Monday, November 12, 2012
It wouldn't take too long to spot the Fish Crow mixed in with the Ring-billed Gulls and American Crows as I'd hear its call shortly before hand and it would do us the honors of landing close by for my customary yearly photo and in the same general area no less! The Fish Crow is the one in the center.
We'd be driving back closer to home and do what we often do while driving and that is discuss birds of course. It's now getting to that time of the year when one does a mental inventory of what birds one still needs for the year which would bring us to the topic of owls and how now was the time to get strategic in getting them considering I'm armed with my forecast! ;-) We'd get to discussing Screech-owls and Alan would fondly remember the easy one he had reliably one year that wasn't too far away so we headed there so he could show me the exact location in case I ever wanted to try for it on my own.
When we arrived I was struck by how odd a Screech-owl would find a Wood Duck nest box with it being smack dab in the middle of water. We'd look at all of the next boxes and then I'd get to the final one where I'd see something inside of it that looked like a dirty, gray giant sock or some newspaper as clearly it couldn't be an Eastern Screech-owl out in the open like that in broad day light!
Best picture of them all above is the one Alan took through his camera and scope. Swoon!
I'd get home early promising myself I'd get some stuff done around the house before the work week starts but find that's easier said than done now that I have my feeders up and the usuals would be out in full force. I don't know what it is about my yard birds, but I think it has to do with my appreciation for them as it is they who got me into birding in the first place, but the Chickadees always get my full attention compared to the brief glances out in the field (not as much this year as one could be a Boreal!)
All in all a perfect ending to the week and just chill after a very busy weekend!
Take care all.