Posted by: atowhee | December 3, 2013


After 4PM today the air turned steely cold, a few bits of ice fell from the air and it was time for most birds to find a warm roost for the night. With that in mind a large flock of Crows were heading south and west over Lithia Park, moving in an arc toward their roost in the foothills somewhere above Ashland and Talent.IMG_0356 (1280x960)
Then some park workers began slamming metal objects into the back of a pick-up, imitating gunfire. The Crows went into lift off and rapid swirling. After they finally realized the sounds were not a threat, they reformed their flock and headed off to their roost, their hearts still pumping a little faster than normal. Clearly some of this flick have been shot at or been warned by their Corvid ancestors.IMG_0361 (1280x960)
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At the same time this little owl was just beginning to try to wake for his nightly hunt.

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