Monday, February 9, 2015

2014 versus 10 year average

2014 509.75 90 113 19 629 121 0 10 10833 309 4 122 12 21 0 12309
10yr AV 601.8 157.1 81 36.9 638 111.4 3.1 26.4 9209.3 595.2 6.4 77 14.7 22 0.2 11017

Friday, February 6, 2015

Harvey's Knob Hawks By Year to 2014

Observation hours would have been greater were it not for the strange closure of the parkway in November for about ten days to cut growth around the road (there were only 2 workers available to do this).  Upon reopening, it snowed and was closed again for some days.

Most of the year, we were on track to set an Eagle season record and, again, it seems likely we did not see some in November during the closure.

Another incredible Broadwing year.

Surprisingly low number of Ospreys this year - the lowest since 1992 - and only the second time numbers were below 100 since that year.  Seem to recall a lot of windless and/or foggy days in October.  

Harriers seem to have declined in the last seven years and it may be worthwhile to look at other sites to determine if there is a trend.

Low count of Redtails this year may also be related to the site closure in November.
Lowest count this year of any other.

We were closed because of Parkway maintenance during prime migration time for Goldens.
It was a very good year.......

Monday, January 19, 2015

David B's Big Day

1/17/2015 - Highland County

Bill - in honor of your recent bird stories ...

I went mining for gold in Highland County today. 

I found the gold:

Unfortunately, I did not have the proper permits. The authorities in Hot Springs started to h(owl) and tried to get me barred from the valley.

I tried to negotiate, but we were at such loggerheads that I decided to just go out on shrike. 

The end.


It may have not have dawned on you, but Eos was an early riser and she knew that summer lingerie is light.  Eos preyed on retired tailors like Harrie Rhodes.  He was ordinary but his harp shined on stage and in his spare time he used to trap tortillas. Some said he was ribald, eager to exchange er for le (if you know what I mean).

He once had an accident without a dent, but with a piter.  Some said that because he carried a graven image (that would buzz arduously), he was: "..a gosh awkward kind of guy."  He told me that his monkey was depressed for years.  I asked him how he made his monkey smile again and he said: "With an ape regrinerator, of course!"  He also told me that his pig had won first place at the city fair and was a "trough legend" in these parts.

He was strange.  He blamed Eos for saying things like: "She takes trellis and leaves vines!" and "There's nothing more awful than offal contrails."  

The well-bred should ..edit this: "And always remember that the amazing olden beagle lost his bee just like the kitten lost her in tea."

And famously Eos said: "Always nab road wingers for they eat 8 from cooperates."