Owls, Owls, and more Owls in SE Arizona

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The last couple of weeks have really been a boom for me personally, as far as spotting our local owls goes. Getting to actually see four species, in the last two weeks, and to hear two more is almost unheard of in my experience. It all started in getting to photograph the Northern Pygmy-owls in Madera Canyon. Then a quick check up on the Ferruginous Pygmy-owls that are out in Alta Valley. Here is a shot of that Northern Pygmy Owl, from Madera Canyon.

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A First Christmas Bird Count Experience

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / A First Christmas Bird Count Experience A First Christmas Bird Count Experience By Corey • March 2, 2011 • No comments yet Tweet Share Laura Wright has written an excellent article for onearth about her first Christmas Bird Count , which was the 61st iteration of the count in Troy, New York.

The 701 Long-eared Owl of Kikinda

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Have you heard of a small town in Serbia graced by the presence of its 700 communally roosting Long-eared Owls ? The world record 734 Long-eared Owls were counted here in December 2009, in the pines and spruces, lime, chestnut and nettle trees lining the central square by the orthodox church in Kikinda. The best decorated single tree had 145 owls in its crown. Rightfully, this town centre doubles as a nature reserve – an officially protected owl habitat.

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Barred Owl

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What is it about Owls that casts such a spell over folk? A recent experience left me upside-down in a drift of pine needles as finding myself face-to-face with a Barred Owl was such a shock that I lost the power of standing. Owls were at the forefront of my mind, but then aren’t they always? I had just come from a Rat Snake in a tree and was prepared to allow just enough space in my hopes for another reptile, but thoughts of owls quickly crowded it out again.

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Snowy Owl vs. Peregrine Falcon

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As we have already mentioned here on 10,000 Birds, Snowy Owls are in the middle of a pretty epic irruption , and they are facing all kinds of pressure, from people harassing them to crows and falcons taking exception to their presence. In this video, two Peregrine Falcons take turns dive-bombing the owl, which does not like the experience one bit. Peregrine Falcon dive-bombing a Snowy Owl by Tom Johnson. Snowy Owl defending itself by Tom Johnson.

Owls, the debait

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I have to say that pretty much every time that I see a great photo of an owl in flight, swooping down from a perch or low to the ground, in invariably think to myself “that was baited” I might be wrong, but I’m willing to bet that I am right far more often than I am wrong. I have a friend in Ontario, who has been excitedly searching for Great Gray Owls during this winter’s irruption. Today she found her owl. Birding ethics Great Gray Owl photography

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Great Horned Owl Along Fellsmere Grade Road

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Astute readers, er, well, readers with any brain activity at all, will probably have realized by now that the lump was a Great Horned Owl ! I got out of the car and watched the owl for awhile. It was great to watch an owl in the wide open through the scope which gathered what little light there was very well so that I could distinguish every plumage detail. Sadly, I lack a good microphone so you can’t hear the owls but you can see essentially what I was seeing.

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Wisconsin Falconer Legally Traps Snowy Owl

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I’m to the point that I wish all the Snowy Owls in the US this winter would head back north. There’s been some confusing info because Project SNOWStorm also captured and put a transmitter on a first winter female Snowy Owl around the same time in the same area. ” But then I thought of the other wild raptors falconers can take like a Northern Goshawk, Gyrfalcon, Great Horned Owl and Peregrine Falcon and debated with myself about why an owl is different.

Spotting My First Horned Owl in Veteran’s Park

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I think everyone can readily admit that owls are cool. Yet, these very qualities are what make them so difficult to see as birders, and in my years of birding I had managed to spot just two: the Snowy Owl (which is active during the daytime) and the Barred Owl. One particular family of owls had particularly evaded me. Of course, my lack of owl sightings were mostly my fault; I neither arrived at the park early, nor stayed late into the evening.

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Pel’s Fishing Owls, Phantoms of the Okavango

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For many birders, the Pel’s Fishing Owl roosts in a lofty position on just such a list. One of the most highly desirable birds in the world, the Pel’s Fishing Owl is a true phantom. Found patchily in sub-Saharan Africa, this large, ginger-colored owl can never be guaranteed on a trip to the continent. The Okavango Delta from the air Adrian Binns I’ve been fascinated with Pel’s Fishing Owls since my South African childhood.

