I have located seven Great-horned owl nests this spring so far. They sit on those nests through snow, wind, rain and sunny weather. What a dedicated bunch.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The dark-eyed juncos are starting to show up at the local feeders and giving us plenty of entertainment. Right now there is a great variety of colors with them.
Some of them were almost blue, but probably fall under the slate colored.
And then there was two leucistic colored ones, where the skin does not produce the color pigment to all the feathers and they have splotches of white.
Great way to spend the day - color-coding birds.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Pinyon Jays are a noisy bunch as they flock together in the winter in southeastern Madison County. They usually travel with a flock of starlings and with the two flocks, they can go through a lot of food for a friend of mine.
They love sunflower seeds and are skilled at feeding on pine cones. Their long strong bill can break through the pine cones and harvest the seeds.
Some people believe that they migrate to Yellowstone Park in the summer, but expert birders think they become very quiet when paired up and raising their young. Experts believe that they stay in the same general area, but scatter through the local groves of junipers for the summer.