Osprey, leaving home?

There was a lot of activity at the old Osprey nest this morning.  I got the impression that the grown ups were trying to get the young ones to fly.  There was a stiff breeze, about 20 MPH, and they were standing up in the nest with wings open, but hanging onto the nest with their claws.

In spite of all the encouragement, they were reluctant to turn loose.  After about 20 minutes, the adults gave them a demonstration, but to no avail.  It’s one of those kind of deals, if you can fly you can come back home, if you can’t, you’re on your own.  I understand the reluctance.

One of the adults stayed on the roost nearby, just to keep an eye on things while the other one tried to push the youngster out, at least that was my read on it.  I think it will be an empty nest soon.

Happy Bird Day

Gary

 

I am not ready to fly, am I?
I am not ready to fly, am I?

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Warming Trend

It looks like the ducklings at Costco pond are going to survive this summer heat we’ve been having.   At least they seem to be adapting to it better than I am.  As Yoda would put it, “Too Hot”, this summer it is.  I enjoyed these ducks getting cooled off so much I thought about joining them, but all that green stuff in the water kind of changed my mind.

This heat has put a kink in my bird watching activities, and I don’t like it.  It is currently 51 degrees in Climax, Colorado and a low of 39 tonight.  The high for next ten days is forecast to be a toasty 64 in Climax.  The 4th of July in Climax was a screaming 65 degrees.  I wanna go home, I wanna go home, Lord do I wanna go home. hahahahaha

The temperatures here in Yakima are bad enough, but the quality of air has deteriorated significantly since the 4th of July.  Lots of brush fires and forest fires from Oregon to Canada are pushing some smoke and pollutants this way.   I am basically a fair weather bird watcher, this weather does not agree with me.

On the bright side, I thought these ducks, who were just chicks a few months ago were worth sharing.  They do seem to have more fun than anybody when it gets hot.

Have a Happy Bird Day

Gary

 

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Osprey’s near the Yakima River

I went back to check on the young osprey I photographed a couple of weeks ago to see how he was doing.  Turns out it has a sibling.  I had a hard time trying to figure out just what was going on at first.  He should have been a pretty large bird by now.,

It looked like maybe the older was was hoisting the young to the top of the nest to dump him out or something.  I think what really happened was the adult bird dropped off some chow for the little ones and some how the young one got a lift from the older one.  Not sure if that is normal or not, but I did read that when Osprey’s have their young, they spread it out over time.  A new one can hatch before the old one has left the nest.

These pictures are not in any particular order, but taken over a period of about 30 minutes.

Have a happy bird day.

Gary

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What happened to the duck pond??

Duck photo op at Costco Pond went awry:

It was a tough afternoon for bird watching for sure.  We left the house and got about a block when the serpentine belt broke – around the block and back home.  Re-grouped, fired up the old pickup truck and headed for Costco pond, always a nice duck shoot.

When I arrived, I got about half way out of my pickup when I realized I had forgotten my camera, that is a first, usually I have the camera but the battery is home on the charger.  Back home, grabbed the camera and headed back to the pond.

There were ducks for sure, but it looked like an invasion of rabbits and squirrels.  I think they are Brush Rabbits, but their ears were pretty long, kind of like a Jack Rabbit.  I think the squirrels were the California Ground Squirrel variety, however I am not sure on either count.  Seems  kind of odd considering the location.  I took a few pictures of them and headed back home.  Pulled up in the driveway and 2 ducks were grazing under the sprinkler in the front yard.  Must have been the heat today.

All of these pictures were taken at Costco Pond, with the exception of the first one, that was taken just as I drove up.

Have a great bird day, Gary

P.S.  Is it my imagination or does it look like that first rabbit has eyes in the back of his head.  That is spooky.

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RED TAILED HAWK – Just being cool

I took these photographs near the Yakima airport on 16th Street this morning.  When I first started taking pictures he appeared to be regal and dignified.  After a few minutes his dignity changed to just plain cute.   It was the hottest day of the year to date, nearing 100 degrees.  I am certain that was not his intention, but when you’re hot, you’re hot.

A few minutes make a lot of difference in appearances.

Looking Regal
Looking Regal
Looking Regal
Looking Regal
I'm the bird
I’m the bird

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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

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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