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Old 04-03-2020, 03:32 PM   #10081
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Been in at least 20 stores the last few weeks. Still zero TP.
That's just nuckin futs!
Since Walmart made the 1st hour Tuesday morning opening for 60+ yo, I thought it might be worth the trip. Our neighborhood grocery store also had a limited supply of one brand when I shopped this morning, so hopefully it will become < soon.
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Old 04-03-2020, 06:57 PM   #10082
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Def crazy out there, went to Costco and it was a train wreck.
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Old 04-04-2020, 07:01 PM   #10083
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Well, as we are still in one of the few states not on a required shelter in place, and even when most folks are staying home the town looks pretty much the same, out we went.

Two weeks ago Mike and I go up early following as close as possible grouse lek protocol (get there before dawn, don't get out of the blind or car, wait until the activity is over. No grouse. Last year there were none also, so I was getting worried it got decimated by cow, coyotes and foxes.

Well, this lek is usually half spread across a dirt road that, while it gets little traffic, the birds seem a little used to it. We got up at 5:08, left the house about an hour later. Sun was up when we got there, but darned if the little suckers weren't out there just struttin' their stuff like Saturday night at the disco! Wooo!

I have a hard time picking out a couple, so forgive me while I indulge a little.











This guy was pretty handsome, but he got ran off the parade grounds.



The whole lek was full of big dudes going bloop bloop bloop. I was pretty happy with the shots because, yes, I was out of the car, and standing on the icy round side of an old log, shivering in a brisk 30 degree WY morning wind, shooting free hand, for the most part over 100 yds away.



This one has a female to his left. The females just peck around like they are bored with it all. Of course.









Oddly, aggression seems rare, but once it a while it happens. These two were squaring off.







Okay okay, I'm GOING!



Female, great camo no?





This guy way out was the king shiznit, with lots of hens about.





This was the fellow who got run off the lek. He's sulking. He was the one that was closest to us, maybe 50 yds.



Again, amazing camo. When we went out for them two years ago, my friend and I were sitting in the car on the road and just waiting and hoping. Nothing. Nothing moving. Nothing to see. Then they started to move, and it's like they just appear out of thin air.



This was the poor guy making his retreat.



And again, forgive my lousy video skills and blame it on trying to balance on an icy log.

Unfortunately the wind noise doesn't allow the bloop bloop sound to come through. And Youtube no longer has a stabilize option.

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Old 04-04-2020, 07:14 PM   #10084
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After that we drove the long, long way back to Buffalo WY for a walk at Mountain Plains Heritage Park.

Lots of nice horses out that way.



Though the deer outnumber them 100 to 1.



Northern Flicker



Western Meadowlark



Northern Pintail at the park. Maybe one of my top five ducks, after Long-tailed Ducks, Wood Ducks and a couple others I'm forgetting...



A "rare" Marsh Wren, blinking! Marsh Wrens sort of overshoot WY. They migrate through. Some stay in southern WY, a lot end up in MT for breeding, but you don't seem to get a ton of them that stay through breeding season in the rest of Wyoming.



Green-winged Teal with a flipper scratching that ol' itch.



A good amount of American Kestrels out today too. Kestrels are in the falcon family. They have spots, stripes, orange-reds, blues, and are wonderfully striking little birds. Since they are pretty common, they get overlooked a lot out of habit. But still one of my faves.



Happy weekend from Wyoming! I am working remote now, so my wings have been clipped a bit, but the sun is coming out after three days of snow and cold, so hopefully I'll have some afternoon time to explore.
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Old 04-04-2020, 09:35 PM   #10085
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I laugh everytime I see mule deer. Love watching them run.
Boing boing boing...
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Old 04-06-2020, 08:19 AM   #10086
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Once again, fantastic shots, Tina!
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Old 04-06-2020, 09:00 AM   #10087
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Thanks for going along with me.
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Old 04-06-2020, 04:13 PM   #10088
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Look at da grouse! Look at da grouse! nyuck nyuck nyuck...........Curly.

More smiles, thank you. Stunning.
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Old 04-06-2020, 04:14 PM   #10089
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That type gait is actually called "stotting"

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Old 04-06-2020, 06:01 PM   #10090
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Yesterday was a good day for big flappy things in the sky. I saw one of the first Turkey Vultures over the house, went out and got a fly over by the vulture, Red-tailed Hawk and a Great Blue Heron all at once.



