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An Urban Forest for the Birds [not just pigeons..in US residential areas (not just parks)]

I wanted to specifically show how living alongside with nature in residential areas is very much possible...some feel it is a ridiculous concept and they should be left to the wilderness areas...or tourist areas.
Yup pretty possible to work in big cities like Chicago but has a house a bit far from city center and has forest like environment there.

USA is pretty big
Living in Jakarta, we also can find unique animals here, although not often and I believe is only possible in South and East Jakarta where the environment are greener.

In East Jakarta we also can still see falcon birds originated from mountanous region in greater Jakarta region ( Bogor ) and in the North we can still see many interesting births as well who lives in small Islands nears Jakarta.

If we are speaking about greater Jakarta region, we still have leopards living in wilderness.
Yup pretty possible to work in big cities like Chicago but has a house a bit far from city center and has forest like environment there.

USA is pretty big

The "forest environment" is a little misleading as it's mostly because people simply don't cut down all the trees on their property (or the town says they can't). So in many of the videos you may see a treeline in the back BUT maybe 30 meters beyond it as you exit their property there is another house/road/building/McDonald's parking lot. So there is not usually some continuous woods in developed residential areas (unless it is a government park/preserve) but more like "pockets" dotted around.

Even in the city this occurs. For instance if we look at the following video in the beginning it looks like some continuous tree canopy all the way to the skyscrapers of downtown Boston. However as the camera rises all the shorter buildings start peeking out from between the trees.

So this situation goes on for hundreds of miles. Of course the houses may not be as close but the same general situation is occurring as most of the land in the US is "developed".

Here is somebody driving through the most densely populated state in the US (New Jersey).
These trees are all on private property next to people's houses.
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Merlin Falcon in NYC

Merlin sightings like that are super rare because it's such an elusive raptor. You have a better chance of seeing a Peregrine falcon than a Merlin. One good way to identify one in flight over cities is its harassing behavior. Falcons in general, being mostly bird-eating birds of prey, will hunt other birds in flight only when they are hungry & in hunting mode. Merlins, on the other hand, will go out of their way to harass a flock of pigeons or crows and even try to kill one just because it wants to.

You look at that bird in your video and you can see how high-strung it is, constantly turning its head and looking all around it for predators and even potential prey. Similar to Coopers hawks and the entire Accipiter family. Sharp Shinned, Coopers & Goshawks all very high-strung raptors.

Speaking of Peregrines & birds in the cities, there is a pair of mated adults in the Customes House in downtown Boston that have been there for many years. The people who were head of the local Audubon Society who were in charge of banding and keeping track of these birds would go into the nest and band and tag the chick every spring and it would be in the paper/online and local news etc. Even when it was turned into billion $ condos till now, they still gave them a place to nest with one-way mirrors.

The live feed. It's empty now obviously but the parent website has several cameras set up in the state such as one in Newburyport.

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The [EDIT] Rose-breasted Grosbeak is a beautiful bird. Having them as visitors at one's bird-feeders is exciting, for sure. Along with many other species of birds.

When your bird feeder is suddenly vacated and empty for a day or two, you can be sure of the culprits. It's either a sharp-shinned hawk or a Cooper's hawk. Both part of the accipiter family of raptors (short winged, long tailed, red-eyed & bird-eating birds).

Absolutely gorgeous specimens, especially the adults. They're plumage is a variety of drab brown and their eyes are yellow. After the first year and their first molt, their plumage turns into that spectacular cinnamon-barred chest & belly feathers, black and white banded tail and slate blue backside. The red eyes take about 5 years to turn from yellow to orange to blood red. Spectacular adult bird.


Juvenile SSH.


Those physical features are very distinct. Ornithologists claim that because of their primary diet being other birds of comparable size or smaller, their distinctive short wings and long tail help them fly very fast and in between tight trees in deciduous forests chasing & hunting other birds.



And they're relatively small raptors.


The males are about 1/3 smaller in size than the females. Scientists think that this size differential between the sexes (sexual dimorphism) is the need for the females to have more body mass to incubate their eggs.


The same sexual dimorphism exists in falcons. Hawks and Eagles also although not as drastic.
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Sorry, I meant "Rose-Breasted Grosbeak" not "Evening". Although the latter is a partial resident and a breeding finch of the North Americas as well. And also a gorgeous little birdie with that ever so recognizable bulbous beak.

This is the Evening Grosbeak.


Hey Ant, how long have you been interested in birds, bro?
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