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Offline growalot

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Wow what a turkey hunt!
« on: February 02, 2019, 12:24:03 PM »
My better half and I  just witnessed 2  young balds or golden eagles attack a flock of wild turkey out the kitchen window. Washing dishes I spot a big flock across the field along the middle hedgerow. So we get the bino's out . While counting them a huge winged bird swooped in and they huddled up in the honeysuckle bushes. Next thing we know there's another swooping in . What an air show we had, then one perched right above the flock and sat. I ran for my camera but the zoom wouldn't hold. Some couldn't handle it any more and broke from the flock running then taking flight across the next field into the spruce.I think one didn't make it for one eagle disappeared. Their wing span dwarfed that of the turkey. Then in groups they all made a run for it. The last eagle snatched feathers off the back of a turkey just as it hit the spruce flipping it. Then he flew right over or dog kennel headed toward the lakes. They cruise the currents up here often but I've never seen them on such big prey before. So neat! They dive and flip ,turn on a dime and it was nuts watching the one sit no more than 12or so above those birds as they held their security in the brush.

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Re: Wow what a turkey hunt!
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2019, 01:16:18 PM »
They are great birds to watch .  ##$%#1118
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Re: Wow what a turkey hunt!
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2019, 04:04:25 PM »
very cool. the baldies here take out a goose when they get hungry. when there are hundreds on the only open water for miles, it makes a big ruckus when they go on the hunt

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Re: Wow what a turkey hunt!
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2019, 08:32:42 PM »
That had to be something to see.  Bro in law had a similar story with two bald eagles and a cottontail as he was harvesting soybeans a couple of years ago.  Would be something to witness it.
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Re: Wow what a turkey hunt!
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2019, 11:16:41 PM »
 Ya know it really was and exciting too! Then thinking on it later I realized the beautiful sight of so many turkey flying all at once had never been seen before either. I usually see them walking or running through the woods. Trickling down off their morning perch or short scattered roosting flights. They really are pretty birds. Man they were slamming through those spruce limbs.
 I will surely appreciate any kills this spring even more now. Seriously, other than rodents and small game birds what else has so many predators after it all year long..lol

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Re: Wow what a turkey hunt!
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2019, 09:37:07 AM »
before I left for Florida in December I had 2 bald eagles land across the street on the lake edge (was not frozen yet) beautiful..thats Oneida Lake Growalot and you probably know where that is from you ..... central NY...they are rare but more and more are seen each year and thats GREAT!
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Re: Wow what a turkey hunt!
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2019, 10:59:02 AM »
Yes your East of us. We  are in the small lake area Honeyoe, Hemlock, Canadice with Canandaigua just over the hill a bit. Hemlock and Canadice being the best by far with no housing allowed and no motors over 10 hp. Hemlock started with a mating pair many many years ago and now they are a common sight. They hunt small game in the farm fields as far as Wayland NY that I personally know of. We have family  on Skaneateles.

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Re: Wow what a turkey hunt!
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2019, 09:34:11 PM »
Yeah, with the coyotes, bobcats, and eagles all growing in population it's a wonder we still have turkeys.  I saw a yote stalking turkeys two out of three days hunting in So IL last fall and have been stalked more than once when calling in the spring.  Turkeys are big enough and vocal enough to be a popular target for predators.
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Re: Wow what a turkey hunt!
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2019, 08:15:00 AM »
Sounds like a great show just wish they were after Coyotes or groundhogs!!
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Re: Wow what a turkey hunt!
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2019, 12:26:52 PM »
Me too! Then add raccoon and Fishers. They are the pits, they'll snatch turkey right off their roost. Had that happen right over one of my stands and dang! add insult to injury it then stuffed the leg bones between my stand and the tree for me to have to clean..lol
 I just got back from cutting timber and brush trees ,those eagles may be doing me a big favor.  The woods were just loaded with turkey tracks every where.  What a great day it's so warm but we still have snow cover. Perfect cutting weather before the next cold snap this week. Gives me a head start and drops food for the critters if we get snow again.
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Re: Wow what a turkey hunt!
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2019, 03:01:58 PM »
Bet that was a sight to see!! Nature is great to watch!!

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Re: Wow what a turkey hunt!
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2019, 07:03:30 PM »
Yes your East of us. We  are in the small lake area Honeyoe, Hemlock, Canadice with Canandaigua just over the hill a bit. Hemlock and Canadice being the best by far with no housing allowed and no motors over 10 hp. Hemlock started with a mating pair many many years ago and now they are a common sight. They hunt small game in the farm fields as far as Wayland NY that I personally know of. We have family  on Skaneateles.
travelled to Canandaigua a lot for my job before retiring and been to Skaneateles man many times ;D
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Re: Wow what a turkey hunt!
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2019, 11:50:48 PM »
That would be cool to watch. Nature can be an amazing thing!
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Re: Wow what a turkey hunt!
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2019, 03:59:25 AM »
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Re: Wow what a turkey hunt!
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2019, 04:29:07 PM »
What an encounter to witness!  Love eagles and am amazed at their strength and fierceness.
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