Osprey Nest near Yakima

Today has been the hottest day of the year so far in Yakima, and it is not even summer yet.  It is not quite so much fun birding when you spend most of the time looking out a window in an air conditioned car, but it could be worse.

This young osprey is setting on top of a power line pole with no shade and not old enough fly.  It wasn’t that long ago we had a rain that would make you think about building an ark….  I am surprised that this little guy didn’t drown then.  Now he has to sit out in 96 degree heat with no shade.   Sometimes it’s tough being a bird.  I did find a cool spot later though.

 

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I am strictly an amateur, so I have to keep saying it, I love my zoom.
I am strictly an amateur, so I have to keep saying it, I love my zoom.
I though this picture made an interesting contrast.
I thought this picture made an interesting contrast.

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This little finch looks a lot like I felt walking after birds.
This little finch looks a lot like I felt walking after birds.
I did manage to find a cool spot.
I did manage to find a cool spot.

Bewick’s Wren & Western Kingbird

The Bewick’s Wren has been a difficult bird for me to photograph.  I think it is probably due to the way I approach bird watching.  It is tough for me to just wait for a bird to come to me, consequently I go out after them.  Seems like I am never close enough for a good picture, so I sneak up closer and they fly farther away, next thing you know I am a half mile from where I started.

I am quite certain that if I starting taking pictures in a forest or mountain area I would take off and never be heard from again.   There just has to be another bird on the next bush, or the one after that.  It is a lot like gold panning I suppose.   That big nugget is always in the next pan, or the next, or the next.  The sad part about it is I don’t even need to see a bird, just hearing one sends my on my may.  Have you ever been in the woods and try not to heard a bird?

Back to the Wren.   This one let me get fairly close, and even sat still while I fumbled with my digital camera.  Seems like I am always punching the wrong button on it and it goes into the “you figure it out” mode just as the bird flies off. hahahaha

Also had to add a quick shot of Bob and Sally at the duck pond today.   The Western King Bird was a bonus for me as well, I thought it was a blackbird.  – darn colors anyway….

Have a Happy Bird day

Gary

 

 

Bewick's Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Bewick's Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Bewick's Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Bewick's Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Bewick's Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Bewick's Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Bewick's Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Western Kingbrid
Western Kingbrid
Western Kingbrid
Western Kingbrid
Bob and Sally, just cruisin
Bob and Sally, just cruisin

2nd Update on red tailed hawk youngster

I took another quick trip this morning  by the “hawk tree” and found the little guy out of his nest.  He has his head twisted around so he could keep an eye on me.   Seems like a pretty small head for a growing bird, and most of that is beak.  I reckon that’s the way it’s supposed to be.  Gary

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Update on baby red tailed hawk

It has been a couple of months now since I first discovered this little Red Tailed Hawk off Ahtaneum Road.  He has grown a lot, the first time I posted him, he was barely peeking out of the nest and his head was about the size of a grape.   The feathers on his legs make him like a cowboy wearing chaps.  There were no leaves on the tree back then, so it is a bit more difficult to get a picture now.  That and it was about 90 degrees today.  Give him another month or two and he will be on his maiden voyage,

cheers

Gary W

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Without the Zoom lense
Without the Zoom lense

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Update on Bob and Sally at Costco

Went out to Costco pond to check on the little ducks, and they were having a ball.  Bob tried to fly, then they had a contest to see who could hold their breath the longest.  Bob also got in the motorboat mode, just to see how he could go.

Last but not least, they got a bit close to a nest of blackbirds and they got attacked, luckily, they escaped unharmed. …hahaha  All in all, a good day for new experiences,.   Still not old enough to head south.

Bob thinks he might be able to fly if he peddles hard enough. haha
Bob thinks he might be able to fly if he peddles hard enough. haha
Whee did she come from?
Whee did she come from?
I don't know, but I am getting out of here.
I don’t know, but I am getting out of here.
Having a contest to see who can hold their breath longest
Having a contest to see
who can hold their breath longest
Down for the count
Down for the count
Fresh air is good
Fresh air is good

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Enough of that
Enough of that

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Speed boat mode
Speed boat mode

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Cruising with mom
Cruising with mom

Lord Love A Duck

I reckon there are a few folks that check this site from time to time looking for tales of the old ghost town, Climax, Colorado.  I have a few to tell, and will get to it when I get to it.