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Most Wanted Birds in Brazil

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Most Wanted Birds in Brazil Most Wanted Birds in Brazil By Corey • March 12, 2011 • 5 comments Tweet Share Brazil is an amazing country loaded with a huge number of species of bird that birders the world over desperately want to experience.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2011)

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birding / Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2011) Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2011) By Mike • March 14, 2011 • 11 comments Tweet Share Your experience of the month so far may differ from mine, but around these parts, March roared in like a lion filled with tiger blood.

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A Walk in the Desert

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During our tenure there, we had exceptional views of Africa’s largest ( Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl ) and smallest ( African Scops Owl ) owls, the largest bird on the planet, not neglecting numerous hornbills, sunbirds and weavers. Greyish Eagle-Owl.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2021)

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Most of the breeders seemed to have departed already on their journeys south but he did enjoy a Barred Owl serenade in the wee hours of the morning two days in a row so the Barred Owl wins as his Best Bird of the Weekend. And just like that, migration is upon us.

The Ultimate Reward

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Birding that starts with the largest eagle of the continent certainly bears promises… The next stop is the town park in Opovo, north of Belgrade, where local bird expert Ceda Vuckovic reported one, locally rare, Short-eared Owl. The winter of 2014 is quite warm and the numbers are much lower, but the Opovo record, as counted by Vuckovic, is 250 owls. Long-eared Owls are irresistibly cute. Not far from it, several Long-eared Owls douse in winter sun.

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Birds and Bling

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Second, even if we do, we have discovered through bitter experience that jewelry can either be snatched or, like very small guns, used against us. asked Marge Gibson, when I asked a group of bird rehabbers about their bling experiences. I had an evil-tempered Great Horned Owl - is there any other kind? Another Great Horned Owl snagged his talon under the wedding band of Vonda Lee Morton’s vet. “He Wildlife rehabilitators are not known for our bling.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of October 2020)

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My daughter and I visited Owl Woods in search of winter finches but were surprised to find owls instead; obviously, the name of this legendary birding site suggests otherwise, but encountering both a Saw-whet and Barred Owl on the same autumn day was both unexpected and thrilling.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of July 2021)

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A Barred Owl called from the woods near his aunt and uncle’s house, Corey spotted several Virginia Rails in a wetland, and he saw hordes of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds coming to feeders. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2021)

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I knocked down several first birds of spring this weekend (not literally) but will always give Best Bird honors to a Saw-whet Owl , especially one showing as well as the one Ivy and I located at Owl Woods on Easter.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2020)

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Though the late night Barred Owls were nice and the Bald Eagle hanging out on the lake was very pleasant, Corey most preferred when he came across a mixed flock of wood-warblers. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of July 2020)

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Mongaup Pond in Sullivan County is a great place to beat the heat of summer and an even better place to hear duetting Barred Owls while you are lying in your tent. Those owls were easily Corey’s Beat Birds of the Weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of February 2020)

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Though Corey really enjoyed a ginormous flock of gannets on Sunday morning his Best Bird of the Weekend was a Short-eared Owl , his first of 2020, at Edgemere Landfill in the predawn light on Saturday. It’s hard to top an owl!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of February 2021)

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I thought for sure that Wild Turkeys on the wing would be the highlight of my birding weekend, but that we before I came upon a Barred Owl in broad daylight perched on a power line in Alma, NY. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of 2021)

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My weekend was fantastic, considering I’m already two owls into the new year. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

More Encouragement to Bird at Home

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My first experience was with a nesting pair, one bird was out at the time and the other was comfortably sitting quite low in the nest. We had shared our porch with a bold Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl the night before, so the expectation was there.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of February 2020)

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Though I traveled to NYC this weekend, Ivy and I nailed down our best bird before I left; a Short-eared Owl has been hunting at a local park not 10 minutes from our house, which makes for the easiest owl sighting we’ve snagged in a long time! Some weekends last longer than others.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of January 2020)

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Corey was so bummed about having to lead an Owl Prowl in an area with no owls that he decided there were no good birds this weekend. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

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Check Out That Chick(adee): Birding on Spring Break

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The Ruffed Grouse, kindness birdified, stopped in a ray of sunlight to look back: After that marvelous experience we were pretty much done for the day. Well, done for the day except for a quick stop at Fort Edward so Daisy could ogle the Short-eared Owls on Fitzpatrick Road. Trips Adirondacks Fort Edward grouse owls winter finchesDaisy and I took advantage of her spring break and one of my precious vacation days to spend the day birding in the Adirondacks.

