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have been depleted. A favorite
trick of mine is to head for farm
country and find a farmer who
is spreading good old-fashioned
manure on fields. It’s a magnet
for larks, pipits, and longspurs,
which are a magnet for hunting
open country raptors such as
northern harrier, Cooper’s hawk,
Winter coastal storms often
churn up sea bottoms, depositing
mounds of gull-attracting bivalves
on beaches. (Monitor the weather
to plan your visit.) And there are
still places where open landfills
accept daily tributes of gull-approved human food waste. My
mentor, Floyd Wolfarth, boasted
of spending 10,000 hours studying
gulls in the Hackensack Meadow-land landfills. That must be some
kind of record.
Of course, you can bait birds
by feeding them in the backyard.
You deer hunters out there can
attract eagles, red-tailed hawks,
and other species by setting out
those post-butchering remains
(such as rib cages) in open fields.
Just make sure your neighbor’s
dog isn’t ranging freely, in case
some of that venison survives to
warm weather. a
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