Owl ID confirmations
Posted 28 June 2012 - 11:42 PM
The first I believe was an Eastern Screech-Owl. Picture taken in my yard back when I had a camera with no zoom at all, late afternoon. I wasn't that interested in birds yet back then, but these caught my interest enough I tried to get pictures. The trees were heavily shaded, so I have lightened the picture a lot so you can see the owl. There were 3-5 babies playing in the trees each afternoon. They looked like little gray downy fluff balls. Each day, they would alert me they were out for the day with their odd noises... first, it would sound like small young puppies yipping, then change to noises like small monkeys chattering. The adult would set back in another tree on a bare branch and watch the babies jump around from tree to intersecting tree. My husband had the dead wood all cut out of the trees that year, and we never had any more owls after that.
(took me forever to figure out what these owls might be)
The second I think is a Great Horned Owl (I had mis-identified this one as the Eastern Screech-Owl for a long time, not realizing that they were a very small owl... this one was big)
Posted 28 June 2012 - 11:47 PM
New Year's Resolutions:
Get my lifelist to 300 (currently 293)
Finally get Mountain Quail and Vesper Sparrow
Top my previous single year best (2011-253) I'm at 193 as of 5/12.
Latest Lifer(s):Harris's Sparrow, Oka Ponds, Campbell, CA, 1/1/13
Favorite Recent Bird(s):Blue-winged Teal (Pair), Peregrine Falcon, Sanderling (3),Franklin's Gull (9), Modesto Wastewater Treatment Facility, Modesto, CA, 5/12/13, MacGillivray's Warber, Adair Rd., Modesto, CA, 5/5/13, Long-eared Owl, Mercy Hot Springs, Fresno County, CA, 4/29/13, Lawrwnce's Goldfinch, Panoche Shool, San Benito County, CA, 4/29/13,Lawrwnce's Goldfinch, McHenry Rec Area, Escalon, CA, 4/21/13, Snowy Plover, Modesto Water Treatment Plant, Modesto, CA, 4/14/13, Blue-winged Teal, Redhead, San Luis NWR, Merced County, CA, 3/11/13, Eurasian Wigeon, American Bittern, Santa Fe Grade Rd., Merced County,, CA, 3/9/13
Posted 29 June 2012 - 02:15 AM
Life list: 355
Latest: Olive-sided Flycatcher(Finally), Mississippi Kite, Wilson's Plover, Lark Sparrow, Elegant Tern, Northern Lapwing
Posted 29 June 2012 - 06:28 AM
New birds 2013; Red Flanked Bluetail (Queen's Park, New Westminster Jan 15, 2013), Gyrfalcon (Hastings Park/Viterra building near Second Narrows, Jan 26, 2013), Brambling (Laurel/17th Feb 5th/2013), Red-naped Sapsucker (west side of Fraserview golf course, in lane by 7878 Vivian, Apr 5/2013). Sora (pond at Colony Farm April 8/13).
New birds 2012; Black throated gray warbler, Cassin's vireo, (Hammond's Flycatcher,Chipping Sparrow were id'd at bird banding station), Vaux Swift, Cliff Swallow, Dowitcher, Merlin, Peregrine, Eastern Kingbird, Spotted Sandpiper, YHBB, Caspian Tern, Purple Martin, Warbling Vireo, Western Tanager.
Posted 30 June 2012 - 03:05 AM
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