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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

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    What's the Hancock Chamber of Commerce PAYING you? Jeepers, you didn't even mention the mountain lions, grizzlies, Deliverance types, bats and Dobsonflies the size of pterodactyls or the colon eating lampreys!

    Beware folks.
    FF, The bats are mostly gone thanks to "white nose syndrome" Don't know if it's contagious to humans.

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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

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    Don't know if it's contagious to humans.
    I don't know either; but it MUST be. One can never be TOO careful, so steer clear, PEOPLE. Thanks for the "head's up".

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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    One day I saw two peregrine falcons catch ducks in a single day! That is far rarer than seeing an osprey or a bald eagle in action. I have seen up to nine ospreys working the Pequest hatchery and adjoining TCA. Since the Gruendyke dam is out in Hackettstown, NJ a bald eagle has stopped by each fall. However, he has an odd MO. When an osprey gets a fish or waterfowl the eagle swoops down and grabs it away from an osprey. After a week or so of this the ospreys leave and the eagle leaves shortly thereafter.

    Even the vultures can get in on the act. Dozens of vultures hang on the inside bend of the Delaware Water Gap in June to pick off the dying shad that collect there. In bad drought years (like two years ago) suckers and the odd trout crowd into spring seeps into the Delaware to cool down. I have seen vultures pick off suckers exposed in a shallow spring inflow.


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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe D View Post
    FF, The bats are mostly gone thanks to "white nose syndrome" Don't know if it's contagious to humans.
    Yah know, Joe... it occured to me the other night that I haven't seen a bat all year. I was actually going to ask about this but forgot. Glad you brought it up. They're almost non-existent. Has anyone seen bats?

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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

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    Yah know, Joe... it occured to me the other night that I haven't seen a bat all year. I was actually going to ask about this but forgot. Glad you brought it up. They're almost non-existent. Has anyone seen bats?
    Just the regular 50 pound 3 foot long blood suckin' ones down at Shehawken.

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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by dcabarle View Post
    Yah know, Joe... it occured to me the other night that I haven't seen a bat all year. I was actually going to ask about this but forgot. Glad you brought it up. They're almost non-existent. Has anyone seen bats?
    Dennis, I've seen at most one bat in an evening. Most nights none. That's over 60 evenings on the river so far this season. Here's a publication from the US Fish & Wildlife Service that explains it: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/pdf/white-nosefaqs.pdf and http://www.fws.gov/whitenosesyndrome...se_mystery.pdf

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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    I sure haven't seen nearly the number of bats you normally expect to see. Maybe one or two in just a few places. I know in PA, the PGC was reporting the White-nose Syndrome has really decimated the state's bat population. Even saw a program on them and they were showing entire colonies they found dead on the snow outside their "dens." They're continuing to research it but they're hoping that the surviving bats have or will develop an immunity to it and rebuild the populations from there.

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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffK View Post
    One day I saw two peregrine falcons catch ducks in a single day! That is far rarer than seeing an osprey or a bald eagle in action. I have seen up to nine ospreys working the Pequest hatchery and adjoining TCA. Since the Gruendyke dam is out in Hackettstown, NJ a bald eagle has stopped by each fall. However, he has an odd MO. When an osprey gets a fish or waterfowl the eagle swoops down and grabs it away from an osprey. After a week or so of this the ospreys leave and the eagle leaves shortly thereafter.

    Even the vultures can get in on the act. Dozens of vultures hang on the inside bend of the Delaware Water Gap in June to pick off the dying shad that collect there. In bad drought years (like two years ago) suckers and the odd trout crowd into spring seeps into the Delaware to cool down. I have seen vultures pick off suckers exposed in a shallow spring inflow.
    That's not an odd MO for bald eagles. That is their standard MO. They're bullies and thieves first, scavengers second and hunters third. They just look cool.


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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

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    Yah know, Joe... it occured to me the other night that I haven't seen a bat all year. I was actually going to ask about this but forgot. Glad you brought it up. They're almost non-existent. Has anyone seen bats?
    They are making a comeback in some spots. There is a large cave in upper bucks county that survived fairly well this past winter. I have seen a few up in the poconos this spring.

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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    I don't know that I'd call it a comeback, the precious few to be seen in places like the Poconos are just the few that survived this past winter. We have to hope they have developed some sort of immunity and will pass that on to any offspring in the coming breeding seasons. If they haven't developed an immunity and just got lucky another winter of this white-nose syndrome could also kill off most of what's left though. Good to hear about the bats from the cave in Bucks.

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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    Saw some bats during the spring, midday but haven't seen any since. I used to have them in my barns and have not seen any this year.

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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    Dennis and all,

    You can kiss all the water goodbye thanks to the FFMP. The release as of this morning as per the WATER LINE is 235 CFS release from Cannonsville, USGS gagues are still reading 415 CFS??????. More DRBC propaganda.
    The only reason we had good water the past two weeks was to the fact the additional water above the 325 CFS was in preperation of the fall shutdown of cannonsville diversion pipe for fall tunnel construction. It had nothing to do with the FFMP or DRBC giving water out of the goodness of their hearts. Pose your questions to our local FFMP expert BIG SPINNER maybe he can put a positive spin on this as he always does.
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