<----Shakes fist in the air and says "you won't get me yet!"





Went for a walk in the neighborhood after work today. Aside from some dismay that they've opened one of the three nine hole golf courses (denial ain't a river in Egypt folks) I did find a lovely little mink that did some posing for me.



The nice thing about these little guys is they are moderately fearless and infinitely curious.





Life is good when you are getting a low five from a weasel.







Got a couple of birds too. Of course. Are you sick of birds yet? Well post something of your own then dammit!

Song Sparrow



Wood Duck!

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Old 04-06-2020, 09:06 PM   #10091
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Got a couple of birds too. Of course. Are you sick of birds yet? Well post something of your own then dammit!
Well, then ... I will!






I tried to talk Mrs fz1azul to stand closer to the pelican for a photo ... that's as close as she would get.


All taken March 1st, before all the hunker-down chit started.
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Old 04-06-2020, 10:11 PM   #10092
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Since this is "the random photo thread', I'm posting up some random photos that I found on my SD card. I call this series "Places none of us will be visiting anytime soon."

Mission San Jose -








The outer walls of the compound were also the back wall to the Indian quarters..













Up the Mission Trail a few miles is Mission Concepcion .. (under renovation)



Wall frescos in a side chamber




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Old 04-07-2020, 05:50 AM   #10093
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Awesome!

Smugmug went down for a few minutes a couple of nights ago. I said, "meanwhile, people stuck at home are going through the memory cards with 8000 photos from trips the last 5 years...."
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Old 04-08-2020, 06:18 AM   #10094
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Yesterday morning, moonset over the Bighorns.



Then yesterday evening I ran out and did my second trip through one of the owl surveys, solo. The trip turned out to be a real turkey. Meaning, about the only birds I saw were one Turkey Vulture and...wait...what...100 Wild Turkeys? Holy crap, I mean, I know we have them all over here, but I've never seen 100 in one place before. It is, like the grouse, breeding season though.

There were two large males with most of the females on one side of the road, then another group of about five miles and five females on the other. It was hard to get a shot of them as they were all strung out in the field, and I was on a time limit with each stop, but the big guy had game.





Mr Across the Street was quite the contender too.





Anyway, I've had this route for I think three, maybe four years now, and never seen an owl yet. I think there is just too much human and cow activity out there, though one of the ranchers out there who used to work for Game & Fish said he's seen them out there. (We always have at least one chat with one rancher each year.)

The survey tracks habitat, one of the key pieces they are researching is effects on breeding based on what's going on with the habitat. While I think one of the initial thoughts was more human activity might be detrimental to the owls, one of the things the study has found is areas with pastured cattle actually has a good number of owls. Personally I think the cows and their fodder attract mice which attract the owls. The flip side of that is an area that is way over grazed doesn't offer enough cover and so I think we find less owls. The place were we spotted them two weeks ago was a good example of having mostly native habitat and a very manageable number of cattle, vs what I was seeing last night, where sometimes 100 of cattle are squeezed into a very small acreage. Of course, it's calving season too, so they've brought them in to a smaller area to protect them during that process.

Still, it's a pretty place to be on an evening.

Oh give me land, lots of land, under starry skies, don't fence me in....







And a resident pair of Osprey are back and on the nest, about half a mile before the start of my survey grid.



Then the moon came up...

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Certainly no 'turkeys' among those images, Tina!

I noticed the Super Moon as I was driving over to Panda Express for take-out. Went back to the house for the camera, but too late .. the clouds swallowed it up.
What was that steel-spoked wheel attached to the pipe? Movable irrigation piping?
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Old 04-08-2020, 09:11 AM   #10096
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Yes, irrigation. Where I live, when people visit, they say "this doesn't look like Wyoming." Sheridan is in a bowl of sorts, surrounded by mountains to the south and west, a bit to the north, and then some sage foothills to the east. The result is the wind isn't as crazy like out in the flats, and the rivers and creeks allow for hay and grazing. As a matter of fact, it's so green and the grass so good, we've had polo here for decades. People fly in from South America and so on.

Out to the east, the land is more like used to be sage and they have to water the crap out of it to get hay, but they still do. That was out east, near Leiter, WY and an hour away.

The moon got up into the clouds right after that, so I was lucky to be out there to grab a shot or two as well.

