LIfe of the party

Posted August 10th, 2009 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

Walk through any marsh (especially here in the prairie) during the summer and the sounds are amazing. There are all sorts of grunts, squeaks, groans, cackles, whistles and screams from the myriad nesting species present in the cattails. There are grebes, there are ducks, there are rails, there are coots, there are bitterns, and there [...]

Speaking of falcons…

Posted August 10th, 2009 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

I’ve mentioned the shorebird gathering at the West Fargo lagoons. Well, when there is that much potential prey stationed in one location there is bound to be predators. Several times in the last couple of weeks a peregrine falcon has shown up and scattered the birds like confetti. I finally got a good look at [...]

Aerial combat x two

Posted August 10th, 2009 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

Many years ago I witnessed a half-hour’s worth of aerial antics worth the price of admission. It was in Chicago along Lake Michigan and it was autumn. An American kestrel was perched on a light pole when in came a merlin. Off went the kestrel with the merlin in hot pursuit. For the full 30 [...]

Off the nest

Posted August 10th, 2009 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

Did I mention most nesting is over? Even the cliff swallows are no longer loyal to their homes under the bridges anymore. I’m not even sure they are roosting in them. Swallows are gathering in growing flocks of mixed species which are fun to sift through. I caught this small trio of barn swallows resting on [...]

Multiple threats

Posted August 10th, 2009 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

A concept military folks are familiar with. And surely it occurs in nature too. I just happened to stumble upon just such a scenario last weekend. I was just north of Fargo when I saw a great blue heron standing on a berm near the city’s lagoons. I knew it was a long way off and [...]

Skip the woods, head for the shore

Posted August 10th, 2009 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

Well the 2009 county count is stuck on 237 with no new birds to report. Not that I didn’t try. I spent quite a few hours listening and looking for field sparrow in likely habitat but got shut out. Not only that but strolling though woodsy areas at this point in the calendar is frankly [...]