Did you like that last post?
Today, we all went out and banded at two different parks: Lake Isabella and Winton Woods. You may remember my anal-retentive checking of the Lake Isabella nest. This is not a RAPTOR project...I think it might be an ODNR thing. Or just a banding thing done by banders...I don't fully understand all the banding relationships. Someone explain it to me.
Lake Isabella had one lone chick in the nest...and that's okay. Just makes it easier for the parents to feed one mouth instead of 2 or 3.
Jeff with chick
And how do they get the chick down without Jeff climbing down?
In a chick bag:
GHOW chick getting a new piece of jewelry
GHOW chicks are ugly-cute...like Joe Pesci.
Check out this foot....that will someday be used to catch and kill things like small and medium mammals (mice, rats, skunks, cats, etc), small and medium reptiles and amphibians (snakes, frogs, toads, lizards) and birds of prey (like screech owls, barred owls and red-shouldered hawks). As Owlman commented, "You must respect the GHOW."
As I like to say in my programs, "A great horned owl will eat anything it can carry....but nothing eats great horned owls."
This chick is only 3, maybe 4 weeks old. And the feet are that huge. R E S P E C T .
Though there were no mallards, cardinals or RSHA in the nest, Jeff did find a rabbit leg:
That is NOT a lucky rabbit's foot.
When it was Isabelle's turn to hold the chick, she got a little nervous because the chick decided to mantle:
The next park was Winton Woods. This nest looks out over the golf course, and I smile to think about all those men walking around in ugly pants, whacking a small ball around and having no idea that one of the fiercest avian predators is having children in the woods.
You know, I have saturated the girls so much with all this bird stuff, they are almost blase about it now.
This is Katherine (Jeff, is it Catherine or Katherine?), Jeff's oldest daughter. Can you imagine how these kids are going to grow up into adults, having done this with their dad all the time?
In the nest, Jeff found a skull (squirrel?) and I had to get a picture of Katherine holding it.
I said, "Okay, Katherine. Give me a big Squirrel Skull Smile!"
And she just beamed. What a cute kid.