Audubon Field Trip 25 February

Observers: fide Tom & Jo Heindel
Email: tjheindelataoldotcom
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Date: 02/25/2006
Time: 07:41 PM -0500


On 25 February about 40 people toured the Big Pine area in unusually fabulous weather. Migration was underway with 3 Greater Yellowlegs and many Sage Thrashers and Tree Swallows winging their way north. Highlights for many were watching two Great Horned Owls sitting on their nest protecting their eggs from becoming omelets for two Common Ravens, watching 8 Great Blue Herons claim their nests in the rookery, and having a Red-shouldered Hawk fly close overhead carrying a pine bough which it added to its nest in a leafless cottonwood. The Tundra Swans didn't disappoint the group but the very late arrival, after most of the people had left, of an adult Bald Eagle coming in from the north was enjoyed by the hardy dozen who had lingered hoping for just such an event. We ended up with 60 species which is not bad for a "winter" day.