It is spring now, and I found a new hobby it seems.  I can’t seem to pass up an opportunity to take a picture of a baby bird or a bird I haven’t photographed before.

It is 82 degrees in Yakima now and it is expected to be 24 degrees in Climax and snowing this evening.  I suspect that is a good part of the reason I live in Eastern Washington now and not on top of the Rocky Mountains

That and some fool moved the town of Climax 13 miles downhill to Leadville, lock stock and barrel.   Never did care much for that, Climax was a cool town, Leadville, not so very much.  Leadville still had cat houses into the 1960’s, and I don’t mean the kind that chase birds.  I am not suggesting that was the main thing that made Leadville not so very cool, but you get the drift.   Climax, on the other hand, had the Rec Hall and the Slop Chute.  If you lived there, you know how cool those were.

When you start crowding the end of the mortality tables, snow is not so very much fun as it was when you were in your teen’s.   When it gets cold here in Washington, I will be back on track with my stories about Climax, but for now I guess you’ll just have to buck up a bit and suffer through my amateur photo sessions and hope for winter. hahaha

I always try to put a plug in for Costco, they were thoughtful enough to put a nice duck pond on one end of their property.

A couple of little jewels on Costco Pond.

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Quail of a time

On my way home from a doctor visit this morning and decided to make a quick bird check detour.  These were taken a few blocks off Ahtaneum Road.  The last two pictures aren’t quail, but they were in the same neighborhood.  The quail is actually in the first picture, sure glad they make zoom cameras.  I don’t normally find them on top of bushes or sage brush.  He posed very patiently.

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A quail in the distance
A quail in the distance
A bit closer
A bit closer

 

 

Thought I saw a bird here

Thought I saw a bird here

Not a quail, but cool. bird anyway
Not a quail, but cool. bird anyway

Barn Swallow

On my way to the doctor’s office this morning and stopped off at the park for a quick look at birds.  This little Barn Swallow obliged me my posing for a few minutes.  No big deal, just the first pictures I have taken of a Barn Swallow.  I never see them unless they are going 90 Miles an hour.  They are actually a pretty cute bird.,

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Bob and Sally’s Most Excellent Adventure

 

Hey Sally Let's take a road trip..
Hey Sally Let’s take a road trip..
Sally:  Hey Bob how far is it? Bob:  Just up the hill, I go there all the time.
Sally: Hey Bob how far is it?
Bob: Just up the hill, I go there all the time.
Sally:  Slow down Bob, my feathers got mussed. Bob"  "Come on, get a move on"
Sally: Slow down Bob, my feathers got mussed.
Bob” “Come on, get a move on”
Sally:  Hey Bob, where's the water, I'm thirsty, and this place looks dangerous. Bob:  Relax, it's just a few feet further.
Sally: Hey Bob, where’s the water, I’m thirsty, and this place looks dangerous.
Bob: Relax, it’s just a few feet further.
Sally"  What is it Bob?  Did you find something?  I'm scared, wanna go home. Bob:  Relax, we're almost there.
Sally” What is it Bob? Did you find something? I’m scared, wanna go home.
Bob: Relax, we’re almost there.
Sally"  "Bob, don't you dare leave me up here all alone."  I am thirsty and I want to go home!!! Bob:  "Don't get yur feathers in a bunch, I'm coming."
Sally” “Bob, don’t you dare leave me up here all alone.” I am thirsty and I want to go home!!!
Bob: “Don’t get yur feathers in a bunch, I’m coming.”
Sally:  Bob, my feet hurt, I wanna go home.  Bob"  "Just a minute Sally, let me get my bearings will you."
Sally: Bob, my feet hurt, I wanna go home.
Bob” “Just a minute Sally, let me get my bearings will you.”
Bob:  "Sally, I hate to say it, but I think I am lost." Sally:  "Bob, you are such a bird brain, follow me."
Bob: “Sally, I hate to say it, but I think I am lost.”
Sally: “Bob, you are such a bird brain, follow me.”
Sally:  See Bob, I told you so.  Look Ahead.  There's a couple of our bird buddies over there."
Sally: See Bob, I told you so. Look Ahead. There’s a couple of our bird buddies over there.”

 

Cool clear water, home at last.  No more adventures today.
Cool clear water, home at last. No more adventures today.
They see their friends on the lakes edge.
They see their friends on the lakes edge.