Thursday, October 8, 2009

Loggerhead Shrike (Stovepipe Springs, Death Valley)





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Pic and clip from last Monday...and Monday night!...out in the desert...these were the only trees, a dozen or so Tamarisks, in sight....from the camp, I hurried over to see if there might be a bird in them...and the Loggerhead on cue showed up....kindof fond of it's determined stance!...anyway...today, late morning, a very short walk out and sit at the Great Turf Log...shaded a bit...little birds high from the tree tops fly catching...and chasing one another...lot of them all along the Creek...but difficult to see close, even with binocs...they just dont stay put!....sunny warm blue....oh...heard one call from Hawk...and one or two calls from Kingfisher during the lunch sit...oh...and at the Creek saw a Big Wing land in the Channel...but no luck....until the coughing goes away from the cold...I just sit..hmmph...well...I looked up Tamarisk to check the spelling...and got the lecture on their invasiveness....another non native species...and it's Stovepipe Wells....link: http://www.nps.gov/deva/naturescience/nonnativespecies.htm
didnt take any pics today...just one of Creek's End....wonder if they will plant Cottonwoods...have become very fond of Cottonwoods...here's link with depiction of Stovepipe...clearly there's more to it than the little primitive roadside camp I was at!...
http://www.highonadventure.com/Hoa01apr/Deathval/deathval.htm

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