Saturday, November 7, 2015

This week's birds.

More yard siskins!


Whoa whoa wait a minute, don't quit reading yet.  I KNOW you don't care about my yard siskins but hang on a second.  Last week they were eating so much I was planning to pull my feeders till they left, but then Monday morning I realized I was feeding more than siskins...


Who done it? 


My local Merlin!  I missed the Merlin flying in but I got to see it on the ground here and then tear off with a siskin in its talons.  Chris saw the whole show and managed a few cell phone shots like the one above.

Conclusion:  It is worth feeding the siskins after all.

Anyway.  Wednesday morning I decided to walk to Broughton Beach in hopes of picking up some motorless birds for the year.   There's a lot of good potential for semi-rarities this time of year on the river: little loons, odd cormorants, scoters, grebes, etc.  And I saw none of them!


Dunlin is a nice bird for Broughton Beach, but one I had managed to see in the spring already.


Mew Gulls are back, making Texans jealous.


The Horned Lark flock is going strong and on this visit I noticed one with leg bands for the first time this year.  This is not that bird:


While trying to creep closer to the larks without flushing them to get a photo of the banded bird I heard something behind me on the river.  I turned around and boom!  Tundra Swans!


Tundra Swans are not rare birds but they are far more likely on the west side, or even Smith & Bybee Lakes.  A new Broughton Beach bird for me!  And a motorless life bird!  And motorless year bird #132 #133!  Lists lists lists!

On the walk home pipits were posing on the rocks along the bike path.


At some point I realized that the Western Meadowlarks I had seen earlier were also motorless year birds (#131 #132), making this long walk really worthwhile.

Back on the home front I have become a crazy hummingbird lady.  I even put up a second feeder to try to reduce fighting.  One day I had three on a feeder at once, a new record, with two more nearby.  I find this delightful.

This dude is in charge. 

Ok, I will shut up about yard birds now.  But oh wait, I have a yard mammal to share...


On Halloween morning I let the dogs outside and when they did not return I went to investigate.  Jake was sniffing and jumping back from this possum which I thought was dead till I noticed it was breathing.  Brought the dogs inside and an hour later when I checked it was gone.  I had no idea just how well they played dead!

That's all I got.  Good times!

10 comments:

  1. That possum looks DEAD for sure--glad he wasn't...NICE yard birds too and wow the Merlin!! Did you hear the wing beat on those swans? Im still scratching my head on a few birds I photo'd if you get bored take a look..I sent a share via flickr.

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    1. Yeah, I was not excited about the idea of a dead possum in the yard..

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  2. I really like that Horned Lark shot. Get that local shit.

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  3. Crazy Hummingbird Lady, do you have them named yet? Get a Jewel Box. I *love* mine!

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    1. Well, there's a super yellowy golden female that I was calling something but I can't remember what now. Maybe I'll try a jewel box soon, these turds can barely share the two.

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  4. Yeah, never get down about the hoards of common stuff gobbling up the food. As you found out, it's never a waste as it brings in something even better. I hated the throngs of Redpolls that put me in the poor house two years ago (now I miss them), but I got a couple Northern Shrike visits out of the deal.

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    1. Damn, I can't even imagine throngs of redpolls having never seen a single one... And shrike visits? Badass.

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  5. Yep. Fuck you and your Mew Gull. Fuck Katy Perry too. Fuck the whole lot of you.

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    1. It's always a pleasure when you visit my blog, Nate. Thanks for the kind words. Cheers!

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