new area. Got a Red-faced Warbler and Grace Warbler today up at Water Canyon. Photos are crap but it was 6am with no light in the canyon. Western & Hepatic Tanagers were also there.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Jun 6, 2014 - 11:22am PT
Great photos, all!

Reilly. Good on you for keeping it safe for the Cooper's . For 12 years I inspected trees for PG&E. We used a flow chart to follow the directive of the MBT. If an occupied nest was noted the location was put on hold until fledglings departed. Adjacent trees were allowed to be "worked" or as many see it, "butchered ".

Additionally, any dead raptor under or around high voltage lines (12kv and up) must be documented with gps and photos and forwarded to the PG&E bird guy. Wider crossarms and over wire perches have to be installed ASAP.

Edit. I had to explain to the PG&E bird guy what a neotropical migrant was.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Jun 6, 2014 - 11:27am PT

How's Mrs. Cooper doing?
Plan B

Ice climber
Agua Dulce,CA
Jun 6, 2014 - 11:39am PT
Great story Reilly! And love everyone's photos.
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