Saturday, October 16, 2010

'Walk on the Wild Side' video clip 1

This fantastic video is from the BBC One and is like a trailer for their new "Walk on the Wild Side" comedy series (but when I went to the BBC web site none of their programs or trailers seemed to be "not available in your area". SeEtta--BTW, it's even cooler when you enlarge it to fit your screen-just click on the box with 4 arrows at the bottom right of the screen.

More on Williamson's Sapsucker

This photo shows the brilliant colors of the fresh plumage of this male Williamson's Sapsucker.  In sunlight this bird gorgeously bright.  Also visible in this pic are some of the fresh sap wells that have been drilled into this elm tree limb.

I stopped again tonight near dusk and refound this male still drilling at 6 pm.  I didn't see the female and the male flew off into the pinyon-junipers shortly after I spotted him.  SeEtta

Gorgeous Williamson's Sapsuckers near Canon City,CO

Yesterday I found the adult male Williamson's Sapsucker seen in the top two pics in the few deciduous trees (of all things, Siberian elms) in a normally dry wash that are supported by the small amount of water that runs off a gravel road and through the wash. When I saw him yesterday, I thought he was just a latish bird that had made a down-slope move from their breeding habitat in conifers at a higher elevation to the pinyon-juniper foothills near Canon City. I didn't have much time to observe him yesterday so I returned today I found not only the male but a female Williamson's Sapsucker in the same elm tree but that the several small elms here had hundreds of sap wells drilled in many of the limbs--it would seem more likely that one or both of these birds had been here for some time.
Canon City has hosted one or more Williamson's Sapsucker, usually females, every winter for the several years but in very different habitat. In Canon City they have wintered in park-like locations with many and diverse trees where they have spent a lot of their time drilling sap wells in pine trees then retreating (either in afternoons or late mornings) to tall deciduous trees for loafing and some more drilling.
The female is so different in appearance from the male in this species that they were originally thought to be of different species. The females brownish head is offset by the more striking black and whitish barring. Like the male the center of her breast and her belly are yellow but much paler than on the male. One more pic and more discussion in next post. SeEtta

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Astonishing video clip from National Geographic

Pistol shrimp blowing a blast of water a speed of 100km/h with temp

This is way too amazing-this little shrimp can make a sonic blast by snapping it's claws! SeEtta

New Law: Big Win for Wildlife around the Globe! : Wildlife Promise

New Law: Big Win for Wildlife around the Globe! : Wildlife Promisefrom Wildlife Promise

As wildlife enthusiasts, it can be challenging to support all the animals across the globe that we care about: elephants, apes, turtles, rhinos and tigers – just to name a few. But as part of a law passed on October 2, supporting some of your favorite “wild” creatures could soon cost you nothing more than $.44 at a time.

Earlier this month, the Multinational Species Fund Semipostal Stamp Act (H.R. 1454) was signed into law, which ensures that a special, premium priced U.S. Postal Stamp will directly contribute to funding projects supported by the Multinational Species Conservation Funds (MSCF)." Read more

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fall aspen

Just a shot of our Colorado aspen trees in their fall glory. SeEtta

Monday, October 11, 2010

Colorado shorebird: Baird's Sandpiper

A common sandpiper in Colorado, this little Baird's was the only shorebird I saw at Lake Henry when I visited last week. I did see a distant flock of flying shorebirds but they were too far away to identify. SeEtta

Always like to see Burrowing Owls

This is one of the four Burrowing Owls I found in a prairie dog town in Otero County, Colorado. Burrowing Owls are migrating south for the winter and these will likely do so soon.SeEtta

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Migrating Sparrows: the Vespers

This is one of a number of small flocks of migrating Vesper Sparrows I saw in Otero County, CO earlier this week. Though they such beautiful singers, they are quiet this time of year.  SeEtta