Thursday, April 24, 2008

Barred owl quickie video, etc

Two nights ago, Nellie and Hooper needed to go out and do their business at 1:00 am. I stumbled to the back door and let them out. As I was closing the door, I heard our barred owls calling:

It's really, really faint, so crank up your speakers.
video

Kathi and I went for a bird walk today, and we actually saw birds this time.
Blue-gray gnatcatchers
Turkey vultures
Eastern meadowlark
Song sparrows
Chimney swifts
Tree swallows
Killdeer...
Did I miss any, Kathi?
Millipede
We also saw a millipede.

Holly Go Lightly
Miss Holly Go-Lightly came along, too. Isn't she a happy-looking dog?

Yesterday,while sitting in my favorite spot at Lake Isabella (By the way, reports of the GHOW chick branching are coming in), I heard a long, drawn out bird song. I grabbed my trusty Les Beletsky's Bird Song book and found the warbling vireo. I played the song a few times and got him to land about 20 feet from the car:

Warbling vireo
I did a program today at the EPA. Yes, the E P freakin' A. I was a little nervous about it, but it was great. It was awesome. I totally killed. I had an A game. I feel really, really good right now.

And now, the gravy.
Our crab apple tree is in full bloom, and to see little bird faces peeking out of all that pink is just a handful of joy:


Titmouse in crabapple(1)Mockingbird in the crabapple(1)

9 comments:

Trixie said...

Wow, wow, wow! The E. P. freakin' A., birding with Kathi, and gorgeous pink flowers with birds. Nice!

egretsnest said...

Great post! Congrats on the EPA! And, oh. my. god. Those flowers. Those faces. WOW!

KatDoc said...

Canada Geese
White-throated Sparrow (song only)
Magnolia Warbler

I think that's all.

~Kathi

beth said...

Moving on up in the initial world, aren't you? EPA - good for you!

I LOVE those final pics with the tree in furious bloom and the cute birdies...beautiful!

dguzman said...

Holy cats, the EPA! Man--you are my hero. And nice pic of the warbling vireo! I'm hoping my new spot yields some good pics on Sunday--I'll post on Monday about it.

KatDoc said...

Add Carolina Wren. And, I'm retracting the Maggie. The more I think about it, the less certain I am.

~K

Mary said...

Cute titmouse in the apple tree! This post is chock full of good stuff. The EP freakin' A? I'm impressed. Good going, Susan!

Mel said...

The final pictures are soooo cute!!!
Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!
I sooo want a postcard with one of these :)

RuthieJ said...

So that's what spring looks like??
Great photos Susan--especially the last two 'apple blossom birdies.'
Loved your owl video too.