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« Post / Reply #885 on: June 05, 2018, 06:38:16 AM »

This is a quote from Cornell and All About Birds  -- Kingfishers live near streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, and estuaries. They nest in burrows that they dig into soft earthen banks, usually adjacent to or directly over water.   So this may explain why this hole was something they were interested in.
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« Post / Reply #886 on: June 05, 2018, 10:09:52 PM »

Interesting information, Deb.  Thank you for sharing it.
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« Post / Reply #887 on: June 06, 2018, 02:40:31 AM »

Swallows need to put out an "OCCUPIED" sign  mhihi
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« Post / Reply #888 on: June 19, 2018, 07:58:50 PM »

I volunteer for our Raptor Rehab center as a transporter and short term stop over for raptors as they need to travel across our state to reach the centers rehab facility.  Sometime I can keep them for a few days as we arrange rides for the raptor(s).  From my place it is about 115 miles east one way so that is why arranging rides is important because maybe there is another bird that needs a ride also and we can meet up and relay birds together.  So now the rescue story of a little screech owl.  The young screech owl was found on a guys porch and he called a gal he knew that dealt with animals,  she then knew the place I worked at was involved in releases because of the bald eagle we released in April.  She brought the owl to us and then I was in charge of finding a ride or taking it myself.  This last weekend was a very hot one and the director said it was OK for me to keep it through the weekend knowing I had food for it and that there was nothing else that was wrong with it.  Maybe there would be other calls that would need a ride also.  I then contacted the gal again to get a better idea of where the owlet was grounded and just maybe I could find the nest.  I took a walk in the neighborhood on Sunday evening hoping to hear or see some adult activity.
 I had recorded the young one calling and so I played that recording and bingo I had the adult fly by and then sat in the tree and called.  I had goosebumps because I was so excited.  Well it was too dark to see in the trees for a nest but the next day I went looking for it.  I used the call again after I found a cavity in a maple tree that looked promising,  Amazing a head emerged from the darkness of the hole.  The Parent was in there.........and again i got goosebumps.  So now the issue was do I put it back or take it to the center.  I called the director and she was concerned about the adult attacking me if i got to close to the hole.  I told her that I had access to a bucket truck from our phone company and they were happy to help out.  She agreed that this would be the best for the little one cause the longer away the chance of imprinting on people could happen also.  I had a ride for it but not until Wednesday so this was the best plan,  take it back to the parents.  The bucket truck arrived and we got in position, up we went and got in a good position so i could stay on the side of the branch and reach around and put it back in the nest.  It worked perfect,  we didn't scare the parent and the little one went right in.  Later that night I went back and waited til it was getting dark,  I saw the parent peeking out and then off she flew.  I heard the male calling from another tree also.  After she left I kept looking at the nest hole and then I saw some movement.  I took some pictures but they were pretty dark so I turned on the flash and took a picture.  Looking at the picture I was thrilled to see 2 sets of eyes peering out.  The siblings were together and mom and dad were out looking for a meal.  One returned a number of times to feed them and by then it was really dark and hard to see anything or even hear them, except for a few nice little calls.  The crazy thing about this is the nest is just one block away from my house.  I went and checked again tonight and the mom flew out after she heard her mate call and I could still see the little ones in the hole. What a great feeling to reunite the family....... now it better stay put til it is ready to fledge   heart








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« Post / Reply #889 on: June 20, 2018, 12:11:59 AM »

What a wonderful report and outcome. Deb!   heart
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« Post / Reply #890 on: June 21, 2018, 07:40:33 PM »

I have been raising monarch caterpillars again.  This year I had 6 caterpillars and have been wanting to get the time lapse of the forming the chrysalis.  I missed the first 4  gritted teeth so I had 2 more chances.  This morning I saw the caterpillar attached to the top of the container so I was so excited that I may get my chance.  Well I set up a place and kept watching ALL DAY,  but just as the day was ending I could tell it was getting close.  I set up to take a time lapse of the transformation from caterpillar to chrysalis.  When it starts it doesn't take long for it to finish (that is why it is hard to catch).  So this video is only 28 seconds long but I recorded for over an hour.  What an amazing thing to see first hand.  Next will be the butterfly emerging.  Stay tuned.  smile

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2BxGHpYByY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2BxGHpYByY</a>
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« Post / Reply #891 on: June 26, 2018, 10:26:48 PM »

A Reddish Egret has found his way to Nebraska.  It is a very rare sight to see so far inland because its normal range is just along the coastline of Texas, Florida and California.  It was seen in the Platte River about 35 miles west of where I live so why not go out and try and see it for myself.  So many birding people from all over have been driving out to get a look.  I may never get another chance to see one so off I went on a cloudy day.  When I arrived I didn't have to search for it cause it was standing out in the middle of the Platte River feeding on minnows.  What a sight to see it chasing around the minnows in the water.  After a while it flew to a tree not far from our walkway and settled in on a tree branch.  Thank goodness the tree didn't have leaves but of course it had to position itself so a tree branch was right in the way of making a clear picture of it.  Well after a time a couple of us moved down the walkway and sure enough there was a little window of an opportunity to get a picture without a branch in the way.  I wonder if he knew he was the star attraction for so many people cause he didn't fly away the whole time we were there.





So he made a wrong turn somewhere and ended up here for all of us to see.  I am glad he found the river a great place to hang out and so glad that the river provided him a great habitat.  This is an area where much work has been done to keep the river a great place for the Sandhill Cranes to stay on their migration journey.  Now look how that impacts other birds and wildlife.

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« Post / Reply #892 on: June 27, 2018, 07:20:18 AM »

 thumbup What a sight!!!
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« Post / Reply #893 on: June 29, 2018, 01:16:22 PM »

Wow, what a great opportunity deb! He is a fine specimen indeed. Sure hope he can find his way back "home" at the right time. Really makes one wonder how they get so far away from their natural habitat.
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« Post / Reply #894 on: June 29, 2018, 11:31:04 PM »

Excellent sighting, Deb!   thumbup
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« Post / Reply #895 on: July 07, 2018, 09:55:44 AM »

I went out to check on a Prairie Dog town.  Was looking for a Burrowing Owl nest, which I never saw an owl- possible burrow for one so will check again.  There was lots going on at the little prairie area.  The prairie dogs seem always on alert as little ones run around and you can see why.  A Red Tail Hawk watches from a wood pile.



Kill Deer seem to be all around,  not sure if they had a nest close either.



Ever watchful and quick to retreat back in the burrow,  this one peeks out to see if it is safe to come out.



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« Post / Reply #896 on: July 08, 2018, 10:08:19 PM »

A little video of the bobwhite quail singing

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« Post / Reply #897 on: July 09, 2018, 02:41:53 AM »

I love how they  sing their name - in case you don't know it :-)
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« Post / Reply #898 on: July 17, 2018, 07:08:56 PM »

This is a rather interesting post.  Sometime if you see a bird and look it up it shows the area where the bird is located, but what if you are not in that area?  I have had this couple of White-winged doves visiting my backyard feeders for over 2 years.  I know there are others seeing some in nearby towns now.  So this must mean they are moving out to other areas and doing well.  They are a really sharp looking dove, their wings have a white strip on the leading edge and a white rim on a square tail,  very neat light blue eye ring with an orange red iris and they have nice reddish feet.  I am pretty lucky they visit daily.







Last year they brought their young so hope they have success and bring them again.
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« Post / Reply #899 on: July 20, 2018, 10:55:39 PM »

Kinda neat to see these two kinds of finches.  The first is a House Finch and the second is  an American Gold finch eating a thistle seed.




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