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Thought you guys and gals would enjoy seeing this unusual capture of an owl in flight. Smiley Happy It just came across my Twitter feed. It's a northern hawk owl and lives mostly in Canada.

 

owl.jpgWhat you lookin at? Hm?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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@ip3285  Wowzers! 100 crows! That must have been raucous! Crows can be a lot of fun to watch, even in a manure pile. Smiley Happy  They are such intelligent, watchful birds, and they seem to have a sense of humor, too.

 

One time atop a 13,000 foot mountain with a sheer cliff on the west side, we sat amongst the boulders and watched as some 20 crows first landed on the ledge, then jumped off into the 'abyss', seeming to laugh when the updraft swooped them into the air over the rocky edge. They appeared to be playing, and even showing off. We sat there giggling at them for an hour. Smiley Happy (Then we were practically run over by a stampeding herd of bighorn sheep.)

 

And yeah: we were treated to a bird bounty on that bike ride! Funny thing is that most of our bird walks have been less successful than that bike ride at putting us where the birds were. Smiley Happy It was thrilling to see all those flocks. We were just talking about going back for seconds today. Smiley Happy

 

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@Epster: Wow! That was quite an exciting bike ride. Despite it being a "non-birding" trip you got an eyeful of a large variety of birds. This morning we were walking along the farm road and where there are rows of piles of cow and chicken manure curing, there were at least 100 huge crows noisily enjoying a smorgasbord from the manure piles. Not exactly pretty, but very interesting.
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Man alive!  Thursday we got in a fairly slow-paced 52 cycling miles along the river-side bike trail and did we ever see birds!  It was c-c-c-old (27F in one spot), so the birds of prey were out in force. We saw 7 bald eagles, 5 American kestrels, a pair of Northern Harriers, plus probably 20 or more CoopersSwainson's and Ferruginous Hawks.

 

DH saw one Wood Duck.

 

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But mostly we were treated to viewings of large gatherings. Flocks. Groups. Waterfowl in abundance. The ponds and lakes are mostly frozen, so it seems every bird around went to the river to eat, bathe and gossip. We saw mallards, goldeneyes and Canada Geese in ridiculous quantity. We also saw seven kingfishers in close proximity, a flock of meadowlarks, a flock of phoebes (looking rather lost), a flock of blackbirds, a flock of ravens, a flock of robins, a flock of rock doves and a flock of American goldfinches.

 

Most astounding non-birding day ever. Smiley Happy

 

 

 

 

 

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@ip3285  Anna's are beautiful little flying jewels. We don't get them here, but did enjoy them when we lived in northern CA.

 

Here we see the (rather noisy!) Broad-tailed (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Broad-tailed_Hummingbird/id#), the Black-chinned (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-chinned_Hummingbird/id), and (boisterous!) Rufus Hummingbirds (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Rufous_Hummingbird/id).

 

In Idaho we saw a great number of Caliope hummers (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Calliope_Hummingbird/id). We've seen them a couple times here in the high mountains.

 

The SE corner of Arizona gets all manner of hummers that we've never seen, though, so one of these days we'll load up the RV and head on over for a visit.

 

Always up-to-date (ahem), DH and I have been watching 20-year-old episodes of The Life of Birds. Lots of great photography featuring these amazing little birds. Smiley Happy

 

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cougar23h wrote:

White Breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Black Capped Chickadee, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Lots of Juncos and Sparrows. 

 

 

We must be neighbors?

I’ll just add to your list blue Jays, Red-Headed and Downy wood peckers. They love the peanuts mixed in with the seeds.

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I’m seeing Coopers Hawks dine on doves by my bird feeder.

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White Breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Black Capped Chickadee, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Lots of Juncos and Sparrows. 

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@Epster I think the breed of hummingbird was the Anna's hummingbird (Calypte Anne). We have light green with black hummingbirds and occasionally some with dark red on them.

This time the fires missed us, fortunately. The two in 2002 and 2007 were more than enough!
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@bb24106734  What a great array of birds!

 

Here in the Colorado Rockies (northern Front Range) we have all of those species, in season, except for the cardinals. But the list does change with the seasons. And years. Some years we have robins in the junipers all winter, not so much this year.

 

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