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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Itching to take photos

I had to photograph something (that's how I self-comfort, or on a bad day, destress) so I shot tons of pics of my over-wintering Gray Catbird that was being very cooperative today.

Also vying for attention was this cute little Lincoln's Sparrow. Down the hatch with the bird corn.

Of course the oasis will always be a work-in-progress. That's just the nature of a man-made habitat. I'm trying a larger seed feeder in front by the viewing area. It holds 55 gallons. The one way up in the air required a ladder for me to fill and attracted more doves than anything else. I'll see how this one does. It was up by the house for years and didn't seem to attract doves, so I'm ever hopeful.

The Brown Thrasher is still present but not cooperative. The feeder below is the one at the shaded water feature. It just holds 5 gallons, and only lasts 4 days.

Tomorrow banding at Lajitas.

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Upon waking up this morning I observed a blood-red sunrise, but by the time I could get out of bed and grab my camera it was already fading.

Even the water on the pond was red. (The ducks are standing there waiting for me to feed them)

This afternoon when I fed the ducks again there were at least 10 present, but I couldn't get them all to come in and feed at the same time. If you click on the bottom photo you can see all 10.

Tomorrow CMO!

Friday, January 23, 2015

More and more of the same

On the bright side, the snow contains much welcomed moisture. And the cold helps protect us from tropical parasites and such. If I was at CMO today I could have taken lovely snowscapes.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Difference a day makes

Yesterday morning I was enjoying great weather while working at CMO. Now today I'm stuck in town by a fire as it snows outside, but it's no nicer at CMO, just drier. Yuck!

A hummer visited that feeder in the above photo shortly before I took the picture.

Probably a Rufous female or juvenile. Photo was taken through two panes of glass.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Lovely Lajitas banding day

As usual, we had an enthusiastic audience. Kelly is really good with the kids. I was telling him that of all the kids he's worked with he's bound to have helped create future scientists (or at the very least, naturalists).

Red-headed girl holding red-headed hummingbird (Anna's)           

Here's the spread tail of an Allen's Hummingbird that Kelly recaptured today. It was originally banded at Lajitas a year ago.

And here is a newly placed band on a male Anna's Hummingbird.

There was an Orange-crowned Warbler present that had apparently developed a sweet tooth (bill?). He kept going in and out of the trap until he finally forgot how to get out. Kelly had to assist. Never a dull minute.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Counting the days til spring

Finally got a couple of decent days. I watered my trees (after the hoses thawed out). Nothing interesting to photograph, but when I got back to Alpine I thought this Great Blue Heron worthy of a few shots as it perched at the top of the tallest tree around.

Spring is just around the corner. Getting ready planting various seeds and these cuttings from a Pomegranate tree. That would be great if I could grow them and I don't know why I couldn't. As you can see I'm running out of indoor space to keep the pots. I'll take these to CMO in a couple of days where I have more room.