Improving Conditions

Conditions improved yesterday. Saw a bit of sunshine. It is turning colder but should be at this time of year. I need to get adjusted to being out in the cold again. Have observed many flocks of snow geese high and headed south the last couple days. Saw about 10 sandhill cranes as well yesterday. Love to hear both of those species as they head south. The snow geese sound like what I imagine a bunch of wild indians getting ready to go on the warpath would have sounded like. The sandhill calls almost undiscribable but magical to my ears.

There was enough light to photograph some small birds as well. The cardinals which always grace our back yard and the cedar waxwings that often share food with each other. Getting to see them as I was walking to and from the car at my lunch break was a blessing. Saw a lot of eagle action at the river. One time four juveniles chasing another juvenile with a fish. Watched five eagles catch fish. All of the eagle action to far to photograph. The gulls and heron were busy picking up fish as well. Maybe today I will be in the right position to catch the eagles feeding or giving chase to each other. Also saw the peregrine falcon dive bombing a juvenile eagle.  Caught the eagle pair in the pines at the Sheriff’s Ranch in mid-afternoon. All in all a slow action day but a pleasure to be out in….

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Today’s Flashback Photo ” Flicker feeding on poison ivy berries “

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4 Responses to Improving Conditions

  1. Mary S. says:

    Grampy, The Cardinal deserves special mention. He’s checking on you, it seems. Never noticed they have such long tail feathers.
    When I see animals–in this case today, the eagle perched–just looking at the world–I find myself wondering just what they see (in this case the eagle again) that I do not/cannot see. The world must look very different to eagles, other animals, than it does to humans. Their vision is such that they see things we cannot see and will never know about. (Food? or just something that catches their interest?) The last pic of the eagle seems that it certaily has eyes on something of interest. MCS

    • Jim says:

      Mary S,
      Looks like you are developing a birders eye. I read where crows can recognize people that have mistreated them. Real birders of which I am not one. Recognize quickly things such as length of tail, beak, neck, etc, etc so they can know the species even in silhouette. It is interesting how birds that have binocular vision see the world. I did watch a deer walk under the pair of eagles in the fog the other day. They leaned over and watched it pass…

  2. It’s nice to see the smaller birds. The cardinal and cedar waxwings are especially beautiful.
    Great shot of the flicker too!

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