Friday, September 23, 2005

loss of habitat

This morning Josh and I went up the park to bird the wash for the first day of fall only to find they had bulldozed it! I spoke with the operators of the diggers and such and they were so nice. They agreed it was a shame, they hated doing it, the city has neglected keeping this free of vegetation for the last 3 years (since we've moved here!!!). This is a drainage area for the wash and needs to be clear. The guys gave me the name and numbers of depts and supervisors to call, told me that they hadn't done a bird study which is generally what is supposed to have been done (only I didn't hear it from them ;) , and then stopped and told me that their supervisor and some EPA officials were supposed to be there soon. Well just their supervisor showed up, I taked to him, got some more names and numbers. We'll talk to Je Anne tomorrow when we go birding at the Preserve and see what she suggests is the best course of action to take. Josh is heartbroken. He was so upset he was crying. It was a huge shock to see that empty void when we weren't expecting it. Good lesson in bureacracy and taking a stand on something he cares about though.

We have been birding with the Audubon goup and Josh is up to 180 birds. He is hoping to make it to 200 before the year ends.

We missed our first Audubon meeting because I was blessed to be at the birth of a friend's baby instead. Josh was so cute about it telling me that there would be many more meetings but how many more births lol.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Henderson Bird Preserve

Yesterday Friday, Sept. 2, mom and I went to the Henderson Bird Preserve after dropping off Brad at work. Our favorite birder was working and let us in. As we got ready to go out with Je Anne, she noticed a falcon circling pond one. Grabbing binoculars, we all looked and realized it was a Peregrine. The Peregrine circled a few times and then dove down into a flock of Phalaropes, both Red-necked and Wilsons. He did this a few times and the birds scattered. He nabbed a straggler and took off with it. WOW! What a way to start the morning. We all knew we were in for some good birding then :))

AND we were right! Here's the list for the day:

American Avocet (in winter plumage)
Savannah Sparrow (life bird)
Blue Grosbeak - female (life bird)
Black-necked Stilt
Great-tailed Grackle
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Spotted Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper (life bird)
Western Sandpiper
Prairie Falcon
Peregrine Falcon (life bird)
Osprey (life bird)
Black Tern (life bird)
American Kestrel
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Great Blue Heron
Common Yellowthroat
Orange-crowned Warbler
Verdin
House Finch
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Cinnamon Teal
Ruddy Duck (males in winter plumage without their blue bill)
American Coot
Aberts Towhee
Gambles Quail
Wilsons Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Black Phoebe
Western Kingbird
White-faced Ibis
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged swallow
Marsh Wren
Crissal Thrasher
Sora
Killdeer
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Song Sparrow
Turkey Vulture
Eared Greeb
Western Greeb

We are always in debt to Je Anne. She is such an amazing birder. Extremely knowledgable in this field and more than willing to share with us. Thanks once again.

Hooded Orioles

This morning my Dad looked out the window and saw an interesting bird. He called me and asked what it was. We all went out to get a better look. It was a male Hooded Oriole. After a minute of looking another bird flew in . . . . . . . It was a female Hooded Oriole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a way to start off the weekend.