Sunday, December 12, 2010

This week in Marathon

We've had Sleepy Oranges, Western Pygmy-Blues, American Snout, Mexican Yellows, Checkered Whites and the occasional something-else that would careen past us on a windy day, but the birds are really hopping!

Highlights from around town, in no particular order:
Great Horned Owl
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (a pair at the Marathon Motel)
Red-naped Sapsucker
Allen's Hummingbird (back after a few day's absence - Black-chinned has been gone since Wednesday)

12 December: We received a call from Steve Gross, and up at the Prairie Dog town on 385 a few minutes N. of Marathon....

Ferruginous Hawk finally! First of the season for us.... well from Steve ..
Burrowing Owl
Chestnut-collared Longspurs, 150 of them!

We should head up there soon... so much attention southward.

The Tufted Flycatcher in the park is luring a lot of people out and there have been reports of Golden Eagle from the Davis Mountains and Red-throated Loons near Pecos. It's great to have so many more eyes out here!

An interesting link from TPWD: Hummingbirds of the Trans-Pecos - namely, a list of those needing to be documented and those not needing to be documented. Interessant.

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