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Luna and I drove into the lower Rendezvous yesterday in hopes of maybe spotting a Snowy Owl. Again, no luck finding Bubo scandiacus but we did see a variety of raptors including a Golden Eagle, female Northern Harrier, two American Kestrels and a few Red-tailed Hawks. Near town there was a Northern Shrike hunting from a powerline.

After the owl-less drive, we stopped at Riser Lake to stretch our legs and see what else we could find. The lake is almost entirely frozen over and the little bit of open water held a pair of Mallards til they realized we were going to walk around the lake. They took off and then returned before we left. The only other birds were Northern Flickers, a couple of Black-capped Chickadees and a lone Bohemian Waxwing.

It was a good day for a walk with a little bit of crusty snow and no precipitation. Luna is still nursing a sore back so she doesn’t have the energy to run like she always has in the past. It seems harder for her to jump in the car and she sleeps more than usual.

 

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Abandoned fruit trees indicate that people once attempted to make a living off the land in these arid hills.

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The colorful fruit is welcomed by the wintering birds, especially the waxwings.

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Thin ice

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Frozen in time

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What thing doesn’t belong in this photo?

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Interesting low-growing plant on top of the hill overlooking the lake

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And one lone pine tree too

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Whose nest? It is about ten feet off the ground. Seems low for a Common Raven but what else would use a nest so large?

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I found pears, but no partridges

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One Comment

    • Dennis OCallaghan
    • Posted December 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm
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    Teri

    These were at Riser Lake a couple of years ago. About that high.

    Denny—–

    Original Message —– From: My Everyday Photos To: dmocallaghan@methownet.com Sent: Friday, December 07, 2012 11:02 AM Subject: [New post] Riser Lake

    Teri J Pieper posted: “Luna and I drove into the lower Rendezvous yesterday in hopes of maybe spotting a Snowy Owl. Again, no luck finding Bubo scandiacus but we did see a variety of raptors including a Golden Eagle, female Northern Harrier, two American Kestrels and a few Red-“


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