Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
We had a pair of Mallards in the town lakes, which was a first for me to see. Doug says he sees them occassionally. I had seen Mallards and Wood Ducks in the creek last Spring. It'll be neat to see more waterfowl visit the ponds as some vegetation takes off.
I watched a pair of American Kestrels chase off European Starlings in the cottonwoods near the Avimor entrance and I had a pair of Black-capped Chickadees callings along the creek. A large Common Raven was eating something on a vacant lot across from the sales office. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between a Common Raven and an American Crow. Overall size, beak size, and feathers along the neck are key indentifying traits.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Some new friends from "A Splash of Color Aviary" dropped by to display a couple pair of real life lovebirds and gave some cool facts about bird breeding.
Michael Wiegand educated us on the various plants along the way. Robert tried out some "pishing" calls that seemed to get the attention of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Song Sparrows. Special thanks to Kara Mortensen for the photos.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Brown-headed Cowbirds are easily confused with Brewer's because its black and shiny. The brown head isn't always a distinguishable as it is in the photo. But the key is to notice the dark eye as compared to the Brewer's.