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Halloween Celebrated at Butterbredt – October 29, 2016

October 31, 2016
A pair of Jack-O-Lanterns (Roxie Seider 10-29-16)

A pair of Jack-O-Lanterns (Roxie Seider 10-29-16)

This year, the weather was warm and it seemed as though the migration was not yet occurring since the number of birds were down.  The rabbitbrush was blooming but was not quite at the height of bloom (they’d be at their best in another week).  On the drive to the spring, we saw a Greater  Roadrunner actually flying across the road instead of running.  It’s always a shock to see  Roadrunners fly (or Soras for that matter).   On the walk down the dry riverbed we came across the Horned Owl.   It’s bit of a contest for who can find the Horned Owl first.  Somehow someone always does even when we have almost lost hope.  Found the Ruby-crowned Kinglet and of course lots of White-crowned Sparrows.  Not a common bird at this spot was the Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Covy of California Quail (Roxie Seider 10-29-16)

Covey of California Quail (Roxie Seider 10-29-16)

Back at Keith’s home, we were carving pumpkins while California Quail kept themselves busy eating the bird seed that Keith always supplies for them.

Monarch butterfly (Roxie Seider 10-29-16)

Monarch butterfly (Roxie Seider 10-29-16)

Of course everyone stopped carving when someone spotted a couple of Red-breasted Sapsuckers.  After dark, we lit the pumpkins and Chuck Bragg awarded each person with a prize.

Red-breasted Sapsuckers (Roxie Seider 10-29-16)

Red-breasted Sapsuckers (Roxie Seider 10-29-16)

Butterbredt never disappoints anyone.  The air is clear so the color of the birds are much brighter and there is that quality of relaxation the desert inspires.  If we get some good winter rains, the flower show in the spring (our April 30 trip) will be absolutely fabulous.   [Jean Garrett]

Owl in the pumpkin (Roxie Seider 10-29-16)

Owl in the pumpkin (Roxie Seider 10-29-16)

Previous reports: November 2015October 2013November 2012

Butterbredt 10/29/2016
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Golden Eagle 1
Greater Roadrunner 1
Great Horned Owl 1
Say’s Phoebe 1
Loggerhead Shrike 1
California Scrub-Jay 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
California Thrasher 1
Red-breasted Sapsucker 2
Bewick’s Wren 2
White-crowned Sparrow 38
California Quail 52
Total Species 13


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