01 January 2012

Birding 2012 Kick-off

Short foray through town and into the valley.
First bird: Bohemian Waxwing.
Honest! I did NOT ignore any Ravens.

Mountains in front and behind (in mirror).

A couple of Common Redpoll foraging at the base of the big hay stack, ever watchful of the two Rough-legged Hawks floating over the fields.

The"Butte" shining in the vanishing mid-winter sunlight.
Red-tailed Hawks dogfighting above, one colourful young one in prime condition (sexy) vying for attention perhaps ...

while another
Rough-legged Hawk and a Common Raven abandon their skirmish to perch on adjacent fence posts, watching the action above.

Little day's list:

American Robin
Bald Eagle
Blue Jay
Bohemian Waxwing
Clark’s Nutcracker
Common Raven
Common Redpoll
Downy Woodpecker
Evening Grosbeak
Hairy Woodpecker
Mountain Chickadee
Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Huthatch
Rough-legged Hawk
Steller’s Jay


  1. Hey, I recognize all those places now. Near those hay bales is where I snapped the pic of that Snow Bunting.

  2. Yes, isn't it just the prettiest! That is Pine Butte Ranch - a very ecologically friendly cattle operation and where they hold the trials for herding dogs. The ponds are good in migration, too, frozen over now, of course.