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Re: What Birds Are You Seeing Now?

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How about everybody else? What birds are you seeing now?

 

 

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Bird number 215 on our life list today: Harris's Hawk!

 

We didn't get photos, but one of the local birding club members posted a bunch of pictures he took this week of this particular bird:  http://coloradobirder.club/m/photos/browse/album/Running-Deer-Natural-Area-Fort-Collins/

 

This picture from Wikipedia doesn't show the white band on the tip of the bird's tail, but that, of course was instrumental in our ability to ID it.

 

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Unbelievably, for Harris's Hawk is a southern Texas and southern Arizona residing bird, this hawk has been reported hanging around an open space park here in northern Colorado from 7:30-9 AM for a couple weeks. We learned of it yesterday through birding friends and braved the freezing fog and 27F to go up and walk through the park.

 

And we were rewarded: the adult Harris's Hawk perched in a large cottonwood tree while we excitedly watched him through binoculars. A fellow birder from down Denver way arrived moments after we spotted the hawk and offered us use of his scope. He has over 500 life birds on his list. While he'd seen the Harris's in Arizona, this was the first time he'd seen it in Colorado.

 

We were treated to an aerial display, for the hawk clearly needed breakfast. Up and down the field it flew, eventually leaving the environs toward the south. 

 

Here's the Cornell page for the Harris's Hawk: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Harriss_Hawk/id

 

And here's the Audubon page for the Harris's Hawk: http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/harriss-hawk

 

 

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So it turned out to be a good idea to go birding today. While we were not treated again to flocks of various species, we did spy a small group of greater white-fronted geese mixed in with roughly 3,000 Canada geese and 2 dozen snow geese. They'd congregated at a group of gravel ponds. The snow geese seemed integrated into the Canada geese community, some of them taking flight along with the Canada geese, while others remained in what appeared to be a family group.

 

The greater white-fronted geese were clearly less at ease but still part of the congregation. Both snow and white-fronted geese are supposed to be uncommon here, though we see snow geese every year. This is our first positive ID of greater white-fronted geese. (yay!Smiley Happy)

 

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More on the greater white-fronted goose here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Greater_White-fronted_Goose/id

 

 

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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.

 

What you lookin at? Hm?What 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

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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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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Re: What Birds Are You Seeing Now?

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

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