I wasn`t able to get out this week and bird, but I did enjoy watching some birds in my backyard. I added a few birds to my Backyard List...White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch and Pine Siskin. That was cool. I watched a Red-breasted Nuthatch hide seeds all around my patio, including tucking a seed into the liner of a pair of running shoes sitting right outside the door :)
On Wednesday, I was looking out at the back feeder and noticed this guy on the fence...I think it is a Sharpie. I included a picture of just its tail too...you will see why in a moment...
|Don`t look at the ugly fence...it belongs to my neighbour.|
|The white tip looks quite narrow to me.|
|Look at the wider looking white tip|
|The "second" bird on the fence.|
On Saturday (today), I went out to Holiday Beach for my last day of banding for the fall. It was a really slow day (read...1 bird banded, a Winter Wren). During the time between a couple of net runs, we headed over to the Tower to see what was flying and met up with Paul Pratt's birding group. While on the tower, I spotted my first Green-winged Teal! Paul pointed out a Wilson's Snipe and a Northern Shrike to everyone on the tower...how cool are those birds?? When it was time to go back and check the nets (and still had no birds), we started to take down the nets for the season. During this period, Caroline called Bob and said that the birding group had found five Long-eared owls in the pines across from Holiday Beach. Bob said he would go check it out, so I tagged along. After looking for about an hour, Bob spotted one of the Long-eared Owls and I tried my best to get a picture of it while craning my neck to the canopy of the trees while trying to steady my camera...here is what I managed to capture...
|Long-eared Owl....so cool!!!|