Sunday, September 19, 2010

More Bird Stories

Our newly appointed blog photographer (Bill Wrightson) recently spotted a burrowing owl on top of a dirt pile near the construction area so walked over for a closer look.  His dog got a little too close so the owl went on the defensive .  Yup….scared the dog away!  He’d scare me too!  Good thing Bill had a telephoto lens.
Ground owl alarmed by Lily Leslie Evans got some great shots of a surprise visitor on her patio this week!   A Great Blue Heron landed on the railing.  Awesome bird!!
heron1 heron3I’m copying Leslie’s email message:
“Regarding the hooded herons,  Kent and I thought at the time that they must have been flushed out of their nests, and then the other day it dawned on me that the tree trimmers would have done that.  Lucky for me to have that rare sighting for so many hours, but stressful for the birds.   Those herons live here year round; their nests are in the dense foliage trees around the middle pond, and they are just very conditioned to operate at dark.
We had occasion last year to see 5 of them, flushed out by a hawk at about 10:30 a.m.  and they flew around for about 10  minutes, before they would roost again.  That was pretty exciting.”
Kent Evans is one of the Urban Miners that takes care of the recycling area.  During summer months, Kent crushes cans on his own till his comrades return from their summer havens.  If you enter “urban miners” in the search box at the top of the blog, you should see an entry showing their contribution.

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