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Blog Topic: Photo Wednesday

Along the River: an owlet under the watchful eyes of Mom

Great Horned Owl Mom and owlet
© Gail Garber
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Along the river, an owlet grows up under the watchful eyes of Mom.
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

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Along the River: an owlet peeking out of the nest

Great Horned Owlet © Gail Garber
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Along the river, a well hidden nest reveals an owlet –a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus).

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Along the River: Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak © David Powell
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Along the river, he sings like an American Robin on speed: Black-headed Grosbeak! Migrants are returning en mass now.

Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)

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Along the River: a flash of red – Summer Tanagers have arrived

Summer Tanager © David Powell
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Along the river, a flash of red brightens the otherwise green background – Summer Tanagers (Piranga rubra) have arrived.

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Along the River: Wild Turkeys are becoming more common

Wild Turkey in the bosque © Gail Garber
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Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

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Along the River: A Spotted Towhee signs to attract a mate

Spotted Towhee © David Powell
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Along the River: an Ash-throated Flycatcher…

Ash-throated Flycatcher © David Powell
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Along the river, an Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) heralds his return to spring breeding grounds. Seen in Corrales Bosque on 4/18/2012.

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Meet Our Harlan’s Hawk

Our new Harlan's Hawk © Gail Garber
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Our new Harlan’s Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis harlani) arrived yesterday afternoon and was safely ensconced in his new Porter Palace before dinnertime.

New Home for Harlan's Hawk © Gail Garber
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Chellye has been a volunteer with Hawks Aloft for about 8 years now and has trained and housed our female red-tail, Aguililla. For now, Harlan lives alone in the big flight so he can get settled in and so Chellye can work with him one on one. Then, we plan to reintroduce Lilla to the mews. By the time we left last night, he was exploring every corner of his cage. The biggest thrill came when he discovered he could fly the length of the cage from the low perch to the high perch. Back and forth he went, never missing a wingbeat. The view from his new home is rural farmland with chickens and horses. There is even a kestrel pair setting up in the cottonwood tree about 80 feet away. We are beyond thrilled to add him to our cadre of educational ambassadors.

Also new to the Porter family menagerie, and arriving on the same day, were four kittens. The pregnant female that they had rescued just a couple of weeks ago gave birth under daughter, Lindsey’s, bed. Never a dull moment in the Porter house.

Many thanks to Laurin and Louise at the Cascades Raptor Center for thinking of us first when deciding to place him and for assisting us through the maze of paperwork. We also extend a huge thank you to the Porters!!!

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Along the river: Another lovely Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture in the bosque © Gail Garber
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Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

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Educational Birds – Female Red-tailed Hawk

Female Red-tailed Hawk © Chellye Porter
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Meet our youngest Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicencis).
She was hatched in 2009. Found as a recently fledged youngster with a severely swollen left eye, her left eye did have to be surgically removed. However, she is fully flighted and is often one of our more difficult birds to control. At outreach events or classroom programs, she is usually presented on the glove so her handler has better control of her when she bates (attempts to fly off). At the Festival of the Cranes in Monte Vista, CO, she sat atop her travel box, which was weighted down with a brick, all weekend long. Her ever increasing calmness is a reflection of the great job her trainer has done.

She acquired her adult tail feathers in the summer of 2010. To our surprise, all of her plumage got darker and she is now nearly a rufous morph.

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