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Totah Sam

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  1. On 3/20/2022 at 5:05 AM, Charlie Spencer said:

    @Totah Sam, do you know when this photo was taken?  I agree it's likely a Laughing Gull.  There are a couple of other black-headed species in that area, and the amount of black on their heads varies widely depending on breeding season.


    Oh sorry.  had a down turn so I was away from the computer.  It's in the title.  Pensacola City Beach, Florida.  ❤️   

  2. White-crowned Sparrows are one of my favorite winter birds.  Last month we had a snowstorm and actually ended up with a couple of inches (NW New Mexico).  Unfortunately, I have health issues and storms tend to put me in bed for a couple of days with intense pain.  So I wasn't able to keep up with the feeding of my local bird population.  I put the seed and nuts in bushes and around trees to give them a chance to escape and hide from our sharp-shinned community (which is substantial).  

    I managed to hobble to the front door after the snowfall and opened it to see how much was on the ground.  I saw a single set of bird tracks coming from the yard where I feed them leading to the path up my stairs and finally ended at my front door.  That's when I realized I hadn't fed them for a couple of days.  Karen in bird form came to complain to the manager.  There's a lilac bush close to my door and as I stepped out to set out some seed a White-crowned flew from the bush into a tree close by... and scolded me!  The audacity!  ? 

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  3. I usually see them hanging out with Nuthatches in my area.  I have a couple of suet feeders as well as the seed feeders and they tend to stay in the area during the winter.  I'm seeing more bird activity than in the past. I don't know if it's due to the severe drought or the wildfires.  Probably a combination of the two.  They sure keep the feeders busy. 

  4. I spent one summer as a young man in Canyon De Chelly.  I spent a lot of time around Spider Rock looking down from the several overlooks and admiring the view.  This was the place where Spider Grandmother taught the Navajo how to weave.  Several times I observed the Ravens riding the thermals and using the updrafts to flip over on their backs and fly upside down.  It seemed like they were playing games with each other.  Reminds me of the story of how Coyote lost his beautiful eyes to prankster birds.  They replaced his eyes with pine pitch which is why coyotes have yellow eyes to this day.  God I'm getting old.  I was amazed at the intelligence and ingenuity of the ravens in that area.  ❤️ 

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