April 12th, 2006

nerd

Boids!

I had a semi-serious post for today since it is Wednesday, but since I was in a meeting all day and I witnessed cool natural things, I thought I would post about that instead. Perhaps it will only be of interest to just_the_ash or maybe stoda, but I thought it was neat.

As I mentioned I had an all-day meeting to discuss last year's snowpack and compare it to this year's. Let's just say that last year was one of record plenty while this year will probably be one of record drought. I had made a comment back in 2002 that the only way things could be worse was if we received no snow at all. Well, it looks like this year could be that year. I can'r wait to see how things pan out eventually. This will likely be a year for the record books. But I digress!

While standing in the parking lot of the NRCS (National Resources Conservation Service), I notice a large bird fly into a tree in the parking lot. At first I assumed it was a pigeon, but soon saw a huge nest. My co-worker, who is also a bird/raptor nut, was parked nearby and had a pair of binoculars with him. We looked at the nest through the binos and saw that it was a couple of Coopers Hawks! That was so cool! To have raptors so close to the hustle and bustle of humans! We were both very happy.

When I got home I heard the familiar raucaus call of a roadrunner. I spied the culprit on top of the mesa. In a few minutes another beautiful specimen hopped onto the neighbor's house and began calling. Over the course of the next 5 minutes the one in the neighbor's yard made his way up the hill and to the other one calling from the edge of the mesa. They disappeared a short time later. I didn't get to see any bird yiff, but I hope they went off and made more little roadrunners.

While I was watching the roadrunners I heard the call of a quail. That is no surprise since I get 10-20 Scaled Quail in my yard on a daily basis. I checked out this quail, however, and was pleasantly surprised to see a Gambel's Quail instead of the usual Scaled Quail. In the 7 years that I have lived here this is only the 2nd time I have seen a Gambel's hanging out with the Scaled. OK. This was a nerdy birdy post. *lol*
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