|Our Great Horned Owlets before leaving the next this year|
On the work front, I was busy watching over our Great Horned Owls. They, once again, successfully hatched in our new nest box. There are 3 beautiful new owlets in the world now. It takes quite a bit of community outreach to educate the general public and school population about these birds. Hopefully through my talks and data, more people are aware about how owls fledge. And hopefully the Freshmen learn that they do not eat hot and spicy Cheetos. Ugh! It's the same conversation EVERY year. Everyone thinks they're injured when they find them on the ground. In most cases, this is not true. Great Horned Owls need to develop leg strength first and THEN their wings develop. They flop out of their nest and stay close to a bush or tree for cover. The parents are usually close by watching and protecting them. It's funny watching them begin their first flight:) Here's a recent video of the birds after they fledged.
On the guiding front, I met a new friend and birder from Florida by the name of Homer. It was his first time to Arizona which means he got to do the Southeastern Arizona sampler with some of the fun extras that are rare to the US.
We had a blast looking for all kinds of great birds around Southeastern Arizona. This guy was serious and he was "no holds barred"! He's a great birder and was ready for the challenge. Every morning he was ready to go! It's the adrenaline of being in a new space. I smile because his energy was contagious and it was fun finding life birds.
|The beautiful Box Canyon|
|Cascarones Day, a celebration before finals|
During this time, me and Mr. Gordon took a side trip over to Texas and New Mexico. Those posts are coming.
It was a gorgeous day FULL of birds. The exciting find for us there was a Red-eyed Vireo! It was a new state bird for me. I should have been more excited, but I have to admit, it was really about the company and once again, great weather, birds and views.
|Boyce Thompson Arboretum|
|the Wrenegades strike again!|
|climbing Tumamoc Hill and counting birds|
|Kathy on the Aribabi Ranch doing a land survey|
|We discover a secret pond in the foothills and I collect data with Lori and Tami|