Thursday, February 4, 2010
Small and Simple Birding Discoveries
Posted by Birding is Fun!
One of Avimor's Great Horned Owls was perched low in a tree and gave me a bit of of start when it flushed. It flew to a nearby tree where I got great looks at it. A pair of Red-tailed Hawks that had been perched on the power pole across the highway also saw the owl flush. One of the Red-tails dove at the owl a couple of times to let it know it was staking its claim to the voles in the area.
Whenever I see Common Ravens here, they are always flying from the north toward the south. Hmm...I don't really know why. The dump is southeast of here. They could be cruising from the Payette River toward the Boise River.
Conspicuously absent this winter at Avimor have been American Robins and the Cedar Waxwings. I haven't had a Robin here since last October and I haven't had a Cedar Waxwing since last September. Last year I had a couple of flocks through the winter. I have seen both species in good numbers just a couple miles away at the Dry Creek Cemetery. I'm sure they'll be back at Avimor in spring when the currant bushes are producing that yummy juicy fruit. Both species have been documented nesting here.
As I write this a female American Kestrel is dive bombing a Cooper's Hawk in the big cottonwood down by the creek I can see out my office window.
How productive was your lunch hour bird walk?!