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Wild and Not So Wild World
komohana
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Posted: 2014-04-28 8:21 pm   Permalink


bugger, didn't mean to turn the page.





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komohana
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From: western australia
Posted: 2014-04-28 8:24 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-04-28 18:41, MadDogMike wrote:
I took a Zoology class in college that had bird watching as part of it’s curriculum so I have paid attention to birds ever since. I have often thought about photo-documenting the birds of my area but the Imperial Valley is in a major migratory pathway and we have hundreds of bird species here. So I narrowed down the scope of my project by doing the birds I could find in one month (April) in the one square mile around my house. I came up with 35 species photographed and another 3 spotted but not photographed


One square mile with my house in the middle. Grass farmland, a hay compress, a small wetland, and some tumbleweed scrub area.


American Coot. They take off flying by running across the water


Anna’s Hummingbird (female)


Bank Swallow


Black Crowned Night Heron


Black Necked Stilt


Black Phoebe


Blue Winged Teal (not a great picture)


Boat Tailed Grackle


Brewer’s Blackbird


Burrowing Owl, with his burrow mate behind him


Cactus Wren (he wouldn’t come out in the sun for a better pic)


Cattle Egret


pair of Cinnamon Teals


Cliff Swallow


Common Yellowthroat


Desert Great Horned Owl (best pic I could get at night)


Eurasian Collared Dove


European Starling


Gambel’s Quail


Glossy Ibis


Great Egret


House Sparrow


Kildeer


pair of Mallards


Mourning Dove


Northern Mockingbird


Red Tailed Hawk


Red Winged Blackbird


Ring Neck Pheasant – this bird was standing gloriously in the morning sun when I drove past. By the time I stopped and got the camera he was almost gone!


Roadrunner with lizard


Rock Doves or Pigeons


Turkey Vulture


Western Kingbird


Western Meadowlark


Whimbrel


Birds seen but unable to photograph:
American Bittern
Belted Kingfisher
Rufus Crowned Sparrow










Outstanding work Mike!!



 
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bamalamalu
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Posted: 2014-04-29 9:30 pm   Permalink

Wow, it's like a safari in here!

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2014-05-04 05:04 am   Permalink

I have a ton of birds and squirrels in my neighborhood and I feed both. I recently doubled the size of my hummingbird and butterfly garden and I am waiting for the last frost to plant my new annuals. I was having my morning coffee yesterday and feeding the locals when I noticed my fist baby squirrel of the season. The baby is almost totally white. I couldn't get close enough for a good picture but hopefully it will come for peanuts like the others.





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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2014-05-04 07:36 am   Permalink

Nice Trav. Speaking of babies, I had a "baby" great horned owl in my backyard yesterday. About the size of a large chicken, all fluffy and not able to fly yet. Hopefully momma is still taking care of him.

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bamalamalu
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Posted: 2014-05-21 8:36 pm   Permalink

It's been hard to get good pictures (stealthily shooting through the bathroom window), but we've now confirmed at least 5 gangly babies out by our front door.





 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2014-05-22 05:46 am   Permalink

Nice Bam, what are they?


 
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GROG
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Posted: 2014-05-22 09:46 am   Permalink

Birds.

 
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GROG
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Posted: 2014-05-22 09:48 am   Permalink

You knew that was coming.

GROG' roommate saw a bear several miles from GROG' cave a couple of weeks ago riding up in Angeles Crest.
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bamalamalu
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Posted: 2014-05-22 9:08 pm   Permalink

I must concur with the wisdom of GROG: to the best of my knowledge, they're birds.

This is what the Mama looks like - she's a red-headed stripy-bellied bird.
(Ours are nice, but not quite as cute as the fuzzy baby owl bird)



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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2014-05-22 9:55 pm   Permalink

Bam & Grog, you are both right about the "bird" part Without knowing the location and size my best guess is the house finch. But most of the pictures on the net show more red than orangish like yours. Also, only the male has that coloring - the female is more drab (something that occurs in almost all species except humans )

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bamalamalu
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Posted: 2014-05-23 5:09 pm   Permalink

Ha. I should've at least been smart enough to realize the pretty bird was a male. Looking more carefully through our pictures, it looks like both the male & female have been tending the babies equally. Who knew (besides MDM, of course)?

We're in inland San Diego (La Mesa area.) Whatever they are, hopefully the young'uns will be quick learners when flying time comes. The nest isn't very high off the ground and is in kind of an enclosed area. And hopefully none of the neighborhood stray cats will be around or things will get very exciting.


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 23 days ago; 6:29 pm   Permalink

Sorry I didn't get any shots, but I was not going to risk getting sprayed by a Skunk
I was about 5 feet away.

Last night I watched a Skunk & possum fight over some scraps of food
The Possum just bulldozed its way to the food, where the Skunk had already staked a claim

At which point the Skunk repeatedly headbutted the Possum (A large one) which
the Possum mostly ignored & was clearly unafraid of getting sprayed by the Skunk
it was for the most part, a shoving match which went on for about 10 minutes.

None of the beasties did any real damage to each other, but it was a real nature show
to say the least & Skunks are actually pretty cute animals.



 
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GROG
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Posted: 23 days ago; 9:55 pm   Permalink

Saw a doe with twin fawns this morning just down from the fire road behind GROG' house.

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 23 days ago; 9:59 pm   Permalink

Fall is in the air and the animals are active.

 
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