Friday, December 25, 2015

Great Horned Christmas gift

About an hour ago, around midnight, I was in the backyard gathering in my dogs when the vibrant hooting cadence of a Great Horned Owl surprised me from the lot behind mine- or maybe even from my own rear yard. Although I know them to be a relatively urban tolerant species, it was new to my yard list.
Thank you Santa😊

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Peregrines perched in two places in urban Jefferson Parish

In the last few days I have seen Peregrines perched in two places in urban Jefferson Parish.

One was the traditional Jeff Parish water tower near Causeway x I-10- as usual, perched on the first horizontal wire below the tank.  South side of the tower, facing north, around noon.

The other was in a spot where I have not heard of one sitting before:  a large snag tree at the far western end of the West Bank Expressway.  This tree is the largest snag in that area, and stands alone c. 25 m south of the expressway.  The bird was there in late afternoon.

How awesome to have this species around our city!