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White-faced Ibis at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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Forgotten Owls When Is A Tanager A Spindalis? His recent focus is on bringing the Western Burrowing Owl back to life in California where he also monitors several bluebird trails. He is a BirdLife Species Champion and contributes to several other conservation efforts, being the webmaster for Wintu Audubon Society and most recently, the habitat manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network. Share Your Thoughts « Soccer Player Kicks Owl on Field?

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Come Bird Ghana with Malimbe Tours!

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It was a fantastic experience. With over seventeen years of experience studying birds and guiding all over Ghana, I am one of the most experienced active birding guides in Ghana today.

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Birding in Place on Poas Volcano- What can You See?

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The following examples are some of the birding experience that awaits on Poas Volcano, Costa Rica: The Voices of Understory Birds. Keep watching and more will appear, maybe a flock of high flying Barred Parakeets , maybe even the hidden bird hunter of the dark woods, the Costa Rican Pygmy-Owl.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2020)

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Ivy and I couldn’t shake an owl out of Owl Woods but we walked away with all kinds of FOY species such as the unexpected Yellow-bellied Sapsucker calling high in a tree. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

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Birding Gonggangling and Dujiangyan, Sichuan, China

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Interestingly, it seems that Jonathan Slaght, when searching for Blakiston’s Fish Owl in remote parts of Russia, had similar experiences, as described in his book: “Katkov filled our commutes with loud music. ” (“Owls of the Eastern Ice”, Jonathan C.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of July 2020)

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Not many owls or nightjars in these parts, though, so we can’t consider them perfect. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of January 2019)

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A Snowy Owl will almost always qualify as the best bird someone sees in a weekend and when the owl is nearly entirely white, like the one Corey saw at an undisclosed location in New York on Saturday morning, it easily is the Best Bird of the Weekend. After Corey bragged to me about this bird, I realized I hadn’t seen an owl yet this year. Conditions were good Sunday evening for a run to Nations Road IBA to catch the Short-eared Owl gloaming.

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Specialties Above Thin Air!

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I learned early and often when I moved to Colorado that a birder will have to up their physical ante to experience some of these birds. Areas of mixed-coniferous and mixed-deciduous forests can yield the secretive Northern Pygmy-Owl. These tiny, long-tailed Owls are often tame when found, but call for brief periods usually only around the break of day (crepuscular). At which point, the Owl will lunge out at pluck the bird right off it’s perch.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2019)

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So far this year, my daughter and I have gone 3 for 3 with owls. This weekend’s quarry was a gorgeous Northern Saw-whet Owl at Braddock Bay’s Owl Woods, which is as good a place to find them as you’d imagine. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. To continue my assertion before the weekend began, March may be one of the most boring months of the year for birding.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of August 2019)

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Corey was camping at Fahnestock State Park in Putnam County, New York this weekend and he heard a nice duet of Great Horned Owls in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday. Such a sound easily propelled the owls to Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

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A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds–A Book Review

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The book is organized into ten chapters, framed by a Prologue and Epilogue focused on Weidensaul’s banding experience in Denali National Park. His participant observations connect to his own research experiences, providing history and perspective.

Adventures of a Louisiana Birder: One Year, Two Wings, Three Hundred Species–A Book Review

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Smith’s Longspurs, Vermillion Flycatchers, Burrowing Owls, Long-billed Curlews, Virginia Rails, Black Terns, Crested Caracaras–there’s a bird here for every taste. Louisiana is a magical place to bird.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of 2015)

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Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was an adorable Northern Saw-whet Owl at an undisclosed location in Queens. No matter who found it a Northern Saw-whet Owl is always a pleasure. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. One weekend down for 2015 and only 51 to go. Hope your year is off to a ripping start! I hit Lake Ontario for winter birds this weekend and walked away with a trio of Red-throated Loons.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2015)

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Corey overcame such weakness: his Best Bird of the Weekend was a Great Horned Owl on a nest at a location in Queens he wishes not to disclose. Though seeing an owl on a nest is an awesome experience there can be too much of a good thing for a sought-after species in a vulnerable situation. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of June 2020)

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Near as I can tell, that horrific “huahhh” was coming from a Barred Owl apparently as confused about its evening’s itinerary as I was. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

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