Killdeer Nest

Killdeer on Nest
Killdeer on Nest

Sarah and I found this girl on her eggs this spring at Clarence Cannon NWR.  According to Harrison (Peterson Field Guides – Eastern Birds’ Nests), the male of the species will “make various scrapes in the ground” and one is chosen by the female to deposit and incubate her eggs.  As most of us familiar with the bird know, the Killdeer will usually nest far from water and often within human disturbed habitat.  This girl’s nest was along the side of a gravel road within the refuge.

Killdeer! Killdeer! Killdeer!
Killdeer! Killdeer! Killdeer!
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Welcome Spring

Happy first day of spring!  To celebrate the outgoing winter, here are a couple shots of a Savannah Sparrow making a living in the snow.  These were taken at Clarence Cannon NWR.

Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow

Clarence Cannon in White-Out Conditions

This past Saturday I headed up north on Highway 79.  Knowing that the frigid temps and predicted winds of 30 mph + would not afford many great opportunities, the chance of snow in these areas made me think that something interesting could happen.  Here are a few I thought worthy to share.

Harrier Still Hunting
Harrier Still Hunting
Snow Falling on Pintails
Snow Falling on Pintails
February
February