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and a pair of Canada Geese

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Kitsafari

lucky geese to have a swimming pool all to themselves. 

 

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and the bad news....two days ago in the morning the ravens were noisy and flying around.  I went outside but did not see anything until 7:30.  It must be a Canada Goose but killed it?  Hawk?  Bobcat? Coyote?   There were feathers in the yard and in the pool.  Sometime late afternoon it was gone.  And, at 7:00in the evening  I found the head in the yard confirming that it was a Canada Goose.  The next morning the head was also gone.  And, what took the body and the head?  A goose now swims alone.

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and the good news....Last summer a female Ring-necked Duck was a first sighting.  Now, there are two and the male is a first.

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There are Kingfishers here in the desert but not often seen and even more difficult to photograph.  It is a Belted Kingfisher.

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Peter Connan

Kingfishers in the desert? Fascinating!

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@Peter Connan  yes, a nice surprise and just an occasional sighting.  They are easier to hear with a raspy call and then they just take off.  Larger than the kingfishers in Africa.

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and spring is in the air for Snowy Egrets....

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I occasionally see one or several terns flying over.  But, it has been seven years since I have seen one up close.  Last week the next to the last day of the golf courses being open an Elegant Tern was fishing out on one of the lakes.

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The next day and the last day of golf for who knows how long....duckings.  Nine then but there are probably not that many now.

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Last night....first a rainbow.  Then birds.  I did not know what they were until I looked at the photos.  This was a flock of Turkey Vultures.  I had seen only one three years ago.  Later it was Pink Moon Eve.

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Spring arrived and so did the White-winged Doves, Great-tailed Grackles and the Northern Orioles.  Then, two weeks ago winter returned.  Five days of rain and cool weather.  And, snow in the mountains.

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Our golf courses have been closed and we are allowed to walk them.  First, in between rain showers and now in the sunshine.  A few sightings:

Say's Phoebe

Western Kingbirds

Western Bluebird

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Costa's Hummingbird

Phainopepla

 

 

 

 

 

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two birds on a line

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The news just announced is that the courses will reopen tomorrow.  I will miss those early morning walks.  But, luckily we have Northern Oriole activity in our yard.  And, why do yellow birds go to yellow blossoms?

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We were eating breakfast this morning when something flew by....a Red-tailed Hawk.  A couple of days ago out on the golf course I did find a hawk nest with two heads in it.  It is in a dense tree in area where in the past there have been Red-tailed Hawk nests.  So, stay tuned....

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Soukous
15 hours ago, marg said:

A couple of days ago out on the golf course I did find a hawk nest with two heads in it

 

just the heads? :ph34r:

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@Soukous...I will go out later today with the binos so will hopefully get a better look.   heads....the tops of heads moving.

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Well, I did go to check out the nest.  The first visit last week does not show much.  But, the second viewing two days later.....  it is a Common Raven sitting on the nest.  We do not need more of them here.  What a disappointment!

 

But, the ducklings....this week there are still nine.  It is amazing that all of them have survived.

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