05 April 2011

Yard listing!

Our previous Marathon yard list probably got posted somewhere on this blog a while back... but the new house hasn't had any yard listing updates that I can recall. So here's one: Zone-tailed Hawk! Oh heck yes, my friends!

Inca Dove 9/1/10
Eurasian Collared Dove 9/1/10
Barn Swallow 9/1/10
Turkey Vulture 9/3/10
Prairie Falcon 9/3/10
White-winged Dove 9/4/10
Cliff Swallow 9/4/10
American Kestrel 9/7/10
Bronzed Cowbird 9/7/10
House Finch 9/7/10
Common Nighthawk 9/7/10
Lesser Nighthawk 9/7/10
Great-tailed Grackle 9/9/10
Lesser Goldfinch 9/9/10
Western Tanager 9/10/10
Cave Swallow 9/14/10
House Sparrow 9/14/10 est
Wilson's Warbler 9/26/10
Osprey 9/26/10 - 4/2/11
Summer Tanager 9/26/10
Black-chinned Hummingbird 9/26/10
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 9/27/10
Broad-winged Hawk 9/27/10
Blue Grosbeak 9/27/10
Upland Sandpiper 9/27/10
Curve-billed Thrasher 9/27/10
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 9/28/10
Brewer's Blackbird 10/3/10
Cassin's Kingbird 10/4/10
Common Raven 10/5/10
Canyon Towhee 10/7/10
Red-shafted Northern Flicker 10/10/10
Chihuahuan Raven 10/16/10
Anna's Hummingbird 10/28* (ID on 31st)/10
Common Poorwill 11/9/10
Cedar Waxwing 11/19/10
Allen's Hummingbird 11/20/10
Great Horned Owl 11/?/10
Red-naped Sapsucker 12/11/10
Verdin 12/11/10
Groove-billed Ani 12/18/10
Bewick's Wren 12/21/10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1/5/11
Red-winged Blackbird 3/8/11
Hermit Thrush 3/18/11
Lark Bunting 3/30/11
Belted Kingfisher 3/31/11
Chipping Sparrow 4/1/11
Vesper Sparrow 4/2/11
Zone-tailed Hawk 4/5/11

We've really lucked out with this yard (and counting things seen from the front slab, here at the Double Bacon), but counting things seen from the yard was really taken to a new level with today's find. We were turning from Hwy 90 on to G when a vulture caught my eye and I asked Matt to pull over. The light just wasn't right, the dihedral just wasn't strong enough, the flapping was just too... flappy. Wings, a bit too pointy. Tail a bit too longish. Then it banked. Ohhh yes, the white band on the tail, the yellow feet, then it drifted closer so we could see the fine barring on the primaries and a bit of molt in the right wing. So we jumped back into the truck as it drifted west and raced back up to the house. Yeah, we're nerds. But it DID drift back east! So as it passed 1/2 a block to the north, we could make out all of the details and pick our jaws off the ground. Hopefully it'll stick around for the summer =)

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