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  1. Correct! Actually, that is a Great Blue Heron. Not sure how you got a mule deer out of that one. 😉
  2. I watched a robber fly carry off a huge grasshopper one time. The hopper must have been 3-4 times bigger than the robber. Robbers don't have that hunched thorax for nothin'!
  3. Ichneumon wasps are cool. Some, like this one, will drill into wood with the ovipositor to sting an insect larva and lay an egg on it. How they can pinpoint larva like this is beyond me. All ichneumon wasps are parasitic
  4. Have you spotted any of their larval burrows? The larva ambushes prey as the walk fast and use their heads to block the entrance. Burrows are about the width of a pencil.
  5. Red touches black, you're okay Jake. Red touches yellow, you're a dead fellow
  6. There aren't many out in the wild right now (2019 marked the 5th year in a row with >500 birds), and even fewer between the migratory route between their summer and winter roosts. check out their range, hopefully your near one of the spots
  7. I'm not good with hawks. Is this a red-shouldered? 1/4 Aransas NWR
  8. Got one! I did see a pair way far away and barely discernable in Aransas NWR. I also saw a pair that were much closer to the road near Goose Island State Park, Texas. Both sighting Jan 4, 2021. This photo is at the latter location.
  9. Sure looks like it! Man, Merlin ID never brought this up as an option
  10. but all the female/immature males I have looked at do not look anywhere near blue
  11. Jan 4, Aransas NWR, Texas. It has red eyes, could it be albino? I suppose not, since it has black feathers
  12. A couple days old, but this photograph looks like an impressionist painting
  13. Is this a breeding male? It doesn't have the black unibrow. Last week in Aransas NWR, southern TX
  14. thank you, It helps when they beg on fishing piers...nice and close. Also, it was my understanding that male BP had the white heads while females were all brown, but as I was researching the above question I think I have that wrong. Is it males and females are indistinguishable and the all brown ones are juveniles?
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