Super moon, I swear, every month is a super moon anymore. Folks, it's a full moon, happens every month!
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Old 04-08-2020, 11:39 AM   #10097
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We had some of this last night. I tweeted the pictures and Accuweather and Channel 8 Chicago both asked to use them. Roofing guy is supposed to be here to inspect in a bit but doesn't look too bad.
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Old 04-08-2020, 12:32 PM   #10098
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Holy cow, Brad - our evening was amazing here (perfect weather) but I did see a big Thunderhead over your direction....
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Old 04-11-2020, 01:23 PM   #10099
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So, you say you want more birds? Well, if you insist.

Thursday after work I headed out to so some birding by car west of town.

Ring-necked Pheasant...which, while it's good to be beautiful if you are not smart and are also tasty, hunker down thinking you can't see them even though they are lit up like a Times Square marquee.



Friday I was off for Good Friday, the first time in my whole life I've worked for a company that does that, but it's tied to the stock market, so hey, let's get up at 5:00 am and go see the Greater Sage-grouse again! I have one friend I've been sharing air space with, so I picked her up at 6:00, and off we went. Got there and found two more friends, then another showed up and a fourth. It was a gathering by vehicle with everyone waving and happy to see other humans, having "cowboy conferences" where you pull up and chat on a dirt road car to car (usually truck to truck of course - but forgive us a bunch of hybrids and suburus out there).

Now I know I just posted a bunch of photos of these guys, so I'm not going all in again, but I'm going to put in a few....

This time the lesser males were down along the road. At one point the friend parked in front of me had one right in front of her car, and I had two behind mine.



We were getting good views of this lesser male doing his display



But what is a really interesting comparison this is one of the big boys up on the main lek. You can see how much bigger he and his display is, even though they are both amazing.





Still, pretty determined!



We meandered our way back, hitting some good dirt roads and reservoirs on the way.

Red-tailed Hawk



Golden Eagle - probably female given her huge size. Females are larger than males in both Bald and Golden Eagles. Thought to be because they need the size for back up and strength as they spend a lot of their time on the nest, though eagles do take turns. In Colorado last week a female Bald attacked the nest of a mated pair, injuring the female. Last I heard, the female pf the pair had not returned to the nest, but the male continued to sit on it. That's going to have a hard chance of success if the female doesn't return, as he will need to leave the eggs to find food.



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Double-crested Cormorant



Like many birds, cormorants will spread their wings out to dry. Though in this case I think he might be preaching to the choir.



Sandhills Cranes are in our area, mostly in breeding pairs. Still pecking around for food, not on the nests yet.



In 8 hours, we tallied just under 50 species of birds. I won't bore you with blurry photos of ducks, but they are back, along with a few unusual ones, like Barrow's Goldeneye, in the mix.

Still, not done. Mike got off work, and off we went to tackle the second visit to one of my owl survey routes. I still can't get on the Crow Res to do the 3rd. The route is about 2.5 hours away from us, SE of Gillette, and where we finally found owls two weeks ago. We still have two weeks to do the second visit, but because we're projected to get up to 12" of snow (it's snowing now) and the temps are low and chances of snow high for the next 10 days, it seemed like we better get 'er done. A lot of these routes aren't getting done anyway due to the SIP orders in various states.

On the way, well, this is unusual, and we were running tight on time so I didn't get a lot of photos but 200 Sandhill Cranes at one farm pond!

Ballpark on the fly was about 120, but I shot some quick photos to do a more accurate count when I got home and it came up to the 200 number.





I'll admit, I had a moment of hope bloom that there might be a Whooping Crane in the mix, but it wasn't to be.



Anyway, back to the middle of nowhere.




Northern Harrier, one of the target species we are looking for out there. They are one of the first hawks birders find easy to ID in the field, because of the white tail band. Rough-legged Hawks have one too, but are winter birds here, where Harriers, while seen in the winter, have a different flight pattern and are more likely in the warmer months.



Signs of life, spring comes even to the sagebrush sea.



We saw three owls on the way to the route, one after, and just one along the route this time, in flight and only a glimpse, but getting five of these regardless is really good!



Out there



is really freakin' beautiful. I don't know if I could live in the sage all the time, I like a little water in my life, but give me a few thousand acres, some owls, and I could probably deal with it.






So over over about 33 hours, 10 or so birding, upwards of 500+ miles (that poor RAV, 15 months old, just rolled 41,000 miles), 50 species, two kinds of owls, Greater-sage Grouse. Not too bad.

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