|Left to right, Broad-billed Hummingbird and Plain-capped Starthroat|
While we were there observing lots of awesome birds, I learned much about this place known as Idaho(pronounced Eye-dah-hoe). Apparently they have birds there that include the ones I need! From what I understood from our conversations, Idaho is a beautiful place full of fantastic creatures. However, it's about a thousand miles away and a FULL day of driving to get there. I know this only because this is what these two crazy birders did! They got up at 4:30 AM and arrived into Southern Arizona at 9 PM!!!!! Now that's dedication!
We went up to Bog Springs and they set up camp for a few days. While we were there, I knew of several places where Whiskered screech owls like to hang out when they are not nesting. Of course, they are never there when I take birders to see this would-be-lifer. So I was just going to tell them to keep an eye out in a certain area for this pretty awesome owl. As I pointed to the hole, everyone just dropped their jaw with several indiscernible words coming out of our mouths. This was a moment! Quietly, we all took our photos from a distance careful not to disturb this beautiful creature.
We spent a longer while observing this often-heard-but-rarely-seen owl. Talk about luck! This was a Christmas miracle especially now that their nesting has finished. Many will begin their migration back south during the month of August.
As for that blue mug? Well, I got to hold it with my new friends!
|Photo by Zeke Watkins-an ebird reviewer in Idaho|
Kathleen also produced a documentary called Connecting With Owls. This is a great DVD full of owl info and fun. To purchase her DVD, you can click here. The Whiskered screech owl, a bird that only makes it up into Southern Arizona during the spring and summer, was a new owl for Kathleen which made the day a whole lot more special. Maybe it was her blue mug that brought us such fortune? Anyhow, birding is awesome and so are the people.
And speaking of owls, here is the lastest update on the ones I've seen this year. It has been a good year indeed! For more fun about birds, check out I'D Rather B Birdin' over at Anni's blog! Until next time friends.....
|L to R|
Barn, Western screech, Ferruginous Pygmy Owls
Northern Pygmy, Great Horned, Burrowing Owls
Long-eared, Whiskered screech, Snowy Owl(in WI this year)
Spotted, Elf and Great Horned Owlet