Monday, March 19, 2012

We spotted a gorgeous adult male Scissor-tailed Flycatcher this morning foraging along the north fence line. Scissor-tails will often perch on fence wire and scan open fields for insects.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Looking a lot like Spring

It was a gorgeous day! Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing and a lot of bird activity was seen. An Eastern Bluebird was spotted passing through. I'm looking forward to this Spring.

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Location:Del Rio Blvd,Quemado,United States

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Calling the Common Pauraque

I've been working night security for the past few months and although I haven't been able to enjoy the daytime birding as much as I'd like to ... there are definitely nighttime birding activities one can pursue.
Sunset and dusk are often busy times for daytime birds looking for places to roost overnight and settling in. Then the nocturnal birding begins! If you are lucky you can catch a glimpse of the Nightjar as it carves the night air in it's hunt for flying insects. But night birding is more of an aural adventure. Find a spot to sit and you will often hear the hooting of the owls and the twitter of small field birds.
Tonight's spotting was the Common Pauraque. I used my iPhone to play the nightcall and was soon rewarded with an answering call. Distant at first but then suddenly closer and louder. This bird was curious! I took a chance and shone my flashlight in the direction the calls were coming from and by sheer luck I saw a pair of brilliantly reflective eyes peering back at me. Then even more surprising it launched and flew past me towards the fields. I was startled to say the least!
Nightime birding can definitely have it's rewards and surprises. :)

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Location:Del Rio Blvd,Quemado,United States

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Observed a male and female pair of Altamira Orioles this evening. Hopping rafters in a watermelon warehouse.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Altamira Oriole Sighting - 03/25/11

A male Altamira Oriole, one of my all-time favorite birds, has been taking nectar from our hummingbird feeder since yesterday. The Altamira Oriole often feeds from hummingbird feeders as well as taking grape jelly from small jar feeders. I'll set out jelly feeders soon to see if I can add the Altamira Oriole to our list of regular visitors.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Amazing Lyrebird of Australia - Revisited!

Are there no limits to what these amazing birds can imitate? A few years ago I lived in Normandy, Texas and I always kept my office doors and window opened to catch the breezes. There were usually a few boat-tailed grackles in the ash tree canopy just outside. One day I heard the distinct sound of my internet modem dialing in to connect. The chirps and buzzing, the line static. I checked my computer and it was powered down. Then I heard it again. It seemed to come from just outside so I walked out and there sat a grackle, happily imitating my modem sounds! Birds are amazing creatures and never cease to amaze me.
The following link was sent to me by a dear friend. Thank you Lynn! =)