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My prediction of Dark-eyed Juncos was wrong. My first bird of the year was a small covy of California Quail which was a pleasant surprise. 🙂

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Cardinal pair in the pre-dawn light. Followed by a million Red winged blackbirds, Blue jay, Carolina wren, Brown headed cowbird, Robin  and some Inca doves. Happy New Year everyone. Wishing a Happy and successful birding year to All :)

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First bird is easy. I traditionally go photograph birds on the first day of the new year. Typically in the blackland prairie region of Texas. Photography conditions were somewhat dismal but the birds were out doing the survival thing.

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Well, my guess of House Sparrow was incorrect.  It was a Dark-eyed Junco!  Happy New Year all!

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On 12/31/2019 at 5:51 PM, Aveschapines said:

In one window and out the other 😄 

Do you not have screens on your windows?  Keep them open overnight?

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4 hours ago, Bird-Boys said:

Got within 10 feet of an AMAZING male Barn owl about 20 mins. after midnight. Unfortunately didn't have my camera. 😞 

NICE!!  Jealous!!

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5 hours ago, AlexHenry said:

Got out before the sun rose

Well, of course!  Doesn't everybody?

We had guests arrive today.  They were expected, so there was no excuse for my not tackling my share of the clean-up chores YESTERDAY.  If I had instead of procrastinating, I would have been out today at the crack of dark myself.

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3 hours ago, MerMaeve said:

Do you not have screens on your windows?  Keep them open overnight?

Nope, no screens; nobody really has them around here. There are no mosquitoes, and anyway most houses aren't completely enclosed. I do keep the windows open overnight except on the occasional very cold night, in the low 20s, when it's a little too cold for that. So sometimes the hummers take a shortcut through my room. One time one flew in and perched on the top of my reading glasses! I wished I could have taken a photo but I didn't think he'd stay put while I got out a phone or camera.

Last night I kept the windows closed until my early AM bathroom run, but to keep out the smell of gunpowder from all the fireworks.

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2 hours ago, Aveschapines said:
2 hours ago, Aveschapines said:

no screens;

in the low 20s

 Yikes!  Aren't there snakes and other creepy crawly critters that can get inside your house?  If I left my windows open at night without screens I might wake up to find a raccoon or a porcupine sitting on the kitchen table waiting for breakfast, lol! 

Is that 20ºC of 20ºF?  I'm guessing it is  20ºC which is about 68ºF, right?  🙂

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9 hours ago, lonesome55dove said:

 Yikes!  Aren't there snakes and other creepy crawly critters that can get inside your house?  If I left my windows open at night without screens I might wake up to find a raccoon or a porcupine sitting on the kitchen table waiting for breakfast, lol! 

Is that 20ºC of 20ºF?  I'm guessing it is  20ºC which is about 68ºF, right?  🙂

There are snakes and lizards around, but I don't generally see snakes near my house. I've never seen a raccoon or porcupine in the area. A lizard did get into the house once, and occasionally the local stray/free-roaming cats try to sneak in when the door is open. I've also had an occasional mouse come in, but again I think that's through the door. Honestly the critters that most often come in are birds! Sometimes I have found warblers or sparrows that have decided to come in for a visit or even spend the night in a potted plant. More often the hummers get confused and I have to escort them outside. 

And no, that's 20°F, not C. I live at a high elevation and it rarely gets over 80°F, and only for a few hours at midday. It's cool at night, usually in the 40s, but this time of year it goes below freezing most nights. The record low is in the high teens, and then it's too cold even for me to leave the windows open. 

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On 1/1/2020 at 9:39 PM, Aveschapines said:

Nope, no screens; nobody really has them around here. There are no mosquitoes, and anyway most houses aren't completely enclosed. I do keep the windows open overnight except on the occasional very cold night, in the low 20s, when it's a little too cold for that. So sometimes the hummers take a shortcut through my room. One time one flew in and perched on the top of my reading glasses! I wished I could have taken a photo but I didn't think he'd stay put while I got out a phone or camera.

Last night I kept the windows closed until my early AM bathroom run, but to keep out the smell of gunpowder from all the fireworks.

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Harris`s Sparrow. I take them for granted because so many swarm my yard every winter, but some people aren`t as lucky.

 

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