Monday, August 10, 2009

Nighthawks and Burrowing Owls

About once a week the Idaho Bird Observatory crew heads out in the afternoon for some shore birding. This time of year is starting to bring in many shore bird migrants heading South. On a recent trip to Indian Creek Reservoir, we were successful in finding many species of shorebirds including White-faced Ibis, Long-billed Curlew, Killdeer, American Avocet,Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, and these Log-billed Dowitchers.
Long-billed Dowitchers.
I found myself constantly distracted by the Common Nighthawk (not always so common) foraging for insects.
Common Nighthawk.

Common Nighthawk.

Common Nighthawk.

Common Nighthawk.
On the way back we spotted these Burrowing Owl chicks. I was fascinated by the middle chick. He/she looks equally fascinated with us.

Burrowing Owls.

Burrowing Owls.

Burrowing Owls.

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