Apr 302012
 
Black Vulture - Nest Update 3: Baby!

This observation is a continuation of an earlier post documenting observations made at an active Black Vulture nest. The previous article can be found here: Black Vulture – Nest Update 2. We have a baby Black Vulture! We received word that the first baby Black Vulture hatched at around 1:00pm on March 26, 2012 after

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Apr 282012
 

This observation began with three juvenile European Starlings peeking out of their birdhouse. The young starlings were eagerly anticipating their mother’s return because her return meant it was dinnertime! The adult starling would approach the birdhouse cautiously, usually landing nearby first, to check that their was no danger. The excitement of the young birds rose

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Apr 272012
 

This observation documents a pair of Northern Mockingbirds caring for their fledgling young. The juvenile birds are fully feathered and and too big for their nest. Their plumage and coloration varies just slightly from the adults. Tail and flight feathers are shorter. The juvenile’s breast is covered with dark spots, and their beak is yellow

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Apr 262012
 
Red-tailed Hawk - Nest Update 1

Apr 25, 2012 This observation is the continuation of a previous post. The previous article can be found here Red-tailed Hawk – High Tech Nest There was not much happening at the Richardson Red-tailed Hawk nest this morning. The female is still incubating the eggs. She stood up several times while I watched today, presumable

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Apr 252012
 
Yellow-bellied Water Snake - Skinny Dipping

I came across two Yellow-bellied Water Snake cavorting in a small shaded puddle. The puddle was located in a dried out gully. Only the shade of nearby trees prevented this puddle from evaporating as well. The two snakes were small, but one was slightly longer than the other. I would estimate that the bigger snake

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Apr 242012
 

This observation is part of a weekly monitoring of an active Red-shouldered Hawk nest. Last week’s observation can be seen here: Red-shouldered Hawk – Nest This Red-shouldered Hawk nest was first brought to my attention on March 23, 2012. It is unclear how long the nest has been active this season, but as of this

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Apr 232012
 
Black Vulture – Nest Update 2

This observation is a continuation of an earlier post documenting observations made at an active Black Vulture nest. The previous article can be found here: Black Vulture – Nest Update 1. On this visit to the nest we again found everything proceeding as expected. This is approximately the 25th day of incubation. Very little had

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