Monday, January 14, 2019

Sonora's Perch Today

In front of a Burrowing Owl Family.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Saturday Night Swans

Tundra Swans, young birds are gray, right behind the house just before dark. NEWS ALERT: They are Trumpeter Swans, correctly identified by friends on Facebook. Even Better!

Saturday, January 12, 2019


Sonora the Aplomado Falcon was just watching the bird feeder in the front yard, resident rooster pheasant and nuisance Eastern Fox Squirrel that showed up, today's target. These non-resident rats were introduced in Greenough Park in Missoula so that someone would be reminded of their roots in Michigan. Something like that.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Mookie Today!

My Favorite Songbird

We have an infrequent and unpredictable driveway denizen now, a Northern Shrike - the falcon of the songbirds. I have been "chumming" for House Sparrows, tossing whatever seed the pigeons don't eat in a spot outside the living room window. I had hoped to attract predators to photograph, namely Merlins and Sharp-shinned Hawks. This year a shrike showed up, migrant from the far north. And for some reason terrible, out-of-focus photos taken from inside through an open window. These guys and eat birds and mammals all winter, cool.  More pictures and news on the way, promise - this is my latest obsession!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Chick A Dee Dee

This Black-capped Chickadee in the front yard had a bent tail, probably from roosting in a nearby cavity at night, to straighten out during the day in the (brief) sun. Love these birds, feeders stocked with black oil sunflower seed.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019


Imagine my pride at this catch by Sib the Peregrine, a Vagrant Shrew.  Only the second time she has done this, once with a vole and both at One Horse Creek across the road. Couldn't resist I guess. Ha!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

BlaBlaBla With Simon

I am so proud of our Teaching Team Birds and Raptor Backers, finishing our 31st year and 45 programs in 2018. Heroes all, with totals of 1715 programs and 133,390 audience members since 1988 - young and old alike, and counted lots of you a dozen times, like Erick Greene and family here with this photo of Simon. Let's keep going, Raptors of the Rockies Rocks.