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I am leaving this blog up for the archives. Hope to see you at our new home.
Looking close in this picture you can even see her "long ears". Josh and I felt like a couple of tour guides as we met and showed these beautiful birds to two birders from out of town. It was so wonderful to watch these birders in awe as these were the first long-eared owls they had seen being from other parts of the US and Canada. As we watched with one of the briders lo and heold didn't we see ANOTHER baby up there on the branch with her. Josh has said all along that he had seen four. Boy did this mom have to eat HER words lol. We even had to show the lady who works there the owlets as she had not seen them yet. She in return showed us where there was another owl and Josh was able to get this amazing picture.
The owl is nestled in the middle of the picture towards the bottom blending in so very well with his surroundings. It might be clearer to see here.
We saw robins, yellow-rumped warblers, a says and a black phoebe, and numerous ruby-crowned kinglets. We heard the american coot in the pond and also the bullfrog who lives there.
All in all a wonderful day.
Walking around the field station itself, we saw house finches, american robins, ruby-crowned kinglets, yellow-rumped warblers (beautiful males in breeding plumage), a song sparrow and a verdin.
The "bird of the day" was a momma long-eared owl and her three or four (we couldn't tell about the fourth for sure or not) nestlings. They were a sight! Grey, fluffy balls cuddled all around their mom. They are tucked inside this tree in the Y. You'll have to take my word for it as our camera does not zoom in.
If you are still feeling an itch that isn't enough: borrow a field guide from your library or buy one at the local bookstore (Josh now has 6 different ones), get a pair of binoculars (cheap ones can be found at the pawn shop or local KMart or such), begin keeping a list of what you see (again simplicity is OK - a homemade notebook will do fine). Don't worry about making identification mistakes. The most experienced birder friend we know and a fantastic lady told Josh that even the best make mistakes as we learn ALL the time. No one knows everything.
I guarantee you if you have gotten to this point you have probably been bitten by the bug or should I say "bird". :) Enjoy!