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Summary of Photos, 2012 by DeeOtter Summary of Photos, 2012 by DeeOtter
I think I did one of these last year, or for 2010 and it was kinda neat. So I'm doing it again!
The blank template is from :icondustbunnythumper: and can be found here [link]


January: Sea otter! This if my first time seeing wild sea otters. Taken at Moss Landing, CA
February: Not a lot happening, trying to get out to the wildlife refuges more. This was the Tualatin River NWR in Oregon
March: Snowy owl invasion 2012! Saw my first snowy owls at Ocean Shores, WA
April: This is the month that I leave for Montana. I had to say goodbye to a lot of my favorite zoo animals, including Nicole the Amur tiger, who I carried on 'chuffing' conversations with. Here she is making a stinky face.
May: First time on the east side of the country (Ohio is NOT the midwest >_<) And got to visit some neat zoos & the National aviary. Picture is from the National aviary and is of a crested coua.
June: Summer in the south west sucks. I could never live there. WAY too hot! But there is a variety of neat birds that spend the summer down there. First time seeing a vermillion flycatcher at the Bosque del Apache NWR (It's weird not seeing cranes there)
July: This is when my back decide that is hated me and it happened on a trip to Yellowstone of all times... I did discover that the weekday after the 4th is an amazing time to visit. There's hardly anybody there. Pictured is a friendly Uinta ground squirrel.
August: Another set of goodbyes. I was lucky enough to be in Portland when the zoo decided that it was going to let its wolves move on early (Still pissed about that) So this was my last chance to see Kenai, Cheyenne and Yazhi. I think Yazhi was my favorite out of the three. She'd often come up and sniff at me when I got to the viewing railing.
September: School starts off with a bang as I'm on my first field trip. Learning about field methods for trapping mammals to study. In one of the traps I set I caught a chipmunk!
October: Visit to the World Center for Birds of Prey. It's been over a year since I've been there and it was nice to be back. They have a new stage set up where expert falconers fly a few birds.
November: Late birthday present included a trip to the Tracy Aviary. During the off season the aviary has close up encounters with a few birds and I got to see their adorable red crested turaco
December: Back to the southwest where the weather is much better in the winter time....except now it's really COLD! And of course, more cranes! The Bosque del Apache has never disappointed with the number of cranes that over winter there.

I don't think I'll do one for 2013, unless I give up on the 365 day challenge thing.
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Oooh, very nice summary!
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RedFeatherFalconHawk Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I am still waiting to see my snowy owl. I've seen them and have even held them, but I can't add any to my lifelist yet. Such is the life of volunteer work at the raptor center. xD
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
But it is pretty awesome that you get to help out such birds.
I have no idea where to look for them in Montana. I've been trying to scan the open fields for them but mostly just find hawks or the occasional eagle.
I'd love to find a great gray too.
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RedFeatherFalconHawk Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I have two owls that I saw here in the wild in MT. All the others, I've seen at the raptor center. The ones I have seen in the wild are great horned owl and once, I saw something which I concluded had to have been a barred owl because of its size, shape and the color of its eyes, even though it was about dark out and was hard to see for sure. But there have been reports of the odd barred owl in the area, so it does happen. *shrug*

I'd love to see a great gray in the wild. We had one once at the center a few years back, she she was so beautiful - far more beautiful than field guides make them out to be.

I need to find out how to find owls. xD

And yeah, it's awesome volunteering there. I definitely wouldn't want to give it up.
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I've seen the great horned (one was hooting outside the apartment earlier last year) and a western screech owl.
I think most owls are found by chance by someone walking around, and then word gets around about where the owls are. That's how I found out about the screech owl. He was hanging out in a tree just off of a pathway at a refuge in Oregon and he was hanging out on that same branch for a few years. Didn't see him last year, maybe he found a new branch.
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RedFeatherFalconHawk Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great horneds are pretty easy, since they like to take the place of the hawks and sit on telephone poles in the evenings. I saw one tonight. :) Maybe that's my problem. I don't really know any other birders here except for my husband, though I know there's MT Audubon and such. I always feel like such an outsider at those meetings though, so I don't usually go to them unless there's something of real interest.

In the woods at East Gallatin, there's a great horned that I've seen there at times, likewise, a pair live and breed somewhere at the cemetary, but I haven't seen any others as of yet. But then, I'm usually sleeping at night, or thinking about going home at dusk.
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
There's a few grad students at MSU who wander around and go birding, while working on their projects. Haven't really met with them, met with a few once last year. But other than that it's usually just my boyfriend and I, or more often just me because he lives in one of the basements at MSU working on his project.

I think I saw a great horned owl on a telephone poll while driving along...I think it was HY41 towards Dillon. It looked a lot bigger than the decoy owls.
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RedFeatherFalconHawk Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, occasionally we'll run into other birders around town, but we don't really know any of them, though there is the occasional short conversation. I see great horneds on poles on Frontage from time to time, too.
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O-Gosh Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
It is a stunning collection of photos.
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