Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2011 11:30:10 -0800
Reply-To: Nikki Belmonte <email@example.com>
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From: Nikki Belmonte <constant_birder@YAHOO.COM>
Subject: Green-tailed Towhee 12/29
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This morning Tom Nall and I trekked out to find the GTTO bright and early after the frosty white grasslands started to thaw. Arrived around 8:15 and heard the bird on north side of the road in the second island of tall vegetation in the field at about 8:35 AM. We spotted it about 10 minutes later, tracked it east to the first clump of vegetation in the field, then got about 40 minutes of close up looks at the bird as it preened itself under some light shrubbery along the road! The bird was out in the open on both sides of the road, foraging amongst the brush on the north side and along the muddy thatch near the orange storage container on the south side. We enjoyed some awesome looks, the bird just sat in several different spots contently until about 9:40. We also enjoyed some good White-crowned Sparrow study. Some birders from Indiana who were visiting family also got to see the show. It sounds like others were treated to some good looks after us as
We also visited Dyar Pasture since we were in the area with nice looks at Hermit Thrushes, Belted Kingfisher, and an awesome carcass of what we think was a Cooper's hawk near the observation deck. We tried to follow a group of ducks but didn't have strong enough magnification with us to figure out what they were.
Awesome morning! Good birding all.
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