Monday, February 12, 2007

Sunday Birdwatching

It was a stormy day off and on Sunday. We managed to make it out in the morning to work out and in the afternoon to birdwatch, all without getting wet. On each occasion, we returned home less than 30 minutes before the downpour.
On the morning run, we only found the male Great Horned Owl. Maybe the female is in the nest??? We will have to wait for a sunny morning so that we can see into the hole in the sand cliffs.
The afternoon walk along the river was very fruitful. We captured the following photos.

This female downy woodpecker entertained us for minutes. I took about 50 photos. It was hard to pick the best.

The common mergansers were out, illustrating their various mating displays.

I looked up to just in time to see this Northern Flicker crawl in the hole in the tree. I had to wait for her to stick her head back out. Once she did, I realized the battery in the camera had died. I quickly switched batteries, but she was gone. Waiting a while longer was rewarded with this shot.

Back to the Mergansers.

Number of species: 20; Canada Goose 40; Mallard 60; Hooded Merganser 2; Common Merganser 12; Great Blue Heron 2; Red-tailed Hawk 2; American Kestrel 1; Rock Pigeon 2; Mourning Dove 2; Belted Kingfisher 1; Downy Woodpecker 1; Northern Flicker 4; Black-capped Chickadee 1; American Robin 4; White-crowned Sparrow 2; Dark-eyed Junco 10; Red-winged Blackbird 4; House Finch 2; American Goldfinch 2; House Sparrow 1.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a bit of good luck for you, avoiding the downpours.
You know, I never get tired of those Downy Woodpeckers. They are just so fun. We have a pair in our backyard that just hang out constantly.
I really like your Merganser photos, they are just beautiful.