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I haven't had a lot to say about birds here of late but, while it isn't quite Fall yet (though this morning's low was 28), birds are on the move around here. A new species for me about 10 days ago, paying a visit to the bird bath, was a couple of female Evening Grosbeaks. Oddly enough they appear on the 2000 species checklist for the park, but are absent from the 2006 revision. Hmmm, guess I'll have to fix that. Yesterday I found a pair of Orange-crowned Warblers near my place, and over the past several days quite a few Yellow-rumped Warblers moving through in basic (non-breeding) plumage.
Today was interesting finding 4 different raptors on the way to and at the reservoir: Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Osprey, and Peregrine Falcon. But the real surprise was the pair of Greater White-fronted Geese mixed in among the hordes of Canada Geese. The Greater White-fronted is considered rare for the state and not listed on the Bryce Canyon checklist at all. I didn't have a still camera with me, but did get them on video. They were way out there, too, so the video ain't great but it is possible to see their orange feet and bills and other field marks.
I've been sitting on this one for a couple of weeks and had actually planned to upload this one when the badger came along last week. Roxy and I were on our way to the reservoir when we came upon a small (4 individuals) bachelor herd of Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana). There was one who looked to have a well developed set of horns that you see first; the others all looked to be about the same age based upon the size of their horns. The latter part of the clip shows two of them in a little sparring match, preparing for the time when they, too, can challenge the big bucks for a chance at "gettin' the girl(s)".
(P.S. - If you would like to see what I've been up to lately - and the primary reason I've been ignoring the blog - some test files are here. They are Flash and will be revised somewhat before officially published in the next week or so - let me know what you think . . .)
(P.P.S. - I just learned something about the video player that, at least on my end, is only a problem with Firefox since IE and Opera do not display the player and you have to click a link to see it. And it may an issue with Safari and/or others on Macs, too. I'll have to try and figure it out but, for some reason and even though the links are all correct, the player wants to show the badger, the last video I posted, instead of the Pronghorn. If you click the "permalink" at the bottom of this entry it works correctly. This may explain what was happening with you and the badger last week, Lisa. Very strange, indeed, and surprising that I never noticed it before.)