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Bald Eagle

A few posts back I spoke about Bald Eagles, and the Emperor's new clothes. To prove what a good sighting we had of a Bald Eagle (in Boulder County not Larimer County) here it is:

Eagle_8894 Like I said: these birds are one of the easiest to spot. Just look out of a large blob, with a white head and a white tail. Isn't this one gorgeous? He (I have no idea with the eagle is a girl or a boy) was about approximately 200 feet away from the road. If you want precise directions please email me, as I don't want to cause any traffic jams, or to cause the Emperor to lose his clothes...

(End of Snark Alert)

Having said that, let me just add emphatically that any sighting of a Bald Eagle is exciting. More than one- even better. The Cherry on the Top would be breeding Bald Eagles!!! Check out Barr Lake - last year we saw a bunch of Bald Eagles including Immatures. Here's a link to information about the Bald Eagles at Barr Lake.

Storm Chase Blogs.

I have discovered Storm Chase Blogs. Welcome to:

Sheila at Storm Imagery

Brian Stertz of Vortextimes

Kurt Hulst of MidWestChasers

Tony Laubach of Tornadoeskick

Jeff Lawson

and a special thanks to Amos for mentioning and linking to me. Check out his site here.

Blogging is a great fit to the fine art of chasing. I hope more chasers start blogs. A happy, lucky and safe 2005 chase season to all. See you on the road (hopefully!)

Eastern Screech Owl

I meant to add this photo of our little Eastern Screech Owl after the last post. Jeanne reminded me of it. Thanks Jeanne!

So here is the little guy. Colorado has an overlap of both Eastern and Western Screech owls. They are nearly indistinguishable, except by voice and by the subtle coloring of the bill - in the Eastern the bill is a greenish gray, and in the Western it is darker - a more blackish color. (To be honest you can't tell the difference by looking at him - you need a good photograph to go back and compare.)

Screech_owl_8907_1 The Owl is perched in a hole in a tree trunk. He is quite tiny no more than about 8 inches or 20cm high. 

You can see how well he is camoflaged.