More Birds at Salineno
Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving ( but I bet the individual in the image above most likely did not ) as I did here at the Salineno Birding Station. My co-hosts, Lois and Merle cooked up a small turkey with all the fixings and invited myself and another couple, who are hosting the Roma site, over for a great Thanksgiving dinner. For this forty year resident of New England, the 85 degree temperature, along with high humidity, certainly did little to lend a traditional feel to this holiday, but enjoyable nonetheless.
As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.
Northern Bobwhite Quail arrived on the scene this week with an even dozen now coming in to take advantage of the cracked corn, making several appearances every day.
The elusive, and much sought after Olive Sparrow, who normally keeps himself on the edge of the yard, very near some kind of cover, thus always in the shade …
… came out for a bath today and so I got to see him in the sunlight for the first time.
The always entertaining, as well as colorful, green jays …
… have discovered where all that delicious cracked corn and sunflower seeds come from, and now feel free to just help themselves.
The Audubon oriole pair had us a little worried when they didn’t show for a couple of days, disappointing folks that came specifically to see them, but have now shown up again.
Finally had a chance to photograph the Black-crested Titmouse. These guys are constantly on the move and spend 99 per cent of the time in the trees above our heads, so are difficult to capture with the camera.
Kiskadee numbers are increasing and we now will have four or five in the yard at the same time.
And the Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, a couple of males and one female make several appearances daily.
We have a Sharp-shinned Hawk coming in on the fly almost every day now, making as many as a dozen passes through the yard in a day, looking for an easy meal. Unfortunately, I won’t be getting any shots of him as he comes in unannounced and traveling at an incredibly high speed, making a pass across the yard in about half a second. Despite many attempts, we haven’t seen him catch anybody … yet.
A list of species seen here so far ( 53 and we are only a month in! )
In years past the total number of sightings varies between 70 and 80.
Turkey Vulture *
Crested Caracara *
White Pelican *
Ringed Kingfisher *
Gray Hawk *
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher *
Snow Geese *
White-fronted Geese *
Eastern Screech Owl
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