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STAR DRAINER! You may notice a sudden drop in the water level where I cut out one of his quaffing sessions, he was there 3 minutes or so altogether.
1m21s VIDEO = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78rE0l48vqk
Sorry about the spigot but I did manage to capture an ear flap ;-)
It was before noon that the restless feet started emerging:
Love it, scylla. I thought saw those feetz earlier, but wasn’t really sure what I saw. I think bats are so cool. Thanks again, Pete, for giving us this wonderful opportunity to learn more about nature.
WYNNE – here’s your SCOTT’s ORIOLE, I hope ;-) I cropped it, hope it hasn’t spoilt the quality.
40s VIDEO = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RryUXnlnqWs
Eww, look what the wind blew down :o (I suppose it was the wind – shall check later.)
Yes, it was vicious wind! One of Spidey’s packed lunches also got knocked down – amazing hot strong the “rope” is.
25s VIDEO = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6vlcKgXJHQ
GHOWs and GHOWlets
This morning @ 0453hr there was a very fleeting flurry of flying from the euc tree – just ghostly grey shapes, I’m afraid, but heehee! our owlets seem to take to the wing after a parent flies by:
15s VIDEO = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRhfKQyYsZc
Those snaps are in the wrong order – the bottom right should have been first.
IMPORTANT!!!! (please bump this up if it gets lost on other pages). My sister found a barn owl last night in her back yard. It was in dire straits and was gasping. She (and I) had no phone numbers of anyone (except Pete) to call to help this poor owl. By the time numbers and email addresses were gathered and notified, the owl had passed. She has it in her freezer and is in contact with Pete for a necropsy. This female owl had blood on her beak and on her talons which may be an indication of poisoning from her prey.
1) Find and keep all numbers and contact information in case you find an owl that needs help. Be sure the numbers are current and handy. You may think you live in an area that has no owls, my sister is near Burbank, citified. They are out there, so you may have to have these numbers. We hope you never need them.
2) If the owl dies, please freeze it for research.
3)Do NOT ever, under any circumstances, use poison to kill rodents. It WILL kill the prey animals as well as hunters and they are sorely needed. I live rurally in Utah and we have coyotes and foxes. I understand that they upped the bounty on these animals (they leg trap here) and now we are overrun with squirrels, rabbits, snakes, gophers, mice. When you mess with the hunters, you create all kinds of havoc. Please save the hunters, do not poison their prey.
How distressing. I came across a video on YouTube yesterday where a duck farmer proudly showed off a magnificent GHOW that he had shot – legal, apparently, in his state, because the owl was predating his stock.
Emma, this is my all-time favorite and I did not see anything like it at the time. Thank you for letting us remember happier times.
For any of you who can get on Starr Ranch’s Facebook page – A video of a cougar from the trail cam on the night of 28 June has been posted there. Considering that the behavior (lol) was identical to that of the one seen last February, Pete surmises that it was the same cougar.
Those bees are just sooooo happy to have that water there. I never before (before the watering hole, that is) realized how much they needed (or maybe just wanted) it. If I even thought about it, I guess I thought they got what they needed from the nectar they gathered.
A vendor at our farmer’s mkt on Sunday unloaded a box of basil with flowers on it. We quickly discovered how much bees love basil flowers. She was quickly stuffing the basil back in the box as I passed but the swarm of bees was incredible.
Meg, they love Rosemary, too. Mine is covered in bees every time it blooms.
I have so many bees in my birdbath now – about 25-30. I usually have 4-5. I hope it is a sign the bees are recovering. I do feels sorry for my birds having to fight their way through the bees.
Looking back to January 2011 !!! (featuring that ole ‘imagined owl speak’ just for fun)
“Good grief! How many are there? Can we do this???”
Seriously, one wonders what they were doing at that moment? Whatever it might have been, since we can only speculate, it’s a lovely scene! ♥
You won’t let me go, will you?! Cannot sleep unless I thank you for even more gorgeous pics :-)
Bless you and your photo stash, emma. Such a delightful picture. We WILL see things like this again!♥
Raven at the watering hole a couple minutes ago.
Hello-goodbye, LN – lovely to have seen you :-*
Today we have a very different view from yesterday, which explains why I (don’t know about you) didn’t realise that the bats were not just entering thru the “slit” in the “wall”, but straight into the open box. I’ve nearly burned my eyes out concentrating on that slit to find bats slithering in, when all the time they were shooting into the big open box.
I did see one bat do the slither-in, which mis-led me into expecting more.
54s VIDEO = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOVVll4-2F8
A little critter scurried along the “beam” – probably a mouse? Before that, eyes glint and another critter drops off the “wall”:
30s VIDEO = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfyy8lI1A7g
I’m beat, see y’all later.
About 6:37am (time is for scylla) I saw what might be a Scott’s Oriole at the watering hole.
Good morning everyone! Sorry I didn’t respond yesterday to all those wonderful greetings, but my computer decided to go into an alternate universe for a day and was totally inaccessible. Had to let it run out the battery before I could get back on.
I LOVE the bat house – knew what it was as soon as the cam came up on the screen. THANK YOU ever so much, Pete.
Hope y’all have a delight-filled day.
Wynne, glad I’m not the only one with tech troubles but sorry the other one had to be you ;-)
I shall do the downloads much later and will watch out for the bird but I have no timeline to go by, and now the birds are much smaller. Do you get the impression I’m setting myself up for failure? ;-D
No, dear scylla, I get the impression that you are exhausting yourself. Please get some real rest.:-)
GHOWlets starting up again, as are the bats – which should be roosting very soon, yes?