Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Storm Birds

A juvy RTH hunting on Columbia Campus. HawkvsEagle Mr. Mocker buzzed by. MockervsHawk ColumbiaHawk The bros seeking shelter. HidingOut The crows seeking food. Crows Im always amazed how gulls can fly so effortlessly in the gale. RingBilled Hope everyone is ok.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Blue-headed Vireo Window Strike

All those raptors make for some very paranoid birds. A young blue-headed vireo was spooked by a kestrel and ran headlong into my buildings plate glass window. Two police officers found the bird and were standing there with it as I came home. I took him in to see how bad it was. blueheadedvireo No visible head trauma or blood but it was not opening its eyes fully. It did let out the cutest alarm call which I recorded, but rather than risk it, I took him into the WBF. Hopefully he will put through. Ill try to follow up with them to see how he did.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Birds of Ecuador, Part 4: Other Awesome Birds

Other special birds were: The blue-crowned motmot, Blueheaded Motmot The trill vibrations of club-winged Manquin, Club Winged Manakin Red-headed Barbet, RedHeadedBarbet The Squirrel Cuckoo, Squirrel Cuckoo Guan, Guan Masked Trogon, MaskedTrogon Paraque in the road at night. Paraque The Guyaquil Woodpecker, Carpintero Guyaquil This huge colony of Egrets, coming home to roost. EgretColony_1 The largest parrot we saw, the mealy Amazon (captive). MealyAmazon To the smallest yet most beautiful, the sublime Pacific Parrotlet! Pacific Parrotlet

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Birds of Ecuador, Part 3: Tanagers, Orioles, Flycatchers and Tucans

So many colorful varieties of the widespread and versatile Tanager family. The ever present Lemon Rumped Tanager, LemonRumpedTanager1 Silver Throated, SlateThroatedTanager Palm Tanager, PalmTanager Golden Tanager, GoldenTanager Male Euphonia, MaleEuphonia Blue-Gray tanager. BlueGreyTanager Got a great look at this White-Edged Oriole. oriole Some of the large family of flycatchers include: Long-tailed tyrant, LongtailedFlycatcher Black Phoebe, BlackPhoebe Social Flycatcher, SocialFlycatcher White-start. WhiteStart Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, PlatebilledMountainToucan Pale-mandibled Aracari. Aracari

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The Birds of Ecuador, Part 2: Raptors

So many birds breeds a ubiquitous crop of birds that eat birds. Here are some of the highlights. The omnipresent roadside hawk, Roadside Hawk the striking laughing falcon, LaughingFalcon the female Bat Falcon. Female Bat Falcon The Collared Forest Falcon, collared forest falcon The Great Black Hawk vs the Collared Forest Falcon, Great Black Hawk vs Collared Forest Falcon Last, smallest but never least. The Cloud Forest Pygmy Owl. Cloud Forest Pygmy Owl w Sylph The also have tons of Black BlackVuture and Turkey Vultures. tv